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by afew Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 10:20:47 AM EST

All new like fresh snow


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Which will get trampled on.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 10:21:43 AM EST
Some friends were on a commercial shoot...



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

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 02:22:30 PM EST
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Ya got me.

'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 Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 04:07:35 PM EST
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It's one of those grizzly-polar bear hybrid (also pizzly bear, prizzly bear, or grolar bear)
by stevesim on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 04:48:17 PM EST
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who are becoming more common due to global warming, btw
by stevesim on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 05:17:20 PM EST
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Daily Kos: Kansas to consider opposition to wind energy

The legislature of the great state of Kansas, is preparing to consider a bill that would eliminate the renewable energy portfolio standard.  The RPS requires investor-owned utilities in the state to procure 20% of energy capacity from renewable sources by 2020.  It isn't the most aggressive RPS in the country, but it is significant for a state like Kansas, dominated by conservative leadership at all levels of state government.

A July 2012 Wichita Eagle article noted that Gray County, in southwestern Kansas, will collect $1.2 million in taxes each year from wind turbines.  Landowners will collect more than $2 million per year over the life of the wind projects - typically 20 to 25 years.  This is not-insignificant revenue for any municipal government and is particularly meaningful for western Kansas communities starved for economic development of any kind.

So why is the legislature considering repeal of the renewable portfolio standard?



Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 10:30:02 AM EST
No mention of carbon tax in that analysis. Coal and gas could get really expensive...
by asdf on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 11:14:47 AM EST
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Immigration: Romanian or Bulgarian? You won't like it here | UK news | The Guardian
Ministers are considering launching a negative advertising campaign in Bulgaria and Romania to persuade potential immigrants to stay away from the UK.

"Don't come to Britain please because we're a government of pea-brained xenophobes."

The sadly funny aspect of this is the outpouring of self-hatred it will provoke from the English. OK so there's a lot to hate... but there's nobody quite like the English for it, and it's not all funny.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 10:46:29 AM EST
Will they run a campaign in France too?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:15:08 AM EST
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What? No red carpet?
by Bernard on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 03:43:46 PM EST
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You know who else was Rumanian?
Dracula.


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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:17:36 AM EST
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Here are some suggestions.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 04:25:51 AM EST
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BBC News - Icesave: Icelandic government wins compensation ruling

A European court has cleared the Icelandic government of failing to guarantee minimum levels of compensation for UK and Dutch savers in the collapsed Icesave bank.

Icesave, run by the Icelandic Landsbanki, collapsed in 2008 along with all of Iceland's banking system.

The UK and Dutch savers were bailed out completely by their governments.

The ruling may halt the UK's attempt to get all of its money back from the Icelandic government.

The Icelandic government said it took "considerable satisfaction" from the ruling from the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) Court.

"Iceland has from the start maintained that there is legal uncertainty as to whether a state is responsible for ensuring payments of minimum guarantees to depositors using its own funds and has stressed the importance of having this issue clarified in court," it said.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 10:50:46 AM EST
when I say "monetary sovereignty", I suppose I meant that a nation may only feel it can ignore absurd diktats (such as bailing out failed banks) if it has MS. Not that there's necessarily any logical or legal connection. Still and all. The Irish political class must be scratching their heads.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:02:20 AM EST
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Normally we think of MS as a disease, however in this case it seems to have been a boon for Iceland.

It has always seemed to me a bit of a stretch to say that if a state like Ireland or Iceland fails to regulate its banks properly, it thereby becomes liable for all bank losses. This is the main argument used by (mostly) German politicians, when they argue that the Irish taxpayer should be liable for the losses of private Irish banks because the Irish regulator didn't supervise them properly.

It seems to me to be a case of Caveat Emptor or buyer beware. Only buy Irish bank bonds if you are confident in their value. It's up to your expert analysts to check out the banks as well as the regulator. The regulator was there primarily to protect the consumer, not foreign banks making imprudent loans to Irish banks.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:33:17 AM EST
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Why does the first paragraph in a comment never format properly - i.e. scoop seems to insert a
rather than a

after it.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:34:48 AM EST
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That should have read:

Why does the first paragraph in a comment never format properly - i.e. scoop seems to insert a "<br"rather than a "<p>" after it.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:35:38 AM EST
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It's a parsing bug that hasn't yet been fixed.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 12:21:36 PM EST
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I think it's always been there, but the old stylesheet worked around it. It's on my list to kill.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 12:25:43 PM EST
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If Caveat Emptor applied to the rich/banks/governments who were then forced to take their losses when they lent to the wrong people ... etc.


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by Number 6 on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:39:57 AM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 12:24:11 PM EST
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EU Business: Violent extremism now Europe's top security threat (28 January 2013)
"We see a growth of extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, hatred and nationalism," she said.

"Not since World War II have extreme and populist forces had so much influence on the national parliaments as they have today. In some countries even neo-Nazis have been elected," she added.

Should the trend continue, next year's European elections "might further strengthen these forces", threatening the entire European project, Malmstroem said.

I have an idea: let's abolish elections, then.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 04:27:40 PM EST
Mass starvation, influenza pandemic, nuclear holocaust, climate disaster, freezing to death in the dark...none of these are as scary as populist forces. Apparently.
by asdf on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 11:17:06 AM EST
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That's Swedish Liberal Democrats for you.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 05:26:12 PM EST
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