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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 2 May

by ceebs Tue May 1st, 2012 at 04:10:18 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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:07:26 PM EST
Rupert Murdoch 'not fit' to lead major international company, MPs conclude | Media | guardian.co.uk

Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to exercise stewardship of a major international company, a committee of MPs has concluded, in a report highly critical of the mogul and his son James's role in the News of the World phone-hacking affair.

The Commons culture, media and sport select committee also concluded that James Murdoch showed "wilful ignorance" of the extent of phone hacking during 2009 and 2010 - in a highly charged document that saw MPs split on party lines as regards the two Murdochs.

Labour MPs and the sole Liberal Democrat on the committee, Adrian Sanders, voted together in a bloc of six against the five Conservatives to insert the criticisms of Rupert Murdoch and toughen up the remarks about his son James. But the MPs were united in their criticism of other former News International employees.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:32:31 PM EST
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BBC News - 'Rogue reporter' claim destroyed by MPs' findings

o those of us who have been covering the phone-hacking story since January 2007 - when the News of the World's royal editor, Clive Goodman, was jailed and its editor Andy Coulson resigned - the claim that this was the work of "one rogue reporter" always seemed far-fetched.

Now the Culture, Media and Sport Committee has demolished it.

What was even more remarkable was how long the story withstood all attempts to knock it down - particularly in the light of evidence that has since emerged at the committee and the Leveson Inquiry that so many people knew for so long that it was untrue.

The "rogue reporter" claim was repeated year after year by News International executives in the teeth of investigations by the Guardian, by lawyers for the victims of phone hacking and by MPs on the committee - not to mention less diligent inquiries by the police and the Press Complaints Commission.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:32:48 PM EST
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BBC News - News Corp says key hacking conclusion 'highly partisan'

News Corporation has criticised a key conclusion of a parliamentary committee's report into phone hacking as "unjustified and highly partisan".

Five members of the Commons media committee asserted that Rupert Murdoch was "not a fit person" to run a major international business but five others disagreed as it split on party lines.

In response, News Corp admitted it was "too slow" to respond to the crisis.

But it insisted it had "acted on" the failings identified in the MPs report.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:33:10 PM EST
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It is only to be expected that Tories will remain deferential to power, however depraved its behaviour

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 02:59:57 AM EST
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and the actual report (pdf)

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/culture-media-sport/Final_Report_VOL_I_News_In t_and_Phone-hacking.pdf

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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:41:22 PM EST
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Phone hacking report: see how the select committee voted on each amendment | News | guardian.co.uk

The phone hacking report by the Commons culture, media and sport select committee is out today and it is pretty critical of both Rupert and James Murdoch, as well as many of the other players in the story so far.

Writing today, Dan Sabbagh and Josh Haliday say that

The Commons culture, media and sport select committee also concluded that James Murdoch showed "wilful ignorance" of the extent of phone hacking during 2009 and 2010 - in a highly charged document that saw MPs split on party lines as regards the two Murdochs

So, how did those votes split? The MPs voted on 16 separate amendments to the report, many of which changed the text of large chunks of it. So, how did they split?



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:51:16 PM EST
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BBC News - Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen dies

Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen has died in the US, aged 26, Norway's swimming federation says.

He was found collapsed in a shower late on Monday after training in Flagstaff, Arizona, Norwegian media say. Officials said he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Emergency services arrived at the scene within minutes but were unable to revive him.

Dale Oen won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in Shanghai in July 2011.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:33:50 PM EST
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Eurozone crisis live: May Day austerity protests in Greece; Venizelos warns euro membership at risk | Business | guardian.co.uk

A group of peaceful demonstrators gathered outside the Athens parliament today to protest against the far-right Golden Dawn party.

Echoing Evangelos Venizelos's warning about voting for fascist groups, they condemned the party as 'Nazis'. Golden Dawn is deeply opposed to immigrants, and has been blamed for fuelling violence against them.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:38:22 PM EST
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Occupy movement takes over parts of London Stock Exchange | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Around 50 activists have occupied parts of the London Stock Exchange and Paternoster square as part of May Day protests in London.

Members of the Occupy movement and Anonymous - better known for its online hacking activities - have also erected a number of tents inside the square which is privately owned and the subject of a previous court injunction banning occupation protests.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:52:48 PM EST
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French elections: Sarkozy courts far-right at alternative May Day rally | World news | The Guardian

Nicolas Sarkozy has stepped up his appeal to France's far-right by lauding national identity, borders and French Christian heritage at a vast open-air rally in the shadow of the Eiffel tower.

But the French president was dealt a serious blow by Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, who told her supporters she would not vote for him.

Tens of thousands of Sarkozy's flag-waving supporters, many of them party activists bussed in from the provinces by his rightwing UMP party, turned out at Paris's Trocadero in front of an imposing backdrop of the Eiffel tower.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:53:07 PM EST
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France's Le Pen refuses to endorse Sarkozy - Europe - Al Jazeera English

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has delivered a further blow to President Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of re-election by refusing to endorse him and telling her six million supporters to make their own choice at Sunday's ballot.

"I will not grant my trust, or a mandate, to these two candidates," she told supporters on Tuesday at an annual commemoration of Joan of Arc, the national saint her group favours to the May Day celebrations held by international labour and leftist parties.

"On Sunday, I will cast a blank ballot."



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:54:34 PM EST
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Socialists don't know 'real work': Sarkozy's desperate Mayday call | Les blogs

While the rest of Europe prances around a maypole or reaches for the Alka-Seltzer, the good people of France spend their national holiday and day off work celebrating, er, work. It's a historic pastime for the continent's most passionate strikers - May 1st represents the day they gained the right to paid holiday (way back in 1936) - and has been described as a "religious feast" for the country's almighty trade unions. Indeed. It's like Christmas for lefties.

 

So what on earth was stalwart conservative and master of bling-bling, Nicolas Sarkozy, doing gatecrashing the party with his own rally on their sacred day?



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 May 1st, 2012 at 04:08:47 PM EST
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Le Parti de gauche propose un «bouclier anti-droites» à Martine Aubry - Libération Left Party proposes a "anti-right-wing shield" to Martine Aubry - Liberation
La coprésidente du Parti de gauche, Martine Billard, a écrit à Martine Aubry pour proposer au Parti socialiste un «accord national» ou «bouclier anti-droites» pour les élections législatives des 10 et 17 juin.Co-chair of the Left Party, Martine Billard, wrote to Martine Aubry to offer the Socialist Party a "national accord" or "anti-right shield" for elections of 10 and 17 June
«Nous proposons un accord national plutôt qu'une discussion au cas par cas localement où les considérations et contentieux liés aux personnes pourraient être destructeurs», écrit la députée de Paris dans ce courrier daté de dimanche et rendu public mardi. "We offer a national agreement rather than focus on an individual basis where local considerations and litigation related to people could be destructive" , the member for Paris wrote in the letter dated Sunday and released Tuesday.
«Nous vous proposons», ajoute-t-elle, «de former un bouclier électoral commun contre la droite et l'extrême droite» sans conditions d'accord programmatique comme l'a fait déjà Jean-Luc Mélenchon en vue du deuxième tour de la présidentielle. Retrait "We offer" , says she, "to form a shield against the common electoral right and the extreme right" without a political program accord, as did Jean-Luc Melenchon already for the second round of presidential elections. Withdrawal
Martine Billard propose ce «bouclier anti-droites» en quatre points. «En cas de triangulaire impliquant deux candidats de gauche, le plus mal placé se retire au profit du premier», suggère-t-elle d'abord. Ensuite, «là où la gauche risque d'être éliminée du second tour» elle souhaite «un accord national pour des candidatures uniques de la gauche au premier tour». Troisièmement, pour éviter «une sous-représentation du Front de gauche», elle propose d'«anticiper» la proportionnelle prévue dans le programme de François Hollande «dans la répartition des candidatures uniques» pour que «toutes les forces de gauche» aient «la garantie minimale d'être représentées à l'Assemblée nationale».Martine Billard offers this "anti-right shield" in four points. "If there is a triangular second round involving two candidates of the left, the second placed candidate withdraws in favor of the first" , she suggests first. Then "where the left may be eliminated in the second round" she wants "a national agreement for a sole candidate of the left in the first round" . Third, to avoid "under-representation of the Left Front" , she proposes to "anticipate" the proportional representation foreseen in the program of Francois Hollande "in the distribution of single candidatures" for "all left forces "have " minimum guarantee to be represented in the National Assembly ".
Enfin, dernier point, que «les députés de toute la gauche s'engagent à ne voter aucune motion de censure proposée par la droite». Après l'élection présidentielle, l'«affrontement avec le Front national et une droite sous influence va s'intensifier à l'occasion des élections législatives», s'inquiète-t-elle, plaidant pour une «coopération loyale et respectueuse, face au danger».And last, that "members of the entire left undertake not to vote any no-confidence motion proposed by the right" . After the presidential election, the "confrontation with the National Front and a right under the influence will intensify in the legislative elections" , worries she, advocating for "sincere cooperation and respects, the face of danger ".
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, ex-candidat du Front de gauche qui regroupe le Parti de gauche et le PCF, a proposé au PS, au lendemain du premier tour, de négocier sur les circonscriptions aux législatives. Il avait affirmé samedi dernier avoir eu Martine Aubry au téléphone à ce sujet.Jean-Luc Melenchon, former candidate of the Left Front that includes the Left Party and the PCF, offered to negotiate with the PS on legislative districts after the first round [of the presidential election]. He said last Saturday he had spoken to Martine Aubry on the phone about it.

(my bold) : the rest is just window-dressing (for example, there is never any question of maintaining two left-wing candidates in a second round!)

So now there will be an indecent scramble to scratch a few PS candidates (and, probably, Green candidates) to make room for some PDG candidates.

It took me a while to realise this, but it looks like this is Martine Billard negotiating on behalf of the Parti de Gauche, not the Front de Gauche. Perhaps I'm over-reading, but this would mean that Mélenchon's electoral cartel has broken down because of divergences between the PCF and the rest. The PCF have been cutting deals with the PS for decades, but Mélenchon had been talking tough until the first round. But unfortunately, the FDG is not strong enough to win a significant number of first rounds against the PS.

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

by eurogreen on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 04:19:03 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Briefing: Europe's anti-austerity day
Labour Day turned into an occasion of mass protests against austerity programmes all over southern Europe; even Germany's trade union leaders said this was no time for austerity but stimulus; Italy kickstarted the next austerity phase with a programme €4.2bn of spending cuts; the campaign for the fiscal treaty in Ireland has started; Gideon Rachman says there is no alternative to austerity, as the financial markets won't have it any other way; Philip Lane cites five reasons in support of the fiscal pact; a German new report says EIB's capital is to be increased by €10bn, which would raise the headroom for lending by €60bn; Merkel says there must no extra fiscal spending to fund growth initiatives; Ecofin starts discussions on implementation of Basel III today; there was more statistical evidence of a faster-than-forecast decline in Greek economic activity during February and March; Samaras promises to halve unemployment in three years; a study shows that Irish house prices are undervalued by 12-26%; Angela Merkel provokes her coalition partner by proposing to extend the minimum wage; Cyprus' new central bank chief, meanwhile, withdrew comments that Germany should exit from the eurozone.


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 May 2nd, 2012 at 05:47:53 AM EST
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about the widely-predicted "Attack on France" that we're supposed to get next week.

"The market" dislikes austerity; conversely, it can be supposed to like growth. If the election of Hollande is perceived as a turning point in the Growth vs Austerity debate, there is no need for it to be a negative event for French bonds, or whatever the object of the attack is supposed to be.

Though I guess these things are self-fuelled : if enough speculators short the object in question, then it will go down.

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

by eurogreen on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 08:40:35 AM EST
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Eurointelligence: Gideon Rachman says there is no alternative to austerity, as the financial markets won't have it any other way;

Eurogreen: "The market" dislikes austerity; conversely, it can be supposed to like growth.

Are we confused yet?

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 May 2nd, 2012 at 08:51:31 AM EST
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Ah, you misunderstand, things like growth and austerity are given as excuses, not reasons for market behaviour.

What they want is more deregulation and economic neoliberal orthodoxy. If they get that, then their plunder may continue unchecked and they remain happy. If they don't get that, then they'll complain mightily about how nasty government are inhibiting innovation and strangling the economy.

Heads they win, tails we lose. Twas always ever thus, it's just a lot more so these days

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 08:54:05 AM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 1st, 2012 at 03:07:50 PM EST
BBC News - BP profits slip in first quarter

Oil giant BP has reported a slip in first quarter profits.

It made $4.9bn (£3bn) in replacement cost profit - profit stripping out the effect of oil and other price movements - for the first three months of this year compared with $5.6bn a year ago.

BP is shrinking in size after being forced to sell fields after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:56:41 PM EST
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Australian billionaire to build Titanic II - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

A billionaire in Australia has announced plans to build an "unsinkable" version of the Titanic, 100 years after the original ship sank after hitting an iceberg.

The Titanic II, announced on Monday, is expected to retrace the steps of its predecessor with a maiden voyage from England to North America in late 2016.

"It is going to be designed so it won't sink", Clive Palmer, a mining and tourism tycoon told reporters.

"It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn't happen."



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:58:19 PM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 1st, 2012 at 03:08:12 PM EST
Obama makes surprise Afghanistan trip on anniversary of Bin Laden's death | World news | guardian.co.uk

President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement charting future relations with the country, making the secret trip on the first anniversary of the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Obama plans to deliver a televised address to Americans later on Tuesday.

The US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement will set conditions for a US presence there after a 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of most Nato combat forces.

As he fights for his re-election, Obama is seeking to portray his foreign policy record as a success.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:52:16 PM EST
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Troops battle for control of Mali's capital - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Heavy gunfire has erupted in Mali's capital, Bamako, on the second day of fighting between forces backing the country's new military rulers and soldiers loyal to former President Amadou Toumani Toure.

Shooting cracked out from the direction of the state television building on Tuesday, witnesses said, and people were reported to be fleeing the area.

Fighting overnight had claimed at least 14 lives, according to hospital sources who said casualties were on both sides. 

Soldiers loyal to Captain Amadou Sanogo, who led the March 22 coup, insisted that important installations in the capital remained in their hands following a counter-coup attempt.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:54:57 PM EST
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MPs killed in central Somalia suicide attack - Africa - Al Jazeera English

At least six people, including three members of parliament, have been killed in a suicide attack in central Somalia, authorities in the town of Dhuusa Marreeb have said.

The suicide attack on Tuesday targeted a cafe where government and military officials were meeting, said a legislator who escaped the strike.

Parliamentarian Dahir Amin Jesow said several other parliamentarians and military officials were among the wounded, some seriously.

Al-Sunna Wal Jama'a, the Sufi militia which controls much of Galgadud, said the suicide attacker was among the dead.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:55:13 PM EST
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UN says Syrian army still using heavy weapons - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
Syrian security forces have kept heavy weapons in cities in breach of a UN-brokered cessation of hostilities, but the
government and opposition both have committed truce violations, a top UN official has said.

The 24 unarmed military observers now in Syria have seen Howitzer guns, armoured personnel carriers and other weaponry in cities, Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief, told a press conference on Tuesday at UN headquarters.

Ladsous insisted, however, that the monitors were having an effect in cities where they have been allowed to go.


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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:55:36 PM EST
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US judge rules Strauss-Kahn case may proceed - Americas - Al Jazeera English

A New York judge has said a hotel maid's legal case, claiming that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had sexually assaulted her, can move forward to a trial.

Douglas McKeon, Bronx Supreme Court Justice, on Tuesday rejected Strauss-Kahn's argument that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity at the time of the May 14 encounter with Nafissatou Diallo.

Strauss-Kahn says lawyers argued that he should be immune from the civil legal case, which was filed about three months later.

That "may seem like an unfair result to some, but it's the result the law compels", Strauss-Kahn attorney lawyer Amit P Mehta said at a hearing in March.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:55:58 PM EST
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India ferry disaster leaves scores dead - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

An overcrowded ferry has capsized during a storm in northeast India, leaving at least 103 people dead and about 100 others still missing, police has said.

Rescue workers fought heavy wind and rain to search for survivors in the Brahmaputra River in Assam state early on Tuesday amid the floating debris.

Heavy winds and rain after the accident hampered rescue operations, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Assam's top elected official, said.

Women and children were among the passengers on the double-decker ferry, which was said to be packed with about 300 people.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:58:44 PM EST
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IDF closes probe into Israeli air strike that killed 21 members of Gaza family - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Israel's military prosecution announced Tuesday that no legal steps will be taken against those responsible for the killing of 21 members of the Samouni family during the 2009 Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

A letter was received by the human rights group B'Tselem from Major Dorit Tuval, Deputy Military Advocate for Operational Matters. Tuval said that the case has been closed after the investigation has found that the attack on the civilians, "who did not take part in the fighting," and their killing were not done knowingly and directly, or out of haste and negligence "in a manner that would indicate criminal responsibility.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 04:00:14 PM EST
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Did anyone expect anything different ? Seriously ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 03:03:27 AM EST
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Yair Lapid unveils plan to integrate ultra-Orthodox into the IDF - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Knesset candidate Yair Lapid unveiled his proposal for an alternative to the Tal Law, on Tuesday. The proposal includes a five year draft exemption for ultra-Orthodox men, instead sending them into the workforce. During that period, a foundation for ultra-Orthodox civil service would be established as well, ready to absorb youths that will not be drafted into the Israel Defense Forces.

Lapid presented his ideas at an event launching his political party, "Yesh Atid," (There is a future, in English) at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. According to Lapid, "our model is different from the ones presented by Kadima and Likud. It is the result of months of work." Lapid also addressed the ultra-Orthodox. "We do not hate you. There is no anti-Haredi message here. Frankly, we can no longer fund you, and we can no longer serve this country alone," said Lapid.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 04:01:15 PM EST
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Report: Egypt foils Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

An attempt to kidnap and assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Cairo by a group of Iranians was thwarted on Tuesday, a high-ranking Saudi official said.

According to Muhammad Jamal Adin, who serves as the legal adviser to the Saudi embassy in Egypt, a group of Iranians attempted to kidnap Ambassador Ahmad Qatan, days after the same group attempted to break into the Saudi embassy



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 May 1st, 2012 at 04:01:43 PM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 1st, 2012 at 03:08:41 PM EST
Japan tsunami debris moves towards US and Canada | World news | The Guardian

Wreckage from Japan's tsunami - fishing gear and furniture, footballs and ships - has swept across the Pacific far faster than expected, with thousands of tonnes projected to land on North American shores this year.

Scientists believe lighter objects such as buoys and oil drums began reaching land last November or December. The rest is spread over thousands of miles of ocean between the Midway atoll and the northern islands of Hawaii.

About 95% will probably never come ashore and is destined for that massive swirl of floating plastic known as the north Pacific garbage patch. The remaining fraction is due to reach the west coast of the US and Canada in October.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:43:25 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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:09:03 PM EST
Zuckerberg: Now share your organs with Facebook friends * The Register

Facebook is about "connecting and sharing" - especially now it can help you donate your internal organs, Mark Zuckerberg announced today.

Describing it as "a life-saving initiative", the tousle-haired CEO officially announced a special button for people wanting to tell their friends that they are organ donors.

"Became a organ donor" has been added to the list of health-related life events that a Facebooker can add to their "Timeline" alongside "buying new glasses" and "weight loss". Logging your philanthropic wishes for your internals has been made easier and will automatically sync to your permanent profile information making it easier for your friends to see.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 04:07:14 PM EST
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Boy, he's jumped the shark at a young age...
by asdf on Tue May 1st, 2012 at 06:14:58 PM EST
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The article is poorly written, but the text at least makes it clear that the initiative is just about initiating "broader awareness about organ donation" -- not actually donating organs to Facebook friends.
by Andhakari on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 12:45:12 AM EST
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Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi * The Register

Pictures and details of a stripped-back ultra-compact desktop computer from Intel have hit the web.

Packing a Core i3 or Core i5 processor socket on a 10cm-by-10cm board, the hand-sized Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) doesn't feature a touchscreen nor a keyboard, although it is one of the smallest complete x86-compatible computers on the market. It's more like an Apple TV in terms of form factor, it's smaller than Mini-ITX boards and yet larger than the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi.

The NUC is destined for kiosks and digital signs, rather than mass sale to the schoolchildren targeted by the UK-designed Pi, but it could find a corner under tellies or in classrooms.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 04:07:32 PM EST
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Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things : NPR

Typically when we hear about large frauds, we assume the perpetrators were driven by financial incentives. But psychologists and economists say financial incentives don't fully explain it. They're interested in another possible explanation: Human beings commit fraud because human beings like each other.

We like to help each other, especially people we identify with. And when we are helping people, we really don't see what we are doing as unethical.

Lamar Pierce, an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, points to the case of emissions testers. Emissions testers are supposed to test whether or not your car is too polluting to stay on the road. If it is, they're supposed to fail you. But in many cases, emissions testers lie.

"Somewhere between 20 percent and 50 percent of cars that should fail are passed -- are illicitly passed," Pierce says.

Financial incentives can explain some of that cheating. But Pierce and psychologist Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School say that doesn't fully capture it.



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 08:15:45 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 1st, 2012 at 03:09:29 PM EST
Turner prize shortlist welcomes Nobson and Spartacus, via voting hell | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

There are several things noteworthy about performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd: she renamed herself after the gladiator partly to annoy people, she claims to live and work in a south-London nudist colony, she once reinvented Jabba the Hutt as a smooth-talking ladies' man and as of today she is one of four people shortlisted for this year's Turner prize.

Chetwynd, who stages humourous and thought-provoking pieces of what could be called hallucinatory folk theatre, joins two film-makers - Elizabeth Price and Luke Fowler - and Paul Noble who has spent the last 16 years on an elaborate technical drawing project based around a fictional metropolis called Nobson Newtown.

The four artists are on the list for the 28th year of the £40,000 prize (the winner receives £25,000) which returns to London following last year's trip to Gateshead, where it prompted record crowds at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 03:10:35 PM EST
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John Peel's record collection: the first look | Music | The Guardian
In his unfinished, posthumously published autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes, there is a photograph of John Peel "compiling the running order for his programme in his room at home". It is notable largely because of the state of the room itself, which, while an improvement on Peel's infamously squalid office at Radio 1 - where five years' worth of Christmas cards hung from the ceiling, and his office-mate Andy Kershaw was obliged to conduct his business seated on an upturned rubbish bin - still looks like total chaos. Quite aside from the pair of trainers and what appears to be a Rastafarian's tam attached to the ceiling, the problem is the CDs and the records. They are everywhere: on the shelves, in boxes, on the floor, on top of the boxes on the floor, submerging a chair, wedging the late DJ into what looks to be about two square feet of floor space. And yet, according to his widow Sheila Ravenscroft, this photograph documents the first stage in a complicated and scrupulous filing system that Peel had maintained for his record collection since 1969. "Oh, he was absolutely meticulous. Obsessive. A lot of the rest of his life was chaotic, but when it came to music, he could tell straightaway if someone had taken something and put it back in the wrong place." She smiles. "You wouldn't think so, looking at his room."


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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 1st, 2012 at 03:40:05 PM EST
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In praise of ... John Peel | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
Because for nearly 40 years he was on Radio 1 and became the most subversive fixture in pop broadcasting. Because he's one of the few radio DJs who never stopped listening to demos, or buying albums. Because when the people putting his record collection online (a process that began yesterday) get to the letter F, the number of Fall rarities will be mind-boggling. Because of the regularity with which he wouldplayrecordsatthewrongspeed before correcting the mistake. Because he took the trouble to count up the votes for his Festive 50.


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 May 1st, 2012 at 06:32:14 PM EST
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Roy Hodgson named English manager on four-year deal - Football - FRANCE 24

Roy Hodgson was hired as England's oldest national team coach Tuesday, six weeks before the European Championship.

The Football Association said the 64-year-old West Bromwich Albion manager signed a four-year deal, taking him through to the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

"It is the most important job in English football ... and a privilege to take the job," Hodgson said.

He will leave West Brom at the end of the season on May 13 to lead England into the Euros in Poland and Ukraine.



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 May 1st, 2012 at 04:09:21 PM EST
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Just as when the FA chose Ron Greenwood over Brian clough, they have now favoured the blazer-friendly manager who won't frighten the bean counters over the brilliant but possibly scary manager who might actually win us something.

I'm not saying Hodgson is a bd manager, far from it. It's not as if we're ever going to win anything ever again, but we'd have had more fun with 'Arry

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 03:09:00 AM EST
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Im sure the main reason reporters have been negative is that none of them predicted that he would get the job.

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 May 2nd, 2012 at 04:08:35 AM EST
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Further, there's plenty of reasons not to choose Harry Redknapp, most notable being that his biggest managerial talent has been his wheeling and dealing. Which is harder to do as England manager.

Although if he could swindle Spain into giving us Cesc Fabregas in return for Frank Lampard, it would help, I suppose.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 05:25:44 AM EST
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did hear some sports journalists saying that Harry would have a contact in the passport office who could provide paperwork that proved that anyone had a grandmother from Huddersfield

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 12:35:54 PM EST
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La fête de Julien Dray avec DSK crée la polémique - LibérationThe party of Julien Dray with DSK creates controversy - Libération
Le député PS Julien Dray a convié samedi soir dans un bar parisien Ségolène Royal, Manuel Valls et Pierre Moscovici notamment, pour fêter son anniversaire mais sans les avertir de la présence de Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ce qui a provoqué le départ de certains d'entre eux.The PS member of parliament Julien Dray invited Saturday night in a Parisian bar Segolene Royal, Manuel Valls and Pierre Moscovici, among others, to celebrate his birthday but did not warn of the presence of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which caused the departure of some of them.
Cette rencontre a été révélée samedi soir sur Twitter par le journaliste du Point, Saïd Mahrane, qui a posté sur son compte deux photos, l'une de DSK et l'autre de Manuel Valls, directeur de la communication de François Hollande. Ces photos ne les montrent pas ensemble. Julien Dray fêtait son anniversaire dans un bar de la rue Saint-Denis, mais n'avait pas prévenu les autres invités de la venue de l'ancien directeur général du Fond monétaire international, a-t-on indiqué au PS.This meeting was revealed Saturday night on Twitter by journalist of Le Point magazine, MAHRANE Said, who posted on her Twitter stream two pictures, one of DSK and the other of Manuel Valls, director of communications for Francois Hollande. These photos do not show them together. Julien Dray was celebrating his birthday in a bar in the Rue Saint-Denis, but did not warn the other guests of the coming of the former Director General of International Monetary Fund, it was said by the PS.
On a affirmé qu'en l'apprenant Ségolène Royal, Manuel Valls et Pierre Moscovici, directeur de la campagne de François Hollande, étaient repartis aussitôt et n'avaient «pas croisé» Dominique Strauss-Kahn. «Dire que j'aurais rencontré Dominique Strauss-Kahn à cette occasion serait diffamatoire», a prévenu Ségolène Royal. «Inadmissible»It was said that when they learned of his presence, Segolene Royal, Manuel Valls and Pierre Moscovici, campaign director of Francois Hollande, left immediately and "did not meet" Dominique Strauss-Kahn. "To say I have met with Dominique Strauss-Kahn on this occasion would be defamatory" , Segolene Royal warned. "Unacceptable"
«Je suis allée dans ce bar avec ma fille fêter l'anniversaire de Julien Dray, nos enfants sont amis, mais je ne savais pas que Dominique Strauss-Kahn était également invité. En l'apprenant, nous sommes tout de suite reparties et nous ne l'avons pas croisé», a-t-elle ajouté, en soulignant que Manuel Valls en avait fait autant. Elle a jugé «inadmissible» que Julien Dray ne lui ai rien dit avant. "I went into this bar with my daughter celebrated the anniversary of Julien Dray, our children are friends, but I did not know that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was also invited. On hearing this, we immediately leftand we did not meet", she added, noting that Manuel Valls did the same. She said it was "unacceptable" that Julien Dray did not tell them anything before.
Plusieurs autres sources, dont une de l'entourage de Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ont affirmé Manuel Valls et Pierre Moscovici n'avaient pas quitté le bar en apprenant la venue de l'ex directeur général du FMI, mais avaient longuement parlé avec lui et son épouse Anne Sinclair.Several other sources, including one of the entourage of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said Manuel Valls and Pierre Moscovici had not left the bar on learning the arrival of former IMF chief, but had spoken at length with him and his wife Anne Sinclair.

From other sources, it appears the "bar" in question is some sort of sex club.Well done Monsieur Dray! There goes his portfolio.

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

by eurogreen on Wed May 2nd, 2012 at 10:07:48 AM EST
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