Sunday, January 31, 2010
#39. To: Magician (#14)
I've never seen so much BS in my life.
Those who cannot debate, defame; cannot refute, ridicule. The plain truth about the Israelite origins, the Hebrew roots, of the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples is overwhelming, recognized by a growing number of Jews and British Israelites and Gentiles (as prophesied). Brit Am Israel is a Torah-observant, Jerusalem based organization, that helps restore the identification of the Israelite tribes. However, there is nothing new under the sun: Joseph's brethren were blind to his identity and he stood right before them!
Since you go to a Reform "temple" in a self-imposed exile, failing to follow Judaism to the Jewish homeland of Israel - I'm not surprised this BIBLICAL TRUTH floors you. You undoubtedly still assume Judaism is nothing about race, in complete contradiction to the facts on the ground. Regardless if you remain in denial, these things remain true: The Bible is an ethnocentric book with its focus on the family of Jacob; there are Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Lost Ten Tribes are ethnic peoples, Joseph isn't Jewish, it's the Promised Land of ISRAEL (named after an ethnic, tribal, patriarch) with biblical border definitions (which is why even secular Jews were wise enough to reject Uganda), and Israel and Judah are to ultimately become, collectively speaking, One Nation Under God, a truly United Kingdom.
Certainly NONE of the prophecies about becoming a GREAT NATION and a COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS, world powers, breadbaskets of the world, have been fulfilled in little Judah.
Your faithless kind must be who columnist Shmuel Schnitzer lamented as the new Jewish people who are "preparing to deny our [Jewish] rights, both the divine promise and in terms of REFERRING TO THE LAND BY THE NAME OF ITS PEOPLE, "The Land of Israel' -- a land which belongs to the Children of Israel, from then and to eternity...".
Years ago Mr. Schnitzer questioned, in the Israeli newspaper Maariv, “[W]hat kind of Jewish people will this be with no attachment to its land, without all the places of the book of Joshua, the wonderful vistas there, without the intensity of the prophetic vision, without the heritage of our fighters who spilt their blood for the country which was promised them and their descendants?” (Sept. 14, 1994). (excerpt from Do the Jews Belong in the Land of Israel?)
"This reminds us of the case of the American Christian-Zionist David Ben-Ariel, who was imprisoned for allegedly trying to destroy the Dome of the Rock, to make way for the reconstruction of the Jewish Temple. Ben-Ariel repeatedly declared that he was there only to protest, not to destroy the mosque.
Attorney Naftali Wurtzberger, who defended Federman, also represented David Ben-Ariel during his trial in Israeli High Court and Jerusalem's Municipal Court. Ben-Ariel is now free and back in the United States. Yet, the Israeli government determined that Ben-Ariel cannot visit Israel, although he might be eligible to return in 2005. Why not deport the leaders of terrorist groups who are living, apparently with more rights, in Judea, Samaria and Gaza?"
Friday, January 29, 2010
MEPs' vote to increase allowances will take EP budget to £1.3 billion
The front page of the Express reports that MEPs have voted to increase their allowances by £1,300 a month taking their total pay and expenses package to £450,000 a year. The article also reports that during a five-year term of the European Parliament, an MEP can clock-up £1,816,250 in expenses alone, on top of an annual basic salary of £83,282. MEPs from the biggest political groups argue that the extra funds are needed to help them deal with the new powers they have gained under the Lisbon Treaty, especially the need to hire expert staff.
The article also reports that the European Parliament has spent £2.3 million renovating its sports centre, £4.3 million on an "under-used visitor centre", and hundreds of thousands of pounds on 'gas-guzzling cars'. The Telegraph reports that the increase will cost European taxpayers an estimated extra £11.5m and increase the Parliament's budget to £1.3bn this year.
Open Europe Director Mats Persson is quoted in the Express saying, "MEPs already receive more than enough cash so there's no justification for this increase. If they want to be taken seriously by European taxpayers they have to cut back on their lavish habits, particularly as people continue to feel the pinch of the recession." Open Europe's Stephen Booth is quoted in the Telegraph and by The Parliament saying, "The EU institutions are so out of touch with ordinary citizens that the prevailing culture in Brussels seems to be 'who cares, it's only taxpayers' money'".
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Church of England bishops criticise EU for being a sphere for "elites"
Senior Church of England bishops have made an unprecedented attack on the European Union, calling it an undemocratic and secretive bureaucracy that fails to understand the challenges facing the continent, reports the Telegraph. The report, by the House of Bishops Europe Panel, was published yesterday in response to the EU's new 2020 strategy to replace the failed Lisbon Agenda and improve economic competitiveness.
The report says: "The European institutional public sphere is largely a public discourse for elites, it is a sphere in which citizens remain uninvolved. This has in turn contributed to the EU's democratic deficit. The solutions to today's challenges must come from society if they are to meet people's needs. Europe's citizens have to be placed more squarely at the centre of the agenda."
The report adds that with so little interest from voters, there must be plans to increase the "popular credibility of the European project. In this respect efforts must also be made to improving the EU's transparency - particularly its financial and accounting processes - and to reducing bureaucracy by taking subsidiarity seriously."
It adds, "The impact of an ageing population, difficulties related to migration and social inclusion and the need to deal with climate change and energy security will require a reorientation of Europe's economies and societies. All this coupled with the financial crisis and a deep recession has prompted warnings that Europe is facing a 'perfect storm' which can only be addressed through decisive and structural reforms."
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58 think-tanks to receive €6.7 million in EU subsidies
The European Commission will this year pay €6.7 million in subsidies to 58 think-tanks and NGOs which have "an openly pro-integration position", reports EUobserver. The top 10 recipients include the European Movement International, €430,000 and Friends of Europe, €192,000. Only one recipient of funding is critical of the EU institutions - Statewatch, which gets 39% of its budget from the Commission.
Think-tanks including the European Policy Centre, the Centre for European Policy Studies (Ceps) and Notre Europe, who claim to have objectivity all receive EU funding. Notre Europe's Funding Officer Jennifer Hoff is quoted saying, "We are really trying to diversify our funding because we do get criticised for this."
Open Europe's Pieter Cleppe is quoted arguing: "They [the EU] are setting up their own committees claiming that these are independent think tanks when, in fact, they are cheerleaders for the EU. They do not question the EU to the extent they would if they were not being funded by it. That's the whole point of the grants."
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Germany warns of "fatal" eurozone crisis;
EU sends contradictory messages as Barroso signals the bloc will not abandon Greece
The Telegraph reports that German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said yesterday there would be "no bail-outs" for struggling debtors and no move to a "European economic government". However he added, "A few European nations are exhibiting dangerous weaknesses. That could have fatal consequences for all countries in the eurozone". EurActiv notes that 'fatal' has more than one meaning in German and it was not immediately clear whether Brüderle was suggesting there was a threat to the eurozone itself. The interest-rate spread between Greek government bonds and German bonds stood at 405 basis points last night - the highest since the creation of the eurozone.
The FT reports that Greek PM George Papandreou repeated yesterday that he had not and would not seek financing from France, Germany or the EU, adding: "This is an attack on the eurozone by certain other interests, political or financial, and often countries are being used as the weak link, if you like, of the eurozone."
However, other EU leaders yesterday appeared to contradict the comments made by Brüderle and Papandreou. The FT quotes Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso saying, "It's quite clear that economic policies are not just a matter of national concern but European concern". Spanish PM José Luis Zapatero said, "The euro club is a strong club with strong ties and reciprocal support. Let no one be mistaken about that." The paper also cites 'high-level EU officials' saying Greece would, in the last resort, receive emergency support in an operation involving eurozone governments and the Commission.
The FT argues that if any eurozone country is unable to refinance its debt, bridge loans would be extended from other eurozone governments. The Economist's Charlemagne blog notes that 'senior figures' are talking about advancing Greece money from EU structural funds they were due to receive in the next few years, or about loans from government-owned savings institutions, "such as the various Caisses des Dépôts and National Savings funds in the EU."
The blog adds: "In Brussels policy circles, the question asked about a bailout of Greece used to be: are European Union governments willing to do this? Now, I can report, the question among top EU officials has changed to: how do we do this?..One figure said yesterday that heads of government could not wait 'forever' to take decision. That means a decision in the next few months, at most."
The FT reports that UK Chancellor Alistair Darling said that Britain would not be part of any effort to provide a bail-out to Greece, adding: "The euro area has primary responsibility for anything that might be happening. We are not involved in that...It is in the interests of the eurogroup they provide whatever assistance [is required]".
Meanwhile Jane Foley, Research Director at trading company Forex, argues on a Reuters blog: "While EMU offers Greece many political advantages, the question now must be can it afford to stay within EMU? It is no longer benefitting from German-like bond yields and it is suffering the pressure of what is still a very strong exchange rate...The fact is that EMU was always more about politics than economics and it is this reason which will force the grandfathers of EMU to protect their system and bail out Greece."
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New report slams use of biofuels for accelerating destruction of rainforests
The Times cites a new report by the Renewable Fuels Agency, which suggests that using biofuel in vehicles may be accelerating the destruction of rainforests and resulting in higher greenhouse gas emissions than burning pure petrol and diesel. Under the EU's Biofuels Directive, a growing proportion of biofuel must be added to diesel and petrol.
According to the report, companies have been exploiting a loophole to avoid reporting the origin of almost half the biofuel they supplied to filling stations last year. This has resulted in most companies buying palm oil to meet their obligations, which is one of the cheapest, but also potentially the most environmentally damaging fuels.
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Former EU Commissioner calls for greater tax co-ordination by member states
EUobserver reports that former EU Commissioner Mario Monti, who has been commissioned to write a study of the single market by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, has said that greater tax co-ordination between member states should be considered. He said, "No one wants to eradicate completely tax competition", as it "disciplines member states". He added, "Perhaps countries in central and eastern Europe might be able to consider a less aggressive tax policy if they at the same time could provide greater labour into the other member states".
City AM reports that incoming EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier has said he will travel to London after the General Election to meet with hedge fund managers and the alternative investment industry to discuss the EU's proposed Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.
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Die Welt reports that the controversial SWIFT agreement between the EU and the US on sharing bank details may not pass through the European Parliament, which will hold a vote on the agreement on 10 February.
Commission sets its sights on Facebook in revamp of privacy rules
EUobserver reports that the EU is considering introducing new legislation to protect individuals' privacy. Incoming EU Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Vivian Reding said she will start this year with a revision of the 1995 Data Protection Directive, citing Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, regarding concerns about privacy and data issue.
European Voice reports that following Iceland's application to join the EU in July last year, the European Commission has announced that it will present its recommendations to member states on 24 February.
The Irish Times reports that the Irish government is against the introduction of new measures to coordinate eurozone countries' economic policies at the EU level, declaring it wants to avoid "overly burdensome" European monitoring and prefers sticking to the current "open method".
An article in the Economist reports on Poland's good economic climate, noting that it was the only country in the EU to register economic growth last year, at 1.2%, and is now the sixth-biggest economy in Europe.
Axel Weber's bid to become the next head of the ECB has reportedly been dealt a severe blow by German MEP Werner Langen, who has expressed his support for the President of the Bank of Italy, Mario Draghi.
Monsters and Critics
A leader in the Economist argues that European governments must realise that many of the employment policies they espouse in the name of social cohesion "encourage decline, entrench divisions and thus threaten the harmony they pretend to nurture."
The Mail reports that the British Chambers of Commerce has written to Government ministers to protest that businesses struggling to survive can ill afford the major changes to employment law and taxes planned by the Government and the EU, which they argue will cost firms £25billion over the next four years.
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#6. To: beyond the sea (#0)
Argentines are among the world's biggest consumers of red meat, and most people here stubbornly reject the idea of replacing beef with chicken, pork or other meats. Despite Argentina lying along rich South Atlantic fisheries, seafood is rarely seen on dinner tables.
I didn't realize how much beef Argentina produces until I lived in Israel and worked as a volunteer for various kibbutzim (see God-given love for the Jews) in the kitchen (among elsewhere) and saw it stamped on the boxes. Being American, I thought most beef was from our beloved country. Maybe it is, haven't really checked it out.
Our Great Creator God blesses beef, chicken and certain seafood, so Bible-believing Christians and Jews should stubbornly reject any promotion of pork or other unclean foods that definitely aren't good for you, despite what serpents pimp.
Jesus Upheld the Biblical Dietary Laws
Unclean traditional Christianity has misled many with their lack of understanding of the Bible as a whole. They often take Scriptures out of context and totally twist their meanings, like they do when it comes to abusing Matthew 15 and slaughtering it to teach we can now eat anything.
Unclean Christianity vs. Peter's Vision
Unclean traditional Christianity teaches the religious lie that Jesus "did away with" the dietary laws, sinning against both God and man (1 John 2:4; Matt 5:17-20).
Is All Animal Flesh Good Food?
Were all animals made clean? What about the unclean animals shown to Peter in a vision? Here is a straightforward Bible answer, giving the New Testament teaching. This subject is important to your health and well-being!
January 29, 2010
By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
A prominent attorney who has shepherded a number of high-profile legal cases challenging Barack Obama'seligibility to be president has brought a "Quo Warranto" case to district court in Washington, D.C., alleging his allegiances have included Britain, Kenya and Indonesia.
A Quo Warranto action, first recorded some 800 years ago, essentially is a demand to know by what authority a public figure is acting. The case, brought by California attorney Orly Taitz on behalf of herself, was assigned to Chief Judge Royce Lamberth.
Taitz told WND that in a separate action she has filed a notice of appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of the dismissal of a case she brought on behalf of Ambassador Alan Keyes and dozens of other individuals in California challenging Obama's eligibility...
Her filing in Washington asks:
What is Respondent Obama's standard and burden of proof of his birthplace under Quo Warranto and ethical duties? – Considering Obama's first cousin Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya, sealed alleged records of Obama's birth in Mombasa; while the state of Hawaii holds Obama's 'original' sealed birth records, allows registration of births out of state, allows registration based on a statement of one relative only without any corroborating evidence and seals original birth records.
Does the state of Hawaii's withholding Respondent Obama's original birth records by privacy laws breach the U.S. Constitution by obstructing [people who want to] challenge, validate and evaluate qualifications of presidential candidates based on legally acceptable … records.
Does the restrictive qualification for president of 'natural born citizen' over 'citizen' include allegiance to the U.S.A. from birth without any foreign allegiance, as required of the commander in chief in time of war to preserve the Republic, including birth within the jurisdiction of the U.S.A. to parents who both had U.S. citizenship at that birth, and having retained that undivided loyalty?
Does birth to or adoption by a non-citizen father or mother incur foreign allegiance sufficient to negate being a 'natural born citizen' and disqualify a candidate from becoming president?
Other questions relate to a candidate's responsibility to provide documentation of their qualifications under the Constitution's requirements...
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President usurper Obama/Soetoro/Obama, regardless of his proud and stubborn refusal to be transparent (as promised - no change there), paying expensive lawyers hush money to keep his revealing documents in the dark, is not a natural born citizen of two American parents and is therefore not eligible to be POTUS according to the Constitution. It's past time the fraud and foreigner is brought to justice! Emperor Obama has got to go!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
MEPs vote to give themselves more cash;
Tim King: The EP has more money than it knows what to do with
The European Parliament's budgets committee voted yesterday to increase MEPs' monthly allowances for assistants by €1,500 and to hire 150 extra staff which they claim are needed to help them deal with the new powers they have gained with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The move will cost European taxpayers an additional €13.3 million, and increase the Parliament's budget to €1.6 billion this year. The committee could not agree on where to make compensatory savings in other areas of the Parliament's spending. The increase was opposed only by MEPs from the far-left European United Left (EUL) group, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group and the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group. Miguel Portas, a Portuguese EUL MEP, is quoted saying that increasing the allowance by €1,500 is "absurd".
In a comment piece, the Editor of the European Voice, Tim King, argues, "For 40 years, a near-secret agreement has governed how the three main institutions of the European Union divide up administrative spending...Forty years on, it is obvious to many outside observers that the Parliament has more money than it knows what to do with. Although the Parliament is very fond of climbing into its pulpit to criticise the misuse of EU money when that money is managed by national administrations or the European Commission, it is much less outspoken about the misuse of money under its own palatial (albeit occasionally collapsing) roofs."
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Eurozone under pressure after rumours China turned down Greek debt;
Commission to table plans for new audit powers over governments in weeks
The FT reports that market confidence in Greek government bonds suffered yesterday after speculation that Beijing wasn't interested in increasing its exposure to Greek sovereign debt. Bloomberg quotes Yu Yongding, a former adviser to the Chinese Central Bank, warning against buying up the debt. "Let European governments and the European Central Bank rescue Greece," he said. The Greek government yesterday denied reports that it was seeking to sell around €25bn of debt to China.
The WSJ reports that Portugal's report of an unexpectedly large 2009 budget deficit has reminded investors that Greece isn't the only eurozone country with fiscal problems. BNP Paribas Analyst Ian Stannard is quoted saying, "Everyone has been focusing on Greece, but now they are waking up to the fact that it's not just Greece."
The Irish Independent reports that New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini said yesterday at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos that Spain poses a looming and serious threat to the future of the eurozone. He said, "If Greece goes under, that's a problem for the eurozone. If Spain goes under, it's a disaster."
Meanwhile, the FT reports that the European Commission is drafting a legislative proposal, likely to be unveiled in the next few weeks, which would allow the EU's statistical office, Eurostat, the power to audit national governments' accounts.
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All EU institutions want a quick deal on AIFM Directive;
Germany and France want restrictions that would radically limit choice for EU investors
European Voice looks at the EU's proposed AIFM Directive, noting that both the European Parliament and Council of Ministers want a so-called first-reading agreement, for which they would need to finalise - and align - their positions by the summer. Currently, the two institutions are working with two different texts, which are conflicting on some issues. The article notes that the Commission also wants a quick deal, to clear the way for other upcoming financial regulation proposals.
The outstanding issues for the Council include the role of custodians, with which funds deposit their cash and assets, and restrictions on marketing offshore funds, with France and Germany wanting tough regulation in these two areas. The Spanish EU Presidency - that took over from the Swedes in the New Year - is expected to publish its first compromise text on 8 February.
Bloomberg notes that the FSA has again warned that investors from the EU won't be able to access 40 percent of hedge funds and 35 percent of private equity firms if the off-shore restrictions, advocated by France and Germany, are adopted. "It would drive legitimate business models offshore," said Dan Waters, the FSA's asset-management sector leader, in a speech in London yesterday.
In Goteborgs-Posten, Swedish MEP Gunnar Hokmark criticises the Directive arguing, "If the proposal is introduced in its current form it risks undermine Sweden's private equity market, decrease the scope for investments and investment funds from countries outside the EU...we must avoid rules which prevent businesses from investing and growing."
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Catherine Ashton's advisors want EU diplomatic service in place before UK election
European Voice reports that EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton has set up an advisory group on the establishment of the new European External Action Service (EEAS) brought in under the Lisbon Treaty. The group comprises senior officials but not MEPs. However, MEPs may use their power over the EEAS' budget in order to influence the negotiations on how it is established. The article notes that some members of Ashton's team believe that negotiations will become bogged down if the Conservative Party wins the UK's General Election, likely to be held in May, and therefore that the EEAS needs to be fully established before then.
Meanwhile, amidst ongoing criticism, Catherine Ashton has defended her actions over the Haiti crisis in an interview with Le Figaro, stating: "I am absolutely sure that I did what was necessary". She does, however, accept that there are "lessons to be learned". Le Figaro reports that the Commission said yesterday that it wants to relaunch the idea of an EU rapid reaction force for times of humanitarian crisis. The proposals will be discussed by Commissioners on 10 February.
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President Sarkozy: Economic crisis is "a crisis in and of globalisation"
The WSJ reports that, in his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for coordinated efforts to regulate the global financial system. "This was not just a global crisis, but a crisis in and of globalisation," Mr. Sarkozy said. "We will only save capitalism by refounding it, by making it more moral."
Sarkozy said he supported President Obama's plans for overhaul of the financial sector, but said the G20 was the right forum to reach coordinated financial regulation. He said: "How can we conceive that in a competitive world, we can insist that European banks have three times more capital to cover the risks of their market activities, without demanding the same of American and Asian banks?"
The IHT reports that Mr. Sarkozy also called for a "revolution" in international regulation that would make labour, health and environmental standards as enforceable as trade rules, with a World Environmental Organisation as powerful as the WTO. The French President also said he backed Gordon Brown's proposed "Tobin tax" on financial transactions, reports the Independent.
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The Metro reports that a communist theme park portraying life behind the Iron Curtain is to be built in Bulgaria with a £2 million EU grant. The park, in Dimitrovgrad, will feature statues of toppled dictators, rifle ranges using Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles and "authentically grim restaurants".
MEPs propose EU 'smoking inspectors'
Express Germany reports that the EU is planning drastic measures to curb smoking in public places, with a zero-tolerance policy for those who flout bans. Under the tougher regulations, public buildings will be 100% smoke free, and nightclubs will be monitored by 'smoking inspectors'. Any establishment caught repeatedly contravening the ban will have its operating license withdrawn. The regulations were outlined in a 31-page document entitled "Recommendations of the Council regarding smoke-free environments", already approved by the European Parliament.
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'Social lobby' pins hopes on Spain's EU Presidency
Euractiv reports that the so-called "social lobby", mainly consisting of centre-left MEPs and trade unions, has declared that the Spanish EU Presidency may be their last hope of obtaining a real social commitment within the '2020 Strategy' - the EU's next ten year economic plan.
Meanwhile, Prospect and Le Monde look at the continued jostling for the limelight between Spain's EU Presidency and the newly created positions of EU President and Foreign Minister.
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German government advisors slam CAP
Sonnenseite reports that the German government's Council for Sustainable Development is arguing that the present form of agriculture in many EU regions is having bad consequences on the environment and threatens biodiversity. One of its experts Professor Dr. Karin Holm-Muller has said that the €59bn spent on agricultural support in the EU budget is not justified, largely goes to large agricultural holdings, and is not a good use of public money.
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Following an agreement yesterday between Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the European Parliament, Commissioners will have to respond to requests for legislation within three months, if legislation is not to be produced, and within a year if a draft proposal is to be produced. German centre-right MEP Klaus-Heiner Lehne told German daily Handelsblatt: "Parliament has won an indirect right of legislative initiative."
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German MEP: "Technology has become the new religion in counterterrorism"
DPA reports that MEPs have said that new EU security measures, such as the introduction of full body scanners in airports and intrusive data-sharing deals with the United States, are not necessarily the right answer to terrorist threats. It quotes German MEP Alexander Alvaro saying, "I have the impression that technology has become the new religion in counterterrorism. That's not the way." The comments were made in hearings with Jonathan Faull, head of the European Commission's justice department, and Gilles de Kerkhove, the EU's anti-terrorism chief.
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Appointment of 'ghost' MEPs will require ratification by all 27 member states
European Voice reports that the European Parliament has not yet issued an opinion on how to select the 18 additional 'ghost' MEPs introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. MEPs on the Constitutional Affairs Committee will choose an MEP to draft an opinion on 8 February. The increase in the number of MEPs can only be made by convening an inter-governmental conference of all 27 EU governments, as it entails changing the Lisbon Treaty. But MEPs are threatening to call a new European Convention, a forum that could open up other areas of the Treaty for negotiation, if France goes ahead with its plan to appoint its two new MEPs from the National Assembly. UK Liberal MEP Andrew Duff has warned that such a move fails to respect the principle that MEPs are directly elected from lists for the Parliament, rather than being appointed by governments.
If an inter-governmental conference is called, rather than a full convention, a decision to increase the number of MEPs will still require ratification by all 27 governments, which the article reports would put pressure on a potential Conservative government to hold a referendum on the Treaty change.
Algemeen Dagblad reports that the Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has proposed a plan to extend pregnancy leave from 14 to 18 weeks.
EUobserver reports that European diplomats yesterday decided to stick with their conditional offer announced at Copenhagen of a 30% cut in greenhouse gas on 1990 levels by 2020, but only if other countries follow their lead.
Reuters Germany reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted the European police operation in Afghanistan, Eupol, needs improvement. The article notes that Eupol has suffered heavily from the yearlong reluctance of some European partners to deploy more troops.
The Irish Times reports that new analysis published by the Dublin-based Institute for International and European Affairs yesterday advised the European Commission to bring forward plans for a "carbon tariff" on imports from countries like India and China, who are failing to take firm action against climate change.
The European Commission announced yesterday that European farmers will be allowed to export an additional 500,000 tonnes of sugar before the end of July.
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An editorial in the WSJ questions whether Germany will "get tough on Iran" now that German engineering group Siemens has announced it is severing business ties with the country.
Defra to miss 25% admin burden reduction target
The Western Morning News reports that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said it will miss its target to cut administrative burdens by 25% by May 2010. Records suggest just 16% net reductions have been achieved, and officials have been told to aim for 20% in the next four months. When the target was set in 2005, Defra's administrative burdens stood at £460 million. However, Shadow Farming Minister Jim Paice said that Government calculations did not take into account the significant costs of complying with new regulations, including those from the EU.
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#156. To: Sweetjustusnow (#150)
13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.
Why not go educate yourself to what a truly holy woman should live like and strive to be rather than be such a busybody with all your idle chatter and plagiarism? You don't have to remain proud and stubborn in your idolatry and iniquity. You can repent of rejecting the Word of the Lord for your religious lies, and GET SOBER so you stop babbling your traditional nonsense like other Christian reprobates, Catholics and Protestants, drunks and whores.
2...drunk with the wine of her fornication...having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE
ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
1 Samuel 15:23
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you...
Proverbs 31: A Model for Today's Woman
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
January 31, 2008 | Brad Macdonald
Anti-Semitism destroyed 6 million Jews in World War II. Today, a subtler yet similarly dangerous anti-Semitism pervades the international community and threatens to end the Jewish state.
On Sunday, Western governments and institutions around the world held ceremonies to honor the memories of the 6 million Jews massacred during World War ii. International Holocaust Remembrance Day—January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps—was created by the United Nations in 2005 as a yearly reminder of the Holocaust in an effort to ensure it never happens again.
Portraying Jews as Nazis, Israeli prime ministers as Hitler and the Star of David as equal to the swastika is almost routine in the Arab world. This trend has also reached Europe, where during the anti-Iraq war protests, for instance, many demonstrators held placards depicting similar images. In the Netherlands you can now buy T-shirts and greeting cards showing Anne Frank wearing a kaffiyeh, the traditional Palestinian headdress, wrapped around her neck like a scarf. In other words, the Palestinians are the new Jews, which makes the Israelis the new Nazis.
Until now, pessimists here could console themselves that a last-resort Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would likely draw wide international sympathy and even gratitude—very different from the near-total condemnation that greeted Israel’s attack on Saddam’s reactor in 1981. Now, though, the nie will ensure that if Israel does attack, it will be widely branded a warmonger, and faulted for the inevitable fallout of rising oil prices and increased terror.
The sense of betrayal within the Israeli security system is deep. After all, Israel’s great achievement in its struggle against Iran was in convincing the international community that the nuclear threat was real; now that victory has been undone—not by Russia or the European Union, but by Israel’s closest ally.