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Kalima On December - 17 - 2012

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Good morning everyone.

I hope that when and if you have the time, MB will be the place where you will come to catch up with the latest international news from around the globe.

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Written by Kalima

Long time resident of Tokyo ---"Where is this woman I once knew so well?Memories fading or hurtling by like a howling wind at a speed I can't fathom or define. A star hangs like a teardrop from her eye, quivering but never falling.I search the empty corridors of my soul in hopes of catching just another glimpse of who she once presumed herself to be.Where is this woman who trod with such certainty, where is she now? I mourn her passing as another dawn breaks in my restless heart."

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  1. Kalima says:

    Good Morning everyone and welcome to Mumbly Monday.

    My Monday afternoon was hijacked by people from our house construction company who wanted to take some pictures of the inside of the house for an in-company competition. When I reminded them that the ideas for the interior were all mine, and the things in it that they wanted to photograph were all ours so that if they used them for anything else we expected the credit, they looked a bit surprised. Some places were off limits though, the tribe room because one of them has a tummy upset and was sleeping, and the bedroom. For my trouble I received some cakes which hubby will polish off in next to no time.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my cool evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ne. Won’t be here tomorrow as I have an appointment and these things tend to take the whole of the afternoon.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Cracks in Tepco’s 3/11 narrative

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/11/17/commentary/cracks-in-tepcos-311-narrative/#at_pco=tcb-1.0&at_tot=8&at_ab=-&at_pos=6

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    TEPCO starts fuel removal from Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131118p2g00m0dm028000c.html

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    Tepco aiming to cut 1,000 jobs via voluntary redundancy

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/16/national/tepco-aiming-to-cut-1000-jobs-via-voluntary-redundancy/#.Uom8jaVMIfE

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    Fukushima evacuees’ housing units crumbling

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/17/national/fukushima-evacuees-housing-units-crumbling/#.Uom8CaVMIfE

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    Chinese speculators buying up diapers in Japan

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/chinese-speculators-buying-up-diapers-in-japan

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Fuel pool

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/3794423
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Big Six energy prices rise eight times more than wages

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/big-six-energy-prices-rise-eight-times-more-than-wages-8945636.html

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    Hope the coalition is taking a bow. Shameful!
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    Malnutrition cases in English hospitals almost double in five years

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/malnutrition-cases-in-english-hospitals-almost-double-in-five-years-8945631.html

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    Thanks Tories. That’s another broken promise to delete from your website.
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    Executive pay rises by 14% as awards linked to shares soar

    Total pay package for an average FTSE 100 director rose by a 58% surge in the value of long-term incentive plans (LTIP)

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/nov/18/executive-pay-up-14-percent

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    Hear that Tories, you’re full of it. Iain Duncan-Smith should be made to eat his words.
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    Paying benefits ‘does not make unemployed lazy’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/paying-benefits-does-not-make-unemployed-lazy-8945753.html

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    Naples families protest over toxic waste

    Leakage from waste dumped by Camorra crime syndicate for decades has contaminated some water supplies

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/naples-protest-toxic-waste

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    Russia plane crash: No survivors as Boeing 737 bursts into flames on landing in Kazan

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-plane-crash-boeing-737-bursts-into-flames-on-landing-in-kazan-killing-50-8945388.html

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    At least six dead as multiple tornadoes sweep through America’s Midwest

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/at-least-six-dead-as-multiple-tornadoes-sweep-through-americas-midwest-8945669.html

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    About time. Thank you Nancy Pelosi.
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    Democrats rally behind president in defence of Obamacare

    Nancy Pelosi says website problems will be fixed and ‘Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act’

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/obamacare-democrats-healthcare

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    President Obama Should Never Apologize for Passing Obamacare

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/18/president-obama-should-never-apologize-for-passing-obamacare.html

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    Hurricane Katrina, The Obamacare Rollout, And Allowing Privilege To Shape Our Politics

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/16/2950911/obamacare-katrina-blind-spot-privilege/

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    Can anyone explain this to me? Anyone???
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    Cantor: We Can’t Pass Immigration Reform Because Healthcare.gov Is Having Technical Difficulties

    http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/11/15/2952701/cantor-pass-immigration-reform-healthcaregov/

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    Feathering his own political nest.
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    Wisconsin Governor Seeks to Extend Medicaid

    “We want to make sure nobody falls through the cracks,” said Gov. Scott Walker, citing the troubled rollout of the new federal health care law.

    http://nyti.ms/17wXtnK

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    The Shame of American Health Care

    People in the United States pay more and get less than citizens in other advanced countries.

    http://nyti.ms/1bHi0Wa

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    A Permanent Slump? By Paul Krugman

    The new normal for our economy may be a state of mild depression.

    http://nyti.ms/I0oEw2

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    Top Syrian rebel commander Abdul Qader Saleh ‘dies’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24984365

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    31 Syrian soldiers killed by rebel bomb blast

    Assad regime hit by bomb on army transport base near Damascus, with reports 31 soldiers are killed

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10456213/31-Syrian-soldiers-killed-by-rebel-bomb-blast.html

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    Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp mushrooms as Syrians set up shop

    Markets and schools create vibrant atmosphere, but concerns are growing over the strain on public services in the region

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/nov/18/jordan-zaatari-refugee-camp-syria-shops

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    Egypt: 24 dead as train crashes into vehicles outside Cairo

    Many of the dead were returning from a wedding when a train struck their mini-bus and other vehicles

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/10456410/Egypt-24-dead-as-train-crashes-into-vehicles-outside-Cairo.html

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    Misrata militia ordered out of Tripoli after clashes

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24982399

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    Blah, blah, blah…………
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    Netanyahu steps up attack on prospect of Iran nuclear weapons deal

    Israeli PM calls for sanctions and says he will not allow ‘ayatollahs with nuclear weapons’ to threaten ‘the Jewish people’

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/binyamin-netanyahu-iran-nuclear-weapons-talks

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    Israel’s ‘exceptionalism’ and the UN

    Critics say ending UN rights council boycott will diminish scrutiny of Israel’s occupation.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/11/israel-exceptionalism-un-2013111710465371468.html

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    The real poison is to be found in Arafat’s legacy

    He placed vain trust in Israel and the US – mistakes that his people are still paying for

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-real-poison-is-to-be-found-in-arafats-legacy-8945393.html

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    Qatar 2022 World Cup workers ‘treated like cattle’, Amnesty report finds

    Fresh fears raised about exploitation after Fifa president declares country ‘on right track’ over migrant labourers’ rights

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/qatar-world-cup-worker-amnesty-report

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    UN report detailing Taliban fighter deaths warns of force’s illicit funding

    Report estimates 12,000 rebels are thought to have been killed, captured or wounded

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/un-report-taliban-fighter-deaths

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    Australia ‘spied on Indonesia President Yudhoyono’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24952229

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    China police station attack leaves 11 dead

    Nine attackers and two officers killed in Xinjiang area dogged by unrest among Uighur Muslims

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/china-police-station-attack-xinjiang

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    Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia over spying allegations – live updates

    LIVEAustralian surveillance agencies targeted the mobile phone calls of Indonesian president, his wife and and senior Indonesian ministers, according to top secret documents revealed by Guardian Australia and the ABC. Follow all the reaction to the revelations here

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/18/australia-indonesia-spying-revelations-live
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to the question “What Western resort town was the first city in the U.S. to be totally governed by women”?

    Jackson, Wyoming, which elected a woman mayor and women to its four city council seats in 1920, the year the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote.

    Today’s question.

    Which familiar features on the face of the Man in the Moon are created by the Sea of Showers and the Sea of Serenity on the lunar surface?

    HINT: Two.

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    A journey to the heart of Africa’s Aids epidemic

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/a-journey-to-the-heart-of-africas-aids-epidemic-8945522.html

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    Lily’s story: it takes more than drive to succeed

    Poverty is a thief that steals childhood dreams. You can’t expect a kid to excel when they have to raise the rest of their family

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/17/growing-up-in-poverty-bronx-new-york

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    In Dealey Plaza, it’s forever 1963: The assassination of John F Kennedy – 50 years on

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/in-dealey-plaza-its-forever-1963-the-assassination-of-john-f-kennedy–50-years-on-8945436.html

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    Reporting JFK’s assassination: A BBC correspondent’s notes

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24954509

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    Lincoln’s Sound Bite: Have Faith in Democracy

    Rarely was so much compressed into such simple elements.

    http://nyti.ms/1gX0Urb

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    Gone With The Wind didn’t give a damn about slavery

    Why most films of Hollywood’s golden age chose to brush race issues under the carpet

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/nov/18/slavery-gone-with-the-wind

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    In pictures: Catholics flock to churches as typhoon aid arrives in Philippines

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/10455225/In-pictures-Catholics-flock-to-churches-as-typhoon-aid-arrives-in-Philippines.html

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    Guns ‘Bible’ Guns & Ammo fires writer for off-message editorial

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/guns-bible-guns–ammo-fires-writer-for-offmessage-editorial-8945508.html

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    Murdoch sale led to ruin of MySpace, says its co-founder

    News Corp squandered $15bn of investors’ cash, Chris DeWolfe tells Katherine Rushton

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10455975/Murdoch-sale-led-to-ruin-of-MySpace-says-its-co-founder.html

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    Doris Lessing: a woman ahead of her time

    The impact of Doris Lessing is still profound, says Gaby Wood

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10455882/Doris-Lessing-a-woman-ahead-of-her-time.html

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    They’ve betrayed feminism, they define life in terms of sex, they’re always whingeing. What’s wrong with today’s younger generation?

    Each decade the spoiling gets worse and is mistaken for perfect child rearing

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/theyve-betrayed-feminism-they-define-life-in-terms-of-sex-theyre-always-whingeing-whats-wrong-with-todays-younger-generation-8945406.html

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    The week in pictures: 15 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10452413/The-week-in-pictures-15-November-2013.html

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    Week in pictures: 9-15 November 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24954392

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    Picture Desk Live

    The best pictures of the day – live

    The Guardian’s photo team brings you a daily round-up from the world of photography

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/15/the-best-pictures-of-the-day-live

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! Well, the very least those construction people could do is to share the prize with you when they win the in-house competition with photos of your designs!

      I know that you’re off to your appointment now, but if you have a spare moment later, I wonder if you could send off a copy of the article on the rising rate of malnutrition in Britain. The newspaper people tell me that I have once more exceeded the number of articles I’m allowed to read without forking over some US $. :-D But I’d really like to read it. Many thank yous in advance, dear Kalima!

      England seems to be headed back to the Dickensian days of yesteryear — the Badde Olde Days of rickets, anemia, malnutrition, and freezing in one’s own home in the winter. A very dysfunctional form of nostalgia to say the least. And Mr. Cameron seems to crave the role of Scrooge.

      Well, I never thought I’d be even a little part of an MB story, but it happened today. We did indeed have tornadoes rolling through these parts (as well as Illinois and Indiana) last evening. On an unexplainable impulse, I altered my route home from visiting the DOD (Dear Old Dad) and thereby dodged the F-2 tornado that hit the spot where I would otherwise have been. I’m beginning to feel like a cat who’s on Life #6 or #7. :shock:

      An absolutely wonderful article on why the Prez should never apologize for having gotten the Affordable Care Act passed. However flawed the rollout, this law will ultimately benefit
      so many people that it will be part of a great legacy.

      Krugman is on the money (literally) again. This potential for a new normal of low-grade economic depression seems to make sense. He mentions low population growth and high household debt as reasons for lagging consumer spending, but I wonder if he might want also to consider the fact that we have a ridiculously and disproportionately low minimum wage in this country. (Leave it to me to want to improve on Krugman. :lol: ) But really — how can people spend money they don’t have?

      I get the impression that John Kerry is just about ready to wring Bibi Netanyahu’s neck over these Iran nuclear talks. Argh.

      Today’s trivia: I think I’ll just have to hope for the best and say “Aye-aye!” for “Eyes.”

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  2. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    I might not have mentioned it before but tomorrow morning the Tokyo Electric company are coming to dig a hole just by the side of our house to check what lies beneath. A few days ago a nice man came to explain it all to me, said he was the PR man. We have just had new stones laid when they chopped off a corner of our property and in return, they offered to move an ugly lamppost/ utility pole 1 meter 20 cm to the right so that it doesn’t block our view so much. Not that there is anything interesting to see once it’s been moved, but it’s the thought that counts. Our ward/area is doing something nice for us instead of milking us dry with residence taxes. When I asked why the ugly cables, some as thick as my thigh, could not be buried under ground, he explained that in Japan most of the roads and streets are too narrow and already have gas, water and sewage pipes cluttering the ground below. He has a point as the road running behind our house is only just over 4 meters wide. Will let you know if the moving of the pole will be successful and if it makes any difference to our lives.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my rainy corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Risky fuel removal about to start

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/14/national/risky-fuel-removal-about-to-start/#.UoWwJaVMIfE

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    Some spent fuel rods at Fukushima were damaged before 2011 disaster

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/some-spent-fuel-rods-at-fukushima-were-damaged-before-2011-disaster

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    Leaks seen under reactor 1 containment vessel

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/14/national/leaks-seen-under-reactor-1-containment-vessel/#.UoWxdKVMIfE

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    Only 1 in 5?
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    1 in 5 people in Japan avoid produce from radiation-exposed areas

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131115p2g00m0dm027000c.html

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    ‘Hafu’ tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/arts-culture/view/hafu-tells-story-of-japans-mixed-race-minority-and-changing-attitudes-in-society

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Blue night

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/blue-night
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Huh? So much for freedom of speech and the right to orderly protests.
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    Councils to be given powers to ban peaceful protests that might disturb local residents

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/councils-to-be-given-powers-to-ban-peaceful-protests-that-might-disturb-local-residents-8940535.html

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    Competition is killing the NHS, for no good reason but ideology

    Enforced competition, as predicted, is wasting millions and putting lives at risk. Just look at Bournemouth and Poole

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/15/competition-killing-nhs-bournemouth-poole

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    The disengaged: how four in ten voters reject ALL parties

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-disengaged-how-four-in-ten-voters-reject-all-parties-8940389.html

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    Cameron is attacking those he thinks ‘lack aspiration’. What would he know?

    I’ve taught hundreds of pupils from poorer backgrounds, and of course they want to get on in life

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/cameron-is-attacking-those-he-thinks-lack-aspiration-what-would-he-know-8939137.html

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    Why should Britain build new towns when it already has great cities?

    Awarding prizes for the urbanisation of the countryside makes no sense while existing cities are given Cinderella status

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/14/why-build-new-towns-when-we-have-cities

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    List of broken Tory promises deleted from their website. In retrospect some of the biggest lies of the century.
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    Tories ‘deleted 10 years of speeches and press releases from party website’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-deleted-past-broken-promises-from-party-website-8937435.html

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    Tory website purge extends to YouTube page, prompting airbrushing claims

    Deletion of WebCameron videos and speeches boost critics’ view that ‘modernisation is ending’ says ex-PM speechwriter

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/14/tory-website-purge-youtube-webcameron

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    Lord Owen calls for release of Blair and Bush Iraq evidence

    Former foreign secretary critical of Whitehall’s refusal to disclose records and describes Blair’s stance on the material ‘an affront’

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/14/lord-owen-iraq-release-blair-bush-evidence

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    Francois Hollande in crisis as France engulfed by ‘exasperation and anger’

    François Hollande’s popularity now stands at 15 per cent amongst French public The French president’s approval rating hits a new low as regional governments warn of ‘dangerous climate’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/francois-hollande/10450534/Francois-Hollande-in-crisis-as-France-engulfed-by-exasperation-and-anger.html

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    Swiss divided as 1:12 executive pay referendum nears

    Big business accused of scaremongering just days before vote on capping bosses’ pay at 12 times that of their worst-paid staff

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/nov/14/swiss-divide-1-12-executive-pay-referendum

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    Madrid’s rotting rubbish mounds spark political finger pointing

    Mayor Ana Botella becomes target for citizens as refuse piles up on streets during strike by 6,000 street cleaners

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/blame-madrid-rubbish-mayor-botilla

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    Kosovo PM urges Serbs to vote in make-or-break elections

    Hashim Thaçi says participation vital to peace deal with Serbia after violence led to aborted poll in ethnically divided Mitrovica

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/kosovo-pm-hashim-thaci-serbs-vote-elections

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    *Sigh*
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    Obama admits to rollout ‘fumble’ and offers health insurance fix

    Move will allow people with existing policies that do not meet minimum Obamacare standards to keep them for another year

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/obama-healthcare-insurance-policy-amnesty

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    Everything You Need To Know About Obama’s ‘Fix’ For Insurers Canceling Plans

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/14/2941161/obama-plans-let-coverage-like/

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    A Health Care Fix

    Facing political furor, President Obama corrects earlier statements and offers a way to let some people keep their current insurance policies.

    http://nyti.ms/1j8eKUi

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    Stop-and-frisk: only 3% of 2.4m stops result in conviction, report finds

    Report by New York attorney general is first detailed examination of policy deemed unconstitutional earlier this year

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/stop-and-frisk-new-york-conviction-rate

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    Sandy Hook families launch ‘cultural change’ campaign on gun violence

    Sandy Hook Promise campaign hopes to recruit 500,000 parents prioritising local violence prevention over DC legislation

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/sandy-hook-newton-shooting-victims-gun-violence-campaign

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    Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity Spent Record $122 Million In 2012

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/14/2944811/americans-prosperity-122-million/

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    Time to cancel my Facebook account.
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    Facebook and Microsoft help fund rightwing lobby network, report finds

    State Policy Network rejects climate change, opposes workers’ rights – and is backed by some top US tech and telecoms firms

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/facebook-microsoft-rightwing-lobby-network-spn

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    The man is pathetic.
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    George W Bush’s new ‘crusade’: converting Jews to Christianity

    Bush is speaking at a fundraiser today for Messianic Jews. It’s the same imperial mentality that’s ravaged the holy land for ages

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2013/nov/14/george-w-bush-speech-messianic-judaism

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    Court rules 3,000-year-old gold relic to be returned to German museum

    Family lore says Holocaust survivor, who brought the tablet when he settled in US, got it by trading cigarettes to a Russian soldier

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/court-return-gold-relic-holocaust-germany

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    Hundreds arrested as Canadian police smash global paedophile ring

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hundreds-arrested-as-canadian-police-smash-global-paedophile-ring-8940562.html

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    Oh good Lord!
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    Venezuela’s President Maduro moves nearer to decree powers

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24951590

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    Support from a terrorist group, wow, how fitting.
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    Hezbollah will carry on backing Bashar al-Assad, says leader Nasrallah

    Head of Islamic movement in Lebanon justifies troops’ presence in Syria as resistance against extremists and Israel

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/hezbollah-assad-syria-nasrallah-lebanon

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    The Egyptian general idolised for deposing former President Mohamed Morsi

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/the-egyptian-general-idolised-for-deposing-former-president-mohamed-morsi-8940476.html

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    Ethiopians ‘surrender’ in Saudi after clamp down

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24938570

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    Just like that.
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    Gambia severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24951115

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    UN reports halt in Iran’s nuclear activities three months after moderate Hassan Rouhani became president

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/un-reports-halt-in-irans-nuclear-activities-three-months-after-moderate-hassan-rouhani-became-president-8940459.html

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    Bombings kills dozens of Shia pilgrims in Iraq

    One of the most important days in the Shia religious calendar is marked by a wave of attacks killing at least 43

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10449308/Bombing-kills-dozen-in-Iraq.html

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    What difference does it make, they still would have beheaded someone else. Not much of an apology.
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    Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person

    Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham militants say sorry for decapitating a fellow extremist rather than enemy

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10449815/Al-Qaeda-linked-rebels-apologise-after-cutting-off-head-of-wrong-person.html

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    Sri Lanka human rights overshadow summit

    Allegations of human rights violations have led to several high profile boycotts of Commonwealth Summit

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2013/11/sri-lanka-human-rights-overshadow-summit-2013111420930998533.html

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    Typhoon Haiyan: China gives less aid to Philippines than Ikea

    World’s second largest economy pledges less than $2m to help relief effort, compared to furniture store’s $2.7m

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/typhoon-haiyan-china-aid-philippines-ikea

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    N Korea denies giving military aid to Syria

    North Korea denies “foreign media reports” it is sending helicopter pilots and advisers to help Syrian government.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/n-korea-denies-giving-military-aid-syria-201311150579120661.html

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    Frustration spreads in Philippines at slow pace of typhoon relief effort

    Officials post death toll of 4,000 in Tacloban city alone, with UN confirming some of worst-hit areas have received no aid

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/typhoon-haiyan-relief-effort-stalls-philippines
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. To hide stains. Designed in the 1800′s by French chef Marie-Antoine Careme, making it white to emphasise the cleanliness of the kitchen and double-breasted so it could be buttoned either way to cover up stains.

    We have a winner, and well done again kes.

    Today’s question.

    What Western resort town was the first city in the U.S. to be totally governed by women?

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    The Fight for Native Families

    Fault Lines examines why so many Native American children are caught in the child welfare system in South Dakota.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2013/11/fight-native-families-2013111484221295305.html

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    I lost my son to mental illness – we must fight for more compassion

    Stigma surrounding mental illness will continue until mothers and fathers, siblings and friends come out of the centuries-old shadows of fear, unite and stand firm for our loved ones

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/15/i-lost-my-son-to-mental-illness-we-must-fight-for-more-compassion

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    Quite horrifying.
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    Lethal injection: Secretive US states resort to untested drugs

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24935868

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    I found this video bordering on exploitation. This is how Mr. Wolf might have looked if he had had a job in the first place, and for all we know, his alcohol problem probably stems from not having a stable life too.
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    Trending: Why Jim Wolf’s makeover video went viral

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24942277

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    I preferred this one.
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    Dog days: the struggle to survive for street dogs and their homeless owners – video

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2013/nov/13/dogs-homeless-leeds-video

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    Top 10 irreplaceable nature reserves on Earth – in pictures

    The most irreplaceable nature reserves on Earth have been identified by an international team of scientists, based on the large numbers of threatened animals and birds they harbour. They range from a misty mountain refuge for nature in Colombia, to the rainforests of Madagascar, the elephant-rich hills of western India and the wet tropics of Queensland, Australia

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/nov/14/top-10-irreplaceable-nature-reserves-in-pictures

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    Afros, quiffs and a swan lake: Deutsche Börse photography prize 2014 – in pictures

    The four shortlisted artists for the annual £30,000 prize are redefining photography, as they turn their lenses – and video cameras – on everything from rebel fighters (thanks to Ireland’s Venice Biennale representative, Richard Mosse) to themselves (Spain’s Alberto García-Alix).

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/nov/14/deutsche-borse-photography-prize-2014-pictures

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    Pictures of the day: 14 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10448757/Pictures-of-the-day-12-November-2013.html

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    The best pictures of the day – live

    LIVEThe Guardian’s photo team brings you a daily round-up from the world of photography

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/15/the-best-pictures-of-the-day-live

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    • AdLib says:

      Hey Kalima!

      Well, at least you’re getting something in trade for a bit of your property. Too bad they can’t put the cables underground though, it’s kind of like the movie Brazil where there are pipes and tubes stuffed under and behind everything in the city.

      What is going on in the UK turns my stomach. Allowing local councils to outlaw protests and normal behavior by citizens under the grounds that they may disturb residents? Then the first thing to be outlawed should be this law since it should hugely disturb residents.

      I wish we could have a vote like the Swiss on capping executive pay at 12 times the average worker’s! That would really change things for the better quickly.

      It fascinates me that Hollande raised over a billion Euros in taxes on most French citizens instead of hammering the wealthy like any smart socialist would. I don’t understand his mindset, what did he think would happen? People already suffering would just go along with being hit with big new taxes?

      It’s not surprising that Microsoft and Facebook are further supporting the RW agenda against most Americans, both have shown no conscience in pursuing billions by exploiting people and trying to build a monopoly. These are not good people. Gates has also been pivotal in forcing GMOs on poor countries and in the US as well. Wealthy corporate people are generally working directly against the best interest of the people, their growing wealth is reliant upon keeping the people down.

      Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person

      Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham militants say sorry for decapitating a fellow extremist rather than enemy

      Wow…it’s like a black comedy. Is there a Hallmark card for, “Sorry I cut your father’s head off by mistake but pobody’s nerfect!”

      Hmm…the first U.S. city to be governed by women…would it be in MISSisssippi? I know, SHEcago! Okay, I give up…unless it’s Charlotte, NC?

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      • Kalima says:

        Hi AdLib.

        It is outrageous to take away the freedom and right to protest, and the only thing I can think of is that the Tories pushed this through because of the recent anti-fracking protests. Fracking is going to make the U.K. rich don’t you know, although the experts claim otherwise, and the only ones getting rich will be the politicians pushing it. Lies, lies and more lies.

        Al-Qaeda Hallmark cards, you never know, but just too weird to even contemplate. :shock:

        My favourite of your answers was Shecago :lol: but alas, no. I’ll be back with the answer as soon as I get my hearing back. Hole was dug and pole transplanting starts on the 19th, thankfully when I am away from home. If they drop it, I won’t have a house to come home to.

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  3. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    I managed a sneaky nap while the construction elves were on their lunch break today. Keeping fingers and toes tightly crossed that they at least get a roof on before the weather turns, although I doubt it. Maybe I should volunteer to help them but on second thoughts, I’m quite dangerous with a hammer, to myself that is.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my now quite evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Thyroid cancers up in Fukushima

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/13/national/thyroid-cancers-up-in-fukushima/#.UoRxzKVMIfE

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    TEPCO ready for fuel removal from No. 4 spent fuel pool: U.S. expert

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131114p2g00m0dm040000c.html

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    New law paves way to break up electricity monopolies

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/13/national/new-law-paves-way-to-break-up-electricity-monopolies/#.UoRyAKVMIfE

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    Japan to send up to 1,000 SDF members for relief work in Philippines

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131114p2g00m0dm041000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Tower top

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/tower-top
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Exclusive: US blocks publication of Chilcot’s report on how Britain went to war with Iraq

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-us-blocks-publication-of-chilcots-report-on-how-britain-went-to-war-with-iraq-8937772.html

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    Out of sight out of mind? I don’t think so guys.
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    Tories ‘deleted past broken promises from party website’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-deleted-past-broken-promises-from-party-website-8937435.html

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    Is Clegg only just waking up?
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    Cameron just wants to cut for cutting’s sake, claims Clegg

    The Prime Minister’s plans for permanent cuts in spending would condemn Britain to “indefinite austerity”, warns Nick Clegg

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/10448340/Cameron-just-wants-to-cut-for-cuttings-sake-claims-Clegg.html

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    The moment David Cameron lost the 2015 general election

    By extolling the virtues of permanent austerity, the prime minister has abandoned the middle ground he needs to win

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/13/david-cameron-permanent-austerity-lose-election-2015

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    Everyone needs to tighten their belts – except for Tory MPs, that is

    Slip-ups with expenses and the odd £17m windfall are fine. It’s having an ex-PM who doesn’t know which way to pass the port that’s really bringing the Conservative party into disrepute

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/13/everyone-tighten-belts-except-tory-mps

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    Eurozone GDP: French economy shrinks by 0.1% as German growth slows – live

    LIVE• French GDP unexpectedly contracted in Q3
    • Germany grew by 0.3%

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/nov/14/eurozone-gdp-france-economy-shrinks-by-01-as-german-growth-slows-live

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    They deserve each other. Two hate-filled degenerates.
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    Dutch Eurosceptic Wilders and France’s Le Pen unite

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24924372

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    Pope Francis ‘may be at risk from Italian mafia’

    The Pope’s efforts to tackle corruption within the Catholic Church could put him at risk from the Italian mafia, a leading prosecutor warns

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/10447007/Pope-Francis-may-be-at-risk-from-Italian-mafia.html

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    ‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It’ Is Easier Said Than Done

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/13/2931281/democrats-baited-voting-policy-bills/

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    California Health Exchange Beats All Others in Enrollment, Officials Say

    About 2,000 people are enrolling in private health care plans daily through the state’s website, officials said, a rate that has picked up considerably over the past few weeks.

    http://nyti.ms/1e4z3BC

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    Four US Marines killed in accident at Camp Pendleton in California

    News reports suggest the deadly incident involved the detonation of unexploded ordnance

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10448383/Four-US-Marines-killed-in-accident-at-Camp-Pendleton-in-California.html

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    Those big fat Boehner lies.
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    Teens Confront Speaker Boehner On Immigration Reform

    http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/11/13/2933151/teenagers-confront-boehner-diner/

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    Serving Life for This? By Nicholas Kristof

    In America, nonviolent offenses are getting grotesque punishment.

    http://nyti.ms/1drzjcT

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    Majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real, study shows

    Study suggests far-reaching acceptance of climate change in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and Oklahoma

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/13/climate-change-red-state-opinion-america-study

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    The Right’s Slavery Obsession

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/12/the-right-s-slavery-obsession.html

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    Huh??? :shock:
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    Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford claims he is ‘a role model for down and out kids’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/cracksmoking-toronto-mayor-rob-ford-claims-he-is-a-role-model-for-down-and-out-kids-8937884.html

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    Syria rebels urge Aleppo mobilisation to halt assault

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24927097

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    Mohamed Morsi accuses army chief of treason

    Former Egyptian president’s speech damns man who toppled him, General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, marking escalation in rhetoric

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/mohamed-morsi-accuses-army-chief-treason-egypt

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    Russia seeks to up Middle East influence with Egypt mission

    Moscow sends top officials to discuss military deals with country’s new rulers, amid discontent in Cairo over partial withdrawal of US support

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/10447956/Russia-seeks-to-up-Middle-East-influence-with-Egypt-mission.html

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    US names Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Ansaru ‘terrorists’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24931684

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    In Iran, France, not Britain, now the ‘Little Satan’

    Nuclear watch: France is widely seen as the culprit for scuttling the nuclear talks in Geneva

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/iran-france-not-uk-now-the-little-satan

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    Iran to ban morality police from targeting women

    President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the country’s morality police to stop arresting women considered to be in defiance of a strict dress code

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10446613/Iran-to-ban-morality-police-from-targeting-women.html

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    Iraq Shia pilgrims and police killed in bomb attacks

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24923794

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    No wonder it’s so hard to reform the justice system in India if the top police guy thinks this way. Horrendous!!
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    India’s top police official Ranjit Sinha apologises after ‘if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it’ remark

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indias-top-police-official-ranjit-sinha-apologises-after-if-you-cant-prevent-rape-you-enjoy-it-remark-8937253.html

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    Have they lost their minds? Sheer madness.
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    China granted seat on UN’s human rights council

    Campaigners express concern at China’s human rights record as it gains seat along with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/china-granted-seat-un-human-rights-council

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    Typhoon Haiyan: US carrier to boost relief effort

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24936387

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    Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines government on defensive over slow response

    Supplies of food and water running dangerously low in hardest-hit areas, as the mayor of devastated Tacloban City urges its residents to flee

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10448420/Typhoon-Haiyan-Philippines-government-on-defensive-over-slow-response.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. An individual’s body clock or natural internal rhythm, the circadian factors that determine whether someone is a morning person, or an evening person, or neither. Kes got the right answer, so well done.

    I used to be a night person but now am neither. It means that I’m just as useless and tired in the mornings as I am in the evenings.

    Today’s question.

    Why is the traditional chef’s jacket double-breasted?

    Hint: Think cleanliness.

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    The precarious life of Zabulon Simintov, the last Jew in Afghanistan

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/the-precarious-life-of-zabulon-simintov-the-last-jew-in-afghanistan-8937759.html

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    Rebuilding lives, after the conflict: How traumatised youngsters in the Central African Republic can hope to return to a normal life thanks to Independent readers

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/rebuilding-lives-after-the-conflict-how-traumatised-youngsters-in-the-central-african-republic-can-hope-to-return-to-a-normal-life-thanks-to-independent-readers-8937773.html

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    In pictures: Waiting for aid

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24922331

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    Lily Allen says her video for Hard Out Here isn’t to do with race. She is wrong

    Racism works by denying the presence of race, the privilege being to not notice it

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/13/lily-allen-hard-out-here-racism

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    Why you won’t catch me queuing for a burger

    Waiting two hours in a line for beef in a bun was never going to be a good idea

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/13/jay-rayner-queue-for-hamburger

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    Ok, this is freaky but I laughed even though I’m against it.
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    Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

    http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/209534/bad-taxidermy-is-the-perfect-mix-of-hilarious-and-terrifying/

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    :lol:
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    Sarah Palin tries to woo America with her guide to celebrating Christmas

    The former vice-presidential candidate has written a book, Good Tidings and Great Joy, about the real meaning of Christmas. We read it so you don’t have to.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/nov/13/sarah-palin-guide-celebrating-christmas

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    How about this? :)
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    Elephant orchestra: Can animals make real music?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24400364

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    How to make the perfect onion bhajis

    Can another member of the fritter family beat the onion bhaji, do you eat them as a starter or a snack, and what do you serve with them?

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/nov/13/how-to-make-perfect-onion-bhajis

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    Pictures of the day: 13 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10445816/Pictures-of-the-day-12-November-2013.html

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    Picture Desk Live

    Best pictures of the day – live

    The Guardian’s photo team brings you a daily round-up from the world of photography

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/13/best-pictures-of-the-day-live

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! Here I am — rolling in late in the day — after a day of so many missed connections with a friend that the situation actually was pretty funny in the end. We were supposed to meet up at the grand opening of a new clothing store here in the Glass City. Several hours and a lost cell phone (hers) later, we gave it up and laughingly agreed to try another day.

      I know we here at the Planet have talked about this before — the strong similarity between the RW in Britain and here in the U.S. And they’ve done it again. Nothing like erasing the history that doesn’t line up with your current warped version of pseudo-reality. Seems the Tories have wiped out years of documents and speeches from their website — you know, the ones where they made all those promises they never kept?

      Among the speeches no longer available are those in which David Cameron and George Osborne pledged not to re-organise the NHS, to support Labour spending plans if they won power and ironically to ensure “near-total transparency of the political and governing elite”.

      What a relief it was to read the opinion piece that described Cameron’s “Austerity is Forever” speech as a career-ender, in effect. Honestly if the U.K. reelected this guy, I would be in despair. What country would choose to put itself through even more of what he has done?

      Don’t you wonder how much time has to pass before the documents and records of conversations between Dubya and Tony Blair regarding the Iraq war will be considered “safe” to release? I’d love to see the truth get out while both of them are still around to face it.

      I actually gasped out loud when I read the comment: “If you can’t prevent rape, you might as well enjoy it.” There really are no words. I’d be tempted to ask this guy how much he’d “enjoy” rape in a prison environment. Women are not the only victims of this crime after all.

      This situation is the Philippines is so tragic. Don’t you wish that there were some sort of centralized global emergency response team that was more efficient and could get aid to these places in far less than 6 days?

      On a lighter note, Sarah Palin’s Christmas book sounds like something even worse than a lump of coal to get in your Christmas stocking. Leave it to her to present a paranoid (“Everyone picks on Christians.”) and greedy (“Here’s a bunch of stuff you should buy.”) version of the birth of Christ. I thought the review was hilarious. Britain finds her baffling and amusing.

      Speaking of amusing — that taxidermy article!!! :lol: :lol:
      Truly — Planeteers! You must go have a look. Creepy. And yet laugh out loud funny.

      Today’s trivia: I’m guessing again today. Was there a time when those chefs would cook for hours, get the fronts of their jackets all messy, and then — at serving time — flip the double-breasted front over to the clean side and look presentable at the presentation of the meal? That’s the only thing I can think of. :-D

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes. A day of missing connections, I’ve had plenty of those recently. :D

        Yes, the resemblance between the Tories and the GOP is quite astounding, unless they all read from the same “How to be a Bad Politician” book. I posted a more detailed article about what they have removed from their web site, but apparently it doesn’t end there. Included today is that they have also been “spring cleaning” on their youtube page. Like ostriches burying their heads in the sand thinking that if they can’t see us, we can’t see them. So juvenile and unprofessional because you can bet there are plenty of records and copies of videos circling around the web for posterity. Once it’s out there, there is no pretending you didn’t say it, just as the U.S. Republicans and their piggyback riders, the TP. Remember, David Cameron thought that LOL meant “Lots of Love”. :lol:

        Someone is asking for the information about Blair and Bush to be released in an article today. The public has a right to know, too many lives were lost for what exactly?

        The police chief in India should be sacked. In a country where gang rape is on the increase, people like him are obviously not doing their job of protecting people. Yes, gang rape in prison would teach him a lesson, then the women could ask him how much he enjoyed it. Disgusting pos.

        As for Sarah, I don’t think the Brits are baffled by her, they just enjoy making jokes about her. The comedians had a great old time at her expense when she was picked as VP, it was hilarious. I liked the way they wrote, “We read it so you don’t have to”.

        The situation in the Philippines is heart wrenching, so many people in need, and so many places difficult to get to with any aid because the country is made up of many separate islands, and some places are more difficult to reach than others. It was the same after our 2011 earthquake disaster, some remote places were impossible to reach either by sea or air because there was so much devastation. We can only hope that much needed water, food and shelter reaches them soon.

        I hope you are polishing your tiara because again, your trivia answer was correct. Well done!

        Wishing you a peaceful day with no lost connections or phones. Take care and see you soon.

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  4. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Well the day finally came when the construction next door was in full swing, and that day came today. Early this morning most of our light has been blocked at one side of our house, and carpenter elves have been banging and drilling since before 9 am this morning. Needless to say, now after 4 pm, I have a headache. :(

    Have a good day wherever you may be, take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my very noisy corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Gov’t readies additional Y3 tril for Fukushima clean-up

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-readies-additional-y3-tril-for-fukushima-clean-up

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    Plan to lower radiation readings OK’d

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/12/national/plan-to-lower-radiation-readings-okd/#.UoMa06VMIfE

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    Koizumi calls on Abe to ditch nuclear power

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/12/national/koizumi-calls-on-abe-to-ditch-nuclear-power/#.UoMa_6VMIfE

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    55% of Japanese want zero-nuclear Japan: Mainichi survey

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131113p2a00m0na002000c.html

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    Japan to send SDF team to Philippine typhoon zone

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-to-send-sdf-team-to-philippine-typhoon-zone

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    Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/caroline-kennedy-sworn-in-as-ambassador-to-japan
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Only until we can kick you out Dave, standing there at your gold lectern talking about austerity. Shame on you!!
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    David Cameron insists that squeeze on public-sector spending is permanent

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-insists-that-squeeze-on-publicsector-spending-is-permanent-8933539.html

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    The biggest shake-up of emergency care in decades: Top doctor calls for two-tier NHS to introduce A&E system

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-biggest-shakeup-of-emergency-care-in-decades-top-doctor-calls-for-twotier-nhs-to-introduce-ae-system-8935603.html

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    This is as embarrassing as it is disgraceful.
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    Elderly who fear care home abuse

    Fewer than one in four adults would be willing to consider moving into a home if they become frail in old age, with concerns about the risk of being badly treated by staff cited as the main reason

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/10445449/Elderly-who-fear-care-home-abuse.html

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    No, Mr Gove, social workers don’t lack compassion or intellect. They lack time and resources

    Michael Gove’s proposed changes to social work overlook the huge impact on child welfare of cuts in services and family living standards

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/12/gove-social-workers-compassion-intellect-time

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    Funny, when was the last time Russia apologised for anything?
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    Russia demands apology from Poland over Warsaw rioting

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24909716

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    Putin has his fingers in every sticky pie.
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    Ukraine’s planned release of political prisoner Yulia Tymoshenko and trade agreement with EU hindered by Russia’s chocolate strategy

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraines-planned-release-of-political-prisoner-yulia-tymoshenko-and-trade-agreement-with-eu-hindered-by-russias-chocolate-strategy-8935678.html

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    6 Reasons Why Obamacare Enrollment Is Going Better Than You Think

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/12/2923931/obamacare-enrollment-going-better-think/

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    Major Insurance Company Faces Lawsuit For Allegedly Tricking Customers Into Canceling Their Policies

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/07/2906861/major-insurance-company-lawsuit/

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    Fighting to Stop an Entitlement Before It Takes Hold, and Expands

    One reason Republicans are fighting so hard to stop President Obama’s health law now is that it may be impossible to do so once it is established.

    http://nyti.ms/HRWKlR

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    Elizabeth Warren challenges Obama to break up ‘too-big-to-fail’ Wall St banks

    Amid speculation that she might run against Hillary Clinton in 2016, firebrand senator attacks regulators for multiple failings

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/12/elizabeth-warren-obama-banks

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    Republicans block Nina Pillard’s nomination for federal appeals court

    Democrats say move broke informal agreement between parties and call for rule change

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/republicans-block-nina-pillard-nomination

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    Over 3,000 US prisoners serving life without parole for non-violent crimes

    ACLU report chronicles thousands of lives ruined by life sentences for crimes such as shoplifting or possession of a crack pipe

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/us-prisoners-sentences-life-non-violent-crimes

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    How about them apples, Cobb? HA!
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    White supremacist Craig Cobb told he is 14% African in televised DNA test

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/white-supremacist-craig-cobb-told-he-is-14-african-in-televised-dna-test-8934797.html

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    In Aleppo I only survive by looking Syrian

    In this war, to be a foreign reporter is to be hunted by Islamists and the regime. My helmet is a veil, my hijab a flak jacket

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/12/only-survive-by-looking-syrian-hunted-by-islamists

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    Syrian Kurdish party plans transitional administration

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24918265

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    Egypt acts to end state of emergency

    Court rules to lift three-month-old state of emergency but curfew to remain as military says it awaits executive order.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/egypt-announces-end-state-emergency-201311121547516990.html

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    For how long this time?
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    Israel cancels plans to build 20,000 new settler homes

    Benjamin Netanyahu calls off construction of new homes after Palestinian president warns it would prompt him to declare the peace process over

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10445550/Israel-cancels-plans-to-build-20000-new-settler-homes.html

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    Horrendous!!
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    Palestinian villages subject to Israeli mock raids not told they are exercises

    Israeli military rejects complaints by Israeli human rights group Yesh Din over ‘training’ arrests of Arabs and raids on homes

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/12/palestinian-israeli-training-raids-mock-arrests-human-rights

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    Special report: The new model armies – why are Western forces being deployed across Africa?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/special-report-the-new-model-armies–why-are-western-forces-being-deployed-across-africa-8935715.html

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    DR Congo refuses to sign M23 ‘accord’ in Kampala

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24915550

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    Good Lord!
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    Ayatollah Khamenei’s £60bn empire includes birth control factory

    Ayatollah Khamenei has been found to control a financial empire worth an estimated £60 billion, which includes businesses as wide-ranging as an ostrich farm and a birth control pill factory

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10445424/Ayatollah-Khameneis-60bn-empire-includes-birth-control-factory.html

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    Banned students reinstated in Iran

    Reprieve is part of more moderate treatment of academia following the election of Hassan Rouhani

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/12/iran-students-change-hassan-rouhani

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    No, you are a rapist and murderer. Period.
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    ‘I am a student, I’m not a killer’: One of four men accused of a brutal gang-rape and murder that shocked India protests his innocence

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/i-am-a-student-im-not-a-killer-one-of-four-men-accused-of-a-brutal-gangrape-and-murder-that-shocked-india-protests-his-innocence-8935606.html

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    Outrage over Indian official Ranjit Sinha’s ‘rape’ remarks

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24922280

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    Afghanistan’s poppy farmers plant record opium crop, UN report says

    Despite 10 years of western efforts to curb production, a combination of economics and political instability means farmers in the world’s largest heroin-producing country are as enthusiastic as ever for the poppy

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/afghanistan-record-opium-crop-poppies-un

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    Typhoon Haiyan: aid convoys come under fire as relief operation becomes ‘logistical nightmare’

    Security situation now desperate as tens of thousands clamour to escape the devastated city of Tacloban and hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded without food, water or shelter across the central Philippines

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10445615/Typhoon-Haiyan-aid-convoys-come-under-fire-as-relief-operation-becomes-logistical-nightmare.html

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    Philippines typhoon: eight die in food stampede amid desperate wait for aid

    Wall collapses as thousands storm rice warehouse in devastated Leyte province while Haiyan relief effort flounders

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/13/philippines-typhoon-food-stampede-aid
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    What is a human chronotype?

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    Sibling bullying: ‘I wished I hadn’t been born’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24867267

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    All living US presidents recite Gettysburg Address

    Filmmaker Ken Burns persuades presidents, politicians and celebrities to recite Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address for a video in honour of its 150th anniversary

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10445322/All-living-US-presidents-recite-Gettysburg-Address.html

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    The problem with anti-rape underwear

    This modern-day chastity belt is yet another product of a society that blames victims rather than rapists

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2013/nov/11/problem-anti-rape-underwear-chastity-belt

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    Nigel Slater’s chicken with haricot beans and lemon recipe

    Hearty food for a chilly night

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/12/chicken-haricot-beans-recipe-nigel-slater

    Pictures of the day: 12 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10442895/Pictures-of-the-day-12-November-2013.html

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    Day in pictures: 12 November 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24910222

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    10 photo highlights of the day

    Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of top photographs from around the world

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2013/nov/12/10-photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! What a shame that your neighbor had to pick this time to play the game of “Keeping Up With The K Household.” Here’s hoping that construction is done really fast!

      Well, I’ll give David Cameron credit for having brass. He just comes right out with it — declares that these cuts that slash the social safety net are not going away. That if he’s reelected, they’ll be permanent. Lucky British citizens! They can look forward to stagnating wages, unfair taxation, growing income inequality and deteriorating schools and health care system. He’s putting it all out there for them — not in those words exactly. But in effect. From here it looks as though anyone who’d vote for him would have to be mad. But I’m sure the American Tea Party looks just as mad to Brits from there.

      It’s such a relief to read that Elizabeth Warren is seriously addressing the “too big to fail” issue regarding the major banks. As she has warned — if reform doesn’t happen, we are going to see a re-run of 2008. The big bankers learned nothing from the last episode, obviously.

      How disheartening to hear that so many of the elderly in the UK are fearful about going into nursing homes — largely on the grounds that they fear they’ll be neglected or abused by the staff. I wish I could say this is unlikely, but I’m afraid they have a point. Quite a long time ago I worked as a part time 3-11 p.m. supervisor at a nursing home and finding capable and compassionate nurses aides was a huge problem. I recall warning upper management about one aide who had anger management issues and being ignored by the director of nurses. Three weeks later, this person broke a patient’s arm by handling her too roughly. Sometimes aides would go to lunch and simply never come back to work. The turnover rate was tremendous. And — in their defense — the amount of work expected of them was absolutely ridiculous. Who could possibly get 24 patients ready for bed single-handedly in the evening and do it properly (including getting teeth brushed,
      etc.)? So — yes — those folks in Britain are not being unrealistic in their fears, unfortunately.

      Today’s trivia: uh-oh, I’m back in the realm of guessing. I think that “chrono” is related to time. So — would this have something to do with whether a person is a “morning person” or a “night owl”? I dunno… :shock:

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes.

        Well yes, Cameron had to open his big north and south but as someone points out in one of the articles today, because of it, he just lost the 2015 GE. Red face blew it.

        I think that for Sen. Warren, her goal has always been to tackle the big banks and Wall Street, and when she talks about doing something to fix it, you hear the passion in her voice and see the fire in her eyes. It’s about time to take them down.

        Even before all of these revelations about elderly neglect and abuse, my father was adamant about staying in his own home as he grew older and then weaker due to the misdiagnosis and too late treatment for the illness that took his life last year. He made me promise that he would never have to go to a care home, and I fought all those who tried to persuade him, even from this great distance. I don’t blame those who fear the prospects after all of the awful news I have read and linked to here in the last few years. I know that hiring dedicated staff who have to work around the clock for a pittance of what they are worth, is almost impossible, and the people who run them for a profit should be publicly flogged in my opinion. With the Tories in power and Hunt as the Health Secretary, things can only get much worse.

        I’m delighted to tell you that your trivia answer is correct. It is a person’s body clock and determines if you are a “morning person” or a “night person”. Well done kes. :)

        Hope you have a peaceful day and see you soon. Take care.

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  5. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    This month is speeding by for me and I still don’t feel that we are experiencing an Autumn yet. Maybe it’s because the temps have been so all over the place with more warm days than cool. Or maybe it’s because there are so few trees left in our neighbourhood that I’m missing the changes in colours and the falling leaves. It gets dark before 4:30 pm now.

    Autumn is my favourite season of the year, and I can’t remember when we last had a real one here in the city that becomes hotter every Summer and where you miss the the Spring completely should you blink. I miss my four seasons and mourn them deeply.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Deluge of harassing emails angers anti-nuclear groups

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/11/national/deluge-of-harassing-emails-angers-anti-nuclear-groups/#.UoHNUqVMIfE

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    TEPCO plans to change drainage channel outlet heading to ocean

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131112p2g00m0dm036000c.html

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    For many Fukushima evacuees, the truth is they won’t be going home

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/for-many-fukushima-evacuees-the-truth-is-they-wont-be-going-home

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    Some 100 Japanese unaccounted for after Philippines typhoon

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131112p2g00m0dm057000c.html

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    Japanese medical team leaves for typhoon-hit Philippines

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131112p2g00m0dm035000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Wind power for Fukushima

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/wind-power-for-fukushima
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    That’s been plainly obvious for years.
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    Coalition cuts blamed for shortage of 20,000 NHS nurses

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coalitioncuts-blamedfor-shortageof-20000nhs-nurses-8933661.html

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    More than four million more face higher energy bills as Minister attacks suppliers for acting like greedy banks

    E.ON is preparing to push through a 6.6 per cent increase in gas and electricity prices with the increase taking effect in early January

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10442288/More-than-four-million-more-face-higher-energy-bills-as-Minister-attacks-suppliers-for-acting-like-greedy-banks.html

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    Heartbreaking.
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    450,000 elderly people ‘facing Christmas alone’ this year

    Age UK is calling for elderly people to contact its support services rather than spend Christmas alone as research finds that many have no-one to turn to as the festive period approaches

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/10441273/450000-elderly-people-facing-Christmas-alone-this-year.html

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    Good for him for speaking the truth.
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    ‘Truly shocking’ that the private-school educated and affluent middle class still run Britain, says Sir John Major

    Former Prime Minister criticises the dominance of private-school educated elite in “upper echelons” of British public life

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10439303/Truly-shocking-that-the-private-school-educated-and-affluent-middle-class-still-run-Britain-says-Sir-John-Major.html

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    Sir John Major’ attack on Britain’s privileged governing class: edited speech transcript

    Sir John Major, the former Conservative Prime Minister, said in a speech on Friday that he was appalled that “every single sphere of British influence” in society is dominated by men and women who went to private school or who are from the “affluent middle class”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10441029/Sir-John-Major-attack-on-Britains-privileged-governing-class-the-speech-transcript.html

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    The push for performance-related pay is driven by faith, not facts

    Incentives destroy morale and lead to risky behaviour. Yet ministers promote them with an almost religious fervour

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/12/performance-related-pay-risky-behaviour

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    German government unveils details of ‘Nazi art’

    Almost 600 works of art discovered in Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt may have been stolen by Nazis

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/12/german-nazi-art-cornelius-gurlitt-munich

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    François Hollande booed as 70 arrested at Armistice Day ceremony

    French government says protesters linked to far-right groups as polls reveal another fall in president’s popularity ratings

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/11/francois-hollande-booed-protesters-arrested-armistice-day

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    Some Captain.
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    Capt Schettino did abandon ship before all passengers were evacuated, court hears

    Italian court hears how Capt Schettino jumped to safety before ship was fully evacuated

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10441539/Capt-Schettino-did-abandon-ship-before-all-passengers-were-evacuated-court-hears.html

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    Sweden closes four prisons as number of inmates plummets

    Decline partly put down to strong focus on rehabilitation and more lenient sentences for some offences

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/11/sweden-closes-prisons-number-inmates-plummets

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    Polish riot police use rubber bullets on far-right protesters in Warsaw

    Demonstrators set cars alight during annual march to celebrate national independence day

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/11/polish-riot-police-rubber-bullets-warsaw

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    Man who shot gay rights activist in face with airgun in Russia spared jail

    A man who shot a gay rights activist in the face with a rubber bullet gun has been released by a Russian court with a one-year suspended sentence

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10441573/Man-who-shot-gay-rights-activist-in-face-with-airgun-in-Russia-spared-jail.html

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    President Obama lays wreath at Veterans Day ceremony

    President Barack Obama pays tribute to US veterans by laying a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10442559/President-Obama-lays-wreath-at-Veterans-Day-ceremony.html

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    Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Collective Bargaining Law

    Wisconsin’s top court on Monday heard arguments on the constitutionality of a 2011 law that all but eliminated collective bargaining for most public employees.

    http://nyti.ms/HQYDzj

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    Renisha McBride, 19, was shot in face by Detroit homeowner

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24907851

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    Texas fight for right to abortion goes to Supreme Court

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/texas-fight-for-right-to-abortion-goes-to-supreme-court-8933617.html

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    :shock:
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    Texas conservative wins local election after ‘pretending to be black’

    Dave Wilson shrugs off criticism after fooling black voters in Houston with endorsement from cousin in Iowa

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10441941/Texas-conservative-wins-local-election-after-pretending-to-be-black.html

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    Insane! Courtesy of Brothers Koch.
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    No Health Insurance? Just Drink.

    Generation Opportunity hosted a tailgate party to dissuade students from signing up for insurance through an exchange.

    http://nyti.ms/16WH6yu

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    How Republicans Are Denying Health Care Coverage To Thousands Of Veterans

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/11/2922301/republicans-denying-health-care-coverage-thousands-veterans/

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    40 Armed Gun Advocates Intimidate Mothers Against Gun Violence In A Restaurant Parking Lot

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/10/2921121/dallas-gun-advocates-protest-restaurant-gun-control-advocates/

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    CBS News facing calls for investigation into 60 Minutes’ false Benghazi account

    Brace of apologies for broadcasting a false eyewitness account of the 2012 Benghazi attack has failed to quell mounting furore

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/nov/11/cbs-news-60-minutes-benghazi-investigation

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    Syrian opposition picks interim government

    The National Coalition chose its cabinet members, insists Geneva talks must lead to removal of the Assad regime.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/11/syrian-opposition-picks-interim-government-201311125755856616.html

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    The sons feared lost to al-Qaida in Syria

    Parents in Turkish town of Adiyaman tell of anguish of searching for offspring recruited for jihad in neighbouring country

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/11/sons-lost-al-qaida-syria-turkey-jihad

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    Teenage Syrian refugees wed ‘for protection’

    Girls as young as 14 are being married off, fearing attacks in the world’s second-largest refugee camp.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/11/teenage-syrian-refugees-wed-protection-201311101497543146.html

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    Revealed: Egypt is the worst Arab country for women

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/revealed-egypt-is-the-worst-arab-country-for-women-8933608.html

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    Anger over Israeli mayor who says there are no gays in his town

    Moshe Abutbul, the ultra-Orthodox mayor of Beit Shemesh, says no gays live in his town and homosexuality should be a police matter, amid debate in Israel over a proposal to allow same-sex unions

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10440627/Anger-over-Israeli-mayor-who-says-there-are-no-gays-in-his-town.html

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    NGO: Israeli plan for Jewish town racist

    Israeli Arab rights group Adalah accuses government of establishing new Jewish towns while evicting Bedouin residents.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/ngo-israeli-plan-jewish-town-racist-2013111224120442508.html

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    Somalis ‘killed in Puntland’ during tropical cyclone

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24896857

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    ‘It’s a new Congo, we won’t bow down to the enemy again’: Optimism as DRC’s vanquished rebels sign up for peace

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/its-a-new-congo-we-wont-bow-down-to-the-enemy-again-optimism-as-drcs-vanquished-rebels-sign-up-for-peace-8933384.html

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    Iran’s deputy industry minister shot dead

    Safdar Rahmat Abadi was shot in the head and chest in first killing of senior government official in years

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10440006/Irans-deputy-industry-minister-shot-dead.html

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    Iran allows inspectors to visit two key nuclear sites

    IAEA granted permission to enter long-unseen facilities as Tehran seeks to show co-operation after failure of Geneva talks

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/11/iran-allows-nuclear-inspectors-iaea

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    Iran voices: Hassan Rouhani’s first 100 days in office

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/24856343

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    CHOGM: Indian PM’s absence to benefit China?

    Doubts voiced over India-Sri Lanka ties as Manmohan Singh decides to stay away from Commonwealth summit in Colombo.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/2013/11/chogm-indian-pm-absence-benefit-china-201311118392960885.html

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    Nasiruddin Haqqani: Senior militant shot dead in Pakistan

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24898804

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    What???
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    Women who have abortions deserve to die, doctor claims

    A Melbourne doctor thinks women who have terminations should die – and regularly breaks the state’s abortion laws

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/12/women-who-have-abortions-deserve-to-die-doctor-claims

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    And yet his father’s passion was watching foreign films and kidnapping foreign actresses.
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    Dozens executed in North Korea ‘for watching foreign films’

    Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, it has been claimed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10442375/Dozens-executed-in-North-Korea-for-watching-foreign-films.html

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    Typhoon Haiyan: British and US warships head for Philippines

    HMS Daring and USS George Washington lead military push to help relief effort with drinking water and air support

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/12/typhoon-haiyan-british-us-warships-philippines

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    Typhoon Haiyan: ‘Every single building. Every single house. Destroyed’ – Governments pledge millions, but Tacloban still waits

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan-every-single-building-every-single-house-destroyed–governments-pledge-millions-but-tacloban-is-still-waiting-8933515.html
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    Touching.
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    Hundreds of strangers attend veteran’s funeral

    A ceremony to mark the passing of a World War Two veteran attracts scores of attendees after fears nobody would turn up

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10441173/Hundreds-of-strangers-attend-veterans-funeral.html

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    Money won’t compensate for my torture in Chile

    The £20,000 I’ve been awarded won’t lessen the terrible abuse I suffered under Pinochet. But at least the ruling sets a precedent

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/10/money-will-not-compensate-torture-chile-pinochet

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    My Abortion

    One in three women has an abortion by the age of 45. How many ever talk about it? New laws, old stigmas. ShareTh

    http://nymag.com/news/features/abortion-stories-2013-11/

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    Preserved as evidence, Camp X-Ray holds dark memories

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24830077

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    Joan Bakewell : Dying wishes sometimes take on a life of their own

    The writing of a will doesn’t quite set the seal on your earthly preferences – as is being demonstrated with the Burrell Museum in Glasgow

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/10441356/Joan-Bakewell-Dying-wishes-sometimes-take-on-a-life-of-their-own.html

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    In pictures: India’s street children

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24455387

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    Alcohol without the hangover? It’s closer than you think

    Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/11/alcohol-benefits-no-dangers-closer-think

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    Vapours from damp buildings may trigger Parkinson’s

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/vapours-from-damp-buildings-may-trigger-parkinsons-8933451.html

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    Job #1? Not in a million years. :shock:
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    The world’s oddest jobs – in pictures

    Nancy Rica Schiff is a professional photographer hunting down people working in the world’s most unusual occupations, be it dog food tasters, armpit sniffers or dinosaur dusters

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/nov/11/worlds-oddest-jobs-in-pictures

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    Pictures of the day: 11 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10440431/Pictures-of-the-day-11-November-2013.html

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    Day in pictures: 11 November 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24897377

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    10 photo highlights of the day

    Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of top photographs from around the world – here the focus is on Armistice Day

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/nov/11/10-photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Much later, Kalima — I’m back!

      I read the entire John Major speech — which is quite long, but interesting — and it is for the most part a classic conservative speech. Old school conservative, that is. He’s only 70 years old, but in this era many of his thoughts seem positively quaint. It’s amazing how much further to the right today’s conservatives are. Good for Major for speaking the truth: social mobility in the UK is all but dead. The choke hold that white, affluent, private-school educated males have on power is a pernicious condition that really does need to be remedied.

      Awful comments that the Australian doctor made — about his feelings that women who died as a consequence of having abortions “deserved to die.” Here’s a man who really has no business practicing medicine. He’s entitled to his opinions, but not to the “right” to foist them off on other people. You have to wonder what his moralistic thoughts are about the men who opt not to use protection and make women pregnant? He never seems to mention them… :-(

      Have the Kochs lost what is left of their joint mind? What is this circus of traveling around to various college campuses and plying kids with beer and pizza to decline health insurance? For one thing (at least in this area and in Madison, WI) it is the colleges themselves that require students to have health insurance. And they make sure that there are low cost plans available to the kids who are not covered under their parent’s plans.

      Well, at least these kids can get a free meal, compliments of the Kochs. It’ll be the only free thing they ever will get from them, that’s for sure. ;-)

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      • Kalima says:

        Well hello again. :)

        John Major was a pretty useless PM who left the country bankrupt when he was defeated, but you have to admire him for stating what is the core problem in British politics, and I do. He got it right.

        Like you I was appalled by that Australian doctor and can’t believe that he is still allowed to practice medicine. Do many men ever talk about the responsibility of other men impregnating women? Rarely.

        My first impression after reading that nonsense about the Kochs paying for those parties to stop young people from enrolling in the ACA was, what planet do these two live on, and it doesn’t matter how rich you are, it can’t buy you class. The Kochs are a perfect example of this, they live on planet Moneybags and think the world is stuck in the 1950′s. Pathetic but dangerous, although people seem to be catching on to their dirty tricks. Pizza and free beer won’t help them when they become sick or are involved in an accident, but for the gullible it’s the only way they will learn what real healthcare insurance means to them and their families who will have to foot the bill for everything not covered. Good luck to them, they’ll need it.

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good morning/evening, Kalima! I just had to stop after reading the article on the nursing shortage in the NHS and comment — because I will burst if I don’t! This one paragraph just summarizes what is wrong with the Tory approach to health care:

      Vacancy rates are determined by the difference between the number of nurses that hospital managers estimate they need and the number that they actually have. The Government used to collect the data, but temporarily stopped doing so in 2011 as part of a drive to save money on bureaucracy in the NHS. At some hospitals, the vacancy rate for nursing posts is as high as 16 per cent.

      The Tory bottom line is: we don’t want factual information! When it comes to inadequate staffing — rather than address the problem — they simply turn off the data production. It’s like removing the batteries from the smoke detector to stop it from beeping when your house is burning. And doing it in the name of “saving money on bureaucracy.”

      Unbelievable.

      Now back to the rest of MB.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes. Precisely, they don’t want to hear from the staff who are actually doing the work, why would they when their aim from as far back as Thatcher, has been to destroy it, then further destroy it by privatization. Whatever they say about the NHS are lies and more lies because they have no interest to save it. Profits rule and rich people give to their campaigns.

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  6. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Looks as if I’m still fighting that old bug but hope to be back on my feet again very soon.

    Have a good Sunday wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs
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    TEPCO to begin to recover spent nuclear fuel

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131109p2a00m0na007000c.html

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    M5.5 quake jolts Ibaraki Pref. area

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/10/national/m5-5-quake-jolts-ibaraki-pref-area/#.Un8-kaVMIfE

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Color me red

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/color-me-red
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    Care home fees: the scandal of secret mark-ups

    Figures compiled for the Telegraph show those who pay for their own care are paying 13pc above the ‘real cost’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/longtermcare/10435265/Care-home-fees-the-scandal-of-secret-mark-ups.html

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    That’s what is bankrupting the NHS.
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    Number of NHS ‘super managers’ earning up to £240,000 soars amid pay freeze fear

    Figures undermine David Cameron’s claims that health service bureaucracy is being cut

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/10/nhs-super-managers-428-nurse-pay

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    Widows and widowers’ pensions could be axed under new proposals

    Pension for surviving spouse and inflation linking threatened under plan to make final salary schemes affordable

    http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/nov/10/widow-pension-threat

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    What a terrible waste!
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    Affordable homes facing demolition because of bedroom tax

    Housing associations say change to benefit rules means tenants cannot afford to rent three-bed maisonettes

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/10/bedrooom-tax-affordable-homes-face-demolition

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    And some will move from the U.K. if they leave the EU.
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    UK manufacturing is only being kept afloat by foreign-owned car factories

    The sector is at the heart of the chancellor’s rebalancing plans: but, apart from the car industry, there are few signs of life

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/nov/10/portsmouth-makers-marching

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    Fifty days in hell: dispatches from Russia in the Arctic 30′s own words

    How Greenpeace activists held in Russia have told the world their story through tweets and messages home

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/09/dispatches-arctic-30-russia-oil-protest

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    Immigration Vote Unlikely This Year, Lawmaker Says

    The House will not have time to vote on a bill until early next year, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, told protesters in his California district.

    http://nyti.ms/1adAImI

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    Toronto’s Mayor McCrack has a problem and so does the city he leads

    Rob Ford’s crack cocaine smoking may mask even darker truths, writes John Avlon

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/10437897/Torontos-Mayor-McCrack-has-a-problem-and-so-does-the-city-he-leads.html

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    Venezuela’s government seizes electronic goods shops

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24883849

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    Syria rebels recapture army base near Aleppo

    Opposition fighters held the site for nine months until Friday when government forces briefly pushed them out.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/syria-rebels-recapture-army-base-near-aleppo-2013119153526111282.html

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    Syrian opposition accuses Russia of blocking humanitarian aid

    Syrian opposition points finger at Russia for “blocking humanitarian aid” from reaching those in need

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10437730/Syrian-opposition-accuses-Russia-of-blocking-humanitarian-aid.html

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    Experts question Russian Arafat findings

    Al Jazeera releases conclusions of Russian probe into Palestinian leader’s death, which say results are “inconclusive”.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/killing-arafat/experts-question-russian-arafat-findings-2013118102237239238.html

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    Iran nuclear talks break without agreement

    Talks over country’s disputed nuclear programme end inconclusively, as world powers agree to reconvene on November 20.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/11/iran-nuclear-talks-continue-third-day-201311984344448450.html

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    Saudi Arabia: two killed in clashes involving foreign workers

    Almost 70 others injured and more than 500 arrested as officials give no hint of the riot’s origin

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/10/saudi-arabia-two-killed-clashes-foreign-workers

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    Indian PM to boycott Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka over human rights

    Manmohan Singh becomes second leader to cancel attendance at summit

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10438750/Indian-PM-to-boycott-Commonwealth-summit-in-Sri-Lanka-over-human-rights.html

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    Afghan troop deaths up almost 80% in 2013 fighting season, says Pentagon

    Report says US and coalition deaths down almost 60% in same period, as reduction in troop numbers continues

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/afghan-troop-casualties-up-almost-80-in-2013-fighting-season-says-pentagon

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    Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai made ‘chairman for life’ of new political party

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/disgraced-chinese-politician-bo-xilai-made-chairman-for-life-of-new-political-party-8930413.html

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    Smoggy Beijing sees lung cancer cases soar

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24880737

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    Typhoon Haiyan: at least 10,000 reported dead in Philippine province

    Estimated death toll soars as path of destruction leaves many parts of Philippines inaccessible to government and aid officials

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/10/typhoon-haiyan-thousands-dead-philippines
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    IRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to the question “In the US, which three states share land borders with Michigan?
    Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin.

    Today’s question.

    It takes from three to six months for a fingernail to grow back completely. How about a toenail?

    Hint: Much longer.

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    Inspiration or danger? Private schools in Pakistan ban Malala Yousafzai’s book

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/inspiration-or-danger-private-schools-in-pakistan-ban-malala-yousafzais-book-8930925.html

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    Father who lost limbs in Afghanistan teaches son to stay positive

    An ex-soldier who lost three limbs after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan is using his story to teach his child how to stay positive

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10438266/Father-who-lost-limbs-in-Afghanistan-teaches-son-to-stay-positive.html

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    Lawyers seek new trial for 14-year-old South Carolina boy executed in 1944

    George Stinney, put to death for the murders of two young white girls, was the youngest US person executed in the 20th Century

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/09/george-stinney-retrial-south-carolina-executed-murder

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    JFK and me: pictures of the president

    John F Kennedy’s untimely death has meant that the president remained for many a symbol of youth and promise, frozen in time in a series of iconic photographs. To mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination we ask those whose paths crossed his to choose the photograph of him that means most to them – and to tell us why

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/10/john-f-kennedy-jfk-50-years-photographs

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    From shopping to scandal: What did the Georgians ever do for us? Quite a lot, actually…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/from-shopping-to-scandal-what-did-the-georgians-ever-do-for-us-quite-a-lot-actually-8930920.html

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    Are you cooking comfortably: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s one-pot winter warmer recipes

    They don’t involve much work, and they always turn up trumps on a cold day: what’s not to like about one-pot winter wonders?

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/08/one-pot-winter-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall

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    Animal photos of the week: 8 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10435783/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    The week in pictures: 8 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10435787/The-week-in-pictures-8-November-2013.html

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    Week in pictures: 2-8 November 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/24848978

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    The Observer’s 20 photographs of the week

    The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/gallery/2013/nov/09/observer-20-photos-tony-mccoy

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! Bug 2.0 is not on! Begone, bug! By now it’s Monday morning in Tokyo and I hope those viruses have read that eviction notice and left.

      I do have to say that I’m glad you’re not battling that bug in the U.K. after reading today’s updates. So these “super-managers” there make up to 250,000 pounds/yr while the nursing staff has been informed that their 1% raises for next year are very likely to be cancelled due to lack of funding? Don’t you wonder what — pray tell — a “super-manager” does? Not much, from what I gather from reports on patient safety and comfort in the NHS. But they have incredible paydays. Unlike the people who do the real work.

      Rob Ford of Toronto. I wonder if the GOP could work out some sort of citizenship deal (something like Ted Cruz’s) for him so that he can run as Chris Christie’s veep. I can see the campaign posters now:

      images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQZ0DxYg6bQ85PqWTt96iuiIm44-tP63xsLBPuh5a9E-7k2PIpQ9w

      Today’s trivia: I’ll guess a year? Although in reality I have no idea, of course!

      LATER EDIT: How could I forget to mention how much I loved that wonderful story of the British veteran of the war in Afghanistan who wrote the book for his son? It was so touching, without being in the least bit maudlin or sentimental. Here is a man totally without self-pity. We throw the word “hero” around very loosely, but this man truly is.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes and thank you for yelling at my bug, it had a nasty habit of coming and going until it stayed for another uninvited week. When I woke up this morning drenched from head to toe, I had a feeling that the worst was over. Now I know it was thanks to your spell and I’m so grateful.

        Exactly, what is a “super manager” because as far as I know, and I read up about it almost daily, there is no such animal in the whole of the NHS and that’s why we are in this mess. They are robbing the people blind while the care becomes questionable, hard on the nursing staff and patients fall through the cracks and die. The government knows, rubs its hands with glee and does nothing to stop it. The people thinking they can’t change things, accept it. It is a disgrace.

        Laughed out loud at the Christie /Ford campaign image, it’s a perfect choice. :lol:

        That was an inspiring story about the triple amputee soldier wasn’t it. Made me think how trivial some of our complaints appear to be by comparison. I wish him and his family all the happiness in the world, they truly deserve it.

        Have a peaceful day and see you very soon. We are having our first two guests to the new house over this evening, so I should start making myself look presentable soon. Take care.

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  7. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Just to set the record straight for those of you who might think I’ve been lollygagging my week away, well, I haven’t. Came down with a bug last week and had been fighting for my right to feel better ever since. I think that I’m succeeding, so thank you kindly for your patience.

    I might not make it tomorrow morning either because we have decided to visit my mother-in-law who doctors had almost given up hope of survival for in August on the day we moved here, and is now singing two karaoke songs at the top of her lungs each day. This we have to see. :D

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my late afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Bill to set up U.S.-style security council clears Lower House
    Passage lets Lower House start discussion on secrets act

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/07/national/bill-to-set-up-u-s-style-security-council-clears-lower-house/#.Unx-zKVMIfE

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    Another myth debunked.
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    NOAA: No giant floating island of tsunami debris

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131108p2g00m0dm008000c.html

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    Japan making China nervous? That’a a laugh when China has spent recent years bullying every other nation it meets on the high sea claiming they own it.
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    Japan stations missiles on Pacific gateway island

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-stations-missiles-on-pacific-gateway-island

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    New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to arrive in Japan on Nov 15

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/new-u-s-ambassador-caroline-kennedy-to-arrive-in-japan-on-nov-15

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Fuji Wonderland

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/fuji-wonderland
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Instead of hiring capable people to improve the system, they waste precious funds to cover the arses of those who can’t do the work they are payed to do, which is take care of patients not profits for board members.
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    Crisis in maternity care: Health service spends £482m of its budget on insuring against negligence claims

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/crisis-in-maternity-care-health-service-spends-482m-of-its-budget-on-insuring-against-negligence-claims-8927687.html

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    They should have kept their dirty hands off it.
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    Government’s attempt to save salary-linked pensions could eat into other retirement schemes

    http://www.independent.co.uk/money/pensions/governments-attempt-to-save-salarylinked-pensions-could-eat-into-other-retirement-schemes-8928147.html

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    How can this man lose something he never had? He has caused millions to suffer and starve.
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    Iain Duncan Smith has lost touch with reality on the Universal Credit

    Labour supports Universal Credit – but the Government has wasted millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, writes Rachel Reeves.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10433079/Iain-Duncan-Smith-has-lost-touch-with-reality-on-the-Universal-Credit.html

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    Iain Duncan Smith’s second epiphany: from compassion to brutality

    I’ve seen his benefit sanctions inflict misery on places like Easterhouse, where poverty made him weep a decade ago

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/08/duncan-smith-poverty-benefit-sanctions-easterhouse

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    Universities cancel Muslim cleric’s speaking tour over concerns about his anti-gay views

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/universities-cancel-muslim-clerics-speaking-tour-over-concerns-about-his-antigay-views-8927902.html

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    France’s credit rating cut by S&P to AA

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24863628

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    ‘The core of the problem is Hollande’s own personality’: France’s President clings to the last of his credibility

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-core-of-the-problem-is-hollandes-own-personality-frances-president-clings-to-the-last-of-his-credibility-8927672.html

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    I’m pleased to hear it. An animal calling another human, a woman no less, an animal.
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    Senior Italian politician charged with ‘defamation aggravated by racial discrimination’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/senior-italian-politician-charged-with-defamation-aggravated-by-racial-discrimination-8927534.html

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    Greenpeace Arctic activists face further Russian charges

    Investigator says several activists will face charges of resisting law officers, in addition to hooliganism charges

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/greenpeace-activists-more-charges-russia

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    Senate passes landmark Enda bill to protect LGBT employee rights

    Passage piles pressure on House to approve bill speaker John Boehner says could prove too expensive for businesses

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/senate-passes-enda-house-pressure

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    Obama apologises for ‘holes and gaps’ in health law

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24860621

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    Opposing Obamacare in Kentucky, one of America’s sickest states

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24824271

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    Billionaires Collect Millions In Taxpayer Dollars Through Farm Subsidies

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/11/07/2912031/billionaires-farm-subsidies-snap-cuts/

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    The Tenth Amendment Is Dead As A National Political Issue

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/06/2889191/tenth-amendment-dead-national-political-issue/

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    Iowa Town’s Vote Delivers Rebuke to Kochs’ Group

    All three incumbents who ran won their races in Coralville, Iowa, on Tuesday, despite being targeted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity over the town’s debt.

    http://nyti.ms/1dOG49C

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    Shooting death of Detroit woman reignites ‘stand your ground’ furore

    Residents call for charges to be brought in death of Renisha McBride, 19, who was unarmed when she was shot

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/woman-shot-detroit-stand-your-ground

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    Slavery Isn’t a Thing of the Past
    by Nicholas Kristof

    Finally, we can face the monstrosity of 19th-century slavery. But what about people enslaved today?

    http://nyti.ms/HysVWJ

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    A loose cannon.
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    Toronto mayor in fresh controversy as video surfaces of drunken rant

    Rob Ford ‘embarrassed’ but gives no sign that he will step down after video published showing him staggering and shouting

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/toronto-mayor-video-surfaces-drunken-rant

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    Syria polio outbreak now threatens Europe, warn experts

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/syria-polio-outbreak-now-threatens-europe-warn-experts-8927728.html

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    Syria crisis: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force

    Riyadh ‘fighting two wars in Syria’ as new force Jaysh al-Islam excludes al-Qaida affiliates in bid to defeat Assad regime

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis-saudi-arabia-spend-millions-new-rebel-force

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    Jordan set to replace Saudi Arabia on Security Council after Saudis reject seat

    Private deal reportedly struck to see Jordan take place of Saudi Arbia for a two-year term starting in January following Saudi’s unprecedented rejection of the seat

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/jordan/10434852/Jordan-set-to-replace-Saudi-Arabia-on-Security-Council-after-Saudis-reject-seat.html

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    Heavy fighting on streets of Libyan capital as rival militia do battle

    At least one dead and several wounded in the second outbreak of street fighting in a matter of days in Tripoli as post-Gaddafi government struggles to control fighters

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/10434849/Heavy-fighting-on-streets-of-Libyan-capital-as-rival-militia-do-battle.html

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    Yet earlier independent tests found no traces of polonium. Strange.
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    Palestinians to respond on Arafat polonium findings

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24863138

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    DR Congo’s M23 rebel chief Sultani Makenga ‘surrenders’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24849814

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    Is the white-right in South Africa a threat?

    Recent sentencing of extremist coup plotters highlights right-wing’s discontent.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/11/white-right-south-africa-threat-201311795044515944.html

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    US offers short-term nuclear deal allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium

    American negotiators want a six month freeze to Iran’s nuclear programme to create time for a final agreement, but the terms risk a backlash from both Israel and Congress as John Kerry heads to Geneva talks

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10434331/US-offers-short-term-nuclear-deal-allowing-Iran-to-continue-enriching-uranium.html

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    Does Pakistan have nuclear weapons ready to ship to Saudi Arabia?

    A new BBC report says they are packed and ready to go

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/julian-borger-global-security-blog/2013/nov/07/pakistan-saudi-nuclear-proliferation

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    Terrorist who ordered Malala’s assassination is new head of Pakistan Taliban

    Maulana Fazlullah, a Taliban leader with a reputation for brutality, replaces Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone strike

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10433207/Terrorist-who-ordered-Malalas-assassination-is-new-head-of-Pakistan-Taliban.html

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    Pakistanis react with dismay to new Taliban chief

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24859657

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    Pakistan frees Pervez Musharraf from house arrest

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24847160

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    Man arrested for bombing Communist Party HQ

    State media says police arrested a 41-year-old ex-convict in the early hours of Friday morning in connection with Wednesday’s bombing of a Communist Party headquarters in north China

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10434851/Man-arrested-for-bombing-Communist-Party-HQ.html

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    China’s top-secret nuclear base to be revived as £30m Communist Party theme park

    One of China’s most secret military compounds is undergoing an unlikely transformation into a “red tourism” theme park for Communist Party aficionados

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10433364/Chinas-top-secret-nuclear-base-to-be-revived-as-30m-Communist-Party-theme-park.html

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    Monster typhoon Haiyan roars into Philippines

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24846813
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    In the US, which three states share land borders with Michigan?

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    Moving photographs show Pope Francis embracing man disfigured by disease

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/moving-photographs-show-pope-francis-embracing-man-disfigured-by-disease-8926116.html

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    Where do all the angry white men come from?

    Women have stepped free of gender stereotyping, but men are stuck with a protector-provider script for a role that barely exists

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/07/angry-white-men-gender-stereotyping

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    Why men decide to become single dads

    You’re successful at work, happily single – and desperate to become a father. What happens when men get baby hunger? We meet the parents who have decided to go it alone through surrogacy or adoption

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/02/men-single-dad-father-surrogacy-adoption

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    Fountain of youth? Scientists discover why wounds heal quicker for young people

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fountain-of-youth-scientists-discover-why-wounds-heal-quicker-for-young-people-8927387.html

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    How to make the perfect apple pie

    Puff or shortcrust, cooking apples or dessert, cream or custard – and can plain old apple pie compete with tarte tatin and strudel?

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/nov/07/how-to-make-perfect-apple-pie

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    :lol:
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    Police break down door after ‘Bruce Lee’ cat dials 999

    A cat prompted police to go and investigate his home and break down the door after it dialled 999 and then hid in the back of a wardrobe

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10432950/Police-break-down-door-after-Bruce-Lee-cat-dials-999.html

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    I don’t know about you, but my lot wouldn’t stay still long enough and would probably hate me for the rest of their nine lives.
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    Hilarious photos of cats wearing tights

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/pets/10430594/Hilarious-photos-of-cats-wearing-tights.html?frame=2725506

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    Pictures of the day: 7 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10432002/Pictures-of-the-day-7-November-2013.html

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    Day in pictures: 7 November 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24848979

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    Picture Desk Live

    Best pictures of the day – live

    The Guardian’s photo team brings you a daily round-up from the world of photography

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/07/best-pictures-of-the-day-live

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! So good to hear that you’re starting to feel better and that the bug is on the run. Rest and fluids; fluids and rest! And soon the last of the bugs will have leapt out of the third floor windows.

      You and I and so many of us here on the Planet have been following the situation in the UK regarding the truly brutal treatment of the poor for a while now. But there were some eye-opening observations in today’s articles that were news even to someone like me who’s been keeping an eye on the situation. This one paragraph was — to me — astonishing. It describes people who were punished for failing to pursue work with enough “determination”:

      There is the man with acute psychosis from a background of extreme abuse (for which his stepfather is in prison) who was declared fit for work, found a job he couldn’t cope with and was cut off benefit for six months when he dropped out. A 50-year-old was struck off when told to apply for 10 jobs a week online but, barely literate, he couldn’t use a computer.

      Iain Duncan Smith has taken cruel indifference to the plight of the poor and unemployed to new heights, apparently.

      Disappointment is hardly the word for many folks’ reaction to learning that this Fazlullah guy is the new head of the Taliban. Really. Put the guy who was behind the shooting of Malala in charge? Horrible decision, to say the least.

      A fine article by Nicholas Kristof on modern day slavery. He’s so right. A century from now, people will look back and say: “Humans were still doing this in the 21st century?? What was wrong with them?” One of the most pressing — yet least talked about — issues of the day.

      Is not that Toronto mayor a piece of work? He’s like Chris Christie on steroids. It must be so frustrating to Canadians that there’s no mechanism in place for a recall of this man. He’s so clearly unfit for leadership.

      On the total and complete opposite end of the spectrum is this new Pope. His embrace of the man with the disfiguring condition is a stunning example of real humility. Very few of us — likely myself included — could do what he instinctively did in that spontaneous moment. Truly a man for this moment in history.

      Today’s trivia: if I get this one wrong as an Ohioan, I’m really going to be in trouble. I’ll have to go with Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota.

      No wait! What was I thinking? I meant Wisconsin, not Minnesota! (And I have a son in that state!) :oops:

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    • AdLib says:

      Whoops, posted too soon!

      My daughter could actually answer the Michigan borders question…so I’ll have to wait until she gets home to answer it!

      Where do all the angry white men come from? Angry white fathers. Just like angry birds come from angry white eggs.

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    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, first of all, I don’t think anyone would accuse you of lollygagging. Secondly, do you have an extra lolly?

      Very encouraging that the Kochs failed in local elections in Iowa, this seems like a trend.

      I sure am hoping that a deal could be made with Iran on nukes, this would be a huge win for peace in the region and just the fact that it’s a genuine possibility is a win for Obama. McCain wanted to bomb Iran and Romney wanted to go to war against them, where would things be if either of them had won.

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  8. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone and welcome to your Mumbly Monday.

    Sunday was the hubby’s birthday and we christened our new house in our third floor room for the first time too. Now we get back into the swing of everyday living and a chance to enjoy it in peace. Hallelujah!

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my cozy but rainy corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Koizumi defends anti-nuclear drive, seeks policy change

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/04/national/koizumi-defends-anti-nuclear-drive-seeks-policy-change/#.Unc0waVMIfE

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    LDP questions plan to let Fukushima evacuees go home

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/ldp-questions-plan-to-let-fukushima-evacuees-go-home

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    What defines the Japanese character?

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/what-defines-the-japanese-character

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    Nursing clothes manufacturer lets interns bring their children to work

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131103p2a00m0na002000c.html
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Shameful! In the meantime MPs are fiddling their expenses and getting pay raises for doing bugger all to help the people of the nation..
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    Number of homeless families with children in B&Bs highest in a decade

    New research also shows over a third of the 2,090 families living in B&Bs have been doing so beyond the legal limit of six weeks

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/04/homeless-families-b-and-b-highest-decade

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    The citizens have overpaid for years and some can’t afford to heat their food or their homes this winter, but the taxpayers should pay for MPs energy bills?? Huh??
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    340 MPs claim £200,000 on expenses for energy bills

    More than 300 MPs claimed a total of £200,000 on expenses for their energy bills, it has been reported.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10423252/340-MPs-claim-200000-on-expenses-for-energy-bills.html

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    Pills, bills and bellyaches: a peek behind the scenes at a GP surgery

    GPs are under more pressure than ever – to work evenings and weekends, to see more patients and to run their surgeries with less money. What’s day-to-day life like in a hectic practice? We spent four days in one to check its pulse

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/03/behind-the-scenes-gp-surgery-evenings-weekends

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    A satirical take on the week in politics

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    Foreigners down, energy prices up: another great week for the coalition

    The poster campaign persuaded at least one more immigrant to leave, and the City made a killing in the Royal Mail selloff: we imagine how Cameron and co celebrate a vintage week in power

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/30/foreigners-down-energy-prices-up

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    German police recover 1,500 modernist masterpieces ‘looted by Nazis’

    Works by Chagall, Klee, Matisse and Picasso – worth up to £860m – had been considered lost until raid on flat in Schwabing

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/nazis-looted-modernist-masterpieces-germany-police

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    Violence mars Kosovo elections

    Masked men fire teargas and smash ballot boxes at three polling stations on Serb side of Mitrovica

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/violence-mars-kosovo-elections

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    As they should.
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    White House rejects notion of clemency for Edward Snowden

    Senior Obama aide and heads of House and Senate intelligence committees dismiss fugitive analyst Edward Snowden’s appeal for clemency

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10424215/White-House-rejects-notion-of-clemency-for-Edward-Snowden.html

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    Under Health Care Act, Millions Eligible for Free Policies

    Federal subsidies will pay the entire monthly cost of some plans being offered in the online marketplaces, a surprising figure that has not gotten much attention, in part because the zero-premium plans come with serious trade-offs.

    http://nyti.ms/1alVm0z

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    How To Spot A Fake Obamacare Horror Story

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/31/2868631/essential-guide-debunking-obamacare-cost-myth/

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    The noise around Obamacare

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-jr-the-noise-around-obamacare/2013/11/03/1b6f8e6c-4352-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html

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    Poverty in America Is Mainstream

    Contrary to popular belief, the percentage of the population that directly encounters poverty is exceedingly high.

    http://nyti.ms/Hyo1tl

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    Koch Group Has Ambitions in Small Races

    Backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity has campaigned against taxes and spending in Coralville, Iowa, but some voters are skeptical of its motives.

    http://nyti.ms/1b5GkNE

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    How The NRA Made It Easier To Bring Guns Into Airports

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/03/2877251/nra-guns-airports/

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    Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urges police to release alleged crack smoking video

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/embattled-toronto-mayor-rob-ford-urges-police-to-release-alleged-crack-smoking-video-8919893.html

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    Eight killed as plane crashes in northern Bolivia

    Local hospital reports that eight of the 18 people on board a small turboprop plane died as it crashed near Brazilian border with pilot and co-pilot in ‘grave’ condition

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/bolivia/10424214/Eight-killed-as-plane-crashes-in-northern-Bolivia.html

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    Official: Suicide bombing in Syrian town kills 4

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/feedarticle/11049722

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    Radicalisation in Syria poses growing threat to Europe, says Turkish leader

    In exclusive interview, president Abdullah Gul says Syria risks becoming ‘Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean’

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/radicalisation-syria-turkish-president-abdullah-gul

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    As Morsi goes to trial, General Sisi should remember: Egypt is a dangerous place to rule

    The erstwhile President appears in court at a tense time even by Egypt’s standards

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/as-morsi-goes-to-trial-general-sisi-should-remember-egypt-is-a-dangerous-place-to-rule-8919862.html

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    Israeli fire ‘kills Gaza militant’

    Israeli tank accused of firing on group in the Gaza Strip and killing one man

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10419433/Israeli-fire-kills-Gaza-militant.html

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    Same old same old.
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    Israel to build wall along Jordanian border

    Decision to build border fence coincides with approval of construction of almost 2,000 settler homes in occupied areas.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/israel-build-wall-along-jordanian-border-2013113144354151980.html

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    Crazy!
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    Saudi Arabia ‘arrests Kuwaiti woman for driving diabetic father to hospital’

    Kuwait Times reports that woman had been driving just over the border in Saudi Arabia when she was stopped by police

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/saudi-arabia-arrests-kuwaiti-woman-driving-father-hospital

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    France condemns ‘cold-blooded execution’ of journalists in Mali

    French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says ‘terrorist’ group behind killings of Radio France Internationale journalists Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10423656/France-condemns-cold-blooded-execution-of-journalists-in-Mali.html

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    Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer goes on hunger strike

    Abdolfattah Soltani mounts protest at lack of medical care for himself and other dissidents in Tehran’s Evin prison

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/iran-human-rights-lawyer-hunger-strike

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    Seven killed in rebel attack in India’s Assam state

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24800266

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    Pakistan: The Enemy Within

    As western forces withdraw from Afghanistan, how long can Pakistan’s army hold off the Taliban in South Waziristan?

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2013/10/pakistan-enemy-within-2013102881922435647.html

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    “unsuitable time”? Is there a suitable time to eliminate a leader of a group of mass murderers?
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    Afghan president Hamid Karzai criticises timing of Pakistani Taliban leader’s killing

    President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai tells visiting US Congress delegation that drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud “took place at an unsuitable time” but expresses hope the peace process will not suffer

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10424218/Afghan-president-Hamid-Karzai-criticises-timing-of-Pakistani-Taliban-leaders-killing.html

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    Six dead as tourist ferry sinks in Thailand

    Three Thais and three foreigners killed and 15 others injured as tourist ferry sinks off the popular resort of Pattaya

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10424216/Six-dead-as-tourist-ferry-sinks-in-Thailand.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to the question “During which year were escalators installed in the Empire State Building in New York”? 1964.

    Today’s question.

    Sweetango is a variety of which fruit?

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    What a life! :shock:
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    Lady Colin Campbell: ‘My father said I should take rat poison’

    As Germany recognises a ‘third sex’, Julia Llewellyn Smith talks to the controversial socialite Lady Colin Campbell, who was wrongly raised as a boy

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10422505/Lady-Colin-Campbell-My-father-said-I-should-take-rat-poison.html

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    WW1 memories: my grandfather’s story

    The Imperial War Museum wants us all to share stories of relatives who fought in the First World War. Toby Helm looks through the letters, diaries and photographs of his own grandfather and uncovers a harrowing and haunting picture of life on the frontline.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/ww1-memories-imperial-war-museum-share

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    Facebook beheading video: Who was Mexico’s Jane Doe?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24772724

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    Tracing the Congolese mine that fuelled Hiroshima

    On a quest to trace the origins of the Hiroshima atom bomb, writer Patrick Marnham travelled to the Congolese mine that supplied its uranium, and found the Geiger counter still clicking

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10416945/Tracing-the-Congolese-mine-that-fuelled-Hiroshima.html

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    Roman Empire to the NSA: A world history of government spying

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24749166

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    Supermarkets are driven by profits, not the urge to keep us healthy

    Politicians’ attempts to persuade supermarkets to offer customers healthier alternatives to sweets and crisps miss the point

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/03/supermarkets-profits-healthy-alternatives-david-mitchell

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    Labour of love: restoring the sacred, 15th-century art of Mustang’s monasteries

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/labour-of-love-restoring-the–sacred-15thcentury-art-of-mustangs-monasteries-8919881.html

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    Spuds you’ll like: Yotam Ottolenghi’s potato recipes

    Mash, roast, boiled and slathered in butter, fried… we’ve got a myraid ways of cooking potatoes, but Britain’s official vegetable deserves a rethink

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/01/potato-recipes-ottolenghi-pizza-stew

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    Animal photos of the week: 1 November 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10419809/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    The month in photography – audio slideshow

    Corinne Day, Anders Peterson, Garry Winogrand and JH Engström feature in November’s guide to the best photography exhibitions and books.

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/audioslideshow/2013/nov/01/month-in-photography-corinne-day

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    Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York – in pictures

    When Brandon Stanton lost his job as a bond trader he took up photography. His pictures of strangers on the streets of New York became huge hits on Tumblr and Facebook – and now his book, Humans of New York (St Martin’s Press), has debuted at No 1 on the New York Times bestseller list

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/nov/03/brandon-stanton-humans-of-new-york-pictures

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    The weekend in pictures

    A selection of the best photographs from around the world this weekend

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2013/nov/03/weekend-in-pictures-photography

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! And let me add another Happy Birthday to Hubby and a wish that you and he will celebrate many, many more.

      Today’s MB is really a treasure trove. Where to begin? Well, I could begin by saying that it wasn’t until I dug into this issue of the MB that I realized that on TO/OT I was recommending the same article you were today (sorry!): namely, that great one from the NYT on poverty in America. I learned so much from that article. It’s really a keeper.

      And then there was the fascinating look into the operation of a typical GP doctors’ office in the UK. The frustration, the confusion, the state of utter meltdown of every day medical care providers struggling to do their work in the face of massive incompetence and greed from the government and the private sector. The one thing that they providers did know for sure though? They were fighting the privatization of medicine as hard as they could because they had seen the American system and they knew how much worse that was!

      The life of Lady Colin Campbell! Good Lord, what a story!
      I won’t put any spoilers out there for those who haven’t read the article yet, but suffice it to say, her life was probably completely unique. In a number of ways. A fascinating tale.

      What a touching, spell-binding collection of WWI first-hand accounts, too. Letters and diaries are just the best way of learning history, aren’t they? And the stoicism of these guys. They referred to unimaginable misery as a “difficult situation,” wrote letters home to their children saying that they were detained by having to battle “naughty Germans,” and apologized for “making such an awful noise” when they’d been badly wounded, but admitting they “really couldn’t help it.” It was a different era, without a doubt.

      Today’s trivia: hmmmm…I have a feeling I’m going to continue my losing streak, but that never deters me. I’ll guess: orange?

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, I would love nothing better than to stay and answer this wonderful comment, but as of my late afternoon and as the Brits would say, I’m feeling a bit “off it”. Hope to be back in my morning, and just not to keep you in suspenders, the answer to the trivia question is, apple. :(

        Take care and see you soon.

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    • AdLib says:

      First off, Happy Belated Birthday to Hubby!

      The UK just seems to be transforming into one of its most famous author’s novels, Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”. How can this continue until 2015? Poor and hungry children? Doctors being hammered into the ground and a health care system spiraling down? I don’t see how this trajectory can be sustainable for 2 more years.

      Thanks for the article on the NRA and guns in airports, very scary and enlightening at how their agenda is directly undermining the safety of Americans. How gun nuts can just blindly follow these pro-murder greedy bastards astounds me.

      Hmm…sweetango? What kind of fruit? A mango? Perhaps one that likes South American dances?

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      • Kalima says:

        Hi AdLib. As I told kes above, I can’t reply to your comment fully right now but will be back.

        Your trivia answer is cheeky so I’ll give you some of my cheeky points for making me laugh. The answer was, apple. Later.

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  9. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    I can now say with pride that from this afternoon, the K house is finally finished and mistakes have been rectified. BANZAI!! :D

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry. For all of you celebrating Halloween tonight, may the weather be kind to you. Have fun!

    Sayonara from my “finished” corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.

    Our Moment of Zen.

    There was an incident last night at CVS


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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Regulators OKs fuel rod removal from pool at Fukushima plant

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/regulators-oks-fuel-rod-removal-from-pool-at-fukushima-plant

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    Good for them.
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    600 march in business suits in central Tokyo to protest against nuke plants

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131031p2a00m0na003000c.html

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    Most of them have no homes safe enough to move back to, and most don’t want to move back anyway.
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    Gov’t to abandon idea of having all Fukushima evacuees return home

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131030p2a00m0na006000c.html

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    Health ministry eyes lower medical expenses for intractable diseases

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/30/national/health-ministry-eyes-lower-medical-expenses-for-intractable-diseases/#.UnHy_BYTMfE

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    ‘Buy from bookstores or they’ll disappear!’ Frustrated bookseller implores crowd on final day of business

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/buy-from-bookstores-or-theyll-disappear-frustrated-bookseller-implores-crowd-on-final-day-of-business

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Quiet moment

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/quiet-moment
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Revealed: How targets make the A&E crisis far worse

    Hospitals struggling to cope after government cuts to care services, says Labour

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/revealed-how-targets-make-the-ae-crisis-far-worse-8913933.html

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    One in the eye for Duncan Smith. Great news!
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    Poundland case: government defeated again over back-to-work schemes

    Iain Duncan Smith’s appeal to supreme court fails as justices rule work programmes were legally flawed

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/30/poundland-case-government-defeated-work-schemes-duncan-smith

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    Phone-hacking trial: Missing notebooks and illegal payments -- the case against Rebekah Brooks

    Startling allegations as phone-hacking prosecutor insists that ‘News of the World’ editors must have known about conspiracy to ‘intrude into people’s privacy’ illegally

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/phonehacking-trial-missing-notebooks-and-illegal-payments--the-case-against-rebekah-brooks-8913689.html

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    The closed world of an open government

    How Whitehall austerity trumps your right to know

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/30/hugh-muirs-diary-freedom-of-information

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    MI6 and the CIA are spying on foreign leaders? Thank God!

    The whole purpose of having an overseas security service is that it will provide information that enhances our interests, writes Jacob Rees-Mogg.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10414790/MI6-and-the-CIA-are-spying-on-foreign-leaders-Thank-God.html

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    On the trail of SS accused Siert Bruins

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24365735

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    I’m sure they did though.
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    France denies paying ransom for al-Qaeda hostages

    Controversy over French hostage situation mounts amid claims £21 million ransom was paid to free them from al-Qaeda

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10415557/France-denies-paying-ransom-for-al-Qaeda-hostages.html

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    Putin’s USB spy sticks and other dodgy espionage tricks

    Did Russian secret agents hope to bug G20 delegates with USB sticks? If so, they wouldn’t be the only spooks to go to absurd lengths to find out what their enemies were up to

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/oct/30/putins-usb-spy-sticks-g20-espionage

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    Sochi: chaos behind the scenes of world’s most expensive Winter Olympics

    Angry construction workers are demanding to be paid as Sochi 2014 draws closer, amid accusations of massive corruption, shoddy workmanship and spiralling costs

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10414885/Sochi-chaos-behind-the-scenes-of-worlds-most-expensive-Winter-Olympics.html

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    Vladimir Putin’s anointment as the planet’s No 1 hombre is jaw-dropping

    The Russian leader is top of Forbes magazine’s power-list, but that power is merely illusory

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/vladimir-putin-power-list-forbes-magazine

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    Barack Obama: I’ll end the daily cruelties of our health system

    President hits back at critics and pledges to create a more dignified delivery of care

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/barack-obama-ill-end-the-daily-cruelties-of-our-health-system-8913894.html

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    Grudge Spectacle

    Americans may not know all the details on HealthCare.gov, but they know a piling on when they see it.

    http://nyti.ms/1aUweio

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    Voters’ Anger Over Shutdown Is Inspiring Democrats to Run

    Previously reluctant Democrats in places like Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska and New Jersey are suddenly deciding to challenge Republicans for House seats.

    http://nyti.ms/HfShIW

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    After losing so much popularity during and after the shutdown, the TPRepubs are still working for the rich.
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    House Votes to Repeal Dodd-Frank Provision

    The House of Representatives passed legislation that would roll back a major element of the Dodd Frank law of 2010, intended to strengthen financial regulations.

    http://nyti.ms/17y58Ai

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    Oh come on. Does anyone really believe they didn’t know? Google spies on your private emails all the time, says gmail users can’t expect privacy. Oh the irony and hypocrisy.
    ————

    Google and Yahoo furious over reports that NSA secretly intercepts data links

    Leaked files suggest NSA can collect information ‘at will’ by intercepting cables that connect Google and Yahoo’s data hubs

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/30/google-reports-nsa-secretly-intercepts-data-links

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    The Spies Who Loved to Damage Our Reputation by Nicholas Kristof

    Flying naked would surely make planes safer, but there are some things that shouldn’t be done even for the sake of security.

    http://nyti.ms/HfQrHL

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    Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families ask to keep 911 call audio private

    After a FOIA ruling in favor of AP’s data gathering last month, a prosecutor says he will appeal the decision in superior court

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/newtown-connecticut-sandy-hook-shooting-911-calls-public

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    ANAMARIECOX

    Dick Cheney, one-man zombie apocalypse

    The former VP has returned from the shadows – weirdly, to court the Tea Party for daughter Liz’s Senate run. Happy Halloween!

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/30/dick-cheney-zombie-apocalypse

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    Hunger the weapon of choice for Syria’s Assad regime

    Starvation is being used as a military tactic against the besieged area of Moadamiyeh

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/hunger-the-weapon-of-choice-for-syrias-assad-regime-8913847.html

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    Assad should have no say in this after killing so many of his own citizens. When the rebels run out of weapons, the massacres will double killing many more innocents.
    ————

    No Syria peace without end to foreign support for rebels, says Bashar Assad

    Syrian leader tells United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that foreign governments must stop aiding armed opposition if a political resolution to the civil conflict is to succeed

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10415015/No-Syria-peace-without-end-to-foreign-support-for-rebels-says-Bashar-Assad.html

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    Al-Qaeda recruits entering Syria from Turkey safehouses

    Foreign jihadists -- including Britons -- are flooding into Syria to join al-Qaeda from safe houses in Turkey

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10415935/Al-Qaeda-recruits-entering-Syria-from-Turkey-safehouses.html

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    Suicide bomber strikes at Tunisia tourist resort

    Attacker is only fatality after blowing himself up outside a hotel in Sousse, a seaside resort popular with European tourists

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tunisia/10414919/Suicide-bomber-strikes-at-Tunisia-tourist-resort.html

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    Yet no tension when their government steals more Palestinian land for illegal settlement.
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    Tension among Israelis after release of 26 Palestinian prisoners

    Release of prisoners on demand from Palestinian leaders as precondition for peace talks sparks conflict in Israeli cabinet

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/tension-israelis-26-palestinian-prisoners-release

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    Israel approves new East Jerusalem settlement homes

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24741524

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    Bahrain police raid uprising exhibition

    Interior ministry says display at building operated by opposition group included ‘incitement material’, and warns of legal action

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/bahrain-raid-uprising-exhibition

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    Bodies of 87 migrants found in Niger desert

    Group of migrants including women and children died in early October crossing desert towards Europe

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/niger/10416468/Bodies-of-87-migrants-found-in-Niger-desert.html

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    Ghana arrests Chinese and Indian illegal gold miners

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24746490

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    Three killed in fresh violence in India’s Muzaffarnagar

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24753494

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    :lol:
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    Australian woman loses bid for compensation for sex injury while on work trip

    Australia’s highest court has ruled a bureaucrat injured while having sex on a work trip is not entitled to workers’ compensation

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10413743/Australian-woman-loses-bid-for-compensation-for-sex-injury-while-on-work-trip.html

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    Tiananmen crash: Xinjiang security tightened

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24739270

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    Khmer Rouge leaders deny guilt

    Verdict due on chief ideologist and head of state of Cambodia regime, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/khmer-rouge-head-denies-guilt-as-trial-closes-201310313143614697.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Peacock. Like you kes, I would have thought raven.

    Today’s question.

    During which year were escalators installed in the Empire State Building in New York?

    HINT: Some time in the 60′s but which year? A Beatles song?

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    An Afghan Tragedy: The Pashtun practice of having sex with young boys

    Afghanistan’s subculture of paedophilia is one of the country’s untold shames

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/an-afghan-tragedy-the-pashtun-practice-of-having-sex-with-young-boys-8911529.html

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    Shifting attitudes to teen pregnancy in India

    Community workers are trying to educate families to empower girls and break the cycle of burden and struggle.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2013/10/shifting-attitudes-teen-pregnancy-india-2013103163031696524.html

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    James Harris: American football’s first black quarterback

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24719187

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    Ghostly journey through Hong Kong’s old Wan Chai district

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24302108

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    People lie and cheat more during afternoon

    People are more likely to lie or cheat during the afternoon because self control diminishes during the day, according to researchers

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10414535/People-lie-and-cheat-more-during-afternoon.html

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    What is the scariest film music?

    Anne Billson selects the spookiest, most spine-tingling music in cinema

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10412570/The-horror-movies-with-the-spookiest-music.html

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    Photoshop disasters: cloned hovercrafts, floating Chinese officials, transparent people and more

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/picture-galleries/10415180/Photoshop-disasters-cloned-hovercrafts-floating-Chinese-officials-transparent-people-and-more.html?frame=2718491

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    Pictures of the day: 30 October 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10413884/Pictures-of-the-day-30-October-2013.html

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    Day in pictures: 30 October 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24747331

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    Picture Desk Live

    Best pictures of the day -- live

    The Guardian’s photo team brings you a daily round-up from the world of photography

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/oct/30/best-pictures-of-the-day-live

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  10. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Beautiful day today after all that rain we had yesterday. Hubby who had set off to his golf game very early in the morning, came back cold and a bit bedraggled. Some hot food and hot rum took care of that.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care. be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my still sunny corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Then don’t use anymore of the taxpayers money to help them pay their bills.
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    Tepco refuses to fund outside cleanup

    Utility leaves ministry holding ¥30 billion bill; exemption eyed

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/29/national/tepco-refuses-to-fund-outside-cleanup/#.UnCbFhYTMfE

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    Japan government panel ‘suggests Tepco break-up’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24739264

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    Tepco may use undamaged reactor buildings for water storage

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/29/national/tepco-may-use-undamaged-reactor-buildings-for-water-storage/#.UnCbUBYTMfE

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    Huh?
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    Aomori municipalities ask prefecture to cover lost ‘power industry money’

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131029p2a00m0na007000c.html

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    China’s behavior jeopardizing peace, Onodera says

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/chinas-behavior-jeopardizing-peacetime-onodera-says

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    Yes, we spy on allies. Want to make something of it?

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/yes-we-spy-on-allies-want-to-make-something-of-it

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    He’s also pushing for nuclear plants there. Idiot! Wasn’t Fukushima enough of a warning for the world??
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    Turkish delight

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/turkish-delight
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Jail the lot of them.
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    ‘British justice on trial’: Judge urges phone-hacking jury to consider only the evidence presented to them

    The nine women and three men will decide the guilt or innocence of Rebekah Brooks, An

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/british-justice-on-trial-judge-urges-phonehacking-jury-to-consider-only-the-evidence-presented-to-them-8910893.html

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    Hey Hunt, get a clue!
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    Jeremy Hunt loses appeal on unlawful hospital closures

    The Health Secretary has suffered a humiliating defeat in the Court of Appeal after a ruling that his plans to downgrade a London hospital were “unlawful” was upheld.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10412986/Jeremy-Hunt-loses-appeal-on-unlawful-hospital-closures.html

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    Our ageist NHS is failing the people who need it most

    It’s a scandal that taxpayer money has been funnelled away from older people in rural areas, writes Jesse Norman.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/10408685/Our-ageist-NHS-is-failing-the-people-who-need-it-most.html

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    The grip of privatisation on our vital services has to be broken

    From Ineos to energy, powerful interests are driving a 30-year failed experiment. Utilities belong in public hands

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/29/grip-privatisation-vital-services-ineos-energy

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    LETTERS

    A race to the bottom in social care provision

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/29/race-bottom-social-care-provision

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    So get that money back to the consumers.
    ————

    Energy firms ‘overcharge by £3.7bn a year’

    MPs told that some suppliers cannot justify increases in household bills

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/29/energy-firms-overcharge-accusation

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    Amazon distribution staff go on strike in Germany

    Services trade union Verdi has been trying to force Amazon to accept collective agreement on employment conditions

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/29/amazon-staff-strike-germany

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    François Hollande becomes most unpopular French president ever

    Poll shows only 26% of French people have positive opinion of Socialist president, lower even than Sarkozy’s 30%

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/francois-hollande-most-unpopular-president

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    NSA spy row: France and Spain ‘shared phone data’ with US

    Spain and France’s intelligence agencies carried out collection of phone records and shared them with NSA, agency says

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10413260/NSA-spy-row-France-and-Spain-shared-phone-data-with-US.html

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    Mother of Maria has five children taken into care

    Sasha Ruseva, Maria’s mother, has five children taken into care by social services, as Bulgaria insists they want Greece to hand four-year-old over

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bulgaria/10412854/Mother-of-Maria-has-five-children-taken-into-care.html

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    Controversial Sochi Games start in 100 days

    Concern over conditions of migrant workers building the venues casts shadow over the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/europe/2013/10/controversial-sochi-games-start-100-days-20131029202736204454.html

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    Of course you did.
    ————

    Russia denies spying on G20 leaders at St Petersburg summit

    President Putin’s spokesman says allegations are aimed at diverting attention away from controversy over NSA surveillance

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/russia-denies-spying-g20-putin-spokesman

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    Russia and Ukraine edge closer to ‘gas war’

    Gazprom demands payment of half a billion pounds in arrears in move seen by some as punishment for aligning with EU

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/russia-ukraine-gazprom-gas-war

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    Pakistani family give Congress an unprecedented account of effect of CIA drone attacks on their community

    Politicians gather to hear startling testimony from a family on the death of a 67-year-old woman in Pakistan

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pakistani-family-give-congress-an-unprecedented-account-of-effect-of-cia-drone-attacks-on-their-community-8911587.html

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    Trayvon Martin’s mother testifies against stand-your-ground laws

    Sybrina Fulton urges congressional committee to review law invoked in the 2012 killing of her son by George Zimmerman

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/trayvon-martin-mother-testifies-senate-stand-your-ground

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    Despicable man!
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    At Stand Your Ground Hearing, Ted Cruz Argues Florida Law Helps African-Americans

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/10/29/2852451/cruz-blacks-benefit-stand-ground/

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    Here Is What’s Wrong With That Story About Obama Knowing That Your Health Care Policy Would Get Cancelled

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/28/2850061/wrong-story-obama-knowing-health-care-policy-cancelled/

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    The Big Kludge
    By PAUL KRUGMAN

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/opinion/krugman-the-big-kludge.html

    —-

    LETTERS

    Health Care: The Law and the Website

    Responses to the continuing coverage of the health care law and the trouble with the government website for the insurance exchange.

    http://nyti.ms/1aRQBNo

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    Peru prime minister resigns

    Juan Jimenez announces his departure after being criticised for remarks that belittled Peruvians’ concerns about crime

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/peru-prime-minister-resigns

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    Fears for Syrians ‘still trapped’ in Damascus suburb

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24739208

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    Bashar al-Assad sacks Syria’s deputy prime minister

    Qadri Jamil is fired for ‘overstepping his brief’ after meeting US envoy in blow to hopes for international ‘Geneva 2′ peace conference

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10413099/Bashar-al-Assad-sacks-Syrias-deputy-prime-minister.html

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    Syria: UN and health organisations call for ceasefire to deal with polio threat

    Save the Children appeals to warring sides to respect ‘vaccination ceasefires’ after outbreak in east of country

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/syria-ceasefire-polio-vaccination

    —-

    Turkey’s Bosphorus sub-sea tunnel links Europe and Asia

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24721779

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    Egypt regime arrests Essam el-Erian

    Deputy leader of deposed Muslim Brotherhood joins list of senior figures from the movement detained by military government

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/egypt-arrests-essam-el-erian

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    Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of deal for peace talks

    Joy in West Bank and Gaza Strip as Israel releases 26 prisoners as part of deal brokered by John Kerry

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10413715/Israel-releases-26-Palestinian-prisoners-as-part-of-deal-for-peace-talks.html

    —-

    Bahrain teargas stockpile plan faces international opposition

    Government insists weapon is legal after activists condemn tender for vast quantities of gas and grenades

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/bahrain-teargas-stockpile-plan-campaign

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    US drone strike in Somalia killed al-Shabaab ‘chief bomb-maker’

    Explosives expert behind “many deaths” among three men killed in missile attack on four-wheel-drive

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/10412699/US-drone-strike-in-Somalia-killed-al-Shabaab-chief-bomb-maker.html

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    Four French hostages freed in Niger – President Hollande

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24735293

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    South Africa white supremacists jailed over plot to kill Nelson Mandela

    Boeremag militia members handed prison sentences of between five and 35 years after 10-year long treason trial

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/south-africa-plot-boeremag-sentenced

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    The hunt for Joseph Kony: US steps up search for Ugandan warlord

    US Special Forces are helping African troops in their hunt for the messianic rebel leader – and the pieces are finally coming together

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/the-hunt-for-joseph-kony-us-steps-up-search-for-ugandan-warlord-8911629.html

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    India bus crash: at least 44 dead

    Dead includes children after luxury bus catches fire

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10413745/India-bus-crash-at-least-44-dead.html

    —-

    Land deal stand-off continues in China village

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24739248

    —-

    :shock:
    ————

    Chinese officials in new Photoshop fail

    Anhui province apologises for doctored picture that shows vice-mayor hovering like a ghost above a puppet-sized old lady

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/chinese-officials-new-photoshop-fail

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    North Korea: UN human rights inquiry ‘moved to tears’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24726013

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    Thailand ex-PM vows to fight any charges over 2010 redshirt crackdown

    Abhisit Vejjajiva says he and deputy Suthep Thaugsuban are innocent of alleged role in death of anti-government protesters

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/thailand-charges-redshirt-crackdown-protesters
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Rabbi (in Reform Judaism)

    Today’s question.

    The feathers of which bird are said to bring bad luck if they are brought into the house?

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    The heavy-lifting ‘mule women’ of Melilla

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24706863

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    Some British people can’t afford to heat their food. Aren’t we ashamed?

    I don’t suppose any of the big six energy bosses has wrapped a toddler in a fleece, dressing gown and jumper of an evening

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/29/british-cant-afford-heat-food-big-six-energy-jack-monroe

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    Indian funeral pyres and incense ‘melting glaciers’

    Funeral pyres and temple incense are responsible for nearly a quarter of carbon emissions from India and Nepal, study claims

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10412104/Indian-funeral-pyres-and-incense-melting-glaciers.html

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    India’s elephant girl takes on the herds

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24572894

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    Toxic waste weighs on ex-mafia man’s mind

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24678624

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    Nigel Slater’s pork belly recipe

    A meal with a traditional feel

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/29/pork-belly-recipe-nigel-slater

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    Pumpkin carvings for Halloween – in pictures

    Ray Villafane and his team of professional sculptors, from Michigan, meticulously carve pumpkins using spoons and scalpels. Each character takes an average of two hours to complete

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/oct/29/pumpkin-carvings-for-halloween-in-pictures

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    Zombie faces: Why are we afraid of them?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24711244

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    Pictures of the day: 29 October 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10410987/Pictures-of-the-day-29-October-2013.html

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    10 photo highlights of the day

    Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of top photographs

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2013/oct/29/10-photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good morning/evening, Kalima! A bright sunny day here as well, so I took the opportunity to get outside and walk the mile perimeter trail around the park. Won’t be able to do that much longer!

      So many good articles today. Especially on this theme of the privatization of public services that has gotten to be such a problem in Britain. And in the U.S., too. It’s so encouraging to hear that people are at least beginning to discuss public ownership of utilities. Because in Britain people are freezing in the winter, and now are even rejecting food assistance if it comes in the form of items that need to be cooked — because they can’t afford to cook them! Unbelievable. The heartlessness of corporate executives that would price the poor into shivering starvation.

      It was also good to see that German workers are striking against bad working conditions with Amazon. Of course, Amazon has the classic corporate reaction to the situation: they’re threatening to move the whole operation to Poland. Stay strong German workers! (And Polish workers — Solidarity!)

      Paul Krugman is right on the money as usual with his analysis of the “kludge” that is the ACA. Yes, it is complex and far from ideal. But it’s the only thing that could be passed in the face of such persistent RW obstructionism, and now we have to make it work. Because it’s light years beyond what we had before. Which was a combination of nothing and worse-than-nothing.

      Today’s trivia: I’m going to try to recover from being way, way, waaay off on yesterday’s, and guess: raven’s feathers?

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, well done on your walk around the park, I bet your cheeks were rosy.

        It’s a fact that the energy companies have been overcharging for years, so what is the government going to do about it, so far I’ve read nothing. They should be made to reimburse all those they stole from for a start. Their profits should be taxed and that money should go to those poor people without heat in freezing temperatures that will come soon. For every person who freezes to death, they should be forced to pay fines. Of course with a Tory government that would never happen, and they will continue to take no responsibility nor feel any shame,

        Yes a strike can often help but when a company is just too greedy, they might just find themselves out of a job instead. How much money is enough for these company owners to profit from? The more they have, the more they want. They are sickening.

        Yes Krugman’s article was on the pulse, and the ACA can and will be improved. All this faux posturing by the GOP is just an extension of what caused the shutdown and can’t bring them an increase in popularity no matter how hard they try. As the President said, the ACA is the law, and they need to get used to it.

        HAPPY HALLOWEEN kes, fingers crossed that it won’t rain. Have a peaceful day. Take care, and see you soon.

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    Good morning everyone.

    Sunday and Monday were beautiful sunny days but it’s not quite autumn yet and we are soon into November. Living where we do, we no longer have the luxury of seeing many trees, as what few there were, have been uprooted to make way for new buildings. As yet have seen no leaves littering the streets so hope to see some signs when I finally get out next week to keep an appointment.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my rainy corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Exactly.
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    NRA to Tepco: Get a grip on No. 1 before thinking of restarts

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/28/national/nra-tepco-heads-discuss-fukushima-no-1-water-woes/#.Um9RkBYTMfE

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    Niigata governor says TEPCO can’t be trusted to restart another nuclear plant

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/niigata-governor-says-tepco-cant-be-trusted-to-restart-another-nuclear-plant

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    Police search tsunami-hit area in Miyagi after dismantling of stranded ship

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131028p2a00m0na009000c.html

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    Protest is lodged over China’s latest intrusion

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/28/national/protest-is-lodged-over-chinas-latest-intrusion/#.Um9UqRYTMfE

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Vatican diplomat

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/vatican-diplomat
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    St Jude’s Day Storm: Four dead after night of destruction – but at least we saw it coming

    Four died and thousands are still without power, but the Met Office says the forecasts show how much weather predictions have improved compared with 26 years ago

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/st-judes-day-storm-four-dead-after-night-of-destruction–but-at-least-we-saw-it-coming-8909512.html

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    Another storm blows into town… phone-hacking trials under way

    Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, formerly of News International, are among eight defendants

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/another-storm-blows-into-town-phonehacking-trials-under-way-8909534.html

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    Ha! As if that would make the slightest bit of difference when there are not enough staff.
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    NHS told to give every patient a pen and paper by their hospital bed to note down complaints

    We need a ‘revolution’ in the way the health service handles complaints

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-told-to-give-every-patient-a-pen-and-paper-by-their-hospital-bed-to-note-down-complaints-8909064.html

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    Ideology meets idiocy in these brutal disability cuts

    Iain Duncan Smith’s disability benefits regime, beset by mishaps, not only smears the vulnerable but makes no economic sense

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/29/tory-disability-benefits-ideology-idiocy

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    Energy firms raised prices despite drop in wholesale costs

    Energy firms face MPs as profit per household doubled in past year from £45 to £95, while wholesale costs increased by £10

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/29/energy-firms-raised-prices-as-wholesale-costs-fall

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    Six dead in Germany as storm sweeps across Europe

    Deaths in the Netherlands and Denmark, woman swept out to sea off France, and Sweden braces for storm’s arrival

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/storm-europe-germany-netherlands-denmark

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    Good Lord!!
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    St Jude’s storm whips across northern Europe

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24702190

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    Romania works on US missile shield at Deveselu base

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24705739

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    Greenpeace Arctic 30′s plight highlights the inhumanity of Russia’s jails

    The prisons that the arrested environmental activists are being held in are designed to break people. Cold and cramped, remand cells are notoriously harsh

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/28/greenpeace-arctic-30-russia-jails

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    The man is such a raving hypocrite.
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    Sochi 2014: Putin declares gay athletes welcome

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24708739

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    Georgia elects oligarch PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s candidate as president

    Vote for Giorgi Margvelashvili cements Ivanishvili’s vanquishing of outgoing Mikheil Saakashvili

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/georgia-elects-ivanishvili-margvelashvili-saakashvili

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    Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States

    President Obama was poised to order the ban in response to a deepening diplomatic crisis over reports that the National Security Agency had for years targeted the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

    http://nyti.ms/1alCYuM

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    Superstorm Sandy: US marks one year anniversary

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24721439

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    Mexican vigilantes take on drug cartels – and worry authorities

    Militias spring up across Mexico to defend communities but authorities fear ‘rebel force’ and an ‘undeclared civil war’

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/mexican-militias-vigilantes-drug-cartels

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    Destruction of Peru’s rainforest by illegal gold mining is twice as bad as experts thought

    3D model shows that illegal gold mining is wiping out a global biodiversity hotspot

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/destruction-of-perus-rainforest-by-illegal-gold-mining-is-twice-as-bad-as-experts-thought-8909377.html

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    Syria weapons watchdog unable to inspect key sites

    Safety concerns have prevented inspectors from reaching two sites declared by Syria as part of chemical weapons agreement, but UN remains confidant process ‘on schedule’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10410416/Syria-weapons-watchdog-unable-to-inspect-key-sites.html

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    As Syria disintegrates, so too does Iraq

    Where there are Sunni minorities in Iraq, they will be killed or forced to flee

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/as-syria-disintegrates-so-too-does-iraq-8909348.html

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    Lebanon army deploys amid violence in Tripoli

    Military trying to curb fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President as war spills over into Lebanon.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/10/lebanon-army-deploys-amid-violence-tripoli-2013102813927482901.html

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    Dozens of ‘soldiers’ killed in Islamist strike in northern Nigeria

    Morgues collect 35 bodies in military uniform after Boko Haram attacks northern Nigeria city

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/10409569/Dozens-of-soldiers-killed-in-Islamist-strike-in-northern-Nigeria.html

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    DR Congo M23 rebels ‘all but finished’, says UN

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24722794

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    Saudi satirist’s No Woman, No Drive goes viral

    Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh’s version of the Bob Marley classic No Woman, No Cry, protesting the ban on women driving in the kingdom has become a viral sensation

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/10408553/Saudi-satirists-No-Woman-No-Drive-goes-viral.html

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    Qayyum Karzai: Afghanistan president’s brother on why his is running for election

    Qayyum Karzai, the elder brother of Afghanistan’s president, tells The Telegraph’s Rob Crilly why he has decided to run as a candidate in next year’s election

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10410308/Qayyum-Karzai-Afghanistan-presidents-brother-on-why-his-is-running-for-election.html

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    Afghan villagers beat to death man blamed for roadside bomb deaths

    After an IED killed 18 wedding guests in Ghazni province, an angry mob headed for the house of a suspected Taliban sympathiser, according to local officials

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/afghan-villagers-roadside-bomb-ghazni-taliban-wedding

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    Jeep crash in China’s Tiananmen Square leaves five dead

    Tourists and police among dozens injured as vehicle hits crowd and bursts into flames outside Forbidden City in Beijing

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/china-tiananmen-square-crash-beijing

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    Tiananmen crash: China police ‘seek Xinjiang suspects’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24722898

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    US think-tank claims North Korea in the process of upgrading missile launch site

    Satellite images suggest North Korea constructing a second flat mobile launch pad at Sohae missile site, according to US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10410711/US-think-tank-claims-North-Korea-in-the-process-of-upgrading-missile-launch-site.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to the question “What is the famous last line of the 1959 comedy film ‘Some Like it Hot’?
    ‘Well, nobody’s perfect’

    Today’s question.

    In June 1972, Sally Priesand became the first female ‘what’ in the US?

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    The teenager who saved a man with an SS tattoo

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24653643

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    ‘Scottsboro Boy’ daughter ‘proud’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24683649

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    Meet the Australian children fluent in Mandarin

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24672295

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    :lol:
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    Together we can fight the scourge of texting while walking

    ‘Distracted walkers’ rely on the assumption that the rest of us will navigate around them. Let’s see what happens when we don’t

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/oct/28/fight-the-scourge-texting-while-walking

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    PASSNOTES

    The parliament gym: is a ripped MP worth the fitness subsidy?

    Should taxpayers really be spending up to £250,000 helping our politicians feel the burn?

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/oct/28/parliament-gym-ripped-mp-fitness-subsidy

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    Pictures of the day: 28 October 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10408446/Pictures-of-the-day-28-October-2013.html

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    Day in pictures: 28 October 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24713607

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    10 photo highlights of the day

    Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of top photographs

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2013/oct/28/10-photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! A pretty fall day here in corn country, and the leaves are just about at their peak of color. Unfortunately for the little ghosts and goblins, the prediction for Thursday’s Hallowe’en weather is a 90-100% chance of rain. :-(

      Amazing video of the major storm that swept through Europe. Literally blowing people off their feet and tipping semi trucks over. Also the 84th anniversary of the stock market crash and the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy here in the U.S. Late October! A force to be reckoned with.

      I almost laughed out loud at the simplistic solution offered for fixing the very, very broken NHS system: give patients pens and paper so that they can write down their complaints. It really isn’t funny, but whoever came up with that one must have been hitting the anesthesia meds hard. Really. Did it ever occur to these people that the very patients who are going to suffer the most from short-staffing are the ones who are unable to lodge complaints? Often unable even to speak, let alone write?

      In truth, nearly everyone knows how to fix the NHS. The Cameron government just doesn’t want to do it. Staff units adequately. Compensate nurses, aides,ancillary departments and doctors decently. Have review boards that are truly impartial and ethical and hold executives accountable. But that might siphon money from the private corporations who look at health care as a cash cow, and funnel to to the place where it is supposed to be: to the benefit of the patient in the bed. And the Tories couldn’t have that.

      The satirical vid called “No Woman, No Drive” is pretty cute (as is the guy who performs it!). Especially the part about keeping those “Ova-ova-ovaries safe in the back seat, so you can have lots of babies” is funny — but I don’t think it’s going to convince too many Saudi women to give up the fight. They can always point to how many of us American women have somehow managed to drive cars and keep our ovaries intact for many decades now. If we can do it, they can.

      Oh, how I loved that article about the annoyance of people who assume that just because they’re texting while walking they always have the right-of-way. It’s everyone else’s job to watch out for them. Because clearly they are doing something very important whereas the rest of us are merely walking. A friend who lived in NYC said that women there used to use their baby strollers the same way — as battering rams and traffic-stoppers. Another manifestation of the ME FIRST head. Sigh…

      Today’s trivia: uh-oh…completely stumped on this one. A wild guess: first female fighter jet pilot? :shock:

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        Hello kes. Fingers tightly crossed that it won’t pour down on Halloween.

        Wasn’t that storm video something? I can remember being blown over during gale force winds in the U.K. it’s not so rare as these storms start in the Atlantic where the sea is always very rough.

        You are right of course about everyone chiming in about the NHS but the government having no intentions of trying to fix it. Nail on the head about the patients who need to complain the most not being well enough to write or even hold a pen. Cameron and his cronies have stripped the hospitals of the necessary staff and then sit back and complain when something goes wrong as if making their point. Funds have been drained for unconnected things from the NHS for years, couple that will limiting resources and you are heading for disaster. The disaster they have been planning for since 2010. I was pleased to see that Hunt has been humiliated for trying to close down a hospital but a judge ruled against him. Poetic justice for a man who has no clue about the medical profession in the first place.

        I loved the story about text walkers too, and would never walk to avoid them because I’m just not quick enough on my feet, so give them a dirty stare instead. :)

        Well it was a fine day today but this evening is feeling quite cool. Have a peaceful day, take care and see you soon.

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    Good morning everyone.

    Typhoon came and went. We have had beautiful blue skies all day although it is still quite windy.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs.
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    Foreign land grabs near SDF sites face curbs

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/26/national/foreign-land-grabs-near-sdf-sites-face-curbs/#.Umy2TBYTMfE

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    Get Koizumi: Nuclear village goes on offensive

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/26/national/get-koizumi-nuclear-village-goes-on-offensive/#.Umy1-hYTMfE

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    Japan scrambles fighter planes as 4 Chinese planes fly near Okinawa

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131026p2g00m0dm004000c.html

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    How religious are Japanese people?

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/how-religious-are-japanese-people

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Forward march

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/forward-march
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    Exclusive: The other energy scandal – power giants use loophole to cut their own tax bills

    While Britons face soaring energy costs, firms such as Scotia Gas avoid millions in levies. It’s perfectly legal and, say critics, ‘absolutely shocking’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-the-other-energy-scandal–power-giants-use-loophole-to-cut-their-own-tax-bills-8906447.html

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    Horrifying.
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    Mid Staffs NHS whistleblower: They destroyed flowers on my mother’s grave

    Woman who exposed scandal of inhumane treatment at hospital was forced to leave home after campaign of abuse

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/27/stafford-nhs-whistleblower-julie-bailey-interview

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    Do we really need a thinktank to tell us this?
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    Minimum wage earners face struggle to climb career ladder

    Thinktank finds that many people – mainly women – are getting stuck on the minimum wage

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/26/national-minimum-wage-earners

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    Another idiot telling young people not to vote.
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    Ignore Russell Brand and vote, Bite The Ballot campaign urges young

    A US-style voter registration drive is tackling political apathy head on

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ignore-russell-brand-and-vote-bite-the-ballot-campaign-urges-young-8906450.html

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    British Muslims defiant over al-Shabab threat

    UK Muslims are speaking out against a call by al-Shabab for more international “do it yourself” attacks.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/10/british-muslims-defiant-over-al-shabab-threat-2013102591313719196.html

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    NSA spying allegations: Are US allies really shocked?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24676392

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    Mons prepares to share its memories of Europe’s killing fields

    As the anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war draws near, the Belgian city that became a symbol of conflict gets set to greet 250,000 visitors to its humbling memorials

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/27/mons-europes-killing-fields-ww1

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    Czech election: Social Democrats lead but no clear winner

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24686257

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    Serbia state funeral for widow of Yugoslav leader Tito

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24683351

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    Georgia votes in elections as Saakashvili’s rule ends

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24690085

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    Immigration Poses Threat of Another Republican Rift

    A push to bring legislation to the House floor, led by a coalition of executives, conservatives and evangelical leaders, could affect campaign contributions before the midterm elections.

    http://nyti.ms/18kehbm

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    A $13 Billion Reminder of What’s Wrong

    The government’s proposed settlement with JPMorgan Chase offers a teaching moment — about the role banks played in the financial crisis, and risks that remain in the financial system.

    http://nyti.ms/18lSuQJ

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    Gifts probe leaves McDonnell sidelined in governor’s race

    Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has kept the incumbent at arm’s length..

    http://wapo.st/17QWr0C

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    Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons? By Nicholas Kristof

    Big Bird and the A.B.C.’s may be the best tools for fighting poverty and crime. So let’s get moving on early education programs.

    http://nyti.ms/1aKYlkb

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    There nothing quite like creating an alternative universe, just ask Maduro. :lol:
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    Venezuela creates Social Happiness ministry

    Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, creates Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness, despite chronic shortages of basic goods like toilet paper

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/venezuela/10406386/Venezuela-creates-Social-Happiness-ministry.html

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    New crisis in Syria as polio strikes: World Health Organisation launches a massive immunisation programme as 22 children succumb to crippling virus

    Poor hygiene hastens the spread of the disease. There is no cure

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/new-crisis-in-syria-as-polio-strikes-world-health-organisation-launches-a-massive-immunisation-programme-as-22-children-succumb-to-crippling-virus-8906383.html

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    Syria Kurdish fighters seize border post from Islamists

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24689025

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    What’s going on in Syria is about a lot more than chemical weapons

    In the third year of this war, we know that people are in agony and rape and torture are widespread. We cannot ignore it

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/26/syria-peace-talks-women-raped

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    Lebanon suffers under the strain of a refugee crisis now out of control

    Syrian refugees make up a quarter of Lebanon’s population, the country’s fragile systems are stretched and tensions are rising. Charities and NGOs are battling to get 70,000 children into schools, and families living in flimsy tents face another harsh challenge – the winter snows are only weeks away

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/26/syria-refugees-lebanon-save-the-children

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    Tunisia’s ‘sexual jihad’ – extremist fatwa or propaganda?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24448933

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    Palestinian farmers hungry for change

    West Bank farmers are developing self-sustaining practices as a way to protest the Israeli occupation.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/10/palestinian-farmers-hungry-change-20131019131141244255.html

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    Nigerian army kills 95 suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants

    Army uses bombs and ground troops to destroy Boko Haram camps in Borno and claims to have killed 95 Islamist militants in Nigeria’s north east

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/10406348/Nigerian-army-kills-95-suspected-Boko-Haram-Islamist-militants.html

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    Kenya’s William Ruto loses ICC trial attendance ruling

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24666472

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    Drive to get Saudi women on the road: The kingdom holds the world’s only ban on female motorists

    Campaigners defied country’s rulers in a day of action that is as much about women’s rights as about getting from A to B

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/drive-to-get-saudi-women-on-the-road-the-kingdom-holds-the-worlds-only-ban-on-female-motorists-8906384.html

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    Iran hangs 16 prisoners after guards killed near Pakistan border

    Fourteen Iranian guards killed near border with Pakistan during overnight clashes, and Tehran retaliates by hanging 16 “rebels”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10406372/Iran-hangs-16-prisoners-after-guards-killed-near-Pakistan-border.html

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    Iraq car bombs cause Baghdad carnage

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24690970

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    Afghan soldier killed after row with Nato troops

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24684853

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    China newspaper apologises over Chen Yongzhou reports

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24690631
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    Menus and mundanity in Murmansk: A letter from Greenpeace activist Frank Hewetson from behind bars in Russia

    Arrested with 29 others aboard the ship Arctic Sunrise, Frank Hewetson is now being held in Murmansk prison on hooliganism charges. From there, he writes a letter to The Independent on Sunday’s editor Lisa Markwell

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/menus-and-mundanity-in-murmansk-a-letter-from-greenpeace-activist-frank-hewetson-from-behind-bars-in-russia-8906307.html

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    Akong Rinpoche: Tibetan monk achieved feat of Chinese approval

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24659538

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    Acid attacks in India under the spotlight

    Victims say government not doing enough despite occurrence of an estimated thousand incidents targeting women yearly.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2013/10/acid-attacks-india-under-spotlight-201310274391526356.html

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    ‘It’s easier to change a body than to change a mind’: The extraordinary life and lonely death of Roberta Cowell

    Cowell had been a racing driver, a Spitfire pilot and a prisoner of war – but her biggest challenge was to become the first person in Britain to undergo gender-reassignment surgery

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/its-easier-to-change-a-body-than-to-change-a-mind-the-extraordinary-life-and-lonely-death-of-roberta-cowell-8899823.html

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    Roma – the unwanted Europeans

    Suspicion of people who are poor and homeless is fuelled by rumours of stolen children and French bungling over the expulsion of a Roma family

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/roma–the-unwanted-europeans-8906382.html

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    The open spaces where we played are cruelly lost to today’s children

    Rickets is on the rise, but let’s not consider it a Victorian throwback, more of a symptom of our airless lifestyle

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/26/children-have-no-space-to-play

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    Beverly Hills mums want to legalise cannabis

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24642295

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    There’s no need to apologise for the sorry state of Britain. But I’m sorry

    Even Americans have been forced to accept the value of our favourite self-effacing five-letter word

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/27/apologise-sorry-state-britain-harvard-david-mitchell

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    Audio Slideshow

    Historical east London photos published

    In 2009, anonymous London blogger The Gentle Author set out to write 10,000 stories about the East End’s Spitalfields at a rate of one a day.

    He has now published The Gentle Author’s London Album, a compilation of more than 600 previously unpublished photos showing a century of east London life.

    Archivist Stefan Dickers discovered the slides at the Bishopsgate Institute and highlighted them to the Gentle Author.

    They include images of Tower Bridge under construction in the 1890s and a funeral effigy of Charles II on display at Westminster Abbey in the 1910s.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24539618

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    Pine nuts? I use them in ratatouille. hamburgers and meat loafs, salads, stews and many other dishes. Love them but they are a bit expensive over here.
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    Nigel Slater’s pine nut recipes

    Pine nuts are usually confined to pesto, but bake them with sardines or stir them into a chocolate cake and you’ll find this useful golden nugget is a real treasure

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/27/pine-nut-nigel-slater-recipes

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    Animal photos of the week: 25 October 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10404742/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    The week in pictures: 25 October 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10404740/The-week-in-pictures-25-October-2013.html

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    The Observer’s 20 photographs of the week

    The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/gallery/2013/oct/26/observer-20-photos-lady-gaga

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! Good to be back at home and on the Planet after a three day weekend of caring for the Fave 7th grader. Now I need a vacation to recover from my vacation! And it’s also good to hear that you weathered the (hopefully last!) typhoon in Tokyo and that has now gone the way of Fukuppy,

      One paragraph in the article about whether or not the Japanese are considered a “religious” people was really very sweet, and worth quoting:

      Even though they may not be very knowledgeable about other religions, Japanese are very respectful of them. In the 30 years I have lived in Japan, not once have I ever heard a Japanese person make fun of another person’s faith or mock someone for “believing in fairytales,” as some ill-mannered non-Japanese are apt to do. Rather, they only tend to become critical when believers of a cult, say, run amok.

      What a civilized outlook. I wish it could be exported.

      And a bit of that civility would go a long way as far as the NHS whistle-blower situation goes in England. This poor woman whose mother died of neglect in an NHS hospital and who publicized the extent of the awful conditions there was harassed so badly that she had to flee her home. This is very similar to the situation in Malala’s home town in Pakistan. Some of the townspeople there blamed her for drawing attention to the crimes of the Taliban rather than the Taliban for committing them. Sad — when the person who turns over the rock and lets the sunshine on what’s underneath is blamed for exposing what needed to be exposed.

      Criminals. Well, Syria seems to be afflicted with a huge number of them at this point. A horrifying catalog of violent crimes — especially against women — in the article you cited, Kalima. And the saddest thing of all is that so many of these women’s (or in some cases, these girl’s) families reject them after they’re raped and violated because then they’re “no longer pure.” Are the men who raped them considered “pure”? :shock:

      Lastly — wow — rickets? On the upswing in Britain? Incredible. Some vitamin D fortified milk and half an hour outdoors every day. That’s all it would take to get those kids healthy! :-(

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, and welcome back. Hope those feet will be up for a few days now.

        Interesting that you point out from the article on the Japanese respecting another’s beliefs and I can confirm it to be true. In all the years I’ve lived here, the only people to ask about my faith are an annoying number of Jehovah Witness door to door sales people who try without fail to convert me until I tell them that Jesus is not a commodity and they should be ashamed of themselves trying to sell him to people as such.

        I felt enraged when I read the story about the NHS whistleblower, and who are these people who made her life a living hell? Obviously no one who has ever lost a loved one from neglect in a hospital that is supposed to take care of them. Yes unfortunately Malala suffered the same kind of ignorance but it seems to have made her stronger and more determined to bring education to Afghanistan and other oppressed parts of the world. Kudos to her strength.

        Reading the story about the young girls leaving home to service the militant fighters was appalling and more than likely sanctioned by the same family members who will later condemn them. Heartbreaking.

        The story you spoke about with the children not playing outdoors much and many now contracting tickets, is very sad.

        When I was a child I spent more time outside than inside. I was like a pidgeon, only coming home to eat and sleep. I suppose I was lucky having the forest across the street as my own special playground, but even just playing outside in a garden is healthier than staying inside watching mindless tv or ruining young eyes and minds with computer games. There should be more open safe places for kids to be kids in, but with the Tories and their willy nilly planing permission in our green countryside, if we don’t get them out soon, there won’t be a tree or a blade of grass or a wildflower left in the country to enjoy and children with suffer with much more than just rickets.

        Have a peaceful day, take care and see you soon.

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  13. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    This seems to be a very slow moving typhoon so we are just waiting to see if it makes landfall on our East Coast. it’s been raining for almost two days now and it’s pretty boring. Next week we hope to have things fixed the way we want them outside. Should be fun as about an hour ago, something fell off our front gate as I was closing it and I have it tucked away in a plastic storage bag ready to pounce when the guy in charge shows up. We haven’t payed for the work yet and that’s a relief.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    HB to a dear friend, have a wonderful day.

    Sayonara from my wet corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Radiation doubles to new high in No. 1 plant water ditch

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/24/national/radiation-doubles-to-new-high-in-no-1-plant-water-ditch/#.UmoEuhYTMfE

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    TEPCO eyes fuel removal from Fukushima No. 4 unit starting early Nov

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131024p2g00m0dm034000c.html

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    TEPCO employee found dead in apparent suicide

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tepco-employee-found-dead-in-apparent-suicide

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    Fukushima evacuee family on edge as TEPCO prepares to restart Niigata nuke plant

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131024p2a00m0na015000c.html

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    Typhoon Francisco heads for Kyushu

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/24/national/typhoon-francisco-heads-for-kyushu/#.UmoEPBYTMfE

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    I’ve met this man here, he is a good friend of another friend of mine who moved back to Arkansas in 2001.
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    Japan’s national health insurance can save your life and savings

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/japans-national-health-insurance-can-save-your-life-and-savings

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    A sight for saur eyes

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/a-sight-for-saur-eyes-4
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    The man is a tyrant, how dare he blame the elderly for wanting to live in their own home?
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    Elderly to blame for housing crisis, indicates minister

    Old people and immigrants are forcing the Government to relax planning rules and allow more houses to be built on the greenbelt, Nick Boles has said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/10403390/Elderly-to-blame-for-housing-crisis-indicates-minister.html

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    More Tory lies about the NHS exposed.
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    Medical tourism generates millions for NHS and wider economy, finds study

    ‘Foreigners abusing system’ claim contradicted by research that also shows more people go overseas for treatment than arrive

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/24/medical-tourism-generates-millions-nhs-health

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    What, has he gone bonkers? Has he ever experienced a northern winter without heat? Maybe he should be forced to. Callous and insulting considering the number of people who freeze to death every year.
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    Downing Street: People faced with rising energy bills should consider wearing jumpers

    David Cameron believes that millions of people facing rising energy bills should consider “wrapping up warm” and wearing jumpers, Downing Street has indicated.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10388368/Downing-Street-People-faced-with-rising-energy-bills-should-consider-wearing-jumpers.html

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    Angela Merkel demands action from US to rebuild trust following allegations her phone was monitored

    Furious Angela Merkel accuses US of betraying trust of German soldiers that fought and died alongside American allies on the battlefields of Afghanistan by bugging her phone and insists US strikes a ‘no-spying’ agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10403915/Angela-Merkel-demands-action-from-US-to-rebuild-trust-following-allegations-her-phone-was-monitored.html

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    Revealed: Mafia’s prime role in human-trafficking misery

    Italian mobsters work with Egyptian crime syndicates to imprison migrants and extort cash

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/revealed-mafias-prime-role-in-humantrafficking-misery-8902359.html

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    Spain split over Eta militant’s early release from jail

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24653851

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    Madeleine McCann inquiry reopened by Portuguese police

    Fresh investigation into British girl’s disappearance comes a week after UK police made TV appeal with efit of new suspect

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/24/madeleine-mccann-inquiry-reopened-portuguese-police

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    Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s son says jailed Russian oligarch remains defiant after ten years

    Vladimir Putin’s biggest critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky continues to make a stand from Russia’s Penal Colony No 7, his eldest child Pavel tells the Telegraph

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10403026/Mikhail-Khodorkovskys-son-says-jailed-Russian-oligarch-remains-defiant-after-ten-years.html

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    Of course they do. :roll:
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    Healthcare contractors point finger at Obama administration

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24658892

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    Obama Urges House Republicans to Act on Immigration

    President Obama is turning attention back to the immigration overhaul issue, which has been overshadowed in Washington in recent months.

    http://nyti.ms/1aHTq3j

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    In Search of Republican Grown-Ups

    The Republican Party will have to do much better than avoiding default to earn back the public’s trust after their disastrous and juvenile shutdown stunt.

    http://nyti.ms/1amLuaY

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    Is anyone surprised??
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    Group Linked to Kochs Admits to Campaign Finance Violations

    The nonprofit, which has ties to the billionaire conservative businessmen Charles and David Koch, failed to disclose over $15 million in contributions it funneled into California referendum battles.

    http://nyti.ms/1fYyrka

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    Addicted to the Apocalypse by Paul Krugman

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling. When it comes to all the talk of economic catastrophe, why are these disaster fantasies taken so seriously?

    http://nyti.ms/1eOtEib

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    Huh??
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    Campus police officer who pepper-sprayed peaceful student protesters is awarded £25,000 in compensation for ‘psychiatric injuries’

    The court agreed payment means that the officer has been better compensated that the victims of his pepper spraying

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/campus-police-officer-who-peppersprayed-peaceful-student-protesters-is-awarded-25000-in-compensation-for-psychiatric-injuries-8901745.html

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    Tennessee schedules first execution in five years for January

    Execution of Billy R Irick on January 15 will be first to use only sedative pentobarbital rather than three-drug method

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/tennessee-execution-january-pentobarbital

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    Syria: the shots that shook the world

    Five photographers who have borne witness to Syria’s civil war tell the stories behind their defining images of the conflict

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10400229/Syria-the-shots-that-shook-the-world.html

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    Syrian refugees face bleak time in Bulgaria’s broken asylum system

    Refugees escaping the violence in Syria face harsh conditions in Bulgaria, which is being overwhelmed by their numbers

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/oct/24/syrian-refugees-bulgaria-asylum

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    How the Sunni-Shia schism is dividing the world

    The unprecedented Saudi refusal to take up its Security Council seat is not just about Syria but a response to the Iranian threat

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/how-the-sunnishia-schism-is-dividing-the-world-8899780.html

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    ‘Four killed’ in Lebanon flare-up

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24657491

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    Tending to Syria’s wounded in Turkey

    Syrian Medical Centre has treated more than 10,000 war victims requiring long-term care.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/10/turkish-medical-centre-helps-wounded-syrians-20131019112136910563.html

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    Libyan court charges Gaddafi-era figures

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24659181

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    Israel clashes with US as it calls for destruction of Iran’s nuclear industry

    Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, questions Washington’s friendlier stance towards Tehran

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10400680/Israel-clashes-with-US-as-it-calls-for-destruction-of-Irans-nuclear-industry.html

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    Kenya’s William Ruto awaits key ICC ruling

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24666472

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    Saudi government warns women over campaign to drive

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24658753

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    Iraq needs leadership worthy of its people

    With a death toll of half a million since 2003, the country deserves leaders who can put national unity above personal gain

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/24/iraq-leadership-people-death-toll-unity

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    Have been saying this for years now.
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    Secret memos ‘show Pakistan endorsed US drone strikes’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24649840

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    Australian wildfires: military defend explosives exercise that sparked blaze

    The deputy head of the Australian armed forces defends an exercise that triggered the largest wildfire in New South Wales as “demolition activity in support of our people”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10401645/Australian-wildfires-military-defend-explosives-exercise-that-sparked-blaze.html

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    Bo Xilai loses appeal over life sentence

    Maverick Chinese leader Bo Xilai loses his appeal against a life sentence for corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10403917/Bo-Xilai-loses-appeal-over-life-sentence.html

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    North Korean leaders may be called to face ICC over ‘human rights abuses’

    Panel sitting in London hears ‘extremely powerful’ evidence of mistreatment by totalitarian country and neighbour China

    http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/oct/24/human-rights-abuses-china-north-korea

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    South Korea conducts military exercise at disputed islands

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24666048

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    UN envoy slams Myanmar’s anti-Muslim violence

    Human rights envoy says violence feeds wider anti-Muslim narrative that threatens country’s reform process.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/un-envoy-slams-myanmar-anti-muslim-violence-201310250350636671.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    What is the famous last line of the 1959 comedy film ‘Some Like it Hot’?

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    Horrific and sickening!
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    FGM: ‘It’s like neutering animals’ – the film that is changing Kurdistan

    A film made over 10 years with the stories of girls and women affected by female genital mutilation is tackling a taboo subject

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/24/female-genital-mutilation-film-changing-kurdistan-law

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    High human cost for New York building boom

    More construction in US city has led to a rise in fatalities, particularly among Latino and immigrant labourers.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/10/latino-workers-new-york-construction-2013102535433973527.html

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    Giant solar mirrors bring light to shady Norwegian town

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24652439

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    Slow metabolism ‘obesity excuse’ true

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24610296

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    Viral Video Chart: Anchorman 2 trailer, Superman and the Simpsons

    Will Ferrell is back as Ron Burgundy, we celebrate two cartoon legends – and Washington’s baby giant panda has her first jab

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/25/anchorman-2-trailer-superman-simpsons-panda

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    Hilarious photos of misspelled tattoos

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/10402448/Hilarious-photos-of-misspelled-tattoos.html

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    Pictures of the day: 24 October 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10401307/Pictures-of-the-day-24-October-2013.html

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    Day in pictures: 24 October 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24658430

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    Picture Desk Live

    Best pictures of the day – live

    The Guardian’s photo team brings you a daily round-up from the world of photography

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2013/oct/24/best-pictures-of-the-day-live

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  14. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    We are due for our umpteenth typhoon from tomorrow, the sky is already overcast and the rain starts some time tonight. It has been a very strange year.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my grey corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Japanese mayor offers Fukushima kids a home in his town

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/23/national/japanese-mayor-offers-fukushima-kids-a-home-in-his-town/#.Umdm8xYTMfE

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    Radioactive cesium again detected off coast of Japan

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/22/national/radioactive-cesium-again-detected-off-coast-of-japan/#.UmdnPBYTMfE

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    Japan moves toward adopting tougher penalties for leakers

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/10/22/national/japan-moves-toward-adopting-tougher-penalties-for-leakers/#.UmdnbhYTMfE

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    Landslide warnings for Japan as typhoon approaches

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20131023p2a00m0na003000c.html

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    Japan under siege by broken umbrellas

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/japan-under-siege-from-broken-umbrellas

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Family man

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/all-in-the-family
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Eurobonds scandal: The high street giants avoiding millions in tax

    In the third part of our investigation into the biggest corporations in Britain, we turn to the stores that dominate our town centres

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eurobonds-scandal-the-high-street-giants-avoiding-millions-in-tax-8897591.html

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    Surprise! Surprise! Not really.
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    Benefit cap is failing to achieve its aims, study concludes

    The cap is neither forcing unemployed people to take a job nor saving taxpayers’ money, according to the first in-depth study

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/23/benefit-cap-failing-achieve-aims

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    Vulnerable elderly ‘locked out’ of state-funded care despite reforms, study finds

    Some 340,000 elderly and disabled people will receive no assistance towards care costs, experts warn

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10398204/Vulnerable-elderly-locked-out-of-state-funded-care-despite-reforms-study-finds.html

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    Dublin family insists girl seized by police is theirs

    Roma family has agreed to co-operate in DNA tests to establish whether or not child belongs to them

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/dublin-family-girl-seized-police

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    Old attitudes resurface: inside the Roma camp where Maria the ‘blonde angel’ lived

    Anger and defiance in Greece after a case that has reignited prejudices

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/old-attitudes-resurface-inside-the-roma-camp-where-maria-the-blonde-angel-lived-8897530.html

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    Greece freezes state funding for far-right Golden Dawn party

    Greek assembly votes 235-0 to suspend state funding for Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party whose leadership stand accused of criminal activities

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/10398363/Greece-freezes-state-funding-for-far-right-Golden-Dawn-party.html

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    Russia rejects court over Greenpeace arrests

    Moscow says it will boycott maritime tribunal in attempt by the Netherlands to release 30 detained Greenpeace activists.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/10/russia-rejects-court-over-greenpeace-arrests-2013102372953176720.html

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    Kerry holds urgent talks as US-Saudi rift deepens over Middle East policy

    Secretary of state on charm offensive amid criticism from Riyadh that the US is not providing sufficient help to Syrian rebels

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/kerry-talks-us-saudi-rift-foreign-policy

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    Nevada shooting: Parents of suspect may face charges

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24631668

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    How dumb is this clown?
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    Top White House security official fired over critical tweets

    Jofi Joseph, who was involved in Iranian nuclear talks, used Twitter to insult key members of Obama administration

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/white-house-security-official-fired-tweets

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    US CEOs break pay record as top 10 earners take home at least $100m each

    Pay gaps within companies widen as top two earners, led by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, earn billion-dollar paychecks

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/22/top-earning-ceos-100m-paychecks-record

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    The 10 best-paid CEOs in America

    US’s top-paid executives in 2012 represent technology, coffee, and sporting goods companies – and all are white and male

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/22/best-paid-chief-executives-america

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    Syria frees women after hostage deal

    Fourteen female detainees released as part of hostage exchange but dozens of others still being held, activist says.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/10/syria-frees-women-after-hostage-deal-2013102372117123946.html

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    Syria talks: Geneva meeting in doubt over fractured opposition

    A meeting in Geneva next month is in doubt thanks to Syria’s fractured opposition

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10398001/Syria-talks-Geneva-meeting-in-doubt-over-fractured-opposition.html

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    Syrian family’s tortuous journey into the unknown

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24614655

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    Why Jerusalem’s mayor will only be able to count on one half of the city

    East Jerusalem’s Arab residents boycott election seen as pivotal by the Israelis

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/why-jerusalems-mayor-will-only-be-able-to-counton-one-half-of-the-city-8897617.html

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    Islamic police arrest 150 in Nigeria accused of indecent dress, prostitution and cross-dressing

    Religious police in northern Nigeria detain scores of people for flouting Shariah law including 45 at a birthday party due to “indecent dress that is against the practice of Islam”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/10398365/Islamic-police-arrest-150-in-Nigeria-accused-of-indecent-dress-prostitution-and-cross-dressing.html

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    Student activist Majid Tavakoli out on bail after four years in jail

    Prisoner is latest in number of political detainees given leave or released since Hassan Rouhani became president

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/politicial-prisoner-majid-tavakoli-bail

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    Afghan village in the calm before the storm

    Waghjan in Logar province enjoys a precarious peace in one of the country’s most dangerous areas.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/10/afghan-village-calm-before-storm-2013102010321687403.html

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    Fire threat to Australia’s Blue Mountains ‘averted’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24634821

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    New Zealand cuts postal service to three days a week

    Government says Monday to Friday mail deliveries are no longer needed in urban areas but will be maintained in countryside

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/new-zealand-postal-three-days

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    China challenged over human rights record at United Nations

    Activists say despite Beijing’s claims of improvements, dissenters, minorities and the disabled still face state brutality

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/china-challenged-human-rights-un

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    Chinese newspaper calls for journalist’s release

    New Express in Hunan province makes rare appeal, saying Chen Yongzhou was targeted over corruption stories

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/chinese-newspaper-calls-journalists-release

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    Barbaric!
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    Brunei introduces death by stoning under new Islamic laws

    Brunei is to introduce a raft of tough sharia punishments including amputation and death by stoning for adulterers

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/brunei/10395702/Brunei-introduces-death-by-stoning-under-new-Islamic-laws.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer, grey. :(

    Today’s question.

    In nature, what are active, dormant and extinct?

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    Life in a Cambodian rubbish dump

    Workers at the Anlong Pi landfill near Siem Reap live and breathe toxic chemicals on a daily basis.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2013/10/life-cambodian-rubbish-dump-20131018112429578824.html

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    Captain Collette: The life of a woman on the front line

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24622762

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    The four sisters who took on Botswana’s chiefs – and won

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24623692

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    Nigel Slater’s poached eggs with chorizo and avocado

    A simple, easy and very quick supper for two or more

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/22/poached-eggs-chorizo-avocado-nigel-slater

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    Eat butter and cheese not low-fat spreads, says heart specialist

    Aseem Malhotra says saturated fat is not a problem, low-fat products are often full of sugar and statins are over-prescribed

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/22/butter-cheese-saturated-fat-heart-specialist

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    Pictures of the day: 22 October 2013

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10395588/Pictures-of-the-day-22-October-2013.html

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    Day in pictures: 22 October 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-24623853

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    10 photo highlights of the day

    Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of top photographs and today the focus is on portraits

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2013/oct/22/10-photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! Yet another typhoon? Incredible. And it’s nearly November. Stay safe and warm and dry, K household! The University of Wisconsin, Madison, does a lot of the math work involved in predicting the paths of hurricane and typhoons, so I hope they’re on their toes for this one.

      The situation in Britain is baffling. Ordinary citizens are being taxed into poverty. Disabled people are expected to find jobs that are non-existent. The elderly lose their lifetime’s worth of earnings in the process of paying for health care. All the while corporations and executives get off without paying even a fraction of the taxes they should be. And still there are no protests, no demonstrations in the streets. You have to wonder if people are too dispirited to get mad?

      Those Tweets that got Jofi Joseph fired sound like they came from a junior high school girl in the middle of a cafeteria feud. It’s one thing to lose your job over expressing an opinion on something with some weight to it, but this stuff? Embarrassing.

      Incredible that only 10 white males made 4.7 billion dollars in one year isn’t it? What is wrong with this picture? Just about everything.

      The article on cholesterol and heart disease confirms what my dear late mum used to say. She was convinced that sugar was the villain in the American diet, not butter, cream, red meat or eggs. And really — when you think of it — great cooks like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin use(d) a lot of those high cholesterol ingredients and Julia lived well into her 80s in good health and Jacques is still going strong, as far as I know of.

      Let’s see — today’s trivia. Have to admit that I’m baffled by this one. Could be viruses… Could be instincts… I think I’ll go with viruses. But not at all sure on this one. That’s what makes the trivia contest fun, though! :-)

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes. Thanks, we will stay safe but these darned typhoons seem be coming almost every other weekend and people living near mountains are at high risk for landslides, yet they seem to rebuild in the same place after the recovery. There should be a law against rebuilding in such an obviously dangerous place.

        I’m dumbfounded by the lack of protests in the U.K. too, and maybe a friend of my father’s summed it up best when she said that most people believe that they can’t change anything so they just accept it. Very sad.

        I share your views about the WH Tweeter. Good Lord. you might expect that from a 12 year old, but a senior staffer, how gross and what a twit to think he wouldn’t be found out one day.

        Funny thing is that I have never given up butter, cheese and all the things that are supposed to be bad for me, I just eat in moderation. If I took every alarmist finding seriously, I wouldn’t be eating anything at all and be a paranoid wreak. A balanced diet and small portions works fine for me because I’ve never been a “big eater”.

        Didn’t have time to post any updates for this morning as the workman invasion started at 9am this morning until the afternoon, but the answer to the trivia question is, volcanoes. Be back with another question tomorrow morning. Have a peaceful day, take care and see you soon.

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