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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 19 December

by ceebs Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 04:01:54 PM EST

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

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 02:55:59 PM EST
Andrew Mitchell 'pleb' row: deputy chief whip passed on officer's account | Politics | guardian.co.uk

John Randall, the Conservative deputy chief whip, is the MP who passed on a police officer's account of Andrew Mitchell's confrontation with armed protection officers in Downing Street, during which he allegedly called them "plebs".

Randall, a long-serving whip who was understood to have had a strained relationship with Mitchell when he was appointed as his boss in the reshuffle in September, was contacted by the officer, who is a constituent.

Government sources suggested that Randall, who alerted Downing Street to the officer's account, had acted properly in his role as an MP.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:04:55 PM EST
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This has certainly taken an interesting turn.

The reason that Mitchell was fired was as much because those who knew him could easily imagine him reacting like that as because there were supposed other witnesses.

He was "known" to have a volcanic temper, he was "known" to be contemptuous of those he considered beneath his station. Nobody seemed surprised at such an allegation. It just wouldn't have worked on some other random MP.

And that makes me wonder. It was too well targeted to be random. So, I'm just gonna reach over for my tin foil hat....just in case

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 03:55:39 AM EST
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The main points of fact appear to be that the off-duty policeman, claiming to be an eye witness, who reported Mitchell, wasn't actually there... And the CCTV evidence doesn't show Mitchell's face at the moment he allegedly called the duty officers "fucking plebs".

So Mitchell may turn the tables and get off the rap. Couldn't happen to a nicer chap </sneer>.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 04:06:15 AM EST
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the plot thickens

Independent - Front page - Was Tory Chief Whip framed? Police officer accused of posing as member of public to help force Andrew Mitchell's resignation

A police officer was accused yesterday of masquerading as a member of the public and lying to help force the resignation of the Government Chief Whip.

In an extraordinary development in the "Plegbate" scandal, it emerged that a man whose testimony was crucial to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell did not in fact witness his outburst.
[....]
The claims emerged after a member of the diplomatic protection squad was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office by police investigating the leaking of information relating to the altercation.

The diplomatic protection squad are more related to special branch and the Security services than regular plod. Mitchell was set up and I bet this guy is on a "promise" after the dust dies down.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 07:04:01 AM EST
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Yes, he's the guy who reported the incident, claiming to be an eye-witness.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 07:08:54 AM EST
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Michael Crick@MichaelLCrick

The email re Mitchell sent to John Randall from the police officer from Ruislip, with some personal detail redacted http://www.channel4.com/news/andrew-mitchell-email-letter-plebgate-pleb-police ...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 03:37:20 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 03:38:13 PM EST
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Ireland to legalise abortions where woman's life is at risk | World news | guardian.co.uk

In a move unthinkable even a few years ago, the Irish governmentis to introduce legislation permitting abortions in limited circumstances.

The decision follows pressure from the European court of human rights, which ruled that abortions should be allowed in the republic in cases where a woman's life was at risk.

The taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who represents one of the most traditional rural Catholic constituencies in Ireland, said the Fine Gael-Labour coalition would proceed with a mixture of "legislation with regulation".



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:05:22 PM EST
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Neon Roberts to have surgery against mother's wishes after court ruling | Society | guardian.co.uk

A high court judge has ordered that a seven-year-old boy at the centre of a legal dispute must have an urgent life-saving brain operation despite his mother's refusal to give her consent.

Ruling that Neon Roberts would undergo the surgery on Wednesday, judge Mr Justice Bodey said: "We do not have the luxury of time".

Neon's mother, Sally, 37, had originally agreed to the potentially life-saving surgery after a residual tumour was found last week. But she changed her mind at the eleventh hour on Tuesday.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:05:59 PM EST
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Alleged fraudster aided mother of cancer boy | The Sunday Times

SHE disappeared with her seven-year-old son, desperate for him to avoid the ordeal of radiotherapy after cancer surgery.

Now it has emerged that Sally Roberts, whose son Neon had a brain tumour removed six weeks ago, has been consulting the controversial founder of a charity that promotes complementary therapy as a treatment for cancer.

Kevin Wright, 49, is due to stand trial next year on 21 charges of fraud and theft, totalling £285,000, relating to his charitable activities and fundraising. He denies the allegations.

Wright said this weekend that Roberts and Neon stayed with him at his home in Devon just before they went missing this month.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:54:17 PM EST
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Harmoni out-of-hours GP service putting patients at risk, say doctors | Society | The Guardian

The largest private provider of NHS out-of-hours GP services is facing allegations by senior doctors that its service in London is so short-staffed it is regularly unsafe.

Harmoni, which has contracts covering 8 million patients across large areas of London and southern England, is also alleged to have manipulated its performance data, masking delays in seeing patients and other missed targets.

A seven-week-old baby with a suspected respiratory infection died in November after repeated calls to the service over several days, during which it is alleged to have failed to follow protocols in key areas. Sources with knowledge of the case say they fear a four-hour wait for a doctor to see the baby at a Harmoni-run clinic at the Whittington hospital in London on the Saturday he died may have contributed to the tragedy.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:07:11 PM EST
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I've been reading some worrying stories. It's not just harmoni, there was a scary story about Virgin medical services "track record" over the weekend.

As is usual in contracting out, the providers rake off vast profits while the public get a truly terrible service. Except with the NHS, truly terrible could begin to have electorally damaging effects pretty quickly.

If only we had the choice of  a political party capable of being believed it would improve things

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 03:59:43 AM EST
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Liberal conspiracy - 2012: how the NHS became privatised and the impact that has had

2012 will go down as a cataclysmic date in the history of the English health service. It was the year when the virus of privatisation finally gained control of the cell nucleus of the NHS and began its destruction in earnest.

If you listen to the politicians you wouldn't know it. According to David Cameron, "we will not be selling off the NHS." If you believe Nick Clegg, "there will be no privatisation." They have been able to get away with this deception because the transformation they unleashed is messy. It is happening everywhere, but not uniformly. It is hidden by its very scale and spread.

But take a step back and the patterns are unmistakable. The controversial Health and Social Care Act passed in March 2012 ended the English National Health Service in all but name by abolishing the 60-year duty on the government to provide comprehensive healthcare for all. In its place is not so much a new structure as a process with its own dynamic-that of a snowball tumbling down a hillside.

All across the country treatments that patients used to receive are no longer available to them. Hip and knee replacements, tonsillectomies and cataract operations are among the procedures being restricted, forcing patients to wait longer, suffer in pain, or go private. Surgeries, wards, units and community services have been closed and clinical staff shed as the NHS desperately seeks to make "savings" of £20 billion.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 08:17:44 AM EST
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Ukip suspends election candidate after 'abhorrent' abortion remark | Politics | guardian.co.uk

The UK Independence party has suspended one of its election candidates who suggested that mothers carrying foetuses with Downs syndrome or spina bifida should be forced to have abortions to avoid the child being "a burden on the state as well as on the family".

Ukip had initially backed Geoffrey Clark, saying that members held "a range of views and opinions" that were not party policy and adding that while it disagreed with his comments, they were contained in a "personal manifesto".

But following a backlash, the party performed a u-turn and said in a later statement the views of the would-be Kent county councillor were "abhorrent" and that he would not be standing for the party again.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:07:46 PM EST
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If they start doing that whenever their people say questionable things, they won't have anyone to stand.

People on the extreme right do have a tendency to be defined more by who they despise than who they like

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 04:00:58 AM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 05:05:33 PM EST
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European Commission press releases: EU and Iceland: over two thirds of negotiation chapters now open (18/12/2012)
Commenting on the outcome of the conference, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said: "Negotiations with Iceland are moving steadily forward. As of today the big majority of negotiating chapters have been opened and one third is closed. The progress we have made today is a substantial achievement and at the same time a strong encouragement for the challenging issues still to be negotiated."

This accession conference brings the number of opened negotiation chapters to 27 out of a total of 35, of which one-third has already been closed. Negotiations have progressed steadily in a wide range of policy areas. They have now moved on to the more challenging chapters, such as economic and monetary policy, regional, and environmental policy, opened today, and financial services, opened at the last accession conference in October.

The progress so far is proof of the firm commitment by the Icelandic government and the EU to the accession process. The Commission will continue to facilitate the negotiations and seek solutions that take account of the country's specificities, while respecting the EU principles and the existing legislation of the EU.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 05:51:55 PM EST
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I m staggered. Iceland went through hell, but was the only country in the world to arrive at the correct conclusion of jailing its bankers.

No doubt, part of the talks will be about freeing and compensating these poor downtrodden elites for the inconvenience of not having their billions to play with

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 04:02:41 AM EST
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I note the Islandic polls and wonder if the reason the present government is behind in the polls isn't because it has embraced the German/EU kiss of accession death.
by redstar on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 11:35:25 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Berlusconi raises prospect of euro exit for Italy (19.12.2012)
Il Cavaliere says either ECB must support the Italian bond market and drive down interest rates, or Italy leaves the eurozone to become more competitive; comment suggests that Berlusconi will turn Italy's position in the eurozone, and German-inspired austerity, into central election themes;  Reuters has an interview with his economic spokesman, Renato Brunetta, who rails against Mario Monti's "blood, sweat and tears" approach to economic policy; Monti will today meet with the Ferrari chairman to discuss his political strategy; Monti will be involved with a centrist coalition of four separate party lists, which include a group of disgruntled Berlusconi supporters; the Italian ISTAT report shows that the number of Italian households with scarce resources has been climbing; another report says that Italy has been regressing in terms of social mobility; a French bank reform will propose a separation from speculative trading and banking activities, but will leave the concept of a universal bank in tact; Les Echos says the report goes soft on banks, and could lead to tension with the Socialist Party; a pro-government Senate majority rejected the 2013 French budget for tactical reasons, as the bill now going back to the House for fast track approval this week;  the Greek supreme court will rule this Friday whether it is legal for the Greek government to collect taxes via electricity bills; Spain's bank restructuring fund values nationalized banks at negative €30bn; the European Commission wants Spain to increase the retirement age beyond 67; Artur Mas' CiU and the left Catalonian nationalists have agreed on a coalition and on a referendum for independence in 2014; German lawyers, meanwhile, continue to question the legal basis for a banking union - using spurious and haphazard arguments.


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 04:48:04 AM EST
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Holy crap, rising it beyond 67...
This in a country where much of the workforce was employed in jobs that are physically demanding, too...

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 09:26:45 AM EST
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European Commission advocates further increases of retirement age in Spain

El Confidencial reports that The European Commission's annual fiscal sustainability report (see Commission press release) attributes a 'visible positive impact' on Spain's fiscal position to the increase of the retirement age from 65 to 67 introduced in 2011 (by Zapatero's government). Nevertheless, the Commission expects Spain's pensions bill to exceed the EU average, and so advocates "guaranteeing the sustainability of the pension system" by linking the retirement age to life expectancy.



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 09:33:56 AM EST
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...just the sort of Keynesian stimulus today's Italy (and France, and Spain, and Greece) could use. Economic stimulus and protection at the same time.

Not surprising this is coming from a Roman politician. No matter how corrupt, he's got some good instincts going.

by redstar on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 11:39:40 AM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 02:56:27 PM EST
BBC News - S&P raises Greece's credit rating

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's has raised the credit rating of Greece's sovereign debt by six levels, praising the "strong determination" of fellow eurozone countries to help it stay as a member state.

S&P has increased Greece's rating from "selective default" to "B-minus".

The agency also praised the continuing efforts by Greece's government to cut its spending.

Greece is currently receiving the second of two bailouts.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:01:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Predictably enough, on this morning's radio news (France):

"Are the efforts of the Greeks paying off?"

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 02:28:27 AM EST
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UN reports "sharp slowdown" of world trade - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The United Nations on Tuesday reported a "sharp slowdown" of world trade, attributing the decelerating global trade growth to "a declining import demand " in Europe and "anemic aggregate demand" in the United States and Japan.

"Growth of world trade decelerated sharply during 2012, mainly owing to declining import demand in Europe, as the region entered into its second recession in three years, and anemic demand in the United States and Japan," said the UN report, "World Economic Situation Prospects 2013" (WESP).

The report was launched here Tuesday by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:28:14 PM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 02:56:49 PM EST
BBC News - Obama 'backs assault weapons ban'

US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

Jay Carney said the president was "actively supportive" of a Democratic senator's plan to introduce a bill on the first day of the next Congress.

Mr Obama would also consider curbs on high-capacity ammunition and loopholes, Mr Carney said.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults in Friday's attack.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:00:05 PM EST
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Gun-Rights Advocates Should Fear History of Second Amendment - The Daily Beast
On Sunday, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer went on CBS's Face The Nation and argued that people who support gun control "have to admit that there is a Second Amendment right to bear arms".

Schumer's effort to reach out to the gun-rights community may be well-intentioned, but it is also deeply ironic. If the nation truly embraced the Second Amendment as it was originally written and understood, it would be the NRA's worst nightmare.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:22:11 PM EST
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The NRA Is MIA...Yet Again | Mother Jones

As the country has reeled from the Newtown massacre, the National Rifle Association has been noticeably silent. Its Twitter account has been mute since Friday morning, and its Facebook page has been taken down. Its online radio program has been saying guns aren't to blame, and "sources close to the issue" tell Fox News that the NRA will speak up after "a proper period for mourning." But as of this writing, the gun rights advocacy group has yet to issue any official statement on the worst grade school shooting in US history.  

Virtual silence immediately following mass shootings is the NRA's usual M.O. In 2011, following the shooting that wounded Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, NRA president Wayne LaPierre boasted at the Conservative Political Action Conference, "Ladies and gentlemen, in the days after the tragic events in Tucson, the NRA refused to respond to the media's demands for reaction." (Italics and bold in original transcript.) Earlier, the group acknowledged its code of silence in a leaked 2006 brochure, though it also noted that it eventually might lift its self-imposed gag rule:



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 04:07:03 PM EST
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How many people die each year from drunken drivers? Do we ban either alcohol or driving? Hey, shit happens. Get used to it.

The reason we have armed citizens is in anticipation of a "Syria situation" here in the US.  

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 Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 04:51:21 PM EST
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Nah, its so they sleep tight in the knowledge that the evil socialist government can't hurt them. Like a teddy.

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter
by generic on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 08:05:17 PM EST
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columbine happened during the assault weapons ban. Yea, it really made that much difference.

Plus, the president who gave away social security for nothing yesterday is hardly gonna do something difficult like this. fine words, dirty compromises capitulations

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 04:05:05 AM EST
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BBC News - Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot

Five female Pakistani polio vaccination workers have been fatally shot in a string of co-ordinated attacks - four within 20 minutes across Karachi.

The fifth woman was shot and wounded in the city of Peshawar in the north-west and later died of her injuries.

A UN-backed programme to eradicate polio - which is endemic in Pakistan - has been suspended in Karachi.

No group has said it carried out the shootings, but the Taliban have issued threats against the polio drive.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:01:56 PM EST
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Sadly inevitable. Ever since the CIA boasted that was how they found bin Laden, you just knew that these people were gonna become targets for retribution.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 04:06:13 AM EST
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BBC News - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani 'in coma after stroke'

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is said to be in a coma in hospital after officials and media reported he had suffered a stroke.

A statement on his website said President Talabani was in a stable condition and was being treated for blocked arteries.

Well-placed Kurdish sources say he remains in a coma.

A veteran of the Kurdish guerrilla movement, Mr Talabani, 79, is Iraq's first president from the ethnic group.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:02:20 PM EST
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NBC's Richard Engel tells of Syrian kidnapping escape | World news | guardian.co.uk

When the threats of execution began for the team of NBC journalists kidnapped by a group in Syria loyal to President Assad, they were underlined by a terrible reality.

For even as Richard Engel and his colleagues working for the US television network were taken into captivity five days ago, blindfold and bound, it was in the knowledge that one of their rebel guides had already been shot and killed.

Their ordeal came to an end at 11pm on Monday in a dramatic gun battle when a group of opposition fighters discovered and freed Engel and four other members of his team - including producer Ghazi Balkiz, cameraman John Kooistra and an unnamed engineer - who were being moved by car.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:18:28 PM EST
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Battles rage in Damascus refugee area - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
Clashes between rebels and armed Palestinians loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have continued in a Damascus neighbourhood inhabited by many Palestinian refugees.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:38:45 PM EST
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S Africa's Zuma re-elected ruling party chief - Africa - Al Jazeera English

South African President Jacob Zuma has been re-elected as the leader of the governing party, the African National Congress (ANC).

Zuma beat Kgalmea Mothanthe, his challenger and the country's vice-president, as about 4,000 delegates cast their ballots on Tuesday at the ANC's conference in Bloemfontein.

Zuma will now be the party's presidential candidate and almost certain winner in the 2014 national elections.

Anti-apartheid era hero Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as Zuma's deputy. Four other senior positions were also filled.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:39:11 PM EST
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ICC acquits DR Congo 'warlord' Ngudjolo - Africa - Al Jazeera English

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, a former Congolese militia leader, of seven war crimes charges, including those related to the massacre of a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003.

"The chamber acquits Mathieu Ngudjolo of all the crimes against him. The chamber orders... the immediate release of Mr Ngudjolo," presiding Judge Bruno Cotte said on Tuesday.

Cotte stressed the acquittal did not mean the court felt no crimes were committed in Bogoro village but that witness testimony had been "too contradictory and too hazy".



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:39:34 PM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 02:57:11 PM EST
Coal to challenge oil's dominance by 2017, says IEA | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Coal is likely to rival oil as the world's biggest source of energy in the next five years, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate, according to the world's leading authority on energy economics.

One of the biggest factors behind the rise in coal use has been the massive increase in the use of shale gas in the US.

Coal consumption is increasing all over the world - even in countries and regions with carbon-cutting targets - except the US, where shale gas has displaced coal, shows new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The decline of the fuel in the US has helped to cut prices for coal globally, which has made it more attractive, even in Europe where coal use was supposed to be discouraged by the emissions trading scheme.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:19:59 PM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 02:57:31 PM EST
BBC News - Instagram seeks right to sell access to photos to advertisers

Facebook's photo-sharing site Instagram has updated its privacy policy giving it the right to sell users' photos to advertisers without notification.

Unless users delete their Instagram accounts by a deadline of 16 January, they cannot opt out.

The changes also mean Instagram can share information about its users with Facebook, its parent company, as well as other affiliates and advertisers.

The move riled social media users, with one likening it to a "suicide note"



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:03:01 PM EST
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Instagram changed its mind yesterday after protests from millions of hipsters who were worried that using their photos in ads would make them too mainstream.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 06:13:30 AM EST
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Mummy knows best: scans suggest wife and son killed pharaoh Ramses III | Science | The Guardian

The Egyptian pharaoh Ramses III, whose death has puzzled historians for centuries, had his throat slit in a succession plot concocted by his wife and son, a new analysis suggests.

New CT scans have revealed a deep and wide cut that was hidden by the bandages covering the throat of the mummified king, which could not be removed in the interests of preservation, researchers said on Tuesday.

"Finally, with this study, we have solved an important mystery in the history of ancient Egypt," said Albert Zink, a palaeopathologist at the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Italy, which led the investigations.

During the study at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, researchers also discovered a small amulet that was inserted into the king's wound - which Zink said embalmers probably placed there in the hope it would heal the cut in the afterlife.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:19:03 PM EST
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An Open Letter from a PTA Mom to Mike Huckabee: A Message for Those Who Long for God's Presence in Schools

These educators, aided by school support staff and parent/community volunteers, are God-given, Mr. Huckabee. Through them God's miracles happen every day. Through education, God's children are provided a shot at a better life. In my state of Texas, 25% of children live in poverty (the statistics in your home state of Arkansas are similar). For some of these children, these educators are the only chance they have of breaking the poverty cycle. In those Godless government schools, they have a chance at a better tomorrow. The school is a place where they can not only explore their life's dreams, but be provided the tools to achieve those dreams. It is the tireless men and women of the school systems that will give them those tools.

A message that is open to all whose ears are open.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 10:48:53 AM EST
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I think her cynical first thought was closer to reality

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 11:48:51 AM EST
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Christians - or indeed any other non-proselytizing 'believers' - who treat all other people as they would like to be treated themselves, earn my respect by showing respect.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 19th, 2012 at 12:35:05 PM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 02:57:52 PM EST
Antarctic territory named for the Queen as monarch attends cabinet | UK news | guardian.co.uk

The Queen has become the first monarch since 1781 and American war of independence to attend cabinet, where she sat in on a full-length discussion of the political and military situation in Afghanistan and advised ministers that the Queen's speech next year should be shorter rather than longer.

She otherwise remained silent apart from wishing the rest of the cabinet a merry Christmas on her departure.

On the advice of Buckingham Palace the cabinet clubbed together to give her 60 lacquered table mats showing images of the palace and its grounds taken from the Royal Archive. They also submitted a donation to her jubilee charity, but the prime minister's spokesman refused to disclose the size of the donation.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:06:25 PM EST
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BBC Sport - Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward to extend contract until 2018

Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him at the Spanish club until 2018.

The Argentina international, 25, has enjoyed a record-breaking year for club and country, scoring 90 goals in 2012.

Defender Carles Puyol, 34, and midfielder Xavi Hernandez, 32, have also agreed new deals that will keep them at Barcelona until 2016.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2012 at 03:40:18 PM EST
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