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  • Israeli Hackers Strike Back at Anonymous OpIsrael, Expose Participants With Their Own Webcams

    04/10/2014 7:19:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 10, 2014 6:19 PM | Shiryn Ghermezian
    An Israeli hacker team published on Tuesday images and personal details of members of the Anonymous hacker collective who participated in the OpIsrael attack against Israeli sites earlier this week, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. Israeli Elite Force gained access to the computers of 16 Anonymous members and was able to capture screenshots and photos of the anti-Israel hackers with their own webcams. The Israeli team published the information in a Dropbox document via their Facebook page, saying, “Anonymous, next time do not mess with us.” The file includes the names of the attackers, their countries of origin, and usernames and...
  • Retired art teacher committed suicide because of frustration with modern life

    04/07/2014 12:35:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:32AM BST 06 Apr 2014 | Claire Carter
    A retired art teacher committed suicide at the Dignitas clinic because she was frustrated at the lack of interaction in modern life, because of our reliance on computers and the Internet. The 89-year-old, who asked only to be identified as Anne before her death, was frustrated with the trappings of modern life, including fast food, consumerism and the amount of time people spend watching television. Anne, a former electrician with the Royal Navy, was not terminally ill or seriously handicapped and traveled to Dignitas in Switzerland last month. Before her death she told the Sunday Times: “People are becoming more...
  • Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy

    04/02/2014 4:16:21 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 51 replies
    Mail ^ | 04-01-2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award. Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin chairs the Senate investigations subcommittee. On Tuesday, Levin grilled Caterpillar executives and their accountants at a hearing on the company's tax strategy. "Caterpillar is an American success story that produces iconic industrial machines,"...
  • European inspectors report no Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine border

    03/23/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    Watchdogs from several European countries have noticed no indication of a massive build-up of Russian military that would threaten the security of neighboring states, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Sunday. According to Mr. Antonov, as many as seven inspection groups paid visits to Russian border territories over the past month. “Our facilities and deployment areas along the Russian-Ukrainian border were twice checked by the Ukrainian military,” he noted.Monitors from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Finland scrutinized Russia’s military camps stationed on its borders with neighboring nations. “It must have been a simple...
  • The Euro Is Not Overvalued (Nor Is Any Other Currency)

    03/22/2014 4:24:25 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 5 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | 3/22/2014 | Frank Hollenbeck
    A common argument for dumping the Euro is that it is overvalued, and that the ECB (European Central Bank) is unwilling to correct this so-called “problem.” This overvaluation is regularly cited as being over 10 percent against the dollar. The Swiss central bank surrendered control of its money supply by fixing its currency at 1.2 against the Euro essentially on the notion that its currency was “overvalued.” Advocates of a Euro breakup consider that a country with its own currency can then follow an independent monetary policy ensuring a competitive exchange rate. Never mind that neither the USA nor Great...
  • Libertarian Porn, Part II

    03/22/2014 5:23:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in 2010, I shared a video that predicted a catastrophic end to the welfare state. I said it was an example of “Libertarian Porn” because: …it is designed for the dark enjoyment of people who think the government is destroying the nation. If you don’t like bloated government and statist intervention and you think that the policies being imposed by Washington are going to lead to hyperinflation and societal collapse, then you will get a certain level of grim satisfaction by watching the video. While I also stated in that post that I thought the video was far too...
  • Swiss government says to block funds linked to Ukraine's Yanukovich

    02/27/2014 1:02:56 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27 2014
    ZURICH, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The Swiss government said it will order banks to freeze any funds in Swiss banks found to be linked to ousted President Viktor Yanukovich. "The federal council decided yesterday to freeze any Yanukovich funds found in Switzerland," government spokesman Andre Simonazzi said in an emailed statement.
  • 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...
  • If Invading Switzerland, Please Do So Outside Of "Office Hours"

    02/17/2014 5:23:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/17/2014 | Tyler Durden
    When overnight we were following the Ethiopian Airline hijacking story, one thing that was missing from the Twitter narrative was the lack of any reports of scrambled Swiss fighter jets - something that has become a staple when an airplane deviates even modestly from its course above the continental United States. As it turns out it wasn't merely a journalistic oversight: there were, in fact, no fighter jets scrambled. Why? Because the hijacking which took place around 3 am, and culminated with the 767 landing in Geneva just after 6 am, took place outside of regular air force hours!...
  • Swiss fighters grounded during hijacking as outside office hours

    02/17/2014 12:04:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Geneva — No Swiss fighter jets were scrambled Monday when an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked his own plane and forced it to land in Geneva, because it happened outside business hours, the Swiss airforce said. When the co-pilot on flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome locked himself in the cockpit while the pilot went to the bathroom and announced a hijacking, Italian and French fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane through their respective airspaces. But although the co-pilot-turned-hijacker quickly announced he wanted to land the plane in Switzerland, where he later said he aimed to seek asylum,...
  • EU halts research, educational talks with Switzerland (the bullying starts)

    02/17/2014 6:33:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:34pm GMT | Adrian Croft and Katharina Bart
    The European Union said on Sunday it has postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational schemes in the latest fallout from a shock Swiss vote in favor of immigration curbs. The decision follows Switzerland’s announcement that the result of last week’s referendum on immigration means that it will not be able to sign a labor market pact with new EU member Croatia on July 1 as planned. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned that the narrow Swiss vote to restore quotas for migrants from the EU in breach of an accord with Brussels,...
  • Swiss immigration vote shows loss of trust in business elite: minister

    02/12/2014 4:19:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 12, 2014 | by Edward Taylor
    A loss of trust in Switzerland's business and political elite may be one of the reasons the alpine nation voted in favor of putting strict limits on immigration, Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said on Wednesday. Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed an initiative "against mass immigration," following a successful campaign by the populist right-wing Swiss People's Party, which blamed an influx of foreigners for higher crime, rising rents and congested streets. The Swiss government and business lobby groups had urged a vote against the proposal, emphasizing that it would make it difficult for businesses to recruit qualified staff on...
  • Sweden has 'secret plan' to tip Swiss Gripen vote

    02/12/2014 3:43:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Local, Sweden ^ | 12 Feb 2014
    Sweden has a secret action plan to influence a referendum in Switzerland on the purchase of 22 new Jas Gripen fighter jets by the Swiss air force, according to Swedish media reports. Military officials, high ranking civil servants in the government, and seven ministers are aware of the plan, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported. Both Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Trade Minister Ewa Björling claim, however, that they are unaware of any such plan. Citing classified documents, the broadcaster claims that both Bildt and Björling, as well as Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, received a letter from the Swedish ambassador in Switzerland,...
  • Swiss vote to limit foreign workers captures growing European fears about immigration

    02/10/2014 4:08:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2014 | By Anthony Faiola
    BERLIN — A tightly contested vote in Switzerland to limit workers from European Union countries brought threats of retaliation Monday from leaders across the continent. The vote also stoked fears that Swiss citizens were reflecting the zeitgeist across Europe, where right-wing populists increasingly are seizing the spotlight with an anti-immigration political agenda. Amid claims of an idyllic Swiss lifestyle being trampled by hordes of foreign newcomers, voters narrowly passed a referendum Sunday to curb Switzerland’s open-borders treaty with the 28-nation E.U. bloc.
  • Politically incorrect Swiss vote to limit immigration: The EU Fumes and Contemplates Retaliation

    02/10/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The European Union is fuming and contemplating retaliation against the nation of Switzerland in the wake of majority vote by Swiss citizens limiting immigration, one of political correctness's core sacraments. Switzerland uses direct referenda to decide issues that in other countries are left to legislative bodies, and so yesterday the entire nation voted on a proposal to drastically limit immigration from EU countries, and by a narrow majority (50.3%), the measure passed. Jonathan Fowler of AFP writes: The European Union warned it will review ties with Switzerland after the non-member Alpine country voted Sunday to restrict EU immigration in...
  • Swiss vote to set limits on immigration from EU

    02/09/2014 10:56:34 PM PST · by 867V309 · 22 replies ^ | Feb 9, 2014 | Alice Baghdjian and Albert Schmieder
    "This is a turning point, a change of system with far- reaching consequences for Switzerland," Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga told journalists in Berne.
  • Swiss voters back limit on immigration

    02/09/2014 9:53:11 AM PST · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9 Feb 2014
    GENEVA (AP) — Voters in Switzerland on Sunday narrowly backed a plan to limit immigration, in a blow for the government after it had warned that the measure could harm the Swiss economy and relations with the European Union. Swiss public television SRF reported that some 50.3 percent of voters backed a proposal by the nationalist People's Party to introduce quotas for all types of immigrants. About 49.7 percent voted against the plan. The difference between the two sides was fewer than 30,000 votes, with a turnout of about 56 percent. The decision means that the Swiss government will need...
  • Swiss immigration: About 50.5% back quotas

    02/09/2014 8:45:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 9, 2014
    With almost all votes counted, a Swiss referendum on whether to bring back strict immigration quotas appears to have passed by a narrow margin. About 50.5% voted in favour of measures which would end the Swiss-EU free movement of people agreement. Fiercely independent Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but has adopted large sections of EU policy. The vote comes amid increasing debate across Europe about migration and the impact of free movement of people. Switzerland's economy is booming at the moment, and unemployment is low, but many Swiss worry about immigration. A quarter of the eight million-strong...
  • G-20 eyes database to fight tax evasion

    02/08/2014 1:36:29 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies
    Nikkei ^ | feb 8 2014 | Nikkei
    TOKYO -- The world's leading economies will try to outfox tax dodgers by pooling information on offshore bank accounts. Later this month in Australia, finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 are expected to agree on such an arrangement, which officials aim to have in place by the end of next year. The proposal would create a common set of rules for sharing information on bank accounts held by nonresidents in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. Financial institutions would input such data regularly into an online network accessible to tax authorities, which would gain...
  • Swiss set clocks for Gripen vote

    01/29/2014 11:05:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 29 January, 2014 | Craig Hoyle
    Democracy’s a wonderful thing for those of us lucky enough to have it, but it can also be a little bit bonkers, to the casual observer. Switzerland’s ongoing efforts to buy 22 new fighters provides today’s example. The nation’s parliament late last year gave its approval to the proposed deal with Saab (company-sourced image below), but then came a pause while everyone waited to see whether the matter would face a public referendum. Now we know that it will, with the vote to happen on Sunday, 18 May. So, for a nation of roughly 8 million citizens, just how much...
  • Is Kerry In Denial? (What Liberal In't?)

    01/28/2014 9:15:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 28, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Does John Kerry understand the world he inherited? Is he in denial? Consider. At Davos, Switzerland, Kerry called it a "myth" that America is withdrawing, and "the most bewildering version of this disengagement myth is about a supposed U.S. retreat from the Middle East." Is he serious? How else does Kerry describe Obama's pullout of all U.S. troops from Iraq, and from Afghanistan by year's end? Syria is "someone else's civil war," says President Obama. If we do any strikes there, promised Kerry, they will be "unbelievably small," and rest assured there will be "no [U.S.] boots on the ground."...
  • [VIDEO] Do Less Guns Mean Less Murders In A Country? Great video compares the USA to the UK.

    01/26/2014 2:01:28 PM PST · by RealityAlwaysWins · 11 replies
    Reality Always Wins ^ | 1/26/2014 | Reality Always Wins
    Do Less Guns Mean Less Murders In A Country? It's time to compare the USA to the UK but we need an impartial third party to make the call. Take a look: Watch Now! Guns: The USA vs The UK
  • McCain Hangs Out With Soros In Switzerland

    01/26/2014 1:28:26 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 65 replies ^ | Jan 25, 2014 | Jake Hammer
    US Senator for Arizona John McCain (L) talks with Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. Some 40 world leaders gather in the Swiss ski resort Davos.
  • 'Socialist' Swedes Take to Private Health Insurance

    01/23/2014 6:58:01 AM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    reason ^ | january 22, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    Sweden, a country famous for a welfare state that has actually been trimmed back substantially in recent years, is experiencing a phenomenon unlikely to bring cheer to those Americans who think the answer to Obamacare's problems is more government involvement in medicine. Tired of long waits and inadequate care, Swedes increasingly purchase private health insurance policies to gain access to the care the state can't provide. -snip Why the growth? From The Local: "It's quicker to get a colleague back to work if you have an operation in two weeks' time rather than having to wait for a year," privately insured Anna Norlander...
  • UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II

    01/19/2014 6:35:34 PM PST · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Global Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Agencies
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference in Switzerland, also known as Geneva II. "I have decided to issue some additional invitations to the one-day gathering in Montreux. They are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Iran," Ban told reporters here at a press conference. "I believe the expanded international presence on that day will be an important and useful show of solidarity in advance of the hard work that the Syrian government and opposition delegations will begin...
  • Madonna Calls Son Rocco the N-Word On Instagram Then Deletes Post, Bashes Critics

    01/18/2014 11:22:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 | Zayda Rivera
    Madonna calls son Rocco the N-word on Instagram then deletes post, bashes critics: ‘Get off my -- haters!’The ‘Express Yourself’ singer shared a photo of her son boxing and captioned it, ‘#disn---a’. But when it caused an instant backlash she removed the comment. Madonna has never been the one to shy away from expressing herself. But the outspoken singer may have stuck her foot in her mouth when she called her son Rocco Ritchie the N-word on Instagram. "No one messes with Dirty Soap!" she captioned a photo of her 13-year-old son during a boxing workout Friday. "Mama said knock...
  • Madonna posts picture of 13-year-old son with liquor

    01/07/2014 7:08:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Madonna posted a picture of her 13-year-old son Rocco Ritchie holding a bottle of gin Saturday on Instagram, according to the New York Daily News. "The party has just begun!" Madonna captioned the shot, which included two of Rocco's apparently underage friends holding bottles of vodka. Note to self: Tear up kids' invites to birthday parties at Madonna's house. According to E! News, the photo was taken in the Swiss Alps where the legal drinking age is 16. But, in her defense, Madonna probably never went to math class. Of course, people immediately criticized Madonna on Instagram, prompting her to...
  • Flow of Westerners to Syria Prompts Security Concerns

    01/16/2014 4:46:24 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | By ALISON SMALE
    FRANKFURT — A week before international peace talks on Syria are to begin in Switzerland, Western leaders and intelligence officials are reacting with alarm to what they say are the rising numbers of young people leaving Europe and the United States to wage jihad against President Bashar al-Assad. The public comments, which coincided with an international donors conference on Wednesday for victims of Syria’s war, have highlighted the issue Western nations face. Concerns over the continuance of what they call Mr. Assad’s dictatorial rule must be weighed against the threat that the rebellion, which the West supports, is creating a...
  • Be My Sword of Light for others but do it in Love ![charistmatic caucus]

    01/11/2014 1:00:10 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-11-14 | Jedediah
    My children are about to come into their "own" that is The kingdom that is already theirs to bring to others . So do not hide your burning bush by sitting in a pew all your life but come and leave Babylon behind for she is not your sister and begin to lead others out of their desert places, "Be my Moses" to the multitudes in the Valley of Decisions for your light shines as a pillar by night in the land of the wounded and "I AM" this light in you . So use what I have given you...
  • Angela Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall

    01/06/2014 12:07:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 January 2014 | unattributed
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fractured a bone in her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland, her spokesman says. She will have to remain lying down as much as possible in the next three weeks and several visits will be cancelled, Steffen Seibert said. She also suffered heavy bruising in the accident, in the alpine Engadine region of eastern Switzerland. Ms Merkel was not skiing fast at the time, the spokesman added. He called the injury "severe bruising linked with a partial fracture on the left, rear part of the pelvis". Immediately after the accident, during the Christmas......
  • Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy

    01/06/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1-6-2014 | Alana Goodman
    January 6, 2014 Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy Alana Goodman The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office.Ahmady, who also serves as a top official in an...
  • Santa Or ‘Krampus’? Murrieta Christmas Display Sparks Complaints

    12/17/2013 1:33:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | December 17, 2013 12:02 PM
    MURRIETA ( — It’s the time of the year when Christmas decorations adorn houses for blocks in communities throughout the Southland. But one entry in the Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest in Murrieta that features a mythical creature from European folklore has sparked complaints from residents. The house in the 37000 block of Floral Creek Circle features a large handcrafted Krampus, who is sometimes referred to as “evil Santa” or the “Christmas devil” and dates back to pre-Christian Germanic traditions. With a doll on its back and a broomstick in its hand, the clawed black creature is perched on the...
  • Tongues of Fire ~ Pillars of Light

    12/08/2013 4:43:22 PM PST · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-8-2013 | Jedediah
    My gifts are "ALIVE" in you though some have forgotten, They have not died with the Apostles For My Fruit can not rotten, "My Spirit is Eternal " and Desires to renew ( ( ) ) ~ ( ( ) ), The Day of Pentecost to "ARISE IN YOU" \!/ So raise up your hands \o/ and begin to receive ! You Shall do greater things if you just believe , I AM "HAS" sent you so will you stand up and go ?! For I AM your Talent so let my freedom within you Flow ~ ~ ~ I...
  • Swiss Lawmaker Expelled Over Anti-Israel Remarks

    11/30/2013 1:15:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 11/29/2013, 9:20 PM | Elad Benari
    A local deputy from Switzerland’s populist Geneva Citizens’ Movement (MCG) was excluded from the regional party on Friday for supporting Israel’s destruction, AFP reports. Denis Menoud wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that following Iran’s historic nuclear deal with the West, “the key thing is that Israel is on the path to being incinerated.” … Menoud, who later deleted the post from the page, told the Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genčve his remarks had been taken out of context. “The point was the agreement with Iran… Israel is the loser, strategically and politically, from this plan. Anything else is a...
  • Swiss Voters Reject Measure Curbing Executive Pay

    11/25/2013 8:37:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/25/2013 | EYDER PERALTA
    Swiss voters rejected a measure on Sunday that would have capped executive pay to no more than 12 times that of the company's lowest paid worker. As NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reported, the ballot initiative was driven by the youth wing of the Social Democratic Party, which said that CEO pay has been increasing at an alarming rate. Twenty-five years ago, David Roth, head of the party's youth wing, told Eleanor, Swiss CEOs made six times more than the average worker. Today they earn 40 times as much. The Swiss, however, voted against the measure in large numbers — 65.3 percent...
  • Swiss vote against cap on executive pay: TV

    11/24/2013 7:44:00 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    afp ^ | 24 November 2013 | Jonathan Fowler
    Two-thirds of Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a referendum to cap executive pay at 12 times the wage of a firm's lowest earner ... Switzerland, which has long boasted a business-friendly climate coupled with one of the highest average salaries in the world, has largely avoided the economic crisis dogging the European Union, of which it is a staunch non-member. The referendum campaign was spearheaded by the Socialist Party, plus the Greens and trade unions.
  • Switzerland's Proposed New Law To Link Executives' Pay With Their Lowest Paid Workers

    11/19/2013 12:10:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/19/2013 | CAROLINE COPLEY
    Switzerland will vote on Sunday on whether to limit the salaries of top executives so they don't earn more in a month than the lowest paid workers earn in a year, a move that could mean big pay cuts for business leaders earning millions. The so-called 1:12 initiative for Fair Pay, the latest attempt to narrow a growing wage gap in one of the world's wealthiest nations, was brought about by the youth wing of the Social Democrats (JUSO), who gathered the 100,000 signatures needed to force a nationwide vote. Despite its high standard of living, Switzerland is a generally...
  • Swiss referendum may limit executive pay

    11/17/2013 7:30:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/16/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The green eyed monster, envy, is inflaming people all around the world, even in usually sensible, pro-business, rich Switzerland. The Swiss, great believers in direct democracy, are going to the polls this week to vote on a referendum that would limit executive pay to a multiple of 12 times the pay of the lowest-salaried worker in an enterprise. Neil Maclucas of the Wall Street Journal writes: On Nov. 24, voters will be asked to approve or reject the 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay, which organizers say would address a growing wealth gap in Switzerland. The initiative is premised on the...
  • Switzerland Plans to Give Out "Free" Money - Claims It's a Libertarian Idea

    11/14/2013 8:38:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | November 14, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    People constantly ask me what it would take for me to abandon my stance that "hyperinflation is not going to happen in the US". My answer has always been "free money" (not credit), on a big enough scale. Note that QE causes huge economic distortions but it is not "free money". Free Money Proposal In Switzerland, enough signatures have been gathered to put a "free money" proposal on the ballot. To collect, all you have to do is breathe. Rich and poor alike would get the money. New York Times economic-writer Annie Lowrie discusses the idea in Switzerland’s Proposal to...
  • Tina Turner formally ‘relinquishes’ U.S. citizenship

    11/13/2013 2:04:00 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12 at 4:38 pm | Al Kamen
    <p>This item just in via an “activity” report from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, headlined “Soul Legend Relinquishes U.S. Citizenship.”</p> <p>“Long-time Swiss resident Tina Turner” was in the embassy Oct. 24 to sign her “Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the INA” — the Immigration and Naturalization Act.</p>
  • Tina Turner formally ‘relinquishes’ U.S. citizenship

    11/12/2013 6:14:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2013 | Al Kamen
    <p>This item just in via an “activity report” from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, headlined “Soul Legend Relinquishes U.S. Citizenship.”</p> <p>“Long-time Swiss resident Tina Turner” was in the embassy Oct. 24 to sign her “Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the INA” — the Immigration and Naturalization Act.</p>
  • Ł1billion art collection seized by Nazis found in shabby Munich apartment ...

    11/03/2013 9:53:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 3, 2013 | Allan Hall
    A treasure trove of artworks worth almost Ł1billion seized by the Nazis and reportedly destroyed in RAF bombing raids during WW2 has been found behind rotting food in shabby apartment in Munich. Experts have hailed the discovery of the 1,500 pictures, thought to have been lost or bombed, as a sensational find. The story of the lost masterpieces of such painters as Pablo Picasso, Renoir, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall is revealed in this week's edition of Germany's Focus magazine which broke the story of the incredible find by customs officials. Art historians examining the collection claim up to 300...
  • Two Decades of “Negotiations” and “Talks” with Iran

    10/18/2013 7:18:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 18, 2013 | Majid Rafizadeh
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Two Decades of “Negotiations” and “Talks” with IranPosted By Majid Rafizadeh On October 18, 2013 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments The two-day nuclear talks between Iran and the West, which are the first formal negotiations since the election of Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, resumed this week in Geneva. The talks in Geneva, which were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, involved representatives of Iran (primarily  Including  Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi) and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany –...
  • White House 'considering unfreezing Iranian funds'

    10/18/2013 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    White House 'considering unfreezing Iranian funds' Barack Obama is considering ways to keep up the diplomatic momentum with Iran. By Raf Sanchez, Washington 6:52PM BST 18 Oct 2013 The White House is reportedly considering a plan to unfreeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets if Tehran is prepared to show it is taking credible steps to dismantle its nuclear programme. The plan would not scale back the international sanctions regime designed to strangle Iran's oil industry but would allow for money to be returned to ease the sanctions' economic damage. A senior White House official briefed the New York Times...
  • (U.N. Dhimmitude) United Nations Hides Nude Carving of Adam to Not Offend Iranians

    10/14/2013 7:12:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | AFP
    UN hides naked male sculpture to please Iranians A relief carving of a naked man at the UN's Geneva headquarters was covered up on Monday, apparently to spare the blushes of Iranian diplomats ahead of fresh talks on the country's nuclear drive. UN officials would not comment on why the wall relief, inspired by Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam", had been masked by a large white screen, referring questions to the Swiss authorities. But Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve claimed that the aim was to avoid offending the Islamic republic's delegation for the talks taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Iranian...
  • Switzerland to vote on $2,800 monthly ‘basic income’ for adults

    10/05/2013 8:31:14 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies ^ | October 5, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    More than 100,000 residents in Switzerland have signed a petition demanding that the government ensure a minimum monthly income of nearly $2,800 (2,500 Swiss francs) for all adults in the country. The 120,000 signatures are enough to formally call a vote in the government over whether or not to approve the “CHF 2,500 monthly for everyone" (Grundeinkommen)” funding proposal. Funding for the proposed measure would come out of the Swiss social insurance system, which already guarantees universal health care coverage for its citizens, along with other benefits designed to uphold the country’s social safety net.
  • Swiss to vote on $2,800 monthly income for all adults

    10/04/2013 12:36:48 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 40 replies
    MSN World ^ | Oct 4, 2013 | Alice Baghdjian
    Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis. A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs — about $2,800 — per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population. Organizers submitted more than the 100,000 signatures needed to call a referendum on Friday and tipped a truckload of 8 million five-cent coins outside the parliament building in Bern, one...
  • Swiss war game envisages invasion by bankrupt French

    10/02/2013 4:56:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-30-13 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Operation “Duplex-Barbara” went as far as imagining a three-pronged invasion from points near Neufchâtel, Lausanne and Geneva, according to a map published in the Swiss newspaper. Behind the dastardly raid was a paramilitary organisation dubbed BLD, the Dijon Free Brigade bent on grabbing back “money that Switzerland had stolen from Saônia”. “For its credibility, the Swiss army must work (to ward against) threats of the 21st century,” Antoine Vielliard, Hauate-Savoie councillor, told Matin Dimanche. This is by no means the first imaginary scenario dreamed up by the Swiss army. Last year, it carried out an exercise based on the premise...
  • United States Takes Spot as World's 17th Happiest Country

    09/09/2013 12:24:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Science World Report ^ | 09/09/2013 | Kathleen Lees
    United States residents have an extra reason to smile according to a recent report released by Columbia University's Earth Institute. According to their findings, northern Europe received the highest satisfaction and happiness ranking in life, while Egypt and a few others hit the lowest since the Eurozone crisis via background information from the 2013 World Happiness Report released Monday. When looking at a survey of over 156 countries, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden were ranked as the happiest places, and regions in Sub-Saharan Africa were noted as being the least likely places for overall life satisfaction, according to...
  • Humanity in ecological deficit for rest of 2013, group says

    08/20/2013 6:07:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 20, 2013 | By ALEXANDER TROWBRIDGE
    As of Tuesday, the Earth's ecological budget for the year has maxed out. For the rest of the year the planet will operate on an ecological deficit. And it's only August. So claims the Global Footprint Network, which calls today "Earth Overshoot Day," its annual estimate of when human consumption exceeds the planet's ability to regenerate its resources for the year. "It's a bit of a gimmick, I admit," said the group's president Mathis Wankernagel,in a phone interview from Switzerland. "It's not that tomorrow I won't be able to eat potatoes anymore." But, he said, it's meant to make a...