Monday, 29 March 2010

My cyberspace bill of rights As Google has shown in its confrontation with China, we don't need government in cyberspace – we need freedom.

Global warming 'will NOT slow down Gulf Stream and plunge Britain into ice age'Fears that global warming will shut down the Gulf Stream and plunge Britain into a mini-ice age are unfounded, according to a new study.
Climate scientists say there is no evidence that the phenomena - which brings a constant flow of warm water and mild weather to northern Europe - has slowed down over the last 20 years

School apologises after pupils were 'frogmarched' to be fingerprinted so they could eat in Canteen
A school has provoked uproar after taking children's fingerprints without permission from their parents. Pupils were 'frogmarched' to be fingerprinted so they could use touch screens in the canteen to have money deducted from their account, thereby speeding up lunch queues.

Capital City Academy in Brent, north London, was later forced to apologise and wiped all prints it obtained before asking for consent

How the European Parliament is spending your taxes
Here are highlights of the draft budget proposed by the European Parliament for its own building programme:

€40 million for new office space in Brussels to accommodate the 150 new staff members and 66 contract staff
€586 million to renovate and extend the European Parliament building in Luxembourg (you didn’t know that the European Parliament had a building in Luxembourg as well as Brussels and Strasbourg, did you?)
€80 million to provide an additional office for each MEP for the accommodation of a third or fourth assistant
€10 million for a second creche in Brussels
€20 million for a “House of European History”
Although the member states are working to constrain their expenditure, one item in their national budgets keeps rising: contributions to the EU budget. Recession? What recession?

Hedge funds make millions from collapse of the pound Britons visiting the U.S. are paying a heavy price for the fall in the pound, but not everybody is losing out.
Three of Britain's biggest hedge funds have scooped a windfall from the collapse in sterling.


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