Thursday, May 31, 2012
Via The Swedish Wire: Sweden's economy increased more than expected during the year's first quarter as consumption expenditures and production of goods and services rose, according to figures released by the statistics office Wednesday. The figures confirmed once more the rock-solid fundamentals of the Scandinavian economy. The statistics office said that the Swedish gross domestic product grew by 0.8% on the quarter and by 1.5% compared with a year earlier. Total employment, measured as the number of hours worked, increased 1.0 percent while the number of employed persons increased 0.8 percent. Exports increased 1.7 percent and imports decreased 0.1 percent.
Via BBC News: The Republic of Ireland is voting on whether to ratify the E.U.'s Fiscal Pact, which sets strict limits for countries' budget deficits. Ireland pursues a democratic and sensible policy by listening to the people of Ireland with this fiscal pact referendum. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, who is campaigning against the treaty, told voters not to be fooled. "Be wise. Join with the millions across Europe who are demanding an end to austerity. On Thursday, vote 'No'", Adams said. Results are not expected until late on Friday. Meanwhile, European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi says that eurozone leaders must decide what they want the bloc to look like in the future, because the current set-up is "unsustainable", according to BBC News. The problem for the eurozone leaders is that what they say have little importance, since they do not take into account the opinion of the larger non-eurozone countries, Russia, Scandinavia, and the U.K. I have even heard silly suggestions that Norway and Switzerland - which not even are E.U. members - should bail out Greece, which of course is impossible.
Via Theo Spark: I'm not a big fan of U.S. President Barack Obama. But this time Obama got it right. It is no secret that the Polish are inveterated anti-Semites. The death camps in Poland during World War Two were Polish, no question about it. We Swedes are not members of NATO, and Sweden has a common border with Poland at the Baltic Sea. No one in Sweden wants Poland to have missiles, and especially since the Polish have shown what they are capable to with all their Jewish death camps. If Poland places missiles aimed at us, Sweden will not hesitate to attack Poland in a coalition with Russia and Germany. President Obama should in this case be commended that he at least tries to defuse the tension between Poland and all its neighbors. Poland was the reason why World War Two started, and the stupid Polish obviously want a new war. For a long time the Polish has got away with the killings of millions of Jews, unjustly blaming their intransigence and murderous appetite for destruction on the Germans. The hysterical demand of Poland to have American missiles, by which they want to strike terror in Sweden, and also aimed at their other neighbors, must be countered with force. What would the Vikings have done? With Europe out of control, it is now up to Russia - Europe's strongest part - to put our house in order.
Via The Moscow Times: A new visa agreement between the U.S. and Russia stipulates that successful applicants from both countries would automatically get three-year multientry visas. When I traveled to St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery in Arizona earlier this year, I was surprised I was only allowed to stay a maximum of three months in the U.S. as a E.U. citizen, according to a stamp I got in my passport at the border. As a Russian citizen I clearly get much better rights than as a E.U. citizen. Unfortunately, President Vladimir Putin did not get his will through to completely scrap VISAs, but this is anyway a very positive step forward and away from rigid traditional European bureaucracy, which we so clearly see destroy both the euro, free enterprise, and the markets in Europe. With the new and strong Russia emerging in the midst of Europe, we hopefully will get rid of all unnecessary diversity in Europe that causes so much pain - with all the different languages, unnatural borders, and corrupt local governments - so that we can be free and united here just like the Americans are in America.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Via Theo Spark: SpaceX has sent a rocket to the International Space Station. The future of space exploration obviously belongs to the private sector, and not to NASA or local governments.
Via BBC News: More French people live in London than in Bordeaux, Nantes, or Strasbourg and it is now thought to be France's sixth biggest city in terms of population. It is probably not the weather or the food that draws French people to England. But it is rather the Monarchy and the British down to earth people.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Kanye West was in Cannes last week for the debut of his short film "Cruel Summer" on Wednesday. He also brought Kim Kardashian with him. Well, women always come first.
Via Adnkronos: Archaeologists have discovered an 4.000-year-old tomb in Upper Egypt containing a sarcophagus inscribed with ancient funeral texts as well as ritual objects, Egypt's Archaeological Treasures Minister said Monday. Ritual objects made from alabaster copper, terracotta and other materials were found in the tomb, located in the Deir al-Barsha archaeological area, in al-Minya province, 245 kilometers south of Cairo. The dig was coordinated by the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.
Via The Telegraph: China's version of Twitter has introduced new rules aimed at calming its often raucous flow of political and social criticism. A five-strikes-and-out rule will see anyone posting five tweets on "sensitive" subjects have their account on Sina's Weibo suspended for 48 hours. Anyone whose posts continue to irk the censors could then have their accounts closed permanently. The code of conduct, which bans the spread of "state secrets", "false information", and anything that harms "national unity" went into force on Monday. There was immediate criticism from some of the 200 million or so people who use Sina's microblogging service on a regular basis.
Iraq War Protester David Lawley-Wakelin Bursts Into Courtroom As Former PM Tony Blair Faces Leveson Inquiry
Via American Power: "You're a war criminal!" Protester bursts into courtroom as Tony Blair gives evidence at Leveson Inquiry (and former PM's car is egged as he leaves).
Via Money And Markets: Bank runs, the final nail in the coffin of any modern economy, are spreading among the PIIGS countries of Europe — and possibly beyond. In Greece it’s already a tsunami — a desperate effort by millions of citizens to get their money out of danger before Greece is forced to leave the euro zone. In Spain, it’s quickly turning into a flood, as individuals and businesses — with $1.25 trillion in total bank deposits — wonder if their country will be the next to leave the union. In Portugal, Ireland, Italy or even France, banks are vulnerable to similar outflows. And once the stampede strikes more than two or three major countries, you could see bank runs all across Europe.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Via The Telegraph: Patrick Layden QC, a former Scottish Executive legal expert, warned that other E.U. countries could exploit separation to argue that the United Kingdom has ceased to exist as a member state.
Via The Telegraph: The chief executive of the multi-billion pound Lloyd's of London has publicly admitted that the world's leading insurance market is prepared for a collapse in the single currency and has reduced its exposure "as much as possible" to the crisis-ridden continent. Richard Ward said the London market had put in place a contingency plan to switch euro underwriting to multi-currency settlement if Greece abandoned the euro. On Sunday, Swiss central bank chief Thomas Jordan admitted his country is drawing up an action plan in the event of the euro's collapse.
Via France 24: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is being questioned on his relationship with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp at the Leveson inquiry in London today. Tony Blair, who served as Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007 has been accused of cosying up to Murdoch in order to benefit politically from the backing of his vast media empire. He is also godfather to one of Murdoch’s children.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Via Two Olive Trees: Elijah the Tishbite is a man with many faces. On his website Elijah tells among other things how he by accident started to preach for the Mafia at their center in Washington D.C.
Via Ynetnews: President Vladimir Putin will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres in June. Peres, the report said, will host a special ceremony saluting Russia's role in liberating the death camps at the end of World War Two. While in Israel, the Russian leader is expected to visit Netanya, where he and Netanyahu will unveil a monument honoring Jewish Red Army soldiers who fought in World War II. Netanya is a beautiful Mediterranean city indeed, and good relations between Europe and Israel are of outmost importance, as the Jews are God's elected people according to the Bible. Through the Church we Christians likewise are saved, and hopefully President Putin will have time to visit the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, as it is one of the five original Christian Patriarchates in the world.
Via BBC News: Lady Gaga has canceled a concert in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, citing security concerns, after protests by religious groups. Just hours before the announcement, Lady Gaga wrote on her Twitter account: "There is nothing holy about hatred". The Islamist FPI had threatened violence if the concert went ahead, calling Lady Gaga a "devil's messenger" who wears only a "bra and panties". But we should see Christ and God's creation in our neighbor. Lady Gaga is a brilliant artist, perfomer, and singer. Now religious groups and political parties want blind obedience and they hate when people think for themselves. Artistic freedom of expression and speech will never be compatible with despotic politics and totalitarian religions. I admire Lady Gaga, not only because she is a beautiful and talented singer, but because she is a true artist who loves freedom and justice, and that is rare.
Via Ekathimerini: The former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said: "As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax". Identifying tax evasion as a fundamental problem, the IMF boss was asked if she considers the social impact of austerity measures in Greece. Lagarde responded: "No, I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens". Asked whether it was payback time for Greeks and other Europeans who had enjoyed themselves in the past, Lagarde said: "That's right".
Eurovision Song Contest Winner Loreen: "It's Just A Question Of Taste. This Year It Happened To Me".
Via France 24: Sweden's Loreen on Saturday night clinched the top spot at this year's Eurovision Song Contest with her dance hit "Euphoria". Loreen ran into controversy during the contest by meeting local rights activists who briefed her on the lack of democratic freedoms. Loreen said: "I will support the Azerbaijan people from my heart". Second place on Saturday went to Russia's heartwarming Buranovskiye Babushki, a choir of elderly women from a village who performed a disco song "Party for Everybody" in English and their local Finno-Ugric language with a stove and a tray as props. Third was Serbian Eurovision veteran Zelijko Joksimovic who had already competed in three previous contests, once as a singer and twice as a composer. Azerbaijan, Albania, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Spain rounded out the rest of the top ten. The final's 26 acts lit up Baku's new spectacular Crystal Hall, a $134 million building constructed specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest and erected in a speedy eight months.
Via American Power: More than 90 people, including 32 children, have been killed in a Syrian government "massacre", as William Hague calls for an urgent session of the United Nations Security Council.
Via The Local: Sweden's Loreen brought home gold in the glitzy 2012 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday morning with an impassioned rendition of her hit "Euphoria" from Baku in Azerbaijan. "I wouldn't have been able to do it without you. This is ours together", she added in thanking her fans and supporters. Loreen's victory gave Sweden its fifth Eurovision title. Loreen has been in the hot seat during her stay in Azerbaijan for meeting with human rights activists while in the country.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Via France Soir: Loreen represents Sweden at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the song "Euphoria".
Via Theo Spark: "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism (Islam) lays on its votaries (faithful)! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia (rabies) in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan (Islamic) law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men".
Via The Telegraph: Europe is working on emergency immigration controls to curb an influx of Greeks and other European Union residents when the euro collapses.
Vatican Police Arrested Pope's Butler For Leaking Documents Alleging Internal Conflicts About The Vatican Bank
Via France 24: The Pope's butler serves in the apartments of the Apostolic Palace, serving at the papal tables, handing rosaries to visiting dignitaries, and riding in the first seat of the popemobile at papal audiences. Vatican police on Friday arrested the Pope’s butler in connection with an investigation into leaks of sensitive documents to the media. The leaked documents included letters by an Archbishop who was transferred to Washington after he blew the whistle on what he saw as a web of corruption and cronyism, a memo which put a number of cardinals in a bad light, and documents alleging internal conflicts about the Vatican Bank. The President of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted by its board on Thursday.
Via Mail Online: The 66-year-old John McAfee - co-founder of McAfee - is today in hiding in Belize after his home was raided for allegedly harboring illegal drugs and weapons and - according to authorities - running a "meth lab". The arrest is the culmination of a bizarre new chapter in the life of the former multimillionaire who fled the U.S. after the fortune he made from his internet security software was in danger of being wiped out by a series of lawsuits and the financial crash. The tattooed tycoon - born in Britain and raised in the U.S. - had tried to build a new life by starting an antibiotics firm in the tiny Central American country and is rumoured to have set up home with a 17-year-old girl.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Via The Sun: Poppy, 8, is the first British winner of the Darling Dolls Of America beauty contest. Poppy's mother Sarah gave cosmetic surgery vouchers for Poppy's eighth birthday, and has spent more than £500.000 on cosmetic surgery for herself and boasts about giving Botox to her other daughter Hannah two years ago — when she was just 15. Sarah said: "Poppy is a performer and she is used to modeling and pole dancing". Sarah added: "Poppy will make her first million from pageants. She will be famous for her beauty, like me".
Via France 24: The head of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was forced to resign from his post on Thursday "for failing to carry out duties of primary importance", the Holy See said in a statement. The Vatican said in another statement Friday that it has arrested someone for illegally holding secret documents as it tries to get to the bottom of an embarrassing leaking scandal. Spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi declined to immediately identify the person, other than to say he was a layman, and thus has nothing to do with the Vatican Bank scandal, according to Winona Daily News.
It is true that France and Germany are the biggest economies in the eurozone. But Germany has lost two wars, has enormous problems, and nowadays only the size of Sweden. Germany has in fact become small and weak. And some two hundred years ago France was a glorious and great Kingdom, with three times larger population than Germany. France had the richness and joviality of Belgium (beer, chocolate, and fries), and the Netherlands, and the efficiency of the Swiss. But France shrunk and has the same size as Sweden today, although Sweden has lost Finland. No one any longer wants to be French, not even people in the ancient colonies in Africa who live in shackles, because France has nothing to offer, not even fresh ideas. The Dutch, Belgians, and Swiss live today in separate nations, and the word French has no longer positive undertones for the vast majority of Europeans. Russia has the best position to solve the problems we face in Europe today, and with some of the better countries of Europe - Scandinavia and Benelux - we can together build a better future for the Eurasian continent. Europe is indeed changing very fast, as the Eurasian continent - the by far largest continent - seeks young leadership and consensus. A very radical change is underway, but I doubt it will be peaceful. No one wants especially to be French or German today, to be just one in the crowd. France and Germany used to be great countries, but that was the past, and long ago. Now these countries are doomed to disappear and leave room for the peoples from the great north.
Via Bloomberg: German Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with fellow European Union leaders at the Brussels summit over her refusal to consider euro bonds. Merkel was in the minority in rejecting them, according to Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. "A united Europe is in Germany’s interest", Monti said. Monti added, "We’ll have euro bonds if the euro area, and therefore Germany, will want them". Monti, however, seems to live far from the reality. Who in Europe still wants the euro? Nobody! Nobody! A united Europe? Yes, absolutely! But then with the power center in the north. With Russia, including Scandinavia, and Benelux at the helm, Europe and the whole Mediterranean region will be efficiently ruled by us. The problem with Germany is that after it lost the world wars, it now is completely in the hands of Khazar counterfeit Jewish bankers. When they through Germany have robbed the entire eurozone of all money, they will ultimately turn Germany itself upside down and rob the Germans of their last penny. Europe is indeed facing many problems. Military democracy is the solution. For now the military and political power should be handed over to Russia, and the spiritual power to the Orthodox Church in Constantinople, Jerusalem, Alexandria, Antioch, and Rome. Europe and neighboring regions would fare better with the ruble as single currency. I'm also sure Russia, Asia, Europe, and North Africa will be happy to have Swedish as common language for centralized, disciplined, and efficient Scandinavian bureaucracy throughout the East and the West.
Via France 24: French President François Hollande made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday to meet with French troops and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Hollande defended his decision to withdraw French forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
Via BBC News: Bankia shares have fallen 58% since July. Now, trading in shares in the Spanish lender Bankia has been suspended in Madrid.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Via American Power: In response to last week's refusal of the IOC to formally honor the memory of the murdered athletes at this year's Olympics, Daniel Ayalon, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, is working to garner public support for the campaign. When the Jews ask for one minute of silence to commemorate murdered Israeli olympic athletes, I think it would be sensible to listen and grant them their request. It is also certainly in line with the olympic spirit.
Via RTL: The Belgians eat twice as much salt than the maximum amount recommended. They eat on average 10.5 grams salt per day and person, whereas a maximum of only 5 grams per day is recommended. This overconsumption causes many cardiovascular diseases; 75% is due to consumption of products made outside the home.
Via BBC News: Egyptians are voting for the second day in the country's first free presidential elections. When my grandmother - who was of Italian origin - was born in Cairo in 1900, Egypt was a Monarchy and the population significantly more European than today, as Egypt used to be a richer country than Greece and Italy. Unfortunately, Egypt became a Republic. The influence of non-white people and fallen religions also became predominant. Egypt used to be somewhat more like modern France. Many of us have roots in Egypt, which gave us our language, science, and religion. We can only hope that our brothers and sisters in Egypt - their grandgrandchildren etc. of all who remained there - will raise in spirit, conscience, and awareness, and restore their nation and Africa and come under the guidance and spiritual leadership of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, which city was founded by the great Alexander. In the Talmud it is stated that nine tenths of all demons on Earth have their homes in Egypt. Spiritually, Egypt is a key element for peace, justice, and development, and for the whole planet. It is no accident that Jerusalem is called Egypt in Revelation 11:8.
Via American Power: Iran’s chief of staff vows to eliminate Israel. That will of course not happen, because the Christian Orthodox Church defends the Jews from its Patriarchate in Jerusalem. Persia is a great nation founded by the Greek Perseus. Iran must once again come under the wings of the Greeks, so we are spared from all this stupid and unnecessary hatred against our Jewish brothers and sisters. Alexander the Great was a great Prophet mentioned in the Bible, and his words concerning the brotherhood of mankind is as important today as it was 2.300 years ago. We will all build our future world together.
Erogenous eurozones offer stimulus for growth. Via The Sun: Even if Greece sadly enough is teetering on the abyss, there are plenty of female politicians who brighten up ballot boxes. The beauties may not be enough to prevent a eurozone disaster or even an E.U. meltdown, but at least they’ll get your interest rate rising.
Via France 24: European leaders gathering for an E.U. policy summit Wednesday night said they were committed to Greece remaining in the eurozone and following its austerity programme. "We want Greece to stay in the euro, but we insist that Greece sticks to commitments that it has agreed to", German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters after a Wednesday evening summit in Brussels dragged long into the night.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Via Just Jared: "Let’s put it this way, no one hits on me. No one flirts with me. It’s like, it’s very sad, actually", the 26-year-old model Bar Refaeli replied on Conan on Tuesday May 22, when asked how frequently she gets asked out. As for what she looks for in a guy, Bar Refaeli said: "The first thing I notice is his teeth. I have a fetish. I like a great smile and really white, bright teeth".
Via The Moscow Times: Gazprom could again increase its investment program for this year in the next few months, a senior executive said Wednesday. Gazprom's output will be larger than last year's 513 bcm. The plan is to lift 528.6 billion cubic meters of gas. Gazprom deputy chief Vitaly Markelov said the huge Bovanenkovskoye field, which is to start production this summer, will provide most of the company's capacity in the coming years.
Via Theo Spark: Models: Alexa, Alessandra Ambrosio, Krystal Carminatti, Gracie Carvalho, Shannan Click, Louise Cliffe, Cintia Dicker, Isabeli Fontana, Esti Ginzburg, Erin Heatherton, Amy Hixson, Adriana Lima, Maryna Linchuk, Roberta Medeiros, Alyssa Miller, Lisalla Montenegro, Genevieve Morton, Lais Ribeiro, Hilary Rhoda, Cameron Russell, Thaise Schneider, Candice Swanepoel, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Nadine Velazquez, and many anonymous models.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Glee’ amazing star Lea Michele reportedly wants to get matching tattoos with her boyfriend Corey Monteith to signify their love for each other. "My mom and I also have matching butterflies on our backs. I don't think I'm stopping at 10 though!", Lea Michele said, according to The Times of India.
Via The Telegraph: Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's chief exorcist, said Emanuela Orlandi - the 15-year-old schoolgirl who was snatched from the streets by the Vatican police - was forced to take part in sex parties, before she was murdered and her body disposed of. The Bishop of Rome was originally one of the five Patriarchates of the Holy Church, before breaking away as Pope, so of course the devil obviously is present within the walls of the Church. The Church will nevertheless be restored, and to a greater extent and glory than before. Scandinavia and Benelux are about to join Russia, and according to ROCOR - the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - America is also ripe for Christian Orthodoxy. It is only a question of time before the Mediterranean Sea and all the countries around it be ours again also. When the Vandals set out from Vandali in Sweden, they went all the way to North Africa, before returning. The Vikings later kept up the tradition, but to a smaller extent. With Christian Orthodoxy things are perfected and technologically advanced and will blossom following the coming crash of the euro and the Vatican. The Patriarchates of Constantinople and Jerusalem guarantee powerful futures for today's troubled nations, Greece and Israel. The Patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, and Rome, ensure a bright future for Europe, Africa, and Asia. "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature", Mark 16:15. Our planet is however limited, small, and unstable. As wise warriors and conquerors we now must set out to colonize space, the universe, to bring everything into obedience to Christ our King. My favorite Bible verse is: "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place", see 2 Corinthians 2:14.
Via Theo Spark: U.K. Independence party leader Nigel Farage says Greece will be destroyed if she does not leave the eurozone. I agree. Greece should listen to Sweden's Conservatives who are happy Sweden is outside the eurozone. Otherwise, Greece - the cradle of Western civilization - will become a Third World country. I understand the Greeks listen to Germany and France, because their politicians borrowed billions from these countries. But the Greeks forget that the Germans started two world wars and killed six million Jews, and there is no difference between Greeks and Jews according to Romans 10:12. Greece is also heavily indebted to France. But France is unfortunately still a Republic, which killed its King and noble persons, and which since is under the rule of debased and vile persons. Greece must now take its destiny into its own hands - or it surely will be destroyed!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Via The Local: Arriving at the Church, Princess Estelle was yawning prettily and wearing the traditional long white baptismal dress. The guest list included Royalty from Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium. As Swedish Crown Princess Victoria looked very beautiful for the event, Prince Daniel carried himself his daughter to the baptism ceremony in Stockholm today. Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt rightly glorifies the Swedish Monarchy and it was announced that Estelle's godparents will be Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Danish Crown Princess Mary, Prince Carl Philip, and Prince Daniel's sister Anna Westling Söderström. Princess Estelle is also Duchess of Östergötland, from where the Ostrogoths originated. All the best wishes to Princess Estelle, with my Christian Orthodox blessing, and to the Swedish Royal family from Annemasse, France, where I arrived yesterday. Vive le Roi! "Omnes honorate, fraternitatem diligite, Deum timete, regem honorificate", 1 Peter 2:17.
Via di.se: Sweden voted no to join the euro in 2003. It still retains the Swedish Krona, and before Sweden joins the euro, the euro will have collapsed. The difference between being a euro member and to stand outside of the eurozone is however small, as comparisons with Finland, which adopted the euro show. Sweden has one of the fastest growing populations in Europe, because of huge immigration and nativity. With a large proportion of the population consisting of young people working, and relatively not too much old people to pay pensions for, the Swedish economic outlook still looks bright. "Sweden must be happy it never adopted the euro", says Conservative Swedish Finance Market Minister Peter Norman.
Via CTV News: More than a year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a massive nuclear disaster, experts are warning that Japan isn't out of the woods yet and the worst nuclear storm the world has ever seen could be just one earthquake away from reality. The fate of the world now depends on Fukushima reactor No. 4.
Via The Telegraph: According to Miss Brick, the ladies of France, who are often celebrated as sophisticated and fashionable, are actually adulterous misogynists.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Via Theo Spark: 2012 Preakness Stakes: Tremendously exciting race and finish.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Via Hollyscoop: Just one day after taking his company, Facebook, public, Mark Zuckerberg finally married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Congratulations to the newly weds!
Via The New Zealand Herald: Nearly a fifth of Greece's 11 million population is trying to make a living through tourism. It's a huge PR job to stop tourists from associating Greece with riots, strikes, and shortages and get them again to view it as a top holiday destination. Over the past week, bookings have improved, slightly: they're now only 25 per cent behind day-to-day bookings of this time a year ago. That's not enough. Shops are shuttered, cafes closed and vandalized. Vat on restaurant meals rose from 13 per cent to 23 per cent last September. Hotel prices are about 15 per cent down on last year.
Via RIA Novosti: Military intervention in the sovereign affairs of other states may lead to outright war, including nuclear war, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. The right of nations to choose their own path of development is a universal value, Medvedev said referring to the situation in Syria and the Middle East as a whole.
Via Zee News: French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is creating waves in the Arab world. His surname, when pronounced, sounds like the word "penis" in Arabic. The French foreign ministry has suggested that the Arab media pronounce all the letters, unlike in French pronunciation, or that Arab media use the Prime Minister's initials JMA. The report said France faced a similar situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, because his surname sounds like "putain" -- the French word for prostitute.
Via PCWorld: Worldwide sales of mobile phones saw a 2 percent decline from the first quarter of 2011 due to a slowdown in demand from the Asia/Pacific region, but the launch of the Apple iPhone 5 will help drive a stronger second half of the year in Western Europe and North America. The report also notes that Apple's sales in China were "particularly strong" despite people holding of sales in the hope of an iPhone 5.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Via France 24: As Europe's debt crisis topped the agenda of Saturday's meeting of G8 leaders in the United States, French President François Hollande was quickly winning powerful allies as he went up against Germany’s insistence on austerity.
Via The Wall Street Journal: The new iPhone that Apple Inc. is expected to unveil this year is likely to have a larger display than its current models have, with the company ordering bigger screens from its Asian suppliers. The new screens measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on Apple's latest model.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Via Mail Online: A British man was arrested today with a suitcase full of dead gold plated babies thought to have been used in black magic rituals in Thailand.
Via Business Insider: Sir Winfred Bischoff, the Chairman of Lloyds, said concerning the recent trading disaster, "if it can happen to JP Morgan, which has such a good risk culture, it could happen to anyone".
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Via France 24: Almost three decades after becoming France’s youngest ever Prime Minister, Laurent Fabius returned to government this week as the new French Foreign Minister. With Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan all high on the agenda, Fabius faces a baptism of fire.
Via EUobserver: "I would be for the further development of the European Commission into a government. I am for the election of a European President", said German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Aachen. I agree. Russia is Europe's biggest country, so this can only be possible if Russia carries the E.U. with the political capital in Moscow. Accordingly, Christian Orthodoxy must be the official religion of the E.U. with Constantinople as religious capital. The financial capital should be in Germany, and the cultural capital in France. Swedish is the solution for common language within the E.U., while Greek should be used for religious purposes, and Latin for scientific purposes.
Via ScienceDaily: A drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard is effective in reducing the craving for food, according to researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
Via New York Post: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s estranged wife, Mary, who battled her husband’s rumored philandering by turning to alcohol and prescription drugs, has hanged herself in a barn on their Westchester estate.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Via New York Post: Dancers at the world-famous Crazy Horse erotic cabaret in Paris went on strike, demanding a level of pay more befitting their talents.
Via Entrevue: French lesbian porn star Céline Bara will represent the far-left in upcoming regional elections in France.
Via Flanders News: Six people stood trial in Brussels after a case of deadly torture-like Muslim exorcism against a 23-year-old woman, Latifa Hachmi, 8 years ago. They made her believe she couldn't have children because the devil was inside her. 23-year-old Latifa was held in an apartment for ten days where she was beaten hundreds of times with sticks on which verses of the Koran were printed. She was regularly immersed in a bathtub and was forced to drink big amounts of water. Finally the victim was drowned with extreme violence. Her husband admitted to investigators that his wife was subjected to month-long sessions of exorcism to evict from her body the demons that prevented her from becoming pregnant. More at Le Soir.
Via Just Jared: Sacha Baron Cohen and a bikini-clad Elisabetta Canalis soak up the sun on a yacht on Wednesday (May 16) in Cannes, France.
Via Theo Spark: "But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away". 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Via Christian Post: Dr. Ken Hutcherson, Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Redmond, Wash., advises Christians to look to the word of God before they consider presidential candidates. Christians should not support those who go against Biblical teachings.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Via E! News and Hollyscoop:
Indonesia's Little Monsters won't get the chance to party with their Mama Monster. Lady Gaga, who is scheduled to perform in Jakarta next month, has been banned in the predominantly Muslim nation following vehement opposition from Islamic critics who've ripped the pop superstar for her risqué persona and racy getups.
Via The Telegraph: Greek politicians have failed to form a coalition government and fresh elections will be held next month, plunging into chaos the country's future in the euro.
Via Yahoo! News: Euro zone Finance Ministers dismissed talk of Greece leaving the euro zone as "propaganda and nonsense" on Monday.
Via Yahoo! News: 88-year-old Henry Kissinger - who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the war in Vietnam - joins a long line of celebrities who have recently been subject to a security pat-down. From the Jersey Shore's JWOWW to the model Bar Refaeli to actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, it seems airport security is the great equalizer.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Via Theo Spark: The German TV channel ZDF has aired what it calls "The Greek Lie". In 45 minutes, they illustrate how two years and half-a-trillion in bailout funds later Greece is not "fixed" and is days from being cashless and leaving the Eurozone.
Via Mail Online: A lavish apartment at the Candy & Candy development One Hyde Park has come up for sale - one of the first properties in the billionaire-friendly block to reach the open market - and it could be yours for a cool £65m.
Via The New York Times: Tens of thousands of Spaniards took to the streets during the weekend to protest austerity budget cuts.
Via The Swedish Wire: Far-right Sweden Democrats have grown to be Sweden’s fourth-largest party with 6.6 percent of voters backing them, according to the latest poll from the research institute Sifo.
Via Paul Krugman: Some of us have been talking it over, and here’s what we think the end game looks like: 1. Greek euro exit, very possibly next month. 2. Huge withdrawals from Spanish and Italian banks, as depositors try to move their money to Germany. 3a. Maybe, just possibly, de facto controls, with banks forbidden to transfer deposits out of country and limits on cash withdrawals. 3b. Alternatively, or maybe in tandem, huge draws on ECB credit to keep the banks from collapsing. 4a. Germany has a choice. Accept huge indirect public claims on Italy and Spain, plus a drastic revision of strategy — basically, to give Spain in particular any hope you need both guarantees on its debt to hold borrowing costs down and a higher eurozone inflation target to make relative price adjustment possible; or: 4b. End of the euro. And we’re talking about months, not years, for this to play out.
Via Theo Spark: When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. May the best loser win! In theaters August 10.
Via Der Spiegel: The Ukrainian activist group Femen has made headlines around the world by baring their breasts to protest against prostitution, exploitation, and corruption, see Topless Woman Attacks The Euro-Cup In Ukraine. Oksana Shachko, a girl with a doll-like face, is supposed to go to prison for five years.
Via Formula 1: Pastor Maldonado defied his critics - of whom there have been plenty since he entered F1 - with a faultless maiden victory in a superbly balanced Williams FW34. When asked if he felt he could win the title, Pastor Maldonado, 27, said: "Everything is possible", according to BBC Sport. Formula One's ruling body the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Monday confirmed it had launched an investigation into the cause of a fire in the Williams garage, injuring more than 30 people, following their victory in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, according to France 24. The source of the fire is believed to be a Kers unit from Bruno Senna's car, which sparked the suspected fuel fire at the back of the garage.
Via The Moscow Times: As the euro-era almost is finished, Europe should now look to Russia for a new currency. Russia should adopt Swedish as its official language, and merge with Scandinavia, before expanding its borders to the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. To establish the Orthodox Church as the official Church of Europe, Swedish as the official language of Europe, and the ruble as Europe's currency, would benefit and help especially smaller countries like Belgium and Portugal. But also bigger countries like France and Germany would become better protected, comforted, and less divided as efficient, flourishing, and important parts of Russia with this modern solution. With Moscow as Europe's political capital, and Constantinople as Europe's religious capital, trade and travel between Europe and America would also be simpler, and science and technology get a helpful and necessary boost to counter the challenges of the future. Centralization, conformity, and discipline is the best remedy to today's anarchy and chaos in Europe's 50 countries inflicted by bankers and other greedy supporters of misdirected diversity.
Via France 24: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party suffered a crushing defeat Sunday in an election in the country's most populous state. Initial projections show the centre-left Social Democrats with 38.8% of the vote and the CDU with 25.8%. The election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a western German state with a bigger population than the Netherlands and an economy the size of Turkey, was held 18 months before a national election in which Merkel is expected to fight for a third term.
Via American Power: Cast and crew of "Battleship" show their appreciation to U.S. Navy Sailors at the premiere of the film at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles May 10, 2012.
Via Ekathimerini: Greece’s political deadlock looked set to continue for a second week as President Karolos Papoulias failed to secure agreement on a unity government and avert new elections with the country heading toward a possible exit from the euro area.
Surfer Garrett McNamara has been recognized by Guinness World Records for riding the largest-ever wave, a towering 78-foot wall of water he says he caught at Nazare, Portugal in November, 2011.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Via France 24: European Central Bank policymaker and Bundesbank chief Jens Weidemann warned Francois Hollande on Saturday against meddling with the EU's fiscal pact. France’s President-elect had vowed to renegotiate the treaty as one of his pre-election promises.
Via Ekathimerini: As the London 2012 torch has been lit at a traditional ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, Greece seems headed for new elections next month.
Via Hollyscoop: Gwen Stefani and her hubby Gavin Rossdale were obviously a picture of true love as they waltzed down the carpet together at last night’s Heart Foundation Gala. So how do these two keep their marriage alive after nearly 10 years? "Date Night", Gavin told Hollyscoop.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Via Ekathimerini: Germany told Greece on Friday that staying in the eurozone was its own choice and that it must not stray from austerity if it expects to get international cash.
Via Disclose.tv: The Federal Reserve has for the first time given approval for a large Chinese bank to purchase a U.S. bank. It also gave approval to two other large Chinese banks to expand their operations in the United States.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Milla Jovovich was put in a thong and had her skirt twirl up while filming an Avon commercial in New York.
Catholic League's Bill Donohue: "I Want To Promote And To Put In A Privileged Position That Institution Of Marriage Between A Man And A Woman..."
Via American Power: "Obama has always liked the idea of two men getting married. He had to change, because he wanted to become President and he said he invoked his Christian moorings", said the Catholic League President Bill Donohue on Piers Morgan's show. I believe the U.S. election's number one issue still is the economy.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Via the World Tribune: In a sign of the Kremlin’s increasing hostility toward NATO’s missile defense system, Moscow has begun deploying its most advanced surface-to-air missiles, the SA-21 Growler or S-400 Triumph, at its Baltic Fleet base in Kaliningrad, near Poland and Lithuania.
Via Hollyscoop: Chris Brown calls out Rihanna for sleeping around with everyone in the music industry. He says he’s the only one who knows the "password" to her heart, he also calls her a pumpkin.
Via American Power: An exclusive behind the scenes look at the sexy star's photo shoot.
Via Los Angeles Times: France's new Socialist President, Francois Hollande, celebrated his election over the weekend at the Place de la Bastille. When a large crowd attacked and took the Bastille on July 14, 1789, the French Revolution was launched. That the prison held no political prisoners but instead a mere half-dozen petty criminals and lunatics, and that the crowd marked the event by chopping off and displaying the heads of two government officials, did little to mute the festive atmosphere. Many in France today identify the oppressors with foreign governments, transnational institutions, and bankers. But the biggest problem in France today is nevertheless the French Republic itself. Only when the Monarchy is restored in France will things get better for the French people. I lived in the elegant city of Lyon most of 2010 and 2011, but the grandeur of that beautiful city can only be brought back by the French Monarchy. Monarchy is also the only solution left for Greece, which still has its King in exile in England.
Via Theo Spark: France elects Socialist Francois Hollande, while Greece continues to burn. What's happening to Europe? Is America next?
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Via Disclose.tv: The Netherlands has adopted essential legislation to safeguard an open and safe net in The Netherlands. It is the first country in Europe to apply net neutrality in the law. In addition, it adopted provisions safeguarding end users against disconnection and wiretapping by companies. Digital rights movement Bits of Freedom calls upon other countries to stick to the Dutch illustration.
Via Theo Spark: What we are celebrating on the 9th of May is another attempt through different means, to smash democracy across Europe, according to Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the "Europe of Freedom and Democracy" (EFD) Group in the European Parliament.
Via King World News: Nigel Farage says he believes there will be an attempt, within months, to install a dictatorship in Europe. But even if the bankers have gotten rid of elected Prime Ministers in Greece and Italy, they cannot stop general elections from taking place yet.
Via Ice Age Now: "Little Ice Age circulation patterns are emerging and more rapid world cooling is taking over", says astrophysicist Piers Corbyn. The world is about to slide into the next ice age. Climate change, driven by the sun, is happening right now, and places us at the threshold of a new ice age. The global warming has been necessary to trigger this coming ice age. The present cooling down of our planet marks the start of a stern ice age. What lies ahead in the coming decades, is not catastrophic warming, but a global, and very prolonged temperature drop.
Via RIA Novosti: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday took part in a ceremony and handed over an ancient icon to the Russian Orthodox Church. President Putin handed over to the Novodevichy (New Maiden) convent in central Moscow an ancient copy of the Iverskaya Icon of the Virgin Mary, which was previously kept at the State History Museum. The icon was brought to Russia from Mount Athos in Greece in 1648. "Let it [the icon] serve and help people", Putin said praising the role of the Orthodox Church in the Russian society and culture. President Putin is currently the only world leader, who fulfills his religious duties with excellence.
Via Just Jared: Johnny Depp, Chloe Moretz, and Michelle Pfeiffer make an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (May 8).
Via Forbes: Facebook and Twitter users spend more time using those networks on mobile devices than they do on traditional computers or laptops.
Via The Sun: The 26-year-old is now in Japan preparing for three shows at the Saitama Super Arena, kicking off tomorrow. Lady Gaga had better not tuck into the soy sauce in her bridal white pencil skirt and sculpted top with sheer shoulders outfit, according to The Sun.
Via Ekathimerini: The leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Alexis Tsipras, is due to meet the heads of PASOK and New Democracy on Wednesday but his slim chances of forming a unity government seem to have disappeared and Greece is likely to hold new elections next month.
Via Le Soir: When a Rabbi, delivered a speech of introduction to Mr. Biden, in front of hundreds of Conservative Rabbis, Biden, a practicing Catholic, made the sign of the cross, briefly joining his hands in prayer, and looked up to heaven. We Orthodox Christians always cross ourselves from right to left; it is indeed important that we make the sign of the cross correctly. Because the Lord separated the sheep from the goats, putting the faithful sheep on His right side, and the goats on the left, the Church always treats the right side as the preferred side. We place our thumb and first two fingers together in a point, and our last two fingers flat against our palm. The three fingers together represent the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and the two fingers in the palm represent the two natures of Christ, the Divine and human natures. We touch our forehead, then our belly, tracing the vertical part of the cross. Christ came from heaven and entered the belly. From our belly, we bring our hand up to our right shoulder, touching it, because we belong to the righteous side, which is referred to in a preferential way many times in both Scripture and in our sacred hymns. We finish placing the cross on ourself by touching our left shoulder, because Orthodox Christians will not go to hell, which is to the left. The ancient and Apostolic tradition the Orthodox Church upholds, and which is manifested on ancient icons, always shows Christ or Bishops beginning a blessing from right to left.