Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sacked – for telling the truth about drugs - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent

It's unfortunate that this guy's name is Nutt, but otherwise, I totally agree:

Professor Nutt had become a thorn in the side of ministers with his criticisms of drugs policy. He clashed with former home secretary Jacqui Smith when he suggested ecstasy, which causes 30 deaths a year, was less dangerous than horse-riding, which causes 100 deaths a year. He also argued that, to prevent one episode of schizophrenia linked to cannabis use, it would be necessary to "stop 5,000 men aged 20 to 25 from ever using" the drug.

Most drugs experts believe his analysis is right. But ministers did not want to hear the truth or at least to be reminded of it repeatedly. The Home Secretary asked him to consider his position after a recent lecture in which attacked what he called the "artificial" separation of alcohol and tobacco from other, illegal, drugs. Last night Professor Nutt said he stood by his comments. "My view is policy should be based on evidence. It's a bit odd to make policy that goes in the face of evidence. The danger is they are misleading us. The scientific evidence is there: it's in all the reports we published. Our judgements about the classification of drugs like cannabis and ecstasy have been based on a great deal of very detailed scientific appraisal.


Sacked – for telling the truth about drugs - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent
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Sarah Palin to face legal battle over grandson | World news | guardian.co.uk

Sarah Palin to face legal battle over grandson | World news | guardian.co.uk
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

End of Conservativism



When I was at University a left wing friend of mine noted how the intellectual public face of politics had been dominated by Conservatives like Buckley and WIll.  He lamented that when it came to putting thinking before the public the right had won in America.

How times change.  Its seems today the right is not even trying.  See if you can find one reasoned argument in what Beck says above?  I could not.  Its not as much as this is fear mongering, but that this irrational neo-conservative hate mongering is by its nature essentially undemocratic.

And the fact he use Martin Luther King's image on his intro, now that is priceless. 
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MoD cost-cutting blamed for Nimrod deaths - Home News, UK - The Independent

Interesting. Cameron says he is going to slash spending at the MOD.

MoD cost-cutting blamed for Nimrod deaths - Home News, UK - The Independent
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MoD cost-cutting blamed for Nimrod deaths - Home News, UK - The Independent

Interesting. Cameron says he is going to slash spending at the MOD.

MoD cost-cutting blamed for Nimrod deaths - Home News, UK - The Independent
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Bomb Kills Scores in Pakistan as Clinton Arrives - NYTimes.com

Bomb Kills Scores in Pakistan as Clinton Arrives - NYTimes.com
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Big Cellphone Makers Shift to Android Platform From Google - NYTimes.com

Big Cellphone Makers Shift to Android Platform From Google - NYTimes.com
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The Daily Cartoon - Opinion - The Independent

The Daily Cartoon - Opinion - The Independent
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Did you see that unicycling clown? Mobile phone users didn't - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent

Funny to see this now because just yesterday at the end of my bike ride, I saw a woman crossing the street pushing a stroller with a baby in it. The woman had trouble getting out of the street because the stroller was stuck on a 1 inch curb. She had trouble getting the thing over that little curb because she was pushing with only one hand as she spoke on her mobile phone with the other. Amazingly, rather than put the phone down for a moment to get herself and her child out of a busy street, she continued to push and prod the stroller for a few seconds this way and that, jarring the baby as she did, until she got over the curb.

Just a small incident, but I started thinking what a distraction these things are to parents with kids. Aside from the danger this mother potentially put her child in when crossing the street, I wonder how good it is for kids to have their parents' attention endlessly focused away from them.

Did you see that unicycling clown? Mobile phone users didn't - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent
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States Pressed Into New Role on Marijuana - NYTimes.com

States Pressed Into New Role on Marijuana - NYTimes.com
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Running in the Shadows - Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways - Series - NYTimes.com

Running in the Shadows - Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways - Series - NYTimes.com
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Asian leaders eye EU-style bloc or how the East will rule the world



Asian leaders meeting in Thailand are discussing plans to "lead the world" by forming an EU-style community by 2015.

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama argued nations should take advantage of the region's more rapid recovery from the recession than the West.

"It would be meaningful for us to have the aspiration that East Asia is going to lead the world," he said.

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are meeting other regional heads at Cha-Am beach resort.



BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Asian leaders eye EU-style bloc
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Nick Griffin attacked by his own BNP supporters over Question Time | Politics | The Observer

Barnes complained on his personal website that Griffin "should have stood up to these whining, middle-class hypocrites that use the race card for self-enrichment – and thrown the truth right back into their fat, sanctimonious, hypocritical, self-serving faces". He accused his party's leader of "failing to press the attack" on the "ethnic middle class" for "taking up the best jobs while still playing the bogus race card for every opportunity". And in a move that is likely to reinforce concerns that Griffin's appearance will spark violence, Barnes used his personal website to suggest that "perhaps there needs to be a few 'white riots' around the country a la the Brixton riots of the 1980s before the idiot white liberal middle class and their ethnic middle-class fellow travellers wake up".

A spokesman for the anti-fascist organisation Searchlight said: "This strips away once and for all Nick Griffin's pretence that the BNP is a non-violent organisation. Lee Barnes is not just another BNP member, he is the organisation's legal officer, and here he is talking about riots in the streets. The BNP hoped the Question Time appearance would mark their entry to the political mainstream, but instead they have pushed themselves back to the violent, extremist political fringe where they belong."


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Life with the Black Panthers | Sean O'Hagan | Art and design | The Observer

Life with the Black Panthers | Sean O'Hagan | Art and design | The Observer
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Long term rise of Euro against Dollar mostly during Bush years, Drudge didn't mind then

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I don't remember Rush or Drudge making a stink over the long years of Bush as the Euro climbed steady against the dollar starting from the low in the Clinton years to a high in 2007 higher than now. Wonder why all of a sudden Drudge notices?

Fox among the pigeons | John McQuaid | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

"Political" attacks are inherently unfair. But the White House is simply stating the obvious about Fox. Obama promised to be reality-based, right? And the criticism seems, for the first time in a while, to have started a real debate on the issue. The Washington news media has simply accepted Fox as one of their own – after all, it has money, cameras, anchors and an audience. Jacob Weisberg argues that journalists who value their credibility should stop appearing on Fox, as they only help perpetuate the network's misleading premise.
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Orson Welles: The most glorious film failure of them all | Film | The Guardian

Orson Welles: The most glorious film failure of them all | Film | The Guardian
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Barnes and Noble Unveils Its E-Reader, the Nook - NYTimes.com

Barnes and Noble Unveils Its E-Reader, the Nook - NYTimes.com
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Barnes and Noble Unveils Its E-Reader, the Nook - NYTimes.com

Barnes and Noble Unveils Its E-Reader, the Nook - NYTimes.com
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

William Hague addresses US fears over Tories' EU allies | Politics | guardian.co.uk

William Hague addresses US fears over Tories' EU allies | Politics | guardian.co.uk
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History of the Republic party

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33406727/ns/politics-more_politics/

Republican chairmen apologize for Jew remark

1970s Republicans lose any Black support they had
1980s Republicans lose women who support abortion, giving the Democrats an advantage with women
1990s Republicans lose Asian support with attacks on Buddhist Temples. Asians had been the only minority which supported the GOP
2000s Republicans lose any possibility of support from new Hispanic voters
2010s Republicans lose support they have from Jews.

Remember the Gays, Lesbians and Bis were always Democrats.

So whats left, its hard to think of a group other than crack male which is going to tend Republican.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

William Hague under pressure from US over Conservative allies in Europe | Politics | The Guardian

An American official, asked about the consequences for the US and about the far-right links, said: "I do not see any upsides in the new grouping. I can only see downsides. In life it is normally best to do things when they have an upside."

Louis Susman, the US ambassador in London, in an interview with the Financial Times, issued what could be interpreted as a warning to the Conservatives not to try to disrupt Europe.

European diplomats said Clinton believed it would be unwise to try to overturn the Lisbon treaty in the unlikely event that it has not been ratified by the time the Tories come to power. She is also understood to believe that it would also be unwise for a Tory government to try to undo earlier EU treaties.

"Hillary Clinton is concerned that the Tories would not take a lead in Europe," one European diplomatic source said. "It is clear that this US administration does not believe that Britain's relations with Europe and the EU are a zero sum game – the wrong-headed idea that if you are close to one you can't be close to the other. The US wants Britain to be fully engaged in the EU – that makes Britain more relevant in US eyes."

The US are sending a signal to the Tories that Euroscepticism will endanger relations between Britain and America. But will it make any difference? The Tories are not pursuing their policies out of any sense of national interest, or conviction of any kind. They have decided to make a deal with the devil in order to get power.


William Hague under pressure from US over Conservative allies in Europe | Politics | The Guardian
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Monday, October 19, 2009

High jobless rates could be the new normal - Stocks & economy- msnbc.com


  • The auto and construction industries helped lead the nation out of past recessions. But the carnage among Detroit's automakers and the surplus of new and foreclosed homes and empty commercial properties make it unlikely these two industries will be engines of growth anytime soon.
  • The job market is caught in a vicious circle: Without more jobs, U.S. consumers will have a hard time increasing their spending; but without that spending, businesses might see little reason to start hiring.
  • Many small and midsize businesses are still struggling to obtain bank loans, impeding their expansion plans and constraining overall economic growth.
  • Higher-income households are spending less because of big losses on their homes, retirement plans and other investments. Lower-income households are cutting back because they can't borrow like they once did.

High jobless rates could be the new normal - Stocks & economy- msnbc.com
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A New Recycling Strategy Is Catching On - NYTimes.com

Across the nation, an antigarbage strategy known as “zero waste” is moving from the fringes to the mainstream, taking hold in school cafeterias, national parks, restaurants, stadiums and corporations.
A New Recycling Strategy Is Catching On - NYTimes.com
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Foursquare, a Social Network Site, Puts Users Face to Face - NYTimes.com

Foursquare, a Social Network Site, Puts Users Face to Face - NYTimes.com
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BBC NEWS | UK | Tories could 'rip up' BBC charter

A Conservative government could "rip up" the BBC's royal charter, the shadow culture secretary has suggested.
BBC NEWS | UK | Tories could 'rip up' BBC charter

Lets translate.  The BBC has been widely effective in a nation with few current cultural exports.  All the TV coming out of the UK comes via BBC, and its still the English language new channel of choice around the world.

Murdock wants cut because his shit channels and news can't effectively compete with it. 

So the Tories, Cameron's New Victorian party is going to be very hard on the BBC and very soft on the shit media firms that are trying to put them in power.

Oh and they are going to cut MoD 25%, raise regressive VAT taxes in a recession, and they blame the State for causing the Credit Crunch.

Next year we will get to see if the average British yob wanker is a stupid as the average America sister kissing red neck.
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eSarcasm: 5 Reasons Why Internet Porn Is Good for America

  1. Measures of "sexual irresponsibility" have gone down (pardon the term). Researchers measure this by looking at unwanted pregnancies and STD transmissions, both of which have fallen by more than 50 percent since the early '90s.
  2. Teen sex has also somehow become less common, falling 7 percent from 1991 to 2005. Granted, the horny buggers are all sexting, but that's typically a no-contact sport.
  3. Among teens who are doing the nasty, 16 percent more are wearing condoms now than in the pre-online porn era. Latex has never been so stylish!
  4. America's divorce rate has dropped by almost a quarter since video porn became readily available online.
  5. Even rates of sexual assault -- something some people claim pornography encourages -- have fallen by 44 percent since 1995.


eSarcasm: 5 Reasons Why Internet Porn Is Good for America
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White House: Fox News is Not News

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Al Jazeera English - Focus - California 'first failed US state'?

"If our politicians don't get their heads out of their asses this state is going to be - let's put it this way: some of those Third World countries are going to look a lot better than California."
Al Jazeera English - Focus - California 'first failed US state'?
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Trafigura fiasco tears up the textbook | Alan Rusbridger | Comment is free | The Guardian

By lunchtime – an hour before we were due in court – Trafigura threw in the towel. The textbook stuff – elaborate carrot, expensive stick – had been blown away by a newspaper together with the mass collaboration of total strangers on the web. Trafigura thought it was buying silence. A combination of old media – the Guardian – and new – Twitter – turned attempted obscurity into mass notoriety.
The Trafigura fiasco tears up the textbook | Alan Rusbridger | Comment is free | The Guardian
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Defend Marriage

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Berlusconi To "Bombard" Foreign Press With Propaganda

The beleaguered Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has ordered a special propaganda unit to "bombard" the foreign press with good news in an attempt to stem the tide of critical headlines overseas.
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BBC NEWS | Business | Growth in UK unemployment slows

Unemployment increased 88,000 to 2.47 million in the three months to August, from the three months to May. The jobless rate rose to 7.9% from 7.6%.
BBC NEWS | Business | Growth in UK unemployment slows
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cameron's dud options | David Blanchflower | Comment is free | The Guardian

And this week into the current economic crisis stepped the Tories with their ill thought-out plans for (a lack of) recovery. Cut public spending here, freeze public sector wages there, reduce the benefits of the poor, raise the pension age, and so on. It was hard to see any group that stood to benefit from their proposals.

Lesson one in a deep recession is you don't cut public spending until you are into the boom phase. Keynes taught us that. The consequence of cutting too soon is to drive the economy into a depression. That means rapidly rising unemployment, social disorder, rising poverty, falling living standards and even soup kitchens. The Tory economic proposals have the potential to push the British economy into a death spiral of decline that would be almost impossible to reverse for a generation.

The debate at such times is not about big government versus small government. It isn't about moving this service from public to private sector because the private sector can do it better. The debate here is about maintaining levels of aggregate demand. In a deep recession the choice is: the government does it or nobody does it; it is public spending v no spending. You don't worry about paying off debt when you are at war: you have other priorities. Win the war first.

To cap it all, the leader of the opposition, in his speech to the Tory conference, amazingly discussed what he called option one – the possibility that the UK should default on its debt. Mr Cameron, you shouldn't even be raising such possibilities. It's exactly what markets want to hear from a potential leader – you have actually even considered defaulting on our debt? Unbelievable. Better to have said nothing honestly.


Cameron's dud options | David Blanchflower | Comment is free | The Guardian
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Revealed: £3bn mistake in George Osborne's budget plan | Politics | The Guardian

Revealed: £3bn mistake in George Osborne's budget plan | Politics | The Guardian
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Gas Extraction Method Could Greatly Increase Global Supplies - NYTimes.com

One recent study by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a consulting group, calculated that the recoverable shale gas outside of North America could turn out to be equivalent to 211 years’ worth of natural gas consumption in the United States at the present level of demand, and maybe as much as 690 years. The low figure would represent a 50 percent increase in the world’s known gas reserves, and the high figure, a 160 percent increase.
Gas Extraction Method Could Greatly Increase Global Supplies - NYTimes.com
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Friday, October 09, 2009

Video: Steve Bell on David Cameron: 'There's nothing much in there' | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Video: Steve Bell on David Cameron: 'There's nothing much in there' | Politics | guardian.co.uk
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What will talking power meters say about you? - The Red Tape Chronicles - msnbc.com

Welcome to the complex world of the Smart Grid, which may very well pit environmental concerns against thorny privacy issues. If you think such debates are purely philosophical, you’re behind the times.
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Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize, Rush Limbaugh awaited for comment

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Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

US President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel Committee said he was awarded it for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples".

The committee highlighted Mr Obama's efforts to strengthen international bodies and promote nuclear disarmament.

There were a record 205 nominations for this year's prize. Zimbabwe's prime minister and a Chinese dissident had been among the favourites.

The laureate - chosen by a five-member committee - wins a gold medal, a diploma and 10m Swedish kronor ($1.4m).

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the Norwegian committee said as the prize was announced.

"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."


BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Op-Ed Columnist - The Uneducated American - NYTimes.com

As a result, education is on the chopping block. And laid-off teachers are only part of the story. Even more important is the way that we’re shutting off opportunities.

For example, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported on the plight of California’s community college students. For generations, talented students from less affluent families have used those colleges as a stepping stone to the state’s public universities. But in the face of the state’s budget crisis those universities have been forced to slam the door on this year’s potential transfer students. One result, almost surely, will be lifetime damage to many students’ prospects — and a large, gratuitous waste of human potential.

So what should be done?

First of all, Congress needs to undo the sins of February, and approve another big round of aid to state governments. We don’t have to call it a stimulus, but it would be a very effective way to create or save thousands of jobs. And it would, at the same time, be an investment in our future.

Beyond that, we need to wake up and realize that one of the keys to our nation’s historic success is now a wasting asset. Education made America great; neglect of education can reverse the process.

Op-Ed Columnist - The Uneducated American - NYTimes.com
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A Conservative speech that didn't set the hall alight | Conservative conference | Jackie Ashley | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

His big idea – the return of responsibility – seems to lack intellectual coherence. All Britain's problems, in his book, are the result of big government. Yet how can he honestly say that the tragic case of Fiona Pilkington, the mother who killed herself and her daughter after constant harassment, was the fault of big government? How can he expect us to believe that cutting government back will automatically make everything better?
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Simon Carr: Cameron makes it harder to see point of Brown - Simon Carr, Commentators - The Independent

Simon Carr: Cameron makes it harder to see point of Brown - Simon Carr, Commentators - The Independent
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Conservative conference: portrait of a government in waiting | Politics | The Guardian

By their friends shall we know the new caring Tories – such is the worry about Cameron. The debacle not only calls into question how far the Tories have changed to become tolerant, but also the political judgment of David Cameron. If he allows his party to ally with reputed antisemitic homophobes, what hope for him doing a good job governing a Britain ravaged by recession?

"Our biggest asset is David Cameron," asserts Greg Clark. And clearly he's right: this week's Populus poll found that the Cameron brand is stronger than that of the Conservative party. Cameron may be a Bullingdon toff but – what a conjuring trick! – he is cuddlier than Gordon Brown. That Webcameron has really paid dividends in humanising the Tories.

All of which makes the speech that Cameron gives this afternoon in Manchester a compelling prospect. Can he convince the British electorate at his last conference before the general election that his party has changed, and truly cast off its unsavoury past? That it can steer us out of recession better than Labour? The answers are uncertain, but Pickles is certainly right. The Tories shouldn't start popping champagne corks just yet.


Conservative conference: portrait of a government in waiting | Politics | The Guardian
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BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Downturn is 'climate opportunity'

The global recession provides a window of opportunity to curb climate change and build a low-carbon future, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

It calculates that global greenhouse gas emissions will fall by 3% this year - an increase on previous estimates.

If governments take this opportunity to invest in clean technology, the global temperature rise can be kept below the G8 goal of 2C (3.6F), the agency says.

The findings were released at UN climate talks in Bangkok.

"The message is simple and stark: if the world continues on the basis of today's energy and climate policies, the consequences of climate change will be severe," said IEA executive director Nobuo Tanaka.



BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Downturn is 'climate opportunity'
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Italian Court Rejects Prime Minister’s Immunity - NYTimes.com

Bye, bye asshole (for now)

Italian Court Rejects Prime Minister’s Immunity - NYTimes.com
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BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Giant ring detected around Saturn

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Giant ring detected around Saturn
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Monday, October 05, 2009

The demise of the dollar - Business News, Business - The Independent

The decline of American economic power linked to the current global recession was implicitly acknowledged by the World Bank president Robert Zoellick. "One of the legacies of this crisis may be a recognition of changed economic power relations," he said in Istanbul ahead of meetings this week of the IMF and World Bank. But it is China's extraordinary new financial power – along with past anger among oil-producing and oil-consuming nations at America's power to interfere in the international financial system – which has prompted the latest discussions involving the Gulf states.

The demise of the dollar - Business News, Business - The Independent
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As Layoffs Persist, Good Jobs Go Unfilled

At PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, there's a shortage of qualified applicants for management jobs in tax services, auditing and consulting. Rod Adams, the company's recruiting leader, said huge pay packages on Wall Street siphoned off lots of business school graduates earlier this decade.
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Microsoft predicts 80,000 IT jobs for UK - News, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent

Microsoft predicts 80,000 IT jobs for UK - News, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
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Al Jazeera English - GENERAL - I Knew Idi Amin



Al Jazeera English - GENERAL - I Knew Idi Amin
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Cameron feels Eurosceptic heat ahead of conference - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

David Cameron was on a collision course with the Conservative Eurosceptic Right last night after he rejected demands for a referendum on the Lisbon treaty even if it is ratified by the rest of the European Union.

Tory chiefs, who are desperate to prevent Europe overshadowing the start of their conference in Manchester today, had privately appealed to senior Eurosceptics not to inflame tensions on the emotive subject.

But the toxic issue of Europe returned to haunt the party after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, made a colourful plea for a national vote both on Lisbon and on Britain's membership of the European Union.
Cameron feels Eurosceptic heat ahead of conference - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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Waitrose dumps Fox News in protest over remarks about Barack Obama | Media | The Guardian

Waitrose dumps Fox News in protest over remarks about Barack Obama | Media | The Guardian
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Greek socialists claim victory in election | World news | The Guardian

Greek socialists claim victory in election | World news | The Guardian
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David Cameron retreats on European referendum | Politics | The Guardian

One well placed Tory said: "There is virtually no hope of changing the main institutional architecture of the EU once Lisbon enters into force. If the treaty enters EU law you will find that a Conservative government will want to focus on repatriating powers that affect the UK. This is not going soft. If other EU leaders say they will not accommodate us, then we have the threat of a referendum on our reforms."

Cameron gave a hint of his plans when he appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. Asked what powers he would like to repatriate, he said: "We've said that we think that the social and employment legislation, we think that's an area that ought to be determined nationally rather than at the European level. There are many things in the Lisbon treaty – giving more power over home affairs and justice – that we don't think is right."


David Cameron retreats on European referendum | Politics | The Guardian
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Sunday, October 04, 2009

BBC NEWS | Business | Deficit 'danger' worries Cameron

Conservative Party leader David Cameron has said that the UK's budget deficit is the biggest threat to the UK economy.

The deficit is a clear and present danger to the British economy," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

In April, Chancellor Alistair Darling forecast that public borrowing this year would reach a record £175bn over the next two years.

Mr Cameron said that tackling the deficit will be among his priorities.

BBC NEWS | Business | Deficit 'danger' worries Cameron

So lets be clear about how the Conservatives have turned this one around.  Cameron has a long record of demanding less banking regulation.  The banks caused a crisis and the government had to step in and borrow money to keep UK banks alive.  The issue of regulation of the banks is not been dealt with and Cameron, whose only solution is to change who is in charge of regulating the banks, now sees the debt as the problem.

Sounds like trying to clear a symptom as you leave the cause to continue.
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David Cameron accused of 'dithering' over EU referendum question | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Anxious to keep a lid on the row, Cameron took the extraordinary step on Friday of telling party members that there would be "no new announcements" on Europe at the conference, meaning he would not be pushed into granting a referendum while there was still doubt about when the treaty would come into force.
David Cameron accused of 'dithering' over EU referendum question | Politics | guardian.co.uk
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Steven F. Hayward -- Is Conservatism Brain-Dead? - washingtonpost.com

During the glory days of the conservative movement, from its ascent in the 1960s and '70s to its success in Ronald Reagan's era, there was a balance between the intellectuals, such as Buckley and Milton Friedman, and the activists, such as Phyllis Schlafly and Paul Weyrich, the leader of the New Right. The conservative political movement, for all its infighting, has always drawn deeply from the conservative intellectual movement, and this mix of populism and elitism troubled neither side.

Today, however, the conservative movement has been thrown off balance, with the populists dominating and the intellectuals retreating and struggling to come up with new ideas. The leading conservative figures of our time are now drawn from mass media, from talk radio and cable news. We've traded in Buckley for Beck, Kristol for Coulter, and conservatism has been reduced to sound bites.
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Steven F. Hayward -- Is Conservatism Brain-Dead? - washingtonpost.com

During the glory days of the conservative movement, from its ascent in the 1960s and '70s to its success in Ronald Reagan's era, there was a balance between the intellectuals, such as Buckley and Milton Friedman, and the activists, such as Phyllis Schlafly and Paul Weyrich, the leader of the New Right. The conservative political movement, for all its infighting, has always drawn deeply from the conservative intellectual movement, and this mix of populism and elitism troubled neither side.

Today, however, the conservative movement has been thrown off balance, with the populists dominating and the intellectuals retreating and struggling to come up with new ideas. The leading conservative figures of our time are now drawn from mass media, from talk radio and cable news. We've traded in Buckley for Beck, Kristol for Coulter, and conservatism has been reduced to sound bites.
Steven F. Hayward -- Is Conservatism Brain-Dead? - washingtonpost.com
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Saturday, October 03, 2009

German chancellor Angela Merkel fury at Cameron 'hostility to EU' as she downgrades ties with Tories | Mail Online

Chancellor Angela Merkel was also angered by Mr Cameron's decision to remove Conservative MEPs from the federalist European People's Party group in Brussels.
German chancellor Angela Merkel fury at Cameron 'hostility to EU' as she downgrades ties with Tories | Mail Online
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Working on SharePoint on my Linux Server

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BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories maintain referendum stance

David Cameron has refused to give an unequivocal commitment to a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, after Irish voters delivered a 67% "Yes" vote.
BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories maintain referendum stance
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Cameron faces revolt on Europe - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Cameron faces revolt on Europe - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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Row escalates over 'vile' Tory allies | Politics | The Guardian

Row escalates over 'vile' Tory allies | Politics | The Guardian
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Friday, October 02, 2009

Conservatives Cheer the USA not getting Olympics




Conservatives in some called "Americans For Prosperit" errupt in to celebration when the Americans don't get the Olympic bid. America is so devided now that the opposition celebrates any bad news as a mark against the President. These people are clearly over come with joy to learn that Chicago lost the Olympics, and that esteem and money would go to Brazil and not the US.

I have to be honest, when Obama won I, and many people over here in the UK, imagined a new epoc in America had taken place. This illusion has been washed away by the conduct of the GOP.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/02/conservatives-revel-in-ob_n_307794.html"
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Census Taker's Death Highlights Controversy | Newsweek Politics | Newsweek.com

Census Taker's Death Highlights Controversy | Newsweek Politics | Newsweek.com
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Op-Ed Columnist - Where Did ‘We’ Go? - NYTimes.com

What kind of madness is it that someone would create a poll on Facebook asking respondents, “Should Obama be killed?” The choices were: “No, Maybe, Yes, and Yes if he cuts my health care.” The Secret Service is now investigating. I hope they put the jerk in jail and throw away the key because this is exactly what was being done to Rabin.
Op-Ed Columnist - Where Did ‘We’ Go? - NYTimes.com

Remember this guy was a major cheer leader for the Invasion of Iraq, show how far right the GOP base has gone.  Can all this hate be over extending health care coverage?  No, its all race and nothing but race hate from the old White Reagan majority.
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Decade of decadence: Nicholson, Polanski and Hollywood in the Seventies - Features, Films - The Independent

As has again become evident in the last week, we love to hear this stuff. We still buy into the idea that 1970s Hollywood was as close as the 20th Century came to Nero or Caligula's Rome. Our disapproval comes tinged with prurient curiosity. Right-wing commentators relish dredging up old misdeeds in all their grisly detail so that they can wax indignant about them all over again. We won't let the fact that a corrupt judge broke his word or that much of the reporting at the time (and since) was wildly inaccurate get in the way. Our minds about 1970s Hollywood were made up a long time ago, and we're not going to change them now.
Decade of decadence: Nicholson, Polanski and Hollywood in the Seventies - Features, Films - The Independent
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Johann Hari: If we care about the BBC, we must fight to defend it - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent

The Labour government began the bidding for Murdoch's favour by proposing – for the first time – to break the link between the licence fee and the BBC. From now on, a chunk of it will be given to other broadcasters like Channel 4 and regional news providers. At first it sounds like a small and reasonable step – it will go to support valuable programming – but it begins a process that will bleed the BBC. You won't be able to see so clearly where your money is going. Gradually, more and more money will be dispersed from the BBC by a Tory government eager to keep Murdoch's favour, and the corporation will shrink back. As it provides less easily traceable value, it will be harder to defend the license fee itself – and Murdoch will win.

The Tories then upped the bidding. This summer Ofcom – Britain's broadcasting regulators – found Murdoch's BSkyB guilty of effectively pricing other companies out of the pay-TV market. David Cameron responded by saying he will quietly put Ofcom to sleep, scrapping most of its regulations. Then he gave Murdoch another bauble he has craved for decades: he is going to scrap all the political impartiality rules covering British television (except on the BBC). If Cameron succeeds, Sky News will mutate into Fox News, pumping its poison 24/7. Murdoch duly endorsed the Tories.



Johann Hari: If we care about the BBC, we must fight to defend it - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
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Dara O Briain: The truth about the English | The Guardian

"Face it, England is the victim of its own success. You can't gobble up other nations, absorb them into your flag, and then whine that your original flag doesn't get the attention it deserves. This is what you wanted with the empire; suck it up."

Dara O Briain: The truth about the English | The Guardian
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Hull City team in high spirits after saving suicidal woman from bridge | Football | The Guardian

Hull City team in high spirits after saving suicidal woman from bridge | Football | The Guardian
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