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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...