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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:12:53 PM EST
Next census aims to map migrant populations - Home News, UK - The Independent

The 2011 census will aim to map migrant populations in England and Wales, proposals published today reveal.

The planned census, to take place on 27 March 2011, will ask migrants their date of arrival into the UK and their intended length of stay.

A new question on citizenship also requires respondents to disclose which passports they hold.

National statistician Karen Dunnell said: "It was identified as the easiest way to get people to answer a question about their national citizenship, which is a very difficult concept."

She added that it was vital migration estimates were improved, and admitted: "You cannot guard against getting a shock when you get to the census."




*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:14:42 PM EST
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to get people to answer a question about their national citizenship, which is a very difficult concept.

So it's a matter of course to ask people what their race or ethnic origin is, (and that's not a difficult concept), but what passport they hold is very difficult. Strange.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 02:36:59 AM EST
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Street Art Sell Out: 'Guerilla' Advertising Masquerades as Graffiti - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Companies are increasingly turning to graffiti and street art to give themselves a more youthful image. Taggers complain that this commercialization could destroy the street art subculture.

LOL...


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

by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:14:53 PM EST
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Taggers should get their tag-kits out and overtag the commercial tags. What else?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 02:38:29 AM EST
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Ghost Rider: Train Courses through Germany without Driver - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Germany's national railway has admitted that one of its regional trains traveled 40 kilometers through eastern Germany on Monday -- without a driver. An investigation has been launched.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:15:08 PM EST
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but did it stop at the proper stations ?? :-))

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 05:21:19 PM EST
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Deutsche Bahn confirmed a report in the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung that a regional train travelled for 40 kilometers (25 miles) through the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, crossing a number of roads, before finally coming to a halt. There were no passengers on board, but neither was there a driver or any other train personnel.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 05:27:17 PM EST
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Well, if that doesn't prove our conservative friends are right about train drivers being overpaid, I don't know what does.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 02:40:31 AM EST
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Global warming: how not to mobilise the masses

In this mindset saving the planet demands that people give up their foreign holidays, abandon their cars, turn down the heating and clean their teeth in the dark. Through this prism, pain is a virtue and the halting global warming metamorphoses into a much broader attack on consumerism, materialism and, at the extreme, anything that smacks of the market.

Whatever one makes of the intent, such zealotry is doomed to failure. Self-flagellation does not sell. If keeping the planet cool is seen to be the project of affluent middle-class do-gooders the masses will mobilise all right - against it.

The case must be framed as an opportunity rather than a burden. Technological innovation - in automobile design, energy efficiency, renewable energy and the rest - is more than a useful adjunct to an austere low carbon lifestyle. It is a vital pillar of any plan to reduce the build-up of CO2. Bluntly stated, unless we find a way to capture emissions from coal-fired power stations, the game will be lost.

The response of politicians must be to accentuate the opportunities: in business, jobs and technological advance in rich economies; in fostering security in poorer regions; and in binding the rising powers into an equitable international system.

Mr Obama makes the case that less gas guzzling will enhance America's security by reducing dependence on unreliable or hostile foreign regimes. A glance towards Moscow should carry the same message for Europeans.

Instead of talking about the cost of doing something, leaders would do better to emphasise the price of doing nothing. Of course, the shift to a low carbon economy will not be painless. But nor is global warming. The way to mobilise the masses is to recast the argument. Opportunity sells a lot better than do hair shirts.



In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 05:02:00 AM EST
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does this get a tax write-off for being 'office space'?

happy b(l)ogging...

'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 Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 06:31:53 AM EST
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