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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 10 June

by afew Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:26:49 PM EST

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:43:15 AM EST
BBC News - Greeks march against far-right party Golden Dawn

Thousands have protested in Greece against the far-right Golden Dawn party after one of its members assaulted a woman on live TV.

Demonstrators shouted "Neo-Nazis out" in rallies called by left-wing and anti-racism groups in Athens.

On Thursday, Ilias Kasidiaris, a Golden Dawn MP, was filmed hitting a left-wing politician during a chatshow.

The rally comes nine days before elections which could result in a Greek exit from the Eurozone.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:33:50 PM EST
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Very good.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 10:30:35 PM EST
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I read somewhere that up to half the police vote for Golden Dawn, which should worry people

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 05:43:05 AM EST
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Not shocking based on their behavior so far.  Not as worrying as heavy military support would be, but, yeah, still not good.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 08:23:11 AM EST
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BBC News - Denmark approves same-sex marriage and church weddings

Denmark has become the latest country to approve same-sex marriage.

The law was passed with an overwhelming majority in parliament, and also covers weddings in the Church of Denmark.

Denmark was the first country in the world to recognise civil partnerships for same-sex couples in 1989.

However, no further steps were taken under the previous centre-right government, while other countries have passed laws extending marriage to same-sex couples.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:34:06 PM EST
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Spanish bailout could reach 100 billion euros: sources | Reuters

(Reuters) - A bailout for Spain's teetering banks, once requested by Madrid, could amount to as much as 100 billion euros, two senior EU sources told Reuters on Saturday.

Spain has not yet made a formal request for European aid but it could come during a conference call of euro zone finance ministers, the sources, who were both on an earlier call to discuss the technicalities of a rescue, said.

"A decision on Spain will only be taken ... by the ministers (in a second call). Madrid has not officially asked for help yet," one of the officials said. "The statement will mention 100 billion euros as an upper limit."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:51:14 PM EST
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Spain to get bank bailout that may run up to €100bn | World news | The Observer

Spain has recognised it was unable to rescue its ailing banks alone and accepted a European bailout of up to €100bn to join Greece, Ireland and Portugal in requesting outside aid to survive Europe's debt crisis.

European leaders hope a bailout of Spain's troubled savings banks will prevent a wider deterioration of the eurozone's fourth largest economy, which is paying punishing interest rates on borrowed money and is key to the survival of the single currency.

It remained unclear, however, exactly how much of the €100bn Spain would need, with economy minister Luis de Guindos saying that it preferred to wait for two independent reports on its banking system. "The €100bn sum is a maximum figure," he stressed. "It includes a considerable margin of security."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:09:28 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:14:16 PM EST
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What is Hollande going to do? Is he going to rob the poor and pay the ponzi players? Finnish "left" has already said yes.
by kjr63 on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 06:17:57 AM EST
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German FM: 'Europe and the euro are healthy' - Talk to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera English
Can Europe survive? Or is its collapse just a matter of time?

We put these questions to Germany's most senior diplomat, Guido Westerwelle, on this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera.

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:54:25 PM EST
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The danger of dictating to Germany | The Great Debate UK

Having been bullied into swallowing European monetary union in 1998, the Germans are today being pressured on all sides into agreeing to one or more of a range of reforms - burden-sharing, Eurobonds, fiscal union, debt mutualisation, a banking union, joint deposit insurance  - all of which amount to the same underlying reality: Germany foots the bill.

But beyond the economics of these different proposals, there are more important concerns. If a political explosion is to be avoided, Germany must extricate itself from the mess as quickly and cheaply as possible, recapitalising the country's own banking system and selling euro zone exit to its voters as a loss-cutting exercise: sunk-costs, a salutary lesson.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 03:55:24 PM EST
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Bullied?! It was German recalcitrance that foisted upon Europe the disaster that is the EMU. They refused anything that might have enabled the EMU to actually work. It was dangerous folly to proceed with such terms. Funny how, to date, those terms have all worked to the advantage of German elites of wealth. Yeah, they really got bullied.

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 Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 07:37:35 PM EST
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The Local - France nears recession as growth outlook cut

The Bank of France cut its growth estimate for French growth on Friday, saying the eurozone's second biggest economy would now likely contract by 0.1 percent in the second quarter.

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The central bank previously expected growth to be essentially flat in the three months from April through June. If the figures are confirmed it would be the first quarterly contraction since France pulled out of recession in 2009.

A second contraction in the third quarter would mean that France joined other EU countries like Britain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain in recession.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:26:10 PM EST
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On Facebook someone asked if there is a german language edition of a biography or something similiar of Hollande.

What biographies are there? If I can find out the major ones, I can probably find out what is or will be translated.

by IM on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 08:12:12 AM EST
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I don't think there is what can be called a major biography in French, but there are these recent works:

Serge Raffy, François Hollande, Itinéraire secret

Marie-Eve Malouines, François Hollande ou la force du gentil

Michel Richard, François Hollande, l'inattendu

Stéphane Bugat, Le Président Hollande : ses équipes, ses réseaux, ses projets

Corinne Delpuech, Christine Pouget, François Hollande. De la Corrèze à l'Elysée

I haven't read any of them, so cannot comment.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 10:20:30 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:43:39 AM EST
China's Slowing Inflation, Output Growth Add Stimulus Pressure - Bloomberg

China's consumer prices rose the least in two years in May and industrial output and retail sales trailed estimates, adding pressure for more stimulus after the first interest-rate cut in three years.

Inflation slowed to 3 percent from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday, compared with the 3.2 percent median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey. Production increased 9.6 percent, lower than a projected 9.8 percent gain, and retail sales climbed 13.8 percent, the Beijing-based bureau said in separate statements.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 03:58:09 PM EST
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Nokia Advances Most in Five Months on Takeover Speculation - Bloomberg

Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the mobile-phone maker struggling to recover lost market share, jumped the most in five months as investors speculated the company may receive a takeover bid.

The stock advanced 6 percent, the most since Jan. 5, to close at 2.36 euros in Helsinki.

Nokia had declined 41 percent this year before today as consumers snapped up Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones and smartphones running on Google Inc.'s Android software. Espoo, Finland-based Nokia is rebuilding its smartphone business around the Windows Phone software from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), which has been speculated to be a possible acquirer, Exane BNP Paribas said today in a note.

"A lot of names have been mentioned as potential bidders," said Bo Nordberg, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity Ltd. in London. "I am sure someone is looking at it, but it is not particularly compelling. Even among the analyst community the feeling is quite skeptical about the outlook for the company."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 03:59:39 PM EST
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Big U.S. Banks Brace for Moody's Downgrades - WSJ.com

Banks, bond issuers and investors are bracing for aftershocks from a wave of bank downgrades expected to hit the U.S. as soon as the coming week.

Moody's Investors Service has said it is likely to reduce by the end of June credit ratings for 17 large global banks, including five of the six biggest U.S. financial firms by assets. The downgrades are expected to raise borrowing costs and crimp some lucrative trading businesses at the banks, including at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:04:54 PM EST
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Credit ratings: how Fitch, Moody's and S&P rate each country . Visualised - with a spreadsheet | News | guardian.co.uk

How do credit ratings vary by country and by ratings agencies? Fitch has slashed Spain's sovereign credit rating to BBB from A and given the country a negative outlook.

The credit rating agency announced the decision yesterday citing "the high fiscal cost of restructuring and recapitalizing the Spanish banking sector, and the likelihood that Spain will remain in recession through 2013" as the major factors precipitating the downgrade.

Larry Elliott, Heather Stewart and Josephine Moulds write:

Fitch said mistakes at a European level that had allowed the debt crisis to escalate were in part to blame for its decision to cut Spain's credit rating by three notches to just above junk bond status.

The move - which follows the pattern that led to Greece, Ireland and Portugal needing help from Europe and the International Monetary Fund - makes it harder and more expensive for Spain to borrow money on the world's financial markets.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:15:32 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:43:57 AM EST
Veiled suicide bomber kills four French soldiers in Afghanistan | Reuters

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber dressed in a burqa blew himself up near a French patrol in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing four soldiers and wounding five as the Taliban step up a spring offensive.

The attack - one of the deadliest on the French contingent in months - occurred in the mountainous Kapisa province in the east of the country, an area mainly patrolled by a French force under NATO command.

"It was an unfortunate incident. There was a patrol of coalition soldiers in a small bazaar and they were attacked by a suicide bomber wearing a burqa," Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told Reuters.

French President Francois Hollande restated his plan to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by end-2012, well before NATO allies, as he offered condolences to the victims' families.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:56:02 AM EST
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Ivory Coast vows manhunt for ambush attackers - Africa - Al Jazeera English

The government of Ivory Coast has promised to launch a manhunt for the attackers who killed eight civilians and seven United Nations peacekeepers.

The attack took place late Friday night in the country's southwest, according to a statement from the UN. "As per our information, at least eight civilians were killed, including a woman," Anouk Desgroseilliers, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told AFP news agency on Saturday.

She said that Friday's simultaneous raids on several villages near the town of Tai close to the Liberian border sparked an "immediate" exodus.

"Hundreds of people have arrived in Tai and one can imagine that thousands of others are on the road," she said. "Thirty-five families have crossed the border" into Liberia, she said.

The manhunt will involve troops from the Ivory Coast and Liberia, as well as UN forces. Paul Koffi Koffi, Ivory Coast's deputy defence minister, described them as "militiamen or mercenaries," and said the operation would start next week because his troops need time to prepare and gather equipment.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:55:40 PM EST
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Australian ICC lawyer arrested in Libya - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Libya has arrested an Australian lawyer from the International Criminal Court for trying to pass "dangerous" documents to Saif al-Islam, detained son of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"During a visit [to Saif on Friday], the lawyer tried to deliver documents to the accused, documents that have nothing to do with his case and that represent a danger to the security of Libya," said Ahmed al-Jehani, the Libyan lawyer in charge of the Saif al-Islam case and who liaises between the government and the Hague-based ICC.

The lawyer, named as Melinda Taylor, was part of a four-member ICC delegation that received permission from Libya's chief prosecutor to visit Saif in Zintan, southwest of Tripoli, where he is being detained.

Jehani said she is "under house arrest in Zintan, not in prison," and is being questioned by the authorities.

Ajmi al-Atiri, the commander of the brigade that arrested Saif, confirmed at a news conference in Zintan on Saturday that there had been "a security breach" during the ICC visit, and that the lawyer had been detained for questioning.

He said the delegation came on Thursday and that Taylor visited Saif with a female interpreter, who had claimed to be a nurse and was found to be in possession of a camera when searched by a policewomen. He also said there was an attempt to exchange documents, including a letter from Saif accusing the militia of mistreating him.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:56:46 PM EST
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Washington's Asia Pivot Gains Momentum - Jim Lobe - IPS
WASHINGTON, Jun 8, 2012 (IPS) - The much-anticipated U.S. "pivot" from the Greater Middle East to the Asia/Pacific accelerated this week, which began with Pentagon chief Leon Panetta's high-profile, nine-day swing through the region and ended with a White House summit between Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino.

For the first time, Panetta put some meat on the bones of the promised military "rebalancing" - the new phrase favoured by the administration - by declaring at a major regional military meeting in Singapore that the U.S. Navy will deploy 60 percent of its global forces, including six aircraft carrier battle groups, to the Asia/Pacific region by 2020, as compared to the current 50 percent.

In addition, Washington intends to increase the number and size of its military exercises and port visits to friendly countries in the region, according to Panetta.

"Make no mistake - in a steady, deliberate, and sustainable way, the United States military is rebalancing and bringing an enhanced capability to this vital region," he declared. "We were there then, we are here now, and we will be here for the future."
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:59:41 PM EST
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I expect to see, in future years, Chinese fleets in the Caribbean and perhaps a base in Cuba...

China has a low-profile but important physical military presence in Latin America , including military police in Haiti since September 2004, as well as a reported presence in at least three Soviet-era monitoring facilities: Lourdes, Bejucal,1 and Santiago de Cuba.2
In addition, the presence of Chinese logistics companies in major ports of the region could facilitate operations by the PRC in the region should relations between the United States and the PRC significantly worsen in the coming decades.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 08:33:23 PM EST
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Russia Says Syrian Conference Needed to Escape Civil War - Bloomberg

Syria is sliding toward full-scale civil war, reinforcing the "urgent" need for an international conference to pressure both sides of the conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"You have to force them to sit down at the negotiating table after first halting the violence," Lavrov told reporters in Moscow today. "That's the point of this conference."

International efforts are failing to halt intensifying violence as the 15-month uprising against President Bashar al- Assad's government deteriorates into sectarian violence.

Fighting intensified today in Damascus, with rebels firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a local power plant, the Associated Press reported, citing United Nations observers. At least 42 civilians were killed today in Syria outside Damascus, AP said, citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.- based activist group.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:02:51 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:44:22 AM EST
Waffling on climate change? Consult friends, not science | The Great Debate

A study published last week in Nature Climate Change, a leading, meticulously vetted journal of climate research, showed that the more scientifically literate people are, the less worried they are about climate change. "As respondents' science-literacy scores increased, concern with climate change decreased," wrote the study's authors, a group that includes researchers from Ohio State, George Washington University and Yale University.

The decrease is small, but what's telling is that the researchers didn't come up with the opposite result. You'd expect to see that as scientific literacy increased, so should the sense that climate change is a serious problem. That, after all, is what scientists have assumed in their warnings for more than two decades.

If smart people aren't relying on science to guide their climate-change views, the study did suggest a reason so many are willing to dismiss climate change: They belong to a social group that finds it advantageous to do so.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:59:18 AM EST
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Sweden may have to import garbage

A Swedish industry association said the country may have to start importing waste from other countries to keep its power plant incinerators in operation.

Swedish Waste Management said the 30 waste-to-energy incinerators in the country currently burn about 6.06 million tons of garbage each year, and planned expansions indicate the country would have to start importing 1.76 million tons of garbage from other countries each year to keep them in operation, The Local.se reported Thursday.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:13:14 PM EST
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Just how well to the Swedes capture heavy metals and other toxic elements in the flue from their incinerators?  

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 Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 07:47:57 PM EST
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And what they capture they have to bury, with the attendant threat to ground water. Incinerators alter the waste disposal problem, but they don't solve it.
by Andhakari on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 03:52:05 AM EST
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U.N.: Earth near 'biophysical limits'

Earth's environmental systems are nearly at "their biophysical limits," portending irreversible and possibly cataclysmic world changes, a U.N. report warns.

Environmental disasters ranging from arctic and antarctic sea ice and ice sheet shrinkage to Amazon rainforest deforestation, and from ozone depletion to an escalation of planetary toxins, are pushing the planet to an ecological tipping point that could change life as we know it, the U.N. Environment Program said in a report released in Rio de Janeiro.

"Scientific evidence shows that Earth systems are being pushed toward their biophysical limits, with evidence that these limits are close and have in some cases been exceeded," the Global Environment Outlook report said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:14:19 PM EST
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Billion-dollar Corporations Prioritize Energy Mix Strategy | Renewable Energy News Article

We conducted a telephone survey of executives involved in corporate energy strategy at 100 companies with revenues of US$1 billion or more. Questions focused on energy spend, types of energy used, energy strategy, and outlook.

The companies were those in energy-intensive sectors with a balanced global distribution. 72% have revenues exceeding US$1 billion, and 28% revenues of US$10 billion or more.  They are mostly spread between North America (35%), EMEIA (35%) and Asia-Pacific (30%). The largest industry groups are diversified industrial products (29%), retail and wholesale (16%) and automotive (9%).

(...) When asked to comment on their energy strategy objectives, the majority said:

    Cost reduction through efficiency was their primary concern
    Also key were energy conservation and minimizing their carbon footprint
    Many also have targets to meet a portion of their energy needs from renewable sources
    Ensuring reliability of energy supply is also key

Key challenges

Respondents said financing and capital issues related to energy mix projects was the biggest strategy implementation challenge:

    Financing and capital issues related to energy mix projects (47%)
    Identifying and accessing government grants and incentives (40%)
    Assessing and selecting technologies (39%)
    Measuring or tracking progress in meeting strategy objectives (37%)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 04:24:09 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:44:41 AM EST
A different drummer: Stanford engineers discover neural rhythms drive physical movement

Unlike their visual cousins, the neurons that control movement are not a predictable bunch. Scientists working to decode how such neurons convey information to muscles have been stymied when trying to establish a one-to-one relationship between a neuron's behavior and external factors such as muscle activity or movement velocity.

In an article published online June 3rd by the journal Nature, a team of electrical engineers and neuroscientists working at Stanford University propose a new theory of the brain activity behind arm movements.

Their theory is a significant departure from existing understanding and helps to explain, in relatively simple and elegant terms, some of the more perplexing aspects of the activity of neurons in motor cortex.

In their paper, electrical engineering Associate Professor Krishna Shenoy and post-doctoral researchers Mark Churchland, now a professor at Columbia, and John Cunningham of Cambridge University, now a professor at Washington University in Saint Louis, have shown that the brain activity controlling arm movement does not encode external spatial information-such as direction, distance and speed-but is instead rhythmic in nature.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:13:56 PM EST
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Fascinating !   Thank you for this.

I think this explains a couple of things I've always found baffling, one was how my toddler daughter got all the music of language long before she had the words. She would babble with all of the inflections of conversation as soon as she could walk.

And it may also explain my earliest memory, of learning to crawl, by realizing the trick was, "don't think about it, just do it". I had that idea before I had the words to express it. And crawled, forthwith.

If the patterns predate language, here is a form they could take.

by greatferm (greatferm-at-email.com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:54:06 PM EST
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Canada's Quebec sues tobacco giants for $60bn - Americas - Al Jazeera English

The Canadian province of Quebec has announced that it is suing tobacco giants for more than $60 billion in a bid to recover health care costs associated with smoking-related illnesses.

The lawsuit targets the Canadian tobacco companies and their parent companies abroad and seeks damages related to the cost of treating patients from the 1970s until 2030, Quebec Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fourner said.

"These manufacturers neglected to warn consumers, including children and teenagers, about the harmful aspects of their products," Fournier said on Friday, blasting the tobacco industry for targeting young people in advertisement campaigns.

Big Tobacco had anticipated the filing, with Donald McCarty, Imperial Tobacco Canada's vice president of law, immediately condemning the move as a "cash grab" by the provincial government.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 12:55:05 PM EST
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At Home, Israelis Attack Africans - IPS ipsnews.net
TEL AVIV, Jun 9, 2012 (IPS) - It's Saturday night in south Tel Aviv. Amine Zegata, a 36-year-old refugee from Eritrea is reopening the small bar he owns in the HaTikva neighbourhood. The pub was closed after Jewish Israelis smashed his windows and the bottles within during the race riots two weeks back. But Zegata has been assaulted twice since then. Violence against African refugees is continuing.

On the evening of Wednesday, May 23, Jewish Israelis gathered in south Tel Aviv to protest the presence of Africans in their neighbourhood. Knesset (parliament) members gave inflammatory speeches at the rally. Miri Regev, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, declared that Africans are a "cancer" in Israel's body. Michael Ben Ari from the far right National Union party claimed that Africans are rapists, and said the "time for talk is over."

Mobs responded to such speeches by chasing and beating asylum seekers, vandalising African-owned stores, and breaking the windshield of a car carrying African men.

Zegata says, that the violence "isn't over." After assaulting him twice following the riots, local Israelis have warned him to stop repairing his bar, and threatened to crack his head open.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 01:00:42 PM EST
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Fancy that, a country explicitly created on racist grounds, which believes the people who are not part of its core citizenry can be killed and their homes bulldozed without punishment, has citizens who are racist.

Who Could Have Predicted?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 05:53:45 AM EST
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That just proves that Israel is a normal western country after all. Welcome in the family!
by IM on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 08:06:19 AM EST
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Young Asylum Seekers Arrive to `Nightmare' Detention - IPS ipsnews.net
SYDNEY, Jun 8, 2012 (IPS) - When Hussain Akhlaqi (17) arrived on Australian shores 11 months ago from Indonesia, on a boat carrying over 100 other asylum seekers, he was immediately placed in the Christmas Island immigration detention centre. Ali Mohammadi (17) from Afghanistan, and Mujtaba Ahmadi (18) from Iran, also endured a risky journey by sea only to meet the same fate.

Australia's systematic use of remote, indefinite and mandatory detention of refugees or asylum seekers, even children, who arrive here without the proper documentation, set it apart from most other signatories to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)'s Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees.

While many countries detain illegal immigrants for varying periods of time, Australia is probably the only country where detention is mandatory for adults and children while their case is being reviewed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship - a process that can take up to months or sometimes years.

To mark the 20th anniversary of this unjustifiable policy, the International Detention Coalition (IDC), comprised of 250 members in 50 countries, has launched a global campaign to end immigration detention of children.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 01:02:43 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 11:45:06 AM EST


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