Air France-KLM CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon Dishonored €400,000 Corporate-Fuckup-Bonus by Shareholders
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Les actionnaires d’Air France refusent de valider la prime de Gourgeon
Mots clés : AIR FRANCE -KLM
The shareholders of Air France-KLM refused overwhelmingly Thursday to validate the bonus of 400,000 euros paid to the former group managing director, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, the heart of a controversy.
In total, 78.80% of shareholders voted against, 19.44% voted in favor, 1.76% abstained. A few hours before the meeting, the Minister of Economy, Pierre Moscovici, called Pierre-Henri Gourgeon paying “for itself” this sum, in the name of “morality”.
L’assemblée générale d’Air France-KLM a refusé à une écrasante majorité jeudi de valider la prime de 400.000 euros versée à l’ancien directeur général du groupe, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, au coeur d’une polémique.
Au total, 78,80% des actionnaires ont voté contre, 19,44% ont voté pour, 1,76% se sont abstenus. Quelques heures avant l’assemblée, le ministre de l’Economie, Pierre Moscovici, avait appelé Pierre-Henri Gourgeon à rembourser “de lui-même” cette somme, au nom de la “morale”.
Watch the Garbage Chute. Rothschild & Saudi ain’t attendn’ The Bilderberg Group Meetn’ Over the Next Several Days at Secret Society Hotel in Chantilly, Virgina. Watch Dave’s Eyes
Here is Mustread from Pakalert Press:
Why Does The Mainstream Media Ignore The Bilderberg Group?
Over the next several days, more than a hundred of the most powerful people on the planet will attend a secret conference at a hotel in Chantilly, Virgina. Some of the biggest names in politics and business will be there. The hotel is going to be completely locked down and will be swarmed by hordes of security guards carrying machine guns. This conference is so important that even the U.S. Secret Service is rumored to be involved in providing security. These meetings have been held yearly since 1954, but no record of what goes on at them has ever been officially released to the public and all the attendees are sworn to secrecy. Decisions made at this conference will affect the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet. But the vast majority of Americans will have no idea that the Bilderberg Group is meeting about 20 miles from Washington D.C. this year because the mainstream media in the United States ignores the Bilderberg Group almost entirely year after year. Based on the coverage it gets from the U.S. media, you would think that the Bilderberg Group was a non-event. But if some of the most powerful people on the planet are getting together to discuss our future, don’t you think the mainstream media should be covering it? The Bilderberg Group is much more than just a social club. It has played a major role in shaping the direction of the world since it was created in 1954. The Bilderberg Group helped create the European Union and it helped create the euro. This year efforts to save the euro are rumored to be high on the agenda. And considering the big names that show up at this conference on a yearly basis you would think that the U.S. media would be extremely interested in it. The following is just a sampling of the big names that have attended Bilderberg in recent years….Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Prince Charles, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Rick Perry, David Rockefeller, Herman van Rompuy, Jean-Claude Trichet, Jeff Bezos, Chris R. Hughes, Eric Schmidt, Craig J. Mundie, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Richard Perle, Paul Volcker, Lawrence Summers, Hillary Clinton and Joe BidenIsn’t that enough star power to get the attention of the mainstream media? A complete list of the “official attendees” of the Bilderberg Group from last year can be found right here.
You would think that this would be big news. But apparently there is so much else going on in the world that there isn’t any room to cover the Bilderberg Group.
The mainstream media may be ignoring Bilderberg, but based on the level of security around the hotel you would be tempted to think that it was the most important event in the United States this year. A recent article by Paul Joseph Watson discussed some of the extraordinary security measures that are being implemented to protect this conference….Undercover Fairfax police, secret service, hotel security, as well as diplomatic service personnel are all now rushing to finalize preparations for the arrival of Bilderberg members tomorrow morning.
According to London Guardian journalist Charlie Skelton, conference organizers were also using iPhones to film guests who had arrived for brunch. Regular guests as well as journalists are also having background checks run against their names.
Alex Jones also heard discussions between members of Bilderberg security about how sophisticated surveillance equipment using satellites was being used to tap phones of prominent activists and media personalities set to cover the event.
So why doesn’t the mainstream media want to cover this? In the past, a number of top politicians (including future U.S. presidents) have attended Bilderberg prior to getting elected to very important positions. A recent WorldNetDaily article detailed a few examples of this phenomenon….George H.W. Bush attended in 1985. He became president in 1988. Bill Clinton attended in 1991. He became president a year later. Tony Blair attended in 1993. He became prime minister of England in 1997. Romano Prodi attended in 1999. Later that year he became president of the European Union Commission. In 2004, Sen. John Edwards spoke to the group. He was later anointed the Democratic vice presidential nominee by presidential candidate John Kerry. It is even rumored that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton held a secret meeting at Bilderberg back in 2008. Amazingly, there are indications that Barack Obama may have held a little “pre-Bilderberg meeting” again this year. According to the Economic Policy Journal, Obama snuck away from reporters on Saturday for some mysterious reason….Of note, President Obama disappeared this weekend.. Reporters were miffed. Was it a pre-Bilderberg meeting for the Prez? On Saturday, West Wing Report had these odd tweets:
President arrived 1:10 ET at Andrews golf course. Playing today with regulars Marvin Nicholson; Walt Nicholson & Pete Selfridge
President back at White House. In a breach of longtanding policy, his motorcade departed without hooking up with the waiting press vans.
Pool does not know first hand when the president left Andrews, what route he took, or when he arrived at White House
Press pool always accompanies the president wherever he goes. Decades-long tradition violated again.
Remember, if the President meets someone outside the White House, it isn’t logged in on WH records amd there is no record if the press aren’t there to record it.
So where did Obama go during that missing time and why did he ditch the press?
They will probably never tell us.
The truth is that the mainstream media is the biggest “gatekeeper” of all.
They decide what is important and what is not important.
They decide what is going to be in “the news” and what the American people are going to be talking about.
They choose to totally ignore the Bilderberg Group and so most Americans will not even hear about it this year.
And that is really sad. The truth is that those that attend Bilderberg have big plans for all of us.
David Rockefeller, a regular attendee at Bilderberg meetings, wrote the following in a 2003 book entitled “Memoirs”….
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the fact that a bunch of elitists are holding secret conferences where they discuss how to build a “more integrated global political and economic structure”.
The future of America should be in the hands of the American people – not in the hands of secretive global elitists that desire to shape the world in their own image.
Please share this information and other articles you can find about the Bilderberg Group with as many people as you can. The mainstream media is not doing their job, so it is up to all of us to get the truth out.
Coene, Luc, Governor, National Bank of Belgium
Davignon, Etienne, Minister of State
Leysen, Thomas, Chairman, Umicore
Fu, Ying, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Huang, Yiping, Professor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University
Eldrup, Anders, CEO, DONG Energy
Federspiel, Ulrik, Vice President, Global Affairs, Haldor Topsøe A/S
Schütze, Peter, Member of the Executive Management, Nordea Bank AB
Ackermann, Josef, Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank
Enders, Thomas, CEO, Airbus SAS
Löscher, Peter, President and CEO, Siemens AG
Nass, Matthias, Chief International Correspondent, Die Zeit
Steinbrück, Peer, Member of the Bundestag; Former Minister of Finance
Apunen, Matti, Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
Johansson, Ole, Chairman, Confederation of the Finnish Industries EK
Ollila, Jorma, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
Pentikäinen, Mikael, Publisher and Senior Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat
Baverez, Nicolas, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Bazire, Nicolas, Managing Director, Groupe Arnault /LVMH
Castries, Henri de, Chairman and CEO, AXA
Lévy, Maurice, Chairman and CEO, Publicis Groupe S.A.
Montbrial, Thierry de, President, French Institute for International Relations
Roy, Olivier, Professor of Social and Political Theory, European University Institute
Agius, Marcus, Chairman, Barclays PLC
Flint, Douglas J., Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings
Kerr, John, Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
Lambert, Richard, Independent Non-Executive Director, Ernst & Young
Mandelson, Peter, Member, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Counsel
Micklethwait, John, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Osborne, George, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Stewart, Rory, Member of Parliament
Taylor, J. Martin, Chairman, Syngenta International AG
David, George A., Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A.
Hardouvelis, Gikas A., Chief Economist and Head of Research, Eurobank EFG
Papaconstantinou, George, Minister of Finance
Tsoukalis, Loukas, President, ELIAMEP Grisons
Almunia, Joaquín, Vice President, European Commission
Daele, Frans van, Chief of Staff to the President of the European Council
Kroes, Neelie, Vice President, European Commission; Commissioner for Digital Agenda
Lamy, Pascal, Director General, World Trade Organization
Rompuy, Herman van, President, European Council
Sheeran, Josette, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
Solana Madariaga, Javier, President, ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics
Trichet, Jean-Claude, President, European Central Bank
Zoellick, Robert B., President, The World Bank Group
Gallagher, Paul, Senior Counsel; Former Attorney General
McDowell, Michael, Senior Counsel, Law Library; Former Deputy Prime Minister
Sutherland, Peter D., Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
Bernabè, Franco, CEO, Telecom Italia SpA
Elkann, John, Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
Monti, Mario, President, Univers Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Scaroni, Paolo, CEO, Eni S.p.A.
Tremonti, Giulio, Minister of Economy and Finance
Carney, Mark J., Governor, Bank of Canada
Clark, Edmund, President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group
McKenna, Frank, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group
Orbinksi, James, Professor of Medicine and Political Science, University of Toronto
Prichard, J. Robert S., Chair, Torys LLP
Reisman, Heather, Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc. Center, Brookings Institution
Bolland, Marc J., Chief Executive, Marks and Spencer Group plc
Chavannes, Marc E., Political Columnist, NRC Handelsblad; Professor of Journalism
Halberstadt, Victor, Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
H.M. the Queen of the Netherlands
Rosenthal, Uri, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Winter, Jaap W., Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Myklebust, Egil, Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, sk Hydro ASA
H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
Ottersen, Ole Petter, Rector, University of Oslo
Solberg, Erna, Leader of the Conservative Party
Bronner, Oscar, CEO and Publisher, Standard Medien AG
Faymann, Werner, Federal Chancellor
Rothensteiner, Walter, Chairman of the Board, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG
Scholten, Rudolf, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
Balsemão, Francisco Pinto, Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister
Ferreira Alves, Clara, CEO, Claref LDA; writer
Nogueira Leite, António, Member of the Board, José de Mello Investimentos, SGPS, SA
Mordashov, Alexey A., CEO, Severstal
Bildt, Carl, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Björling, Ewa, Minister for Trade
Wallenberg, Jacob, Chairman, Investor AB
Brabeck-Letmathe, Peter, Chairman, Nestlé S.A.
Groth, Hans, Senior Director, Healthcare Policy & Market Access, Oncology Business Unit, Pfizer Europe
Janom Steiner, Barbara, Head of the Department of Justice, Security and Health, Canton
Kudelski, André, Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group SA
Leuthard, Doris, Federal Councillor
Schmid, Martin, President, Government of the Canton Grisons
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Soiron, Rolf, Chairman of the Board, Holcim Ltd., Lonza Ltd.
Vasella, Daniel L., Chairman, Novartis AG
Witmer, Jürg, Chairman, Givaudan SA and Clariant AG
Cebrián, Juan Luis, CEO, PRISA
Cospedal, María Dolores de, Secretary General, Partido Popular
León Gross, Bernardino, Secretary General of the Spanish Presidency
Nin Génova, Juan María, President and CEO, La Caixa
H.M. Queen Sofia of Spain
Ciliv, Süreyya, CEO, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
Gülek Domac, Tayyibe, Former Minister of State
Koç, Mustafa V., Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
Pekin, Sefika, Founding Partner, Pekin & Bayar Law Firm
Alexander, Keith B., Commander, USCYBERCOM; Director, National Security Agency
Altman, Roger C., Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
Bezos, Jeff, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com
Collins, Timothy C., CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
Feldstein, Martin S., George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Hoffman, Reid, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Hughes, Chris R., Co-founder, Facebook
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Johnson, James A., Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E., Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
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Kravis, Marie-Josée, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
Li, Cheng, Senior Fellow and Director of Research, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
Mundie, Craig J., Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
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Perle, Richard N., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
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Rubin, Robert E., Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
Schmidt, Eric, Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
Steinberg, James B., Deputy Secretary of State
Thiel, Peter A., President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
Varney, Christine A., Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust
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GET ISRAELI LAWYER. ASSHOLES: CAIR’s Shiite Attorney Gadeir Abbas fucks up Murfreesboro Mosque Project. Now Islamic group demands Holder take action against judge’s ruling
Here is some Sharia from Jim Kouri Law Enforcement Examiner
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice protect the religious liberties of Muslims after a Tennessee judge’s ruling prevented a mosque to be completed as a result of public outcry in Murfreesboro. The judge ruled that proper public notice was not given for the May 2010 meeting that approved the site plan for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, near Murfreesboro, Tenn. He seemed to base his ruling on the fact that anti-Muslim bigots were able to manufacture a controversy over the construction of the mosque, the site of which has been the target of hate vandalism, said CAIR officials after the ruling. Muslim constitutional rights should not be diminished merely because anti-Muslim bigots are able to manufacture a controversy about what would otherwise be normal religious activities,” said CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “If the Rutherford County Planning Commission does not immediately issue new permits for the mosque, we urge the Department of Justice to intervene in this case to support the religious rights of Tennessee Muslims,” he stated in a media release on Wednesday. “Looking at [Attorney General] Holder’s past actions, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him send a contingent of DOJ lawyers to pressure the judge and local politicians to acquiesce to the wishes of CAIR in spite of its history as a Muslim front group for terrorist groups,” according to well-known counterterrorist and security expert Joseph Nellis, a former law enforcement commander. Several groups, including the far-left, George Soros-supported group the Center for American Progress, called the judge’s decision and the public outcry that preceeded it “bigoted.” “Using a common talking point of the left, Abbas claimed the ruling would be similar to a judge in the 1950s blocking construction of an African-American church in a White neighborhood because of the “controversy” created by racists. Of course, that’s nonsense,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
“To many observers, it appears strange that President Barack Obama and his Justice Department would entertain any demands made by CAIR since, in 2007, the Department of Justice declared CAIR a co- conspirator in the famous Holy Land Foundation criminal case,” Baker noted. USA Today published a news story yesterday that stated, “Kevin Vodak, litigation director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says a 2000 federal law meant to prevent zoning laws from discriminating against religious institutions is a potent tool. He cited the law — the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act — in a pending federal lawsuit against DuPage County, Ill., for ‘unlawful conduct and discriminatory practices’ when it denied a permit for the Irshad Learning Center in 2010.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism’s Steven Emerson has noted in several studies the questionable associations and actions by many of CAIR’s leaders that cast serious doubt on its claims of moderation and restraint. Some have committed criminal acts themselves; others have ties to organizations with connections to Islamic extremism. Those convicted of direct criminal activity include Ghassan Elashi, a founding board member of CAIR-Texas; Randall (Ismail) Royer, once a communications specialist for the national group, and Bassam Khafagi, the organization’s one-time director of community relations, according to Emerson.
Yunnan Cannibal couldn’t finish eating missing children flesh, he sold it in the market as:
salted meat (腌肉)
ostrich meat (鸵鸟肉)
thigh meat (大腿肉)
strip the flesh and bury the bones (剔肉埋骨)
eat + victim (吃+受害者)
eat + juvenile (吃+少年)
Han Yao (韩耀)
chain of missing people (连环失踪案)
Related to the case of Yunnan serial killer Zhang Yongming: Several sources have reported that when Zhang Yongming couldn’t finish eating the flesh of his victims, he sold it in the market as ostrich meat. On April 25, 19-year-old Han Yao of Jinning, Yunnan suddenly went missing. His case has been the key to the mystery of missing children in the area.
Sensitive Words: Foreigners and Cannibals (Correction and Update)
Correction: Zhang Yongming is the suspected Yunnan killer, not a victim.
Update: “Lei Feng” is unblocked.
As of May 26, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):
Photos of young American sharing fries and conversation with a beggar went viral on Weibo.
Foreigners and Exiles:
Lei Feng (雷锋): Results for search terms related to Ambassador Gary Locke, an American who shared McDonald’s French fries with a beggar, and other non-Chinese do-gooders are all blocked.
Wu’er (乌尔): Wu’er Kaixi, a student leader during the Tian’anmen protests living in exile. When he went to the Chinese embassy in Washington this month, he found himself “most unwanted.”
In response to the U.S. State Department’s annual human rights report:
human rights (人权)
renquan (pinyin Romanization)
human rights (English)
Murders in Yunnan: According to reports, the case of missing 18-year-old Zhang Yongming of Jinning, Yunnan is related to a serial killer.
homicidal mania (杀人狂)
eat people (吃人)
Zhang Yongming (张永明)
Yunnan + missing (云南+失踪)
dismember + corpse (肢解+尸体)
Yunnan + kill, including terms with the character “kill” (杀), such as homicide, murderer, murder, etc. (云南+杀, 如杀人、杀手、凶杀等)
Generally blocked: These terms are not related to particular events.
unjust case (冤案)
Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results. CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search.
CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.
Will Jews Quit being Israelis when it comes to Fucking Saudis? Assad ain’t Shiite. Assholes. He is Diehard Alawite Vagina Worshipper. Here is the deal. Dickheads. Obama arms Bahrain not safeguard the Monarchy but to save Bahraini Zionists. Happy Sukkot Kibbutz Whores.
Here is Must-Read From David Horowitz FrontPage Magazine:
The Best Foreign Policy Saudi Money Can Buy
Posted by Daniel Greenfield
Let’s say that there are three Muslim countries in the Middle East, which, facing a domestic insurgency, use ruthless tactics to suppress it. Which one gets a pass?
The answer is easy. The Saudi ally gets the pass; the others get invaded. But “pass” is too mild a word, because after bombing Libya into submission, while preparing to do the same thing to Syria, the Obama administration has actually resumed arms sales to Bahrain. And the only real reason those arms sales were originally halted, was because of objections from Congress. What’s the difference between Libya, Syria and Bahrain? Not all that much. All three had rulers widely hated by the people for being unrepresentative tyrants. All three responded to domestic protests with armed force. In Syria, there is a Sunni majority being ruled over by a Shiite splinter group minority, while in Bahrain, there is a Shiite majority being ruled over by a Sunni minority. Why pick one over the other? Because Saudi Arabia is the big brother of the Bahraini monarchy, and so a Sunni tyranny over a Shiite population is legitimized, while a Shiite tyranny over a Sunni population is delegitimized. While the Obama administration is dancing around the edges of arming the Syrian rebels, it is also arming the Bahraini government. While the United States participates in the Friends of Syria group, whose goal is to overthrow the Syrian government and replace it with the Muslim Brotherhood, it has renewed security cooperation with Bahrain. While Syrian diplomats were being expelled from Washington, the Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa came to Washington and met with Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta—nearly every important foreign policy figure in the administration with the exception of Obama. The optics of having Obama shake hands with a tyrant while handing out Medals of Freedom might have come off as a little tacky, even from an administration that jumps when the House of Saud tells it to, without asking how high. But while the Crown Prince may not have left with Obama’s fingerprints on his palm, he is leaving with Seahawk helicopters, AMRAAM missiles, F-16 parts, a frigate and an option on some armored personnel carriers, for the next time things get hot down in Manama. What’s even more extraordinary is that the State Department’s press statement on the renewal of arms sales to Bahrain appeared to blame both protesters and Bahraini authorities for the violence, and even teetered on the brink of placing the weight of the blame on the protesters. “We are concerned about excessive use of force and tear gas by police. At the same time, we are concerned by the almost daily use of violence by some protestors,” the statement reads. “We urge all sides to work together to end the violence and refrain from incitement of any kind, including attacks on peaceful protestors or on the Bahraini police.” The statement could hardly have had more wriggle room or a softer condemnation of the regime, if it had actually been written by the Crown Prince or one of his flunkies. It is all the more startling to compare this to State Department bulletins on Libya and Syria, which lack any such moral ambiguity or strained refusal to take sides in the conflict between government and anti-government forces. The deciding factor isn’t Bahrain’s reliability as a regional ally or base space. If that was the issue then Mubarak wouldn’t have been sold out to the Muslim Brotherhood and Yemen’s President Ali Saleh would have enjoyed the same backing as the Crown Prince of Bahrain. Not to mention lesser allies like Tunisia’s President Ben Ali, whom the Obama administration triumphantly jeered to the exit only to see him replaced by Islamist Al-Nahda terrorists. It’s not about how good an ally of America a given country is, but how good an ally of Saudi Arabia it is. The only Arab Spring resister to earn a shrug from the Obama administration was Bahrain. When Saudi tanks rolled into Manama, there were a few uncomfortable shrugs in Washington D.C., but no fiery speeches or demands for action. Obama did not take to the airwaves to announce that he would be violating the War Powers Act, with a sustained bombardment of the Saudi Peninsula Shield Force, which was doing the killing. It would have been far easier for Obama to force the Saudis to take their tanks and go home, than it was to bring down Gaddafi or than it will be to bring down Assad. And the fact that it was not done reveals who really pulls the strings on foreign policy in the White House. The limited suspension of arms shipments to Bahrain was not met with an equivalent suspension of arms shipments to Saudi Arabia, because the United States is not allowed to tell the Saudis what to do. Instead it’s the Saudis who slapped Uncle Sam around by suspending their arms purchases as a sign of displeasure. The myth that Saudi weapons are defensive is used to give the regime a blank check in Washington D.C., but it’s so much nonsense. Saudi Arabia’s military is there to expand its territory, whether in Bahrain or Yemen, with timely interventions from a military machine supplied and trained by the United States. The House of Saud has always been imperialistic and it has never had a problem with killing civilians. Bahrain is the first country on the menu for inclusion into a Saudi super-state. The tanks in Manama were the leverage to push Bahrain into that union. A union that is the dawn of a planned Caliphate, carried out with American weaponry. The United States has counted on the Saudis to secure the region, but the House of Saud is only interested in securing the region for itself. It has always been imperialistic, but its most reliable tool of empire building has not been military, but political. The local monarchies have ably bought or co-opted a sizable percentage of Western political, diplomatic and military elites into building their empire for them. The Arab League, Saudi Arabia’s puppet, backed the invasion of Libya and is championing regime change in Syria. If the Obama administration goes along with this latest war cooked up in Riyadh, that will be the fourth war that the United States has fought for Saudi interests. And the wars never seem to end. While the great hypocritical cry of the humanitarian interventionists in Washington and London goes up over Syria, no sanctions are leveled against the Saudis, and no matter how many people end up under the treads of Saudi tanks, no arms shipments are interrupted. Truly the Obama administration has the best foreign policy… that Saudi money can buy.
Quit Drinkn’ Wine. Henheads. It causes Heart Disease, Stroke, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cirrhosis of the Liver, Epilepsy and Five Different Cancers. Don’t believe such crap its Oxford Antiwine Propaganda to kill Chinese wine which flood world market at 10% of vintage price
Here is a Antiwine Horsemanure from Oxford and Gobi Desert Wine from China Digital Times. Enjoy.
Don’t drink more than THREE glasses of wine a week: Oxford study claims slashing the official alcohol limit would save 4,500 lives a yearGuidance would see recommended consumption cut to half a unit a day Findings could influence first review of drinking advice for 15 years
By JENNY HOPE
Britons should drink no more than three small glasses of wine a week, scientists have said.
More than 4,500 lives could be saved annually by changing official advice on ‘safe’ levels of alcohol intake, they believe.
It would mean recommended consumption – for men and women – would be cut to half a unit a day, the equivalent of just a couple of gulps of beer.
Guidance: Experts say ‘safe’ drinking levels are three to four units a day for men, or two to three for women
The new advice flies in the face of previous studies, which have shown that drinking alcohol in moderation reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.
But the researchers, from Oxford University, say this benefit is far outweighed by the harm to health caused by regular drinking.
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Cutting consumption could stem the epidemic of alcohol-related chronic diseases set to cause 210,000 deaths during the next 20 years. Currently, the Department of Health says ‘safe’ drinking levels are three to four units a day for men, or two to three for women.
A small glass of wine contains 1.3 units, while a pint of beer contains at least two units.
But the new study says the ideal intake to prevent chronic disease is five grams a day – around half a unit. This is less than half a small glass of wine and just a quarter of a pint of beer.
The findings could influence the first review of drinking advice for 15 years, amid concern the existing limit wrongly implies that daily drinking is healthy.
The review was prompted by a report earlier this year from the Commons Science and Technology Committee, which said advice on safe drinking was confusing. It suggested new guidelines could tell people to observe two teetotal days a week.
For the new study, scientists led by Dr Melanie Nichols, of the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University, analysed the death toll of 11 conditions known to be linked to long-term alcohol consumption.
They included heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy and five different cancers.
The team used data from large-scale studies on drinking and chronic disease risk, combined with estimates of weekly alcohol consumption among 15,000 adults in England from the 2006 General Household Survey. Just under a third of the adults were non-drinkers.
Their results, published in online journal BMJ Open, showed that cutting alcohol intake to half a unit a day would avert 4,579 premature deaths in England each year.
This amounts to three in 100 of all deaths from the 11 conditions studied.
Regarding the positive effects of alcohol on protecting against heart disease, the researchers pointed out that cutting consumption would lead to 843 extra deaths per year.
But this would be offset by a reduction of deaths including more than 2,600 from cancers and almost 3,000 from liver cirrhosis.
Dr Nichols said: ‘When all of the chronic disease risks are balanced against each other, the optimal consumption level is much lower than many people believe.
‘More than 4,000 deaths from cancer, heart disease, stroke and liver disease in England could be prevented if drinkers reduced their average level of alcohol consumption to half a unit per person per day – a level much lower than current UK government recommendations.’
Earlier this year alcohol specialists Professor Ian Gilmore and Dr Nick Sheron calculated that drinking would cause 210,000 deaths in the next 20 years through illness, violence and accidents.
Figures show alcohol-related injuries and illness cost the NHS in England £3.3billion a year.
Eric Appleby, of the charity Alcohol Concern, said current guidelines were already confusing – and telling people to drink very small quantities on a daily basis was no less confusing.
He said: ‘We need to make sure [guidelines] are an easy-to-understand way of watching what you drink that’s practical for people to apply to their everyday lives.’
A Department of Health spokesperson said: ‘The Chief Medical Officer is reviewing current alcohol consumption guidelines.
‘She will review the evidence on alcohol and health risks including whether advice is needed on the maximum amount of alcohol that can be drunk in one session.’
Wine from Gobi Desert Aims At Market
As China’s local wine market grows and foreign labels are running vineyards in China, wine from the Gobi desert is aiming at the booming market. The Gobi desert is located in the Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang region. Although the region seems unlikely for the location of a vineyard, the Gobi desert has several different types of climates that are conducive to wine making. Rueters reports:
Just a few hundred metres from towering sand dunes, workers unearth row upon row of grapevines buried under the sand to protect them from temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit).
Chateau Hansen, which first planted vineyards beside the Gobi in the early 1980s, says the hot, dry summer and plentiful water from the nearby Yellow River make the location among China’s best for wine production.
This moderate-sized vineyard near Wuhai city, 670 kilometres (416 miles) west of Beijing, now boasts 250 hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Gernischt grapevines.
To raise its profile, Hansen has built a grand European-style chateau, which includes a hotel, and enlisted the help of a French wine expert who acts as winemaker.
Although Chateau Hansen mainly sells in China, they will also be present at the Vinexpo Asia Pacific 2012. Winemakers attending the expo, held in Hong Kong, hope to break into the Chinese market. AFP adds:
Organisers of the three-day Vinexpo Asia-Pacific expect demand for imported wine to weather the slowdown in Chinese economic growth, forecast to fall to 7.5 percent this year from 9.2 percent in 2011.
A deep dip in prices of Bordeaux’s most prestigious, investment-grade wines last year suggests the Chinese-driven speculative bubble may have burst, but the market for more modest mid-range wines will open up, they said.
“The promise of the Chinese market and the Asian market continues to be very high. The growth is still there,” Vinexpo chief executive Robert Beynat told AFP.
China is the world’s biggest drinker of spirits, with 995 million cases guzzled in 2010 — almost double the volume consumed in 2006, according to Vinexpo.
Quit Bitching..Ricardo and tell me what can Google get Cost-Effective from Israel that can’t get it in Abu Dhabi for free unless what you just mentioned hereinbelow
Yes, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google founders, are Jewish. However, this post has no religious orientation. If you are looking for some sort of religious conspiracy theory go elsewhere
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WHAT IS GOOGLE UP TO IN ISRAEL ?
I visited Google’s office in Tel Aviv where about 50 people work in Marketing & Sales and over 200 in the engineers department. Yes, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google founders, are Jewish. However, this post has no religious orientation. If you are looking for some sort of religious conspiracy theory go elsewhere, here you will learn only about what Google is really up to in Israel. Google first opened its office in Israel in 2006. I visited two of the four floors used by Google on the 21st and 22nd floors of the famous Levinstein Tower in downtown Tel Aviv. Although not as impressive as the famed Googleplex in Mountain View, California, the offices offer magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea. Each room has its own theme, with walls and furnishings of all colors. There is a meeting room filled with giant legos, a pinball machine, Nintendo Wii, Playstation and other games. There is also a fully equipped music room with guitars, drums, microphones, professional sound system, etc. Add to that a silent room, a 3D printer, and free food at each floor. The feeling of being in a kindergarten almost made me forget that I was in one of the world’s largest multinational companies. Google also employs about 80 engineers in its second office in Israel located in Haifa, Israel’s technological center. The Haifa office is just 2 thousand meters away from the beach; I saw pictures but I did not visit that office. The second office also has toys in the lobby, game rooms, beanbag chairs, free food, and so on. Some affirm these Google methods do not enhance creativity. Personally, I believe that, at least, it incentives employees to spend more time together and create stronger personal bonds, which will pay off later by increasing team work. Here is a video about work-life balance at Google Israel. After visiting the premises, Inna Weiner, a software engineer, presented products and services that have started and/or are being developed in Israel:
Live Results is being developed in Israel. It allows people to find data they are looking for directly in the Google webpage, without the need to click on a link that will direct visitors to a website. For instance, you search “Weather in Rio de Janeiro” and it directly shows the forecast instead of only links to websites (in case you are curious, it is 25 degrees Celsius in the Beautiful city today). I believe Live Results is an effort to make users spend more time in the Google page. By the way, in April, it was the first time people spent more time on Facebook than on Google in Brazil. Person finder application. An app that was very useful during the Turkey Earthquake. Whenever a natural disaster takes place, the person finder application goes live, aiming to provide reliable and actual information about missing people. People basically have two buttons, “I am looking for someone” and “I have info about someone.”. I enjoy this kind of innovation; it makes me think of Chief Almir using Google Earth to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. The person finder application was developed as part of the 20% of free time that engineers have at Google to work on any project of their choice, as long as that project has been approved by their superior. Bear in mind that whatever is developed during these 20% of “free time” is owned by Google, not by the employees. By the way, people in the Sales & Mktg department don’t have the 20% of free time privilege. However, in the Tel Aviv office they can still use the 3D printer and eat for free all day long. Google Suggest – The Autocomplete Search Tool that let us “search faster than the speed of typing” was fully developed in Israel. Personally, I find this tool way too intrusive. I don’t like to have the impression that I am so dumb that an algorithm can predict what I am about to search for. I am afraid that tomorrow a machine will know what I am about to think. Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project. Google has digitized one of the oldest manuscript ever discovered and allows everyone to examine it online with high resolution. For instance, if you search for “And the world shall dwell with the lamb,” you can instantly find the exact location in the digital version of the original scroll. This project was such a success that in the first day it was live more people saw the dead sea scrolls than in the entire year before. Inna was very excited to present the work Google has done with the Yad Vashem memorial, dedicated to victims of the Holocaust. This collaboration has created an online collaborative archive of photographs of the museum. Basically, Google uploaded thons of physical documents, such as photos. Anyone, anywhere can not only find information about each person and/or location in the pictures but also easily add information. Google Insights for search started in Israel and now is being improved by Google engineers all over the world. It is a free tool to analyze search queries. However, only ratios and not the total number of queries are revealed. For instance, you can verify that the total amount of searches for the term “Pele” was about three times higher than ”Maradona” in the past 30 days. In-Page Analytics was fully developed in Israel. Basically, it lets you quantify precise information about your website. For instance, you can measure the percentage of visitors who clicked on any clickable item in your website. Receive emails through SMS in Ghana. Google Israel developed an app that allows people to receive emails in SMS format. In Ghana, just like in Guinea Conakry where I worked, broadband internet is not widespread. However, most people have cell phones. When you send an email to someone registered in this service, the person receives the email as a SMS. I hope Google has found a better way of filtering spams than in regular Gmail. Interactive videos in youtube started in Israel and was taken to Mountain View to be fully developed. “Got the wrong Bob” for Gmail, Priority inbox for Gmail, Hot topics and hot searches, all started in the Israel office. Jonathan Riftin, Industry Analyst based in Tel Aviv, explained the Structure of the Marketing & Sales team in Israel: In Tel Aviv, the Marketing & Sales team only supports big clients. Small and medium businesses are handled by the Mktg & Sales office in Dublin. The Mktg & Sales team is divided in small groups. Each group contains a client manager, account strategists and industry analysts. Client managers are responsible for meeting and handling large accounts, which can be the government, big Israeli companies, universities, and so on. Industry Analysts main tasks are to follow trends and complete market research. For instance, if an airline company wants to open a direct flight from Tel Aviv to Sao Paulo, the industry analyst will measure the amount of queries relating Israel and Brazil and come up with an estimated price of the related sponsored search terms. The estimative is then validated by the client manager who will present it to the prospective client. Account strategists are responsible for building and assisting online campaigns. If an agency builds the online campaign for a client, the account strategist will monitor it and suggest ways to improve the campaign, always focusing on maximizing ROI. I have also visited Google’s office in the center of Paris. To my surprise, I found out that the Sales & marketing teams are designed in very similar manners worldwide. When Jonathan Riftin, Industry Analyst based in Tel Aviv, explained what the Sales & Marketing team does in Israel, it was like replaying the speech I heard a month ago from Christian Vigne, account strategist at Google Paris, explaining what he does in France. When asked about the main differences between the Tel Aviv office and the Paris office or any other Google office worldwide regarding the Sales & Marketing teams, the answer was, “Besides cultural differences, the view in the office!” They quickly added that the special ingredient and main reason why Google has such an important R&D center in Israel is because of the quality of Israeli engineers.
Special Interests can co-opt Candidate now without actually Donating to their Campaign. “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.” Mark Hanna, 1896
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Now comes that time when we bear witness to America’s most bizarre and entertaining ritual – the prelude to National Election Day in November.
It’s a time when political hopefuls and incumbents say and do just about anything to win an election. Hypocrisy and propaganda fill the airwaves as television ads portray each candidate as a Strong Leader. A wave of attack ads follows, painting the opposition as someone who wants to steal your money and your freedom.
Specifics are seldom offered about the Leader’s wonderful plan to make life better for everyone, because facts and details don’t make good television. They don’t help win elections in our version of democracy, either.
I enjoy those ads, although they’re repeated far too often. I’m impressed by wordsmiths who can reduce a complex issue into a simple, us-against-them statement. An entire political strategy compressed into one short sentence is a beautiful thing to read – especially when it says nothing at all.
It looked, for a while, as though my hopes for a third political party of independent voters to liven up the elections this fall might come true. When a choice is available, I like to vote for anyone except the Republican or Democrat on my ballot as a way to encourage independent candidates.
So I voted for Ross Perot and John Anderson when each ran for President, because they tried to open up the two-party gridlock we’ve been stuck in for too long. Perot in 1992 and Anderson in 1980 had no chance of actually winning, but any independent candidate’s presence in an election is better for everyone.
Unfortunately, independent politicians are rare creatures these days. The temptation to take special interest money hasn’t changed, but special interests can co-opt a candidate now without actually donating to their campaign. When corporate-funded ads help a candidate get elected, that candidate becomes compromised to some degree. After all, when someone spends money on your behalf, it’s a natural human reaction to feel obliged.
My hopes for an open, honest election faded as I watched corporations and billionaires swamp the political landscape with a flood of money promoting candidates who share their philosophy of unregulated commerce and limited government.
We’ve seen this phenomena happen before, going back more than a century to the infamous Mark Hanna era when unlimited contributions fed a political system that reeked of corruption.
It helps our economy, I suppose, as some of that money will trickle down through the system, but it raises two questions: where’s all that money coming from – and why?
Not from me, and probably not from you, either. It’s coming from sources who have more money than they need but want to make more. It’s coming in from foreign countries and flowing out of corporations once again, thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision that removed spending restraints and allows donors to remain anonymous.
A conservative guess is that $300 million has been spent so far by candidate support groups across the nation. One organization alone, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, expects to spend $75 million on political ads in this election, more than twice what it invested in 2008. Before all ballots are cast, it’s likely the 2012 national total will exceed half a billion dollars.
That staggering sum is going into more than just the presidential election. It’s also being spent to influence local elections by folks that have a national agenda. It’s being used, quite simply, to buy elections.
Having the best elections money can buy may be a timeless tradition in America, but it’s one that has served us poorly. Regardless of who wins, odds are that once again, the majority of citizens will receive second-class representation.
The voice of the American voter will not be heard. Big Money is talking louder than ever before, and political hopefuls are listening only to the loudest of voices.
Rob Lafferty is a former newspaper editor and a Truly Independent Voter who lives in Oregon.
Francois Hollande Expels Syrian Bitch Lamia Chakkour
DIPLOMATIE – Son expulsion sera notifiée à Lamia Chakkour «aujourd’hui ou demain»…François Hollande a annoncé ce mardi l’expulsion de l’ambassadrice de Syrie en France. Cette décision intervient trois jours après le massacre de Houla, dans le nord du pays, perpétré vendredi et dans lequel 108 personnes ont trouvé la mort, pour la plupart. «Parmi les décisions que nous avons prises, il y a (…) l’expulsion de l’ambassadrice de Syrie en France», a déclaré François Hollande lors d’une point de presse à l’issue d’un entretien à l’Elysée avec le président du Bénin, Yayi Boni. «C’est une décision pas unilatérale de la France, mais concertée avec nos », a-t-il précisé. Son expulsion sera notifiée à Lamia Chakkour «aujourd’hui ou demain», a-t-il ajouté. Le chef de l’Etat a par ailleurs annoncé la tenue d’une réunion du groupe des amis de la Syrie à Paris, au début du mois de juillet. «Nous cherchons une date», a indiqué François Hollande.