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19-20 January 2013

by DoDo Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 03:58:46 PM EST

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by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:43:52 PM EST
Mixed Messages: Poll Shows Increased Support for Europe in UK - SPIEGEL ONLINE
British Prime Minister David Cameron has cancelled his planned address on the future relationship between Britain and the European Union because of the hostage drama in Algeria. But the British leader on Thursday released advance excerpts of the speech he had been planning to deliver in Amsterdam indicating that he was planning to demand future opt-outs from EU policies and to call for a referendum in Britain on a "new deal" with Europe.

...Despite Cameron's assertive tone, anti-European sentiment within the British population appears to be diminishing, especially among 18 to 34 year old, a new poll has found.

The survey -- commissioned by Germany's Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the think tank of the center-left Social Democratic Party, and Britain's Fabian Society, conducted by pollster YouGov -- found that two-thirds of Brits within that age group would vote in favor of their country remaining in the EU if it were put up to a vote in a referendum. The reverse held true for those over the age of 60, a segment of the population in which two-thirds believe the country should leave the European political bloc.

The pollster found that the reason for the divide in thinking about the EU is personal experience. Only 19 percent of young Britons say that they have not profited from the Europe, whereas 51 percent of those over 60 make that claim.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:44:04 PM EST
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Is this some sort of joke? Or another lazy journalist broadcasting the elite conventional (lack of) wisdom.
by redstar on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 01:27:39 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Greek parliament votes to probe ex-minister

BRUSSELS - Deputies in the Greek parliament early Friday (18 January) voted to launch a parliamentary investigation into Greece's former minister of finance Giorgos Papaconstantinou.

Papaconstantinou is one of several names to have emerged in the mishandling of a list that discloses the identities of some 2,000 powerful tax-evading Greeks who hid away €2 billion in Swiss bank accounts.

Others, like ex-prime ministers George Papandreou and Lucas Papademos and Papaconstantinou's successor and current PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, escaped parliament's scrutiny into the affair, reports Kathimerini.

Instead, some 265 MPs out of 300 voted to launch proceedings against Papaconstantinou who is accused of having deliberately removed the names of his relatives from the list - a charge he denies.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:45:50 PM EST
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Czech PM survives no-confidence vote over amnesty | EurActiv

Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas survived a vote of no confidence yesterday (17 January), after coming under sharp attack for an amnesty granted by outgoing President Václav Klaus that halted investigations of dozens of financial crimes.

The amnesty, granted by Klaus and countersigned by Nečas, outraged many Czechs who believe politicians and their friends are able to evade justice.

Amnesties are among the limited powers of Czech presidents. This one, announced on 1 January, was Klaus's first, and came just before the end of his second and final five-year term in March.

The opposition failed to muster the necessary 101 votes in the lower house of parliament to topple Nečas. The centre-right cabinet has survived five such votes since taking power in 2010.

Lest we forget whose freedom Klaus defends.

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

by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:46:04 PM EST
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The ability to survive votes of no confidence seems to be the coin of the realm for political confidence men.

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 Sun Jan 20th, 2013 at 12:46:00 AM EST
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Since the cleaner that stole the train made international news I figure the debunking goes here too:

From Death by Train

Technical inquiry is done, and though still unconscious the cleaner has been cleared of all charges. The prosecutor is now proceeding with an investigation into breach of worker safety regulations, but says it will crucial to question the cleaner. So not much will happen before she wakes up. Union says it is not the first time the company has jumped the gun.

Since breaches of worker safety regulations are less exciting then someone stealing a train, I guess this will not make the international media.

News (in Swedish)

Press release from the prosecutors office (in Swedish)

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 Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 07:17:49 AM EST
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Follow-up: The union is considering suing the company for slandering the cleaner. She has still not woken up.

News (in Swedish)

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 Sun Jan 20th, 2013 at 03:41:03 AM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:46:27 PM EST
Spain banking woes mount as bad loans soar | Business News | DW.DE | 18.01.2013

The level of non-performing loans in Spanish banks rose by 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) from October to November last year to reach a total of 191 billion euros, the Bank of Spain said Friday, as it released latest available banking data.

Bad debt levels in that month amounted to 11.3 percent of total loans, the central bank said, as they edged up from 11.2 percent in October to reach the highest level ever since banking records were first taken in Spain in 1962.

The bank attributed the rise to Spain's record unemployment which reached 25 percent at the end of 2012, leaving a rising number of individuals and companies unable to repay their debts.

But we need to fire public employees (and get private companies to do the same with theirs by crashing the economy) to reduce public debt!

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

by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:46:41 PM EST
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With the current state of economics who could have known that having 25% of your population unemployed might lead to an 11% default rate? Poor boobies. They are fortunate that the rate is not twice that -- yet.

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 Sun Jan 20th, 2013 at 12:56:35 AM EST
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Well - at best the economic thinking behind 'reform' is irrational,  and at worst it's abusive and psychotic.

Rational analysis of consequences doesn't seem to play much of a role.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jan 20th, 2013 at 06:59:40 AM EST
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Bishop of Liverpool launches scathing attack on Government cuts programme - Home News - UK - The Independent

Council and faith leaders from Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield met in Liverpool for a conference highlighting how urban areas with high levels of poverty are having to make proportionately deeper cuts than better off regions of the country.

The Right Rev James Jones, who recently won praise for his role in chairing the Hillsborough Independent Panel, said some of the poorest areas of the country were having to sustain cuts that "do not feel fair".

"The cities here represented today know that it is within their boundaries that the severest cuts are being endured with figures of £200-300 being cut per person," he said. "This compares with other parts of the country where the cuts are a third of these being sustained in some of the most challenging areas."

The bishop, who is himself diabetic, warned that cities like Liverpool risked succumbing to what he termed "urban diabetes".

But exactly that is th policy goal: starve the poor.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:46:52 PM EST
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Member of Merkel Cabinet Calls for Nationalization of German Power Grid - SPIEGEL ONLINE

A member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet is calling for a radical solution to the desperately needed expansion of high-voltage power lines across the country, a critical infrastructure project that has stalled in recent months. Ilse Aigner would like to see the partial nationalization of the country's electricity grid in order to ensure that massive power lines required to transport green energy from offshore windfarms and other sources to the industry-heavy regions of southern Germany are finally built.

The consumer protection minister, a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), seems to have struck a chord with the call, too. Many experts in business and politics believe that Germany would be better off with a national power grid that is partially or even fully owned by the government -- especially at a time when the German electricity market will have to be completely revamped because of the Energiewende , Berlin's policy of phasing out all nuclear power plants by 2022 and ensuring that 80 percent of the country's electricity supply comes from clean energy by 2050.

Yet another CSU vs. FDP match.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:47:07 PM EST
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"Radical solution" = collective ownership of what is most efficiently a public good?

Another lazy journalist working for folks who think a minimum wage is also a "radical solution".

by redstar on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 01:33:41 PM EST
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ThyssenKrupp board takes pay cut to appease shareholders | Business News | DW.DE | 18.01.2013

ThyssenKrupp's 20 board members had agreed to forego half of their pay for 2012, the German steelmaker's supervisory board chief Gerhard Cromme told shareholders at the firm's annual meeting on Friday.

"This gesture is intended as a sign of our dismay and our solidarity with you, our shareholders," he said, after announcing a record loss of 4.7 billion euros ($6.3 billion) for the business year, ended September 2012.

Shareholder frustration was running high at the general meeting in Bochum, Germany. The supervisory board had already announced in December that investors would not be paid a dividend as a result of the losses.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:47:19 PM EST
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Lithium Ion Batteries Create Major Problems on Boeing Dreamliner 787 - SPIEGEL ONLINE
The latest problems with Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet could be a disaster for the US plane manufacturer. The lithium-ion batteries used on board are unique -- and apparently also combustible. In the worst case, Boeing may have to make extensive modifications.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:47:38 PM EST
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I have had the following site recommended by a correspondent: NachDenkSeiten. A website that has a section called MANIPULATION DES MONATS promises to be interesting. Here's the site's self-description:
NachDenkSeiten sollen eine gebündelte Informationsquelle für jene Bürgerinnen und Bürger sein, die am Mainstream der öffentlichen Meinungsmacher zweifeln und gegen die gängigen Parolen Einspruch anmelden.

NachDenkSeiten sollen eine Anlaufstelle sein für alle, die sich über gesellschaftliche, ökonomische und politische Probleme unserer Zeit noch eigene Gedanken machen.

NachDenkSeiten wollen ein Angebot sein für jene, die in den meinungsprägenden Medien kein ausreichend kritisches Meinungspotential mehr erkennen.

ReflectionPages should be a bundled information source for those citizens who doubt the mainstream opinion-makers and protest against received slogans.

ReflectionPages should be a go-to site for those who still think for themselves on the social, economic and political problems of our time.

ReflectionPages want to be an offer for those that don't find a sufficiently critical opinion potential in the influential opinion media.



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 19th, 2013 at 10:24:26 AM EST
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 WORLD 


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by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:47:58 PM EST
Algeria hostage crisis: Brits at risk as Cameron condemns 'brutal and savage' hostage attack - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

The number of Britons still caught up in the Algerian hostage crisis has been "significantly reduced" from the previous estimate of "less than 30", David Cameron told MPs.

UK officials are refusing to speculate in more detail on the number of UK nationals in jeopardy, either because they were feared dead, are injured or could not be accounted for.

In an emergency Commons statement shortly after receiving updates from military and intelligence chiefs, Mr  Cameron said operations against the kidnappers was continuing.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:48:08 PM EST
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More from The Independent (this time from Robert Fisk).
Odd, isn't it, how our "collateral damage" is different from their "collateral damage". Speaking yesterday to an old Algerian friend in the aviation business, I asked him what he thought of his country's raid on the In Amenas gas plant."Brilliant operation, Robert," he shouted down the phone. "We destroyed the terrorists!" But the innocent hostages? What about their deaths, I asked? "Poor guys," he replied. "We had thousands of women and children killed in our war [in the 1990s] - terrible tragedy - but we are fighting terrorism."

And there you have it. Our dead men didn't matter in the slightest to him. And he had a point, didn't he? For we are outraged today, not by the massacre of the innocents, but because the hostages killed by the Algerian army - along with some of their captors - were largely white, blue-eyed chaps rather than darker, brown-eyed chaps. Had all the "Western" hostages - I am including the Japanese in this ridiculous, all-purpose definition - been rescued and had the innocent dead all been Algerian, there would have been no talk yesterday of a "botched raid".

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 05:44:16 AM EST
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Great piece
by Katrin on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 06:19:08 AM EST
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18 dead as Algerian forces launch final assault: APS | Reuters

(Reuters) - Algerian special forces on Saturday launched a "final assault" on Islamists holding foreign hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, killing 11 of the al Qaeda-linked fighters, the country's official APS news agency said.

Seven foreign hostages held by the militants have been killed by their captors, APS said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 09:32:11 AM EST
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the Algerian government will issue an apology for the brutality in less than the time his own government took to apologize for it's own Bloody Sunday brutality (e.g., 40 years)...
by redstar on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 01:37:00 PM EST
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New Nationalist Government of Japan Stokes Tensions with China - SPIEGEL ONLINE

On Dec. 16, Abe recaptured the majority in the lower house of parliament for his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which was voted out of power only three years ago. Now Abe wants to lead the aging and insecure Asian economic power back to its former greatness and, most of all, to rid it of its unpopular "postwar regime."

In saying that, Abe is referring to what the American occupiers imposed on the Japanese Empire after it lost World War II: its pacifist constitution, a relatively liberal education system and an understanding of history that is wholly foreign to Abe. This reading, which the Allied victors inserted into court decisions in the 1948 war crimes trials in Tokyo, painted both Japan and Germany as aggressors in need of permanent taming.

The premier wants to return Japan to its former position as a "beautiful country," which is also the title of a book in which he describes his vision for the nation's future. He wants this new Japan to re-embrace the values promoted by his father, former Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe (1924-1991), and practiced by his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi (1896-1987), whom he admires.

Kishi was the Japanese version of Albert Speer, Hitler's minister of armaments and war production. He expedited the subjugation of China in occupied Manchuria in the 1930s, and he later managed Japan's war machine against the Allies.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:48:19 PM EST
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Yeshivah World
Outgoing Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger is calling to install a new mechitzah [divider between men and women] at the Kosel [Western wall], a one-way view mechitzah that will permit women to view the male mispallalim [people praying] but not the reverse, thereby complying with stringent Halacha.


It is being explained the rav decided to act after receiving a growing number of correspondence citing cases of women standing on chairs as they try to view the man's side, and this he explains does compromise tznius ["modesty"] at the Kosel. This is especially true when there is a simcha, such as a bar mitzvah when women wish to see the chosson bar mitzvah.

One-way glass between two brightly lit spaces....
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Sun Jan 20th, 2013 at 04:51:59 PM EST
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It's a miracle!

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 Sun Jan 20th, 2013 at 05:34:57 PM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


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by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:48:35 PM EST
Green cars legislation faces 'dilution', says Irish presidency | EurActiv

Tough new EU carbon dioxide emissions targets for cars are facing "dilution" due to heavy pushback from member states with strong auto-industry lobbies, such as Germany, according to an Irish presidency source, who was speaking on condition of anonymity at a press briefing on 16 January.

"A lot of member states have automotive plants and facilities, the motor industry tends to be well respected by member states, and the fact we have two German rapporteurs [in the European Parliament] may result in the commission's proposals being diluted," the source said, in response to a question by EurActiv.

Passenger cars account for around 12% of total EU carbon emissions and unlike other sectors covered by emissions legislation, the figure is rising.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:48:55 PM EST
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Vietnam and Cambodia tell Laos to stop $3.5bn Mekong River dam project | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a $3.5bn (£2.2bn) hydropower dam on Mekong River pending further study, environmental activists said on Friday.

Cambodia, downriver from the Xayaburi dam, accused Laos of failing to consult on the project, activists said. The Mekong River commission (MRC), made up of member states Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, held a three-day meeting in northern Laos to discuss river development projects.

The dam in northern Laos, the first of 11 planned for the lower Mekong River running through south-east Asia, threatens the livelihood of tens of millions who depend on the river's aquatic resources, activists say.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:49:06 PM EST
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Whole Foods CEO: 'climate change is not necessarily bad' | Environment | guardian.co.uk

In 1978, John Mackey and his girlfriend used $45,000 in seed money to start "Safer Way," a natural foods store in Austin, Texas, that was supposed to offer shoppers an alternative to "evil" profit-seeking corporations. But soon the long-haired 25-year-old found himself lumped in with the people he was supposed to be fighting. His customers complained that his prices were too high. His workers thought they weren't being paid enough. Austin nonprofits said he should give them more money. And government regulators were slapping him with fees, fines, and taxes. He lost more than half of his investment before renaming the store Whole Foods and reconsiderng his take on corporate America. "My worldview underwent a massive shift," he writes in Conscious Capitalism, a new book about his business philosophy that Mackey coauthored with Raj Sisodia, cofounder of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, Inc. "I had become a businessperson and a capitalist, and I had discovered that business and capitalism, while not perfect, were both fundamentally good and ethical." (A book review is forthcoming.)

Mackey responded via email to my questions, dishing on Obamacare, the relevance of labor unions, and the overheated rhetoric concerning climate change--which is, after all "perfectly natural."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:49:17 PM EST
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AFP: Japan finds high radiation levels in fish: TEPCO

TOKYO -- A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, its operator said Friday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said caesium equivalent to 254,000 becquerels per kilogramme -- or 2,540 times more than the government seafood limit -- was detected in a "murasoi" fish.

The fish, similar to rockfish, was caught at a port inside the Fukushima plant, a TEPCO spokesman said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 02:13:01 PM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:49:45 PM EST
EU driving licence comes into force - Europe - World - The Independent

An EU driving licence comes into force tomorrow - a credit card-style replacement for the more than 100 different paper and plastic licences currently in use by more than 300 million motorists across the 27 European member states.

The common-format licence for all EU drivers, with improved security protection, is part of a package of new measures proposed by Brussels and approved by EU ministers to improve free movement across borders, crack down on driving licence fraud and improve road safety across the EU.

"Traffic police across Europe are currently expected to recognise more than 100 different types of paper and plastic driving licence" said EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas on the eve of the launch.

"ID photos may be long out of date, the categories for which the driver is licensed unclear and the document may be easy to forge. Fake driving licences are a licence to kill, that is why we need licences which are easy to read, easy to understand and very difficult to falsify."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:49:58 PM EST
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Catholic Church Counters Claim Its Hospitals Turned Rape Victim Away - SPIEGEL ONLINE
A 25-year-old possible rape victim was reportedly refused a basic exam at two Catholic hospitals in Cologne last month. The Church says the impression that rape victims can't be treated at Catholic hospitals is "false."

The local daily newspaper, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, published an article Wednesday detailing the experience of an emergency center doctor, Irmgard Maiworm, one night last month. Maiworm told the paper that on Dec. 15, a 25-year-old woman came in to see her, accompanied by her mother.

..."I immediately suspected that this young woman might have been drugged with a date-rape drug, so that rape was not to be ruled out," Maiworm told the paper. The woman reportedly complained of pains and difficulty going to the bathroom and wore soiled clothes.

With her permission, Maiworm contacted the police and informed the woman of the risks of pregnancy and gave her a prescription for the "morning-after pill." She told the paper that she then called the gynecology department at the neighboring St. Vincent's Hospital to arrange for the woman to have a gynecological exam, only to be told by the doctor there that such an exam would not be possible.

According to the paper, the doctor told Maiworm that the hospital's ethics commission, after consulting with Cardinal Joachim Meisner, had decided not to conduct exams after sexual attacks, so as not to be in the position of having to advise on possible unwanted pregnancies resulting from the attacks.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:50:09 PM EST
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Bolshoi ballet artistic director suffers acid attack - RUSSIA - FRANCE 24
 

A masked assailant threw acid at the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theater ballet troupe, an attack that Bolshoi representatives said may cause him to lose his eyesight and appeared to be linked to power struggles at the famed Russian ballet company.

Sergei Filin, a 42-year-old former ballet star, said he was approached late Thursday night by a man who threw the acid at his face as he approached the high gate at the entrance to his apartment building in central Moscow.

"I got scared and I thought he was going to shoot me," Filin, his head and face covered with white bandages, said in an interview with REN TV. "I turned around to run, but he raced ahead of me."

Filin said the attacker wore a hood and either a mask or a scarf, so only his eyes were visible.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:50:20 PM EST
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Bolshoi ballet artistic director suffers acid attack - RUSSIA - FRANCE 24

Alexei Ratmansky, who was the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director from 2004 until 2008, described an atmosphere of intrigue at the theater.

"What happened with Sergei Filin was not accidental," Ratmansky, now an artist-in-residence at the American Ballet Theater, posted on his Facebook page. "The Bolshoi has many ills. It's a disgusting cesspool, of those developing friendships with the artists, the speculators and scalpers, the half-crazy fans ready to bite the throats of the rivals of their favorites, the cynical hackers, the lies in the press and the scandalous interviews of staff.

But then again there is always a possibility of personal relations - unrelated to his work - gone wrong that none might like to talk about.

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 Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 07:11:36 AM EST
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Snow and security crew strike delay European flights | News | DW.DE | 18.01.2013
Snowfalls across western Europe have disrupted travel plans, with cancellations and closures at some major airports. Compounding aviation woes was a strike by security workers in Hamburg.


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by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:50:33 PM EST
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La Pietà Rondanini va a San Vittore, confermato
Per qualcuno è un importante segnale lanciato al mondo, per altri è un'azione inutile e dannosa dal sapore propagandistico. Sta di fatto che proprio oggi la Giunta del Comune di Milano ha approvato le linee d'indirizzo per l'esposizione della Pietà Rondanini di Michelangelo nella cappella centrale del carcere di San Vittore e il suo successivo trasferimento, durante il periodo natalizio, in Duomo. C'è l'ok della direzione del carcere e il parere tecnico dell'Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro del MiBAC .
During a restoration, Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini will be moved to the main chapel of the San Vittore prison.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 04:25:27 AM EST
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ON THIS DATE


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by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:51:00 PM EST
19 January 1813: birth of Henry Bessemer (d. 1898), English engineer, inventor, and businessman who revolutionised steel manufacturing with the Bessemer process


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by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:51:11 PM EST
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20 January 1523: Christian II (1481-1559), joint king of Denmark and Norway and conqueror of Sweden, is deposed by a revolt against Dutch-inspired progressive reforms


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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:51:24 PM EST
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Christian the Tyrant (as he is known in Swedish history) was actually joint king of Denmark, Norawy and Sweden, though his rule in Sweden was only enforced briefly.

When he was deposed he had managed to make enemies of the Swedish nobility and clergy through the Stockholm Bloodbath, the Danish nobility through the proposed reforms (and the despotical manner in which they were proposed), the pope through the executions of bishops at said Bloodbath, and many of the commoners through the plights of continous warfare.

Funny thing is that despite a failed attempt to re-take the throne in the end he lived out a long life as a nobel prisoner with a classic nobel lifestyle.

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 Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 06:44:37 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


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by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:51:41 PM EST
'What do we believe?': Lance Armstrong 'confessional' poses more questions than answers - Others - More Sports - The Independent
How do you know when a liar isn't lying? It is Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling, who has produced the most apposite summary to the first part of Lance Armstrong's supposed confessional to Oprah Winfrey when he stated simply: "What do we believe?"

Cookson was addressing the subject of Armstrong's supposed positive test on the 2001 Tour of Switzerland. The comprehensive and damning US Anti Doping Agency (Usada) report - that stands as the point of reference for this entire story regardless of what Armstrong, and others, may say - detailed payments to cycling's governing body, the UCI, and raised the prospect of a cover up. It is potentially the most damaging part of the entire case, suggesting a link to the governing body, that it might have been complicit.

When asked about it, Armstrong denied it all. There was no cover up, the donation of over $100,000 to the UCI was just that and had nothing to do with any pay-off , he said.

His minimal mea culpa - for that is what it was at best and he still refused to admit doping in his comeback Tours in 2009 and 2010 despite evidence to the contrary - may well prove a costly one for him, but then the cost was likely to have been borne even if he had not recorded the two-hour long interview. The lawyers behind one of the largest demands for financial recompense, a $12m claim on behalf of SCA Promotions for the return of bonuses paid for his Tour de France wins, insisted before the interview that their case was watertight - they had the Usada report and all the sworn testimony and wealth of evidence that contained. What Armstrong said this week was not going to make any difference to their determination to get their money back.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:51:55 PM EST
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'Very silly': Professor convicted of scrawling polite graffiti - Crime - UK - The Independent
A university professor has been convicted of scrawling polite graffiti on luxury cars causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Stephen Graham, 47, who is a specialist in cities and urban life at Newcastle University, today pleaded guilty to the wrecking spree.

He used a screwdriver to scratch words such as "very silly", "really wrong" and "arbitrary" on to vehicles in the Jesmond area of Newcastle.

...The professor, based at Newcastle University's school of architecture, planning and landscape, previously blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his behaviour and said he could not remember what happened.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:52:08 PM EST
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