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16-17 February 2013

by DoDo Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:09:38 PM EST

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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:08:29 PM EST
French political elite covet Paris mayor's office - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

The mayor's seat in Paris is a highly coveted position. Seen as a springboard to the presidency, it is considered one of the most powerful offices in France. Despite the fact municipal elections aren't until 2014, the country is awash with speculation about who will replace current Mayor Bertrand Delanoë when his term expires next year.

First elected in 2001, Delanoë, a socialist, has used his position as mayor of France's capital to introduce a number of ambitious social programmes and reforms. Although Delanoë has enjoyed relative popularity over the years, he has ruled out running for a third term in office and will step down as mayor when the time comes.

While that day is still a way off, political hopefuls are already vying for the seat, steeling themselves for the long battle ahead. In a calculated move, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet ..., a member of the right-wing UMP party, announced her candidacy on Friday in the French daily Le Parisien - more than a week before she was expected to.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:08:42 PM EST
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is almost certain to be a woman. Delanoë's anointed successor Anne Hidalgo (PS) being the front runner. And Cécile Duflot (Verts) has announced that she hasn't decided yet.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 07:28:43 AM EST
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Bribes are part of doing business, says former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi - Europe - World - The Independent

Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister who is standing for election this month, has told a television audience that paying bribes to win big contracts is an acceptable part of international business.

The three-time prime minister and billionaire dismissed as "facile moralism" criticism aimed at senior executives at the Italian defence giant Finmeccanica, who are accused of making illegal payments to win helicopter deals with India. His comments came just before the Indian government confirmed it had put on hold a €560m (£480m) contract to buy helicopters from Finmeccanica as a result of the allegations.

The Indian Defence Ministry has begun its own investigation after the Italian company's chief executive, Giuseppe Orsi, was arrested in Milan on Tuesday and charged with bribery. Mr Orsi formally submitted his resignation as CEO of the company. In his letter to the Finmeccanica board, he denied wrongdoing, saying he always worked "for the exclusive interest of Finmeccanica and its subsidiaries".



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:08:55 PM EST
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Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister who is standing for election this month, has told a television audience that paying bribes to win big contracts is an acceptable part of international business

There you have it! If you peasants do any bribing you end up in the slammer. Us rich folks do anything we want and get bonuses. Got it?

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 10:21:46 AM EST
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'Frustrated' Füle cancels visit to Macedonia | EurActiv

Macedonia's main opposition Social Democrats have been boycotting parliament since they were thrown out of the assembly by security during a brawl in late December.

Accusing the rightist government of authoritarianism, the Social Democrats are now threatening to boycott local elections on March 24.

EU enlargement commissioner Štefan Füle had planned to visit next week to assess the small Balkan country's reform progress, but said on Friday this would no longer be "appropriate".

"I am frustrated by the lack of progress in putting an end to the political stalemate," Füle said in a statement. He warned the situation was "putting at risk" an opportunity for Macedonia to clinch the start of membership talks.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:09:06 PM EST
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EU budget summit aftermath: `Everyone's a winner' | EurActiv
National leaders were quick to portray last week's budget summit agreement as a victory for their country. But one week after the dust has settled, the picture looks more nuanced. The EurActiv network brings you an overview from Britain, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:09:18 PM EST
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is a danger to himself and others:
Meanwhile, Olli Rehn of the European Commission, a firm advocate of austerity, responds to the disastrous economic news in Europe, which has confirmed the warnings of austerity critics and led to a widespread reassessment of fiscal multipliers; it seems that they are large in a liquidity trap, just as some of us predicted. Rehn's answer? We need to stop putting out these economic studies, because they're undermining confidence in austerity!
(Krugman blog)

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 09:31:01 AM EST
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LOL!!!

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 10:23:03 AM EST
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One needs only to read the comment section to Krug's blogpost to see where the frame needs to be developed.

Thanks Migs.

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

by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:07:15 PM EST
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And here is Rehn'soriginal letter. Don't read if your blood pressure is too high.
by Katrin on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:46:17 PM EST
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The actual consolidation turns out much larger than what was included in the forecast...

The problem is not blood pressure so much as stopping laughing. Things got much worst than they predicted so their forecasts of recovery were off? This is a defense of the policy? HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!

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 Feb 17th, 2013 at 01:06:22 AM EST
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If he had a job according to his abilities, I could enjoy the fun of it.
by Katrin on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 04:06:27 AM EST
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He's a politician. In this day and age, that means a glorified talking head.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 04:38:17 AM EST
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It might help the overall situation were idiots like Olle laughed off the stage occasionally. He just admitted that austerity policies made things much worse than expected. In other words, in pursuit of ignorant prejudice they tanked the economy. Continuing down that road is only going to make things worse. If only someone sensible had a microphone.

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 Feb 17th, 2013 at 03:27:38 PM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:09:33 PM EST
EU, US agree to fast-track bank rules, bonus cap | EurActiv

The European Union and the United States agreed on Thursday (14 February) to implement the new global Basel III capital adequacy rules for banks as soon as possible, EU financial services chief Michel Barnier said after a meeting in Washington.

The Basel rules are the world's main regulatory response to the 2007-2009 financial crisis, aimed at preventing a repeat crisis where banks had to be bailed out by their governments.

But both the United States and the EU missed the January deadline for the start of a six-year phase-in of the new regime - the EU was not ready, and the United States in December announced a delay for further consultation.

...The EU is expected to formally implement Basel next January, a year late but despite the delay the biggest EU and US banks already meet or exceed the new capital requirements that don't come fully into force until 2019.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:09:44 PM EST
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the biggest EU and US banks already meet or exceed the new capital requirements

...means that there is probably at least one bank in the EU and the US that meet these requirements.

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 Feb 17th, 2013 at 01:09:15 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Amazon under fire in Germany over 'neo-Nazi' guards

The allegations were made in a half-hour documentary published on German public broadcaster ARD on Thursday (14 February) which examined the living and working circumstances of the firm's thousands of temporary workers from all over Europe.

The workers, say the film-makers, live in cramped houses, have to work 15 days in a row, walk up to 17km a day in the huge warehouses and earn less than they were originally promised before leaving their home countries to come to Germany.

Meanwhile, they are watched over by security guards with shaven heads, leather jackets and big boots. The guards are omnipresent. They are said to frisk people to make sure they are not taking bread rolls from the canteen. They also appear to have free rein to check the workers' accommodation, entering bedrooms and kitchens.

...The guards work for Hess security, which ARD suggested is an allusion to Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess. Several of them are shown in the documentary wearing Thor Steinar clothing, which is synonymous with neo-Nazis groups in Germany.

The clothing label is banned both by Germany's parliament and the country's football association for its far-right links - the reason why Amazon itself also does not sell the label online.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:09:54 PM EST
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US fascists sympathizers have always loved fascists for their way with labor.

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 Feb 17th, 2013 at 01:11:02 AM EST
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Spain's unemployed find treasure in others' trash | Europe | DW.DE | 14.02.2013

For unemployed immigrants to Spain, there's one last-resort "job" that sometimes pays more than minimum wage. It's dumpster diving, and it's particularly lucrative for former construction workers.

On a Barcelona street, a well-dressed, middle-aged Spanish man averts his eyes from onlookers as he reaches his arm deep into a dumpster.

It's a scene that's become more common since the economic crisis hit Spain, plunging the country into Europe's deepest recession. According to Spain's National Institute of Statistics, unemployment currently stands at 26 percent.

But for those who have immigrated to Spain the number is closer to 35 percent, and of the thousands of Spaniards now searching through dumpsters by night, many are immigrants.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:10:05 PM EST
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 WORLD 


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:10:18 PM EST
Aleppo airfield battle dominates Syrian conflict | News | DW.DE | 15.02.2013

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army of President Bashar Assad was aiming to take back control of the "Brigade 80" base outside of Aleppo, which rebels had seized on Wednesday.

The base had previously been used by the army to guard both aviation facilities. Its rebel seizure on Wednesday left at least 150 dead from both sides, the observatory said.

The observatory said on Friday that army forces still controlled Aleppo's civilian airport and the Nairab military airfield and had shelled outlying rebel positions. The rebels, in turn, had fired homemade rockets at Nairab.

Activists quoted by the French news agency AFP said the rebel Free Syrian Army decided several weeks ago to switch emphasis from Aleppo's inner-city military stalemate to air hubs. If seized, they could put out of action warplanes which Assad's regime has used for months to bomb rebel-held areas.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:10:29 PM EST
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Afghans skeptical of Obama troop withdrawal | Asia | DW.DE | 15.02.2013

US President Barack Obama plans to withdraw some 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year - a little more than half the current number. The Karzai government has welcomed the move as long overdue.

The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a statement saying it had long been hoping for such an announcement and that the US president's plans would certainly provide added impetus for peace and security in the country.

Zahir Azimi, the spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry, added that "by the end of 2013, the government would take over the security responsibilities for all of Afghanistan." Afghan security forces had the necessary capabilities and strength, he said.

...Due to a lack of equipment, Afghan troops are still dependent on international forces as far as air support is concerned. The United States has repeatedly denied Afghan requests for equipment for its air force.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:10:39 PM EST
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Al Jazeera Criticized for Lack of Independence after Arab Spring - SPIEGEL ONLINE
For over a decade, the Arab television broadcaster Al-Jazeera was widely respected for providing an independent voice from the Middle East. Recently, however, several top journalists have left, saying the station has developed a clear political agenda.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:10:50 PM EST
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by Bernard on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:44:44 PM EST
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Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test - source | Reuters

(Reuters) - North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, said a source with direct knowledge of the message.

Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source, who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:56:41 PM EST
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Don;t take shit, boys. Blast away!

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 11:00:33 AM EST
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Pro-Morsi protesters rally in Cairo - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Thousands have rallied in Cairo to show support for Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi, who has been locked in a deep dispute with the largely secular opposition.

Protesters packed a square outside Cairo University on Friday, chanting slogans backing Morsi and denouncing the recent violence allegedly carried out by opposition supporters against state institutions.

"The president who came to power through the ballot box cannot be brought down by petrol bombs and attacks on public and private buildings," Mohammed al-Sagheer, an Muslim cleric, told the rally.

Participants raised banners that read: "No to subversion"; "Those who love Egypt should not ruin it."

The rally was the first by Morsi's allies since massive protests erupted against his policies in late January, marking the second anniversary of an uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:59:28 PM EST
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Venezuela shows first Chavez photos, says has trouble speaking | Reuters

(Reuters) - Venezuela published the first photos of cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez since his surgery in Havana more than two months ago, and said the socialist president was breathing through a tracheal tube and struggling to speak.

The pictures showed the 58-year-old, his face looking swollen but smiling, lying down in a hospital bed and flanked by his two daughters. In one, they were reading Thursday's edition of the Cuban state newspaper Granma.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:02:11 PM EST
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LIVING OFF THE PLANET
Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:11:04 PM EST
Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Conservatives used a pair of secretive trusts to fund a media campaign against windfarms and solar projects, and to block state agencies from planning for future sea-level rise, the Guardian has learned.

The trusts, Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund, served as the bankers of the conservative movement over the past decade. Promising anonymity to their conservative billionaire patrons, the trusts between them channelled nearly $120m to contrarian thinktanks and activists, wrecking the chances of getting Congress to act on climate change.

Now the Guardian can reveal the latest project of the secretive funding network: a campaign to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy.

The campaign against wind and solar power was led by a relatively new entity, the Franklin Centre for Government and Public Integrity. The Franklin Centre did not exist before 2009, but it has quickly become a protege of Donors Trust.

...The Franklin Centre purports to be a hub for a network of "citizen journalists" and "watchdog" groups reporting from state capitals. It claims on its website to provide 10% of all daily reporting from state capitals across the country. It says it is on a mission to uphold a media culture of "transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility at the grassroots level".



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:11:15 PM EST
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Secret funding of climate sceptics is not restricted to the US | Bob Ward | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The spectacular exposé by the Guardian of the hidden funding network for US climate change sceptics reveals a set-up that also exists in the UK, where wealthy rightwing donors secretly finance a highly professional campaign against policies to reduce greenhouse gases.

The main lobby group for suchsceptics in the UK is the Global Warming Policy Foundation, established by Lord Lawson, a Conservative peer. The foundation was officially launched with an article by Lawson in the Times on 22 November 2009, just three days after emails that had been hacked from the University of East Anglia were posted on the web in a bid to scupper the United Nations climate change negotiations in Copenhagen that December.

Lawson used the article to accuse climate scientists of "manipulating" records of global temperature and of refusing external scrutiny of their raw data, while also calling for a "an open and reasoned debate" about domestic and international climate change policies.

But despite his apparent enthusiasm for greater transparency by climate researchers, Lawson has been less than forthcoming about how the foundation is funded...



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:11:26 PM EST
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by Bernard on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:48:07 PM EST
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EU gives 'untimely' OK to pork, poultry in fish feed | EurActiv

The European Commission has reapproved the use of reconstituted animal protein for use in fish feed from June 2013, in a move declared "untimely" by French deputy minister for food Guillaume Garot.

The decision, which comes in the throes of the EU-wide horsemeat scandal, has not gone down well with the French government, according to France Info.

"France is opposed to this European measure", Garot said in an interview on Friday (15 February), the day after the decision.

...The EU executive banned the use of processed animal proteins (PAPs) for use in farm feed in 1997 for cattle, and in 2001 for all animals, after they were linked to the spread of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or mad cow disease.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:11:38 PM EST
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Anxiety drug pollution makes fish go rogue: study

Anti-anxiety drugs find their way into wastewater where they make fish more fearless and antisocial, with potentially serious ecological consequences, researchers said Thursday.

Scientists examining perch exposed to the sedative Oxazepam -- which, like many medications, passes through the human body -- found that it made them more likely to leave their school and strike out on their own.

"Normally, perch are shy and hunt in schools. This is a known strategy for survival and growth," said ecologist Tomas Brodin, lead author of the article, which will be published in Friday's edition of Science.

"But those who swim in Oxazepam became considerably bolder," he said, putting the fish at greater risk of being eaten by predators.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:09:00 PM EST
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Sort of like the effect of advertizing on society.

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 Feb 17th, 2013 at 01:19:15 AM EST
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Guardian: The meat scandal shows all that is rotten about our free marketeers

The large supermarkets have said little or nothing, which Number 10 deplores. There is nothing they can say. They have lobbied for the world in which we now live. An alternative world - in which consumers were genuinely served and where it is understood that suppliers need adequate profit margins in the supermarkets' interests as much as the suppliers' own - has to be created by stakeholders, including by government. There is a codependency between state, society, business and business supply chains, anathema to Paterson with his undeviating obeisance to the virtues of a "private sector" free from such "burdens".



You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 09:43:41 AM EST
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Marketing can persuade many that simple economic efficiency and the magic of large numbers can produce very cheap but still reasonably honest food. And since many of those many cannot afford to feed their families, other than buying such products, then there develops a consumer incuriosity that can cover over isolated scandals. This is often mixed in with an incuriosity about how the world works, in general. It's all a blur of e-numbers, happy meals and facade environmentalism.

But telling them that the fake food really is a fake, leads to a mass epiphany of how they've been cheated. And essentially, as Hutton argues, may lead to a realization that the 'free market' as a whole has been and is cheating them, and maybe they should do something about it.

Irresponsible people are often offended when the people who are paid to be responsible fail. The basis of my elitist version of democracy is to deny the vote to the irresponsible - defined as those who fail to take an education that is offered to them for free. I still have a few details to work out.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 10:15:07 AM EST
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great points.

Sven Triloqvist:

Marketing can persuade many that simple economic efficiency and the magic of large numbers can produce very cheap but still reasonably honest food. And since many of those many cannot afford to feed their families, other than buying such products, then there develops a consumer incuriosity that can cover over isolated scandals. This is often mixed in with an incuriosity about how the world works, in general. It's all a blur of e-numbers, happy meals and facade environmentalism.

But telling them that the fake food really is a fake, leads to a mass epiphany of how they've been cheated. And essentially, as Hutton argues, may lead to a realization that the 'free market' as a whole has been and is cheating them, and maybe they should do something about it.

also the vote privilege only to those willing to be socially, civically and historically educated.... excellent, provided, as you say, all have equal opportunity to said education.


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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 11:48:12 AM EST
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and sorry to plug this again.

But if Finnish educational policies cannot only produce relatively better students (by standard global testing) and do it 17% cheaper per student, then where are the excuses for not providing a free education for all?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 04:02:09 PM EST
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Because they don't want educated citizens.



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 04:34:11 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 Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:11:55 PM EST
Crisis Plays Leading Role in Greek Berlinale Films - SPIEGEL ONLINE

From the outside, the Greek financial crisis is easily reduced to an exhausting series of bailouts, austerity deadlines and protests. But to the people who live with the fallout each day, it's an existential threat, and one that raises fundamental questions about their identity as Greeks.

These questions and the crisis itself play a leading role in three Greek films that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this week, all of which explore its cultural, psychological and interpersonal effects. Though they each take a different approach to the subject, from the bleak docufiction "To the Wolf," to the surreal "The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas," to the thriller "The Daughter," one thing is made abundantly clear -- things are grim in Greece.

The darkest of the three is doubtlessly "To the Wolf," ("Sto Lyko"), which follows two real-life shepherd families in a down-and-out village in the mountains of the western Nafpaktia region.

"Greece is finished. It's dead. Everyone is suffering. They are fighting for a lost cause," mutters the wizened old shepherd Adam Paxnis as the film begins. And things don't get much better from there, in what directors Christina Koutsospyrou and Aran Hughes describe as an "unsettling allegory of modern-day Greece."



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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:12:06 PM EST
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Germany promises Turkey thorough probe into murders | News | DW.DE | 15.02.2013

German parliamentarians inquiring into a neo-Nazi murder series in Germany have invited senior Turkish officials to monitor a major trial opening in Munich in April. Eight of those murdered were of Turkish origin.

A visit to Turkey by the German parliament's committee of inquiry into ten neo-Nazi murders between 2000 and 2007 has ended also with a pledge by the committee's chairman Sebastian Edathy that its findings will be published in Turkish as well. And, he said he would ask Munich judges to allow seats to be reserved for top Turkish observers.

On April 17, Munich's Higher Regional Court is scheduled to begin the trial of Beate Zschäpe and four other suspects on charges including complicity in anti-foreigner murders. It is likely be one of the largest trials in post-war Germany, with 600 witnesses due to testify.

The 38-year-old Zschäpe is the sole surviving member of a core neo-Nazi trio that across Germany allegedly murdered nine shop proprietors, including a resident of Greek origin, and subsequently a policewoman.



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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:12:17 PM EST
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Special Report: Class Struggle - How charter schools get students they want | Reuters

Students may be asked to submit a 15-page typed research paper, an original short story, or a handwritten essay on the historical figure they would most like to meet. There are interviews. Exams. And pages of questions for parents to answer, including: How do you intend to help this school if we admit your son or daughter?

These aren't college applications. They're applications for seats at charter schools.

Charters are public schools, funded by taxpayers and widely promoted as open to all. But Reuters has found that across the United States, charters aggressively screen student applicants, assessing their academic records, parental support, disciplinary history, motivation, special needs and even their citizenship, sometimes in violation of state and federal law.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:57:22 PM EST
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Who Could Have Predicted?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:44:14 AM EST
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Charter schools offer 'choice', which is mostly available to those of means and education.

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 Feb 17th, 2013 at 01:21:47 AM EST
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That's what it's all about.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 02:02:05 AM EST
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ON THIS DATE


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:12:32 PM EST
16 February 1893 – Jean Sibelius conducts the first performance of his own work En Saga


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:12:47 PM EST
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17 February 1753 – last day according to the Gregorian calendar in Sweden (followed by 1 March according to the Julian calendar)


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:12:59 PM EST
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Comment is Free: When did being lowly paid become a criminal offence? (14 February 2013)
Inside Amazon's flagship factory in Rugeley, Staffordshire, a new way of working is evolving. There is a strong topnote of distrust, evinced by the full-body scanners that workers have to pass, every time they leave, to prove they haven't stolen anything. The profound insecurity built into the employment model is dressed up as discipline - which is to say, Amazon expects huge seasonal fluctuations in the number of people it needs, yet likes to mask their dismissals behind a misdeameanour, so a lot of people get axed for crimes like being ill. There's a lifesized blonde lady made of cardboard at the entrance, with a think bubble coming out of her head that says, "This is the best job I've ever had!" If that detail alone is enough to make your blood run cold, marry it to the testimony of the chairman of nearby Lea Hall Miners Welfare Centre and Social Club: "The feedback we're getting is that it's like being in a slave camp."

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Anybody who's ever worked in a very repetitive, menial job will recognise this suspicious atmosphere - the less enjoyable a job is, the more people there are who suspect you of trying to get out of it. That's reasonable, I suppose, though if people were treated less like robots to begin with, they might not need so much surveillance. But the fabled "innovation" of the private sector never seems to be able to extend itself towards making jobs more self-determining and satisfying. Presumably this is because there's always a danger that self-determining, satisfied people might distinguish themselves in some way, might cease to be interchangeable and might want - indeed, deserve - more than the paltry wage they might be being paid.

But there is innovation here, in a new shamelessness. Let's be honest, tagging is what you do to criminals. Criminals often don't mind this, because the alternative for them is prison. The understanding, however, is that there's already been a significant breakdown of respect between the authority and the person before anybody's movements are electronically monitored. It used to be taken as read that you wouldn't do that to a person until you already had good reason to suspect that they wouldn't tell you the truth.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 06:53:41 AM EST
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Could have been filed under the other nightmarish Amazon story.

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by DoDo on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 12:57:09 PM EST
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I wanted it under living on the planet...

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 04:39:01 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:13:13 PM EST
Serbia says it thwarted mafia plot to bring down government jet | EurActiv

Serbian authorities said they had uncovered a plot by "criminal clans" to bring down a government plane carrying a national leader, in the latest twist to a murky row over the links between the mafia and politicians.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, who is also interior minister, had nevertheless decided to board one of the government's two planes for his return to Belgrade from Dublin on Thursday (14 February).

The Serbian leader was in Ireland hoping to secure a date from EU leaders for the launch of accession negotiations. Serbia received candidate status in March 2012.

Dačić is at the centre of a row over links between him and his aides to an alleged drug smuggler, following a series of revelations in the Serbian press this month that have rocked the six-month-old ruling coalition.



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by DoDo on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 03:13:26 PM EST
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Blade Runner Pistorius sobs in court after murder charge | Reuters

(Reuters) - South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend in his Pretoria home.

The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic superstar stood with head bowed in front of magistrate Desmond Nair to hear the charge that he had murdered model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius then started sobbing, covering his face with his hands. "Take it easy," Nair told him. "Come take a seat."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 at 04:00:53 PM EST
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