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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 30 March

by In Wales Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 04:08:10 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:11:17 PM EST
Spanish workers strike against painful reforms | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Spain is gripped by strikes as anger against the government's planned labor reforms threatens to bubble over, but the government says it won't budge.

Spanish workers held a general strike on Thursday to protest against labor reforms being planned by its new government.

"The people will say whether they are resigned to accepting the reforms," said Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, leader of one of Spain's biggest unions, CCOO, in reference to the collecting crowds of protestors.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:17:12 PM EST
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Get rid of your fucking worthless govt. and get a new one that serves the people. We're all in the same boat ... just a matter of when.

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 Mar 29th, 2012 at 06:36:16 PM EST
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It's going to be a long fight. The Labour minister reacted to the strike with a statement that the reformist agenda is unstoppable.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 06:37:47 PM EST
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When ample affordable food runs out the pace will quicken. Easy to let things slide on a full belly.

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 Mar 29th, 2012 at 07:45:22 PM EST
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How flaccid. When the opposition so readily buys into the conventional - albeit bone-headed - wisdom, you no longer have a voice in your own government. Strikes are just the beginning.
by Andhakari on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 02:05:54 AM EST
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as opposed to our modern 'blitzkrieg', shock'n'awe wars, this social face-off has something reminiscent of 19thC, with the forces amassing on both sides, one one side the strikers with their sense of entitlement not to have to go back to dickensian-level unregulated, pre-union worker (economic slave) conditions, and on the other side the 1% with their sense of entitlement to anything and everything.

could get messy...

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 02:29:36 AM EST
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Yes, by the capture of the soc-dem parties, the interest of large parts of the public is unrepresented. So a parliament that mainly represents different moneyed elites against a protest movement that can organise on the streets. 19th century politics it is.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!
by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 05:20:39 AM EST
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George Galloway wins Bradford West byelection | Politics | The Guardian

On a turnout of 50.78%, Labour's shellshocked candidate Imran Hussein was crushed by a 36.59% swing from Labour to Respect that saw Galloway take the seat with a majority of 10,140.

Labour had held the seat in 2010 with a majority of 5,763. It marks an extraordinary personal and political comeback for the controversial politician who lost in the UK general election in 2010, and in the Scottish parliament in 2011, appearing to confirm that the remainder of his career would lie in broadcasting and celebrity programmes.

It is also a bitter blow to Ed Miliband, who failed to capitalise on the suddenly plummeting support for the coalition, and did not see the threat posed by Galloway until too late.

Galloway is a useless wazzark. He was elected because Labour patently doesn't represent the interests of the 99%...

In an ideal world, this would get them thinking. Unfortunately, there is no party to the left of Labour which poses a significant threat to them.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 05:31:05 AM EST
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Labour patently doesn't represent the interests of the 99%...

that has been true since Blair became the leader. 30 years of unbroken conservative rule in the UK. I am reminded of Lewis Rothschild's speech in the American President, although here I think the word alternatives would replace leadership.

People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 06:24:04 AM EST
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I think it was in 2006 that I came upon the idea of renaming the House of Commons as "House of Posh" since the Commons are not represented.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 06:07:56 AM EST
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Independent - Owen Jones - We're now governed by the political wing of the wealthy

The interests of the wealthy have always been on a collision course with democracy, forcing them to attempt to subvert it - and the Tories have provided the ideal vehicle for it. After all, the party spent most of the 19th century resisting giving working-class people the vote: as Tory Prime Minister Lord Salisbury once put it: "First-rate men will not canvass mobs, and mobs will not elect first-class men."

But fighting the corner of a tiny percentage of the population is tricky when everyone has the vote,hence these secretive attempts to manipulate the democratic process. As they have become adept at doing, the Tories are attempting to deflect the current crisis on to the Opposition. "What about the trade unions bankrolling the Labour Party?" they cry. But there is a world of difference between multi-millionaires who hand over huge donations and enjoy private dinners with the Prime Minister, and millions of working people giving a small contribution from their pay packet in the hope of securing a political voice. The real scandal of the link between unions and Labour is how little rank-and-file members have got in return. The political power of a supermarket checkout worker paying in to her trade union political fund is incomparably smaller than the influence of Michael Spencer, John Nash or Adrian Beecroft.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 06:30:56 AM EST
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By "Labour Minister" I don't mean a minister from the Labour party.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 06:32:01 AM EST
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Ahhh....
by Andhakari on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 08:24:16 AM EST
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French perfumier Guerlain fined for racist remarks | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

A Paris court has fined Jean-Paul Guerlain, the nose behind the famous perfume label, for issuing racist remarks in a television interview. Guerlain apologized, saying he deeply regretted his choice of words.

Elderly French perfume maker Jean-Paul Guerlain had used the French word "negre," literally translating as "negro," in a 2010 interview on France-2 television when asked how he had come up with a perfume fragrance.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:17:46 PM EST
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French perfumier Guerlain convicted of racism - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

AP - A French court convicted longtime perfume maker Jean-Paul Guerlain of making racist insults on national television and fined him Thursday €6,000 ($8,000).

The 75-year-old Guerlain, an heir to his family's cosmetics empire, provoked anger among French minorities with the comments in a 2010 interview on France-2 television.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:33:11 PM EST
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What he actually said was something like (from memory) :

"To create the perfume I worked like a nigger, I don't know if niggers actually work hard, perhaps it's just an expression"

"travailler comme un nègre" is still a relatively frequent usage, though one would avoid it on TV. The fact that he felt obliged to expand on it is what did him in.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 03:31:01 AM EST
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But you can still say:

"Travailler pour le roi de Prusse"

I hope.

by IM on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 05:05:53 AM EST
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there are similar phrases in English, it's just that polite people avoid using them

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 06:32:33 AM EST
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French gunman buried in Toulouse amid mixed messages | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Islamist killer Mohamed Merah has been buried in his home city of Toulouse, despite some confusion surrounding the ceremony. The mayor had asked that the funeral be delayed, pending a decision on its appropriateness.

Mohamed Merah's burial was completed in the city of Toulouse on Thursday evening, despite a last-minute appeal from the city's mayor to delay the funeral.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:18:43 PM EST
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Acrimony as gunman is finally buried in Toulouse - TOULOUSE SHOOTINGS - FRANCE 24

Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah was finally buried in Toulouse on Thursday, the same day that Algeria refused to receive his body and just hours after the mayor of Toulouse had called for a delay saying a funeral there would be "inappropriate".

The interment of Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in a ten-day shooting spree in south-west France, had been due to take place in Toulouse on Thursday after Algeria refused to accept his body on security grounds.  

Following Algeria's refusal to take Merah's body, Abdallah Zekri of the French Muslim Council was tasked with organising a "discreet" funeral in France.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:31:02 PM EST
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Islamic custom requires prompt burial.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 08:11:39 PM EST
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A third man? An informant? New questions dog Toulouse shooting probe - TOULOUSE SHOOTINGS - FRANCE 24
Days after Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah was killed at the end of a 32-hour siege last week, investigators and reporters probing the attacks that "brought France to its knees" have uncovered a number of intriguing new leads, some credible and some not quite as credible.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:31:42 PM EST
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Sweden's defense minister quits over Saudi weapons scandal | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Sweden's defense minister has left his post after failing to survive the political storm that a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia has created. It is a serious blow to an already beleagured Swedish government.

Sweden's defense minister, Sten Tolgfor, resigned on Thursday after facing an onslaught of criticism over leaked plans for the Nordic state to help build a weapons plant in Saudi Arabia, according to a top government official.

"He (Tolgfors) has resigned at his own request," said Roberta Alenius, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:20:09 PM EST
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Police get right to stop 'foreign-looking' travelers | Germany | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

While much of Europe has done away with passport checks, German police received judiciary approval to demand official ID of "foreign-looking" people. Human rights groups call the ruling discriminatory and illegal.

Passengers on trains travelling from Germany to France don't have to show their passports to cross the border, but a ruling from a German administrative court this week allows police to require "foreign-looking" passengers traveling on German trains to produce identification papers regardless of whether they are under suspicion of any wrongdoing.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:24:07 PM EST
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How do you say "musulmans d'apparence" in Deutsch?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 04:01:33 AM EST
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Stick "Muslimer" and "Aussehen" into google.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 04:18:05 AM EST
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moslemisches Aussehen, muslimisches Aussehen, muslimisches Erscheinungsbild etc.
by IM on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 05:03:47 AM EST
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Kopftuchmädchen.
by Katrin on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 05:19:37 AM EST
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"Sud Typ" is a term I've heard often by German speakers.
by mminch on Sat Mar 31st, 2012 at 06:40:24 AM EST
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Tough job for new German envoy to Afghanistan | Asia | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

On April 1, Michael Koch begins his new job as Germany's special envoy for Afghanistan. Among Germany's top diplomats there are few as capable for handling this difficult task.

Unlike his predecessor, Michael Steiner, who was known for getting loud if necessary, Koch is a man of quiet words. Born in Kansas City, he inherited his diplomatic aplomb from his father, a German diplomat who was posted there. Koch began his own diplomatic career in 1986.

Prior to his new job as special envoy to Afghanistan, Koch was the German ambassador to Pakistan, and before that, head of the political affairs department at the German embassy in New Delhi. He is considered to be a very knowledgeable expert on the entire region.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:27:44 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Justice & Home Affairs / Poland indicts former spymaster over CIA renditions

BRUSSELS - Seven years after the Washington Post broke the story and amid ongoing European Parliament efforts to get to the truth, Poland has become the first EU country to indict one of its officials over CIA renditions.

Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza has revealed that on 10 January this year Polish prosecutors quietly indicted the one-time head of the Polish secret service and former interior minister, Zbigniew Siemiatkowski.

He is charged with false imprisonment for his purported role in creating a clandestine jail in north-west Poland where the CIA held and possibly tortured terrorist suspects who had been snatched from their home countries outside any legal process.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:30:00 PM EST
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Germany launches strategy to counter ECB largesse
Andreas Dombret, a key board member of the Bundesbank, said the body would be given powers to check "excessive credit growth" and impose "maximum leverage ratios" to nip economic overheating in the bud.

The Bundesbank will be able to impose "counter-cyclical capital buffers" on lenders, and use "macro-prudential haircuts" in the securities markets. It is understood that the menu of new tools will include limits on the loan-to-value on mortgages along the lines of those used in Hong Kong and other Asian states.

...

This "Calvinist" approach overlooks the fact that Germany achieved its feat [in the early years of last decade] in the middle of a global capital goods boom, and always had lower borrowing costs than EMU peers. It also did so at a time when the Club Med bloc was allowing its domestic inflation to creep up.



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 09:37:52 AM EST
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The micro reform sounds like a good thing.

Of course, if the rocket scientists in Frankfurt continue to buy opaque CDOs on international markets and them palm them off on regional German banks, it's unlikely to fix anything...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Mar 31st, 2012 at 03:50:29 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:11:44 PM EST
Plan to aid Schlecker ex-staff fails over cost | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Plans to create a special agency that would aid the some 11,000 people laid off from retailer Schlecker have failed, after critics said the idea - which would cost some 70 million euros - was a waste of money.

A plan to aid some 11,000 former employees of bankrupt German drugstore chain Schlecker failed on Thursday after negotiations among Germany's 16 federal states broke down.

The southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, where Schlecker's headquarters are located, had proposed forming a special employment agency for the some 11,000 staff who were laid off as part of the company's restructuring.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:18:11 PM EST
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Greece not yet 'out of the woods' | Business News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Matthias Mors - head of the Troika of international lenders - believes 2012 will be a do or die year for debt-stricken Greece. Public acceptance of austerity measures is vital for progress, Mors has said.

In spite of a huge bailout package, the debt crisis in Greece still has the potential of "spinning out of control," Matthias Mors told German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday.

The head of the so-called Troika group - comprising the EU Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - said Athens had made "progress" and would stand a fair chance of "overcoming" the debt crisis.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:19:33 PM EST
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EU finance ministers to consider new rescue push | Europe | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

With Germany now on side, the EU rescue fund will receive a renewed push. But divisions remain over how high the "firewall" needs to be. EU finance ministers meet this Friday in Copenhagen to talk it out.

Finland's Olli Rehn has a reputation for being calm and cautious. The EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs has managed to remain composed and matter-of-fact even in his daily dealings with the staggering billions of the euro rescue fund.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:22:00 PM EST
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Spain on edge of becoming next bailout candidate | Business | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Spain is shut down by a general strike as people's patience about austerity cuts, towering unemployment and tougher labor laws wears thin. But the country needs to save even more money to stave off bankruptcy.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to unveil about 35 billion euros ($40 billion) in spending cuts and tax hikes Friday, as he presents his 2012 budget, primarily aimed at slashing a huge 8.5 percent deficit.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:22:36 PM EST
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Spain braces for nationwide general strike - SPAIN - FRANCE 24

AFP - Flights and other services in Spain face disruption Thursday in a general strike against labour reforms and spending cuts that the conservative government says are needed to save the economy.

It is the first major strike against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's policies, just three months after he took office promising to cut Spain's 23-percent unemployment rate and stabilise its public finances.

The national strike comes a day before the government unveils its 2012 budget, raising the heat on Rajoy who also faces pressure from European leaders fearful of financial contagion in the eurozone.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:32:18 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Headline News / Dutch government wobbles in talks on EU budget goals

BRUSSELS - In what opposition parties have called "a very strange display", the Dutch coalition government on Thursday (29 March) narrowly managed to avert collapse as it continues to haggle over spending cuts needed to bring it in line with EU budget rules.

The government, a minority coalition of liberals and christian-democrats kept afloat by the parliamentary support of the fiercely eurosceptic PVV party, needs to find an extra €10bn or so this year (on an overall budget of €622bn) after disappointing economic indicators early this month.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:28:51 PM EST
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Ireland gets deal to ease bank debt - FRANCE 24
AFP - Ireland said Thursday it has agreed with its bailout partners to replace payment of a 3.06-billion-euro ($4.06 billion) promissory note due this weekend with a long-term government bond.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:41:54 PM EST
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The Story Behind Today's MF Global Congressional Testimony   Francine McKenna  Forbes 3/38/'12

If the only stories you read about MF Global come from the major daily media reports and congressional testimony, you'll miss most of the truth and quickly become confused about who knew what and when. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Reuters, in particular, have gone back and forth on the story many times, flip-flopping around with every new leak, every new published document, every supposed scoop. I'd have whiplash by now if I'd jerked my head one way and then the other and back again as often as their reporters have when telling you, today, who done it.

What you should really wonder is why none of these reporters are doing any real investigative work. Why aren't the reporters cultivating sources other than those who have a strong motivation for steering the story in one direction and then another, perpetuating misdirection and buying time until they they figure out the political and practical ramifications of what really went on? Why aren't they reporting the corrections and contradictions to the versions they've been repeating?

I'm sticking to the same theory I've had since I published it here on November 9th: MF Global and its executives ran out of time and legitimate sources of funding for the growing amount of collateral demands on the sovereign debt repo-to-maturity transactions and customer redemption requests. By Wednesday October 26, 2011 they were out of options. They had no plan to file bankruptcy until they were forced to at least plan for the contingency and, according to the first day filings with the bankruptcy judge, hired Skadden on Friday the 28th.

Corzine and Co.'s goal was to sell the company or, at least, the broker dealer. To do that required keeping it all viable until that deal could be sealed. To do that, I believe, senior executives illegally pledged customer assets - Treasuries and Bunds - as collateral for a short-term loan over the weekend of the 28th. The plan was to put those assets back in the accounts when the buyer paid. Unfortunately for everyone, MF Global was forced to file Chapter 11 on Monday October 31. General Counsel Laurie Ferber did not admit until later that day that executives had "discovered a significant shortfall in its segregated funds account".

Unlike similar bankruptcies before that - Lehman and Refco - the broker dealer was not sold cleanly. There was eveidence of potential fraud on day 1, October 31. The regulators never should have allowed the holding company to be put in Chapter 11 - debtor in possession - versus Chapter 7. By doing so, Judge Glenn allowed the pirates - the executives who caused the shortfall - to continue to control the ship until Freeh was appointed Trustee for the holding company a month later. The customer assets that had been illegally pledged were seized by the "lender of last resort" as soon as bankruptcy occurred. I have evidence someone was worried almost immediately about a clawback. That party took the excess collateral for the loan as well as the value of what they lent. They will have to be forced to give it back.

And with that you explain the huge hole in the balance sheet.


While the WSJ and others have spread confusion this reporter has been consistently insightful.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 08:24:30 PM EST
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MF Global Customer and Fund Manager on JP Morgan and the Goldman Sachs Connection  Lauren Lister on Russia Today.

The link is to a Youtube upload by RT. The first segment is about 14 minutes long but Stanley Haar is worth hearing.

Will Rogers once said: "Truth is a precious thing. That is why it is used so sparingly." Russia Today and its sponsor sees the USA as an appropriate place to spread the truth - fortunately for US citizens - and without commercial interruption . What is not to like?


As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 11:49:26 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:12:07 PM EST
Arab League weighs its role in Syria at Baghdad summit | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Arab League leaders meeting in Baghdad have called for Syria to fully implement a UN-backed peace plan with anti-government rebels, but stopped short of calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday warned that arming Syrian rebels could result in a "proxy war," as leaders from the Arab League met for a summit in Baghdad.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:16:18 PM EST
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Arming Syria rebels will lead to 'proxy war', Iraq warns - SYRIA - FRANCE 24

AFP - Arab leaders on Thursday urged a swift and peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria at a landmark summit in Baghdad, with Iraq's premier warning that arming rival camps there would lead to a "proxy war."

Nuri al-Maliki's remarks highlighted the split in the Arab League, with hardliners Qatar and Saudi Arabia calling for Assad to step down and for rebels opposing his regime to be supplied with weapons, while others including Iraq are pushing for political reconciliation.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:43:24 PM EST
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BRICS leaders gather for summit | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Leaders of the fast-growing BRICS nations have gathered to discuss how to combine their powers better. But questions over whether they can resolve their differences linger.

Leaders of the BRICS countries met in India on Thursday to discuss ways to combine their economic clout through closer cooperation, including the creation of a new development bank.

The group's relationship "aspires to create a new global architecture," according to India's Commerce Minister Anand Sharma.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:16:40 PM EST
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In violence-plagued Libyan city, "weapons are traded like tea" | The Observers
For the past few days, violent inter-tribal clashes have rocked the southern Libyan city of Sebha. On March 27, local hospital authorities were already counting 50 dead and dozens more wounded. Barricaded in their homes, two of the city's residents describe the situation.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:37:32 PM EST
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NATO under fire for 'failing to aid' stricken migrant boat - LIBYA - FRANCE 24

AP - An EU rights group has blasted NATO and Western coast guards for failing to aid a boatload of migrants, dozens of whom died while adrift in the Mediterranean Sea during last year's military campaign against Libya.

A report by a Council of Europe committee said that only nine of 72 people on board the vessel survived after it drifted in open seas for two weeks without assistance after its engine failed.

NATO, whose warships and maritime aircraft were patrolling the area at the time, enforcing an arms embargo against Libya, rejected the accusations.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:43:51 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:12:31 PM EST
Source of North Sea gas leak discovered | News | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

French energy company Total has said it has found the source of a gas leak at a platform off the coast of Scotland, but that actually stopping the flow of gas could take up to six months.

French energy company Total has identified the source of a gas leak in the North Sea at its Elgin platform off the coast of Scotland, the company said Thursday, but it has not yet figured out a way to stop the leak.

A Total spokeswoman in Aberdeen, Scotland said the leak is from another well that had been plugged a year ago, as well as from a rock formation about 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) below the sea. The Elgin gas platform is in water less than 100 meters deep, indicating the leak is far underground.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:20:51 PM EST
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As Mongolia booms, Germany wants a slice of the cake | Asia | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj is in Germany. He has met his counterpart Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two countries are keen to expand their cooperation in the field of natural resources.

With demand for natural resources set to double over the next 30 years, the global race is on to secure access to much coveted minerals.

Mongolia is one of the 10 countries in the world with the most natural resources, harboring an abundance of gold, copper, iron ore, coal, oil, rare earth elements and much more under the surface of its huge land mass.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:24:53 PM EST
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Pesticides harm bee populations: study - FRANCE 24

AFP - A commonly used type of pesticide may be wielding hefty damage to honey bees and bumble bees, said a pair of European studies published Thursday, urging a hunt for safer alternatives.

Both teams of researchers focused on neonicotinoid insecticides, which have become the most widely used in the world on crops since their introduction in the 1990s.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:41:02 PM EST
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Massive denial pr campaign by agro-chemical companies in 3..2..1

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 06:39:40 AM EST
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Scientists warn of 'emergency on global scale' - FRANCE 24

AFP - Leading scientists on Thursday called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to "a humanitarian emergency on a global scale."

In a "State of the Planet" declaration issued after a four-day conference, the scientists said Earth was now facing unprecedented challenges, from water stress, pollution and species loss to spiralling demands for food.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:41:27 PM EST
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They managed to avoid using the term 'overpopulation' even once in the article. We can talk about everything except there being too many people on the planet. Why bother pretending anything effective can be done under such circumstances?
by Andhakari on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 03:02:53 AM EST
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Becasue that involves doing things that are impossible, like birth control, reducing end life care, allowing disease etc etc. Much better to allow our own species defined destruction of the environment to do it for us.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 06:41:51 AM EST
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Don't forget War, Famine and Pestilence.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 07:28:33 AM EST
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Well, I've already said that sometime in the next 150 years we'll be down to 100 million tops

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 07:31:51 AM EST
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You got that figure from DJames Lovelock, or did you arrive at it independently?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 07:36:09 AM EST
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I would think any number would be a wild guess, but I don't see that humans are much different from yeast in regard to population dynamics. We're using up the growth medium on our culture dish, and the end isn't going to be fun for anybody - excepting perhaps the guy on the other end of the microscope. But population fragmentation and a changing environment are prime factors in evolution. Maybe something good will come from it. Whatever 'good' is...
by Andhakari on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 08:22:12 AM EST
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No, not every number is a wild guess. I don't think any of the Limits to Growth scanarios dips as low as 100 million people.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 08:42:49 AM EST
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Andhakari:
I don't see that humans are much different from yeast in regard to population dynamics.

I see ample evidence to the contrary. Every country which has attained a decent standard in education, sanitation, and nutrition has seen its fecundity rates plummet. There is no insurmountable problem with population sustainability in the countries which have made the demographic transition.

The urgency is to help the remaining countries get over the line while better managing their natural resources. Some will do better than others, but plenty of good will come of it.

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by eurogreen on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 09:26:40 AM EST
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I see ample evidence to the contrary. Every country which has attained a decent standard in education, sanitation, and nutrition has seen its fecundity rates plummet.

While their ecological footprint continued to rise?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 09:28:46 AM EST
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Genau. for example, each pair of jeans from Asia import 10,000 liters of water, mostly for the cotton.

Take the little things together, and they add up.

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by Crazy Horse on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 09:54:55 AM EST
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Up to a point. I see empirical evidence of an ecological transition to follow the demographic one. Europe will make the transition to ecological sustainability, one way or another. It would be arrogant to imagine that other regions are not capable of the same.

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by eurogreen on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 09:55:31 AM EST
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While their ecological footprint continued to rise?

Well, if you want capitalism, you need growth, no matter if your population is growing or shrinking.

by Katrin on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 10:44:55 AM EST
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But that's nominal money growth, not ecological footprint.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 11:36:52 AM EST
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contra the Austerians and certain so-called ecological economists fixated on real economic variables.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 11:54:44 AM EST
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In most cases yes, but increased ecological footprint does not appear to be a necessary condition. Given that mortality is dropping (or you are probably dealing with a high mortailty, high fertility population that is not increasing much), the main factor for fertility to drop is female control over rate of reproduction.

This in turn means having the practical, economic and social means to decide over when and where you become pregnant, which has appeared in western countries together with rising ecological footprints. The go-to example to show that it can be done anyway is Kerala in India.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 03:04:54 PM EST
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I appreciate your optimism, but I also note that nations such as the UK consume far more than what is produced within their borders, and China is busy developing its own brand of economic colonialism to sustain a too large population.
My root comment on this thread merely questioned the omission of a discussion including population as a relevant component in the topics addressed. If we can't talk about it, then I don't think we're truly serious about facing the related problems. How can we even consider topics like species extinction without considering competing populations - humans most particularly?
by Andhakari on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 02:52:53 PM EST
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Never heard of Lovelock, just an independent feeling cos of the number of simultaneous crunches we're heading into. They're each able to smack us down a few notches here and there, but add them together and you're looking at some serious civilisation collapse.

The headlines are Climate & Oil. But they influence everything from water and food to transport to energy

And short of the level of co-ordinated integrations we currently enjoy, we won't have a graceful managed crash, it'll be catastrophic with each problem feeding in and amplifying the other.

Of course, it's avoidable, but that would require a level of global political will we haven't seen since WWII.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 08:58:40 AM EST
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a level of global political will we haven't seen since WWII

WWII was a consequence of lack of political will before WWII.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 09:05:12 AM EST
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Aye, there's the rub

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 10:02:16 AM EST
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Because over-population is only true if lifestyles are non-negotiable?

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 07:17:37 AM EST
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Apparently they are. The Japanese have done well with some self-imposed energy austerity in the wake of nuclear shut-downs, but I don't see much evidence of significant numbers of folk willing to give much up so that someone else somewhere else can have more.
I only mentioned the lack of discussion. Frankly, I can't see myself willingly giving much up if the world's leadership can't even discuss the population as an important part of the dynamic. And I don't see that anyone's life has improved because there are more than 7 billion folk on the planet - unless it's CocaCola stock holders.
by Andhakari on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 08:15:20 AM EST
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We need sustainable production anyway and I don't think a radically different lifestyle (and way of production) is necessarily a worse lifestyle. How many of our products have intentionally a short life in order to make us buy something new more often?

Right, this needs a discussion.

by Katrin on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 08:39:53 AM EST
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A global one-child-per-woman policy is a no-go, so it's back to overshoot and collapse.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 08:41:53 AM EST
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Fertility rates are dropping even in the areas where population is stil growing - Africa has gone from about 7 to about 5 children per woman the last half century, while Asia and South America has gone from 6 to 2.5. UN says so. Same source estimates a peak population at 9 billion around 2050.

If 9 billion is overshoot depends on resources consumed/capita. And if we can't limit resources consumed/capita at all we will overshoot anyway.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 02:33:00 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:12:49 PM EST
Deutsche Bahn lobbies on Holocaust legislation in the US | World | DW.DE | 29.03.2012

DW has learned that Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national railway, has hired two US firms to lobby on Holocaust legislation. The reason: Two bills before Congress would allow Holocaust victims to file suits in the US.

According to documents filed with US authorities and reviewed by DW, Deutsche Bahn late last year hired a strategic communications group and a law firm to advise and represent the company in its dealings with members of Congress and US government agencies.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:27:11 PM EST
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Google launches new political website for French elections - Tech - FRANCE 24

France has become the latest country to benefit from Google's foray into election-related news with the launch of a new feature that aggregates political information and candidate profiles related to the upcoming presidential elections.

The release Wednesday of Google's "Election and Politics" section on its French site, Google.fr, is the online search giant's fourth election website after Egypt, Senegal and the United States.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:33:57 PM EST
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Nuclear scientist on trial over alleged terror plot - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

AFP - A Franco-Algerian nuclear scientist goes on trial Thursday for allegedly plotting terror attacks in France, where an Islamist's killing spree has already overshadowed the presidential campaign.

A week after police shot dead Franco-Algerian Mohamed Merah for killing seven people in and around Toulouse, Adlene Hicheur goes on trial charged with criminal association as part of a terrorist enterprise.

French police arrested Hicheur, a researcher studying the universe's birth -- the Big Bang -- at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), in October 2009 after intercepting emails he wrote.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:34:41 PM EST
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Four Islamic clerics banned from entering France - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

AFP - France said Thursday it had banned four Muslim preachers from entering France to attend an Islamic conference, saying their "calls for hatred and violence" were a threat to public order.

President Nicolas Sarkozy had wanted to ban the high-profile Islamic clerics from attending the conference next month in the wake of a series of killings by Al-Qaeda inspired gunman Mohamed Merah that shocked France.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:39:13 PM EST
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South Africa confident on super-telescope bid ahead of talks - FRANCE 24

AFP - South African science minister Naledi Pandor said Thursday she remains confident on her country's bid to host the world's most powerful radio telescope, ahead of a crucial meeting next week.

Scientists hope the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will shed new light on fundamental questions about the universe, including how it began, why it is expanding and whether it contains life beyond our planet.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:42:47 PM EST
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A Universe Of Self-replicating Code | Conversation | Edge

What we're missing now, on another level, is not just biology, but cosmology. People treat the digital universe as some sort of metaphor, just a cute word for all these products. The universe of Apple, the universe of Google, the universe of Facebook, that these collectively constitute the digital universe, and we can only see it in human terms and what does this do for us?

We're missing a tremendous opportunity. We're asleep at the switch because it's not a metaphor. In 1945 we actuallydidcreate a new universe. This is a universe of numbers with a life of their own, that we only see in terms of what those numbers can do for us. Can they record this interview? Can they play our music? Can they order our books on Amazon? If you cross the mirror in the other direction, there really is a universe of self-reproducing digital code. When I last checked, it was growing by five trillion bits per second. And that's not just a metaphor for something else. It actually is. It's a physical reality.

...

A Universe Of Self-replicating Code | Conversation | Edge

It's just the beginnings of something, in a faintly metazoan sense. The operating system used to be the system that operated a computer. Now it is becoming something else."

"Now, there are moves afoot to get the same code-Windows, or Windows CE, or Windows NT or whatever, not to mention underlying protocols-running everywhere. Running on your desktop, running on your network, running in your car, running in your toaster, running on the credit card you have in your wallet-it's all going to run this same code. And if it's not Windows it'll be something else. The thing is, it's happening. Which is very much what's gone on in the world of biology. In biology there is one operating system, and it's the one we're stuck with-the DNA/RNA operating system. All living organisms, with very rare exceptions, run that same system. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but ..."



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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Mar 30th, 2012 at 02:36:50 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:13:20 PM EST
Mrs. Chirac goes to dance with Sarkozy | Les blogs
One of the highlights of incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy's mega campaign rally in Villepinte on March 11 was a surprise appearance by one of France's most famous first ladies - Bernadette Chirac. Minutes before Sarkozy delivered his keynote speech that day, Mrs. Chirac's petite frame appeared on the massive stage that could have doubled as an airport runway.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:39:50 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 03:44:57 PM EST
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Ooh! A Shiny Object!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 04:07:41 PM EST
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Wind Map US

visualize the energy in motion (in somewhat real time)

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

by Crazy Horse on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 04:28:21 PM EST
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That is pretty cool!

You can get the old-fashioned kind of wind map--with predictions--here:

http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors/conus.php

For purposes of predicting tornados and other violent storms, my local weather expert says that the best info is obtained from the "convective outlook" map.

http://www.spc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/outlook/probinfo.html

by asdf on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 11:36:11 PM EST
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