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Europe’s green recovery | New Europe

Europe’s green recovery | New Europe | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it

The need for clean energy has returned to the top of the global economic agenda. China’s new leadership now seems to recognize that the thick, hazardous smog that has come to define Beijing and other cities is more than a pollution problem; it is a result of an excessive emphasis on short-term economic planning.

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Europe’s major competitors are turning climate change into an opportunity to encourage growth and create high-quality jobs in rapidly innovating economic sectors. If EU leaders hesitate to take action on climate change, they will be sabotaging their own economy’s prospects for sustainable recovery.

 

Copyright: Project Syndicate, 2013.

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Borg: Tobacco Directive is balanced and ambitious | New Europe

Borg: Tobacco Directive is balanced and ambitious | New Europe | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it

Healthcare NGOs gathered in the European Parliament to listen to Health Commissioner Tonio Borg discuss the controversial Tobacco Directive after he had attended the European Council’s Competitiveness meeting.

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“This is a balanced directive. Balanced but ambitious,” Borg said.

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Lindt

Lindt | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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The 167-year-old Swiss chocolate maker’s Excellence line includes bars like silky dark chocolate flecked with crunchy caramel pieces and Fleur de Sel.

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Best Chocolate in the U.S. | Food & Wine

Best Chocolate in the U.S. | Food & Wine | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Food & Wine goes way beyond mere eating and drinking. We're on a mission to find the most exciting places, new experiences, emerging trends and sensations.
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world's first folding electric car by hiriko motors

world's first folding electric car by hiriko motors | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
the folding electric vehicle provides an innovative solution for a new means of alternative and sustainable transportation.
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developed as an innovative solution for means of alternative transportation, the hiriko folding electric vehicle provides new 
meaning to urban mobility. the concept automoblile bridges the relationship between the city and its inhabitants by accommodating
easy and accessible driving solutions within a busy metropolitan area. 

in a collaboration between MIT's changing places, denokinn basque center for innovation and afypaida, the design caters to an 
environment that promotes more social, sustainable and smarter cities. the small commuter car integrates a 20 horsepower electric motor, 
controlled by a drive-by-wire system, where it achieves a range of 120 km (75 miles) with a top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph). 
each wheel contains a separate drive motor, steering, braking, and suspension system, allowing its body to 
collapse into two separate units for tight parking spaces. 

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Comet Nearing The Earth In 2013 May Be Brighter Than The Moon, Researchers Say

Comet Nearing The Earth In 2013 May Be Brighter Than The Moon, Researchers Say | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
A recently discovered comet that is rapidly approaching the Sun could outshine the Moon in 2013, researchers think. The comet may even be visible in daylight, as the Great Comet of 1680 was.
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“As the comet approaches, heat from the sun will vaporize ices in its body, creating what could be a spectacular tail that is visible in Earth’s night sky without telescopes or even binoculars from about October 2013 through January 2014.” With such a bright object in the night sky during the latter part of the year, it may somewhat drown out what will otherwise be a spectacular year of meteor showers in 2013.
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Adventure Travel Videos, National Geographic Cruise Videos - Lindblad Expeditions

Adventure Travel Videos, National Geographic Cruise Videos - Lindblad Expeditions | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Banana Split Cheesecake

Banana Split Cheesecake | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Luscious chocolate ganache and whipped cream top this banana-flavored cheesecake. For true ice cream-shop flavor, add a maraschino cherry.
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8 oz. vanilla wafers, finely crushed (2 cups of crumbs) 
3 Tbs. granulated sugar 
7 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted 
3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature 
1-1/4 cups banana purée 
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour 
Table salt 
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar 
1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract 
4 large eggs, at room temperature 
3 oz. chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate 
5 Tbs. unsalted butter 
1 Tbs. light corn syrup 
Toasted chopped nuts, for garnish 
Whipped cream, for garnish

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Chocolate-Flavored Envelopes For Valentine's Day Sweetness

Chocolate-Flavored Envelopes For Valentine's Day Sweetness | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
These envelopes are so sweet. No, literally, they are chocolate-flavored.
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The brilliant weirdos at ThinkGeek have struck again, this time claiming that the death of snail mail was due not to the internet, but rather because envelopes taste really gross. "Imagine licking an envelope. Did your face just crinkle up in disgust? Exactly. Introducing a game-changer: FLAVORED ENVELOPES. These classy notecards are paired with chocolate-flavored envelopes."

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Meteoric Mongolia

Meteoric Mongolia | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Mongolia enjoys one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. But the dramatic increases in the country's GDP are riddled with ambiguity, as widespread corruption and an unsustainable dependence on mining raise questions for the future.
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European Union: Trading places

European Union: Trading places | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
In 2012, European leaders were worried about keeping Greece in the eurozone, and even the EU, but the rescue plans put an end to these […]
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The Big Problem With Facebook's Graph Search: Privacy Constraints

The Big Problem With Facebook's Graph Search: Privacy Constraints | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
If the future of search is likely to be social, the future of social is likely to involve more search.
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The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World

The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Who doesn't love chocolate?

Here are ten of the best chocolatiers in the world.
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Each chocolatier on our list produces signature melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, be it a single-source dark chocolate bar, a cream- or liqueur-filled bonbon, a praline, fruit dipped in chocolate, a truffle, fudge, or some other sinfully delicious treat. You will never regret indulging yourself with the confections produced by these premier chocolate-makers.

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Austerity versus populism | New Europe

Austerity versus populism | New Europe | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it

Silvio Berlusconi wants to buy the Italian premiership. The multi-millionaire media baron and former prime minister - mired in scandal, yet still attempting an against-all-odds political comeback - has now cast himself as the anti-austerity candidate; the friend of the working family. 

Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

Currently, the EU is in protracted negotiations over its long-term budget. The UK, backed-up by Germany (whose fiscally-austere, conservative-led government face elections in the Autumn, and who do not want to appear two-faced to domestic voters by agreeing to an expansion of European spending) have managed to get a decrease for the period 2014-2020.  The institutional battle is now on for the perspectives of that reduced budget; old spending (on the CAP, for instance) versus new innovations.  But while this battle continues in Brussels, domestic European governments continue to be vulnerable from a dismayed populace, leading the way for a populist opposition, and which at this juncture seems an altogether sensible response to the way things are.   

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Syngrou Avenue to be touched by central Athens makeover

Syngrou Avenue to be touched by central Athens makeover | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it

A car-free stretch on busy Syngrou Avenue, which connects central Athens to the city’s southern coast, seems to defy the imagination. Yet the planned pedestrianization of Panepistimiou Street and Amalias Avenue presents a unique opportunity for sprucing up the area around the under-construction National Museum of Contemporary Art at the former Fix brewery, which links the start of Syngrou to the historical center of Athens.

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Three of the most important developments that are to take place by 2015-16 in the Greek capital’s latest facelift project are loosely connected to Syngrou Avenue.

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Chocolate Candies | Food & Wine

Chocolate Candies | Food & Wine | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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The Life Goddess, Bloomsbury, London

The Life Goddess, Bloomsbury, London | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
The Life Goddess London; The Life Goddess, Bloomsbury; Get Menu, Reviews, Contact, Location, Maps and more for The Life Goddess restaurant at Zomato
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ADDRESS29 Store St, London WC1E 7QB Tube route to The Life Goddess BloomsburyNEARBY TUBETottenham Court Road (0.3 mi)  Goodge Street (0.7 mi) Euston Square (0.9 mi)      NO HOME DELIVERY TAKEAWAY
AVAILABLE DINE-IN AVAILABLE WINE AND BEER ONLY Cuisines served in The Life Goddess, LondonCUISINESGreek, Cafe  View Menu The Life Goddess, Bloomsbury timingsTIMINGS8 AM to 9 PM Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM Saturday and Sunday Cost and prices at The Life Goddess, LondonCOST  ?Approx £ 25 for two (without alcohol) Are Credit Cards accepted at The Life Goddess?PAYMENTCash, Credit Cards Facilities at The Life Goddess, LondonTAGSWifi Internet AvailableOutdoor Seating
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Seven Days on the Queen Mary 2

Seven Days on the Queen Mary 2 | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Sex, food and the allure of the wintry North Atlantic aboard the biggest ocean liner in the world.
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The first rule about traveling between America and England aboard the Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the Cunard Line and the world’s largest ocean liner, is to never refer to your adventure as a cruise. You are, it is understood, making a crossing. The second rule is to refrain, when speaking to those who travel frequently on Cunard’s ships, from calling them regulars. The term of art — it is best pronounced while approximating Maggie Smith’s cut-glass accent on “Downton Abbey” — is Cunardists.

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Comet Or Asteroid Almost Definitely Contributed To Dinosaur Extinction, Study Finds

Comet Or Asteroid Almost Definitely Contributed To Dinosaur Extinction, Study Finds | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
The exact cause of the mass extinction 66 million years ago, that included the dinosaurs, has been a matter of considerable debate over the past three decades.
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New research done by the University of California – Berkeley has provided strong evidence that may end this debate though, the most precise dates yet for when exactly the group of animals commonly known as dinosaurs went extinct, and also for the impact that occurred roughly around the same time period.
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It's Nearly Pancake Day!

Jamie lets you know about the new pancake recipes up on Jamieoliver.com and Foodtube! Click here for the pancake recipe: http://youtu.be/JPdpSAvmnHY
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14 Lovable Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Getaways | The Daily Meal

14 Lovable Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Getaways | The Daily Meal | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Where to look for love (or not) on the best February vacations
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From splendid spa staycations to super sexy suppers, there is a February trip for all budgets, since February is the "shoulder season" in between Christmas and spring break.

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Prudes Complain that Beyonce Is Sexy, Wish She Would Perform in Mom Jeans

Prudes Complain that Beyonce Is Sexy, Wish She Would Perform in Mom Jeans | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Beyoncé's performance at the Super Bowl inspired the non-neurotic population of this great nation to applaud heartily and even claim that she has inherited Michael Jackson's crown. Alas, her unrepentant ladyness means that we can't leave it at that.
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The problem with that complaint is that it fundamentally misunderstands the concept of "sexual objectification," as Maya Dusenbery at Feministing explains. Objectification is reducing someone to an object, but unfortunately it's all too often used to mean "crossing some invisible line from being attractive to being too sexy," whatever that means. The irony is that often, the same people who accuse women of objectifying themselves by being sexy are themselves engaging in objectification of women. Maya explains this dynamic very well:

[O]bjectification is not about presenting yourself as a sexual being—or even as an object of sexual desire. After all, that is a normal and fairly universal human urge—who doesn’t like to feel attractive sometimes? Objectification is about being dehumanized by being reduced solely to a sex object.  

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15 Foods That Are Difficult to Eat (but Worth It) | The Daily Meal

15 Foods That Are Difficult to Eat (but Worth It) | The Daily Meal | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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Several varieties of snails from both land and sea are eaten all over the world, with varying degrees of popularity. Land snails, as you probably know, are most commonly referred to as escargots, and are most often found in white-tablecloth French restaurants. Sea snails are called periwinkles. Both are difficult to eat. For one, a full-size fork will not work in your favor. You’ll need to use a teeny tiny cocktail fork, which is about a quarter of the size of a full-size fork, to get the suckers out of their shells. Try as you might, there’s simply no other way to go it.

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Greece: Gold fever is difficult to shake

Greece: Gold fever is difficult to shake | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
The Greek government has sold off new mining concessions in the north of the country as a way of reducing its debt. But the inhabitants, though hit hard by unemployment, are wary of the environmental consequences of the big dig.
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Eduardo Moura, vice president of Eldorado Gold (the Canadian mining giant, which owns 95 per cent of Hellas Gold), responds by e-mail: the company, he writes, operates in strict compliance with European and Greek environmental regulation. “The environmental impact study of the Chalkidiki mine,” he adds, “has taken five years to be prepared, reviewed and approved by the Greek state.” As for the production process, the company claims to have made “tests that prove it can be used successfully.”

“I'm neither for or against,” says the owner of a jewellery store in Ierissos, the tourist centre of Halkidiki that has become the headquarters of the protest against the mine. “But I would prefer to see jobs coming from somewhere else.” The jeweller sums up the worries of the people, and even of those who, like him, have not marched in demonstrations. “The water we drink comes from the mountain. If it gets contaminated, what will we do?” Then there is tourism. “Do you think anyone would come if he knew there was a mine just a few kilometres away?” He assures us that understands the worries of the unemployed; it's employment that is the main dividing line between backers and opponents of the project. The company does already employ 1,100 workers, and, explains Moura, “our operations will create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

Many, however, believe that the benefits will not outweigh the risks, and they distrust the official line. To explain why, they point to the way the state grossly undersold the exploitation rights to the mining project in a region of northern Greece that has metal reserves worth about €20bn euros.

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Women sunbathing topless forget to protect nipples

Women sunbathing topless forget to protect nipples | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
NEW poll says that 46 per cent of people who sunbathe topless don’t protect sensitive skin and can cause damage
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"Therefore, we recommend using sun protection with a minimum of SPF 15, UVA and UVB protection, and remember with Lavera Mineral Sun protection you don’t need to wait 20 minutes before you go out in the sun.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4783369/women-sunbathing-topless-risk-burnt-nipples-says-survey.html#ixzz2KDrlXV5F

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