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by Helen Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 10:08:09 AM EST

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 10:08:59 AM EST
Guardian - Seamus Milne - Ed Miliband will fail if he gives in to the sirens of austerity

The Tory press are crowing that George Osborne is as good as home and dry. Now that wages have outstripped inflation for the first time in four years, the Sun claims Ed Miliband has "got nothing left to say". In fact, real wages are still falling, if you take out bonuses or include housing costs, following the longest drop in living standards since the 1870s.

Add to that the growing army of self-employed and part-time workers who want to work full-time for someone else, a zero-hours labour market slashing pay and security, and benefit cuts and sanctions that have driven over a million people to Britain's foodbanks - and the idea that the chancellor is delivering the warm glow of recovery for the majority is just bizarre.

So even if voters still blame Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for the economic meltdown of 2007-8, the odds are still on Labour winning the next election - or at least ending up the largest party. It's not a point that has escaped the City elite, who have been fretting about Ed Miliband's "predatory capitalism" talk, his pledge to freeze energy prices and his commitment to restore the 50% tax rate on the wealthy.



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 11:40:00 AM EST
if?

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 Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 11:41:54 AM EST
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I know, I know.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 11:43:31 AM EST
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I don't think any article ever has made me as profoundly depressed as this one. I actually had to stop reading at times cos it was so distressing to see these people who are supposed to bloody understand that Labour is not about cosseting the 1% trying to find ways of selling desperate poverty to the already poor.

Gods, who can rid us of these turbulent politicians ?

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 11:43:00 AM EST
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Meanwhile here in Hungary, the Socialists reacted to the second election success of far-right but social-populist Jobbik by... thinking about a law & order programme. Meanwhile, strategists of right-populist government party Fidesz are reportedly fretting over what to do with Jobbik, too: they think a direct attack could actually lead to more voters bleeding from Fidesz to Jobbik, and what they really fear is Jobbik playing the social card against them. Funny playing that card didn't appear to the Socialists.

Meanwhile in France, the response to the free-fall of President Hollande's and PS's popularity and the rise of FN was to make their own law & order man PM.

Do you notice a trend here?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 01:23:04 PM EST
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Yes ,everyone is following the lobby money

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 01:31:33 PM EST
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Moths to the flame.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 08:31:51 PM EST
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Guardian - Emma Brockes - Michael Lewis: 'Wall Street has gone insane'

On a sliding scale of difficulty, writing a general-interest book about high-frequency trading is slightly harder than making baseball statistics interesting, but easier than animating the role played by quantitative analysis in the 2007 financial collapse. "Collateralised debt obligations," says Michael Lewis, who has written about all three, "are impossible to describe. There's nothing harder. However, trying to show a reader how a market moves? How stock prices move? You can already see them tuning out."

That was the concern when he wrote Flash Boys, an investigation into what he calls the "rigged" underbelly of Wall Street trading. In the event, the book has sold a staggering 130,000 copies in the US in its first week of publication. (By comparison, The Big Short, his biggest seller to date, sold 60,000 in its first week.)

Lewis has been on every talk show and financial news panel in the land, arguing with, among others, Bill O'Brien, the president of the Bats Global Markets stock exchange, about whether or not he and his cohorts are ripping off their customers. If the 53-year-old started off angry, opposition to the book has sharpened his stance into a moral crusade. "I find this story really upsetting," he says over lunch in LA, where his publicity tour just ended. "The idea that the smartest, richest elites of society find this an acceptable activity. This predatory activity."

without Michael Lewis I doubt anyone, even Matt Taibbi, would really have a handle on how Wall st is acting

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 01:39:17 PM EST
Ha'aretz
The man, Steven Silvenchev, flew from Israel to Mumbai after his release from the IDF, for what was meant to be a post service trip, Israel National News reported on its website. But upon his arrival in India, a bullet left inside the pack was detected by airport security. Israeli airport security had not noticed it. The bag, said Israel National News, was the same one he used while enlisted in the military.

Silvenchev has been awaiting trial for several months, according to the website report. "I don't know why they keep delaying the trial, but my lawyer has told me that everything is ready for the trial," Silvenchev told Army Radio.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 02:35:14 PM EST
Alex Steinweiss: Remembering The Modern Cover Man : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

If you've ever fallen in love at first sight with an album, you owe a huge debt of gratitude to Alex Steinweiss, who died last week at the age of 94.

Steinweiss has been called the "inventor of the modern album cover." In 1940, as a youthful first art director of Columbia Records, where he had been hired to design the label's advertising materials, the Brooklyn native hit on the idea of replacing the plain brown paper wrapping of 78s with something far more eye-catching -- and his work was pure genius. Steinweiss revolutionized how music was sold. After he redesigned Columbia's packaging for Rogers and Hart, sales went up almost 900 percent. His innovations didn't end there: In 1948, when LPs were introduced, Steinweiss designed the first LP jacket. In the process of enhancing music marketing, he invented a whole new artistic medium.



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 Apr 17th, 2014 at 04:23:00 PM EST
cool

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 17th, 2014 at 05:04:43 PM EST
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David Cameron stung by JELLYFISH in Spain after ignoring advice to stay out of sea - Mirror Online

David Cameron was recovering today after being stung by a jellyfish as he chillaxed in the sea on a luxury holiday.

The Tory PM's painful encounter with the venomous creature came as he went for a swim off popular Arrieta beach on the Spanish island of Lanzarote.

Other tourists told how he came running from the water rubbing his arm and shouting: "Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!'



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 Apr 17th, 2014 at 07:20:16 PM EST
David Cameron stung by JELLYFISH in Spain after ignoring advice to stay out of sea - Mirror Online
Ex-pat Alan Lambert pointed out that one traditional cure is for someone to pee on the affected area - and said there would be no shortage of volunteers


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 Apr 17th, 2014 at 07:20:48 PM EST
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"The condition of the jellyfish is not known."

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 02:29:33 AM EST
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You'd think that professional courtesy would have protected him.

Cameron pictured with a jellyfish and captioned "One of these is a vile poisonous invertebrate, the other is a jellyfish"

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 03:22:12 AM EST
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"I felt the slimy spineless creature come into contact with me, before feeling a sickening pain" .......said the jellyfish.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 05:59:55 AM EST
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Daily Harold - I stung PM not to punish but to enable' says jellyfish

The jellyfish who yesterday stung David Cameron as he swam off Arrieta beach in Lanzarote has denied intentionally upsetting him.

"My actions were in no way harmful or a punishment," said Floaty Steve who has lived in the water off the beach for the last two years. "David Cameron wasn't swimming he was just wobbling about. He was, to be precise, shirking. So I gave him a sting to enable him to work harder and really tear through the water before he ran up the beach wailing that his arm was all owie and crying for his nanny."

"Some may criticise my actions on the grounds that I live in the sea and have every advantage when it comes to swimming and that, in a sense, I was just picking on someone weaker than myself but to those critics I say: yes, it hurt, yes, it worked."



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 07:48:50 AM EST
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According to a poll published in Der Postillon an overwhelming majority of Germans are grateful to Jesus for dying so that they could have an extra-long weekend.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 11:25:22 AM EST
The Independent
A council has apologised after it cancelled a Good Friday Passion Play because it thought it was a live sex show.

Oxford City Council pulled the plug on The Cowley Road Passion Play when an official said organisers from St Mary and John church and St Stephens House college could be committing an offence without the proper council permits.

I guess they didn't realise it was merely a bondage show.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 11:48:08 AM EST
St Mary & St John, Cowley Road | ...come join us in the heart of East Oxford
Play CANCELLED Starts: 10:30 am Ends: April 18, 2014 - 11:30 am Location: On the street on Cowley Road Description: Owing to an unexpected problem with "Licensing" we have had to cancel the Passion Play - which is really gutting. We will hope to do some open-air Stations of the Cross prayers, along the same route, commecing at 10.30 outside the Methodist church.

Gutting indeed.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 12:07:49 PM EST
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