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French parliament: Let them eat cake [POLL]

France’s parliament has voted unanimously to ban food waste in big supermarkets, notably by outlawing the destruction of unsold food products.

Under the legislation passed on Thursday, as part of a broader law on energy and the environment, supermarkets will be forced to donate any unsold but still edible food goods to charity or for use as animal feed or farming compost.

All large-sized supermarkets will have to sign contracts with a charity group to facilitate food donations.

“It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods,” Socialist member of parliament Guillaume Garot, who sponsored the bill, said.

At present, some grocery stores are pouring bleach in bins after throwing away food to make it unfit for consumption.

French people throw away between 20 to 30 kilos of food per person per year costing an estimated $13m to $22m annually, according to the AFP news agency.

The government is hoping to slice food waste in half by 2025. Read more »

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The Vatican obviously has a no poofters rule

The Pope, fresh from pissing off the Turks has now pissed off the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys with the Vatican’s ‘no poofters’ rule.

For centuries, France has named its ambassador to the Holy See under a process that is as smooth, classy and predictable as the ticking of an antique clock.

Tradition dictates that the appointee is a conservative, senior diplomat – a decent chap who’s on his last posting before retirement and deserves a job with perks, flunkies and not too much work.

The appointment is approved by the French President, then the bureaucratic machinery whirrs silently into gear. The papal envoy in Paris, the Apostolic Nuncio, is informed. He tells the church hierarchy in Rome, which rubber-stamps the President’s choice.

Staff at the French embassy to the Holy See then put a final polish to the Villa Bonaparte, an 18th century edifice decorated in fine Empire style, to prepare for His Excellency and his spouse.

The protocols of these changeovers are almost set in stone. After all, France has had diplomatic relations with the Holy See since the fifth century with only a few breaks, and enjoys status in the Vatican as “the eldest daughter of the Church”, a reflection of the historic loyalty of French Catholics.

But this year has brought a traumatic and very public bust-up.

The Vatican is refusing to accept President Francois Hollande’s ambassadorial choice, who is gay.    Read more »

Another Lone Wolf gunman foiled that has nothing to do with Islam

An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of heavy weapons planned an imminent attack on one or more French churches, France’s top security official said Wednesday, announcing the arrest of the man who is also accused in the death of a young mother.

The 24-year-old computer science student was flagged as a risk by security officials last year, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

A French security official, who was not authorized to publicly release details of the arrest, said the suspect — an Algerian who had lived in France for several years — was arrested Sunday after he apparently shot himself by accident and called for an ambulance. Police who arrived at the scene found a blood trail leading to his car, with loaded guns and notes about potential targets inside.

In the man’s apartment, in southeastern Paris, more weapons were found as well as evidence of ties to Islamic extremism, the official said. There was no immediate evidence that the suspect had direct ties to any organized groups, the official said.

That’s right.  Because we all have this inner desire to collect loaded guns and make plans for blowing up churches.

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Photo Of The Day

Photographer: Pvt. Ralph Forney. (Army)  This photo has been colourized.

Photographer: Pvt. Ralph Forney. (Army)
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Concentration Camp Inmate

Breaks Out in Tears in Wöbbelin

4th of May 1945

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Not enough mosques in France – French Muslim leader

He’s concerned France is about 2,200 mosques short of what it needs, and wants the shortfall to be addressed in 2 years.

France’s total of some 2,200 mosques is not enough for the national Muslim community, the head of the French Muslim Council, Dalil Boubakeur, told an annual gathering of Muslim organizations. He insisted that the number should be doubled within two years.

“We have a lot of meeting places and unfinished mosques, and there are a lot of mosques that are not yet built,” he said on Saturday in a speech at the annual meeting of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF) in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget.

“We need double [that number] within two years,” he added, according to AFP.

The UOIF president and the organizer of the meeting, Amar Lasfar, agreed that the number of mosques must reflect the number of Muslims in France.

“We have the right to build mosques, and for mayors not to oppose it,” Lasfar stressed.

The official estimate on the number of Muslims living in France varies from four to five million people, but the Muslim leaders insist the real number is closer to seven million. Read more »

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They should have a coin of the French marching backwards

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The cheese eating surrender monkeys are having a massive sook because of plans for a €2 coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic battle fought by the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 because it would be a “symbol that is negative”.

I would have thought that having an army with a reputation for only winning when not led by a French man and being one of the world’s best at marching backwards would have been more negative.

The French government is attempting to block a coin commemorating the Battle of Waterloo, claiming it is a “symbol that is negative” and would undermine the unity of the eurozone.

In an extraordinary intervention, France wants to block plans for a €2 coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic battle fought by the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815.

A draft design of the coin was submitted to the Council of the European Union by Belgium, the site of the battle, in February this year.

However, just days letter France objected to the coin, claiming it could cause “hostile reactions in France” and undermine the eurozone.

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Is spying wrong?

Is spying wrong?

Well not when it is the left-wing doing it to political opponents, and using criminals to enable it.

But widely, no it is not. I almost never agree with Michael Field, especially over Fiji, but this may well be a watershed moment for both of us because I happen to agree with his column the other day about the spying revelation of Nicky Hager.

It is not paradise out there in the South Pacific and while our friendly neighbourhood might be democratic and understand rugby’s off-side rule, corruption, self-interest and idiocy stalks their capitals.

And dangerously surprising things like coups, civil war and mutinies happen, and they have a real and direct impact on New Zealand.

The Snowden Papers suggest spying in the South Pacific is something new, but the reality is that we have been spying on Pacific countries for decades.

Back in 1914 London asked New Zealand soldiers to invade German Samoa. We said yes, but asked if they could give us some details of German defences. London replied we would look it up in an encyclopaedia.

These days acting like that is not on.

Time-shift to today and pick a Pacific country that suddenly finds itself with people being killed, buildings on fire and assorted bad people breaking into police armouries – as happened in the Solomon Islands.

New Zealand’s Special Air Service was on the way to save lives – what are they expected to do for useful intelligence, Google it?

As open as Pacific states can seem to be, it takes specialist knowledge and focus to know who the real players are.

Mobile phone metadata does not provide that.

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The delusions of the left

Greg Presland writes at The Standard:

 I wondered about this because I have spent time in Western Samoa and Rarotonga since 2009 and I used local telecommunications to keep up with work and politics in Aotearoa.  The thought that this information has been sent to the Americans is somewhat scary.

What planet are these morons on?

He is scared that his innocuous communications as the trustee of David Cunliffe secret donation laundering fund might have been sent to the Americans? Or ringing his flea law office to see if another divorce case has walked in the door?

The man, if you can call him that is deluded.

No one, let alone the Americans are interested in his communciations.

Hells teeth, everyone knows I supported Frank Bainimarama and that I went to Fiji three times in two years to meet and understand the political situation in the land of my birth.

Did I communicate with people on the phone or internet about it?  Of course I did.

Am I worried the GCSB might have listened in and passed my brilliant political analysis of the situation in Fiji onto the Americans or shock horror to John Key? No I am not. I doubt anyone cares.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

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The Deadliest Crash in Motor Racing History

Le Mans, 1955. The Mercedes-Benz exploded as it hit the grandstand.

The scene of the deadliest accident in motor racing history, remembered soberly to this day, the lessons from this single accident would go on to revolutionise modern auto racing.

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Norway makes one step forward and two steps back

Today I read about how the government of Norway( despite public opposition to their decision) deported 824 Muslims. According to many different reports on the internet this resulted in a 30-31% decrease in violent crime. Reading this made me think that if such an unpopular decision had such measurable and pleasing results that it would enable the Government to make more sensible non politically correct decisions to protect its country.

Unfortunately they are not consistent in their decisions as a man I would consider public enemy number one in Norway was not deported back to Iraq because he risks the death penalty there.

Mullah Krekar (original name: Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad) is a Kurd who moved from Iraq to Norway in 1991

Mullah Krekar (original name: Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad) is a Kurd who moved from Iraq to Norway in 1991

This is a man who has spoken at length about how he and Islam supports murdering anyone who burns a Koran or draws a cartoon of Muhammad. This is a man who in 2012 was sentenced to 5 years in prison for making repeated death threats against Norwegian politicians and kurds if they pursued certain civil actions against him. This is a man who ..

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