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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 15 November

by ceebs Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:57:38 PM EST

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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:01:15 PM EST
More than 1,000 protest in Dublin for Savita Halappanavar - Newstalk.ie

An estimated 1,500 people have been protesting in Dublin after the death of a woman who was apparently denied a termination despite being told she was miscarrying.

31-year-old Savita Halappanavar died of septicemia at University Hospital Galway days after being told she was having a miscarriage.

Two investigations are underway into her death.

Traffic on Kildare Street in the capital came to a complete stop as the road outside the Dáil was blocked.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:19:50 PM EST
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Unpicking John Hayes's response to the Corby byelection allegations | Politics | guardian.co.uk

The Tory energy minister John Hayes is facing tough questions about the byelection in Corby. In short: was he involved in an apparent plan to use the campaign of a rival candidate, James Delingpole, to promote the anti-windfarm agenda?

An important skill in journalism is unpicking what is known in the trade as a "non-denial denial". These are responses that look and feel like trenchant denials but, upon closer inspection, do not directly address the question that has been asked.

On Tuesday, on the basis of undercover footage shot by Greenpeace (you can read the full story here) we put a set of allegations to three people. First, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, who had been caught on camera suggesting he had encouraged Delingpole to join the race. Once our story was frontpage news, Heaton-Harris put out this apology.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:35:45 PM EST
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Unpicking John Hayes's response to the Corby byelection allegations | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Section 118A of the Representation of the People Act 1983 identifies when a person is a candidate in a by-election. I suggest you read it.

It provides

"A person becomes a candidate at a parliamentary election-- .
(a)on the date of-- .
...
(ii)in the case of a by-election, the occurrence of the vacancy, .
in consequence of which the writ for the election is issued if on or before that date he is declared by himself or by others to be a candidate at the election"

When Delingpole declared himself a candidate he fell within the terms of the representation of the People Act - irrespective of the fact that he was not formally nominated.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:36:12 PM EST
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Tory MP escapes discipline over anti-windfarm comments | Politics | guardian.co.uk

The Conservative party has said it has no plans to discipline Chris Heaton-Harris for plotting with a Telegraph columnist to help him stand as an anti-windfarm candidate in the Corby byelection, even though the MP was the official agent for the Tory campaign in the constituency.

After speaking to Heaton-Harris and watching the video evidence, Tory officials said they wanted to focus on the big issues, but admitted he had been silly.

The home secretary, Theresa May, said he had been guilty only of silly bragging, prompting the renewable energy industry to describe the party's response as beyond belief.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:31:50 PM EST
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Was James Delingpole a candidate in the Corby by-election? | Love and Garbage - some commonplace musings
Following the Guardian story about James Delingpole and Chris Heaton-Harris an interesting legal question arises: was James Delingpole, although never nominated, a candidate for the Corby by-election? The question is relevant because the government minister, John Hayes (whose views on wind-farms seem pertinent - as discussed here) has stressed in a response to The Guardian that "James Delingpole was never a candidate in this byelection." (see response 4 in this article); and James Mackenzie, from the Better Nation team, has reported the conduct referred to in the Guardian piece to the police as potentially involving electoral offences.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 06:39:50 PM EST
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'End of story' for both wind farms and Tory green credentials | Damian Carrington | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The time has come when prime minister David Cameron's inaction in supporting the green agenda has spoken louder than words.

Put simply, by failing to discipline energy minister John Hayes and MP Chris Heaton-Harris, for the reasons laid out below, we know once and for all that the pledge to be the "greenest government ever" was a convenient fiction that has been ripped up at the first sign of trouble in a few marginal constituencies. That is not just be a betrayal of a promise, it is a betrayal of the national interest that lies in finding the lowest risk, lowest cost route to a clean energy system fit for the 21st century.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:50:25 PM EST
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Did anyone ever doubt that the idea that the conservatives might form "the greenest government ever" was just a big puddle of snake oil ?

I know it simply never occurred to me that they had any real intentions in that direction, their de-regulating pro-business manias would always get in the way of that

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 08:14:00 AM EST
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"To make blue go green, add yellow."
Such a great line. A good summary of politics in the UK or Europe.

The correct response is:
"Hahahaha. Oh, wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder."
(Bender, Futurama, "Love and Rocket")


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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 09:51:09 AM EST
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Dave's 'win' on wind | The Waugh Room | | PoliticsHome

Has David Cameron put the 'win' into windfarms for the Tory party? Or is it more bluster than reality?

Chris Heaton-Harris is in a spot of bother in the Guardian today for apparently encouraging James Delingpole to stand in the Corby by-election (albeit only ever as a paper candidate rather than an actual one).

But what's more interesting than the Corby stuff is what Chris H-H told the undercover Greenpeace activists about John Hayes and wider Government policy on energy.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 09:55:28 AM EST
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Thanks.

(Heh. "deliver a win" - Anyone else remember when "win" was a verb?)

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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 10:00:42 AM EST
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You're obviously not a chess player.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 10:24:08 AM EST
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Not since high school or so, no. Perfect information --> analysis paralysis.

(Ack. "to castle". Forgot about that. Damn you, English language, from hell's heart I stab at thee!)


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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 10:33:53 AM EST
[ Parent ]
We all love to verb nouns and noun verbs.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 10:41:16 AM EST
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"Verbing weirds words"

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 16th, 2012 at 05:39:59 AM EST
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BBC News - European workers stage austerity protests

Workers across the European Union have staged a series of protests and strikes against rising unemployment and austerity measures.

General strikes in Spain and Portugal halted transport and closed businesses and schools. Police and protesters clashed in several Spanish cities.

Rallies took place in 23 countries including Greece, France and Belgium, union officials told the BBC.

Hundreds of flights to and from striking nations were cancelled.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:24:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Anti-austerity strikes erupt across Europe - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Workers across the European Union have launched an unprecedented string of strikes in a co-ordinated battle against austerity cuts on Wednesday.

The strikes are intended to paralyse factories and public sector offices, and have grounded more than 700 flights. Organisers are urging national leaders to abandon fiscal austerity measures and address growing social anxiety.

Walkouts are expected in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, with other protests planned in Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:28:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
from today's Democracy Now!

  General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis

  http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/14/general_strike_sweeps_europe_as_millions

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 Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:26:29 PM EST
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The governments are not listening.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:43:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Gotta start somewhere.

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 Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:14:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I have a feeling that the "Syria situation" didn't happen overnight.

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 Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:15:58 PM EST
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i think they are, very carefully.

they just trust their firewall to hold.

they have to...

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 07:02:52 AM EST
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It's all very well protesting austerity, but I think there has to be a germ of what an alternative might look like for it to catch fire.

Right now there is a sense that the media can present this as protesting against the tide coming in, TINA don't you know ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 08:17:08 AM EST
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Michael Gove's civil service cuts 'to hit non-white, disabled and older workers' | Politics | The Guardian

Radical plans by Michael Gove to cut the Department for Education in half will result in a disproportionate number of redundancies among minority ethnic, disabled and older staff, leaked documents show.

An internal review of 3,781 departmental staff - which has been handed to the Guardian - shows that one in eight workers define themselves as black or from an ethnic minority. But more than one in three workers described as putting in an unsatisfactory performance are non-white and likely to be sacked. Nearly 15% of staff identified by managers as underperforming have a disability, while only 6% of all staff are registered as disabled.

Civil servants who are over 50 are less likely to receive a performance award and more likely to receive an unsatisfactory rating, the report concludes.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:45:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
How convenient...
by vbo on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:33:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, you could almost imagine he meant it that way

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 08:22:21 AM EST
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November 14 edition.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:35:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EurActiv: Hungarian minister: A budget for the eurozone will destroy the EU (14 November 2012)
There is a very deep division among the players. There is a clear numeric majority of member states stating that we need a decent budget to fulfil all treaty obligations and the EU 2020 objectives, which have been agreed by all 27 member states. And a decent budget needs at least the size the Commission proposed.

There is another group of member states which are saying that during an era of budgetary cuts at home, we need to cut at the European level, too.

I do not agree with this logic since the EU budget is very different in its nature than the national budgets. I do believe in the European added value of the common budget. So we need fiscal consolidation on the national level and a reasonable budget on EU level.

...

Yes, regarding this mysterious fiscal capacity, which is a kind of plan for having an EU Budget II - I think that will destroy the European Union. This kind of fiscal capacity, mentioned in Van Rompuy's paper, could have two objectives: First, the quite understandable objective to absorb macroeconomic shocks in the eurozone, which was missing in the current crisis.

But the second objective to assist countries which go through structural reforms is extremely problematic. Why? Take the example of Hungary. In the last two years we have been implementing very serious structural reforms because we want to finish with the debt and because we are under excessive deficit procedure.

How you can you "absorb macroeconomic shocks" without "assisting countries going through structural reforms"?

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 07:41:21 PM EST
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not hard in theory!

the structural reforms, aka stripping workers' rights back to about 1400AD levels, everyone will be happy opening up small businesses and innovating away... unemployment figures will go down after the old and sick die off due to no hospital care, job-creators will thrive, mcdonald's on every corner!

happy meals on credit! two weeks labour gets you fries with it.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 07:08:20 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing Banking union likely to be delayed until 2014 (15.11.2012)
A newspaper report says officials no longer believe that the timetable for a banking union can be met; there is continued disagreement about the scope of a banking union; Sweden rejects the proposed legal basis for a banking union, and insists on a treaty change to ensure that the interests of non-eurozone members are safeguarded; the Bundesbank also questions the legal base for a banking union, citing conflicts of interest with the ECB's mandate for price stability; the eurogroup has discussed the possibility of direct transfers to Greece, while ruling out any form of official sector involvement; Christine Lagarde has reiterated her demand that the Eurozone should find a "real fix" for Greece, as opposed to a quick fix; the latter, however, seems likely as Eurozone officials say the most probable outcome for next Tuesday's meeting would be a temporary agreement to fix the budget gap until 2014 only; this could be achieved through a cut in interest rates, and a lengthening of maturities; Olli Rehn says Spain needs no further fiscal adjustment in respect of the 2012 and 2013 targets; says Commission is now looking at structural deficit indicators, not only the nominal targets; mass protests gripped large of southern Europe; in Spain 80% of the workforce took part in a general strike; Italy saw 100 protest rallies, with reports of violent clashes in Rome; Beppo Grillo Italy was now at with EU and German imposed austerity; Ignazio Visco says the rise in tax revenues does not prevent Italy's stock of debt to keep on rising; economists expect Eurostat to announce a Q3 drop in GDP, the second consecutive fall; Fitch has re-graded Ireland from negative to stable; Emilio Botin, meanwhile, argues that a properly designed banking union is critical for the solution of the Eurozone crisis.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:11:51 AM EST
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Botin explains why a banking union is needed

In a comment in the FT, Emilio Botin, chairman of Santander, says a banking union is needed "to break the vicious circle between sovereign debt and bank debt, to align regulations and supervisory practices across EU member states; and to strengthen European banking." He writes there is at present no single banking market. He writes that a properly functioning banking union must align standards for supervision. It must enhance transparency. And through a deposit insurance and single resolution mechanism, it should strengthen confidence in the system. He concludes that a proper banking union is essential for the Eurozone to overcome the crisis.

(We, too, agree with that proposition, but the way the negotiations are going we are not going to get the kind of banking union Botin advocates, only a miniature version, that pretends to be a banking union.)



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:12:42 AM EST
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Emilio Botín: Europe needs to embrace banking union (FT, November 14, 2012)
The financial crisis hit Europe harder than any other economic area. When it struck, it caught the eurozone without a sufficiently developed institutional framework, resulting in a slow and uncertain response. Instead of meeting the challenge, the EU's early responses undermined investor confidence and triggered a wave of disaffection among citizens.

...

First, it means that we must enhance and align standards of banking supervision. No amount of regulation can substitute for airtight supervision. The crisis has revealed that not all banks were subject to the same degree of supervision, which is one of the reasons for their mixed performance in recent years. The European Central Bank is positioned to assume the supervisory role in the eurozone. This should be done gradually, with the ECB initially overseeing the largest institutions.

...

In going back to basics, I see three crucial factors. First, solid corporate governance, including a board that is able to challenge management and has long term vision. Second, strong and independent risk management policies and procedures that allow a bank to anticipate events and define and control its risk profile at all times. Third, restoring the principle that banking should support the real economy by providing loans and financial services. This might sound boring but it still requires a great deal of experience, judgment and hard work to get it right.



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:16:40 AM EST
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Eurogroup is  discussing direct transfers

No this is not OSI, but it is important development nevertheless. Suddeutsche reports that the eurogroup meeting discussed a form of transfers for the first time, citing unnamed officials as saying that the moment had arrived for governments to explain to their citizens that a parts of taxpayers' money, which was used for lending, is unlikely to be repaid. Germany, however, continues to reject the notion of a debt restructuring, or official sector involvement. Instead, officials are considering the possibility of a direct transfer. The article said these discussions are the backdrop to the disagreement between Christine Lagarde and Jean-Claude Juncker after the recent eurogroup meeting. Lagarde insisted that the Eurozone should stop pretending that the Greek situation is sustainable. If they do not accept a form OSI, the IMF would withdraw from the programmes, the articles says, which would increase the costs to the Eurozone governments. Ministers have been discussing cutting the Greek interest rates to zero - which would constitute a de facto transfer.  The article also made the point that the ECB's contribution - a return of profits on its Greek purchases - is likely to be much lower than previously estimated, in the middle single digits (in billion).

Eurogroup may only decide to bridge the Greek funding gap temporarily

Reuters reports that the eurogroup may only end up with a solution to bridge the Greek funding gap until 2014 in their scheduled meeting next Tuesday. The article says this would reduce the sum to €13.5bn, according to an unnamed official. Handelsblatt reports, also quoting an unnamed diplomat, that this amount could be realised by lowering interest rates on outstanding debt and extending maturities on loans.

Another Reuters story is quoting Christine Lagarde as demanding a real fix, as opposed to a quick fix.

(It is quite obvious that Lagarde is not happy about the notion of a temporary solution, which is of course what she means by a quick fix.)



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:18:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
SZ reporting on last night's blackout in Munich.
Kollege Thomas Hummel berichtet: "Ich bin über den Max-Weber-Platz mit dem Radl gefahren, da fielen die Ampeln aus. Es war herrlich. Die Autos, Radfahrer und Fußgänger haben sich wie in Sizilien aneinander vorbeigeschlängelt, jeder kam schneller voran als sonst. Ein Chaos, das keine Verlierer kannte und gegenseitige Aufmerksamkeit forderte. Ein Plädoyer dafür, mindestens die Hälfte aller Ampeln im Stadtgebiet abzubauen!"
Auch auf der Facebook-Seite von SZ München tauschen sich User über den Stromausfall aus. Bernhard Dirnberger schreibt: "Ich dachte, das gibt's nur in New York.
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by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 05:33:21 AM EST
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Oh, no, Germans are like other humans!

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 05:43:21 AM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:01:46 PM EST
BBC News - Barack Obama: US wealthiest must pay more tax

US President Obama has reiterated his call for high earners in the US to pay more in taxes, in his first news conference since winning re-election.

He called for quick legislation to rule out tax rises on the first $250,000 (£158,000) of income, but refused to extend cuts for the wealthiest 2%.

"We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy," Mr Obama said.

The US faces a so-called "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax rises.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:25:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Barack Obama: US wealthiest must pay more tax

And in other fairytale news, ...

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 Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:28:04 PM EST
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BBC News - Bank of England cuts UK growth forecast for 2013

The Bank of England has cut its growth forecast for next year to about 1% from nearer 2%, and said recovery will be "slow and protracted".

It now thinks that the economy will not get back to pre-crisis levels until 2015, two years later than it previously predicted.

The Bank also believes inflation will remain higher for longer.

Governor Sir Mervyn King also welcomed the latest jobs figures which showed a continued fall in unemployment.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:25:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
UK risks triple-dip recession, Mervyn King warns | Business | guardian.co.uk

The UK economy risks suffering from a triple-dip recession amid a period of persistently low growth that will last until the next election, the governor of the Bank of England has warned.

Sir Mervyn King cut Britain's growth forecast to 1% next year and warned that output was more likely than not to remain below pre-crisis levels over the next three years. "There seems a greater risk that the UK economy may be in a period of persistent low growth," he said on Wednesday.

The UK economy emerged from a double-dip recession in the third quarter of this year, when the economy grew by 1%, but King warned that this was driven by one-off factors. "Continuing the recent zig-zag pattern, output growth is likely to fall back sharply in the fourth quarter as the boost from the Olympics in the summer is reversed - indeed output may shrink a little this quarter," he said. If that period of contraction continues into 2013, the UK could drop into a triple-dip recession.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:32:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
So how many dips before it becomes a depression?


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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:56:15 AM EST
[ Parent ]
We probably need to wait for the current generation of political-economic leaders to retire in order for the next generation to call it a depression.

So, give it 15 years.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 05:15:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The definition of a recession is such that the threat of it is always imminent, requiring austerity to avoid, but, somehow, not here yet.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 08:26:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]
France demands €200m in tax from Amazon - The Local
Online retailer Amazon revealed on Monday that it has been handed a bill for back taxes by the French authorities amounting to $198 million ($252 million), relating to its turnover in the country.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:57:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
woot, that should pay for a couple of bolts on a euro-fighter, or for research as to why the submarines roll over.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 07:11:36 AM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:02:10 PM EST
McCain: `Will do everything in my power' to block Susan Rice appointment | The Raw Story

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is vowing to block U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice from becoming the next secretary of state because he says that her early assessment of attacks in Benghazi, Libya make her "not qualified" for the job.

"Susan Rice should have known better and if she didn't know better, she's not qualified," McCain told Fox News on Wednesday. "I will do everything in my power to block her from being the United States secretary of state."

"She has proven that she either doesn't understand or is not willing to accept evidence on its face," he added.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:32:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Not that he's till pissed off about 2008 or anything

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 08:27:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
BBC News - Israeli air strike kills Hamas military chief Jabari

The head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been killed during Israeli air and naval strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari and another Hamas official died when the car they were in was hit in Gaza City.

It follows a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from the territory.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:40:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
IDF and Hamas   fighting Via Twitter

https://twitter.com/AlexYudelson/status/268803990752473089/photo/1

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:21:04 PM EST
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Analysts fear wide-reaching fallout from Israeli strikes on Gaza

As the Israeli air force launches airstrikes against the Gaza Strip in what it's calling Pillar of Defense, some analysts are already worrying about the potential implications for the region of renewed Israel-Gaza violence. 

Middle East watchers are by temperament a cynical bunch, and their assessments are just predictions, so take them with a grain of salt. But it's worth considering them, both to examine the wider risks should violence increase (the Israeli military has signaled its readiness for a ground invasion "if necessary") and as a reminder of how closely connected these disparate Middle Eastern security and political issues can be.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:25:06 PM EST
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in what it's calling Pillar of Defense

In English. The Hebrew translates to Pillar of Smoke (see the bible).

On Israeli social media, some are calling it the "War of Independence" ("Independence" is the name of Ehud Barak's virtual party)

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:52:40 AM EST
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Twitter / ShunraCat: Reports of tanks invading ...
Reports of tanks invading Northern Gaza (translated tweet: RT @PHR_IL: דיווחים על פלישת טנקים לצפון הרצועה #GazaUnderAttack )


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:27:19 PM EST
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Ain't this great?

RT News:

17:25 GMT: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says it "will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression".

 

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:22:10 PM EST
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Oh shit.

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 Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:29:20 PM EST
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RT (again):

21:06 GMT: The Israeli Security Cabinet has given the IDF permission to draft reservists and expand the Gaza operation.

We may be about to learn how much of the munitions seized in the last days of the Ghaddafi regime ended-up in Gaza.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:34:52 PM EST
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If we "learn" anything from IDF it will be a miracle.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:39:55 PM EST
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"Learn" in the sense how better equipped, or not, Hamas is.  The last time Israel sent in the tanks Hamas had a bunch of AK-47s and some POS home made rockets.  

Ghaddafi had hundreds of tons of old Warsaw Pact weaponry laying around.  Some of it may, or may not, have made its way into Gaza, especially since Muslim Brotherhood eliminated their part of the blockade.


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:44:30 PM EST
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Trying to provoke a reaction from Iran that would give an excuse?

Or just sour grapes after Obama's reelection?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:42:20 PM EST
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I don't think so.  Israel depends on their air force to support their ground offensives.  (Very "blizkrieg" of 'em.)  They don't have the assets to attack Iran and Gaza.

Syria (IIRC) was the big backer of Hamas.  The on-going civil war may have given Bibi the idea he has an opening to take-out Gaza?

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:51:07 PM EST
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He may wish to pre-empt after Obama's re-election by putting boots on the ground. His hold on power is not that obvious.

Occupy Gaza, that might be a bridge too far. But a nice murderous campaign...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:01:20 PM EST
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As long as it is Palestinians who are getting murdered it may help.  

What does he do if the Egyptian Army moves into Gaza to "prevent civilian casualties?"  

I doubt he has thought this thing through.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:06:22 PM EST
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Israel 'prepared to expand' Gaza operation - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
"We are at the beginning, not end of this action," he [Ehud Barak] said, stressing the need to be "on high alert in Israel and West Bank... It won't be a quick fix.. but we'll reach goals we set for this operation."
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:08:14 PM EST
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Uri Mishgav (vowels in the surname are my guess) in today's Ha'aretz
הבחירות הקרובות היו אמורות להתנהל במגרש הכלכלי-חברתי. זה מגרש שהממשלה המכהנת נמצאת בו במצוקה, שלא איימה באמת על המשך שלטונה, מכיוון שבמקביל הופקר המגרש המדיני-ביטחוני על ידי יריביו הפוטנציאליים של נתניהו. איש מהם לא העז להציב במגרש הזה אלטרנטיבה - ובכך להציע לאזרחי ישראל תפיסה אסטרטגית כוללת, שתתחרה בתפישה הנוכחית של ממשלת נתניהו (אם יש כזו). עוד בתחילת השבוע הכריזה יו"ר מפלגת העבודה, שלי יחימוביץ', כי היא "מעניקה גיבוי לראש הממשלה נתניהו" ביחס למתיחות בדרום - כאילו היתה כבר שותפה מלאה בממשלתו העתידית ולא מתמודדת נחושה על הנהגת המדינה. על שתיקתו הרועמת של מנהיג "יש עתיד" יאיר לפיד מיותר להכביר מלים. בהעדר התנגדות ותפישת עולם אלטרנטיבית, ברור שהאצבע היתה קלה במיוחד על ההדק.

למרות זאת, ולאור החידלון המנהיגותי המתמשך בדרום, החל לבצבץ בימים האחרונים אי שקט בשדה הפוליטי והתקשורתי. נתניהו התחיל להזיע. יחד עם ההשתלטות המוחלטת של נפתלי בנט ואנשיו על האלקטורט הדתי-הלאומי, ההתעצמות המהירה של ש"ס בהנהגת דרעי, והכרסום המתמשך בפוטנציאל המצביעים "החברתיים", הכל היה קצת יותר מדי בשבילו. ההצלחה המבצעית המרשימה עשויה לכאורה לחזק גם את שר הביטחון, אהוד ברק, שצלל אל מתחת לתהום הנשייה של אחוז החסימה עם מפלגתו הווירטואלית. נניח רגע להיגיון האסטרטגי של הפעולה; העיתוי שלה פשוט שקוף עד כדי גיחוך

Quick english translation
The upcoming elections were supposed to focus on economic-social issues. In this area, the current government is in trouble, but this did not seriously threaten their continued rule, as the national-security field had been abandoned by Netanyahu's rivals. None of them dared to raise alternatives in this area - and in this way to offer to Israeli citizens an overal strategic concept that could compete with Netanyahu's (if such exists). Only at the beginning of this week, the head of the Labour party, Shelly Yachimovich, declared that she "provides support to Prime Minister Netanyahu" over the tensions in the south - as though she was already a full member of his governement and not a determined competitor. About the thundering silence of the leader of "There is a Future", Yair Lapid, there's no need to waste words. In the absence of alternative points of view, it's clear that they were trigger-happy.

Despite all this, and in light of the continuing leadership failure in the south, the last few days started to show signs of uncertainty in the political and media areas. Netanyahu was starting to sweat. Along with the complete capture of the National-Religious camp by Naftali Bennett, the fast strengthening of Shas under Deri, and the continuing weakening of the potential of the "social" voters, it was all a bit too much for him. The impressive military success may strengthen the Defense Minister Ehud Barak, whose virtual party was falling below the threshhold. Putting aside the strategic logic of the operation, the timing was ridiculously transparent

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:55:07 PM EST
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Oh that's just ducky.

Netanyahu needs a military victory to shore-up his government.  THAT will make for rational decision making.


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:57:11 PM EST
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Of course Netenyahu needed a military conflict. He wasn't allowed to attack Iran, Syria refused to take the bait even when the IDF started firing at them. So attacking Gaza is his only option for an election-winning strategy. Soon as the election is over, the IDF will withdraw.

It's all part of the game.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 08:32:47 AM EST
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See Olmert and the previous election.

This is, however, the first time that Netanyahu has started a war, which has led some people to think that it's basically Barak's doing.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 09:33:11 AM EST
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WTF does this mean?

21:37 GMT: Israeli National Security Minister Avi Dichter: "We have no intention to end this round of fighting and suffer more hits in the next"

Are they thinking of occupying Gaza?  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:55:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
RT News

22:26 GMT: Hamas' armed wing, the  Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claims to be shelling "the occupied city of Tel Aviv".


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:41:31 PM EST
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Many killed in string of Iraq bomb blasts - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

A series of car bombings and a roadside explosion have killed at least 26 people and injured more than 100 others across Iraq.

In Baghdad, a car bomb targeting an army general's convoy blew up near the Palestine hotel in an area frequented by foreigners, killing a guard in the convoy. General Qassim Nouri, in charge of security at the Baghdad municipality, was unhurt, according to police sources.

The explosion was in Firdos Square, famed for scenes of the toppling of the huge statue of Saddam Hussein shortly after the 2003 US-led invasion.

The deadliest blasts occurred in Kirkuk, a disputed ethnically mixed oil-rich governorate in northern Iraq that is frequently targeted by militants seeking to sow communal violence, where at least nine people were killed and 39 wounded.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:30:23 PM EST
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Communist Party Congress closes in China - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

China's Communist Party is bringing their National People's Congress to a close, a day before unveiling its leaders for the coming decade.

President Hu Jintao and premier Wan Jiabao are expected to step down in favour of the anointed successors, Vice President Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang in what would be only the second orderly transfer of power in 63 years.

The party's 2,200-plus delegates filed into Beijing's Great Hall of the People in the morning to select members of the Central Committee, a panel of a few hundred people that approves leadership positions and sets broad policy goals.

"I now announce that the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress has come to a victorious conclusion," Hu told delegates.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:30:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Unveiling" and "anointed" could just be writing and editing.
"Victorious" is probably a direct translation.

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:59:28 AM EST
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Iran test-fires missiles, unveils military achievements in ongoing drill - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Iran's Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have test-fired a range of missiles and unveiled their military achievements in the ongoing joint air defense drill starting on Monday.

Code-named "Modafe' an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4", or "The Defenders of the Sky of Guardianship 4", the seven-day drill is held in an area of more than 850,000 square km, accounting for half of the country, in which a large number of soldiers are participating.

On Wednesday, the third day of the drill, Iran testified S-200 air defense missile system "successfully" in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, said the commander of Iranian Khatam al- Anbia Air Defense Base, Farzad Esmaili, adding that the missile system has been developed for high-altitude targets.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:47:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Japan's PM to dissolve lower house Fri, election set for Dec. 16 - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will dissolve the lower house of parliament on Friday for a general election on Dec. 16, ruling Democratic Party of Japan officials indicated, following deliberations on the issue between party leaders in the lower chamber Wednesday.

In a parliamentary debate held between Noda and the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe, Noda indicated that he would dissolve the lower house for a general election on Friday.

The Japanese premiere had previously said he would dissolve lower house, the more powerful of the two houses in Japan's bicameral system of parliament, by the end of the year for a snap election.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:47:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
UN General Assembly urges end to U.S. embargo on Cuba - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The UN General Assembly ( UNGA) on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution to condemn the U.S. blockade of Cuba, urging Washington to end its long- running embargo against the Caribbean island country.

The resolution, titled "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba," was approved by the 193-nation assembly with 188 votes for, three against and two abstentions.

The United States, which imposed the blockade against Cuba in the early 1960s, voted against the draft resolution along with Israel and Palau. The Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained, as they also did last year.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:48:08 PM EST
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Not going to happen until after the 2014 elections.  IF then.

There's no upside for Obama and plenty of down.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:23:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
BBC News - Syria: France backs anti-Assad coalition

France has become the first Western power to recognise Syria's opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

The move was announced by President Francois Hollande at a televised news conference in Paris.

Syrian opposition groups struck a deal in the Qatari capital Doha on Sunday to form a broad coalition to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The US and Britain have both signalled support for the coalition.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:55:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of Americans seeking permission for their states to peacefully secede from the union have now been filed for all 50 states on the White House website.

From my yahoo mail site.

Let's do this thing!

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 Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:56:21 PM EST
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Hah...it will come at some point but it will not be "peacefully"...
by vbo on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:50:50 PM EST
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Colombia Reports: Approximately 115,000 Colombian adults and 6,400 Colombian children die of undernourishment each year, the United Nations said.

This was just too stunning to let pass.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne

by maracatu on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 08:33:33 PM EST
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Can't help but think that's a bit suspicious. If malnutrition was as widespread as the adult mortality figures suggest, the child mortality would be in the mid tens of thousands at least.

I think there's some mis-reporting happening

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 08:36:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 11:54:37 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Israel and Gaza militants in deadly exchanges - live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk

Leibovitch [Israeli military spokesman] said:

We are not beginning any ground operation as for now, but it is an option. Other options still exist. We do have from time to time operational assessments and then we'll decide of the next steps.

She was asked what would be the trigger for a ground operation - a rocket landing in Tel Aviv?

This is one possibility, of course. We do not want to be in this situation but it is possible ... but it can be other things as well. We are as a military prepared for many types of scenarios.

She "recommended" to Hamas it halt its rocket fire.

Were the two sides talking at all? She refused to answer.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 12:02:00 PM EST
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Israel and Gaza militants in deadly exchanges - live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk
Warning sirens in Tel Aviv; rocket said to land in vicinity

Warning sirens of incoming missiles have sounded in Tel Aviv, Israel's largest metropolitan area, for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War.

Reuters, quoting Israeli Army radio, reports that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Tel Aviv but there were no casualties.

Al-Jazeera reports a rocket landed in the water just south of Tel Aviv, near Jaffa.

Haaretz reports a rocket landed in Holon, also south of the city.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 12:15:50 PM EST
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LIVE BLOG: Rockets strike Tel Aviv area; three Israelis killed in attack on south - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

7:05 P.M. IDF spokesman says two missiles fired toward Tel Aviv, though did not land on ground, adding that residents of central Israel should prepare for a night that "won't be calm".

... 6:55 P.M. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for rocket that hit Tel Aviv. (Reuters)

6:44 P.M. Rocket lands in Holon, just south of Tel Aviv.

... 6:38 P.M. Rocket warning sirens sound in Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak, for first time since Gulf War in 1991.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 12:21:18 PM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:02:33 PM EST
Hurricane Sandy Sends a Message That More Storms Can Be Expected | Atlantic Council

Polish-born nuclear physicist Marcin Jakubowski and his small band of acolytes are holed up in rural Missouri working on a "civilization starter kit."

Bloomberg Businessweek headlines the experiment "The Post-Apocalypse Survival Machine Nerd Farm." Is this the future of American innovation? asks the magazine.

The answer might be affirmative after reading the same issue's cover line in large black letters on a red background -- "IT'S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID"



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:27:02 PM EST
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Dutch government may face legal action over climate change | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The Dutch government is facing the threat of legal action if it fails to take swift action on climate change.

The move, which is thought to be the first time that European human rights legislation has been used to take a government to court over climate change failures, is intended to put the spotlight on what campaigners say is a lack of action and force them to prioritise cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Urgenda, the pressure group behind the move, sent a letter to ministers calling on them to announce new initiatives on cutting emissions. Without that, the group said it would proceed to the courts.

The government of the Netherlands has not yet responded.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:49:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US governors cross party lines in support of windfarm subsidies | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Republicans and Democrats called a momentary truce in the energy and climate wars on Tuesday, teaming up in support of windfarms and even the introduction of a carbon tax.

In a first sign of a possible shift in the landscape after Barack Obama's re-election, governors from both parties urged Congress to extend subsidies for windfarms.

The governors from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Oregon, who included two Democrats and two Republicans, said ending the subsidies would stunt an emerging industry.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:49:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Huh, Colorado has a lot of wind power. Fancy that.
The other three are basically flat as I understand it - could see those being in the game.


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 05:06:55 AM EST
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WSJ: Health Scourge Hits Greece (November 14, 2012)
The return of malaria, a scourge in developing countries, to Greece is a disturbing indicator of the nation's decline since it crashed in 2009 under the weight of a debt binge. Since then, Greece has seen decades of advances in public health rolled back, as a flood of illegal immigrants, a dysfunctional government and budget cuts ravage a once proud health-care system.

...

In addition to malaria, public-health officials say they are worried about rises in everything from infectious respiratory-tract diseases and skin conditions to tuberculosis and HIV.

...

In 2009, six locally acquired malaria cases were confirmed in Evrota, the municipality that includes Skala, something independent public-health experts said should have triggered preventive measures by Athens. In 2010 there was one further confirmed case of endemic malaria and the next year the overall number of cases in the area jumped to 57, of which 34 were confirmed as being locally acquired.

The cases in 2009 and 2010 cannot be attributed to an austerity-induced collapse of the health care system.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:34:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:02:55 PM EST
Leveson weighed down under mountain of responses to criticism of press | Media Monkey | Media | guardian.co.uk
No wonder Lord Justice Leveson is taking so long with his report into the future regulation of the fourth estate. Monkey hears that some of the newspaper responses to the generic Rule 13 letter outlining all the possible criticism that would be levelled at editors and their publications in Leveson's report are almost as long as the original missive itself. And that ran to 116 pages and involved, according to sources way back in the mists of September, everything including "the kitchen sink" being thrown at Fleet Street.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:28:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Curious robot rover Curiosity chews a second mouthful of Mars dirt * The Register
The Mars rover has stuck a pinch of the fine sand and dust of the Red Planet into its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument for its second soil analysis.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:53:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
New York Times uses palpably fake pic to illustrate Syrian warfare * The Register

The New York Times has used an obviously faked image with a strong resemblance to videogame visuals to illustrate the conflict in Syria, an eagle eyed Reg reader has pointed out.

The story 'Ordering More Airstrikes, Syria Calls French Recognition of Rebels 'Immoral' ' carries a picture of a fighter holding a gun and firing around a corner as tyres burn outside a building.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 03:54:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah, they do this all the time...Remember Bosnia?
by vbo on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:55:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, I remember Bosnia. It wasn't faked in a Hollywood studio.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 02:03:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Oh yeah...it was later reviled that some of photos and videos including one from Serbian " concentration camp" with starving skinny looking man was FAKE.
by vbo on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 04:09:07 AM EST
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by vbo on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 05:46:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by vbo on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 06:17:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"Oops, sorry, honest mistake. Those responsible if on low pay grades will have been fired. A one-paragraph correction will be published on page 27 of the Arts supplement."

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 06:33:36 AM EST
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NYPD block off whole JPMorgan building to arrest three teens - Salon.com

The entire 60 floors of JPMorgan Chase's downtown New York office building were temporarily blocked off Wednesday so that three high-schoolers could be arrested, according to a news release from anti-corruption activists.

The students were staging a sit-in protest at the bank headquarters, "demanding full disclosure of the bank's anonymous political expenditures," reported an announcement from 99Rise, the anti-corruption group of which the three young people are members. "The students, who delivered a petition to the bank over three weeks ago articulating their demand, refused to leave the bank's premises until the requested information was handed over to the public.  The bank instead chose to shut down the entire 60 floor building have them arrested," the release read. A live Twitter feed from the group reporting on the  small sit-in noted that police set up barricades around the building, closing entrances to the public.

over-react much?

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 06:59:38 AM EST
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Billionaires' basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets | Art and design | The Guardian

In a surreal competition of keeping up with the Joneses, billionaire-style, Hunt went one step further into the realms of fantasy. He proposed to dig a 22m-deep hole beneath his garden to house a tennis court, pool and gym, as well as a private museum for his collection of vintage Ferraris. The cavernous chamber would be illuminated from above, through the glass floor of a glistening rooftop infinity pool.

"We were really taking the piss," laughs Ademir Volic, of Volume3 Architects, who dreamed up the proposal for Hunt.

"We analysed the planning laws and realised that they cover everything about the surface of the ground, but nothing beneath it. There was nothing whatsoever that could stop us from drilling all the way down to the south pole."

"Of course, the council hated it," he recalls. "But we had a barrister, and the policy would not cover their reasons for refusal, so they had to grant permission - and it has triggered a whole avalanche of stuff ever since."

Hunt's project has since been mired in legal battles with the neighbours - not exactly surprising, with the Indian High Commissioner on one side and the French Ambassador on the other - and has yet to break ground. Prince William and Kate Middleton, soon to be neighbours over the gilded fence in Kensington Palace, will be breathing a sigh of relief: the project was of such a scale that it would have required a specialist in horizontal digging. And what kind of builder was lined up for the job? None other than the same contractor that built the channel tunnel.

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After initial excavations, the house began to subside, pulling its neighbours down with it. Cracks appeared within the adjacent basements, and the facades sunk to such an extent that door frames shifted and people were trapped inside.

"We had to call the contractors out six times in three weeks to open our own front door," said a retired neighbour. "One lady who lives in my block was stuck in her flat because she couldn't get the door open from the inside. I had to come and barge it loose."
Cliffe House basement swimming pool london Subterranean pools are a favourite feature of luxury bunkers. Photograph: Sarel Jansen/Licorice Design

Nor did Stanger's 160-year-old house escape unscathed. Ten tonnes of roofing material was removed from the four-storey property by emergency building teams, after a pillar holding up its portico cracked through.



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 09:06:17 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:03:19 PM EST
Union Cycliste Internationale

The UCI Athletes' Commission held a three-day session in Switzerland from Monday to Wednesday to draw up proposals to improve the daily lives of competitive cyclists and enhance the image and operation of the sport.


The members of the Commission, established in 2011, are active athletes who represent all the disciplines of cycling, including para-cycling, with both male and female representatives. The Commission members exchange their ideas without restriction.

The recommendations issued by the Athletes' Commission are directed to all the stakeholders in cycling: the UCI, National Federations, anti-doping organisations, event organisers, professional teams, etc.
After considering the situation of women's cycling, the Athletes' Commission proposed that the prize lists for all women's events should be equivalent to those for men's races, as will shortly be the case for the UCI World Championships.


The members of the Commission want to encourage UCI WorldTour teams to invest in women's squads and the organisers of men's events to also offer races for women, in this way making the women's calendar more global.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 02:27:34 PM EST
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Ninety years of BBC radio - listening back through time

It's easy to forget that there was once a time when there was no BBC. But 90 years ago today, the British Broadcasting Company (it became the Corporation in 1927) made its very first radio broadcast, from the 2LO station based at Marconi House on the Strand.

The very first words uttered on air were "This is 2LO calling, the London station of the British Broadcasting Company calling. This is 2LO calling". Listen here:



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 04:56:42 PM EST
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A single spiteful email unlocks a Pandora's box, ruins a general's career, threatens others -  The Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- It started in May with a spiteful email to the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. An anonymous writer warned Gen. John Allen that a friend with whom he was meeting in Washington the following week was trouble and he should stay away from her.

Allen thought the email was a joke because he didn't know how anybody else would know about his personal plans with his friend, Florida socialite Jill Kelley, a person close to Kelley said.

That email started a chain of events that led to the downfall of CIA Director David Petreaus, put Allen's career on hold and landed a decorated FBI agent in hot water for talking about an ongoing investigation. The FBI traced that email and others of a similar vein to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer, who agents would soon learn had also been his lover.

by sgr2 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 06:34:53 AM EST
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Also, a dead drop isn't enough.
Learn how to use encryption.


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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Thu Nov 15th, 2012 at 06:46:19 AM EST
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