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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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:18:15 PM EST
BBC News - Liege attack: Gunman kills three in Belgium

A gunman has opened fire in the centre of the Belgian city of Liege, killing at least three people and wounding 75.

The man also threw grenades into a crowded square from a rooftop before killing himself, reports say.

He was named as Nordine Amrani, aged 33. He was known to police for firearms offences. Officials said the attacker acted alone, ruling out terrorism.

Medical sources later said two other injured, including a baby girl, had died. This has not been confirmed.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:24:29 PM EST
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Florence gunman shoots Senegalese street vendors dead | World news | guardian.co.uk

A lone gunman with extreme rightwing sympathies has gone on a shooting spree in Florence, killing two Senegalese street vendors and wounding three others before killing himself.

Gianluca Casseri, 50, an accountant, first shot dead two vendors and wounded a third with a .357 Magnum at the crowded Piazza Dalmazia street market on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday morning.

He then fled in a car after threatening to shoot a stall holder who attempted to stop him, reappearing later in the day at the central San Lorenzo market where he fired at two African vendors, wounding both



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:06:53 PM EST
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Yesterday I saw car with bumper sticker and Australian flag on it with message: "If you don't LOVE it - leave"...so it's all good here, haha, for now...they do not kill immigrants all tho some time ago Indian students were bushed and one stubbed (I think)...
What is happening (especially in Europe) is scary and it is spreading like epidemic...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 08:44:55 PM EST
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It's the difference between nationalism and patriotism.

Nationalism is an inherently conservative disease that is more about the proponent's fear of change, losing influence and status. So anyone who wants change needs to be demonised.

Patriotism is the genuine sense that people want their local environment/country to aspire to be the best and do all they can to achieve that. An inherently progressive position but puts them in opposition to those who resist change.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:16:19 AM EST
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In the USA, we have signs at protests that read, "If your not going to learn English the offical languague, then leave!"
by Upstate NY on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 11:03:59 AM EST
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During the Viet Nam War: "America ... Love it or Leave It" Same old recycled shit.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:50:27 PM EST
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BBC News - Probe after passenger throws fare-dodger off train

An investigation has been launched after a fare-dodger was hauled off a train by a passenger who stepped in to help the conductor.

The incident on the Edinburgh to Perth train was filmed and has received more than 300,000 hits on YouTube.

The footage, taken by a passenger on Friday, shows a youth refusing to pay for his ticket or get off the train.

A big man then gets up, grabs the youth and appears to throw him onto the platform at Linlithgow, West Lothian.

The man then twice stops the teenager getting back on the train before returning to his seat to a round of applause from passengers.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:51:22 PM EST
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Linlithgow of course, is the train stop where energy chits are being born.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 04:03:36 PM EST
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Yes, it was me.

He should have paid like everyone else.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 08:04:28 PM EST
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Good man. Sounds like that kid's sense of entitlement got the better (worse) of him

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:17:33 AM EST
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But, if it were a large fellow, he would've gotten away with it.
by Upstate NY on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 11:04:39 AM EST
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Reminds me when the ban on smoking on the tube came in and there were a few instances of people who would continue to smoke  who found passengers picking up the fire extinguishers in the carriage and dousing them liberally.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:19:42 AM EST
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Zhirinovsky to run for Russian presidency - Xinhua | English.news.cn

MOSCOW, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia on Tuesday nominated leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky as its candidate for the March 4 presidential election

The LDPR congress approved Zhirinovsky's nomination on a 169-9 vote.

The campaign will be Zhirinovsky's fifth out of six presidential elections in Russia since the collapse of the former Soviet Union.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:05:07 PM EST
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Austerity bites hard at France's young | From the Guardian | Guardian Weekly

On the table in the living room a Hello Kitty laptop sleeve lies beside empty baby-food jars. With her jeans and ballet pumps, Ashley Yapobi, 21, looks like many other young women, but her timetable has little in common with that of the average student.

Yapobi is a single mother, with a 10-month-old daughter, but she is still studying. Before a Secours Catholique (SC) hostel in the Paris suburbs found her a room, she stayed with friends or in hotel rooms funded by the 115 emergency hotline for the homeless. She has lost contact with some of her family.

Now in the second year of a bachelor's course at Créteil University, Yapobi hopes to find work in a human resources department. "Head of HR would be good," she says. "It's better to set my targets high, to secure a decent future for my daughter."



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:07:46 PM EST
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On our public radio today was a story extolling the advantages of the Soviet era shared housing system "Kommunalka."

http://www.theworld.org/2011/12/soviet-kommunalka/

by asdf on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 12:17:24 AM EST
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Oh goodie, back to student days, living at the standards of the least tidy

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:21:17 AM EST
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From the article cited
As for privacy? It didn't exist. There's not even a word for it in the Russian language.
No word for privacy or for freedom. Does Russian have words for anything?

Seriously, do other languages have words for privacy? The closest I can come up with in German is "Privatleben" which doesn't sound like the same thing (and you can probably come up with a similar phrase in Russian).

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:26:10 AM EST
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vie privée in French.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:37:07 AM EST
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 privacy of the home         Unverletzlichkeit der Wohnung ??

(where unverletzlichkeit is inviolability)

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

by Crazy Horse on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:40:43 AM EST
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Now we're getting into legal concepts.

(Apropos of which, the US constitution does not explicitly guarantee privacy either.)

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 Dec 14th, 2011 at 05:20:20 AM EST
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There is "Privatheit", too. The right to privacy is usually viewed from the angle of the freedom of personality: "Persönlichkeitsrecht"
by Katrin on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 06:20:50 AM EST
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European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: 'Cameron's summit demands represented risk' - World Politics - World - The Independent

Britain's demands at last week's European Union summit represented a "risk to the integrity of the internal market" which was impossible for other member states to accept, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said today.

In comments which appeared to show exasperation with David Cameron's negotiating tactics, Mr Barroso told MEPs that talks dragged on into the early hours not because of any dispute over the content of the new "fiscal compact" for the eurozone but because Britain would not accept amendments to the Lisbon Treaty.

He insisted that the Prime Minister's decision to deploy the UK's veto to block treaty change did not amount to a "split" between the 17 euro states and the rest. Friday's accord between 26 EU states was "not an agreement at 17-plus, but an agreement at 27-minus", he said.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:08:44 PM EST
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EU rebate threat to 'selfish' UK - Europe - World - The Independent

Britain should be stripped of its EU rebate for breaking solidarity at the European summit, MEPs were told today.

Joseph Daul, leader of the centre-right European People's Party - from which the Prime Minister withdrew his Tory MEPs on coming into office - said Mr Cameron had acted with no consideration for EU solidarity.

During a rowdy debate of relentless attacks on Mr Cameron, Britain's position was supported by just a handful of MEPs, including Jan Zahadril, the Czech leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, which includes the UK Tory MEPs.

And, to catcalls and jeers, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage declared: "We are going to get out of this union - the first EU country to get its freedom back."



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:10:45 PM EST
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Trying to remember back to "1984". Wasn't England allied with North America aagainst Europe?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 04:21:33 PM EST
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England has always been part of Oceania and at war with Eurasia

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:24:26 AM EST
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always

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:25:02 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Briefing: Greek package in serious trouble over dispute about haircut
There is a risk of a delay to the new €130bn Greek programme, as talks stall over PSI; banks insists on equal participation by the public sector; in what constitutes a risky strategy, eurozone negotiators want to take the negotiations to the brink to make the threat of an involuntary haircut more real; the IMF warns that Greece is falling behind in implementing economic reforms; the euro falls after market  participants suddenly caught on the fact that the size of the ESM will not be increased; Greek T-bill interest rates rise at latest auction; Italy manages to sell €8bn in three-year bonds in an auction to private investors; German CEOs believe that Angela Merkel is a strong leader; Benoit Coeuré says the ECB should step up bond purchases if the crisis deteriorates
Who is Benoît Coeuré?

ECB Press Release: 8 December 2011 - Opinion of the ECB's Governing Council on the appointment of a new ECB Executive Board member

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has adopted an opinion on a recommendation from the Council of the European Union on the appointment of a new member of the Executive Board of the ECB.

The Governing Council had no objections to the proposed candidate, Benoît Coeuré, who is a person of recognised standing and professional experience in monetary or banking matters, as required by Article 283(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Wolfgang Schäuble has to introduce a supplementary budget for the early introduction of the ESM; Germany's FDP is in danger of splitting up, as its eurosceptics are considering forming a rival party; the Bundesbank makes participation of non-eurozone countries a condition for its decision to release funds for an IMF loan; Jean Quatremer argues that a treaty negotiation without active involvement of national parliaments and the EP risks being derailed at the ratification stage; the non-eurozone governments seem to make their ratification of the treaty dependent on whether they can opt out from its provisions; John Kay highlights the age-old contradiction of Europe's penalty-based approach to fiscal compliance with the absolute insistence that no one splits up; Martin Wolf, meanwhile, argues that the treaty is mad, and would trigger an adjustment depression.


tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:11:53 AM EST
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Martin Wolf is getting really pessimistic about the eurozone

Martin Wolf has been trying, for weeks, to explain the economics behind eurozone adjustment. We doubt there are many people in Brussels or the national capitals who have any idea what he is talking about, as they are trying to reduce the entire crisis to the lack of fiscal discipline. Wolf writes that such a Draconian fiscal adjustment, if enforced, would causes a massive and long recession. The argument is essentially that the eurozone will not be able to achieve a large current account surplus (due also to the economic situation in the rest of the world). This means that the saving of the governments will have to be compensated by the dissaving in the private sector.

"This leaves much the most plausible outcome of the orgy of fiscal austerity: long-term structural recessions in vulnerable countries. To put it bluntly, the single currency will come to stand for wage falls, debt deflation and prolonged economic slumps. Can this stand, however big the costs of a break-up?



tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:30:21 AM EST
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Martin Wolf: A disastrous failure at the summit (FT.com)
Mr Cameron presented his colleagues with a list of demands designed to protect both the City and the ability of the UK government to regulate it, largely unhindered by European regulators. Mr Cameron could have stated, instead, that he would accept a treaty applicable only to members and candidate members of the eurozone. He could have intimated that he would put a treaty that did any more than this to a UK referendum (which would have been surely lost). Instead, he ended up with no additional safeguards for the City and a semi-detached status inside the European Union, of which, he has insisted, he wants the UK to remain a member. That is not a success. He has achieved nothing positive, but will undermine the credibility of UK membership of the EU. That brings substantial costs.

...

The core decision was to strengthen fiscal discipline, so building what Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, last week called a "stability and growth union" - or, as I think of it, an "instability and stagnation union". Even under an intergovernmental treaty, this reinforced discipline could probably still occur via EU institutions, as Olli Rehn, European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, now argues.

...

Still more important, as professor Kevin O'Rourke of Oxford university argues on Project Syndicate, is that it is also an economic monstrosity. Let me make this point by turning last week's analysis of the balance of payments into one of foreign, private and government financial balances in eurozone members (see charts). To remind readers: these have to add up to zero, by definition. But how they go about adding up is revealing.

Wow. First pointing out that the "Stability and Growth Pact" and now the "Stability and Growth Union" actually foster instability and stagnation, and then getting religion on three-sector accounting (get your paradigm shifts 19 months early on European Tribune).

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:36:10 AM EST
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Kevin O'Rourke: A Summit to the Death
One lesson that the world has learned since the financial crisis of 2008 is that a contractionary fiscal policy means what it says: contraction. Since 2010, a Europe-wide experiment has conclusively falsified the idea that fiscal contractions are expansionary. August 2011 saw the largest monthly decrease in eurozone industrial production since September 2009, German exports fell sharply in October, and now-casting.com is predicting declines in eurozone GDP for late 2011 and early 2012.

...

... fiscal union is an essential counterpart to monetary union. If the gumbo industry goes into decline, driving the US state of Louisiana into a recession, residents will pay fewer federal taxes and receive more fiscal transfers. These financial flows are a natural counter-cyclical mechanism that helps local and regional economies to weather bad times. In a hypothetical European fiscal union, there would certainly be transfers from Germany to the periphery in 2011, but a properly designed setup would have ensured flows to Germany in the 1990's, as it struggled to cope with the costs of reunification with East Germany.

...

With this in mind, the most obvious point about the recent summit is that the "fiscal stability union" that it proposed is nothing of the sort. Rather than creating an inter-regional insurance mechanism involving counter-cyclical transfers, the version on offer would constitutionalize pro-cyclical adjustment in recession-hit countries, with no countervailing measures to boost demand elsewhere in the eurozone. Describing this as a "fiscal union," as some have done, constitutes a near-Orwellian abuse of language.



tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 05:11:47 AM EST
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Wow. First pointing out that the "Stability and Growth Pact" and now the "Stability and Growth Union" actually foster instability and stagnation, and then getting religion on three-sector accounting

From the quote above this one it appears he has also gotten religion about Irving Fisher's Debt-Deflation Theory of Great Depressions. How is he on Minski? And will he bring FT along or will he be jettisoned?  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 12:15:48 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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:18:38 PM EST
Indian rupee hits record low against dollar - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

India's currency, the rupee, has hit an all-time low against the US dollar - sparking fears that the country could soon face a financial crisis.

The rupee dropped 35 paise to 53.29 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday after tumbling 81 paise the day before.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:47:21 PM EST
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IMF slashes growth forecast for Greece | Business | The Guardian

The International Monetary Fund slashed its growth forecasts for Greece and warned that ever-deepening recession was making it harder for the debt-ridden country to meet the tough deficit reduction targets under its austerity programme.

In a report likely to fan financial market concerns about a possible debt default, the regular health check by staff at the Washington-based Fund said the situation in Greece had "taken a turn for the worse".

Poul Thomsen, deputy director of the IMF's European department and its mission chief to Greece, said: "We have revised growth down significantly to -6% in 2011 and -3% in 2012. We expected 2011 to be an inflection point when the recession bottomed out, followed by a slow recovery. But the economy is continuing to trend downwards. The hoped for improvement in market sentiment and in the investment climate has not materialised."



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:06:25 PM EST
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More Austerity!! We must have More Austerity!! People are only hungry, they must STARVE!!

Neocons pay me by the letter, double for CAPS.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 04:24:24 PM EST
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The strange thing is that the Eurostat service, which is now overseeing all Greek stats, reported just today that GDP is down 5% for the first 11 months of the year. So the IMF, seeing 6% for 2011, is predicting that Greece will have the worst December on record, a drop of 17% for the month.
by Upstate NY on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 05:15:00 PM EST
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The only reason for anyone to expect Greece to reach a bottom in 2011 is INFINITE misplaced faith in the supposed business cycle.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:55:40 PM EST
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Realtors: We Overcounted Home Sales for Five Years

Data on sales of previously owned U.S. homes from 2007 through October this year will be revised down next week because of double counting, indicating a much weaker housing market than previously thought.

The National Association of Realtors said a benchmarking exercise had revealed that some properties were listed more than once, and in some instances, new home sales were also captured.

by das monde on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 07:57:07 PM EST
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I will be pleased to see ANY econometric statistic that errs to the downside.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:56:49 PM EST
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Carbon emissions?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:31:51 AM EST
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that pile of mistaken billions that turned up in national budgets a couple of months ago?

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 Dec 14th, 2011 at 05:33:49 AM EST
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Cost of the GWOT?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 05:36:03 AM EST
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As soon as I posted I knew I would be getting help.  :-)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 11:51:28 AM EST
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Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 12:43:27 PM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:18:59 PM EST
IDF mulls evicting price-tag attackers from W.... JPost - Defense
The defense establishment will consider issuing new eviction orders from the West Bank against far-right activists suspected of participating in so-called "price-tag" attacks against IDF soldiers and Palestinians.

In September, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi issued orders against 13 settlers banning them from entering the West Bank. Such orders are issued when the IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) obtain intelligence information regarding a suspect but the information is not enough to press charges in court.


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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:23:30 PM EST
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Netanyahu: All lines were crossed when Israeli citizens attacked IDF soldiers - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the attack by right-wing extremists on an IDF base in the West Bank has "crossed all the lines," and that he intends to establish a special task force to tackle the growing phenomenon.

"I intend to fight with all my power as the prime minister of Israel," he said. "I met today with the head of the Shin Bet security service, the chief of police and the IDF chief of staff, and I've asked the defense minister to prepare this week a plan to take care of the rioters.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:00:58 PM EST
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A simpler solution would be to withdraw IDF protection from the more fractious parts of the West Bank. Declare them to be palestinians in the eyes of the law.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:27:31 AM EST
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And what effect would that have in practice? Would an army commander order his troops to treat them like Palestinians given that
But the main problem is the cowardly officers leading them. Oh, they don't lack for physical bravery; They'll charge a machine gun nest without thinking twice (the fact that the IDF is familiar with only manouver, the charge, is a problem for another post). But they have not a shred of civic courage. They know what damage the settlers can do to their careers. They know that gang of settlers can besiege their houses and intimidate their families. So they retreat, and let the enemies of Israel win; They turn the IDF into the SSA, the Settlers' Service Army.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:45:29 AM EST
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ceebs:
Such orders are issued when the IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) obtain intelligence information regarding a suspect but the information is not enough to press charges in court.

I thought standard practice was to rain death down on the suspects neighbourhood? Could there possibly be some kind of discrimination going on here?

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 08:26:05 AM EST
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Russia slams West for 'immoral' Syrian stance - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Russia's foreign minister says ultimatums will not help end Syria's unrest, as he rebuffed calls for Moscow to join countries that have imposed sanctions on the beleaguered government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking in Moscow after talks with his Algerian counterpart, Mourad Medelci, Sergei Lavrov criticised the West for taking an "immoral" stance on Syria.

He said Western nations were heaping pressure on Assad while turning a blind eye to violent action by armed anti-government protesters.

Lavrov said Western governments "refuse to raise the pressure on the armed extremist flank of the [Syrian] opposition, and at the same time accuse us of blocking the United Nations Security Council's work".



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:49:00 PM EST
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Palestine flag raised at UNESCO headquarters - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Palestinians have raised their flag at the headquarters of the UN cultural agency in Paris in a historic move and symbolic boost for their push for an independent state.

Cheers rose alongside the red, black, white and green flag during a ceremony held in the rain on Tuesday.

"This is truly a historic moment," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at the ceremony, his speech punctuated by rousing applause and standing ovations.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:49:21 PM EST
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Tunisia's president vows to uphold revolution - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Tunisia's new president Moncef Marzouki has been sworn in in front of the country's constituent assembly as the nation turned a new page nearly a year after the uprising that toppled Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in the first of the so-called "Arab Spring" revolutions.

"I will be the guarantor of the national interests, the state of laws and institutions. I will be faithful to the martyrs and to the objectives of the revolution," Marzouki said as he took the oath of office on Tuesday morning with his hand on the Quran.

Wearing a burnous, a long traditional woollen clock, he solemnly promised to be president of all Tunisians and to do everything he could to improve the living standard of his compatriots.

He paid homage to those who died during the uprising against former president Ben Ali a year ago.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:49:54 PM EST
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Finally some good news (hopefully).

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 04:31:28 PM EST
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ceebs:
a long traditional woollen clock

dada rulz!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 07:53:29 PM EST
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Israel Education Minister: Palestinian state in West Bank 'dangerous move' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Tuesday that the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank is a "dangerous move" which will not "bring peace."

Sa'ar, who spoke during a trip to promote student trips to Shiloh, a Jewish historical site located in the West Bank, stated that the strengthening of radical Islamic elements in the region, as well as the conduct of the Palestinian Authority on the world stage should cause Israel to question the establishment of a Palestinian state.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:56:00 PM EST
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Swiss nuclear engineers admit involvement in global nuclear weapons trade - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

A family of three Swiss engineers has admitted involvement in the development of nuclear weapons, the general attorney said Tuesday, announcing a plea bargain to speed up the trial centering on Libya's former weapons program.

Friedrich Tinner and his sons Urs and Marco were investigated over several years, on suspicion that they did business with Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and his nuclear smuggling network, which has supplied not only Libya, but also Iran and North Korea.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:56:35 PM EST
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Iran refutes Obama's request for return of downed U.S. drone, considers it "Iran's property" - Xinhua | English.news.cn

TEHRAN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday refuted U.S. President Barack Obama' s request to the return of a reconnaissance drone, as the Islamic republic considers the downed drone as "Iran's property".

Mehmanparast's remarks was in response to Obama's demand on Monday of the return of the drone which, according to Iranian media, was shot down by the Islamic republic' s military in eastern Iran over a week ago after it had transgressed Iranian borders.

"Some media reports say that Mr. Obama has requested for the return of the spy drone. It seems that he has forgotten that Iran' s airspace was violated, spying operations were carried out (and) international laws were violated," Mehmanparast said in his weekly press briefing.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:04:52 PM EST
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Just like the radiation in Japan. If it falls out of the sky or contaminates your water, it's yours. Next stop ... Ebay! What are you willing to pay to have your very own drone? Impress your neighbors! Terrify your enemies!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 04:35:00 PM EST
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there's an idea. If the US want to get their own back, heavily irradiate a drone and "accidentally" crash it in Iran.

It will naturally go to be examined by the same team as before and the US will "get" them.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:32:25 AM EST
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Iran Irradiates first one, waits for the US to crash a second then claims the US is sending radioactive weapons into its space which would line all sorts of other nations up on Irans side

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 Dec 14th, 2011 at 05:39:35 AM EST
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U.S. military drone crashes in Seychelles - Checkpoint Washington - The Washington Post

One of the Air Force's premier drones crashed Tuesday morning in the Seychelles, the Indian Ocean archipelago that serves as a base for anti-piracy operations, as well as U.S. surveillance missions over Somalia.

The crash of the MQ-9 Reaper comes roughly two weeks after a U.S. drone went down in Iran.

The Seychelles, where U.S. officials have worked closely with local officials to establish the drone base, is hardly enemy territory, and the drone that crashed Tuesday was operated by the Air Force, not the CIA, which operated the stealth RQ-170 that crashed in Iran.

Still, Tuesday's crash once again illustrates the fallibility of unmanned aerial vehicles.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 04:48:58 PM EST
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isn't possession 90% of the law?  
by stevesim on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 06:10:36 AM EST
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You can get done for possession, mate.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:30:54 PM EST
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Normally yes. But being the U.S. is also 90% of the law. The problem is what to do when the two principles clash.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:36:54 PM EST
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The Children of Guatemala are Starving: Almost half of Guatemalan children suffer from chronic malnutrition; in rural Mayan areas it's worse. And this slow hunger means that physical growth is being stunted as bodies are deprived of vital proteins. Malnutrition also has an invisible effect on the mind in the form of diminished brain development. (...) The dimensions of the problem are already immense, and they continue to grow. According to UNICEF, Guatemala has the fourth-highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world, lagging behind just a few arid countries, including Afghanistan.

BrazilPortal: Human rights activists and politicians in the Brazilian Amazon have warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis, as hundreds of Haitian migrants continue to pour into the region in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday at The Vatican that he will travel to Mexico and Cuba before Easter, presumably in the second half of March 2012.

Puerto Rico: The governor, Luis Fortuño, answered with a joke a journalist's question about the fact that the government of Puerto Rico allows the food multinational, Monsanto, to rent over 500 acres of land in possible violation of article six of the Constitution that prohibits dominance of land by a single agricultural corporation, while farmers in Puerto Rico have serious problems of survival.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 06:09:41 PM EST
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Huffington Post: Gingrich with the inventor of the Palestinian people

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:09:26 AM EST
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How many wives ago was that ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:33:43 AM EST
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Look into my eyes ...

I am the wife of the Newt.  I have always been the wife of the Newt.  There has never been any other wife of the Newt.

(Resistance is futile.  You will be assimilated.)

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

by ATinNM on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 01:58:49 PM EST
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lol. S c a r y

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:11:27 PM EST
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The protests seem to have had some (small) effect. But at least it's a start
Tax cuts planned for next year are cancelled; instead corporate taxes will increase to 25% from the current level of 24%. The highest tax bracket's tax rate will rise from 44% to 48% for those earning more than NIS 40,231 a month.

Men will receive two tax credit points per child under three years. This equals NIS 418 a month, or NIS 5,000 a year. Mothers already receive one tax credit per child under 18, and starting January 1, they'll be getting a second one per child under 5.

People who earn more than NIS 1 million a year will be paying a surtax of 2% on their income. Import duties will be canceled on all products that do not have a locally produced alternative.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:38:56 AM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:19:22 PM EST
BBC News - Google Street View explores post-tsunami Japan
Google has returned to tsunami-hit Japan to update its Street View imagery, offering a haunting glimpse of life before and after the disaster.


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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:27:57 PM EST
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Parisians face RER commute from hell | World news | Guardian Weekly

The story starts at Bourg-la-Reine station, in the southern suburbs of Paris. The train on the B line of the regional express network (RER) has been motionless for some time, with no explanation. The passengers are tightly packed, and silently angry.

Two men in grey suits who got on at Orly, are talking quietly, and one says: "I've been offered a great job in Paris. Paywise it would be a really good deal." A passenger butts in: "Don't do that. There's nothing unusual about what's happening. It's like this every day." Another passenger joins in, and then the whole carriage says: "Whatever the pay, don't do it!"

On the same line but at Gare du Nord in the city centre, the platform is packed solid, the public address system broadcasts confusing messages. Commuters no longer know where the trains are going, but they stare at the screen, checking details with fellow travellers. When the right train finally pulls in it is already full. In the pitched battle, a woman shouts out: "Move along the corridor!" The way opens, an event as miraculous as the parting of the Red Sea. People push and shout. An Asian tourist is dragging a huge case, and passengers curse her in a mixture of French and English.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:08:05 PM EST
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Just one line into Paris is bad ? Huh, pansies !! All the railway lines into London are like that.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:36:31 AM EST
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The third largest by passengers in the world, IIRC (over a million people per day!)

It's the main train line to La Défense, where they are busily building new office towers every year without corresponding increases in train capacity. Some of the trains are over 50 years old. The RATP has done a good job, given limited resources, to keep the system going, but it's getting harder every day (they are now spending tens of millions on another line going to La Défense to get time between trains from 95s to 90s..)

The problem of course is that everybody wants to get into their office between 9am and 9:30am, so trains in that morning rush hour are horribly packed - and when trains are moving one after the other with no margin left, any incident will create massive delays.

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 06:32:31 AM EST
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That's RER A. The article is about RER B line (North-South, including Orly & Roissy airports): one aggravating factor there was the discovery of asbestos inside some cars. What was a routine maintenance operation turned out to about 15% of the rolling stock out of order for several months, pending decontamination...
by Bernard on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 08:01:54 AM EST
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Systems Engineering was developed to deal with this kinda thing.  In 1978 we knew an increase in the "private" side demand/use required updating and increasing the "public" supply side infrastructure.

Taxes and fees to build that "public" infrastructure should come from the businesses and users of the infrastructure.  If you don't you get a mess.

As we see here.

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

by ATinNM on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:13:26 PM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:19:42 PM EST
BBC News - Key emails about Taylor case were sent to James Murdoch

Emails showing James Murdoch was copied into messages where the potential scope of phone hacking at the News of the World was discussed in June 2008 have been released by MPs.

One email mentions a "nightmare scenario" arising out of a case brought by the PFA footballers' union boss.

Mr Murdoch has said he only read the most recent email in the chain, requesting a meeting.

He said he was unaware of wrongdoing at News International papers.

The emails, copies of which have now been given to the Commons culture, media and sport committee of MPs, discuss the case being taken by phone hacking victim PFA boss Gordon Taylor.

The email trail, attached to a letter from legal firm Linklaters acting on behalf of News International's management and standards committee to the MPs, says Mr Taylor wants to "demonstrate what happened to him was rife throughout the organisation".



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:29:51 PM EST
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Glenn Mulcaire was 'instructed by NOTW news editor Ian Edmondson', court hears - Telegraph

Glenn Mulcaire is suing News Group Newspapers in a bid to have the publisher meet his legal fees over the phone hacking scandal.

His counsel Ben Wiliams told the court that in 2007 Mulcaire told Tom Crone, the newspaper's legal manager, that he was "tasked" by Clive Goodman, the former royal reporter, and by Ian Edmondson, the former news editor.

Mulcaire, who was jailed for six months in 2007 for intercepting messages on royal aides' phones, was not at London's High Court for the launch of his breach of contract action against News International subsidiary NGN.

He wants the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Andrew Morritt, to grant a declaration that NGN had no right to terminate an alleged indemnity in respect of his costs or damages incurred or ordered to be paid by him in connection with the hacking scandal.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:46:33 PM EST
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It must be like chinese water torture. Every drip of information bangs against James Murdoch's skull, slowly driving him mad.

"Confess James. Confess your sins, implicate the demon father and you can receive absolution." But if you stay silent, the water is slowly rising, drip by drip. It will engulf you soon and we shall hear your cries no more (insane cackle)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:41:21 AM EST
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Visualizing Everything Facebook Knows about You - information aesthetics

A couple of months ago, 24-year-old Austrian law student Max Schrems requested Facebook for all his personal data. The European arm of Facebook, based in Dublin, Ireland, was obliged to turn over this information, as they had to follow an European law that requires any entity to provide full access to data about an individual, should this individual personally request for it. Accordingly, Max received a CD containing about 1,222 pages (PDF files), including chats he had deleted more than a year ago, "pokes" dating back to 2008, invitations, and hundreds of other details.

Berlin-based newspaper taz.de decided to visualize [taz.de] different aspects of this data: the magnitude of the 1.222 unique pages,



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:46:04 PM EST
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... "pokes" dating back to 2008 ...

High School shenanigans. You know, walking through the hall, jab your best friend with a finger, all in good fun. (LOL)

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 04:43:31 PM EST
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RBS? Milly Dowler's hacked phone? Watch out for the blame game | Michael White | Business | guardian.co.uk

We live in a blame culture, where everyone instinctively looks for someone to pillory for disasters, real or imagined. So today's press provide a vintage crop of opportunities for witch-hunting.

No, not just David Cameron, George Osborne or Nick Clegg (take your pick) for screwing up the EU summit negotiations, there's also blame to be apportioned today for the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and the News of the World.

Let's talk the big money first. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) had to be bullied by MPs and the media into investigating the collapse of RBS as global liquidity dried up in the summer of 2008, leaving the over-ambitious and badly managed bank exposed to its cruel debt burden. It cost the taxpayer a £45bn bailout, half of which we may not get back.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:48:30 PM EST
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Frozen Planet criticism is prompted by BBC's Leveson coverage - Thompson | Media | guardian.co.uk

Tabloid criticism of BBC1's Frozen Planet may have been prompted by the corporation's coverage of Lord Leveson's inquiry into media ethics, according to the BBC's director general Mark Thompson.

Sir David Attenborough's acclaimed natural history series became embroiled in a fakery row after it used footage of newborn polar bear cubs shot at a wildlife centre in the Netherlands rather than in the Arctic.

Giving evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee hearing on Tuesday, Thompson read out an editorial from Tuesday's Daily Mirror that condemned the corporation for using footage of the captive bears.

The leader said: "The national broadcaster's quick on the draw when it comes to pointing fingers at others. Perhaps when it comes to their own editorial standards and ethics a little more action and a little less pontification would be handy."



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:54:07 PM EST
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It has been a real storm in a teacup.

I'd have said it was more likely motivated by Attenbrough's speech at the end about climate change, which must have sent the deniers into a complete frenzy

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:44:01 AM EST
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First: change the subject. The controversy isn't about climate change or the pending collapse of civilization; it's about wildlife filming ethics.
Humans really are a gullible lot.
by Andhakari on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:27:51 AM EST
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And easily distract ....

LOOK!

a shiny object!

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

by ATinNM on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:16:21 PM EST
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 one of the shiniest shinies I've ever seen. It outshines everything else.

On the bus into town today I was trying to imagine what it would be like to stand under a large perfect hemispherical mirrored dome. I decided that a consistent colour would be seen if all parts of the 'image' were totally static, but the consistent colour would change if anything moved. The colour at any static moment would be an average of all photon frequencies. But I'm probably wrong.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:40:14 PM EST
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Then I got to thinking about standing inside a large perfect sphere concavely mirrored and switching on a torch.

Luckily the bus was pulling into Kamppi bus station at that juncture....

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:43:19 PM EST
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Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Now it's Real. First Cancer Patients, Now Government slash benefits for Disabled Children
Last night, the House of Lords failed to support an amendment put down by Tanni Grey-Thompson, the most successful paralympian of all time, to protect the benefits of disabled children once Universal Credit is introduced.

You can read more here http://www.family-action.org.uk/section.aspx?id=14225 but effectively, under universal credit, all but the most profoundly disabled children will only get half as much support. Child Tax Credit additions for disabled children will fall from £52.21 per week to £25.95 per week - a loss of £1366 per year, or £20,000 over the course of a childhood.

You might wonder what possible argument a government who promised to "protect the most vulnerable" could possibly make for this change. I myself was fascinated to see how on earth they had justified throwing disabled children to the wolves.

Ready? OK, if they didn't betray disabled children, it would just have to be disabled adults. After all, disabled children have parents to look after them. What's more, if they didn't cut money used to buy wheelchairs and incontinence pads for disabled children, they wouldn't be able to afford to address the hideous failures of ESA (Employment and Support Allowance or sickness benefit) and ensure that all those who qualify for long term support, get it.


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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 07:27:20 PM EST
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Well, we've got to pay for tax breaks for millionaires somehow.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:45:32 AM EST
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Pensioner takes direct action to open up Transport House for homeless | Workers Solidarity Movement

Saturday night pensioner Francis Morgan began tearing down the wooden boarding at the disused Transport House union building in Belfast city centre to demand rights for homeless people.

'I am a Belfast man born and bred and I want to bring the heart back into the city. I want to open this building as a shelterter for the homeless until the end of March.... this union building belongs to its members and I am calling on them to give this building for the homeless,' he told the Irish News.

This direct action follows the decision by Unite! last week to board up their former headquarters at Transport House in Belfast a day after a homeless man was pictured on the front of the Irish News sheltering at its steps.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 07:28:15 PM EST
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Yea !! However, you try that in london and the Met will probably shoot you

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:46:34 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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:28:36 PM EST
BBC News - Toronto's 'gay' penguins split as one mates with female

Toronto's so-called gay penguins, Buddy and Pedro, have officially split, say zoo keepers, after one of them found a female mate.

They were separated last month by zoo officials who said they needed to reproduce because African penguins are an endangered species.

Buddy has now paired with a female, but Pedro has yet to get lucky, though it is not said to be for lack of trying.

Buddy and Pedro shared a nest for about one year after arriving at the zoo.

Videos of the pair became hugely popular on the internet.



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 Dec 13th, 2011 at 02:52:05 PM EST
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1496?

Does DoDo know? :)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:41:20 AM EST
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Yes, the Glaswegians imported their metro from the Hurons, before the Jesuits copied it for Paris.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 05:30:03 AM EST
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Now I just don't want to correct it :)

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 Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:13:47 PM EST
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Iltalehti (in Finnish): Soini adviser is a member of Opus Die: a lifelong celibate, uses a special belt every day on his skin that creates pain without bloodletting (he can go without it on holy days - yeee), and whips himself with what appears to be more of a carpet beater than a cat o'nine tails.

So, this is the main adviser of Timo Soini, chairman of the Ugly True Finns party, that political gathering of the people whose brains haven't kicked in yet. Soini is a roman catholic (I see no reason for capitalization), itself odd in an indigenous population that is either Lutheran or religiously inactive/agnostic/atheist. Religion is irrelevant to many Finns, but they see no reason to actively oppose it, and probably conduct their lives according to christian values without calling them that. The roman persuasion is regarded with rather more suspicion than the Russian orthodox.

Soini believes, for instance, that abortion is never justified, even in cases of rape. This sets him apart from an awful lot of his misguided nationalist followers, and this new story about the Opus Dei is going to hurt him even more.

I don't think the Finns, True or not, will care much about piikkimatto underpants, or flagellation (we do love sauna), but celibacy means you're not normal - and normality is a Finnish aspiration.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 11:30:57 AM EST
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Hopefully this is getting wide play in the Finnish media.  Branding the 'Just Finns' as a bunch of religious nutters would be a Good Thing.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:21:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bernard on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:21:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
More Jungian I'd have thought. I was merely individuating ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 02:27:57 PM EST
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The only Finn I know made an interesting comment this morning. He said "the problem with growing up in Finland is that they teach you that you're special. If you're lucky enough to be born here in Finland you have 'sisu,' and that makes you better than everyone else." LOL.

Similar stuff like that goes on everywhere, perpetuating the "I'm better than you" mentality. I can't see how it's useful except to draw divisions. It certainly can't help people in their efforts to get along.

by sgr2 on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 03:43:20 PM EST
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It's a human thing.  "We" are better than "Them" and far superior to those @#$%&! over "There."

Goes back to the fact we evolved as a forward vision, omnivorous, bi-pedal pack hunter/gatherers and the requirement for "our own" hunting/gathering territory.

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

by ATinNM on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 04:33:01 PM EST
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Well yes, for sure. It's a human thing. Protect your own. I get that.

But evolution of mankind is continuing and that was then and this is now. Humans are adaptable and "necessity is the mother of invention" isn't it? What's needed now is a positive vision forward. A focus on how to solve this century's problems, not a rehash of the hunter-gatherer territorial issues of the past. And who has what, and I have more than you do, and la dee da. To some extent it's that greedy ass thinking that got us to where we are today. My hope is that us humans can figure out a better way to evolve than that. Like learning to mediate our differences and choosing to help one another rather than harping on our differences. But then I've always been overly optimistic, and that's probably just my crazy thinking getting going again.

by sgr2 on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 05:27:19 PM EST
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Actually we're at a critical evolutionary inflection point.

What makes humans unique is abstracted thinking used to create complex accurate predictions of future outcomes. The abstractions are now external to individual humans, persistent over many generations, and expanding in insight and complexity - at least for now.

The problem is that there are now two competing evolutionary paths. One - the regressive/conservative one - leads to bit-rot, stasis, and atavistic tribal dominator cultures which are hostile to accurate abstractions. Sociopathic culture is at the core of this mutation.

And unfortunately it's a successful mutation for the moment - but not for long, because it lacks the depth of insight needed to avoid extinction.

The other is broadly progressive, but fragmented. And there's a still a lack of basic awareness that political and economic decision-making could be put on the same empirical basis as electronic technology and medicine.

Some models of the world promote collective intelligence and achievement, while others destroy it. And the differences are predictable and objective.

It's not going to be possible to solve current problems until this seeps into collective awareness.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 06:53:35 PM EST
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That saved me some typing.

Ditto.

:-)

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

by ATinNM on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 07:32:29 PM EST
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It just got weirder...

The young adviser, Oskari  Juurikkala, is now revealed to have worked in the City and made a lot of money, AND was connected to a biker club called Cannonball MC through working with another amazing weirdo called Juha-Pekka Larsson - a supposedly talented AD in advertising, who had himself worked for several of the big Finnish agencies before setting up his own (with the adviser). Larsson was sentenced a short while back to 3.5 years for gun offences and murder threats.

There's a movie script for a farce in there somewhere. Probably with some Angry Birds references about the collapse of Finnish structures.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Dec 15th, 2011 at 03:47:24 AM EST
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