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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 30 November

by In Wales Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:43:34 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:33:18 PM EST
Court clears Continental Airlines on Concorde crash | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

A French appeals court has overturned a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the 2000 crash of a Concorde airliner. The Paris accident sparked the end of the iconic supersonic passenger plane.

The court in Versailles upheld a Continental Airlines appeal against a 2010 ruling where the airline was found guilty of manslaughter for the plane crash. Continental was originally fined 200,000 euros ($260,000) and ordered to pay one million euros in damages to the Concorde jet's operator, Air France.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:37:06 PM EST
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Leveson report: Britain needs independent press watchdog | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

A far-reaching inquiry into British newspapers has called for a new independent body, backed by law, to regulate the press. The inquiry was triggered by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid phone hacking scandal.

Reporting on his inquiry findings, Lord Justice Brian Leveson called for a new independent watchdog enshrined in law to regulate the press, at a news conference on Thursday in London.

"I do not think that either the victims or the public would accept the outcome if the industry did not grasp this opportunity," wrote Leveson in the 2,000 page report.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:38:41 PM EST
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Cameron rejects UK press law after hacking scandal - UNITED KINGDOM - FRANCE 24

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that he had serious concerns about legislation to regulate the media, risking a split in his coalition after a damning inquiry triggered by a phone-hacking scandal proposed a press watchdog backed in law.

Opposing a legal foundation to an independent press regulator will delight the British media ahead of the 2015 election but will deepen a divide in Cameron's coalition government and within his own party.

"We should be wary of any legislation that has the potential to infringe free speech and the free press," Cameron told parliament, watched from the chamber's gallery by victims of tabloid newspaper phone-hacking who have campaigned for tougher rules governing Britain's recalcitrant media.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:50:15 PM EST
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He talks of "free speech and a free press". Free here means unregulated. It does not mean cheap and it most certainly does not mean it is available to most people.

The free press is the voice of the plutocrats, the more money you have, the louder it speaks. Leveson demonstrated the ability of these people to influence govt policy. Whenever the almost pointless labour party looks like it might do something that could be good for the majority of the country, newspapers will thunder at union-dominated lefties taking over the party as if unions or left leaning people had any power or influence over policy.

Yet it is the plutocrats and the media barons who have the power and the influence. And Leveson said it would be a good idea if that power were regulated to some small extent. And, here we are, the day after, the power has said No. And so their tame politicians limply follow on

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:32:40 AM EST
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Were you realistically expecting anything else?

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 Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:05:40 AM EST
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Green vegetation are the real good guys ... capturing sunlight, generating carbohydrates ... what's not to love? So when will they rise up against their herbivore oppressors ... not too soon.  What about the herbivores ... peacefully chomping on vegetation and turning into steaks ... once again, what's not to love? Do you expect a major cow uprising any time soon? Nah. And up the food chain it goes. The 1% are at the top of the food chain, supported by the militaries (I'm talking about you, Egypt), and we get all pissy when it's our turn to go into the woodchipper.

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 Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:33:45 AM EST
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Leveson report calls for tougher press regime - UNITED KINGDOM - FRANCE 24

A far-reaching inquiry into British newspapers called for a new independent watchdog enshrined in law to regulate the press, to prevent a repeat of the excesses which led to a phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.

The recommendation on Thursday meant Prime Minister David Cameron faced angering either senior figures in his party and Britain's newspapers or his coalition partners and the public.

The inquiry called for a radical overhaul of how Britain's notoriously aggressive press should be governed.

"I do not think that either the victims or the public would accept the outcome if the industry did not grasp this opportunity," wrote Lord Justice Brian Leveson, whose report ran to almost 2,000 pages.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:57:49 PM EST
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No, we won't accept it. But can we do anything about it ?

No.

After all, whoever you vote for, the government stays the same; the government of plutocrats for plutocrats and they will not allow change. Ever

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:35:00 AM EST
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Victims accuse Cameron of 'ripping heart and soul' out of Leveson inquiry | Media | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron has been accused of "ripping the heart and soul" out of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry and betraying victims of press abuse by rejecting the judge's recommendation for a statutory body to oversee the new independent press regulator.

Media reform campaigners and some of those who had their phones hacked or computers compromised said they were "profoundly depressed" by the prime minister's refusal to follow the recommendation.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:00:34 PM EST
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Kosovo ex-premier Haradinaj acquitted at Hague retrial | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

The former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, has been once again acquitted of crimes against humanity. The retrial the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague backed up the court's original 2008 verdict.

Judges at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague ruled on Thursday that Haradinaj and two accomplices were not guilty of charges that they had murdered and tortured Serbs in the 1998-1999 war as members of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

"On the contrary, the evidence establishes that, when he heard about the mistreatment of individuals, Haradinaj said no such thing should happen because this is damaging of our cause," said Bakone Justice Moloto, the presiding judge in the case.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:39:23 PM EST
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Eurozone could face another year of recession in 2013
The eurozone could face a second year of recession with negative growth of -0.3% and a new surge in unemployment next year if governments continue to pursue the current path of austerity.   This is one of the main conclusions of a new report, the Independent Annual Growth Survey. The report was commissioned by the S&D Group in the European Parliament and prepared by three major economic institutes: the OFCE (Paris); the IMK (Düsseldorf) and the ECLM (Copenhagen).   The authors of the report argue that the 'moderate growth' of 0.1% for 2013 forecast by the Commission in the autumn will not be achieved. They believe that the European Commission's predictions are based on the wrong fiscal multiplier, thereby underestimating the negative impact of further austerity measures on economic growth.   The full report will be presented tomorrow during a press conference chaired by S&D Group President Hannes Swoboda with the three institutes, just before the European Commission's own recommendations are published in the Annual Growth Survey.

Report here.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:41:55 PM EST
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Danube fare fight sends Romania, Bulgaria to court | Europe | DW.DE | 29.11.2012
A second bridge across the Danube between Romania and Bulgaria was to be officially opened on Thursday. But a revenue-sharing disagreement is keeping the Vidin-Calafat Bridge closedas the countries head to court.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:46:09 PM EST
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Oh for crying out loud. Two sets of corrupt politicians arguing about the share of the proceeds.

There should be loads of bridges across the Danube between the two countries and they should be free. It's just insane that this is a toll bridge.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:38:25 AM EST
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Amnesty rebukes Hollande for ongoing Roma evictions - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

Dismantling migrant camps and deporting Roma people was a signature policy of France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy; one that was heavily criticized by many on the left, including by his successor, François Hollande.

However, rights group Amnesty International is now slamming France's new Socialist government for evicting thousands of Roma from squats around the Paris region since it came to power.

In a report published Thursday, the prominent rights organisation said forced evictions of Roma remained a standard practice under Hollande, who was sworn in as president in May. It estimated that 22 camps housing more than 2,300 people, including 189 children, were torn down across France in July and August 2012.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:49:43 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Justice & Home Affairs / Mystery death of Magnitsky informant causes fear

BRUSSELS - The mysterious death of an informant in the Sergei Magnitsky case has created suspicion of a second high-profile Russian murder in the UK.

Alexander Perepilichnyy - a 44-year-old Russian businessman with no known health problems - was found dead outside his luxury home in Surrey, England on 10 November.

British police made the case public on Wednesday (28 November), saying in statements to press that an initial post mortem was "inconclusive," that the coroner will now hold an inquest, including toxicology tests, and that a senior officer has been assigned to find out what happened.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:59:31 PM EST
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Yes, it's terrible. But we either accept this gang warfare on our streets or we get rid of the whole damn lot of them by changing our financial taxation system so that we're no longer the go-to country for criminals looking to hide their ill-gotten gains.

As the latter would inconvenience most of the Tory party we'll just have to accept the occasional bloodbath

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:41:14 AM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 06:15:38 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Stournaras tells banks they must participate in voluntary debt buy-back (30.11.2012)
Greek finance minister is putting heavy pressure on domestic banks; Greek banks are resisting as they stand to lose €4bn, which would jeopardise the next rights issue; a news report says buybacks are likely to come with "varied prices"; size is estimated to be around €30bn; IMF says the loan tranche cannot be released until the buy-back is completed; a poll says that 60% of Greek voters are undecided, while Syriza cements its lead; UMP crisis benefits centrists and the far right; the General Court rules that the ECB has the right to withholding documents on the grounds of protecting the public interest, and avoiding misunderstandings; Mark Rutte says this is a good time to claw back powers from Brussels; the SPD has decided to support the German government over Greece after all; Michel Barnier says worst of crisis is over, all the important decisions have been taken, it is now time to implement; the EP wants the ECB to formally delegate powers over banking supervision back to national supervisors; Reinhard Schmidt says the ECB needs a lot more staff than planned to oversee a banking union, even on the assumption of strong delegation; there is an outcry in Spain over the European Commission's quid-pro-quo banking layoffs as a price for banking support; the OECD advises Spain to relax firing laws and broaden the base of VAT; the European Commission's industry confidence index points towards a further decline in investment in 2013; the business and consumer survey has shown the first uptick in eight month; Italy's business confidence hit the lowest level since March 2009; at yesterday's auction, Italian interest rates fell further; il Sole 24 ore says there are signs that the monetary transmission mechanisms are being fixed; Pierluigi Bersani wants to introduce a permanent and progressive wealth tax on Italians; there is more confusion about Italy's centre right as Berlusconi holds off launch of a new party; economists, meanwhile, try to explain the puzzle why Spain has a different trade-off between unemployment and changes in GDP.


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:39:42 AM EST
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OECD asks for Spanish reforms to be deepened

Diario Pregresista reports that the OECD is advising Spain that, in order to meet its 2014 deficit target, the government should be made cheaper to lay off workers, and raise VAT revenues by shifting more products into the higher rate band. These reforms would go in the same direction as those already adopted in 2012. The OECD also suggests ending the duality between permanent and temporary employment by introducing a "single employment contract" with less worker protection than the current permanent contract.

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Explaining Spain's high unemployment

It is not every day that we're told that Spain's job market is too flexible, but the New York Fed's blog Liberty Street Economics did just that. Comparing the paths of Spain and Greece during the recession, Thomas Klitgaard and Ayşegül Şahin observe that both countries have similar unemployment levels around 25%, but that Greece's GDP has dropped much more than Spain's for the same increase in unemployment. Greece's relationship between unemployment and GDP is said to be in line with the rest of the Euro area. The authors observe that there is an unusually high reliance on temporary contracts in Spain, and conclude that Spain's experience "illustrates the cost to the economy of firms having such flexibility in how they manage workers". In addition, Europa Press reports on statistic showing that unemployment among foreigners in Spain has tripled to nearly 35%.

Another comparison of Spanish and Greek unemployment and GDP was provided by Bill Mitchell based on data from the IMF World Economic Outlook. Mitchell observes that Spain and Ireland have had much larger employment drops than appears justified by their GDP contractions, and attributes this to the weight of the construction sector in the run-up to the crisis. Mitchell argues that Australia had a similar construction bubble to those in Spain and Ireland, but that fiscal stimulus in 2008-9 prevented a recession in Australia while Spain and Ireland were forced into austerity by the EU.

Mitchell also points out that Spain has a higher rate of "involuntary temporary employment" than the rest of the Eurozone. He concludes that unlike in normal recessions where employment conditions recover after the crisis, in Europe "working conditions previously enjoyed will be lost forever" due to austerity which, despite the rhetoric about excessive debt, is really about wealth transfer to the elites and the dismantling of the welfare state.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:42:56 AM EST
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The European Parliament's fudge on banking union

The European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee proposed a compromise in the debate about whether the ECB should supervise all banks. While the ECB wants to supervise all banks centrally to preserve a level-playing field, the EP wants to give the ECB the option of delegation to national authorities.

(This is not as innocuous as it sounds - like having an option, but not exercising it. It really creates a presumption that the ECB hand over powers to national authorities, which it can only reclaim in some sort of an emergency- i.e. when it is already too late. There is now a non-trivial danger that the EU settles on some hugely complex arrangement where nobody knows who is in charge.)

Reinhard Schmidt says banking union plans are not going to work

Reinhard Schmidt, a German banking professor, is quoted by Boersenzeitung as saying that it will be impossible for the ECB acquire the necessary know-how  to regulate all 6000 banks. The number of staff will need to be a lot larger than currently planned even if a large part of the job is delegated back national supervisors. He said that if you delegate, but retain ultimate control and responsibility, at the very least you will need to understand how the national regulators operate. He recalls the differences of what constituted core tier 1 capital between the EBA and the German supervisor. Another expert is quoted as saying that the ECB would need between 200 and 400 even if under a scenario of extensive delegation.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:44:24 AM EST
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ECB right not to disclose documents to Bloomberg

The General Court in Luxembourg ruled that the ECB had the right not to disclose the documents on the economic situation in Greece in 2010. "Disclosure of those documents would have undermined the protection of the public interest so far as concerns the economic policy of the European Union and Greece," Reuters quotes from the court ruling on Thursday.  The court agreed with the ECB that it could not disclose the first document because the information it contained was outdated, posing a substantial risk of severely misleading the public in general and financial markets in particular. The court also found that the content of the second document was closely connected with the first, and that the ECB had not made a mistake in assessing that its disclosure too "would undermine the economic policy of the EU and Greece". The ruling can be appealed the the European Court of Justice within the next two months.

(The European Court has thus established an important legal principle. If you claim to act in the public interest, you can break the law. And the definition of the public interest rate, is, of course,  a political one.)



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 09:57:52 AM EST
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is there an app for unstuffing these?

;)

(yup it's called a brain, ed)

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 01:32:25 PM EST
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Huh?

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 1st, 2012 at 03:18:55 AM EST
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i don't mean it's stuffy, it seems so compressed...

please excuse my feeble attempts at humour...

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Dec 1st, 2012 at 01:25:38 PM EST
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Commission sidelined from critical IT summit in Dubai | EurActiv

EXCLUSIVE / EU member states yesterday (29 November) elbowed the European Commission out of a representative role when 190 governments gather next week in Dubai for key treaty negotiations affecting the telecoms and internet industry.

Instead, EU member states' representatives at the EU Council of Ministers agreed a joint position for them to approve individually at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), taking place on 3-14 December in Dubai.

The development will increase doubts about how some of the key decisions will fall at the critical conference as the EU's common interest - which the European Commission is supposed to embody - will effectively not be represented.

The decision, agreed by the Foreign Affairs Council yesterday (29 November), was kept out of the EU's official journal, since it includes details of the bloc's preferred negotiating stance.

EU diplomatic sources confirmed to EurActiv, however, that the Commission was given a secondary role by the Council.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:43:25 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:34:02 PM EST
EU-Japan free trade agreement clears major hurdle | Business | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

EU ministers have given the green light for the bloc's executive to start negotiations with Japan on a free trade agreement. Special caveats are to ensure that the European car industry will not be harmed.

Trade ministers from the 27-member European Union on Thursday agreed to authorize the EU executive, the European Commission, to start negotiations with Japan on a free trade agreement.

Such a bilateral accord would bring together two trading partners which account for a third of global economic output. EU estimates claim the deal could result in some 400,000 new jobs being created in Europe alone.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:39:56 PM EST
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Temporary fiscal cliff fix only postpones clarity | Transatlantic Voices | DW.DE | 29.11.2012
Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, tells DW why he still believes in a unified Europe and why a temporary fix of the fiscal cliff problem in the US isn't good enough.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:44:03 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / MEPs support banking union, demand say on supervisory board

BRUSSELS - MEPs are demanding a say in deciding the chairman and members of a new bank supervisory board as part of their terms for supporting the EU's banking union.

Following a vote of the European Parliament's powerful economic and monetary affairs committee on Thursday (29 November), MEPs adopted a position giving them a veto over the nominee for vice-chairman, alongside a right of investigation for the parliament.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:58:33 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Political Affairs / Tax property not work, governments told
BRUSSELS - Governments should tax property and consumption ahead of income according to the Commission's 2013 Annual Growth Survey published on Wednesday (28 November).
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:58:57 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 04:06:41 PM EST
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Business Insider: GALBRAITH: Here's Why We Should LOWER The Retirement Age (November 29, 2012)
He explains:
My argument is that you have a phenomenon which is very well known called the Baby Boom which is out there and the Baby Boom is a portion of older workers who are approaching, but in many cases are not at, the retirement age. They are, particularly those who have been working in real jobs, I'm not talking about professors or journalists, but people who actually - you know, move boxes, inventory, or stand at checkout counters for a living. When unemployed, they have a very difficult time getting a new job and early retirement is intrinsically attractive.

Why aren't they taking it? Possibly because it's not attractive enough, possibly because they're a little too young. So the solution is to make the early retirement available for a limited period, let's say three years...and let the people who take it at 62 get a better deal than they get now so that a higher fraction of the working population will take it at 62.

But what about the general entitlement problem, and all the debt we're drowning in?

Galbraith calls this "propaganda" that's been pushed for decades by the same people, who have made predictions that have never come true. He specifically called out old writings (from the '80s and '90s) of anti-debt activist Pete Peterson.

The whole notion that there's this great deficit crisis which can only be dealt with by cutting SS, Medicare, and Medicaid, that's just - it's a relative recent front in a very old propaganda war. People who have been, for decades, blathering on about the disaster in SS, Medicare, and Medicaid. I highly recommend the back issues of the New York Review Of Books, which lists Peter G. Peterson, who prowled on about this.


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 04:30:45 PM EST
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Galbraith is still labouring under the belief that governments run countries for the benefit of their citizens. this is blatantly untrue.

the 1% run governments to ensure that all policy is adapted to benefit them.

So, this policy that he recommends cannot possibly be considered because it actually involves genuine trickle down, not the voodoo snake-oil stuff Reagan sold for the benefit of the 1%

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:48:50 AM EST
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Hey Galbraith, get a gun, be ready to use it, come down to planet earth.

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 Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:35:29 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:34:13 PM EST
Westerwelle: Germany to abstain in UN Palestine vote | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

Germany plans to abstain during Thursday's vote at the UN General Assembly on the Palestinians' diplomatic status. German Foreign Minister Westerwelle said the expected UN endorsement would run counter to peace efforts.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle announced on Thursday in Berlin that Germany would abstain from the scheduled vote later in the day at the UN General Assembly to decide if Palestine is given non-member status.

"From our perspective there are doubts about whether this step [to call for the vote] by the Palestinians serves the peace process at the current time," Westerwelle said. "We think that this could make matters worse."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:37:36 PM EST
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UN observer status beckons for Palestinians | World | DW.DE | 29.11.2012
The UN General Assembly is about to vote on recognizing Palestine. More countries support recognition, but will it help bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:43:10 PM EST
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What peace process? Every time the palestinians look like they're gonna negotiate with Israel, the IDF kill their representative and then say "look they're being warlike again".

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:51:15 AM EST
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Egypt awaits devisive constitution draft | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

Egyptians awaited a vote Thursday within the Islamist-majority assembly drafting the country's new constitution but boycotted by dissenters. Embattled president Mohamed Morsi was then due to fix a referendum date.

Egypt's constitutional assembly - minus some 14 of its original 100 members, notably liberals and Christians - said it had finished drafting the text overnight Wednesday.

Democracy activists said it would only make matters worse while Morsi's Islamist backers said a referendum would defuse widespread protests over the president's seizure of powers by decree last week.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:38:20 PM EST
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Egyptians protest against Muslim Brothers | World | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

The largest demonstration yet against the power of the Muslim Brotherhood has not led Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to compromise.

Hundreds of thousands of liberal, left-wing and secular demonstrators streamed on to Tahrir Square in Cairo on Tuesday (28.11.2012). They came from all over the city for the largest demonstration against the Muslim Brotherhood so far.

Some observers compared it to the very start of the Egyptian revolution in January 2011, but many protesters were apparently there for the first time - when a speaker asked who hadn't been there at the start of the protests, around two-thirds raised their hands.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:43:39 PM EST
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Bomb attacks kill at least 30 Shiite Muslims in Iraq | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

Bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite Muslims in Iraq have killed at least 30 people and wounded scores more. The blasts combined to create Iraq's most deadly day of violence in more than two months.

Two explosions near a restaurant in the city of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, and a car bomb explosion in the shrine city of Karbala killed at least 30 people on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:41:13 PM EST
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Myanmar police raid copper mine protest camp | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

Protestors at a copper mine in Myanmar have been evicted by police using tear gas and water cannon. The raid preceded a scheduled visit by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The raids came in the early hours of Thursday morning as the protesters, who have lived in a protest camp in the northern town of Monywa for several weeks, were sleeping in tents.

According to witness accounts, several truckloads of police arrived and began firing water cannons at the protesters.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:42:00 PM EST
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Chinese passport upsets diplomatic applecart | Asia | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

A new watermark on freshly issued Chinese passports portrays disputed territories as belonging to China. The move has outraged the country's Asian neighbors and fueled concerns about Beijing's motives.

China's claim to disputed territories has evoked strong responses from its neighbors. Experts warn that the Chinese move may seriously undermine the delicate balance in bilateral relations with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan and India.

New passports issued by Beijing show a map indicating Arunachal Pradesh, parts of Jammu & Kashmir and disputed islands in the South China Sea as Chinese territory. The map is published in the form of a watermark in the Chinese passport booklet.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:46:42 PM EST
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Case against Kenyan presidential candidates dropped | Africa | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

In a surprise turn of events, a petition challenging the suitability of two candidates for the Kenyan presidency has been withdrawn. William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta face charges at the International Criminal Court.

A high court in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has ruled that two prominent politicians who face charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague can contest next year's presidential election.The ruling followed the withdrawal of a petition filed by civil society groups which had sought to challenge the candidates' eligibility.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:47:06 PM EST
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Manning testifies for first time in WikiLeaks case - FRANCE 24
AFP - The US Army private accused of passing a trove of secret government documents to WikiLeaks testified Thursday for the first time at a pre-trial hearing before a military judge.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:54:09 PM EST
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M23 rebels in slow retreat from Goma - DR CONGO - FRANCE 24

Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory they seized last week and pulled out of the region of Masisi, their military leader said Wednesday, in a sign that international pressure has stemmed the advance of the fighters.

Gen. Sultani Makenga, the military chief for the eight-month-old rebellion known as M23, said his fighters intend to abide by an ultimatum issued by neighboring nations that called for their withdrawal from Goma by Friday. He said he had ordered his fighters to retreat along the southeastern axis from Masisi to Goma, and they will then leave Goma via the northern route to Rutshuru.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:56:51 PM EST
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TPM:
A spokeswoman for Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) on Thursday offered a peculiar explanation for why the re-elected congressman is abandoning Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge: his district number changed.

Originally elected in 2010 in New York's 20th Congressional District, Gibson won a second term this year in the state's newly redrawn 19th Congressional District. That, Gibson's spokeswoman Stephanie Valle said in a statement, is sufficient reason to walk back the pledge he signed two years ago.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 04:43:55 PM EST
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Vote: 138 in favour 9 against 41 abstentions
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 05:00:51 PM EST
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UN general assembly makes resounding vote in favour of Palestinian statehood | World news | The Guardian
Overwhelming majority votes to recognise Palestine as non-member state as US and Israel are left to condemn decision

The United Nations general assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to recognise Palestine as a state, in the face of opposition from Israel and the US.

The 193-member assembly voted 138 in favour of the plan, with only nine against and 41 abstentions. The scale of the defeat represented a strong and public repudiation for Israel and the US, who find themselves out of step with the rest of the world.

Thursday's vote marked a diplomatic breakthrough for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and could help his standing after weeks in which he has been sidelined by Palestinian rivals Hamas in the Gaza conflict.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 01:19:55 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:34:34 PM EST
High-fructose corn syrup linked to diabetes | www.ajc.com

Nov. 27, 2012 --

Countries that mix high-fructose corn syrup into processed foods and soft drinks have higher rates of diabetes than countries that don't use the sweetener, a new study shows.

In a study published in the journal Global Health, researchers compared the average availability of high-fructose corn syrup to rates of diabetes in 43 countries.

About half the countries in the study had little or no high-fructose corn syrup in their food supply. In the other 20 countries, high-fructose corn syrup in foods ranged from about a pound a year per person in Germany to about 55 pounds each year per person in the United States.

The researchers found that countries using high-fructose corn syrup had rates of diabetes that were about 20% higher than countries that didn't mix the sweetener into foods. Those differences remained even after researchers took into account data for differences in body size, population, and wealth.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:41:00 PM EST
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Scientists paid by the food industry object. MSM decide there is no consensus

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:53:40 AM EST
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This week media clips appeared in the Dutch press about a study which hailed the benefits of drinking Red Bull. One of the major Dutch newspapers decided to dig - turns out that the authors of the studies at the University Utrecht have been funded up to 300.000 euros by Red Bull. One of these scientists(?) is paid entirely from this money.
by Nomad on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 06:12:15 AM EST
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Scientists dig up a dirty, unlikely cause | Globalization | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

Soil is the basis of food production and an important part of protecting the climate. Yet millions of tons of dirt get lost every year due to urbanization. Scientists worked on solutions at the first Global Soil Week.

About 200 years ago, Europe saw a major increase in the number of people leaving the countryside for towns and cities. Europeans flocked to cities hoping to end poverty and find better livelihoods than they could in rural villages and homesteads.

Those are still the main reasons people move to urban areas today, especially in developing countries where urbanization started later than it did in Europe. Half of the world's population lives in cities. But this trend has had devastating effects on the arable land around cities, with no small impact on people.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:44:44 PM EST
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NGO calls for renewables' potential to be tapped | Environment | DW.DE | 29.11.2012
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) wants to help nations say goodbye to fossil fuels. Its Deputy Director-General told DW the technology for a fossil fuel phase-out exists, but a full switch won't be easy.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:47:38 PM EST
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Ford Fusion wins LA car show green prize - FRANCE 24

AFP - The 2013 Ford Fusion was named Green Car of the Year Thursday at the LA Auto Show, as the US carmaker boasted having gone from "laggard to leader" in the environmentally-friendly vehicle market.

The car, which Ford says will get up to the equivalent of 100 miles (160 kilometers) per gallon (mpg), beat a shortlist also including the Toyota Prius c, the Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV, the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero and the Ford C-MAX.

"We've moved our brand from laggards to leaders in fuel economy," said Ford general marketing manager David Mondragon, calling the Fusion's fuel consumption figures "eye-popping."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:50:44 PM EST
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Chinese tycoon buys top Bordeaux wine estate - FRANCE - CHINA - FRANCE 24

A Chinese industrialist has completed the landmark purchase of Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a leading estate in France's prestigious Saint Emilion wine-making area, sources involved in the sale said Thursday.

The property is the first of its rank -- Grand Cru Classe (classified growth) -- to be acquired in what has been a wave of Chinese investment in the Bordeaux region.

The new owner is a 45-year-old industrialist with assets in the iron sector who has already diversified into the wine importing business. He met the chateau's employees on Friday and has since returned to China.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:52:29 PM EST
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would "Grand Cru Classé" be translated as "Classified Growth".

Anyway, it should obviously be "Large classified growth".

"What's that large growth?" "Can't tell you, it's classified."

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

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:32:30 AM EST
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FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:56:03 AM EST
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macro:

((france24))

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:56:38 AM EST
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Rubbish paid for by our tax euros :-(
by Bernard on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 09:06:46 AM EST
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Chinese industrialist buys top wine estate in landmark deal
The property is the first of its rank -- Grand Cru Classe (classified growth) -- to be acquired in what has been a wave of Chinese investment in the Bordeaux region.

From an Agence France Presse wire that France 24 was obviously using.

So FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish but SO IS AFP!!!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:18:56 PM EST
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i think mao would make a moue, unless it was a moet.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 01:36:56 PM EST
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Climate change is happening now - a carbon price must follow | James E Hansen | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Will our short attention span be the end of us? Just a month after the second "storm of a century" in two years, the media moves on to the latest scandal with barely a retrospective glance at the implications of the extreme climate anomalies we have seen.

Hurricane Sandy was not just a storm. It was a stark illustration of the power that climate change can deliver - today - to our doorsteps.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:01:14 PM EST
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Spawned in the USA: new fish named after Barack Obama | Environment | guardian.co.uk

He already had the presidential seal. Now comes the presidential fish. Researchers have named a newly discovered species of freshwater fish after Barack Obama.

The honour may not have quite the heft of the Nobel peace prize that Obama picked up at the start of his first term. And it doesn't convey the sheer raw power that goes with riding in Air Force One. But it does put the Obama brand on an all-American fish, and it also puts him in good company.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:01:54 PM EST
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Greenland and Antarctica 'have lost 4tn tonnes of ice' in 20 years | Environment | The Guardian

More than 4tn tonnes of ice from Greenland and Antarctica has melted in the past 20 years and flowed into the oceans, pushing up sea levels, according to a study that provides the best measure to date of the effect climate change is having on the earth's biggest ice sheets.

The research involved dozens of scientists and 10 satellite missions and presents a disturbing picture of the impact of recent warming at the poles.

The scientists claim the study, published in the journal Science, ends a long-running debate over whether the vast ice sheet covering the Antarctic continent is losing or gaining mass. East Antarctica is gaining some ice, the satellite data shows, but west Antarctica and the Antarctic peninsula is losing twice as much, meaning overall the sheet is melting.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:02:25 PM EST
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Anyone now anything about this development for reducing wind turbine rotor blade costs ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:03:37 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:34:50 PM EST
Communication blackout in Syria, especially Internet | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

Internet traffic in Syria has slowed to an effective standstill, according to a pair of US technology companies monitoring web traffic. Rebel fighters, meanwhile, have reported clashes for control of Damascus airport.

US companies Akamai and Renesys said on Thursday that Syrian Internet activity had ground almost to a halt as of 12:26 local time (1026 GMT), with coverage staying down throughout the afternoon.

"In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet," Renesys wrote on its blog.

Several news agencies reported that residents had noticed only sporadic coverage for their cell phones and some disturbances for landlines as well.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:38:01 PM EST
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Syrian Internet switched off as army launches offensive - SYRIA - FRANCE 24

Syria's Internet was effectively cut off on Thursday, web monitoring organisations confirmed, before the regime launched an offensive to re-take control of the road to Damascus airport.

"From around 10am today all Syrian IP addresses went blank," Nicolas Guillaume, of French Internet-monitoring company Cedexis told FRANCE 24. "We've seen traffic slowdowns in recent weeks, but this is the first time there has been a complete blackout in Syria."

US Internet firm Renesys also confirmed the Syrian online outage.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:49:08 PM EST
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Search engine bill before German parliament | News | DW.DE | 29.11.2012

Search engines, German newspaper publishers and users have traded barbs ahead of a copyright amendment to be debated Thursday by Germany's parliament. The government bill would allow charging of large content recyclers.

An intellectual property bill long sought by Germany's struggling newspaper houses has prompted a campaign by search engine Google. It has called on Internet users to dissuade parliamentarians from adopting the bill ahead of its first reading.

"We are pleased that this important debate about the German Internet is finally taking place," said a Google spokesman.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:40:49 PM EST
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US firm won't enforce AIDS drug patents in poor countries - FRANCE 24

AFP - Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced Thursday that it would not enforce its patents on its AIDS drug Prezista in the world's poorest countries and throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Offering cost relief to people infected with the HIV virus, J&J said it wanted to assure manufacturers that they can freely produce the generic version of the drug, darunavir, for sale in poor countries without fear of being accused of patent violation.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:53:06 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:35:09 PM EST
French mouths water with the return of Burger King - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

Burger King is making a return to France after a 15-year hiatus, in news that has set mouths watering in a country better-known for its haute cuisine, fine wine and cheeses.

The US fast food chain's imminent return after it quit the country in 1997 citing the brand's poor commercial performance has been the subject of intense and repeated rumours for years.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 02:48:29 PM EST
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That article is pure advertising copy.

France 24 is such rubbish.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:51:15 PM EST
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Hence the placement in 'klatsch'!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:59:42 PM EST
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We need a new category, "drek".
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 04:03:39 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 04:19:42 PM EST
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That video is full of unintentional drekitude.

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 29th, 2012 at 04:28:14 PM EST
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Fedèle explained that since Burger King had left the country, its main competitor McDonalds had successfully re-branded itself to suit French tastes and had become, along with European chain Quick, the "only burger restaurants of reference in France."

"What's creating so much buzz at today's news is that Burger King represents something different, less `Frenchified', more exotic, more American. There is definitely room on the French market for a new reference in burger culture.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 04:16:16 PM EST
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Burger King withdrew from the French market because they couldn't compete with McDonald's, by far the "best" in French opinion.

As for "what's creating so much buzz", they should know, they're making it.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 04:33:21 PM EST
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You're so out of touch. Burger King is the number one topic of conversation, in Lyon's better teashops.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:38:41 AM EST
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We found this lovely boy at a service station on the M4 last week, no tag on his collar.  We finally managed to trace his delighted owners yesterday and he went home.  He was a perfect houseguest.  We called him Dog, although it turned out that his name was originally Pork Chop (later changed to the slightly more appropriate Elmo).

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 03:12:52 PM EST
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Crikey, how'd you trace his family ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:56:24 AM EST
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He was chipped.  We got him into Pets at Home (we tried earlier in the week but missed the closing time) and he was chipped by another Pets at Home store so was on their database.  The vet called the contact details and the owner came and collected him after work.  

They got in touch this weekend to say thank you so Elmo is back to a happy home and we've offered to dog sit if ever needed!!

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Dec 2nd, 2012 at 11:16:18 AM EST
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But well done. You did a great thing

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 03:56:47 AM EST
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It's not really important enough to go in Europe news, but there were two by-elections last night. Both in safe Labour seats, so no surprise at who won. However, the results are more fun down the page.

Liberal conspiracy - UKIP crush Tories in Rotherham and Middlesbrough; how worse could it get?


Rotherham
Sarah Champion (Lab) 9,866 (46.25%, +1.62%)
Jane Collins (UKIP) 4,648 (21.79%, +15.87%)
Marlene Guest (BNP) 1,804 (8.46%, -1.96%)
Yvonne Ridley (Respect) 1,778 (8.34%)
Simon Wilson (Cons) 1,157 (5.42%, -11.32%)
David Wildgoose (Eng Dem) 703 (3.30%)
Simon Copley (Ind) 582 (2.73%, -3.58%)
Michael Beckett (Lib Dems) 451 (2.11%, -13.87%)
Ralph Dyson (TUSC) 261 (1.22%)

Middlesbrough
Andy McDonald (Lab) 10,201 (60.48%, +14.60%)
Richard Elvin (UKIP) 1,990 (11.80%, +8.10%)
George Selmer (Lib Dems) 1,672 (9.91%, -10.00%)
Ben Houchen (Cons) 1,063 (6.30%, -12.48%)
Imdad Hussain (Peace) 1,060 (6.28%)
Peter Foreman (BNP) 328 (1.94%, -3.90%)
John Malcolm (TUSC) 277 (1.64%)

The tories came 4th and 5th, while UKIP came 2nd in both places. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

nb, the respect candidte in Rotherham, Yvonne Ridley is an ex-member of the SWP who went as a journalist into Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban and converted to islam. She has been a source of strange opinions ever since

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 06:04:31 AM EST
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn and housemaid look to settle out of court | World news | guardian.co.uk

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief, is said to have reached a settlement with the hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her.

Details of the deal, which comes after prosecutors dropped related criminal charges in 2011, were not immediately known on Thursday and may be subject to a confidentiality agreement.

But :

Affaire du Sofitel : DSK prêt à verser 6 millions de dollars à Nafissatou Diallo Case Sofitel: DSK willing to pay $ 6 million to Nafissatou Diallo
Dominique Strauss-Kahn et Nafissatou Diallo devraient se rencontrer une ultime fois le 7 décembre, à New York. Cette fois, dans le bureau du juge Douglas McKeon dans le Bronx, ils devraient signer un accord financier mettant fin à la procédure civile engagée par la femme de chambre du Sofitel contre l'ancien directeur du Fond monétaire international (FMI), bien que ni les avocats de MmeDiallo ni ceux de DSK ne le confirment.Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou Diallo are expected to meet one last time on December 7 in New York. This time, in the office of Judge Douglas McKeon in the Bronx, they should sign a financial agreement ending the civil proceedings brought by the maid at the Sofitel against the former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) although neither Mme Diallo's lawyers nor those of DSK confirm.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, qui s'est rendu lui-même à New York à plusieurs reprises ces derniers mois, a confié à plusieurs de ses proches que les éléments principaux de l'accord avaient fini par être trouvés à la fin de l'été. Selon ses confidences, il devrait verser 6millions de dollars (4,64 millions d'euros) à celle qui l'accuse d'agression sexuelle.Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been to New York several times in recent months, told several of his relatives that the main elements of the agreement had found at the end of the summer. He had confided that he would pay $ 6 million (4.64 million euros) to she who accuses him of sexual assault.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 08:24:17 AM EST
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Who Could Have Predicted?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 09:02:15 AM EST
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