Saturday, 5 July 2008

Friday, 5th July 2008

Attorney general says Israel can raze attacker's home
An Israeli government proposal to demolish homes of Palestinians from Arab East Jerusalem who attack Israelis is legally viable, Israel's attorney-general wrote in a legal opinion.
Menachem Mazuz gave his legal response following a proposal by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday that Israel should destroy the homes of "every terrorist from Jerusalem" after a Palestinian killed three Israelis in a bulldozer rampage.
"In light of repeated rulings over the years by the Supreme Court, it cannot be said that there is a legal objection to using the right to demolish houses within Jerusalem, but the move would create considerable legal difficulties," Mazuz was quoted as saying in excerpts released by the Justice Ministry.
Israeli authorities say Wednesday's attack and the fatal shootings of eight seminary students in March were carried out by Palestinians from the Arab east of the city. They hold Israeli identity cards that give them wide freedom of movement.

Seasonal factor seen in melting and ice shifts in Greenland

Air France-KLM looks at high-speed trains


Germany passes law aimed at reducing carbon emissions

A star anchorman in France is saying farewell

PARIS: Must-see TV! The last of a high priest caste of television anchormen disappears from the screen next week, and the curious may want to watch a final service or two, relics from television's Golden Age, before they fade to black.
You'd survive missing them, of course.
But once Patrick Poivre d'Arvor sinks from view on July 10 as the 8 p.m. anchorman on TF1, France's most-watched channel, an era when national congregations gathered for a news-pastor's nightly information wafer is gone.

22 civilians killed by U.S. airstrike, Afghan governor says

Zimbabwe's MDC says 103 killed

Army knew about nuclear deals, renegade Pakistani scientist says

5 soldiers, rebel killed in continuing clashes in Indian Kashmir

Georgian forces shell towns in South Ossetia
Bomb explodes in center of Belarus capital

Obama's money
When he is swept up in rhetorical fervor, Obama occasionally says that his campaign is 90 percent funded by small donors. He has indeed had great success with small donors, but only about 45 percent of his money comes from donations of $200 or less.
The real core of his financial support is something else, the rising class of information-age analysts. Once, the wealthy were solidly Republican. But the information age rewards education with money. There are many smart high achievers who grew up in liberal suburbs around San Francisco, L.A. and New York, went to left-leaning universities like Harvard and Berkeley and took their values with them when they became investment bankers, doctors and litigators.
Political analysts now notice a gap between professionals and managers. Professionals, like lawyers and media types, tend to vote and give Democratic. Corporate managers tend to vote and give Republican. The former get their values from competitive universities and the media world; the latter get theirs from churches, management seminars and country clubs.

Copying issue raises hurdle for Bush pick
Last year, a peer-reviewed legal journal, the Supreme Court Economic Review, issued a retraction of an article by O'Neill in 2004. "Substantial portions" of the article, the editors wrote, were "appropriated without attribution" from a book review by another law professor. In addition, at least four articles by O'Neill in other publications contain passages that appear to have been lifted from other scholars' works without quotation marks or attribution.
Long passages in the 2004 article are virtually identical to the book review, which was published in 2000 in the Virginia Law Review and was written by Anne C. Dailey, a law professor at the University of Connecticut.
For instance, Professor Dailey wrote: "Bounded rationality is not a refutation of the rational actor model; to the contrary, it attempts to fine-tune the model to take account of predictable cognitive limitations and biases. Despite occasional references to irrationality in the literature, there is nothing in fact irrational about bounded rationality."
Four years later, O'Neill wrote this, without quotation marks or attribution to Professor Dailey: "Bounded rationality is not a refutation of the rational actor model; to the contrary, it seeks to recalibrate the neoclassical model to take account of predictable cognitive limitations and biases. Despite occasional references to irrationality in the literature, there is nothing especially irrational about bounded rationality."
In an interview on Thursday in the dining room of his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, O'Neill was contrite about the duplications, blaming "a poor work method." He said he often mingled research materials and his own work in a single computer file. "I didn't keep appropriate track of things," he said. "I frankly did a poor and negligent job."
O'Neill, a boyish 46-year-old who wore jeans and a wrinkled blue button-down shirt, said he had never knowingly passed off other scholars' statements as his own. "So much of it is sort of dry and straightforward stuff," he said. "To me, it all sounds generic and plain. I didn't catch it."

Ex-banker investigated in transfers of money

Senior British intelligence official in coma
BA chief says "passengers love T5 now"


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