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  • LHC results may solve riddle of how universe can exist

    11/15/2011 9:34:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 15th November 2011 15:28 GMT | Lewis Page
    Top boffins at the Large Hadron Collider – mightiest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind ever assembled by humanity – say that they may have uncovered a vital clue explaining one of the greatest mysteries of physics: namely, how is it that matter itself can exist? This is a mystery because the so-called Standard Model of physics calls for ordinary matter and antimatter to decay in very similar ways. Theory also says that equal amounts of antimatter and regular-type matter (such as that making up the Sun, the Earth, all the life upon it including us etc) should have...
  • Muslims outraged over pig parts dumped at Swiss mosque site

    11/12/2011 8:21:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 93 replies · 1+ views ^ | Nov.12, 2011 | Brian Walker
    (CNN) -- Muslims in Switzerland are responding with shock and outrage after a pig carcass and severed swine heads were discovered buried at the site of a proposed mosque. Police in the town of Grenchen uncovered the pigs Friday after they received an anonymous message claiming that someone had buried the body parts and spilled 120 liters of blood from the animals in an effort to desecrate the ground to halt the construction of the mosque. Pork and pork byproducts are haram, or forbidden, in Islam. The unsigned flier, written in German, says "This operation was done (conducted) to protest...
  • Belgium to switch off nuclear, operator sees blackout ahead

    11/06/2011 8:45:20 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Christian Spillmann
    As Belgium becomes the latest European nation to agree to switch off nuclear power, operator Electrabel warned Monday of high costs, environmental fallout and increased dependency on foreign suppliers. ... A front-page cartoon in the Flemish daily De Standaard on Monday showed four pairs of eyes in the dark with one of the blacked out faces saying, "I think Electrabel is trying to make a message heard." ... Italy and Switzerland meanwhile have put nuclear power plans on ice, while Germany switched off several reactors in the wake of the Japanese disaster and has since passed legislation to phase out...
  • OWS Spreads To Iran...Surprise, Surprise!

    10/22/2011 4:04:15 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 14 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 10/22/2011 | Pat Dollard
    Students, who are members of the Basij militia, a part of the Iran Revolutionary Guard, attend a gathering in support of anti-Wall Street demonstrators in front of the U.S. interest section of the Swiss embassy in Tehran October 22, 2011. A group of Iranian demonstrators chant slogans in a gathering to show their support of US Wall Street protestors, as one of them holds Muslims holy book, Quran, at right, in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in Iran, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP photo/Vahid Salemi)
  • Five Arrested in Spain for Funding Terrorism

    10/03/2011 12:37:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "They are believed to have supported "terrorist groups that operate in the Algerian area of the Maghreb, specifically al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb" (AQIM), a Spanish ministry statement claimed. The group, aged 36 to 49, is also suspected of linking up with Islamist support groups in Italy, France, and Switzerland."
  • I Am going to move My sphere of authority into place now upon My Foundation![charismatic caucus]

    10/02/2011 3:24:54 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 10-2-11 | Jedediah
    I Am going to move My sphere of authority into place now upon My Foundation and "TRUTH" shall be its Robe ! Zechariah 4:9 9The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house; his hands shall also finish it. Then you shall know (recognize and understand) that the Lord of hosts has sent me [His messenger] to you. The unction of My Spirit is something to be followed not ignored ! My blessings flow through My Spirit and Guiding counselor of My very Heart ! So understand this ; To reject My Spirit is to deny Me ,...
  • Neil Kinnock's daughter-in-law becomes Denmark's first female PM

    09/20/2011 6:29:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 16 Sep 2011 | Richard Orange
    Lord Kinnock's daughter-in-law Helle Thorning-Schmidt is to become Denmark’s first woman prime minister after winning a knife-edge victory in the country’s general election. As the first votes came in on Thursday night, her centre-left coalition, which was the strong favourite to win, at one point fell behind the government, but pulled ahead by the end of the night to win 89 of the country’s seats next to the 86 seats won by the coalition led by Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Addressing victorious Social Democratic Party members last night, Ms Thorning-Schmidt, 44, said: “Today is the day things change in...
  • Switzerland sees record September snowfall

    09/20/2011 7:15:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 Sep 2011
    Snow fell in the Swiss Alps overnight on Sunday to levels unseen for the month of September, Swiss weather agency Meteosuisse reported on Monday. In the ski resort of St Moritz, in the southeast canton of Grison, a total of 45 centimetres (nearly 18 inches) of snow was recorded on Monday morning... the snow line to 800 metres (2,600 feet).
  • Swiss Member of Parliament Has Had Enough! [VIDEO]

    09/16/2011 5:26:37 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 36 replies
    YouTube ^ | MP Oskar Freysinger
    Watch the short video clip, with subtitles, at the link. '"Love thy neighbor,' THAT is the pillar!"
  • U.S. readies papers v. Swiss banks on tax evasion (Tax Haven No More)

    09/12/2011 8:12:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/11/2011 | By Lynnley Browning
    he United States is drafting legal documents that seek to force nearly a dozen Swiss banks and international banks with Swiss branches to disclose the identities of American clients evading billions of dollars in taxes, sources briefed on the matter said. The drafting of the documents -- grand jury subpoenas and broad requests known as John Doe summonses -- is a fresh U.S. shot across the bow at Switzerland and its battered tradition of bank secrecy. The Alpine country, a noted tax haven that is the global capital of offshore private banking, has been under attack from U.S. Justice Department...
  • Switzerland's offensive in the foreign exchange wars could backfire spectacularly

    09/06/2011 5:58:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/6/2011 | Damian Reece
    Zurich launched the biggest offensive yet in the world's escalating currency wars on Tuesday. It has joined countries such as Japan and Brazil in deciding to take action and defend itself against the risks to its domestic economy of an overvalued currency. The last time it adopted such tactics was in 1978 but, as with conventional warfare, much has changed since then. The nature of the enemy is different. So too is the style of combat. Switzerland, in trying to force down the value of its currency, is taking on the unpredictable but mighty forces being unleashed by a disintegrating...
  • Anti-Kosovar ads ignite fiery debate

    09/01/2011 9:28:20 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies ^ | Sept 01, 2011 | Not Listed
    “A Kosovar stabs a Swiss man.” “A Kosovar kills the head of social services.” These are not newspaper headlines but instead the latest set of newspaper ads the Swiss People’s Party is running ahead of the general elections in October. They feature recent crimes committed by Kosovars with an image of their ubiquitous campaign poster “stop massive immigration” showing people trampling the Swiss flag. It is causing an uproar in many quarters including the Swiss Conference of Bishops. Critics say the Swiss People’s Party is trying to get votes by demonizing Kosovars. WRS’s Dave Goodman talks to Ulrich Schlüer, a...
  • ‘Sex box’ for Swiss kindergarteners has genitalia toys: will teach sexuality is pleasurable

    08/25/2011 4:02:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 77 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/25/11 | Hilary White
    BASEL, August 25, 2011 ( – Kindergarten children in Basel, Switzerland will be presented this year with fabric models of human genitalia in a “sex box” to teach them that “contacting body parts can be pleasurable.” The kit for teachers to give sex-education lessons to primary school children uses models and recommends having children massage each other or to rub themselves with warm sand bags, accompanied by soft music, according to The Local, a Swiss newspaper in English. “Children should be encouraged to develop and experience their sexuality in a pleasurable way,” Daniel Schneider, a deputy kindergarten rector for Basel...
  • Swiss trial opens for 3 accused eco-terrorists

    07/19/2011 2:09:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/19/11
    Three accused eco-terrorists went on trial under heavy security in Switzerland's highest criminal court Tuesday for an alleged plot to blow up an IBM nanotech research center near Zurich. The trial in the Federal Criminal Court for an Italian couple and Swiss man living in Italy opened after a one-hour delay because of the extraordinary security taken by Swiss police, who cordoned off the area with metal barriers. The three defendants — 35-year-old Costantino Alfonso Ragusa, his 29-year-old wife Silvia Ragusa Guerini and their 26-year-old Swiss friend Luca "Billy" Cristos Bernasconi — had been detained after being arrested last year...
  • Suicidal Swiss man crashes plane into mother's house (family feud gone postal)

    07/18/2011 11:30:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/18/11
    Suicidal Swiss man crashes plane into mother's house A Swiss man rang his mother from the cockpit of a rented plane to say he was about to 'drop in' – then crashed the aircraft into her house. 6:16PM BST 18 Jul 2011 Suicidal Konrad Schmidt, 47, launched the kamikaze attack on estranged mother Rosemary after terrifying neighbours with three low-altitude fly-pasts. He then flew the twin-engined light aircraft directly through her first floor bedroom window. Mrs Schmidt, 69, miraculously survived because she was in the basement of her home in the village of Oberhallau at the time on Sunday afternoon....
  • Swiss Parliament to discuss gold franc

    07/09/2011 5:21:30 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 8, 2011, 4:12 a.m. EDT | By Agnese Smith
    <p>The Swiss Parliament is expected later this year to discuss the creation of a gold franc — a parallel currency to the official Swiss franc, likely triggering a broader debate about the role of the precious metal in the Alpine nation.</p>
  • Pilatus 'to sign record aircraft deal with India'

    06/18/2011 9:04:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Pilatus 'to sign record aircraft deal with India' (AFP) – 46 minutes ago GENEVA — Switzerland's Pilatus Aircraft is about to sign a record deal to supply 75 of its successful PC-7 trainer planes to the Indian Air Force for 850 million francs ($1 billion), a press report said Saturday. The daily Le Temps, which described the contract as the biggest in the company's history, said it could eventually be extended to as many as 200 of the single-engined turboprop. Pilatus declined to comment on the report that the trainer had been selected as the winner of offers invited by...
  • Choking and Pleading for Water as He Dies... This Has Been a Happy Event

    06/12/2011 6:18:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 96 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | Lucy Connolly
    Fury at suicide on BBCA DESPERATELY ill man will be shown on TV choking and begging for water before he dies in a suicide clinic. The harrowing scenes to be screened by BBC2 on Monday are set to spark outrage. Millionaire hotelier Peter Smedley, 71, was filmed swallowing a lethal dose of the barbiturate Nembutal - helped down with a praline chocolate. He gasps for breath. Within a minute his face turns red and he chokes as he pleads for water. The documentary Choosing To Die shows an "escort" at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland holding on to Peter as...
  • Burka Ban: First France, Now Switzerland?

    06/01/2011 4:35:08 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 7 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 2, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Okay, so France wasn’t the first nation to ban burkas. In Turkey, a Muslim-majority nation, we’ve seen similar bans before. Of late: Citizens of canton Ticino may be the first in Switzerland to vote on a proposal to ban women from wearing burkas in public. A committee there has gathered the 10,000 petition signatures required to launch an initiative that could forbid the wearing of burkas and other veils that hide the face. For the record, I support the separation of mosque and state and therefore burka bans for numerous reasons. To support safety efforts is hardly Islamophobic either: The...
  • Kamprad pledges Ikea 'transparency'

    05/18/2011 10:21:38 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 05/18/2011 | AFP/The Local
    Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furnishings giant IKEA, has promised more transparency over the firm's business affairs, saying that it has nothing to hide after a slew of allegations in recent years. "We have nothing to hide. There is no pretension to hide anything. We are going to go through everything and show that we follow each country's laws and regulations," Ingvar Kamprad, the 85-year-old billionaire who founded IKEA in 1943, told the Expressen daily. "We will make ourselves more transparent," he said. Kamprad's comments came a few months after a documentary aired on Swedish public television, SVT, alleged...