November 23rd, 2010

The New Romans- How Far To Go For Gold?

The article is old, but I thought it would be interesting to discuss, although it is rather long. The pictures at the source are stunning, but then again, Transylvania is rather stunning. :)

Another note, is that this article is precisely why we must always pay attention to sources. This article is from a Canadian publication from the business section, which explains some of their more problematic sentencing. Calling the Romanian media "annoying", for example, and all the Dracula references I could do without, to be quite honest.

The Globe And Mail
Eric Reguly

Estera Szekely is miserable.

Sturdily built, wearing a pretty blue and yellow dress and her hair gathered in a tight bun, she has spent her entire 60 years here in Rosia Montana, a tattered Transylvanian mountain village that hasn’t seen any wealth since the local gold mines shut down. For the past 33 years, she has lived in a large, yellow stucco house on the village’s main square, where she and her husband, Oliver, a carpenter, raised three sons.

Families in Rosia Montana are divided over plans by Canadian miner Gabriel Resources to develop Europe's biggest gold mine around their village.Estera Szekely refuses to be expropriated, but her brother and daughter-in-law support the mine. 'It was a happy village. But now it's hard to speak openly about whether you are for or against this project,' she says.

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North Korea shells South Korean island

SEOUL | Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:51am EST

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by the South, Seoul's military and media reports said.

A witness said residents of the island of Yeonpyeong, off the west coast of the peninsula near a disputed maritime border, had been evacuated.

Yonhap news agency said four South Korean soldiers had been wounded in the shelling, the biggest attack in years.

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source: Reuters

Here is the Spanish site where I first saw this story.

CNN International: Report: N. Korea fires on S. Korea, injuring at least 4

AP: South Korea: North Korea fires artillery onto island

ETA 1:50am CST: CNN now has video at the above link; reports 1 dead and 15 injured
Murasaki Shikibu
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Harvard alums? Clearly gang-bangers.

Club Mistakes Black Harvard Crowd For "Local Gangbangers"

A party for black Harvard and Yale alums at a Boston club this weekend was shut down just after 11pm. Why? The club owner was concerned that a long line of black people outside would make the club look bad.

A group of recent graduates had sold tickets in advance for a party at a new Boston club, Cure, to follow Saturday's Harvard-Yale game. By 10:30pm, though, club management freaked out and claimed it had seen "local gang bangers" around, despite the strict guest-list policy implemented by organizers. At first they demanded that guests show student ID — not exactly practical given the fact that it was a party aimed at alums — and then eventually shut down the entire club.

"We were perceived as a threat because of our skin color," wrote one organizer, Michael Beal, in the email below. "I am further dismayed that after having spent the last few hours with the club owner, I do not believe him to be a racist; which only adds to my consternation around what this event says about race relations in our country."

It echoed a firestorm three years ago, on the other side of the Charles River. In May 2007, called by other students, Harvard University Police asked students at a gathering of black Harvard student organizations on a campus green to show ID. That sparked an independent review and a police restructuring.

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Edit - And the club's Facebook Wall is just starting to get hit.
Pride & Prejudice

For white Americans, things aren't what they used to be

Economic decline. Loss of superpower status. Those traditionally privileged are focusing on Obama, but it's not all about race.

Pity George Bush. Scanning eight years of calamity for the lowest point in his presidency could not have been easy. Among the top contenders: Abu Ghraib; failing to act on threats of an al-Qaida attack before 9/11 or find WMD in Iraq; helping to collapse the economy; being forced to withdraw a supreme court judge choice; and failing on immigration reform.

But no. According to his recent memoir, the nadir came when Kanye West, a black singer, accused him of racial neglect in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. West said: "America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well off as slow as possible … George Bush doesn't care about black people."

Given what was happening at that time, this hardly seemed outrageous. With bodies floating in the street and people stranded on highways, Bush's director of the Federal Emergency management Agency, Michael Brown, said of the mostly black crowd that had gathered at the convention centre: "We're seeing people that we didn't know exist."

But for Bush, West's remarks went beyond the pale. In an interview this month, he said: "It's one thing to say, 'I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business.' It's another thing to say, 'This man's a racist.' I resent it. It's not true."

There are many issues relating to Bush's pique, but let's just concentrate on two. First, his umbrage at an accusation that had not been made. West did not call him "a racist". To accuse someone of not caring about something is not the same thing as accusing them of discriminating against it. West has a good command of the English language. Had he wanted to call Bush a racist he could have. Bush's inference was by no means absurd; but it was his to make.

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This is a witty Space Ghost reference.

‘Police! Step Away From the Chess Table’

Wherever you find yourself in the city, there is probably an outdoor chess table nearby. According to the parks department, there are more than 2,000 public chess or checkers tables spread among 536 parks, offering the perfect spot to sacrifice a queen or promote a pawn.

Unless, apparently, the chess tables are in a playground.

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NYT City Room
Jack Harkness loves hot lesbian sex.

Charlie Brooker and the Stupid Tory Prat

You've never had it so good, says Lord Young. By accident. Before promptly stepping down.
Just when Kate and Wills had made us forgot about the economy, Lord Young had to come along and spoil it all. But there must be other distractions...

Gah. And the distraction was all going so well. We were so delighted by news of the royal engagement, we'd stopped worrying. Yeah, we had. Don't know about you, but I was so overcome I had to spend 48 hours standing at my window, beaming at passers-by, waving a union flag and cooing with delight, like a pigeon opening a well-chosen Christmas present.

And, like all of us, I needed cheering up. It's been grim out there of late. We've had months of scary headlines about looming cuts – many of which were so alarming they may as well have been printed in a drippy-blood "horror" font over a photo of a raven perched atop a skull. Then there was the riot. You know, the massive student riot whose central message – strongly voiced concern about tuition fees – rather got lost amid the coverage that treated the smashing of a few windows and a dash of idiotic fire extinguisher- lobbing as if it was a full-blown uprising replete with cackling mobs and heads on poles.

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Sauce is free.

Dear sweet chocolate cookies, I love Charlie Brooker.
SPN: ♥

Franken pushes for federal anti-bullying measures

Sen. Al Franken urged Congress to pass strong anti-bullying protections for LGBT students at a press conference on Thursday. Franken is the author of the Student Non-Discrimination Act which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing school civil rights laws. Franken was joined by Tammy Aaberg whose son Justin took his own life in July.

“Right now not all LGBT kids are getting a fair shake at a public school education and that’s because most LGBT kids are bullied. Sometimes these kids do the unthinkable and tragically take their own lives,” said Franken. “We are failing our kids by sending them to schools where they don’t feel safe. That’s why I’ve sponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the senate. This bill would give LGBT kids the same civil rights protections against harassment and bullying as other kids that applies to other students on the basis of race, sex, religion disability and national origin.”

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Two people I've never met are getting married so I get an extra day off \o/

Royal wedding set for Westminster Abbey on 29 April

Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on Friday 29 April at Westminster Abbey, Clarence House has announced.

The couple, both 28, met at St Andrews University, Fife, and got engaged while on holiday in Kenya in October.

William proposed to Kate with his mother Diana's diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

Prime Minister David Cameron said it would be "a happy and momentous occasion" and would be marked by a public holiday.

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BBC Source


Day off \o/ Though cos of Devolution it's yet to be announced whether the Scottish Government will give Scots a day off as well or not.
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Ann Widdicombe speaking at fundraiser for anti-abortion group

Ann Widdecombe to speak at fundraiser for anti-abortion group

Former Conservative MP and Strictly Come Dancing contestant will talk about the challenges facing the anti-abortion movement

The former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe is to speak at the first fundraising dinner organised by Britain's leading anti-abortion group this month. Widdecombe is enjoying newfound popularity from her Saturday night appearances on Strictly Come Dancing. She will use the Right to Life event to talk about the challenges facing the anti-abortion movement in Europe.

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I know this is Old (written a few weeks ago), but Ann Widdicombe has been in the news a lot here because of Strictly Come Dancing and I felt it was topical. It's also about an event being held in two days' time. Pretty disturbed by news of protests outside a clinic in the UK too. As far as I knew that kind of batshittery didn't tend to happen here.
End the occupation
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Israeli satire show goes viral with Angry Bird take on peace talks

A spoof aired by satirical Israeli television show Eretz Nehederet ("It's a Wonderful Country") mocking Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has reached over 100,000 views on YouTube.

In the skit, the negotiating sides are portrayed by characters from the popular video game Angry Birds, released on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.

Eretz Nehederet is one of Israel's most watched and influential TV shows, recently finished its 8th season.

The show features satirical references to current events in Israel, and enjoys huge popularity among Israeli viewers.


I personally dont really like the show, but im addicted to the game. please dont poop on my parade.
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Phoebe Prince's Anguished Father Reveals Struggle to Forgive Bullies

In his first TV interview since his 15-year-old daughter's suicide last January, Phoebe Prince's heartbroken father has spoken of his unthinkable grief – and his surprising sympathy for her alleged tormentors.

"It's hard enough to believe it's happened," Jeremy Prince, 66, says in a new Irish documentary, The Trials of Phoebe Prince. "You keep waking up and thinking it's a dream."

He adds: "I mean, to go from the last time I'd seen Phoebe, and getting a great big hug before I left and a 'Daddy, I love you,' to seeing her riding in a coffin."

Prince choked back tears as he looked at family photos, including a touching shot of him and Phoebe in a tender embrace and another of the family from last Christmas, weeks before her death.

"She loved writing. She loved the seaside. She loved talking, nonstop and very often," he says.
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Corporate Profits Hit New Record, U.S. Workers Still Struggling

American businesses earned profits at an annual rate of $1.66 trillion in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday. That is the highest figure recorded since the government began keeping track over 60 years ago, at least in nominal or non-inflation-adjusted terms.

Happy days are back! During the summer months, corporations logged their biggest profits since the government started counting way back in the age of Elvis, and the economy expanded at a slightly faster pace than previously thought. Surely, when Caterpillar and Morgan Stanley are swimming in lucre, life must be getting more wonderful for everyone.

Alas, no. Word that American businesses sucked in profits at an annualized pace of $1.66 trillion between July and September is certainly better than the alternative. Ditto, the wholly expected news that the economy grew faster than an initially reported 2 percent annual rate, reaching a still modest 2.5 percent. But none of this has translated into the sort of job growth that will be required to cut into an unemployment rate stuck at 9.6 percent. Worse, there is little reason to suspect it will anytime soon.

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The trickle-down should start any day now~
Yellow boxes made of ticky-tacky.

A virtual hideout for subway flashers

A video of a woman confronting her harasser is making the rounds, thanks in part to a website for "exhibitionists"

I've spent a lot of time investigating the darkest, dankest corners of the Web, and yet the troglodytes of the online world never cease to amaze me. Case in point: A YouTube cellphone video is making the rounds today of a woman fearlessly confronting a flasher on a New York City subway car. She tosses out expletives, sassy gesticulations and this choice line: "My plans are done for the night. I'm escorting you to the police station. Oh yes. Oh, fucking yes." Curious about the traffic this winner of a video (which you will find below) was getting, I clicked over to YouTube and found that one of the top referrals comes from Naturally, I couldn't help peeking under that virtual rock and watching all the creepy crawlies slithering about.

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