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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 03:22:43 PM EST
BBC News - Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from meteorite

An ancient Buddhist statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite.

Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel.

They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 03:24:17 PM EST
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Is this the plot of Indiana Jones V?
by IM on Sat Sep 29th, 2012 at 05:34:15 AM EST
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Activists honored in 'alternative Nobels' | News | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

Afghan doctor Sima Samar has been awarded the Rights Livelihood Award for her dedication to human rights. Other recipients of the "alternative Nobel" include scholar Gene Sharp and Britain's Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Four activists were awarded Sweden's prestigious 2012 Right Livelihood Award on Thursday their work promoting human rights, conservation and combating the global arms trade.

Sima Samar, 55, was honored by the jury "for her longstanding and courageous dedication to human rights, especially the rights of women, in one of the most complex and dangerous regions in the world."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:12:30 PM EST
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Experts fear a 'Talibanization' of Afghan justice | Asia | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

The lashing of a teenage girl in Afghanistan for having an "illegal relationship" has caused an uproar inside and outside the country. Experts fear a "Talibanization" of the Afghan justice system.

On September 16, three mullahs in the southern Afghan province of Ghazni sentenced 16-year-old Sabera to 100 lashes for having an "illegal relationship" with a boy. On Monday, September 24, hundreds of students and rights activists took to the streets to protest so-called "desert trials" such as the one which tried Sabera, which take place without due process of law and are held by the Taliban and local clerics.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:25:38 PM EST
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Yes, yes, yes. We know. The ptb want the Afghan war to carry on forever because it's so lucrative, so, in advance of the 2014 pull out, suddenly we're being told that things are going to heck over there and awful things are happening.

NEWSFLASH : There has not been a single month since we invaded when awful things were not done to women in Afghanistan. We could have taken our role in reforming the country seriously back in 2002, but instead our f wit leadership decided that we'd had enough fun blowing up a medieval society and so went off and destroyed a 20th century one instead.

And anytime anyone suggested we'd wasted and continued to waste our blood and treasure they say "we're protecting the women" even if they weren't (which they weren't). And now, 10 years later, they're still not protecting the women and still claiming that, if we pull out, the women will have a hard time.

Well, it might have helped if you'd really done something about it in the first place by, I dunno, actually protecting the women

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 03:27:56 AM EST
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I particularly appreciate how much the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have done to protect our freedoms in Europe and the US.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:29:00 AM EST
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Have just started to re-read Moby-Dick after 40 years of it sitting on my shelf--published 1851.


Could have erased 160 years off the calendar...

by asdf on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 02:02:02 PM EST
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See also John Watson, MD. (1880)

Wikipedia has a category called "Category:Wars involving Afghanistan". I know Wikipedians create category pages at the drop of a hat, but I still think that's the saddest thing I've seen today.

Any wonder they're fed up?

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 04:11:53 PM EST
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Wikipedia fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia"

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 11:12:31 PM EST
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This amused me.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Sep 29th, 2012 at 02:25:30 AM EST
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Happy to be of service.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 29th, 2012 at 02:37:08 AM EST
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Are we there yet? Pakistan plans bus route to UK - FRANCE 24

AFP - Authorities in Pakistan are planning to launch a bus route from the Kashmir town of Mirpur to the British city of Birmingham -- 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) away.

The mammoth journey will take travellers through some of the most dangerous areas of Pakistan on their way to Iran, Turkey and Europe before reaching the Midlands city after around eight days, officials said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:28:06 PM EST
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I .. er .. what?

sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:35:51 AM EST
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Plenty of immigrants in the Midlands. (Probably because they can't afford to live in London.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:30:10 AM EST
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OK, I was going to say "why not Bradford?" Maybe that's too far North.

sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:40:59 AM EST
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The original influx into Leicester (post-war) was principally down to the textile industry and the teaching of making textiles. When I was studying at Leicester College of Art (as it then was), there were students from many of the developing countries. There were fewer, but a still considerable number, studying boots and shoes, and even engineering students. These were the 3 industries that powered Leicester from the early 20th century through several depressions. One of these industries always continued to thrive in downturns, leading to a city per capita income that was in the world top ten in the Thirties.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:19:13 AM EST
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Never mind Birmingham... Mirpur?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:06:39 AM EST
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(FWIW, it's a joke, I know many of those with Pakistani links in Birmingham have links to Mirpur...)
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:08:07 AM EST
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Because it's only a short bus ride from Leicester.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:58:30 AM EST
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You mean the bus to Mirpur is quicker than the bus to Leicester?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:57:09 AM EST
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Well, it depends if you're starting from Loughborough or Market Harborough.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 11:13:42 AM EST
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First international art auction for mainland China - FRANCE 24

AFP - For the first time in mainland China's history, a work of art went under the hammer Thursday from an international fine-art auction house, following Sotheby's signing of a joint venture with a state-owned company.

The piece, a sculpture by the Chinese artist Wang Huaiqing, was sold for 1.4 million yuan ($222,000, 173,000 euros).

Sotheby's announced last week it was signing the deal with Beijing GeHua Art Company, in a move that gives it a foothold in China -- where foreign auction houses have been prevented by law from operating.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:30:06 PM EST
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The Chinese - civilised by the West at last.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:30:50 AM EST
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John Terry verdict: FA finds Chelsea captain guilty over racism charge | Football | guardian.co.uk

John Terry is considering an appeal after the FA's disciplinary hearing found him guilty of "using abusive language" towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand last October which "included a reference to colour and/or race".

The independent regulatory commission delivered its verdict on Thursday after a four-day hearing, ruling that Terry must serve a four-game ban and pay a fine of £220,000.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:37:28 PM EST
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The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can't governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 04:08:53 AM EST
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Man behind Innocence of Muslims held after violating probation | World news | The Guardian

The California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that has inflamed parts of the Middle East has been declared a flight risk and detained by a federal court judge.

Citing a lengthy pattern of deception, US central district chief magistrate judge Suzanne Segal said Nakoula Basseley Nakoula should be held after officials said he violated his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction.

"The court has a lack of trust in this defendant at this time," Segal said.

Nakoula had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officers and using aliases, and he might face new charges that carry a maximum two-year prison term, authorities said.

After his 2010 conviction, Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months in prison and was barred from using computers or the internet for five years without approval from his probation officer.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 05:04:56 AM EST
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New York: The Police and the Protesters by Michael Greenberg | The New York Review of Books

"There are ways to use the system to challenge the system," said Siegel. "Unfortunately, Occupy wasn't willing or sophisticated enough to maneuver in this manner."2

To be sure, OWS's no-negotiation policy wasn't the only, or even the main, cause of the harsh police crackdown. But on the street level it did serve to exacerbate an atmosphere of escalating confrontation. Some activists regarded every officer as the representative of an enemy state, cursing in their faces across the metal barricades, hoping to provoke a violent response, it sometimes seemed, that could be digitally recorded and then broadcast on Occupy's global Internet feed. During the movement's early days last fall, scenes of police brutality dramatically fueled Occupy's popular rise. But after protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park on November 15, clashes with police followed a law of diminishing returns, isolating activists, diverting attention from the social and economic injustices the movement had set out to challenge, and scaring away less militant supporters.

During the movement's heyday in Zuccotti Park in the autumn of 2011, I heard many blue-collar officers express sympathy for its message. In a financial district bar one night in early November, a group of six or seven off-duty cops told me they disapproved of the aggressiveness of some of their superiors and colleagues. There were always a few "sadistic types," they said, who used the opportunity of a free-for-all demonstration to have "what to them is a good time." In general, the group agreed that "these kids are making sense," as one female officer put it. They all considered political demonstrations to be "a great gig. There are no guns pointed at us and we get time and a half." Obviously, the personal political beliefs of New York's 36,000 police officers vary widely, a fact that Occupy protesters, for the most part, seemed either to ignore or not understand.

The First Amendment right that activists fatally seemed to misinterpret is that of freedom of assembly. Their confusion is understandable. Freedom of assembly is a concept, not a fixed law, a shifting proposition that is constantly being challenged, if not entirely redefined. The confusion that perennially surrounds it derives from the fact that it is not an absolute right; it depends on circumstances and must take into account the interests of competing groups. Reasonable time, place, and manner of assembly are among several governing factors. You can't, for example, trespass in the name of free assembly or obstruct the free movement of others or appropriate a public space in a way that excludes those who have an equal right to use it.

'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 Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:40:47 AM EST
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