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In story: 27 March 2015

Re: Not sure how it will play though up there...
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Re: Il Giornale vs. Spiegel
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What is ultra petty is the constant interrogation of national character of EU appointments in the German press (and don't tell me BILD doesn't count).

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Not sure how it will play though up there...
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and after all, we don't know anything of the pilot's life. But Goethe springs to mind, although Werther didn't of course shoot 149 people first before shooting himself.

by redstar on
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Subsequent to the initial sequence of events to initiate the descent, there is the override of the emergency door-opening protocol which indicates that the co-pilot actively resisted the return of the pilot.

To wit : the pilot enters the code to signal he wants to enter the cockpit, this alerts the co-pilot who takes no action (but could have been incapacitated). Then the pilot enters the emergency code, which is supposed to open the door after 30 (?) seconds, if not overriden from within the cockpit.

This was overriden from within the cockpit (or there was a technical failure?).

by eurogreen on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Re: Il Giornale vs. Spiegel
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Now that is ultra petty.
by IM on
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In a radio report here the French prosecutor was summed up that there were several steps needed to alter the course. There was not one switch to be pressed, but several, and turned at that. That's why they ruled out accident.
by Katrin on
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Presidents get more or less power according to the constitutional arrangements. Current arrangements in the UK give the President aka Prime Minister a great deal of power.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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I have read it implied that all the pilot had to do is hit a button to put the plane on a descent path (presumably intended for landing). The plane can perfectly well stay on autopilot with a 6% downward slope. So there is no evidence for copilot action after the descent starts.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Il Giornale vs. Spiegel
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Huffington Post
Nel suo editoriale in prima pagina, il direttore Alessandro Sallusti spiega che all'indomani dell'incidente della Costa Concordia, il settimanale tedesco Spiegel ha scritto commenti razzisti nei confronti degli italiani. Dunque ora, sembra capire, è arrivato il momento di rendere pan per focaccia:
Cosa dovremmo dire oggi? "Vi sorprende che fosse un tedesco?". A differenza dello Spiegel noi non lo pensiamo. Perché come quella sera della Concordia c'era un italiano che gridava a Schettino in fuga "Torni a bordo, cazzo", così fuori della porta della cabina chiusa dell'Airbus che andava a schiantarsi c'era un tedesco che urlava a Lubitz "Apri la porta. cazzo". Che i tedeschi imparino la lezione. Ogni popolo deve fare i conti con le proprie vergogne e i propri eroi.
by gk (gk) on
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sure the unions are to blame
by IM on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Re: Ritual for gender transitioning
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Oh California. I love you.

by eurogreen on
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Great news for republicans!

The precedents for English kings called Charles are mixed. The first was rather forthright and unbending in his views, and it didn't end well for him. The second cultivated ambiguity, concealing his Catholicism until his deathbed.

by eurogreen on
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I doubt you'd get much traction with the public about scrapping the monarchy. The Queen's popularity is such that you'd get precisely nowhere.

Charles is another matter. When he is king I imagine he will either learn to be, if not neutral, then keep his opinions to himself or cause a constitutional crisis.

I think most people are aware that Charles is just a hump we have to go through to get from the Queen to William.

I don't think anyone wants a President. It's no better than a monarch and they get real power. And it's such a good tourist attraction, nobody would visit us otherwise

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Yes, well we all wondered.

But no, he was a fucking Protestant. It was all about him, and his individual destiny.

by eurogreen on
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In story: Movies

Re: Japan, live-action
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I think the only Japanese films I remember seeing are Spirited Away and The Audition (1999).  Gruesome in parts but a really chilling horror. I'm glad I watched it with a friend and not on my own.

A wonderful film I saw in the cinema was Ilo Ilo, made in Singapore and set during the Asian financial crisis in 1997. I think I posted here about it after I watched it.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Re: Economy and Finance
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The Spanish region as deserted as Siberia - in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
The Spanish region as deserted as Siberia - in pictures

Spanish photographer David Ramos captures the desolation of Molina De Aragon in central eastern Spain. The region, just a two-hour drive from Madrid, competes with Siberia and the Arctic provinces of Lapland as the least populated place in Europe. Along with the Spanish provinces of Soria, Guadalajara, Teruel and Cuenca, Molina De Aragon is fast becoming Europe's largest desert in terms of population. According to official figures, it has just 1.63 inhabitants per sq km, compared to 1.8 in Laponia and three in Siberia

The pictures are pretty interesting, but I think the evidence of continuing migratory patterns is perhaps more so. I've said before that our era of "smaller government" seems particularly badly prepared to ease this kind of transition.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Re: Economy and Finance
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"My development team sits in the Ukraine," he adds ruefully, where he can get "a resource that has three, four, five years development experience for a significantly lower cost."

So in other words, he doesn't want to pay enough for people to live in London, or indeed, by the look of it, Manchester...

I'm really unsure that calling this a "skills gap" is appropriate.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on
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In story: 26 March 2015

Re: Living Off The Planet
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Widely Used Herbicide Linked to Cancer - Scientific American

Monsanto -- a member of the task force -- said that relevant scientific data that showed no risk was excluded from the review, and the IARC "purposefully disregarded dozens of scientific studies", specifically genetic toxicity studies.

But Guyton strongly defends the IARC process and insists that there is a set of clear rules that lays out which studies can be considered by the experts convened by the IARC. These are broadly limited to peer-reviewed publications and government reports, leading to the rejection of a number of industry-submitted studies. (emphahsis mine)

The corporate playbook, once again: "the science" says everything's OK, but "the science" they are talking about is mostly their own.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: 26 March 2015

Re: Living Off The Planet
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The article gives a clear explanation.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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dvx:
disclosure might undermine his "position of political neutrality"

Not disclosure. His own behaviour has apparently been contrary to a "position of political neutrality".

Why not recognize it and scrap the monarchy?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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I heard discussion of this last night between French experts and a German Airbus specialist. The upshot was that the cockpit sound recording couldn't "hear" a change of flight path/altitude, but it could record the characteristic beeps of the autopilot being switched off. (The autopilot was of course fixed on a continued cruise altitude that would overfly the Alps.) This may be what's behind the public prosecutor's assertion that the copilot's actions were deliberate.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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On the other hand there doesn't seem to be any discussion of the Lufthansa strike, his opinions on that, and the possibility that he "went postal".
by gk (gk) on
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Andreas Lubitz Religion Debate: Germanwings Crash Raises Questions Over Pilot's Faith
Questions about the religious background of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who investigators said deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps this week, killing all on board, have sparked outrage and debate about whether such information is relevant to the investigation. When a reporter asked French Prosecutor Brice Robin of Marseille, during a news conference Thursday, whether he knew Lubitz's religion, Robin said he did not know and added, "I don't think that's where the answer to this lies."

[...] Some on social media jumped to the conclusion that Lubitz was Muslim.

by das monde on
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Generating panic was surely undesirable, and that might have restricted crew's effort to break the door. An interesting issue is whether the crew was aware of the descent angle, and how much time they had.  
by das monde on
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I wholly agree about the need for the relevant economic history to be considered in any economic comparison. The fact that it blows up so many grand theories is likely a large part of why it and History of Economic Thought has largely been banished from Mainstream Economics. And I agree that Piketty's conclusions are both consistent with and supportive of MMT. But they are not the same thing.  

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: Open Thread of the Week

Re: Open Thread of the Week
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Also worth pointing out that disability is largely excluded from feminist perspectives.  

Wales recently passed the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act which makes absolutely no mention of disability.  None of the campaigns pushed for inclusion of disability issues within the Act.  For reasons I can't go into I wasn't well enough to get involved with the campaign but I wish I could have the last year back and raise this.

Perhaps there is scope to include mention of disability equality within the guidance, but it is hugely disappointing that disabled people have been marginalised when they are a high risk group of experiencing domestic violence.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Ritual for gender transitioning
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The Forward
What the video doesn't show is what followed the speech: a special naming ceremony, designed by the school's rabbi, Tsipi Gabai, which she described as a "cross between a bar mitzvah and a brit," or circumcision ceremony,

"In Judaism, rituals are there to mark important transitions," Gabai said about the service. "I wanted it to not only be a celebration, but helpful in marking a point for Tom and for his friends."

During the naming ceremony, Gabai recited the she'asani b'tzalmo, a blessing in which the worshipper thanks God for having made the worshipper in God's own image. It was, said Gabai, "a way of acknowledging the covenant between Tom and his God, and his community, and the people of Israel."

Needless to say, this is not a Haredi ceremony. If it was, there would be the interesting question as to whether he should recite the "Shelo asani isha" (that He didn't make me a woman)....
by gk (gk) on
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In story: Open Thread of the Week

Re: Open Thread of the Week
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Although it's a horrible story, I think the person who wrote this dKos headline will probably change it soon

dKos - BREAKING: Bridge in Texas collapses

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 27 March 2015

Re: Living On the Planet
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"Who's your favourite dead king?"

Ronald Raygun ... may he rot in hell. I hope he and Tricky Dick are roomies.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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Body Count - Casualty Figures after 10 Years

This study covers only Iraq, Aghanistan, and Pakistan and reviews other attempts to quantify the dead. It arrives at a rough figure of 1 million dead in Iraq while noting the widespread belief in the US and UK that the figure is 100,000 at most.

It says nothing of fatalities elsewhere, refugees, or ultimate responsibility.

by melvin on
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