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Kalima On April - 23 - 2012

 

 

 

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.

Every day I will bring you the international news stories, breaking news stories, opinion pieces and human interest stories, hoping that you will find something of interest in each morning’s update.

MB is open to all 24/7, and I’ll have my updates posted by 3 am PST and 6 am EST each morning.  You can read or comment at any time during your day or night.

Please drop by anytime, you are always welcome here. Looking forward to meeting you in your mornings, afternoons and evenings. Enjoy.

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.

    I’m running a bit behind so today have just managed to bring most of the top international stories, but no trivia question as I have back to back Skype calls coming soon. I’ll be here with your question tomorrow.

    Have a good day, take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy.

    Sayonara from my bitterly cold corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs.
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    Noda orders ministries to be on alert over North Korea’s planned ‘satellite launch’

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121202a7.html

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    At least 5 dead in fire after Yamanashi expressway tunnel caves in

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/at-least-5-dead-in-fire-after-yamanashi-expressway-tunnel-caves-in

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    CCTV shows scene inside Japan’s collapsed Sasago tunnel

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20572014

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    ‘We’ll die if it explodes’: Gov’t ignored Fukushima plant manager’s plea

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121201p2a00m0na008000c.html

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    China less attractive to Japanese firms -- but not because of riots

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/kuchikomi/view/china-less-attractive-to-japanese-firms-but-not-because-of-riots

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Penguin parade

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/penguin-parade-3
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    Oh wonderful, tax breaks for fracking while green energy deals are thrown in the rubbish. First ruin their health care service, deprive them of their benefits, and finally poison them to finish them off.
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    Osborne to offer tax breaks for shale gas

    Despite the risk of earthquakes and water contamination, the fracking ban is expected to be lifted this week

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/osborne-to-offer-tax-breaks-for-shale-gas-8373865.html

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    One in 10 families forced to default on household debts

    Survey result comes days before Chancellor is expected to impose further cuts and benefit freezes

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/one-in-10-families-forced-to-default-on-household-debts-8373888.html

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    A third of families ration fuel as soaring power prices force ‘heat or eat’ dilemma

    New research reveals 10% of people have already defaulted on energy bills

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/dec/02/families-ration-fuel-energy-prices

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    I’ve been saying this for well over a year, there are so many empty houses already standing, building in our beautiful countryside would be a crime.
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    Tory rural raid will ruin countryside, says Andrew Motion

    Chair of CPRE and former poet laureate describes Nick Boles’s plans to build on greenfield sites as ‘incredibly irresponsible’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/01/tory-rural-raid-andrew-motion

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    Oh goody. I’ve always hated the fact that the Hunt scandal was swept under the No. 10 carpet by Cameron flexing the only muscle in his entire body, the “I’m PM so I must be God” muscle.
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    Hunt faces new questions over BSkyB bid

    The former culture secretary may yet have to answer to standards tsar

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hunt-faces-new-questions-over-bskyb-bid-8373891.html

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    Poll: Most Irish want new abortion legislation

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20568283

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    Slovenians vote in run-off presidential poll after protests

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20571215

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    In Latest Campaign, Obama Takes Deficit Battle to the Public

    Visiting a toy factory in Hatfield, Pa., President Obama used a campaign tactic to turn up the heat on Republicans as he promotes his tax plan.

    http://nyti.ms/Uxpqmo

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    Robert Thomson to be named News Corp publishing chief – sources

    WSJ managing editor and Murdoch confidant expected to be announced as head of hived off publishing arm next week

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/01/robert-thomson-news-corp-publishing

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    US government announces opening of Atlantic coast for offshore wind farms

    Department of the interior will offer lease sales on areas off coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/01/us-government-offshore-wind-farms-atlantic

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    Enrique Peña Nieto takes office as Mexico’s president

    Violent protests greet inauguration of PRI candidate who brings party back into government after 12 years

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/02/enrique-pena-nieto-mexico

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    Syria internet access restored after two-day blackout

    Damascus and Homs residents say communication lines are back up, amid signs that Assad’s forces will launch new offensive

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/01/syria-internet-access-restored-blackout

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    Flow of Arms to Syria Through Iraq Persists, to U.S. Dismay

    Iraqi airspace has emerged as a main supply route for weapons from Iran, which has an enormous stake in Syria, at a time when President Bashar al-Assad is under increasing pressure from rebel fighters.

    http://nyti.ms/SxN6GO

    Morsi supporters hail Egypt constitution referendum

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20571718

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    I thought I was seeing things.
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    Bahrain police deploy teargas at anti-Kim Kardashian protest

    Hardline Islamic demonstrators clash with police as reality TV star visits Middle East kingdom and tweets its praises

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/dec/01/kim-kardashian-bahrain-protest-teargas

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    Rebels in DR Congo withdraw from Goma

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20565711

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    Iran sacks cyber police chief over blogger’s death in custody

    Sattar Beheshti was detained in Evin prison for criticising government and died days after complaining of being tortured

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/01/iran-police-sacked-blogger-death

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    Afghanistan Taliban attack US base in Jalalabad

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20571640

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    North Korea raises tension with rocket

    Not even China is happy with Pyongyang’s test launch later this month

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-raises-tension-with-rocket-8373785.html
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    OP-ED COLUMNIST: Letter From Syria

    A walk along the Orontes River reveals the crosscurrents of the civil war.

    http://nyti.ms/Tzc4Cy

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    Miracle of the artificial heart, 30 years on

    Since Barney Clark became the first recipient in 1981, thousands of lives have been saved – including that of an Oxfordshire toddler

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/miracle-of-the-artificial-heart-30years-on-8373894.html

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    Cyprus fighters sue Britain for torture during uprising

    Those who fought colonial rule in the late 1950s allege they were abused by the British

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cyprus-fighters-sue-britain-for-torture-during-uprising-8373867.html

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    OPINION: Beyond Black and White in the Mississippi Delta

    In three small-town Southern elections, community and trust trumped race.

    http://nyti.ms/Tz7JiJ

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    Tea-plucking machines in India threaten Assam livelihoods

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20542255

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    Chinese ‘highway house’ is demolished after owners agree to move

    Couple whose plight was revealed after images showing road built around property went viral, agree compensation deal

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/01/chinese-highway-house-demolished

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    Bo inspects White House Christmas decorations

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20571513

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    Nigel Slater’s recipe for mushrooms stew with spelt

    Adding pearled spelt to this mushroom soup turns it into a creamy risotto. The plump grains are pleasingly al dente and moreish, adding an original note to the earthy mushroom flavours

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/dec/02/mushrooms-spelt-brown-stew-nigel-slater

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    UK frost and snow: Your photos

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20565934

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    Week in pictures: 24-30 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20561870

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/dec/01/24-hours-pictures-gallery

    • AlphaBitch says:

      Good morning, dear Kalima! Love the penguin photos -- how cute is that? And tax breaks for fracking, but not green energy? Welcome to Texas, Britain!

      I’ve been far far too busy and will be so it seems until February/March. Then I shall get my life back (or so I tell myself)

      Going north to watch one of my girls graduate college and to pick up my daughter from Syria. I’ll try and get her and her fiancee to write a comment on their perspectives on the situation -either in MB or on Khirad’s post. Oh! And my little Poosha, the (technically) orphaned girl from the first year who lives here in town is ALSO graduating from college and has been hired by RACKSPACE. Wow. Just WOW. Maybe she’ll be the first independent Afghan woman millionaire. Wouldn’t that be justice? Out of the Taliban led country, into a life of wealth. Could not be more perfect. Congrats to all my kids. They are all my prides and joys.

      • Kalima says:

        Congrats on the upcoming graduations, you must feel very proud by what you have achieved. Well done to all of them, and you and the Blov too.

        February or March, that seems like such a long way off, but don’t be a stranger, ok?

        Thinking of you, and please, don’t overdo it.

        Hugs in pink mugs.

  2. Kalima says:

    BREAKING:

    I’m just watching this on TV, looks awful. Always been afraid of tunnels.

    Japan tunnel collapse ‘traps cars’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20571218

    • bito says:

      That does look frightening Kalima, it said it took one woman an hour to walk out of the tunnel and they don’t have any idea how many are trapped or injured. Let’s hope it’s more smoke than anything else and that is blowing out of the tunnel.

      • Kalima says:

        Hi bito, they say about 5 people are still trapped. Smoke coming out is not good because they could suffocate before the rescue teams get in there.

        Hubby has used the Star Channel tunnel to Paris and back a few times, but you couldn’t get me on it unless they put me to sleep first, I’m claustrophobic.

        • bito says:

          My thinking about the smoke coming out is that at least there is some circulation of air,not just hanging in a closed area, just my guess, I don’t know.

          • Kalima says:

            Oh ok, I was thinking that if the concrete falling hadn’t injured, trapped or killed any of the missing, the fumes from the burning cars and the rubber, might. The Japanese rescue teams are really quite good, so when they manage to put the fires out, they will get in. It’s off and on here, and I’m watching while cooking lunch, so will update here if I hear anything.

  3. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone, and welcome to your weekend.

    Don’t want to be a party pooper, but must dash so I can finish up a few things, then put my feet up.

    Have a good day, take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy.

    Sayonara from my cold and wet evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.

    Our weekend moment of Zen.



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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Another suit filed to halt reactors at Kepco’s over Oi nuclear plant

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121201b4.html

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    TEPCO shows Fukushima footage leading to tainted water release

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121201p2g00m0dm008000c.html

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    Experts start investigation at Tsuruga plant over active faults

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121201p2g00m0dm007000c.html

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    ELECTION 2012
    Voters get little to go on when it comes to nuclear issue

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121201a5.html

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    U.S. serviceman arrested for drunk driving

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121201p2g00m0dm052000c.html

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    U.S. military personnel in Japan ordered not to go off-base alone

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121201p2g00m0dm004000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Bright night

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/bright-night
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    This is crazy, have they no concern for the population who will suffer because of it? No need to answer, it’s self-explanatory.
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    The great rush: Government to give green light to mass exploration for shale gas

    ‘Fracking’ exploration could affect 60 per cent of UK, despite safety fears

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-great-rush-government-to-give-green-light-to-mass-exploration-for-shale-gas-8372543.html

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    Tory blushes deepen over activities of Conservative Friends of Russia

    Group finds itself unravelling amid concerns over its ‘political direction’ and claims it is uncritically cheerleading for the Kremlin

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/30/activities-of-conservative-friends-of-russia

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    Good, now I hope they jail him.
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    Man behind ‘sex for tuition fees’ website is named -- students were offered up to £15,000 a year to cover cost of university

    Student tells how she was encouraged to dress as a schoolgirl before being pressured into sex

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/man-behind-sex-for-tuition-fees-website-is-named--students-were-offered-up-to-15000-a-year-to-cover-cost-of-university-8372687.html

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    How can a country as wealthy as Britain need so many food banks? And what can we do about it?

    Our man in the corridors of power says that supermarkets should give a much greater proportion of their unused food waste to charity instead of landfill

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/how-can-a-country-as-wealthy-as-britain-need-somany-food-banks-and-what-can-we-do-about-it-8372450.html

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    Has Carney really got the golden touch?

    The new Governor of the Bank of England has been universally welcomed – but not by Ben Chu

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/has-carney-really-got-the-golden-touch-8372481.html

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    Precisely, why destroy the countryside? To get “gifts” from the greedy developers of course.
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    Why build new homes here when there are loads of empty ones here?

    If the planning minister gets his way, the village of Menston could soon be a lot bigger. But is this the best way to solve the local housing problem?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/why-build-new-homes-here-when-there-are-loads-of-empty-ones-here-8372474.html

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    Oh sure, their kids and grandchildren are so rich they don’t need any, right? That’s what government grants are for.
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    Middle classes targeted for charity donations in wills

    Government backs plans encouraging hundreds of thousands to bequeath to arts and culture

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/middle-classes-targeted-for-charity-donations-in-wills-8368848.html

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    This is a national disgrace.
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    Sick and disabled braced for enforced work-for-benefits programme

    Welfare claimants could be forced to work without pay and be stripped of benefits under scheme starting on Monday

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/30/sick-disabled-work-benefits-programme

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    Good Lord, the amount of money wasted by the Tories on their “thinktanks” could probably buy an island somewhere. You’ll need more than a thinktank George, you would need to move out of 11 Downing Street, and take your next door neighbour in No. 10 with you, and we still wouldn’t vote for you. Oh btw, it’s the people in the North that you and your party have well and truly shafted the most.
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    George Osborne hires thinktank boss to attract new voters

    Policy Exchange director Neil O’Brien to focus on north of England electorate and changing Tory image as party of the rich

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/30/george-osborne-thinktank-boss-new-voters

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    On Leveson, Cameron has sacrificed the national interest on the altar of his fear

    David Cameron has shown himself to be weak, not appreciating that the media’s power only exists if they are told they have it

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/leveson-david-cameron-weak

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    Investigate eBay over tax payments, says Margaret Hodge

    Public accounts committee chair calls on HMRC to examine alleged avoidance of £300m in VAT by Luxembourg-based firm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/30/ebay-investigation-tax-payments-margaret-hodge

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    Eurozone won’t begin recovery until late 2013, Mario Draghi says

    Warning from ECB president comes as unemployment in the currency bloc hits a new high in October

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/30/eurozone-unemployment-record-high

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    Spanish unemployment crisis – in pictures

    Jasper Juinen was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1973. He left school at the age of 16 to start as a trainee with Reuters photographer Jerry Lampen, then joined Getty Images in 2007. Here, he documents the troubles of Villacañas in Spain, a formerly thriving industrial town now struggling with unemployment

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/nov/30/spanish-unemployment-crisis-in-pictures

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    Google failed to declare £195m, say Italian police as they launch tax probe

    Complex arrangements involving Italy, Ireland, Bermuda and the Netherlands under review but company says it respects tax rules

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/nov/30/italian-police-investigate-google-tax-affairs

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    Slovenia protesters clash with police over budget cuts

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20564029

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    Bulgaria: rotten politics, rotten tomatoes

    Nikolay Kolev, a Bulgarian poet with a Tolstoyan beard, has written to his country’s six leading institutions with his plans to throw a tomato at each

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/bulgaria-rotten-politics-tomatoes-editorial

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    Ukraine signs $1bn gas deal with mystery Spanish executive

    Unauthorised man acting for Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa signed agreement for new liquid gas plant

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/ukraine-signs-gas-deal-mystery-executive

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    Obama warns of ‘Scrooge Christmas’ if Congress fails to act on fiscal cliff

    President speaks to middle-class families at toy factory as House speaker dismisses White House proposal as ‘not serious’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/obama-fiscal-cliff-scrooge-christmas

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    TAKING NOTE: Republicans Would Rather Laugh Than Bargain

    The idea that President Obama might actually want to enact his campaign promises is apparently considered a joke to the Republican party.

    http://nyti.ms/11bpgnm

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    OP-ED COLUMNIST: Mitt’s Oval Office Moment

    A makeup meal at the White House doesn’t even have to make the loser feel better.

    http://nyti.ms/UxsUp1

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    Health Insurers Will Be Charged to Use New Exchanges

    The Obama administration said Friday that it would charge insurance companies for selling health insurance to millions of Americans in new online markets run by the federal government.

    http://nyti.ms/TyRm8P

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    Susan Rice: the sharp UN ambassador fighting for her political future

    The woman in line to become the face of America abroad has been hit with strong opposition from Republicans, but her many defenders see a principled, engaged and highly intelligent force

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/susan-rice-un-ambassador-profile

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    Wyoming community college shooting leaves three dead

    Authorities say one person has been taken into custody related to an early morning shooting at Casper College

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/wyoming-community-college-shooting

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    US Supreme Court defers decision on gay union cases

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20560026

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    Justice Ginsburg’s distant dream of an all-female supreme court

    Women graduate in law and enter legal practice in parity with men. But instead of getting on the bench, they end up benched

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/justice-ginsburg-all-female-supreme-court

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    Yahoo ‘ordered to pay $2.7bn’ by Mexican court

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20562697

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    Stakes are high as Mexico’s new President bids to end the bloodshed caused by drug conflict

    Enrique Peña Nieto takes office with calls to pursue the drug barons and protect the public

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/stakes-are-high-as-mexicos-new-president-bids-to-end-the-bloodshed-caused-by-drug-conflict-8372483.html

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    Syrian fighting rages as rebels push for Damascus breakthough

    Assad’s battle-weary forces stretched by increasingly confident opponents

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/syria-rebels-push-for-damascus

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    Egypt crisis: Islamists to rally for President Morsi

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20564038

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    Mohamed Morsi and the classic revolutionary trap

    The challenge facing Egypt’s revolution is familiar. Extra-legal measures needed in the short-term prove a hard habit to kick

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/mohamed-morsi-revolutionary-trap-egypt

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    Kuwait votes for parliament amid boycott calls

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20558824

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    Israel defies UN after vote on Palestine with plans for 3,000 new homes in the West Bank

    The Ynet news site said the move had been approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner council

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-defies-un-after-vote-on-palestine-with-plans-for-3000-new-homes-in-the-west-bank-8372494.html

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    Hillary Clinton warns Israel on settler homes

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20564484

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    Palestine gets a ‘birth certificate’

    Only Israel has difficulty in agreeing that both sides have committed acts of aggression, and that it’s time to end them

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/palestine-un-israel-deborah-orr

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    The UN vote to recognise Palestine legitimises a racist status quo

    There’s bitter irony in the UN’s recognition of a much-diminished Palestinian state on the anniversary of its 1947 partition plan

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/un-vote-palestine-legitimises-racist-status-quo

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    Britain holds back £21m Rwanda aid over ‘compelling reports’ of aid for DRC rebels

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/britain-holds-back-21m-rwanda-aid-over-compelling-reports-of-aid-for-drc-rebels-8371448.html

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    The price they pay for our cheap t-shirts

    How do Bangladesh’s textile barons undercut their rivals? By compromising the safety of their exploited workers

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/the-price-they-pay-for-our-cheap-tshirts-8372495.html

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    Search after Kashmir avalanche

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20563457

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    Pakistan ‘walking the talk’ on peace in Afghanistan

    Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan’s foreign minister, has presented a draft proposal of a partnership agreement to the Afghans

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/pakistan-walking-walk-afghanistan-peace

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    This is obviously out of pure spite and revenge for the diplomatic kerfuffle his uncle caused.
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    Chen Guangcheng’s nephew jailed after snap trial

    Chinese court sentences Chen Kegui to more than three years in prison for assaulting officials after uncle fled house arrest

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/chen-guangcheng-nephew-jailed-trial

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    Annoying for all of us living in Asia, but especially here in Japan where many rockets have passed over the island or fallen into the Sea of Japan and the Pacific on our eastern side. Their rockets are so old and bad that we can never feel safe when they launch.
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    North Korea to launch long-range rocket in December

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20565193

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    Spirit of defiance at Burma’s Monywa mine

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20537210
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    Watergate scandal: secret files released

    Previously undisclosed discussions involving John J Sirica, the Watergate judge, are revealed in 850 pages made public

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/01/watergate-scandal-secret-files-revealed

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    OPINIONATOR | DISUNION: ‘Last Best Hope’

    As a speech, Lincoln’s second Annual Message to Congress contained glimpses of what was to come at Gettysburg.

    http://nyti.ms/VbBUg1

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    World Aids Day: The curse of being one of the witches of Malawi

    An Aids awareness scheme is teaching villagers HIV is an illness, and not caused by witchcraft. By Hazel Southam in Kasarika

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/world-aids-day-the-curse-of-being-one-of-the-witches-of-malawi-8372485.html

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    World Aids Day: I met Enoch. Three years ago he couldn’t stand up. Now his life is transformed. The cost? 23p a day

    I choose not to listen to the cynics, whose philosophical opposition to aid bewilders me

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/world-aids-day-i-met-enoch-three-years-ago-he-couldnt-stand-up-now-his-life-is-transformed-the-cost-23p-a-day-8372484.html

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    Gay-friendly ‘mosque’ opens in Paris

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20547335

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    Tweets of the week: Movember, Morsi and Mitt

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20562001

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    The week in wildlife -- in pictures

    A mystery bird, British wild boar, and red algae are among the flora and fauna featured in this week’s pick of images from the natural world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2012/nov/30/week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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    Day in pictures: 30 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20556431

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/30/24-hours-in-pictures-gallery

    • bito says:

      Does Cameron (along with the rest of the Tories) think he can just sweep the Levinson inquiry, all 6 months of it under the rug and act like nothing ever happened as per Murdoch’s instructions? J.K. Rowling, amongst others, doesn’t think so:

      “If the prime minister did not wish to change the regulatory system even to the moderate, balanced and proportionate extent proposed by Lord Leveson, I am at a loss to understand why so much public money has been spent and why so many people have been asked to relive extremely painful episodes on the stand in front of millions.

      “Having taken David Cameron’s assurances in good faith at the outset of the inquiry he set up, I am merely one among many who feel duped and angry in its wake.”

      As much as the PM wishes this to just “go away” I don’t think it will, there just been too much news on it to disappear, don’t you think so, Kalima?

      • Kalima says:

        Hi bito, as ridiculous as it may seem to us, yes I do believe that Cameron thinks it will go away if he just says it should. He thinks being PM is like being God you know. When you consider that our Health Secretary who was once Culture Minister when he was deeply involved in the Murdoch scandal at the time of the SkypeBS takeover talks, is still in a position of importance after loud calls for his resignation, yes something is very wrong in the mind of David “red cheeks” Cameron. Problem is, there are too many victims, famous and not famous who will not let him do this, and many are coming out with just how much they disapprove of Cameron’s actions on this. As far as i’m concerned it speaks loudly to this man’s character, and will be another nail in his coffin come GE time, if there are any spaces left to hammer any nails by 2015 that is.

        On so many levels Cameron proves that he works for the rich and is totally out of touch with the other 98% of the country. Sound familiar??

    • bito says:

      Kalima, I am still reading some of your stories, another stellar job, but your “Moment of Zen” just about had me peeing my knickers! That has had me smiling all morning and I’m sure it will last well into the night. A bit cruel and I guess that says something about me, but damn funny!

      • Kalima says:

        Wasn’t that just priceless? Yes it was a bit mean to laugh, but hey, I laughed too, and I think that after the camera stopped rolling, the little sweetie on the left got her/his share of grapes too. Well, that’s my ending to this story anyway. 😀

  4. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Happy to say that I’ve survived yet another day of house shaking, drilling, loud bumps as something hit our house wall, and the yells of someone behind my house yelling at someone in the next street down instead of walking there to speak to them directly. This will go on into December.

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

    Sayonara from my soon to be quiet corner of Tokyo. Hallelujah!! Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    TEPCO to open reconstruction HQ near N-plant

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121129005093.htm

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    Power firms’ N-plant investigations seen faulty / NRA criticizes past safety checks below N-reactors, expresses difficulty in assessing threat of crush zones

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121129004594.htm

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    Cabinet approves Y880 billion stimulus package

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/cabinet-approves-y880-bil-stimulus-package

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    Japan halts beef imports from U.S. plant over safety concerns

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-halts-beef-imports-from-u-s-meat-plant-over-safety-concerns

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    Japan split on whale hunts, poll shows

    26% of people polled agree with expeditions and 18% oppose them, and 88% have not bought whale meat in past 12 months

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/30/japan-whale-hunts-survey

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    Vessel that washed ashore on Sado likely a N. Korean fishing boat

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121130p2g00m0dm018000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Must be a good view

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/must-be-a-good-view
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Police to investigate website trading university scholarships for sex

    Site promised £15,000 towards university fees in return for ‘adventures’ with businessmen

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-to-investigate-website-trading-university-scholarships-for-sex-8369040.html

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    Labour scores by-elections hat-trick, but Ukip can celebrate as well

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-scores-byelections-hattrick-but-ukip-can-celebrate-as-well-8371067.html

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    Government accused of forcing consumers to subsidise some of Britain’s biggest corporations after Energy Bill is published

    Big energy-intensive companies could be exempt from the extra costs of the switch to renewable energy

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-accused-of-forcing-consumers-to-subsidise-some-of-britains-biggest-corporations-after-energy-bill-is-published-8368140.html

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    Leveson’s landmark inquiry concludes press must be regulated by law, but David Cameron expresses concern over recommendations

    After Leveson tells the country that a new law is vital to tame the press, PM praises report but crushes hopes of consensus by arguing another way

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/levesons-landmark-inquiry-concludes-press-must-be-regulated-by-law-but-david-cameron-expresses-concern-over-recommendations-8369170.html

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    Leveson report: the speed read

    Lord Justice Leveson’s 1,987-page report establishes the findings of his 17-month inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. Jane Martinson offers a five-minute guide to exactly what the report says about the key issues

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/interactive/2012/nov/29/leveson-inquiry-report-speed-read

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    Funny how Cameron is always on the wrong side of the people who he is supposed to be working for.
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    David Cameron’s gamble in siding with the press over Leveson’s recommendations could backfire

    The Prime Minister is trying to have the best of both worlds -- or the worst of both -- by calling a review and then avoid the awkward consequences

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/david-camerons-gamble-in-siding-with-the-press-over-levesons-recommendations-could-backfire-8368956.html

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    Leveson report: 7/7 bomb victim’s disgust for Cameron

    Leveson report’s recommendations need cross-party support, says phone hacking victim and 7 July survivor John Tulloch

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/29/leveson-hacking-victim-tulloch

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    Eurozone crisis live: German parliament votes on Greek deal

    LIVE• The Bundestag will debate Greece’s latest financial programme this morning -- can Angela Merkel avoid a rebellion?
    • New eurozone unemployment data due this morning

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/30/eurozone-crisis-german-parliament-greece-unemployment

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    French court overturns manslaughter conviction over Concorde crash

    Mistakes by Continental Airlines mechanics were not enough to make it legally responsible for deaths in 2000, court rules

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/french-court-manslaughter-concorde-crash

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    Swiss fear role as haven for secretive resource traders will cost the country

    Swiss ‘tradition of looking the other way’ could be about to end amid calls for tighter regulation on traders such as Glencore

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/switzerland-commodities-trading-political-cost

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    New York fast food workers strike over low wages

    McDonald’s and Burger King staff join hundreds demanding union recognition

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/fast-food-strike-new-york

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    Undocumented immigrants file lawsuit against Arizona over denied state IDs

    Five Dreamers say governor Jan Brewer is trying to override Obama’s order allowing them to work in US for two years

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/immigrants-dream-act-lawsuit-arizona-denied

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    For Secretary of State, G.O.P. Pushes Old Hand

    Senator John Kerry appears to have more unqualified support from Republicans than his own partymates, many of whom believe Susan E. Rice has been treated unfairly.

    http://nyti.ms/TuGMNj

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    G.O.P. Balks at White House Plan on Fiscal Crisis

    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner’s proposal to the House speaker, John A. Boehner, was loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed cuts.

    http://nyti.ms/TvnXNL

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    OP-ED COLUMNIST: Class Wars of 2012 by Paul Krugman

    The same people who bet big on Mitt Romney, and lost, are now trying to win by stealth the ground they failed to gain in the election.

    http://nyti.ms/Tusv3I

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    US birth rate falls to record low

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20550661

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    Canada accused of treating Tamil asylum seekers like prisoners

    After 500 men, women and children arrived off Vancouver Island in 2010, some were held for up to a year in prison facilities

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/canada-accused-tamil-asylum-prisoners

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    Haiti seeks $2bn for cholera epidemic ‘introduced by UN peacekeepers’

    Nepalese troops thought to be source of disease that has killed 7,500 – more than violence that brought peacekeepers to Haiti

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/haiti-appeal-cholera-nepal-peacekeepers

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    Syria conflict: internet blackout continues -- live updates

    LIVE• Flights suspended to Damascus amid reports of clashes
    • Friends of Syria meet in Tokyo
    • More protests planned in Egypt after constitution passed

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/nov/30/syria-internet-blackout-live

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    Syria conflict: ‘Fierce clashes’ near Damascus airport

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20547799

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    Syria shuts off internet access across the country

    Shutting down of communications seen as bid to stymie rebel moves as militias attempt assault on the regime’s power base

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/syria-blocks-internet

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    Egyptian parliament passes draft constitution despite protests

    Controversial draft document pushed through as Egypt reels from protests over President Mohamed Morsi’s powers

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/egypt-constitution-morsi

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    Qatari poet jailed for life after writing verse inspired by Arab spring

    Officials claim Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami’s poem encouraged overthrow of Qatar’s ruling system

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/qatari-poet-jailed-arab-spring

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    Palestinian rivals unite to celebrate UN statehood vote

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/palestinian-rivals-unite-to-celebrate-un-statehood-vote-8369031.html

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    The democracies of Europe will vote to recognise Palestine at the UN. Will Cameron stand with them?

    Peace at any price is a non-starter. But peace at Mr Netanyahu’s price is not attractive to every Israeli

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-democracies-of-europe-will-vote-to-recognise-palestine-at-the-un-will-cameron-stand-with-them-8368638.html

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    From the archives, August, 2009.
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    The Arab-Israeli conflict-In pictures

    A brief history of the key events and people that shaped the Arab-Israeli conflict

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/aug/17/israel-middleeast

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    Benin: ‘Voodoo link’ as graves desecrated in Porto-Novo

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20550303

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    India’s economic growth rate slows to 5.3%

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20551740

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    Chen Guangcheng: Nephew Chen Kegui on trial

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20551967

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    Asean chief Surin Pitsuwan warns on China’s ship patrol plan

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20551752

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    Aung San Suu Kyi criticises government violence against mine protesters

    Burma’s opposition leader tells 10,000-strong crowd that people need to know why authorities have used force at Letpadaung

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/suu-kyi-criticises-violence-mine-letpadaung
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    YESTERDAY’S ANSWER. China (specifically the Yellow River Flood, Jul-Nov 1931)

    Another win for kes, about time I sent you another MB mug. :)

    TODAY’S QUESTION.

    Which letters of the English alphabet depict Roman Numerals?

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    US military chiefs ‘planned to blow up the moon with nuclear bomb’ as show of Cold War muscle, physicist claims

    Claims that military bosses developed a classified plan to launch a nuclear weapon 238,000 miles to the moon where it would be detonated upon impact

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/us-military-chiefs-planned-to-blow-up-the-moon-with-nuclear-bomb-as-show-of-cold-war-muscle-physicist-claims-8364114.html

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    The maharajah and the well

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20498306

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    Christine Jorgensen: 60 years of sex change ops

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20544095

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    Lesotho: hungry and largely forgotten as donor pledges ring hollow

    Appeals fail to raise enough cash for food insecure country hit by late rains, poor harvests and long-term agriculture problems

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/nov/29/lesotho-hungry-forgotten-donor-pledges

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    A chilling message: Ice sheets melting three times faster than 20 years ago

    New research using satellite measurements shows polar caps are shrinking three times quicker than 20 years ago

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-chilling-message-ice-sheets-melting-three-times-faster-than-20-years-ago-8369038.html

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    Sea-level rise from polar ice melt finally quantified

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20543483

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    Earth seen from the International Space Station – timelapse video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2012/nov/29/earth-international-space-station-timelapse-video

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    Original Observer Photography: November

    From Psy to The Great British Bake Off, a showcase of the very best photography commissioned by the Observer this month

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/nov/29/photography-november

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    Day in pictures: 29 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20540263

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/29/24-hours-in-pictures

  5. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

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

    Sayonara from my rather cold corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Yes “something is wrong”, we are paying for their mistakes in taxpayers yen, and in increases in our electricity bills every month thanks to this government and the top brass of TEPCO.
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    ‘Something wrong’ in TEPCO’s safety culture: regulatory body chief

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121129p2g00m0dm035000c.html

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    Fukushima governor visits proposed radioactive waste dump site

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/fukushima-governor-visits-proposed-radioactive-waste-dump-site

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    Matsumoto, mother of abductee, dies

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121128004083.htm

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    This party will take Japan back 50 years, and be dangerous for neighbouring countries in their complete lack of any viable foreign policy. Ishihara and Hashimoto will ruin us, and if Ishihara had his way, all foreigners living here might end up wearing ankle bracelets and a return to finger printing. His idea of foreign relations as a governor in Tokyo, was to insult us constantly.
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    Ishihara-Hashimoto party seeks bigger defense spending

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/ishihara-hashimoto-party-seeks-bigger-defense-spending

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    Norovirus epidemic signs seen in Japan

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121128p2g00m0dm026000c.html

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    Face-recognition cameras pose privacy problem / High-tech ‘peepers’ operating at dozens of Tokyo locations silently glean age and gender of passersby

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121128004400.htm

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    This is how the revolution will start in Japan -- with ‘Good morning’

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/this-is-how-the-revolution-will-start-in-japan-with-good-morning
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    This is exactly why the NHS is sinking, too many greedy profiteers and a couldn’t-care-less attitude for the patients.
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    NHS trust criticised for ‘catalogue of mismanagement’ over £411m PFI deal

    Peterborough and Stamford NHS trust used ‘hopelessly inaccurate’ projections to sign unaffordable contract, auditors report

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/29/peterborough-nhs-trust-pfi-nao

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    Despicable!
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    Sex for tuition fees anyone? Students being offered up to £15,000 a year to cover cost of studies, in exchange for having sex with strangers

    Undercover investigation reveals shocking ‘sponsorship’ deals being offered to cash-strapped students

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/sex-for-tuition-fees-anyone-students-being-offered-up-to-15000-a-year-to-cover-cost-of-studies-in-exchange-for-having-sex-with-strangers-8364894.html

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    Minimum drink pricing meets stiff opposition

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/minimum-drink-pricing-meets-stiff-opposition-8365106.html

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    A minimum price for booze? That’s just middle class puritanism

    Statistics show it’s the middle classes binging most: but will this move protect them?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-minimum-price-for-booze-thats-just-middle-class-puritanism-8364682.html

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    It’s people like Morgan and Murdoch who have given the British press such a bad name. He’s such a creep.
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    Video from 2003 shows Piers Morgan talking about phone hacking

    The ex-Daily Mirror editor can be seen telling Charlotte Church about the practice of voicemail hacking in Channel 4’s Taking on the Tabloids

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/video-from-2003-shows-piers-morgan-talking-about-phone-hacking-8364468.html

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    Leveson report published and Brooks and Coulson in court -- live coverage

    LIVELive coverage as Lord Justice Leveson publishes his long-awaited report into the culture and ethics of the press

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/29/leveson-report-published-and-brooks-and-coulson-in-court-live-coverage

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    Offshore company directors’ links to military and intelligence revealed

    Companies making use of offshore secrecy include firm that supplied surveillance software used by repressive regimes

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/28/offshore-company-directors-military-intelligence

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    Tax and the offshore industry: when bad money drives out good

    Britain is at the extremes of the business of financial chicanery, giving London’s traders an unenviable reputation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/28/tax-offshore-industry-bad-money

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    Death of a Russian supergrass: is it too late for new tests to establish truth?

    Home Secretary urged to investigate ‘foul play’ in death of Alexander Perepilichnyy

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/death-of-a-russian-supergrass-is-it-too-late-for-new-tests-to-establish-truth-8365002.html

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    Eurozone crisis live: Fiscal cliff hopes buoy markets

    LIVE• European markets expected up on optimism about the fiscal cliff talks in US
    • German unemployment figures at 8.55am
    • Eurozone business and consumer confidence 10am
    • UK half-yearly financial stability review at 10.30am
    • US Q3 GDP figures at 1.30pm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/blog/2012/nov/29/eurozone-crisis-live-fiscal-cliff-hopes-markets

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    Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20530428

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    Greeks turn to the forests for fuel as winter nears

    As austerity tightens its grip, many of the middle class find themselves in a desperate struggle to make ends meet

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/greeks-forests-fuel-winter-nears

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    Kosovo ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj cleared of war crimes

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20536318

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    Leading House GOP figure’s compromise plan gets shot down

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/28/politics/cole-taxes/index.html

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    Falling off the fiscal cliff is the only scenario that makes political sense

    Neither the GOP nor President Obama has much incentive to compromise before 1 January. But after that, the picture changes

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/28/falling-off-fiscal-cliff-scenario

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    BP suspended from new US federal contracts over Deepwater disaster

    Environmental Protection Agency accuses oil giant of a ‘lack of business integrity’ over its behaviour following 2010 Gulf spill

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/28/epa-suspends-bp-oil-spill

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    Barack Obama’s lunch invite was an offer Mitt Romney couldn’t refuse

    JFK’s example tells us the defeated candidate was never going to nix the only White House appointment he’ll ever make

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2012/nov/28/obama-romney-white-house-lunch

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    Louisiana education case highlights Bobby Jindal’s creationism state

    Lawsuit over school voucher programme calls attention to controversial policy, which could hamper governor’s ambitions

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/bobby-jindal-louisiana-creationism-case

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    Oakland officials sued by war veteran who alleges neglect after Occupy arrest

    Kayvan Sabeghi says he was left in a jail cell with a ruptured spleen for 18 hours after being beaten by police at Occupy rally

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/occupy-oakland-occupy-movement

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    NEWS ANALYSIS: Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points

    The parsing of four sentences, rather than important questions about the Benghazi killings, could decide the fate of a leading candidate for secretary of state, Susan E. Rice.

    http://nyti.ms/SuDMSk

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    EDITORIAL: Health Care Entitlements

    There is not much room for big cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff and deficit reduction.

    http://nyti.ms/TpTooN

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    Egypt crisis: Morsi to make TV address as new constitution rushed through -- live updates

    LIVE• President Morsi to ‘explain’ new powers in TV statement
    • Islamist-dominated assembly fast tracks new constitution
    • Big UN majority expected on Palestinians status bid
    • Syrian rebels down jet as US mulls arming opposition

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/nov/29/egypt-crisis-morsi-constitution-live

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    Syrian rebels turn looted missiles on Assad’s aircraft

    • Government jet and helicopter downed within 24 hours
    • Surface-to-air attacks seen as major tactical development

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/syrian-rebel-missiles-assad-aircraft

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    Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in schools

    Move is criticised by secularists who see it as evidence that government of Tayyip Erdogan is pushing an Islamic agenda

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/turkey-lifts-ban-headscarves-schools

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    Egypt crisis: Assembly rushes to finish constitution

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20536323

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    Innocence of Muslims participants sentenced to death in Egypt

    Seven Egyptian Christians were tried in absentia for taking part in anti-Islam video produced in US that sparked violent protests

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/innocence-of-muslims-death-sentence

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    Tunisians wounded in Siliana clashes over unemployment

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20533110

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    Either sitting on the fence or toppling over it, isn’t it always like that, and a few days ago they claimed to be supporting the bid. Pussies!!!
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    Palestine’s moment of truth at the UN -- but Britain sits on the fence

    William Hague under pressure to shift position as bid for statehood goes to General Assembly vote

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/palestines-moment-of-truth-at-the-un--but-britain-sits-on-the-fence-8364279.html

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    Nobel peace laureates call for Israel military boycott over Gaza assault

    Letter with 52 signatories including artists and activists also denounces US and EU ‘complicity’ through weapons sales

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/nobel-laureates-call-israel-boycott

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    Mali crisis: UN’s Ban gives AU mission guarded support

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20537247

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    Deadly blasts target Shias in Iraq

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20537797

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    Bangladesh: Managers arrested after factory fire that killed 112

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bangladesh-managers-arrested-after-factory-fire-that-killed-112-8364900.html

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    Bin Laden doctor begins hunger strike in Pakistani prison

    Pakistani doctor who helped CIA hunt down al-Qaida leader is protesting against his living conditions in jail

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/bin-laden-doctor-hunger-strike

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    Helping themselves to Aid money no less.
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    Afghan elite ransacked $900m from Kabul Bank, inquiry finds

    Kabul Bank report finds officials missed signs of fraud and political meddling halted prosecutions

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/afghan-elite-ransacked-kabul-bank

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    Afghan girl’s beheading: Two arrested in Kunduz province

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20532037

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    Australia credit card theft: Police smash Romanian syndicate

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20537211

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    😯
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    Chinese women protest at gynaecology checks for civil service jobs

    Invasive tests, gender inequality and job discrimination are rife in China, but female activism is increasing

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/china-women-gynaecology-job-test

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    North Korea appoints hardline general as armed forces minister

    Kim Kyok-sik is believed to have masterminded bombing of a South Korean island in 2010

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/north-korea-hardline-general-minister

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    Thailand’s Red Shirt leaders face death penalty over mass protests

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thailands-red-shirt-leaders-face-death-penalty-over-mass-protests-8364903.html

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    Burmese forces crack down on mine protest before Aung San Suu Kyi visit

    Security forces use water cannons on protesters, and unexplained fires engulf protest camps at Letpadaung mine

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/29/burma-mine-protest-letpadaung~~~~~~~~~~
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. Erik the Red, the Viking explorer. Well done to you again kes, a Viking it was. 😀

    Today’s question.

    What country’s 1931 flood is considered to be the most fatal of all 1900s natural disasters?

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    The Inuit sitting on billions of barrels of oil

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20310752

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    Interesting and sad.
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    Epic photographic odyssey that documented Native Americans

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20351012

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    Racism evident behind some US social media

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20500031

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    Detained in Cameroon’s hospitals

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20417377

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    Painkiller addiction: the plague that is sweeping the US

    The US is leading the way in eradicating pain, but in doing so has created an unwanted byproduct: painkiller addiction. Prescription pill overdoses are killing 15,000 Americans a year, and the toll is growing

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/28/painkiller-addiction-plague-united-states

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    The government’s position on domestic violence is hypocritical

    It cannot condemn the rise in domestic violence and continue to cut services that provide victim support

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/28/government-position-domestic-violence-hypocritical

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    Oh, what a circus – YouTube roundup

    To celebrate the return of five-star show Du Goudron et des Plumes, we share some of our favourite circus-inspired videos – from Buster Keaton to Gandini Juggling’s Smashed

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2012/nov/28/circus-youtube-roundup

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    If you feel you ate too much turkey over the holidays, how about this?
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    Angela Hartnett’s tagliatelle with pine nuts, capers and kale recipe

    There are fantastic alternatives to meat sauces in pasta, as this recipe shows

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/nov/28/tagliatelle-pine-nuts-capers-kale

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    Poor baby. Silly Mom. :(
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    Baby Hashtag: has the search for original names gone too far?

    A new mum has reportedly called her baby after the ubiquitous Twitter symbol. She may well live to regret her rash choice …

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2012/nov/28/baby-hashtag-silliest-name-ever

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    Giant black hole is discovered

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/giant-black-hole-is-discovered-8365105.html

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    Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

    Our photo coverage of the day’s events in the UK and around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/nov/28/picture-desk-live-the-best-news-pictures-of-the-day

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    Day in pictures: 28 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20524686

    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/28/24-hours-in-pictures

    • kesmarn says:

      Good morning/evening, Kalima! I hope the drill team is finally finished — once and for all!

      A flying visit this morning, as work is on the schedule. As always, I’m on the list for possible on-call and I won’t say no if that call comes through!

      The article on prescription pain med abuse is right on the money. As happens so often, the British reporters have a clearer picture of the situation than the U.S. media. Hospitals are finally starting to come to grips with this problem and aren’t as generous as they were a few years ago on handing out these meds. (About 5 years ago, there was such an emphasis on pain control that doctors operated out of fear that they would be sued for “failure to address pain.” And they could!) It’s sad to see what the misuse of these meds (which are godsends for people who need them) has done to families.

      I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the Romney-Obama lunch, wouldn’t you? In a sense, this will be the first time they’ve ever had a chance to actually get to know each other. Or is it even possible to really know Romney? Does Romney know Romney?

      Today’s trivia: Gosh, I reeeally don’t know this one. I’m going to guess China, because I know that there have been some really massive floods there.

      • Kalima says:

        Finally a bit of peace so that I can concentrate enough to answer you. *sigh*

        As you know, over here it is almost the opposite, and neither pain medication nor antibiotics are handed out at random without a whole battery of tests. I’m grateful actually because it has made me more in control of my pain rather than have the pain dictate to me. I wait every day until 12 midday before I decide if I can get through the day without it, and I don’t like the way it makes me feel anyway. Looking after so many felines, I have to stay alert, you never know with this lot.

        Yes, I would love to have been a fly on the wall too kes, but I can’t imagine it would have been very inspiring for the President as Romney has very little to say and no original topics to share. I wonder which Romney turned up for lunch?

        Ding Dong, you are correct again with your trivia answer, it was indeed China.

        Well off I go, I need to have a quick shower and then put my feet up to enjoy the peace for a few hours.

        Take care and I’ll see you soon.

  6. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Another noisy Tokyo day has come to an end and I am now sitting blissfully without noise for the first time since around 8:30 this morning. Dinner is cooked, the tribes and sparrows are fed, and there are only five more hours until midnight.

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

    Sayonara from my Wednesday evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Rebuilding projects not linked to disaster halted

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121128a3.html

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    Commission recommends revising disposal plans for dangerous nuclear plant waste

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121127p2a00m0na017000c.html

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    Anti-nuclear groups join together to form new party ahead of election

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121128p2g00m0dm030000c.html

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    Bodies found in boat off Japanese coast

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20522486

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    Tokyo Marathon 2013 invites Hurricane Sandy charity runners

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/sports/view/tokyo-marathon-2013-seeks-hurricane-sandy-charity-runners

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    Internment camp letter stash found in wall

    Denver building once owned by Japanese yields request lists

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121128f1.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Salty Santa

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/salty-santa
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    All the noise and pomp for what?
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    Only 1 in 30 held on to a job under flagship Work Programme. That’s about 3.5 %, so much for that idea.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/only-1-in-30-held-on-to-a-job-under-flagship-work-programme-8360644.html

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    We’re NOT all in this together: Only 27 per cent of British public think pain of cuts is being shared equally

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/were-not-all-in-this-together-only-27-per-cent-of-british-public-think-pain-of-cuts-is-being-shared-equally-8360531.html

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    King’s Fund report on NHS says ‘cracks are beginning to appear’

    NHS problems could prove to be toxic for the coalition

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/28/kings-fund-report-nhs-cracks

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    The face of a man determined to rape the British countryside, supported by a PM who says people living there will not be allowed to complain or file lawsuits about it. I wonder how much he’s getting from developers on the side?
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    Planning minister: We need to build more homes in the countryside

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/planning-minister-we-need-to-build-more-homes-in-the-countryside-8360535.html

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    War is waged on developers who target sites with no flood defence

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/war-is-waged-on-developers-who-target-sites-with-no-flood-defence-8360289.html

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    Russians profit from Britain’s offshore secrecy

    The UK’s approach has attracted many post-Soviet billionaires, including some on the run

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/27/russians-profit-britain-offshore-secrecy

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    Offshore companies and the boom in villas on Phuket

    BVI companies have helped British buyers snap up luxury villas in Thailand – not for tax avoidance, they say, but to avoid Thai curbs on foreign owners

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/27/offshore-companies-thai-villas-boom

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    Leveson inquiry: a year that called press, police and politicians to account

    A look back at the inquiry into press standards that could herald the end of self-regulation and reshape the media

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/28/leveson-inquiry-press-police-politicians

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    Leveson inquiry: the evidence -- video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2012/nov/27/leveson-inquiry-evidence-video

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    Ireland to decide on abortion law by end of year

    Health minister promises debate as expert report recommends several options allowing for abortion in limited circumstances

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/reland-to-decide-abortion-law

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    Eurozone crisis live: Questions mount over Greek debt deal

    LIVE Eurozone governments are deliberately disguising the losses they are taking on Greece’s debts, analysts say, as the head of the Bundesbank refuses to hand profits directly to Athens

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/28/eurozone-crisis-greek-debt-deal-questions

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    Deadly fire at Germany workshop ’caused by gas leak’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20516348

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    Hungarian rightwinger denounced after calling for survey of Jews

    Jobbik party’s Marton Gyongyosi urged authorities to ‘tally up’ number of Jews who pose a ‘national security risk’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/hungarian-rightwinger-call-survey-jews

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    The fiscal cliff explained: what to know about the biggest story in Washington

    Is America really heading off a cliff? Why can’t Congress and the president strike a deal? Get the lowdown with our handy primer

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/fiscal-cliff-explained-spending-cuts-tax-hikes

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    Tobacco companies ordered to admit they lied over smoking danger

    US judge says tobacco firms must spend their own money on a public campaign admitting deception about the risks of smoking

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/tobacco-companies-lied-smoking-danger

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    Grover Norquist’s history lesson: George H.W. Bush, ‘no new taxes,’ and the 1992 election

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/grover-norquists-history-lesson-george-hw-bush-no-new-taxes-and-the-1992-election/2012/11/26/cfd6d65a-3811-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_blog.html

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    Santorum’s new cause: opposing the disabled

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/santorums-new-cause-opposing-the-disabled/2012/11/26/9ab0605a-3829-11e2-b01f-5f55b193f58f_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

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    Hugo Chávez travels to Cuba for medical attention

    Venezuelan president hasn’t appeared in public for 12 days suggesting his health has deteriorated since his re-election

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/hugo-chavez-cuba-medical-attention

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    Victims of ‘death flights’: Drugged, dumped by aircraft – but not forgotten

    Pilots on trial in Argentina for first time in biggest ever human rights prosecution

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/victims-of-death-flights-drugged-dumped-by-aircraft--but-not-forgotten-8360461.html

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    Syria conflict: Damascus car bombs -- live updates

    LIVE• 20 people killed in twin blasts in eastern Damascus
    • Opposition tries to form transition government
    • Rebels shoot down helicopter with anticraft missile
    • Police fire teargas on ninth day of clashes in Cairo

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/nov/28/syria-conflict-damascus-car-bomb-live

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    Twin bomb blasts shake Damascus suburb

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20523039

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    Egypt: protesters descend on Tahrir Square

    More than 100,000 gather to protest against a decree issued by President Morsi granting sweeping constitutional powers

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/egypt-protesters-descend-tahrir-square

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    France to back Palestinian bid for UN status

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20514194

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    Palestinians warn: back UN statehood bid or risk boosting Hamas

    Failure to support limited recognition would undermine Abbas and validate armed resistance to Israel for many, officials warn

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/palestinians-un-statehood-bid-hamas

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    Yasser Arafat exhumed and reburied in six-hour night mission

    Samples taken from corpse of late PLO leader will be used to investigate claims he was poisoned with a radioactive substance

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/yasser-arafat-exhumed-reburied-night

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    Plateau state: Nigeria gunmen ‘dressed as soldiers’ fire in pub

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20512754

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    Deadly Baghdad bombs target Shia

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20514017

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    Bangladesh factory fire was deliberately started, officials believe

    Workers march in protest after more than 100 people were killed in blaze at factory, which supplied C&A and Walmart

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/bangladesh-factory-fire-started-believe

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    Kabul Bank fraud profited elite, leaked audit says

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-20512713

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    The chequered tale of the Taliban ‘boy commander’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19634610

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    Chinese passport map causes diplomatic dispute

    Experts warn that China’s apparent claims to other territories could have a long-term impact on relations with its neighbours

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/chinese-passport-row-diplomatic-dispute
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. The turkey and its understudy retire to either Disneyland or Disney World, where they get to spend the rest of their lives.

    I’m going to give this to kes because she got “retire” right, and the rest of her answer was really funny. Well done kes. 😀

    Today’s question.

    Who gave Greenland its name?

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    Bolivia’s child workers unite to end exploitation

    Shining shoes, mining and herding animals among the many jobs done by an estimated 750,000 children between five and 17

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/child-workers-bolivia-unite

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    Raising Israel’s Altalena ship ‘a lesson for the future’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20498212

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    At the mercy of Afghanistan’s warlords

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19983266

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    Iraq conflict: Crisis of an orphaned generation

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20461110

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    ‘Homophobia’ and ‘Islamophobia’ are the right words for the job

    Ascribing phobias in political and social contexts is wrong, says the Associated Press. But fear is what drives anti-gay behaviour

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/27/homophobia-islamophobia-right-words-associated-press

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    😆 First Iran for believing that I’madinnerjacket was more popular than Obama in the U.S., and now China.
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    China’s People’s Daily falls for Kim Jong-un ‘sexiest man alive’ spoof

    Site welcomes report by The Onion, which says ‘Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/china-kim-jong-un

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    Einstein’s brain was unusual in several respects, rarely seen photos show

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/einsteins-brain-was-unusual-in-several-respects-rarely-seen-photos-show/2012/11/26/19b0987a-332a-11e2-bb9b-288a310849ee_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most

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    Just for the record I sing, and very loudly I’m told. Must be my inner opera singer. 😉
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    Sleep: Weird things people do in their sleep

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20340562

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    This story was actually listed as, “Man Boob” surgery on the increase”. To be honest, I was rather relieved to find it was about reduction.
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    Increase in male breast reduction surgery

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20495676

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    Bruno Loubet’s Christmas with wine -- video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/video/2012/nov/27/bruno-loubet-christmas-wine-video

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    A month in space: the Mars Curiosity rover continues its exploration – in pictures

    Curiosity takes soil samples from the red planet and a cosmonaut has a crew cut in the Guardian’s pick of images from our solar system and beyond

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/gallery/2012/nov/27/month-in-space

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    Day in pictures: 27 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20508220

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/27/24-hours-in-pictures-gallery

    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! So good to hear that the “drill team” has left your neighborhood and your quiet is restored.

      I can’t explain why it’s so funny that the Chinese media fell for the Onion story about Kim Jong Un being “The Sexiest Man Alive,” but it is. You’d think the entire world would be on to the Onion by now, but buying this particular story! Really. How could they?

      Now “Psy” — who performs “Gangnam Style”? That’s a whole other story. 😉

      Another thing that would make me laugh out loud — if I weren’t crying — is the photo of the NHS Health Secretary. For those who missed it — take a look and weep. Would you want your health care managed by this man?

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      Terrifying.

      Equally — or rather more — terrifying was the story of the Argentinian “Death Flights.” I honestly had never heard of these things before, and they were truly awful. Drugging people and them dropping them into the ocean from planes. What psychopath dreamed that up? I hope they find the perpetrators and the victims families finally get justice.

      Today’s trivia: I really don’t know, but — since that hardly ever deters me — I’ll hazard a guess that it was hardy Viking explorers who named Greenland. Men who were heavy on hardiness and light on imagination, perhaps? Greenland is pretty plain vanilla when it comes down to it. Could have been “Westward Fairy Unicorn Dancing Elks Land”…?

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes, I spoke too soon, the diggers were back today and I will be having another noisy session soon. :(

        I laughed about The Onion story too kes, as if……….. 😆

        This idiot Hunt is the guy who was mixed up with the Murdoch SkyBS deal, in fact he was right in the middle of it. People were demanding his resignation and what did Cameron do with his BFF, gave him a job he’s not capable of either. I find it disgraceful and feel the same about the last one, and the Education Minister. What a truly scary bunch of know nothings.

        I had heard about the Argentinian “Death Flights” and was so relieved to see these people finally come to trial. The story is indeed horrifying, what a terrible way to die. Maybe now the surviving victims and the families of those who disappeared will learn the truth about their loved ones fate. I hope so.

        Talking about fate, the mother of one of the Japanese girls abducted by the North Koreans, died of cancer never knowing if her daughter was alive or dead. Sad.

        You were right with your trivia answer, it was a very unimaginative Viking called Erik the Red. 😆 He obviously had a deep passion for colours. 😉

        Take care and see you soon.

  7. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    A bit of a busy day today, so just a quick hello and wishing you a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy.

    Sayonara from my cold evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    TEPCO failed to take enough safety measures before Fukushima disaster

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121127p2g00m0dm033000c.html

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    Ministry wary of TEPCO’s thermal power reliance

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121126004009.htm

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    Fukushima teachers’ union member advocates lessons about radiation, human rights

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121126p2a00m0na015000c.html

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    Gov’t must do more to address people’s radiation fear: U.N. rep

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-must-do-more-to-address-peoples-nuclear-fears-u-n-rep

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    Kepco applies for 12% household rate hike in April

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121127a3.html

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    Municipal nuclear addiction

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20121126a1.html

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    Trucks exceed emission limits / Nitrogen oxide exhaust from 60,000 vehicles 3 times legal limit

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121126003731.htm

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    Storm blacks out 41,000 homes in Hokkaido

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/storm-blacks-out-41000-homes-in-hokkaido

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    U.S. Navy bans nighttime drinking by all personnel in Japan

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121127p2g00m0dm027000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Tree of Hope

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/tree-of-hope-2
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Mark Carney named new Bank of England governor

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20501990

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    Government’s Work Programme only helps one person in three find a job

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/governments-work-programme-only-helps-one-person-in-three-find-a-job-8352918.html

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    Amen!
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    David Blanchflower: David Cameron’s economic gibberish

    The PM’s speech to the CBI was an insult to the intelligence of his audience

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/david-blanchflower/david-blanchflower-david-camerons-economic-gibberish-8349196.html

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    Labour accuses ministers of flood defence cuts

    Three die in downpours and 900 homes are hit as environment secretary denies talks with insurers have stalled

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/26/labour-accuses-ministers-flood-defence-cuts

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    Neglecting the realities of poverty will lead to misery for many

    A stark warning from the north west’s voluntary sector suggests that David Cameron’s dismissal of research and monitoring would make a bad situation worse. Dan Silver offers examples

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/nov/26/welfare-poverty

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    Revealed: the real identities behind Britain’s secret property deals

    Latest part of investigation into offshore firms comes as government promises to investigate sham directors

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/26/indentities-behind-secret-property-deals

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    Eurozone crisis live: Greek debt deal brings relief

    LIVEEurozone ministers and the International Monetary Fund have hammered out a plan to bring down Greece’s debts by €40bn, but questions remain…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/27/eurozone-crisis-greece-debt-deal-agreed

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    German renewable energy drive brings emissions cuts success

    CO2 reduction attributed to growth in renewables, but greater dependence on coal threatens targets as nuclear is phased out

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/26/german-renewable-energy-emission-co2

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    Fire kills 14 at German workshop for disabled

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20494988

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    French right on verge of collapse as talks fail

    Opposition plunged into an crisis as the two men fighting to lead the party continued to dispute the results of election

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/french-right-collapse-talks-fail

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    EU and IMF agree tentative deal to cut Greek debt

    Agreement should see release of up to €44bn in bailout funds needed to rescue Athens from insolvency

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/27/eu-imf-greek-debt

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    Joseph E Murray, transplant pioneer and Nobel prize-winner, dies at 93

    Murray performed world’s first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel prize for his work in 1990

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/joseph-e-murray-transplant-pioneer-dies

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    The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/26/the-gop-faces-years-in-the-wilderness-after-2012-election-losses.html

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    If he’s that confident, why isn’t he smiling?
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    Grover Norquist confident GOP will hold out on tax hike in fiscal cliff talks

    Small group of Republicans indicate they may go back on deal signed with Norquist pledging not to raise taxes on Americans

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/grover-norquist-gop-tax-fiscal-cliff

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    Is Grover Finally Over?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/opinion/bruni-is-grover-norquists-hold-on-congress-finally-over.html?ref=politics

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    “Elections are supposed to have consequences. So why does the GOP think it can strong-arm the president into compromising on entitlements without first giving in on taxes?”

    Michael Tomasky on How Obama Shouldn’t Back Down Vs. the GOP
    by Michael Tomasky Nov 27, 2012 4:45 AM EST

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/27/michael-tomasky-on-how-obama-shouldn-t-back-down-to-the-gop.html

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    Egypt crisis: Morsi’s compromise fails to quell protesters -- live updates

    LIVE• Protests go on despite Morsi’s offer to limit new powers
    • Judges say Morsi has failed to end the impasse
    • Arafat’s body exhumed in Ramallah
    • Syrian opposition appoints London ambassador

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/nov/27/egypt-morsi-compromise-protests-live

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    Plane loads of cash: Flight records reveal Russia flew 30 tonnes of bank notes to Syrian regime

    The logs show that a cargo plane belonging to the Syrian Air Force made eight round trips between Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport and Damascus over three months this summer

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/plane-loads-of-cash-flight-records-reveal-russia-flew-30-tonnes-of-bank-notes-to-syrian-regime-8352790.html

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    Poison ‘found’ in exhumed body of former Turkish president Turgut Ozal

    Newspaper says evidence of toxic substances has shown up in autopsy investigating allegations of foul play

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/turgut-ozal-turkey-poison-autopsy

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    Mohamed Morsi indicates judicial decree will be limited

    Egypt’s president tries to defuse ‘immunity’ decree crisis by indicating acceptance of judiciary-proposed compromise

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/mohamed-morsi-decree-sovereign-matters

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    Of course Israel is an emotive issue -- but we Jewish diaspora should stand up for Palestine

    For the descendents of Jewish refugees, criticism of Israel can feel like a personal attack, but we all have a responsibility to take a stand against injustice.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/of-course-israel-is-an-emotive-issue--but-we-jewish-diaspora-should-stand-up-for-palestine-8352093.html

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    Binyamin Netanyahu’s fig leaf could be back

    Retirement might not stop Ehud Barak playing a key role in any Israeli plans to attack Iran

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/26/binyamin-netanyahu-fig-leaf-ehud-barak

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    Yasser Arafat’s body exhumed

    Palestinian leader’s remains have been taken to a mosque in Ramallah to allow doctors to take bone samples

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/yasser-arafat-body-exhumed

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    Well done!!
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    Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN

    Mahmoud Abbas pledge not to pursue Israel for war crimes and resumption of peace talks are UK conditions

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/uk-ready-to-back-palestine-statehood

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    South Sudan: a country failing to thrive after the euphoria of independence

    Despite the trappings of wealth in the capital, further afield it is evident that the world’s newest nation is running on empty

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/south-sudan-new-country

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    Bangladesh marks day of mourning for factory fire dead

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20506986

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    Afghans protest against death sentence for soldier who killed French troops

    Students protest at death sentence for Abdul Saboor when western troops are not executed for civilian deaths

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/afghan-protest-soldier-death-penalty

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    US plans to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

    White House wants small US force to stay on in Afghanistan for training and counter-terrorism against al-Qaida, papers report

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/us-afghanistan-troops-10000-longterm

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    Tibetan students protest, as four more self-immolations reported

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20506648

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    Viewpoint: Are protests moving China backwards?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20405224

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    S Korea drops Petraeus-case woman Jill Kelley as consul

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20506505

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    North Korea preparing for missile test, satellite photos suggest

    Monitoring agency DigitalGlobe says launch could happen within three weeks based on activity at Sohae rocket pad

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/27/north-korea-missile-test-satellite
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s Question.

    What happens to the turkeys that are reprieved by the president at the WH’s annual Thanksgiving Day pardoning ceremony?

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    Beveridge report: From ‘deserving poor’ to ‘scroungers’?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20431729

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    Former OED editor covertly deleted thousand of words, book claims

    Efforts to rewrite the dictionary in the 70s and 80s to omit entries with foreign origins described as ‘really shocking’ by author

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/nov/26/former-oed-editor-deleted-words

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    Mo Yan’s Nobel nod a ‘catastrophe’, says fellow laureate Herta Müller

    German writer blasts decision to award this year’s Nobel prize for literature to man who ‘celebrates censorship’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/nov/26/mo-yan-nobel-herta-muller

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    North Korean propaganda artist Song Byeok turns satirist

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20500030

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    English or Hinglish -- which will India choose?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20500312

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    Isabelle Dinoire: Life after the world’s first face transplant

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20493572

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    Antarctic lake find pushes known boundaries of what life can endure

    Discovery of organisms in –13C waters under frozen surface could inform search for life on other worlds

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/antarctic-lake-vida-find-life

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    Is Donald Trump the world’s most embarrassing dad?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/is-donald-trump-the-worlds-most-embarrassing-dad-8353056.html

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    Day in pictures: 26 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20493374

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/26/24-hours-in-pictures

    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! Thanks to the miracle of on-call, I was able to indulge in a bit of MB in the evening. Yay!

      The article that analyzed Cameron’s “gibberish” speech on economics was really great. I love the way it just dealt with his actual words. No embellishment was needed, because his words are idiotic enough as they stand. Here are a couple of examples of Cameron brilliance. I’m sure they’ll sound familiar to any middle school teacher who’s ever heard a student trying to BS his way through a report that he hadn’t done the reading for:

      1. “There’s not a job in the world where you don’t need a good grasp of English.” Has he ever been abroad? Firemen in Montevideo, farmers in Borneo and street cleaners in Cairo come to mind. LOL.

      2. “You need us… to have a proper industrial strategy to get behind the growth engines of the future.” I haven’t the faintest clue what “getting behind the engines of the future” means. Surely we would want to be investing so we can be the ones inventing the engines of the future? Why would we want to be behind the future anyway? Twaddle.

      Tomasky’s article reminded me of a brazen, arrogant statement that Dubya made (did he ever make any other kind?) right after he was allegedly elected the second time: “I’ve got political capital now, and I intend to spend it.” Now our President really does have political capital. And he has every right to spend it.

      That was a brave article that Ms. Hamilton wrote on the need for Jewish people abroad to be supportive of the Palestinian cause. It’s always difficult to take note of the fact that the country you love has wandered off the path. (Abu Graeb and Gitmo were not proud moments for America.) But loving a nation also means seeing it through a lens of truth, not false loyalty. She did well.

      Today’s trivia: I do believe those pardoned turkeys are sent off to a pleasant retirement farm to live out their days in long, deep conversations with Mitch McConnell, their tribal elder.

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes, well lucky me to have you here when I’m around too. 😀

        Yes, the article about Cameron’s “gibberish” was a real treat, sort of taking off the blinkers and finding out that the Emperor is actually naked you could say. “Twaddle” used to be one of my favourite words, and it’s perfect for describing Cameron’s continuous nonsense from telling people how they should look after their kids, to telling them to stop drinking and smoking by putting up the price of booze so the poor can’t drown their sorrows anymore, to hiding packets of cigarettes like an Easter Egg Hunt. The man is an idiot and shouldn’t really be in charge of parking, never mind the whole country. Whatever Eton taught him, it certainly wasn’t anything he would be able to use in the “real” world when they let him loose again. Don’t get me started on his “Happy Society” nonsense either, how can people who are getting poorer by the minute be happy about anything, especially when they have to chose between food for their kids or sleeping on the streets?

        I felt I had to share the story about the support for Palestine because I believe that there must be many people who feel this way and won’t speak their minds in case others view them as traitors, which many would.. She did an excellent job of explaining her heartfelt point of view, and in my opinion, others should try to do the same when they see something very wrong with the actions of their government.

        Sitting here in my living room, outside is dull and raining, a perfect time to relax in peace and quiet I thought. Suddenly my house and then my teeth start to shake from a constant drilling. The sewer guys are back, and now in front of our garage digging holes to replace something or other. Have gone out a few times to ask if they could hurry it along as I now have a headache that I didn’t have when I first got up this morning. I’m looking for my whip. 😉

        Great that you are home, they wouldn’t dare call you now, right?

        😆 ” with Mitch McConnell, their tribal elder”. Turkey or turtle, same difference.

        Have a good what is left of your evening, and I’ll try to hold my head on and not bite through my tongue as the continue their digging. How deep could it be before they find those bloody pipes anyway??

        • kesmarn says:

          Ouch!…I hope the sewer guys finish up soon! Either that or — maybe they’ll strike oil in front of your garage?

          • Kalima says:

            Oil would be ok, but who wants to be that rich? If they found my grandmother’s antique ring which dropped down the loo and was consequently flushed because of a little too much wine many years ago, I would be on the top of the moon. :)

            • Kalima says:

              😆 I’m sure it does kes although I fear it is now on the ocean floor or became a snack for bottom feeders. Lovely ring too. :(

              Yes, a poem, like an old music hall ditty maybe?

              The diggers are having lunch, hurray!!

            • kesmarn says:

              I’m sure by now it has a lovely patina, Kalima! (Sounds like a poem…)

  8. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    A rainy and cold day here today, the tribes slept for most of the day and are just waking up to eat, and I spent the day, “looking for things”, finding very few of what I needed, and loads of things I didn’t know we had. Some of them left me puzzled because I had no idea what to use them for, and the instructions came in Japanese, so I’ll have to ask hubby to give me a hint. Everyday life in a country where you can speak but can’t read the language. “Kalima in Wonderland” as we call it over here.

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

    Sayonara from my still rainy corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Woman abducted by North may have been moved to Pyongyang

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121126a7.html

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    Few outside firms join rebuilding / Despite govt scheme to encourage joint ventures in disaster-hit areas

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121125003469.htm

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    Record 80% don’t feel close to China, poll says

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121125003606.htm

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    Hospice for terminally ill children -- playing right until the end

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/kuchikomi/view/hospice-for-terminally-ill-children-playing-right-until-the-end

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    Your moment of “Weird”.
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    Man brings virtual girlfriend to own wedding

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/man-brings-virtual-girlfriend-to-own-wedding

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    Voters’ choice: Okinawan anti-base activist shares frustration over broken promises

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121125p2a00m0na011000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Sleepy protest
    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/sleepy-protest
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    How ridiculous, they are assuming that everyone uses a computer which is just not true in rural areas where few elderly, sick people have access or know how to use a computer. More bloody pipe dreams.
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    Plans to move some NHS services online criticised by charities representing patients with long-term illnesses

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/plans-to-move-some-nhs-services-online-criticised-by-charities-representing-patients-with-longterm-illnesses-8348881.html

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    Of course it will once again only affect the poor.
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    Cabinet split over plans for levy on alcohol

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/cabinet-split-over-plans-for-levy-on-alcohol-8349019.html

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    Back-to-work scheme ‘failing homeless’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/backtowork-scheme-failing-homeless-8348870.html

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    Manufacturers warn economy too weak for more austerity

    EEF warns the economy has shown no growth in the past year and investment remains 15% below its pre-recession peak

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/26/manufacturing-economy-weak-austerity

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    Our media demonises immigrants, refugees and Muslims. What will Lord Leveson say about that?

    The true scandal is how our press whips up race hate and fear of minorities by inventing or exaggerating stories. And yet on this matter we remain strangely silent

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/our-media-demonises-immigrants-refugees-and-muslims-what-will-lord-leveson-say-about-that-8348779.html

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    Offshore secrets revealed: the shadowy side of a booming industry

    A worldwide research effort in collaboration with BBC Panorama and the ICIJ reveals the people behind these anonymous companies

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/25/offshore-secrets-revealed-shadowy-side

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    Offshore secrets: BBC Panorama undercover reporting – video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2012/nov/25/offshore-secrets-bbc-panorama-undercover-video

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    Sham directors: the woman running 1,200 companies from a Caribbean rock

    In name, Sarah Petre-Mears runs a global empire. In reality it is a sham, an offshore network of porn sites and luxury property vehicles linked by PO boxes and letter drops

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/25/sham-directors-woman-companies-caribbean

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    Secret Scottish NHS incident reports released

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-20395257

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    Eurozone crisis live: New talks over Greek aid deal

    LIVEFinance ministers will make a third attempt to agree a deal over Greece’s debts, at a Eurogroup meeting in Brussels today
    • Meeting starts from 11am GMT

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/26/eurozone-crisis-greece-aid-eurogroup-meeting

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    France UMP crisis: Ex-PM Juppe ‘fails to resolve crisis’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20488575

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    Voters deal blow to Catalan president’s hopes for independence referendum

    Artur Mas’s CiU will need alliance with hardliners after party emerged with 50 seats, down from the 62 it won two years ago

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/referendum-spanish-breakaway-catalan-president

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    Ramush Haradinaj awaits new verdict on Balkan war crimes charges

    Allegations of deal with Serbs overshadow retrial of Kosovo’s former prime minister

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/nov/25/ramush-haradinaj-war-crimes-verdict-due

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    Black Friday sales fall after retail giants’ Thanksgiving opening

    Decision by Sears, Target, Walmart to open on Thursday contributes to 1.8% fall in retail sales in stores

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/25/black-friday-sales-fall-thanksgiving-opening

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    OP-ED COLUMNIST: Fighting Fiscal Phantoms

    Does the fiscal-crisis story even make sense?

    http://nyti.ms/QjYeHo

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    Why are the Republicans out to get Susan Rice?

    Out of America: They’re determined to block Obama’s favoured successor to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/why-are-the-republicans-out-to-get-susan-rice-8348300.html

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    Must be the new Republican talking point, ‘to avoid becoming Greece’ and it’s really rather silly to compare the two countries as this is what could have happened if the Republicans were in the WH next year, but if this excuse makes them feel better about dumping Norquist, carry on boys.
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    Senator Lindsey Graham is latest Republican to disavow tax pledge

    South Carolina senator tells This Week he will break Grover Norquist’s pledge in order ‘to avoid becoming Greece’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/25/senator-lindsey-graham-republican-norquist-tax

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    Macy’s parade: ‘Shredded police papers in confetti’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20487235

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    Egypt: Morsi to meet judges over power grab -- live updates

    LIVE• Egyptian president reaches out for compromise
    • Protests continue against new constitutional decree
    • Syrian rebels capture air base near Damascus

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/egypt-morsi-judges-power-grab-live

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    Syria cluster bomb attack ‘kills 10 children’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20491697

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    Egypt crisis: Mohammed Mursi to meet top judges

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20490827

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    Kuwait emir’s change to election rules stirs signs of Arab spring

    Protests and divisions in small, peaceful oil-rich country include calls to boycott ballot which may have repercussions in region

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/25/kuwait-elections-unrest-emir-change-voting-rules

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    The Israeli and the Palestinian: ‘We have discovered this joint pain’

    An Israeli mother who lost her son and a Palestinian whose father was shot dead – together they now seek peace in the Middle East

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/25/israeli-and-palestinian-peace-campaigners-joint-pain

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    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR: Support Palestinian Statehood

    Blocking recognition of Palestine doesn’t serve Israeli or U.S. interests.

    http://nyti.ms/QjYyFX

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    The suffering of Sderot: how its true inhabitants were wiped from Israel’s maps and memories

    The people of Huj -- now almost forgotten -- had helped the Jewish Haganah army escape the British. The thanks they got was to be sent into Gaza as refugees

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-suffering-of-sderot-how-its-true-inhabitants-were-wiped-from-israels-maps-and-memories-8348734.html

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    Nigeria blasts: Eleven dead at Kaduna barracks church

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20486998

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    Second Bangladeshi factory reports fire

    Eight injured in blaze at clothing factory building outside Dhaka a day after more than 100 died in another fire

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/second-fire-bangladeshi-factory

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    Pakistan ‘toxic syrup’ kills 13 in Lahore

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20491707
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    India Facebook arrests: Shaheen and Renu speak out

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20490823

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    Republican and Lesbian, and Fighting for Acceptance of Both Identities

    Some lesbian Republicans fear that the party’s stance on gay issues could mean few younger reinforcements, even as older Republican lesbians step forward.

    http://nyti.ms/10T2vDJ

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    The race to save Italy’s Renaissance treasures

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20447136

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    Hemp: Could the US rekindle its love affair?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20463504

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    CHARLIE BROOKER

    2012’s Christmas adverts: horrible singers, horny snowmen and horrendous slave labour

    This year’s crop of festive high-street commercials feature fey, irritating cover versions and sexist scenarios

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/25/2012-christmas-adverts-snowmen-slave-labour

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    Treasures at the Natural History Museum

    With 70 million specimens to choose from, staff at the Natural History Museum in London found it difficult to pick just 22 objects showcasing their most valuable treasures.
    From Charles Darwin’s pigeons to a lump of moon rock -- by way of London Zoo’s famous resident Guy the Gorilla -- a new permanent gallery is opening to celebrate the museum’s most prized items.
    Here -- with project director Meg MacDonald -- take a look at some of the inspiring items that have helped our understanding and increased our knowledge of the natural world.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20339454

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    I’m game. :)
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    Nigel Slater’s quick pork ribs recipe

    Plump, slow-cooked ribs have always appealed to me, but if you choose small ribs and cook them quickly you can have them any night of the week

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/nov/25/nigel-slater-midweek-dinner-pork-ribs

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/25/24-hours-in-pictures

    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! Hoping your Tuesday will go well. One day of rest here — today — before it’s “back to the salt mines,” as Mom used to say. So I’m making the most of it.

      Like many folks, I’m sure, I really don’t get the virtual girlfriend thing in Japan. It registers somewhere between funny and scary. But the ending of the wedding — in which the virtual bride cartridge is smashed — gives a glimmer of hope. I hope. (?)

      But there’s no doubt about where Charlie Brooks’ Christmas ad article this year registers: pure funny. It’s hard to pull out one paragraph as the best, but this has to be close:

      The ad campaigns for both Asda and Morrisons celebrate the stereotypical long-suffering housewife slaving away unassisted for hours to keep the family fed and watered at Christmas – her sole eventual reward being the vague glow of a job well done as she watches the rest of the family basking in front of the telly like boneless hippos, silently farting warm bumfuls of gravy-infused methane into the atmosphere during the ad breaks in A Very Downton Christmas.

      😆 😆 😆

      Kalima, I totally agree with you that it doesn’t matter what rationale Lindsey Graham and the Repubs use to dump their bondage to Grover Norquist and his silly no-tax pledge. If using Greece as the scary bogey man works, so be it! 😀

      • Kalima says:

        Hi kes. I snorted at Charlie’s description of the ads for Christmas because I can’t remember ever feeling that happy and satisfied after cooking all day, and then having to eat most of my meal standing up in kitchen between courses, to do the washing up when everyone else was falling asleep. Didn’t that go out of fashion decades ago, or at least a few years after you have been cooking almost every day?

        I don’t have words, at least not suitable ones, to describe how I feel about the guy who brought his virtual girlfriends to his wedding, except to say that I wouldn’t have married him in the first place. Well they say it takes all sorts, and as long as they have nothing to do with me, that’s ok with me too.

        Have a good day at work and take care. See you soon. It’s cold here so I think the best place to keep warm might be under the covers, so good night from Tokyo.

  9. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Well it’s almost that time again to watch our Sunday film together. I hear movement upstairs and Kali is purring away by my side as she waits in anticipation. It’s not that she likes to watch the film with us, she just enjoys distracting me while we are watching, with loud cries and hand biting. Hope you are all having a pleasant weekend too, so take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy.

    Sayonara from my very quiet corner of Tokyo, where tomorrow the sewer construction noise starts all over again. Mata ashita ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs.
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    This brings a total of 7 arrests in about one month. Two for rape in Okinawa, two for trespassing in private homes, and now these three. What is the problem?
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    3 U.S. military men arrested in series of incidents

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121124002997.htm

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    😯
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    Disaster shelters look a lot like ‘Dragon Ball’ space pods

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/disaster-shelters-look-a-lot-like-dragon-ball-space-pods

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    National:Geese flock to Izu marsh to wait out winter

    http://mainichi.jp/graph/2012/11/24/20121124p2a00m0na002000c/001.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Autumn fun

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/autumn-fun
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    Why do the Tories hate the poor so much?
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    George Osborne’s hidden cuts will take away 30% of income for poorest families

    TUC report says reductions in benefits and tax credits will be compounded by loss of services

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/25/hidden-cuts-hit-poorest-families

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    The traitor in No. 10 Downing Street. The Thatcher wannabe.
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    David Cameron is accused of a ‘sham listening exercise’ on NHS reform after links to lobbyist are revealed

    Leaked document shows how private health firms worked with Downing Street to ensure new legislation went ahead

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/25/sham-listening-exercise-nhs-reform

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    The modern face of hardship

    There are now more adults in poverty from working households than from homes where no one works

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-modern-face-of-hardship-8348392.html

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    Treasury to crack down on UK’s offshore tax havens

    Channel Islands and Isle of Man will be among those ordered to reveal names behind hidden accounts

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/25/treasury-british-tax-havens-crackdown

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    Basque separatists Eta ‘ready to disband’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20482620

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    Would you trust Vladimir Putin with the keys to the web?

    The Russian leader is using a dull-sounding telecoms conference in Dubai to strike a ‘devastating blow’ to the net, campaigners fear

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/nov/25/vladimir-putin-plot-internet-freedom

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    Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South amid shrinking white vote

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-face-unexpected-challenges-in-coastal-south-amid-shrinking-white-vote/2012/11/23/02cbda58-336a-11e2-bb9b-288a310849ee_story.html

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    EDITORIAL: The G.O.P. and Violence Against Women

    Republicans can start to repair their standing among women, gay and immigrant voters by agreeing on a bill that would help protect all victims of domestic violence.

    http://nyti.ms/SjPU8K

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    Michael Tomasky on How John McCain Humiliated Himself on Susan Rice

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/25/michael-tomasky-on-how-john-mccain-humiliated-himself-on-susan-rice.html

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    Supreme Court nears gay marriage decision over Doma-related cases

    Justices will decide next week whether to consider the constitutionality of same-sex marriage

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/23/supreme-court-gay-marriage-doma

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    Walmart strikes result in arrests as store claims Black Friday sales success

    Nine protesters detained in California as protest group co-ordinates action across US on busiest shopping day

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/24/walmart-strikes-arrests-black-friday

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    Syrians arrested in Lebanon with explosives

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20477874

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    Mohamed Morsi’s week of drama shows challenge facing him -- and Egypt

    President brokers Gaza ceasefire but provokes mass Tahrir Square protest with edicts giving himself far-reaching powers

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/24/mohamed-morsi-challenge-egypt

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    Egypt: President Mursi’s political gamble

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20475284

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    Israel’s shame: Children, the true victims

    In Gaza, one-in-three of those killed or injured is under 18

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israels-shame-children-the-true-victims-8348398.html

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    Netanyahu leads Israel into isolation

    The Iron Dome system kept missiles at bay, but another ‘dome’ shields the people from reality

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/netanyahu-leads-israel-into-isolation-8348298.html

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    Yasser Arafat’s body to be exhumed for cause of death tests

    Palestinian officials want former leader’s remains to be examined after traces of polonium-210 were discovered on his clothing

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/24/yasser-arafat-body-exhumed-tests

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    Despite the sabre-rattling, an attack on Iran is now unlikely

    World View: If the Israelis wanted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities, they have probably left it too late

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/despite-the-sabrerattling-an-attack-on-iran-is-now-unlikely-8348299.html

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    Bangladesh factory fire kills 112 in Dhaka

    Blaze broke out at the seven-storey factory on Saturday and firefighters recovered more than 100 bodies on Sunday morning

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/25/bangladesh-factory-fire-dhaka

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    India claims disputed borderlands with China in row over passports

    Embassy’s new stamp for Chinese passport-holders comes after China began using map that claimed Taiwan and South China Sea.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/24/india-china-passport-diplomatic-row

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    Pakistan bomb kills at least seven

    Three children among dead and 30 injured from roadside bomb near Shia Muslim processsion in Sunni area of Dera Ismail Khan

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/24/pakistan-bomb-kills-seven

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    China lands J-15 jet on Liaoning aircraft carrier

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20483716

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    Thai police fire tear gas at Bangkok anti-government rally

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20475280
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    Must read.
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    Gaza baby ‘only knew how to smile’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20466027

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    India’s clothing workers: ‘They slap us and call us dogs and monkeys’

    Human rights tribunal hears allegations of abuse and low pay against clothing companies that supply high street stores

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/25/india-clothing-workers-slave-wages

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    Pop-up exhibition takes snapshots of Afghan life to streets

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20465911

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    Political cartoons: Britain’s revolutionaries

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20462098

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    The curious case of the boys who live backwards

    Leukodystrophy is a rare genetic disease affecting Matthew and Michael Clark. It means they grow more childlike every day

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-curious-case-of-the-boys-who-live-backwards-8348395.html

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    Meeting your next-door immigrant in the EU

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20428114

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    A Point of View: Pompeii’s not-so-ancient Roman remains

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20407286

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    Nigel Slater’s ketchup recipes

    Everyone loves tomato sauce, but if you make your own it will add even greater depth and flavour to your dinner

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/nov/24/nigel-slater-ketchup-recipes

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/24/24-hours-in-pictures

    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! I hope your Monday is going well. The son is wending his way back to Madison, with a stack of frozen homemade turkey dinners in the back of the car. 😀 And his mom is putting her feet up for a while.

      Tomasky was brilliant as always in his analysis of the fall from grace of Senator John McCain. A career that started out with “the highest honor” and has descended to “farce.” As Tomasky said, his war experiences probably entitle him to more than three strikes, but what happens when he goes past seven or eight?

      The Japanese people must be getting thoroughly sick of misbehaving American servicemen. Is it going to come down to having them all stay on base all the time? It seems a shame to deprive decent military people of the chance to enjoy being immersed in Japanese culture, but is there another way to deal with this apparently growing problem?

      Meanwhile, back in the UK, George Osbourne continues to make life miserable for the poor. One of the comments summed it up very well:

      Who needs war when our politicians so enthusiastically set about killing us…?”

      The “Gaza baby who only knew how to smile” article… Oh God, there’s really nothing that can be said to address the utter sense of tragedy this story contains. It’s just too awful. Israel’s shame, indeed.

      I almost feel guilty as I watch the Fave 6th grader launched on a week of camping fun with her classmates: looking forward to safety and recreation in the outdoors. Wish I could airlift all the children of Gaza (and Syria, for that matter) to join them.

      • Kalima says:

        Hello stranger. 😉

        Wish I could have sampled some of those leftovers, they sound good.

        Yes, Tomasky gets to the bare nuts and bolts of what is ailing McCain, but as he said, he will never apologize, so his so-called “legacy” will fizzle out and all that will be remembered is the grumpy old man he has become.

        The Okinawans are quite fed up kes, and have asked for the bases to be moved for many years now not only because of the misconduct of the military, but because of the noise from the night flights. Some people have become very ill from lack of sleep over the years, and now they are also angry about the Osprey helicopters starting training flights over the mainland because of their touch and go safety record.

        Osborne, Cameron and the rest of the snotty band, just don’t like poor people, sound familiar??

        The story and picture of little Omar broke my heart. The picture of him smiling and the picture of his father holding his tiny body, even more so. It should become a symbol of this senseless aggression by Israel, when you think that 1 out of 4 killed in this rampage were children, and Netanyahu goes around posing like a peacock. Shameful and disgusting. I like you idea of bringing all the children caught in a conflict to somewhere safe.

        I included a Charlie article today for you, enjoy. Hope to bring back the trivia question tomorrow, have been busy here.

        Take care and I hope you won’t have to rush back to work soon. Have a good day. See you later.

  10. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone, and welcome to your weekend.

    Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and that there are not too many upset tummies. There seem to be few of you around so I’m taking advantage today and will not be posting any news updates as Saturday is always very busy for me, and I’m pretty tired. I’ll be back with Sunday’s Bits & Bobs in the morning, until then, take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy.

    Sayonara from my corner of Tokyo, where I now intend to finish off my Saturday chores. Mata ashita ne.

    Better hurry up and get this posted, we just had quite a powerful earthquake, and the strange thing was that it just affected some of the areas in Tokyo, and ours was one of them.

    Tokyo Earthquake 4.9+ MAG 17:59 24NOV2012

    http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.jp/2012/11/tokyo-earthquake-40-1759-24nov2012.html?m=1
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    Israel and Palestine’s leaders – and cheerleaders – have failed them

    Those who support Israel or Palestine as if they were rival football teams do those two peoples a terrible disservice

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/23/gaza-wearying-conflict-end-time

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    The war in Gaza: photographing the conflict

    Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué tells the story behind some of his images that have featured on front pages around the world in the last week

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/nov/23/war-gaza-photography-bernat-armangue

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    One of Israel’s great leftist warriors wants peace with Hamas and Gaza -- but does the Knesset?

    Our correspondent meets the legendary Uri Avnery, who roars out against Netanyahu and his government and foresees growing ethnic strife in Israel

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/one-of-israels-great-leftist-warriors-wants-peace-with-hamas-and-gaza--but-does-the-knesset-8347504.html

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    Branded a Betrayer for Embracing Syria’s Rebels

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/world/middleeast/samar-yazbek-branded-betrayer-for-embracing-syria-rebels.html

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    Van Gogh and Gauguin letter tells of artistic hopes that turned sour

    ‘Electrifying’ missive written by artists on pages of French exercise books goes on sale in Paris next month

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/nov/23/vincent-van-gogh-paul-gauguin-letter

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    My national treasure

    Presenting the Olympics made 2012 a big year for Clare Balding. But if the TV presenter is a sudden celebrity, what’s it like for Alice Arnold – her other half?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/nov/24/alice-arnold-life-with-clare-balding

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    Will China’s new leaders change Tibet policy?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20457627

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    A stroke can make half your world disappear – video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2012/dec/23/stroke-half-world-disappear-video

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    On a Largely Blue Island, an Exception: Trump Tower

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/nyregion/in-manhattan-largely-blue-one-bright-spot-and-a-tie-for-romney.html?hp&_r=0

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    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s orange recipes

    Whether you use them as the star of a dish, or just as a bit part, oranges are a vital ingredient in the kitchen store cupboard

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/nov/23/orange-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall

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    Tweets of the week: Thanksgiving, Elmo and Prince Harry

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20439097

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    South Pacific Sandy Island ‘proven not to exist’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20442487

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    Africa in pictures: 16-22 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20450595

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    The week in wildlife – in pictures

    A joyful orangutan, a manta ray feeding frenzy and a yawning baboon are among the pick of this week’s images from the natural world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2012/nov/23/week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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    Week in pictures: 17-23 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20442737

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/23/1

    • bito says:

      Morning Kalima, even though everything I am reading that there wasn’t any damage from the latest earthquake, the fear of the “big one” must be constant and that can’t be good on anyone’s stress levels, it not like it’s anything one can get used to.

      Goodness K, isn’t Chiba where you live?

      The depth of the tremor was 80 km (50 miles) in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said.

      • Kalima says:

        Hello bito. No, we live in central Tokyo, and the city is split into 23 wards. Our ward along with about six others were the only ones to shake, and I found that more scary than the actual shaking. Chiba is on the coast, it’s another prefecture, like you have states, and they saw a lot of damage last March in the big one. We have been having smaller ones during this week, I’m so tired of this, you have to always be prepared and that is easier said than done when they come without warning. Blue skies here today for our Sunday morning.

  11. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    From today I’m afraid that MB upstates will be losing a bit of weight as one of my main news sources has decided to charge only international readers, and I’m not really decided yet if it will be worth it to pay a monthly fee. I feel that in a small way I have been bringing their site to members and readers who might otherwise not go there for stories, and found the way I was informed of this by abruptly cutting off access on my computer and my other devices unless I payed, rather disturbing. So for the time being I won’t be linking to them at all. In a fair world, they should be paying me for promoting them all over the world for the last 3 years, and when an ex-pat has to pay online for news about home, it’s a sad day. I blame Rupert Murdoch, the greedy old bastard. Here is the relating article I had to hunt down on Google this afternoon.

    http://www.digitalstrategyconsulting.com/netimperative/news/2012/11/telegraph_paywall_to_charge_ov.php

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

    Sayonara from my evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    So much for phasing out nuclear power.
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    Utility may up rates beyond hike eyed for April
    Kepco plans two reactor restarts

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121123a1.html

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    No surprises here.
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    Faulty fallout forecasts’ firm industry-linked

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121123a2.html

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    Tsunami-hit Miyagi shipbuilder launches first vessel since disaster

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121123b3.html

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    Pace of ocean acidification around Japan worst in centuries: Meteorological Agency

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121121p2a00m0na009000c.html

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    Why Asia is being most impacted by climate change

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/why-asia-is-being-most-impacted-by-climate-change

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    U.S. forces to expand nighttime curfew patrols in Okinawa

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121122p2g00m0dm027000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Autumn glory

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/autumn-glory
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    All expenses paid: the full scale of MPs’ lavish globetrotting revealed

    Special Investigation: Hundreds of politicians have each accepted thousands of pounds worth of trips to exotic locations. So what do their hosts want in return?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/all-expenses-paid-the-full-scale-of-mps-lavish-globetrotting-revealed-8344630.html

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    The cruel cost of privatization, robbing struggling schools to pay for overreaching money-grubbers in the private sector. Gove should be replaced. Outsourcing education and health care is a crime.
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    Schools face cuts to pay for £1bn academies overspend

    Funds for struggling schools slashed, report reveals

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/schools-face-cuts-to-pay-for-1bn-academies-overspend-8341094.html

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    Do we really need another special watchdog commission to tell us what is painfully obvious to most of us who have had sick and elderly loved ones receiving inadequate NHS care in the last few years? What do people expect with such huge staff cuts, that people will just walk in from the streets to help out? It’s shameful how the Tories have left our health care system in tatters going as far back as Thatcher The Butcher.
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    NHS cost-cutting being put ahead of patients’ welfare, claims watchdog

    Care Quality Commission’s report on England’s healthcare says one in 10 patients are denied respect and dignity

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/23/nhs-cost-cutting-patients-welfare

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    ” discourages poor people from taking risks”? What risks does this man expect poor people to take that they don’t face each and every day? When someone this dead is in charge of anything, just wait for the number of poor to shoot up in the U.K. after all the cuts. Moron!

    Lord Freud probably hasn’t missed a single meal in his whole life. Bon Appétit.
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    Welfare reform minister: claimants ‘have a lifestyle’ on the state

    Lord Freud says benefits system is dreadful and discourages poor people from taking risks

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/22/benefits-system-dreadful-tory-minister

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    Energy deal – but no target to cut Britain’s carbon emissions

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/energy-deal--but-no-target-to-cut-britains-carbon-emissions-8344953.html

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    Haven’t we heard this song before from Cameron?
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    David Cameron faces EU charge of hypocrisy over demand for cuts
    PM seen as main stumbling block to a deal as 27 leaders meet at Brussels summit

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/david-cameron-faces-eu-charge-of-hypocrisy-over-demand-for-cuts-8341097.html

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    A scheme designed to net trillions from global tax havens is being scuppered

    Switzerland and other offshore specialists are doing their best to frustrate international transparency in taxation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/22/scheme-trillions-tax-havens-scuppered

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    Sarkozy questioned over claims he cheated L’Oreal heiress

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sarkozy-questioned-over-claims-he-cheated-loreal-heiress-8344469.html

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    Attack on Spurs fans in Rome: questions asked over role of police

    About 10 Britons taken to hospital after being set upon by large band of Italians wielding iron bars, paving stones and knives

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/attack-spurs-fans-rome

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    Andrei Sannikov: democratic world is too complacent about Belarus

    Opposition leader gives his first newspaper interview from London since fleeing Alexander Lukashenko’s ‘doomed’ regime

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/23/andrei-sannikov-world-complacent-belarus

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    Two killed in 100-vehicle pile-up in US

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20454417

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    These people are stark, raving bonkers!
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    Michigan Republicans propose tax credit for unborn foetuses

    Critics say proposal was ‘absurd’ and described it as a backdoor way of trying to pass ‘personhood’ legislation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/michigan-republicans-tax-credit-unborn-foetuses

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    One-Party Control Opens States to Partisan Rush

    At least 37 states will be under single-party control, the most in six decades, raising the prospect that bold partisan agendas will flourish.

    http://nyti.ms/XHPM95

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    OP-ED COLUMNIST: Grand Old Planet

    That Marco Rubio interview in GQ was just another sign of how the Republican Party prefers to suppress scientific evidence if it contradicts faith.

    http://nyti.ms/XHNW8c

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    Mitt Romney’s top ten post-election career prospects

    What next for America’s favourite losing presidential candidate? Here’s some jobs Mitt Romney might create for himself

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2012/nov/22/mitt-romney-top-10-career

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    Egypt protests called over Morsi’s power grab -- live updates

    LIVE• Morsi assumes sweeping new powers and sacks prosecutor
    • Calls for protest over ‘coup against legitimacy’
    • Rebel gains in eastern Syria

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/nov/23/egypt-protests-morsi-power-grab-live

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    Syrian rebels take key military base

    Capture of the Mayadeen compound follows the seizure of an army airport in the same area last week

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/syria-rebels-seize-military-base

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    Syrian refugees slipping into Turkey

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20433238

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    Gaza ceasefire: Syria’s shrinking influence now exposed

    Bashar al-Assad is not the only Arab leader facing marginalisation, writes Ian Black

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/gaza-conflict-syria-influence

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    Another Gaza generation takes flight amid fear of violence

    Villagers were urged to flee for their own safety -- but only found greater danger

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/another-gaza-generation-takes-flight-amid-fear-of-violence-8344292.html

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    Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?

    For three decades, the writer and journalist Gideon Levy has been a lone voice, telling his readers the truth about what goes on in the Occupied Territories.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/is-gideon-levy-the-most-hated-man-in-israel-or-just-the-most-heroic-2087909.html

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    We protested against violence in Gaza, but this time we weren’t called traitors

    Step by step, the protests of the radical Israeli left can help to change fossilised political attitudes

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/22/israel-anti-war-left-no-longer-traitors

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    I’m sure this wasn’t what Netanyahu bargained for, but it was inevitable.
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    Hamas emerges stronger from Gaza war after Israel ceasefire deal

    The Islamist group is perceived by many Palestinians as the victor of a war provoked by Binyamin Netanyahu, and is being embraced by leaders of a new Arab world after years of isolation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/hamas-stronger-gaza-israel

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    Shimon Peres: ‘Two state solution’ still on the table-interview recorded before the ceasefire

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/9772175.stm

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    Egypt fury over Mohammed Mursi ‘coup against legitimacy’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20457058

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    Mohamed Morsi bars court challenges and orders Hosni Mubarak retrial

    Egyptian president angers opponents with measures preventing courts from challenging any laws passed since he took office

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/mohamed-morsi-mubarak-retrial-egypt

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    Hague court issues arrest warrant for Ivory Coast’s Simone Gbagbo

    Former first lady, whose husband is awaiting trial, accused of crimes against humanity in post-election conflict

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/warrant-ivory-coast-simone-gbagbo

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    Sudan arrests senior military leaders over plot to undermine president

    Former spy chief and other senior military and security officers held on suspicion of inciting chaos and ‘targeting’ leaders

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/sudan-arrests-military-leaders

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    Humanitarian crisis looming in Congo as thousand flee fighting

    About half a million people have been displaced since April by a violent rebellion by militia group M23

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/humanitarian-crisis-congo

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    Anguish for families of Pakistan fire-video

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20450865

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    Thanksgiving in Afghanistan: 66,000 troops celebrate with traditional turkey dinner and for 10 lucky soldiers… a surprise call from President Obama

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237048/Thanksgiving-Day-2012-Afghanistan-66k-troops-celebrate-traditional-turkey-dinner-10-lucky-soldiers-surprise-President-Obama.html#ixzz2D1EV3RxA

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    South Korea marks Yeonpyeong island attack

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20457512

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    Philippines massacre: three years on, victims’ families still waiting for justice

    Trial has yet to produce a single conviction, families are living in fear, and country’s journalists remain vulnerable to attack

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/philippines-massacre-families-waiting-justice
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    OPINIONATOR | DISUNION: The Wrong Man

    To win the war, the South needed another Robert E. Lee. Instead, it got Joseph E. Johnston.

    http://nyti.ms/TZ78YV

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    Hero or pariah? A whistleblower’s dilemma

    Some are rewarded under US laws, others get nothing and are vilified for speaking out

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/22/whistleblowing-autonomy-hewlett-packard

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    Why 2013 will be a boom year for bailiffs and slum landlords

    Quietly, this government has changed the law that protected homeless families. We will witness a crisis on an epic scale

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/22/2013-boom-year-bailiffs-slum-landlords

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    Japan’s ninjas heading for extinction

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20135674

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    Great transport links, shame about the noise: Road is built around a house after elderly Chinese couple refuse to move

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/great-transport-links-shame-about-the-noise-road-is-built-around-a-house-after-elderly-chinese-couple-refuse-to-move-8343926.html

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    Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

    LIVEOur photo coverage of the day’s events in the UK and around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/nov/22/picture-desk-live-the-best-news-pictures-of-the-day

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    Day in pictures: 22 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20442736

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/22/24-hours-in-pictures

  12. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone, and to our members and readers in the U.S. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ONE AND ALL!

    Knowing how busy you will all be today, eating, eating and eating, I won’t leave a long list of news updates realizing that you won’t have the time to read them anyway. Have a wonderful day with your families and friends, hope to see you back here when it’s over.

    EDIT:

    It isn’t as short as I thought it would be, once I start reading, I can’t stop.

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

    Sayonara from my noisy corner in Tokyo, where the sewer construction guys have been having a field day digging holes, replacing pipes, filling in the holes and leaving behind an awful stink in the neighbourhood when they leave after dark. Mata ashita ne.
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    Britain’s missing billions: counting the true cost of corporate tax avoidance

    There’s a painful subtext to yesterday’s public finance figures. While most of us are paying more tax, many big companies are paying less

    http://www.independent.co.uk/money/tax/britains-missing-billions-counting-the-true-cost-of-corporate-tax-avoidance-8341096.html

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    ‘Shocking’ treatment in NHS hospitals and care homes exposed in report

    Patients Association says treatment of some patients is still ‘demeaning, painful and sometimes downright cruel’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/22/shocking-treatment-nhs-hospitals-care-homes

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    Thanksgiving 2012: Barack Obama pardons turkeys

    Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys in an annual White House ritual, saying he wanted to offer the birds a second chance before the US holiday of Thanksgiving.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9694696/Thanksgiving-2012-Barack-Obama-pardons-turkeys.html

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    Osama bin Laden death: secret emails give details of burial at sea

    Body referred to as ‘Fedex package’ in cryptic military dispatches arranging disposal of al-Qaida leader’s remains

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/osama-bin-laden-death-secret-emails

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    Susan Rice breaks her silence to defend herself over Benghazi

    Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, said she has been the victim of “unfounded” Republican attacks over her account of a militant assault on the US embassy in Libya.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9694946/Susan-Rice-breaks-her-silence-to-defend-herself-over-Benghazi.html

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    Although anything the Republicans do could be classified as sexist, I think that more than likely it’s her skin colour that annoys them more than her being a woman. Already having a black man entering his second term as President next year, the thought of a black SoS has gotten their racist knickers all in a twist. So much so that they apparently have no shame in showing it to the world, and end up smelling as rank as their dirty laundry which they love to air in public..
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    The Republicans behind this sexist hazing of Susan Rice

    What were they up to when another Rice toured TV studios to talk up Iraq’s WMD? Busy thinking up anti-women laws is what

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/21/republicans-sexist-hazing-susan-rice

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    Walmart suppliers confronted by union as stores hit by employee walkouts

    Nationwide employee protests ahead of Black Friday continue as international union asks ship operators to raise concerns

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/21/walmart-trade-union-walkouts-black-friday

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    Gaza ceasefire: will it hold? -- live updates

    LIVE• Gazans celebrate deal while Israelis are sceptical
    • UN security urges both sides to abide by agreement
    • Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi praised as peace broker

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/nov/22/gaza-ceasefire-holds-live

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    Syria opposition appeals for massive aid

    Leading opposition figure says $60b needed to prevent economy from collapsing within six months if Assad’s regime falls.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/11/2012112114290237413.html

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    Turkey requests Nato Patriot missiles

    Nato considers request from Turkey for Patriot missiles to help country protect its border with conflict-torn Syria

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/turkey-nato-patriot-missiles

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    Obama thanks Egypt as world leaders hail Israel-Hamas truce

    The US, the EU and the UN have welcomed a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and with the White House thanking Egypt’s new government for its successful first turn on the diplomatic stage.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9694949/Obama-thanks-Egypt-as-world-leaders-hail-Israel-Hamas-truce.html

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    Gaza crisis: Israel-Hamas ceasefire agreement holds

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20439967

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    Israel Hamas conflict: ceasefire a sign of Middle East’s new political reality

    Israel and Hamas agreed to end more than a week of missile fire over the Gaza border, in a truce brokered by Egypt, a sign of the new political realities of the Middle East.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9694686/Israel-Hamas-conflict-ceasefire-a-sign-of-Middle-Easts-new-political-reality.html

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    Israel Gaza conflict: Gaza counts the cost of another bloody war

    Peace has not come easily to Gaza. Even as the announcements of a ceasefire were being made in a distant capital the streets and skies of this 25 miles strip of land still echoed to the sound of war.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9694660/Israel-Gaza-conflict-Gaza-counts-the-cost-of-another-bloody-war.html

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    Gaza: the uselessness of force

    Despite his claims to have crippled Hamas, Netanyahu has elevated them into contenders for the leadership of the PLO

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/21/gaza-uselessness-of-force-editorial

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    Bahrain court sentences medics to prison

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20433145

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    Yemen military plane crash kills 10

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20426767

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    Seventh French citizen kidnapped in Mali

    Lone traveller taken during cafe stop on ‘safest road in Mali’ far from zone controlled by Islamist extremists

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/mali-kidnap-seventh-french-citizen

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    Oops, still in the dog house.
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    Iran supreme leader tells MPs not to summon president

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20426775

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    Iran supplied Hamas with Fajr-5 missile technology

    Revolutionary Guards commander says his forces helped militant group in Gaza build missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/iran-supplied-hamas-missile-technology

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    Iranian blogger’s mother accuses authorities of killing him

    Mother of Sattar Beheshti, who died in custody, says campaign of intimidation has been launched against family

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/iranian-blogger-mother-accuses-authorities

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    Iraqis locked in rival sectarian narratives

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20417999

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    Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for attacks killing 25 as world leaders gather

    A series of sectarian bomb and gun attacks claimed the lives of at least 25 people as terrorists struck at Shia Pakistanis gathering for a major festival, heightening security fears as world leaders arrived in Islamabad for a summit of developing countries.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9694966/Pakistan-Taliban-claims-responsibility-for-attacks-killing-25-as-world-leaders-gather.html

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    Afghanistan criticised for spate of executions

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20425514

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    China arrests blogger for Twitter joke

    Internet petition for Chinese blogger arrested after posting Twitter joke about Communist leadership congress

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/china-arrest-blogger-twitter-joke

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    Burma to allow in nuclear inspectors

    Burmese government says it will sign agreement with IAEA to dispel suspicions of secret nuclear programme

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/burma-allow-in-nuclear-inspectors
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Yesterday’s answer. 454. Any U.S. bill, regardless of denomination, weighs a gram. There are 454 grams to a pound.

    I’m going to have to give this to KT, well done.

    No question today, I’ll be back with one tomorrow.

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    An opera for my resistance fighter aunt

    Elisabeth von Thadden was executed by the Nazis in 1944. Christopher Fox on the story behind his new musical memorial

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/nov/21/opera-for-my-resistance-fighter-aunt

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    OPINIONATOR | DISUNION: The South’s Man in London

    How a Swiss immigrant became the South’s leading propagandist in Britain.

    http://nyti.ms/WtCtaX

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    Did the Lomo camera save film photography?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20434270

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    Coal resurgence calls undermine clean energy commitments

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20002801

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    Buy Nothing Day? There must be a better way to protest

    The international protest day exhorts us to buy nothing, but what if there was a way to make a stand against materialism while boosting the economy?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2012/nov/21/buy-nothing-day-better-way

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    Foetus yawns in womb – video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2012/nov/21/foetus-yawns-womb-video

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    Yawning in womb may help to identify indicators to healthy babies

    Scans show frequency of action, thought to be linked to growth of nervous system, drops as birth date nears if all is well

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/nov/21/yawning-in-womb-healthy-babies-2

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    The best Christmas recipes -- interactive

    All the best recipes for your festive table gathered together in one place. Whether you favour a traditional turkey or goose with all the trimmings or an equally impressive alternative centrepiece, you’ll find the key recipes here. Plus we’ve Christmas puddings and cakes, vegetarian feasts, innovative side dishes and inspiring new baking ideas from Nigel Slater, Delia Smith, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Nigella Lawson, Fergus Henderson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Felicity Cloake, Dan Lepard, Allegra McEvedy, Tim Hayward, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/interactive/2012/nov/20/the-best-christmas-recipes-interactive

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    ADHD treatment ‘may reduce risk of criminal behaviour’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20414822

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    Day in pictures: 21 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20425243

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/21/24-hours-in-pictures

  13. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone and thank you again for all your good wishes, cakes and dancing MB mugs yesterday. Felt like Queen For The Day. 😀

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

    Sayonara from my cold and windy corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Fukushima to ax nuclear fuel tax

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121121a7.html

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    Residents to be allowed to return to 5 Fukushima municipalities for New Year period

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/residents-to-be-allowed-to-return-to-5-fukushima-towns-for-new-year-period

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    Our ex-governor for Tokyo, now continues to make trouble over the disputed islands, something this idiot actually started. I hope the Japanese have enough sense not to vote for this out-of-touch nationalist party this man has formed in less than two weeks. Japan needs to go forward not backwards which is where Ishihara and the crazy mayor of Osaka would surely lead them. The majority of Japanese want to live in peace. Ishihara and his fringe group should move to the disputed islands and live there. The man is a loud mouthed, insulting lunatic.

    A nuclear-armed Japan, is he insane? This is what I call an “island mentality”, someone who is not aware or doesn’t give a damn about what neighbouring countries will think. Certainly not fit to run the country.
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    Ishihara rattles saber against China
    Nuclear ‘simulation’ swagger is coupled with sympathy for Tibetans, call for defense buildup

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121121a3.html

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    Good, he wasn’t very good at it anyway.
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    Former PM Hatoyama to retire from politics

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/former-pm-hatoyama-decides-not-to-run-in-december-election

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    Seniors resolved to work past retirement age

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121121f1.html

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    After only one week? We all go through tough times when we are young and starting out (unless you’re Mitt Romney) but to kill your wife because of it, is unbelievable. The younger generations are becoming so weak.
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    Man turns himself in for murder of wife one week after they married

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-turns-himself-in-for-murder-of-wife-one-week-after-they-married

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    Greenhouse gas abundances hit new highs last year

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121121p2g00m0dm021000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    I’m dreaming of a blue Christmas

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/im-dreaming-of-a-blue-christmas
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    In the real world they would be called crooks and conmen. In the Tory party’s eyes, they are just “good old boys”. While most of the country is barely hanging on by the skin of their teeth, guys like this are profiting from the taxpayers. Disgusting!
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    MPs’ expenses: top Tory in secret deal

    A senior Conservative MP investigating Britain’s social care system secretly arranged for the owners of a chain of nursing homes to buy his London flat – which he now rents back at taxpayers’ expense, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/9691993/MPs-expenses-top-Tory-in-secret-deal.html

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    Expenses revelations leave a nasty taste

    Speaker John Bercow’s over-zealous attempts to ‘protect’ MPs have had the opposite effect

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9690575/Expenses-revelations-leave-a-nasty-taste.html

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    How can they when the government is taking everything away so that they can’t save.?
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    Pensioners must pay for their own retirement, says Reform

    Giving free TV licences and winter fuel allowances to all elderly people is “poor value for money”, a think-tank has found.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9691031/Pensioners-must-pay-for-their-own-retirement-says-Reform.html

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    Looks like their “moral compass” halo has dropped over their eyes. and become stuck there.
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    Tories and Lib Dems take donations from Chinese company accused of US security threat

    The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have taken more than £18,000 in donations from Huawei, a controversial Chinese company accused of posing a threat to US national security.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9691370/Tories-and-Lib-Dems-take-donations-from-Chinese-company-accused-of-US-security-threat.html

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    David Cameron’s Hitler talk misses the real enemy in our midst

    The prime minister summoned the wartime spirit in his battle to revive Britain, but he has picked the wrong target

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/20/deflation-planning-enemy-in-our-midst

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    City tells George Osborne: we can’t afford to ignore climate risk

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/city-tells-george-osborne-we-cant-afford-to-ignore-climate-risk-8329411.html

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    In Britain as in Europe, the protests against austerity have failed. We have to try another way

    What our columnist calls the Great Reverse -- a slide in general wellbeing married with a removal of rights that have been won over decade -- deserves a robust response

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/in-britain-as-in-europe-the-protests-against-austerity-have-failed-we-have-to-try-another-way-8335805.html

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    Phone hacking: timeline of the scandal

    The key events in the phone hacking scandal, which has led to the closure of the News of the World, halted Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover bid, and prompted the arrest of several key figures.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/8634176/Phone-hacking-timeline-of-a-scandal.html

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    Rebekah Brooks’s ‘LOL texts’ with David Cameron finally overshadowed

    New criminal charges brought against Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson today does not bode well for the Prime Minister. But it is the fate of Mr Coulson, not Mrs Brooks, which will affect David Cameron more, writes Cathy Newman.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/9690437/Rebekah-Brookss-LOL-texts-with-David-Cameron-finally-overshadowed.html

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    UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli jailed over ‘UK’s biggest fraud’

    Junior City player, 32, sentenced to seven years after dispensing with hedging safety nets and racking up losses of over £1.5bn

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/20/ubs-trader-kweku-adoboli-jailed-fraud

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    Savita Halappanavar inquiry: doctors dropped over hospital links

    Health chiefs make U-turn over investigation into woman’s death after she was refused an emergency abortion
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/20/savita-halappanavar-abortion-death-inquiry

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    Eurozone crisis live: Greek debt talks fail to deliver a deal

    LIVEEurozone leaders could not agree to give Greece its next bailout tranche at overnight talks in Brussels, leaving the country’s future uncertain again
    • Juncker: we’re nearly there
    • Leaked document shows Greece’s problems
    • Greek MP: government is being humiliated

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/21/eurozone-crisis-greece-aid-bailout-fail

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    Eurozone finance ministers fail to agree Greece bailout

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20421246

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    Former Kosovo rebel leader Fatmir Limaj faces retrial

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20418824

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    Insider trading charges made over Alzheimer’s drug

    US prosecutors charge hedge fund manager Mathew Martoma with conspiracy and securities fraud for trading before result of clinical trials

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/20/insider-trading-charges-over-alzheimers-drug

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    US election count goes on – and on

    A fortnight after Barack Obama’s re-relection, the margin of his victory is still not known

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2012/nov/20/us-election-count-obama-romney

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    Finally!!
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    Representative Allen West concedes Florida election

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20414976

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    It’s still mostly a man’s world on Wall Street

    JP Morgan’s decision to promote Marianne Lake to one of its top roles doesn’t mean that hordes of high-flying women are about to shatter the so-called ‘glass ceiling’ anytime soon

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/its-still-mostly-a-mans-world-on-wall-street-8336288.html

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    Kirchner’s popularity in freefall amid new mass protest

    Road and air transport delays gripped Argentina Tuesday as President Cristina Kirchner, her approval rating in free fall, faced the second mass protest in as many weeks.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/argentina/9692214/Kirchners-popularity-in-freefall-amid-new-mass-protest.html

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    Syrians may be better off without cheerleaders

    Recognising the rebels won’t mean the end of Assad. That’s not what the Gulf states want

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/20/syrians-better-off-without-cheerleaders

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    Cairo anniversary clashes leave dozens injured

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20421749

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    Gaza conflict: Heavy shelling continues as Clinton seeks truce -- live updates

    LIVE• Ceasefire fails to materialise overnight
    • Hillary Clinton meets Abbas on the West Bank
    • More than 130 Palestinians killed
    • Five Israelis killed

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/gaza-conflict-fierce-fighting-clinton-seeks-truce

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    Gaza-Israel violence

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20422755

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    Gaza ceasefire hangs in the balance amid Israel-Hamas talks

    UN urges restraint on both sides amid rising death toll as hundreds of Palestinians flee after leaflet warnings

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/20/gaza-ceasefire-israel-hamas-talks

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    Hamas blames Israel for ‘delay’ of truce deal

    Hamas says a Gaza ceasefire agreement is being “held up” by Israelis, who have yet to confirm that a deal is imminent.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/11/2012112017334535964.html

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    Chilling live tweets as windows shatter around journalists in Gaza City

    Twitter made for unnerving reading on Tuesday night as international journalists covering the Gaza conflict live tweeted while air strikes rocked the very buildings they were sheltering in.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9692171/Chilling-live-tweets-as-windows-shatter-around-journalists-in-Gaza-City.html

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    Palestinians executed for ‘collaborating’ with Israel

    Masked gunmen publicly shot dead six suspected

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9691942/Gaza-Palestinians-executed-for-collaborating-with-Israel.html

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    Dispatch: Gaza dead wheeled out past diplomats to hospital morgue

    As Gaza’s leaders edge towards a ceasefire with Israel its ambulances continue to deliver the dead. Phoebe Greenwood reports.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9691910/Dispatch-Gaza-dead-wheeled-out-past-diplomats-to-hospital-morgue.html

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    I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment of this article, and have been very disappointed by statements coming from the U.S. so far. Has the world gone mad, or just a portion of it to not see the clear injustice in how Israel always deals with these situations. Have we forgotten Lebanon and the huge loss of life there, or the continuous bombings and attacks on Gaza since they were herded like cattle into their own version of an internment camp? How can we forget the plight of the Palestinians as they are slaughtered on almost a daily basis? Should we not reexamine our conscience and remember what these people have gone through for the last 60 years?

    America, Israel is not your friend, they have just learned how to use you and press all the right buttons to exploit your guilt. If you criticize them or condemn their brute force actions, you are labeled an anti-Semite.
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    It’s Palestinians who have the right to defend themselves

    The US and Britain stand behind Israel’s onslaught on Gaza. Justice requires a change in the balance of forces on the ground

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/20/palestinians-have-right-defend-themselves

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    In pictures: Israel-Gaza violence

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20405740

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    Benghazi security chief assassinated

    The security chief in the east Libyan city of Benghazi was assassinated late Tuesday, just weeks after he took over the position in the wake of an attack on the US consulate that claimed the lives of four Americans.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9692199/Benghazi-security-chief-assassinated.html

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    Israel and Hamas nearing truce after bloodiest day yet

    Israel and Hamas were close to a negotiated truce on Tuesday night but last-minute delays led to a continuation of the missile exchanges which have killed more than 130 people in Gaza.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9691871/Israel-and-Hamas-nearing-truce-after-bloodiest-day-yet.html

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    Amnesty condemns Bahrain’s ‘spiralling repression’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20401228

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    UN condemns DR Congo rebel seizure of Goma

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20422053

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    Last surviving Mumbai gunman Mohammed Kasab executed in India

    Mohammed Kasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been hanged in an Indian prison.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9692198/Last-surviving-Mumbai-gunman-Mohammed-Kasab-executed-in-India.html

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    Attempted attack on US embassy in Kabul leaves two dead

    A man wearing a suicide vest blew himself up near a US base in Kabul early this morning, killing at least two people in what looked like a thwarted attempt to attack the American base.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9692201/Attempted-attack-on-US-embassy-in-Kabul-leaves-two-dead.html

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    France ends combat operations in Afghanistan

    France has ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling out hundreds of troops, earlier than other Nato allies.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9691058/France-ends-combat-operations-in-Afghanistan.html

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    Afghanistan opium harvest drops by a third -- UN

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20407511

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    Maybe a few years service in the army would teach these yobboes some respect. Where does all this hate come from?
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    Melbourne bus racist abuse video puts Australian attitudes on trial

    Woman singing in French was told to ‘speak English or die’ and threatened with stabbing, YouTube footage shows

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/melbourne-racist-bus-rant-australia

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    Mount Tongariro erupts in New Zealand

    A New Zealand volcano used as a backdrop to “The Lord of the Rings” films has erupted, sending a column of ash two kilometres above the North Island.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/9692197/Mount-Tongariro-erupts-in-New-Zealand.html

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    Barack Obama warns Asia to rein in South China Sea tensions

    Barack Obama has warned Asian countries they must rein in the escalating regional tensions over the disputed South China Sea.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9691179/Barack-Obama-warns-Asia-to-rein-in-South-China-Sea-tensions.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s Question.

    How many bills are there in one pound of U.S. currency?

    Hint:

    More than 350, and less than 460.

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    Why 50 homeless men are sleeping in a Tottenham church

    New Economics Foundation report pinpoints how cuts are hitting England’s most deprived wards, in London and Birmingham

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/19/breadline-britain-homeless-sleep-church

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    Native Americans recall era of forced adoptions

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20404764

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    Deaths from HIV/Aids in sub-Saharan Africa drop by 32 per cent

    Deaths from HIV/Aids in sub-Saharan Africa have fallen by 32 per cent in the last seven years, with particular progress made on protecting children from the deadly virus, the UN has said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9691309/Deaths-from-HIVAids-in-sub-Saharan-Africa-drop-by-32-per-cent.html

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    El Salvador gang truce: Can MS-13 and 18th Street keep the peace?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20402216

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    Ponty Chadha: The ‘strange’ life of slain Indian tycoon

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20405472

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    Yang Jisheng: The man who discovered 36 million dead

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20410424

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    Why feeling guilty may make you a better boss

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20257373

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    😯 Good Lord!!!!!
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    Queen Victoria’s bloomers sold at auction

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-20407850

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    Day in pictures: 20 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20407775

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/20/24-hours-in-pictures

  14. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Today, Morning Blog is three years old and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our members and readers who have supported my daily efforts from the time I started this blog on November 20th, 2009′ to this very day. Thank you everyone, you have made each and every update worthwhile to me, and I look forward to seeing you all here in the future as I try to bring you the best of international stories, breaking news and human interest stories. Thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin, ups and downs. When the ground shook and didn’t stop shaking, and in happy times and acute sadness you were here to support me. You are the very best. Take a bow. 😀

    Usually on this day I would be posting a quiz and handing out MB mugs to the first three winners, but due my personal loss this year, which is still very deep and raw, I will be delaying the quiz until January next year, and hope for your understanding.

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

    Sayonara from my not yet quiet corner of Tokyo. Mata ashita ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Delays looming for victims’ housing units

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121119004426.htm

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    Fukushima health survey committee chair apologizes over secret meetings

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121119p2a00m0na017000c.html

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    Leader of gang that stole Y3 bil from elderly through scams busted

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/leader-of-gang-that-stole-y3-bil-from-elderly-through-scams-busted

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    Cuteness overload in Japan

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/cuteness-overload-in-japan

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    Obama set to dive into South China Sea turmoil

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/obama-set-to-dive-into-south-china-sea-turmoil

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    2 U.S. servicemen face prosecution in separate trespass cases

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121120p2g00m0dm028000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Fashion show

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/fashion-show-2
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    This is unbelievable, it’s giving them the ok to cheat the taxpayers out of their money.
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    MPs’ expenses: MPs allowed to hide expenses details

    More than 50 MPs have been allowed to censor details of their taxpayer-funded expenses claims after insisting that information about their second homes could compromise their security.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/9689332/MPs-expenses-MPs-allowed-to-hide-expenses-details.html

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    Can you imagine the mayhem when people actually start to build extensions, and add to their property without proper planning approval, it will be lawsuit after lawsuit as far as the eye can see and beyond.
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    Planning laws: home owners given free rein to put bedroom in the garage

    Millions of people will be able to extend their garages, offices and industrial buildings without asking for council permission, under government plans.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/9688398/Planning-laws-home-owners-given-free-rein-to-put-bedroom-in-the-garage.html

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    Bought and payed for, wearing an oil industry tattoo on his rear end.
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    MP Peter Lilley has received more than $400,000 in oil company share options

    Analysis shows full extent of climate sceptic’s financial interests in oil industry and places committee role under further scrutiny

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/20/peter-lilley-oil-company-shares

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    An attitude problem

    The Prime Minister appears to believe that if he makes a speech saying he intends to take tough action, somehow things will change

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9688086/An-attitude-problem.html

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    Women’s group attacks David Cameron’s crackdown on equality ‘nonsense’

    The prime minister’s decision to scrap “equality impact assessments” was described as “turning back the clock” on women’s rights yesterday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9688602/Womens-group-attacks-David-Camerons-crackdown-on-equality-nonsense.html

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    David Cameron’s non policy on Europe is the worst of all worlds

    Business lobby groups have been surprisingly quiet in the fast developing debate over Britain’s position in Europe – up until Monday that is.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/jeremy-warner/9688936/David-Camerons-non-policy-on-Europe-is-the-worst-of-all-worlds.html

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    No amount of moralising will alleviate the hardship caused by Tory austerity

    For Iain Duncan Smith, poverty is caused by failure and dysfunction. The reality is different, and Labour must say so

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/19/moralising-hardship-tory-austerity

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    London-based expert to lead Irish abortion inquiry

    Prof Sabarantnam Arulkumaran will chair inquiry into death of Savita Halappanavar after she was allegedly refused termination

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/19/london-expert-irish-abortion-inquiry

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    Eurozone crisis live: France downgraded ahead of Greece aid meeting

    LIVE• Moody’s cuts France’s credit rating by one notch
    • See the statement
    • Analysts respond
    • Eurogroup ministers meet today to discuss Greece’s aid tranche, again…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/20/eurozone-crisis-france-downgraded-greece-eurogroup

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    Nicolas Sarkozy to be questioned by judge over party donations

    Former French president summoned by Bordeaux judge as his UMP party fails to elect new leader

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/19/nicolas-sarkozy-judge-party-donations

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    Silvio Berlusconi’s accountant ‘taken hostage in 35 million euro extortion attempt’

    Members of an Italian gang have been arrested on suspicion of taking hostage Silvio Berlusconi’s accountant as part of a plot to extort 35 million euros (£28 million) from the former prime minister

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/silvio-berlusconi/9688323/Silvio-Berlusconis-accountant-taken-hostage-in-35-million-euro-extortion-attempt.html

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    For once I agree with Russia.
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    Russia squares off against US in UN deadlock over Gaza

    Russia has accused the United States of blocking a bid by the UN Security Council to condemn the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and said other council members were filibustering the issue.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9689542/Russia-squares-off-against-US-in-UN-deadlock-over-Gaza.html

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    US home sales rise as figures suggest modest recovery is under way

    Sales pace roughly 11% higher than a year ago, but still lower than annual sales rate of 5.5m that suggests healthy market

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/19/us-home-sales-modest-recovery

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    Grover Norquist’s rear-guard action on taxes
    By Dana Milbank

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-grover-norquists-rear-guard-action-on-taxes/2012/11/19/33f5d48a-3298-11e2-9cfa-e41bac906cc9_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinio

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    Californian men charged with plot to join al-Qaida

    Four men arrested for planning to bomb US government facilities and engage in ‘violent jihad’, federal officials claim

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/20/california-men-plot-al-qaida

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    Petroglyph thieves grab and deface California carvings

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20404856

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    Saddam Hussein underpants photos defended by News Corp

    Rupert Murdoch’s company stands by decision to publish pictures in 2005, despite claims of payments made to US troops

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/19/saddam-hussein-underpants-news-corp

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    Gaza conflict: ceasefire talks intensify -- live updates

    LIVE• Clinton and Ban Ki-Moon to travel to Israel
    • Israeli aircraft hit Hamas bank
    • Hezbollah urges Arab states to send arms to Hamas
    • UK poised to grant Syrian opposition group recognition

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/nov/20/gaza-conflict-ceasefire-talks-live

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    Syria Islamist fighters in Aleppo reject new opposition

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20404175

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    Egypt: The legacy of Mohammed Mahmoud Street

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20395260

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    Gaza ceasefire efforts stepped up
    Live Text

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20405530

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    Gaza ceasefire efforts stepped up

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20404589

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    Gaza dispatch: ‘Every house in the country is a target for Israel’

    The day after a devastating air strike killed nine members from one family, the Telegraph’s Phoebe Greenwood watches the youngest members laid to rest.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9688870/Gaza-dispatch-Every-house-in-the-country-is-a-target-for-Israel.html

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    ‘They killed my son. Why? There will be no answer’

    Members of the family which lost four generations in one Israeli attack tell Kim Sengupta of a loss which has left them in despair

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/they-killed-my-son-why-there-will-be-no-answer-8329525.html

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    Obama sends Hillary Clinton to meet with officials in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo

    Secretary of State Clinton headed to Middle East

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/secretary-of-state-clinton-on-way-to-middle-east/2012/11/20/bbc19b1c-32e6-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html?wpisrc=al_national

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    Israeli cabinet discuss Gaza truce

    Western leaders including William Hague have put intense pressure on Israel to immediately hold fire in Gaza, as the death toll from its aerial bombardment passed 100 and the cabinet met overnight to discuss a temporary truce.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/9689232/Israeli-cabinet-discuss-Gaza-truce.html

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    A new Middle East, same old story in Gaza

    Despite revolution in the region, Israel and Hamas are stuck in a cycle of war and politics

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/9688154/A-new-Middle-East-same-old-story-in-Gaza.html

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    DR Congo M23 rebels ‘enter Goma city’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20405739

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    18 killed in Indian bridge stampede

    At least 18 people, including eight children, have been killed, and more than a dozen injured following the collapse of a bridge which triggered a stampede in India.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9688718/18-killed-in-Indian-bridge-stampede.html

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    Pakistan Rimsha blasphemy case dropped

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20405290

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    US opens Afghan talks on long-term troop presence after 2014

    Robert Bales shooting trial puts thorny issue of US troop immunity centre stage, with Hamid Karzai hoping to wring tough concessions

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/19/us-opens-afghan-talks-immunity

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    Chinese poet Li Bifeng jailed for 12 years

    Dissident at centre of international appeal imprisoned on charge of contract fraud, which wife says is groundless

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/19/chinese-poet-li-bifeng-jailed

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    Thousands line streets of Rangoon to hail Barack Obama

    Obama meets Burmese president Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi before speech to 1,300 activists

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/19/obama-visits-burma

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    Obama lauds Burma’s ‘remarkable journey’

    President Barack Obama praised Burma’s “remarkable journey” since it embarked on reforms two years ago, and pledged to do “everything we can to ensure success” if the effort continued.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9688835/Obama-lauds-Burmas-remarkable-journey.html
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    The day I saw 248 girls suffering genital mutilation

    In 2006, while in Indonesia and six months pregnant, Abigail Haworth became one of the few journalists ever to see young girls being ‘circumcised’. Until now she has been unable to tell this shocking story

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/18/female-genital-mutilation-circumcision-indonesia

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    The life and tragic death of Telan Stone aged 11 months -- video

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/nov/19/child-damp-temporary-housing-video

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    ‘Needs must’: family squeezed by coalition cuts and rising food bills

    For the Millars of Mansfield belt tightening increased the temptation to buy cheap ready meals. Then the lethargy set in

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/18/family-finance-squeeze-healthy-eating

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    Solzhenitsyn’s One Day: The book that shook the USSR

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20393894

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    Britain’s cardiac arrest emergency: could you save someone’s life?

    A new advert from the British Heart Foundation highlights the fact that too few people know how to administer CPR. So what should you do if someone collapses in front of you with a cardiac arrest?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/shortcuts/2012/nov/19/cardiac-arrest-save-someones-life

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    If children lose contact with nature they won’t fight for it

    With half of their time spent at screens, the next generation will be poorly equipped to defend the natural world from harm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/19/children-lose-contact-with-nature

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    Domestic violence and disabled women: an abuse of power

    Disabled women are twice as likely to be victims of domestic violence as other women – and it’s harder for them to get help and get away, too

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/19/domestic-violence-disabled-women-abuse

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    In pictures: Life in Kashmir

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20307878

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    Bye bye planet.
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    More than 1,000 new coal plants planned worldwide, figures show

    World Resources Institute identifies 1,200 coal plants in planning across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/20/coal-plants-world-resources-institute

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    Micropayments: Would you pay 20p to read an article?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20395407

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    Chimps and orangutans may experience midlife crises, say scientists

    Study suggests the wellbeing of captive apes declines in middle age then picks up as they approach old age

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/nov/19/chimps-orangutans-midlife-crises

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    World’s most expensive coffee tainted by ‘horrific’ civet abuse

    Asian palm civets are force-fed a debilitating diet of coffee berries to create Kopi Luwak, say animal welfare groups

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/19/civet-coffee-abuse-campaigners

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    People who live in tropics more likely to die seven years earlier

    People living in the tropics are likely to die more than seven years younger than those in other regions, according to the first findings of a new global research project.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9688146/People-who-live-in-tropics-more-likely-to-die-seven-years-earlier.html

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    Day in pictures: 19 November 2012

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20390514

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    24 hours in pictures

    A selection of the best images from around the world

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2012/nov/19/1

    • SallyT says:

      Thank you, Kalima, for all you do for us to keep us informed. Your hard work is much appreciated. Here is to many, many, many, more years!

      • Kalima says:

        Hi Sally, thanks for stopping by and for your good wishes.

        Btw, congrats on your new feature cartoon post every Sunday, it’s a big hit. Well done.

        I would drop by but suffer from double vision, so reading most of the captions in blurred fonts, is almost impossible for me. Sorry about that. :(

        • SallyT says:

          I’m sorry that reading the fonts is difficult for you. I don’t think I can do anything about changing those. I have a heck of a time just getting them posted. I ain’t the sharpest at this computer thing. But, if I could, I sure would so you could enjoy them, too. :(

          • Kalima says:

            Not your fault Sally, I have the same problem everywhere and can’t read the captions in my own newspaper here.

            In case I get caught up, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours for tomorrow.

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, it has been an incredible and monumental three years of Morning Blog, so hard to believe it’s been this long! You’ve contributed so much to our Planet and the lives of so many people by keeping them informed about places in the world they might never have thought about before.

      Congratulations on your three year anniversary for Morning Blog! Thank you for bringing the world to all of us!

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      • Kalima says:

        First of all thank you for the sumptuous looking cake, I’m going to have a piece with my afternoon tea right now.

        Thank you also for your words and deeds of support since we started our adventure. No, it doesn’t seem like three years, and yet it sometimes feels much longer. I look forward to the next three both here doing what I do, and in our friendship. Thank you for being you through all of it. :)

    • AlphaBitch says:

      It’s hard to believe you are only three, Morning Blog. Why, I can’t remember a time when you weren’t part of my life -- forgiving when I was too busy to catch up, informing when I had the time. I celebrate you each and every day with my TWO pink Morning Blog mugs, and sometimes the Blov uses his navy MB mug. But on that, I am right as rain. Never a morning w/o a pink cuppa coffee.

      So Happy Birthday, much beloved feature. And tell that pretty lady who feeds you to us each day how very much we appreciate all that she does. Without her, there would be days when I would feel lost. Simply lost.

      Much love, AB

      • Kalima says:

        Hello AB, look what you’ve made me do. 😳

        I know how hectic life has been for you this year, so whenever you do manage to pop in to say hello, I’m very grateful. There is no time limit here, I’m open 24/7, 365 days a year, so it doesn’t really matter when you read the stories posted here.

        This year there will be no quiz for MB mugs out of respect for George, but I’ll get something going after the New Year’s celebrations, so don’t forget to tune in then. I’ll send you a reminder email just in case.

        I will the tell K what you said, although she always says that she couldn’t do it without all of you there to support her.

        Rest up, take care and hugs from a cold and windy Tokyo morning. Brrrrr!

        We have sewer construction right on our street, the noise and the smell is driving me bonkers.

        • AlphaBitch says:

          Kalima -- smells like Romney, does it now??

          • Kalima says:

            Ello! Ello? Yes, it smells like a rotting, lying loser about to be launched into space for the planet “Oblivion”.

            Actually, it’s making me feel a bit sick. Even the tribes are giving me “funny” looks.

            YAY!! Just got the keys to next door, but too cold to go in yet.

    • SueInCa says:

      My goodness Kalima, you bring a piece of the world to all of us here. Because of you, we can keep up on happenings in other parts of the world, not to mention to your own insights to each post. I may not comment here each time I read it, but I do take advantage of the information you post and share it with others.

      THANK YOU for being so consistent and making sure this column is updated daily and taking the time to search for articles and info we need. I sure would like to win that coffee cup with the travel lid next lol. I use my mug all the time.

      Congratulations on a popular and worthy column

      • Kalima says:

        Sue, many, many thanks for your heartwarming words, and you don’t have to explain about not commenting every time. My Mac was having hiccups and came back from the Apple shop yesterday, so as much as I wanted to comment on your great series about WW2 heroines, I still haven’t got around to it, but will amend that as soon as I get some time here. We are in the process of buying the property next door so that we can expand. It’s been a hectic two weeks and we finalize the contract this morning.

        I’m happy that MB has brought you some information because I think that many things now going on in the world will have a direct or indirect impact wherever we live. Apart from that, I have always had a fascination with other countries, and am happy I have a place to share stories.

        Thanks again Sue, you do a truly wonderful job here with your own posts, and in case I haven’t said it enough lately, thank you for sharing your insights on so many issues we might otherwise not know too much about.

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      WOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!

      Congratulations Kalima on THREE YEARS of the fabulous Morning Blog or as I like to think of it the heart beat of the Planet. Cheers for you dedication and best international roundup on the net.

      • Kalima says:

        WOW K, you have outdone yourself, I couldn’t wish for a better gift to celebrate. Let me thank you now for your constant support you have shown through the years since we started The Planet, it has kept my head above water many times in the past, and continues to be an inspiration to carry on.

        Thank you for the glorious MB mug, now if only I could find a way to grab the handle so I could make myself a bloody cuppa. 😉

        Thanks for the wonderful surprise, I can never get anything to move like that, no matter how I try. 😳

    • choicelady says:

      Oh wow -- Kes triggered the memory cells, and thus may I add MY congrats and thanks for the Morning Blog! You do fantastic work for all of us, and we are very grateful!

      Thank you for your knowledge, perceptions, and hard work. We are richer for your contributions!

      • Kalima says:

        Thank you for your kind words choicelady and it’s always a pleasure bringing stories from around the world that people might otherwise miss. You are always welcome here, and I’ll try to keep the international news up to date, although I’m posting quite a few stories and opinion pieces from the U.S. too this year. Thanks again.

    • kesmarn says:

      HAPPY THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF MORNING BLOG, KALIMA!

      Thanks to you, too, for sticking with your daily round up of world news, day in and day out. I’ve learned so much from MB.

      You’ve been here right through the Great Earthquake/Tsunami, through personal illness and loss, through nail-biting political moments — like the passage of Obamacare — through the debates and a truly breath-taking election night.

      Here’s to many more years of MORNING BLOG! Cheers and a toast of morning champagne. (Which must needs be imaginary — since I am working today.)

      • Kalima says:

        Thank you for your good wishes kes, having you here almost every day has been so rewarding. Knowing that you find something of interest, even more so. Your faithful participation is one of the main reasons that I have carried on even when I’ve felt like having a break or packing it in, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Cheers kes!


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