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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 06:58:19 PM EST
Fears that President Obama's $1bn pledge on European defence could provoke new Cold War - World Politics - World - The Independent
President Barack Obama has pledged up to $1bn in new US funding for European defence, reasserting Washington's role in the region despite warnings from Russia that any military build up near its borders with eastern Europe could provoke a new arms race and a new Cold War.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:04:56 PM EST
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Does europe get any say in being defended? Against what?

I think a lot of money spent against US online espionage might be a good idea

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 03:01:01 AM EST
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The Poles want US bases on their territory...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:09:45 AM EST
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we should compromise with Russia and offer them german bases.
by IM on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:45:30 AM EST
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The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 12:41:35 PM EST
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Shouldn't that be "Hopes that President Obama's ..."

Our respective establishments have been trying to provoke one of those for years.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:56:48 AM EST
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King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates: Spanish government clears way for Prince Felipe to be crowned before the end of the month - Europe - World - The Independent
Prince Felipe's coronation could take place in the second half of June, after Spain's government discussed a provisional calendar for a rapid introduction of legislation covering King Juan Carlos's imminent abdication and the Prince's succession.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:05:24 PM EST
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Requires legislation? That's sloppy housekeeping.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 05:50:38 AM EST
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Article 57.5 of the Constitution:
Abdications and renunciations and any doubt in fact or in law that may arise in connection with the succession to the Crown shall be settled by an organic act.
It might have been possible to legislate a general procedure for abdications, but that was not done, so an ad-hoc Organic Act for the abdication of Juan Carlos will be passed instead.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:04:29 AM EST
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Considering that doubt may arise as to who is the rightful heir, letting the parliment decide appears functional.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:58:30 AM EST
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The proposed text of the Organic Act does not mention Felipe at all, just says that "the King abdicates".

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 07:05:18 AM EST
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Aha, abdications are not covered at all.

Checking the Swedish order of succession and order of government (the two relevant parts of the constitution) relevant scenarios appear covered: naughty heirs that do not do what they are told, monarchs that die or abdicate before the heirs are old enough, monarchs that get ill or captured in enemy territory and the complete extinction of the royal family.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 07:42:09 AM EST
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Might that be interpreted in such a way as to authorise Parliament to force an abdication?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 09:27:51 AM EST
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I really don't think so. But there's article 59.2
If the King becomes unfit for the exercise of his authority, and this incapacity is recognized by the Cortes Generales, the Crown Prince shall immediately assume the Regency, if he is of age.


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 09:50:03 AM EST
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What must the EU do to survive? Flexibility must be the foundation of any new blueprint - Europe - World - The Independent
"Europe hit by a populist earthquake," read the headlines after the European elections that last month saw record numbers vote for anti-establishment parties of various shades. Tony Blair warned on Monday that Ukip's victory should be seen as a "wake-up call" for the need to reform Europe. But where to start?


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:07:25 PM EST
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Tony Blair warned on Monday that Ukip's victory should be seen as a "wake-up call" for the need to reform Europe.

It is just a mite awkward that it is 'reform' that has got Europe to this present state.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 11:22:08 PM EST
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And who better to sell more reform than Phony Bliar then?

Circular logic from your sponsors at War Inc...

'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 Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 11:25:59 PM EST
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BBC News - Hillsborough turnstile closure 'added to overcrowding'

The Hillsborough disaster "would have been avoided" if police had not closed 12 turnstiles, an inquest has heard.

Sheffield Wednesday's consultant engineer Dr Wilfred Eastwood said restricted entry at the Leppings Lane end led to a build-up of fans.

In a 1990 statement read to the inquests into 96 Liverpool fans' deaths, Dr Eastwood said 12 turnstiles on Penistone Road were shut.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:28:04 PM EST
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BBC News - Russia image has deteriorated - BBC World Service poll

People's views of Russia have strongly deteriorated since last year, according to the latest 24-country poll for the BBC World Service.

The poll, which was mostly conducted before the crisis in Crimea, showed people were more negative about Russia in the past year than they had been at any time since the poll began in 2005.

It also found that views of the US and the EU had worsened



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:29:57 PM EST
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BBC News - Explosions and fire at Dutch Shell plant

A large fire has broken out at a Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands following a series of explosions, reports say.

Television footage showed flames and smoke pouring from the plant in Moerdijk, south of Rotterdam.

It is not known if there are any casualties and the cause of the blasts was not clear.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:30:31 PM EST
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Irish Catholics under fire over mass grave - Europe - Al Jazeera English

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers.

The researcher, Catherine Corless, says her discovery of child death records at the Catholic nun-run home in Tuam, County Galway, suggests that a former septic tank filled with bones is the final resting place for most, if not all, of the children.

Church leaders in Galway, western Ireland, said they had no idea so many children who died at the orphanage had been buried there, and said they would support local efforts to mark the spot with a plaque listing all 796 children.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:40:07 PM EST
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How much of this is just the evils of an established church and how much of this is a society whose hypocrisy and preference for a "quiet life" enabled this?

Similar questions are beginning to be asked of the injustices revealed about child abuse in the UK? There's just too much of it to be individual lapses, there's something rotten and systemic about it

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 03:06:28 AM EST
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Hey, those are the good old days you're talking about. Before gays and atheists and queers and muslims destroyed the fabric of society.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:58:29 AM EST
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And feminists. Can't forget the feminists.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:58:45 AM EST
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Irish society of the time was a fucking disaster zone. Post-colonial, post-civil war, economically depressed by a pack of alleged revolutionaries busy making sure that pretty much the same people as before got all the money, with a mad, vision of bucolic Ireland swirling through the Celtic[1] mists. Half the 70s marriages in our family were spurred on by a pregnancy and I have no particular reason to believe it was any different before - certainly literature about the period indicates that it wasn't. Contraceptives were illegal, abortion unthought of (but I'll bet the back street abortionists did a good trade).

[1] But Catholic, none of that Pagan stuff!

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 05:22:01 AM EST
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My reading of this is that it was the complete social ostracism of unmarried mothers (including abandonment by their families) which enabled this horror. It's easy to say that it's the Church's fault (or the fault of religion), but I'm not sure soviet-bloc orphanages were any better...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:10:38 AM EST
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I don't buy the "blame the Church" argument at all, though they did spend their entire time obsessing about sexuality and talking about it and not doing it (in theory). The Church was allowed do what it did by wider society, which now pleads that it didn't know - sounding awfully like Germans after WWII.  It's not as if we weren't told.

Part of the Church's problem may be the core of hypocrisy: what percentage of priests do we really think have even been successfully celibate? I'm guessing the next big scandal is a proper look at the carry on with adult women - some willing, some not so much.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:20:02 AM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 08:44:07 AM EST
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Noting that "Ruhama" are an anti-sex work organisation that gets lots of media attention and happens to be founded by two orders of nuns - which I didn't know until today.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 09:00:37 AM EST
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There's a comment in the chain that got me to those two tweets that commented that "ruhama" appears to have money from one of the orders to campaign against sex-work, and yet the same order claimed that they had no money to pay for compensation to victims of their own laundries.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 09:48:15 AM EST
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Sydney Morning Herald: Bodies of 800 children, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers (June 4, 2014)
The grim findings, which are being investigated by police, provide a glimpse into a particularly dark time for unmarried pregnant women in Ireland, where societal and religious mores stigmatised them. Without means to support themselves, women by the hundreds wound up at the Home. "When daughters became pregnant, they were ostracised completely," Ms Corless said. "Families would be afraid of neighbours finding out, because to get pregnant out of marriage was the worst thing on Earth. It was the worst crime a woman could commit, even though a lot of the time it had been because of a rape."

According to documents Ms Corless provided the Irish Mail on Sunday, malnutrition and neglect killed many of the children, while others died of measles, convulsions, TB, gastroenteritis and pneumonia. Infant mortality at the Home was staggeringly high.

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Special kinds of neglect and abuse were reserved for the Home Babies, as locals call them. Many in surrounding communities remember them. They remember how they were segregated to the fringes of classrooms, and how the local nuns accentuated the differences between them and the others. They remember how, as one local told the Irish Central, they were "usually gone by school age - either adopted or dead".



A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 05:46:30 AM EST
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You know, I'm still not clear that they have been found exactly. They weren't buried officially anywhere else, some remains were found in that place in the 70s, but no one has gone and looked since, as far as I can tell.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 07:45:11 AM EST
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BBC: Tuam children's bodies: Catholic Church 'has no records' (5 June 2014)
The grave in Tuam was found nearly 40 years ago, but was initially thought to be from the 1850s famine.
Convenient...
The home was run by nuns of the Bon Secours Sisters.
The siters of the good rescue, all right...
The remains were originally thought to be those of victims of the Irish famine, however, local historian Catherine Corless found that the register of deaths and burials in the town did not match.
That's all they have.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 10:28:18 AM EST
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Yeah, so you're looking at a war crimes style mass grave exhumation ... I'm thinking Bosnia or Rwanda. That's going to look good on TV.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 11:21:45 AM EST
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Don't worry, when it comes to some form of compensation, the Catholic church will all be poverty stricken, as usual.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 11:38:04 AM EST
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Is that a boy band?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:17:35 AM EST
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no it appears to be Deathcore / Grindcore :)

https://www.facebook.com/ClashOfSteelAndIsengard

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 07:26:26 AM EST
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Charlie Brooks 'is stupid, but no criminal mastermind' | UK news | The Guardian
Brooks and Hanna deny all charges. Closing speeches for the seven defendants in the 125-day trial are complete, with the judge's summing-up to follow before the jury are sent out to consider their verdicts.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 08:35:12 PM EST
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Is there gonna be a fix?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 03:07:23 AM EST
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Since when is that an excuse?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:09:13 AM EST
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well it's still a few days from the point in time that can be safely commented on

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 07:18:57 AM EST
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He must be in pretty big danger, to agree to such a comprehensive character assassination by his lawyer.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:16:07 AM EST
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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 01:50:32 AM EST
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Interview with French Front National Leader Marine Le Pen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In a SPIEGEL interview, French right-wing populist Marine Le Pen discusses the European election victory by her Front National, German dominance in the EU and her admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 02:15:01 AM EST
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35 arrested, including the mayor, over corruption around the flood barrier. Repubblica
Il sindaco di Venezia Giorgio Orsoni, del centrosinistra, è finito in manette con le accusa di finanziamento illecito relativa alla sua campagna elettorale per le comunali del 2010. L'inchiesta è quella della Procura di Venezia sugli appalti per il Mose e sull'ex ad della Mantovani Giorgio Baita, già colpito da un provvedimento di custodia cautelare lo scorso febbraio. In manette anche l'assessore regionale alle Infrastrutture Renato Chisso, di Forza Italia.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:46:36 AM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 06:58:47 PM EST
UK bad bank boss warns of 'rate hike' danger - Business News - Business - The Independent
The head of Britain's "bad bank" has warned that more than 60,000 of its mortgage customers could be put at risk by Bank of England moves to raise interest rates.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:43:00 PM EST
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German inflation plunge paves way for ECB rate cut - Business News - Business - The Independent
An unexpected slump in German inflation has set the scene for a host of radical monetary stimulus measures by the European Central Bank this week.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:43:30 PM EST
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Complex debt deals caused mayhem, but we need them - Business News - Business - The Independent
The "exploited and abused" practice of banks parcelling up debts to sell on to investors in the build-up to the financial crisis needs to be revived, in a more transparent form, deputy Bank of England governor Sir Jon Cunliffe said today.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:44:20 PM EST
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Yes, of course. But it wasn't the abuses which were the rotten heart of the parceling process, it was the need to do it in the first place that was the klaxon alarm that something was wrong.

and guess what ? Something is still wrong

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 03:11:23 AM EST
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Right on point. Just like with payday loans being a symptom of something else...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:08:53 AM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 06:59:20 PM EST
BBC News - Syria election: Assad win expected amid civil war

Syria has held a presidential election in government-held areas, amid heightened security.

President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven-year term in office.

However, critics of the Syrian government have denounced the election as a farce.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:31:12 PM EST
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BBC News - Mexico doubles prison sentences for kidnapping

Mexico has published new sentencing guidelines that will double prison sentences for kidnapping.

The minimum prison term has risen from 20 to 40 years.

It will apply for all abductions, including those that last only a few hours or days, so-called "express kidnappings".



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:31:57 PM EST
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BBC News - Brazil federal police get 16% pay rise to avert strike

The Brazilian government is offering federal police officers a 15.8% pay rise to avert a strike during the forthcoming football World Cup.

Under the deal, federal police agents will receive a 12% salary increase from July, and another 3.8% rise in January.

The agreement follows police strikes earlier this year in which an estimated 250,000 agents took part.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:32:27 PM EST
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BBC News - Hostage video of Frenchman kidnapped in Mali shown

A video of a French hostage kidnapped in Mali by al-Qaeda has been broadcast by a TV station in Dubai.

The video showed Serge Lazarevic, who was abducted in 2011, appealing to French President Francois Hollande to secure his release.

In the video, Mr Lazarevic said he was speaking on 13 May. French officials say they are studying the footage.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:33:34 PM EST
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Sisi declared Egypt's next president - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won Egypt's presidential elections by a huge majority, the country's election commission has said.

The former military chief, who last July overthrew Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, won 96.91 of legal votes cast in last week's election.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:37:36 PM EST
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Israel decries US support for Palestinians - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Israel's prime minister has said that he is "deeply troubled" by the United States' decision to maintain relations with the new Palestinian unity government, urging Washington to tell the Palestinian president that his alliance with Hamas is unacceptable.

Benjamin Netanyahu's comments on Tuesday reflect the Israeli government's disappointment and frustration over the acceptance of the international community of Mahmoud Abbas' new unity government in Palestine.

"I'm deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas," Netanyahu told The Associated Press news agency.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:38:07 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 06:59:50 PM EST
Elevated `Male Hormones' During Fetal Development Linked With Autism | I Fucking Love Science

While the scientific community has completely and repeatedly debunked the ill-conceived notion that vaccines cause autism, it has not been able to definitively answer what does cause autism. According to recent research, it could be due to exposure to certain hormones during pregnancy. A study led Simon Baron-Cohen of the University of Cambridge has revealed a link between fetal exposure to elevated levels of steroid hormones and autism. The results were published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

The study analyzed an astounding 19,500 samples of amniotic fluid from a biobank in Denmark, collected between 1993-1999. The samples were provided by women who chose to have an amniocentesis during the second trimester, around weeks 15-16. This is a busy time for fetal brain development and sexual differentiation.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:27:35 PM EST
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Obama unveils historic rules to reduce coal pollution by 30% | Environment | The Guardian

The Obama administration unveiled historic environment rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 30% on Monday, spurring prospects for a global deal to end climate change but setting up an epic battle over the environment in this year's mid-term elections.

The new rules, formally announced by the Environmental Protection Agency, represent the first time Barack Obama, or any other president, has moved to regulate carbon pollution from power plants - the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change.

The EPA said the regulations, which would cut carbon pollution from power plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, would "fight climate change while supplying America with reliable and affordable power".



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:34:46 PM EST
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World not moving fast enough on renewable energy, says IEA | Environment | theguardian.com

The world is not moving fast enough on investment in low carbon energy to tackle climate change, new research from the International Energy Agency has found.

About $1.6 trillion is invested annually in the global energy supply, but while that represents a doubling of investment since the turn of the century, the amount needs to rise to $2 trillion if the world is to limit global warming to no more than 2C of temperature rises, the energy thinktank said.

Energy efficiency will be key, the IEA said, with about $130bn spent on it globally each year at present, an investment that must rise to more than $550bn by 2035.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:35:08 PM EST
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If you look at the TEPCO website, things age going great with the work on the Fukushima 4th reactor pool. They even started the ice wall, they say.
by das monde on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 02:55:44 AM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:00:05 PM EST
French women use colouring books to help relieve stress and anxiety - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent
Usually associated with play-schools and toy boxes, colouring books have a found a new fan-base in France, where women have taken up colouring to help ease their stress and anxiety. The trend is thanks to a clever marketing ploy used by publishers, which means more of the books are bought in France - mainly by women - than in any other nation in the world, the Telegraph reported.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:06:50 PM EST
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Church attendance has been propped up by immigrants, says study | World news | The Guardian

Mass migration of Christians to Britain from countries such as Poland and Romania is among the factors helping to stem the decline in church attendance, according to new figures.

The latest analysis of church membership shows a growth in black-led churches and the mainstream churches' so-called "fresh expressions" movement have also helped curb the rate of decline.

The fall in church membership previously anticipated for 2020 will now not be evident until 2025, according to the research by Peter Brierley, whose second edition of UK Church Statistics, is due to be published soon.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:36:29 PM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:50:59 PM EST
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In Greece, I talk mostly with right wing women but left wing men. Or do they just kid me?
by das monde on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 02:07:22 AM EST
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I think it varies.

In the UK the macho and misogynistic attitudes of unions meant that in the 60s women were 10% more likely to vote Tory than men were. Now, with women's rights being more a Labour value, women are more likely to vote labour than men.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 03:14:59 AM EST
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I am curious how misogynistic logic or macho instincts indeed impact women's decision making.
by das monde on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 04:25:42 AM EST
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Intuitively, I would say that it either makes them submissive or tough and ruthless. Both right-wing principles.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:28:28 AM EST
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The women greatest power is to (strongly) accept or reject. Logic or balanced motives are more a social play than a real criterion, on a large scale.

Compared to conservatives, the progressives are ignorant about the power of hierarchy-based emotions. Primitive powers meet less challenge, times are getting more troublesome - and progressives do not offer own power centers.  

by das monde on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 07:14:28 AM EST
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I think what I'm saying is that in a macho and misogynistic society, hierarchy is maintained by the explicit threat of violence, or by actual violence. This is not conducive to the development of co-operative and win-win strategies, which is something that women generally bring to the mix, when they are able.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 09:39:41 AM EST
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Conservative 'logic' generally comes down to 'Who has power?'

E.g. posts by our very own Santiago always justify power as an end in itself that justifies every means.

It's purely herd logic. There are alpha animals asserting dominance through violence, fear-of-the-other-herds, and simple lying for personal benefit. The rest of the herd is supposed to follow.

It's not purely a gender thing. That kind of 'logic' appeals strongly to older males who feel they lack power.

Old left logic was framed as a power struggle against the alphas. It was sticky and successful because it made sense in herd terms.

Modern progressive logic is about trying to understand cause and effect, and to engineer workable solutions to problems.  

Probably only about a quarter of the population can even begin to think like this, and only about 5% of the population is any good at it.

Politically, it's not a winner.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 09:41:58 AM EST
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Perhaps they're just trying to shake you off? :)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:28:50 AM EST
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If they know me that much... What is new for me? Not Abe fans in Japan.
by das monde on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 07:17:42 AM EST
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This comment totally explains why you wrote the Hierarchy diary, lol!

'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 Wed Jun 18th, 2014 at 10:39:07 AM EST
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Note also that support for an independant Scotland is male-dominated. A warrior thing in both cases?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 09:35:38 AM EST
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Men did watch more Braveheart.
by IM on Wed Jun 4th, 2014 at 10:27:57 AM EST
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 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:00:39 PM EST
Alexander Shulgin dead: `Godfather of ecstasy' and pioneering psychedelic pharmacologist dies aged 88 - People - News - The Independent
Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, the pioneering pharmacologist who introduced MDMA to psychologists in the 1970s, has died aged 88 after a battle with liver cancer.

Shulgin was famed for having synthesized and tested over 200 psychedelic drugs.

He earned the title, the "Godfather of ecstasy", after developing a new synthesis method for MDMA - the purest available form of ecstasy - in 1976. He passed it on to his therapist friend Leo Zeff, who began using the drug's effects on an individual's emotional states during sessions with clients.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 07:02:33 PM EST
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Paul Lafargue: The Right To Be Lazy (Chap.2)
In 1770 at London, an anonymous pamphlet appeared under the title, An Essay on Trade and Commerce. It made some stir in its time. The author, a great philanthropist, was indignant that "the factory population of England had taken into its head the fixed idea that in their quality of Englishmen all the individuals composing it have by right of birth the privilege of being freer and more independent than the laborers of any country in Europe. This idea may have its usefulness for soldiers, since it stimulates their valor, but the less the factory workers are imbued with it the better for themselves and the state. Laborers ought never to look on themselves as independent of their superiors. It is extremely dangerous to encourage such infatuations in a commercial state like ours, where perhaps seven-eighths of the population have little or no property. The cure will not be complete until our industrial laborers are contented to work six days for the same sum which they now earn in four." Thus, nearly a century before Guizot, work was openly preached in London as a curb to the noble passions of man. "The more my people work, the less vices they will have", wrote Napoleon on May 5th, 1807, from Osterod. "I am the authority ... and I should be disposed to order that on Sunday after the hour of service be past, the shops be opened and the laborers return to their work." To root out laziness and curb the sentiments of pride and independence which arise from it, the author of the Essay on Trade proposed to imprison the poor in ideal "work-houses", which should become "houses of terror, where they should work fourteen hours a day in such fashion that when meal time was deducted there should remain twelve hours of work full and complete"


'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 Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 at 11:29:06 PM EST
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