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16 October 2013

by ceebs Tue Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:26:46 PM EST

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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:32:25 PM EST
BBC News - 'Plebgate' police officers' honesty queried

The police watchdog has questioned the "honesty and integrity" of police officers who met Andrew Mitchell MP over the "plebgate" row that led to his quitting the government.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said West Mercia Police were wrong to conclude the three officers had no case to answer for misconduct.

It follows concerns the officers gave a false account of the meeting.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:56:07 PM EST
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BBC News - Surrey Police release Savile interview transcript

Surrey Police have released a transcript of an interview with Jimmy Savile, in which the entertainer repeatedly denied claims of abuse.

During the 2009 interview Savile said allegations against him had started in the 1950s by people "looking for a few quid, or story for the paper".

The force said the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Savile.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:56:34 PM EST
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Their honesty is being queried ??? You mean they lied. They lied and they go caught.

Just like the officers on the gate lied. and got caught.

And none of them were caught because of the efficient investigation by the police of the incidents.

Right now, you have to ask what it is that the police can be relied on ? So many incidents have come to light in recent years that anyone who believes in the good will of the police is seriously under-informed

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:40:47 AM EST
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BBC News - Nazi criminal funeral halted due to protests

The funeral in Italy of convicted Nazi Erich Priebke has been called off after protesters surrounded his hearse.

More than 500 people came to demonstrate before the Catholic service in Albano Laziale, shouting "murderer" and "executioner" and clashing with Nazi sympathisers.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:57:20 PM EST
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It's great to see popular outrage and protest 70 years after the fact. Except for the renegade followers of Lefevre no church wished to celebrate his funeral nor commune allow his burial. The clashes though were more against police authorities rather than a dozen nazi idiots.

Priebke died impenitent and proud of his past.

At present the body is in a military base pending action. German authorities deny that there has been contact to transfer his remains back to Germany. Not even his birthplace- nor Argentina- wants his body.

Burial at sea or cremate him and disperse the ashes. Out of plain civilty one could accept a private ceremony, but it's out of the question his remains stay  in Italy where he committed his atrocities against civilians. All the more so that it would become some macabre memorial shrine for nazis.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 07:27:08 AM EST
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There are deep enough waters in the Tyrrhenian. Cremation emits greenhouse gases.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Oct 17th, 2013 at 02:10:53 AM EST
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BBC News - Lampedusa migrant crisis: Sicily declares emergency

The governor of Sicily has declared a state of emergency because of the large numbers of migrants it is having to deal with.

The order will release funds for aid workers helping the now daily arrivals of hundreds of migrants from Africa and Syria.

Italian officials say 370 migrants were rescued from three boats in the waters between Libya and Sicily on Tuesday.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:58:14 PM EST
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BBC News - Bull gores German cyclist to death in southern France

An escaped bull has gored a German cyclist to death and injured his wife on a road in the Camargue region of southern France, in a rare attack.

The couple were passing a farm near Mejane when fighting broke out among several bulls inside an enclosure and one of the animals broke out.

Seeing the couple in its path, the enraged animal charged at them.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:58:40 PM EST
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Several bulls in one enclosure ??? Ummm, is that not a little unwise and likely to be a contributory factor here ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:42:55 AM EST
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Bull-raising is a tradition in the Camargue, the farms are called manades. The bulls are raised for taurine games and for meat.

The unwise bit is not having sufficiently solid fencing.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 04:48:33 AM EST
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(from La Provence)
Frankly the fence looks a bit lightweight.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 05:50:23 AM EST
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Wow. That wouldn't stop a bunch of heifers having a silly half-hour.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 06:02:34 AM EST
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1,200 detained over Moscow unrest, parliamentary probe considered - Xinhua | English.news.cn

More than 1,200 people have been detained in Moscow after protests over a murder case turned violent, authorities said Monday, adding that the Russian parliament is considering a probe into the unrest.

"During a preventative raid on a vegetable warehouse in the Biryulyovo district, about 1,200 people were taken to police precincts to be checked for involvement in criminal activity," Moscow's police press service told reporters.

Some 1,000 locals took to the streets on Sunday, demanding arrests after the fatal stabbing on Wednesday of Yegor Shcherbakov, a 25-year-old local man, in front of his girlfriend.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:18:55 PM EST
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Russian Men Beat Up Dutch Diplomat In His Apartment, Scrawl Heart And "LGBT" In Lipstick

A Dutch diplomat in Russia is recovering after two men broke into his apartment, beat him, and scrawled a heart and the acronym "LGBT" on a mirror in lipstick, the latest in a string of incidents straining Moscow's relationship with the Netherlands.

The diplomat, whom Russian media named as Onno Elderenbosch, called police in Moscow Tuesday after the attack, RIA Novosti reported, citing police sources. Elderenbosch, an assistant to the Dutch ambassador, suffered light injuries and is in good condition, the agency added.

LifeNews, a tabloid website linked to the Russian security services, reported that the men who attacked Elderenbosch pretended to be workers inspecting an electricity outage before beating him and trashing his apartment, but did not steal anything. The website posted a photos of the heart and LGBT tag on the mirror, as well as another photo of the trashed apartment.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans summoned Russia's ambassador to the Hague over the incident Wednesday, the embassy told RIA Novosti."Our people must be able to work there safely and I want the assurance that the Russian authorities also take their responsibility on that point," Timmermans wrote on his Facebook page, according to a translation by the BBC.

Tensions have run high between the two countries since Russia arrested the crew of a Dutch-flagged ship, the Arctic Sunrise, owned by Greenpeace last month when activists attempted to storm an offshore drilling platform operated by state-run energy giant Gazprom. All 30 people onboard, including two journalists, are being held without bail for two months on charges of piracy, which carries a term of up to 15 years in prison. The Netherlands are taking legal action under the U.N.'s Law of the Sea to release the crew members. Russian investigators claim to have found hard drugs on board the ship.

Timmermans apologized to the Kremlin last week after police arrested a minister-counsellor at the Russian embassy in the Hague on child abuse charges. Police were investigating a complain from neighbors over the welfare of the diplomat's children and admitted that he was detained in violation of diplomatic immunity. Dutch media reported that Borodin was detained because he was drunk when police arrived at his apartment.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 05:05:14 AM EST
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eurogreen:
Dutch media reported that Borodin was detained because he was drunkRussian when police arrived at his apartment.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 05:06:03 AM EST
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Dutch media allege far more than that. It has been claimed that the police officers saw Borodin drag his children by the hair through his apartment and hitting the oldest child (4) on the head, and he was arrested among others for molestation.

It is furthermore alleged that the police got involved after his wife, drunk behind the wheel, damaged several cars, and officers were tipped by neighbours of the diplomat's misbehaviour.

It is not contested that four cars were most definitely hit on that Saturday night by a car with a plate belonging to the Russian embassy. The blood test of the female driver has not been released in public.

None of this of course detracts from the fact that the arrest of Borodin was in breach with the Vienna Convention and a diplomatic blunder.

by Bjinse on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 06:30:46 AM EST
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Diplomatic blunder, or diplomatic provocation? One hopes it was the latter...

Looks like we're into tit-for-tat now. Though this latest act preserves plausible deniability.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 07:59:20 AM EST
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That strikes me as odd. Why 'hope' for diplomatic provocation in the case of Borodin?

It's only tit-for-tat if one takes the Russian version of the Borodin incident as truth - which is opposed by the facts on the ground.

Even so, if the first reports are correct of the recent incident, this is more severe and violent than the Russian version of the 'tat'.

Russian police said in a statement that the unknown assailants forced their way into the home of a Dutch citizen on a street in central Moscow that is home to several embassies and Russia's Supreme Court, knocked him to the floor, bound him with duct tape, and "used violence against him." They then trashed the apartment and fled, the Russian police said.

Russia's state news agency RIA-Novosti, citing police sources, said the intruders had drawn a heart and the letters LGBT--an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender--on the wall of the man's house. Russia has drawn heavy criticism abroad for the recent passage of a law banning gay "propaganda."

by Bjinse on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 08:22:58 AM EST
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And it is only tit-for-tat if one also assumes that the men beating up Elderenbosch is acting on the behalf of the Russian state.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 08:33:45 AM EST
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That's why I say they have plausible deniability. (Though I haven't seen a plausible alternative explanation for the assault on Elderenbosch). But it smells strongly of the Russians believing that the Borodin incident was a provocation.

On reflection, the Borodin incident might have been a matter of the cops, sent to talk to Borodin, overstepping the mark having seen him brutalizing his children. But it's a little bit hard to believe (impossible actually) that they were not aware of his diplomatic immunity (though diplomatic immunity has its limits in cases involving violence, surely?).

So it's at least plausible that the cops considered they were covered in arresting him. Have they been disciplined?

As to why i "hope" it was a provocation... well, I like a good story.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 08:55:44 AM EST
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Ok, from the thriller point of view, I get why you'd prefer a provocation instead. :)

On reflection, the Borodin incident might have been a matter of the cops, sent to talk to Borodin, overstepping the mark having seen him brutalizing his children. But it's a little bit hard to believe (impossible actually) that they were not aware of his diplomatic immunity (though diplomatic immunity has its limits in cases involving violence, surely?).

It's unclear at what point Borodin announced himself as diplomat to the officers, or at what point they were aware of his diplomatic status. I don't take for granted either that the police officers involved were familiar enough with the rights of the Vienna Convention - which does have its exceptions but,  as far as I understand it, does not covers charges of child abuse.

I won't argue against anyone that it would be rather daft if police officers operating in The Hague are not familiar enough with diplomatic immunity, but stranger or more stupid things have most certainly happened.

Have they been disciplined?

No. The minister refused to, and posted a link to Je Ne Regrette Rien on his Facebook page the day after he apologized to Russia for the arrest and detention of Borodin. Completely unrelated events and of course not provocative. :)

by Bjinse on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 10:53:58 AM EST
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OK. The minister's attitude speaks volumes...

But diplomatically, it's a complicated precedent. Implicit in this is some sort of cultural-stereotyping ping-pong : Russians who get drunk, smash up cars and beat their children aren't welcome in the Netherlands; Dutch queers aren't welcome in Russia.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 11:35:05 AM EST
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Rutte who? Rutte is the Prime Minister of The Netherlands and "enjoys" the events of the Russia-Netherlands Cultural Year. Recent political row started with Dutch protests against new Russian anti-homo legislation and the Sochi Winter Olympics. Shortly followed by the Greenpeace "assault" of a Gazprom platform in the Arctic Sea and the arrest of Russian diplomat Borodin in The Hague. Due to all domestic economic problems and the new austerity measures by the Rutte cabinet of VVD Liberals and PvdA Labor, a bit of foreign policy attention is a welcome distraction. Has the visit by King Willem-Alexander been cancelled yet? Or the $1bn Russian investment for use of new oil terminal in Rotterdam harbor? What about the close business deals between Shell, Gasunie and Gazprom?

Dutch gas production is now in an irreversible decline phase

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 07:54:05 AM 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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:40:10 PM EST
Twitter / AP: BREAKING: Fitch puts United ...
BREAKING: Fitch puts United States `AAA' credit rating under review for a downgrade.


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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:52:39 PM EST
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Economist Mark Zandi : "We Will Be Dooming Our Economy and the Entire Global Economy" for Years  Mother Jones

Mark Zandi...who was one of the policy advisers to the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008, and...who is now chief economist of Moody's Analytics, emailed... :

   The point is that with each passing day the debt limit is not increased the more damage it will do to our economy. If lawmakers don't raise the debt limit by November 1, the economy will fall back into recession. If they can't raise it by the end of November, we will be dooming our economy and the entire global economy to a wrenching economic downturn with implications for years if not decades to come.




"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 15th, 2013 at 10:23:01 PM EST
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Oh america is screwed, but I think it's likely that the rest of the world will merely be inconvenienced. It's not like we haven't been warned months in advance.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:44:52 AM EST
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Its not the default itself that would have the global effect so much as the impact if it US politics completely quagmired and the administration stuck to its Treasury position that it doesn't have the freedom to avoid default.

A US financial collapse and double dip deep recession would have substantial contagion effects in the global economy.

It seems true that if it were a short term default, made good in a week or two, its likely that the bulk of the negative impact would be contained within US borders.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 12:22:48 PM EST
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Twitter / ClareDalyTD: Wealthy are protected again ...
Wealthy are protected again as Govt. target the young the old and the sick. http://fb.me/13ooObuxW


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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:55:15 PM EST
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BBC News - Ireland is to close a tax loophole used by Apple

Ireland plans to shut a tax arrangement used by Apple to shelter $40bn (£25bn) from taxation.

Apple, and other firms, have been able to funnel profits into Irish subsidiaries or "ghost companies" that had no declared tax residency anywhere in the world.

On Tuesday, the Irish government said it planned to make it illegal for a company to have no tax domicile.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:14:41 PM EST
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If you read the rest the actual conversation goes:

Ireland: "Under our aggressive new anti-evasion policy, you need a tax domicile."

Apple and the multis: "Bermuda."

Ireland: "Right you are. So you don't owe any tax to Ireland or anywhere else. Glad we got that settled. Phew."

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 12:25:52 AM EST
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And what mess of pottage does the Irish government get in exchange? A few jobs and some generous backhanders..

'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 Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:15:22 AM EST
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John Kay: The Nobel committee is muddled on the nature of economics (16 October 2013, Financial Times)
People with knowledge of financial economics may be further surprised that this year Eugene Fama and Robert Shiller are both recipients. Prof Fama made his name by developing the efficient market hypothesis, long the cornerstone of finance theory. Prof Shiller is the most prominent critic of that hypothesis. It is like awarding the physics prize jointly to Ptolemy for his theory that the Earth is the centre of the universe, and to Copernicus for showing it is not.

...

The problem is not the efficient market hypothesis itself, which should be understood as a tendency, not a law. The problem is with the superstructure built around it - a world of rational agents holding rational expectations achieving a state of "equilibrium" - a term economists have borrowed from physics - through trade with other rational agents holding similar rational expectations. In a masterpiece of persuasive language, the word "rational" is used to describe agents and expectations with a meaning very different from its ordinary usage.

...

There was no scope for compromise on the nature of the physical world: Copernicus was right and Ptolemy was wrong. There are not, and will not be, equivalent certainties in economics, and if such certainty is the hallmark of science - I do not think it is - then economics is not a science. The resulting insecurity seems to lead the Nobel committee to claim more for the subject of economics than it has achieved.



In the Neurozone, there can be only one.
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 06:35:48 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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:42:22 PM EST
BBC News - Clerics rule besieged Damascus residents may eat dogs

A group of Syrian clerics have issued a ruling - or fatwa - allowing people living in besieged suburbs of Damascus to eat meat that is normally forbidden.

In a video, the Muslim clerics said people could eat cats, dogs and donkeys to stave off hunger.

The fatwa comes amid reports of starvation in the besieged, rebel-held Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:13:05 PM EST
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I'd rather eat cleric

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:46:14 AM EST
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That was at the back of the clerics' minds when they issued the fatwa.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 04:50:51 AM EST
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BBC News - Upbeat mood as Iran nuclear talks start in Geneva

Iran has said its proposal to nuclear talks in Geneva has the "capacity to make a breakthrough".

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said world powers were receptive to his plans, but negotiators had agreed to keep the details confidential for now.

Teams from Iran and six other nations are holding two days of discussions in Geneva on Iran's nuclear future.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:13:52 PM EST
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Scores killed in Philippine quake - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

The death toll from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the central Philippine islands of Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor has risen to 107, as rescuers struggled to pull out people trapped under collapsed buildings.

At least 97 people have died in Bohol Province, while nine were confirmed dead in neighbouring Cebu Province and one in Siquijor Island, according to the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council of Bohol.

Tuesday's earthquake was centred 56km deep below Carmen town on Bohol Island, about 400km southeast of the capital, Manila, and was felt across the region.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:15:49 PM EST
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Kidnapped Turkish pilots appear on TV - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Two kidnapped Turkish pilots have appeared in a video broadcast by Lebanese television channel LBC, saying they wished they could be at home.

Murat Akpinar and Murat Agca, both Turkish Airlines employees who were kidnapped on Beirut's airport road on August 9, said they were in good health, but appeared pale and nervous.

Both said in English they wanted to be with their families for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday that began on Tuesday in most of the Islamic 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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:16:20 PM EST
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Explosion reported in Damascus mosque - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Syrian warplanes have bombed the suburbs of Damascus, while rebels have fired mortar shells at the capital on the first day of a major Muslim holiday, an activist group said on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera has also received reports of a bombing inside a mosque in the al-Tadmon neighbourhood, south of the capital Damascus, on the morning of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels fired rockets and mortar rounds at three Damascus neighbourhoods. An amateur video posted online shows three rockets being fired, leaving a trail of dark smoke.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:17:21 PM EST
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Yasser Arafat's belongings have traces of polonium-210, say Swiss scientists | World news | theguardian.com

Swiss scientists have given details about the traces of a radioactive substance found on personal items belonging to Yasser Arafat, adding to claims that the late Palestinian president was poisoned by Israel.

The discovery of polonium-210 on Arafat's effects was first made public last year. His body was exhumed from its mausoleum in the West Bank city of Ramallah last November for tests by Swiss, French and Russian scientists, but no results have been officially disclosed.

In a paper in the medical journal the Lancet, toxicologists said they had examined 38 items belonging to Arafat, including underwear and a toothbrush, and compared them with a control group of 37 items of hit that had been in storage for some time before his death in 2004.

They found traces of the substance that "support the possibility of Arafat's poisoning with polonium-210", the scientists reported adding: "Although the absence of myelosuppression [bone marrow deficiency] and hair loss does not favour acute radiation syndrome, symptoms of nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhoea, and anorexia, followed by hepatic and renal failures, might suggest radioactive poisoning."

Traces of polonium on his toothbrush and underpants. Without wishing to speculate on the vector of contamination, it doesn't sound like it was a teapot.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 06:10:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Perhaps toothpaste.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 11:38:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, whatever turns you on I guess.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 11:44:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The affair concerns far-right MP and minister John Banks (of the moribund Act party).

John Banks vows to clear name after resigning as Minister - National - NZ Herald News

The charge alleges Banks knowingly filed a false election return after his failed 2010 Auckland mayoral bid, listing donations from Kim Dotcom and SkyCity as anonymous when he knew who they were from.

Judge Gittos said in his decision that unchallenged evidence showed Banks knew of both donations and must therefore have known they could not properly have been recorded as anonymous.

At issue was whether Banks knew the donations were falsely recorded on the return, which he claimed not to have read.

"Minimal attention to the form would be required to see whether two $25,000 donations from Mr Dotcom's company had been correctly attributed," Judge Gittos said.

He said he was satisfied sufficient evidence had been presented to commit the defendant to trial, "and he will be committed to trial accordingly."

During an oral evidence hearing yesterday, Dotcom gave evidence of being asked by Banks to split his $50,000 donation into two $25,000 cheques, which would need to be anonymous.

SkyCity Entertainment Group CEO Nigel Morrison told the court of handing a cheque in an envelope across a table to Banks at a meeting in 2010.

Interestingly, a controversial bill is before parliament to accord a sweetheart deal to a company to set up a convention centre in Auckland. This company is one of those who made the "anonymous" donations (the other is our old friend Kim Dotcom). Banks's vote is necessary to pass this legislation. Could there be a conflict of interest, do you think?

John Banks facing trial 'right' to resign - Key - National News | TVNZ

With John Banks' departure, John Key has now lost two ministers from his vital one-man support parties, Act and United Future.

Asked what sort of danger does this pose for the Government, ONE News political editor Corin Dann said it is "certainly a shabby look" for the Government to lose those two key ministers.

"But essentially those votes will stay with the Government. So they maintain that 61 majority to be able to pass whatever legislation they want," Dann added.

He said even if John Banks was potentially forced out of Parliament - and that is possible if he was found guilty in this case - National would still be able to rely on the Maori Party for supply and confidence.

"So they would be able to continue to govern, and John Key today stressing there's no danger of him calling a snap election or anything like that."

Dann said "where it gets a little more complicated" is with contentious legislation such as the SkyCity Bill which sets up the convention centre.

The Greens say there's a conflict of interest there because John Banks essentially has the deciding vote on that bill going through, Dann reported.

"He's in a trial now, if you like, which also involves the CEO of SkyCity giving evidence. So certainly that's pretty tricky. But John Key says [there's] no conflict of interest as far as he's concerned and expects to pass that bill through the House by the end of the year."



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 08:37:47 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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:42:49 PM EST
BBC News - Germany delays EU limit on CO2 emissions from cars

The German government has persuaded its EU partners to delay introducing new limits on CO2 emissions from cars.

Environment ministers agreed to revise a deal, reached in July, that set a limit of 95g per km for the average car. That target for CO2 emissions was to take effect in 2020.

But Germany, famous for its high-performance cars, says the 95g limit should not take full effect until 2024.

Green activists deplored the new delay as a "shameful sop" to polluters.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:59:16 PM EST
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free roadhogs all around!

'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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 07:16:16 PM EST
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A generous sop is putting it mildly, more like big-ass subsidy. SOP, just after the Big Tobacco bailout

'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 Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:19:04 AM EST
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Union erhält Riesenspende von BMW-Eignern Klatten und Quandt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es klingelt in den Kassen der CDU: Die BMW-Anteilseigner Johanna Quandt und ihre Kinder Stefan Quandt und Susanne Klatten haben der Partei am 9. Oktober je 230.000 Euro gespendet.

Entirely unrelated of course.

by generic on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 01:31:29 PM EST
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Der Postillon reports that this will now be tax-deductible.
Gute Nachrichten für Großaktionäre und Konzerne! Wie das Finanzministerium heute bekannt gab, können Parteispenden an die CDU und die CSU rückwirkend bis 2005 vollumfänglich als Betriebs­ausgaben von der Steuer abgesetzt werden. Der Fiskus zieht damit Konsequenzen aus dem Umstand, dass Spenden an die Union direkte Auswirkungen auf die Gesetzgebung haben und somit als Investition gelten.

Konkreter Anlass für die längst überfällige Änderung im Parteiengesetz ist eine Spende der BMW-Großaktionäre Johanna Quandt, Stefan Quandt und Susanne Klatten in Höhe von insgesamt 690.000 Euro an die CDU (9. Oktober), die umgehend zur Folge hatte, dass Umweltminister Altmaier (CDU) eine strengere EU-weite Abgasnorm für PKW verhinderte (14. Oktober).

Kann nicht nur gemietet werden, sondern lässt sich auch voll absetzen: Peter Altmaier
Finanzstaatssekretär Steffen Thomas erklärte: "Eigentlich sind Parteispenden lediglich teilweise und auch nur bis zu einem Betrag von 1650 Euro absetzbar. Im Falle der Union sind Parteispenden aber kein Akt von Menschenfreundlichkeit oder politischem Engagement, sondern ziehen im Vorfeld vereinbarte Gegenleistungen nach sich."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 01:41:39 PM EST
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BBC News - Estimate doubled for vCJD carriers in UK

Twice as many Britons as previously thought could be carrying the human form of "mad cow" disease, variant CJD.

Researchers believe one in 2,000 people in the UK is a carrier of the disease linked to eating contaminated beef.

Their estimate in the BMJ comes from studying more than 32,000 samples of human tissue removed during appendix operations carried out between 2000 and 2012 at 41 hospitals.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:00:14 PM EST
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Wasn't this up to one in two at one point? And weren't they all supposed to be vegetables (irony...) by now?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 12:27:34 AM EST
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I guess something must explain the Daily Mail readership

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:47:57 AM EST
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Study links low birthweight to air pollution and traffic | Science | The Guardian

Babies born to mothers who live in areas with air pollution and dense traffic are more likely to have a low birthweight and smaller head circumference, according to a large European study.

The researchers, who included a team from the UK, found that babies were smaller even in areas with relatively low levels of air pollution, well below the limits considered acceptable in European Union guidance.

For every increase of 5 micrograms per cubic metre in exposure to fine particulate matter during pregnancy, the risk of low birthweight in the baby rose by 18%.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:03:01 PM EST
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BP oil spill: Ex-Halliburton manager pleads guilty to destroying evidence | Environment | theguardian.com

A former Halliburton manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to destroying evidence in the aftermath of the deadly rig explosion that spawned BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in US district court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. His sentencing by US district judge Jay Zainey is set for 21 January.

Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services Group, BP's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Prosecutors said he instructed two Halliburton employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out Macondo well.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:03:26 PM EST
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Report From Japanese Nuclear Industry Insiders: Business is Booming | RocketNews24

The closing of the Daini Reactor may sound like the end of a progressive nuclear industry and the beginning of Ito's "backspin business" where companies now make money taking down the mess that they themselves created. However, a former TEPCO employee says different. The company is preparing to create nuclear plants that can withstand any possible threat.

These "perfect nuclear plants" are being designed and tested for situations well beyond what we can realistically expect to happen. Failsafe on top of failsafe is being prepared to make sure that the reactor core can be shut down and cooled in any emergency from anywhere.

This sounds all fine and well but where will TEPCO get the money to pay for all this. For instance, one pump that would have been able to overcome the pressure in the core at Fukushima and allow coolant to be sent in, costs tens of billions of yen. Expect this money to come from the government (via taxpayers) or higher electric bills.

At the moment TEPCO is beaten and can't expect to see real profits for quite some time. The real winners in this new business are the manufacturers namely Toshiba, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi. These three companies are in a great position to market their experience with Fukushima overseas as "leaders in nuclear safety" in addition to receiving the largely government money for their work on the "perfect plants."



'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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 07:09:51 PM EST
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the perfect nuclear plant.

No, I have absolutely nothing to say in response to that

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:49:50 AM 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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:43:26 PM EST
Booker prize: Eleanor Catton becomes youngest winner for The Luminaries | Books | The Guardian

Eleanor Catton has made Man Booker prize history twice by becoming the youngest winner for, at 832 pages, the longest novel.

The New Zealander was 25 when she began writing The Luminaries, an epic 19th-century gold rush murder mystery. Now 28, she also becomes an "end of an era" winner: the last recipient of a Booker prize which, for 45 years, has only allowed Commonwealth and Irish writers - next year, the Americans are coming.

This year's chair of judges, the writer and critic Robert Macfarlane, admitted readers needed to make a "huge investment" in the doorstopping book; it is challenging with a slow start but the dividends were more than worth 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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:01:17 PM EST
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A thriller written in a heavy-handedly nostalgic pastiche of Jane Austen's voice.

That'll put those indie authors in their place.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 12:34:42 AM EST
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A woman in possession of a large book must be in want of a prize

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:51:19 AM EST
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BBC News - Snowden leak alleges NSA snooping on web contact lists

A document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden alleges the National Security Agency collects up to 250 million online address books each year.

The collection of contact lists from both foreign and US email and instant message accounts is outlined in a document leaked to the Washington Post.

Scrutinising such lists allows the NSA to find hidden connections between people of interest to them, it says.

The web firms involved said that they did not give direct access to the NSA.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:12:29 PM EST
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Young apes manage emotions like humans: study - Xinhua | English.news.cn

U.S. researchers studying young bonobos in an African sanctuary have found striking similarities between the emotional development of the bonobos and that of children, suggesting these great apes regulate their emotions in a human-like way.

The findings, published Monday in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the socio-emotional framework commonly applied to children works equally well for apes and can be used to test predictions of great ape behavior.

Researchers from Emory University employed video analysis to show bonobos at a sanctuary near Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, handle their own emotions as well as how they react to the emotions of others.



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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 05:19:20 PM EST
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What ? They go down the pub, get drunk and start fights ?

Cool, way to go, Bonobo

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:52:45 AM EST
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No, no. These are US researchers, not British. They mean that the young ones shoot each other "accidentally".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:54:16 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 Oct 15th, 2013 at 04:43:52 PM EST
BBC News - Resusci Anne and L'Inconnue: The Mona Lisa of the Seine

In 1955 Asmund Laerdal saved the life of his young son, Tore, grabbing the boy's lifeless body from the water just in time and clearing his airways. Laerdal at that time was a successful Norwegian toy manufacturer, specialising in making children's dolls and model cars from the new generation of soft plastics. When he was approached to make a training aid for the newly-invented technique of CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the combination of chest compressions and the kiss of life which can save the life of a patient whose heart has stopped - his son's brush with death a few years earlier made him very receptive.

He developed a torso or whole-body mannequin which simulates an unconscious patient requiring CPR. Asmund wanted his mannequin to have a natural appearance. He also felt that a female doll would seem less threatening to trainees. Remembering a mask on the wall of his grandparents' house many years earlier, he decided that the Inconnue de la Seine would become the face of Resusci Anne. So if you're one of the 300 million people who's been trained in CPR, you've almost certainly had your lips pressed to the Inconnue's.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 01:54:01 AM EST
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Ah, but did he write "Staying Alive"?



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 16th, 2013 at 03:55:54 AM EST
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