Monthly Archives: June 2010

US – Economy – Obama – New Stimulus A Possibility If Recovery Weakens – 18 June 2010

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Obama+More+stimulus+necessary+recovery+weakens/3170282/story.htmlA good sign the President is not keen on repeating the mistakes of 1937. Glad to see this, because I thought his most recent State of the Union address suggested otherwise…that he was prepared to take the Republicans’ advice and … Continue reading

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US – Environment – BP Oil Spill – Comments of Rep. Joe Barton – 17 June 2010

Just when I was worried that the public might stop associating this oil spill with hyperconservative and Ć¼berderegulationist Republican policies…if Joe Barton didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him. šŸ™‚

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UK – Inquiries – Saville Report on the Northern Irish Bloody Sunday Violence – 16 June 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jun/15/saville-inquiry-justice-peace-reconciliationI think this sums things up rather well. These are the same points I’d make about the Bloody Sunday report by the Saville Inquiry.The UK government fired first and clearly was at fault, and the admission of this does matter … Continue reading

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US – Environment – BP Oil Spill – Bureaucratic Pressure to Downplay the Spill – 16 June 2010

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/111965?RS_show_page=0%5BThis article is]…not good news for those of us defending Obama, unfortunately – the article states that the administration has actually been pressuring government agencies and scientists to underplay the enormity of the spill. I’m willing to cut Obama lots … Continue reading

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Belgium – Election 2010 – Different Coalition Scenarios – 15 June 2010

http://www.lesoir.be/actualite/belgique/elections_2010/2010-06-15/onkelinx-il-y-a-neuf-scenarios-possibles-776232.phpSorry, the best links on the Belgium election aftermath remain in the languages of that country – this time in French…but I should nevertheless point this out. This link shows (near the bottom left), the “nine possible scenarios” for a … Continue reading

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Belgium – Election 2010 – Flemish Nationalism and Exclusivity – 14 June 2010

http://www.v-sb.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=10Here’s an interesting link given the results of yesterday’s Belgian election. This is the kind of Flemish nationalism which you _don’t_ often see. Note how thisĀ group goes out of its way to ensure people understand that their nationalism doesn’t equal … Continue reading

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US – Television – The Final Episode of LOST – Popular Criticism – 14 June 2010

http://www.docarzt.com/lost/lost-recaps/the-last-word-on-lost/ It’s like I’ve always said, Hell hath no fury like a sci-fi geek scorned.

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Belgium – Election 2010 – Possible Coalitions – 14 June 2010

http://www.standaard.be/extra/verkiezingen/2010/coalitiekiezerI know no one cares but me, but I have to say anyway. This “coalition voter” web app allows one to put together a Belgian coalition capable of 1) forming a majority government; 2) having a majority of Flemish seats … Continue reading

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Belgium – Election 2010 – De Wever’s Role in Belgian Politics and Flemish Exclusivity – 13 June 2010

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012102051_belgium13.htmlWell, hold your breath folks. De Wever might be PM of Belgium by the end of today…and the project of Flemish independence (aka, “we want to be independent so weĀ don’t have to share the wealth with our neighbors”) might be … Continue reading

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