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by Bjinse on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 08:34:34 PM EST
Scoop : Where They Tell You Not to Look
We still have no idea of who attacked Sergei Skripal and why. But the fact that, right from the start, the government blocked the media from mentioning Pablo Miller, and put out denials that this has anything to do with Christopher Steele and Orbis, including lying that Miller had never been connected to Orbis, convinces me that this is the most promising direction in which to look.
< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 11:39:03 PM EST
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Private land to be seized for affordable homes - minister

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 3rd, 2018 at 02:22:06 AM EST
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Now, that's what I call a plan.

Of course, it all depends on who decides the criteria over whose/what land. I'm not a fan of centralisation, especially when public transport is not well developed. So concentrating on Dublin would be a very bad move.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 7th, 2018 at 04:49:28 PM EST
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House of Lords votes to give MPs Irish hard border veto
supporting an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would bar the introduction of border checks and any form of physical infrastructure without the prior agreement of the Irish government.
Theresa May vows to overturn Lords plan

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 3rd, 2018 at 02:40:01 AM EST
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the battle to achieve the no deal the brexiteer-ultras seem to have set their heart on is going to get very interesting.

The only way May can govern is to work towards no deal, but there is no majority in the Commons to allow it. The Tory whips hav already stated it can't be forced through and doing so would cause the Govt to fall.

So, their plan is to delay and delay until we run out of time and fall out of the EU by default. It will interesting to see how long it takes for the sensible maority to realise that is the plan and agitates to prevent it.  

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 7th, 2018 at 05:06:21 PM EST
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Jewish Press
The explosion erupted around 10 PM near the Biala Shul in Stamford Hill, as the Rebbe lit the bonfire. According to Yeshiva World, multiple smartphones had been dropped into the pile of rags prepared for the bonfire, as a statement against the spiritual corruption borne by smartphones and the internet.

According to Yeshiva World, the Rebbe spoke about the evils of the smartphone just before igniting the bonfire, and as soon as the fire was lit, there was a massive explosion and a large fireball.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 3rd, 2018 at 07:19:04 AM EST
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4 May 2018
As I write, with over 75% of all yesterday's English local election results in, Labour has a net gain of 55 councillors compared to the high water mark of the 2014 result in these wards, while the Tories have a net gain of one seat against a 2014 result which was regarded at the time as disastrous for them, and led the Daily Telegraph to editoralise "David Cameron Must Now Assuage the Voters' Rage".

Yet both the BBC and Sky News, have all night and this morning, treated these results, in which the Labour Party has increased by 3% an already record number of councillors in this election cycle, as a disaster.

BBC | 5 May 2018 | Local election results 2018: The results in maps and charts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 5th, 2018 at 05:29:44 PM EST
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it has required extraordinary message discipline for the media to show such a united front in this portrayal.

In this they are helped theat the BBCNews department has been so succesfully taken over by the conservative party with placemen at all levels. Most of the press are already bought and paid for Tory propaganda outlets.

It is only the left leaning political blogs that expose a different truth, which is why the Govt continually huff and puff about clamping down on "fake" news. Fake here s used in the Trump way, which is anything which deviates from the preferred flattery of the Govt.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 7th, 2018 at 05:11:19 PM EST
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Encore
France: Tens of thousands rally against President Emmanuel Macron in Paris
"Tens of thousands of people gathered in Paris on Saturday to rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and sweeping reforms that have characterized his administration."
Wakes up with fleas
France slams Donald Trump for Bataclan remarks during NRA speech
"Manuel Valls, wrote on Twitter: 'indecent and incompetent. What more can I say?' "

archive: May Day
Authorities blamed the violence ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 5th, 2018 at 08:51:07 PM EST
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The General Court rejects class action law suit
'oxides of nitrogen': NO, NO2, N2O, and NO5
Without ruling on the legality of that regulation, the annulment of which is sought by several European capitals in other cases, the General Court finds that those almost 1500 individuals have not established that the alleged harm is actual and certain or personal

The emission limits accepted by the Commission have been the subject of several actions before the General Court, including those brought by the Cities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid.2 Those actions for annulment are at present being considered by the General Court, with a hearing fixed in those three cases for 17 May 2018.

At the same time as those actions for annulment, 1429 natural persons, mainly domiciled in France, have brought an action against the EU for the purpose of seeking compensation for the harm which they claim to have suffered as a result of the adoption of the Commission regulation. Today's order concerns this action for damages.

The 1429 individuals consider that that regulation causes them material damage, linked to the deterioration of the quality of the air that they breathe and the resultant deterioration of their health, and that it has also caused them non-material damage linked to their fears in that regard for themselves and those close to them, and their fears resulting from their loss of confidence in the EU institutions' action to combat environmental degradation. Each of those individuals seeks a symbolic sum of €1 as compensation for material damage and €1000 as compensation for nonmaterial damage. By today's order, the General Court dismisses the action for damages brought by the 1 429 individuals as lacking any basis in law.
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The Court finds, first, that the extent of the damage linked to a deterioration of air quality has not been adequately proved, in so far as only a very unspecific and general assessment of the additional pollutant emissions caused by the provisions at issue could be attempted, if necessary after a certain time, with only very inconclusive results. In particular, it would be impossible to predict, had the Commission maintained more stringent limits, to what extent potential buyers would have immediately turned to the types of vehicle, possibly fewer in number, which had successfully undergone the tests conducted by complying with those limits or whether they would have preferred to keep their old vehicles for longer.

Looks like US plaintiffs have exhausted funds available from manufacturers for re-distribution.

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deaths caused by nitric oxide from diesel engines worldwide in 2015
"A friend of mine's mother used to commute every working day ..."

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by Cat on Mon May 7th, 2018 at 12:10:35 AM EST
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