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Dutch anti-piracy action

Posted on May 2nd, 2010 at 16:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

Dutch marines from the vessel Hr. Ms. Tromp abseiling on German cargo ship Taipan, off the coast of Somalia on April 5, 2010 after the ship was taken by pirates.

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  1. Ik ging er geheel van uit dat dit over intellectueel eigendom zou gaan voor ik op de link drukte!

Geologists: ‘We May Be Slowly Running Out Of Rocks’

Posted on May 2nd, 2010 at 15:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


“If we do not stop using them up at our current rate, rocks as we know them will be a thing of the past,” renowned geologist Henry Kaiser said at a press conference Tuesday. “Igneous, metamorphic, even sedimentary: all of them could be gone in as little as 500,000 years.”

“Think about it,” Kaiser added. “When was the last time you even saw a boulder?”

The scientists warned that, although people have long considered the world’s rock supply to be inexhaustible, it has not created a significant number of new rocks since the planet cooled some 3.5 billion years ago. Moreover, the earth’s rocks have been very slowly depleting in the last century due to growing demand for fireplace mantels, rock gardens, gravel, and paperweights.

Kaiser claims that humanity has “wreaked havoc” on the earth’s stones by picking them up, carrying them around, and displacing them from their natural habitat.

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  1. Great, nazi geologists.

Greek Wealth Is Everywhere but Tax Forms

Posted on May 2nd, 2010 at 10:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


In the wealthy, northern suburbs of this city, where summer temperatures often hit the high 90s, just 324 residents checked the box on their tax returns admitting that they owned pools.

So tax investigators studied satellite photos of the area — a sprawling collection of expensive villas tucked behind tall gates — and came back with a decidedly different number: 16,974 pools.

That kind of wholesale lying about assets, and other eye-popping cases that are surfacing in the news media here, points to the staggering breadth of tax dodging that has long been a way of life here.

Such evasion has played a significant role in Greece’s debt crisis, and as the country struggles to get its financial house in order, it is going after tax cheats as never before.

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  1. Well, don’t forget that Greece is by far the most corrupt country in Europe. It is ruled by a very small group (7 or 8 families) of kleptocrats. So the question would be how this country could get a national debt of 350B. Where did all this money go?
    And as far as these swimming pools are concerned: if the government calculated future tax income based upon the number of swimming pools sold within a certain area, then not having that tax income would have been a problem. But the fact is that it does not make a difference. The problem is not with not paying taxes, the problem is with corruption and spending money regardless of income.

  2. The problem is with not paying taxes. Not necessarily because the amount not paid is the root of the financial problem but because it clearly shows an attitude that is present in every other area too. Avoiding responsibilities while demanding rights.