Sunday Reads: Quakes and QuacksPosted: December 11, 2011
Not realizing just how late it was last night…I put off writing this morning’s post…until this morning. So some of these links are going to be real fresh.
The “quacks” were on display again last night. We had a live blog going here, if you missed it, or you can take a gander at coverage of the debate from a foreign press point of view: GOP presidential debate in Iowa: as it happened | World news | guardian.co.uk
Gingrich “doubled down” on his child labor plan and his belief that poor kids don’t know how to work for a living…funny how all these gambling terms are used to describe the political arena, yet making a $10,000 betting gaffe like Mittens had last night is mocked in the press. (Hey, I’m not defending Mittens here, maybe if he bet 10 bucks instead it would not have been such a blatant expression of Romney’s wealth…and his lack of connection to the real world.)
Anyway, as I was saying, Newt stuck with the crap about poor children not having a strong sense of work ethic, like middle class kids do. Hmmm, lets hear Newt tell that to the sisters of Jorelys Rivera, whose mother was working nights cleaning out chicken guts so that her girls could have a cushy entitled life.
Entitlements were also a big topic last night, of course the quack who brought that up is the same idiot who wanted to bet $10,000 bucks. Uh, Mitt $10,000 is half of what the US Federal Government considers the poverty level for a single person. Yes, $20,147 annual salary is the official amount that is required according to US WIC/SNAP Income Eligibility Guidelines to be able to qualify for government assistance.
Alright, I am going to move on to other news…Strong quake shakes from Mexico City to Acapulco – CBS News
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck in Mexico’s western Guerrero state Saturday night, shaking buildings and causing panic in the nation’s capital and the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Officials said at least three people died, but there were no reports of widespread damage.
The U.S. Geological Service initially estimated the quake at magnitude at 6.8, but downgraded it to 6.7 and then 6.5. A quake of that magnitude is capable of causing severe damage, although the depth of this temblor lessened its impact.
The earthquake originated over 40 miles beneath the earth’s surface, experts say that the damage would have been more extreme had the depth not been as great.
Britain rejected the European accord yesterday: In rejecting Europe pact, Britain is isolated – The Economic Times
When he rejected a new European accord on Friday that would bind the Continent ever closer, Prime Minister David Cameron seemingly sacrificed Britain’s place in Europe to preserve the pre-eminence of the City, London’s financial district. The question now is whether his stance will someday seem justified, even prescient.
Cameron refused to go along with the new European plan of stricter fiscal oversight and discipline hammered out in Brussels this week, in great part because of fears that the City would be strangled by regulations emanating from Brussels. He evidently felt he had little choice, and given the virulence of the anti-Europe sentiment in his own Conservative Party, few were inclined to argue that point.
“I said if I couldn’t get adequate safeguards for Britain in a new European treaty, I wouldn’t agree to it,” Cameron said in a news conference. “What is on offer isn’t in Britain’s interests, so I didn’t agree to it.”
This action brings about a lot of questions about Cameron’s strategy in dealing with European economic crisis.
The summit was “a disaster for the U.K.,” Charles Grant, director of the Center for European Reform, a pro-European research group here, said in a statement. “For more than 50 years, a fundamental principle of Britain’s foreign policy has been to be present when EU bodies take decisions, so that it can influence the outcome.” What should really worry London now, Grant said, is that it no longer has a seat at the negotiating table.
In the past, said Olaf Cramme, director of the Policy Network, a left-leaning research group in London, Britain has never lost a single European vote regarding financial service regulations. But since it has “taken itself out of these preparatory negotiations, even as others move closer together,” he said, it is likely to find it much more difficult to get its way.
It was clear after a marathon session Thursday that Cameron had alienated his Continental counterparts. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, told reporters, “I really don’t believe David Cameron was ever with us at the table.” Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, at one point snubbed Cameron in a hallway, refusing to shake his hand.
Ooof, Sarkozy didn’t give Cameron a hearty handshake? That is one pissed off dude…Let’s see what ripples of criticism this rejection from Britain’s Prime Minister will bring about. Cameron’s veto on Europe pact opens cracks in his coalition – The Washington Post
Prime Minister David Cameron’s rejection of a landmark accord to quell Europe’s debt crisis was generating cracks in his cabinet on Sunday, sparking sharp criticism from the junior partners in his ruling coalition, the Liberal Democrats.Cameron, a Conservative euro-skeptic, on Friday made Britain the only nation among the 27-country European Union to reject a summit pact aimed at shoring up the foundations of the euro through a new treaty spelling out, among other things, binding caps on government spending and borrowing.
“This is bad for Britain,” Clegg said in a lengthy BBC interview on Sunday. “Euro-skeptics should be careful what they wish for.” He added that Britain was now close to becoming a nation “hovering somewhere in the mid Atlantic and not being taken seriously in Europe.”
Here is the latest news out of Iran: Iran Says It Will Not Return Captured U.S. Drone : NPR
Iran will not return a U.S. surveillance drone captured by its armed forces, a senior commander of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard said Sunday.
Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Guard, said in remarks broadcast on state television that the violation of Iran’s airspace by the U.S. drone was a “hostile act” and warned of a “bigger” response. He did not elaborate on what Tehran might do.
“No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country,” Salami said.
Iran’s confidence level has been brought up by the drone’s capture, Iran says EU definitely will not impose oil sanctions | Reuters They point to the EU’s desire not to effect the global crude market…but I wouldn’t be surprised if this drone business makes Iran a little more snotty in their stance against tougher sanctions.
Iran said on Sunday the European Union “definitely” will not impose sanctions on the country’s oil exports as the measure will harm the global crude market, the Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said.
“Our policy is sustainable supply of oil to Europe … Iran is a major oil producer and any sanctions on our oil export will definitely harm the global market,” Qasemi told a news conference.
EU leaders called on Friday for more sanctions against Iran by the end of January, in an effort to increase pressure on Tehran over its disputed nuclear programme.
Heading over to the US, NY Suburb Deals With Latest Notorious Murder Case – ABC News
It’s the largest murder investigation ever on New York’s Long Island — 10 people slain and strewn along a remote beach highway over 15 years, possibly all victims of the same serial killer. But it’s not the first time the New York suburbs have been in the national spotlight for its homicides.
Back in 1974, Ronald DeFeo killed his parents and four siblings in the “Amityville Horror” murders. Colin Ferguson opened fire on a commuter train in 1993, killing six and wounding 19. And this year on Father’s Day, four people were executed in a pharmacy robbery in Medford.
Then there are serial killers Joel Rifkin and Robert Schulman. Most of their victims were prostitutes; 17 for Rifkin and five for Schulman, back in the 1990s.
The so-called Gilgo Beach murder mystery, however, is something altogether different.
Give that article a read, I believe Boston Boomer is planning to write a more detailed updated post on this case…I hope she does because her earlier posts on these murders was truly fascinating. (And heartbreaking…)
You remember that woman who used pepper spray as a shopping accessory? Walmart pepper-spray suspect may sue, attorney says | The Salt Lake Tribune
Elizabeth Macias, the woman who pepper-sprayed fellow shoppers at a Porter Ranch Walmart on Thanksgiving, is considering legal action against the big box store, her attorney said Friday.
Woodland Hills-based attorney Michael Champ believes Walmart failed to provide adequate security to protect his client and her two teenage children.
Macias’ son and daughter were “traumatized” when shoppers attacked them on Thanksgiving evening as they tried to purchase Xbox game consoles, he said.
“There wasn’t adequate security or protection,” said Champ, who said he is exploring legal options.
Good luck with that…if you were so concerned for your kids safety, then why use it repeatedly throughout the store? Well there is always the surveillance tapes to check out Macias story.
From Minx’s Missing Link Files: This link covers all sorts of interest, historical, global fashion trends, economics, trade…hey its got everything. East and West: Textiles and Fashion in Eurasia in the Early Modern Period
What is the origin and essence of fashion? This question has engaged scholars of various disciplines over the past decades, most of whom approach this subject with a Western or European focus. This paper argues instead that Asia was also pivotal in the articulation of the fashion system in Europe. The long interaction between these regions of the world initiated profound changes that included the iteration of the early modern fashion system. Silk and later printed cotton textiles are uniquely important in world history as agents of new consumer tastes, and the embodiment of fashion in Europe. Particular attention is given to the process of the Europeanization of Asian textiles, and the consideration of the intellectual, commercial and aesthetic relationship between Europe and Asia, as the European printed industry developed. Fashion was not just created through the adoption and use of Asian goods, but it was also shaped by a culture in which print was central; and it was the printing of information – visual, as well as literate – along with printing as a productive process, which produced a type of fashionability that could be ‘read’.
Easy Like Sunday Morning Link of the Week: This link is to a cool photo gallery of Manjari Sharma’s Elaborate Photos: Hindu Mythology and Iconography – NYTimes.com
“Darshan” is a Sanskrit term meaning sight, in the Hindu sense of beholding a deity and making an immediate spiritual connection. Overwhelmingly in India, Hindu gods and goddesses are rendered in paintings or sculpted from stone and clay.
Manjari Sharma believes that a photograph can spark that same spiritual experience.
Ms. Sharma is currently working on the series “Darshan,” in which she has enlisted three dozen craftsmen and artisans to painstakingly recreate Hindu iconography and mythology with elaborate sets, detailed costumes, Bollywood-level prosthetics and custom props.Roberto Farruggio
“It’s a very serious thing to make something worship-able,” said Ms. Sharma, 31, who is based in Brooklyn.
Enjoy that link, Sharma’s photography is something to see…
That is it for me today, sorry about being a bit tardy this morning! Y’all have a wonderful day and be sure to post some links to things you are reading and blogging about this Sunday Morning…