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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

8 August - iGoogle

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 25:  Federal Reserve Boa...WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 25: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the House Banking Committee February 25, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Bernanke delivered his semiannual monetary policy report to the congress at the hearing. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe's poem "...Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Al Aaraaf" by W. Heath Robinson. From The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, London: George Bell & Sons, 1902. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Collection of W. Heath Robinson's "Railwa...Collection of W. Heath Robinson's "Railway Ribaldry", originally published at the request of the Great Western Railway, which was celebrating its centenary in 1935. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Houses of Parliament are situated within t...The Houses of Parliament are situated within the Palace of Westminster, in London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  Note on the brouhaha on bike helmets via Zemanta related content at bottom : the sidebar has links to posts saying bicycle helmet laws cause both higher incidence of accidents and drastic cut in bike use - not an exercise fitness win at all. Plus the 'quoted' cyclist says ... I was MIS-quoted. Shocker. Not.


 Disaster delayed : Greece, Europe and your investments

Financial markets have become less willing to give the political leadership the benefit of the doubt. While new policy announcements continue to drive short term relief rallies on global markets, their impact is become more and more limited, with investors rapidly recognising the shortfalls of the policy prescriptions served up so far.
As a result, it's likely that this mismatch between the expectations of financial markets and the solutions that politicians are willing to deliver will see volatility continue for some time, with more uncertainty for investors around the world, including Australia.

$9 trillion reasons the market is smiling
$9 trillion reasons the market is smiling Global monetary policy is still easing and the combined balance sheet of the four major …
Europe races towards a debt-day decision
Europe races towards a debt-day decision As the eurozone debt crisis worsened overnight, Paris and Berlin were able to agree on …
Investing in cash: 10 things you should know
Investing in cash: 10 things you should know From cash flow to cash management accounts we look at the 10 things you should know …
Islamic investments in Australia
Islamic investments in Australia While Islamic or Sharia financing has been available in Australia for some time, …
Swan song for the RBA Rare earths and why they matter
Savers should act fast to lock in high rates Leveraging retail's online solution
Limping towards a carbon tax finish line Market update on the Eurozone
A mining tax only W. Heath Robinson could love

Taiwan cemetery 'threatens leopard cats'  
Grey whale baby boom noted in Alaska
Credit card rules change
NSW to pay for 'repugnant' jailing
Man ignites home by microwaving socks

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who do political activism as well

Pedal on Parliament 28/04/2012
Pedal on Parliament 28/04/2012Safer cycling and cities fit for people is an important issue for Scotland. Pedal on Parliament will be gathering cyclists (and anyone who wants to join them) from across the nation to cycle on Holyrood to tell our politicians that cycling matters. In February, up to 2000 cyclists gathered in London to cycle on the Westminster Parliament in support of safer cycling and cities fit for people. On April 28th, to coincide with a follow-up ride in London, Pedal on Parliament will be gathering cyclists from across the nation to cycle on Holyrood to tell our politicians that cycling matters.

Read more for more information.

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Western Farm Press
As part of President Obama's 'all-of-the-above' strategy to responsibly develop America's domestic energy resources, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Defense are teaming up to strengthen the nation's energy security and reduce ...
The program is part of a Department of Defense initiative to meet at least 25% of energy demand on its bases from renewable sources by 2025. The military is also aiming its bases to become “net zero” consumers of electricity – generating more power ...
LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says renewable energy will remain a key part of the country's energy policy despite reports of government infighting. Clegg, appearing Monday at an energy conference in London, declared ...
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Party for Socialism and Liberation
The central lesson of ecology is that everything is connected to everything else, meaning that human activities interact with nature in sometimes problematic ways. Thus, evidence accumulating this summer of powerful and accelerating changes in the ...
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The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on the City of DuPont's recently updated shoreline master program. The proposed updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development in DuPont's 3.54 miles of ...
Luanda — The Minister of Environment, F├ítima Jardim, left this Wednesday for the central Huambo province, where she is inaugurating the Tropical Ecology and Climate Changes Centre (CETAC). According to a press note that reached Angop, the Tropical ...
Working with an international team of ecologists, lead author and PhD student Charlotte Walters from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) selected 1350 calls of 34 different European bat species from EchoBank, a global echolocation library of more ...
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The project is part of the company's $1.1 million investment in the Nature Conservancy, designed to benefit five Texas watersheds — including Nash Prairie outside of Houston — from which its bottling plants draw water. The money will go toward ...
New York Post
LONDON — The ball ricocheted hard off the crossbar, high into the out-of-bounds water, and all at once you could hear the relieved sighs and bitter gasps of 5000 people inside the Water Polo Arena, and then the inevitable chants of “U! S! A!” There ...
The Yugoslav school of water polo is renowned for its physicality in what is already a particularly grueling contact sport where players wrestle against each other for position, in an underwater struggle which is not seen by the referees. "We prefer to ...
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Assad forces claim Aleppo advance
Syrian state media say government forces have taken full control of a strategic district in the biggest city, Aleppo - a claim denied by the rebels.  
Egypt officials sacked over Sinai 
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    Researchers from Israel say clay mysterious clay artefacts from the Neolithic are the earliest known "matches".
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    Martin Fleischmann, the Czech-born chemist who claimed to have achieved "cold fusion" - a claim later discredited - is reported to have died.
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    Nasa uses one of its satellites to image the Curiosity rover on Mars, including all the components of the vehicle's discarded landing system.
  • Europe split over waste disposal
    Some countries in southern and eastern Europe are falling well below European targets for waste management, an EU report concludes.
  • Website warned over MMR claims
    A website offering parents advice on vaccines has been ordered to remove information about the MMR jab after claiming it could be linked to autism.
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    Schmallenberg virus is present in the UK this summer and could spread throughout the country, scientists say.
Blog of Rights - ACLU
Ernesto makes landfall in Mexico
Ernesto slammed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early today, whipping the region with heavy rain and 80 mph winds before weakening to a tropical...  
Antarctica medical rescue under way 
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Carbon Farmers of ustralia
( Beats me. Is there sanity in destroying natural fertilizer ? However, extracting an energy source from manure is no different than doing it from human waste as is done in treatment plants. And whether or not you believe the AGW bumpf,  it should continue as an  attractive energy option....which kills stink around piggeries. Heck, it should even generate 'carbon credits'. )
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Egypt launches Sinai air strikes
Military officials say helicopters fired missiles and killed 20 'terrorists' after latest attacks on security checkpointsEgyptian military attack...  
Bo Xilai's son submits witness statement 
Inside Facebook
Steve Munro
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 News 24
Tough economy bites McDonald's profits
McDonald's Corp says a key revenue figure came in flat in July as diners pulled back amid a tough economy.  
Eskom struggling to restore Free State power 
Obama Conspiracy Theories
Open Channel
How an EPA project backfired, endangering drinking water with lead
By Sheila Kaplan and Corbin HiarInvestigative Reporting Workshop, American UniversityMillions of Americans may be drinking water that is...  
China has its own subprime investments: Meet 'Golden Elephant No. 38' 
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Iran, South Korea close to deal to resume crude exports
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Revenue of Turkmen state budget executed at 125.6 percent 
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White House
A Witchy Life
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A major collapse in the Alzheimer's drug world generated buzz around the pharma industry about what comes next. Eli Lilly ($LLY), of course, stands alone with a late-stage drug for slowing progression of the memory-thieving illness, now that Pfizer and ...
The health-care overhaul provides a safety net for young adult children, who can now stay on their parents' health plans until they reach age 26. But it doesn't guarantee that their parents' plan will cover a common medical condition that many young ...
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