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Whatever you think of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, none can deny it’s a divisive one as this inventive blog post from blogger Diamond Geezer wittily demonstrates.

The availability of a wealth of music tracks on iTunes and other music services means that Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead, a short track from the Wizard of Oz, has been purchased by more than a few people.

How many people? I asked
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So, now that the song’s in the charts, the media’s in a tizz about whether it should be played in an entirely fabricated media storm.

First: the song’s already been played, of course at least, clips of it. Capital Birmingham played clips of it in the breakfast show on Tuesday, the day after Thatcher’s death, with Capital Manchester’s breakfast show, BBC Radio Newcastle and BBC Radio 1 all playing
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Second: the main media furore is about the BBC Radio 1 chart show. Yet, this show has 1.3m listeners; the commercial radio equivalent The Big Top 40 has a million more listeners (2.3m). Yet, nobody is questioning Global Radio, who run that chart show: in spite of it being much more relevant to many more people.

So, it’s mostly another media furore about the BBC, their joint sworn enemy. The last media storm managed to unseat a Director General, after all; and they’re even deliberately
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The BBC are on a no win path here. By playing it in full, they risk upsetting Thatcher fans and accusations of being run by ‘lefties’. By not playing it at all, they risk accusations of government censorship and impartiality.

So it’s nice to see a sensible, rational decision by Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper. The song isn’t banned; nor will it be played in full: I’ve therefore decided exceptionally that we should treat the rise of the song, based as it is on a political campaign to denigrate Lady Thatcher’s memory, as a news story. So we will play a brief excerpt of it in a short news report during the show which explains to our audience why a 70 year old song is at the top of the charts.

Ben Cooper’s relatively new in the job: as is the new BBC Director General, Tony Hall. Hall has done the right thing by deferring the decision to Cooper: showing good leadership sense and faith in the Radio 1 management. In short, it’s a thoughtful decision, correctly handled. This shows great promise for the new management at the top of the BBC.

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Absolutely agree Ben Cooper is caught between a rock and a hard place. Whatever he opts to do, he face protest.

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It a classic BBC fudge reminicent of a seventies furore over a Radio Times publicity picture for the Derek Jacobi dramatisation of Claudius

The picture showed, in the background, a topless female slave. The decision to publish or not was referred up and up until (eventually) it said a Governors committee had to rule on it. Their pronouncement? young lady may have one breast exposed, but certainly not both

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(SAN FRANCISCO) Most Americans believe global warming is real but a moderate and distant risk.

While they strongly support policies like investing in renewable energy, higher fuel economy standards and international treaties, they strongly oppose carbon taxes on energy sources that put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

These results were reported by Anthony Leiserowitz, a courtesy professor of environmental studies at the University of Oregon, in a
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His conclusions, are based on a national survey conducted in 2003 are detailed in a new book, “Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change Facilitating Social Change.”

The study by Leiserowitz, also a scientist at Decision Research, a non profit research institute in Eugene, Ore., looked at the risk perceptions, policy views and behavior of Americans in regards to global warming.

Although the data demonstrating climate change have grown stronger in recent years, Americans rank global warming as a low priority compared to other national issues such as the Iraq war, the economy, health care and education, and environmental issues such as air and water pollution, Leiserowitz said.

Using affective image analysis, Leiserowitz also asked Americans what thoughts or images came to mind when thinking about global warming.

Sixty one percent of their associations fell into just four categories: melting ice in the Arctic; warmer temperatures; impacts on non human nature; and polar ozone holes.

“These responses help us understand the connotative meaning of global warming and why Americans react the way they do,” Leiserowitz said. “These associations are to geographically or psychologically distant impacts, generic warming trends, or a completely different environmental problem. Thus it’s
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The survey, detailed in Chapter 2 of the book, also identified two particular groups, or “interpretive communities,” of Americans at the extremes of global warming beliefs:

Alarmists, who have apocalyptic visions, envision “death of the planet” or post nuclear war like scenarios. “These visions are well beyond the most extreme scientific scenarios,” Leiserowitz said. Alarmists, he found, are slightly more likely to be liberal and to hold strong egalitarian values.

Naysayers, who deny, discount or disbelieve the reality of climate change. “These people claim that there is no scientific evidence, blame global warming on media hype, or even hold dark conspiracy theories, such as scientists making up data to protect their job security,” he said. “Naysayers are much more likely to be white, male, conservative, Republican, very religious, hold strongly individualistic or hierarchist values and to get their news and information from radio talk shows.”

The majority of Americans are in between these two extremes, he added, but are more closely aligned with the alarmists than the naysayers.

In his talk, Leiserowitz also described several strategies for communicators as they tell the global warming story: Highlight local impacts; illustrate how climate change is impacting people and places already, such as in Alaska; describe the potential impacts on human health; talk honestly about remaining uncertainties; and tailor both the messages and the messengers so they resonate with the values held by particular audiences.

The book, he said, is the outgrowth of a conference held in 2004 by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in which participants including cognitive psychologists, experts in risk perception, sociologists, anthropologists, climate scientists and historians discussed how scientists and others might communicate climate change more effectively.

Leiserowitz will become a research scientist and director of strategic initiatives in the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as of March 1st.

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Every morning this week, the gleaming halls of Spain’s Supreme Court were thronged with the sort of people who like to wear very dark glasses indoors. The white marble columns were dazzling in the brilliant sunlight, which had brought a belated summer to Madrid, but the fashion for shades at the Dirty War trial had little to do with eye strain. One of the defendants went further, and, like Martin Cahill, entered the building in a motorcycle helmet to cheat the battery of cameras outside.

This man was not a normal criminal, however. Like most of his co defendants, Michel Dominguez is a former cop. A bizarre assortment of anti terrorist commanders, spooks, self confessed state terrorists, convicted frauds, top politicians and ETA sympathisers congregated in the court’s spacious corridors at every session.

Many of the principal players in this drama are not used to coming out in daylight hours at all. These are people who like to ask the questions, in darkened rooms with the light focused on the suspect.

Now they are being asked for answers, in the full glare of national and international publicity. The court’s questions put an unprecedented focus on what the former prime minister, Felipe Gonzalez, a future witness
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A former Interior Minister, Jose Barrionuevo, and his deputy, Rafael Vera, face charges of kidnapping, membership of an armed gang, and misuse
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Nine of their subordinates, including the elite of the 1980s anti terrorist high command, have pleaded guilty. Several of them allege they were acting under the personal instructions of Barrionuevo. So does Ricardo Damborenea, who revelled in the nicknames “Dambo” or “the sheriff of the Basque Country” for his gung ho, anti terrorist rhetoric in the 1980s.

Damborenea was the Socialist Party boss in Bilbao when ETA’s terrorist campaign in pursuit of an independent Basque country was at its most ferocious. It was an open secret that he believed the democratic state should fight that terrorism “with its own weapons”.

Last Tuesday, in the best traditions of ham courtroom drama, Barrionuevo lost his self control and angrily denounced Damborenea for playing “an informer’s role” in unveiling the state’s involvement in setting up anti ETA death squads. That unfortunate or revealing phrase is likely to haunt the former minister.

In October, 1983, according to Damborenea’s account, he advised the security chief in Bilbao on the kidnapping of Segundo Marey, a French resident mistaken for an ETA leader. This kidnapping, which is the subject of the current trial, was the first act ion acknowledged by the Grupos Anti terroristas de Liberacion, otherwise known as GAL.

This organisation went on to kill 27 people, nine of them innocent of any terrorist links. Barrionuevo conceded in court that French collaboration had, indeed, improved remarkably by the time of the last major GAL attack, in 1986.

Damborenea is a tall, angular figure with a wry, crumpled face. He strides firmly up and down the corridors, chain smoking, more often alone than the other defendants. In the course of a 10 minute recess, he passes within inches of Barrionuevo’s and Vera’s entourage several times.

Around the next corner he will find Kepa Landa, a prosecution lawyer with a neat, meticulous manner and intense but distant eyes. Landa is also a leading member of Herri Batasuna, ETA’s political wing.

Avoiding eye contact without colliding with the enemy is a useful skill during around any court case. In these shining hallways it is honed to a high art.

He claims that not only Barrionuevo, but also Felipe Gonzalez, approved the GAL strategy. In 1995, he handed over voluntarily a document, which he claims was an agreed military intelligence blueprint for dirty war operations, to the investigating magistrate.

This 1983 document argues that “kidnapping and disappearances” are “preferable” to the straightforward “elimination” of terrorists. Assassinations may actually strengthen the resolve of the enemy, the analysis says, but disappearances create anxiety and can produce information.

Several months later, the GAL campaign opened with at least three kidnappings. The other two victims were not as “lucky” as Marey. Their bones, bearing signs of torture, were found buried in quicklime in Alicante in 1985, though they would not be identified for another 10 years.

Damborenea’s production of this document led to the most extravagant of many outlandish episodes in the investigation of the GAL, which now has repercussions far beyond the domain of the Basque conflict.

This week, the European newspaper published an article which argued that, if Barrionuevo is convicted, Gonzalez might be as big an embarrassment as a future EU Commission President as Kurt Waldheim was at the UN.

A military intelligence operations chief, Col Alberto Perote, turned out to have illegally removed hundreds of classified documents from his office. A number of these, including Damborenea’s document, which appear to implicate the army, and possibly Gonzalez himself, in GAL, were systematically leaked.

They were published by El Mundo, a newspaper deeply hostile to the Socialist government. Perote seems to have been financed by Mario Conde, a disgraced banker who blames Gonzalez for his troubles. This saga gives some substance to Barrionuevo’s claim that the case against him has been politically manipulated, though such manipulation hardly invalidates the evidence.

In a final grotesque twist, a video showing the El Mundo’s editor, Pedro J. Ramirez, engaged in transvestite and other sex games with his mistress, suddenly turned up all over Spain last November. Socialist leaders, including Gonzalez, could hardly contain their glee. The video has been linked, in a separate court case, to associates of Rafael Vera.

The dirty war keeps churning up new kinds of filth, 12 years after it ended. Perote, now serving a jail sentence for withdrawing the documents, came to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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As in most court cases, the general atmosphere is often lighter than you might expect, sometimes weirdly so. Some of the former sewer dwellers have come to love the limelight with all the passion of Hollywood wannabes.

Jose Amedo was the first police officer to be convicted for GAL crimes, in 1991. In 1994, he helped initiate the present case by turning state’s evidence. When I interviewed him last year, he told me he enjoyed his national profile “stupendously well”. Going into court on Monday, he grabbed my arm and wished me “an enjoyable time in there”.

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In the late 1990′s the Canadian military brought in 220 elk, promising rachers the herd would top off at 800. Today, the herd as grown to between 5,000 6,000.

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First the farce now the fury.

In what will surely go down as one of the worst examples of wildlife management since the slaughter of the bison, Alberta is dealing with an ever increasing backlash over an elk hunt underway on CFB Suffield.

The anger stems from antlers, or the lack of them.

More than 17,000 would be hunters applied to reduce an out of control herd of 7,000 elk on the Canadian Forces Base, but the 500 tags are only valid for antlerless elk not the desirable bulls sporting impressive trophy racks.

Unless you a First Nations hunter that is, in which case, have at a sealed military base rumoured to contain bulls that would make a seasoned trophy hunter weep with joy, Native hunters are allowed to do what the other 500 are not, by shooting male elk, without apparent limit.

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Within certain limits, it means the usual restrictions don apply to Natives, so long as they use the kill for food.

It a question of why the non Natives weren allowed the same opportunity at Suffield, in a province where hunters can wait a decade or more for permission to take a trophy elk.

Again, MacDonnell says what the Natives do is out the province hands they were apparently invited to take part in the hunt by the military and Alberta SRD department is just following the best advice of biologists on how to handle a herd that was never meant to get so large.

our biology guys, who are just concerned with getting the size of the herd down, and they say get the females first but there no such provision for the First Nations, because they don need tags, said MacDonnell, adding a total of 1,160 tags will be issued in 2015.

Predictably, the growing resentment towards Natives at Suffield has resulted in angry rumours tinged with racism, including that some bull killers have driven off with truckloads of antlers and left the meat behind.

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Introduced in 1996 as an ecosystem managing alternative to destructive wild horses, the elk were supposed to be maintained at 800 head, through careful management and occasional culls.

But the military failed to follow the advice of Alberta Environment, and rather than opening the base every so often for hunters to do what predators would in the wild, they let the problem grow and grow.

A Sun source close to the elk project says it was a matter of successive base commanders serving their two year term, and then moving on, if they could ride out the storm for 24 months, they wouldn have to deal with it. 20 years later, the herd is at 7,000 head, and a major headache for area ranchers, as the elk smash fences and destroy private property.

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O’Connor says the diversity on the album made it a challenge to present it on stage.

“I hoped the selection of musicians would work, and it absolutely did,” says O’Connor, taking a break at lunch in Georgia. “This is our third year together. The Christmas show is anchored by two female voices, Carrie Rodriguez and Cia Cherryholmes. Then my son, Forrest O’Connor, is singing the lead vocals that James Taylor and Steve Wariner recorded on my album.”

The show also features National Flatpick Guitar champion Joe Smart and O’Connor’s wife, Maggie O’Connor, who also plays fiddle.

“We’re playing some triple and sometimes quadruple fiddle pieces,” says O’Connor.

O’Connor, 53, grew up in Seattle and began studying classical guitar at age 6. His interests, though, were never static. He started learning flamenco guitar at 11, then fiddle as well. He says it was at that point that he truly fell in love with music.

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Living in a poor area of Seattle with his sister, an alcoholic father and a terminally ill mother, O’Connor’s early life was not easy. While he was a star in the acoustic music scene, he was a nobody in school. After graduating high school, O’Connor immediately joined the David Grisman Quintet, replacing Tony Rice on guitar. During that time, he got to tour with and learn from jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli. O’Connor later joined the Dixie Dregs and became one of the hottest session players in Nashville, mostly as a fiddler. It was during that time that O’Connor began to wow the world. Along the way he’d had to battle musical prejudices sometimes even with musicians within his own circle. Those were nothing, though, compared to when he began performing and composing classical music.

“I think at first I had the notion that I’m just a country bumpkin from Nashville and the know it alls were much superior musically and that’s gonna be a tough wall to climb up,” says O’Connor. “But then I got into it and realized, ‘Hey, you don’t know how to improvise. You don’t know how to write music. Who has the upper hand here, artistically and musically, as far as capacity?’ That was the issue with jazz for a while, because a lot of classical musicians were nervous about people like Charlie Parker and people like that. They had a serious musical and artistic voice that had to be reckoned with.”

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Talking with O’Connor, it seems as much a total difference in philosophy as much as an attack on Suzuki’s life story. O’Connor conducts his own violin camps and has his own teaching method, which is gaining popularity. He calls the Suzuki method “a monopoly” and, if part of the monopoly’s hold is the mythology of a personality, that it should be “analyzed.”

“I don’t think one approach or a monopoly on music education is the American way. There should be a variety of choices given. When a child and their parent show up at a music
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“I think the
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He says rather than work from Baroque music, he wants American styles celebrated and taught.

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It would not be easy for Vancouver to pull this off. The Canucks would have to deal Dan Hamhuis, or more likely Kevin Bieksa, to get the cap room.

That’s not such a bad idea considering both are on expiring contracts. If the team feels Eddie Lack has to be either re signed or traded, why wouldn’t the same logic apply to Bieksa and Hamhuis, who are in similar contractual situations where the team risks losing assets for nothing?

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