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+Paolo Scarabelli You naughty devil ;-). It's exceptionally funny, perfectly timed, and probably closer to the truth than any of us would truly like. Well posted.
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"Crucifixion"
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Gilbert Bargayo, the man who made a name in Cebu and in the world for having himself crucified during Good Fridays, recalled how this sacrifice of his started. He said he grew up in Tacloban City, Leyte, but his parents had moved to Barangay Cogon, Carcar City, where it all began. Sitting on a sofa next to a window inside his house, Bargayo told The FREEMAN in an exclusive interview that when he was 16 years old, he dreamed that a tall, bearded m...
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I feel bad for the guy...
A man appears to have deleted his entire company with one mistaken piece of code. By accidentally telling his computer to delete everything in his servers, hosting provider Marco Marsala has seemingly removed all trace of his company and the websites that he looks after for his customers.
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foobar'd indeed - oh dear!
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Peers vote to give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to take part in the UK's EU referendum.
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+steve taylor It's sad that our children proved those who wanted to harm our country right.
This will be why they want them in this referendum too. If 16 year olds are more likely to vote for a bad idea, why not 15 14 13 and so on. Also, while I won't tell my children how to vote, the same may not be true of little Englanders...
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Ex-Russian 'troll' wins lawsuit against propaganda 'factory' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33972122
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Brave woman, Russia's real future is in her and her likes hands.
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Viewpoint: What's behind Russia's actions in Georgia? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33675488
Georgia has accused Russian troops of redrawing a section of its de facto border with South Ossetia - but what is behind Russia's actions?
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+Paolo Scarabelli  perhaps an answer to that is, they confuse peaceful cooperation (a 'sphere of influence' for economy and security) with the return of a Soviet Empire, like it is misrepresented so often, even in this thread.  :- o
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I've been thinking about this for a while and I'm wondering how popular referendums (known as abrogative referendums in Italy) could be made more fair.

To be valid more than 50% of the electors have to vote, since people interested in cancelling a law have a much bigger incentive in casting their vote than people who are happy the way it is, when there is a low turnout it's a guaranteed victory for the yes.

The consequence is that voting "no" in most cases actually helps the "yes" camp to reach the needed quorum, so most "no" voters prefer to stay home on polls day hoping the referendum fails.

I was wondering if other countries have a better way of doing it.



Seen on Euronews: A win for Renzi: Italy drilling vote fails to attract required voter turnout

http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/18/a-win-for-renzi-italy-drilling-vote-fails-to-attract-required-voter-turnout/
A regional referendum aiming to curb Italy’s offshore oil and gas industry has failed to gain the voter turnout needed to make it valid. Initial data shows a sizeable majority of Italians refrained from voting, in a move that will be seen as a triumph for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. He had urged voters to abstain, claiming the ballot was both unnecessary and harmful to the…
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That's for the sake of the system. Court decisions on laws cannot have retroactive value, otherwise lawful actions done while the law was valid would suddenly become illegal.
In this case is about an election, but it would be like the government legalizing illegal drugs trade, then a court cancels the law as unconstitutional, and suddenly lots of people would become punishable for purchasing/selling drugs while it was perfectly legal.
In this case the law has been fixed by the court itself cancelling the parts which are unconstitutional, but of course it will apply only at the next elections. Sure, there should be some accountability for this mess, the law experts who advised the government on this matter should be fired.
In my opinion, the main problem with Italy is not a lack of democracy, but instability.
I personally never voted for a major party so I'm used at being at the opposition, but I'll rather see Renzi governing until the end of the legislature than keep seeing government after government falling before completing the reforms the country needs. The reforms don't even have to be perfect, they can always be fixed later, the important is having Italy start again after years of political paralysis.
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While I disagree with threatening and bullying, he has a point. European politicians should stop claiming that a brexit would be a blow to the EU and focus instead on making plans in case it happens as to minimize the period of uncertainty which would be detrimental for the economy.
All the focus seems to be on the advantages and disadvantages for the UK, while it's important to discuss what will be of the EU. I'd like to know where the UK based EU institutions would be relocated, if the Erasmus programs in the UK would be suspended, which city of the Eurozone would be chosen as the new financial center, what would happen to the EU Parliament seats now allocated to the UK, what would be the legal position of Scotland in the EU in case it leaves the UK, if duties would be imposed on some products UK, if the EU budget would be reduced or other members will have to chip in the UK share...
So far all the talk has been of David Cameron’s demands. But the EU would hold all the power in post-Brexit negotiations, so it should spell out how it would make an outgoing Britain suffer
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+vaxiawval
There was quite some "external help/backing/support" for the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and for the independence of Kosovo from Serbia too.

I don't say that was a good thing to happen, nor that it was a bad thing to happen.
I just say: such things do happen, whatever the correct interpretation of international law might be.

Being absolutely confident that the UK will continue to exist in its present borders in case the UK decides to leave the EU: that might be quite a bit too much confidence.

And IMO it is in the best interest of the EU not "to play nice" in case of a #Brexit.
And IMO it would not be a good idea to threaten not to play nice at the point at which we are now . But that may change with Mr Cameron's next proclamation.
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British tabloids lash out at the EU increasing costs on countering the misinformation they spread... Priceless.
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Worse bank in Bali, I went all the way to Denpasar to pay for an Emirates ticket only to be told that to deposit money in a citi bank account i need to open a citi account myself. WTF?
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