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by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:10:35 AM EST
Hi all - weekend ahead, hope you have a nice one!
by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:23:47 AM EST
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Morning, Fran!  Hope you're having a good weekend, too.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:28:36 AM EST
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Good morning, Fran and Good Evening, Izzy! Have a good day, all!
by lychee on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:37:17 AM EST
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Thanks, lychee -- hope you have a good night, too!  (I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of this time zone thing)

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:44:10 AM EST
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Good evening to both of you! This kind of globalized communication is fun, isn't it!
by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:49:25 AM EST
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Let's just average it out and say good afternoon!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:58:09 AM EST
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Good idea!  Or maybe we should just go with whatever time it is in Malta.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 02:00:50 AM EST
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You just want to be ahead of times again! :-)
by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 02:02:51 AM EST
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French IMF candidate an 'insistent' womaniser - Independent Online Edition > Europe

The French media and political world has been thrown into ferment by an allegation that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the European candidate to be the next head of the IMF, is an "insistent" womaniser.

The allegation was made in a blog written by the Brussels correspondent of the newspaper Libération, Jean Quatremer. He said there was a risk that the former French finance minister's behaviour towards women might cause a scandal at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington.

"The only real problem with Strauss-Kahn is his attitude to women." He is "too insistent," M. Quatremer wrote. "The IMF is an international institution with Anglo-Saxon morals. One inappropriate gesture, one unfortunate comment, and there will be a media hue and cry."

M. Quatremer's blog was immediately attacked on the website of the magazine Marianne as "crossing a yellow line". He was also criticised in a column in his own newspaper yesterday by the media commentator, Daniel Schneidermann.

How was it, he asked, that French journalists felt able to make such allegations on the internet but not in print? Under the French law on privacy, it is forbidden to discuss private lives, even those of public figures.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:24:05 AM EST
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all politicians (all French ones anyway, but it seems to be the same elsewhere) are 'insistent womanisers', and I have heard direct personal tales about Strauss-Kahn's behavior (from people that have been teaching at Sciences-Po where he also taught) that have always made me a bit unhappy about him.

But I cannot help wondering why such an accusation is aired, conveniently, against a leftwing figure. Why has Philippe de Villiers' well known womanizing, from a man that speaks all the time about family, familiy values and sacred Christian values, never ever been mentioned?

This stinks.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:32:14 AM EST
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Might have something to do with successful politicians, on the left or on the right, being social dominators [after Bob Altemeyer].

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:43:21 AM EST
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...and there is a funny proclivity for this type of person to favour the submissive role in s/m sex games.

kinda makes you wonder if they think everyone they try to boss around is going to enjoy it as much as they get a kick out of the role.

iow, they think they're doing us a favour...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 06:49:58 AM EST
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I hardly think Quatremer is running with some rightist plot here. More likely he's pissed off with DSK for going along with Tsarsky.

Next set of revelations? Jack Lang won't leave female cello players alone. Claude Allègre is too insistent with flies. Pascal Sevran... No, we know about Pascal Sevran.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 09:23:58 AM EST
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This is an international post, so I fail to see how DSK going there is a betrayal of the left. Just like when Lamy went to the WTO. This has been spun as a blow to the PS, but it's not.

But that shot at DSK stinks (and the fact that it's an "impartial" journalists makes it stink even more.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 10:44:55 AM EST
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He could always become a Republican. Then it would be OK.
by afox (afox at rockgardener dott com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 08:43:30 AM EST
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Reuters via Yahoo:  Docu a compelling portrait of high school debaters

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With its esoteric rules and ultra-ambitious participants, competitive high school debate would seem, at first glance, a dry and potentially off-putting subject for a documentary.

But Greg Whiteley, whose rock 'n' roll portrait "New York Doll" remains one of the more memorable and poignant nonfiction films of recent years, delivers surprises at every turn in the engaging and provocative "Resolved."

The film, which received the audience award for best docu feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival, plunges the viewer into a world that is, to be sure, impenetrable to anyone who's not versed in the lingo known as the spread (short for "speed reading"). Over the past four decades, high school debate has morphed into a sort of performance art in which debaters sound like gasping auctioneers spewing forth a 400-word-per-minute bombardment of factoids.

In its early sequences, Whiteley's film appears to be a fascinating but dispiriting look at the way the system values information processing (or microprocessing) over eloquent, finely tuned arguments designed to persuade. But by its final scenes, "Resolved" has delivered a very unexpected and well-earned jolt of hope.

The first surprise is that not all debaters are pedigreed preppies. The film follows the 2005 and 2006 competitive circuit, focusing on two public school teams. In Texas, nonconformist Sam Iola, who doesn't see the point of doing homework, leads the highly ranked Highland Park team, which includes earnest up-and-comer Matt Andrews. At Southern California's Long Beach Jordan, where only 12 percent to 18 percent of graduates go on to a four-year college, a young teacher named David Wiltz has reinstituted a debate program and come some way toward overcoming the nerd stigma. Against all odds, the school's Louis Blackwell and Richard Funches, the only African American team on the circuit, nab the state championship and head for the national Tournament of Champions.

I'm stunned to hear that debate has changed so much -- I had no idea!      The mention of my old high school's statistics, however, is not a surprise.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:34:58 AM EST
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And in other news from Long Beach...

Yahoo:  Snoop dogg's life to be E! reality show

LOS ANGELES - Snoop Dogg's home and work lives will be on display in a new reality series, E! Entertainment Television said Friday.

The series, scheduled to debut in late 2007 and described by the cable channel as "hilarious and heartwarming," will show the hip-hop heavyweight trying to balance his different worlds.

(...)The rapper, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., has three children, is active in community causes and is involved in a youth football league he founded, E! said.

He's also had court-ordered obligations on his plate. In April, he was sentenced to five years' probation and 800 hours of community service after he pleaded no contest to felony gun and drug charges. The charges followed his arrest last year at an airport in Burbank for investigation of transporting marijuana. Police later found a gun at his home.

Also recently, in 2006 he and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl when some in his party were denied entry to British Airways' first-class lounge at Heathrow Airport.



Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:39:44 AM EST
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You went to Jordan?  (This is getting all too weird.)

Not only did I live in that area of Long Beach, one block off Atlantic, several friend's kids went to Jordan in the late 70s and early 80s.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 11:55:26 AM EST
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d'oh!  I've said too much!  I'd tell you more, but I'd have to kill you... wait, can I say that if I'm not James Bond?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 06:23:28 PM EST
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go to Jordan High School? seems to be the relevant question...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 06:45:59 PM EST
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