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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 27 February

by afew Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 06:59:30 PM EST

 A Daily Review Of International Online Media 


Europeans on this date in history:

2002 - death of Spike Milligan, Irish comedian
and author (b. 1918)


epitaph: "Duirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite", Irish for "I told you I was ill"


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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:52:33 AM EST
Fianna Fáil punished by voters as support collapses - The Irish Times - Sat, Feb 26, 2011

Tallies from constituencies across the country are showing electoral meltdown for Fianna Fáil, with a number of high profile figures in serious danger of losing their seats.

Counting of votes has begun around the country,  with an exit poll indicating that Fine Gael will lead the next government. While it seems Fine Gael will fall short of an overall majority, it will be its best result in more than 28 years.

The poll, which was conducted by Millward Brown Lansdowne for RTÉ, also predicted Labour's best result in a general election to date, with Fianna Fáil putting in its worst ever performance.

Fianna Fáil appears to have been particularly badly hit in the Dublin area, where Brian Lenihan looks to be the only one of the party's 13 TDs in the capital who are contesting the election who will  retain their seat.

According to the poll, Fine Gael is on 36.1 per cent, Labour is on 20.5 per cent, Fianna Fáil has slumped to 15.1 per cent, Sinn Féin is on 10.1 per cent, the Green Party were on 2.7 per cent and Independents and Others were on 15.5 per cent. The poll of 3,500 voters was carried out yesterday. The margin of error was 2.5 per cent.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:50:10 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:07:09 AM EST
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European diplomat from a "large" eurozone country on the Irish people having a say in this bailout:

"It is not even take it or leave it. It's done. Ireland's only role in this now is to implement the programme agreed with the EU, IMF and European Central Bank. Irish voters are not a party in this process, whatever they have been told," said the diplomat.

Words fail me.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:02:36 PM EST
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It wasn't Mandelson, was it?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 12:36:43 AM EST
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Words fail me as well. Would be good to know who said it, and where you found it.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 05:51:08 AM EST
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Dunno who said it.  I think it was an anonymous diplomat to the Torygraph.  Here's the story.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:11:02 AM EST
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It's on the say-so of Bruno Waterfield. Haven't seen it anywhere else. Salt, pinch.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 04:36:06 PM EST
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given that there is very little substantive difference between the economic viewpoints of FF or FG, he's merely stating inconvenient truth.

now, if there had been a party in the election with a more aggressively pro-Irish people economic policy, that might have been exciting.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:03:31 AM EST
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Technically he's right. A 'contract' was made with a properly elected government (incompetence is irrelevant). The only 'deal' that an incoming government can change is a declaration or continuation of war - because there is no 'contract'.

An existing contract doesn't stop attempts at renegotiation, but as always there are heavy penalties for deviation.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:09:55 AM EST
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For peculiar values of "diplomat".

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:31:46 AM EST
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Later in the same article:

Declan Ganley, the Irish businessman who led the 2008 No vote to the Lisbon Treaty, said Ireland must "have the balls" to threaten debt default and withdrawal from the single currency.

"We have a hostage, it is called the euro," he said. "The euro is insolvent. The only question is whether Ireland should be sacrificed to keep the Ponzi scheme going. We have to have a Plan B to the misnamed bailout, which is to go back to the Irish Punt."

We've met Mr Ganley before...

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 08:13:54 AM EST
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BBC News - Russia launches satellite for global navigation system

Russia has launched a satellite needed to create its own global navigation system, intended to rival America's Global Positioning System (GPS).

The Glonass-K satellite was carried into orbit on a Soyuz rocket from a cosmodrome in northern Russia.

In December, an attempt to put the final three satellites into space failed when they crashed into the sea.

More launches are planned with the aim of finishing the system this year

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:51:37 AM EST
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EU backs Turkey migration agreement | European Voice
Discussions to be held on easing visa restrictions for Turkish citizens.

EU interior ministers have backed an agreement that would require Turkey to take back illegal migrants who cross its border into the EU.

Cecilia Malmström, the European commissioner for home affairs, said the readmission agreement, approved yesterday (24 February), was a "very good agreement that covers most of the important elements". She thanked the Turkish authorities for their "constructive approach" to negotiations. The deal now needs to be approved by the Turkish authorities.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:33:48 AM EST
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Spring border-free travel inspection date for Romania and Bulgaria | European Voice
EU to examine if two countries can join the Schengen area of border-free travel.

The EU will in two months' time carry out an inspection to see if Romania and Bulgaria should be allowed to join the Schengen area of border-free travel, according to Hungary's interior minister.

Speaking after a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels yesterday (24 February), Sàndor Pintér said: "In late April or early May we will have a new inspection."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:34:41 AM EST
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hooray !! Although romania's border with hungary seems barely policed, the ones on both sides of the bulgarian border seem to have carried their communist era manuals through to present day

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:06:56 AM EST
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Hamburg May Triple Capacity as Rising Oil Raises Port's Appeal - Bloomberg.com

Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The Port of Hamburg, which is attracting more traffic as oil and charter prices increase, may triple container volumes in the next 15 years with plans to deepen the River Elbe and develop the harbor.

Germany's largest container port lost its European No. 2 ranking to Antwerp in 2009, in part because ships took advantage of cheaper fuel and charter rates to sail to harbors further afield. A rise in oil prices and a doubling of container ship fees in the past year are boosting Hamburg's attraction as a docking site, said Jens Meier, the chief executive officer of the Hamburg Port Authority, in a Feb. 23 interview.

"Right now, the cost advantage of using Hamburg has come back to the level where it was before the crisis," he said. "We can reach 25 million containers, or close to 300 million tons, by 2025 if we fight for it."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:38:33 AM EST
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FT.com / Companies / Aerospace & Defence - Europe dismayed by Boeing's tanker win

Governments and unions across Europe reacted with dismay on Friday to the news that Boeing had beaten the European aerospace group EADS to win the $35bn competition to provide 179 new tanker planes for the US Air Force.

The German government described the decision as a "missed opportunity to deepen the transatlantic partnership".

The choice of Boeing was also called into question by Peter Hintze, parliamentary state secretary responsible for the aerospace industry at the economy ministry.

"I am afraid that in addition to purely military and financial factors, questions of the industrial location of production could also have played a role."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:28:01 PM EST
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Singer shoots down Bild advertising approach - The Local
An attempt to recruit the band Wir Sind Helden for this year's Bild newspaper advertising campaign, which features an honest appraisal of the controversial paper, has failed spectacularly.

Lead singer Judith Holofernes slammed the attempt to attract her band with a devastating critique of the newspaper and the advertising campaign.

The paper - the best-selling publication in the country - has used images of a row of celebrities and their less-than-complementary comments on posters, in return for a donation to charity.

Yet Holofernes said she saw through the strategy and found it as repulsive as the paper itself. She and her band are known for their critical stance towards consumerism and advertising.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:33:00 PM EST
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Evidently Bild thought that the band were doing the trick  Bill Hicks described;-

"By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I'm doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalization for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now. Now, back to the show. Seriously, I know the marketing people: 'There's gonna be a joke comin' up.' There's no fuckin' joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself...borrow a pistol from an NRA buddy, do something...rid the world of your evil fuckin' presence, OK, back to the show.

You know what bugs me though, everyone here in marketing is now thinking the same thing, 'Oh, cool, Bill's going for that anti-marketing dollar, that's a huge market.
[....]
"Ooh, you know what Bill's doing now, he's going for the righteous indignation dollar. That's a big dollar. A lot of people are feeling that indignation. We've done research - huge market. He's doing a good thing."
[....]
"Ooh, the anger dollar. Huge. Huge in times of recession. Giant market, Bill's very bright to do that."
'"



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:12:24 AM EST
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The server of the band's website crashed; but the open letter is on their Facebook page. I translate the most political part, the last two paragraphs:
Die BILD -Zeitung ist kein augenzwinkernd zu betrachtendes Trash-Kulturgut und kein harmloses "Guilty Pleasure" für wohlfrisierte Aufstreber, keine witzige soziale Referenz und kein Lifestyle-Zitat. Und schon gar nicht ist die Bild -Zeitung das, als was ihr sie verkaufen wollt: Hassgeliebtes, aber weitestgehend harmloses Inventar eines eigentlich viel schlaueren Deutschlands.Bild is not a trassh culture item to be observed with a wink, nor a harmless "guilty pleasure" for well-coiffured upstarts, no funny social reference and no lifestyle citation. And least of all is Bild what you want to sell it as: a loved-hated but mostly harmless inventory of an actually much more intelligent Germany.
Die Bildzeitung ist ein gefährliches politisches Instrument -- nicht nur ein stark vergrößerndes Fernrohr in den Abgrund, sondern ein bösartiges Wesen, das Deutschland nicht beschreibt, sondern macht. Mit einer Agenda.Bild is a dangerous political instrument -- not just a strongly magnifying telescope into the abyss, but a malicious entity, which doesn't describe but makes Germany. With an agenda.

Right on point. Migeru's perfect spoof of the government slogan about education, Bildungsrepublik Deutschland yesterday, put it well: BildZeitungsRepublik Deutschland...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 07:16:50 AM EST
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AFP: French foreign minister to resign on Sunday: minister

PARIS -- Beleaguered French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie will on Sunday tender her resignation after returning from an official visit to Kuwait, a minister told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Alliot-Marie has become embroiled in a series of scandals over her controversial links to Tunisia, where she took a holiday during its popular uprising.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 05:12:49 AM EST
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Chronique d'un remaniement : Hortefeux à la défense, Guéant à l'intérieur ? - L'Elysée côté jardin - Blog LeMonde.fr

Ce sera la dixième équipe de Nicolas Sarkozy depuis son élection. Le quatrième remaniement ministériel depuis un an. Nicolas Sarkozy se trouve ce week-end entre l'Elysée et la résidence de la Lanterne, à Versailles. Il consulte, reçoit ses conseillers. Chronique d'un remaniement ou rien n'est fait tant que tout n'est pas fait.

Samedi 20 heures. Encore vingt-quatre heures à attendre! Les annonces sur le remaniement ne devraient pas être officialisées avant la prise de parole télévisée du président sur la politique étrangère. "Il faut attendre l'allocution", prévient Franck Louvrier, conseiller en communication de l'Elysée.

Samedi 19 heures. Michèle Alliot-Marie devrait annoncer sa démission du gouvernement dimanche matin, selon un membre du gouvernement. Le nouveau gouvernement n'est pas définitivement callé. Seule l'arrivée d'Alain Juppé aux affaires étrangères est certaine. Le clan Fillon et les adversaires de Claude Guéant plaident pour la nomination de Hortefeux à la défense et celle de Guéant à l'intérieur.

Sarkozy will go on TV this evening to communicate re: foreign affairs. The reshuffle will be announced just before. It will be the tenth reshuffle since he became president, the fourth in a year. Still uncertain how wide-ranging it will be. Juppé will go to Foreign Affairs, but Hortefeux may go to Defence and Claude Guéant, advisor to Sarko, to the Interior.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 05:24:45 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:53:01 AM EST
With $38 billion cash, Warren Buffett looking for deals | Reuters

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett is looking for acquisitions as an outlet to deploy his $38 billion cash pile, the legendary investor said in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday.

Buffett gave an aggressive earnings forecast for Berkshire's collection of businesses, said the company would engage in record capital spending and forecast a recovery in the housing market would start within a year.

Foremost, though, was his acknowledgment of the need for Berkshire to expand its non-insurance businesses, a broad collection that most prominently includes the railroad Burlington Northern and the electric utility MidAmerican.

"Our elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy," Buffett said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:54:24 AM EST
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Jeez, the guy is richer than Murdoch. He could really do some good with that cash pile, fix a few econsystems and teach people to not just fish but develop fishstocks etc etc.

Instead, he's gonna use that money to make more. He could do that with $1 million and consider it a challenge.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:14:50 AM EST
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The ultra-rich are now playing for the endgame ... be one of the ultra-richest or fall by the wayside.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 09:57:36 AM EST
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ECB's Draghi says must watch inflation threat | Reuters

(Reuters) - Monetary policy makers must closely watch emerging inflation tensions to head off any decline in expectations for price stability, European Central Bank Governing Council member Mario Draghi said on Saturday.

In a speech in the northern Italian town of Verona, Draghi said core inflation in the euro area remained low, despite sharp rises in commodity prices which pushed consumer inflation in January to 2.4 percent, well above the ECB's target zone.

"However, the appearance of inflationary tensions does require that we carefully assess the timing and methods for restoring normal monetary conditions and interest rates," he said, according to a text of his speech.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:59:44 AM EST
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China Learns to Live With Inflation - IPS ipsnews.net
BEIJING, Feb 26, 2011 (IPS) - At Mr. Ma's fruit and vegetable shop, located in a historic hutong alleyway a few blocks from the Lama Temple, the impact of China's growing inflation is evident. In recent months, the prices of Mr. Ma's products have soared. Eggs have gone from RMB 7 (6.5 RMB to a dollar) to RMB 10 per kilogram. Tomatoes have almost doubled. Cabbage has tripled.

Despite the government's pledge to rein in food prices, Mr. Ma's not so sure - a sentiment shared by a growing number of ordinary Chinese. "Prices will definitely keep rising," he tells IPS. "There's not much we can do."

Soaring inflation has been the dominant news story coming out of China in recent months. In January, consumer prices in China climbed 4.9 percent compared to the same month a year ago, according to government figures. That was lower than expected, but still cause for concern. Critics claimed that the statistics bureau had recalculated the index to give less weight to food costs, meaning inflation might have actually been higher than reported.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:52:57 AM EST
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Now seeing the same trend in my local grocery store ... glad I live cheap.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 09:58:57 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:53:20 AM EST
New Zealand earthquake toll surges to 145 dead
Christchurch, New Zealand (AFP) Feb 26, 2011
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key warned the country may be facing its greatest tragedy Saturday as the death toll from this week's earthquake surged to 145, with 200 missing.

Key said Tuesday's tremor, which toppled office buildings and rained debris on busy Christchurch streets, "may be New Zealand's single most tragic event", outstripping a 1931 quake which killed 256.

Entire blocks will have to be razed after the catastrophe, which left up to a third of the city centre facing demolition along with parts of outlying suburbs, and cut power and water supplies to most of the 390,000 population.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:27:13 AM EST
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I think that, if anybody is going to do something sensible going forward, then christchurch should be over as a place of habitation.

An earthquake zone coupled with a soil prone to liquifaction is no place to build anything beyond wooden one and two storey buildings. And modern living doesn't do that any more

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:17:38 AM EST
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All of New Zealand is an earthquake zone - what should change is building codes. Christchurch didn't have a strict one because there have been no biggies in historical times, ignoring that the history of Western colonisation is too short for knowing fault lines active every few centuries only.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:49:26 AM EST
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From what I gathered from articles, the city in most danger due to a similar complacency is Auckland.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:51:14 AM EST
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Clinton's Geneva trip seeks consensus on Libya | Reuters

(Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will try to rally support against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Monday at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, a group Washington once dismissed as toothless.

Clinton's one-day trip will allow her to consult European and other foreign ministers as the United States examines options including sanctions and a "no-fly" zone to try to stop Gaddafi's violent suppression of anti-government protests.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:57:28 AM EST
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Iraq's largest oil refinery shut down after sabotage attack

BAGHDAD, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Gunmen on Saturday stormed Iraq's largest oil refinery in Salahudin province and killed two workers before they bombed the refinery units, a police source said.

"Unidentified gunmen stormed the oil refinery and shot dead an engineer and a guard before they planted bombs to several units in the refinery and blew them up causing huge fire," the source from the police of Salahudin province told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"The huge fire caused the work to completely stop at the refinery which located some 200 km north of Baghdad," the source said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:59:04 AM EST
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Is that you, Hayduke?
by Andhakari on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 05:18:43 AM EST
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For those who don't recognize the name, Hayduke was a character in The Monkey Wrench Gang.

From Wiki:


Edward Abbey died on March 14, 1989,[17] at the age of 62, in his home in Tucson, Arizona. His death was due to complications from surgery; he suffered four days of esophageal hemorrhaging, due to esophageal varices, a recurrent problem with one group of veins.[18] Showing his sense of humor, he left a message for anyone who asked about his final words: "No comment." Abbey also left instructions on what to do with his remains: Abbey wanted his body transported in the bed of a pickup truck, and wished to be buried as soon as possible. He did not want to be embalmed or placed in a coffin. Instead, he preferred to be placed inside of an old sleeping bag, and requested that his friends disregard all state laws concerning burial. "I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree." said the message. For his funeral, Abbey stated "No formal speeches desired, though the deceased will not interfere if someone feels the urge. But keep it all simple and brief." He requested gunfire and bagpipe music, a cheerful and raucous wake, "[a]nd a flood of beer and booze! Lots of singing, dancing, talking, hollering, laughing, and lovemaking."

A 2003 Outside article[specify] described how his friends honored his request:
"The last time Ed smiled was when I told him where he was going to be buried," says Doug Peacock, an environmental crusader in Edward Abbey's inner circle. On March 14, 1989, the day Abbey died from esophageal bleeding at 62, Peacock, along with his friend Jack Loeffler, his father-in-law Tom Cartwright, and his brother-in-law Steve Prescott, wrapped Abbey's body in his blue sleeping bag, packed it with dry ice, and loaded Cactus Ed into Loeffler's Chevy pickup. After stopping at a liquor store in Tucson for five cases of beer, and some whiskey to pour on the grave, they drove off into the desert. The men searched for the right spot the entire next day and finally turned down a long rutted road, drove to the end, and began digging. That night they buried Ed and toasted the life of America's prickliest and most outspoken environmentalist.
Abbey's body was buried in the Cabeza Prieta Desert in Pima County, Arizona, where "you'll never find it." The friends carved a marker on a nearby stone, reading:

EDWARD
PAUL
ABBEY
1927--1989
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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 05:50:17 AM EST
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France24 - Thousands of Tunisians protest against caretaker government
AFP - Tens of thousands of Tunisians rallied Friday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi's transitional government set up after last month's ouster of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.
              
Demonstrators chanted "Ghannouchi Leave" and "Shame on This Government" as army helicopters circled above the crowd massed in the Kasbah government quarter, where police estimated the number of people at over 100,000.
              
It was the biggest of several rallies against the transitional authority since the fall of long-time ruler Ben Ali on January 14 following weeks of demonstrations, protesters and Red Crescent workers estimated.
              
Tunsians, whose uprising sparked others rocking the Arab world, are angry that figures from Ben Ali's authoritarian regime, such as Ghannouchi, are still in power and fear their revolution could be hijacked.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:02:56 PM EST
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Tunsians, whose uprising sparked others rocking the Arab world, are angry that figures from Ben Ali's authoritarian regime, such as Ghannouchi, are still in power and fear their revolution could be hijacked.

sorry, did they think their revolution was over once the regime was toppled. Destroying things is the easy bit. the hardest part of the the revolution is trying to create something afresh, and you certainly don't leave it to the guys who were in charge before. what were they thinking ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:24:31 AM EST
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Come on, why the sneering tone? What do you know of what they expected? They may be people who've had their sights set on the same thing all along, and are putting the pressure on to get it. Seeing them on TV, that's what it looks like to me.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 04:48:40 PM EST
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I may be aghast at their naivety, but that isn't the same thing as sneering.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 06:22:02 AM EST
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What naivety?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 06:49:18 AM EST
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You have no reason to be aghast. There are also ways of saying you're aghast.

These are people who've got rid of a dictator, which is more than one can say for the supine British (yes, I'm aghast).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 08:04:11 AM EST
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They did get rid of Ghannouchi today.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 05:50:31 PM EST
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Title: "Thousands of Tunisians protest".
Intro paragraph: "Tens of thousands of Tunisians rallied".
Actual figure in second paragraph: "police estimated the number of people at over 100,000".

This is the typical and all too familiar MSM way of deflating the media impact of protester numbers. But why are they doing it in this case?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:39:31 AM EST
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Al Jazeera: With conservative estimates of hundreds killed in the past week, mass defections of Gaddafi loyalists, and reports the Libyan leader is employing foreign mercenaries to kill his own people who rise up against him, many of Latin America's presidents have refused to condemn Gaddafi in the harshest of terms. Perhaps the reason why is because many of these same Latin American leaders were up until last week building cozy relations with Gaddafi; some on ideological grounds, others for trade and economic purposes; or both.

...a snapshot of a few countries...



"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 07:14:34 PM EST
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Live Blog - Libya Feb 27   Al Jazeera

3:11pm  All 15 members vote for SC resolution 1970, a unanimous decision.

Gaddafi family members will have their assets frozen, and which administration members will be prevented from leaving Libya.

Asset freeze: Aisha, Hannibal, Khamis Muammar, Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar, Mutassim and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

4:04am  Those slapped with a travel ban: Liaison office head Dr Abdulqader Mohammed al-Baghdadi, Gaddafi's bodyguard chief Abdulqader Yusef Dibri, extrenal intelligence agency boss Abu Zayd Umar Dorda, defence minister Major General Abu Bakr Yunis Jabir,  Utilities secretary Matuq Mohammed Matuq, alleged hit squad chief Sayyid Mohammed Qadhaf Al-dam, Gaddafi's daughter Aisha, sons Hannibal Muammar, Khamis Muammar, Mohammed Muammar, Mutassim, Saadi, Saif al-Arab and Saif al-Islam. Also military intelligence director Col Abdullah al-Senussi - and Gaddafi himself.  

4:17am   Libyan ambassador, Ibrahim Dabasshi: "It is difficult to tell how many [are dead] in Tripoli - because when someone is killed, they come and take the body - also when they are injured." Says the UNSC resolution will send a warning to senior regime figures and encourage them to abandon Gaddafi.


As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:48:57 PM EST
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Long Bread Lines and Barricades in Libya's Capital  NYT

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At the birthplace of the revolt, in the eastern city of Benghazi, a group of senior military officers who had defected were forming a council to lead their troops against Colonel Qaddafi's forces. One of them, an air force general, said three air bases had defected to the rebels, along with the region's military police.

And the rebels said they were in the process of forming an interim government to oversee the areas no longer under Colonel Qaddafi's control. It is expected to include Mustafa Mohamed Abd al-Jalil, a former justice minister who quit to join the insurrection and may now assume the role of interim prime minister.

"The temporary location of the government will be Benghazi, until the liberation of Tripoli," said Iman Bugaighis, a spokeswoman for a coalition of antigovernment activists.

But so far, the protesters say, the rebel force heading for Tripoli has been stymied at Surt, a Qaddafi stronghold on the coastal road where his tribe is concentrated. In Tripoli, home to nearly two million of Libya's roughly six and a half million people, Colonel Qaddafi and his special militias may have unleashed enough firepower to enable them to keep a firm grasp on the city for some time.

They just might be able to pull off a coordinated attack using ground, air and naval assets. Might be a good idea to strafe Gadaffi's private jet. The rounds won't hurt the gold on board and his Norwegian private pilot is now safely in Austria.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:37:40 PM EST
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The situation is still dangerous for the revolutionaries. First, it is one thing for soldiers to refuse to bomb civilians and desert, and another thing to risk their lifes fighting other well-armed soldiers or mercs. Second, with the multiple fronts, Qaddafi can hope on a roll-back strategy: if Surt can hold up the Benghazi forces, Qaddafi's troops there, in Tripoli and in the desert can attempt to wear out local forces and win back control of the cities around Tripoli. If they succeed in that, they can attack Benghazi. So the revolutionaries have to take either Surt or Tripoli to secure victory.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:34:50 AM EST
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the revolutionaries have to take either Surt or Tripoli to secure victory.

They really have to do both, but you well describe why they really cannot stand pat.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 09:52:00 AM EST
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Key tribes abandon Yemen president  Al Aribia English

Pressure on Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign intensified on Saturday when the leaders of two of Yemen's most important tribes abandoned the president and joined the anti-regime movement.

The news came as an official denied reports that police killed four people on Friday in an assault on an anti-government protest in Aden, blaming a southern secessionist group for the attack.

Powerful tribal leaders, including those of the Hashid and Baqil, pledged to join protests against Saleh at a gathering north of the capital, a tribal source told AFP.

"I have announced my resignation from the General People's Congress in protest at the repression of peaceful demonstrators in Sanaa, Taez and Aden," Hashid tribal chief Sheikh Hussein bin Abdullah al-Ahmar was quoted as saying, in reference to the ruling party.

The Hashids are considered Yemen's most powerful tribal confederation and include nine clans, among them the Sanhan, long a bulwark of Saleh's regime.



As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:52:37 PM EST
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Major Yemen tribes join protesters   Al Jazeera

Pressure on Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, to resign has increased after the leaders of two of the country's most important tribes abandoned the president and joined the anti-government movement.

Tribal leaders, including those of the Hashid and Baqil, pledged on Saturday to join protests against Saleh at a gathering north of Sanaa, the capital.

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The announcement was warmly received by a large crowd of tribesmen, including members of Yemen's second largest tribe, the Baqil, who gathered for the meeting, a tribal source told the AFP news agency.

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Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Sanaa, said: "The al-Ahmar family is the tribal leadership of the Hashid tribe, and if the entire family decides to join the anti-government protests then that is bound to be the biggest blow to the Saleh government. If he [Saleh] loses Hashid, that will further erode the public support that he has enjoyed over the last three decades. Many of the members of this tribe are represented in the intelligence agencies, government, military and also embassies all over the world."



As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:04:49 PM EST
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From Crooksandliars
From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey reports:

"Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause. They now join up to 600 people who are inside."

Ryan reported on his Facebook page earlier today:

"Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied State Capitol of Wisconsin: `We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what's right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you!' Unreal."

Video:

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 12:06:42 PM EST
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Wow, the police have chosen a side, and it isn't the Executive.

Never thought I'd see the day

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 01:08:55 PM EST
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Next in line is the National Guard, which supposedly also responds to the Governor.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 01:10:46 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:53:47 AM EST
Google-backed startup claims energy efficiency breakthrough | Grist

if the Southern California startup, called Transphorm, makes good on its claims, it could have a dramatic impact on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity production. That's because power conversion modules are embedded in anything that has a motor -- from heavy-duty industrial equipment to hybrid cars -- as well as those ubiquitous laptop and cellphone chargers. In short, any gadget that needs to convert alternating current that comes out of a power outlet into direct current or vice versa.

That means your electric car could travel farther on a single charge by making batteries more efficient or by eliminating weight from the vehicle. Those bulky gadget chargers could disappear as power conversion modules get built into the devices themselves. And solar panels could generate more electricity if the inverters that convert DC to AC become more efficient.

Transphorm chief executive Umesh Mishra, a professor of electric and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, claims the startup's gallium nitride technology eliminates 90 percent of the energy waste when current is converted from AC to DC and back. Given that 10 percent of the United States' electricity production is lost when converted to different currents, Transphorm's technology could save terawatts of energy if widely adopted.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:19:04 AM EST
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Huh?  Switch-mode power supplies and inverters are already in the high 90s efficiency.  The best you can do is the difference between the current efficiency and 100%, so we're talking at most a 5% improvement.  I predict this will have no measurable impact on energy consumption (the gains will be eaten by the capital energy cost of replacement).  Nice, but not really news worthy.
by njh on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 08:48:42 PM EST
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Flies and cockroaches carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria from factory farms, study finds | Grist

What sort of antibiotic-resistant pathogens are growing on factory farms, along with all the cheap pork chops and chicken wings? And what level of threat do they pose to our health?

Well, we know that in total, factory-farm animals consume a jaw-dropping four times as many antibiotics as do people in the United States, thanks to diligent reporting by Maryn McKenna and Ralph Loglisci and work by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

And we know that a kind of antibiotic-resistant staph infection called MRSA now kills more people than AIDS -- and infects people who never set foot in a hospital, which is the site where MRSA is thought to have originated. We also know, due to the stellar work of Iowa State University researcher Tara Smith, that pigs in confined animal feedlot operations, and the workers who tend them, routinely carry MRSA strains (her paper can be found here).

We also know that, by the FDA's own reckoning, meat on grocery store shelves is routinely infected by pathogens resistant to multiple antibiotics (again, McKenna's work brought the FDA's perhaps intentionally obscure report to light).

And now we know of yet another means by which antibiotic-resistant nasties can make their way from meat factories into the broader community: through the cockroaches and flies drawn to the titanic amounts of manure produced on factory farms.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:21:07 AM EST
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Black Carbon And Tropospheric Ozone's Role In Climate Change
Black carbon (BC) and tropospheric ozone (O3) are harmful air pollutants that also contribute to climate change. The emission of both will continue to negatively impact both human health and climate.

While our scientific understanding of how black carbon and tropospheric ozone affect climate and public health has significantly improved in recent years, the threat posed by these pollutants has catalysed a demand for knowledge and concrete action from governments, civil society, United Nations (UN) agencies and other stakeholders.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was requested to urgently provide science-based advice on actions to reduce the impact of these pollutants and the Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone is the result. Its main findings are:

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:40:29 AM EST
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Saudis to Offset Libya Oil Shortfall - IPS ipsnews.net
CARACAS, Feb 25, 2011 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia has increased oil production to compensate for the fall in output from Libya, as the popular uprising against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi continues to grow in that North African country.

The increase of 700,000 barrels per day is occurring under the attentive gaze of the rest of the members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) -- to which both Saudi Arabia and Libya belong -- but with no intervention from the cartel.

Saudi Arabia "is playing the role assigned by the global economy: being the number one guarantor of stability on the oil market," Elie Habalián, a former Venezuelan governor at OPEC and expert on Middle East issues, told IPS.

The measure helped curb the escalation of prices. West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the U.S. benchmark grade, sold for between 97.36 and 97.48 dollars a barrel in New York Friday, down from 103.41 dollars Thursday.

In London, North Sea Brent, the European benchmark, traded at 112.14 dollars a barrel Friday, down from a peak of 119.79 dollars Thursday.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:51:01 AM EST
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Haven't seen this reported anywhere else (hat tip to The Angry Arab), which means it 1) may not be true, or more likely 2) true but is being suppressed:
Saudi Arabia is now being rocked by strikes as the mood of resistance spreads across the region. A socialist in Saudi Arabia reports on how struggles in the Middle East are even spreading to the most vicious dictatorship, which is sponsored by the US.
 We may find out weeks, months or even years later that it actually happened but was brutally repressed with numerous unreported casualties.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 07:25:39 PM EST
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It's actually taken up across the leftie news and opinion sites. The origin, as far as I can make out, is SWP alone, with a report from a single witness. For the moment, I can't see any corroborating reports, but, if there's something happening, they will come.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 04:44:20 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:54:08 AM EST
Climategate Undermined Belief In Global Warming Among Many TV Meteorologists
Fairfax VA (SPX) Feb 25, 2011
A new paper by George Mason University researchers shows that 'Climategate'-the unauthorized release in late 2009 of stolen e-mails between climate scientists in the U.S. and United Kingdom-undermined belief in global warming and possibly also trust in climate scientists among TV meteorologists in the United States, at least temporarily.

In the largest and most representative survey of television weathercasters to date, George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication and Center for Social Science Research asked these meteorologists early in 2010, when news stories about the climate e-mails were breaking, several questions about their awareness of the issue, attention to the story and impact of the story on their beliefs about climate change. A large majority (82 percent) of the respondents indicated they had heard of Climategate, and nearly all followed the story at least "a little."

Among the respondents who indicated that they had followed the story, 42 percent indicated the story made them somewhat or much more skeptical that global warming is occurring.

These results stand in stark contrast to the findings of several independent investigations of the emails, conducted later, that concluded no scientific misconduct had occurred and nothing in the emails should cause doubts about the fact which show that global warming is occurring.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:28:25 AM EST
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Isn't a TV meteorologist essentially a pretty person with a nice personality?  I don't associate them with critical thinking or deep knowledge of science.  If this is true, why does it matter what they believe?
by njh on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 08:52:33 PM EST
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It matters because within the pretty faces world, they are the ones thought to have the best understanding of science in general and weather (= climate, in their minds) in particular. They are the go-to people for questions about the climate.

This is written up somewhere but I forget where...

by asdf on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 12:34:23 AM EST
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They are immensely important, closely-followed public figures. They carry out a prophetic function, their inspiration being "scientific" rather than divine. They are the nearest thing to science many people can relate to.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 04:54:49 AM EST
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On the other hand, they're wrong much of the time.
by Andhakari on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 05:30:22 AM EST
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No one among the believers ever notices.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 04:51:25 PM EST
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for outside the Netherlands - but all TV meteorologists here have a degree in meteorology, and should in essence be qualified to make a value judgement on the quality of science  both weather and climate.

Anyway, the whole climategate is still reverberating through the scientific community at large, not just TV meteorologists, and people are trying to come to grips with it. See for instance here as an example how touchy the subject remains.

by Nomad on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 07:08:22 AM EST
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It was past practice on European public television that TV meteorologists were actual meteorologists with grades, and it survives on many channels. However, on private TV, there is the tendency originating on US TV that weather presenters are models or talking head wannabes.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 07:20:04 AM EST
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Same in Finland. Mostly.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 07:32:18 AM EST
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Study: Low self-esteem increases bias
Davis, Calif. (UPI) Feb 23, 2011
People with low self-esteem are more likely to show bias or prejudice against people they perceive as different, U.S. researchers say.

"This is one of the oldest accounts of why people stereotype and have prejudice: It makes us feel better about ourselves," Jeffrey Sherman of the University of California, Davis, says. "When we feel bad about ourselves, we can denigrate other people, and that makes us feel better about ourselves."

To test this assumption, Sherman and others used an Implicit Association Test in which participants are asked to watch a computer monitor to identify and associate a series of positive words, negative words and pictures of black or white faces.

The test is designed to assess people's automatic reactions to words and images and reveal bias, a release from the Association for Psychological Science said Wednesday.

Before giving the IAT test, participants were given an extremely difficult 12-question test on which none got more than two of the questions right.

Half of the group was told their results and then told the average score was nine correct answers, to make them feel bad about themselves.

The other half was told the test would be graded later, so they did not know their scores.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 10:38:11 AM EST
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Scientist Killed by Plague Reveals Vulnerability to Lab Strains - Bloomberg.com

Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- University of Chicago infectious disease specialist Ken Alexander still remembers the shock he felt almost 18 months ago when his pager shook with the message that a colleague had died from the plague.

A half-hour later, Alexander was sitting at a table in the dean's office with researchers, lawyers, administrators and campus security officers, he recalled in an interview. The stricken colleague, Malcolm Casadaban, a 60-year-old genetics and cell biology professor, had checked into a hospital five days earlier and died within hours. Lab results were positive for the plague, and the university's "biosafety fire alarm" had been triggered, Alexander said.

"The first question was: Do we think this is real," Alexander, chief of infectious diseases at the university's pediatrics department, said yesterday in a telephone interview. "The answer was yes. So the onus was upon us to do two things; to notify the health infrastructure and act as if this were a worst-case scenario."

That meeting on Sept. 18, 2009, began an investigation into the medical mystery of Casadaban's illness that concluded with a report detailing the events, published yesterday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 11:40:38 AM EST
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Google Revamps Its Search Engine to Fight Cheaters - WSJ.com
Google Inc., long considered the gold standard of Internet search, is changing the secret formula it uses to rank Web pages as it struggles to combat websites that have been able to game its system.

Last month, Google acknowledged it "can and should do better" to beat back sites that "copy content from other websites" or provide information that is "just not very useful" but are ranked highly anyway.

"I've never seen Google be attacked on the relevancy of their results the way they have these past couple of months," said Danny Sullivan, editor of a widely read blog about the field called Search Engine Land.

The debate about Google's results was sparked by a recent blog post by Vivek Wadhwa, a former technology executive and a visiting scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. He wrote that his students had trouble finding basic information about the founders of start-up companies on Google.

"The problem is that content on the internet is growing exponentially and the vast majority of this content is spam," or of little use, he wrote. "Google has become a jungle."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:29:47 PM EST
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Who gets to define what it means to "cheat?"
by asdf on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 12:35:39 AM EST
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A conclusion we reached during the spam wave here (still ongoing if at a much lower level) was that Google held the key to discouraging the backlinkers and trash generators. Whether they should be called "cheats", when they are simply playing the system as it is, is moot.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 04:59:11 AM EST
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Follow the money. Google got serious because it is now in the same business in a different way, selling higher search engine recognition to companies. Just this past Thursday, my company got an advertisement from them in the mail (I had to check it twice to believe it's really from Google and not some con-men).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:22:16 AM EST
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Why Wouldn't the Tea Party Shut It Down? - NYTimes.com

The 2011 rebels are to the right of their 1995 antecedents in any case. That's why this battle, ostensibly over the deficit, is so much larger than the sum of its line-item parts. The highest priority of America's current political radicals is not to balance government budgets but to wage ideological warfare in Washington and state capitals alike. The relatively few dollars that would be saved by the proposed slashing of federal spending on Planned Parenthood and Head Start don't dent the deficit; the cuts merely savage programs the right abhors. In Wisconsin, where state workers capitulated to Gov. Scott Walker's demands for financial concessions, the radical Republicans' only remaining task is to destroy labor's right to collective bargaining.

That's not to say there is no fiscal mission in the right's agenda, both nationally and locally -- only that the mission has nothing to do with deficit reduction. The real goal is to reward the G.O.P.'s wealthiest patrons by crippling what remains of organized labor, by wrecking the government agencies charged with regulating and policing corporations, and, as always, by rewarding the wealthiest with more tax breaks. The bankrupt moral equation codified in the Bush era -- that tax cuts tilted to the highest bracket were a higher priority even than paying for two wars -- is now a given. The once-bedrock American values of shared sacrifice and equal economic opportunity have been overrun.

That's not to say there is no fiscal mission in the right's agenda, both nationally and locally

And globally.

Now where are we going and what's with the handbasket?

by budr on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 09:10:28 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 09:54:34 AM EST
Film about Algeria wins César, Polanski wins best director | RFI
A film about monks kidnapped and murdered in Algeria won best film at the 36th annual César awards, France's version of the Oscars, held Friday evening. Roman Polanski won best director, and Eric Elmosnino and Sara Forestier won best actor and actress.

Des Hommes et des Dieux (Men and Gods), directed by Xavier Beauvois, was nominated in eleven categories. It is the story of the Tibéhirine monks who were kidnapped and killed in Algeria in 1996.

Beauvois described the film as a "message of equality, liberty, fraternity". He asked for solidarity with French Muslims during the upcoming presidential election campaign.

Roman Polanski won best director for The Ghost Writer, which was edited while Polanski was detained in Switzerland.

The film won three other prizes: best editing, best music by Alexandre Desplat, and best screenplay adaptation, from the novel by Robert Harris

Eric Elmosnino won best actor for his role in Gainsbourg (vie heroique), the bio-pic of performer Serge Gainsbourg, which also won best first film for director Joann Sfar.

Sara Forestier, who won a César in 2005, was named best actress for her role in Le nom des gens as a left-wing activist who tries to convert her political opponents by sleeping with them.

The American director Quentin Tarantino received an honourary César, which was presented to him by Diane Kruger and Christoph Waltz, the actors in his film Inglorious
Bastards.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:21:19 PM EST
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With the flood of 200+ comment Libya threads, and after Migeru's reminder, I updated the Most Commented Threads Ever list. Seems like I haven't properly done it for two years, the oldest new addition was das monde's On governments, taxes, rent and debt from March 2009.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Feb 27th, 2011 at 06:19:33 AM EST
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