Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

Protecting low paid workers in Switzerland

Voters are to have the final say on whether the right to a minimum wage should be written into the constitution. The Trade Union Federation has handed in an initiative calling for a minimum wage of SFr4,000 ($4,350) per month, triple the European average. Swiss employers are against the proposal. (swissinfo.ch/SF)

Switzerland’s direct democracy

Together with neutrality and federalism, direct democracy is a part of the Swiss national identity and helps unite the various languages, religions and cultures in the country. This video gives you a short introduction to this unique political system. (Produced by swissinfo.ch on behalf of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad) 

Nigel Farage: European Parliament, Strasbourg, 18 April 2012

European Parliament, Strasbourg, 18 April 2012

• Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy‘ (EFD) Group in the European Parliament

• Debate: Means to combat the economic crisis, particularly in the Eurozone – Statement by the President of the Commission


• Video: EbS – European Parliament



“It’s a great shame Mr Van Rompuy’s not here because a month ago he told us the worst was over, we’d reached the turning point. He even told us that he’d solved the Euro crisis! Well, today we’ve got a more realistic Mr Barroso who says if we follow his policies and stick together we can solve this in the end! 

Sorry! No one believes you anymore, and actually, in the face of the rapidly deteriorating situation these comments look ridiculous. 

In Spain mass unemployment gathers by the day and internal democracy in Spain is now under threat. 

In Italy where we were told Mr Monti would sort it all out, growth figures are falling and the bond spreads are worsening and now an IMF official has come out and said that it is obvious that at some point the Euro break-up will happen. These are big changes. The Euro is doomed! 

And your policies, Sir! Even if Greece accepts the austerity you’re putting upon them, even if for the next eight years they obey all of this they will still, in 2020, have a debt:GDP ratio of 120% which makes one ask “What is the point?”. 

And in Spain – If Spain was able to increase… [interruption] 

The difference is, Sir, Britain is not trapped inside the economic prison of the Euro. 

Now take this: If Spain was to increase… If she increased her productivity growth by half a percent a year, which at the moment looks unlikely- If Spain did that it would take her 40 years to close the competiveness gap with Germany. These countries were sucked in to a totally false economic boom with artificially low interest rates and they are now paying the price. These policies cannot succeed.

Mercifully, outside of this institution, economists the world over now say that it is inevitable that the Euro will break up. It is just a question of how. And I really hope that the IMF now decide to stop pouring good money after bad into these bailouts and I really do hope that not one penny piece more of British taxpayers‘ money goes into propping something up that should be allowed to die.”

EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

Un Vis Amanat (de Langston Hughes): tradus de George-B

Un Vis Amanat

(de Langston Hughes)

(Traducere  de George-b)

Ce se-ntampla cu un vis amanat?

Se usuca precum o stafida in soare?

Sau supureaza ca o rana —

si se scurge?

Pute precum carnea putrezita?

Ori se zahariceste —

Precum un sirop dulce?

Poate atarna,

Ca o povara grea.

Ori poate explodeaza?

Langston Hughes

Hughes, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1936
Born February 1, 1902
United States
Died May 22, 1967 (aged 65)
New York CityNew York,
United States
Occupation poet, columnist, dramatist, essayist, lyricist, novelist
Nationality American
Ethnicity African American, White American and Native American
Period 1926–1964


Carlos Kleiber – Beethoven: Coriolan Overture / Mozart Symphony No. 33 / Brahms Symphony No. 4

Carlos Kleiber, conductor
Bayerische Staatorchester München

00:43 Coriolan Overture Op.62

Symphony No.33 in B-flat major, K.319
09:56 I. Allegro assai
17:18 II. Andante moderato
22:56 III. Menuett
25:50 IV. Finale: Allegro assai

Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op. 98
32:44 I. Allegro non troppo
46:20 II. Andante moderato
58:04 III. Allegro giocoso
1:04:30 IV. Allegro energico e passionato

Recorded live in München, Herkulessaal der Residenz München, on 21 October 1996.

Day 73, Shadow: Project 365

As we grow, we become more and more aware of our selves!

Quotations of the Day: Albert Einstein and Lev Tolstoi on HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Albert Einstein“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Albert Einstein

Leo Tolstoy“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy

Today’s Birthday: Eliot Ness (1903)

Eliot Ness (1903)

Ness was 26 years old when he was hired as a special agent of the US Department of Justice to head its Chicago Prohibition bureau, with the express purpose of breaking up the bootlegging network of Al Capone. He formed a nine-man team of unbribable officers known as “the Untouchables.” Numerous attempts were made on his life, and one of his friends was killed, but he eventually helped take down Capone, who was convicted on tax evasion charges. What did Ness do after Prohibition ended? More… Discuss

This Day in History: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Is Elected Pope (2005)

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Is Elected Pope (2005)

Ordained in 1951, the German-born Ratzinger came to be regarded as the most influential person in the Catholic hierarchy after the pope through his high-profile positions within the church and his uncompromising stance on Catholic teachings. He presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II as dean of the College of Cardinals and, after just two days and four ballots, was elected pope in one of the fastest papal elections in a century. Why did he pray not to be elected during the papal conclave? More… Discuss

Rebbloged from “Numai Noi”

Ce aventuri frumoase! Si pozele sant asa de inspirate. Mi-a placut poza cu macesele inca pe ramuri, in toiul iernii, si cum se dezvolta peisajul , printre ramuri.

Poveste in doi

Weekend, 10 – 11 martie 2012
Locaţie: Culoarul Rucăr-Bran

În sfârşit anul ăsta a venit iarna mult aşteptată. Cam târziu şi cam de-odată, dar a venit, chiar când nu mai aveam nici o aşteptare şi nici o speranţă. Vremea n-a fost din cele mai bune, multe weekenduri fiind cu vânt puternic şi/sau ceaţă. Dar au fost şi weekenduri cu vreme rezonabilă, când ne-am spetit mai mult (http://amintiridinmunti.blogspot.com/2012/01/pulver-numa-pulver.html) sau mai puţin (http://diaconescuradu.blogspot.com/2012/02/piscul-cainelui.html + http://diaconescuradu.blogspot.com/2012/03/bucegi-la-schi-de-tura-trosc-poc-auuuu.html) în căutarea pulverului perfect, pe care însă l-am găsit mai mult sau mai puţin:).

Weekendul trecut a fost unul dintre weekendurile reuşite, când ne-am făcut de cap pe dealurile din zona Moeciu. Vroiam încă din 2009 să mergem pe acolo, de când făcusem prima plimbare în zonă: http://povesteindoi.wordpress.com/category/i-povestiri-din-romania/3-plimbari-la-poalele-muntilor/c-tara-barsei/,  dar zăpada ne-a permis abia acum să ne realizăm visul.

Sâmbătă seara am făcut o plimbare de vreo două ore pe prima bucăţică a…

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