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Monthly Archives: November 2012
Krauthammer On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: “Republicans Ought To Simply Walk Away” -Link Shared from Drudge Report for Android
Council will investigate why children were removed from Rotherham foster family who were Ukip members after Michael Gove and Ed Miliband weigh in to row
A council that removed three children from the care of foster parents who are members of Ukip is to hold an investigation into the decision, it said today.
Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, announced the investigation after the Labour-run authority came under mounting condemnation from political leaders including Education Secretary Michael Gove and Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The three youngsters – European migrants – were happy with the couple and there was no question mark over the care they were providing.
Why was there war in Gaza?By Charles Krauthammer, Published: NOVEMBER 22, 7:53 Why was there an Israel-Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media. What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving nothing and no one behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gaza’s economy — only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over. Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international frontier, meaning that it renounced any claim to the territory and considered it an independent entity. In effect, Israel had created the first Palestinian state ever, something never granted by fellow Muslims — neither the Ottoman Turks nor the Egyptians who brutally occupied Gaza for two decades before being driven out by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel wanted nothing more than to live in peace with this independent Palestinian entity. After all, the world had incessantly demanded that Israel give up land for peace. It gave the land. It got no peace. The Gaza Palestinians did not reciprocate. They voted in Hamas, who then took over in a military putsch and turned the newly freed Palestine into an armed camp from which to war against Israel. It has been war ever since. Interrupted by the occasional truce, to be sure. But for Hamas a truce — hudna — is simply a tactic for building strength for the next round. It is never meant to be enduring, never meant to offer peace. But why, given that there is no occupation of Gaza anymore? Because Hamas considers all of Israel occupied, illegitimate, a cancer, a crime against humanity, to quote the leaders of Iran , Hamas’s chief patron and arms supplier. Hamas’s objective, openly declared, is to “liberate” — i.e., destroy — Tel Aviv and the rest of pre-1967 Israel. Indeed, it is Hamas’s raison d’etre. Hamas first killed Jews with campaigns of suicide bombings. After Israel built a nearly impenetrable fence, it went to rockets fired indiscriminately at civilians in populated areas. What did Hamas hope to gain from this latest round of fighting, which it started with a barrage of about 150 rockets into Israel? To formally translate Hamas’s recent strategic gains into a new, more favorable status quo with Israel. It works like this: Hamas’s new strength comes from two sources. First, its new rocketry, especially the Fajr-5, smuggled in from Iran, that can now reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, putting 50 percent of Israel’s population under its guns. Second, Hamas has gained strategic strength from changes in the regional environment. It has acquired the patronage and protection of important Middle Eastern states as a result of the Arab Spring and the Islamist reversal in Turkey. For 60 years, non-Arab Turkey had been a reliable ally of Israel. The vicious turnaround instituted by its Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached its apogee on Monday when he called Israel a terrorist state. Egypt is now run by Hamas’s own mother organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is simply the Palestinian wing. And the emir of Qatar recently visited Gaza, leaving behind a promise of a cool $400 million. Hamas’s objective was to guarantee no further attacks on its leaders or on its weaponry, launch sites and other terror and rocket infrastructure. And the lifting of Israel’s military blockade, which would allow a flood of new and even more deadly weapons. In other words, immunity and inviolability during which time Hamas could build unmolested its arsenal of missiles — until it is ready to restart the war on more favorable terms. Yet another hudna, this one brokered and guaranteed by Egypt and Turkey, regional powers Israel has to be careful not to offend. A respite for rebuilding, until Hamas’s Gaza becomes Hezbollah South, counterpart to the terror group to Israel’s north, with 50,000 Iranian- and Syrian-supplied rockets that effectively deter any Israeli preemptive attack. With the declaration of a cease-fire Wednesday, Israel seems to have successfully resisted these demands, although there may be some cosmetic changes to the embargo. Which means that in any future fighting, Israel will retain the upper hand. Israel has once again succeeded in defending itself. But, yet again, only until the next round, which, as the night follows the day, will come. Hamas will see to that. firstname.lastname@example.org http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-why-was-there-war-in-gaza/2012/11/22/c77582e8-3412-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html
Sesame Workshop: Elmo Actor Kevin Clash Resigns Amid Sex Allegation
November 20, 2012 11:23 AM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Sesame Workshop says Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigned, calling sex allegations “distraction.”
Last week, Sesame Workshop – which produces “Sesame Street” – announced that Clash was taking a leave of absence from the popular kids’ show following allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy, a charge Clash denied.
The accuser, now 23, recanted his claims a day later and said through an attorney that his sexual relationship with Clash was adult and consensual.
However, a lawsuit by a second accuser was filed Tuesday, according to attorney Cecil Singleton.
Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash’s personal life “a distraction that none of us want” and that Clash ”has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job.”
“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential,” the company said in a statement. ”Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization.”
Sesame Workshop called Clash’s resignation “a sad day for Sesame Street.”
Clash, 52, has been with “Sesame Street” since 1983. He has voiced and puppeteered Elmo since 1985
Two More Stimulus-Backed Solar Companies Announce Layoffs
November 16, 2012 at 10:03 am
A pair of foreign-owned solar companies that benefited from a combined $84 million in Energy Department tax credits have announced they will lay off employees.
One of the companies, German-owned SolarWorld, was integral in the fight for tariffs against the importation of Chinese photovoltaic solar panels. The other, Chinese company SunTech, blamed those tariffs for its own layoffs.
Both companies benefited from the Energy Department’s stimulus-funded Advanced Energy Manufacturing (48C) Tax Credit. The 48C credit is worth up to 30% of the cost of manufacturing qualifying green energy projects.
Both companies announced this week that they will shed some employees. SolarWorld, which announced a 47% revenue decline in the third quarter, blamed a potential 37 layoffs at its Oregon plant on “illegal” Chinese trade practices.
SunTech said the U.S. International Trade Commission’s 35.95% tariff on Chinese solar panels was partially responsible for the 50 impending layoffs at its Arizona production facilities.
While heavy Chinese subsidies do reduce the cost of solar panels from that country, Heritage’s Derek Scissors warned against replicating those policies in testimonybefore the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in June.
“The U.S. boasts a far better energy and environmental record than China,” Scissors explained, “and moving in China’s direction would be very risky.”
SunTech and SolarWorld are the latest additions to a long list of taxpayer-backed green energy companies that have gone bankrupt, laid off workers, or otherwise hit dire financial straits.
- SolarWorld lays off up to 37 in Hillsboro, saying tariffs have yet to provide relief (oregonlive.com)
- Local officials lay blame for Suntech layoffs in Goodyear on bad federal policy (bizjournals.com)
- U.S. trade commission makes SolarWorld’s tariffs on China final (oregonlive.com)
‘Bomb’ doctor busted
By JOSH MARGOLIN and TIM PERONE
Last Updated: 4:26 AM, November 18, 2012
A New Jersey doctor who was with Occupy Wall Street protesters last year at Zuccotti Park was arrested and charged with possessing “bomb-making” chemicals and assault rifles in his home, sources said.
Roberto Rivera, 60, had a huge stash of a chemicals used for making bombs in his Ridgewood home, the sources said.
The FBI and local authorities raided Rivera’s house on Union Street on Friday and also discovered several assault rifles and a stun gun, the sources said.
Ridgewood police were first called to the home after getting a tip that potentially hazardous materials might be at the residence.
It was not clear what chemicals Rivera allegedly possessed or what he planned to do with them.
“It doesn’t appear he had a plan,” a source told The Post, adding that investigators were still trying to determine if Rivera had any accomplices.
But authorities were concerned about the chemicals and moved quickly to clear the home after discovering the stockpile, the sources said.
“It’s unusual for a guy who’s 60 years old to have all of this,” a source said.
Rivera, who is licensed to practice medicine in New York and has another home in Yonkers, was vocal in his support of the Occupy movement.
“I’m glad that at last the youth of America is able to stand on two feet and take a position that millions of people around the world have taken that they will not be intimidated by the capitalist free-market paradigm and they will fight against gross inequality in distribution of income and assets,” Rivera told Bloomberg News in October 2011.
Rivera also told the Tribeca Trib that he was a volunteer medic who walked around Zuccotti providing medical aid to those in need.
He was hit with several charges, including possession of a destructive device.
He is being held in Bergen County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Neighbors in Ridgewood said Rivera, who lives there with his girlfriend, had a combative personality and would cut people off while riding his bike around town.
“He just sneered at me,” said Elizabeth Western.
“He’s just one of those guys who just goes against everything.”
Additional reporting by Kenneth Garger
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Now why didn’t FoxNews (articl below) report this bit of info on the dr.?
Doctor’s home had bomb-making chemicals, New Jersey official says
Published November 17, 2012
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Prosecutors say large amounts of chemicals commonly used for making bombs and explosive devices have been found at the home of an unemployed northern New Jersey doctor.
Sixty-year-old Roberto Rivera, of Ridgewood, faces several charges, including possession of a destructive device and recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury. His bail was set at $1 million cash. It wasn’t known Saturday if he had retained a lawyer.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says investigators also found several assault rifles and other weapons when they searched Rivera’s home Friday night. Ridgewood police had initially responded to the home after receiving a report that potentially hazardous materials might be at the residence.
Prosecutors say Rivera is unemployed but has a license to practice medicine in New York.
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France: Rebellion of the CEOs
Published November 17, 2012
Nov. 13, 2012: French President Francois Hollande addresses reporters during a press conference held at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AP/POOL Reuters)
You know a European country is in trouble when its business leaders complain about government spending and taxes. You know it’s seriously in trouble when it happens in France, whose business elites are more left-wing than the left.
Nearly 100 French CEOs, among them the heads of Accor, the hotel chain, Air France, Carrefour, L´Oréal, Peugot, Siemens, SociétéGénerale and Veolia, the giant waste and water utility, are urging socialist President Francois Hollande to reduce government spending by 60 billion euros (about $76 billion) over the next five years, and reduce payroll taxes by 30 billion euros over the next two years. The cost of government, they say, has reached “the limits of what is bearable.”
They also are asking Hollande to undo the suffocating regulations that have made research and development too costly, that unrealistically limit carbon emissions, and have curtailed development of shale gas in France.
They are right, of course.
Government spending now amounts to 56 percent of GDP in France, more than double what it is in the United States. To pay for this profligacy, the government’s 2013 budget proposes taxing top earners at a 75 percent rate and those earning more than 150,000 euros, or about $191,000 per year, at 45 percent. Other taxes also are going up (on dividend income and certain capital gains, for instance). All of which has pushed France’s wealth and jobs creators – its business leaders – to the point of desperation.
Some are even voting with their feet. Bernard Arnault, head of the luxury brand LVHM (Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy) and the country’s richest man, is seeking a Belgian passport. In response to critics, he claims he’ll continue to pay taxes in France, but it’s obvious that he’ll eventually move across the border.
What we are seeing in France, as elsewhere in Europe, is the collapse of the welfare state.
President Hollande thinks the solution to his country’s severe deficits, huge debt, loss of competitiveness and economic stagnation, is more tax revenue, more financial stimulus, and more government generally …. you know the drill. But France’s fiscal problems, like our own, are a symptom of too much, not too little, government.
The complaining business executives have no one to blame but themselves. For decades, the business elite supported the welfare state unflinchingly. Record levels of government spending were possible because the government gave incentives to banks so they would buy the government bonds that sustained the spending. Spending would not have doubled in France in the last two decades were it not for the complicity of the elites.
Those elites have finally panicked – and rightly so. They realize this cannot go on. They can see that their businesses are becoming less competitive by the day (with a few notable exceptions) and that the government has created an environment in which every effort to modernize and innovate meets entrenched resistance.
France has been spared the havoc we are seeing in Greece and Spain only because those countries are doing worse.
But the correct way to measure France is to compare it to Germany, not to Greece or Spain. In 2000, France’s exports amounted to 55 percent of Germany’s exports. Today the figure is 40 percent.
The reason for this is not difficult to ascertain: The cost of government-mandated benefits –a major complaint of the CEOs – amounts to more than 50 euros for every 100 euros paid in salaries, almost twice as much as in Germany.
France’s decline mirrors that of Europe as a whole. Every decade since the 1970s the economic performance of the 27 countries that make up the European Union has deteriorated. In the 1970s, economic growth averaged 3.1 percent. In the 1980s the figure was 2.5 percent. In the 1990s it was 2.1 percent and in the last decade, 1.4 percent.
Obviously these averages don’t tell the whole story—some countries have done better than others. But the bulk of Europe has let the parasitical welfare state devour its social and economic energy. The results are what we see.
If change is going to come, it will come because some of the enablers in the business community have begun to realize that the system leads inexorably to collapse. There is no longer enough to go around for all the parties involved.
The business elites are now reacting. The big questions are: Is it too late? And will U.S. business elites wake up as well?