January 23rd, 2012

  • luvdovz

Another Romanian revolution?

For almost a week Romania is again looking like the Romania of the early 90s: barricades, street clashes, tear gas, injured people. The protests are against the austerity policies of the government and most of all, against the health-care "reform".

Demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police, the police responded with tear gas. In Bucharest and some other towns like Timisoara the protesters expressed their indignation from the slashing of salaries and social benefits, the tax hike and the omnipresent corruption and nepotism in the system.

Meanwhile the protests in Bucharest reached their culmination during the weekend. The police arrested dozens of protesters. There were injured on both sides. The prime-minister Emil Boc said "Throwing stones is no solution to the problems. What we need is a dialogue".

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Each day, hundreds of schoolchildren appear before courts in Texas charged with offences such as swearing, misbehaving on the school bus or getting in to a punch-up in the playground. Children have been arrested for possessing cigarettes, wearing "inappropriate" clothes and being late for school.

In 2010, the police gave close to 300,000 "Class C misdemeanour" tickets to children as young as six in Texas for offences in and out of school, which result in fines, community service and even prison time. What was once handled with a telling-off by the teacher or a call to parents can now result in arrest and a record that may cost a young person a place in college or a job years later....

Among the more extreme cases documented by Appleseed is of a teacher who had a pupil arrested after the child responded to a question as to where a word could be found in a text by saying: "In your culo (arse)", making the other children laugh. Another pupil was arrested for throwing paper aeroplanes.


Shocked, shocked! am I to hear of this from Texas.
No seriously, wtf?

Kids doing kid stuff is normal and shouldn't be penalized under law. Talk about trying to do social engineering! Talk back to your teacher and WE ARREST YOU.

Hell no. I disagree with this. I cannot imagine who actually likes this.
Do you? Can you?
hat lasso

America on Cuba as sponsor of terrorism

I don't like anyone running for the Republicans. However I was impressed with Ron Paul refusing to engage in hawkish talk about Iran (he was the only one who didn't sink to engaging in bullshit)and on tough talk about Cuba again he stood alone.

What's with America's stand on Cuba? Even the CIA doesn't claim that Cuba is a sponsor or terrorism! (The CIA's main issue seems to be illegals entering USA, at least according to the World Factbook.) So why do the candidates pull this out of their ass year after year?

Quote; The history of Cuba as a State Sponsor of terrorism didn't begin until 1982, though, when the State department placed the Caribbean island country on its list of those believed to be providing critical support to non-state terrorist groups.

Experts in the intelligence community generally don't think Cuba actively supports terrorist activity or that it poses any threat to national security. Most of the charges leveled against Cuba indicate that the US doesn't like Cuba's bad attitude toward US policy, but even the State Department can't provide convincing evident that Cuba actually acts to undermine US policy by supporting terrorism.

Everyone needs a marketing strategy. Where Germany understood they couldn't compete globally on price, or quantity, the Germans pushed their products on quality. Germany has done quite well. Cuba's niche export has been on the medical front, training more doctors then they need and therefore are able to trade medical expertise globally for many of the imports they require. This is obviously not a strategy for terrorism.

The idea that Cuba is a sponsor of terrorism is ridiculous on the surface and if you bother to dig into the facts.