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  • Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field ... 1,300 Light Years Away

    12/13/2012 3:48:44 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Oil price. ^ | 06 December 2012 | James Burgess
    Have our wishes been answered? Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever … but before you do I should probably inform you of the tiny hiccup in any plan to develop this oil field. It is around 1,300 light years away. The scientists work at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and using the 30m-telescope of the Institute for Radio Astronomy they discovered a vast cloud of hydrocarbons within the Horse Head Nebula galaxy in the Orion constellation.
  • Germany: Image of Islam 'Devastating'

    12/11/2012 9:39:29 AM PST · by bayouranger · 42 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org/ ^ | 10DEC12 | Soeren Kern
    The most sobering finding is that 46% of Turks say they hope that one day Germany will have more Muslims than Christians. Germans are overwhelmingly mistrustful of Islam and Muslim immigration, according to a new research survey, which concludes that the image of Islam in Germany is "devastating." The findings -- which corroborate the conclusions of other recent studies -- show a growing divide between ordinary Germans, who are concerned about the consequences of mass immigration from Muslim countries, and Germany's political elites, who are determined to build a "multicultural" society at any cost. The 28-page study, "Fear of the...
  • A free-trade agreement with Europe? [David Ignatius]

    12/08/2012 10:00:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday December 6, 2012 | David Ignatius
    At a recent meeting of German business and foreign-policy leaders, one participant summed up an anxiety that’s almost palpable here: “Europeans have a sense of being left alone. You Americans don’t understand how much we need you.” Europeans seem relieved that Barack Obama won reelection. (One German official wrote in an informal paper that his victory was “the best thing that could have happened to the U.S.”) But Europeans remain worried that the Obama administration’s famous “pivot” toward Asia will leave them abandoned at a time of severe internal economic and political trouble. But a big idea is taking shape...
  • The Final Order - The forgotten battle of Hill 400

    12/07/2012 1:02:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 7, 2012 | Patrick K. O’Donnell
    Most Americans remember December 7 as Pearl Harbor Day. But the seventh haunts many World War II Ranger veterans for another reason: It marks the anniversary of one of the great untold small-unit actions of World War II — the Battle of Hill 400, the U.S. Army Rangers’ “longest day.” My new book, Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, chronicles that epic battle, as well as the other heroic efforts of this remarkable Ranger company.“Fix bayonets!” barked a hulking Ranger officer.In a scene reminiscent of a World War I battle, Germans and Americans stared at each other...
  • Israeli PM “disappointed” with Angela Merkel

    12/06/2012 7:53:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 09:29 | Valentina Pop
    A joint German-Israeli government meeting in Berlin on Thursday (6 December) is likely to be the scene of more disagreements between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the two traditional allies are having increased difficulty finding common ground. The scene was set already on the eve of the meeting. Netanyahu told Die Welt about his “disappointment” at Germany’s decision last week to abstain instead of saying “No” to Palestine's status upgrade within the United Nations. “I think Chancellor Merkel thought this vote would somehow promote peace. But the opposite has happened: Ever since the UN vote, the...
  • Homeric Battle in Germany -- Bizarre Court Battle over Duff Beer Trademark

    12/06/2012 6:09:14 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | 12/06/2012
    Germany's Duff Beer UG has shown itself to be a formidable foe in the courtroom, taking on all comers in defending its right to brew Homer Simpson's favorite beer. For what was originally a fictitious beverage fawned over by a yellow cartoon character with four fingers, Duff Beer and its would-be real-life producers have spent a surprising amount of time in court. And on Thursday, yet another such legal tiff was resolved -- with Germany's Federal Court of Justice (BGH) essentially ruling that the country can have two separate beers named Duff. Duff Beer UG, which has brewed the stuff...
  • Fermi’s Anniversary: Seventy years ago, a scientific breakthrough revolutionized nuclear technology.

    12/05/2012 2:28:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    Enrico Fermi This week marks the 70th anniversary of a turning point in human history.It was on December 2, 1942, that Enrico Fermi ordered the control rods pulled from the nuclear reactor he had built under the west stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field stadium, thereby initiating the first artificial sustained-fission reaction in human history. A cryptic message flashed the electrifying news back to Washington. “The Italian navigator has landed in the new world.”The consequences of Fermi’s success were profound. Within two and a half years, the Manhattan Project advanced to build both uranium-isotope-separation and plutonium-manufacturing facilities on...
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...
  • German Weapons for the World: How the Merkel Doctrine Is Changing Berlin Policy

    12/03/2012 9:44:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/03/2012 | (Spiegel Staff)
    Germany used to be extremely careful about where it exported its weapons. In recent years, however, Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown a preference for sending high-tech armaments abroad rather than German soldiers—even if that means doing business with questionable regimes. … German high-tech weapons are a hot commodity among Arab potentates and other autocrats. They haven’t failed to notice that the coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) has steadily relaxed Germany's otherwise restrictive arms export policy. … The chancellor points out that her foreign policy is “committed to...
  • Germany “deeply concerned” by Israeli settlement plans

    12/03/2012 2:50:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Lebanon Daily Star ^ | December 03, 2012 01:06 PM (Last updated: December 03, 2012 01:41 PM) | (AFP)
    Germany said Monday it was “deeply concerned” about Israeli plans for new settlements but would not "for the moment" summon its ambassador to Berlin. Ahead of talks this week between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert called on Israel to withdraw its plan to build new Jewish settler homes. … When asked whether Germany would follow France and Britain in summoning the Israel ambassador, a foreign ministry spokesman said Berlin had no immediate plans to do so. …
  • Germany will not back Palestinian U.N. bid: government spokesman

    11/28/2012 7:47:57 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 7 replies
    YahooNews/Rueters ^ | November 28, 2012 | Staff
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will not back a Palestinian bid for a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, the government spokesman said on Wednesday.
  • Europe sees US debt crisis as dire as its own

    11/28/2012 4:11:26 AM PST · by John W · 5 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | John W. Schoen
    Now it’s Europe’s turn to worry about U.S. economy. American officials have been wringing their hands for the past two years about the heavy burden of government debt piling up in Europe. On Tuesday, Europe’s Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development warned that the U.S. "fiscal cliff" threatens prospects for the eurozone’s economic recovery. “We’re talking here about the medium and long-term viability of the United States economy,” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told CNBC. “Not only to avoid the fiscal cliff but then get to a moment where (U.S.) debt stops rising and the debt to GDP starts coming...
  • Germany to ban sex with animals: report

    11/27/2012 9:59:25 AM PST · by null and void · 62 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 26, 2012 11:36PM
    Germany is about to ban sex with animals, including the 'pimping' of farm animals for sex. Source: Herald Sun THE German government is about to reintroduce a ban on bestiality, after pressure from animal welfare groups. Newspaper die Tageszeitung reports that the governing coalition are soon to amend the country's Animal Welfare Act to make sex with animals punishable with a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,000). Bestiality was legalised in Germany in 1969, the same year that gay sex was also removed from the criminal code. After that, sex with animals was only punishable if the animal was...
  • Woman arrested after trying to kill her boyfriend with her large breasts

    11/26/2012 11:08:58 PM PST · by expat1000 · 56 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Nov 25, 2012 | Debbie Gross
    man claims he was nearly killed after his girlfriend choked him with her large breasts, according court proceedings. A high-flying lawyer fled in terror naked after his girlfriend used her 38DD breasts to kill him, a German court has heard.Tim Schmidt, 30, said his girlfriend, Franziska Hansen, 33, mounted her assault while they were having sex because she was jealous of his successful career.
  • A One-Sided Suicide Pac

    11/26/2012 4:22:41 PM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    Familysecuritymatters.com ^ | 24NOV12 | EDWARD CLINE
    Soeren Kern, writing for the Gatestone Institute in his November 16th article, "IslamNeeds a Fair Chance in Germany," reported a significant development in Germany that portends dire consequences for that benighted nation and for all of Europe: the city of Hamburg signed a "treaty" with organizations representing its Islamic population. The "treaty" features a series of concessions, not by the Muslims to secular authority, but by the secular government of Hamburg to the Muslims. The "treaty," which requires ratification by the city's Parliament, grants Muslims "rights" and "privileges" enjoyed by no other religious group there. The November 13 agreement, signed...
  • DNC & Obama Execs Hosted Known Terrorist Fischer In Denver Wednesday 8/27/2008

    08/28/2008 7:11:38 AM PDT · by Southack · 48 replies · 549+ views
    The Washington Note ^ | 8/28/2008 | Steve Clemmons
    Wednesday morning, August 27, between 11 am and 1:30 pm EST or 9 am and 11:30 am mountain time, I'll be chairing a New America Foundation/Middle East Task Force event in Denver at the Colorado History Museum. The keynotes are Senator JOHN KERRY (D-MA), Obama National Security Adviser GREG CRAIG, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School Dean ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER, former Congressman and Obama Adviser MEL LEVINE, former German Foreign Minister JOSCHKA FISCHER, and Aspen Institute President (and former CNN Chairman and CEO and TIME Managing Editor) Walter Isaacson. Our panel will be former Israeli negotiator and New America Foundation Senior Fellow...
  • Germany floats “Plan B”—a budget deal without Britain

    11/23/2012 10:34:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23 November 2012 | (EurActiv.com)
    Germany has raised the pressure on British Prime Minister David Cameron to seek an agreement on the EU’s long-term budget at a summit in Brussels today (23 November), by floating an alternative deal that would sideline Britain and neutralize its veto. … If confirmed today, the “Plan B” would work in two steps. First, EU leaders, recognizing the impossibility of finding an agreement at 27, would issue a statement at today’s meeting saying budget talks will resume in January 2013, at another summit.In the meantime, they would reach a political agreement on the bloc’s long-term finances—without the UK—and confirm it...
  • Slash “outrageous” pay and perks, Cameron tells EU as he clashes over Brussels’ budget

    11/22/2012 10:21:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:50 EST, 22 November 2012 | James Chapman
    David Cameron brandished a list of the “outrageous” pay and perks of tens of thousands of Eurocrats last night as he clashed with EU leaders over British demands for cuts to Brussels’ vast budget. The Prime Minister insisted tens of billions of pounds could easily be slashed from the EU’s spending plans for the next seven years. He highlighted the Brussels gravy train, a new EU diplomatic service and infrastructure investment as key targets. … The Commission wants to increase its budget by 350 percent—from Ł6.5 billion ($10.4 billion) to Ł29 billion ($46 billion). Britain said that, at most, it...
  • "Islam Needs a Fair Chance in Germany"

    11/20/2012 10:23:20 AM PST · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/16/2012 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim officials will also be able to determine who will (and will not) be allowed to teach courses about Islam in city schools -- meaning that only Muslims will be allowed to teach Islam. Muslims, for their part, are hoping the Hamburg treaty will establish a precedent for the rest of Germany to follow.
  • German soldiers 'ready to defend Turkish-Syrian border'

    11/19/2012 3:06:00 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 17 Nov 12 09:58 CET
    German soldiers and missiles seem likely to be posted to Turkey’s border with Syria soon. One report suggested the government was checking the legality of such a posting, ahead of a Turkish request expected on Monday. The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Saturday that government officials were discussing whether a parliamentary mandate would be needed to send the 170 soldiers which would be needed to staff two Patriot missile units as part of a NATO mission. The Turkish government said ten days ago it wanted the air defence missiles for its border with Syria, where rockets from the civil-war-wracked country...