Tuesday, 10 December 2013

News and views for Tuesday 10 December

News and views noted along the way.
10-12-2013 baangkokpost
  • Thai Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament, Calls New Elections - “Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the country’s Parliament on Monday and called early elections in the face of anti-government protests that began last month. But protest leaders said their goal was to rid Thai politics of her family’s influence, and to that end, they want to replace Yingluck’s elected government with an unelected ‘people’s council.’ A government spokesman said a new vote would be held Feb. 2, but the date must be approved by Thailand’s Election Commission. Yingluck says she’ll remain as caretaker leader until a new prime minister is named. Yingluck won the 2011 election in a landslide, and is expected to win in any new vote.”
  • The Secret’s Out: Obama Acknowledges Existence Of Area 51
  • Japan PM Abe’s ratings slide after state secrets act
  • By George, Britain’s Austerity Experiment Didn’t Work! - “His effort to cure the patient by subjecting it to the equivalent of leeching—big cuts in government spending and higher taxes—a return to pre-Keynesian policies watched closely the world over, failed abysmally…. It produced a dearth of public-sector and private-sector investment that will hobble Britain for years to come. It even failed to meet its own targets of drastically reducing the budget deficit and bringing down Britain’s over-all debt burden…. The problem… is that the ‘hard work’ hasn’t paid off. After three and a half years of austerity, the outlook for the government’s finances doesn’t look any better than it did when Osborne entered office. In fact, it looks worse…”
  • Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals - “Randy Schekman says his lab will no longer send papers to Nature, Cell and Science as they distort scientific process.”
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