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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 11:52:04 AM EST
EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / EU banking deal set for 'long, complicated' talks with MEPs

BRUSSELS - European Parliament President Martin Schulz has warned member states that their just-agreed deal on banking union lies far below MEPs' ambitions and will be subject to lengthy negotiations.

"These decisions are rather remote from what the MEPs in the economic and monetary affairs committee have agreed," Schulz said Thursday evening (19 December).

After difficult talks, EU finance ministers on the eve of the summit reached a compromise on how banks should be wound down in future - seen as essential to stop future financial crises.

But critics say the agreement is vague in many places and highly complex in others, meaning that the essence of the bank union - being able to quickly wind down a bank and to have a fund to do it with - is missing.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:48:51 PM EST
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Next Commission's main concern will be inequality, analysts predict | EurActiv

Social inequalities will be the main challenge for future European leaders, according to an EU-commissioned report released on Wednesday (18 December). Europe's economy is expected to continue its decline, and policymakers should focus on a `new growth paradigm' centred on society - not growth - the report argues. 

The report, conducted by the think tank RAND Europe, attempts to pinpoint issues that will most likely span the EU's upcoming legislative term (2014-2020).

The report, `Europe's Societal Challenges: An analysis of global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU', is based on input from some 200 experts.

The narrative naively(?) assumes that politicians (and their voters) actually want to solve real problems and their main goal is the common good...

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:49:03 PM EST
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If the inequality talks go like the banking commission's do, then inequality will increase. Which is strangely enough, the entire point of the banking talks as well

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 09:09:51 AM EST
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Leaders to back EU defence industry projects at summit | EurActiv

The idea of building a European drone is expected to make inroads at a two-day summit of EU heads of states and governments, which opens this evening (19 December).

The summit will not be the big night for European defence, according to Arnaud Danjean, the president of the European Parliament's subcommittee on security and defence.

"I don't believe in big night but in gradual progress," Danjean said.

With the economic crisis biting at national defence budgets, attention at the European level is turning to the promotion of a continental defence industry.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:49:16 PM EST
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Major bomb plot foiled in Northern Ireland | UK news | theguardian.com

Police on both sides of the Irish border have foiled a major bomb attack on a target in Belfast, it emerged on Thursday.

Gardaí and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are linking the plot to the arrest of two teenagers at a house just north of the border in south Armagh on Wednesday.

PSNI officers discovered grinders and fertiliser used for making an explosive mix for a car bomb at the property.

The 19 and 18-year olds arrested on 18 December are from Dundalk in the Irish Republic.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:49:26 PM EST
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Industrial leaders, politicians call for olive branch to Russia over Ukraine | EurActiv

Business chiefs have joined a growing chorus of senior politicians demanding the EU to adopt a more conciliatory stance on negotiations with Russia, currently chilled as a result of the tug-of-war over Ukraine relations.

Since the Vilnius summit of the Eastern partnership held on 28-29 November, which saw Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich turn his back on an EU Association Agreement (see background), leaders have been pressed to re-think their handling of international affairs against an ever-more assertive Russia.

"We have a great relations with Russia as Austrians, we understand their souls well because the Slavic element in our own history. I would prefer to see this crisis as an opportunity," Christoph Leitl, the president of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, told EurActiv in an interview.

"Why not take the opportunity to get Russia, the EU and the Ukraine together around the same table," said Leitl, who is also the honorary president of the European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES).



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:49:40 PM EST
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Macedonia's ethnic Albanians lose patience over EU accession talks | EurActiv

In an interview for EurActiv, the deputy prime minister of Macedonia, Fatmir Besimi, an ethnic Albanian and member of DUI, the government coalition partner of the ruling VMRO DPMNE party, has called on the international community, in particular the EU and NATO, to intervene in the 20-year-long dispute between Greece and Macedonia on the name issue (see background) and help the country out of the stalemate it is in.

"The current situation has become a challenge for our country; expectations have become different in different ethnic groups. A more intensive EU process holds the country united for a common future," Besimi warned.

Simmering ethnic tensions flared recently, when the statue of a 14th century Serbian emperor, Tsar Dushan, who conquered Albanian regions, was erected in the capital on 3 December, causing shock among the ethnic Albanian community.

The statue was attacked and damaged during the night by ethnic Albanian activists, with video footage showing members of the ruling DUI participating in the action.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:50:54 PM EST
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Istanbul police chief dismissed after arrests in corruption case | World news | theguardian.com

Istanbul's most senior police official was dismissed on Thursday, days after police launched raids that detained dozens of people including the sons of three government ministers.

The police chief Hüseyin Çapkin confirmed to journalists that he had been removed from his post and recalled to the capital, Ankara.

The government has dismissed dozens of other police officials in Ankara and Istanbul, including some who oversaw the raids in a corruption and bribery investigation, raising criticism from opposition parties that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is attempting to cover up a scandal.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:51:10 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 11:52:28 AM EST
Italy's Renzi treads carefully over labour reform | EurActiv

Speaking at a book presentation, Renzi pledged to simplify the complex web of rules governing employment contracts. But he declined to say what he would do about Article 18, the highly symbolic section of the labour code that protects workers on full contracts against unjustified dismissal.

"We will present our complete proposals on labour reform in January. If we get into an ideological contest about Article 18, we won't get anywhere," he said.


 And this is where "reforms" lead:

Germans' real earnings shrink despite wage hikes | Business | DW.DE | 19.12.2013

Germany's National Statistics Office (Destatis) had some bad news for German employers Thursday, reporting on a decline in people's real earnings in the third quarter.

The agency said real incomes sank at a pace not seen in about four years, with people having 0.3 percent less in their pockets year-on-year.

Destatis explained the drop came despite gross monthly wages rising by an average 1.3 percent in the third quarter, with an inflation rate of 1.6 percent more than just cancelling out any income hikes.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:51:20 PM EST
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DoDo:
gross monthly wages rising by an average 1.3 percent in the third quarter, with an inflation rate of 1.6 percent

But if wages rose at the same rate as inflation, we'd soon have hyperinflation, wouldn't we?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 02:35:02 AM EST
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DoDo:
bad news for German employersees


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 05:07:02 AM EST
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HMRC 'lost nerve' over big tax avoiders, say MPs | Politics | The Guardian

British officials have "lost their nerve" in tackling tax avoidance by global corporations and have presided over a £35bn tax gap as they pursue easy prey such as small businesses and individuals, a committee of MPs says.

In a report that highlighted how the Treasury is owed missing tax payments of £35bn, the public accounts committee added that HM Revenue and Customs has left the state with another multibillion pound shortfall by failing to gather £2.6bn of an expected windfall from Swiss banks.

The findings follow a series of damning reports into HMRC by the committee which have addressed its failings over taking on tax-avoiding corporations such as Google, Starbucks, Vodafone and Amazon.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:51:34 PM EST
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I think HMRC follow govt directives. If they're soft on the Corporates, then it is by design


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 11:07:22 AM EST
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Three former Irish bank executives appear in court on conspiracy charges | World news | The Guardian

Three former Irish bank executives, including the ex-chief executive of one of the country's largest lenders, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud in the run-up to the country's banking crisis, a court heard on Wednesday.

Former chief executive of Irish Life and Permanent, Denis Casey, the lender's former finance director Peter Fitzpatrick, and former head of treasury at Anglo Irish Bank, John Bowe, were granted bail by Dublin's district court and are due to appear again next March.

All three replied "no" when the charges were put to them by police earlier on Wednesday, the court heard. They will be able to lodge an official plea ahead of their trial.

No one has so far been jailed for any part in the country's banking crisis that began in 2008 and eventually cost taxpayers more than €60 bn (£50bn), or about two-fifths of national output.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:51:45 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 11:54:58 AM EST
Central African Republic atrocities escalate amid rampaging rival militias | World news | The Guardian

Armed gangs are rampaging through the Central African Republic carrying out atrocities including executions and mutilations, despite the presence of French and African troops.

Reports by two leading human rights organisations say the situation in the war-torn country is spiralling out of control and requires a robust response from the international community.

Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say the death toll is much higher than reported and that peacekeeping forces in the CAR must be beefed up to protect the population from further war crimes.

In its report, Amnesty says that after Christian anti-balaka (anti machete) militia went door-to-door in Bangui, killing about 60 Muslims, former Séléka Coalition rebels, mainly Muslims, killed almost 1,000 people in two days of revenge attacks.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:51:58 PM EST
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UN says base in South Sudan stormed - Africa - Al Jazeera English

The United Nations says attackers from South Sudan's second-largest ethnic group have forced their way into a UN peacekeeping mission base in conflict-wracked Jonglei state, pursuing civilians who had taken refuge there.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said on Thursday the UN fears "there may have been some fatalities but can't confirm who and how many at this stage."

The UN has said it has since lost contact with the base.

Rapidly escalating ethnic violence has raised fears of instability in the world's newest country.

Haq says the situation in the capital, Juba, appears to have calmed to some extent, but he noted unconfirmed reports of several students killed by security personal at Juba University on Wednesday.

He says thousands have sought refuge and called for UN protection.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 03:26:39 PM EST
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Egypt court finds Mubarak sons and former prime minister not guilty | News | DW.DE | 19.12.2013
An Egyptian court has acquitted two sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq on corruption charges. This paves the way for Shafiq to return to the country from self-imposed exile.


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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:52:11 PM EST
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Colombia Reports: The United States announced it had suspended fumigation operations targeting coca plantations in Colombia following the shooting down of two spray planes and the death of one American pilot, reported the Los Angeles Times Tuesday. The two planes were reportedly shot down by gunfire from guerrilla fighters of Colombia's largest armed rebel group the FARC.

Colombia Reports: Colombia's Prosecutor General's Office said Monday it is investigating the disappearance of 45,154 people who are thought to be buried in mass graves. The office told newspaper El Tiempo that 4,189 graves with 5,390 bodies has been found since May 2006, after the end of the demobilization of paramilitary group AUC that is held responsible for the majority of disappearances in Colombia.

MercoPress: Paraguay is waiting for the formality of a Wednesday vote in the Lower House floor to acknowledge the controversial incorporation of Venezuela as full member of Mercosur, putting an end to an 18 months political and diplomatic rift in the block. The Deputies' Constitution Affairs and Foreign Affairs committees on Tuesday afternoon approved Venezuela's Mercosur incorporation protocol, which means all is ready for the full house expected positive vote.

BBC: Shares in Sweden's Saab jumped almost 30% after it won a $4.5bn (£2.7bn) deal to supply 36 fighter jets to Brazil. (...) Many had expected Boeing or Dassault to emerge as the winner. The BBC's Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo says Boeing's cause was not helped by a recent row between the US and Brazil over spying allegations.

Honduras Politics and Culture: Since the Honduran election ended, we have busy here: we captured the Tribunal Supremo Electoral's election results, and placed them, along with the Voto Social vote count, in a database. That means we are in a position to analyze apparent voting pattern across the country. And there are some glaring anomalies in the voting.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 06:22:35 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 11:55:21 AM EST
Recul des pesticides : les calculs biaisés du gouvernement Fall in pesticide use : biased calculations from the government
L'annonce avait été faite en grande pompe, le 9 décembre, par Stéphane Le Foll, ministre de l'agriculture, de l'agroalimentaire et de la forêt. Devant la presse, M. Le Foll présentait une chute substantielle de l'usage des pesticides entre 2011 et 2012. Première traduction, selon le ministère, du plan Ecophyto lancé en 2008 à la suite du Grenelle de l'environnement, l'indice de recours aux produits phytosanitaires - dit NODU (pour « nombre de doses unités ») - marquait le pas, avec une baisse inédite de 5,7 %.The announcement was made with great fanfare on December 9 by Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of agriculture, food and forestry. Speaking to the press, Mr Le Foll presented a substantial drop in pesticide use between 2011 and 2012. First effects, according to the Ministry, of the Ecophyto plan launched in 2008 following the Grenelle environmental conference, the index of pesticides use -- called NODU (for "number of dose Units") -- was slowing, with an unprecedented 5.7% decline.
Selon nos informations, cette victoire ne tient qu'à l'utilisation de données obsolètes. Le recours aux pesticides se serait en réalité accru entre 2011 et 2012.According to our information, this victory is only down to the use of obsolete data. Pesticide use would appear to have actually increased between 2011 and 2012.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 12:29:21 PM EST
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New tobacco directive turns blind eye on e-cigarettes | EurActiv

The EU's Tobacco Products Directive, agreed on Wednesday (18 December), leaves national authorities to decide whether refillable e-cigarettes should be considered as tobacco products or medicine.

...disagreement over e-cigarettes threatened to derail the talks between the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers, concluded on Monday evening.

The compromise stipulates that e-cigarettes will be considered like regular tobacco products if they contain nicotine in a concentration of more than 20 mg/ml.

However, individual member states can regulate e-cigarettes as medicines, if they are presented as having curative or preventive properties.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:52:22 PM EST
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Fracking could be allowed under homes in Britain without owners' knowledge | Environment | theguardian.com

Nick Boles, the planning minister, said the law would be changed to allow gas companies to put in fracking applications without sending out letters to tell people about possible drilling beneath their properties. Instead, companies will be required to publish a notice in a local newspaper and put up site displays in local parishes, as well as conducting a wider consultation.

Campaigners said the announcement was a blow to all communities likely to be affected by fracking, following concerns about minor tremors caused by test drilling for shale gas near Blackpool, and the potential for flaring, air pollution and contamination of water.



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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:52:34 PM EST
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Tropical forests mitigate extreme weather events

Tropical forests reduce peak runoff during storms and release stored water during droughts, according to researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Their results lend credence to a controversial phenomenon known as the sponge effect, which is at the center of a debate about how to minimize flood damage and maximize water availability in the tropics.

During nearly 450 tropical storms, a team of visiting scientists from the University of Wyoming measured the amount of runoff from pastureland, abandoned pastureland and forested land as part of a large-scale land-use experiment in the Panama Canal watershed initiated by STRI.

Data collected by STRI staff and analyzed by University of Wyoming students indicate that land-use history has complex, long-term effects.

"We measured large differences in hydrologic response between watersheds with different land-use histories and land cover," said Fred Ogden, STRI Senior Research Associate and Civil Engineering Professor at the University of Wyoming.

"Our ultimate objective is to better understand these effects and include this improved understanding in a high-resolution hydrological model that we are developing to predict land-use effects in tropical watersheds."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 03:35:48 PM EST
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[No Shit, Sherlock!]

I had no idea this was "controversial".

I suppose that means that denialists can get away with denying anything if their position is supported by an absence of hard data.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 05:18:31 AM EST
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EU Probing German Green Tax Cuts, Merkel Rebuffs

Brussels and Berlin -- The European Union will review German discounts on environmental taxes amid concerns the aid to companies that consume high volumes of energy may be illegal, but newly re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the measures are needed to keep Europe's biggest economy competitive.

The EU regulator's probe will aim to determine whether the discounts, which exempt companies from paying the full fee to finance Germany's renewable expansion under the EEG clean-energy law, are proportionate and do not unduly distort competition.

"The current state aid guidelines do not foresee the possibility of such reductions," the European Commission said in a statement. "At the same time, the commission considers that under certain conditions, reductions on the financing of renewable electricity may be justified for energy-intensive users in order to prevent" companies from relocating abroad.

(...) In response, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the European Union against undermining German industry, saying its review of aid to companies for energy bills may put jobs at risk.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 03:41:51 PM EST
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Renewables Cooperative in Catalonia | The Energy Collective

Som Energia (We are Energy) is Spain's first renewable energy cooperative, founded in 2010 by one hundred and fifty Catalan citizens. Achieving European level recognition in the 2013 Sustainable Energy Europe Awards, Som Energia is now campaigning nationwide to promote and establish the business model for locally owned and produced renewable energy.

In just three years the cooperative has invested over EUR 3.5 million in sustainable energy schemes including eight photovoltaic schemes, a 500-kilowatt biogas plant and a 80-kilowatt biomass heater. The cooperative is now preparing for a substantial wind energy investment. Generation capacity currently stands at 4,200 megawatts of electricity, equating to an annual reduction of 2,640 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions or the electricity use of 1,400 people. The ultimate goal is for the cooperative to produce enough electricity to meet all of its members' consumption.

According to Nuri Palmada of Som Energia, the success of the venture is evidence of a growing grassroots demand for sustainable forms of energy. "The project combines in an exemplary way the cooperative concept, the commitment of citizens, and local energy generation from renewable sources," she said. Ms Palmada added that the cooperative had helped to change attitudes in Spain, transforming passive consumption into responsible, citizen-led investment. Significant bureaucratic and technical difficulties were encountered in the development process, in part due to the dominance of Spain's energy market by a small number of powerful and established companies.

by Bjinse on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 04:32:59 AM EST
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^^^^^

THIS!!!!

'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 Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 05:37:44 AM EST
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Significant bureaucratic and technical difficulties were encountered in the development process, in part due to the dominance of Spain's energy market by a small number of powerful and established companies.
<sigh>

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 05:45:27 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 11:55:50 AM EST
Gaia aims for a billion stars as it lifts off for Milky Way 3D mapping mission | News | DW.DE | 19.12.2013
The European Space Agency has launched an advanced telescope it hopes will provide the most detailed map yet of our part of the Milky Way galaxy. Gaia is designed to detect a billion stars and map them in 3D.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:52:44 PM EST
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Now all we need is a chain of them strung out for 100 parsecs to get a full view

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 12:06:17 PM EST
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Alexander Litvinenko coroner will not consider Russian involvement in death | World news | theguardian.com

The Russian state's alleged role in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko will no longer be considered as part of his inquest, after the coroner overseeing the process "reluctantly" ruled to exclude the issue from the scope of his inquiry.

The coroner, Sir Robert Owen, has previously been told that a review of British government material relating to the 2006 killing established a "prima facie case" that Russia was responsible. But as a result of a successful application earlier this year by the foreign secretary, William Hague, to keep crucial evidence secret, the coroner concluded on Thursday that it would be better to exclude the issue than to risk "an incomplete and potentially misleading" verdict.

Litvinenko's widow, Marina, and their son Anatoly have applied for permission to seek a judicial review of the government's decision not to hold a public inquiry into his death. Owen had also called for a public inquiry, saying it was the only way the death could be properly investigated. Home secretary Theresa May's decision to refuse an inquiry was partly motivated by a fear of offending Russia, she acknowledged.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:52:58 PM EST
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Genome of Neandertals Reveals Inbreeding | Science/AAAS | News

If you think Europe's royal families had a limited gene pool after centuries of inbreeding, consider the Neandertals of Siberia. In a report on the most complete genome of a Neandertal ever sequenced, an international team of researchers has found that the parents of a Neandertal woman from Siberia were as closely related as half-siblings.

The genome also shows that at some point the Neandertals interbred with other human groups, including their cousins the Denisovans, and our own modern human ancestors. There are even signs of Denisovans interbreeding with a mysterious archaic species. In all, the study suggests very close encounters among the several kinds of hominins living in the past 125,000 years. The detailed genome of the extinct Neandertals--our closest relatives--also offers a new look at the genetic differences that set our species apart from all the others.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 03:49:52 PM EST
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Given repeated incidents of interbreeding but only small amounts of archaic DNA getting passed on to future generations, it seems that different groups of archaic humans mixed it up with each other whenever they could, but that these encounters were rare

In a small inbred group, an instinct for exogamy would surely have high survival value.

It's a pity Europe's royals seem to lack it.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 06:01:40 AM EST
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Don't know. It might be our best chance to get rid of them.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 08:15:39 AM EST
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That's the républicain spirit :-)

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by DoDo on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 01:45:35 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 20th, 2013 at 06:46:22 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 11:56:20 AM EST
Vladimir Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky | World news | theguardian.com

Vladimir Putin's outspoken opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky could become the latest high-profile prisoner in Russia to be set free after the president said he intended to pardon him.

The shock announcement came despite rumours in Moscow for several months that investigators are preparing a third court case against Khodorkovsky - formerly the richest person in Russia - who has been in jail since 2003 and was due for release next August.

The former oligarch, who has become a staunch Kremlin critic since he was jailed for economic crimes in trials that many believe to be politically motivated, is seen as a potential threat to Putin if released. He has previously said he would not ask for a pardon, which would imply an admittance of guilt.

Putin, however, said he had recently received a request for such a pardon signed by Khodorkovsky. Lawyers for the former oil tycoon said they did not know of any such request.



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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 01:53:11 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 05:34:28 PM EST
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ON THIS DATE


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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 12:57:36 PM EST
20 December 1973 – Operación Ogro: ETA assassinates the Prime Minister of Spain and Franco's heir-to-be, admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, with a car bomb


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by DoDo on Thu Dec 19th, 2013 at 12:57:59 PM EST
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