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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 09:58:24 AM EST
Berlusconi backtracks on wealth tax, sparks criticism | EurActiv

Italy's decision to drop a proposed tax on the wealthy from its emergency austerity package announced earlier this month has triggered a wave of criticism, while the country's first debt auction since the European Central Bank stepped in to buy Italian bonds was met with lukewarm demand.

Italy's central bank warned yesterday (30 August) that Berlusconi's efforts to cut debt were at risk from weak growth as a €8 billion bond sale threatened to drag the euro zone's third biggest economy back to the centre of the debt crisis.

Ignazio Visco, deputy director-general of the Italian central bank, said growth was likely to be under one percent in 2011 and even weaker in 2012, and warned that market tensions remained high despite government austerity measures.

Many analysts expect close to zero growth next year, when austerity will bite in a country seen as too big to bail out if issuing bonds to cope with a 1.9 trillion euro debt burden becomes prohibitively expensive.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:07:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ok, hands up anyone who's surprised ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:09:27 AM EST
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Online sales double despite legal loopholes: EU study | EurActiv

Online shopping has doubled in the richer northwestern areas of the EU even though consumers are left wondering how they can get their money back from a retailer in another country.

Though there are few laws on shopping online, the number of EU consumers buying on the Internet doubled to 40% in 2010 from 20% in 2005.

The spike in e-commerce, which was documented in a study published by the European Parliament, was mainly limited to wealthier countries in the north and west of the EU.

This division is also due to levels of Internet penetration. Web access among EU households has almost doubled over the past five years, reaching 70% in 2010, according to the latest Eurostat data. 

The Netherlands posted the highest access rate (at 91%) while in Bulgaria, only 33% of households are online.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:08:01 PM EST
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BBC News - Croatian ex-Premier Ivo Sanader charged with corruption

The authorities in Croatia have charged former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader with corruption over a loan he negotiated in 1995.

He is alleged to have received a kickback worth nearly $695,000 (£425,000; 480,000 euros) for the loan from the Austrian bank Hypo.

He is said to have facilitated Hypo's entry into the Croatian market.

Mr Sanader, who was extradited from Austria in December and may face other charges, denies any wrongdoing.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:09:45 PM EST
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BBC News - Kosovan admits shooting US airmen at Frankfurt airport

A Kosovo man has told a German court he regrets shooting dead two US servicemen at Frankfurt airport and does not understand why he did it.

Arid Uka, 21, told the court he had been radicalised by jihadist propaganda videos he watched online.

Prosecutors believe he acted alone in carrying out the first deadly attack by an Islamist on German soil.

Two other US airmen were seriously injured in the attack on an air force bus in March.

"What I did was wrong, but I cannot undo what I did," Mr Uka told the court in Frankfurt at the opening of his trial.

Prosecutors said he had wanted to kill the airmen because they were going to join the Nato-led force in Afghanistan.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:10:20 PM EST
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Lukashenko tries to rescue the national currency and himself | Features & Opinion | RIA Novosti

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko came to his country's rescue on Tuesday. He sought to protect it from the specter of popular protests by proposing to expand the authority of the CSTO's Collective Rapid Reaction Force. He also announced a liberalization of the Belarusian ruble to stave off the looming financial crisis. Analysts believe that both initiatives have a very modest chance of success.

Regarding the proposal to broaden the rapid reaction force's mandate, Lukashenko said, "The matter is not only the use of the rapid reaction force in the event of interference from states outside [the CSTO], but also interference from other states within the organization." Lukashenko was speaking at a meeting with CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha in Minsk on Tuesday. "No one will unleash a war on us, but many are itching to stage a constitutional coup," he added.

Bordyuzha told Lukashenko that the next CSTO summit in December will focus on "specific draft resolutions," one of which would amend the organization's charter.

The Belarusian president also has his eyes set on economic reforms. Beginning in mid-September, Belarus will liberalize its national currency's exchange rate and stop artificially propping it up, Lukashenko told his government on Tuesday.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:15:07 PM EST
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Tax breaks hurt French economy, report says - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

Two-thirds of France's tax breaks are ineffective or only slightly benefit the economy, an official report has said. These legal tax deductions deprive the government of €39.7 billion each year, the report added, according to a leading French daily.

The 6,000-page document said it carefully studied all the 538 tax deductions on the books in France. These include both breaks on income tax payments and reductions in social taxes, such as unemployment tax. It said 19% of them were ineffective and 47% scarcely useful.

"Changing [the tax breaks] could help simplify the tax code, and lead to a fairer distribution of public spending," said the text by France's General Inspectorate of Finance (IGS), a government auditing group that depends on the finance ministry, according to the right-leaning Le Figaro newspaper.

Many of the tax deductions deemed inefficient in the IGS's study are likely to be questioned when lawmakers pass France's next budget in September, and some promise to be the subject of heated debate in parliament.

Among the most costly to the state are the tax breaks on financial investments in France's overseas territories and on hiring nannies, home nurses and cleaning staff. The report said these loopholes mainly benefitted France's richest households.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:21:59 PM EST
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Two-thirds of France's tax breaks are ineffective or only slightly benefit the economy,
[....]
The report said these loopholes mainly benefitted France's richest households.

So they are actually working as intended

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:13:05 AM EST
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But they were sold to a guileless, unsuspecting public as being of benefit to the economy.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:34:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
But we wouldn't want to undermine that guileless, unsuspecting public's faith in The Tooth Fairy or lead them to suspect that The Tooth Fairy only comes to a favored few.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:45:22 AM EST
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Corriere.it: Mayors to Publish Everyone's Tax Returns
Vincenzo Visco tried in 2008 and it was a spectacular failure. Italians' 2005 tax returns were posted on the tax agency website but they were only online for a few minutes before all hell broke loose. Beppe Grillo's protests were particularly vociferous and the privacy guarantor sought clarification, prompting the tax authorities to remove everything. Today, a Centre-right government is trying again.

Informed sources say that one of the new measures in the budget, agreed during Monday's meeting at Silvio Berlusconi's Arcore home, is the - possibly mandatory - publication of people's incomes. This time, it will be done by municipal authorities, not the tax agency. The hope is that local residents will, whether out of envy or simply because they are fed up paying for other people's evasion, inform on tax dodgers and enable mayors to offset a substantial part of cutbacks in central government funding.

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The clampdown on tax dodging is essential to balance the public accounts following the removal of the solidarity supertax on high incomes. Cuts will also affect co-operatives, with a reduction in tax allowances which should be ten per cent, and the significantly wealthy. Brass-plate companies are also under scrutiny. The regulation being drafted will mean that when an asset is registered to a company but used exclusively or predominantly by an individual, the company will be deemed to be fiscally "transparent". Tax inspectors will be able to ignore it entirely and claim tax directly from the individual who actually has the use of the asset. At the ministry of the economy, they're calling the two measures "Visco number two" and the "Briatore regulation".



Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:41:15 AM EST
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Escolar.net: #Yoquierovotar
Entre aquel Zapatero y el de hoy no sólo hay seis años y medio de distancia, también la crisis económica más dura en décadas. "Hoy su obsesión es llegar a la otra orilla", me cuenta un importante dirigente socialista. "Evitar a toda costa que su presidencia termine con un rescate de España". Es probable que la situación sea así de dramática o peor. Pero la democracia también es para el invierno.
Between that ZP (of the Lisbon Treaty referendum) and that of today there are not only 6 years and a half, but the hardest economic crisis in decades. "Today his obsession is swimming to the other bank", an important Socialist leader tells me. "To avoid at all cost that his presidency ends with a rescue of Spain". It is likely that the situation is that serious, or worse. But democracy is also for the winter.
My prediction: it will all have been for naught. There will be a rescue by November and the PP will win the elections and usher in the Mother of all Austerity.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:52:20 AM EST
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Earlier than I thought: El Gobierno dice que le hubiera gustado un referéndum pero no había tiempo (ElPais.com, 1 September 2011)
Los sindicatos auguran que la reforma no servirá y se vive "el fracaso de la política francoalemana"

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Además Blanco ha asegurado que la reforma constitucional no garantizará el fin de los ataques a la deuda española: "No es una garantía, pero cuando reclamamos una gobernanza económica de la Unión Europea, solo podrá ser si se establece el principio de buen Gobierno en cada uno de los países. Nadie va a pagar los platos rotos de los demás", ha sentenciado. "La deuda excesiva es un lastre para el desarrollo de un país", ha explicado. Sin embargo, en el ámbito europeo no todas las voces son unánimes con respecto a incluir el tope de déficit en la Constitución. El presidente de la Unión Europea, Van Rompuy, aseguró ayer que no era necesario para que los Estados saneen sus cuentas públicas.

The Government says they would have liked a referendum but there was no time
The unions predict that the reform will not work and we're living "the failure of Franco-German policy"

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In addition, [government spokesman Pepe] Blanco claimed that the constitutional reform will not guarantee the end of attacks on Spanish debt: "It's not a guarantee, but when we demand an economic governance of the European Union, it can only be if the principle of good government is established in every country. Nobody's going to pay for the broken dishes of the rest", he asserted. "Excessive debt weighs down on a country's development", he explained. Nevertheless, in the European environment not all voices are unanimous regarding the inclusion of a deficit limit in the Constitution. The President of the European Union [sic!], van Rompuy, claimed yesterday that it wasn't necessary in order that States heal their public accounts.



Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 07:19:39 AM EST
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Sr. Blanco's remarks would be more on point were there any prospect that the recommended policies would work as their proponents claim to expect.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:49:16 AM EST
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The point is that they haven't even passed the amendment and they're already admitted all their excuses are bullshit...

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 10:18:15 AM EST
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Orbital mind control lasers? Or is NCE combined with one way "Euro-zone Solidarity" sufficient to explain this? WE know that, regardless, if Spain has to be bailed out to save German and French banks, among others, that, even with the constitutional amendment, Spain and Zapatero will still be blamed. Else those who made the loans would have to accept some blame.

Does it not occur to Zapatero and his party that, when they enact this change, and especially if they are then kicked out/encouraged to leave the euro, or if the euro collapses, the resulting misery under the PP will be blamed on them even by the PP? (Our hands are tied by the constitutional amendment passed by Zapatero!) How is that for a legacy -- attempt appease the self servingly deluded self righteous leaders of the surplus countries at great cost to your countrymen, impose unnecessary and pointless additional misery on your own countrymen and still be blamed for the collapse.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 11:29:52 AM EST
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ARGeezer:
if they are then kicked out/encouraged to leave the euro, or if the euro collapses,

I didn't get back to the points made by you and Jake in Migeru's diary (about conjected future events in the case of a euro collapse or Spain leaving the euro). But I'd have thought any government, once monetary sovereignty was reinstated, would have a perfectly good case for claiming that the amendment was introduced for a state without monetary sovereignty under euro rules and therefore no longer applicable, and thus propose its abrogation. (What sovereign government would want to remain with that millstone round its neck?)

The opposition might be able to refuse to vote the abrogation, but it would be hard to show how that would gain popular support. Only in the case of deliberate driving towards major conflict would one side of the political board block the process. Which is why I think that the deeper currents in Spanish society that might lead to a wish for conflict, are more important than the epiphenomenon of the constitutional rule.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:32:14 PM EST
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Maybe the situation in Spain is markedly different but as far as I have seen there is no connection in the public debate between TEH DEBT!11 and the Euro. It is just a fact of live that the state running a deficit makes baby Jesus cry.
by generic on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:36:57 PM EST
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Well, that is, generally speaking, the pitch one would expect - just like the crisis fell on our heads out of an empty blue sky.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:48:17 PM EST
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The opposition might be able to refuse to vote the abrogation, but it would be hard to show how that would gain popular support.

When did the PP become more concerned with popular support on issues than with the contributions of PP backers? And as long as they can deflect and obfuscate they may well succeed in keeping the blame pinned on the socialists for having pushed through the amendment. But is would be more likely that they would label the amendment the one sane bit of legislation undertaken by the socialists - with the support of the PP, naturally.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:39:31 PM EST
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If they're not interested in popular support, a referendum should deal with them nicely.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:42:12 PM EST
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With the support of their backers and the machinations of their "think tanks" they can manufacture enough support to thwart their foes.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:06:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
If you can understand spoken Spanish, check out this video comment by Iñaki Gabilondo (one of Spain's most prestigious TV and earlier radio journalists). He minces no words. He calls ZP a proponent of enlightend despotism, he says ZP humiliates himself and humiliates us all, he says Democracy is like Monarchy now, two institutions with powerful ritual forms but no power. He wonders what the point is of having an election campaign right after this constitutional reform that has emptied democracy of its content.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:51:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'd have thought any government, once monetary sovereignty was reinstated, would have a perfectly good case for claiming that the amendment was introduced for a state without monetary sovereignty under euro rules and therefore no longer applicable, and thus propose its abrogation.

You are assuming that the right wing is sane.

All available evidence points to the contrary conclusion: The right wing likes balanced budget rules because they break the economy. It's not a bug to the PP, it's a feature. And they will have a blocking minority unless they suffer a really epic, generational, 1932 Republican style political emasculation.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 05:05:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The proper ironic moniker for Pepe Blanco is Pepiño, not Sr Blanco.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:54:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Eurointelligence: BoI says Italy cannot afford a 300bp spreads to bunds forever (31.08.2011)
Chief economist Ignacio Visco said the current level of spreads was unsustainable; he also criticised the Italian budget for failing to include any growth enhancing measures; but says the overall drift of a consolidating budget was right, as there is no alternative; a €7.73bn bond auction met with weak investor demand, prompting the ECB to step up purchases of Italian bonds; Italian spreads rose to 3.164%; Frankfurter Allgemeine says Italy is not worthy of German solidarity; the Spanish parliament yesterday approved the timetable for the vote on the Constitutional deficit ceiling, which is now considered as very likely to be approved; the opposition from the left resorts to calling for a boycott of the implementation of the new rule, which sets the maximum structural deficit at 0.4% of GDP; the Bundestag gains substantial new powers on the EFSF, and secures an effective operational veto right; Klaus Regling proposes that Greek bank shares could be offered as collateral; the Greek finance minister says he will publish the names of all tax dodgers; the eurozone's business confidence index dropped from 103.0 in July to 98.3 in August, as the economic outlook weakens; France will have a higher 2011 budget deficit than expected; Martin Wolf gets very gloomy about the global economic outlook; Alan Juppé, meanwhile, argues that resolving the euro crisis amounted to a question of war and peace in Europe.


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 10:16:08 AM EST
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Eurointelligence; IMF puts eurozone bank recapitalisation volume at €200bn (01.09.2011)
Fund leaks its calculations ahead of publication of the Global Financial Stability Report later this month; the number of €200bn is immediately disputed by European politicians and central bankers: Elena Salgado calls it biased, and says stress tests are a better indicator; IMF used a mark-to-market approach in its calculation, based on credit default swap prices; Reuters applauds Christine Lagarde for showing her independence from European policy makers; Portugal presents new austerity measures including taxes on high incomes and job cuts in the public sector; finance minister Vitor Gaspar expects economy to contract 2.3% this year and 1.7% next; a group of German millionaires are calling on the government to tax wealthy citizens; Bild predicts that Peer Steinbrück will be Angela Merkel's challenger in 2013; German economics minister Philipp Rösler wants to reduce the Maastricht Treaty's 3% ceiling; economists are sceptical of moves to give the Bundestag parliamentary oversight of EFSF executive decisions; Bruno Le Maire, who prepares Nicolas Sarkozy's fiscal election agenda, says it will be cost-neutral; a new book claims that a witness saw Nicolas Sarkozy taking a money envelope from Liliane Bettencourt; Ireland's Esri revises its GNP growth forecast downwards from  2% to 0.7% in 2012; European Commission warns Belgium that it must form a government soon; Xavier Vidal-Folch, meanwhile, argues that Spain's new deficit ceiling is too inflexible, and fails to take account of the different elasticities of regional and central government spending.


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 10:17:15 AM EST
[ Parent ]
FDP boss Rösler proposes toughening the deficit limits

As the German cabinet and Bundestag put their finishing touches to the legislative proposal to enhance the EFSF, economics minister and FDP leader Philipp Rösler proposed to toughen the  deficit limits in the stability and growth pact, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. "I could for example imagine that we lower the current deficit limit of 3%", he said. "We must think about how we further tighten the budgetary thumbscrews".



Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 10:27:11 AM EST
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Was?, Herr Rösler, Kool Aid drinking wasn't enough, now we need thumbscrews?

Scheiss FDP.

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

by Crazy Horse on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 11:25:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
More of a Sadian slip?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 11:30:22 AM EST
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I consider myself relatively well educated, but I honestly haven't heard that phrase before.

Sadian slip.

by Upstate NY on Fri Sep 9th, 2011 at 12:59:59 PM EST
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Hear it first on ET!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 9th, 2011 at 07:30:09 PM EST
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now we need thumbscrews?

They must already be using them. He said "further tighten". Additional comment is superfluous.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 11:36:24 AM EST
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He is probably more concerned with the 4% limit. His party is the third from the right.

Next German federal election - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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by generic on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:57:53 PM EST
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Guessing, from left: CDU/CSU, SPD, Green, FDP, Left, Others?

Have the Greens kept those levels?

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

by Crazy Horse on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:41:11 PM EST
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Yes and yes. Still not much hope unless the SPD stops hating on the Left though. The Greens are too wobbly on economic issues and seem to have gobbled up a significant part of the FDPs social liberal electorate.
by generic on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:29:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Meaning that applying thumbscrews appeals to the potential supporters of the FDP?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:45:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes.

This has been another edition of Simple Answers To Simple Questions.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:33:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Confirming that S&M lives in the political arena.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:03:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It is my understanding that S&M is usually consensual.

If current economic policies are S&M, then someone forgot to give us the safeword.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 at 05:00:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
There is always
Article 50

1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

(CONSOLIDATED VERSION OF THE TREATY ON EUROPEAN UNION [PDF])

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 at 05:10:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I bow to your superior knowledge of that sub-culture.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 at 03:19:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's not that I have superior knowledge of that subculture, it's just that it operates more or less openly, and non-consensual S&M would be called "rape with aggravating circumstances" and be covered under three or four different criminal statutes.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Sep 3rd, 2011 at 05:38:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 09:58:49 AM EST
Struggling with a great contraction - FT.com

What has the market turmoil of August been telling us? The answer, I suggest, is three big things: first, the debt-encumbered economies of the high-income countries remain extremely fragile; second, investors have next to no confidence in the ability of policymakers to resolve the difficulties; and, third, in a time of high anxiety, investors prefer what are seen as the least risky assets, namely, the bonds of the most highly rated governments, regardless of their defects, together with gold. Those who fear deflation buy bonds; those who fear inflation buy gold; those who cannot decide buy both. But few investors or corporate managers wish to take on any longer-term investment risks.

Welcome, then, to what Carmen Reinhart, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, and Harvard's Kenneth Rogoff call "the second great contraction" (the Great Depression of the 1930s being the first). Those less apocalyptic might call it the "Japanese disease".

(...)

Now consider, against this background of continuing fragility, how people view the political scene. In neither the US nor the eurozone, does the politician supposedly in charge - Barack Obama, the US president, and Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor - appear to be much more than a bystander of unfolding events, as my colleague, Philip Stephens, recently noted. Both are - and, to a degree, operate as - outsiders. Mr Obama wishes to be president of a country that does not exist. In his fantasy US, politicians bury differences in bipartisan harmony. In fact, he faces an opposition that would prefer their country to fail than their president to succeed. Ms Merkel, similarly, seeks a non-existent middle way between the German desire for its partners to abide by its disciplines and their inability to do any such thing. The realisation that neither the US nor the eurozone can create conditions for a speedy restoration of growth - indeed the paralysing disagreements over what those conditions might be - is scary.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:29:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
afew:
. The realisation that neither the US nor the eurozone can create conditions for a speedy restoration of growth - indeed the paralysing disagreements over what those conditions might be - is scary.

yes it is scary and the sooner we face it the better, because the only thing scarier is the amount of denial right now.

speedy recovery of growth, haha. what's he smoking? where's the money to buy stuff coming from? banks don't want to lend.

fail... talk to us about hard/soft landings, then i'll believe you have something real to say. no rabbit in that hat... every second trying to whip a dead horse could be better spent breeding a new one that didn't need expensive imported feed coming from nations who envy our freedom to sell them deathware, prop up their lonny toon dick-taters and/or bomb them to democratic smithereens.

mercy!


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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 09:19:16 PM EST
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It would be more hopeful were that realization also sobering, but there is little evidence of that. Another cup of austerity? My rich great uncle says it is good for you.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:52:41 AM EST
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austerity, the ale of despair, quaff away... don the hairshirt of humility.

it's all our fault we took the cheap credit, make us pay! we promise not to be so credulous again. oh wait. they don't want to lend anyway...

lucky us. crumbs will be dropped from the parapets to those fortunate and patient enough to deserve bootstraps.

'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 Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 01:31:54 PM EST
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First the Great Recession, then the Great Contraction.

What will it take for the Serious People to break down and admit that, yes, this is a Great Depression?

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:02:18 AM EST
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That would be Martin Wolf writing in the FT...

Wikipedia: The Great Contraction

is Milton Friedman's term for the recession which led to the Great Depression.

Friedman labelled it thus because he believed that the depression lasted so long due to the Federal Reserve's mismanagement. He argued that the Reserve contracted the monetary supply dramatically, prolonging the Depression, which Friedman claims could have been over by 1931.



Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:05:15 AM EST
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Martin Wolf:
Many ask whether high-income countries are at risk of a "double dip" recession. My answer is: no, because the first one did not end.


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:06:56 AM EST
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Martin Wolf always has interesting charts in his columns:
Compare 1915-1930 and 1970-2010 with 1940-1970 (which Reinhart and Rogoff call the period of financial repression).

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:17:40 AM EST
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What does price-earnings ratio refer to exactly there? Stocks?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 03:56:01 AM EST
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Yes.
Meanwhile, stock markets have taken a battering. Yet it is hard to argue that they have reached a point of capitulation. According to Yale's Robert Shiller, the cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio for the US (based on the S&P 500) is almost a quarter above its long-term average. In 1982, the valuation was a third of current levels. Will markets avoid such a collapse? That must depend on when and how the great contraction ends.


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:10:48 AM EST
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CEOs Earned More Than Companies' Tax Bills - Bloomberg

Twenty-five of the best-paid chief executive officers in the U.S. earned more in salary and other compensation in 2010 than their companies' federal income tax expenses as disclosed in public filings, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies.

The Washington-based nonprofit group's report, released today, examined 100 publicly traded U.S. corporations with the highest-paid CEOs. It found that companies whose CEOs' compensation exceeded reported tax expense in 2010 had average global profits of $1.9 billion.

Companies in this group, according to the report, included Cablevision Systems Corp., EBay Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Boeing Co. and Dow Chemical Co.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:35:00 PM EST
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As it should be, you worthless peasants.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 05:21:59 PM EST
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And it's none of our god damned business anyway.
by Andhakari on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 01:49:46 AM EST
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That is a feature, not a bug.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:21:21 PM EST
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Wen Says China to Focus on Taming Inflation Even as Economic Growth Slows - Bloomberg

China's top priority is stabilizing prices and the government doesn't plan to alter the direction of economic policies, Premier Wen Jiabao said.

The slowdown in the economy is "reasonable" and within government expectations, Wen wrote in an article in the ruling Communist Party's Qiushi magazine. An abstract was posted on the government's website yesterday.

Banks including UBS AG, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank AG cut their growth forecasts for China last month as a slowdown in the U.S. economy and Europe's debt crisis threaten the nation's exports. Five interest-rate increases since mid-October, property curbs and lending controls have also cooled demand in the world's second-biggest economy.

"The government is worried that even if inflation pressures are easing now, if they relax too much or let people think they are relaxing, inflation and expectations could rise again," said Mark Williams, a London-based Asia economist at Capital Economics Ltd. "Growth is stabilizing rather than dropping sharply."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:36:06 PM EST
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Containers Slump to 50-Year Low as Ships From China Slow: Freight Markets - Bloomberg

The container-shipping industry is contending with the longest stretch of near-zero rates in its half-century history on the Asia-to-Europe route, as a capacity glut combines with the slowest growth in trade since 2009.

Commerce on the world's second-busiest container route rose 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the weakest since the end of 2009, Woking, England-based Container Trade Statistics Ltd. estimates. Rates excluding fuel surcharges were "practically" zero in July and little changed this month, the worst run ever, said Menno Sanderse, an analyst at Morgan Stanley in London.

While growth in container volumes has slowed for four consecutive quarters, it's still nowhere near the 22 percent contractions seen in the first half of 2009. Europe normally imports more goods this quarter as shops begin stockpiling for the December holidays. That gain may be curbed this year as retailers anticipate mounting concern about economies and jobs will hurt consumer spending.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:37:23 PM EST
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World Bank Should Refocus Its Anti-Corruption Fight, Audit Says - Bloomberg

The World Bank's fight against corruption needs to focus more on helping borrower countries build the institutions and policies that make them accountable to their citizens, an internal audit said.

Since adopting a strategy of better governance and anti- corruption in 2007, the bank has mainly paid attention to improving its resources and reputation in dealing with those issues, according to the report. While it also has increased commitments to help countries strengthen their public sector, institutions and investment climate, that support has yet to show in concrete projects, the evaluation by the Independent Evaluation Group said.

"The bank has to focus on helping countries develop the capacities to govern. That's what the bank should be focused on," Navin Girishankar, the study's main author, said in a telephone interview. "There is a gap between the plans and the follow-through that needs to be filled."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:38:05 PM EST
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But it is the corruption and inability to govern that gives scope for first world banksters to loot these countries. For whom does the World Bank think it works?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:25:47 PM EST
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MercoPress: Peru had its foreign debt rating raised one level by Standard & Poor's, which said it expects recently elected President Ollanta Humala to continue policies that support the country's economic expansion.

MercoPress: Some 900 million barrels of oil have been detected at two basins in eastern Panama, representing a potential contribution to the country's coffers of 15 billion dollars over 20 years, the National Energy Secretariat announced.

MercoPress: Argentina has rapidly displaced the US as the main supplier to Colombia of corn and in near future wheat, with volumes soaring from 99.000 tons in 2007 to over 2.2 million tons currently, points out Agrimoney.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 08:06:30 PM EST
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Darling lashes "stupid" and "arrogant" bankers for taking Britain to the "brink of collapse" « Labour Uncut

As the coalition splits on banking reform, Uncut can exclusively reveal Alistair Darling's merciless verdict on the bankers who caused the crash. In his forthcoming account of life at the treasury, Back from the brink: 1000 days at No 11, he says

"My worry was that they (the bankers) were so arrogant and stupid that they might bring us all down".

Andy Hornby, former chief executive of HBOS, is accused by the former chancellor of "looking like he was about to explode" when confronted with the magnitude of what had happened on his watch.

Fred Goodwin, former chief executive of RBS, comes across as every inch his public stereotype. His nonchalant attitude to the catastrophe seemed to Darling more in keeping with someone "off to play a game of golf".

The former chancellor goes so far as to say "Goodwin deserved to be a pariah" when he later refused to slash his pension after being fired by the RBS board.

Darling says that the bankers uniformly displayed an arrogance and a lack of gratitude for the massive, multi-billion pound taxpayer bailout that was as shocking as it was stupid.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:12:55 AM EST
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Yes, but he still gave them the money. Who is more stupid ? The man who behaves stupidly and loses all his money or the man who believes all the stories that the losing of the money will cause terrible harm to everybody else and so gives him a lot more. All the  while making all of those people whose lives were supposed to be irreparably damaged by the first guy pay him back for his generosity.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:12:51 PM EST
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Don't put monkeys in charge of the banana plantation.  

Don't put sociopathic greedheads in charge of the financial system.

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

by ATinNM on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:20:32 PM EST
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http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/aftershock-financial-wiedemer-economy/2011/08/17/id/407695

Citing the unthinkable, he provides disturbing evidence and financial charts forecasting 50% unemployment, a 90% stock market collapse, and 100% annual inflation.
 


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 07:07:23 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:01:52 AM EST
UK sends plane of cash to Libya | Research | PoliticsHome

The RAF will tonight fly a planeload of nearly £1bn in cash to Libya's new Government, a senior Whitehall official has revealed.

Some 1.8bn worth of Libyan dinars are being transported to Benghazi to stock the nation's depleted cash machines and to pay public sector workers over the Eid holiday.

"That's a very tangible UK contribution to the asset unfreezing," the senior official said in a briefing. "It's the most practical help we can give. It's a significant planeload of banknotes."

The cash flight comes the day before David Cameron and President Nicolas Sarkozy co-host a meeting in Paris to discuss the way forward for the Libya's National Transitional Council.



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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 12:05:17 PM EST
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Gaddafi likely hiding in Libyan desert: Italian FM

ROME, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has not escaped from Libya and is most probably hiding in the desert, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday.

In a radio interview to state television Rai, Frattini ruled out that Gaddafi had escaped across the boundary together with his family, as reported by several networks, stressing however that his end was drawing close.

"Let's not waste time conjuring fantastic theories of where Gaddafi might be now. We must never forget that Libya is a vast country, a desert country, and I believe he is seeking refuge somewhere in the internal areas," he said.

Frattini also said that an eventual escape from Libya across its frontiers would not have gone unnoticed and would have been immediately tracked down by the NATO radars and controllers who were constantly keeping an eye on all suspect movements and people.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:17:10 PM EST
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BREAKING: Hazmat Crews at Scott Air Force Base, 3 Hospitalized « CBS St. Louis

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) - Hazmat crews descend on Scott Air Force Base after a suspicious package sends three to the hospital and prompt evacuations of several facilities on the base.

"Currently we're responding to a suspicious package that occurred at the official mail center (Building 1650)," SAFB spokesman Lt. Benjamin Garland tells KMOX News.

He said they're not releasing any further information about the "suspicious package" or what it may have contained at this time. However the package reportedly emitted a sulphur-like smell.



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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 12:43:19 PM EST
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"a suspicious package that occurred" ?! Packages now just occur? Must be a previously unrecognized effect of the wrr on trrr.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:31:01 PM EST
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well you declare war on terror, and terror itself might just fight 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 Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:15:15 AM EST
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Sarkozy warns against preventive strike on Iran | World | RIA Novosti

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that a preventive strike on Iran could lead to a crisis in the region and called on world powers to toughen their sanctions on Tehran instead.

"Iran's military, nuclear and ballistic [missile] ambitions pose a growing threat that could lead to a preventive strike on Iranian facilities and provoke a serious crisis, which France wants to avoid by all means," Sarkozy told French diplomats at an annual ambassador conference.

The West suspects Iran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program, but the Islamic republic, which is already under four sets of international sanctions over its nuclear activities, insists it needs nuclear power solely for civilian purposes.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:14:18 PM EST
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... a preventive strike on Iran could (?) lead to a crisis in the region ...

Genius!! Pure Genius!!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 05:24:44 PM EST
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Perry leads Republican field in new poll, trails Obama

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Texas Governor Rick Perry has risen to the top spot in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but trailed President Barack Obama among all voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Perry got 24 percent of the vote among Republican and Republican leaning independents, leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 6 percentage points, the survey showed.

The poll was the third reliable survey in the past two weeks to show Perry's lead among Republican presidential hopefuls. Perry led Romney by 12 points in a recent Gallup poll, and enjoyed a 13-point advantage in a CNN/ORC International poll.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:17:49 PM EST
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There's some kind of law for Texas that Perry is pushing to force women (in Texas) who want to get an abortion to have to have a sonogram and hear the fetal heartbeat prior to the abortion. Womens' group are complaining that he law is debasing and humiliating to women.

My opinion? (Oh no.)

Reasons why Texas women are already debased and humiliated:

  1. They live in Texas.

  2. They allow Perry to be their Governor, and finally, the big one ...

  3. They have sex with Texas males. What's more disgusting and humiliating than that? "You went to bed with WHAT?!!"


They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 05:33:27 PM EST
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You know -- we have members who have lived in Texas, myself included. And W was your president also, even if you did not vote for him. Enough crude stereotypes!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:37:40 PM EST
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Point #3 is just a rumor.
by Andhakari on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:01:15 AM EST
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Useless, unfunny comment.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:51:05 PM EST
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At this time, last time, Guiliani was above 30% and McCain below 15%.

Way too early to give any credence to these polls especially these absurd national polls.  For heaven's sakes they've got Palin in the poll and she ain't running.

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

by ATinNM on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 12:54:40 AM EST
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A month ago Donald Trump was the front runner.

I think Perry being top is just another way of saying "None of the above"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:28:39 AM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its deep concern over the decision to temporarily ban circulation of the weekly publication Sexto Poder in Venezuela, as well as over the arrest, detention, and criminal prosecution of the weekly's editorial director and the arrest warrant issued against its publisher.

Colombia Reports: Colombia paid out $23.6 million after losing 11 cases in the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) over a five year period, Colombian media reported Tuesday.  One of the cases was that of the assassination of Communist Senator Manuel Cepeda in 1994 which was brought to the court in 2008. The situation is worrying for the government as 50 cases are pending in the IACHR which could lead to the Colombian state paying $100 million in damages.

Colombia Reports: Colombia's minister of defense resigned Wednesday after what he calls "a year of important successes against crime" in which he was widely criticized for the deterioration of security in the country. (...) Since taking office, Rivera had been under fire from supporters of former President Alvaro Uribe because of the deterioration of security in Colombia.
More developments HERE.

Colombia Reports: Colombian former Minister Alberto Santofimio surrendered to authorities Wednesday after the Supreme Court annulled his acquittal for ordering the 1989 murder of popular presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.

CUBA: Leaders of the dissident group Ladies in White asked the Catholic Church on Tuesday to intervene before the Cuban government to end what they described as violent acts against them and other human rights activists.

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Panama's Finance Minister Alberto Vallarino threatened to quit late on Tuesday after President Ricardo Martinelli sacked the foreign minister over a political row that has ruptured the governing alliance.

Americas Society's WEEKLY ROUND-UP.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne

by maracatu on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 08:36:42 PM EST
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La France aurait négocié 35% du pétrole libyen
France may have negotiated 35% of Libyan oil
La France aurait conclu un accord avec le Conseil national de transition (CNT) au début du conflit libyen, lui attribuant 35% du pétrole libyen, indique jeudi le quotidien Liberation, un accord dont "n'a pas connaissance" le ministre français des Affaires étrangères Alain Juppé.France allegedly reached an agreement with the National Transitional Council (CNT) at the beginning of the conflict Libyan assigning 35% of Libyan oil, said Thursday the newspaper Liberation, an agreement which the French Minister of Affairs Foreign Alain Juppe is "not aware" of.
Le journal s'est procuré une lettre datée du 3 avril du CNT et adressée à l'émir du Qatar dans lequel le CNT dit avoir signé un "accord attribuant 35% du total du pétrole brut aux Français en échange du soutien total et permanent à notre Conseil".The newspaper has obtained a letter dated April 3 from the CNT and addressed to the Emir of Qatar in which the CNT said it has signed an "agreement to give 35% of total crude oil in exchange for total and permanent French support for our Council. "


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:26:05 AM EST
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AFP: Le CNT à Paris dément l'existence d'un accord sur le pétrole avec la France AFP: CNT in Paris denies the existence of an agreement on oil with France
PARIS -- Le représentant à Paris du Conseil national de transition, instance dirigeante de la rébellion libyenne, a nié jeudi que le CNT ait signé avec la France un document lui promettant 35% du pétrole libyen, dans une déclaration à l'AFP.PARIS - The representative in Paris of the National Transition Council, the governing body of the rebellion Jamahiriya, denied Thursday that the CNT has signed with France a document promising him 35% of Libyan oil, in a statement to AFP.
Quelques heures avant le début d'un sommet consacré à la reconstruction de la Libye démocratique à Paris, le quotidien français Libération a publié une lettre datée du 3 avril à entête du "Front populaire pour la libération de la Libye" et adressée à l'émir du Qatar dans laquelle le CNT dit avoir signé un "accord attribuant 35% du total du pétrole brut aux Français en échange du soutien total et permanent à notre Conseil".Hours before the start of a summit dedicated to the democratic reconstruction of Libya in Paris, the French daily Liberation published a letter dated April 3, headed the "Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya" and addressed to the Emir of Qatar in which the CNT said it has signed an "agreement to give 35% of total crude oil to the French in exchange for permanent and total support to our Board."
"Je n'ai jamais entendu parler de ce front", a réagi Mansour Sayf al-Nasr, envoyé spécial du CNT à Paris."I've never heard of this front," responded Mansour Sayf al-Nasr, special envoy of the CNT in Paris.
"Tous les documents, tous les traités valables sont signés CNT", a-t-il fait valoir, rejetant tout autre document comme non-valide."All documents, all treaties are signed valid CNT", he argued, rejecting any other document as invalid.
L'instance dirigeante de la rébellion libyenne n'est connue, depuis fin février, que sous le nom de Conseil national de transition. La seule référence à un "Front de libération" sur internet renvoie à cette lettre du 3 avril publiée ce jeudi par Libération et qui circule depuis des semaines sur la toile.The governing body of the Libyan rebels are known, since late February that as the National Transition Council. The only reference to a "Liberation Front" on the Internet refers to the letter of April 3, published by Liberation on Thursday and which has been circulating for weeks on the web.

[my emphasis...]

Libé, foot, bullet?

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

by eurogreen on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:37:55 AM EST
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Chinese-made Qur'ans full of errors, warns Iranian official | The Guardian
Iranian publishers are complaining that cost-saving plans to print Qur'ans in China have led to an embarrassing number of typographical errors.

The head of Iran's Qur'an oversight office, Ahmad Haji-Sharif, warned consumers that lower-cost Qur'ans may have mistakes in the holy verses. He noted earlier this week that Iranian-produced Qur'ans carry a higher price but have passed a careful inspection.

They don't say what the errors were. Could they be anything like this?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:59:59 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:03:03 AM EST
Future of Technology - Strong, light blades a boost for wind energy?

Bigger is better ... when it's also lighter and stronger, goes the thinking of engineers and materials scientists designing the next generation of blades to wring energy from the wind.

Bigger blades can get more energy from the wind, but this advantage is lost if the blade is also heavier, since more wind is needed to turn the rotor. In addition, the more the blade flexes in the wind, the more potential energy is lost.

That means the blades need to be lighter and stiffer as well as bigger.

To prove a longer, lighter and stronger blade could be made, a post-doctoral researcher has created the world's first polyurethane blade reinforced with carbon naontubes. It's only 29 inches long, but preliminary tests show it is lighter, more rigid and stronger than conventional epoxy blades.



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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 11:20:37 AM EST
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Profits Before Environment - NYTimes.com

I wasn't surprised when the administration of George W. Bush sacrificed the environment for corporate profits. But when the same thing happens under a Democratic administration, it's depressing. With little or no public input, policies that benefit corporations regardless of the consequences continue to be enacted.

No wonder an April 2010 poll from the Pew Research Center found that about only 20 percent of Americans have faith in the government (it's one thing upon which the left and right and maybe even the center agree). But maybe this is nothing new: as Glenda Farrell, as Genevieve "Gen" Larkin, put it in "Gold Diggers of 1937," "It's so hard to be good under the capitalistic system."

But is anyone in power even trying? Last winter, the Department of Agriculture deregulated Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa, despite concerns about cross-pollination of non-genetically modified crops. It then defied a court order banning the planting of genetically modified sugar beets pending completion of an environmental impact study.



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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 11:30:59 AM EST
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It of course would not do for Republicans to acknowledge that in Obama they got a clone of W who is better at deceiving the Democrats than was W.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:44:49 PM EST
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Fukushima media coverage 'may be harmful' - health - 30 August 2011 - New Scientist

Alarmist predictions that the long-term health effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan will be worse than those following Chernobyl in 1986 are likely to aggravate harmful psychological effects of the incident. That was the warning heard at an< international conference on radiation research in Warsaw, Poland, this week.

 One report, in UK newspaper The Independent, quoted a scientist who predicted more than a million would die, and that the prolonged release of radioactivity from Fukushima would make health effects worse than those from the sudden release experienced at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine.



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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 11:33:32 AM EST
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It might be helpful to falsify the claim before labeling it "alarmist".

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:47:19 PM EST
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From the link:

"We've got to stop these sorts of reports coming out, because they are really upsetting the Japanese population," says Gerry Thomas at Imperial College London, who is attending the meeting. "The media has a hell of a lot of responsibility here, because the worst post-Chernobyl effects were the psychological consequences and this shouldn't happen again."

Developing "psychological consequences" is worse than 985,000 people (recent estimate) dying of radiation sickness?

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

by ATinNM on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 01:03:34 AM EST
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All this "alarmist" talk is spoiling the narrative for the next generation of nuclear accidents power stations

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:39:22 AM EST
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Not so fast. Lotta complaints about methodology. See here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl:_Consequences_of_the_Catastrophe_for_People_and_the_Environme nt

Align culture with our nature. Ot else!

by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 03:49:28 AM EST
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I've seen comments of the type "What are they worrying about, its only the equivalent of smoking a packet of cigarettes every 3 or 4 days"

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:29:38 AM EST
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US, Russia ink biggest oil and gas deal of Obama era | EurActiv

ExxonMobil and Rosneft signed an agreement yesterday (30 August) to extract oil and gas from the Russian Arctic, in the most significant US-Russia corporate deal since President Barack Obama began a push to improve bilateral ties.

The pact, which includes an option for Rosneft to invest in Gulf of Mexico and Texan properties, ended any hope of Britain's BP reviving its deal with state-owned Rosneft to develop the same Arctic territory. That deal was blocked in May by the billionaire partners in another of BP's Russian ventures (see 'Background').

The pact gives Exxon, the biggest US oil company, access to substantial reserves in Russia, one of the world's top oil producers. Rosneft, for its part, gets to join forces with one of the few companies capable of drilling in the harsh, deep waters of the Arctic.

Russia has shown greater willingness in the past year to secure partnerships with foreign energy firms, even if some deals later fell apart. The Exxon announcement comes only months after the demise of a Rosneft deal with Chevron for a $1 billion (€692 million) investment in an estimated $32 billion (€22.15 million) Black Sea project.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:05:54 PM EST
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Nuclear reactor not to be kept on stand-by - The Local

Germany's Federal Network Agency has decided not to keep any nuclear power stations operational as back-up in case of electricity shortfalls this winter. Eight reactors were shut down earlier this year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan reignited German fears.

The president of the authority, Matthias Kurth, announced the decision on Wednesday in Berlin, promising that other types of power stations would be able to provide extra electricity.

Four power stations - in Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Ensdorf and Munich - have been designated back-up stations for the winter. These gas and coal power stations together have a capacity of 1,009 megawatts per day, which is estimated to be enough to cover unexpected demand.

Reserves of 1,075 megawatts are also ready to be imported from Austria. But Kurth emphasized, "If we have a mild winter, we might not have to use a single one of these power stations."
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:23:25 PM EST
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Unfounded pesticide concerns adversely affect the health of low-income populations

The increasingly prevalent notion that expensive organic fruits and vegetables are safer because pesticides - used to protect traditional crops from insects, thus ensuring high crop yields and making them less expensive - are a risk for causing cancer has no good scientific support, an authority on the disease said here Tuesday. Such unfounded fears could have the unanticipated consequence of keeping healthful fruits and vegetables from those with low incomes.

Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., developer of a widely used test for potential carcinogens that bears his name, spoke at the 242nd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), being held here this week. With more than 7,500 reports on new advances in science and more than 12,000 scientists and others expected in attendance, it will be one of 2011's largest scientific gatherings.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:47:19 PM EST
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See above comment on Fukishima.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:49:24 PM EST
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The notion that GM and chemical laced foods are somehow good for poor people is particularly cynical and insidious.
by Andhakari on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:14:54 AM EST
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He's denying, of course, that there are any ill effects. And inventing the strawman that organic food proponents scare the poor away from eating any fruit and vegetables at all. Which, to say the least, would need to be substantiated.

No doubt the general drift goes down easily with a middle-class audience that assumes consumer choice between different products. I doubt that the poor are as aware of "consumer choice". If they buy less fruit and vegetables, it's more probably because they can't afford even the chemically-produced ones, which are all the same not handed out for free. And because the food on sale in the deprived areas of the inner cities (US) and the outer cities (Europe) doesn't even feature fresh fruit and veg of any description - (addictive) junk food takeaways rather than the nice shopping places with a wide range of products that the better-off are used to.

I know there's an urban farming movement in the States, which might prime the pump of a different supply system. But urban farming takes place when inner-city housing has already collapsed, meaning no doubt that the most deprived populations have already moved elsewhere...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 03:10:26 AM EST
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And it goes the other way too. Farmers have to use the GM seeds to compete, or their crops are contaminated by GM genes, with Monsanto suing them for the privilege of using their genetic material.
Finally, farmers have to farm the way the corporations tell them to, small farmers are forced out of business, and the industrial food business just grows. Farmers can't even use their own seeds, assuming they're viable at all.
And the food corps just love overpopulation: it's a growing market. However poor folks are, food is what they buy when they can't buy anything else.
by Andhakari on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 06:11:21 AM EST
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And the food industry knows how to make profit off cheap, crap food.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 07:16:56 AM EST
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But most importantly, who allowed that horrible first sentence to see the light of day? What a clunky piece of crap! Have they no editors? Think of the children!

The increasingly prevalent notion that the opening sentence needs to include densely packed information summarizing much of the following text - which traditionally served the purpose of presenting information to the reader, thus ensuring an expansion of knowledge, and sometimes entertainment - because most people are assumed to not read any further has been shown to cause aggravation among some readers, an authority in a field of relevance said here today.

by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 05:23:10 AM EST
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The increasingly prevalent notion that the opening sentence needs to include densely packed information summarizing much of the following text - which traditionally served the purpose of presenting information to the reader, thus ensuring an expansion of knowledge, and sometimes entertainment - because most people are assumed to not read any further has been shown to cause aggravation among some readers, an authority in a field of relevance said here today.

Somebody A. Someone, PhD, was addressing the 5,462nd seminar of the LHC String Theory Action Coordination Kommission (STACK) in Geneva, Switzerland, which was being held there this week, when she was struck by a horrible, clunky introductory sentence that... (more later)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 07:27:37 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:03:27 AM EST
Noseweek 143 Out on a limb
The latest revelations of dirty tricks at the News of the World have brought it all flooding back: Fleet Street as it was, newsrooms clouded in cigarette smoke, pounding typewriters, thundering presses shaking the whole building ­- and Stuart Kuttner.

Kuttner was managing editor of the now mercifully-defunct News of the Screws for more than 20 years, until his abrupt removal in 2009 after a former private detective accepted cash payments from the paper's royal editor for stories harvested by hacking into Prince Harry and Prince William's voicemails.


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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 11:21:18 AM EST
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Nadine Dorries Uses Anti-Abortion Activism to Deflect Attention from Expenses Controversies « Bartholomew's Notes on Religion

Writing in today's Daily Mail, Nadine Dorries MP explains the motivation for her efforts to reform crisis pregnancy counselling in the UK. She also complains of threats against her, including a cowardly email from a "former journalist" which fantasises over her burning to death in a car bomb.

Inevitably, however, this is mixed in with the claim that "pro-abortion zealots" are behind critical reporting of her expenses:



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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 11:33:45 AM EST
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The Daily Mash - Government decides more unhappy people will help
NADINE Dorries has won her battle to fill the country with absolutely miserable people who did not want children.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 11:34:01 AM EST
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A Critique Of The Dorries Plan On Abortion Counselling - Ben Archibald - Dale & Co.
Nadine Dorries, not for the first time, confronts us with a political problem.  Is the Conservative Party the judgmental party, the untrusting party, the party of authoritarianism and diktat, or are we the party seeking to set people free from the predations of government bureaucracy and red tape?  Are we the party of freedom, or are we the party of control?

The idea that people should be forced to seek counselling before pursuing a termination of pregancy is an idea based in control - Frank Field and Nadine Dorries know best - and women apparently cannot be trusted to make up their own mind whether they wish to have counselling or not before an invasive medical procedure.


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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 12:18:54 PM EST
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Nadine Dorries is somebody who enjoys an "interesting" relationship with the truth. She was hauled up on expenses fraud after her blog showed her claiming to be doing something other than that which her claims suggested. She evaded that by effectively saying that her blog is just fantasy to gull her electors into thinking she's working for her; "70% fantasy, 30% truth".

Equally she seems to suffer the John McCain problem of having lost count of her houses and where they are and which one she is supposed to be living in. It could happen to anyone.

But in a constituency that would elect Hitler or Stalin if they represented the conservative party she is absolutely scandal-proof.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:48:37 AM EST
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Guardian - Downing Street forces U-turn on Nadine Dorries abortion proposals

The government has reversed its position on moves to strip charities and medics of their exclusive responsibility for counselling women seeking an abortion, saying it will now advise MPs to vote against proposals from a Conservative backbencher if they are put before the Commons next week.

The U-turn from the Department of Health came after Downing Street intervened in the row that arose when Nadine Dorries, the Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire, tabled an amendment to the health and social care bill that would mean all women seeking an abortion were offered advice independent of the abortion provider. The government will continue to consult about ways to improve counselling services for women seeking a termination but the results are no longer a foregone conclusion.

Downing Street sources said that David Cameron, Nick Clegg and other senior members of the government would vote against the Dorries amendment.

Ah, Slippery Dave has realised that this is unpopular and a guaranteed vote loser; he was beginning to get heat from the Conservative Women's association, which is pretty much the beginning of the end.

However, it will still go to a vote and, even without government backing, there remains doubt as to how this will play. There are too many social conservatives and Catholic Labour MPs for it to be called either way with any confidence.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 02:55:52 AM EST
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Hubble movies provide unprecedented view of supersonic jets from young stars
ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2011) -- Stars aren't shy about sending out birth announcements. They fire off energetic jets of glowing gas travelling at supersonic speeds in opposite directions through space. Although astronomers have looked at still pictures of stellar jets for decades, now they can watch movies, thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.


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 Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:10:43 PM EST
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Germany kiboshes body scanners at airports - The Local

Body scanners being tested at Hamburg Airport are so error prone that the German government has decided not to introduce them across the country for the time being.

The so-called backscatter scanners are supposed to show whether passengers are concealing dangerous items on their bodies. They are broadly similar to "naked" scanners already used in many US airports. The testing in Hamburg from September to the end of July was meant to be the prelude to a nationwide rollout.

But the German scanners had an error rate of 54 percent, according to government officials, who said that wrinkles in clothing or even perspiration caused false alarms. That meant security personnel were forced to waste an untold amount of time subsequently searching passengers by hand for no reason.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said on Wednesday there will be no more scanners at German airports until they can be made more reliable.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:24:18 PM EST
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U.S. Muslims Upbeat Despite Scrutiny Since 9/11 - IPS ipsnews.net
WASHINGTON, Aug 30, 2011 (IPS) - Despite increased public scrutiny since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and well-funded campaigns promoting Islamophobia, U.S. Muslims express a significantly higher level of satisfaction with their lives, their local communities, and the country's general direction than does the public at large, according to a major new survey released here Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

The survey, which interviewed more than 1,000 Muslim Americans between mid-April and Jul. 22, found that the vast majority of Muslims here also continue to reject Islamic extremism or terrorism, as they did in a similar poll by Pew in 2007.

Only eight percent of the 1,033 Muslim Americans interviewed in the survey said suicide bombing or other violence against civilians could be justified at least "sometimes". Eighty-one percent said it could "never" be justified.

That was a significantly higher level than the Pew Global Attitudes Project survey found in several predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East last spring. It was also higher than the percentage of U.S. Protestants and Catholics who said the killing of civilians could never be justified in a major Gallup poll released earlier this month.

The new poll, which comes less than two weeks before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, depicts a Muslim population whose members appear remarkably content with their lives and communities despite complaints of increased harassment and discrimination over the past decade.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:42:13 PM EST
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ISRAEL: Children Facing Deportation Find Friends - IPS ipsnews.net
JERUSALEM, Aug 31, 2011 (IPS) - After Israel's Interior Ministry attempted to deport the first migrant workers' child educated in the Israeli school system, human rights groups are calling on the Israeli government to develop a clear immigration policy and an official protocol that will minimise the psychological impact of detaining and deporting young children.

"We ask the government to show humanity and compassion to these children and to their families and to try to work out a policy which will not on one hand deport the children and at the same time bring (new) people into Israel again and deprive them of their right to raise a family," Moriel Matalon, chairman of the Israel branch of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) told IPS.

In addition to the negative effects of this "revolving door" immigration policy, Matalon said that putting the children of migrant workers in jail prior to deportation is a clear violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Israel is a signatory.

"It's unjustified to put the children with their parents in jail or in prison, even for a temporary period of time. This can have a tremendous adverse effect on the raising up of the child," Matalon said. "These children have committed no crime whatsoever. There's no reason they should spend any time in jail."
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 03:43:43 PM EST
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News from The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said Thursday that its massive archive of unredacted U.S. State Department cables had been exposed in a security breach which it blamed on its one-time partner, Britain's Guardian newspaper.

In a 1,600-word-long editorial posted to the Internet, WikiLeaks accused the Guardian's investigative reporter David Leigh of divulging the password needed to decrypt the files in a book he and another Guardian journalist, Luke Harding, published earlier this year.

WikiLeaks said the disclosure had jeopardized the "careful work" it was doing to redact and publish the cables.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:17:25 AM EST
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Twitter / @simonmckay: Corporate Manslaughter and ...
Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2006 extends its reach to avoidable deaths in police custody from today


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:18:37 AM EST
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BBC News - Stirling Uni fights Philip Morris tobacco FoI request

A Scottish university is battling a tobacco giant's attempt to gain access to its research into the smoking habits of thousands of teenagers.

Philip Morris International (PMI), which makes Marlboro cigarettes, has submitted Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to Stirling University.

The research examines why the teenagers start smoking and what they think of tobacco marketing.

Academics said agreeing to the request would be a major breach of confidence.

They are also concerned it could jeopardise future research



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:19:31 AM EST
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13-year-old Pakistani Kid Trumps Bieber, Gaga, Rihanna & Shakira | Will Video for Food

AdAge reports that music videos vanished from YouTube on Monday because a 13-year-old Pakistani kid (using a YouTube Partner account called iLCreation) flagged VEVO channels with copyright claims.

It was widely reported this week that music videos for artists including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira and others were temporarily taken down. But how did one person allegedly remove such huge clips that already had hundreds of millions of views?

Apparently iLCreation's YouTube account had been granted official YouTube Partner status, thus enabling the user to make the copyright claim. Once the claim had been flagged, YouTube automatically removed the clips for review. Although the clips were quickly restored by Monday afternoon, Universal Music Group (which represents Bieber, Lady Gaga and Rihanna) and Sony (whose artist Shakira was also affected by the copyright claims) have yet to hear back personally from YouTube.

What's the endemic cause of this problem? I propose two issues:



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:27:23 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 10:03:56 AM EST
Jack White and Insane Clown Posse team up for Mozart cover | Music | guardian.co.uk

How better to celebrate the end of the White Stripes than by covering Mozart with two of America's most ribald rappers? Jack White has announced his strangest collaboration in a career of strange collaborations, teaming up with Insane Clown Posse to sample one of the composer's lesser-known canons.

On 13 September, White's Third Man Records will release the single Leck mich im Arsch. Yes, the German means what you think. Insane Clown Posse's juggalo kings, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, wisecrack over stately strings and the garage-metal of Nashville band JEFF the Brotherhood. White produced the track (listen above).



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 09:30:58 AM EST
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