Daily Archives: January 29, 2013

French Employment Minister: ‘France is Totally Bankrupt’

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Author: John Hall

France’s employment minister Michel Sapin has admitted the country is “totally bankrupt”. The unexpected news came during a radio interview yesterday and is thought to have sent the country’s business leaders into a state of shock. “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr Sapin said....

Anger Over U.K Fluoride Plans

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Author: James Chapman

Fluoride is set to be added to drinking water throughout England and Wales despite controversy over the long-term health effects, it emerged yesterday. The law is expected to be changed so that local authorities can compel water companies to add fluoride to water. Environmentalists and consumer groups, who believe fluoridation...

German Federal Court: Internet Connection Crucial to Everyday Life

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Author: Computer World

Internet access is as crucial to everyday life as having a phone connection and the loss of connectivity is deserving of financial compensation, the German Federal Court of Justice has ruled. Because having an internet connection is so significant for a large part of the German population, a customer whose...

Scientists Underestimated Potential for Tohoku Quake. Now What?

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Author: SpaceDaily

The massive Tohoku, Japan, earthquake in 2011 and Sumatra-Andaman superquake in 2004 stunned scientists because neither region was thought to be capable of producing a megathrust earthquake with a magnitude exceeding ? 8.4. Now earthquake scientists are going back to the proverbial drawing board and admitting that existing predictive models...

Quake Experts Call For An Advance-Warning System For California

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Author: Rong-Gong Lin II

When a major earthquake strikes, seconds count. In the devastating 2011 Japan earthquake, a sensor embedded in the ground detected the first signs of movement and immediately sent out an alert at the speed of light. Within seconds, text messages warning of impending shaking went out to roughly 50 million people. Many people in...

How No 10 Describes Disabled: ‘LTB’ (or ‘lying, thieving b******s’)

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Author: Rob Williams

A documentary investigation into one of the firms responsible for delivering the Government's £5bn Work Programme claims to have found evidence of staff using an 'offensive' code to describe disabled and jobless people. Clients of Triage, a key player in the Government's plan to pay private companies to move people...