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Re: In the News
« Reply #480 on: February 19, 2016, 03:23:18 AM »
Must be something in the water.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #482 on: February 27, 2016, 10:27:39 PM »
10 years and 2000 lashes for being an atheist. Remind me not to go to Saudi Arabia...
http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-man-gets-10-years-for-tweeting-his-atheism/
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Re: In the News
« Reply #484 on: March 13, 2016, 09:24:23 PM »
Remind me not to go to diss.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #485 on: March 13, 2016, 10:54:02 PM »
Are you a regular Diss Express reader then, CG? :P
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Re: In the News
« Reply #486 on: March 13, 2016, 11:05:29 PM »
Who isn't?

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Re: In the News
« Reply #487 on: March 13, 2016, 11:27:46 PM »
I get a copy mailed to me daily.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #488 on: March 18, 2016, 09:25:34 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35848687

Ian Duncan Smith, former Conservative leader and Work and Pensions Secretary, has resigned from the government after the treasury attempted to get him to cut benefits for the disabled further. This is fairly big news, not least because the Conservatives have been absurdly and relentlessly disciplined over the last few years, and this is a rare example of a major figure breaking ranks. It's bad news both for the Chancellor, who wants to be next Tory leader and will be damaged by being seen to trigger a resignation this big, and also for the Prime Minister, who now has to deal with one of his predecessors campaigning for an EU exit from the backbenches where he can criticise the government much more freely.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #489 on: March 18, 2016, 09:51:31 PM »
Also hopefully a sign that the cuts to disability benefits shall not pass.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #490 on: March 18, 2016, 10:09:15 PM »
Apparently they're being "kicked into the long grass", as was announced shortly before the IDS resignation. It's an odd order of events really.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #491 on: March 18, 2016, 10:26:48 PM »
My suspicion is that this has very little to do with the disability benefit cuts themselves, given what IDS's department has already done over the last five years. It looks much more like an opportune moment for IDS to stick a knife into Osborne (note the forthcoming Tory leadership election) and free himself for the "Out" campaign.

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Several more links that might be of interest:
- the text of the resignation letter (from the BBC News website)
- IDS resignation 'undermines everything': some immediate commentary from the BBC's Political Editor
« Last Edit: March 18, 2016, 10:48:31 PM by Glaurung »

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Re: In the News
« Reply #492 on: March 19, 2016, 10:06:10 AM »
« Last Edit: March 19, 2016, 12:50:27 PM by Clockwork »
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Re: In the News
« Reply #493 on: March 19, 2016, 11:45:36 AM »
Thanks for posting this - it's interesting and very promising research.

The article is Norwegian, but it turns out the research has been done in the US, by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. There's an English-language article here. I'm not sure we're quite at the point yet of growing a whole heart from scratch, though that does seem to be the target; however, using stem cells to repair damaged hearts would now seem to be feasible.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #494 on: March 19, 2016, 12:49:58 PM »
I thought you'd find it interesting. I'll be honest I found the pic of the heart in a jar on imgur with a link and haven't actually read the article, so thanks for the clarification :P
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