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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 25 February

by DoDo Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 03:38:23 PM EST

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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:44:25 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Greek bail-out threatened by Germany-IMF stand-off

BRUSSELS - Greece's second bail-out still faces hurdles as Germany and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) wait to see who moves first on financial commitments related to the deal.

The German parliament on Monday (27 February) is set to vote on the €130 billion bail-out, but lawmakers are linking their green light not only to laws passed in Greece to implement budget cuts and to a successful bond swap with private investors, but also to the IMF committing a clear sum to the programme.

The IMF, however, has indicated it wants first to see a decision on increasing the firepower of the eurozone's bail-out funds, currently capped at €500 billion, a move Berlin continues to oppose.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:44:34 PM EST
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Fascinating, the parasites are fighting over the corpse

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 06:56:59 AM EST
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Are the rest of you ... Ireland, Portugal, et al ... paying attention to this crap because you're next. Just leave the EU before Germany destroys all of you.

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 Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 09:02:34 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Recession-marred Spain pushing for an ease in deficit targets

BRUSSELS - Faced with unpredicted recession, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said he will "talk to the EU commission" about easing the country's deficit target for this year.

"We'll talk to the commission, but in any case Spain will respect its public deficit targets," Rajoy told reporters in Rome on Thursday (23 February) when asked about an ease of the deficit target.



*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:44:43 PM EST
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Leftist candidate takes far-right fight to prime time - FRANCE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL VOTE - FRANCE 24

French television audiences were party to a strange spectacle on Thursday night, when the usually combative far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to speak directly to her far-left rival Jean-Luc Mélenchon during a long and tense appearance on French public television.

Le Pen, who opinion polls predict will place third in France's April 22 presidential ballot, said she would not debate with a "fake candidate" whose only strategy was to throw "violent insults" at her. Le Pen's silence allowed Mélenchon to drill her on several issues, and to repeat running claims that she was scared of him.

It was the third televised encounter in the past year between the far-right and far-left French leaders - tête-à-têtes in which Le Pen has generally fared poorly. "Game, set, match?" Mélenchon, a presidential hopeful for the Left Front coalition, later bragged on Thursday night to followers on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

Mélenchon had good reasons to gloat. He has been steadily gaining ground in public opinion, rising from around 3.5% support in March 2011 to as much as 9% this month. His success could have a lot to with his decision to openly confront the far-right National Front party on the presidential campaign trail -a strategy dubbed the "Front vs. Front fight" by French commentators.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:44:52 PM EST
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good for him. Going toe to toe with these scumbags and exposing their hatred is good for democracy

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 06:58:57 AM EST
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Serbia's EU future hangs on a footnote | EurActiv

EU-mediated negotiations between Belgrade and Priština are to resume this morning (24 February) in Brussels, with high stakes: the granting of EU candidate status to Serbia at the 1-2 March summit or a return to nationalism on the eve of elections in Serbia at the end of April. BETA, the EurActiv partner agency in Serbia, contributed to this article. 

The talks will focus on the representation of Kosovo in regional forums, as well as the management of the borders between Kosovo and Serbia, which does not recognise the independence of its former province (see background).

If an agreement is reached, Belgrade could receive EU candidate status within a week. Indeed, EU leaders at the December 2011 summit said that such a decision could be taken in February and confirmed at the 1-2 March EU summit.



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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:45:01 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Foreign Affairs / Slovenia shields Belarus oligarch from EU blacklist

BRUSSELS - Yuri Chizh, a big-time bankroller of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko, could get off the hook after Slovenia stalled the latest round of EU sanctions, prompting concern it is putting petty commercial interests before the welfare of political prisoners.

Ljubljana raised its red flag at the 11th hour in talks in Brussels this week ahead of an EU foreign ministers' meeting on Monday (27 February), which was due to rubber stamp the decision.

A spokesman for the Slovenian representation in Brussels on Friday denied that it has vetoed the move and said other countries also expressed reservations.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:45:17 PM EST
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Jobseekers forced to clean private homes and offices for nothing | Politics | The Guardian

Unpaid jobseekers have been forced to clean private homes and offices for more than a month at a time under government employment schemes, despite mounting evidence that the controversial policy is reducing the overall availability of paid work by replacing temporary jobs and overtime for other staff.

A succession of high street shops have pulled out of the schemes this week amid criticism that using unpaid labour to carry out routine tasks such as filling shelves amounts to a public subsidy for employers, but the practice extends far beyond the retail industry.

The Guardian has now discovered through a freedom of information request that a major government contractor, Avanta, has compelled jobseekers to work as unpaid cleaners in houses, flats, offices and council premises under the work programme.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 03:49:27 PM EST
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When several government ministers lie about the rules of their own schemes

DWP Rewrite History - Mandatory Work Disappears from the Work Programme Provider's Guidance | the void

It's rare that something comes along which can be described as truly Orwellian, but this government hasn't disappointed.  The sheer desperation of Chris Grayling can be revealed in this document, which is the providers guidance for the Work Programme workfare scheme.  As mentioned recently, this document contains the pronouncement that:

"Where you are providing support for JSA participants, which is work experience you must mandate participants to this activity. This is to avoid the National Minimum Wage Regulations, which will apply if JSA participants are not mandated."

Which can be seen in this screenshot:



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 05:53:19 PM EST
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The government is great in making NON solutions...stupidity has no limits.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 06:56:37 PM EST
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I guess that could be called an improvement on the old joke:
You know there was a time when (economist) Rudi Dornbusch used to say that the Europeans are so rich they can afford to pay everybody for not working. That's gone.
(Mario Draghi)

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 05:35:53 AM EST
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(sarcasm)Interestingly that was the time that the European real GDP was what? A tenth of the current GDP? Probably less... We obviously can't afford it any more... (/sarcasm)

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 06:19:39 AM EST
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Liberal conspiracy - Chris Goulden - Workfare - what does the evidence show?

The DWP commissioned a research review back in 2008 to look at the evidence from the USA, Canada and Australia on their workfare schemes.

The conclusions are pretty stark:

There is little evidence that workfare increases the likelihood of finding work. It can even reduce employment chances by limiting the time available for job search and by failing to provide the skills and experience valued by employers.

    Subsidised (`transitional') job schemes that pay a wage can be more effective in raising employment levels than `work for benefit' programmes. Workfare is least effective in getting people into jobs in weak labour markets where unemployment is high.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 07:51:18 AM EST
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Sven Giegold MEP: Greek Crisis and a green way out (by Nikos Chrysogelos, Member of the European Parliament - Greens/EFA)
In order to face the crisis, the political institutions, the European structures and the Greek society have to accept part of the blame that corresponds to each one of them respectively. We need well designed policies which will treat the causes of the crisis in a holistic way, succeed in fiscal consolidation strengthening simultaneously social cohesion and solidarity and compensating for the loss of income through the upgrading of social infrastructures, the green turn of the economy and job creation especially for young people. The punishment of Greece, unfair in any case, will result to serious financial and social repercussions for the rest of Europe. Greece needs the cooperation and solidarity of its European counterparts in order to face its own structural problems. The perpetuation of the structural problems of the Euro-zone instead of the implementation of policies for a more just Europe and economic and social unification will increase euro-scepticism and populism, two of the most serious threats toEurope today.

The reform needed to change Greecerequires a cohesive plan constituting an alternative policy in a different direction compared to thone implemented today, one which has society as its core. It also requires the necessary time to ensure the changes and reforms can take place. Policies with a time span of a few months based on budget cuts and non-targeted austerity lead to destruction of viable economic activity further deepening of the fiscal crisis, in a vicious cycle anyone can ascertain inspecting the results of these policies in the real economy and society.

...

In the coming years, social prosperity can no longer rely on income and personal goals, we still need to configure as a society a new strategy emphasizing in the development of social and environmental infrastructure as a mean to counterbalance a substantial part of our removed monetary income. A targeted improvement of social infrastructures, health services, transportation, education, housing can "replace" the income that has been violently removed during the past two years of austerity. Moreover, the shift of the economy towards a green direction and innovation should be the main tool for creating new jobs and socially useful economic activities.



tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 05:33:40 AM EST
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Sven Giegold - Mitglied der Grünen Fraktion im Europaparlament -
Greek Crisis and a green way out

by Nikos Chrysogelos, Member of the European Parliament - Greens/EFA

Summary

In order to face the crisis, the political institutions, the European structures and the Greek society have to accept part of the blame that corresponds to each one of them respectively. We need well designed policies which will treat the causes of the crisis in a holistic way, succeed in fiscal consolidation strengthening simultaneously social cohesion and solidarity and compensating for the loss of income through the upgrading of social infrastructures, the green turn of the economy and job creation especially for young people. The punishment of Greece, unfair in any case, will result to serious financial and social repercussions for the rest of Europe. Greece needs the cooperation and solidarity of its European counterparts in order to face its own structural problems. The perpetuation of the structural problems of the Euro-zone instead of the implementation of policies for a more just Europe and economic and social unification will increase euro-scepticism and populism, two of the most serious threats to Europe today.

thanks for the pointer, this essay is solid gold.

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 09:40:55 AM EST
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succeed in fiscal consolidation strengthening simultaneously social cohesion and solidarity and compensating for the loss of income through the upgrading of social infrastructures, the green turn of the economy and job creation especially for young people.

Fiscal austerity. Social cohesion. Green economy. Pick at most two.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 01:24:29 PM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:45:30 PM EST
Lloyds 'stronger' despite £3bn loss - Business News - Business - The Independent
Part-nationalised Lloyds Banking Group said today that it is "in a significantly stronger position than it was 12 months ago" despite unveiling total losses of £3.5 billion for last year.

The losses, which compare with a £281 million profit the previous year and are driven by a £3.2 billion hit to tackle the payment protection insurance scandal, are nearly twice the size of those at fellow state-backed bank Royal Bank of Scotland.

However, stripping out the PPI charge and other one-off costs, the 40% state-owned bank made a £2.7 billion profit in 2011, up 21% on the same measure in the previous year.



*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:45:37 PM EST
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Economy contracts by 0.2 per cent - Business News - Business - The Independent

Final quarter gross domestic product was left unchanged in the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) second estimate, despite consumer spending returning to growth for the first time in a year and a half as retailers slashed prices.

The fall in GDP was largely driven by the biggest drop in business investment for a year, while the production sector, which includes manufacturing, declined 1.4% compared with previous estimates of 1.2%. The construction sector contracted and the powerhouse services sector was flat.

But the UK's GDP growth for 2011 as a whole was revised down to 0.8% from 0.9% in its previous estimate after growth in the first and third quarters was weaker than previously thought.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:45:44 PM EST
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Argentine train crash was avoidable, says official - Americas - World - The Independent
Argentina's deadliest train accident in decades was foreseeable and preventable, the nation's auditor general complained, saying years of failed safety tests and other problems had given the government more than enough reason to cancel the train operator's concession.

Others pointed to high-level corruption: years-old allegations still awaiting trial that a former transportation secretary took free vacations and other gifts from executives of the Trains of Buenos Aires company in exchange for favorable treatment.

The TBA blamed government price controls, saying that keeping fares to less than 25 cents a ride made it impossible to finance improvements.

Rail safety experts, meanwhile, said modern trains are built to withstand the kind of hard stop that killed 50 passengers and injured more than 700 on Wednesday.

Argentina's rail services were privatised according to the concession model during its neoliberal era, and the Kirchners didn't undo that.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:46:04 PM EST
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sounds similar to Britain's experience with Network Rail post privatisation with lots of maintenance and neglect-related incidents

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 07:53:48 AM EST
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 WORLD 


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:46:16 PM EST
WikiLeaks suspect Manning formally charged - USA - FRANCE 24
Bradley Manning, a US Army private suspected of releasing thousands of classified documents to whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, declined to enter a plea at a Thursday arraignment where he was charged with 22 counts, including "aiding the enemy".


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:46:54 PM EST
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Air strike kills al Shabaab militants in Somalia - SOMALIA - FRANCE 24

Residents said an aircraft fired a missile at a Land Cruiser with four passengers, reportedly including foreigners fighting with the Shebab.

Britain's security think tank, the Royal United Services Institution, estimates the total number of foreign fighters within the Shebab to be around 200.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said Wednesday he would welcome Somalia's international allies to launch air strikes against the Shebab, who have been battling to topple his weak Western-backed government.

Yet another undeclared war.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:49:24 PM EST
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Hamas breaks from party line to laud 'heroic' protests - SYRIA - HAMAS - FRANCE 24

AFP - Gaza premier Ismail Haniya hailed on Friday the "heroic" Syrian struggle for democracy during a rally at Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque, in a departure from the Islamists' refusal to criticise Damascus.

"I salute all the people of the Arab Spring, or rather the Islamic Winter," Haniya told several thousand cheering people who attended a rally in support of the Palestinians and Syrians.

"I salute the heroic Syrian people, who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform," he added.

How will Israeli propaganda react?...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:49:33 PM EST
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'Koran burning' protests continue in Afghanistan - AFGHANISTAN - FRANCE 24

AFP - Furious Afghans took to the streets for a fourth day of violent anti-US protests on Friday, as security forces in Kabul fired into the air to stop hundreds marching towards NATO headquarters.

An AFP reporter said at least one demonstrator was shot in the hip as crowds shouted "death to America" over the burning of Korans at the US-run Bagram airbase, following protests that have already killed 15 people since Tuesday.

"We have demos in five locations in Kabul," senior police official Mohammad Zahir told AFP. "We have no violence so far."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:49:42 PM EST
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Deadly suicide attack launched on police station - PAKISTAN - FRANCE 24
Three suicide bombers attacked a Pakistani police station in downtown Peshawar on Friday, killing four officers. The attackers opened fire with Kalashnikovs before detonating their explosives-packed vests, police sources said.

...More than 530 bomb attacks have killed around 4,900 people across Pakistan since government troops in July 2007 stormed a mosque in Islamabad where Islamist extremists were holed up, provoking a local Taliban-led insurgency.



*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:49:51 PM EST
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Former PM Rudd to challenge Gillard for Labor Party leadership - AUSTRALIA - FRANCE 24
Former premier Kevin Rudd, who dramatically resigned as foreign minister this week, said he would challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a Monday vote on who should lead the Labour Party, saying Gillard had "lost the trust" of Australians.

...But while he remains popular with voters, Rudd seems likely to lose the party vote, according to media tallies of the 103-member Labor caucus.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:50:01 PM EST
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They have caucuses in Australia too, or is that just France 24's reporting?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 02:29:32 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 02:34:41 AM EST
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Romney speaks in Michigan in a large stadium

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 03:47:24 PM EST
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Paging the colleagues from Bain Consulting: "New engagement here. We need a just-in-time solution!"
by epochepoque on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 02:55:27 AM EST
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close up photos show that a lot of the seating in front of the stage was empty as well

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 07:54:56 AM EST
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A good visual for the 1%/99% concept except there should be fewer people present to be accurate.

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 Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 09:12:47 AM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:50:13 PM EST
Study questions safety of GM corn as France seeks EU ban | EurActiv

Insecticides present in one of Europe's most controversial genetically modified crops, MON810 maize, may be harmful to humans, French and German researchers say in a new study that could pour fuel over calls asking to limit such plants in the EU.

The study comes as France's environment and agricultural ministers this week urged the European Commission to seek an EU-wide ban on the cultivation of MON810, EurActiv.fr reported. The maize is outlawed in Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg, while France is threatening to re-impose its own ban that was struck down in court if the EU does not act.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:50:22 PM EST
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Perhaps we'll know one day the inside story on how Monsanto's lobbying failed.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 02:08:29 AM EST
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If these crops can sterilize humans I'm all in favor.

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 Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 09:14:28 AM EST
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Iceland offers to help EU fisheries reform | EurActiv

There are many good things that you can say about the EU, but the common fisheries policies has not been successful in fulfilling its objective, the Ambassador of Iceland to the EU Thorir Ibsen told EurActiv. He said there was "nothing wrong" that Iceland, an EU candidate, would help this reform, as it has "more experience in this field than the EU".

The diplomat said that Iceland has 300,000 people and catches 1.5 million tones of fish every year. In comparison, the EU has 500 million people and its total catch is 4 million tones.

"We have stocks that are sustainable, that have been working for years to build sustainable fisheries. It has turned out to be effective economically; our fishing operations are run by business, they have to survive on the market and this is being matched with what fish stocks can support in terms of catches," the ambassador said.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:50:30 PM EST
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France, Netherlands key to EU oil sands decision - The Globe and Mail
The Harper government picked up key support from France and the Netherlands in blocking a proposed European Union fuels directive that would target the oil sands as a particularly emissions-intensive source of crude.

A vote in Brussels on Thursday gave the Canadian government a winin its battle to preserve international markets for oil sands producers against an environmental lobbying effort, which wants refiners worldwide to pay financial penalties for using the carbon-intensive Alberta crude as well as other sources of "dirty" fuel.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:50:38 PM EST
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European countries are home to large oil companies?

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 09:18:11 AM EST
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Airline Trade War? Global Opposition Grows against EU Emissions Law - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
The rest of the world is furious at the EU's plan to impose emissions fees on airlines flying to Europe. This week, representatives of almost two dozen countries met in Moscow to sign a joint protest. Some say that a trade war may be imminent.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:50:49 PM EST
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Israel set to demolish EU-funded renewables projects | EurActiv

Six EU-funded wind and solar energy projects which provide electricity for 600 West Bank Palestinians have been put on a `demolition list' by Israel, allegedly in response to an EU heads of mission report which called for laws to prevent the financing of settlements.

West Bank project managers say the `stop work' orders served against the projects are "a first step to almost automatic demolition".

Elad Orian, the co-founder of Comet-ME, which oversaw the renewables projects on the ground, said that 400 people would be left completely without electricity if the demolition plan went ahead, but one village would still have access to an expensive, noisy and gas-guzzling diesel generator.



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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:50:58 PM EST
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not only...they destroyed a brand new airport and a seaport apparently.

our taxes go to this madness, while a few get rich meanwhile.

so mean-spirited, it boggles the mind.

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 10:12:25 AM EST
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BBC News - India PM Manmohan Singh blames anti-nuclear protests on US NGOs

The Indian prime minister has blamed US non-governmental organisations for the delay in commissioning the Koodankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu state.

Manmohan Singh told the prestigious Science journal that these groups did not appreciate India's growing energy requirements.

The plant has been stalled by protests from local people over safety concerns.



*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:51:07 PM EST
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Anything to declare, Mr Booker? We need transparency about Heartland | George Monbiot | Environment | guardian.co.uk

When the Heartland Institute story broke, I remembered that in 2009 Mr Booker flew to New York to speak at a Heartland Institute conference. He then lavishly praised the conference in his Telegraph column. But not a word did he say about whether he was paid by the Heartland Institute to speak and what hospitality he might have received.

Now that the documents, if authentic, show that the institute has been funded among others by fossil fuel and tobacco companies, as well as the ubiquitous Charles Koch, I thought this would be a good moment to broach the issue. On Thursday, I phoned my old friend and asked him whether he was paid to attend. After some blustering and expressions of outrage that I would even consider asking such a question, he conceded that he had in fact received an honorarium of $1,000 from the Heartland Institute, and that it had also paid his airfare and hotel bill.

Private Eye is a British conflicts-of-interest watchdog magazine founded by this Chritopher Booker. Monbiot quotes Booker's increasingly spurious denials in exchanges with him and shows a private jet photo Booker doesn't want to talk about...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:51:17 PM EST
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Booker's a fairly typical upper-class reactionary with a "British" sense of humour. He was one of the founders of Private Eye with Richard Ingrams and Willie Rushton (they all went to the same posh school).

Christopher Booker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Christopher John Penrice Booker (born 7 October 1937) is an English journalist and author. In 1961, he was one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and has contributed to it since then. He has been a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph since 1990.[1] He has taken a stance which runs counter to the scientific consensus on a number of issues, including global warming, the link between passive smoking and cancer,[2] asbestos[3] and the Darwinian theory of evolution.[4] In 2009, he published The Real Global Warming Disaster, described by The Observer as "the definitive climate sceptics' manual".[5]

Private Eye, which is much more than a "conflict-of-interests watchdog", has long served an apparently useful purpose in the midst of the British press (though its usefulness might be open to reassessment). Booker himself... :(

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 02:26:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Speaking of his upper-class status, I quote one part of the exchange (my emphases):

...After some blustering and expressions of outrage that I would even consider asking such a question, he conceded that he had in fact received an honorarium of $1,000 from the Heartland Institute, and that it had also paid his airfare and hotel bill.

So why did he not declare these interests when he wrote his glowing article about the Heartland Institute's conference?

He replied: "How the hell can you accuse me of having undisclosed interests when I haven't hidden a thing?"

I pointed out that Private Eye takes a rather different attitude.

"I don't believe that you're writing this," he replied. "The amount of money was so unimportant. It all vanished in a week. Like many other people in this world, I am under no obligation to declare an interest when it is not strictly relevant to the matter in hand."

"But this was strictly relevant to the matter in hand," I said.

$1,000, pennies...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 03:06:46 AM EST
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nothing more than a good dinner for two in such circles I'd say.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 07:59:26 AM EST
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Not that good a dinner.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 09:00:38 AM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:51:28 PM EST
Right for the Job: Placement Service a Boon for People with Asperger's - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Many people with Asperger's syndrome have difficulties in the job market and workplace, but they also have special abilities that many employers crave. A Danish company has found a way to bring the two together and is exporting its successful job-placement concept to other countries.

...When asked why an employer should hire an autistic person in the first place, Sonne says that their assets are obvious. "People with Asperger's can concentrate better. They are more precise," he says. These abilities, he adds, are an advantage in such fields as data control. "Other testers lose interest after the third attempt, and then errors start to creep in. My people are still wide awake after the 10th attempt."

They just need a little help with other things, he says. People with Asperger's have no sense of nuance, and yet they are often perfectionists. When they think something doesn't make sense, they usually criticize it directly. Since this approach can create friction in a working environment, Sonne's employees also receive training in office etiquette. They are taught skills such as how to exchange pleasantries with coworkers and how to phrase criticism diplomatically. With a little consideration, Sonne says, everyone gets along.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:51:37 PM EST
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Pope warns Church to resist temptations of power after moves to canonise Don Luigi Giussani - Europe - World - The Independent

The Pontiff told his weekly audience on Ash Wednesday this week that the Church was faced with temptations of power just as Jesus was in the desert. "Jesus found himself exposed to danger and faced with the temptation of the evil one who offered him a Messianism far afield from God's plan, through success and power and dominion," he said, adding that the same was faced "by the Church and us believers".

But critics swiftly contrasted Pope Benedict's warning with news that moves were now underway in Milan to make a saint of Don Giussani, whose teachings gave rise to Communion and Liberation, the Catholic, anti-Marxist political group, which consistently supported former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:51:46 PM EST
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Agent Orange had an excellent thread which included pointed observations about the canonisation of fascists such as the founder of Opus Dei, and the demonisation (and sometimes literal excommunication) of left-wing liberation theologians.

Of course, it's unthinkable that the Church would condescend to losing its holy purity by getting mixed up in something nasty like politics.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Feb 25th, 2012 at 05:53:33 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:51:58 PM EST
Christopher Tappin brands his extradition a 'disgrace' - Crime - UK - The Independent

Christopher Tappin, who lost his two-year battle against extradition last week, said Abu Qatada had been allowed to stay in the UK while he was being forced to leave.

The extradition of the 65-year-old Briton under the controversial UK-US treaty will increase pressure on David Cameron's Government to review the arrangements.

Mr Tappin, who faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted of arms dealing charges, said: "I look to Mr Cameron to look after my rights and he has failed to do so.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 24th, 2012 at 01:52:07 PM EST
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