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  • EU: Spanish bailout 'impossible' for eurozone, says prime minister Mariano Rajoy

    04/12/2012 10:12:06 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    The eurozone is not equipped to bail out Spain, the country's prime minister Mariano Rajoy has admitted, as global traders continued to punish the nation's stocks and bonds. Mr Rajoy said it was "not possible to rescue Spain" but insisted his country did not need a Greek-style international bail-out anyway. "To talk about a bail-out for Spain at the moment makes no sense," he told reporters. "Spain is not going to be rescued; it's not possible to rescue Spain, there's no intention to, it's not necessary and therefore it's not going to be rescued." Despite his comments, the Madrid bourse...
  • EU: Spain accused of 'draconian' plans to clamp down on protests

    04/12/2012 10:03:45 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/13/2012 | Fiona Govan, Madrid
    Spain has been accused of planning “draconian” new laws against street protests by curbing the use of social networking. Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the Spanish interior minister announced in Congress on Wednesday that a reform of the penal code was planned to criminalise those involved in organising street protests that "seriously disturb the public peace". Under the laws, a minimum jail term of two years could be imposed on those found guilty of instigating and carrying out violent acts of protest under a new package of measures unveiled on Wednesday. But it has raised fears that the new measures could be...
  • Keith Moon, London Olympics: Organizers Ask the Who's (Dead) Drummer to Perform

    04/12/2012 8:23:07 PM PDT · by xp38 · 49 replies
    Spinner ^ | April 11 2012 | Jason MacNei
    The legend of Keith Moon continues to live on -- but the London Olympic Committee apparently thinks the late Who drummer is still alive, too. British publication Metro reports the Who's manager Bill Curbishley was asked by organizers of this summer's London Olympics if Moon -- who died in 1978 -- "would be available" to perform. "I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old,'" Curbishley told Metro. "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."...
  • Lewis Hine: The child labour photos that shamed America

    04/12/2012 11:02:52 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th April 2012 | BBC News
    'Lewis Hine is most famous for his photographs of the construction workers who helped build the Empire State Building in 1930. But in the years before he celebrated the heroic labour of these men working high above Manhattan, Hine used his photographs to campaign for social reform. In 1908 the then-sociology professor was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to document how children as young as seven were working in cotton mills and coal mines. Over a decade he took thousands of photographs that helped convince US lawmakers to introduce new industrial regulations to protect children. Alison Nordstrom, senior...
  • As ‘Titanimania’ heightens, Titanic’s ‘Women and Children First’ legacy should rule

    04/11/2012 3:31:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 11, 2012
    BRANSON, Mo., April 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a week dominated by Titanic film specials, tribute cruises, artifact auctions, music extravaganzas, and culinary recreations ofTitanic’s last meal, the organizer of Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event —to be held on April 12-15 in Branson, Missouri—has declared that Titanic’s legacy of “women and children first” should be foremost in focus as the ship’s story is remembered.
 “This year, the Pentagon sanctioned sending women to the front lines of combat —a policy that would have been unthinkable in 1912 when men knew that it was their duty to sacrifice for women...
  • British firm unveils “Carkoon” – the cocoon baby seat

    04/11/2012 3:21:24 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11th April 2012 | Adam Parris-Long
    'A revolutionary baby seat that deploys a protective cocoon in collisions has been unveiled by a British firm. The Carkoon is a rear-facing baby seat that features a sliding protective shell made from Kevlar and fireproof Nomex, which is capable of keeping a child safe for up to 18 minutes in the event of a blaze. The Carkoon also contains a transmitter that alerts emergency services with the exact GPS location of the child – giving vital extra information for any rescue effort. Added to the design is a rotating base and “quick release” handle that saves messing about with...
  • EU: Spain’s 'lose-lose' struggle reignites euro crisis

    04/10/2012 6:03:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone crisis has returned with a vengeance after Spain’s mounting woes pushed 10-year bonds yields back to the danger line of 6pc and the Madrid bourse crashed to its lowest level since the 2009. Markets took no notice of fresh austerity pledges from premier Mariano Rajoy, including new cuts worth €10bn in health and education - seen as a belated move to salvage Spain’s credibility after a spat with Brussels over fiscal slippage. Mr Rajoy said the bond attack should dispel the illusions of those who think Spain can muddle through without serious austerity. "Markets can decide to lend...
  • Multiculturalism: When Will the Sleeper Wake?

    04/10/2012 2:35:30 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    takimag.com ^ | 29MAR12 | by John Derbyshire
    London Mayor Boris Johnson spoke the other day about the riots that devastated London and other English cities last summer: The biggest shock for me from the riots was the sheer sense of nihilism—perhaps I should not have been shocked, but in my view literacy and numeracy are the best places to start. In seven particular boroughs in London one in four children are leaving functionally illiterate. In a few schools it is nearer 50%. We have to intervene at an earlier stage, and I think the mayor can help. Here is a thing that The New York Times said...
  • Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms (British radar)

    04/09/2012 10:56:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN Online ^ | April 6, 2012 | Chris Pocock
    Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms Officials from Raytheon UK and personnel from the Royal Air Force (RAF) are emphasizing the excellent performance of the Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (Astor) system over Afghanistan and Libya. They are hoping that the UK Ministry of Defence will reverse its 2010 decision to withdraw the ground surveillance system, which flies on five Bombardier Global Express business jets, after most British troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. Operating from Akrotiri airbase, Cyprus, RAF Sentinels flew more than 2,000 hours during NATO’s Libyan air campaign. They collected wide-area and spot-scene moving-target and synthetic...
  • Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one man's

    04/09/2012 8:17:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/9/12 | ohn Naish
    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat. Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age. His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms. Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery...
  • [UK] Homeowners to foot bill for green improvements

    04/09/2012 11:38:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 9, 2012 | By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent
    New regulations proposed by the government will prevent people making significant home improvements unless they also pay for energy saving measures such as loft or wall insulation for existing foundations at the same time. Home owners who are unable to afford the additional cost will be told to borrow it under the government's Green Deal, under which the money is paid back with interest via energy bills. The new regulations, which will apply to specified home improvements including loft and garage conversions, conservatory extensions, and boiler or window replacements, could come into effect as early as October when the Green...
  • Meet the world's biggest rabbit who is 4ft 4inches and weighs a whopping 3.5 STONE

    04/08/2012 9:09:55 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 56 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7 April 2012 @ | Tara Brady
    Meet the world's biggest Easter bunny, Darius the enormous Continental Giant, who weighs a whopping three-and-a-half stone and is 4ft 4in. Darius, aged three, munches through an incredible 12 carrots a day to keep up his strength and fuel his amazing growth spurt. He already held the title of world's biggest rabbit but has now smashed his own record after vets measured him a month ago and realised he had had grown another inch. It is a double celebration for Darius who shares his birthday, on Easter Sunday, with his beloved owner Annette Edwards. Ms Edwards, from Worcester, has bred...
  • Hackers 'shut down' Home Office website (UK)

    04/08/2012 1:06:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    The hacking group “Anonymous” appeared to have shut down the Home Office website on Saturday night, in an apparent protest against extraditions of British citizens to the US and so-called “draconian surveillance proposals.” An apparent “denial of service” attack made it impossible to access the Home Office website for at least an hour. Those trying to access the website were instead confronted by a notice that “Due to a high volume of traffic this page is currently unavailable.” The attack appeared to have been partly in protest at extradition proceedings against Gary McKinnon, 46, who is accused of hacking US...
  • Liberal Democrats threaten to 'kill' online surveillance plans (UK LibDems)

    04/08/2012 1:00:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | 12:15PM BST 08 Apr 2012
    Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron today vowed the party would "kill" proposals for increased monitoring of emails and internet use if they were not watered down. Mr. Farron said he was "prepared" to look at draft legislation, dubbed a "snoopers charter", when it is published, but warned he was "in no mood" to back "authoritarian" laws. Many Lib Dems were "horrified" by the plans, which would allow Government listening post GCHQ to monitor internet traffic—times, dates, numbers and addresses—in real time. … The Government has faced an intense backlash over the plans, with senior Conservatives joining Lib Dems and civil...
  • Robbed and ruined by a British court on the orders of the CIA... By David Rose

    04/08/2012 12:53:35 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | David Rose
    Despite the years of cruel reality, Margaret Bentham still seemed incredulous as she told her story, a story she once thought she could never share. But with quiet dignity she summed up the ordeal she and her businessman husband Stuart, a former British Army officer, have endured at the hands of the CIA. ‘We were robbed of a business worth millions,’ she said. ‘We were plunged into financial ruin. But the worst thing was, not only were we deprived of justice, we couldn’t tell a soul.’ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2126696/Margaret-Stuart-Bentham-Robbed-British-court-orders-CIA.html#ixzz1rTq3o4X4
  • Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy

    04/08/2012 9:20:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    defence management ^ | 05 April 2012
    Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy 05 April 2012 Brian Johnson, UK business development director at BAE Systems, answers questions about the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Can you provide some detail on the size and makeup of the team involved, their experience levels and the overall working approach to the design process? The team working on the Type 26 programme is currently around 250 strong. The team is centred in Bristol but a large design team is also based at BAE Systems' facility at Scotstoun in Glasgow. The team is a genuine 'rainbow' team comprising of...
  • Religious people are more likely to be leftwing, says thinktank Demos

    04/08/2012 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April8th 2012 | James Doward/James Legge
    Research undermines commonly held view that faith group members are more conservative... ... report by the thinktank Demos undermines the widely held view that members of religious groups are more likely to have conservative tendencies.... The Faithful Citizens report also has implications for the aspiration of prime minister David Cameron for a "big society". It finds that people who identify with a faith are more likely to volunteer, be politically engaged and to become active citizens in their neighbourhoods.... ...report suggests that the example of the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury, who combines deeply held progressive beliefs with his religious convictions,...
  • Why don't black Americans swim?

    04/07/2012 2:43:19 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 317 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7th April 2012 | Finlo Rohrer
    'A month ago, six African-American teenagers drowned in a single incident in Louisiana, prompting soul-searching about why so many young black Americans can't swim. When 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner accidentally stepped into deeper water while wading in the Red River in Shreveport, he panicked. JaTavious Warner, 17, Takeitha Warner, 13, JaMarcus Warner, 14, Litrelle Stewart, 18, Latevin Stewart, 15, and LaDarius Stewart, 17, rushed to help him and each other. None of them could swim. All six drowned. DeKendrix was rescued by a passer-by. Maude Warner, mother of three of the victims, and the other adults present also couldn't swim. The...
  • Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day

    04/07/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-7-12 | Damien Pearse
    Head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says symbol shows you 'live by Christ's standards in daily life' Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday – even if they are "a bit vague" about religion....
  • Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one

    04/06/2012 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2012 | John Naish
    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat. Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age. His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms. Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery...
  • A society that persecutes Christ is heading for terrible trouble (Essay on atheists, secularists)

    04/06/2012 6:36:04 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 6, 2012 | Charles Moore
    This week before Easter, I chanced upon the following two quotations. The first says: “Not for 2,000 years has it been possible for society to exclude or eliminate Christ from its social or political life without a terrible social or political consequence.” The second says: “Religion taught by a prophet or by a preacher of the truth is the only foundation on which to build a great and powerful empire.” The first is by Margaret Thatcher, opening her foreword to a book called Christianity and Conservatism, which appeared in 1990. The second appears in Tom Holland’s outstanding new book...
  • Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprint (Commiecare™ - what did you expect?)

    04/06/2012 4:51:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4/03/12
    Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprintAn elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the “carbon footprint” of her two-mile round trips to the surgery where she had been treated for 30 years was too large. By Daily Telegraph Reporter 11:48PM BST 03 Apr 2012 Avril Mulcahy, 83, was told to address the “green travelling issues” over her journeys from her home in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, to the West Road Surgery. The surgery wrote to Mrs Mulcahy, telling her to register with a new GP within 28 days. The letter said: “Our greatest concern is for your...
  • Britain's Royal Air Force considering purchase of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle

    04/05/2012 8:34:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | 05.04.12 | Anshel Pfeffer
    Britain's Royal Air Force considering purchase of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle U.K. looking at the Eitan system, also known as the Heron TP - the largest and most sophisticated drone Israel makes. LONDON - Britain's Royal Air Force has been considering the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel. The Eitan, also known as the Heron TP, is the largest and most sophisticated drone Israel makes. It is assembled by Israel Aerospace Industries and began operational service in the Israel Air Force two years ago, in a new squadron at the Tel Nof airbase. The Eitan's wingspan is as wide...
  • In defence of Big Brother: I want more snooping, not less (U.K.)

    04/05/2012 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 5, 2012 | Dan Hodges
     I want to live in a surveillance state. Big Brother, come cast your watchful eye over me and mine. I love you, bro. Seriously, when I saw the outcry over Government plans to gain access to telephone, email and internet, my initial reaction was: “You mean they can’t do that already?” I assumed, somewhat stupidly, that everything we said, typed or viewed was routinely monitored, and then filtered by some giant, super-secret computer tucked away in a heavily guarded subterranean basement of GCHQ: “Hodges has just said he wants to shoot another Liverpool player, sir.” “Oh, he’s always saying that, Jones....
  • Ł10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets

    04/05/2012 6:13:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 2012 | Jamie Mcginnes
    Ł10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets A Ł10billion fleet of refuelling planes for the RAF have been found to suffer leaks when they fill up British jets. Tests have shown connecting pipes leak on the Voyagers when they try to resupply Tornado jets - although they work fine when used by American fighters. It is feared the latest glitch to affect the aircraft, also used to evacuate battlefield casualties and transport troops, could delay their entry into service. The MoD agreed the PFI programme - the biggest ever - with Oxfordshire-based AirTanker for 14 planes....
  • Fans react to James Bond drinking beer

    04/05/2012 3:49:26 AM PDT · by shove_it · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4 Apr 2012 | Meriah Doty
    Not shaken, not stirred: James Bond will be drinking beer—not his signature martini—in a scene in the next big-screen 007 installment starring Daniel Craig. As part of a global ad campaign, Craig will be throwing back a Heineken in the upcoming "Skyfall" as well as on globally-run television spots, according to an Ad Age report. Yahoo! Movies reached out to its audience to gauge reaction to Bond's Heiney. And it is news the Dutch beer company may want to sit down for: "D**** you, Product Placement," Doug wrote on Twitter in response to our update on @YahooMovies. Davey C simply...
  • F-35: UK House of Commons Issues Status Report on JSF

    04/05/2012 1:57:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 4/5/2012 | UK Government News
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the new multirole fast jet for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. It will serve as the strike capability for the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and will partner the Typhoon to form the future fast jet fleet for the RAF. It is a multinational acquisition programme led by the United States in partnership with eight other nations, including the UK. There are three variants of the F-35: F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35C Carrier Variant (CV) The UK selected the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in...
  • Five Titanic myths spread by films

    04/04/2012 9:29:37 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5th April 2012 | Rosie Styles
    'It is the tragic story that everybody knows the end to - the doomed Titanic sinks. Its final hours have become the stuff of myth - but how much have the various film versions of the story helped to create and reinforce these legends?'
  • Children no longer need facts because they can look them up on smartphone, claim teachers (U.K.)

    04/04/2012 10:26:59 AM PDT · by Stoat · 42 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 4, 2012 | Graeme Paton
    Teachers said lessons should put a greater emphasis on broad skills such as independent research, interpreting evidence and critical thinking rather than learning dates, facts and figures by rote. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warned that pupils risked being failed by a Coalition overhaul of the curriculum that will emphasise the core knowledge that pupils should acquire at each key stage. It claimed that the move represented a throw-back to the 50s and would “kill children’s creativity”. Jon Overton, a teacher from inner-London, said that smartphones – with full internet access – can by used by pupils to quickly...
  • 'Who, What, Why: How many soldiers died in the US Civil War?'

    04/04/2012 6:34:20 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4th April 2012 | BBC News
    'A study suggests a previously widely accepted death toll of the US Civil War may actually be way under the mark. How many did perish in this conflict, fought before the era of modern record-keeping and DNA identification? The US Civil War was incontrovertibly the bloodiest, most devastating conflict in American history, and it remains unknown - and unknowable - exactly how many men died in Union and Confederate uniform. Now, it appears a long-held estimate of the war's death toll could have undercounted the dead by as many as 130,000. That is 21% of the earlier estimate - and...
  • Saudi Storm Shadow Sale Confirmed (British cruise missile)

    04/03/2012 9:42:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Arms Control Wonk ^ | 3 April 2012 | Jeffrey Lewis
    Saudi Storm Shadow Sale Confirmed By Jeffrey | 3 April 2012 | Thanks to Wikileaks (not work safe!), we now know that the UK did, in fact, sell the Storm Shadow cruise missile — an MTCR category I system if I’ve ever seen one — to Saudi Arabia. LtG Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force, confirmed the sale to US Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro in October 2009. Regular readers know that I have long believed that the UK sold the Storm Shadow cruise missile to Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that Storm Shadow ought...
  • Argentine president attacks Falklands ‘injustice’

    04/03/2012 6:36:45 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 13 replies
    FT.com ^ | April 2, 2012 | Jude Webber
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bd1c2d86-7cc7-11e1-9d8f-00144feab49a.html#ixzz1qz3YhPrn Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s president, used the 30th anniversary of her country’s invasion of the Falkland Islands to rubbish Britain’s claims to the south Atlantic territory, saying: “It is absurd to pretend dominion more than 14,000km across the sea.” “It is an injustice in the 21st century that there are still colonial enclaves,” Ms Fernández said in a sober speech...
  • Kirchner Criticizes Britain on Falklands War Anniversary

    04/02/2012 6:07:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 2, 2012 | MATT MOFFETT
    BUENOS AIRES—President Cristina Kirchner, in a speech Monday marking the 30th anniversary of the start Falkland Islands war between Argentina and the U.K, lashed out at Britain for perpetuating "colonialism" by maintaining its grip on the isolated archipelago. Mrs. Kirchner, who has tried reviving long dormant Argentine diplomatic and political efforts to claim the islands, also accused the British of appropriating offshore oil and gas resources that are rightfully Argentina's. "It's an injustice that in the midst of the 21st century that there are still colonial enclaves that we have just a few kilometers distance from here," she said, speaking...
  • Nice Europeans Don’t Stand A Chance Against This…

    04/02/2012 5:56:33 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 19 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 2 April 2012 | MacAoidh
    This video goes four minutes, and it’s heartbreaking. Imagine going back to your hometown and not only has the place completely gone to hell, but the people running rampant have the gall to get in your face and tell you you’re going to hell. The Islamists are taking over big chunks of Europe, and it’s worse in the UK than a lot of other places. They’re a hostile, invasive presence which is breaking down European society. And the response? You can see it on the video.
  • (EuroParl Prez Martin) Schulz: 1 million EU signatures could spur finance tax

    04/02/2012 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.03.12 @ 18:38 | Honor Mahony
    The citizens' initiative—a participative democracy tool coming into effect at the end of this week—could be used to pressure EU politicians into accepting a financial transactions tax (FTT), the European Parliament President has said. "I don't know if the next citizens' initiative would make the crisis disappear; I hope so. But a citizen's initiative to introduce the financial transactions tax could even increase the pressure on those who are still reluctant," Martin Schulz said at a press conference on Wednesday (28 March). His words come just as Germany—until now among the most ardent supporters of such a tax—appeared to concede...
  • Email and web use 'to be monitored' under new laws [UK]

    04/02/2012 11:56:04 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | April 1, 2012 | Staff
    The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon. Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time.
  • What are spies really like?

    04/02/2012 6:54:56 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 23 replies
    'Most people have watched a spy film, but few have ever met someone from the intelligence community. So how close are real spies to the Bournes and the Bonds? Peter Taylor looks at the world of the modern day secret agent.'
  • Anti-abortion climate 'will deter new generation of doctors' (UK)

    04/01/2012 10:15:45 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2012 | Ben Quinn and Sarah Boseley
    A new generation of doctors will be put off from becoming involved in abortion services by high-profile protest campaigns and a political "witch-hunt", providers fear. The current climate is already causing anxiety among doctors who are concerned that their practice will be called into question, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said, as activists behind a new campaign to demonstrate outside abortion clinics were joined at one protest in London by a Catholic bishop. The warning comes as the BPAS and pro-choice campaigners say they feel "under siege" after the government ordered an unannounced inspection of more than 250 clinics...
  • 135 Years of Records Reveals Deep Ocean Warming

    04/01/2012 9:40:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 62 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | 1 April 2012 | David Biello
    Her Majesty's Ship Challenger set sail in 1872. Stripped of her guns and outfitted for science, her mission was to sail around the globe sampling as she went. Among other scientific triumphs, the Challenger gathered the first global set of ocean temperature readings, more than 260 in all. The British expedition measured from the surface to a depth beyond 900 meters. In 2004, a set of drifting buoys began to make similar measurements. There are now more than 3000 of these floats bobbing in the world's seas, collecting oceanographic information. Comparing the data sets, separated by more than a century...
  • Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax

    04/01/2012 7:19:33 PM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    Times Leader ^ | DUBLIN March 31, 2012 (AP) | SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press
    Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax. The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party. Emotions ran raw as police backed by officers on horseback stopped demonstrators from entering the Dublin Convention Centre. Many protesters booed and heckled passers-by who were wearing Fine Gael conference passes, some screaming vulgar insults in their faces. Protesters jostled with police as they tried to block the way of...
  • How the U.S. Almost Betrayed Britain

    04/01/2012 5:57:20 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/31/2012 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    Thirty years ago this Monday, Argentine marines invaded the Falkland Islands, killed or captured its British defenders and declared the islands to be Argentine territory: Les Malvinas. Britain dispatched a naval "task force" to regain them less than a week later. The Falklands War had begun. According to newly released documents from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the U.S. almost took sides against its most important ally, driven by the diplomatic maneuvering of Secretary of State Alexander Haig... The most striking revelation from the meeting is the degree to which Haig's compromise favored the Argentines. The minutes are...
  • MILLER: America’s high tax leadership

    04/01/2012 3:16:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | Emily Miller
    The United States is now, officially, the worst place to do business in the developed world. On Sunday, Japan lowered its corporate tax rate in the hopes of luring business to its shores, handing the title of highest tax rate to the Land of the Free. The market reaction on Monday will tell whether money will begin flowing away from us and toward the more business-friendly Asian country. Japan’s combined corporate tax rate went down from 39.8 percent to 36.8 percent on its way to 34.5 percent within a few years. The U.S. federal rate is 35 percent and the...
  • Internet activity 'to be monitored' under new laws

    04/01/2012 11:16:52 AM PDT · by null and void · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1:07PM BST 01 Apr 2012
    Ministers are preparing a major expansion of the Government's powers to monitor the email exchanges and website visits of every person in the UK, it was reported today. Under legislation expected in next month's Queen's Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government's electronic "listening" agency – to examine "on demand" any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website However ministers believe it is essential that the police and security services have access to such communications data in order to tackle terrorism and protect the public. Although GCHQ would not be...
  • Clinton proposes missile shield to protect GCC

    03/31/2012 11:14:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Arab News ^ | April Fools' Day 2012 | Ghazanfar Ali Khan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, who met with the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) here yesterday, proposed a strong missile shield to protect Gulf Arab states from Tehran and sought to work with them to help end the violence in Iran's ally Syria. Clinton said: "It is a US priority to help the GCC build a regional missile defense architecture" against what that country sees as a looming ballistic missile threat from Iran. Clinton said that she looked forward to discussing the wide range of common strategic concerns, including preventing Iran from acquiring a...
  • Argentina threatens to sue banks helping Falklands oil explorers as trade war with Britain escalates

    03/31/2012 8:05:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/31/2012 | James Quinn
    A group of British and American banks have been threatened with legal action by the Argentine government for advising and writing research reports about companies involved in the Falkland Islands’ Ł1.6bn oil industry. In what amounts to the start of a new trade war between the UK and Argentina, the banks - understood to include the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs - have been warned they face criminal and civil action in Argentine courts. The threats were made in a series of letters sent to as many as 15 banks by the Argentine embassy in London...
  • Christian Demoted Over Facebook Comments Loses Human Rights Argument

    03/31/2012 6:12:56 PM PDT · by massmike · 27 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | 03/31/2012 | THE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE
    A judge has stopped a Christian from using human rights arguments in his legal case against his employer who demoted him because of his moderate comments about gay weddings in churches. The ruling was handed down last week by District Judge Charles Khan at Manchester County Court. Adrian Smith will continue his legal action, claiming breach of contract, but the judge’s ruling will fuel concerns that the rights of Christians are being relegated. The ruling also comes amid deep national controversy surrounding the government’s plans to redefine marriage. Smith was a housing manager at Trafford Housing Trust (THT) when, on...
  • The Fed's "Operation Twist". Europe And America. Grim Economic Prospects

    03/31/2012 2:33:22 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 3-31-2012 | Bob Chapman
    The Fed's "Operation Twist". Europe And America. Grim Economic Prospects Politics / US Economy Mar 31, 2012 - 12:03 PM By: Bob Chapman Seven months after the official announcement on 9/21/11 of “Operation Twist” not much progress has been made at the long end of the market to reduce yields. The yield on the 10-year T-note has gone from 1.88% to 2.3% and the 30-year bond went from 3.03% to 3.41%. The episode has been marred by hedge fund and sovereign selling, which has left the short end a little higher, but the long end much higher. The question now...
  • Mumbai terror attack survivor to be flag bearer at London 2012 Olympics

    03/31/2012 1:51:44 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 1, 2012 | Naomi Canton
    A British Asian man who narrowly escaped death and feared he may never walk again after being shot at in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks has been selected as a flag bearer at the London 2012 Olympics. Chartered surveyor Harnish Patel was fired at by gunmen while dining at Leopold Cafe on that horrific night of 2008 when Pakistani terrorists besieged the city. With bullet wounds to his legs and chest and in chronic pain, Patel was operated on at a Mumbai hospital before being airlifted back to the UK. Patel, a British Asian of East African Indian heritage who...
  • TV ad shows danger of 'invisible secondhand smoke'

    03/31/2012 1:50:13 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2012 | BBC News
    Making houses and cars smokefree is the only way to protect children from second-hand smoke, according to a new government campaign in England. The TV and radio adverts show how pervasive invisible second-hand smoke can be. Breathing it in can damage lungs and cause cancers, research has shown. Snip The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said it wanted to see smoking in cars made illegal, when children are present. "I have no doubt an outright ban on smoking in cars would have the same positive results [as banning drink-driving]” - Prof Terence Stephenson Royal College of Paediatrics &...
  • 2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies

    03/29/2012 6:37:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | CARL ZIMMER
    Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides are playing a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results. In Thursday’s issue of the journal Science, two teams of researchers published studies suggesting that low levels of a common pesticide can have significant effects on bee colonies. One experiment, conducted by French researchers, indicates that the chemicals fog honeybee brains, making it harder for them to find their way home. The other study, by scientists in Britain, suggests that...