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  • There's Austerity in Spain? Where?

    04/17/2014 2:28:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    EL Pais reports Spanish Public Debt Threatens to Exceed 100% of GDP in 2014 Via translation General government debt accumulated through February was 987.945 billion euros, an amount that represents 96.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). This represents a new record in the amount of money the state, communities, and the municipalities have to return to financial institutions and investment funds. In February alone, the government liabilities increased by 8.130 billion, up 8% from the previous month. The debt problem is not just that you have to pay, but the difficulty to stop the frenzied pace to growing-has risen from...
  • Spanish-Style Riots Coming To A Country Near You

    04/15/2014 10:32:36 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    Dollar Vigilante ^ | 4-15-2014 | James Guzman
    Spanish-Style Riots Coming To A Country Near YouJames GuzmanDollar Vigilante BlogApril 15, 2014 Screams and sirens pierce the air as rocks, firecrackers, and sharp glass go flying in every direction. Police try to beat back the hordes of protesters by smashing indiscriminately into the crowd with their billy clubs. This was the scene recently in Madrid, Spain, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to fight against the budget cuts and tax increases put into place by Mariano Rajoy, the current Prime Minister of Spain. The protesters chanted “no more cuts” as they demolished storefronts and threw...
  • Myths Of British Ancestry

    09/28/2007 7:42:35 AM PDT · by blam · 87 replies · 140+ views
    Prospect ^ | 10-2006 | Stephen Oppenheimer
    Myths of British ancestry October 2006Stephen Oppenheimer Everything you know about British and Irish ancestry is wrong. Our ancestors were Basques, not Celts. The Celts were not wiped out by the Anglo-Saxons, in fact neither had much impact on the genetic stock of these islands The fact that the British and the Irish both live on islands gives them a misleading sense of security about their unique historical identities. But do we really know who we are, where we come from and what defines the nature of our genetic and cultural heritage? Who are and were the Scots, the Welsh,...
  • Entire city goes with online-only voting

    04/06/2014 8:04:11 PM PDT · by null and void · 31 replies
    WND ^ | 4/6/14 | Aaron Klein
    It’s finally happening. An entire municipality will utilize online-only voting in the next election with all balloting to be run via Scytl, the tech company based in Barcelona, Spain. The controversial rollout is being deployed not in the U.S., where Scytl two years ago acquired 100 percent of SOE Software, the leading software provider of election management solutions in the United States. The online-only vote will take place Oct. 27 in Canada, when Leamington, Ontario, will become the first Canadian municipality to cast all ballots via an Internet-only voting process. Every registered voter in Leamington, with a population of about...
  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • Woman falls into well during outdoor sex session in Spain

    04/02/2014 2:10:26 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 96 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2014 | Fiona Govan
    Woman falls into well during outdoor sex session in Spain Woman left in bottom of well by lover after falling through cover during outdoor sex session in Spain Spanish police are looking for a young man who abandoned his lover in a well after she accidentally fell in during a bout of al fresco lovemaking. The couple met on Friday night in Ciudad Real, a city in Castilla-La Mancha region of central Spain at a park where young people gather for outdoor drinking parties known as "el botellon".
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. […] Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters—Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain—turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the world’s largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • Phoenician colony in southeast Spain re-examined

    04/01/2014 1:54:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | March 30, 2014 | University of Alicante
    ...This wall, built between 900 and 850BCE contains eastern Mediterranean compartmented rooms within the main excavated structure, following a typical Phoenician pattern of internal architecture. The organisation and the size of the colony itself is one that is replicated in other such pioneer settlements, and the type of defence found here has close parallels in the Near East with sites such as Hazor or Qeiyafa in Israel, as can be clearly seen in the aerial images... The peaceful abandonment of the settlement occurred around 700 BCE and, pending further research, may be due partially to the gradual silting up of...
  • Is this the Holy Grail?

    04/01/2014 11:54:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 1, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Just in time for Easter, from The New York Daily News: Two historians claim the search for the Holy Grail is over.The famous cup used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper was identified in a book written by Margarita Torres Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, titled “Kings of the Grail” and published last week, as the jewel-encrusted goblet on display at the San Isidro Basilica in the northwestern Spanish city of Leon.News of the discovery caused masses of people to flock to the historic church to view the precious chalice – forcing the operators of the museum to pull...
  • Historians’ Explosive Claim: They’ve Found the Holy Grail

    03/31/2014 6:43:57 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 94 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 31 March 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    Spanish historians claim they’ve discovered the 2,000-year-old Holy Chalice, the biblical cup that Jesus Christ used during the Last Supper. Margarita Torres, a medieval history lecturer at León University and Jose Ortiza del Rio, an art historian, penned a new book claiming that years of research has led them to conclude that Christ’s chalice is somehow inside a medieval goblet that has been on display in Spain for 1,000 years, Daily Mail reported. Residing inside the Basilica of San Isidoro, a church in Spain that is located on the site of an ancient Roman temple, the goblet — known as...
  • Historians claim to have recovered Holy Grail

    03/31/2014 11:02:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 31, 2014 | Bob Fredericks
    Spanish historians say they have discovered what Monty Python could not – the Holy Grail, the legendary cup Jesus supposedly drank from at the Last Supper. The Spaniards – Margarita Torres and José Ortega del Río – believe the 2,000-year-old vessel is in a church in León in northern Spain. The pair spent three years studying the history of the chalice and last week published a book, “The Kings of the Grail,” making their case. The onyx chalice, they explained, was concealed within another antique vessel known as the Chalice of Dońa Urruca, which is located in León’s basilica of...
  • Spain Rules Catalonia Independence Referendum "Unconstitutional"

    03/27/2014 1:15:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/27/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With Scotland moving ever closer, Crimea having chosen their own path, and Venice overwhelmingly voting for secession from Italy, the Spanish government has put its foot down on the Catalonia's planned independence referendum. As Time reports, In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional. Of course, just as in Crimea, this is being ignored by the Catalan government - a region seen as the powerhouse of the Italian economy - who exclaimed "this will have no effect on the process." Via Time, ... In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to...
  • Spain Says Catalonia Can’t Vote for Independence, But Catalans Will Go Ahead Anyway

    03/27/2014 11:49:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Time ^ | 03/26/2014 | Per Liljas
    In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional, but secessionists in the Spanish autonomous region (called a “community” in Spain) have vowed to proceed regardless. Although stifled under the yoke of the Franco dictatorship, Catalonia has long felt cultural and linguistic disctinction from the rest of Spain. In recent years, it developed into a powerhouse of the nation’s economy. However, amid the country’s financial crisis, Madrid has been urging national unity.
  • Venice votes to split from Italy as 89% of the city's residents opt to form a new independent state

    03/23/2014 4:45:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/23/2014 | By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME
    Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy. Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot. The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The floating city has only been part of Italy for 150 years. The 1000 year–old democratic Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, was quashed by Napoleon and was subsumed into...
  • Spanish man dies while taking selfie on top of train

    03/23/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 59 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 18 Mar 2014 10:06 GMT+01:00
    A 21-year-old from southern Spain died on Saturday after being electrocuted when he climbed on to a train to take a photo of himself with friends. The young man from the Andalusian town of Andújar suffered the fatal blow when he touched a high-voltage wire on a train he and his friends had assumed was not electrified. They'd clambered on top of the parked wagon at Andújar train station to take a picture of themselves when they suffered the severe electric shock. Spanish online daily Ideal reported that a 3,5000-volt discharge killed the young man as he went to take...
  • First Evidence Found of Storied Battle That Stopped Spain’s Eastward Expansion

    03/21/2014 5:54:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Western Digs ^ | March 17, 2014 | Blake de Pastino
    Nearly 300 years ago, two great alliances collided on the Great Plains in a battle that changed the course of American history. But until now, no physical evidence of the storied conflict had ever been found. In the summer of 1720, where the Platte River meets the Loup in eastern Nebraska, Spanish soldiers, New Mexican settlers and their Pueblo and Apache allies clashed with warriors from the Pawnee and Oto nations of the Plains. In a daybreak raid, the Pawnee and the Oto — possibly with the support of French traders — routed the Spanish, killing their commander, Don Pedro...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,March Madness 2014,WOR AM,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,M-F,WOR AM, March 20, 2014

    03/20/2014 8:55:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 80 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | March 20, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • A Mesolithic face from Southern Europe

    03/12/2014 4:00:53 AM PDT · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 3-9-2014
    The Mesolithic, a transitional period that lasted from circa 11,000 to 5,000 years ago (between the Palaeolithic and Neolithic), ends with the advent of agriculture and animal husbandry and the concurrent arrival of new genetic material from the Middle East. The arrival of the Neolithic farmers, with their carbohydrate-based and domesticated animal diet, along with food-borne pathogens and the inherent metabolic /immunological challenges can be reflected in genetic adaptations of post- Mesolithic populations.Pre-Neolithic genetic material The individual at the centre of the study belongs to a group prior to this influx of new genetic material.“The biggest surprise was to discover...
  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    AL-MONITOR.com ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • Roadmap to Democracy in Iran and Syria

    03/02/2014 12:00:08 PM PST · by freedom44 · 4 replies
    FSM ^ | 2/23/14 | Slater Bakhtavar
    The recent violence and political upheaval in Syria put the spotlight on the strong alliance the Assad government has with the Islamic Republic of Iran. No sooner than protesters threatened to topple the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, did Iran step up its defense of its Syrian ally both in words and in actions. This left many observers to wonder why Iran reacted so strongly to the possibility of Assad's demise, when it has not done so during the downfall of Gaddafi or Mubarak in Libya and Egypt. To understand why, and to determine the best course of action for the...
  • Altamira cave paintings to be opened to the public once again

    03/01/2014 11:31:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 26 February 2014 | Ashifa Kassam
    For 12 years, visitors wanting to see Spain's prized prehistoric Altamira cave paintings have had to settle for a replica in a museum a few hundred feet away. But from Thursday, small groups of visitors will again be allowed in the cave, which has been described as the Sistine Chapel of paleolithic art, as part of an experiment to determine whether the paintings can support the presence of sightseers. The vast cavern complex, in the Cantabria region of northern Spain, was made a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1985. It is covered in paintings dated to between 14,000 and...
  • Wind farm scam a huge cover-up [Australia]

    ONE of the great popular misconceptions about climate-change sceptics such as Ian Plimer, Bob Carter, Cardinal George Pell and me is that we're all Big-Oil-funded, Gaia-ravaging, nature-hating emissaries of Satan. We can't look at a lovely pristine beach, apparently, without praying for a nice, juicy oil slick to turn up and wipe out all the pelicans and turtles and sea otters. But this isn't actually true. I love our beautiful planet at least as much as your $180,000-a-year (for a three-day week) climate commissioner Tim Flannery does. One of my great heroes is Patrick Moore, the Canadian co-founder of Greenpeace...
  • As Africans Surge to Europe’s Door, Spain Locks Down

    02/28/2014 7:16:01 PM PST · by dennisw · 10 replies
    nytimes ^ | FEB 27, 2014 | By SUZANNE DALEY
    .MELILLA, Spain — It is easy to pick out the new arrivals at the shelter for immigrants here on this tiny patch of Spain in North Africa. One man limps by on crutches with a plaster cast on his ankle. Another has a bandaged arm in a sling. Abbdol Cisse, 19, had stitches on his face. Ten years ago Spain spent 30 million euros building up barriers around Melilla and Ceuta, its two enclaves surrounded by Morocco on the northern coast of Africa, which offer the only land borders between the promise of Europe and the despair of Africa. But...
  • Spain:Muslim Groups Demand Citizenship for Millions(Based on Law for Citizenship of Expelled Jews)

    02/23/2014 4:26:46 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    The Clarion Project ^ | February 23, 2014 | BY SOEREN KERN
    Original Title:Spain: Muslim Groups Demand Citizenship for Millions The demands are for descendants of Muslims expelled from Spain in the Middle Ages when Muslim invaders were kicked out by Christians. Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for "historical justice" comes after the recent approval of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled...
  • Yahweh’s Substance is your makeup "Christ alive" in you, surrender and receive !

    02/03/2014 6:04:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    My substance is your makeup but do not look for it to be anatomical and my atomic number is eternal never wasting away for truly I AM Wonderful in ALL aspects of this one word "ETERNAL". I AM thus an eternal constant and there is no slide rule that can measure my kingdom for I have no beginning or end to measure yet I have storehouses ,does my Word not proclaim this ?! So tell me my children is there really a need to be earthbound when even now you carry this makeup within you ?! Let me allow you...
  • Muslims Demand "Right of Return" to Spain

    02/23/2014 9:21:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/21/14 | Soeren Kern
    Observers say that by granting citizenship to all descendants of expelled Muslims, Spain, virtually overnight, would end up with the largest Muslim population in the European Union."Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some but not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision [not to include Muslims in the return] could cost?... Does Spain have alternatives to the foreign investment from Muslims? — Ahmed Bensalh, Morisco-Moroccan journalist. "Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict. There is no basis for comparison." — Jose...
  • Muslims Demand 'Right of Return' to Spain

    02/23/2014 10:22:15 AM PST · by mojito · 46 replies
    RealClearWorld ^ | 2/22/2014 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for "historical justice" comes after the recent approval of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled from Spain under similar historical circumstances. But historians point out that the Jewish presence in Spain predates the arrival of Christianity in the country and that their expulsion was a...
  • Muslims Demand "Right of Return" to Spain

    02/22/2014 6:49:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | February 21, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Muslims Demand "Right of Return" to Spain Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for "historical justice" comes after the recent approval of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled from Spain under similar historical circumstances. But historians point out that the Jewish presence in Spain predates the arrival of Christianity in the...
  • Researchers look beyond space and time to cope with quantum theory

    10/28/2012 8:50:13 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 78 replies
    Phys Org ^ | October 28, 2012
    Physicists have proposed an experiment that could force us to make a choice between extremes to describe the behaviour of the Universe. The proposal comes from an international team of researchers from Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and Singapore, and is published today in Nature Physics. It is based on what the researchers call a 'hidden influence inequality'. This exposes how quantum predictions challenge our best understanding about the nature of space and time, Einstein's theory of relativity. "We are interested in whether we can explain the funky phenomena we observe without sacrificing our sense of things happening smoothly in space and...
  • Spain's pro-life bill hailed as growing European trend

    02/18/2014 2:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | February 17, 2014 | Adelaide Mena
    Copyright European Union 2013 / European Parliament (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Madrid, Spain, Feb 17, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new bill in Spain to re-establish limits on abortion and assert the state's right to protect unborn children is a step forward in the larger pro-life movement growing across the continent, a European legal expert says. “One of the goals of the Spanish bill was to create debate” said Grégor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. “The debate about abortion is all across Europe,” he told CNA on Feb. 13, adding that the Spanish bill...
  • "The Mask" Espionage Malware

    02/13/2014 8:23:30 PM PST · by Theoria · 1 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 11 Feb 2014 | Bruce Schneier
    We’ve got a new nation-state espionage malware. "The Mask" was discovered by Kaspersky Labs: The primary targets are government institutions, diplomatic offices and embassies, energy, oil and gas companies, research organizations and activists. Victims of this targeted attack have been found in 31 countries around the world -- from the Middle East and Europe to Africa and the Americas. The main objective of the attackers is to gather sensitive data from the infected systems. These include office documents, but also various encryption keys, VPN configurations, SSH keys (serving as a means of identifying a user to an SSH server) and...
  • Spanish prosecutor to investigate Cardinal-elect for calling homosexuality ‘defective’

    02/10/2014 1:42:21 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Feb 07, 2014 | Peter Baklinski
    Cardinal-elect Fernanco Sebastian Aguilar, a Pope Francis appointee MADRID, Spain- A Spanish prosecutor has agreed to investigate Cardinal-elect Fernando Sebastian Aguilar after a national homosexualist group launched a legal action against him last month, accusing him of hate speech for calling homosexuality a “defective way of expressing sexuality.” Aguilar, recently named as a cardinal-elect by Pope Francis, told the Spanish newspaper Diario Sur January 20 that sex “has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.” Cardinal-elect Fernando Sebastián Aguilar with Pope Francis “A homosexual who can’t achieve procreation is failing,” he said. “Our bodies have many defects. I have...
  • Spain grants right of dual nationality to Sephardi Jews

    02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST · by cll · 19 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2/09/2014 | Eli Leon
    More than 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish government has voted to facilitate the naturalization of Jewish families of Spanish descent, without demanding they give up their other citizenship. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain must be rolling in their graves: The government in Madrid on Friday approved legislation that would allow descendents of Jews who were exiled from Spain to be naturalized in the country without having to give up their former citizenship, which had been the law until now. Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said that Spain "is indebted to Spanish Jews for spreading the...
  • New Spanish Cardinal to be Probed for 'Anti-Gay' Incitement

    02/06/2014 7:04:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    UCA News ^ | 2/6/14 | AFP
    Spanish prosecutors have opened an investigation into newly chosen Spanish Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar after a gay-rights group accused him of hate speech for calling homosexuality a "defect". The public prosecutor for the southern province of Malaga, Juan Carlos Lopez, said he had opened a preliminary inquiry "to clarify whether the allegations constitute a criminal offence," according to a document obtained Wednesday by AFP. Sebastian, who is close to Pope Francis, is one of 19 new cardinals chosen by the pontiff last month to be officially appointed on February 22. A week after being picked, the 84-year-old archbishop emeritus of...
  • Spanish Homosexualists Launch Criminal Complaint Against Cardinal-Elect

    01/30/2014 7:37:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 1/30/14 | Hilary White
    ROME, January 29, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar is under fire from a Spanish homosexualist group who have launched legal action against him for comments that it is “not an insult” to say that homosexuality is a psychological disorder. The Archbishop, a retired theologian who was recently named as one of Pope Francis’ new batch of cardinals-elect, was blasted by the international press when he told a Spanish newspaper last week, “Homosexuality is a defective manner of expressing sexuality, because [sex] has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.” “A homosexual who can’t achieve procreation is failing,”...
  • European Hunter-Gatherers, Blue Eyes and Dark Skin?

    01/27/2014 8:44:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 39 replies
    The Unz Review ^ | 26 Jan 2014 | Razib Khan
    The headlines about this individual having dark skin are well founded, like the Luxembourg hunter-gatherer the sample has ancestral “non-European” copies of most of the major loci which are known to have large effect sizes (SLC24A5, which is now fixed in Europeans, SLC45A2, which is present at frequencies north of 80% in most of Europe, and KITLG, a lower frequency variant known to have a major impact on skin and hair). Additionally, this individual is related to the Ma’lta individual, just like the Swedish hunter-gatherers, but unlike the Luxembourg male (which did predate the Spanish samples by 1,000 years). Lots...
  • Brokeback Mountain The Opera

    01/27/2014 6:27:20 AM PST · by A'elian' nation · 24 replies
    AP Bretibart ^ | 1/27/2014
    Brokeback Mountain, The Opera,is having its premiere opening in Madrid, Spain. The author, Annie Proulx, said that the operatic version would "present an opportunity to explore the complexities of the tale in a way neither her own short story nor the movie by director Ang Lee were able to do." She also said that the opera would "open up the characters involved in the doomed love affair." Which, I imagine, will go a long way in helping the actors reach those high notes. Apologies aforehand for any coffee upchucked keyboards.
  • 'Teen anti-abortion film contest is shameful' [Spain]

    01/26/2014 3:44:11 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 24 Jan 2014 13:03 GMT+01:00
    Aragon's Education Ministry has been slammed for promoting an anti-abortion short film competition aimed at teenagers. The contest, directed at students aged 14 to 18, will reward the makers of the film that best "defends the life of the unborn" with €500 ($680) in prize money. Two private pro-life associations are behind the controversial scheme, but it's Aragon's regional ministry that has received most criticism for advertising the scheme on its website. The competition's judges will be looking for films that "offer a beautiful, suggestive and encouraging view on why women who have an unexpected pregnancy should opt for life"....
  • Swiss mother allegedly kills son in Spain hospital

    01/23/2014 7:26:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    fox ^ | JORGE SAINZ
    MADRID (AP) - A Swiss woman detained by Spanish authorities and taken to a hospital with her 10-month-old son allegedly cut the boy's throat with a hidden knife and killed him after receiving permission to give him a bath, Spain's Civil Guard said Thursday. Katharina Katit-Staheli, 40, was taken into custody Wednesday with her son in Torrevieja on the Mediterranean coast by police acting on an arrest warrant issued by Zurich authorities. The mother allegedly took her child suffering from a brain abnormality without authorization from a specialist Swiss clinic.
  • Spanish Cardinal-elect: ‘not an insult’ to call homosexuality a psychological disorder

    01/21/2014 3:49:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Hilary White
    ROME, January 21, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The secular media is abuzz with comments from Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, recently named as a cardinal-elect by Pope Francis, that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be treated. Sebastián told the Spanish newspaper Diario Sur on Monday that: “Homosexuality is a defective manner of expressing sexuality, because [sex] has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.” “A homosexual who can’t achieve procreation is failing,” he said. “Our bodies have many defects. I have high blood pressure, a defect I have to try and correct in whatever way I can.” “To say...
  • Famed Exorcist Comes to Miami, Puts Santeria on Blast

    01/21/2014 3:40:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Tue., Jan. 21 2014 | Allie Conti
    Father Jose Antonio Fortea, author of a famous treaty on demonology, spent about an hour with the press at Miami's Archdiocese on Friday. He framed the conversation around the idea that people are turning toward secular solutions or other faiths to overcome spiritual obstacles. Fortea, who is from Spain, said that although exorcisms are uncommon last-ditch resorts, the Vatican has emphasized the rite in recent years out of necessity. The Catholic Church does not advertise the number of exorcisms it approves annually, but some statistics do exist: Between 1991 and 2001, the number of Catholic demon-expellers in the United States...
  • Spain's new cardinal says homosexuality a 'defect'

    01/20/2014 10:31:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 79 replies
    AFP ^ | 1-20-14
    Pope Francis' newly chosen Spanish cardinal, 84-year-old Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, has described homosexuality as a "defect" that can be corrected with treatment, sparking condemnation from gay rights groups. "A lot of people complain and don't tolerate it but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality, because that has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation," Sebastian told Malaga newspaper Sur. The interview was published Sunday, a week after the Spaniard was named as one of 19 new cardinals chosen by the pope, to be officially appointed February 22. "We have a lot...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • Reform or lose us as member, Britain’s finance minister tells EU

    01/15/2014 9:29:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:54am EST | Andrew Osborn
    Britain told its European Union partners on Wednesday the EU’s treaties were “not fit for purpose” and there must be reform or it would quit the bloc. In the latest blast of euroskepticism from Conservatives in Britain’s coalition government, finance minister George Osborne said EU treaties had to be changed to protect member states like his own that don’t use the euro. The comments, made at a conference in London on reform of the 28-nation EU, are unlikely to be embraced by integrationists in Brussels, who want Britain to remain in the bloc but have become irritated by its demands...
  • West has discussed co-operation with Syria, Damascus claims

    01/15/2014 6:31:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 15, 2014 | Agencies
    Some western nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have discussed security co-operation with his government, Syria said on Wednesday, a move which if true would suggest a rise in western concerns about foreign militants in rebel ranks. The UK government denied having any such co-operation with the Assad regime and the top US and French diplomats both said they were personally unaware of such contacts though did not go so far as to deny that any had taken place. Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said several western intelligence services had visited Damascus for discussions. His comments were broadcast a...
  • Vision for those with an ear to hear [charistmatic caucus]

    01/15/2014 12:00:51 PM PST · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 1-15-14 | Jedediah
    This morning I saw the children of God all standing before Jesus and I sensed the importance in this meeting for those with an ear to hear The Lord. My courts are open to you, I have opened the books for you to view, The coming disasters before they arrive, "My" church shall have the knowledge to survive, And This is the separation of the sheep from the goats, No longer shall you be in the dark for you shall be my vessels yeah my boats, To carry the beaten the lost and the stole, For before things happen you...
  • Chaos in Spanish city as protesters rally against costly boulevard plan (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    01/14/2014 2:58:56 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 5 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 13 January 2014 | RT.com
    Violent protests in the Spanish city of Burgos went into a third day Sunday, with street demonstrators venting frustration at the council's decision to reduce the size of a road by half, and remove a significant number of parking spaces.
  • Feminists Outraged After Female Author Writes Book Encouraging Women to Get Married and Be

    01/05/2014 10:33:55 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 64 replies
    Christianpost.com ^ | December 18, 2013 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    A self-help book based on Old Testament principles of the Bible written by a 43-year-old married Italian journalist and mother of four advising women to be submissive to their husbands in marriage is now causing an international uproar from feminists around the world. The book, Cásate y sé sumisa, translated Get Married and Be Submissive, has even drawn the ire of a high ranking political figure in Spain in the form of that country's health minister Ana Mato, who according to The Telegraph, said: "I think it is inappropriate and disrespectful to women." According to the report, from the very...
  • EU leadership approval ratings tumble to all-time low

    01/10/2014 10:39:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 January 2014
    Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg are the only EU countries where citizens approve the European Union’s leadership with a clear 50% majority, according to a recent poll by Gallup. Approval ratings in nearly all other member states have dropped dramatically since 2008, especially in the crisis-hit south. The approval of the EU leadership is lowest in Greece (19%), Cyprus (21%) and Spain (27%), according to Gallup poll released on Wednesday (8 January). Other countries with critically low approval ratings include the United Kingdom (29%), Sweden (30%) or the Czech Republic (30%). The EU is still backed by a majority of...
  • Spain’s King Juan Carlos told Britain: ‘We don’t want Gibraltar back’

    01/07/2014 8:53:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:11PM GMT 06 Jan 2014 | Fiona Govan
    King Juan Carlos of Spain told Britain that Spain “did not really want” Gibraltar back as it would lead to claims from Morocco for Spanish territories in North Africa, newly declassified documents from the 1980s released by the Foreign Office reveal. The King of Spain admitted privately in a meeting with the then British ambassador to Madrid, Sir Richard Parsons, that it was “not in Spain’s interest to recover Gibraltar in the near future”. If it did so, “King Hassan would immediately reactivate the Moroccan claim to Ceuta and Melilla,” the monarch, who celebrated his 76th birthday on Sunday, reportedly...