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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 12-13 January

by DoDo Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:50:47 PM EST

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1903 - birth of Igor Kurchatov, Soviet nuclear physicist (d. 1960)

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1793 - the ambassador of revolutionary France, Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville (b. 1743), is lynched by a mob over his confrontation with the Vatican

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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:38:31 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Rehn rebuffs IMF criticism of austerity measures

Referring to a report out last week in which IMF economists said the growth-dampening effects of spending cuts had been underestimated, Olli Rehn at a think-tank event in Brussels on Friday (11 January) said "one cannot draw, on the basis of this study, strong policy conclusions."

"In the political debate, what has often been forgotten is that we have not only the quantifiable effect - which is something that the economist like to emphasize - we also have the confidence effect," he added.

Taking Italy as an example, he asked "what would have happened" if Rome had decided to loosen fiscal policy in November 2011, when technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti took the reins and started introduced spending cuts?

"From November onwards, we have seen more consistent and prudent fiscal consolidation by Italy and we are seeing much lower bond yield for Italy, which brings savings to Italian tax papyers and facilitates return to economic recovery," Rehn said.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:38:50 PM EST
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Barnier urges France to reopen EU debate in 2013 | EurActiv

2013 will be a blank year for Europe because of German elections, an opportunity which "the French should use to talk about Europe," Barnier told a group of French journalists in Brussels on Wednesday (9 January).

Such a debate "will be conflictual," Barnier acknowledged as he presented his wishes to the press, "but not talking about it is worse," he said, adding that the next European elections in 2014 could see a rise of extreme parties.

Countries hit hardest by the financial and economic crisis have seen their governments toppled at each election, Barnier remarked, warning of a looming political crisis in 2014 unless mainstream French parties opened a debate about what they want from the EU.

"But nobody talks about it, as if we were shameful of Europe," Barnier said. "We hug the walls because it is a difficult debate."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:39:01 PM EST
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Questions over SPD's Steinbrück as popularity drops | News | DW.DE | 11.01.2013

A new poll from German broadcaster ARD showed Friday that approval rating for Steinbrück, the top candidate for the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to run against Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September national election, has dropped 12 points in the last month to 36 percent.

Steinbrück came under fire in December, when he said that German chancellors, who earn more than 200,000 euros ($260,000) annually, are underpaid. The comments followed unpopular revelations that he had earned 1.25 million euros in after-dinner speaking fees over the past three years.

The sudden drop means Steinbrück now sits 11th in a ranking of Germany's top politicians. His competitor in the fall, Merkel, leads the list with an approval rating of 65 percent, up five points from last month.

His earlier high popularity was never deserved and his choice at the end of last year by the SPD shows just how clueless the party's top echelons are.

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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:40:53 PM EST
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They have nobody else willing to run.
by oliver on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 04:17:48 AM EST
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Slovenian PM graft case reaches Van Rompuy | EurActiv

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, who is under pressure to resign over allegations he violated financial disclosure rules, has put European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in an embarrassing situation by publishing a statement saying the European leader had given Janša his "personal support".

The prime minister's office said in a statement that Janša and Van Rompuy spoke by telephone on Thursday (10 January) and portrayed the conversation as a gesture of support for the embattled Slovenian leader.

...Janša, who is affiliated with the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), was accused by the Slovenian anti-corruption agency of failing to report €210,000 in private assets in accordance with the government's financial disclosure rules.

Some of his own allies urged the prime minister to step down.

Zoran Janković, the leader of the opposition party Positive Slovenia (PS), was also accused of failing to disclose assets.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:41:05 PM EST
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Czech Republic voters line up to elect president for the first time | News | DW.DE | 11.01.2013

The next president of the Czech Republic will be the country's third since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993. More importantly, he or she will be the first chosen directly by voters, a right they gained last year after a constitutional change.

If none of the nine candidates wins an outright majority, the top two would then enter a run-off at the end of January. Milos Zeman and Jan Fischer are considered the front-runners of this weekend's election, with polls pointing to the pair squaring off in a head-to-head vote.

Zeman, of the center-left Party of Citizens' Rights, has pledged to work with politicians from the right. He previously headed the government from 1998 to 2002 as a member of the center-left Social Democrats.

"I admit I am a left-wing politician, but I'm seeking votes from left to right. A left-wing idiot is as dangerous as a right-wing idiot," Zeman said at a recent meeting with voters.

Whether left or right, Zeman was and is an idiot.

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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:41:18 PM EST
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Silvio Berlusconi's furious debate glues Italy to television | World news | guardian.co.uk

Fastening millions of Italians to their TVs after dinner, Berlusconi strode into the arena of his most implacable media adversary. Michele Santoro, a presenter on the independent La7 channel, has been a thorn in the media tycoon's side for years and has personal reasons for hating him.

In 2002 Berlusconi - then Italy's prime minister - was accused of getting Santoro dropped from the state-owned RAI network after he publicly accused him of making "criminal use" of television. Though he lost on many points during Thursday night's show, Berlusconi did not - as many had expected - lose his temper and storm out.

But in a climactic slanging match, he did succeed in infuriating Santoro to the point that the presenter refused to shake his hand. The broad smile that spread over the conservative leader's face suggested he thought he had won a set, if not the match.

By then, a tense and often visibly angry Berlusconi had been repeatedly thrown on to the defensive by Santoro's interviewers. What must have made it even worse for the host of the bunga bunga parties was that both his tormentors were young women.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:41:28 PM EST
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Serbia redefines its Kosovo policy | EurActiv

The government and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić on 9 January settled the text of two documents - a draft resolution and a platform on Kosovo.

The draft resolution, which the Serbian parliament will debate on 12 January, contains core principles for political talks with Kosovan representatives. The government's platform, which will not be publicised, offers guidelines to all Serbian negotiators.

Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said that in the resolution, Serbia was proposing a way to overcoming an existing parallelism and paralysis of Kosovo's institutions. The Serbian minority in Northern Kosovo has its own institutions, and Pristina's authority does not extend to Serbian-populated area.

"We need institutions recognised by both Belgrade and Pristina and this document shows how we believe this problem can be resolved," Dačić said at a news conference on 9 January.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:41:58 PM EST
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EU and U.S. agree to share cybercrime data | The Raw Story

The European Union and the US agreed Friday to share more data on cross-border cybercriminals at the opening of a new hi-tech unit aimed at helping police catch up with increasingly imaginative criminals.

"This agreement will reinforce the cooperation, the exchange of information," Europol chief Rob Wainwright told AFP at the opening of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague.

EC3′s task is to use its expertise to help European police investigations and coordinate data, but the unit that is housed within Europol will not itself initiate criminal probes.

With a budget of 4.6 million euros (6.1 million dollars) in 2013, the EC3′s priority is to track people carrying out online fraud, "phishing" for web users' private data, including bank account passwords, or dealing in paedophile pornography.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 04:51:25 PM EST
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Belgian monarchy rocked by Queen Fabiola tax row - Telegraph

Queen Fabiola, 84, who has been paid an annual public stipend of over £1 million since the death of King Baudouin in 1993, has been accused of avoiding death duties of 70 per cent by using a foundation to channel funds to her relatives.

Belgium like other eurozone countries is implementing deep cuts to public spending and the country's royals have been criticised for continuing to enjoy their publicly subsidised lavish lifestyles at a time of national austerity.

Elio Di Rupo, Belgium's Socialist Prime Minister, has been forced to condemn the Queen's arrangements, which are completely legal, just days after defending the political role of the monarchy as a bulwark against Flemish separatists.

...

Meanwhile Belgian authorities have rejected for a second time a request by French billionaire Bernard Arnault for Belgian nationality as French controversy continues to rage over actor Gerard Depardieu's tax exile in Belgium.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 04:54:13 PM EST
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BBC News - PKK Paris deaths: Turkey PM Erdogan blames 'internal feud'

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that the murder of three Kurdish activists was the result of an internal feud.

The three women were found shot dead at the Kurdish information centre in Paris on Thursday.

The victims included Sakine Cansiz - a co-founder of the militant nationalist Kurdistan Workers' Party, the PKK.

Mr Erdogan said evidence suggested the deaths may have been intended to sabotage efforts towards peace talks.

Analysis
Guney Yildiz
BBC Turkish

It is the first time that such a senior member of the PKK has been killed in Europe. There has been a tacit agreement between the PKK and the Turkish government that no such high-profile attacks would be carried out against either senior PKK members or senior members of the government.

During the 1980s, there were some attacks believed to be from within the Turkish state against members of the militant Armenian group Asala, but there have been no political assassinations targeting the PKK.

The Paris killings come against the backdrop of fresh peace talks between jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and the Turkish government. Those talks have not been easy and have opponents on both sides.

by Bernard on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 04:25:27 AM EST
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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:42:17 PM EST
Cyrillic alphabet makes first appearance on euro notes | EurActiv

The European Central Bank unveiled yesterday (10 January) a new 5-euro note, with warmed colours and better protection against counterfeiting. For the first time, it also carries the name `Euro' written in the Cyrillic alphabet, and displays a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology.

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), unveiled the `Europa series' €5 banknote, with his signature featured under the EU flag. It will be issued, on 2 May 2013.

The presentation was the highlight of the opening of a "New Face of the Euro" exhibition, at the Archaeological Museum in Frankfurt am Main from 11 January to 10 March 2013.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:42:27 PM EST
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There is a joke there somewhere about an exhibit of a pre-modern currency at the Frankfurt museum of archeology.

- Jake

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

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 04:32:32 PM EST
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In Soviet Europe, money steals you.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 02:26:36 AM EST
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Factory figures raise triple-dip recession fears - Business News - Business - The Independent
Fears Britain is heading for a triple-dip recession have been fuelled by figures showing manufacturing output shrinking unexpectedly in November.

Factory output fell 0.3% month-on-month on the back of a 1.3% decline in October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The wider measure of industrial production edged up 0.3% but was below forecasts for a 0.8% rise.

The numbers add to a recent flow of disappointing economic data, stoking concerns of a fresh contraction in the fourth quarter and that the UK economy could be on the verge of recession again if activity remains under pressure in the first quarter of the year.

"Triple-dip recession". Why not the third dip of a quadruple-drip recession? Or why not call it stagnation?

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

by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:42:39 PM EST
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"Triple-dip recession". Why not the third dip of a quadruple-drip recession? Or why not call it stagnation?

By affirming solemnly that prosperity will continue, it is believed, one can help insure that prosperity will in fact continue. Especially among businessmen the faith in the efficiency of such incantation is very great."

 - J.K. Galbraith

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

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 04:44:22 PM EST
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Japan unveils economic stimulus package | News | DW.DE | 11.01.2013

Japan's new government has approved a stimulus package worth 20 trillion yen ($225 billion). It is designed to pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined the details of the new stimulus package at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday. He said it would include measures to stimulate investment, boost the economy and create jobs.

"With the measures, we will achieve real GDP growth of 2 percent and 600,000 jobs created," Abe told the briefing. "It is crucially important to break out of prolonged deflation and the high yen."

Among the new measures are plans to rebuild disaster-struck areas, make more schools and hospitals earthquake-resistant, and upgrade Japan's aging infrastructure. Around 180 billion yen has also been set aside to develop Japan's military.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:42:54 PM EST
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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:46:00 PM EST
Hollande vows help for Mali as counter-offensive begins - MALI - FRANCE 24
France will help halt an advance by Islamist "terrorists" in Mali within the framework of a UN resolution, President François Hollande said on Friday, as the Malian army launched a counter-offensive in the town of Sevare.


*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:46:11 PM EST
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CAR rebels agree to ceasefire, unity govt under Bozize - CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - FRANCE 24

Warring parties in the Central African Republic agreed Friday to call a ceasefire and form a government of national unity under President Francois Bozize, with elections planned in a year.

A rebel coalition known as Seleka, or the "Alliance," took up arms in the lawless north of the impoverished country on December 10 and swept south, stopping within striking distance of the capital Bangui.

The peace plan, reached during a third day of talks in the Gabonese capital Libreville, calls for a ceasefire and for the appointment of a prime minister drawn from the opposition.

It also calls for the withdrawal of "all foreign military forces" from the country except for those of FOMAC, a force put in place in 2002 in the chronically unstable country by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:46:20 PM EST
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Mali Islamist rebels = bad

Syrian Islamist rebels = good

Just so we get this right.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!

by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 05:31:02 PM EST
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To be fair, Syrian rebels are (mostly) not Islamists, but many jihadists have come to Syria since the beginning of the civil war and they are said to be the most active fighters.
by Bernard on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:50:12 AM EST
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What's more, they are not fighting the same state, and they are not oppressing local populations in the same way.

It's not black and white.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 05:21:15 AM EST
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It isn't made easier by the dearth of neutral parties in the Syrian conflict. The American press without fail attributes every massacre to the government's forces, which is of course a pack of lies. The Russian and Arab press attributes every massacre to the anti-government forces, which is of course also a pack of lies.

It seems like everybody and their little dog too wants a stake in Syria these days.

- Jake

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

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 05:34:48 AM EST
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What Arab press? Aren't the Saudis and Emirates pro insurgency? And they own most Arab press.

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter
by generic on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 07:46:34 PM EST
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OK, the part of the Arab press my Unserious friends elsewhere read.

Which may just be warmed-over Russian press for all I know (it would be difficult to tell the difference).

- Jake

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

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 03:25:38 PM EST
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Exactly. The bullshit buries everything and I lack a periscope.

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter
by generic on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 06:32:28 PM EST
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Japan-China trade recovers despite island spat | Asia | DW.DE | 11.01.2013

The value of goods and services traded between China and Japan shrank 3.9 percent in 2012, coming to a total of 329 billion US dollars and recording the first decline in three years, China's General Administration of Customs reported on January 10. An even larger decline was noted in the level of imports of Japanese goods into China over the year, which were down 8.6 percent and caused Japan to fall from China's fourth-largest trading partner to its fifth most important.

The single cause behind steep drop-off in trade can be traced back to the pronouncement in Washington in mid-April by Shintaro Ishihara, then the governor of Tokyo, that he was in discussions with the family that owned three of the five uninhabited islands that make up the Senkaku archipelago.

...Nine months after Ishihara's statement, relative calm has returned and Japanese firms are reiterating their commitment to China.

"Yes, we were affected by this and in September our sales in China were halved year-on-year, but in our latest figures for December, that had recovered to 84 percent," said Keisuke Kirimoto, general manager of the international communications division at Toyota Motor Corp.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:46:33 PM EST
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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:46:47 PM EST
Flaws make restart of two Belgian nuclear plants `hazardous': Study | EurActiv

Restarting two Belgian nuclear power plants which have been shut since the discovery of micro-cracks in their reactor vessels would be a hazardous move with potentially "catastrophic consequences", according to a new study commissioned by the Green Party group in the European Parliament.

"A possible failure of the reactor due to sudden crack growth in case of local thermal stresses cannot be excluded and would have catastrophic consequences, especially in the vicinity of densely populated and high-economic activity areas," it says.

The Doel-3 plant is situated close to the northern city of Antwerp, while Tihange is not far from the southern town of Liege.

If a melted reactor core reached the lower plenum area where steam explosions are entrained, it "would sooner or later cause containment failure with the consequence of severe radioactive releases to the environment," the study concludes.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:46:59 PM EST
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Yes, yes, but we need to keep them going to demonstrate the viability of the current corporate-approved mixed model of power generation

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:16:26 AM EST
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Fukushima 50: 'We felt like kamikaze pilots ready to sacrifice everything' | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Dressed in a dark-blue work jacket with his company motif stamped on his breast pocket, Atsufumi Yoshizawa does not look like a man who spent the best part of a year in the thick of battle.

Yet that is how he describes his time among the group of engineers, technicians, soldiers and firefighters who risked their lives to remain at the heart of Japan's worst nuclear crisis.

The international media named them the Fukushima 50, although the actual number of workers who stayed to handle the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant ran into the hundreds.

They became the heroes of the disaster. The world feted their bravery and selfless dedication, an antidote to the opprobrium being poured on Japan's hapless nuclear safety officials and politicians. But at home, almost all of the Fukushima 50 have remained anonymous. Some shun the spotlight, but many others fear reprisals as the public continues to grapple with the environmental and political fallout from the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

In a rare interview, Yoshizawa describes how the crisis unfolded, and why he does not consider himself a hero.



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:47:10 PM EST
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This is Apple's new wind turbine patent. Which was first built as the test turbine for the University of Massachusetts Wind Engineering program in 1975. Wind Furnace #1.


(don't have any better photo)

Wind Energy Center Generates News


The University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Energy Center (WEC) recently made news when it was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its gift of the historic Wind Furnace #1 to the National Museum of American History. Built at UMass Amherst in the 1970s, the 25-kilowatt facility was at one time the largest electricity-producing wind turbine in the world. It featured the first design to include several technologies now standard in modern utility wind turbines.
....
In many ways, Wind Furnace #1 has heavily influenced the entire modern global wind industry. The first generation of American wind engineers was trained by working on the turbine's design and operation, and many of the turbine's innovations appear in modern turbines. Today's "mature" wind turbine designs feature what was once new on Wind Furnace #1: three blades, near-optimal blade shape, fiberglass blades, pitch regulation, variable speed operation, and computer control.


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:30:23 AM EST
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Any idea of the conversion rates? From what I recalled, thermal turbines struggled to do more than 50%, there should not be too much loss elsewhere if the insulation is good of course, so that would be the constraining factor.
Is this in the ballpark? 50% of a conventional wind turbine?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:48:40 AM EST
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Oops I hadn't looked very well: of course the heat is retained everywhere in that case so it should be much better than that. Gas turbines lose the heat in exhaust (which is why they often are cogenerations, using some of the residual heat to make steam).

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:50:04 AM EST
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Your initial thought was right. By using a heat cycle you are subject to Carnot's limit. The efficiency is capped by the temperature the working fluid is heated to. Losses due to imperfect insulation come on top of that.
by oliver on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 04:24:47 AM EST
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Stated like that, it's pretty obvious ;-). I should be somewhat ashamed for not going straight to the formula.

Now the question is what the hot temperature would be.
Also: would the pattent allow for direct production at times of need? Because it would be silly to waste around 50% of your electricity when you could use it directly.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 04:47:53 AM EST
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They don't say what working fluid they use. I need to point out that in technological practice anything but water is problematic if it is to be used in large scale.
by oliver on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 08:37:43 AM EST
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Oh shit, i feel a diary coming on. shortcut... read this historical overview of the world's first modern turbine.

The UMass Wind Turbine WF-1, A Retrospective

damn, must stop this, i got work to do...

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

by Crazy Horse on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:51:26 AM EST
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what a wasteful design!

it would be far more efficient to have the wind turbine turn rotors to generate electricity directly

by stevesim on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 06:38:56 AM EST
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Is that sarcasm?

I think the point is to have the energy stored for conversion into electricity when it is needed -so a direct generation would not do.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 08:47:54 AM EST
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the generator can charge batteries, etc.

significantly more efficient than this contraption.  this looks like it was done by someone who doesn't understand thermodynamics, or perhaps they intended to run it at below absolute zero degrees Kelvin.

by stevesim on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 12:23:33 PM EST
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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:47:23 PM EST
Pro-gay French comedian rallies against gay marriage - FRANCE-GAY MARRIAGE - FRANCE 24

The French anti-gay marriage movement has an unlikely figurehead in the form of a reactionary comedian who goes by the moniker "Frigide Barjot".

The name - which translates as Frigid Loony - is a play on the name of Brigitte Bardot, the French actress better-known as a symbol of the 60s sexual revolution.

Barjot - real name, Virginie Tellene - is a born-again Catholic whose background belies her role as spokesperson for a movement that has bought a medley of conservative, far-right and Christian groups together to protest the Socialist government's plans to allow same-sex couples to marry and access to fertility treatment.

...Barjot refuses to be branded homophobic, citing her life-long attachment to her first boyfriend, who turned out to be gay, and "25 years working in gay nightclubs".



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by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:47:33 PM EST
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A born again catholic who claims not to be anti-gay. Hmmm, depends on your definition of anti-gay really, doesn't it ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:20:35 AM EST
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Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:52:00 AM EST
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The leaflet that was handed to me at the train station the other day stated:

Non au projet de loi "Mariage et adoption" pour tous!
Non à l'homophobie et à toutes les formes de haine et de mépris.
No to the "Marriage and adoption" for everyone bill!
No to homophobia and every forms of hatred and contempt.

Just like the folks who claim to be not racists while opposing equal right to "colored people"....

As for traditional Catholics joining a march whose main organizer goes by the nom de guerre Frigid Nutball: priceless...

by Bernard on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 04:05:21 AM EST
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The name - which translates as Frigid Loony - is a play on the name of Brigitte Bardot, the French actress better-known as a symbol of the 60s sexual revolution.

And also known for having become a humourless, borderline insane animal-rights advocate.

FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 03:55:13 AM EST
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In fact, much more known for that today than for what she was half a century ago...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 05:26:06 AM EST
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Hungarian Journalist Calls for Final Solution of Roma Issue - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Zsolt Bayer, a prominent conservative commentator, has sparked outrage in Hungary and abroad for comparing Roma to animals and saying they "shouldn't be allowed to exist." Criticism of the remarks is growing, but Prime Minister Orbán will likely keep silent.

...This is already the second time in recent weeks that prominent Fidesz politicians have openly distanced themselves from racial hatred. On Dec. 2, Antal Rogán, the party's parliamentary floor leader, spoke at a protest against anti-Semitism after Márton Gyöngyösi, a representative of the right-wing extremist Jobbik party, had demanded in parliament that "all Jews living in Hungary be registered" and that "Jews, particularly those in parliament and the government, be evaluated for the potential danger they pose to Hungary." The demonstration against anti-Semitism was noteworthy for marking the first time in two decades that all of the pro-democracy parties in Hungary's parliament jointly attended a single event.

'The Party Speaks with Two Tongues'

Nevertheless, critics doubt that Fidesz -- and Prime Minister Orbán, in particular -- will distance themselves from right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and antiziganism, a term denoting racism toward the Sinti and Roma.

The article is not the best in giving context or correctly rendering facts: for example, it takes one of Bayer's vilest comments out of context, a context that would explain his hate speech modus operandi and (partly) how he gets away with it; and fails to mention the actual problems with the pro-government and anti-EU rallies he co-initiated. But the overall impression given of a full-blown racist hate-monger (no mere whistler) who has the PM's back is correct. Bayer is indeed a member of an in-house far-right in Fidesz which I posited repeatedly (last in this diary, and talked some more about them and bayer in particular in this comment thread).

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

by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:49:25 PM EST
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Sexual Abuse Revelations Change Our View of Klaus Kinski - SPIEGEL ONLINE
The sexual abuse claims levelled against Klaus Kinski by his daughter Pola make it clear that cinema fans have deified a monster. The evil that he oozed on the silver screen has now been retroactively authenticated by his alleged depravity.

...Kinski didn't even try to hide his mindset. His comments in a 1977 talk show -- displaying as always his disregard for God, the world and societal morals -- are legendary. "Here, you land in prison for sleeping with a 12-year-old girl; in the Orient, they marry at age 11. Isn't that absurd?" he said to approving laughter from the audience.

It is exactly this deification that Pola Kinski has courageously contradicted. It is courageous because she is not only taking on her father, but also his adoring fans. Are we accomplices because we interpreted his unveiled criminal cravings as art?



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:49:35 PM EST
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the answer to that last question is "yes"
by stevesim on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 06:40:56 AM EST
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See also Polanski (who, disturbingly, is also reputed to have had an affair with Nastassja Kinski when she was a teenager).

What a decade, the 1970s...

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 08:23:37 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:49:58 PM EST
`We're the favourites,' Drogba says of Africa Cup - CAN 2013 - FRANCE 24
 

Didier Drogba is known for a number of things - his stunning football career, his charitable work and perhaps most of all, his ego. As the 34-year-old striker prepares to lead Ivory Coast's Elephants to South Africa for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations later this month, he couldn't help but quip on his team's status as the tournament favourite.

"Of course we're the favourites," Drogba told FRANCE 24. "We couldn't be FIFA's highest ranked African country and not be considered the number one team in an African tournament. Even though we're the big favourites, if we don't win..."

Ivory Coast is among the top 20 nations in the world according to FIFA, which ranks the team 14th, ahead of both France and Brazil.

Despite the Elephants sterling reputation, they lost the previous Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 to Zambia. The defeat remains a bitter memory for Drogba, who hopes his team will fare better this year.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 03:50:10 PM EST
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"From being outside, I learned this: no matter what you do to a creature, plant, forest, meadow, ocean, reef, wetland--whether you scrape it, cut it, burn it, poison it, or strip it--within a nanosecond of destruction all of life does the one thing: it starts to regenerate...without exception.

We see wildness outside but not in ourselves. If we say wild, we think crazy or uncontrolled. But we are wild. I mean wild as original, innate, authentic, instinctive, deep-rooted, sanguine, and fearless. The overwhelming array of industrial forces lined up against the living world--the pipelines, the mines, the pesticides, the pharmaceuticals, emissions, the trawlers, the Foxconns, the banks--favor uniformity, sameness, repetition, control, hierarchy, force, violence, oppression. That is not wild. It is death.

Wild is exquisite. Wild is a life that is about benefiting all beings. Because that is what life does. In Janine Benyus's famous words: "Life creates the conditions that are conducive to life."

Wild is not crazy. Crazy is double-glazing the planet with the carboniferous era, and killing the oceans with carbonic acid; crazy is sterilizing our soils and then genetically manipulating our seeds to fix our stupidity; crazy is drone attacks on children and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This is not wild, it is psychotic. Psychosis is a severe mental disorder where thought and feelings are so impaired they have no relationship to external reality. Wild is the opposite. It is when our thoughts, feelings, and actions are exquisitely sensitive to our relationship to the living world.

Wild is why we dance, write, sing, protest, do permaculture and become slam poets. It is the feeling of our feet as the earth--our eyes and smiles as heaven--our hearts like headwaters--our breath the air. Not just citizens but denizens."

http://blip.tv/bioneers-on-cmcm26/paul-hawken-at-the-2012-bioneers-6453025



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Jan 11th, 2013 at 05:46:51 PM EST
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