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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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:19:23 PM EST
BBC News - MI5 'misled MPs over 7/7 bombers', court hears

MI5 deceived MPs by claiming London's 7/7 bombers had not been identified before the attacks, a court has heard.

In May 2006 the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said security agencies had not identified the men.

But a second ISC report in 2009 said MI5 held records relating to ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, the court heard.

The claims were made at a hearing to decide the format of inquests into the deaths of those killed in 2005.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:24:20 PM EST
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The intelligence services, of any country it seems, serve an agenda that is not necessarily in the interests of the majority of the people of the country.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 04:44:54 PM EST
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BBC News - Birmingham council women win millions over pay equality

About 5,000 female council staff have won their case for equal pay at an employment tribunal.

The women, who include cleaners, cooks and care assistants, were all employed by Birmingham City Council.

Unions said the women may be owed £30m in back-pay because bonuses were paid only to male counterparts. Solicitors said the pay-out could be up to £600m.

The Unison union said it was a "major" victory. The council said the ruling related to its old bonus structure.

Councillor Alan Rudge, cabinet member for equalities and human resources, said the council had removed its "inappropriate bonus schemes" in 2007.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:37:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Damn right. Tho' i hope that it doesn't turn out that the unions were in on it as turned out to be the case a while back with a council (don't remember where)

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 04:47:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
BBC News - Parliamentary chaos as Ukraine ratifies fleet deal

Chaos has erupted in the Ukrainian parliament during a debate over the extension of the lease on a Russian naval base in Ukraine.

The chamber's speaker had to be shielded by umbrellas as he was pelted with eggs, while smoke bombs exploded and politicians brawled.

But the debate continued and the chamber ratified the lease extension.

Kiev has prolonged the lease on the Sevastopol base by 25 years in return for cheaper supplies of Russian gas.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:37:55 PM EST
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BBC News - Noriega to be held in French custody until trial

Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is to be held in French custody until his trial, a judge has ruled.

The 76-year old was extradited from the US early on Tuesday and faces 10 years in jail for money laundering.

His lawyers had argued that French courts could not try him because he is immune from prosecution as a former head of state.

He was convicted on similar charges in France in his absence in 1999 but will face a new trial.

Noriega, who ruled Panama between 1981 and 1989, has spent more than 20 years in prison in the US on drugs charges.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:38:25 PM EST
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BBC News - Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

Europe has chosen the place it wants to build the world's biggest optical telescope.

The observatory will be constructed on Cerro Armazones, a 3,000m-high mountain in Chile's Atacama Desert.

The E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope) will have a primary mirror 42m in diameter.

Astronomers say the next-generation observatory will be so powerful it will be able to image directly rocky planets beyond our Solar System.

It should also be able to provide major insights into the nature of black holes, galaxy formation, the mysterious "dark matter" that pervades the Universe, and the even more mysterious "dark energy" which appears to be pushing the cosmos apart at an accelerating rate.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:39:26 PM EST
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wouldn't it be better to put this in space where there is no atmosphere to distort things?
by njh on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 08:13:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Cheaper to build a bigger reactive mirror.
by IdiotSavant on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 08:44:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Access for repair and maintenance have been shown to be serious issues.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 09:36:00 PM 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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:19:50 PM EST
Volcanic ash cloud cost European business up to €2.5bn, says EU | World news | guardian.co.uk

The disruption caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud could have cost firms across Europe up to €2.5bn (£2.15bn), the EU transport commissioner said today.

Speaking in Brussels, Siim Kallas confirmed that the EU would apply "maximum pressure" to force airlines to comply with European legislation and offer refunds to passengers, but said individual countries could provide aid to companies in the form of market-rate loans and guarantees.

He said the EU aimed to fast-track proposals by the end of the year for an integrated European airspace, with a "single sky" to replace the current system of each country monitoring its own airspace.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:22:02 PM EST
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BBC News - Greek bonds rated 'junk' by Standard & Poor's

Greece's debt has been downgraded to junk status by rating agency Standard & Poor's amid concern it could not take steps to tackle its economic crisis.

It makes the struggling nation the first eurozone member to have its debt downgraded to junk level.

Portugal's debt was also lowered on fears the trouble could spread - sending stock markets sharply lower.

Greece wants 40bn euros (£34bn) from eurozone governments and the IMF to shore up its finances.

But there are fears it will not meet conditions needed to access the funds it needs to make looming debt repayments.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:29:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
And this is more trustworthy than the Lehmans AAA rating?

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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:31:41 PM EST
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Ah, but Lehmans are Serious People who are understand that their investors are sophisticated who select trusted Market Makers

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 04:55:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Greece may need €150bn rescue, analyst warns | Business | guardian.co.uk

Rescuing the Greek economy could require a €150bn (£130bn) bailout over the next three years, according to Goldman Sachs, but this would be politically impossible for European leaders to swallow.

In a note to clients this morning, Goldman's chief European economist, Erik Nielsen, said that the €45bn bailout currently on the table is not large enough to cover Greece's borrowing needs.

After the recent surge in Greek borrowing costs, Nielsen believes IMF officials are now leaning towards a fully funded rescue package that will keep Greece from having to tap the money markets until its economic health has improved.

"On my numbers, a one-year fully funded programme needs to provide a minimum €50-55bn; an 18-month programme will require some €75bn, and a three-year programme a minimum €150bn. I think the latter number is out of reach even for the present political environment of generosity, so the debate is between €55bn and €75bn," wrote Nielsen.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:46:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
These were the same figures Simon Johnson produced.  Another €100bn for Portugal, too.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 06:47:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
But since the "bailout costs" are partly a function of interest rate spreads manipulated by side bets, well...

get your war on.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 06:58:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Is Goldman having dreams of sugar plums dancing in their heads or are they pushing for a default, possibly because they are very short Greek bonds?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 09:39:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I expect to see similar activities in California in the next 24 months.  Ahh, what fun!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 06:24:27 AM EST
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BBC News - Spending cuts to be deepest since 1970s, IFS says

The UK faces the deepest spending cuts since the late 1970s if the three main parties are to meet their budget commitments, new analysis suggests.

The years between 2011 and 2015 must see the largest cuts since 1976-80, according to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Its estimates suggest the Conservatives would need to make the biggest cuts.

Meanwhile a Labour government would see the biggest tax rises, the think tank predicts.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:30:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Origins of the IFS:

Institute for Fiscal Studies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Institute for Fiscal Studies came into existence because four professional people from the world of finance -- a banker (Will Hopper), an investment trust manager (Bob Buist), a stockbroker (Nils Taube) and a tax consultant (John Chown) -- were appalled by the way in which the 1965 Finance Act, introducing capital gains tax, reached the Statute Book.

James Callaghan (Labour Chancellor at the time) had made a speech announcing his intentions to make far-reaching changes to the tax system in his next Budget, including a capital gains tax and a corporation tax. Nils Taube commissioned John Chown to prepare a professional analysis of this speech. Despite his warnings about the dire consequences of implementation of the government's proposals they stood, John Chown was dismayed to find that "the same half-baked proposals were rehashed in the Budget Speech, and the Finance Bill, when published, read as if the draftsman had simply been given the Callaghan speech and been told to turn it into legislation." [edit] Criticism of tax regime

They discovered that they were united in a determination, as John Chown puts it, "that never again should a government, regardless of its political colour and intentions, introduce far-reaching tax legislation without the benefit of deep and thorough analysis of its second- and third-order effects." [edit] Formation

Will Hopper recalls that the idea of a research institute did not take shape until some time later at "a dinner which was attended by Bob Buist, John Chown, Nils Taube and me on 30 July 1968 at the Stella Alpina restaurant, 32 North Audley Street, London (W1) at which a decision was made to found our Institute. The actual date of birth was 21 May 1969 when it was incorporated -- appropriately enough just over nine months later.

As well as research, the Institute had wider, unspoken objectives. The founders did not just want to start an Institute; they wanted to change the world or, at least, to change the world of the British fiscal strategy. In particular, they wanted:

* to alter the climate of opinion within which changes to the British tax system were considered;

* to improve the procedures by which changes in the tax system were effected;

* to help create a more rational tax system.

Completely impartial in a TINA kind of way, clearly.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:46:15 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The UK is not Greece « David Miliband on the Campaign Trail

Labour needs to nail this Cameron nonsense, happily repeated by too many in the media, that the UK economy is in the same position as Greece. Here are the facts that I set out on the Today Programme just now.

1. Greek debt is twice ours - over 100 per cent of GDP compared to 56 per cent.

2. Greek average debt maturity of government bonds is three years compared to our 14.

3. Greece is predicted to be in recession this year and next and we are growing.

4. Our current a/c deficit is less than 2 per cent of GDP and Greece is over 10 per cent (ie our savings cover a lot of our deficit).



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 Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:01:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Senators Put Goldman on Defensive Over Mortgage Deals  NYT

Senate investigators are building on the S.E.C. case, which accuses Goldman of defrauding investors in a transaction known as Abacus 2007-AC1. The subcommittee took the S.E.C. case a step further by claiming that the bank had devised not just one deal but rather a series meant to profit from the collapse of the home mortgage markets. The subcommittee's claims suggested for the first time that the investigation into the bank extended beyond the single transaction.

The questioning Tuesday quickly put the Goldman witnesses on the defensive, with the senators expressing exasperation and sometimes incredulity. A Republican member, Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine, turned from one witness to the next as she asked repeatedly whether they felt a duty to act in the best interest of their clients. Only one of the four witnesses she questioned seemed to affirm such a duty outright.

At one point, she said she felt the witnesses were intentionally stalling, trying to "burn through the time of each questioner" allotted for hearing.

The , subcommittee chairman, Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said the hearing would take as much time as needed to extract answers. In his opening remarks, he said the questioning would focus on the role of investment banks in the financial crisis, focusing particularly on the activities of Goldman Sachs in 2007, which "contributed to the economic collapse that came full-blown the following year."

The goal was to not only construct a record of the facts of the collapse of financial institutions, he said, but also to further the legislative debate on the need for reform.



"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 10:09:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Goldman's Senate Hearing Strategy Seems To Hinge On Wasting Time

"I cannot help but get the feeling that a strategy of the witnesses is to try to burn through the time of each questioner," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

As it turns out, this actually may be their official strategy.

Check out this quote from K. Lee Blalack II -- hired by Goldman to prep its execs for today's hearing -- in a 2009 article in The American Lawyer (by Seth Hettena) (.pdf).

   Blalack says a well-trained witness can minimize exposure by simply running out the clock: "Long, thoughtful pauses followed by rambling nonresponsive answers can easily devour half of a member's allotted questioning time."

According to the magazine piece (titled "Painful Scrutiny"), Blalack guides clients -- many of them large financial firms -- "through the legal minefields of hostile congressional investigations." Particularly tough is the place Goldman execs are testifying today: Levin's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. "Pretty scary investigations" is how one attorney put it. That's the panel "that can really get a client in trouble," Seth Hettena writes in The American Lawyer. But it's also where "Blalack and a small group of D.C. white collar attorneys thrive."

Blalack is a partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He did not immediately return TPM's call seeking comment. Neither did Goldman Sachs, or subcommitee chair Sen. Carl Levin's (D-MI) office.

Here's Blalack advice to clients, according to Hettena's piece:

   So to avoid his client getting buried, how does Blalack prepare him or her for a day before the committee? He tells them that the congressional hearing room is not a forum for getting at the truth. Don't get on a soapbox. A day in the klieg lights should end with minimal damage to reputation while not complicating a client's position in other investigations or litigation. Blalack says a well-trained witness can minimize exposure by simply running out the clock: "Long, thoughtful pauses followed by rambling nonresponsive answers can easily devour half of a member's allotted questioning time."


On the NBC Evening News Brian Williams reported that, as a response, the witnesses had been denied restroom breaks by the committee. Talk about making them squirm! Perhaps now witnesses will start wearing external male urinary catheters. Gives a whole new meaning to "getting pissed".

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 10:32:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
sounds like something my dominatrix would prescribe

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 11:20:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It was described to me by a former neighbor, an 80+ yr. old man who had survived a bout of bladder cancer. But I doubt he ever had a dominatirix.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 11:40:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
CSPAN, Tue 27 Apr, in which Levin like a rented mule beats a witness. (I fell asleep sometime withn the first 20 minutes of Panel 1,  Q&A... "That's my question.... That's my question.".. hunderd percent... hunerd percent...) running time 4hrs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 09:33:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
McCaskil @ 1:26: "The bookie moves the line in order to even out the bets. ...What is your vig, Mr Sparks?"

you go, grrrrrrl

Tom Coburn @ 1:19 -- marketmaking
Fabby @ 1:22 -- sweating his mac daddy email

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 11:15:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Blalack's advice seems to have the additional advantage of making the whole proceedings repugnant to watch and soporific. Bla bla Blalack he ain't! The fewer words you utter the fewer opportunities to be condemned.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 11:54:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
re: the fewer words

BWAH!

Sadly, I am atty spawn. First rules of fight club are tattooed to inside of my skull (periodic FAIL notwithstanding). 1. never offer information; 2. avoid document production; 3. bill, bill, bill

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 03:43:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It wil be make a ton of good.

the problem with technocatric left-wing dieas is that we do not have "a movie".. I mean a "real-deal movie". I hope the hearings provides a proper visual framework to deal with CDS.. which is after all the reason everyone is so scared about Greece... if they fail , defaults en masse because how many collateral exists over there in the finentialsphere in case they really have to really cover the insurance?

Ont he other hand the collapse of the CDS market and the banks would be a self-destroyed prophecy,it would be kind of nice, if it would not be because millions of people in Greece will suffer any how.. and some more in Portugal...

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 06:20:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Epidemics of 'Control Fraud' Lead to Recurrent, Intensifying Bubbles and Crises   William K. Black
University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Abstract:    
"Control frauds" are seemingly legitimate entities controlled by persons that use them as a fraud "weapon." A single control fraud can cause greater losses than all other forms of property crime combined. This article addresses the role of control fraud in financial crises. Financial control frauds' primary weapon is accounting. Fraudulent lenders produce exceptional short-term "profits" through a four-part strategy: extreme growth (Ponzi), lending to uncreditworthy borrowers, extreme leverage, and minimal loss reserves. These exceptional "profits" defeat regulatory restrictions and turn private market discipline perverse. The profits also allow the CEO to convert firm assets for personal benefit through seemingly normal compensation mechanisms. The short-term profits cause stock options to appreciate. Fraudulent CEOs following this strategy are guaranteed extraordinary income while minimizing risks of detection and prosecution.

The optimization strategy causes catastrophic losses. The "profits" allow the fraud to grow rapidly by making bad loans for years. The "profits" allow the managers to loot the firm through exceptional compensation, which increases losses.

The accounting control fraud optimization strategy hyper-inflates and extends the life of financial bubbles. The finance sector is most criminogenic because of the absence of effective regulation and the ability to invest in assets that lack readily verifiable values. Unless regulators deal effectively with the initial frauds their record profits will produce imitators. Control frauds can be a combination of "opportunistic" and "reactive". If entry is easy, opportunistic control fraud is optimized. If the finance sector is suffering from distress, reactive control fraud is optimized. Both conditions can exist at the same time, as in the savings and loan (S&L) debacle.

When many firms follow the same optimization strategy a financial bubble hyper-inflates. This further optimizes accounting control fraud because the frauds can hide losses by refinancing. Mega bubbles produce financial crises.



"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 10:53:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Spain Has Rating Cut to AA by S&P as Greek Contagion Spreads - Bloomberg.com
Spain had its credit rating cut one step by Standard & Poor's to AA, putting it on a par with Slovenia, as contagion from Greece's debt crisis spreads through the euro region.

S&P said in a statement today that the outlook on Spain is negative, reflecting the chance of a possible further downgrade if the "budgetary position underperforms to a greater extent than we currently anticipate." Spain was last cut by S&P in January 2009.

The risk premium investors demand to hold Spanish bonds surged to the highest in more than a year today and the price of insuring Spanish bonds against default reached a record as doubts about Greece's ability to pay its debt spilled over into Spanish and Portuguese markets.



"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 11:59:27 AM EST
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FT.com / Europe - Ireland suffers fallout from Greek crisis
Ireland was hit by the fallout from the Greek crisis on Wednesday as its bond spreads widened, in spite of bold steps to contain its budget deficit and stabilise its banking sector.

Irish government bonds were trading 35 basis points wider at 255bp above German bonds, the largest spread since July last year.

Alan McQuaid, chief bond analyst with Bloxham stockbrokers, said: "As much as the Irish economic stabilisation and the progress in recapitalisation of the banking sector are welcome, Ireland remains vulnerable to the external stresses in the financial markets."



"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 12:34:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Shocking. Turns out it doesn't matter a whit if you try to placate the markets or not.

<sigh>

What a nice deflationary spiral this is.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 12:57:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
 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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:20:09 PM EST
Dave Zirin: No One is Illegal: Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks

Gonna find a way
Make the state pay
Lookin' for the day
Hard as it seems
This ain't no damn dream
Gotta know what I mean
It's team against team
--Public Enemy, By the Time I Get to Arizona

This will be the last column I write about the Arizona Diamondbacks in the foreseeable future. For me, they do not exist. They will continue to not exist in my mind as long as the horribly named "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" remains law in Arizona. This law has brought echoes of apartheid to the state.

One Democratic lawmaker has said that it has made Arizona a "laughingstock" but it's difficult to find an ounce of humor in this kind of venal legislation. The law makes it a crime to walk the streets without clutching your passport, green card, visa, or state I.D. It not only empowers but absolutely requires cops to demand paperwork if they so much as suspect a person of being undocumented. A citizen can, in fact, sue any police officer they see not harassing suspected immigrants. The bill would also make it a class one misdemeanor for anyone to "pick up passengers for work" if their vehicle blocks traffic. And it makes a second violation of any aspect of the law a felony.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:23:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack: We're whistle-blowers, not leakers - latimes.com
The case of Thomas A. Drake, a former National Security Agency official indicted last week on charges of providing classified information to a Baltimore Sun reporter, is painfully familiar. In 2002, I became the target of a leak investigation stemming from America's first post- 9/11 terrorism prosecution.

As a Justice Department ethics attorney, I had inadvertently learned of a court order for all copies of Justice's internal correspondence about the interrogation of the so-called American Taliban, John Walker Lindh. Although I had written more than a dozen e-mails on the subject, the Justice Department had turned over only two of them, neither of which reflected my conclusion that the FBI committed an ethics violation in its interrogation and that Lindh's confession might have to be sealed. I checked the hard-copy file, which had been a thick, stapled stack of paper. It had been reduced to three rather innocuous e-mails and fax cover sheets from my boss to senior Justice officials.


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:23:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
If your govt is doing something it would rather pretend it wasn't doing, you can rest assured that telling the public about it is going to be considered tantamount to treason.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 04:59:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Pentagon to comply with only part of Fort Hood probe | Reuters
(Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday it agreed to provide some, but not all, information sought in a congressional probe of last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 soldiers dead and an Army psychiatrist charged with murder.


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:24:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
More interesting than it looks - so the Pentagon outranks Congress?

And why the selective recall?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:48:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
National Security trumps all.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 06:14:55 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Well reading around the edges it sounds like one of those cases where they're attempting not to prejudice the upcoming trial

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 Apr 28th, 2010 at 06:46:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
But isn't that up to Congress? The military can warn the committee of the possible consequences and leave it up to Lieberman's sense of responsibility as to whether he wants to risk jeopardizing the trial or not.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:02:56 AM EST
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I don't suppose the 'Psycho-Muslim Shooter Goes On Anti-War Terrorist Carnage Spree In Arab Costume' news coverage will be influencing the trial either.

Sensitive details - if there are any - could always be handled in camera.

I'm more interested in why the Pentagon thinks that some details are so sensitive it doesn't want the committee - chaired by Lieberman, who isn't exactly Hugo Chavez - to see them at all.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 08:04:29 AM EST
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Peter Watts won't go to jail - Boing Boing
The absurd and awful saga of sf writer Dr Peter Watts's adventures with the US border are finally at a close, and the news is moderately good. For those of you who missed it the first time around: Peter is a Canadian marine biologist and sf writer. He helped a friend relocate to the US, and, while driving back, found that US customs officers had opened his trunk and begun to search his car while he was in it, without saying anything. Peter had never encountered a US search on his way out of America, let alone a completely unannounced one. So he got out of his car and said something like, "Hey, what's going on?" The customs officers ordered him to get back into his car and he said something like, "But what's going 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 Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:25:07 PM EST
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You'd like to think that this is outrageous. But it's SOP these days.

We watned this to stop under Obama, but that's not a bipartizan approach.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:02:03 PM EST
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Yeah, that would be looking back. If you look back you might be given traumatic brain injury while having your face ground into the mud in the name of national security. Ben Franklin was so right.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 09:49:12 PM EST
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If you look back at your trunk while leaving the US you'll turn into a pillar of sand.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 03:56:30 AM EST
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If you get a job with US immigration, not even Godwin can help you.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 08:05:25 AM EST
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Malcolm X killer freed after 44 years - CNN.com

(CNN) -- Thomas Hagan, the only man who admitted his role in the 1965 assassination of iconic black leader Malcolm X, was paroled Tuesday.

Hagan was freed a day earlier than planned because his paperwork was processed more quickly than anticipated, according to the New York State Department of Correctional Services.

Hagan, 69, walked out of the minimum-security Lincoln Correctional Facility at 11 a.m. The facility is located at the intersection of West 110th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.

Hagan had been in a full-time work-release program since March 1992 that allowed him to live at home with his family in Brooklyn five days a week while reporting to the prison just two days.

Last month, Hagan pleaded his case for freedom: To return to his family, to become a substance abuse counselor and to make his mark on what time he has left in this 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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:26:51 PM EST
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But why was he killed ?

Malcolm had renounced violence, his only threat was to the Manichean world that was the only thing Hoover and Elijah Mohammed agreed upon. He endangered the cosy war that fostered so many careers.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:06:39 PM EST
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I seem to recall from the Malcolm X movie that the killing was as much about internal politics in the Nation of Islam as anything else.
by Zwackus on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:41:25 PM EST
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It may be that he was killed BECAUSE he renounced violence--and was charismatic and thus a threat to the chief loon of his former cult.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 09:56:43 PM EST
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is one of the best books out there...
by asdf on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 11:36:15 PM EST
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Reuters AlertNet - Violence in Somali capital kills at least 16
Source: Reuters * Landmine explodes at mosque, killing one person

* Suicide bomber targets peacekeepers at new AU base

* Shelling, fighting kill 15, wound scores

(Recasts with more violence, new death toll)

By Ibrahim Mohamed and Abdi Guled

MOGADISHU, April 27 (Reuters) - A landmine killed one person and wounded eight in a rare attack on a mosque in the Somali capital on Tuesday, a day of chaotic violence that left at least another 15 people dead and scores wounded.

Witnesses said the mine exploded as worshippers were going to the Abu Hureyra mosque in Bakara Market, an area used as a base by rebels fighting the government and African Union (AU) peackeeping troops in Somalia.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:29:40 PM EST
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Israel razes 10 settlement houses built after freeze - Haaretz - Israel News
Israel Defense Forces troops on Tuesday destroyed at least 10 structures built by Israeli nationalists in the West Bank following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declaration of a temporary settlement freeze last year.

As security forces and Civil Administration officials arrived in the various outposts - which included East Ba'al Hatzor, Maoz Esther and Ramat Migron - settlers youths barricaded themselves in the structures to protest their demolition.

Some of the teenagers also hurled burning tires at the security forces, leading to two arrests.


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:42:03 PM EST
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oh wowee, thousands of houses built. 10 knocked down.

Demolish the whole West Bank occupation and I might be pleasantly surprised.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:07:40 PM EST
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"Some of the teenagers also hurled burning tires at the security forces, leading to two arrests."

If only they had been Palestinian, the security forces could have shot them.

Bassem woke Hamis and gave him his medicine, then off he went to visit another friend in the village who is ill with cancer. Then a little girl from the village wanted a pineapple but couldn't find any in the local stores. So Bassem went to Ramallah to get a pineapple and was back before noon for the Friday prayers and the weekly demon stra tion against the theft of our land by the apartheid wall. Pheel never missed a demon stra tion; he par tic i pated in all the activ i ties and creative actions in Bilin. He would always talk to the soldiers as human beings. Before he was hit he was calling for the soldiers to stop shooting because there were goats near the fence and he was worried for them. Then a woman in front of him was hit. He yelled to the commander to stop shooting because someone was wounded. He expected the soldiers to under stand and stop shooting. Instead, they shot him too.

In Memoriam: Bassem Abu Rahma

This young man, who could have been any of us if we were so brave in those imposed conditions, was a peacemaker...see 15 minutes in, and 20...don't go to 22, where he gets shot by a tear gas canister and dies.

oh wowee, thousands of houses built. 10 knocked down.
Demolish the whole West Bank occupation and I might be pleasantly surprised.

I want the occupiers, often misnamed as settlers, to be taken from their illegal homes, and returned to the homes of their parents (if they were on "legal" land, or perhaps lose their Israeli citizenship under certain circumstances.

The homes, meanwhile, shall be given to the poorest of the Palestinians, and those who had kids of theirs shot.

.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:30:54 AM EST
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Lebanon news agency: Website hacked by Israel to post Ron Arad message - Haaretz - Israel News
Lebanon's state-run news agency on Tuesday accused an Israeli organization of having hacked into its website to post a message calling for information about a missing Israeli air force pilot.

National News Agency (NNA) director Laure Suleiman said the agency's Arabic, English and French websites "were hacked several times by the Israeli Born to Freedom Foundation."

The hackers left a message that read: "Earn a reward of 10 million dollars in exchange for information about Israeli airman Ron Arad and other missing Israelis" was posted on the websites on Monday afternoon


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:43:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Palestinians ban settlement goods

Palestinian officials have passed a new law outlawing the sale of goods made in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The law, under which offenders could face up to five years in jail or a fine of up to $14,000, was signed by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, on Monday.

The move is part of a campaign launched earlier this year to clear Palestinian markets of settlement goods and encourage other countries to ban trade with companies in the settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.

"There's an international consensus that the settlements are illegal and therefore it is unacceptable to support them," Hassan al-Awri, Abbas's legal adviser, told the Reuters 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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:44:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Taliban fighters attack Afghan city

At least three people have been killed and 35 others injured after a cache of explosives detonated near the Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said.

Sher Mohammed Zazai, a commander of Afghan forces in the south of the country, said Tuesday's attack happened close to an air field and hit a compound providing logistical support to Nato forces.

Al Jazeera's James Bays reporting from the capital, Kabul, said: "The compound is run by a company called Supreme, which is one of the main contractors supplying food, logistical support and other supplies for the international forces across Afghanistan at the Kandahar air base - the second biggest military base in the whole of the country.

"One aviation source said that there are suicide bombers who have entered an area where there are fuel tanks and a substantial amount of fuel so the situation is still on going."

Bays said at least three suicide attackers were involved in the incident.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 04:15:11 PM EST
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Flight diverted after man claims explosives - Security- msnbc.com

BANGOR, Maine - An American citizen on a flight from Paris to Atlanta claimed to have a fake passport and said he had explosives in his luggage, forcing federal air marshals to intervene and the plane to land in Maine, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, believe the man's passport is authentic.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:07:25 PM EST
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Has any person claiming to have explosives ever actually had them? If not, why go through this nonsense? The whole point (if any) of questioning passangers is surely to detect whether they are potential terrorists, which a trained agent might be able to do by appropriate questioning, but not by expecting the person to tell the truth.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 01:39:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mexico issues warning to travelers in Ariz. - Americas- msnbc.com

MEXICO CITY - Mexico warned its citizens living in or traveling to Arizona that they could be "harassed" there after the state passed one of the toughest immigration laws in the United States last week.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law last week that makes it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check the status of people they reasonably suspect to be illegal immigrants.

The law, decried by critics as discriminatory, will force immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times once it takes effect 90 days after Arizona's current legislative session ends.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:20:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 03:19:07 AM EST
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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:00:09 AM EST
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Unfortunately, Lega Nord was making exactly the same point in the recent elections in Italy, with posters telling people not to make the same mistake the "Indians" did.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 06:21:49 AM EST
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One never finds these small side effects discussed in nuclear power debates.

China to Supply 2 Plants to Pakistan


Persistent speculation in recent weeks that China plans to supply two nuclear reactors to Pakistan in defiance of international rules gained fresh momentum today as a leading Washington think tank reported that Beijing is about to announce the deal.
Such a decision could cloud the recent improvement in Sino-Indian relations amidst the assessment that Beijing may justify the deal with Pakistan on the grounds of nuclear stability in South Asia and the need for parity between Delhi and Islamabad.
....
Under the current guidelines of the nuclear suppliers group (NSG), no nuclear transfers are allowed to countries that do not sign the non-proliferation treaty or do not accept comprehensive international safeguards on their nuclear programme. While India got an exemption to this framework in 2008, the rules continue to apply to Pakistan.
....
The Carnegie report today cited senior NSG diplomats as saying that they expect Beijing to "inform the NSG of its planned transaction". The report also added that the Obama administration might "accept a limited amount of additional Chinese nuclear commerce with Pakistan as a price for getting Chinese support on UN Security Council sanctions against Iran in weeks ahead."


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:02:04 AM EST
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Of course, for 8 years Bush allowed both Pakistan and India exemptions for existing law, of which this citation only documents the first of them:

Bush Waives Nuclear-Related Sanctions on India, Pakistan

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:37:58 AM EST
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"The Next Empire" an essay in which H. French compares Chinese private and state FDI in Tanzania, Zambia, Monzambique (east Africa) and Congo (west Africa) --oddly enough not Angola-- to Portuguese, German, and Belgian military subjugation of the inhabitants during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. That is, notably yet imprecisely, after Stanley found Livingston. Note how many African and Chinese nationals the author cites as primary sources. Note also one of several intriguing observations attributed to CCP "economic approach in Africa" and said to validate "agricultural initiatives" over the preceeding 5 years. Red Scare, Yellow Peril, Chinese Hordes revisited?

Chinese farmers have been trickling into Africa for years, buying small plots and working them using Chinese techniques. But China began to prioritize large-scale agricultural investment in Africa around the time of the lavish 2006 China-Africa summit in Beijing, a milestone in China's courtship of the continent. At the time, China promised to establish 10 agricultural demonstration centers promoting Chinese farming methods, and to send experts far and wide. Last June, the Economic Observer, an independent Chinese weekly newspaper, reported that China, "faced with increasing pressure on food security," was "planning to rent and buy land abroad to expand domestic food supply." Beijing had earmarked $5 billion for agricultural projects in Africa in 2008, with a focus on the production of rice and other cash crops.

Many Chinese agricultural initiatives are shrouded in mystery. In 2006, for instance, China offered a $2 billion soft loan to Mozambique for a project to dam the Zambezi River Valley, amid some of the continent's most fertile soils. The following year, Chinese and Mozambican officials reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding allowing 3,000 Chinese settlers to begin farming in the area. But following a local uproar, Mozambique's government denied all reports of the plan, and little has been heard of it since.

Officials in Chongqing province--home to roughly 12 million farmers whose land either has already been lost in the flooding that accompanied the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, or is under pressure from urban growth in the province--have publicly encouraged mass emigration to Africa.

Read more...

Advices from Goa, India, to the court at Lisbon by Antonio Bocccarro and Diogo Simões, 1630, in B. Davidson African Civilization Revisited.

The Emperor of Monomotapa [Mozambique westward to frontier Zimbabwe, Zambia] having robbed the Portuguese residing in Sena and Tete [inland forts on Zambezi River] and killed the ambassador whom the Captain at Mozambique [Zambezi estuary] had sent to him, we took to the field with two hundred and fifty Portugues and thirty thousand Kaffirs, their vassals, at two different times --the first in December, 1628, and the second in May, 1629. Their two great armies were destroyed, and on the second day the greater part of the grandees of the empire were killed and the remainder made Manura their emperor in place of the former one...

First that this kingdom is delivered to him [Manura] in the name of the king of Portugal, our lord, of whom he shall acknowledge himself to be a vassal... That he, the said king, shall allow all the religious of whatever order who may be in his zimbahe to build churches and in all the other lands in his dominions... He shall make his lands free to the Portuguese... Throughout all his kingdom he shall allow as many mines to be sought for and opened as the Portuguese like.

Note also modern Chinese functionaries are said to be studying Belgian archives.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 10:40:17 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 Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:20:32 PM EST
Book publishing in Birmingham today :-) on Sarah 's TwitWall

t's a lovely sunny day in Birmingham, and I'm working outside to make the most of it!

My company Lollypop is a local independent publisher of "green books". Today I am finishing off our latest book ON THE MOVE..A STUDY OF POTENTIAL MODAL SHIFT TO SUSTAINABILITY, co-written with Mike Brindle. Its synopsis reads:

A STUDY INTO SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT OPTIONS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON OUR TEENAGERS



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:22:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
125 mph Sierra winds; Reno power outage; I-80 mess - Chico Enterprise Record
RENO, Nev.--Winds gusting in excess of 100 mph have downed power lines in northern Nevada, causing power outages for thousands of residents in Reno and wreaking havoc with travel in the Sierra.

The California Highway Patrol closed a stretch of westbound of U.S. Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe Tuesday morning after the wind flipped a truck on its side.

The National Weather Service says winds topped the 125 mph mark at the Mount Rose Ski Resort between Reno and Tahoe.

About 2,500 people are without power in the Reno area.

Sustained winds of 63 mph were recorded at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where several flights have been canceled or delayed. A gust of 107 mph was recorded just south of town on U.S. Highway 395.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:27:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ET is often subject to heresy on the order of "Kierkegaard's religious views were probably based upon his being a Taurus."  (waves to ceebs)  I'll take it further.

Wind has a higher intelligence at the heart of its power.  Just like magma.  This higher intelligence pervades the universe, as Olaf Stapeldon knew, and many engineers don't.

There are times when to us, the wind seems angry.  Wind says justice.  We never understand, small minds thinking only of pressure gradients.  it will take same time before our civilization understands this, if at all.

The girls do.  again, Katzenjammer, the voice of the wind blowing through the doors of our house (and they directly say going to the sea):



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:55:07 PM EST
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PS.  I forgot to mention somewhere that Alpha Ventus was officially commissioned today.  the project's been sending juice into the grid for many months, but today it's official, dignitaries on the boats and all.

HERE



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 06:10:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
There are times when to us, the wind seems angry.  Wind says justice.

And the wind cries Mary...



"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char

by Melanchthon on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:00:20 AM EST
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Rudd's dangerous climate retreat | The Australian

AS retreats go, they come no bigger than Kevin Rudd's delaying of his once cherished emissions trading scheme - one of the most spectacular backdowns by a prime minister in decades.

If you want an equivalent, think of Gough Whitlam delaying Medibank, Paul Keating deferring the float, Bob Hawke folding on the abolition of the tariff or John Howard surrendering on his GST.

There will be many words written about Rudd's retreat but it is simply crystallised: he is a prime minister without the courage to champion the policy that defined him.

Deferring the ETS to 2013 almost certainly means Rudd will ditch his double-dissolution option



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:28:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Exclusive video: Sir Richard Branson on the Carbon War Room, peak oil, and why dyslexia has made him a better communicator
"Fuel prices could easily go through $200 a barrel" in the near future« Climate Progress

Late last year, Sir Richard Branson founded a new nonprofit, the Carbon War Room.  The objective of CWR is to "bring together successful entrepreneurs in collaboration with the most respected institutions, scientists, national security experts, and business leaders to implement the change required to avoid catastrophic climate change."

The Virgin Group founder told Time in December, "There are some of us who believe that the problem of warming is as bad as the First and Second World Wars combined.  It's that serious, and you know the key is carbon, [but] there's no war room coordinating the attack on carbon."

I interviewed the British billionaire at the CWR's "Creating Climate Wealth" conference last week.  He had some fascinating comments on peak oil, specific measures he is pursuing in his airline business to reduce emissions, and one unexpected `benefit' of his dyslexia:




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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:29:02 PM EST
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call me cynical if you like, but I can't help but feel that his enthusiasm for virgin galactic has something to do with hedging his bets on this one.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:10:26 PM EST
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So the thing about WW1 and WW2 is that after a few years, things get back to normal. The climate situation will just get worse and worse.
by asdf on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 11:39:21 PM EST
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Former Massey Workers Say Blast Wasn't A Surprise : NPR

Two coal miners say they quit Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in the final months before an explosion because they thought it was going to blow up. A third miner -- who had worked at the mine for 13 years -- called Upper Big Branch "a time bomb."

But Massey officials say samples showed the air was safe just before the blast.

Federal inspectors cited Upper Big Branch four times this year for problems with ventilation systems designed to dilute methane, and three times for a buildup of combustible material such as coal dust. Inspectors said all seven incidents were reasonably likely to cause serious injury.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:26:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Not to worry.  The external cost of coal power is 5 cents/kwh, according to ExternE.  (externality studies are like rating agencies' verdicts.)

Wonder how Obama feels with his compromise on offshore drilling, now that the gulf fisheries and oyster seasons are kaput into the future.

God knows PV is too expensive, and Jesus feels the bullshit about hydrogen fuels like a spear in his side.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 06:47:30 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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:20:53 PM EST
Remix the News: what news can learn from Last.fm and Pandora

As Paul Bradshaw and many others have pointed out, there is a natural synergy between music and news. Both are content-driven industries that are struggling to adapt to new forms of distribution. 

But the similarities don't end there.

Music is finally being recognized as an art that depends largely on social influences. We tend to listen to what our friends listen to, and it is one of the primary ways we discover new music.

News, however, has not caught up to music in this way. Links are passed around on Twitter, Facebook, in emails, and via instant messaging. Each time we pass along a link to a story or blog post, that data is not recorded in any way, forcing readers to start from scratch when they want to discover new stuff to read (or constantly go back to the same site).



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:22:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Cases - 17 Years Later, a Cancer Survivor Is Celebrating Life - NYTimes.com
Each year on a day in January -- the 15th, to be precise -- I go to a Web site and post a message to hundreds of women I've never met, saying, essentially, "I'm still here."


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:22:35 PM EST
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Sumner Redstone Says Murdoch's Newspapers Will Fail (Update1) - BusinessWeek

April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone, taking aim at media rival Rupert Murdoch, chastised the News Corp. chairman for investing in newspapers and said the "ink" industry will be out of business in two years.

Redstone, who controls New York-based Viacom and CBS Corp., criticized Murdoch for paying $5.5 billion in 2007 to purchase Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He called News Corp.'s New York Post "a gossip" publication and said there "won't be any newspapers in two years."

"You have to be careful of any newspapers that Rupert Murdoch runs," Redstone said yesterday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California. "He'll put anything in them, except himself."



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:24:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
doesn't apply to tabloids. most of the readership lack access to the internet, especially for the sort of grazing type reading / looking at the pictures that they do.

In the UK the Sun is his powerbase, yet it hardly has any useful internet presence.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:18:44 PM EST
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Hmmm. According to Alexa thesun.co.uk has a UK traffic rank of 42.

For comparison:

Times Online: 33
BBC: 5
Guardian: 16
Daily Mail: UK rank not listed, for some reason. But comparable international ranking.
Express: 791 (fail)
Indie: 98
Mirror: 182
ET: 424,588 (heh)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 06:08:09 AM EST
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Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time ever, television and film productions that come from all over the world to shoot in the city will have to pay for the City Hall permits that have always been free, a major change in policy that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration blames on budget woes.

Senior Bloomberg administration officials were to tell representatives from Hollywood studios, advertising and labor unions on Tuesday about the proposed $300 fee for films, commercials, music videos and television series.

To be sure, $300 is a barely noticeable budget line in most multimillion-dollar television and screen projects, and most major cities -- including Los Angeles, New York's major film competitor -- already charge permit fees. But the change is an about-face in policy for a city that has long prided itself on uniquely providing free permits and other perks to lure projects to shoot in the iconic Big Apple.

Permits have been free since the city established a film office in 1966.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:25:24 PM EST
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The First Amendment and Kittens - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
To anyone who has been following First Amendment jurisprudence in the past 40 or 50 years, the recent Supreme Court decision (United States v. Stevens, April 20) striking down a statute criminalizing the production and sale of videos depicting animal cruelty in a manner intended to satisfy a particular "sexual fetish" will come as no surprise.
The proverbial ordinary citizen, however, may be surprised to learn that, according to Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion, the First Amendment must be read to allow the production and dissemination of so called "crush videos," videos (and I quote from Roberts' opinion) that "feature the intentional torture and killing of helpless animals" often by women wearing high-heeled "spike" shoes who slowly "crush animals to death" while talking to them in "a kind of dominatrix patter" as they scream and squeal "in great pain." How has it come to this?


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:25:51 PM EST
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Israel lifts ban on imports of Apple iPad | Reuters

(Reuters) - Israel will begin allowing people to bring Apple iPads into the country starting on Sunday, two weeks after customs began confiscating the tablet computers for fear they would interfere with other wireless devices.

Technology

"Following the completion of intensive technical scrutiny, Israel Minister of Communications Moshe Kakhlon approved the import of (the) iPad to Israel," the Communications Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry had banned importation of the touchscreen devices saying they did not meet European standards, adopted by Israel, for wireless use of communications frequencies.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:27:20 PM EST
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"Rogue" NASA Administrator Angling to Save Ares I Rocket Program from Budget Axe | Popular Science

In a speech to NASA employees and the nation on April 15, President Obama unveiled a vision for U.S. space exploration that didn't include Constellation or development of its Ares I rocket. The next day, Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley issued his response to Obama: Not so fast.

In an email dated April 16, Hanley told his managers to prioritize all remaining resources left to them under this year's budget to prepare for future test flights of the Ares I prototypes. Hanley also instructed staffers to look into repackaging Constellation into a smaller program that could work under a far smaller rocket development budget that Obama and company have supported under the White House's new vision.

To quote Hanley: "This direction remains consistent with . . . policy to continue program execution and planning in the event that the program or parts thereof will continue beyond (this financial) year."



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:27:45 PM EST
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The Founding of Iraq's Independent Student Press, Part One « College Media Matters

Zimnaku Mohammed Saleh lost his family, fled his homeland, and adopted a new identity- all before he could walk and talk.  As a four-month-old living in Halabja, Iraq, Saleh was one of the residents fortunate to have no memory of the March 1988 bombing orchestrated by Saddam Hussein that transformed the city "into an open cemetery." The explosions, which unleashed "a deadly cocktail of mustard gas and the nerve agents tabun, sarin, and VX," were part of Hussein's larger "scorched earth offensive" against Iraqi Kurds during the Iran-Iraq War.

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More than 5,000 people died in the offensive, including Saleh's father and six older siblings.  His mother also collapsed amid the chaos and was transported unconscious to a hospital in Tehran.  Unbeknownst to her, Saleh survived.  Iranian soldiers found him three days after the bombing and took him to their country.  A kind Iranian woman adopted him, giving him a new name: Ali Pour.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:30:04 PM EST
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Tabloid Watch: Sun pays out over false terror story
After apologising to Dr Mohammed Asha in early March, the Sun must now cough up 'substantial' libel damages because of its front page splash 'Terror case doc works in casualty'.

From MediaGuardian:

Leo Dawkins, the solicitor representing Dr Asha, told Mr Justice Eady in the high court in London today that the allegations were that 'there were very strong grounds to suspect that the claimant would be involved in the future in terrorist bomb plots and was, therefore, an ongoing threat to national security'.

He added: 'There is no truth in these allegations whatsoever. The article complained of was published to millions of people and has been devastating for the claimant, causing him immense damage both personally and professionally.'

News Group Newspapers, which publishes the Sun 'accepted that the allegations complained of were entirely false and without foundation' and:


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:36:25 PM EST
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BBC News - Litigation and high patient expectations 'bar nursing'

Patients and their families expect miracles and are too quick to launch legal action when they do not happen, nurses say.

Unrealistic expectations are fostered by TV shows like Holby City, the Royal College of Nursing conference heard.

The number of legal claims topped 6,000 last year - a rise of more than 10% in 12 months, and nurses say this puts some off joining the profession.

Patient representatives said patients generally did not like to complain.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:40:56 PM EST
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RFID Tagged Cows Start Tweeting

A herd of dairy cows from the University of Waterloo might be the first of the bovine species to use Twitter. The cows brag about milk production, RFID transponder glitches, eating habits, technical issues with the "Mr. Terminator" milking machines and the specific nuances of which teats perform best.

Some of the cattle even let loose with an occasional literary quotation from Virgil. We're hoping for Twitpics 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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:16:12 PM EST
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Philosophers Football
First ever World Cup Finals in an African country? Forget all that minor league stuff. Instead, join us for the REALLY big football event of 2010: 'Socrates Wanderers' versus 'Nietzsche Albion,' Wingate & Finchley's Harry
Abrahams stadium, North London, Sunday 9th May!

Inspired by the famous 1972 Monty Python sketch - and with the full backing of the surviving Pythons - a tribute/ replay of `The Philosophers' Football Match' comedy sketch between teams of 'Greeks' and 'Germans' is being held in May as a real football game. `See you for kick-off - bring your Descartes and team scarf!



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 Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:29:18 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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:21:18 PM EST
Computer tycoon Sir Clive Sinclair, 69, weds 33-year-old former lapdancer fiancée - Telegraph

Sir Clive, 69, who invented the pocket calculator and the ill-fated C5 electric car, is said to have married Miss Bowness in the US city's Civil Court in front of just one witness, a passer-by, on April 16.

The couple have been seeing each other on and off for more than a decade and Sir Clive proposed to Miss Bowness, 33, last year.



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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:21:43 PM EST
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Batteries included?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:51:47 AM EST
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Suspects In Beating Of Homeless Man Are Soldiers - Cincinnati breaking news, weather radar, traffic from 9News | Channel 9 WCPO.com
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati police say three of four men under indictment for allegedly severely beating a homeless man in North Avondale are soldiers.

Police say four men allegedly assaulted John Johnson, a homeless man, underneath a bridge near I-75 at Mitchell Avenue where he was living on April 10.

Johnson, 52, says the group struck him with a baseball bat and a pipe, all while yelling things like "get a job" and calling him a bum.


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 Apr 27th, 2010 at 05:10:47 PM EST
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well, well, well. Newshour carves out a niche for yer girlfriend. I'll just excerpt the shiny bits, shall I?

GWEN IFILL: Yves Smith, do you see a death sentence for these too-big-to--fail banks?

YVES SMITH, Naked Capitalism: I'm concerned that the provisions for doing even that are not realistic. The very biggest institutions are global. And this is a U.S. bill.

As a consequence, they have got foreign operations, which are subject to legal jurisdictions that we don't control. So, the very notion that the very biggest institutions could be put into receivership under a U.S. regime is a nonstarter....


uh huh
GWEN IFILL: Yves Smith, I want to talk to you about one of the other hot-button issues which have come up lately, especially in the last week or so, in the debate over this book -- bill, and that's about regulating derivatives, that complicated betting process in which people are trying to bet against what these instruments will do in the future.

Do you think this bill goes far enough, or is it throwing the baby out with the bathwater, taking what is in essence a not-bad idea, but then over-regulating it?

YVES SMITH: Well, actually, again, I come at it slightly differently.

On the one hand, the core idea in the bill, that of clearing derivatives centrally, certainly will reduce risk. The problem is that some of these derivatives, and in particular credit default swaps, that approach is not going to be sufficient.

This is a bit technical, but one of the issues with credit default swaps is that, when a particular company gets in trouble on which a credit default swap has been written, the -- the payout jumps massively. It's what they call jump to default. So, you may think you have got that position covered. Suddenly, they're not. It's like a tsunami coming in. Suddenly, there are a lot of people who may not be able to settle on those wagers that they have written....

And the clearing mechanism, the central clearing mechanism will not solve this inherent problem with credit default swaps, and suggests that we need stricter approaches there.


Freudian? Not even
GWEN IFILL: So, Yves Smith, pull out your yardstick and tell me, on your scale of one to 10, where you think this bill lies in terms of getting to the essential problems that need to fixed.

YVES SMITH: I actually give it only a three or a four.

And I would say, one of the reasons that we have had the -- the discussion has turned out to be partisan is the fact that people are disagreeing on facts. There is no -- not sufficient understanding of exactly why this crisis came about.

There's not been enough forensic work. And, in fact, I would -- I believe that the public actually would have tolerance for a more extended process if there was real serious digging done. I mean, when you go back to the 1930s, you know, the crash took place in 1929. We didn't have durable legislation until 1933 and 1934.

Read more...



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 10:47:14 PM EST
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My sympathy to Melanchthon regarding Lyon.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 04:27:46 AM EST
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For a second there I thought there had been some natural disaster or something...

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 04:31:42 AM EST
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It was a disaster, but it was a man-made one...

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:02:17 AM EST
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Can you explain why there was no attempt at offense in the 1st match?  But last nite, wow.  Still, a strong season to reach the semis.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:35:25 AM EST
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The ladies come to Brighton 15 May
Coalition - The Great Escape

I don't know what that means.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:33:06 AM EST
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the Great Escape is a festival of new music, kinda like SXSW but more small scale indie shouty.

You can't buy tickets for just one gig, so it'd cost me £55 plus train tickets. So sadly I think I'll pass. but I'll let friends of mine down there know

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 10:12:58 AM EST
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they'll be back.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 11:17:37 AM EST
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BBC News - Man rescued off Isle of Sheppey after sailing blunder
A lost sailor has had to be rescued after running out of fuel circling a small island when he thought he was sailing around the UK coast.


"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 05:37:25 AM EST
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He must have been reading Bill Bryson...

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 06:14:26 AM EST
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Interesting project offered today: to rewrite a historical/fantasy board game. I do enjoy board and table games of all sorts, although nobody will play me at Scrabble or Trivial Pursuits any more. Mah Jong is perhaps my favourite, but any card game is fine: solo whist, canasta, 9-5-2, Promising.

The Finns are generally not great game players. I suspect that vestigial Lutheran attitudes are to blame. When I first arrived in Finland, a pack of cards was taxed virtually out of reach. But now you can see kids playing cards in gas station cafes.

The ardently atheist family I married into would spend the entire summer playing cards on their archipelago island in the evening, after listening to the shipping forecast. What joy!

Sadly TV and online have pushed game playing to one side, but I have always enjoyed the social side of games, and when I've introduced them to friends, they are usually taken up enthusiastically. I can even claim credit for popularising pétanque in Finland in the 70s: 2 people I separately taught to play went on to form the Finnish national team.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 08:09:54 AM EST
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Online game playing is partly social. The Scrabble players are all on Facebook now.

There's probably a vast market for card games without cards.

[Checks Facebook API}

Hmmm...

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 08:14:28 AM EST
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Though the point of such games is to pitch your wits, not your search engines.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 09:00:15 AM EST
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For some people the point of games is to win.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 09:07:58 AM EST
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True. The point of some games, such as Mah Jong (non-gambling variety), is not to lose.

After several arguments I agreed, against my better judgement, to play poker with some friends with chips, but no cash values i.e. just for 'points'. The strategy became more complicated, but it strangely still retained the psychological element that made it fun. With one friend I play backgammon with occasionally, we play for 1€ a point - nominal, but it adds an edge to doubling.

In general, I don't gamble. I worked at art college on a weekend job as a football pools checker (exceptionally well paid, but unsocial hours). When you have put your blue pencil through thousands of pounds of losing perms every weekend, it opens your eyes to the foolishness. I also learned a math dodge you might appreciate (although written in crude language):

To find out how many permutations there are of x out of y, place the numbers 1 to x below the line, and then the numbers y down to y-x above. Divide the below the line numbers into the above the line numbers until there are no numbers below the line. Multiply together the remaining numbers above to give you the number of permutations.

You'll probably have a smarter solution ;-)


You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 09:38:39 AM EST
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That's not a math dodge for computing the number of combinations. this is.

Sheesh.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 09:47:28 AM EST
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For idiots, mine is simple to explain and simple to do. It was standard operating procedure at Soccer Pools in the 60's ;-)


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 11:21:51 AM EST
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Yours is 10th grade math, mine is 7th grade math.

Your algorithm requires multiplication and division. Pascal's triangle requires addition only.

Keep digging.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 11:54:05 AM EST
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To be fair, Sven's approach is easier if you just want to compute 200 C 53 (he will be finished before you get to the 100th row.  But if you're doing this all the time it would seem easier to just write out enough rows of P's T.

I needed to implement an nCk algorithm for large parameter values and found this neat result:

r = 1;
for(unsigned i = 1; i <= k; i++)
    r = (r*(n-k+i))/i;

r now contains nCk.  What is surprising (to me) is that the intermediate results are all integers.  Of course it is obvious by considering pascal's triangle, as the algorithm is simply stepping along a line; but it is not obvious from the code that this is true.

by njh on Wed Apr 28th, 2010 at 07:24:53 PM EST
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What you ignore is the perceptual interface of thought, pen and paper, and spatial drawing skills. If you gave out pre-printed sheets to be filled in, perhaps the method you present would indeed be faster and simpler. But creating your matrix would be hard for many people until they had been 'trained' to do it.

Your knowledge of maths is superb; your knowledge of human behaviour is much less so. Sheesh kebab.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 03:57:28 AM EST
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Your method also has to be taught.

Which of the two of us has actually taught pre-university math to students?

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 04:06:39 AM EST
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Official World Tapir Day Website

This site contains everything that you need to know about World Tapir Day, which occurs on 27 April every year. Regardless of whether you are a hardcore tapir fan or whether you have only just discovered the world of tapirs, you will find a wide range of information on this site about World Tapir Day.

If you are new to the World Tapir Day community, you may wish to read some of the FAQs on this site to learn about the wider goals of World Tapir Day - they extend far beyond raising awareness of the four extant tapir species in Central and South America and in South East Asia.



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 Apr 28th, 2010 at 08:31:36 AM EST
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