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  • US about to slap disobedient European firms with sanctions over Russian gas project

    06/11/2018 12:54:11 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    RT ^ | June 2018 | Jonathan Ernst
    The White House is on the verge of introducing penalties against companies engaged in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will deliver Russian natural gas to the EU across the Baltic Sea. Apart from Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, the project is being undertaken by German energy firms Wintershall and Uniper, French multinational Engie, British-Dutch oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell, and Austrian energy company OMV. Initially, Gazprom's European partners were planning to become stakeholders in the Nord Stream 2 AG, which is registered in Switzerland. However, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, Poland’s...
  • Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford's Meeting with Russian Chief of Staff

    06/09/2018 7:56:18 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs ^ | June 8, 2018 | Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON-- Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder provided the following readout:Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. and Russian Chief of the General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov held a meeting June 8 in Helsinki, Finland.The two military leaders discussed the deconfliction of Coalition and Russian operations in Syria, and exchanged views on the state of U.S.-Russia military relations and the current international security situation in Europe and other key regions. The U.S. and Russian militaries have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability. Both leaders recognize the importance of maintaining regular communication to avoid...
  • U.S, Russian military leaders meet in Finland

    06/08/2018 6:32:02 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8, 20128 | Associated Press
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The top U.S. military chief met Friday with his Russian counterpart in Finland to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the current international security situation. Finnish news agency FNB said the meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue used for meetings, negotiations and receptions north of the capital, Helsinki. On Thursday, Dunford met separately with Finland’s military chief, Gen. Jarmo Lindberg.
  • The Finnish Epic Behind Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

    12/20/2001 4:12:42 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 5+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 12-19-2001 | Brian Handwerk
    The Finnish Epic Behind Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Brian Handwerk for National Geographic News December 19, 2001 Generations of readers have cherished Middle Earth, the fantasy universe sprung from the mind of storyteller J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, his magical world has been brought to life with the premiere of the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. While the author's imagination was vast, Tolkien's world and its cast of characters do have roots in real-world history and geography, from the world wars that dominated Tolkien's lifetime to the ancient language and legends of ...
  • UN nuclear watchdog’s chief inspector resigns without explanation

    05/11/2018 8:16:49 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 47 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/11/2018 | AFP
    VIENNA, Austria — The chief inspector of the UN’s nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resigned Friday, a spokesperson for the agency said. No reason was given for Tero Varjoranta’s sudden departure, which comes days after US President Donald Trump took America out of the deal between Iran and world powers over its nuclear program.
  • Finland's 'Female-Only' Island Slated to Open Amid Controversy

    05/11/2018 10:38:30 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 39 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 5/11/2018 | Staff
    Advertised as a "rejuvenating and a safe space where women can reinvent themselves and their desires," an island off the coast of Raasepori in southern Finland is being touted as an all-inclusive, testosterone-free luxury resort. According to the Supershe website, the island can accommodate ten women in four newly-renovated cabins. German-American entrepreneur Kristina Roth, the driving force behind the project, has dispelled the contradictory reports that have come out recently about the businesswoman allegedly abandoning her cause. In an interview with Finnish national broadcaster Yle, she set the record straight by claiming that the resort will open its doors on...
  • Finland's 'Female-Only' Island Slated to Open Amid Controversy

    05/11/2018 6:16:56 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 35 replies
    Sput ^ | May 11, 2018 | staff
    Despite an ongoing investigation by the Nordic nation's equality ombudsman's office into whether a woman-only business classifies as illegal discrimination, the "Supershe" island oasis is scheduled to open "as planned." Advertised as a "rejuvenating and a safe space where women can reinvent themselves and their desires," an island off the coast of Raasepori in southern Finland is being touted as an all-inclusive, testosterone-free luxury resort. According to the Supershe website, the island can accommodate ten women in four newly-renovated cabins. German-American entrepreneur Kristina Roth, the driving force behind the project, has dispelled the contradictory reports that have come out recently...
  • Climate group raises money to carve Trump's face into glacier

    05/01/2018 8:54:43 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/01/18 | Aris Folley
    A Finnish climate group is raising $500,000 to carve President Donald Trump’s face onto an arctic iceberg. In an attempt to prove global warming exists, a Finnish group called Melting Ice wants to carve a 115-foot ice sculpture of Trump’s face into a glacier for an effort they call "Project Trumpmore." Etc...
  • Finnish Failure: Guaranteed Basic Income Punishes Work, Subsidizes Sloth

    04/30/2018 9:54:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/29/2018
    The latest "big idea" in the U.S. is the Universal Basic Income — a guaranteed income for all. Progressives of course like the idea, but even some conservatives and libertarians do, too. Only one problem: It doesn't work. Ask Finland, a highly progressive Scandinavian country that has an ongoing guaranteed income experiment, but is abandoning it. Starting in 2017, the two-year Finnish program selected a random group of 2,000 unemployed people and gave them a monthly income roughly equal to about $678 for doing ... nothing. The government hoped that many participants would flood back into the labor market. But...
  • Weapons expert: Real choice for new Finnish Air Force fighter between Lockheed Martin and Saab

    04/27/2018 7:31:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    yle Uutiset ^ | 27.4.2018
    In an Yle Radio 1 interview on Friday, weapon systems expert Arto Pulkki said he believes that in practice the choice of new aircraft for the Finnish Air Force will come down to just two contenders, either the American Lockheed Martin F-35 or the Swedish Saab Gripen E. Bids are being sought from five manufacturers for the 7-10 billion euro acquisition of a projected 64 multi-role fighter aircraft. The planes being considered are the British-made Eurofighter Typhoon, France’s Dassault Rafale, Sweden’s Saab Gripen E, and the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 from American manufacturers. "Both the Eurofighter...
  • Was Finland’s Universal Basic Income Program A Failure?

    04/25/2018 10:46:49 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies ^ | 04-25-2018 | Josh
    While it lasted, Finland’s social experiment that gave 2,000 unemployed people nearly $700 a month with zero strings attached was a decent take home for those who enjoyed its benefits over the 15 months—but the authorities say it’s not working and are moving to wind it down by 2019. In January 2017, Finland became first country in Europe to launch a universal basic income program, randomly choosing 2,000 individuals without jobs, aged 25 to 58, and giving them a fixed monthly income of $685 without the usual condition that they actively seek employment. It was a unique social experiment that...
  • Finland's Flirtation With "Free" Money For The Jobless To End (Universal Basic Income)

    04/24/2018 4:12:26 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4-24-2018
    Finland's government has decided not to continue its year-old experiment offering citizens a universal basic income -- or money for nothing -- beyond the two year trial. In January 2017, Finland became the first country in Europe to pay some of its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to 560 euros ($587), in the unique social experiment aimed at cutting government red tape, reducing poverty and boosting employment. On Tuesday, it emerged that the government had decided to stop making the payments to the 2,000 randomly picked citizens chosen as subjects in the experiment from January 2019. The government...
  • Finland ends universal basic income experiment

    04/23/2018 6:53:07 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4-23-2018 | James Crisp
    inland has decided to end its experiment with a universal basic income, in which people are paid an unconditional salary by the state instead of benefits. The idea of a universal basic income has high-profile champions such as Richard Branson, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. But the Finnish government's enthusiasm for a pilot scheme, a European first which garnered worldwide attention, is petering out. Calls for extra funding for it were rejected and the two year trial will not be extended after next year.
  • Skilled female potters travelled around the Baltic nearly 5000 years ago

    04/03/2018 1:44:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Urethralert ^ | 22-Mar-2018 | University of Helsinki
    Researchers mapped the arrival routes of pottery and people representing the Corded Ware Culture complex (c. 2900-2300 BCE) into the Nordic countries by identifying the areas where the pottery was made. Corded Ware pottery was very different from earlier Stone Age pottery. It represented a new technology and style, and as a new innovation, used crushed ceramics -- or broken pottery -- mixed in with the clay. Finland, Estonia and Sweden had at least five different manufacturing areas for Corded Ware pottery which engaged in active pottery trade across the Baltic Sea approximately 5000 years ago. Häme in Southern Finland...
  • Call to UN Secretary-General: Suspend Human Rights Commissioner

    03/20/2018 4:52:47 AM PDT · by judeasamaria · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 20, 2018 | Mordechai Sones
    Citizens from more than 30 countries around the world appealed to the UN Secretary-General to suspend UN Human Rights Commissioner Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein after calling Judea and Samaria communities a "war crime", following the latest report he issued regarding the pace of construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria. "While tens of thousands of people are being slaughtered in Syria, and while women's rights are being disregarded in Iran, the Human Rights Commissioner is issuing a report on the settlement movement in Israel, which details construction information, calling it a war crime", mentioned the letter. "The Commissioner' s obsession with...
  • UN Happiness Survey: If Finland Is The 'Happiest Country In The World,' Why Is Everyone Coming Here?

    03/19/2018 9:09:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/19/2018
    Rankings: A new report claims that Finland is the happiest out of 156 countries around the world. What the report really shows, however, is the futility of these types of international comparisons.XThe annual ranking, put out by the U.N.-sponsored Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is based on the findings of the Gallup World Poll, which conducts national surveys in more than 160 countries.The other of the top five "happiest countries" on this year's list are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland. The U.S. came in 18th place, down from 14th last year.The findings generated widespread coverage, and to some on the left,...
  • Smoking every day [tobacco or marijuana] can increase psychosis risk, study finds

    03/18/2018 3:15:28 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 170 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | March 18, 2018 | David Railton
    Two new studies report an increased risk of psychosis among smokers of not only marijuana, but tobacco, too. The tobacco study has now been published in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, and the marijuana study — which was conducted by the same team — has now been published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. Research has found links between psychosis and both tobacco and marijuana smoking — particularly in regard to schizophrenia-related psychosis. However, the precise reasons why people who experience psychosis are more likely to smoke are not clear. Some scientists think that smoking might act as a kind...
  • NYT: A Billionaire and a Nurse Shouldn’t Pay the Same Fine for Speeding

    03/18/2018 6:31:28 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 98 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03/15/18 | Alec Schierenbeck
    If Mark Zuckerberg and a janitor who works at Facebook’s headquarters each received a speeding ticket while driving home from work, they’d each owe the government the same amount of money. Mr. Zuckerberg wouldn’t bat an eye. The janitor is another story. For people living on the economic margins, even minor offenses can impose crushing financial obligations, trapping them in a cycle of debt and incarceration for nonpayment. In Ferguson, Mo., for example, a single $151 parking violation sent a black woman struggling with homelessness into a seven-year odyssey of court appearances, arrest warrants and jail time connected to her...
  • The Happiness Button - Customer Satisfaction at the Push of a Button from Finland

    03/18/2018 5:51:22 AM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    The NYer | February 5, 2018 | David Owen     Invented in Finland!From the New Yorker mag which is banned but I ask Jim Robinson for an exception---LINK only of course
  • North Korea, US representatives to meet in Finland

    03/18/2018 7:06:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2018 | David McKenzie, Jungeun Kim and Yuli Yang,
    The North Korea talks in Finland will include American representatives who are not government officials, said Kimmo Lahdevirta, an official at the Finland foreign ministry. The US does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea. South Korea's Foreign Ministry told CNN that former officials and private experts from South Korea would be at the "second-tier" talks on denuclearization. The ministry suggested the US would also be represented in some way, without giving details. Lahdevirta described the meeting as a "track 1.5 academic meeting ... involving representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the US." So-called "track 1.5 talks" bring...