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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 01:15 AM
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And the Beat Goes On... (Part I)
The Beat Goes On throughout Europe, that hopefully will spread around the world.
Dancing to the beat is the left throughout much of Europe, while the right (and the corporate, banking butt kissing faux left) are taking the beating.

The Material is so extensive and joyous, I've broken it up and will continue following and updating

In the UK. We've already been treated to the unwinding of the Unholy Alliance in the British local elections where the Tories and the Poodles...I mean Liberal Dems got crushed.
The Tories lost 12 councils and 403 council seats, while the Lib Dems rolled over and took a kicking, losing 1 of their 7 councils and 329 council seats.
Labour, which is looking less like New Labour and more like Labour added 32 councils and over 800 council seats.
It was such a bad showing that the Tories have continuously to the victory in London by reich wing Boris Johnson in his re-election bid; though it was by a few points less than people predicted. More significantly, the Tories went from the lead Party at 8:6, to the minority losing 2 seats to Labour making the score 8 London Council Seats for Labour and 6 for the Tories.

But happily the bleeding doesn't stop there. The phone hacking scandal is the gift that keeps giving. Last week saw Rebekah Brooks testified and what a lovely testimony it was.
Not only have we learned that former Murdoch lackey Andy Coulson may have seen top-secret material while working as an aide for PM Cameron. Coulson had only a mid-level security clearance.
In a testament to the probable truth of the accusation comes from Coulson and No.10. Coulson said, "I may have seen classified information." and the PM's office offering this, "They is no evidence that he saw anything improper."
(Nothing says definite like 'There is no evidence...')

Britain's Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is the man in the spotlight. Rebekah Brooks produced an e-mail showing that Hunt had sought the company's (News Int'l) advise on how Downing Street should respond to phone hacking scandal.
This was after another e-mail showing that Hunt sought to avoid a public inquiry into phone hacking, had emerged on another day of disclosures about the intimacy between Rupert Murdoch's company and government ministers.

Brooks also revealed that she had indeed had dinner with George Osborn on December 13, 2010, to discuss Oftcom's objections to News Corps purchase of Sky.
Cameron was further embarrassed by Brooks' revelation that Cameron had stopped ending his texts to her with LOL after she informed him that LOL meant Laugh Out Loud, not Lots of Love.

Can this get better?
Well, maybe not. But this one is good too.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has concluded that the treasury did not consider how crucial policies affected woman, the disabled and the poor in their 2010 spending review -- which is a requirement under the law.
They also accused the government of ignoring issues of equality for 'eye catching policies.'
The EHRC further went on to censure the Treasury, saying the cumulative effects of policies on vulnerable groups was not considered in a "meaningful or comprehensive way".

The Alliance of Evil and Grim are breaking the law.
Who would have guessed?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 01:46 AM
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1. Thanks so much for this thread.
The political situation has been a source of sadness for so long that seeing a ray of sunshine is a blessing.

It's too bad they had to bankrupt the world before certain lessions got re-learned.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 02:58 AM
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2. Couple of quick updates on Germany and Greece:
Austerity blow for Merkel in German state election

By Stephen Brown

DUESSELDORF, Germany | Sun May 13, 2012 10:13pm EDT

(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up attacks on her European austerity policies.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/14/us-germany-el...


Greek elections loom after leftist rejects coalition talks

By Lefteris Papadimas and Harry Papachristou

ATHENS | Mon May 14, 2012 3:23am EDT

(Reuters) - Greece's radical leftist leader spurned an invitation from the president for a final round of coalition talks on Monday, all but ensuring a new election that he is poised to win.

<snip>

The anti-bailout vote was divided among small parties but has now rallied behind Tsipras. Polls show he would now place first if the vote is repeated, a prize that comes with a bonus of 50 extra seats in the 300-seat parliament.

<snip>



Again, "radical" thrown in for no apparent reason. Media never seems to be able to say "left" without adding something pejorative. Also, they ludicrously call the center right "liberal" and call Blue Dogs "moderate." And that's the "high class" media. Those who are less "careful" with words will call anyone left of the Koch brothers socialist and communist.



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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 11:02 AM
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3. Kicking because the thread opener is great.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-15-12 09:35 AM
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4. hmmmm....this part reminds me of..
Edited on Tue May-15-12 09:36 AM by KoKo
something that might have gone on here with the Deficit Reduction Team (why they never issued a final report--lack of agreement)but, let the Repugs and Dem Bowles and Repug Simpson give the spin to Faux and CNN and let the Petersen Foundation blab everywhere. Then the Ryan Budget and Tea Party...

This part from your post:

"The Equality and Human Rights Commission has concluded that the treasury did not consider how crucial policies affected woman, the disabled and the poor in their 2010 spending review -- which is a requirement under the law.

They also accused the government of ignoring issues of equality for 'eye catching policies.'
The EHRC further went on to censure the Treasury, saying the cumulative effects of policies on vulnerable groups was not considered in a "meaningful or comprehensive way".


Our ties to GB seem to be very thick policy wise and even with the influence of Murdoch infesting both.
:-(



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