Lao school's magic man | Northern Rivers News | Local News in Northern Rivers | Northern Rivers Echo Nimbin businessman Peter Laurence is able to combine business with the pleasure of giving. Peter travels regularly to Asia to buy clothesand jewellery for his shop Tribal Magic, and in the last couple of years he has been supplying essential equipment such as blackboards, textbooks, stationary, sports equipment and uniforms to the Khok Ek Primary School in Laos. He is off again in February with his friend, retired school teacher Michael Skinner, and they hope to spend about 10 days visiting Khok Ek and another school in the village of Ban Bow. Mr Laurence said he hopes he will be able to support 350 kids at the two schools. "I'm trying to create an alternate third world aid program, by going to the people directly and not through any administration. I've always been a bit of a do-it-yourself kind of person," he said.
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Live ammo inflame violence in Britain' 'Live ammo inflame violence in Britain' British campaigners are warning that the idea of police officers shooting at anti-government's protesters during future civil unrest only risks inflaming violence. The warning came after an official review into police tactics during August unrests across England recommended that officers could shoot arsonists as a last resort if they endanger life by attacking businesses attached to people's homes.
Fractivism: one more symptom of peak oil | Ian McPherson Peak oil activists can hold their heads high. Big Oil and Gas is heading straight down the track outlined in Robert Hirsch’s landmark 2005 report to the US Department of Energy: Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, and Risk Management (PDF). On Page 43, discussing peak oil mitigation, Hirsch proposed the production of liquid fuels from US domestic resources; specifically coal, shale and biomass. The U.S. is endowed with a vast resource of oil shale, located primarily in the western part of the Lower 48 states with lesser quantities in the mid Atlantic region. Processes for mining shale and retorting it at high temperatures were developed intensively in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, when oil prices decreased in the mid 1980s, all large-scale oil shale R&D was terminated.
Worldwide Hippies News Briefs Wednesday N.Korea military, uncle to share power with Kim heir BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un, who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after World War Two. The source declined to be identified but has correctly predicted events in the past, telling Reuters about the North’s first nuclear test in 2006 before it took place. The comments are the first signal that North Korea is following a course that many analysts have anticipated — it will be governed by a group of people for the first time since it was founded in 1948.
20 December 2011 Last updated at 19:58 ET By Brian Wheeler BBC News, Washington Sardari trained as a lawyer in Switzerland before becoming a diplomat Thousands of Iranian Jews and their descendants owe their lives to a Muslim diplomat in wartime Paris, according to a new book. The 'Iranian Schindler' who saved Jews from the Nazis
Newt’s Campaign Comes Down To Earth As Iowan Calls Him ‘F—king A—hole’ To His Face Evan McMorris-Santoro When a man in a camouflage coat grabs your hand in an Iowa grocery store and calls you ‘a fucking asshole’ to your face, it might be time to take stock of your position in the state. For Newt Gingrich, who was on the receiving end of the unorthodox greeting Tuesday, it was a sign that his campaign is returning to earth after having rocketed since Herman Cain’s collapse. Back in May, Gingrich — who was then persona non grata in the GOP after he dinged Paul Ryan’s plan to eliminate Medicare as we know it — was similarly accosted by a regular Iowan when he took a trip through the state. At a campaign stop in Dubuque, a man stopped Gingrich, shook his hand and said “you’re an embarrassment to our party.” Back then the clip was seen as a sign of how far Gingrich had fallen after the Ryan line — and how ridiculous the thought of him actually winning Iowa was.
Spiritual awakenings often occur in the midst of crises, whether a personal crisis followed by a personal awakening, or a national crisis followed by a national awakening. Trials and tribulations have a way of revealing what is truly inside of us. There is no pretending when the crisis strips everything away and all you are left with is your broken humanity. Crises also have a way of revealing the true leaders. It’s not that they were not leaders before the crisis; it’s just that the crisis creates the conditions in which others are willing to be led. Most of us don’t like change. Fear, 9/11 and spiritual awakening
Ted Nugent Calls For Punishing The Poor, Claims They Make Poor Decisions To End Up In Poverty Ted Nugent is part of the cockroach crowd of conservatives. You know, those heartless morons who are obsessed with punishing people for something that isn’t their fault? Yeah, those conservatives. The extreme right wing, dumber than dirt rednecks who think they know everything and want to kill everyone. That’s Ted Nugent alright. Well, Ted Nugent wrote (Nugent knows how to write?)
Protesters 'Deserve to Be Thrown Into Hitler's Ovens,' Egyptian Military Adviser Says Video posted online by Egyptian activists appeared to offer clear evidence that flaming Molotov cocktails were hurled at protesters from the top of a building controlled by soldiers on Saturday. As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports , a general from Egypt’s ruling military council insisted on Monday that soldiers had not used force against peaceful protesters after a weekend of such attacks that were “witnessed by journalists, captured on video and broadcast across the Internet and on satellite television.” But a still more baffling statement was made by a retired general who now serves as an adviser to the military government’s public relations department. In comments published by the Egyptian newspaper Al Shorouk on Monday, the adviser, Gen.
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Under Romney, Bain Capital Made Millions From South Carolina Business That Shut Down, Laid Off 150 Workers In a wayward attempt to rebrand himself as a middle-class hero , GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is running headlong into his history with Bain Capital. Not only does the firm have a history of making millions by buying up and gutting companies, but Romney also secured a plush retirement deal from Bain that brought him “millions of dollars in income each year.” Of course, Romney has tried to spin his private sector role as that of a “ job creator .”
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