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Parliament has lost real
power. So instead it
dreams up unenforceable
regulations about smoking

Telegraph [UK], by Norman Tebbit

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/13/2014 5:13:54 PM

Amidst the chaos and the posturings of the floods and the not unexpected dirty tricks of the Wythenshawe by-election, Parliament, both Lords and Commons, has united to call for legislation to criminalise smoking in cars containing a child. It reflects rather well the desire of the inhabitants of the Westminster village to be seen to be doing something about something at a time when so much they might well be doing is out of reach--either because of the progressive pre-electioneering of the Coalition or the power-grabbing of Our Masters In Brussels. There was a time when Conservatives denounced Labour’s addiction

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There´s a lot of that sort of thing going on in the US too.

      


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Parliament has lost real
power. So instead it
dreams up unenforceable
regulations about smoking
Telegraph [UK], by Norman Tebbit    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:13:54 PM     Post Reply
Amidst the chaos and the posturings of the floods and the not unexpected dirty tricks of the Wythenshawe by-election, Parliament, both Lords and Commons, has united to call for legislation to criminalise smoking in cars containing a child. It reflects rather well the desire of the inhabitants of the Westminster village to be seen to be doing something about something at a time when so much they might well be doing is out of reach--either because of the progressive pre-electioneering of the Coalition or the power-grabbing of Our Masters In Brussels. There was a time when Conservatives denounced Labour’s addiction

   

 

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Mass medication has serious side-effects
Telegraph [UK], by Andrew M Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:18:07 AM     Post Reply
Sir William Osler, the “father of modern medicine”, said that what distinguished humans from animals was the desire to take medicine. Osler died in 1919, but, like most of his brilliant aphorisms, it is still true, with the added development that now many of us take pills even if there’s nothing wrong with us. He also thought one of the first duties of the physician was to educate people not to take medicine. That idea, that medicines are potentially dangerous and should be avoided if possible, has gone out of the window--and that is a pity. We’re now seeing a

The South descends into chaos AGAIN:
Drivers forced to abandon their cars on
the highway as five are killed, 480,000
without power, and 3,500 flights canceled
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 9:19:39 PM     Post Reply
The South is descending into chaos again as the second major winter storm in three weeks walloped the region with snow, sleet and freezing rain--killing nine people, knocking out power to nearly half a million homes and canceling 3,500 flights. On major roads and highways Wednesday evening, it seemed like a bad bout of déjà vu as hundreds of stranded drivers were forced to abandon their cars and walk to shelter after they were caught in the brunt of the storm. This time the disaster scenes played out in North Carolina. Residents of Atlanta, which was battered just two weeks

Obamacare boasts nearly 3.3 million signups,
but administration won´t talk about how
many have PAID for insurance policies –
and that number is less than 2.2 million
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 8:52:41 PM     Post Reply
The White House and the Health & Human Services Department boasted Wednesday that 3.3 million Americans have signed up for private insurance coverage through marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act. But the administration still hasn´t said a word about how many--or how few--of those signing up on the chronically ill healthcare.gov website have paid for their insurance, and are actually covered. A MailOnline analysis of publicly available totals from five states that run their own health insurance exchanges found that on average, just 66.5 per cent of enrollees in those states have paid premiums.

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Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 8:43:01 PM     Post Reply
A few years ago a friend who wishes to remain nameless suggested that it was about time I started writing a blog. "Why would I want to do that?" I said. "Because it´s the future and you´d be good at it," he said. So I gave it a go and I´ve been here ever since. But not for any longer I´m afraid. Today is the sad day when I must bid you all farewell. [Snip] What am I going to miss most? Well, you lot, obviously. Especially the ones who call yourselves the Knights of Delingpole. But even also, up to a point,

Obama snubs Britain and cozies up to
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 6:14:44 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama tossed aside a long-standing ´special relationship´ between the U.S. and Great Britain on Tuesday, telling reporters that choosing a ´best ally´ between France and the UK would be like choosing his favorite daughter. ´I have two daughters,´ the president said, referring to Sasha and Malia. ´And they are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them.´ ´And that´s how I feel about my outstanding European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways.´ Obama was speaking during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, on the occasion of the first

   

 

  


 
´Rand Paul v. Barack Obama´ lawsuit hits
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U.S. senator sues White House and
intelligence chiefs over NSA surveillance
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 6:00:10 AM     Post Reply
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to sue the Obama administration over what he calls ´precisely the kind of overreach we fought a revolution over.´ His targets are the National Security Agency, the FBI and other federal government offices that snoop on private communications at home and abroad. [Snip] The legal action, officially titled ´Rand Paul v. Barack Obama,´ will hit the court running with at least 350,000 plaintiffs, according to a source close to the process. Paul is aiming for 10 million, judging from a message on two websites run by his political staff.

Are Richard III´s secrets about to be revealed?
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 5:48:39 AM     Post Reply
What a treat for all medieval historians! More than 500 years after he was killed, the skeleton of Richard III is giving them much more reliable biographical information than they acquired over the previous half a millennium. Henry VII, his successor, and opponent at Bosworth, encouraged his court historians to produce a warped picture of Richard. Thank God, then, for the miraculous discovery of his body in a Leicester car park in 2012, and the undeniable truths it provided. Analysis of his skeleton showed the king didn’t have a hunchback exactly; he suffered from scoliosis of the spine

George Clooney and Bill Murray tell
Britain: hand back the Elgin Marbles
Telegraph [UK], by Anita Singh    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/11/2014 11:43:03 AM     Post Reply
George Clooney and Bill Murray, stars of The Monuments Men, have waded into the long-running row over the Elgin Marbles by saying Britain should hand the treasures back to Greece. The classical sculptures were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century. They were acquired by parliament in 1816 and currently reside in the British Museum. [Snip] Clooney and Murray offered their opinions at a London press conference for their new film, The Monuments Men, in which they play members of an Allied team tasked with retrieving artworks looted by the Nazis.

´Cheese artisans´ will feed French premier at
outdoor White House State Dinner, followed
by Mary J. Blige concert – but please, no
dancing: H
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/10/2014 11:51:54 PM     Post Reply
French President Francois Hollande is going stag, but the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to entertain him with a State Dinner full of pomp, circumstance, gourmet eats, and R&B music. [Snip] L´affaire américaine will take place outdoors, in a tent on the South Lawn. Secret Service will have extra protection arrayed along the perimeter of the White House property. Under the tent, White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford will serve up the best of America, with a noted nod to the French. ´This event highlights the talents of our Nation’s cheese artisans,´ the printed program says.

Floods: This Government is now
officially a shambles. Mrs Thatcher
would never have allowed it
Telegraph [UK], by Iain Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/10/2014 11:34:33 PM     Post Reply
I have written before about the strange propensity of the Tory part of this Government to shoot itself in the foot. Quite often it comes down to basic political mismanagement, either in Number 10 or in Parliament, when routine business is not transacted properly. Tories complain that MPs or peers who might have been able to prevent a screw-up are not listened to. And while the machine has good people in it, it is prone to avoidable malfunctions. All of this is easy for me to say, of course. I recognise that it is easier to write about government being

   

 

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No end in sight! Snow set to hit
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