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In story: 27-28 May 2015

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For some things, only prayers or a superman can help.
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In story: Open Thread 25-31 May

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The science guy says:
Scientists once believed the universe was a chaotic collection of matter. We now know the universe is essentially a force sending cosmic guidance to white women in their twenties... Try to imagine the universe as a giant dream board on which women pin their wishes...

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In story: 29 May 2015

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Not a surprise for readers of the Archdruid Report. Just a sign of the Industrial Civilization shedding peripheries, its inability to grow, fulfill everyone when resource limits come into play for real.  
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Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

Putin said in televised comments Thursday that he found it "odd" that the probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States.

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In story: 29 May 2015

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So much for the Asimov laws. As for the dreams of electric sheep:

Robotic cats and dogs could replace original ones

According to an Australian university professor, it is possible to replace cats and dogs with the robotic kind throughout the world by 2025. As per Dr Jean-Loup Rault from the University of Melbourne, as the world's population increases, real animals will be available just for the wealthy people. According to him, chips and circuits may help bringing robotic versions of cats and dogs.

As per Dr. Rault, "It might sound surreal for us to have robotic or virtual pets, but it could be totally normal for the next generation. It's not a question of centuries from now. We are already seeing people form strong emotional bonds with robot dogs in Japan". Dr. Rault has published his prediction in the latest edition of Frontiers in Veterinary Science journal.


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Yes, gay sex probably seems too much like pederasty to him, and that's supposed to be a special sinecure of the clergy.
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In story: Ireland votes for marriage equality

Re: Ireland votes for marriage equality
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And the irony of this is wholly lost on everyone at Leitphart.
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In story: Ireland votes for marriage equality

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You give them too much credit.  The Talibaggers live in the 1340s.
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In story: 29 May 2015

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"... unless couples can somehow be persuaded to have more babies."

The dumbest and most dangerous statement I've ever seen. Why not convince people to buy gallons of gasoline and burn them in their backyards, just for the fun of it.

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In story: 29 May 2015

Re: Too Late
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It's that Arny Schwartzenagger movie without the gimic of time travel. For the sake of the planet hopefully the robots "win". The non-human species will cheer.

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In story: 29 May 2015

Re: Economy and Finance
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Under the bonnet | The Economist
FROM the outside, Britain's economy looks as if it is ticking over nicely. Last year it grew by 2.8%, more than any other economy in the G7 group of rich countries. Employment has never been higher. And yet a nagging problem bothers its policymakers. Ask any economist what he sees as the biggest risk to the country's growth prospects and the reply is the same: "productivity". GDP per hour worked is lower now than in 2007, and flatlining (see chart 1). Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, says that forecasting when productivity growth will return is the trickiest call he has to make. Having steadfastly ignored the issue during the election campaign, George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, now promises a "productivity plan" in his first budget of the new parliament, due in July.

The wonks and policymakers are right to be worried. Productivity improvements are an important source of economic growth and rising living standards. And although economists across the rich world are wondering how to pep up their countries' productivity, Britain's stall is uniquely serious. American workers' output per hour is 9% higher than in 2007; even in France it has increased by more than 2%. Compared with G7 peers, Britain's post-crunch productivity performance has been remarkably poor.

But economic averages only reveal so much. While nationwide productivity has stagnated, the experience has varied dramatically by sector. The Economist looked at every industry making up at least 1% of the economy, and found that since 2009 some have been immune from the productivity illness--and others are particularly afflicted by it.


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In story: 29 May 2015

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How to shrink a city | The Economist
They are hardly unusual. Almost one in ten American cities is shrinking. So are more than a third of German ones--and the number is growing (see article). Although Japan's biggest cities are thriving, large numbers of its smaller ones are collapsing. Several South Korean cities have begun to decline--a trend that will speed up unless couples can somehow be persuaded to have more babies. Next will come China, where the force of rapid urbanisation will eventually be overwhelmed by the greater power of demographic contraction. China's total urban population is expected to peak by mid-century; older industrial boom towns are already on a downward slope.

An abandoned street containing a rotting nursery or primary school is a sad sight. And declining cities have more than visual problems. Disused buildings deter investors and attract criminals; superfluous infrastructure is costly to maintain; ambitious workers may refuse to move to places where the potential clientele is shrinking. Where cities are economically self-sufficient, a smaller working population means a fragile base on which to balance hefty pension obligations. That is why Detroit went bust.

So it is unsurprising that governments often try to shore up their crumbling smaller cities. Japan recently announced tax cuts for firms that are willing to move their headquarters out of thriving Tokyo. Office parks, art museums and tram lines have been built in troubled American and European cities, on the assumption that if you build it, people will come.

by Bjinse (bjinsedankert at gmail dot com) on
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Blatter is dead meat. But it's a question of how long he can hold on and how much damage he can cause on the way

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In story: 29 May 2015

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you think this is bad, you wait till you see the figures after another 5 years of Tory austerity

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In story: 29 May 2015

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one of the smaller books in the world would be a compendium of Iain Duncan Smith's understanding of social justice

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Can't they just change the HRA to apply only to Scots? How does repealing the human rights of the English affect Scottish matters?
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He has evidently realised that devo-max leading to actual independence is both inevitable and electorally advantageous to the Tories.

This is part of the "charm" offensive

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Well, I suppose it beats "if you want a nigger Romanian for a neighbour, vote Labour Yes", but it means much the same thing

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Armed robots are already being built and tested.  At the moment they 100% controlled by human operators.  It won't last.  The move to autonomous is a matter of somebody deciding to go ahead, about $1 million for programmer salaries, some easily obtained Know-How, and a couple of months.


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In story: 29 May 2015

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UK posts anemic Q1 growth | Business | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

Unrevised official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday showed that GDP expanded by just 0.3 percent in the first quarter, confirming an initial estimate that many economists and the Bank of England (BoE) had first dismissed as being too bleak.

The slowdown marked a somewhat surprising turn for Europe's second-largest economy, which grew at double the rate in the previous quarter.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on
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Stoltenberg rebukes Russia, pledges NATO will protect Europe | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

In a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said the Transatlantic alliance would redouble its commitment to the "collective defense" of its 28 member states.

In particular, he referred to three countries that border on Russia. Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are not NATO members, but they are members of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

"These nations are not buffer zones, they are independent sovereign states," Stoltenberg said.

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Cameron seeks support for EU reforms on Europe-wide tour | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron has begun a two-day charm offensive aiming to negotiate a more flexible relationship with the 27 other nations in the European Union.

After meeting with the Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte (above, right) in The Hague on Thursday, Cameron was due to travel to Paris for a dinner meeting with French President Francois Hollande.

On Friday, he is expected to meet with Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in Warsaw before flying to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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In story: 29 May 2015

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Four months and still no bailout deal for Greece | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

Group of Seven finance ministers began a summit in Dresden on Thursday with Germany's Wolfgang Schäuble again adamant that negotiations with Greece had not moved "much further."

On Wednesday, leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had claimed that Athens was "close to an agreement." For months, Greece has railed against the practices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank (ECB) and EU.

A Greek government source quoted by the news agency AFP had said technical experts were close to starting the drafting of the long-awaited agreement in Brussels.

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Divided Cyprus to open more crossings | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

A long-awaited resumption of Cypriot peace talks produced more signs of conciliation on Thursday as the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders held this month's second encounter.

The Mediterranean island was divided along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkey invaded the northern part of Cyprus after a coup in Nicosia seeking to reunite island with Greece.

On Thursday, Eide, a former Norwegian foreign minister, said Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had also agreed to look into ways to link their communities' mobile telephone grids.

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In Pakistan, well-to-do and willing to terrorize | Asia | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

In February 2002 the Pakistan police arrested Omar Saeed Sheikh - a British-Pakistani accused of facilitating the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Denial Pearl.

Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan's sprawling and chaotic metropolis, Karachi, by militants allegedly associated with al Qaeda. After being taken to a hideout in Afghanistan, he was slain.

A few eyebrows were raised when details of Sheikh's background began to trickle in. He wasn't your 'regular' religious militant. He was highly educated, middle-class and had lived a relatively comfortable life in England and Pakistan.

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South Africa police: President Zuma ′not liable′ | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

On Thursday, South Africa's police minister said that President Jacob Zuma would not have to pay out of pocket for upgrades to his private residence worth 18 million euros. The president has maintained that the refurbishments at the Nkandla property - which include a swimming pool, private clinic and amphitheater - were for security purposes.

"The state president is therefore not liable to pay for any of the security features," Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Thursday.

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Malaysia admits grave finds | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanki Jaafar on Thursday played down allegations that burial sites found in the jungle near his country's border town of Wang Kelian were mass graves. Police forensic teams began examining shallow graves last weekend.

Malaysia had previously denied turning a blind eye to people-smuggling deaths and alleged police complicity, despite activists' claims that the Thai-Malaysian border area had long been a transit zone for traffickers.

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Seselj defies UN′s order to return to The Hague | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

Seselj said on Thursday in Belgrade that he had no intention of returning voluntarily to the UN tribunal which accuses him of recruiting paramilitary forces during the Balkans wars.

His forces were notorious for atrocities against other ethnic groups during ex-Yugolsavia's 1990's conflicts. He surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2003 and went on trial four years later.

He pleaded not guilty on nine counts. Verdicts have been repeatedly delayed.

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Nemtsova: ″I am fighting against dictatorship in Russia″ | Europe | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

Deutsche Welle: Ms. Nemtzova, you are considered to be an injured party in the murder of your father and are allowed access to the investigation files. As is to be expected, you must treat them confidentially. Is there anything journalists still do not know?

Zhanna Nemtsova: It is not as simple as you think. Former investigator Igor Krasnov had actually promised to show me all the material, including video footage. But now Krasnov has been replaced by Nikolai Tutevich. We met on Friday, May 25. The meeting was not constructive; I am disappointed. He did not want to grant me access to the all the files. He promised to show me parts. He suggested I come on Tuesday. When I told him I will be in Berlin on that day, Tutevich said I might not be allowed to leave the country. That was supposed to be a joke.

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EU refers Germany to ECJ over airport security controls | News | DW.DE | 28.05.2015

The EU referred Germany to court for failing to regularly monitor security measures at some airports. According to the European Commission, Germany has failed to act on repeated requests to comply with EU law on airport security and the case will now go to the European Court of Justice.

"Inspections by the Commission have shown that Germany does not comply with the minimum frequency and the scope of controls required under EU legislation," the body announced. "Such controls are necessary to quickly detect and correct potential failures in the implementation of security measures and to make sure that airports, airlines and other entities are in line with common EU standards."

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