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The German town is subsiding after authorities drilled underground to harness “green” energy as part of an innovative geothermal power plan.
The contractors drilled down 460ft. they would extract heat. But now large cracks have appeared in buildings. And the town centre has subsided about a third of an inch.
The baroque town hall, the main church, two schools and more than 64 other buildings in the historic centre were severely affected. Experts said buildings in the outer part of the town had risen by a similar amount.
Says Michael Benitz, the mayor: “Will the earth continue to sink? If it stops now, then we will have got away lightly. But if it continues, it could turn out to be quite bad.”
During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion– positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he’s projected during his presidential campaign.
The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.
Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.
They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who “unintentionally mischaracterize(d) his position.”
But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago non-profit group that issued it. And it found that Obama – the day after sitting for the interview – filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes adding to one answer.
Guns don’t kill people; legislation kills people…
THE BritBlog RoundUp, as compiled by Philobiblon:
Our own Matt Wardman has instituted roundups of the Scottish, Welsh and Westminster parliament. Given the government’s sudden desperate enthusiasm for constitutional reform, how long before there’s a “English” to add to the collection?
And Amused Cynicism has turned serious to back a campaign to get parliamentary bills published in an accessible form. Whatever will these supporters of democracy think of next?!
Perhaps serious analysis of bills, as Spy Blog has done to the Draft Governance of Britain – Constitutional Renewal Bill. It is your democracy the Spy is trying to defend, so you really should read this.
Because of course legislation is the solution to all problems, as Feminist Avatar notes on An Open Letter by a Feminist about suggestions that the legal drinking age in Scotland be raised to 21.
Elsewhere in politics:
- * My heart sank when directed to a post making comparisons to Nazis (usually not a good sign of sensible argument), but on Prison Law Inside Out, the jailhouselawyer assembles an account of our disappearing civil liberties.
- * Blood & Treasure looks back to the Eighties with fond nostalgia – not for the music but the personal freedom.
- * A short sharp take on how the terminal five kerfuffle could enter the Guinness Book of Records.
- * What would really doing something about child poverty cost? Antonia has some calculations.
Keep your suggestions coming…
Carnival of the Libertarians on liberty…
GERMAN hacker group, Chaos Computer Club, has been publishing the fingerprints of German Secretary of the Interior as part of their protest against state use of biometric ID.
The club published 4,000 copies of their magazine Die Datenschleuder including a plastic foil reproducing the minister’s fingerprint – ready to glue to someone else’s finger to provide a false biometric reading. The CCC has a page on their site detailing how to make such a fake fingerprint..
The club published 4,000 copies of their magazine Die Datenschleuder including a plastic foil reproducing the minister’s fingerprint — ready to glue to someone else’s finger to provide a false biometric reading…
Gordon Brown fingers in the post…
He then cosies up to Geri Halliwell.
Perez is the new media wannabe with the old media values of sucking up to whoever is in his company and basking in reflected glory. He’s the journalist gone native.
He’s Nigel Dempster in a fat suit.
And get a load of this picture. Hilton could eat Halliwell in one bite.
Is that a head on your shoulders, or are you just pleased to see yourself?
Organizers of the Singapore Grand Prix have chosen Earth Hour to debut megawatt-using streetlights that will be used to illuminate F1’s first night race later this year.
The lights (300 times more powerful than normal street lights) are being tested today when much of the world is turning their lights off for one hour to symbolically bring attention to the growing environmental crisis.
Start your engines…
HEADLINE of The Day, in the Observer:
“Zimbawe votes to counter poll rigging.”
Picture: Taken from footage of Zimbabwe’s last Presindential race…
DITH Pran, the man who helped bring Cambodia’s Killing Fields to the world’s attention has died:
Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people’s rights, died in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday. He was 65 and lived in Woodbridge, N.J.
The cause was pancreatic cancer, which had spread, said his friend Sydney H. Schanberg.
Mr. Dith saw his country descend into a living hell as he scraped and scrambled to survive the barbarous revolutionary regime of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979, when as many as two million Cambodians — a third of the population — were killed, experts estimate. Mr. Dith survived through nimbleness, guile and sheer desperation.
Journalism can be inspiring…
No, not by standing alongside Ms Conley and so looking fitter and younger. Conley is a health and weight guru.
It’s by watching what you eat and exercising. And by taking vitamins, which the Sunday Express also advertises on its front page.
But if you really want to look young, why not wear a hood and look ten, 20, 30 years younger.
If you can equip your youthful look with a refer, a bottle of alcopops and someone else’s wallet, then so much the younger…
Clinton and Obama fight it out on Wikipedia
TERMINAL FIVE – handling the baggage handlers:
Baggage handlers are obviously complements to a baggage handling system – one’s useless without the other. And it’s a basic principle of economics that complementary assets should be run by the same boss, to ensure that they work together. And yet BAA and BA have contrived to ignore this; BAA runs the system whilst BA provides the staff.
This is not a sophisticated principle. It’s grasped perfectly well by the Archers, for example.
THE Real flesh and blood Homer Simpson…
THE Queen of Soul against Peta:
Never one to shy away from controversy, PETA US has offered to pay Aretha Franklin’s $19,000 home foreclosure tax bill… on the condition that she ditches the fur for good and donates her unwanted furs to PETA US like Mariah Carey and Kim Cattrall have done in the past. I think that’s a pretty fair deal, don’t you?
WHAT kind of a company would sponsor Earth Hour, the
…latest bright idea from the country that gave us “Crocodile Dundee” is to have everyone across the globe turn off their lights for an hour at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Apparently, a bunch of neo-Luddites in Sydney did this last year and it made them feel good about themselves, so they’ve decided to give the rest of the world a chance to achieve a similar sense of self-worth?
A pet food company…
AL Gore and the Al Goreans are massing:
They’ll pick one of their own superdelegates, Al Gore, Mr. Party Elder, Mr. Nobel Prize, Mr.
I-Got-Screwed-Out-of-Victory-Last-Time and Mr.
Trust-Me-the-Globe-Really-Is-Round-and-Warming and I’m finally gonna get a chance to do something about it from the White House. The Draft Gore folks will be ecstatic and the Democratic blogosphere is already excited.
Gore – the man who lost to Bush…
JOANNA Lumley is stading for political office.
Chaps of a certain age will visualise La Lumley with that shocking 70s haircut that she sported in ‘The New Avengers’ (the last British series to be networked in the States, apparently) , others will think of her as in that dire comedy with the one of French & Saunders not married to Lenny Henry. Doubtless there are other options, but there she is in the list for the English Democrats, at #9.
It would appear that there are two Lumleys, and this one looks to be quite youthful, so I would think that either her parents refused to have a television or had a sadistic streak. Unless she changed it herself, of course.
I think it is fair to say she will not get elected this time.
VOTE Max Wank for a better life in Germany:
Over 800 town hall employees make more than £100,000 a year. Some even make more than Polly, if you can believe that.
SAYS the holocaust-education.net:
In these words Halina Olomucki relates to the works of art she produced in the Warsaw ghetto and in Auschwitz. She was one of many artists who continued to paint and draw in the ghettos and concentration camps. As well as bearing witness to the rich and intensive artistic activity that took place during the Holocaust, these works of art – mostly sketches or watercolors – provide valuable information on the life of the inmates. They are historical documents, and the first to acknowledge their importance were the artists themselves.
The real victims of the credity crunch are wives, interior decorators, Martignettis…
THE X-Files borefest predicted 9/11 and the World Trade Center murders:
Anyway, Variety asked these people about the bizarre “coincidences” between the X-Files, its short-lived 2001 spin-off The Lone Gunmen, and why Condi Rice is such a terrible liar. This is because the pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen is about corrupt Defense contractors and evil government officials flying a passenger jet into the World Trade Center so they can blame it on terrorists and start a lucrative series of anti-terror wars to boost defense-sector profits in the post-Cold War era. This was shown in May 2001 on FOX, and it got such terrible ratings that nobody noticed it was about 9/11, which happened a few months later…
Get one for your children. It’s this year’s must-have coffin.
Get one with a motor and drive the nippers to school in it. You can never be too safe…
“Quantum Sleepers can also be fitted to provide protection from destructive forces of nature such as tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.”
People, of Tewkesbury-under-river listen up:
“With this unit you don’t have to run to a ‘Safe Room’, you’re already in it.”
It’s like Switzerland, but less wooden…
New York City residents are growing obese at a rate nearly three times that of other Americans, prompting some who cited a link between weight gain and smoking cessation to question whether the city’s crackdown on smoking may have had an unexpected result.
In a new study, city health officials found that obesity and diabetes rates here increased 17% between 2002 and 2004. By contrast, there was a 6% increase in national obesity rates during that time, and no significant increase in the rate of diabetes. City residents also gained 10 million pounds collectively during the two-year period, researchers found. The findings were reported in the April issue of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.
Smoking meat makes it last longer – it preseves…
ELIOT Spitzer and ablonde. Well, at least he like variety…