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  • UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

    08/02/2014 2:48:37 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 26 replies
    TechDirt ^ | July 30, 2014 | Mike Masnick
    Every so often, people who don't really understand the importance of anonymity or how it enables free speech (especially among marginalized people), think they have a brilliant idea: "just end real anonymity online." They don't seem to understand just how shortsighted such an idea is. It's one that stems from the privilege of being in power. And who knows that particular privilege better than members of the House of Lords in the UK -- a group that is more or less defined by excess privilege? The Communications Committee of the House of Lords has now issued a report concerning "social...
  • Flatulence caused by baked beans in global warming query

    04/11/2014 10:09:53 AM PDT · by Twotone · 29 replies
    West Morning News, UK ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nicholas Randall
    A hereditary peer has questioned whether flatulence caused by the country’s high consumption of baked beans is adding to global warming. Viscount Simon, 73, a Labour peer who has been a member of the House of Lords for more than 20 years, raised concerns about the “smelly emissions”.
  • British Lords want more power over EU laws

    03/24/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.03.14 @ 10:15 | Benjamin Fox
    National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament. The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords’ EU committee, says domestic lawmakers should have more power in the EU legislative process. “There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives,” it notes. “We would envisage a ‘Green Card’ as recognizing a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of...
  • Gay marriage clears the House of Lords (UK)

    07/15/2013 11:48:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:28PM BST 15 Jul 2013 | John Bingham
    Gay marriage is set to become law after clearing the House of Lords. The Queen is expected to be asked to give her approval to the Bill—one of the most radical pieces of social legislation of her reign—by the end of this week.It opens the way for the first legally-recognized same-sex weddings to take place in England and Wales by next summer and brings the centuries-old understanding of marriage as being solely between a man and a woman to an end. … Baroness Stowell, the Government spokesman who steered the bill through the Lords, told a chamber packed with peers...
  • David Cameron studies plans for multi-faith Lords ( UK )

    04/23/2011 6:34:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 23 Apr 2011 | Melissa Kite
    David Cameron is considering plans to create a "multi-faith" House of Lords where Muslim imams could sit alongside Anglican and Catholic bishops. The controversial suggestion is revealed in a paper drawn up by Tory officials which calls for a wide range of different churches to be represented once reforms to the Upper House are carried out. Currently 26 Anglican bishops have seats in the Lords. But Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, is drawing up a draft bill setting out wholesale changes to the Lords that are expected to include provisions for hundreds of existing peers, including the bishops, to...
  • Democratic Aristocracy

    12/10/2010 7:54:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    The American Conservative ^ | December 9, 2010 | Sean Scallon
    It’s rather dismaying to see the thoughtful and well-regarded online magazine Front Porch Republic being roiled by a series of articles written by editor John Medaille celebrating the virtues of monarchism as compared to democracy. I don’t believe John’s point was call for the U.S. to build its own Buckingham Palace or design its own crown and scepter, which will never happen in a million years. It was to simply show the follies of democratism as a guarantor of the public’s liberties compared to an enlightened king (one tyrant 3,000 miles away as compared to 3,000 tyrants one mile a...
  • UK & HIZBALLAH--> DAR AL-HARB ISN’T ARABIC FOR HOUSE OF LORDS*

    03/29/2009 11:05:11 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 259+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 3/29/09 | Barry Rubin
    In February, the British government announced it would begin contacts with the non-military wing of Hizballah. Now this strategy has been further clarified. The specific target—perhaps not the best choice of words since it is Hizballah that really targets people—are Hizballah legislators. The goal is to talk to Hizballah members of the Lebanese parliament to get them to encourage their organization to abandon violence and play a constructive political role in Lebanon. This approach is based on the assumption, of course, that parliamentarians are parliamentarians, friendly, outgoing chaps who know how to kiss babies and slap backs in the local...
  • If Caroline's Last Name Was Palin

    12/19/2008 8:06:30 AM PST · by lewisglad · 45 replies · 2,274+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 19th, 2008 1:00 AM Eastern | By Andrea Tantaros
    What has she done in her career? Does she have the experience to govern? Isn’t she just a name and a pretty face in expensive clothes? All questions asked by Democrats (I’m being nice) regarding Sarah Palin as McCain’s pick for Vice President. But Caroline Kennedy isn’t put under the same kind of scrutiny. Apparently, qualifications don’t matter to the left as long as you don’t hunt moose. One this is certain: if Kennedy’s last name were Palin she wouldn’t be anointed. I’m curious if she’ll sit down with some prominent Big Apple media fixtures like Charlie Gibson and Katie...
  • Sarah Palin tells "Today": I'm Not Planning to Run for Senate (Will Not take Stevens' Seat)

    11/11/2008 3:22:13 PM PST · by kristinn · 81 replies · 639+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | Hal Boedeker
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives Matt Lauer some news as their interview continues Wednesday on "Today." If convicted Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is banished from the U.S. Senate, Palin will not seek his seat. "I'm not planning on it because I think the people of Alaska will best be served with me as their governor," Palin says. "Making sure that we are prudently spending the tax dollars. That we are making sure that our resources are being developed responsibly and ethically. And all those things that are a part of my agenda as governor. I think the people of Alaska...
  • It's the end of Britain as we know it (EU Treaty of Lisbon)

    03/24/2008 12:57:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies · 1,795+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 24, 2008 | Stephen Webbe
    London - You might want to take that vacation in England just as soon as you can – before its 1,000-year run as a sovereign nation comes to an end. This winter, 27 nations of the European Union (EU) signed the Treaty of Lisbon. You may think, "Innocuous enough," as Portuguese-inspired visions of the Tagus River and chicken piri-piri swirl before your eyes. But for England (Britain, actually) the Treaty of Lisbon isn't that appetizing. That's because, if ratified, it will become the decisive act in this creation of a federal European superstate with its capital in Brussels. Britain would...
  • Muslim woman takes seat in the House of Lords (She is in the Conservative Party!)

    10/15/2007 2:02:36 PM PDT · by pinochet · 16 replies · 58+ views
    Alarab Online ^ | 10/15/2007
    Sayeeda Warsi takes her seat in the House of Lords as Baroness Warsi of Dewsburyon Monday. Baroness Warsi is the first Muslim to sit at Cabinet level and the first female Muslim to sit for the Conservatives in the Houses of Parliament. At 36 years old Sayeeda will be the youngest member of the Lords. In June David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party, appointed Sayeeda to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion. The creation of this position in Shadow Cabinet demonstrates the Conservative Party’s commitment to tackling the challenges faced by modern Britain . Setting out...
  • HANDCUFFING COPS: SENATE BILL IS PRO-TERROR

    05/24/2006 3:22:30 AM PDT · by beckaz · 16 replies · 626+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | May 24, 2006 | KRIS W. KOBACH
    May 24, 2006 -- THE immigration bill before the Senate is touted as a "compromise" - one that tightens enforcement even as it allows for higher levels of legal immigration. In fact, its 614 pages are packed with anti-enforcement provisions. The worst is probably the one on page 170 - which would disarm America's state and local police in the War on Terror. ....... [SNIP]........ Thus, the bill can't be fixed simply by removing this provision, because it is packed with hidden surprises that the nation isn't supposed to notice. And there's no guarantee that we have found them all....
  • Indian beer baron becomes a lord

    05/03/2006 6:45:59 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 1 replies · 125+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4 May 2006
    AN Indian-born beer baron whose beer has become the toast of curry houses across Britain was appointed to the country's unelected upper chamber of parliament, the House of Lords overnight. Entrepreneur Karan Bilimoria, 45, is best known in Britain for "Cobra" beer, the lager he began selling from the back of his car 17 years ago and which is now sold in more than 5,000 Indian restaurants up and down the country. The son of an Indian army general who rejected an accountancy career for brewing, his tipple is now sold in more than 35 countries, for an annual turnover...
  • Senate Must Reject Cybercrime Treaty

    12/08/2005 11:41:25 AM PST · by bordergal · 14 replies · 432+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Dec 8, 2005 | James Plummer
    An internationalist assault on the sovereignty of the United States and the privacy of U.S. citizens is currently awaiting action by the full Senate. The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime is being aggressively pushed by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard Lugar (R.-Ind.), who reported the treaty out from his committee in early November. That should come as little surprise, in that Lugar has also been a leading proponent of the better-known Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), another key building-block in the structure of world government. Originally conceived as a tool to facilitate international cooperation in the pursuit of...
  • WSJ: The Theology of Global Warming - Kyoto is atonement for man's secular "Original Sin.'

    08/08/2005 5:31:46 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 825+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 8, 2005 | JAMES SCHLESINGER
    ...The drumbeat on global warming was intended to reach a crescendo during the run-up to the summit at Gleneagles. Prime Minister Blair has been a leader in the global warming crusade. (Whether his stance reflects simple conviction or the need to propitiate his party's Left after Iraq is unknown.) In the event, for believers, Gleneagles turned out to be a major disappointment. On the eve of the summit, the Economic Committee of the House of Lords released a report sharply at variance with the prevailing European orthodoxy. Some key points were reported in the Guardian, a London newspaper not hostile...
  • VOICE AND GROWTH: WAS CHURCHILL RIGHT?

    12/18/2004 5:16:45 AM PST · by Unreconstructed Selmerite · 28 replies · 741+ views
    University of California, Davis ^ | October 23, 2002 | Prof. Peter H. Lindert
    ABSTRACT The debate over whether political democracy is the least bad regime, as Churchill once said, remains unresolved because history has been ignored or misread, and because recent statistical studies have not chosen the right tests. Using too little historical information, and mistaking formal democratic rules for true voice, has understated the gains from spreading political voice more equally. This paper draws on a deeper history, reinterpreting five key experiences to show how the institutional channels linking voice and growth are themselves evolving with the economy. Up to about the early nineteenth century, the key institutional link was property rights...