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16 January

by ceebs Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 03:30:25 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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:21:38 PM EST
Cleaning lady steals train and crashes into house - The Local
Officials remain baffled as to why a cleaning lady commandeered a train in the upscale Stockholm suburb of Saltsjöbaden early Tuesday morning and crashed it into a house, where it remains while crews work out how to safely remove the wreckage.

"The woman started driving the train from the Neglinge train station, which is two stops from Saltsjöbaden, and usually a three-minute ride," SL spokesman Jesper Pettersson told The Local.

"The train usually goes at about 10 kilometres an hour in this area, but we estimate that she was going at about 70 kilometres per hour."

When the train reached the final stop on the line at around 3am, it careened off the tracks and into the first-floor kitchen of one of the house's three flats, causing severe damage.


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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:33:35 PM EST
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BBC News - Police pay to start £4,000 lower, at £19,000

The starting salary for police constables in England and Wales is being cut by £4,000 to £19,000, the home secretary has confirmed.

Theresa May has accepted recommendations on reform made by the Police Arbitration Tribunal.

It follows proposals put forward last year in a review for an overhaul of police pay, conditions and allowances.

The Police Federation said it was "disappointed" by the announcement.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:36:16 PM EST
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Perhaps some, at least, of the police will become a little less worshipful of the Conservatives.

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 Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 09:44:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Possibly but I doubt it.
I think it goes in the other direction: is deeply conservative --> work for the police no matter what.


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:16:25 AM EST
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I gotta go with Number 6 on this; lower pay means only the psychologically disturbed and desperate will be applying. No-one is safe. Their only perk will be "power" and whatever they can get by graft and crime.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:17:42 PM EST
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BBC News - Turkey PKK: Thousands at memorial ceremony near Paris

Thousands of Kurds have attended a memorial near Paris for three activists shot dead in the city, amid reports of Turkish air strikes on the PKK.

Carrying flags and posters of the three dead women, they followed the coffins across frozen ground to a community centre where they were put on display.

The victims, a senior official in the separatist PKK group and two political activists, will be buried in Turkey.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:40:27 PM EST
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BBC News - Russia 'spies' go on trial in Germany

A married couple have gone on trial in Germany for spying in what German media say is one of the most intriguing cases since the end of the Cold War.

The couple, codenamed Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag, are said to have settled in then West Germany on false passports some 25 years ago.

They are accused of feeding information to the former Soviet Union and then Russia since then.

The couple, who were arrested in October 2011, deny the charges.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:40:56 PM EST
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BBC News - Silvio Berlusconi: Ruby sex trial plea rejected

An Italian court has denied the request of former PM Silvio Berlusconi to halt a trial where he is accused of having sex with an under-age prostitute.

The court in Milan also decided it did not need to hear testimony from the woman - dancer Karima El Mahroug.

Mr Berlusconi's lawyers requested the trial be halted while he runs in the current election campaign.

Both he and Ms Mahroug - better known by her stage name "Ruby Heartstealer" - have denied ever having sex.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:49:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"... with each other." Surely.
It's like someone is writing set up lines for the satirists.


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:17:40 AM EST
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Berlu is perfectly capable of affirming the primary sense, with a straight face.

Until some videos turn up.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:35:07 AM EST
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So if an Italian is charged with a crime, they can delay the trial by running for office? Sweet.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:18:57 PM EST
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Conservative MPs throw down the gauntlet to David Cameron - Telegraph

A report backed by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, will warn that "the status quo is no longer an option" and demand "a new and different relationship" with the European Union.

The Fresh Start group of Conservative backbenchers will throw down the gauntlet to the Prime Minister two days before he delivers a speech on EU membership, as it sets out proposals to return responsibility for laws to Westminster and cut Britain's bill for EU membership by billions of pounds a year.

The group's Manifesto for Change could become the Tory blueprint for EU membership if Mr Cameron wins the next election, senior figures in the party have said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 05:22:03 PM EST
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It is nice to see that there are helpful factions in the conservative parties of both the US and UK. May yours prove as helpful as ours seem poised to be.

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 Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 09:47:41 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Germany wants to delay, and delay, and delay a decision on Cyprus (16.01.2013)
Wolfgang Schauble has a very tough message to Cyprus, and says Germany will not be rushed into a decision; he says there will be no money until Cyprus complies with international standards on money laundering; also criticises the decision by the Cypriot president not to implement the privatisation programme, as demanded by the troika, in full; there will be no decision on a Cyprus programme before the Cypriot elections in February; Mariano Rajoy tells the FT that he wants creditor countries to expand their economies; Juan Rubio-Ramierez says Spain had made a number of one-off budget adjustments, but failed to implement structural reforms; Spain's constitutional court suspended the introduction of a subscription charge, through which Catalonia had planned to fill its fiscal gap; a majority of Spanish local authorities have failed to submit their 2012 accounts to the Court of Auditors; the Spanish government is about to impose further Drakonian spending cuts on Spain's local councils; Spanish firms are becoming increasingly successful in their export markets, but that does not compensate for the slump in the domestic economy; Silvio Berlusconi proposes Mario Draghi for the Italian presidency, but the ECB presidency say No Thanks; a poll shows that over 40% of Italians believe that it was Barack Obama who reduced their interest rate spreads; Pier Luigi Bersani said he wants to introduce a tax on high-income earners, similar to what Francois Hollande has done in France; the centre-right alliance in Italy is squabbling over its hypothetical candidate for the premiership: Guilio Tremonti or Angelino Alfano; Jacopo Tondelli reminds his readers what it was like under Berlusconi; Italy frontloads its 2013 borrowing with a huge 15-year bond sale; a poll in France shows the French more pessimistic about the future than ever before; Germany has achieved a balanced budget in 2012, but the economy is now in a recession; the Bundesbank announced that it will repatriate its French-stored gold reserves; Mervyn King, meanwhile, says the banking union will do nothing to solve the eurozone crisis.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 03:38:57 AM EST
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Germany has achieved a balanced budget in 2012, but economy is now deep in recession

Suddeutsche Zeitung has an article on the latest fiscal data from Germany, which showed a zero deficit for 2012. The paper quoted Wolfgang Schauble as saying that Germany had already fulfilled the main requirement under its self-imposed debt ceiling four years ahead of schedule. The paper says the positive balance was due to a higher tax take than expected, by some €7bn, while the reduced interest rate costs, due directly to the euro crisis, contributed an additional €5bn. Because of low unemployment, the social insurance funds also recorded surpluses.

The bad news is the extent of the economic slowdown. The latest provisional data from the German statistics office show a contraction of 0.5% in Q4, as a result of which overall growth for 2012 came in at 0.7%, after 3% in 2011. The German government has reduced its 2013 growth forecast from 1% to 0.4%. The picture is the same as it always has been. The consumer sector, which had shown some signs of life in the early part of last year, now constitutes the biggest drag on growth.

Germany breathes a massive sigh of relief as the gold is coming back

If you read the German press, you get the impression that this is biggest economic issue of our time - the uncertainty about Germany's gold stored outside the country. There are historic reasons why much of German gold is stored in France and the US, but after the court of auditors ordered an audit, the Bundesbank has decided to repatriate the French portion of its gold reserves, Frankfurter Allgemeine writes. There is a total of 347 tonnes of gold. The argument to repatriate French gold in particular is euro-related. The Bundesbank keeps gold in various financial centres, including New York and London, so that it can quickly liquidate its gold reserves. This argument can obviously no longer be extended to France. The Bundesbank will announce how it plans to audit its foreign-held gold reserves in the future.



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 03:41:25 AM EST
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Germany has achieved a balanced budget in 2012, but consequently economy is now deep in recession

fify

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:22:12 AM EST
[ Parent ]
You get a Modern Monetary Cookie.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:23:30 AM EST
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Mmm, gold. You can eat it too, I understand.

(In a mangling of various stories, King Midas is cured of his golden touch, but gets donkey's ears instead. Only his barber knew.
That's what I think of these days when people talk of "taking a hair cut" on debt.)


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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:24:43 AM EST
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Or drink it.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:27:11 AM EST
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Gold consumption can lead to cancer of the pancreas.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:36:37 AM EST
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What is this feeling I'm getting... schadenfreude? Could be.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:33:50 PM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:37:40 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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:22:14 PM EST
Statistics cast doubt on coalition's '500,000 new jobs' claim | UK news | The Guardian

Government claims to have created an additional 500,000 jobs in the past year have been called into question after it was revealed that one in five of the people involved are on government work schemes, including tens of thousands still claiming unemployment benefits.

In the last few months the government has trumpeted "record high" employment and the net creation of half a million jobs over the past year.

But figures obtained by the Guardian from the Office for National Statistics show that just over 20% of this total (105,000) involves those on largely unpaid government back-to-work schemes, the majority of whom are still claiming jobseeker's allowance.

They include unpaid workers doing voluntary and mandatory work experience in supermarkets and charity shops.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:30:19 PM EST
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So not so much "jobs" as "keeping people off the street".
Not so much "employed" as "not currently loitering".

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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:31:48 AM EST
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Not so much 'government' as 'a random bunch of spivs, crooks, perverts, and liars.'
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:45:57 AM EST
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Fitch warns of downgrading U.S. rating on debt ceiling delay - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Failure to raise the debt ceiling in time will prompt a review of the U.S. sovereign rating and the current negative outlook of "AAA" rating may be downgraded, said Fitch Ratings on Tuesday.

Fitch said in a statement that if an agreement can't be reached, the Treasury would be forced to immediately eliminate the deficit, and the fiscal contraction would be twice as big as the recently avoided "fiscal cliff."

On Dec. 31 2012, U.S. federal government debt reached the statutory debt limit of 16.394 trillion dollars. If the debt ceiling crisis which occurred in August 2011 repeated, Fitch would need to review its current assessment on U.S. sovereign status



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:00:08 PM EST
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Oh, THAT's why the Dow is down.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:34:59 PM EST
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Bundesbank to retrieve $200bn of gold reserves | World news | guardian.co.uk

Germany's central bank will retrieve some $200bn (£125bn) of gold reserves it stored in the US and France, according to reports.

The Bundesbank plans to bring back to Germany some of its 1,500 tons of gold stored in the vaults of the Federal Reserve in New York, and the 450 tons stashed with the Bank of France in Paris, reported the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

The central bank declined to comment on the report but will on Wednesday outline a plan to manage the reserves, which total about 3,400 tons, or 270,000 gold bars.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:30:48 PM EST
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"If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coalmines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again (the right to do so being obtained, of course, by tendering for leases of the note-bearing territory), there need be no more unemployment and, with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become a good deal greater than it actually is. It would, indeed, be more sensible to build houses and the like; but if there are political and practical difficulties in the way of this, the above would be better than nothing.

The analogy between this expedient and the goldmines of the real world is complete."

-John Maynard Keynes, "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money"


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:37:43 AM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:22:43 PM EST
Pakistani apex court orders arrest of PM in corruption case - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Pakistani Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the country's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf involved in a corruption case, local media reported.

Raja Pervez Ashraf was accused of violating rules in rental power projects when he was the Minister for Water and Power during this government.

The apex court in its earlier verdict in March last year had observed that the rules and regulations were violated in these projects due to which the national exchequer witnessed losses of billions.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:51:48 PM EST
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'Revolution' urged at Pakistan protest - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Canadian-Pakistani Muslim leader who led a two-day protest march into the Pakistani capital, has called for a "revolution" in Pakistan, after the government ignored a deadline he set for it to resign.

Qadri addressed a crowd of tens of thousands of people gathered outside the parliament in Islamabad on Tuesday.

"We are here in front of the parliament house just to save our country from collapse and from complete ruin," he said in a his address, in which he urged supporters to continue their sit-in until Wednesday.

"We need substantial changes and reforms in our democratic political electoral system. We want to put democracy in its letter and spirit in place.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:55:18 PM EST
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We want to put democracy in its letter and spirit in place.

Someplace.

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 Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:00:42 PM EST
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Mali rebels facing increasing pressure amid joint action - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Al-Qaida-linked rebels in northern Mali are facing increasing pressure after days of bombardment by French war planes and with more troops to be deployed on the ground to help the government army.

Paris said it achieved the goal after its air force hit Diabaly overnight to force AQIM rebels to flee.

The Malian army confirmed the initial casualties suffered by rebels including at least five deaths and a large number of injuries in the bombing of Diabaly.

The military said the terrorists were being driven out of town to surrounding zones.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:52:42 PM EST
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BBC News - France military says Mali town Konna 'not recaptured'

French military officials say the Malian army has not recaptured the central town of Konna, contradicting reports from Mali at the weekend.

France launched its military intervention last Friday after Islamists seized Konna and began advancing further south.

After French air strikes began, a Malian military official said the army had brought Konna back under control.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:53:19 PM EST
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France expected to more than triple Mali troop numbers | World news | guardian.co.uk

France is expected to more than triple its troop numbers in Mali as raids continue on Islamist insurgents following overnight air strikes on a small town that had been seized by the rebels.

Sources close to the French defence minister said the number of French troops deployed in the west African country would "gradually" reach 2,500. There are currently 800 French troops in Mali, with hundreds more on the way over the next few days.

France carried out a fifth day of air strikes in a vast desert area seized last year by an Islamist alliance, which combines al-Qaida's north African wing, AQIM, with Mali's home-grown Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mojwa) and Ansar Dine rebel groups.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:57:44 PM EST
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France in Mali: the End of the Fairytale - Africa is a Country

Malians remember well that only a few months ago, insurgent forces ejected the army from northern Mali as if they were throwing a drunk from a bar. Timbuktu, Gao, and Kidal fell in a weekend. The army collapsed, and it has only been weakened by internal fighting since. Any other story is a fairytale.

The enemy is formidable. French officials expressed some surprise at the level of sophistication of the Islamist forces--well-armed, well-trained and experienced. In an early wave of the French intervention, one helicopter took heavy fire from small arms, and a pilot was killed; another French soldier remains missing. Malian casualties were heavy, and likely remain under-reported. Sources from Mopti refer to dozens of deaths among the Malian ranks, and there will be other casualties to come. In short, last week's Islamist offensive put paid to the argument that the Malian army itself was capable of defending the country from further attack and of liberating the territory over which it had lost control.

This is not a neo-colonial offensive. The argument that it is might be comfortable and familiar, but it is bogus and ill-informed. France intervened following a direct request for help from Mali's interim President, Dioncounda Traore. Most Malians celebrated the arrival of French troops, as Bruce Whitehouse and Fabien Offner have demonstrated. Every Malian I've talked to agrees with that sentiment. The high stakes and the strength of the enemy help to explain why the French intervention was so popular in a country that is proud of its independence and why the French tricolor is being waved in Bamako. That would have been unimaginable even 6 months ago--and probably even last week. More important than how quickly it went up will be how quickly it comes down; this popularity could be ephemeral. One tweeter figures French President François Hollande is more popular than Barack Obama right now. I'd wait for Hollande's face to go up on a few barbershops before making that call, but the comparison gives a sense of the relief many felt when French forces came to the rescue of the Malian army.

Not everyone is in favor of the intervention. Let's count some of the more vocal opponents--Oumar Mariko, Mali's perpetual gadfly; French ex-Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who argues that it would be better to wait for the lions to lie down with the lambs; Paris-based Camerounian novelist Calixthe Beyala, plagiarist who argues that those Malians who would prefer not to live under a crude faux-Islamic vigilantism suffer from a plantation mentality; and some truly reprehensible protesters at the French embassy in London, who refuse to believe that most Malians are Muslims and don't need religious instruction from Salafists. It's hard to imagine a leakier ship of fools.



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 06:08:41 PM EST
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and he's one of ours.

Noël Mamère qualifie de "propagande" les raisons de l'intervention au Mali Noel Mamère calls "propaganda" reasons for intervention in Mali
"Quand on dit qu'on a répondu à l'urgence, on a d'abord répondu à l'appel du président malien qui n'est que la marionnette des militaires, lesquels militaires s'apprêtaient à le déposer dans la semaine, a-t-il poursuivi. Alors qui a-t-on sauvé ? Le président du Mali ou le peuple malien ?" "When they say they responded to the emergency, we initially responded to the call of the President of Mali who is only a puppet of the military, who were preparing to depose him within the week , he said. So who was saved? The President of Mali or the Malian people? "
L'ARMÉE MALIENNE, "UNE ARMÉE DE TRAÎNE-SAVATE"
AN ARMY OF SLACKERS
"L'urgence, elle ne date pas d'aujourd'hui, a estimé le député de Gironde et maire EELV de Bègles. L'urgence, elle a commencé le jour où Nicolas Sarkozy a décidé d'une intervention en Libye sans mesurer les dégâts collatéraux qu'on connaît depuis plus d'un an" au nord du Mali.
"The urgency did not start today , said the MP for Gironde and mayor of Bègles (EELV). The urgency she started the day Nicolas Sarkozy decided to intervene in Libya without considering the collateral damage that northern Mali has experienced now for more than a year".
"J'assume d'être une voix discordante parce que je défends les idées que promeuvent les écologistes depuis longtemps. Nous avons toujours combattu la 'Françafrique'. Les gouvernements de droite ou de gauche qui se sont succédé n'ont fait qu'aider des dictateurs, des spoliateurs et des corrompus. Nous en payons le prix fort aujourd'hui avec cette intervention militaire", a-t-il estimé. "I take the responsibility to be a dissenting voice because I defend the ideas that ecologists have promoted all along. We have always fought the 'FranceAfrica' phenomenon. Successive governments of right or left have merely helped dictators, plunderers and the corrupt. We are paying a high price today with this military intervention ", he said.
M. Mamère s'est par ailleurs attaqué à l'armée malienne : "C'est une armée de traîne-savate, c'est une armée de familles qui n'ont pas envie de voir leurs cousins se faire descendre dans le nord du Mali."Mr. Mamère has also attacked the army Mali: "This is an army of slackers, it is an army of families who do not want to see their cousins killed in northern Mali. "

Everything Mamère says is correct. But it still needed to be done.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:31:33 AM EST
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Of course it needed to be done: Eurointelligence, 15.01.2013
Hollande turned around his image as spineless president

Francois Hollande has all of a sudden become a rising star as the French saw him nail a landmark labour reform, stand up to anti-gay marriage protesters and dispatch troops to Mali. Newspaper editorials praised a triple show of decisiveness that marked a turning point for the Socialist leader. Hollande's weekend of action came after clumsy handling of campaign promises turned the public mood against him while his attempts to impose a super-tax on millionaires and block industrial closures drew international mockery.



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:45:48 AM EST
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But it still needed to be done

Help! Why? If you agree that it was a bad idea to drive the fighters out of Libya into Mali, why is it suddenly a good idea to drive fighters out of Mali into more neighbouring countries?

by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:49:05 AM EST
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He argued against the Libyan adventure; he is not arguing against the Mali mission. He is decrying its high cost (in French lives, in particular), made inevitable by past colonialism and blunders.

He is effectively arguing that it would have been better to let Khaddafi put down the rebellion, and maintain stable nation states in the region. Now that this is no longer possible, I don't see him arguing that an Al Qaida affiliate quasi-state should be left to overrun the still-functioning part of Mali.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:18:24 AM EST
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I am not arguing an Al Qaida affiliate quasi-state either, Eurogreen. I find the idea of a military intervention preventing one amazing, though. You will see how the Islamist organisations will gain strength the longer this idiotic adventure lasts (and I warn of illusions there). Compare the Taliban.
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:56:41 AM EST
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This is not endogenous Islam. This is Salafist zealots forcing an entirely foreign conception of Islam down the throats of the local Muslims. The Taliban can melt into the Afghan population by consent of that population. This seems unlikely in the present case. I warn of false analogies.

The major danger is of arbitrary repression by the Malian army leading to resentment, and this shows signs of starting already : when a town is re-taken, they will want the locals to denounce the infiltrated Islamists, and this will be messy.

But it's not a matter of preventing an Al Qaida affiliate quasi-state, but of putting an end to an existing one : i.e. AQIM had safe sanctuary, towns in which they could openly transact their business. This will very soon no longer be the case, and it's one of the objectives, obviously. The easiest one, no doubt.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:38:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I don't know why you think this was a matter of endogenous Islam or not.  The parallel is the foreign invasion changing the attitude towards extremely undesirable, reactionary, and repressive organisations. The invasion will weaken the Islamists in the short run, but will strengthen them in the long run.  
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 11:03:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
If you agree that it was a bad idea to drive the fighters out of Libya into Mali

Wait, Mali doesn't even border Libya.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 17th, 2013 at 04:11:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
...but the majority of the Tuareg in Gaddafi's forces were Malians, and returned to Mali. The tensions between Malian Tuareg and other Malian ethnicities had existed before, but the arrival of these fighters was the tipping point for the Tuareg insurgence, which was later hijacked by Islamist organisations.

The situation now is that there can't be an internal peace in Mali without the Tuareg--but there is a lot of resentment against them now, more than before. That's stuff for decades of tension and civil wars. And all this was known, but the Libya war was started despite it.

by Katrin on Thu Jan 17th, 2013 at 04:29:47 PM EST
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So, are the Tuareg like the Pashtun of Afghanistan?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 17th, 2013 at 04:37:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That's probably taking the parallels too far. I see the parallel in a society that is unstable anyway and that is further destabilised by the influx of fighters and the foreign intervention. The Malian state is weak and that's why (established and not necessarily fundamentalist) religious institutions play a huge role. With a militarisation of the tensions, this role will shift to the religious organisations that have military means: The Islamists. They will thrive. The Tuareg and their wish for autonomy are a destabilising factor, but their organisations no longer have agency.  
by Katrin on Thu Jan 17th, 2013 at 04:53:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hollande has defined a list of objectives to attain before French troops will leave :
  • security in Mali
  • legitimate authorities
  • an electoral process
  • no more terrorists

That's a long list. It'll take a while...

To start with, as far as I can see, French ground troops will need to defeat the islamist groups, drive them out of the towns, and disperse them. Then the Nigerian-led regional forces can come in to occupy the terrain while the French mop up. The Malian army is completely useless, disorganised, factionalised and politicised, and presumably needs to be rebuilt once there is a legitimate government.

The ground shooting war will presumably start today, troops and tanks are heading for Diabaly to retake the town the islamists took on Monday.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:57:10 AM EST
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That's Afghanistan revisited
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:06:02 AM EST
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well, if you talk in paradigms and stereotypes that might appear true. But if you talk to Malians you might be surprised.

It's apparently difficult to find Malians who are not enthusiastic about the French intervention. This includes the towns where the Islamists have been driven out by French bombing. The locals very quickly got tired of being taught how to be Muslims by Salafists who banned their centuries-old Muslim religious practices.

Of course, there are indeed Malians who are not enthusiastic about the French intervention. They number in the hundreds, have rifles, and are mostly dispersing in the desert.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:11:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
eurogreen:
It's apparently difficult to find Malians who are not enthusiastic about the French intervention.

Same as in the first weeks of the Afghanistan invasion. It changed.

eurogreen:

Of course, there are indeed Malians who are not enthusiastic about the French intervention. They number in the hundreds, have rifles, and are mostly dispersing in the desert.

The Taliban were dispersed in the same way. Do you like the news coming from Pakistan?

by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:19:48 AM EST
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Same as in the first weeks of the Afghanistan invasion. It changed.

Or Israel in Lebanon.

(Why don't "EM" tags work?)

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:32:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What are EM tags?
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:57:32 AM EST
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HTML for <em>emphasis</em>

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:16:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks.
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:37:31 AM EST
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BBC News - Foreigners 'abducted' by Islamist militants in Algeria

Islamist militants in the region have in recent years seized a number of foreigners, mainly in Mali. Eight French nationals are currently being held across the region.

The abduction comes as French forces are preparing to attack Islamist militants in Algeria's southern neighbour, Mali.

by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:50:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]
If they number in the hundreds then why were they winning?

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter
by generic on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:06:38 AM EST
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Because the only opposition was the Malian army (see above).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:41:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
that the entire population was opposed to the uprising of the Islamists.
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:46:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
yes, but nobody wants to get killed opposing them. They are exceedingly well armed, they have generous sponsors in Saudi and the gulf states. Plus a good income stream from ransoming hostages.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:49:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Doubtful, if the number of insurgents really is so small as you say.Btw., the Tuareg are well armed, too.
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:52:57 AM EST
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that the original uprising for the autonomy of northern Mali was by the MPLA, a secular organisation. They were joined by the islamist groups, with a large non-autochthonous component, who subsequently squeezed them out. An MPLA official recently announced that they were switching sides.

So it's probably fair to say that there is a segment of the population which supported the autonomist uprising but never wanted to be ruled by Salafists.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:53:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, agreed. That's why the Tuareg welcome the French intervention now. Emphasis on now.
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:56:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The enemy of my current enemy is my friend for right now.


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 08:07:57 AM EST
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the Tuareg revolution propagated by (moderate religious or secular) armed forces got hijacked by, mostly foreign, islamist armed forces. There's an actual parallel here where the same process appears to occur: Syria.

Considering the resistance that China and Russia have put up to block any sort of intervention in Syria, the unanimous support France received from the UN Security Council mystifies me.

by Nomad on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:16:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Or Palestine.


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:25:43 AM EST
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Sadly, it's only poor old Giscard.

He states that France should have confined itself to air strikes and to logistical support of UN-mandated African forces. He says vaguely that it could turn into a neo-colonialist situation. Then he goes on to reminisce about the time he visited Timbuktu and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Touaregs picturesquely lined the road on their camels.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:23:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
He says vaguely that it could turn into a neo-colonialist situation.

What does he say it is now?

by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:59:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
That's hard to say, because he's a bit vague. Basically he's heckling from the sideline, saying it was better-managed in his day.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:44:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Dozens killed in Aleppo University blasts - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
Two explosions have struck Aleppo University in northern Syria, killing at least 52 people, official sources and opposition activists say

There were conflicting reports as to what caused the blast on Tuesday, with the government and opposition blaming each other.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists around the country, said 52 people were killed and dozens wounded in two explosions near the university's dorms.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:56:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Edge.org

The BGI Cognitive Genomics Project is currently doing whole-genome sequencing of 1,000 very-high-IQ people around the world, hunting for sets of sets of IQ-predicting alleles. I know because I recently contributed my DNA to the project, not fully understanding the implications. These IQ gene-sets will be found eventually--but will probably be used mostly in China, for China. Potentially, the results would allow all Chinese couples to maximize the intelligence of their offspring by selecting among their own fertilized eggs for the one or two that include the highest likelihood of the highest intelligence. Given the Mendelian genetic lottery, the kids produced by any one couple typically differ by 5 to 15 IQ points. So this method of "preimplantation embryo selection" might allow IQ within every Chinese family to increase by 5 to 15 IQ points per generation. After a couple of generations, it would be game over for Western global competitiveness.

There is unusually close cooperation in China between government, academia, medicine, education, media, parents, and consumerism in promoting a utopian Han ethno-state. Given what I understand of evolutionary behavior genetics, I expect--and hope--that they will succeed. The welfare and happiness of the world's most populous country depends upon it.

My real worry is the Western response. The most likely response, given Euro-American ideological biases, would be a bioethical panic that leads to criticism of Chinese population policy with the same self-righteous hypocrisy that we have shown in criticizing various Chinese socio-cultural policies. But the global stakes are too high for us to act that stupidly and short-sightedly. A more mature response would be based on mutual civilizational respect, asking--what can we learn from what the Chinese are doing, how can we help them, and how can they help us to keep up as they create their brave new world? 



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 06:59:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
So this method of "preimplantation embryo selection" might allow IQ within every Chinese family to increase by 5 to 15 IQ points per generation. After a couple of generations, it would be game over for Western global competitiveness.

Uh - anyone who seriously believes it's possible to increase IQ by up to 45 points within three generations may not be as bright as he thinks he is.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:52:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The assumption that you move the baseline at each generation is the obvious fallacy.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:06:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
So where would we be in three generations? A "Tiger Mother's dream"?
All math/physics/business people who play the violin or piano? Solo, of course, because there's no orchestra to back them up.
Perhaps the rest of the world will follow where ordered and it's true that you only need leaders.

Constructing societies is hard.

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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:29:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
A murderous spree by Übermenschen?

(there was no shortage of intelligent, educated, music playing Nazi war criminals)

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

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:37:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I, for one, welcome our new <variable not yet defined> overlords.

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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 06:47:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"I enjoy the company of beautiful women while listening to classical music with my eyes shut [...] 'You see Captain, we are not all barbarians.'"

(Transcript everywhere.)

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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 08:04:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Barbie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • In December 2005, Dr. Agnes Nairn at the University of Bath in England published research suggesting that girls often go through a stage where they hate their Barbie dolls and subject them to a range of punishments, including decapitation and placing the doll in a microwave oven. Dr. Nairn said: "It's as though disavowing Barbie is a rite of passage and a rejection of their past."[32][33]


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 08:07:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Boys will do very similar things with their Teddy Bears.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:02:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Partial translation:

"'EUCLID - Not, it's not the name of a medicine. It's the Greek mathematics that (the Zionists want) your son to learn instead of learning Mishnayos.' It proceeds to detail how it is important for your children to learn good character, yiras Shamayim and Torah, rather than the foreign wisdom that the government wants them to study, etc."
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 03:32:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
So ultraorthodox judaism is compatible with antizionism?

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:05:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Clearly, all that Hellenistic influence must be expunged from the Hebrew body politic. Alexander the Great is the biggest disaster to befall the Jewish people since the Babylonian captivity. Mathematics was better under Persian rule!

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:22:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It's even funnier than I thought at first. It turns out that Israeli Haredi schools are turning out kids that won't even be able to make sense of some of the Talmud:
רבנן דקיסרי ואמרי לה דייני דקיסרי אמרי עיגולא דנפיק מגו ריבועא רבעא ריבועא דנפיק מגו עיגולא פלגא ולא היא דהא קחזינן דלא הוי כולי האי:  עכ"ל

The Rabbis of Caesarea (and some say, The judges of Caesarea) maintain, The circumference of a circle inscribed in a square is a quarter [i.e., a quarter less than the perimeter of the square]; but the square inscribed within that circle is a half.  But this is not correct, for we see that these are not so much bigger.  [translation by Rev. Dr. Israel W. Slotki in The Babylonian Talmud, Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein, ed., Seder Mo'ed Vol. VI (Sukkah-Bezah), London: Soncino, 1938]

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 08:30:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Archimedes is a heathen, clearly.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 08:59:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"God made natural numbers; all else is the work of man"


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:02:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sheldon Adelson's newspaper
The Prime Minister's Office refused comment on Obama's reported statements. A senior minister in the government refered reporters to the Likud campaign office for response. The minister raised concerns that with the reported comments, Obama was interfering in Israeli politics. The minister questioned whether the statements were an accurate reflection of Obama's position, or more a reflection of Jeffrey Goldberg's worldview.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:43:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Besides the deaths and captured hostages at the BP oil facility in Algeria, we now also have deaths and hostages at a French wind project in Nigeria.

Wind engineer kidnapped by Islamist group


The group warned that it would carry out other attacks on the French government and its citizens, particularly in "black Africa", if the government failed to change its position.

The project (37 x 275kW) uses innovative French turbines from Vergnet.

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

by Crazy Horse on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:47:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, it happened before Christmas, and there's been no news since. Poor dude. Note that Vergnet has been operating in Africa for decades, they are a very human-development oriented company, leader in human-powered water pumps before they got into wind. This being an industrial-scale farm, you can't really get the local community to buy into it like for a village pump.

Wind engineer kidnapped by Islamist group | [ObjectTitle 2] | Windpower Monthly


The Islamist group Ansaru claimed responsibility, saying the abduction was in protest against French support for the "military attack on the Islamic state in northern Mali" and the ban on women wearing full veils in France.

Bullshitter. They were remarkably prescient about the Mali intervention, it seems. In other news, they want to make some money like their AQIM pals, and they're pissed off because the Mali business (and the Somali business) makes it pretty sure that France won't be buying any hostages.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 11:06:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
 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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:23:10 PM EST
Could This Scary Report Get Americans to Care About Climate? | Mother Jones
Lately we're being bombarded by news about just how dramatically climate change is transforming the United States. Early last week, we learned that 2012 was by far the hottest year on record in the lower 48. Late Friday came another gut punch: a draft of the third US National Climate Assessment. The report describes, among other things, a future of disappearing coastlines, a staggering rise in average temperatures of up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (~6 C) this century, and more frequent heat waves and weather extremes. What's more, it bluntly states that our modest efforts thus far are "not sufficient" to avert these devastating futures. If we don't do a lot more to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the report warns, the warming will "accelerate significantly."


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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:28:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:44:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The draft is high on strident alarmism - but very thin on actual science... It's at odds not just with the present state of scientific findings, but also with the IPCC.

It discomforts me - not because of the tone, that just wearies me - but to see that an authoritative(?) scientific body presents this kind of shoddy work.

by Nomad on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:26:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
BBC News - Greenland rare earths: No special favours for EU

The prime minister of Greenland says he will not favour the EU over China or other investors when granting access to highly prized rare earth minerals.

Kuupik Kleist said it would not be fair "to protect others' interests more than protecting, for instance, China's".

Greenland, a vast autonomous Danish territory, is not in the EU, even though Denmark is.

The EU, US and Japan are in dispute with China over its restrictions on exports of rare earths.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:41:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
BBC News - Horsemeat found in beef burgers on sale in UK and Ireland

Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, the Republic of Ireland's food safety authority has said.

The FSAI said the meat came from two processing plants in Ireland, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.

The chief executive of the FSAI, Professor Alan Reilly, said there was no risk to the public.

However, he added that eating horsemeat "was not in Irish culture".



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:10:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Next they will be finding frog DNA in burgers.

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 Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:09:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
French burgers, bien entendu.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 03:16:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, Quick, which is a French McDo knock-off, do a foie gras burger :

So a frog burger is only a matter of time.

(And if they're smart, they'll use the current publicity to launch a horse burger. Halal of course.)

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:04:37 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Slovenians seem to have already done that.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:28:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Don't be so negative. They found meat in burgers. Great.
by Katrin on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 03:31:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 03:48:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
non-specific protein http://bloodandtreasure.typepad.com/blood_treasure/2013/01/non-specific-protein.html

I note that parts of dobbin have been discovered, specifically, in Tesco's economy burgers. Get yourself a nice, hot cup of watered brick dust and celebrate the return to the good old days of adulterated food for the poor.

And indeed for the elderly. I also know someone who does the dotcom rounds at a Tesco store, working from lists sent in by customers. Sometimes these include requests for economy lines in huge volumes. Just the basics - tins of watery baked beans, sausages made mainly from chicken fat, bread reminiscent of polystyrene and of course burgers fresh from the knacker's yard and so on. These orders are mainly from private care homes, and they're usually the first in the queue when she clocks on at six in the morning. That way the delivery gets made early, when there are no visitors around.

I've not seen her in a while, but I bet she's really enjoying all the witty banter from customers today.



As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 02:50:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
then it would certainly not be ground up for burgers.

It would be sold dearer than beef, as it is in France.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:33:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yep.

Of course, my social feeds are now full of horse food based puns.

As someone said, the real scandal is that people expected there to be beef in Tesco Value Beefburgers.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:22:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Indeed. The scariest scene in Apocalypse Now is off screen:
"They lined us all up in front of a hundred yards of prime rib - magnificent meat, beautifully  marbled. Then they started throwing it in these big cauldrons, all of it - boiling."

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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 09:44:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Black carbon causes twice as much global warming than previously thought | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Soot from burned wood and diesel exhausts may have twice the impact on global warming than previously thought, according to a new study published on Tuesday.

The "black carbon" is said to be the second most important man-made agent of climate change.

The findings, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, suggest there may be untapped potential to curb global warming by reducing soot emissions.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:30:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
François Hollande: invest in renewable energy to avert 'catastrophe' | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The world is headed for an environmental "catastrophe" if countries do not invest in renewable energy, François Hollande warned on Tuesday.

Speaking at a green energy conference in Abu Dhabi, the French president said that people had an obligation to protect the planet for future generations.

"If we don't act, if we don't do anything, if we don't invest anything, we can be sure that we will have a catastrophe very soon. We have to have confidence to invest in the new energy. We can act together to create this world of renewable energy," he told delegates at the World Future Energy Summit.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:33:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
We can act together to create this world of renewable energy...

Hopefully starting with France.

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 Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:12:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
UK seeks to water down Arctic oil drilling proposals | Environment | The Guardian

The government is seeking to water down planned EU regulations on deepsea oil drilling, even while insisting to MPs that it wants "robust environmental protection" for oil drilling in the Arctic.

In leaked EU documents seen by the Guardian, the UK has sought to change proposals that could prevent oil and gas drilling operations that would leave fragile areas vulnerable. The UK is insisting that this clause be removed, because "oil spills may be effectively dispersed by wind and wave action and this is in itself one form of effective response".

This has outraged green campaigners, who are concerned that the "Arctic oil rush" several companies are engaged on could lead to irreparable damage to one of the Earth's last pristine wildernesses.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:34:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Will connecting offshore wind to the grid really cost £17bn? | Environment | guardian.co.uk
A release from the reputable House of Commons Public Accounts Committee reported in almost every newspaper this week claimed it was £17bn. That, the Telegraph calculated, adds up to £35 a year on household bills who are helping to pay for a 10-11% return on investment for those lucky enough to own an offshore wind power line. Is it true?


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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:35:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
£35 a year?
That must be less that we pay for the royals to have <removed after discussion with my lawyer> parties, or for MPs to build houses for their ducks.

(Looks like 62p a year. Assuming that's not including the cost of having them own lots of land and houses that could be better used.)

Back on topic, £35 a year sounds cheap to help ensure having electricity in future.


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:01:11 AM EST
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Last November the good citizens of Baxter County voted down a bond issue that would have cost less than £35/yr and that would have enabled the City of Mountain Home and Baxter County to purchase, run and properly remediate our landfill, which sits atop a karst formation between the two lakes, whose recreational value is the basis of the local economy. The vote was 4 to 1 against, the landfill and local sanitation company was closed and a private operator from 60 miles away was hired to haul trash out of the area. The new rates went up a minimum of £35/yr, with the rates for some rural areas, where there was the most vehement opposition, quadrupled. I can hope that 2012 was the high water mark of the Tea Party, but barely.

The whole history of the landfill is sad. Its original owner, who failed to properly install liners under the original cell, was allowed to sell the dump in 2005 without being required to provide for cleanup. It was purchased by an intergovernmental alliance that contracted the management to a regional economic development board. Nothing effective was done, much money spent on expensive engineering evaluations that were rejected by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality,(ADEQ), and $12 million in bond obligations were assumed, secured by the 'asset' of the landfill.

This was done despite a court ruling that overturned 'flow control', which would have mandated that the solid waste from the five participating counties be sent to the landfill. After five years of mismanagement the operation was on the verge of bankruptcy and blatantly in violation of remediation orders from ADEQ. A coalition of Baxter and Marion Counties and the City of Mountain Home formed a local management district and convinced the regional board responsible for the landfill to put it in charge of running the landfill.

New management was frugal and effective, turned the cash flow positive by increasing tipping fees, and, in two years accumulated a fund sufficient to close and remediate the offending cell. But the higher rates led counties other than Baxter and Marion to start sending their trash to Oklahoma and Missouri where lower tipping fees prevailed. Courts had ruled that enforcing 'flow control' violated interstate commerce laws when it prevented moving the trash out of state.

The Global Cluster Fuck came to Mountain Home Arkansas, complete with financial sector looting and compromised institutions, suborned judicial standards and local cheer leading by Tea Party candidates and supporters, funded by outsiders, all paid for, eventually by those who voted for it. Now the landfill could be sold to a national operator who could quickly fill it to maximum capacity, intimidate the ADEQ into compliance, and then leave. By sloughing off the corporate skin, the new landfill owner could leave an empty shell as the party liable for cleanup.  

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

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 01:43:54 PM EST
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BBC News - Ancient migration: Genes link Australia with India

Australia experienced a wave of migration from India about 4,000 years ago, a genetic study suggests.

It was thought the continent had been largely isolated after the first humans arrived about 40,000 years ago until the Europeans moved in in the 1800s.

But DNA from Aboriginal Australians revealed there had been some movement from India during this period.

The researchers believe the Indian migrants may have introduced the dingo to Australia.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:39:04 PM EST
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Menie Estate Series: Crazy Golf - Aberdeen Voice

Things are seriously amiss at the Trump International Golf Course and Menie Estate, as Aberdeen Voice's Suzanne Kelly and AV photographer Rob discovered. On a recent visit they spoke to several residents and spent hours walking the area. Aberdeen Voice shares their findings in a series of articles.

King Canute demonstrated that although he was a wealthy king, he could not hold back the tides by standing on the shore as the tide came in. Trump did not get this memo.

There are signs of flooding all over the Menie Estate; this is not surprising as the North East is experiencing some of its wettest weather historically speaking.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 04:16:19 PM EST
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Has Trump at least employed the lash?

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 Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:15:16 PM EST
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Solar-powered robots coming to greener French wine future | The Raw Story

An Earth-friendly future for French wine could include disease-resistant grapes, solar-powered robots, and lighter packaging, as vintners innovate to slash their environmental footprint.

"We can't keep functioning like this, polluting the Earth," Alexis Raoux, sustainability manager for the Bordeaux-based drinks group Castel, told AFP.

"What feeds us is the soil. If we continue like this, in a few decades the land will be polluted and our wine won't be any good."

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 03:32:17 AM EST
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If we continue like this, in a few decades the land will be polluted and our wine won't be any good."

He's a few decades late, it is, and his wine isn't. That's why I prefer to drink organic.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:56:49 AM EST
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Apple's New Wind Tech Design Generates and Stores Heat : TreeHugger

A patent application from the computing giant Apple claims to be able to store wind power as heat, and then release it on demand to generate electricity.

Apple doesn't just confine itself to innovation in computer and mobile technology, but also pursues ideas in other areas, such as renewable energy. A patent for a design for "On-Demand Generation of Electricity from Stored Wind Energy" was filed by the company in June 2011, and if it pans out, the new technology could help to even out the supply and demand disparities in wind power.

Because wind speeds aren't constant throughout the day and throughout the year, one of the big hurdles for wind power has been developing efficient and cost-effective storage for the energy being generated by the turbines.

Iwind is coming!

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 04:12:38 AM EST
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melo, didn't you see the discussion a few days ago? (old Salon)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:45:51 AM EST
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i musta missed the apple connection.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 07:59:35 AM 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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:23:53 PM EST
Is it your human right to wear a cross to work? Well, it depends... « socialjusticefirst
Today a Chamber of the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights released its judgment in the much-anticipated cluster of cases, Eweida and Others v. the United Kingdom. These cases courted controversy in the domestic courts due to what many on both sides of the debate saw as an important and apparently irresoluble conflict between the rights to manifest religious belief and the rights to non-discrimination held by, in these cases, homosexual individuals. Put into legal terms: the cases were about the alleged conflict between the rights of the applicants under Articles 9 and 14 of the Convention and the rights of others (broadly speaking - though never explicitly defined as - falling under Articles 8 and 14).


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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:35:46 PM EST
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BBC News - Baidu and France Telecom team up on smartphone browser

Chinese search giant Baidu and France Telecom are collaborating on a browser for low-end smartphones sold in Africa.

France Telecom has about 80 million customers across Africa and the web browser will be pre-installed on phones sold by the company's operators there.

It will also be available as a download for phones on other networks and via a text message link



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:50:53 PM EST
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Study finds widespread 'criminalisation of pregnancy' in US institutions | World news | guardian.co.uk

Hundreds of women have been arrested, convicted, jailed, detained in mental institutions or forced to endure medical procedures as a result of the "criminalisation of pregnancy" over the last four decades, a new report has found.

In the first study of its kind, to be published on Tuesday, researchers from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) identified 413 criminal and civil cases across 44 states involving the arrests, detentions and equivalent deprivations of pregnant women's liberty between 1973 and 2005. NAWP said that it is aware of a further 250 cases since 2005. Both figures are likely to be underestimates, it said.

The report, which will appear in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, found that women were denied a wide range of basic human rights, including the right to life, liberty, equal protection and due process of law "based solely on their pregnancy status".



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:40:59 PM EST
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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month * The Register

Think users don't care about copyright? Time to think again. The spectacular fallout from Instagram's photo landgrab continues.

Shortly before Christmas, the Facebook-owned social network proposed changing its terms of use so it could exploit members' photographs for profit - without compensating the owners. This prompted a backlash and a rapid volte face by Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, Instagram's owner. Now we discover that the move has been spectacularly bad for business.

According to app traffic monitoring outfit AppStats, Instagram has lost half of its active users as since the story broke. Daily active users fell from almost 16.3 million to about 7.6 million, stats show.



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 Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:51:57 PM EST
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People do read the terms? Good.

Sadly the lesson may be that first
a) you need to become indispensable
then
b) you change the terms slowly.

Boiled frogs etc.


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:14:49 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:24:25 PM EST
Oprah: Armstrong did 'come clean' - Cycling - Al Jazeera English
Lance Armstrong "came clean" to Oprah Winfrey on his use of performance enhancing drugs, she said Tuesday ahead of the much-awaited telecast of her interview with the disgraced cyclist.

The talk show diva told "CBS This Morning" that her OWN cable network will telecast the two-and-a-half-hour interview unedited over two nights from Thursday. Originally, a shorter broadcast was planned for one night only.

"I didn't get all the questions asked, but I think the most important questions and the answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered," Winfrey said.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:54:43 PM EST
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From The American Conservative
I count it against him that he's doing this confessional with Oprah. Nothing against Oprah at all, but this is a pretty blatant PR move by Armstrong. If he really felt shame and regret for what he's reportedly admitted to, why go on TV and agonize over it? I don't get it. At all. It's all so repulsive and cynical and ... American.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 04:06:47 PM EST
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Joe Strummer to be honoured with square in Spanish city Granada | Music | The Guardian

He is an unlikely local hero, but the British punk legend Joe Strummer, lead singer with the Clash, is set to have a square named after him in one of Spain's most beautiful cities, Granada.

Officials confirmed on Tuesday they had chosen a square to be renamed Plaza Joe Strummer, after receiving a petition to honour the musician, who went there from London in 1984 as the Clash began to disintegrate.

"A square has been identified and now the proposal has to be approved by the committee of honours and distinctions," said a city hall spokeswoman, María José Anguita. "There was a popular petition for this to happen and the city hall accepted it.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:32:07 PM EST
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Spanish songs in andalucía
The shooting sites in the days of '39
Oh, please, leave the ventana open
Federico lorca is dead and gone
Bullet holes in the cemetery walls
The black cars of the guardia civil
Spanish bombs on the costa rica
I'm flying in a dc 10 tonight

Chorus
Spanish bombs, yo te quiero infinito
Yo te quiero, oh mi corazón
Spanish bombs, yo te quiero infinito
Yo te quiero, oh mi corazón

(London Calling, 1979)

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 16th, 2013 at 05:03:09 AM EST
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