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Sunday Lazy Open Thread

by Jerome a Paris Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 11:04:27 AM EST

Is it summer yet?


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While prepring shells for the Salon I came across this:

by Fran on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 11:11:34 AM EST
We're the government and we're here to help the barn door.

1 June

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the massive oil spill spreading through the Gulf of Mexico.

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4 June

"So there is no perception of a conflict in these cases, yesterday I instructed my broker to sell the few Transocean and Halliburton bonds in my account," U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in an e-mail.

BP Plc and Transocean Ltd. oil-spill lawsuits may be combined before a judge from outside the Gulf Coast states, because judges in the region are withdrawing from cases, citing conflicts of interest.

Six of 12 active judges assigned to the federal judicial district based in New Orleans already have removed themselves from spill-damage lawsuits, according to a court official and public records. The judges found conflicts tied to oil investments or personal relationships with lawyers or companies involved....

More than 170 proposed class-action lawsuits, representing potentially thousands of claims, have been filed in courthouses from Texas to Florida. The plaintiffs include fishing industry workers, property owners and coastal businesses harmed by the oil spill caused by the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in April.

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7 June

The U.S. Justice Department's decision to open a criminal investigation into the Gulf Coast oil spill is threatening to complicate scores of lawsuits brought by people seeking compensation for the disaster.

At issue are questions that often come up in so-called "parallel proceedings" -- in which multiple government agencies are investigating the same event for possible wrongdoing. Different divisions of the Justice and Interior Departments are looking into the oil spill, searching for civil and criminal liability. And in this situation, said lawyers with experience in environmental investigations, the existence of the private lawsuits adds another layer of difficulty.

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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:00:55 PM EST


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:06:49 PM EST
Yes, oh, yes. Absolutely it is summer. Went to a bbq, drank a lot of (too much?) wine. Sunny and warm all day long. Most certainly summer. *hick*
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:14:06 PM EST
drinks on the terrace until 11pm. and that thunderstorm too...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:16:04 PM EST
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Sounds like fun. Lovely summer weekend here too, until the thunderstorm half an hour ago.
by Fran on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:27:44 PM EST
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summer was yesterday here, it's been cloudy all day and we are promised rain for most of next week. Autumn soon after.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:07:16 PM EST
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We went from late winter to midsummer temperatures in 2 weeks.  Now struggling to adjust to 100/38 (F/C) the difficulty of which is perfectly expressed by the Swedish word "sommerloj," meaning "summer lazy."

Be back at it in a week or two but now all I want to do is loll in the summer heat and, when I get the energy, take a nap.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:51:02 PM EST
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Sunny but chilly in Finland. We had to abandon plans to eat outside. I think we'll take in a couple of 'Curb your enthusiasm' episodes.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:07:02 PM EST
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We had summer yesterday. It was delightful. Temperatures around 75, spent it at the beach in Carmel.

In true Monterey tradition, a warm day like that attracts the fog bank closer in, and it's now hovering about two blocks to the west. Thankfully my view is to the east, of the bay and the Big Sur mountains. Hoping for a fog-free summer, especially after 2009 was socked in from June to August.

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:30:22 PM EST
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I miss the fog. There's nothing quite like the fog rolling in after a hot summer's day in the City . . .
by sgr2 on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 05:06:20 PM EST
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I was doing a loop around SF on my motorcycle yesterday and I couldn't resist stopping at ocean beach for an hour. I've never seen it so sunny, warm, and uh, un-windy as it was yesterday.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 07:36:00 PM EST
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Hot and stormy, we got our first thunderstorm this afternoon. Flash of lightning, the electricity went off, and there was a simultaneous loud "pop" from across the living room. Checking out which electronic device just died, I found that it was, as usual, the modem (ADSL). Damn things last two years maximum out here, it's always the telephone lines that get struck by lightning.

As we're moving out at the end of the month, I supposed that this was the end of the internet for us here... then I thought of my daughter's new Android cell phone. I signed her up for a plan with one hour per month of actual telephone, and unlimited text messaging AND unlimited internet. Incredible bargain at twenty euros a month, given that the phone was practically free.

So I thought... must be a way to use the thing as a modem... half an hour of browsing open source/hacker sites on that poky little screen... couple of downloads... and here I am.

I will never be without internet again! Troubling thought.

Now I must immediately cancel my ADSL subscription.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:14:20 PM EST
Careful with those "unlimited Internet" plans on mobile phones: there's usually a monthly data cap and once you hit it, you get charged an outrageous rate.

There's been plenty of horror stories about mobile subscribers with such plans who ended up with bills in excess of EUR 10000.

No matter how you look at it, airwaves capacity is a finite resource; wires will be with us for a while, I'm afraid.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:17:40 PM EST
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Gave me a little chill down the spine... But no, I double checked :  no restriction!

I suspect this sort of plan won't be on offer for long, because already it seems the mobile companies are alarmed at the bandwith consumed by web phones, and they will have to put on restrictions or up the charges.

... and while I was typing "chill down the spine"... my daughter poured hot miso soup down my back. Not intentionally, at least I don't think so!

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:32:33 PM EST
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Colorado has violent thunderstorms practically every afternoon during the summer. At our house we have a surge prevention device in the circuit breaker box at the service entrance, another on the incoming phone lines, surge protector outlet strips on every piece of electronic equipment, and lightning arrester on antennas. Plus, we unplug the valuable stuff when not in use...

by asdf on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:36:32 PM EST
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My general principle is to leave it to chance and not have any specially valuable stuff. Probably cheaper in the long run.

Also deters thieves. I'm not in the habit of locking my front door, in fact I realised a while ago that I no longer seem to have a front door key. As I am supposed to be handing over the keys in a month, I tried to change the barrel on the front door lock yesterday, and failed. Story of my life?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:37:58 PM EST
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Currently off island; up north.  Regarding the strike back home, I wonder if there will be a university to come back to?  Seriously!  Rumors are circulating that the riot squad may try to dislodge striking students from the campus tomorrow monday.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:48:59 PM EST
Does this mean the ET Meet Up in PR has been put on the back-burner?

:-)

Good to hear you're outta there.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:03:15 PM EST
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ht melvin

"Kill, don't clean," recommends Silvia Gaus, a biologist at NationalPark Wattenmeer (Wadden Sea National Park) in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Unfortunately, despite some short-term success in cleaning birds and releasing them into the wild, few, if any, have a chance of surviving even for a few months, reports Ms Gaus, who has worked as a biologist for 20 years.

"According to serious studies, the middle-term survival rate of oil-soaked birds is under 1 percent," Ms Gaus explained. "We, therefore, oppose cleaning birds."...

"Birds, those that have been covered in oil and can still be caught, can no longer be helped," stated a WWF spokesman during the 2002 Prestige clean-up effort. "Therefore, the World Wildlife Fund is very reluctant to recommend cleaning."

The Prestige spill killed 250,000 birds off the western coasts of France, Spain and Portugal. Of the thousands of birds that were cleaned, most died within a few days, and only 600 were released into the wild. According to an oft-quoted (but unnamed, unreferenced and mysteriously unfindable) British study of the tragically mishandled Prestige spill, the median lifespan of those 600 released birds was only seven days.
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:53:27 PM EST

source

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:56:43 PM EST
what ? Don't get it, sorry.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:05:47 PM EST
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I don't get Vermont Catholic either. In fact, I don't subscribe to any magazines or newsletter. Occasionally, I'll flip through a title at my local library.

Well, you click on the anchor text "source". It directs your browser to a URL that displays this image which is the cover of the June issue of Vermont Catholic, a periodical. Beneath the illustration of the June issue is another hyperlink to the URL of the magazine, where you can read articles, presumably, of interest to Vermont Catholics.

I wonder idly if these interests are shared by Alabama Catholics.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:47:10 PM EST
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I obviously have a dirty mind...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:04:26 PM EST
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an image devoid of contents is a stereotype
AusterityStimulus


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:00:30 PM EST
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You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:37:46 PM EST
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We've been waiting hundreds of years for this. Now we can make ....


Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:59:03 PM EST
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I thought I was alone in my appreciation of Firesign Theatre ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:37:33 PM EST
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Squeeze the wheez...lotsa people like to.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 05:58:26 PM EST
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Firesign Theater...

Ya vell den, dat took me back a decadence, or two, or t'ree, or...ackkk! Vut's happened?

Hmmm, maybe I'm time traveling;)

Actually, I'd like to travel back and kick my ancestors in the butt for ever leaving Norway in the first place!


NVA, a viable option when the political process fails.

by NorthDakotaDemocrat (NorthDakotaDemocrat at gmail dot com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 01:10:22 AM EST
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FS are, imo, the true successors to the Goons, not Monty Python. There - I've said it. The sky will now fall in.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 05:10:43 AM EST
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It had to be said.

As they were local colonials growing up with Buffalo Springfield as neighbors, Firesign Theater were definitely the clever ones for us. They were fun to watch on stage, their lines were fun to learn. And, of course, they were political.

We only got a touch of the Goons, though I had some of their scripts. And from that I would have to agree; the clever threads, brilliant asides, were not matched by most of the Python stuff that we 'murkins would see (only in the movies)...

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 02:51:19 PM EST
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You're not the only one ;)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:06:22 PM EST
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the landlord of the Greencoat boy in Westminster obviously felt that he had a right to be a homophobic a-hole and yesterday refused to serve a group of LGBT people who'd pre-booked a room in his pub. Unfortunately, the group he picked on were the LGBTLabour group, the very people who advised on the legislation that makes such behaviour illegal.

So the very next thing that's happening is that, apart from the police being called to report the crime, but this is now a huge twitter and blogstorm that several senior politicians have already joined.

This could be fun.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:57:10 PM EST
ah, it seems that the owning pub group have issued an apology and are launching an investigation.

however, they are disputing the version of events and it looks as though it's gonna descend into a "he said she said" dispute.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:22:22 PM EST
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Went to a couple of tidy little beer festivals this weekend.

The first was at a pub in a small village where the pub had been closed and the villagers formed a co-operative to run the pub. So they take turns behind the bar and this was their first year celebratory beer festival. I approve of such ventures and hope there will be others to prevent the number of pub closures around the country.

The second was run by a charitable group. From it I was told that their sister group in my town are going to be doing one in a month. The only problem being that the organiser neither knows anything about beer nor is prepared to listen to advice about beer maintenance or advertising. It's widely predicted to be a disaster.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:12:44 PM EST
The new mayor of Reykjavík expresses his opinion of Denmark

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:21:00 PM EST
Is anyone doing a World Cup diary ?

Frankly i have no idea who's gonna win. Argentina might have won, except their manager is clueless. USA could have gone far but their manager seems to be memory challenged. Germany have lost their captain, Italy's team is too old. The only likely team in my view is Spain.

As for England, we've just lost too many influential players. Hargreaves, Beckham and Ferdinand are out, Barry is walking wounded and may not be fit for the first game and is certainly short of match fitness. We don't have a goalkeeper who can be trusted. so we're not gonna trouble the late stages, quarter finals is the best we can hope for.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:42:13 PM EST
we need that

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:01:36 PM EST
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Done

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:53:20 PM EST
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Does it matter?

Daily Mash: MILLIONS LAUNCH PATHETIC BID TO FEIGN INTEREST IN FOOTBALL

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:02:27 PM EST
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Does it matter ? DOES IT MATTER ??

Of course it matters, it's the World Cup, it's England. Football isn't a matter of life and death, it's more important than that.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:09:24 PM EST
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Washington à la conquête du "9-3"

L'ambassadeur des Etats-Unis en France, Charles Rivkin, multiplie depuis un an les actions en direction des banlieues sensibles. Mais ces opérations symboliques et médiatiques masquent l'ampleur du travail de réseau effectué en France ces dernières années pour identifier les élites des quartiers et des minorités ethniques.

L'ambassade américaine s'est en effet constitué un carnet d'adresses exceptionnel - aujourd'hui le plus complet, le plus pertinent, le plus actualisé sur les banlieues françaises. Au point que ni les partis politiques ou les associations, ni le monde intellectuel ou médiatique - toujours très frileux sur les questions de diversité - ne rivalisent avec le réseau de l'ambassade américaine.

Des dizaines de responsables associatifs, d'éducateurs, d'élus locaux de droite comme de gauche, d'artistes, de jeunes chercheurs ont ainsi été identifiés comme de futures élites de la société française. "C'est fascinant : chaque fois que je rencontre quelqu'un de brillant, il est déjà en contact avec l'ambassade", témoigne Ahmed El-Keiy, 43 ans, présentateur d'un talk-show sur France Ô et un des meilleurs connaisseurs des réseaux de la diversité.



Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:35:08 PM EST
Hmm. I wonder how journalist Luc Bronner managed to get that impressive line-up of quotes from "as yet unknown future elites".

Why doesn't he tell us who wrote his article for him?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:22:36 PM EST
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Americans are big on "future leaders" programmes...

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:36:39 PM EST
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Home finally.  Jesus, that's a long drive.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:39:44 PM EST
What was it in aid of ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:19:26 PM EST
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Jen's grandmother passed away, so we had to go to South Florida.  Could've flown, I suppose, but it would've cost a fortune on such short notice.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:12:56 PM EST
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...adding: And for other purposes elsewhere, which I'll excitedly announce if they pan out.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:20:10 PM EST
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Six Giant Banks Made $51 Billion Last Year; The Other 980 Lost Money

Focus hard on this shocking Wall Street reality: The top six bank holding companies earned an aggregate of $51 billion in pretax income in 2009. We're talking about JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Wells Fargo.

All of this pretax income can be attributed to their trading revenues of $59.7 billion. The proprietary trading operations of an oligopoly of banks, saved from disaster by Uncle Sam's largesse and subsidized with cheap money from the central bank, was the single driving force behind the restoration of their fortunes and the renewed surge in their stock prices.



Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:50:34 PM EST
Yle: Pekkarinen Calls for Extensive Cooperation to Fix Economy

Instead of cuts in the most important social benefits, Pekkarinen calls for credible and long-term economic prospects. He sees the radical and rapid reduction of unemployment to be the most necessary structural change in the long term.

Pekkarinen also sees a need for acute targeted action in the small and medium-sized business sector. These would include tax breaks for research and development, as well as the provisional reduction of indirect labour costs. In the longer term Pekkarinen says that he would also be ready to alter the taxation of labour to favour those with lower incomes.

According to Pekkarinen's vision, Finland can be raised from the current recession only through a credible vision of what Finland's new road to success would be - that is, how Finland will do in 2020.

He also sees good suggestions from both the unions and the employers' federations that should be taken into consideration.

My guess is that Mauri will get some cross-party support for his statements, and perhaps even majority voter support. It depends how the media cover it, though I think Helsingin Sanomat will go for it. The non-Sanoma business/economy papers less so.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:00:02 PM EST
Think it will really happen or is it a fig leave for business as usual?

In the US it would definitely be the latter.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:04:06 PM EST
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Everything in Pekkarinen's statement is consistent with his previous statements (at least over the last 3 years). The only thing new to me was his slightly hedged willingness to listen to both unions and employers. He IS a noted negotiator, so he's not setting up a problem for himself yet.

If he became party chairman and thus potentially PM, I am sure he would pursue what he promises. But although party chairmanship, for him, is a definite possibility, there's a rocky road ahead to becoming PM because the coalition partners maybe object to an unelected PM (Gordon Brown-style). If Vanhanen had a e.g. genuine medical reason for resigning, the coalition partners may not want to rock the boat. But Vanhanen is resigning (it is guessed) because some nasty legal sheenanigans are soon to be revealed.

However I think Pekkarinen may have the support of a lot of Finns for his new statement. He is, in any case, a centrist. Any coalition objections to his becoming PM would have to dissect and dismiss his proposals. That might be tricky.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:32:40 PM EST
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Willem Buiter on for-profit banking:
The intermingling, in private profit-oriented businesses, of the provision of public goods or services with regular profit-seeking activities, represents an extremely unhealthy state of affairs. The public provision of private goods is a well-documented disaster. The private provision of a public good without effective regulation (especially when provision is by a complex private businesses for which the public good is but one concern among many), can be a disaster of comparable magnitude.
(Central banks as market makers of last resort 4; liquidity, markets and mechanisms, August 23, 2007)

See also:



By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:11:23 PM EST
New Statesman - Laurie Penny - There is nothing edgy or iconoclastic about violence against women

Jessica Alba, who plays a murdered sex worker in The Killer Inside Me, told the Sunday Times that she felt her character "had a death wish, because she was always egging [the killer] on or provoking him". The message is clear: women secretly want to be brutalised in naughty lingerie, especially if they are involved in the sex trade.

There is nothing edgy or iconoclastic about violence against women: it is a daily feature of the lives of ordinary people, including those who do not happen to be models or film stars.

Films like The Killer Inside Me are part of a weary language of blithe, murderous complicity that is deeply encoded in the overculture. That language is not edgy. It's not exciting. It's poor taste, pure and simple.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:18:47 PM EST
Is there only one RSS feed for Eurotrib?

I just put some news ticker going by...see: Beyond War Is Peace

...but if there is a way to run the Salon or comments from Rss, I could run that too.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:30:23 PM EST
Dogs Go Barking Mad For Canine Concert
In what was billed as a "world-first", musician Laurie Anderson staged a performance especially for canine music fans.

Almost every breed of pooch seemed to be represented on the steps in front of the iconic Opera House.

Most owners did not know what to expect, though some told Sky News that their dogs were big fans of classical music.

What they heard was 20 minutes of odd notes, chords and weird high-pitched screeching that seemed to be appreciated by both humans and animals.

A section of whale calls was particularly popular, with furry ears pricking up, and some joining in with howls of approval.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 05:27:45 PM EST
Our neighbor's noisy dog would have enjoyed this. He puts on his own performance every evening...  :-(
by asdf on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 05:44:24 PM EST
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If San Francisco Crime was Elevation | Doug McCune
I've been playing with different ways of representing data (see my previous night lights example) and I decided to venture into 3D representations. I've used a full year of crime data for San Francisco from 2009 to create these maps. The full dataset can be download from the city's DataSF website.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 07:14:18 PM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 01:14:33 AM EST


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