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by ceebs Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 04:15:24 PM EST

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

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:33:17 PM EST
BBC News - NHS and civil servants plan pension strike in May

NHS workers and civil servants are to stage a one-day strike in May over their pension dispute.

The Unite trade union, which has 100,000 members in the NHS, will walk out on 10 May, a day after the Queen's speech is to set out the NHS reforms.

The PCS union said its members in the civil service would also strike over the "disgraceful attack" on pensions.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:50:36 PM EST
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BBC News - Defiant Breivik 'would carry out massacre again'

The man who killed 77 people in bomb and gun attacks in Norway last July has boasted of his actions in a statement at his trial in Oslo.

"I have carried out the most spectacular and sophisticated attack on Europe since World War II," Anders Behring Breivik told the court.

Breivik said he would do it all again and asked to be acquitted.

Although he admits the bombing and attack on a youth camp, he has pleaded not guilty to terror and mass murder.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:51:44 PM EST
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Judge in Breivik trial dismissed for online comments - NORWAY - FRANCE 24

A lay judge in the trial of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was dismissed Tuesday for saying online that the anti-Muslim extremist deserves the death penalty for killing 77 people in a bomb-and-shooting massacre.

Lawyers on all sides requested that Thomas Indreboe be dismissed for his comments on a chat forum the day after the July 22 attacks. Breivik is being tried by a panel of two professional judges and three lay judges. The system is designed to let ordinary citizens have a role in the Norwegian justice system.

Indreboe was replaced by backup lay judge Elisabeth Wisloeff.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:04:40 PM EST
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BBC News - France ex-President Chirac 'to vote for Hollande'

France's former centre-right president, Jacques Chirac, will vote for Socialist Francois Hollande in first round of presidential elections on Sunday, a close aide says.

Writer Jean-Luc Barre told a newspaper that remarks to that effect by Mr Chirac last year had not been a joke.

Mr Hollande has a double-digit poll lead over centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy for the 6 May run-off.

Mr Chirac has criticised party colleague Mr Sarkozy in his memoirs.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:53:33 PM EST
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"Asked what he felt about Chirac plumping for an adversary, Sarkozy told state radio yesterday that people should not try to exploit the position of an ageing man whose mental health is the subject of speculation.

"The best way of respecting Jacques Chirac and the difficulties he has is to not try and make him talk, so that he is not exploited in one direction or the other by those around him," Sarkozy said."

this is rich stuff.

Sarkozy is toast, and everybody is dancing on his grave.

by paving on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 11:21:18 AM EST
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Well, you know, when you shirk your criminal responsibility by alleging senility, you shouldn't be shocked that your heirs insult you like that.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 11:23:54 AM EST
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BBC News - Cleric Abu Qatada can be deported, says Theresa May

Radical cleric Abu Qatada can be deported to Jordan after fresh assurances that he will get a fair trial, the home secretary has told MPs.

In a statement to the Commons, Theresa May said he could now be removed from the UK "in full compliance of law".

But she admitted it may take "many months" as his lawyers could appeal up to the European Court of Human Rights.

Abu Qatada, 51, who faces charges in Jordan of plotting bomb attacks, was arrested earlier and denied bail.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:54:07 PM EST
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Care UK fails to process x-ray records of 6,000 patients | Society | The Guardian

Care UK, one of the biggest private companies to which the NHS outsources, is being investigated by the health service after the x-ray records of 6,000 patients were not processed at an "urgent care centre" the company runs in London.

GPs were informed of the incident last month when NHS managers in north-west London wrote to doctors (pdf) saying that patients at Central Middlesex hospital "had been sent for x-ray and the provider cannot confirm that the radiology reports have been reviewed for missed pathology".

Care UK won the right last year to manage the centre, which sees 50,000 patients at the hospital. NHS Brent found in March that out of a sample of 300 patient x-rays, 120 required further action by a doctor. The NHS then asked Care UK to check all 6,000 x-rays. The letter from NHS Brent told GPs that "the issue has been logged as a serious incident and a full investigation is under way".



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:00:31 PM EST
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Ah, the joys of profit-centred medicine

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 02:49:50 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Briefing: Is contagion about to spread to France?
Ten year spreads have been rising in France as nervousness grows about the outcome of the French election; analysts warn that bond vigilantes might cross over from Spain to France; a poll, however, suggests that a majority of fund managers expect Nicolas Sarkozy to win the elections; in an interview with Handelsblatt, Francois Hollande positions himself as the anti-Merkel; says he will not sign fiscal pact, unless it is complemented by a growth initiative; says there will be no constitutional debt brake in France; the latest Ifop poll shows him beating Sarkozy 56% to 44% in second round; the IMF's Fiscal Monitor shows the French deficit at 3.9% in 2013, thus overshooting the target; the IMF also registers overshoots in Italy and Spain; a Monti administration official also acknowledges that Italy will overshoot  the deficit target this year and next, though by a smaller margin than forecast by the IMF; he says that Monti has yet to decide whether or not to compensate for the shortfall; the IMF is relatively optimistic about the world economy, and predicts increases in GDP even in Italy and Spain; but Spain is not expected to reach the 3% deficit target until 2018; a bunch of German business activists have taken the Bundesbank to court over Target 2; Bild is worried that the deterioration of Spain may cost Germany a lot of money; Wolfgang Munchau says Andres Velasco of Chile is right when he says that the eurozone has failed to learn from the experience of others; Manfred Neumann says that it is too early to tell if austerity has gone too far; also says economists have the right to assess a country's exit from the eurozone;  Martin Wolf argues that the eurozone will most likely stay together; The populist True Finns, meanwhile, lost 7pp in the latest polls.


guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 03:55:51 AM EST
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The war is on and it's fought with financial/political bullets. How boring.

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 Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 07:36:04 AM EST
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Economics is politics by other means.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 08:33:27 AM EST
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And politics is war by other means?  If A = B  and B = C, then ...

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 Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 04:22:47 PM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:33:39 PM EST
BBC News - YPF Repsol: Spain says Argentina shot itself in foot

Spain has said Argentina shot itself in the foot with its decision to nationalise the Spanish majority stake in the YPF oil company.

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said he had warned the Argentine ambassador of damage to relations between the two countries.

The majority stake in YPF is owned by Spanish oil firm Repsol, whose shares fell by 6% in Madrid.

The nationalisation alarmed investors but is said to be popular in Argentina.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:52:10 PM EST
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Maybe so.  But it might just be the politicians playing politics:

The owners will take Argentina to court, and after that, most likely, to international arbitration. The final judicial decisions won't come down for at least four years, maybe much more -- putting any payment off until at least 2016, probably much longer. Argentina will have to pay, with interest, but it won't be CFK's problem. She's in office til the end of 2016.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 06:18:29 PM EST
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Argentina is used to the empty threats of the EU. And just because Spain has decided to become a serf of banks, doesn't mean that Argentina has to be as stupid.
by rootless2 on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 11:07:30 PM EST
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I don't know enough about the merits of the Argentine's government stated reasons for the nationalisation, but one peculiar feature of the YPF nationalisation is that Argentina hasn't appropriated 51% of the firm pro rata but rather it has expropriated just one shareholder and left the others untouched.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 24th, 2012 at 03:35:50 PM EST
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BBC News - IMF sees 'optimism return' as faster growth predicted

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that "some optimism has returned" to the global economy and has predicted slightly faster growth.

The IMF revised world economic growth for 2012 to 3.5%, up from its previous forecast of 3.3%.

It also expects the UK to grow faster this year, by 0.8% rather than 0.6%.

But the IMF noted another eurozone crisis was possible and that most major economies "still face major brakes on growth



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:53:03 PM EST
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BBC News - Lord Heseltine says UK will join the euro

Conservative peer and former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has told the BBC that he thinks the UK will join the euro "if it survives".

The pro-European politician, recently appointed as a government adviser, told the Daily Politics Britain had "failed" to resist European integration.

Lord Heseltine said European countries would "cling on" to the euro.

The eurozone faced a "crisis" but he said it was a "very Eurosceptic view" to see the euro as a "failed project".



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:54:38 PM EST
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ceebs:
he thinks the UK will join the euro "if it survives".

... if the UK survives? Valid point.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 07:41:31 AM EST
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Sky wins new bid for Bundesliga rights - The Local
German pay TV channel Sky has won the rights to show live Bundesliga matches for a total of €2.5 billion ($3.3 billion) in a four-year package starting in 2013, the league said Tuesday.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:11:23 PM EST
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BBC News - Goldman Sachs profits decline but beat expectations

US bank Goldman Sachs has said its profits fell 23% in its last quarter, but still beat analyst expectations.

Net income fell to $2.1bn (£1.3bn) in the first three months of the year, from $2.7bn in the same period last year.

The firm said that staff compensation - salaries and bonuses - was $4.4bn, down 16% from last year.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:20:05 PM EST
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The Federal Reserve From Creation in 1913 To Destruction in 2013 | Video Rebel's Blog

The Bretton Woods Conference of July 1944 was held by 44 Allies under the auspices of the UN. It tied all currencies to the US dollar. It also set up the IMF which most in the Third World and increasing numbers of Greeks, Irishmen, Italians and many other Europeans would agree are blood sucking imperialists. The IMF in recent years stole more than 20 billion dollars from the Irish people and has given nothing in return. That same conference also created the World Bank which for example forbade the Egyptians to develop a self sufficient agricultural system so it would be dependent on Imperial powers. The Bretton Woods system of monetary relations worked very well for the banks of London and Wall Street until August 15, 1971 when  President Nixon took America off the Gold Exchange standard.

Michael Hudson in his book Super Imperialism described how the US was funding its wars by inflating the supply of currency used to settle trade. Since WW II we have been getting real goods like cars and clothes from foreigners in exchange for increasingly worthless paper. When Hudson explained this to the Pentagon, a general said, "Wow. We are ripping people off."

The Arab-Israeli war of October 6 to 25, 1973 was a prelude to the Arab Oil Boycott. Saudi Arabia decided to reduce oil production by 5% per month on October 17. On October 19, President Nixon authorized a major arms shipment and $2.2 billion in aid for Israel. In response Saudi Arabia declared an embargo against the U. S. This quadrupled the price of oil. Dollars can be used to pay taxes to the US government. After the Boycott dollars could also be used to pay for oil sales between countries neither  of which had a need to pay taxes to the American government. Henry Kissinger gave birth to the Petrodollar standard, The important points about Petrodollars are that the price of oil must be kept high so that excess dollars in the system do not circulate causing inflation and oil profits are plowed into US Treasury bonds. The Petrodollar Standard requires conflict in the Mideast to raise tensions and oil prices. It also requires banks like Goldman Sachs to use the derivatives market to buy and sell oil as many as 27 times from the time it gets pumped out of the ground until it arrives at a gas station.



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 10:01:25 PM EST
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From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: An Interview with Thomas Palley naked capitalism

Philip Pilkington: At the beginning of your book From Financial Crisis to Stagnation you refer to the 2008 crisis as a `crisis of bad ideas'. Could you please briefly explain why you refer to the crisis in this way?

Thomas Palley: A central and critical element of my book is its emphasis on the role of economic ideas in generating the crisis. This feature fundamentally distinguishes it from mainstream explanations that tend to represent the crisis in terms of surprise events and economic shocks (e.g. black swans).

My book starts with the fundamental idea that economies are made, not found. The way economies are organized and function is significantly the product of social choices, not the product of nature. Over the past thirty years we (society) have embraced a set of economic ideas that shaped economic arrangements - including the pattern of income distribution, the power of corporations and finance relative to labor, and the way in which the economy generates demand.

This shaping of economic arrangements was obviously driven by political forces acting on behalf of corporate and financial elite interests, but economic ideas also played a critical role. First, the ideas of mainstream economists provided justification for the re-shaping of the economy in ways that elite interests wanted. Second, mainstream economists put forward additional ideas that were picked up and incorporated into the policy project of corporate and financial elites. Third, the monopoly capture of economic discourse by mainstream economics served to exclude other competing economic ideas from making it on to the policy table, into classrooms, and into the public debate.

The implication of this view is the crisis is at a deep level the product of a flawed economic policy paradigm derived from a set of flawed economic ideas. Escaping the crisis means replacing that policy paradigm and the ideas from which it derives. That is a massive challenge involving both a political contest and an intellectual contest. We need to win both. One without the other will be useless. It is no good winning the political contest if you simply replace Tweedledum (hardcore neoliberals) with Tweedledee (softcore neoliberals). Likewise, it is no good winning the intellectual contest if you do not win the political contest to implement different economic policy ideas. (Emphasis added.)



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 Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 01:11:48 AM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:34:51 PM EST
BBC News - Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah chief, offers Syria mediation

The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has said he would act as a mediator in the Syrian conflict, in his first international interview for six years.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said his group "would be more than happy to mediate", while urging a political solution.

Sheikh Nasrallah was interviewed by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for Russia's RT cable TV channel.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:44:52 PM EST
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BBC News - Mali coup: Army arrests ex-President Amadou Toure allies

Soldiers have arrested several allies of Mali's ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure days after handing power to a civilian leader, witnesses say.

Former Prime Minister Modi Sidibe was picked up by men in military police vehicles, an aide said.

The arrests came as rocket scientist-turned-politician Cheick Modibo Diarra was named as prime minister.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:55:59 PM EST
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BBC News - Former Nigeria governor James Ibori jailed for 13 years

A former London DIY store cashier who became governor of an oil-rich Nigerian state has been jailed for 13 years for fraud totalling nearly £50m ($77m).

James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, admitted 10 counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.

Southwark Crown Court was told the amount he stole from the people of Delta state was "unquantified".

Ibori, who evaded capture in Nigeria after a mob of supporters attacked police, was arrested in Dubai in 2010.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:56:27 PM EST
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Hundreds protest as F1 teams land in Bahrain - FRANCE 24

Hundreds protested late Tuesday near Bahrain's international airport as Formula One teams began arriving in the Sunni-ruled kingdom ahead of a Grand Prix hit by a Shiite-led uprising, witnesses said.

"No going back; we will continue our protests," read banners carried by demonstrators who were gathered at the Shiite-populated village of Al-Deir, near the airport.

"Peaceful, peaceful, our revolt is peaceful," they chanted, as others held up banners that read "Down Hamad" in reference to Bahrain's king, the witnesses said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:02:53 PM EST
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Stadium riot trial adjourned amid disorderly opening day - EGYPT - FRANCE 24

The trial of 61 men over the death of 74 soccer fans in Egypt's worst stadium disaster was adjourned on Tuesday after a rowdy first session that was suspended briefly when dozens of defendants hurled abuse at the judge.

Judge Abdel Magid Mahmoud walked out as the defendants jumped on benches in the courtroom's steel cage and waved their fists at the bench, denying any role in the deaths and demanding that the true culprits be punished.

"Either we get justice for them or we die ourselves!" the defendants yelled.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:04:11 PM EST
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Palestinian delegation delivers peace talks demands to Netanyahu - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a letter from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, detailing the PA's demands regarding the resumption of Middle East peace talks.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:14:01 PM EST
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IDF officer says regrets beating activist 'in front of cameras' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

IDF Lt. Col. Shaul Eisner, who was filmed over the weekend hitting a Danish protester with his rifle butt in the Jordan Valley, personally responded to allegations against him on Tuesday.

Eisner, was suspended from duties following the incident, said that "it could have been a professional mistake to use a weapon in front of the cameras," he told Channel 10. The televised report also showed a document indicating he had broken his finger.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:14:25 PM EST
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"it could have been a professional mistake to use a weapon in front of the cameras,"
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Yeah right...and if there are no cameras he can kill them freely...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 07:24:35 PM EST
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In future arrest them and beat them up behind closed doors, or at least confiscate the cameras first

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 03:09:53 AM EST
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Egypt panel turns down candidates' appeal - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

The committee overseeing the Egyptian presidential election has upheld rulings disqualifying 10 candidates from the race including Hosni Mubarak's spy chief Omar Suleiman and Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper has reported.

Disqualification of Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater was also upheld on Tuesday.

A final list of candidates is expected to be released on April 26, just under a month before the May 23-24 vote.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:16:13 PM EST
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Matan Ruak set to become East Timor president - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

The former guerilla leader Taur Matan Ruak is set to replace Jose Ramos-Horta as East Timor's president.

Provisional results on Tuesday from Monday's election gave the former armed forces chief 61 per cent of the votes counted, giving runoff election rival Francisco Guterres only a slim chance of winning the largely ceremonial post for his Fretilin Party.

Ramos-Horta, a Nobel laureate, came third in last month's first round of voting, leaving two contestants in a runoff that proved to be free from violence or claims of vote-rigging.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:17:20 PM EST
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Read Boz on YPF/Argentina:
Watch the provinces. If you're an investor in Argentina you need to understand politics at the provincial and local government level, not just the national picture. This YPF nationalization was not a top-down affair the way it has occurred in Venezuela or Bolivia. Various provinces revoked concessions one-by-one, building momentum for the national move. While the opposition media portray this as a planned operation controlled and directed by the president, the details were driven by local politics moving the national agenda.

Colombia, La Silla Vacia: While the summit of heads of state in Cartagena had created high expectations for the opportunity to discuss policy regarding drugs or the possibility that Cuba will return to the OAS, the parallel business summit went rather unnoticed. And, unlike politics, was a success.  (...) With letters of introduction such as the Free Trade Area with the U.S., economic growth data and low inflation and rising foreign investment figures, Proexport, ANDI and the Inter-American Development Bank prepared a real business conference, the results which will be felt in practice in the medium term. Between Friday and Saturday, the summit brought together over 600 entrepreneurs, 500 of them foreigners. Among those present were the greatest entrepreneurs and CEOs of Latin America.
Boz is gushing.

Upside-Down World: Vecino is the president of Colombian oil workers union (USO), which was last year declared a "military target" by right-wing paramilitaries for its campaigns against what the union says are the abusive labor practices of Canadian oil giant Pacific Rubiales. The union's campaign began last summer; just two months after Colombia signed a Labor Action Plan (LAP) with the U.S. pledging to tackle the very practices used by Rubiales and the type of anti-union violence that USO has suffered.  (...) A year on, and at last weekend's Summit of the Americas, the U.S. declared it was satisfied that Colombia had complied with the LAP and was enacting the reforms called for. The decision opens the way for full implementation of the FTA in May, even as unions and human rights groups in both countries continue to accuse the U.S. of "rewarding promises not actions". Meanwhile, USO's campaign against Rubiales continues and it is far from an isolated case. Unions across Colombia maintain they face the same problems of violence, worker abuse and anti-union practices, all committed with seeming impunity.

Colombia Reports: Colombia and Israel will increase their cooperation in regards to defense and security, ministers announced Monday after a meeting. According to Colombia's Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon, the increased cooperation means a "new stage" in the bilateral relations.
See also THIS.

Americas Quarterly: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized deepening business ties and promoting innovation in a speech to Brazil's National Confederation of Industry (CNI) on Monday. Clinton had traveled to the capital city of Brasilia for a two-day visit following her participation over the weekend in the Summit of the Americas meeting in Cartagena, Colombia. (...) Beyond the CNI speech, the secretary met yesterday morning with the new head of Petrobras, Maria das Gracas Foster and led the U.S. delegation for the third U.S.-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue. The Global Partnership Dialogue builds upon previously-reached agreements in the areas of development and education cooperation and global political and economic issues.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti, the United States and international partners are launching a nationwide vaccination campaign in the Caribbean country that seeks to curb or prevent infectious diseases, health officials said Monday. On a two-day visit to Haiti, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the effort to vaccinate Haitians against such diseases as diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough is critical because the country is especially vulnerable to diseases brought from outside.

NACLA: While drug trafficking corridors have proliferated through Central America's natural reserves over the last decade, Nueva Esperanza's real crime appears to have been that it was located in the way of the Cuatro Balam mega-tourism project. Cuatro Balam is a planned 14,000-square-mile tourism complex amid the Mayan Biosphere cluster of natural reserves and an array of Mayan archaeological sites, all to be united by a proposed electric train and linked to Chiapas, Mexico, via a new highway. (...) Killings, intimidation, and violence against indigenous and environmental activists has been widespread in places like Cabanas in El Salvador; Polochic Valley, San Miguel Ixtahuacán, and San Juan Sacatepéquez in Guatemala; and the Siria Valley, the Río Plátano, and the Aguán Valley in Honduras.

Peru, LIMA - The security forces have started waging "a fight without quarter and with no turning back" against the remnants of guerrilla groups operating in southern Peru, Defense Minister Alberto Otarola said Monday. "And this means that we are not going to pull out of the areas in which we already are. The security forces have gone there to stay forever," Otarola told the official Andina news agency.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 07:50:10 PM EST
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What Should You Know About the Quebec Student Strikes and Occupations?  Rortybomb

But the most interesting resistance happening right now is going on in Quebec, Canada. There are, according to one representative report, over 165,000 students on strike from class out of 495,000 in the student body.

Quebec is looking to increase its tuition 75 percent over the next several years. Students responded by starting what is now the longest strike in the province's history. It's gone on even though the government has offered to make student loans a nicer, kinder form of debt, with income-contingent repayments, while not budging on the tuition hikes.

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Why are these sites so potent for activism? The college campus combines several issues into one: the privatization of public services, the dismembering of social insurance and its replacement with a regime of debt and risk-shifting, and the dismantling of the primary means of social mobility with one designed to entrench inequality, which all builds toward a lack of freedom to fully develop one's talents and abilities and be full, productive citizens.

These students are right to fight this battle at the beginning, during the initials cuts. Privatization creates its own justification; the more public universities are defunded and reconceived as a private good, the less civic interest there is in defending them as a public good. And they are also fighting at the beginning of their lives, both for what kind of world they want to live in and against the constraints of indenture that we see when this process of privatization and debt reaches its ultimate conclusion -- a path the United States is much further along.



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 Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 12:49:22 AM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:36:04 PM EST
Apple defends green credentials of cloud computing services | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Apple disclosed sensitive information about energy demand at the data centre housing its iCloud service for the first time on Tuesday, defending its green credentials in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace.

In a report rating 14 companies leading the migration from local computers to cloud computing, Greenpeace gave failing grades to Apple, Amazon and Microsoft for their reliance on highly polluting coal to power their data centres.

But Apple said its new iCloud data centre would be the greenest ever built, and that Greenpeace had wildly over-estimated its energy demand. The new facility would use just one-fifth of the electricity estimated by Greenpeace, the company said. It would eventually draw 60% of its on-site power from renewable sources.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:00:53 PM EST
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Fracking: green groups denounce report approving further exploration | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Campaigners reacted angrily on Tuesday to the recommendation by government advisers that "fracking" for shale gas can resume in the UK, despite reassurances that the controversial technique is safe.

In a report published today, experts said fracking could resume with stronger controls after it was halted last year following two earthquakes near Blackpool after the drilling of two sites in Lancashire by Cuadrilla Resources. The "fracking" process, hydraulic fracturing, involves a well being drilled hundreds of metres deep and pumped full of water, sand and chemicals in order to release methane gas.

But green groups and local anti-fracking groups angrily denounced the report. Former Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper said this morning that it cast "grave doubt" on the government's commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. A study by Cornell University last year predicted its impact on climate change would be worse than coal.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:06:45 PM EST
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David Cameron halts compulsory green deal policy on home improvements | Environment | The Guardian

All the mandatory elements of the government's green deal for homes are to be scrapped following an intervention by the prime minister.

The decision, which is a blow for the Liberal Democrats, means that the government will reject proposals currently out for consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government that would have required homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient if they were undertaking home improvements, such as extending a garage or replacing windows.

It is also a blow to the Liberal Democrat communities and local government minister Andrew Stunell, the advocate of the proposal in the department run by Eric Pickles.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:12:05 PM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:36:28 PM EST
BBC News - Shuttle Discovery retires with Washington flypast

One of Nasa's retired space shuttles has made a dramatic flypast over the centre of the US capital on the way to its final resting place in a museum.

Discovery flew over the monuments along the National Mall in Washington DC at about 10:00 EST (14:00 GMT).

Piggy-backing on a modified Boeing 747, Discovery was flying at an altitude of about 1,500ft (457m), Nasa said.

The shuttle programme ended in 2011. Discovery will be on show at the Air and Space Museum in Virginia.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:44:06 PM EST
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Protester receives Olympics asbo | Society | guardian.co.uk

An activist who took part in a protest against the construction of an Olympic facility says he has been handed a court order banning him from approaching any Olympic venue, activity or official.

The interim antisocial behaviour order (asbo) given to Simon Moore, 29, is believed to be the first pre-emptive Olympic asbo requested by Scotland Yard to prevent protests at the Games. It also bars Moore from going near events to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee, the trooping of the colour and the state opening of parliament.

Perhaps the most restrictive clause decrees that "trespassing on, or without the permission of the owner to interfere with, any building or land" would also contravene the asbo. Since breaching the order can result in jail, this section effectively criminalises all trespass, generally a civil matter.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:59:28 PM EST
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'No Bild in my house' idea gathers strength - The Local
A massive promotion campaign by the publisher of Europe's best-selling newspaper Bild, sending a copy to every household in Germany to mark its 60th anniversary, has prompted a campaign of rejection.

So far more than 100,000 people have sent emails to the Axel Springer publishing house demanding that the newspaper not be sent to them as part of the campaign planned for June 23.

An initiative Alle gegen Bild, or "All against Bild," has been set up enabling people who want to avoid having the newspaper delivered - and make a stand against it - to send a fending-off email direct to Axel Springer.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:10:39 PM EST
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Whee; sent our rejection email.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 07:56:21 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:37:58 PM EST
Penguin lives the dream, bites Newt Gingrich | Grist

In the grand tradition of Jimmy Carter's swimming rabbit, Theodore Roosevelt's moose, and JFK's robot unicorn, Newt Gingrich has now had a run-in with wildlife: He was bitten on the finger by a penguin at the St. Louis zoo.

Gingrich, who actually has a weird tradition of getting sat on by wild animals, has talked about how much he wanted to be a zoologist growing up, before he decided to abandon all his principles in a desperate lunge at the presidency. But the penguin was having none of that bullshit. Presumably it just saw a man who sold out his Sierra Club principles, and decided to go all Occupy Finger. Or, you know, Gingrich's fingers look like jumbo shrimps. Either is possible.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 02:38:15 PM EST
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Real stars have boots stolen at Bayern - FRANCE 24

Real Madrid suffered a nasty surprise in the build-up to their Champions League semi-final clash at Bayern Munich on Tuesday as three of their stars had their boots stolen.

Just before kick-off, with the Spanish giants preparing for their first-leg clash at Munich's Allianz Arena, a thief stole six pairs of boots and some shirts from Real's dressing room in the stadium.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:02:26 PM EST
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@edwardrip
You can tell Monopoly is an old game, because there is a luxury tax and rich people can still go to jail.


guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 04:55:23 PM EST
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Not only that, but the concept "monopoly" exists in the game.
by asdf on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 05:47:06 PM EST
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was originally created to teach people the evils of capitalism wasn't it?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 04:06:28 AM EST
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The evils of land-ownership, actually.

- Jake

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

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 05:02:16 AM EST
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It was a Georgist game.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 05:18:55 AM EST
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Given some of the drivel that the BBC chooses to broadcast in the guise of news, it would sometimes be preferable if they reverted to "This is the BBC, today there has been no news. Nothing, not a sausage. To whit, bugger all"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 08:06:20 AM EST
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El Pais: King makes public apology for hunting-trip incident
As he left his hospital room, the king stopped in front of a TV camera and said: "I'm very sorry, I made a mistake and it won't happen again." The king went on to say that he was feeling very well and that he was "keen to get back to work." He also thanked the doctors who have been taking care of him.

Aware that his trip to Botswana has caused a great deal of controversy, the king appears to have opted to reduce the distance that the news has opened up between him and a large section of the political class, not to mention Spanish citizens in general.

While in hospital, the king has been kept up to date with the views expressed in the media, keeping a close eye on the printed press and television reports. His closest advisors have apparently advised him to make a public statement regarding the accident, which happened in the middle of the night, as the king tripped after getting up to go to the bathroom.



guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 08:55:00 AM EST
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