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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:26:00 PM EST
EU staff strike against Cameron's 'petty polemics' on budget | EurActiv

EU staff members went on strike on Wednesday (21 November) to protest against proposals to axe €80 billion from the EU's proposed budget for the period 2014-2020. The protest was especially targeted at British Prime Minister David Cameron's role in the negotiation, ahead of a special EU summit dedicated to the bloc's long-term budget.

Malcolm Colling, the president of the Association of Independent Officials in the European Commission, circulated an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron during the demonstration, which took place in front of the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels.

Cameron has lashed out at the EU civil servants, according to press reports on Tuesday (20 November). According to the Financial Times, Cameron reportedly said:

"My favourite fact of the day is that there are 16% of the employees in the Commission that earn over £100,000."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:29:41 PM EST
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Glass houses, Davey:
"Cabinet ministers receive a salary of £134,565."

So 27 members times 16% = 4.32 people?
Are we talking about the same thing?
Can we agree on what the "Commission" is?


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 05:42:49 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Institutional Affairs / Malta's new EU commissioner survives 'witch-hunt'

BRUSSELS - Malta's soon-to-be EU health commissioner has overcome concerns about his Roman Catholic views to win MEPs' approval by a clear majority.

Three hundred and eighty six mostly right-leaning deputies voted Yes on Wednesday (21 November) against 261 No votes and 28 abstentions.

The decision turned into a nail-biter after the centre-left S&D group said on Tuesday it would not support him. It let its members vote freely in the secret ballot, with enough S&D deputies going against the group line to get him through, however.

Speaking to EUobserver from Malta after the vote, Borg put down his victory to the way he handled MEPs' questions at a hearing last week.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:31:09 PM EST
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Borg's confirmation leaves Socialists split over gay rights | EurActiv

Tonio Borg was confirmed by European lawmakers in Strasbourg today (21 November) but the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group was left divided after its decision to reject the Maltese candidate for the job of EU health Commissioner was ignored by MEPs.

Borg's confirmation was accepted by 386 MEPs, with 281 voting against and 28 abstentions.

The European People's Party's 270 MEPs decided to vote for Borg following his hearing before the Parliament in Brussels last week, leaving the other parties' votes critical to secure a majority.

Both the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), and the Greens/European Free Alliance settled to oppose Borg. At a meeting held on Tuesday evening (20 November), the S&D Group voted 2-1 against confirming Borg, whose conservative views on abortion and gay marriage disquieted delegates.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:31:43 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Bilaterals, funding tweaks and 'standing around' to mark EU budget summit

BRUSSELS - Officials in Brussels are preparing for what is expected to be a lengthy, complex and quite probably ill-tempered summit on the EU's 2014-2020 budget. But optimism about reaching a deal has revived to an extent.

EU leaders will sit down for the summit meeting at 8pm Brussels time on Thursday evening (22 November).

Each of them will already have had a face-to-face meeting with EU president Herman Van Rompuy and EU commission president Jose-Manuel Barroso earlier during the day.

"Everyone is unhappy which gives us the impression that a compromise is possible," remarked one diplomat, referring to a proposal circulated by Van Rompuy last week which chops €20 billion from the payment commitments made (€993.6bn) for the current seven year budget.

"Van Rompuy's people have been very clear that they have a large range of possible tweaks up their sleeves to sort out individual problems," said another diplomat.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:32:57 PM EST
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NGOs appeal to EU leaders to scupper Van Rompuy's 'aid cuts': theparliament.com
NGOs have reacted angrily to possible moves for "disproportionate and drastic" cuts to the EU's development aid budget.

It comes in the wake of EU budget proposals for 2014-2020 put forward by EU council president Herman Van Rompuy.

Van Rompuy has proposed deep cuts to planned development aid spending in a new negotiating text sent to member states ahead of this week's EU budget summit in Brussels.

NGOs say that if his proposals are adopted by EU leaders this week, the EU's aid support to poor people from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries faces "disproportionate and drastic" cut.

The Van Rompuy proposals argue for a €3.335bn cut to the European development fund, which is the largest part of the EU's development aid budget.

This represents an 11 per cent cut to the fund, which mainly targets sub-Saharan Africa.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:41:10 PM EST
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How many divisions/votes on the European Council do they have?"

to paraphrase Stalin.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:51:06 AM EST
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Barroso on 'collision course' with Van Rompuy over development aid cuts: theparliament.com
Commission president José Manuel Barroso has made an impassioned plea for Europe to safeguard development aid spending at this Thursday's EU budget summit.

Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, Barroso said cuts to development and humanitarian aid are "a question of life and death" for the worlds most vulnerable and that Europe has a "particular responsibility to Africa".

He also reminded parliamentarians that Europe has committed to help achieve the millennium development goals.

His speech in Strasbourg follows a proposal last week from the European council president Herman Van Rompuy to cut the European development fund, which mainly targets sub-Saharan Africa, by 11 per cent or more than €3bn.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:41:28 PM EST
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France confident Google would lose tax case - INTERNET - FRANCE 24
France's Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac said on Tuesday Google would never win a court case contesting a huge tax bill claimed by French authorities.
              
Cahuzac said he had "the most genuine conviction" that the courts would back France's claim against Google over unpaid taxes.
              
Speaking to reporters in Nanterre near Paris, he said French authorities were in talks with Google and had provided the Internet giant with an estimate of the amount owed.
              
Paris-based news weekly Le Canard Enchaine reported in its edition due to appear Wednesday that the tax bill stood at 1.7 billion euros ($2.17 billion), up from a previous estimate of a billion euros.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:36:03 PM EST
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France's elites are in denial | Die Welt | Presseurop (English)

...in view of France's steadily declining competitiveness and its horrendous national debt (currently at ninety percent of its GDP), a question comes up: are we dealing here with a naive blindness all round - or with the perhaps final Pyrrhic victory in the French art of throwing smoke?

Why did no one look any closer? One explanation, implicit and given unintentionally, was a statement two weeks ago by the former EADS CEO Louis Gallois, who gave a damming verdict on the French economy and demanded radical reforms. A "confidence shock" is needed, said the man who had made a career for himself out of lucrative government contracts. The tremolo to his voice, afflicted by crisis, was once again half-Bolshevik and half gold-plated, perfectly matching the working range of the declared enemy of globalisation, Arnaud Montebourg, who marches under the banner "Minister for the Restoration of Production."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:45:50 PM EST
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This is journalism?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:28:13 PM EST
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"Opinion".

Whatever I think of Gallois, Bolshevik and gold-plated he is not.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:37:30 PM EST
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No, Die Welt.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 06:19:08 PM EST
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BBC News - France UMP vote: Francois Fillon demands recount

The defeated candidate in the bitter contest to lead France's conservative opposition has demanded a recount.

Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon said votes from three overseas French territories, omitted from the original count, would change the result.

Mr Fillon, the campaign favourite, lost Sunday's UMP party leadership vote to Jean-Francois Cope by just 98 votes.

The election descended into chaos and rancour on Sunday night when both men had claimed victory.

The announcement of the final result was delayed for more than 24 hours amid mutual accusations of ballot-stuffing.

Now, Mr Fillon says, on the basis of the extra votes from the overseas territories, he would win the contest by 26 votes.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:47:00 PM EST
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is from Rachida Dati, to the effect that "the UMP is not used to democracy".

Out of the mouths of babes...

[alistair's Macho Moment of the Day™ Technology]

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:58:16 AM EST
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In France: "Bar PMU", with a green logo, are places where people bet on horse races and football matches... while passing time away drinking.

UMP is the name of the right wing party which held elections to design a leader...

Labels:
"Ahh, heck of all hecks, I've forgotten to count some votes! Again! I'll start over. 1, 2, 3, ...

Stop that, you're pissed. You should better propose some solutions to the economic crisis."

A free fox in a free henhouse!

by Xavier in Paris on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 08:18:36 AM EST
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It just keeps getting better.

Latest developments :

  • Copé accuses the Fillon bunch of ballot-stuffing in New Caledonia.
  • The vote-counting commision has acknowledged that if they hadn't forgotten to count the votes from New Caledonia, Fillon would have won. But that it's too late to change the result they proclaimed on Monday.
  • Alain Juppé has announced that he is available to head an ad-hoc commission to examine irregularities; but that his offer expires tonight at 8pm. I guess he's got a dinner date.

Inherently, it can go on for a long time, as each faction controls a strong position and lays siege to the other. Copé controls the party apparatus (so the playing field was never going to be level) and controls the disputes commission, so he's playing legalist. Fillon controls the parliamentary group : two thirds of which signed a declaration menacing to split the party.

So, when Copé eventually is recognised as winner, he will have no authority with the parliamentary opposition. Which is nice.

In any case, it takes our minds off Hollande's latest blunders.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 08:59:59 AM EST
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One of the best comments, on a blog:

"The UMP has two daddies!"

A free fox in a free henhouse!

by Xavier in Paris on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:54:41 AM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:14:57 AM EST
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@MigeruBlogger
Migeru Shimbun is out! http://paper.li/MigeruBlogger/1351816577 ... ▸ Top stories today via @CaoticaEconomia @RodriguezPinero @MartaNebot
Mostly in Spanish, this time.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 06:21:49 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Back to square one (22.11.2012)
More details emerge from the eurogroup meeting; Berlin insists that OSI is "illegal" under German law; one proposal on the table is a €10bn loan from the EFSF, to be backed by collateral from the Greek privatisation programme; the German government says it cannot commit the Bundesbank's profits to the package; the IMF continues to resist a package that does not fill the financing gap, but appears more flexible on the 2020 debt target;  Zsolt Darvas proposes a plan to cut Greek interest rates to zero, and to index the outstanding debt to GDP; Francois Fillon has launched a legal challenge against the election of Francois Cope, on the grounds that the results from three overseas territories were not included in the count; Peer Steinbruck gave an unconvincing performance in the Bundestag yesterday, as the media commented that his campaign needed rebooting; doctors in Madrid are protesting against hospital privatisation; Spanish lawyers are protesting at the increase in legal fees; Spanish R&D spending falls, while R&D spending in the rest of Europe rises; more details emerge for Spain's bad bank; Portugal's money market interest rates spike after yesterday's auction; the crisis has destroyed 450,000 Italian companies, and 3m jobs, since 2010; the non-performing loans of Italy's banks continued to rise in September, hitting a new eurozone record; il Foglio says Mario Monti is Italy's best and last chance; Josep Borrell says European integration is on the verge of a generalised breakdown; Claus Hulverscheid, meanwhile, says Angela Merkel's management of the crisis has been successful, but she is now making the mistake of failing to see the need for OSI.


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:00:46 AM EST
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More details of the Tuesday night eurogroup meeting emerged. According to the FT the main stumbling block was Berlin's refusal to back "illegal" cuts to the interest rates on bilateral loans to Greece or return the profits from the ECB's purchases of Greek bonds. An alternative proposal involves offering €10bn of extra loans to Athens from the EFSF, seen as a leading option for a compromise deal. This extra lending would support purchases of Greek bonds.  To make sure the extra money is backed by parliaments in Germany, Finland and the Netherlands, officials are drawing up options to back the new loans with collaterals from the Greek privatisation programme.

Among the menu of options was also an interest rate cut on loans from the first €55bn-bailout programme, which is controversial for the German government according to the FT Deutschland.  The latest draft included a rate cut to 0.9%, but needs to make sure that the German KfW bank does not make losses on its holdings. If interest rates are reduced for Greece, Germany is required to help Spain and Italy, because according to an agreement of 2010 that no creditor is to make higher losses than others (The government said it may return its profits from its purchases of Greek bonds but cannot commit Bundesbank  profits.)

We are back to Square one: The ministers have failed to get enough money together for the financing gap and realised that they need the IMF on board otherwise it would become even costlier for the Eurozone creditors. Officials told the FT the IMF continued to resist prematurely giving its assent to a package that did not fill the financing gap, though it did not insist on a rigid target of reducing Greek debt to 120% of GDP by 2020.

Zsolt Darvas on how to resolve the Greek crisis

Here is a comment by Zsolt Darvas from Bruegel in the FT on how to solve the Greek crisis. It starts off by a recognition that the current approach is a failure. Then, they should set 100% of GDP as a target of 2020. The official lending rate is cut to 0% - which constitutes a form of hidden OSI. They should also index the outstanding debt to GDP to insure against a further falls in GDP. All that can be funded via the ECB and the IMF. Greece should maintain a stable primary surplus of 3.5% of GDP until the debt ratio is down below 60%. As this is happening, Greece should be repaying debt relief .

(This proposal shows us how desperate we are getting in pretending that Greece is solvent. How credible is a plan that rests on the notion that Greece will be repaying debt relief in the years after 2030?)

This is excellent news for popcorn makers, going into today's European Council Summit.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:04:34 AM EST
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one proposal on the table is a €10bn loan from the EFSF, to be backed by collateral from the Greek privatisation programme;

just noting

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:53:26 AM EST
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But wasn't that already going to go into the escrow account?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:53:55 AM EST
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Claus Hulverscheidt on Merkel

In an editorial in Suddeutsche Zeitung, Claus Hulverscheidt said Merkel's management of the euro crisis is and remains popular in Germany, but she is making mistakes. The first is her refusal to recognise Greek insolvency, and with thus the need for OSI. The second is she is too managerial in her approach to the crisis, and not sufficiently political. She should have insisted on taxes for the rich in Greece, or on capital controls, to reduce the outflows, or now on debt relief in exchange for further reforms. This would have strengthened political support for the measures both in Greece and in Germany.  



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:54:48 AM EST
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Merkel's management of the euro crisis is and remains popular in Germany

"Popular" being the primary concern for everyone, of course.

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 05:53:40 AM EST
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Merkel will end up hoisting herself on her own petard. She is not aware she's destroying the European Union. She may never understand what will hit her when her people take her political statements to their logical consequences.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:22:37 AM EST
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Aye.

(Too many examples of people whose epitaph might have been "But ... I was re-elected! Doesn't that mean I was right?")


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:52:02 AM EST
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Not to sound tooooo stupid but "and those are?"

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 Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 08:46:54 AM EST
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The destruction of the European Union. I think Merkel is sincere when she says she wants to preserve it and the Euro.

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 22nd, 2012 at 08:48:54 AM EST
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But of course. But that is a statement of a very general nature. But for UKIP very few want to actually destroy the EU.

This crisis is about who is ready to pay how much. And what to do if that upper limit is breached.

by oliver on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:45:49 AM EST
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You seem sanguine about the whole thing.

Tuesday's Eurogroup ended with no agreement after 12h of negotiations, and a Council Summit is starting as we speak. Let's survey the political battlefield in 48 hours...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:50:04 AM EST
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If they find a solution this situation will repeat itself in a few months and so on. When the inevitable happens doesn't matter that much. The underlying problem isn't being solved.
by oliver on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:15:45 AM EST
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What is, according to you, the solution to the underlying problem?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:40:58 AM EST
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There is none to which the necessary agreement could be reached.
by oliver on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:05:22 AM EST
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Therefore, the crisis will come to a head. And then, what do you expect will happen?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:26:52 AM EST
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A government in the countries facing additional austerity will face a revolt in parliament and fall. A bank run starts and capital controls are instituted. After that nobody knows.

I just hope that we can salvage sensible parts of the EU (freedom of residence, common market, Schengen regime, ...) when we bury the hubristic overextension. that is not certain, but a great majority loves them.

by oliver on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:56:05 AM EST
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recognising the real (nature of the) problem?

till we get there it's just mulberry bush circumnavigation.

removal of the myth that society is there to serve finance interests, instead of the reality that societies create finance to be of useful service.

carts don't drag horses real well...

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:18:29 AM EST
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What is "the inevitable"?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:27:26 AM EST
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A state ceasing debt service and a subsequent nationalisation of its banking system.
by oliver on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:57:42 AM EST
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Say that happens to Greece. Then what will Germany do with its losses, and what will the Eurozone do with Greece?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 12:15:05 PM EST
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More to the point, what will the Eurozone do with Germany?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 12:23:52 PM EST
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The only option Germany is allowing is an uncontrolled default. What Germany does after somebody defaults on their debt to the German government is an open question.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 12:39:24 PM EST
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Europe on the verge of a generalised breakdown, says Josep Borrell

El Pais has the report on a speech by Josep Borrell, former President of the EP, in which he said Europe was in a "general breakdown process" and much of the rationale for European integration has been lost. He said the five drivers for European integration were WW II, the reconciliation of France and Germany, the Soviet threat, the fall of the Berlin wall and globalization. Only the latter remains. He said it is less clear that the EU still brings the hoped-for economic benefits. He said worst of all, the crisis has led to an "everyone to himself" mentality, including in Spain.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:55:19 AM EST
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This logic also applies to the US Empire. A consolidated US continent allowed us white folks to

  1. steal the continent from the natives (done), and

  2. make sure another empire (hello Brits) don't retake us.

Neither of these things is likely to turn around soon so we can get rid of this old fashioned US of A. crap. It doesn't "work" anymore.

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 Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 08:51:27 AM EST
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Paolo Manasse blog: La Troika del Disastro (November 22, 2012)


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:58:59 AM EST
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... and the economist says "What do you want it to equal?"

(Also told as "the MBA", "the lawyer", "the politician" etc.)


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:59:37 AM EST
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And those are just the year on year evolutions.
A similar graph with the GDP forecasts compared to reality would be even more shocking.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:57:37 AM EST
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Just as the British political class, as a whole, don't wish to either leave or destroy the EU, just to keep it weak and helpless,

So, the same principle applies to British participation in the European Court of Human Rights.

An entertaining episode in the House of Commons today :

Prisoner voting: MPs to get option to reject European ruling in draft bill | Politics | guardian.co.uk

The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, is to give parliament the chance to throw out a European court of human rights ruling requiring some prisoners to be given voting rights by publishing a draft bill that gives MPs the option of rejecting giving inmates a vote.

MPs will be presented with two other options - extending the right to vote to prisoners with sentences of four years or less, or six months or less, he told the Commons on Thursday.Grayling acted 24 hours before the ECHR deadline requiring the government to abide by the ruling. He has asked a joint committee of both houses to scrutinise the draft bill, a process that will take many months to reach a conclusion before the possibility of legislation being brought before parliament.

Theoretically, British prisoners could claim compensation for being denied their right to vote. He is working like mad to avoid this, while stopping just short of saying that the UK should disregard the ECHR ruling, or should leave the ECHR.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:47:17 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:26:25 PM EST
Widening budget deficit casts fresh gloom on economy | Reuters

(Reuters) - Britain borrowed much more than expected in October, thwarting Chancellor George Osborne in his efforts to reduce the deficit and shunt the economy away from stagnation.

The figures published on Wednesday show weaker businesses - mostly in the oil and gas sector - paying less tax than expected and may undermine government efforts to shore up public support for its policies of spending cuts and tax rises.

The numbers are the last figures to be released before Osborne presents his twice-yearly fiscal update on December 5. After a positive surprise in September, they revert to the borrowing overshoots seen for most of the tax year.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:58:58 PM EST
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weaker businesses - mostly in the oil and gas sector - paying less tax than expected

Declining revenues from British oil and gas!! Who Could Have Predicted?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:17:02 AM EST
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London Bankers Become Landlords as Rents Hit Record - Bloomberg

Vivek Jeswani became a landlord by accident when Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) transferred him to New York two weeks after he moved into a new home in central London. Now back in the U.K., Jeswani views the apartment in Baker Street, the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes, as one of his best assets and is about to buy another home to expand his rental business.

"There are no other investments as attractive and you've got some security if you've got an asset you can use yourself," the 36-year-old risk officer at China Construction Bank Corp.'s U.K. unit said. "There's a good yield over 5 percent and being in central London, you've got demand domestically and internationally."

London rents have risen more than 6 percent in the past year to a record, even as job cuts by banks reduce employment in the financial-services industry to a 20-year low. Technology and media companies are drawing workers to the city, while lenders restrict mortgages to all but the most creditworthy customers. That's encouraged individual investors and companies including KKR & Co. to enter the rental market as central banks push down yields on debt to record lows.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:05:44 PM EST
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Lira Beats Mark as Europe Suffers From Stronger Euro - Bloomberg

Europe's economy, shrinking under the weight of a three-year debt crisis and rising unemployment, would be better off if its currency behaved more like the Italian lira than the deutsche mark.

At least that's the view of a growing number of investors and analysts, who say the euro is too strong for Europe's good. The shared currency trades 5.5 percent above its lifetime average of $1.2102, and is 2.6 percent higher than it should be against the dollar, data on purchasing power compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development show.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:06:18 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:26:42 PM EST
BBC News - US 'launched Flame cyber attack on Sarkozy's office'

A French news magazine has accused the US government of hacking into the office of Nicolas Sarkozy in the final weeks of his presidency of France.

L'Express said a cyber war agency whose job it is to detect and prevent hacking had found a "powerful worm" in the computers of the Elysee Palace.

The palace has since confirmed a big cyber attack did take place.

The US embassy in Paris "categorically denied" the US had been involved in any cyber attack on the French government.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, for her part, refused to confirm or deny the allegation, telling L'Express the US had no more important partner nor greater ally than France.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:48:42 PM EST
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Goma rebels say will liberate all Congo | Reuters

(Reuters) - Rebel forces in eastern Congo vowed on Wednesday to "liberate" all of the vast central African country as they began seizing towns near the Rwandan border and spoke of a 1,000-mile march to the capital Kinshasa.

The M23 rebels, widely believed to be backed by Rwanda, captured the eastern city of Goma on Tuesday, a provincial capital home to a million people; United Nations peacekeepers simply looked on, after Congolese troops had quit the town.

Regional leaders called on the rebels to halt their advance and Congo's President Joseph Kabila appeared to soften his stand on Wednesday, saying he would look in to rebel grievances as the insurgents extended their reach.

"The journey to liberate Congo has started now," Vianney Kazarama, spokesman for the rebel group, told a crowd of more than 1,000 at a stadium in Goma. "We're going to move on to Bukavu, and then to Kinshasa. Are you ready to join us?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:51:15 PM EST
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DR Congo soldiers surrender to rebels - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Thousands of government soldiers and police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have surrendered to rebels at a stadium in Goma, the main city in the eastern North Kivu province.

Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri reported on "extraordinary scenes", as the security officers came to hand in their arms on Wednesday. 

"[The surrendered officers] didn't have a choice," she said. They were told "they had a choice either to have peace in the city, or to leave the city".

The M23 rebel group, believed to be backed by Rwanda, seized Goma on Tuesday, in a development that raised fears of a new, regional conflict. The capture of the city came after days of fighting with government troops.

The rebels were also reported to have taken control of the town of Sake, on the road to Bukavu.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:56:43 PM EST
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Gaza ceasefire takes effect - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

A ceasefire has gone into effect in and around the Gaza Strip, after Israel and Hamas agreed to cease hostilities.

The Egyptian foreign minister announced the a ceasefire agreement hours before it took hold at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Mohamed Kamel Amr thanked all parties involved in brokering the truce as he made the announcement in a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Under the ceasefire terms, Israel was to stop all aggression against the Gaza Strip from land, sea and air, including cross-border incursions and targeted killings.

Palestinian factions were to cease all aggression from Gaza towards Israel, including rocket fire and attacks on the border.

Twenty-four hours after the ceasefire takes effect, Israel will also be committed to opening of all border crossings and ease restrictions on movements of people and goods in and out of the enclave.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:52:08 PM EST
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IPS - Assault Provokes Support for Hamas in West Bank | Inter Press Service

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Nov 21 2012 (IPS) - Hundreds of Palestinians marched through Ramallah Tuesday afternoon to mourn the death of a Palestinian protester who was fatally wounded during a demonstration against the ongoing Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

"It's mixed feelings, between being sad and angry, because he was killed in cold blood," said 29-year-old Raya Ziada, a resident of Ramallah who participated in the march. "As a Palestinian, I'm here. It's a Palestinian loss."

Rushdi Tamimi, 31, died on Monday of wounds sustained over the weekend during a protest held in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh against Israeli violence in Gaza. According to an eyewitness account published by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), a group of grassroots Palestinian activists, Israeli soldiers shot Tamimi in the stomach with live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:52:55 PM EST
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At least they are not calling them "rubber bullets".
Some very minor progress in journalism at least.


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 05:58:21 AM EST
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Many injured in Tel Aviv bus explosion - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

At least 24 people have been injured in an explosion on a bus in Israel's commercial capital, Tel Aviv, in what police described as a "terrorist attack".

The blast shattered windows on the bus as it drove along a tree-lined street next to Israel's huge defence ministry complex on Wednesday.

Three of the wounded were in serious condition, according to police.

Police also said it was not a suicide attack and suggested that someone might have left the device on the bus.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:55:09 PM EST
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Previously I was concerned that the Israeli govt. wanted to exterminate the Palestinians ... to get rid of the problem. Today I heard the phrase "mowing the lawn" as the Israeli attitude toward the Gazans ... keep the "problem" under control. But the Israeli govt., as most (all?) govt,s view their civilian population as the real danger, those folk who can vote you out of office. So the Isaeli govt. gin up these conflicts in order to keep their own populations in line. The last thing the Israeli govt. wants is for the Palestinians to die out because then they would have to find another threat. So the Palestinians are just a useful tool.

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 21st, 2012 at 06:04:31 PM EST
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Justice in America: Systematic Document Forgery and Fabrication Yields One Criminal Plea Bargain   naked capitalism

The Department of Justice and the state of Missouri have each announced criminal plea bargains with one Lorraine Brown, former chief executive of DocX, the Lender Processing subsidiary best known for its price sheet for fabricating the mortgage documents a servicer, or frankly, anyone would need to claim they had standing to foreclose on your home. Funny how that particular DocX product was mentioned no where in the plea deals.

This admission of guilt by Brown for wire and mail fraud on the federal level and fraudulent and forged document filings in Missouri now allows the Obama Administration to claim it has sent another "executive" to jail. And the bizarre progress of this case was that the Missouri attorney general had sued both Brown and LPS, and you'd expect them to cut a deal with Brown to go after the bigger target, LPS. But it's likely Brown was not very sophisticated; she apparently went to an interview with the FBI without the advice of counsel. Rule number one is don't lie to the FBI, and the document release Tuesday show that Brown did. And her attorneys let LPS get in front of her. The firm paid $2 million in fines to Missouri and "cooperated" in going after small fry Brown (rather than the bigger fry of LPS' clients). Nicely played.

Brown admitted guilt to perpetrating a six-year scheme, from 2003 to 2009 to forge and falsify over a million signatures, including now-infamous practices such as "surrogate signing", in which other employees, typically temps, would forge the signatures of robosigners. The federal penalties are up to five years in prison plus $250,000 in fines; the Missouri penalties re two to three years in prison.

Several things are striking about this deal. First is that it appears that the Missouri suit against Brown goaded the Feds to join. It's hardly unheard of for state regulators to embarrass their Federal counterparts into action, and the DoJ probably could not afford to sit out a successful prosecution on its beat, particularly after all the noise the Obama Administration has made about its new, improved anti mortgage fraud efforts. But that makes the second item more striking: how the "statement of facts" presents Brown as deceiving Lender Processing Services about her illegal actions. Brown is thus a rogue executive whose misdeeds presumably don't have bigger implications for LPS or the industry.

Change We Can Believe In.

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 Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 08:44:12 PM EST
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Yossi Gurvitz in 972mag.
A ceasefire has been announced, and we can officially mark Cast Ballot as a failure. It is a failure as far as Binyamin Netanyahu is concerned: he could have made it to the polls with four years of relative quiet, and he chose to end his second term with Tel Aviv being bombed (for the first time since 1991), as well as Jerusalem (first time since 1970), and a terror attack on a bus to boot, seemingly a first since 2006. As in 1997, when he ordered the botched assassination of Khaled Meshal and ended up empowering Hamas by releasing Ahmed Yassin from prison, Netanyahu - whose slogan once was "strong against Hamas" - will end yet another campaign by strengthening Hamas.

It is a failure as far as Ehud Barak, possibly the most hated man in Israeli public life, is concerned. Once more, he proved he learned nothing, and that his image as a military genius is a self-perpetuated myth. He was at it before, in Cast Lead, and he knew what happened in Lebanon; he should have known that the most important thing, before opening fire, is to have a solid exit policy, so that it can be quenched. He didn't have any.

It is a failure as far as the Israeli economy is concerned. We've spent NIS 3 billion just to be where we were before it all began - ahead of early elections, with us heading to the polls because the prime minister is unwilling to expose his planned budget cuts. Now we are three billion deeper in the hole, and the Treasury has already found the solution. No, no, don't be absurd - we wouldn't raise the capital gains tax or corporate taxes. That would shift the burden towards the rich. Can't have that. We're going to hike VAT again, for the second time in less than a year. No, it won't happen until the elections - Netanyahu and Steinitz are not that dumb. You'll be served with the bill afterwards.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:09:40 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:27:07 PM EST
EU scientists attempt to crack the nut on falling bee populations | EurActiv

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a review of scientific studies and risk assessments related to the decline in bee populations worldwide and in Europe. A final report next year will identify information gaps and research needs in the field.

Bees are some of nature's most prolific pollinators but their numbers have been declining for years, a fall blamed on a host of environmental risks - including agricultural chemicals and loss of natural habitat.

Earlier this month, an article in the scientific journal Nature raised fresh concerns about the effect two common crop insecticides have on bees.

The author, Juliet L. Osborne of the University of Exeter in Britain, said recent research linking the use of chemical insecticides to declining bumblebee populations merits fresh regulatory review. In the Nature article, she said "the balance between protecting crops from pest damage and protecting pollinators needs further consideration."

Previous scientific studies have focused on a smaller species, the honey bee, with similar warnings about the impacts of agricultural chemicals.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:38:00 PM EST
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EU food agency needs to restore 'credibility': theparliament.com
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has come under fresh pressure to reform its internal procedures.

The EU agency has been under fire in recent months over claims about the influence representatives from industry have on the advice it gives to the commission.

Now, another EU-wide body, the Cancer Prevention and Education Society (CPES), has raised fresh questions about the agency.

(...) The CPES report says, "If EFSA is committed to science, it has nothing to fear from opening discussion of reform to its regulations - in fact, it should be encouraging it.

"Reforming EFSA's processes for handling science with a whole-hearted commitment to transparency can only improve its expertise and enhance its credibility."

A spokesman for the CPES said the measures it proposes "will help EFSA solve many of its problems with handling conflicts of interest and resultant accusations of bias".
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:44:02 PM EST
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If temperature and/or CO2 concentration are to bees what oxygen in coal mines is to canaries, we're in really big trouble.

OTOH, expecting bees to live on high fructose corn syrup as humans take most their honey instead of limiting the theft to the surplus may not be a good idea.

by Marie2 on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 05:23:04 PM EST
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Beekeeping is dropping in the west.

Number of beehives according to the FAO:






196119701980199020002010
Africa684505081508309373150131858541412533016583932
Europe210976152111181321420093224666561533937115807586.8
European Union9043148931640311027890114207591107891511216735
United States of America551400046340004141000321000026200002692000
World491734735401990960198428692379166890647177619200.8

Source FAO, search for "beehives".

1990 to 2000 drop in Europe is 31%.

(Disclaimer: Data meant as an illustration only. No idea why Europe is dropping and European Union is flat. Data will have been estimated: note the .8 beehives in "Europe, 2010"
Never doing an HTML table by hand again.)

(Oh, the heady feeling of explaining the world in a few numbers. I think I'll go write one of those Popular Economics books.)

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:34:14 AM EST
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perhaps it would be smart to funnel some CAP euros to starting hives all over europe, and seeing where bees can still thrive.

seeing as we don't look like we're going to shelve cell phone towers or pesticides any time soon.

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:28:17 AM EST
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1990 to 2000 drop in Europe is 31%.

No, 3%.

Please... and between 2010 and 2012 it's grown by 1.2%

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:36:56 AM EST
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There are separate lines for Europe and European Union. As I say I don't know why. Included both as an illustration of the quality of data.

(There's all sorts of aggregates in the source data, both geographic and other.)


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 12:09:10 PM EST
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Europe

  1. 22 466 656  -
  2. 15 339 371
     = 7 127 285
or 31.72% of 1990 figure

Wrong?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 12:13:41 PM EST
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Oh, I was looking at EU, not Europe.

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 22nd, 2012 at 12:16:46 PM EST
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When does an e-bike become a motorcycle? | EurActiv

The European Parliament has voted to separate regulation on motorised and non-motorised bicycles, a move two-wheeler associations say will safeguard investment in cycling.

In the plenary session, European lawmakers decided on Tuesday (20 November) that any electronically power assisted cycle (EPAC) under 250 watts and a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour would remain a bicycle.

Anything more powerful is considered a motorbike, in line with the European Commission's original proposal.

Ceri Woolsgrove, road safety officer for the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), said: "We need a clear border line between what a bicycle is and what exceeds the definition of a `bicycle'."

"This is important for clear decisions on the use of infrastructure and facilities for bicycles that authorities have to make on the international, national, regional and local level."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:38:37 PM EST
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BBC News - Climate change evident across Europe, says report

The effects of climate change are already evident in Europe and the situation is set to get worse, the European Environment Agency has warned.

In a report, the agency says the past decade in Europe has been the warmest on record.

It adds that the cost of damage caused by extreme weather events is rising, and the continent is set to become more vulnerable in the future.

The findings have been published ahead of next week's UN climate conference.

They join a UN Environment Programme report also released on Wednesday showing dangerous growth in the "emissions gap" - the difference between current carbon emission levels and those needed to avert climate change.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:49:28 PM EST
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Scottish independence bets on green energy | Reuters

(Reuters) - Scotland's bid for independence bets on meeting ambitious renewable energy goals as much as on the dwindling riches of North Sea oil and gas.

An estimated 90 percent of Britain's oil and gas is in Scottish territory, but output is dwindling fast and with it any prospect that it alone could make Scotland viable as an independent economy.

Last year production dropped 18 percent, its sharpest decline since peaking more than a decade ago.
(...)
Scotland is aiming for 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of the decade and having green power to spare.

That is far more ambitious than the European Union as a whole. The EU aims to raise the share of renewables in the mix to 20 percent by 2020.

"We have a vision of an EU, integrated market with connections across the sea to Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, mainland Europe," Ewing told Reuters.

"We have got an iron will to proceed with this. We are not going to be deflected by what we would regard as a negative approach."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:58:11 PM EST
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Areva commits to Scotland turbine plant

A French wind turbine manufacturer that had earlier criticized Britain's wavering energy policies this week announced a major new facility in Scotland.

Areva, which has headquarters in Paris, said Monday it had reached a memorandum of understanding with Scotland's economic development agency to site an industrial facility near the Firth of Forth to manufacture its 5-megawatt turbines for offshore wind power projects.

The facility will add to a growing cluster of wind industry businesses in Eastern Scotland and has the potential to create 750 direct jobs in manufacturing wind turbines and blades, the company said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:10:19 PM EST
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Rock on!

(But what will The Donald say?)

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:39:40 AM EST
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with his combover it's thought advisable to stay away from high wind areas

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 01:14:15 PM EST
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IPS - Beating Rural Poverty in South America | Inter Press Service

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 29 2012 (IPS) - The development of agriculture through the adoption of technological innovations will help Latin America leave behind its status as the most unequal region in the world, and will especially benefit the Southern Cone, one of the planet's largest food reserves.

"The Southern Cone is being watched with great interest as a food reserve, but we still can't precisely say how far the potential of our region will reach," Emilio Ruz, executive secretary of the Cooperative Programme for the Development of Agricultural Technology in the Southern Cone (PROCISUR), told Tierramérica*.

Over the last decade, the world population has increased by more than one billion people, noted Ruz. With demographic growth, the demand for food has also skyrocketed, as has the consequent need for energy generation.

"There is a highly encouraging future for the Southern Cone of South America, because for the first time agriculture is going to be a top-priority activity thanks to the growing demand for food. Before it was a poor relation of the economy," he said.

Rural activity today can offer the conditions to improve the quality of life of those who work and live in the countryside, added Ruz, who is participating as a representative of PROCISUR in the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, taking place in Punta del Este, Uruguay Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:01:44 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:27:27 PM EST
Victims of Hurricane Sandy forgotten in Haiti

Hurricane Sandy, the deadly storm that slammed into New York and New Jersey in October, tore through the Caribbean long before reaching America -- and in Haiti, many still await help.

Flooding from Sandy killed 54 people and left thousands homeless in Haiti, another woe for a country still struggling to recover from a 2010 earthquake that left more than 200,000 dead.

A cholera epidemic that broke out afterwards has since killed around 7,600 people but even its effect worsened with the recent rains -- 44 deaths were reported in the past month, according to Haiti's Ministry for Public Health.

Nearly a month after the government of President Michel Martelly declared a national emergency due to Sandy, scores of residents in the hard-hit town of Petit-Goave, in south-western Haiti, still live in emergency shelters.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:09:47 PM EST
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Scientists improve dating of early human settlement

A Simon Fraser University archaeologist and his colleagues at the University of Queensland in Australia have significantly narrowed down the time frame during which the last major chapter in human colonization, the Polynesian triangle, occurred.

SFU professor David Burley, Marshall Weisler and Jian-Xin Zhao argue the first boats arrived between 880 and 896 BC. The 16-year window is far smaller than the previous radiocarbon-dated estimate of 178 years between 2,789 and 2,947 years ago.

Burley, the lead author, and his colleagues have recently had their claims published in an article in the open access journal PLoSONE.

Polynesia, a group of 1,000 islands forming a geographic triangle connecting Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, is one of the last landscapes discovered and settled by humans.

Burley's team applied uranium/thorium dating to a series of coral artifacts recovered from a site in Tonga known to be the first settlement location for Polynesia.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:11:09 PM EST
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How a Baseball Star's Tricky Pitch Strikes Out Hitters--and Baffles Physicists | The Crux | Discover Magazine
Most pitchers, including the other Cy Young finalists, try to overwhelm hitters with a combination of speed and movement. They throw the ball hard--the average major league fastball zooms in at around 91 miles per hour--and generate spin (up to 50 rotations a second) that makes the ball break, or deviate from a straight-line trajectory. Dickey does neither of those things. Rather than cock his arm back and fire, he pushes the ball like a dart so that it floats toward the plate between 55 and 80 mph. The ball barely spins at all--perhaps a quarter- or half-turn before reaching the hitter.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:18:02 PM EST
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The science of swing bowling | Old Regulars | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo
Conventional swing, reverse swing, contrast swing. In the past few years cricketers have been barraged with new and convoluted descriptions of a ball's deviation through the air, but only the select few can differentiate between each, let alone unravel the science behind them. One such man is Rabindra Mehta, a NASA scientist and former club fast bowler based in California, who has studied cricket-ball aerodynamics for nearly three decades. Here, in response to an article published at Cricinfo last week, he gives the definitive answer to the mysteries of swing.

See also Wikipedia Swing bowling.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:09:44 AM EST
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If you wanna see a knuckleball in footbal, watch Ronaldo take a free kick, particularly when the ball is close to the penalty area. One of his variants is a toe poke through the centre of the ball, the ball rises and falls very quickly, but you can see in slo-mo that the ball barely turns and exhibits the same characteristics as a knuckleball, making it difficult to save

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:57:41 AM EST
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Levy Economics Institute: A Meme for Money (November 2012)
This paper argues that the usual framing of discussions of money, monetary policy, and fiscal policy plays into the hands of conservatives. That framing is also largely consistent with the conventional view of the economy and of society more generally. To put it the way that economists usually do, money "lubricates" the market mechanism--a good thing, because the conventional view of the market itself is overwhelmingly positive. Acknowledging the work of George Lakoff, this paper takes the position that we need an alternative meme, one that provides a frame that is consistent with a progressive social view if we are to be more successful in policy debates. In most cases, the progressives adopt the conservative framing and so have no chance. The paper advances an alternative framing for money and shows how it can be used to reshape discussion. The paper shows that the Modern Money Theory approach is particularly useful as a starting point for framing that emphasizes use of the monetary system as a tool to accomplish the public purpose.

It is not so much the accuracy of the conventional view of money that we need to question, but rather the framing. We need a new meme for money, one that would emphasize the social, not the individual. It would focus on the positive role played by the state, not only in the creation and evolution of money, but also in ensuring social control over money. It would explain how money helps to promote a positive relation between citizens and the state, simultaneously promoting shared values such as liberty, democracy, and responsibility. It would explain why social control over money can promote nurturing activities over the destructive impulses of our "undertakers" (Smith's evocative term for capitalists).



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 21st, 2012 at 07:06:59 PM EST
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Sounds like a change we need.

But in modern economics, isn't "money" just another resource? I don't claim to understand even basics such as IS/LM, but it looks like M is just another ... variable is the wrong word. Commodity.
Is there a break somewhere between 1930 and now where money ceased to have a privileged role?

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:44:21 AM EST
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But in modern economics, isn't "money" just another resource?

No, it isn't, that's the whole point.

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 22nd, 2012 at 08:52:02 AM EST
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Have read half of it so far, fascinating stuff.


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:25:24 AM EST
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Randy Wray is really good. A bit abrasive in person...

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 22nd, 2012 at 09:27:17 AM EST
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Superficially, this looks like it should go in People and Klatsch, but the refrain is brilliant, possibly accidentally insightful.

Gloss: Miss Russia Contestant Natalia Pereverzeva Says Super Weird Stuff About Russia At Miss Earth Contest

So she is proud of Russia because it has greenery and is cow-like. The correct answer is always "freedom," so she got that question wrong, but no matter. This is where the matter part comes in:
`But my Russia -- it is also my poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people. My Russia, it is a great artery, from which the `chosen' few people draining away its wealth. My Russia is a beggar. My Russia cannot help her elderly and orphans. From it, bleeding, like from a sinking ship, engineers, doctors, teachers are fleeing, because they have nothing to live on. My Russia -- it is a winner which has overthrown fascism but bought the victory at the expense of lives of millions of people. How, tell me, how and why does nationalism prosper in this country? My dear, poor Russia.'
Lady. The correct answer is "freedom."


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 22nd, 2012 at 03:59:40 AM EST
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(Simpsons.
Apu is taking his US Citizenship test)

Proctor: All right, here's your last question.  What was the cause of the Civil War?  
Apu: Actually, there were numerous causes.  Aside from the obvious schism between the abolitionists and the anti-abolitionists, there were economic factors, both domestic and inter--
Proctor: Wait, wait... just say slavery.
Apu: Slavery it is, sir.
- "Much Apu About Nothing"

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:46:37 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 03:27:47 PM EST
Franck Biancheri, founder of Newropeans and promoter of Erasmus, died on 30 October.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 04:35:41 PM EST
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From 1968



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:38:50 AM EST
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Am I right it's today?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:56:45 AM EST
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Many of my friends will be taking the pre-dawn ferry out to former NDN country on Alcatraz Island for the traditional AIM anti-thanksgiving ceremonies and drumming.

Hah... a facecrack page



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:59:23 AM EST
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OK, if that's the way the game's played around here:

Turkey Pardon Mishap Results In Accidental Release Of Serial Rapist | The Onion


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:48:38 AM EST
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And here's some background about how he got into this mess

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:59:45 AM EST
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You will have seen this, just quoting the two most canical ones:
  • COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The State takes both of them and gives you the milk.
  • CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

Suggestion:
European Union: You have two cows. The state stretches and twists one of them across several countries, briefly extracting enormous amounts of milk. Your neighbours vote to give most of the feed to that one, leaving the one still in your back yard malnourished and giving little milk.
The first cow gets sick and gives no milk. The state accuses the people pulling at the hind end of the cow of not pulling hard enough and spending too much time shovelling manure.

(Alternatives and correction gratefully accepted.)


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 07:13:04 AM EST
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or 'Ee bah gum!

Molar extracted today as part of program to gentrify my mouth. No pain - as yet - but I'm still a couple of hours off the end of numbness. Apart from instructing the taxi driver on exit, no loss of dignity either.

It was a tricky one. One root was almost devoid of surrounding bone thanks to a bloody dental barbarity of more than 40 years ago. The other root conformed to the professional opinion of the surgeon 40 years ago who said the Triloqvists had teeth like horse's. I assumed this meant me teggies assumed a position off vertical in the opposite direction from the cakehole. But on relating this opinion today to Mr I. Pullem as he readied his syringe, he said that no, it meant you have long roots i.e. harder to extract. Gulp.

Well, he had to split the tooth using first a high speed mini chainsaw and then a lever which cracked the tooth into two. But before you could say Jack Robinson (there lies an etymology) ) he was cleaning up the root channel and throwing in a few self-dissolving gum sutures before turfing me out to slobber all over the taxi driver.

So considering the possibilities of dental fail, I'm rather content.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:07:05 AM EST
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Having just been through it, wishing you a good, healthy recovery.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:17:51 AM EST
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"Novocaine doesn't kill pain, it just postpones it."
- Bill Cosby, "Why is there air"

I've heard anectdotally that oral surgeons (as opposed to mere dentists) are larger and stronger - it's a more physical line of work. True?

Best of luck.

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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:26:35 AM EST
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With all those wonderful new power tools that would make a 'maker' jealous, and myst-tech storm trooper stuff that fires lasers and high-pressure sodium solution and bathes in ultraviolet/sound, the oral Sweeney no longer needs the muscle.

My man in white is very happy to describe what he is doing at all times because he can practice his English on me. It's a bit like using a tailor's dummy to practice dressmaking - you don't want a dummy that can answer back. I'm fine with this. You shouldn't annoy people when they have their hands in your mouth.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 12:31:14 PM EST
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YIKES!

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:33:18 AM EST
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