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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 6 December

by dvx Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:05:56 PM EST

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The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:06:19 PM EST
Autumn statement: George Osborne slashes welfare bill | UK news | guardian.co.uk

George Osborne has announced that he will slash almost £4bn a year off the government's welfare bill by uprating benefits for Britain's poorest families by just 1% a year until 2015.

Declaring himself to be on the side of those "who want to work hard and get on" he also risked a backlash from middle England by raising the tax threshold for higher earners, pushing thousands more into paying higher taxes.

The chancellor was forced to admit there is "much more to do" to balance the books against a backdrop of grim economic data revealing higher borrowing and lower growth expectations and a deficit that is "still far too high for comfort".

Osborne told MPs in his autumn statement to the House of Commons he would extend his austerity plans for another year, until 2017-18, deep into the next parliament. Osborne said measures to tackle the country's debts needed to be done in "a way that is fair".

He told a packed Commons: "In everything we do, we will show today we are on the side of those who want to work hard and get on."



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:37:06 PM EST
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BBC News - Autumn Statement: Benefit squeeze as economy slows

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a fresh squeeze on benefits, as he admits the UK economy is performing less well than expected.

Austerity measures will be extended to 2018 and Mr Osborne looks set to miss key debt-reduction targets.

He also announced more money for roads and schools and axed a planned 3p fuel duty rise, in his Autumn Statement.

He said "turning back now would be a disaster" for the UK. But Labour said his credibility was "in tatters".

Mr Osborne had said debt would start falling as a proportion of GDP by 2015/16 - the year of the next general election.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:37:13 PM EST
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It may take a while for this to feed through but all of the accumulated changes to the benefit system means that people will start dying of poverty in their hundreds next winter.

And the labour party will still have nothing to say.

As Laurie Penny pointed out this morning, this is how debased our language has become when discussing benefits;-"In a Guardian report on the Autumn Statement: "Facing what the Conservatives clearly intend to turn into a wedge issue...Labour claimed 60% of those expected to suffer the squeeze are not benefit scroungers but people in work, including 3.7m on child tax credit."

So people out of work are scroungers. are they ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 02:34:28 AM EST
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Someone should sit them down with Lakoff till they learn never to use the other side's frames.

Ooops, I said other side...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 03:11:45 AM EST
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(Laurie Penny? I thought she only wrote about vajazzling and what's on TV. Had to get a real job, did she?)


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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 04:38:22 AM EST
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That was most uncalled for. And seems to indicate that you have very little acquaintance with her writing.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 04:41:00 AM EST
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I've only read what I've seen in the print version of New Statesman. Gave up after a few issues.


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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 05:21:32 AM EST
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Well, precisely -that was your take from that?

She was one of the highlights of the New Statesman. A big loss for them when she left.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 05:32:04 AM EST
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She left? Maybe I should give it another try.

(We can go on all day I think.)

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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 05:39:35 AM EST
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Well, you were the one making a disrespectful comment.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 06:14:42 AM EST
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German ministers recommend NPD ban | News | DW.DE | 05.12.2012

Interior ministers from Germany's states have recommended pursuing a ban on the far-right NPD party. The legal proceedings that could ensue are highly controversial in light of Germany's history.

At a gathering in the Baltic resort of Warnemünde, Germany's assembled regional interior ministers, and Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, voted in favor of fresh moves to ban the NPD - often described as the post-war successor to Hitler's National Socialists.

"Democracy in Germany is able to defend itself," said Lorenz Carrier, the conservative interior minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania after the vote.

The last attempt to ban the party was quashed in the Constitutional Court in 2003. The federal government and both the lower and upper houses of parliament - the Bundestag and the Bundesrat - are all eligible to apply for a ban against a party; this latest attempt is designed to make the appeal from all three places simultaneously with a view to strengthening the case.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:37:43 PM EST
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BBC News - Ireland budget: Local property tax introduced

The Irish government has announced a fresh package of spending cuts and tax rises worth billions of euros in its budget for 2013.

These include a new property tax of 0.18% of the value of a home up to 1m euros ($1.3m; £800,000).

These are the latest in a long line of austerity measures imposed on Ireland by international lenders that bailed out the country in 2010.

The government said it would meet its deficit reduction target for this year.

It projected a budget deficit of 8.2%, compared with a target of 8.6%. The deficit would fall steadily to 2.9% by 2015, it added.

These forecasts were based on economic growth of 1.5% next year, rising to 2.9% in 2015.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:37:50 PM EST
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NATO approves Patriot missiles for Turkey - Europe - Al Jazeera English

The NATO military alliance has agreed to the deployment of Patriot missiles as requested by member Turkey to help defend its border against possible threats from Syria.

"NATO has agreed to augment Turkey's air defence capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey and to contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along the alliance's border," a statement released on Tuesday said.

The statement, attributed to the foreign ministers of the alliance, cited "repeated violations of Turkey's territory" as the reason the deployment had been approved.

"We stand with Turkey in the spirit of strong solidarity,'' Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary-general, said in Brussels.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:53:27 PM EST
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Serbia's ambassador to NATO jumps to death - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Serbia's ambassador to NATO has jumped to his death from a multi-storey carpark in Brussels airport, officials have said.

Serbian authorities said they were investigating Wednesday's incident, which was witnesses by several other diplomats.

Branislav Milinkovic, 52, was attending a conference of NATO foreign ministers, but officials did not make any connection between the meeting and his suicide.

"We are shocked and we are investigating all circumstances" surrounding the ambassador's death, said a Serbian Foreign Ministry official who asked not to be named.

"We have no clues about what could prompt Milinkovic to do that. He was a good man," the official said.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:53:39 PM EST
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Inside Greece: Trading places (December 5, 2012)
As SYRIZA attempts to leave behind its days of myriad factions and to create greater cohesion behind a common set of policies, PASOK - the erstwhile epitome of the party coming before anything else - breaks up into ever smaller pieces.

Sunday's vote was the next step in SYRIZA's effort to speak with one voice. Since its inception, the party has been made up a variety of groupings from the left side of the political spectrum, such as Eurocommunists, anti-capitalists and ecologists. This has made for a rare polyphony, an attractive feature in times when the urgency of bailout bills means Parliament's rules, regulations and even role are often steamrollered. The plurality of views created and ebb and flow that kept the party moving and provided a platform for all views, regardless of how controversial they may have been. Matthaios Tsimitakis, a freelance journalist who follows SYRIZA closely, refers to the process as "exhaustive democracy."

Despite SYRIZA's impressive rise over the last two years, this form of democracy has proved too exhausting for some Greeks who may have been considered supporting the party. The failure to pull the SYRIZA voices together into a harmonious left-wing chorus may have proved costly.



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 5th, 2012 at 07:16:06 PM EST
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Sounds like OWS: at some point most people get sick of the dreadlocks and the drum circles.

("Chorus"? Is that a random choice of word, or are they suggesting the party is commenting from the sidelines?)


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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 04:41:11 AM EST
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Tonee Bliar: Britain's European Destiny (Project Syndicate, December 4, 2012)
The toughest challenge in politics right now is resolving the tension between the best long-term policy and the best short-term politics. Nowhere is this tension clearer than in Britain's debate over Europe.

...

The reason for this resurgent skepticism and hostility toward the EU is not hard to fathom. Europe is in crisis. The euro's design flaw - an economic union motivated by politics but expressed in economics - has become manifest. Structural changes to economies that experienced a sharp fall in interest rates when they joined a Germany-dominated currency bloc now must be made quickly, in crisis, and without the luxury of devaluation.

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So Europe's flagship policy is listing dangerously. To save it, I believe, requires a kind of "Grand Bargain" approach, rather than incremental steps, with Germany agreeing, effectively, to some form of mutualization of debt, while the debtor countries carry out profound structural reforms, and the ECB stands fully behind the bargain. There are some signs that this may happen. Even if it does, Europe will suffer for some time to come.



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 5th, 2012 at 07:20:26 PM EST
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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 5th, 2012 at 07:21:48 PM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:06:36 PM EST
Transparency International points to rampant corruption | News | DW.DE | 05.12.2012

Transparency International has released its 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, deeming more than two-thirds of the countries surveyed as "very corrupt." The usual suspects occupied both ends of the league table.

Only 53 of 176 countries surveyed attained a "passing grade" of 50 out of 100 in Transparency International's annual corruption report.

Two typical trios bookended the index, with Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand all tied on 90 at the top. Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan shared the ignominious end of Transparency's table, scoring just eight.

"A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings are still very high in many countries," Transparency said when releasing its Corruption Perceptions Index.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:38:03 PM EST
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Arab Spring nations slip in corruption index - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egypt has fallen in a global league table of perceived official corruption in the past year, and the Arab Spring revolutions have yet to produce serious anti-corruption action across the region, Transparency International (TI) says.

In its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, released on Wednesday, the Berlin-based group said Egypt had fallen six places to 118th out of 176 countries as levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings remain high in the Arab world's most populous nation.

The public-sector league table - on which the higher the ranking, the cleaner a country is - produced a mixed picture for nations swept up in last year's unrest.

Tunisia slipped two places to 75th while Morocco, which experienced less turmoil, fell eight spots to 88th.

Syria, which is engulfed in a civil war, dropped 15 places to 144th but Libya managed an improvement from a very low base, rising to 160th from 168th.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:53:09 PM EST
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Well, it's corruption perception
Which is a rather unreliable measure. Having Canada super high is laughable -tar sands exploiters are pretty much able to purchase an entire government.
Australia and its mining industry, too...

Having USA and even the UK ahead of France is also rather funny, giving the rampant lobbying.

I don't deny that some countries have serious problems, but one of the problems that other countries have is that they are delusional.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 03:02:02 AM EST
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Lobbying is the acceptable face of corruption. There, I said it.
(No outrage? Crickets and tumbleweeds? OK then.)

Funny about North Korea being on the list: how can they tell?

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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 04:44:33 AM EST
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Funny about North Korea being on the list: how can they tell?

The politicians are always fat and everyone else, other than the well-connected, is starving. Good sign.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 08:52:07 AM EST
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Cyrille:
Having USA and even the UK ahead of France is also rather funny, giving the rampant lobbying.

Can we still call it corruption when legitimate channels are used in a permitted manner?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 05:53:18 AM EST
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Isn't that what they are doing with North Korea?
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 06:03:18 AM EST
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We may call what Murdoch was doing legitimate and permtted, I suppose.

Or promising a highly paid position in a pretend job after you leave Congress, nothing written anyway...

As for my, I call it corruption.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 06:17:12 AM EST
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Eurozone bailout fund issues bonds for Spanish banks | Business | DW.DE | 05.12.2012

The euro area's new permanent rescue fund has issued bonds for a number of ailing Spanish banks in a first test of its operability. The resources will be required for large-scale recapitalization programs.

39.5 billion euros ($51.6 billion) in a concerted action to help struggling Spanish banks which were dealt a heavy blow by a domestic real estate fiasco in late 2007.

The eurozone's permanent bailout fund thus provided its first financial assistance since it was created some two months ago. ESM officials said the notes in question would be transferred to FROB, the Spanish bank restructuring fund.

The money will be used by four lenders to meet recapitalization requirements. "The ESM has now started to actively fulfill its role as the permanent rescue mechanism for the eurozone," Managing Director Klaus Regling said in a statement.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:38:13 PM EST
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EU slaps biggest-ever fine on screen producers | Business News | DW.DE | 05.12.2012

EU anti-trust regulators have fined six major electronics firms a record total penalty of 1.4 billion euros ($1.9 billion). The companies were deemed to have fixed prices for TV and monitor tubes for nearly a decade.

The largest fine, totaling 313 million euros ($409 million), was slapped on Dutch electronics firm Philips, the European Union's executive Commission said Wednesday, ahead of a 295-million-euro penalty imposed on LG Electronics, and 157 million for Panasonic.

The other electronics giants involved in the international price fixing were Samsung, Toshiba and Technicolor.

According to EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, the firms fixed global prices for so-called cathode ray tubes. These tubes used to be key components of television screens and computer monitors until flatscreens have started to replace them in recent years.

The six companies formed altogether two cartels, one involving TV sets and the other computer monitors, and had been operating on a global scale between 1996 and 2006.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:41:36 PM EST
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Wheels of justice turn slow indeed. Still no fines for buggy whip conglomerates.

(Google translate doesn't like ancient greek. Put "ὀψε θɛῷν ἀλέουσίμύλοί, ἀλέουσί δε λɛρṯά" into it and you get something about SUVs ...)

Not sure if the fines are high. Looks like maybe 4% of sales for Phillips.

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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 04:50:04 AM EST
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Hackers net €36m in Europe banking attack - FT.com

Hackers have stolen more than €36m from 30 banks across Europe using a new two-stage Trojan virus that spreads from a victim's PC to their mobile phone.

More than 30,000 online banking customers in Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands were affected by the attack, which security companies have called Eurograbber.

It is the second significant online banking breach this year. The first, Operation High Roller, involved an estimated $60m in fraudulent money transfers at 60 financial institutions, according to Guardian Analytics, an online banking security company.

Like High Roller, Eurograbber started in Italy before spreading to other countries in mainland Europe. Both attacks used a variant of the Zitmo, or Zeus in the Mobile, Trojan, a type of virus that has no visible effect and lies dormant until an opportune moment.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:42:22 PM EST
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If this just screws with the banks books and no human loses a buck, right fucking on!

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 08:19:38 AM EST
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EADS unveils new structure to "simplify" group - Channel NewsAsia
PARIS: The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), which owns the plane maker Airbus, said on Wednesday that it has agreed to a new equity structure that will reduce the role of state shareholders while preserving their strategic interests.

The deal will leave France and Germany each with 12-percent holdings and Spain with 4.0 percent, a statement said, as the German automaker Daimler and French conglomerate Lagardere curtailed their own stakes.

"This agreement aims at normalising and simplifying the governance of EADS while securing a shareholding structure that allows France, Germany and Spain to protect their legitimate strategic interests," a statement issued by the company said.

EADS added that it would buy back up to 15 percent of its free-floating capital in the first half of next year, subject to market conditions, a move that would underpin the share price as Daimler and Lagardere sold their stakes


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:42:33 PM EST
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For yogurt maker Fage, being Greek is bad business - The Washington Post

ATHENS -- For 23 years, Marios Vrachnakis has worked to make the thick Greek yogurt that has become almost as much a symbol of his country as feta cheese and olives. But these days, being Greek is a bad business model.

The company where Vrachnakis works, Fage Yogurt, was threatened this year with a ratings downgrade simply because its headquarters were in Greece, which is in the middle of a depression-level crisis. So in October, the company took a drastic step. Fage, which was founded in Athens in 1926, is now based in Luxembourg. The threat of a downgrade from one ratings agency evaporated within days.

Many healthy Greek companies are being penalized because of the chaos that surrounds them -- and some are starting to move to richer climes. Observers say the trend could mark the start of a more permanent shift that would exacerbate the inequalities that the euro was supposed to bridge. And with each departure, Greece moves a bit farther away from getting its economic problems in order.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:54:21 PM EST
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Nassim Taleb Is Annoying, but "Antifragile" Is Still Worth Reading | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network

Nassim Nicholas Taleb can be a pain in the ass. After I invited him to speak at Stevens Institute of Technology a year ago, he made all kinds of demands about where, when and how the event should take place and be publicized--or rather, not publicized. He loathes journalists so much that he almost backed out of his talk after learning that local media might attend. Of the 40-plus speakers I've brought to Stevens, none gave me nearly as much agita as Taleb.

I put up with Taleb's prima donna antics because--as I explained in a post last year-he's brilliant, funny and fearless and tackles consequential topics. What are the limits of science? Of understanding and prediction? Given our limited ability to know and control the world, how should we live our lives? How can we prosper in spite--and even because--of life's vicissitudes? A former derivatives trader, Taleb made his reputation by bashing conventional economics and finance, but his scope has always ranged far beyond Wall Street. His Big Idea is that life inevitably serves up surprises, or "black swans"-from AIDS and nuclear weapons to the 9/11 attacks and the internet--that our necessarily retrospective models of reality cannot foresee.

Unlike writers who have big personalities on the page but not in in the flesh (like incendiary blogger PZ Myers, who was surprisingly mild-mannered when I interviewed him for Bloggingheads.tv), Taleb is just what you'd expect in person, if not more so. The first time I met him, for lunch at a café in Manhattan, he spoke with manic intensity, as if he had a hard time keeping up with his own epiphanies. You could almost see the light bulbs flashing around his head.

At Stevens, Taleb previewed a book he was still working on, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, which has just been published by Random House. A common criticism of Taleb has been that he harps on life's unpredictability without telling us what we should do about it. In other words, he offers us a diagnosis but no treatment. Antifragile represents Taleb's response to that complaint.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:00:43 PM EST
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 WORLD 


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:06:53 PM EST
Deadly clashes errupt in Lebanon's Tripoli - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

At least six people have been killed and dozens injured over the past two days in clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli between gunmen loyal to opposing sides in neighbouring Syria's conflict, security officials have said.

The fighting on Tuesday and Wednesday in the port city has pitted Sunni Muslim districts against areas housing Alawites, from the same religious community as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Lebanese army sent out patrols in areas separating the two sides.

Tensions had been building since the reported killing last week of 21 Lebanese from Tripoli, and one Palestinian, in the town of Tal Kalakh in the central Syrian province of Homs near the border.

They appeared to have joined fighters involved in a 21-month-old revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian state television had shown graphic apparent footage of the dead men, riddled with bullet wounds and lying in the grass.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:54:38 PM EST
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Clashes outside Egypt presidential palace - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Supporters of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi clashed with opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, with at least 126 people injured according to health officials.

A small group of opposition activists have been camped outside the palace since Tuesday night, when tens of thousands rallied against a controversial decree which gives Morsi near-absolute power.

Supporters of the president marched to the palace on Wednesday and tore down the opposition's tents; witnesses said they threw stones and used clubs to attack demonstrators, and there were reports of petrol bombs being thrown. Opposition protesters were driven away from the palace and fled down side streets.

There were unconfirmed reports in local media that two people had been killed in the fighting.

Both sides blamed the other for starting the clashes: Opposition leaders said Morsi was responsible for the bloodshed, while senior Muslim Brotherhood officials accused the opposition of "inciting violence."



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:54:49 PM EST
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How Crash Cover-Up Altered China's Succession - NYTimes.com

BEIJING -- "Thank you. I'm well. Don't worry," read the post on a Chinese social networking site. The brief comment, published in June, appeared to come from Ling Gu, the 23-year-old son of a high-powered aide to China's president, and it helped quash reports that he had been killed in a Ferrari crash after a night of partying.

It only later emerged that the message was a sham, posted by someone under Mr. Ling's alias -- almost three months after his death.

The ploy was one of many in a tangled effort to suppress news of the crash that killed Mr. Ling and critically injured two young female passengers, one of whom later died. The outlines of the affair surfaced months ago, but it is now becoming clearer that the crash and the botched cover-up had more momentous consequences, altering the course of the Chinese Communist Party's once-in-a-decade leadership succession last month.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:55:26 PM EST
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Obama Tells G.O.P. Not to Tie Debt Ceiling to Fiscal Debate - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Wednesday not to use the debt ceiling as leverage on spending and tax decisions, saying he refused to engage again in the sort of brinkmanship that brought the country close to default last year and damaged its credit rating.

In a speech to the Business Roundtable, Mr. Obama called that irresponsible. "That is a bad strategy for America, it's a bad strategy for your businesses and it is not a game that I will play," he said. "Everybody here is concerned about uncertainty. There's no uncertainty like the prospect that the United States of America, the largest economy, that holds the world's reserve currency, potentially defaults on its debts."

While saying he would not "play that game," a phrase he repeated, Mr. Obama did not say what he would do in response, but some Democrats have urged him in the past to simply raise the borrowing limit using his own executive authority and let the courts determine if he overstepped his constitutional bounds.

He seemed to embrace a suggestion by John Engler, the Business Roundtable president, to raise the debt ceiling enough to last five years. "John is exactly right when he says that the only thing that the debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is just to destroy your credit rating," Mr. Obama said.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:56:01 PM EST
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Republican Defectors Ready to Back Tax-Rate Compromise - Bloomberg

A few dozen Republicans have joined a bipartisan call to break the impasse between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over taxes for the highest- earning Americans.

The Republicans signed a letter calling for exploration of "all options" on taxes and entitlement programs, a signal that some rank-and-file members are ready to bargain.

One of the petition leaders, Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, says he could accept higher rates for married couples earning more than $500,000 a year, in exchange for an overhaul of spending on entitlements such as Medicare.

Separately, Representative Kay Granger of Texas is endorsing Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole's call to extend all tax cuts for middle-class earners as "just the right thing to do."



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:56:08 PM EST
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Obamacare Architect Leaves White House for Pharmaceutical Industry Job | Common Dreams

When the legislation that became known as "Obamacare" was first drafted, the key legislator was the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, whose committee took the lead in drafting the legislation. As Baucus himself repeatedly boasted, the architect of that legislation was Elizabeth Fowler, his chief health policy counsel; indeed, as Marcy Wheeler discovered, it was Fowler who actually drafted it. As Politico put it at the time: "If you drew an organizational chart of major players in the Senate health care negotiations, Fowler would be the chief operating officer."Former WellPoint VP Elizabeth Fowler sits behind her boss, Sen. Max Baucus, as he announces in 2009 that the health care bill will have no public option. (Photo: screen grab, Bill Moyers' Journal)

What was most amazing about all of that was that, before joining Baucus' office as the point person for the health care bill, Fowler was the Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs (i.e. informal lobbying) at WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurance provider (before going to WellPoint, as well as after, Fowler had worked as Baucus' top health care aide). And when that health care bill was drafted, the person whom Fowler replaced as chief health counsel in Baucus' office, Michelle Easton, was lobbying for WellPoint as a principal at Tarplin, Downs, and Young.

Whatever one's views on Obamacare were and are: the bill's mandate that everyone purchase the products of the private health insurance industry, unaccompanied by any public alternative, was a huge gift to that industry; as Wheeler wrote at the time: "to the extent that Liz Fowler is the author of this document, we might as well consider WellPoint its author as well." Watch the five-minute Bill Moyers report from 2009, embedded below, on the key role played in all of this by Liz Fowler and the "revolving door" between the health insurance/lobbying industry and government officials at the time this bill was written and passed.

More amazingly still, when the Obama White House needed someone to oversee implementation of Obamacare after the bill passed, it chose . . . Liz Fowler. That the White House would put a former health insurance industry executive in charge of implementation of its new massive health care law was roundly condemned by good government groups as at least a violation of the "spirit" of governing ethics rules and even "gross", but those objections were, of course, brushed aside by the White House. She then became Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:08:35 PM EST
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Why Divest? Because 'Exxon Hates Your Children'|Commondreams
New campaigns taking direct aim at fossil fuel industry gain speed
[...]
The new campaign by Oil Change International and the Other 98% says that if you judge Exxon and other fossil fuel companies not by the rhetoric of their finely-polished TV ads, but by their actions and predictable consequences, it is easy to conclude that they "hate your children."



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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 05:17:36 AM EST
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California Republicans look to Jim Brulte to lead comeback

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/06/5034731/california-republicans-look-to.html#storylink=cpy

The situation for the California GOP appears far more critical now. They hold no statewide offices, suffered a net loss of four House seats (they hold 15 of 53 in California) and allowed Democrats to achieve a two-thirds majority in the state Legislature for the first time since the 1880s.

Republican voter registration has fallen below 30 percent statewide, and the party is essentially broke.

Good Morning to you all!!

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 08:43:16 AM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:07:08 PM EST
Hundreds dead in Philippines typhoon - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

More than 320 people have died in the southern Philippines after Typhoon Bopha swept across the south of the country.

The total number of fatalities, which stood at around 90 on Tuesday, jumped as rescuers on Wednesday reached remote mountain villages cut off by floods and landslides.

A government spokeswoman, Fe Maestre, told the Associated Press news agency that at least 151 people died in the worst-hit province of Compostela Valley.

That included 66 villagers and soldiers who died in a flash flood that swamped two emergency storm shelters and a military camp as Bopha devastated New Bataan town the day before.

Maestre said an unspecified number of villagers remained missing in New Bataan.

Army Major-General Ariel Bernardo said 51 people died and 98 others were missing in nearby Davao Oriental province, where Bopha first hit, mostly due to flooding and toppled trees.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:00:59 PM EST
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U.S wildfire risk worsening, according to climate projections

ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2012) -- Scientists using NASA satellite data and climate models have projected drier conditions likely will cause increased fire activity across the United States in coming decades. Other findings about U.S. wildfires, including their amount of carbon emissions and how the length and strength of fire seasons are expected to change under future climate conditions, were also presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Doug Morton of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., presented the new analysis of future U.S. fire activity. The analysis was based on current fire trends and predicted greenhouse gas emissions.

"Climate models project an increase in fire risk across the U.S. by 2050, based on a trend toward drier conditions that favor fire activity and an increase in the frequency of extreme events," Morton said.

The analysis by Morton and colleagues used climate projections, prepared for the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to examine how dryness, and therefore fire activity, is expected to change.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:01:14 PM EST
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Extreme Drought Continues, Could be Most Extreme Weather Event This Year | Common Dreams

It's been overshadowed by other extreme weather events recently, but the extreme drought that plagued the U.S. this summer continues. In fact, according to the Drought Monitor, conditions have worsened slightly across the country. The extreme drought is likely to extend through February and could be the most extreme weather event in the U.S. this year, which is saying a lot in a year that saw a superstorm flood large swaths of New York City and knock out power to millions of people.

Beyond the millions of dollars in lost agricultural yield, the extreme drought threatens the Ogallala Aquifer, the single most important water source in the High Plains regions.  A commentator on Climate Progress pointed out that the areas that are suffering from the most severe drought overlap with the Aquifer. As shown below, the overlap is substantial.




The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:05:02 PM EST
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Why isn't Monsanto fixing this?

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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 05:16:45 AM EST
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Daddy, why does God hate the midwest? We're good Republicans, go to church, and pray? What's wrong. daddy?

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 08:30:17 AM EST
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Chemical Dispersant Made BP Oilspill 52 Times More Toxic | Mother Jones

A new study finds that adding Corexit 9500A to Macondo oil--as BP did in the course of trying to disperse its 2010 oilspill disaster--made the mixture 52 times more toxic than oil alone. The results are from toxicology tests in the lab and appear in the scientific journal Environmental Pollution.

Using oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout and Corexit the researchers tested the toxicity of oil, dispersant, and a mixture of oil and dispersant on five strains of rotifers--the lab rats of marine toxicology testing. Among the results:

  • The oil-dispersant mixture killed adult rotifers
  • As little as 2.6 percent of the mixture inhibited egg hatching by 50 percent  

The inhibition of egg hatching in bottom sediments is particularly ominous because rotifer eggs hatch each spring to live as adults in the water column where they are important food sources for larval and juvenile fish, for shrimp, crabs and other marine life in estuarine and shoreline ecosystems--including fisheries humans depend on.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:05:18 PM EST
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Cruel new fact of crustacean life: lobster cannibalism | Reuters

(Reuters) - Researchers studying Maine's lobster population, booming in recent years amid warming waters and disappearing predators, have detected something never before seen in the wild: lobster cannibalism.

It has long been known that lobsters will attack and eat each other if confined together in a small space -- hence the banding of claws on lobsters in supermarket tanks.

That aggressive behavior had not been thought to occur in the wild, but with the increasing density of the crustaceans in the Gulf of Maine it seems big lobsters are feasting on little lobsters once the sun goes down.

"We've got the lobsters feeding back on themselves just because they're so abundant," said Richard Wahle, a marine sciences professor at the University of Maine, who is supervising the research. "It's never been observed just out in the open like this," he said.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:05:33 PM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:07:24 PM EST
Great-earthquake hot spots pinpointed

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) -- The world's largest earthquakes occur at subduction zones -- locations where a tectonic plate slips under another. But where along these extended subduction areas are great earthquakes most likely to happen? Scientists have now found that regions where 'scars' on the seafloor, called fracture zones, meet subduction areas are at higher risk of generating powerful earthquakes.

The results are published December 5 in Solid Earth, an Open Access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

"We find that 87% of the 15 largest (8.6 magnitude or higher) and half of the 50 largest (8.4 magnitude or higher) earthquakes of the past century are associated with intersection regions between oceanic fracture zones and subduction zones," says Dietmar Müller, researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia and lead author of the Solid Earth paper. The connection is less striking for smaller earthquakes.

Powerful earthquakes related to these intersection regions include the destructive 2011 Tohoku-Oki and 2004 Sumatra events.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:06:05 PM EST
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Africa's Homo sapiens were the first techies

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) -- The search for the origin of modern human behaviour and technological advancement among our ancestors in southern Africa some 70,000 years ago has taken a step closer to firmly establishing Africa, and especially South Africa, as the primary centre for the early development of human behaviour.

A new research paper by Wits University archaeologist, Prof. Christopher Henshilwood, is the first detailed summary of the time periods he and a group of international researchers have been studying in South Africa: namely the Still Bay techno-traditions (c. 75,000 -- 70,000 years) and the Howiesons Poort techno-tradition (c. 65,000 -- 60,000 years).

The paper, entitled "Late Pleistocene Techno-traditions in Southern Africa: A Review of the Still Bay and Howiesons Poort, c. 75 ka," has been published online in the Journal of World Prehistory on Nov. 6, 2012.

Henshilwood says these periods were significant in the development of Homo sapiens behaviour in southern Africa. They were periods of many innovations including, for example, the first abstract art (engraved ochre and engraved ostrich eggshell); the first jewellery (shell beads); the first bone tools; the earliest use of the pressure flaking technique, that was used in combination with heating to make stone spear points and the first probable use of stone tipped arrows launched by bow.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 03:07:07 PM EST
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Space and Politics (blog): World Revolution Z (December 5, 2012)
The trailer of the Hollywood blockbuster World War Z forthcoming this summer is characterized by the dramatic appearance of huge masses of zombies that take over public space at staggering speed. Amid the rapid collapse of state power, the leaderless zombie multitude forces the global elites to retreat behind high walls or to desperately flee on helicopters onto ships out in the ocean. In the final scenes, Israeli soldiers shoot at massive avalanches of bodies that charge against them as if forming an uncontrollable flood of indistinct physical forms. The zombie multitude becomes particularly ominous in the trailer's closing images, when it forms a monstrous protuberance that steadily climbs up the Wall of Separation protecting Fortress Israel. Yet what makes the trailer particularly eerie, and revealing, was the timing of its online release. At the exact time the gripping images of Israeli troops murdering uncontrollable crowds of zombies was going viral on YouTube in mid-November, the Israeli military was murdering and mutilating men, women, and children in Gaza and treating them, as in World War Z, as if they were part of a not-fully-human, dangerous horde that ought to be crushed at all costs.

"Everything in World War Z is based in reality," said Max Brooks, the author of the book the movie is based on. "Well, except the zombies. But seriously, everything else in the book is either taken from reality or 100% real." Maybe we should take Brook's insistence about the reality of the zombie multitude seriously, and thereby examine in more depth what's behind the growing obsession with a zombie apocalypse in popular culture. And this may require exploring this genre's popularity as expression of anxieties about a world revolution. Am I reading too much into yet another zombie movie? Perhaps. Yet the fact that insurrections are mystified as the result of a "contagion" triggered by a "virus" that abruptly turns humans into uncontrollable crowds of zombies should not totally surprise us. This is how elites have always regarded insurrections: as pathological events inexplicably created by irrational hordes blinded by primitive, unsophisticated, impulsive desires. This is how Gustave Le Bon, the father of the "sociology of crowds," responded to the uprising of the people of Paris in 1871: by claiming that radicalized multitudes are nothing but zombie-like, scary "hordes."

Scholarly analyses of zombies tend to focus on the historical origins of this figure in Haiti, where the zombie as the living dead symbolized the body of the slave. As David Graeber reminds us, slaves are usually treated throughout history as humans that are already dead: as bare life that could be killed without breaking the law. In popular culture, zombies indeed often represent a state of un-freedom. But isn't the zombie, in an ironic twist, also a body that cannot be affected and is, therefore, utterly indifferent to power, ranks, and hierarchies and that is consequently unbearably free? Isn't this affective dimension key to any political reading of the current popularity of zombies? The author of World War Z emphasized that what terrifies him the most about zombies is, indeed, that they don't obey rules and cannot be "shocked and awed." "They scare me more than any other fictional creature out there because they break all the rules," Brooks said in an interview. And he argued that this disobedience makes of zombies irrational beings comparable to terrorists. "The lack of rational thought has always scared me when it came to zombies, the idea that there is no middle ground, no room for negotiation. That has always terrified me. Of course that applies to terrorists. ... Any kind of mindless extremism scares me, and we're living in some pretty extreme times." Brooks, on his own admission, is very scared of the world in which we live. He wrote his first book, The Zombie Survival Guide, as a call to arms to get ready for the coming planetary insurrection. His first lesson is, "Organize before they rise!" And "they," lest we forget, are actually us: ordinary human beings that abruptly become something else: something profoundly menacing.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 06:12:08 AM EST
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Washington Post: A new model of empathy: the rat
In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn't the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive -- which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy -- and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.

Now we know what distinguishes rats from European Austerians.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 10:44:18 AM EST
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After liberation, the rats nuzzled and explored the experimental arena. But when the setup was changed so that the captive exited into a different area, the free rat still opened the door for the captive one.

When a cage with five chocolate chips was added to the arena, the free rat opened it, too. That animal consumed all the treats if the other cage was empty. But if it contained a captive rat, the free rat shared the chocolate about half the time, letting its compatriot have 11 / 2 pieces on average.

"To actually share food -- this is a big deal to a rat," Mason said. "I didn't think they would do that."

Won't someone teach the rats about policy conditionality?

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 10:53:01 AM EST
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Rats' brains are too small to figure out the difference between a fellow being and a benefit scrounger.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 10:59:59 AM EST
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The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot

But what if the rat wasn't a compatriot? What if it was a Mexican rat? Or a Greek rat? or Turkish?

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

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 10:57:37 AM EST
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Might even have been French-Canadian.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 11:00:51 AM EST
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Or gasp a gypsy rat.

Wait, I get it, these are fancy rat. They are uppah class, like the gentlemen of the Titanic, not sewer rats from steerage.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 11:03:09 AM EST
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And right next door to the Chicago School of Economics. What a disgrace!

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 11:03:51 AM EST
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That should make it easy if they want to repeat the experiment with economists instead of rats.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 11:40:19 AM EST
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In which case the chocolate chips become ... papers? bylines?


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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 11:46:04 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:07:41 PM EST
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck dies | News | DW.DE | 05.12.2012

Jazz great Dave Brubeck has died, one day short of his 92nd birthday. The pianist and composer was a pioneer in his genre, with millions of fans around the world.

Brubeck passed away at a hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut Wednesday, manager Russell Gloyd said. He died of heart failure, Gloyd told the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday.

In a career that spanned six decades, Brubeck won countless awards, played for dignitaries and presidents at the White House, and was designated a "Living Legend" by the US Library of Congress.

The musician achieved widespread fame with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. His iconic "Take Five" became a classic jazz standard.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:35:38 PM EST
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"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 07:59:29 PM EST
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Quiet as the moon.


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by Number 6 on Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 05:05:23 AM EST
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Royal baby phone hoax: hospital not amused at prank call | UK news | guardian.co.uk

The King Edward VII hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge is receiving treatment for acute morning sickness, has admitted it fell victim to a prank phone call from an Australian radio show.

The show's presenters, who pretended to be the Queen and Prince of Wales, were put through to the duchess's private nurse and given details of her medical condition.

The 2Day FM announcers Mel Greig and Michael Christian called in the early hours of Tuesday morning and managed to convince hospital staff despite putting on ridiculous comedy accents, complete with pretend corgis yapping in the background.

The hoax caller said at one point to the nurse: "When is a good time to come and visit her because I'm the Queen and I need a lift down there."



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 02:35:47 PM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 5th, 2012 at 07:09:18 PM EST
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