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It wouldn't be the first time Fox have had a total fraud on, check out Wayne simmons "career". Details about half way down the essay

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Fox News's 'Swedish defence advisor' unknown to country's military officials
Swedish military and foreign-affairs officials have said they know nothing about a man who appeared on Fox News in the US billed as a "Swedish defence and national security advisor".
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Following Trump's comments, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly convened an on-air discussion on Thursday over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as a "Swedish defence and national security advisor", Nils Bildt.

Bildt linked immigration to crime and social problems in Sweden, lamented what he described as Swedish liberal close-mindedness about the downsides of welcoming newcomers and said: "We are unable in Sweden to socially integrate these people."

But the Swedish defense ministry and foreign office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of Bildt

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Be clear about what happened to Keith Ellison - Matt Bruenig - Medium -
Before this gets turned into another thing where the establishment Democrats posture as the reasonable adults victimized by the assaults of those left-wing baddies, let's just be very clear about what happened here. It was the establishment wing that decided to recruit and then stand up a candidate in order to fight an internal battle against the left faction of the party. It was the establishment wing that then dumped massive piles of opposition research on one of their own party members. And it was the establishment wing that did all of this in the shadow of Trump, sowing disunity in order to contest a position whose leadership they insist does not really matter.


by generic on
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This sociobiological game is more ancient than Malthus. When a small group of gnostic elites controls most of vital resources and perceptions of the masses, there is no need for paper trail. Malthus was just an intellectual amateur, like me ;-)
by das monde on
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Trump declines to attend White House correspondents' dinner - CNN


President Donald Trump has announced that he will not attend this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, a move that comes amid increasingly hostile relations between the media and the White House.
"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" Trump tweeted on Saturday.

The black-tie dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, takes place every spring and is usually attended by the president, journalists, celebrities and Washington insiders. The last president to miss the dinner was Ronald Reagan, who sat out because he was he recovering from an assassination attempt in 1981, although he still delivered remarks by phone.
Several news organizations had already withdrawn from the April 29 event in protest of Trump's treatment of the media.

White House blocks CNN, BBC, New York Times, LA Times from media briefing - The Independent

The White House has blocked several major news outlets from covering its daily press briefing without any explanation.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday hand-selected news outlets to participate in an off-camera "gaggle" with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the James S Brady Press Briefing Room.

The news outlets blocked from the press briefing include organisations that President Trump has criticised by name. CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, BuzzFeed, The Hill, and the Daily Mail were among the news outlets barred from the gathering.

by Bjinse on
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Thanks for the link!
by chumchu on
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In story: Long serving EU Prime Minister to resign

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We have no shortage of Gombeen men (and women) in US politics - no small number of Irish descent. Thanks for the language lesson.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 20 - 26 February 2017

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There is no shortage of applicants for training programs leading to >$15/hr jobs with benefits. Most new manufacturing or construction jobs would pay more - even to start. The shortage is in industries needing such trained personnel.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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That is how Mason Gaffney found the letters from some of the originators of Neo-Classical Economics in the 1880s - 1920s that showed that they were specifically trying to "change the very language" in which economics was expressed so as to make the critiques of 'single taxers' such as Henry George unintelligible to subsequent generations of economists. See my diary Henry George and Neo-Classical Economics    

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee Saturday, giving the party an establishment leader at a moment when its grass roots wing is insurgent.


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given the stories that are coming out of the US right now about the treatment of people attempting to enter the US, who would want to go there?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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If it's been run like that since Malthus, you should be able to find evidence in correspondence that was not public at the time. After all, the larger a conspiracy, the more paper trail. I don't think you will find anything, but good luck with the attempt.
by fjallstrom on
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It's not received as offensive, no. He is proposing including sex in the activities that counts as "friskvårdstimme", on hour a week that the local authority as employer offers its employees to use for exercise.

I see lots of people having fun with the statement, but not offense.

Friskvårdstimme is generally run on the honor system anyways.

by fjallstrom on
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He was elected to oppose the Tories, and on the biggest vote of his career - Brexit - he decided to support the Tories. Just all the Little Tony contenders would have done.

He's either been bought wholesale, or he's suffering from the delusional idea that if he becomes racist enough he can hoover up the votes that have gone to UKIP.

The official opposition is coming from the minority parties. And Tony Blair. Former LibDem not-quite-leader Clegg is saying all the right things, but with an MP count that doesn't reach double figures he can - like UKIP - promise whatever he wants with no likelihood he'll ever have to deliver.

The UK is so fucked, it's not even funny. The current political front-runner is Gina Miller, a lawyer and hedge fund manager, who is the only person to successfully push back against May's mad Brexit rush, and doesn't even belong to a political party.

Labour are being haunted by the spectre of Blair, Mandelson, and the other Miliband - the creepy one - who showed up this week wagging a stern finger and warning the party lost a by-election because it had moved too far to the left.

Of course, Dave. Whatever you say.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on
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The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States - Frommers
Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from visiting the United States, and the loss of tourism jobs could be devastating.
Thus, the prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an "official" travel publication as they come) has set the decline in foreign tourism at 6.8%. And the fall-off is not limited to Muslim travelers, but also extends to all incoming foreign tourists. Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all.
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While, earlier in the year, the Administration had boasted of saving 800 jobs in the Carrier Corporation, the drop-off in employment resulting from the travel ban would eclipse that figure.

by Bernard on
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And, in another "false flag" operation, this time from the VP himself:

Pence mixes up Nicaraguan and Israeli flags in tweet - The Hill

Vice President Mike Pence late Friday mistakenly used the Nicaraguan flag emoji in place of the Israeli flag in two tweets expressing support for Israel.

Both tweets, which were quickly deleted, came just before Pence's speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC).

by Bernard on
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Activists Prank CPAC Attendees Into Waving Russian Flags At Trump - TPM
Two young, progressive activists from DC, Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton with the group Americans Take Action, purchased tickets to the conference, and handed out nearly 1,000 flags to attendees as a prank. After they were thrown out of the conference, they told TPM they wanted to "shed light on an important issue"--namely, the drip of revelations of backchannel communications between the Russian government and the Trump campaign--and allow people to "get a laugh out of their day."

Charter, 22, told TPM by phone that he and Clayton organized the prank in order to "honor Trump's relationship with Putin." He said almost no one at CPAC seemed to realize the flag he handed them bore the horizontal red, white, and blue stripes of the Russian Federation underneath Trump's name.

"I asked people if they wanted a Trump flag and they took it," Charter said. "Many Trump supporters were proudly waving their Russian Trump flag."

by Bernard on
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I still don't think they know what they stand for. He was elected by a groundswell of support to re-orient Labour towards a 21st century socialism. I never expected he himself could embody that because he's such a creature of the 80s, in many ways he is the last of the tankies, but I expected him to begin asserting a purpose of the Labour party that was different from that of Blair, that articulated an over-arching idea of reducing inequality and creating a nation with  a concern for the majority of our citizens rather than those with the most. A tax system that encouraged co-operative growth rather than rent seeking.

But...nothing. I can't wish that he'd been beaten by the 3 little tonys in the first contest or the invisible Owen last year, but we need a leader cos all we have right now is an absence.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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So putting "The road to Brexit" prominently on your fliers is probably not the best idea.

by generic on
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So the Tory strategy of going full Trump is paying off. I think Metatone made the point on Twitter that UKIP and Tories share the same social milieu. That seems to also be the story that bar tells.

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DKos - NYFM - Was this an epic troll? CPAC audience given 'TRUMP' flags - on the Russian tricolor flag!!!

It caused a minor freakout as soon as organisers saw the flags being waved on telly. If it was a troll, then that was truly inspired

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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I have no real disagreement with you on any of your points about land reform here.  However, on this issue of US interests it is important to note the different geopolitical contexts between the 1970's when Allende was elected and the 2000's when the 21st Century Socialism wave occurred in Latin America.

In the 1970's the US was weaker politically, in still in a real contest for power over the world it conquered in WWII, due to certain rebellious Communist powers armed with nuclear weapons. A wave of anti-US, democratically elected governments throughout Latin America of the kind that occurred in the mid-2000's would have been very precarious for a US that was still struggling for supremacy with the USSR at the peak of its power.

By 2005, the US was supreme again in the world by any objective measure, with its own military expenditures being more at the time then those of the entire rest of the world combined, while still being a very low percentage of total US GDP historically and compared to other countries. There was no threat from communism, so if some Latin American countries wanted to experiment with it on their own, so be it, was the US foreign policy at the time.  President Obama would subsequently make statements to that effect when criticized why he wasn't more harsh with people like Hugo Chavez. But this was not the world in 1970 for a US seeing communism on a winning streak everywhere.

 

by santiago on
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In story: 20 - 26 February 2017

NBC "educates" its readers on Italy
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CNBC on the possible upcoming referendum
Erik Jones, professor of European studies and international political economy at Johns Hopkins University, told CNBC via email that putting labor market reform to a referendum is questioning the legacy of Renzi's government.

"A good comparison would be what Donald Trump is planning to do to Obamacare," he said.

I never realized that Trump was going to have a referendum on Obamacare.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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Well he would have been blamed and excoriated if the Irish economy had continued to implode, so I suppose he is entitled to claim some credit when it recovered.  But yes, I agree, the degree to which the Government can actually claim credit for the recovery is generally overrated. They could also have done a lot more harm - such as cut core social welfare rates - which thankfully, largely due to the presence of the Labour party in his prior Government, they didn't do.  

Many on the left will also argue they should have "burned the bondholders" in Irish banking debt, and perhaps they should have. But perhaps the low interest rates which are now enabling the relatively cheap re-financing and reduction of national debt are also, at least partly, because they didn't do so. The debt GDP ration is due to be down to c. 75% this year, down from 120% a few years ago - and NAMA has still to unwind some of the bad assets it accumulated.  That's a pretty major reduction in a short period and puts Ireland in a significantly better position to face the headwinds of Brexit and Trump.

Is there another economy in Europe which can claim a similar recovery?  I suspect the Greeks would be glad of it.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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But he will go down in history as one of the more successful Taoisigh, having pulled Ireland back from the brink of bankruptcy into quite a remarkable recovery in a relatively short period of time.

Having been around when the Irish economy was finally allowed recover.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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Kenny is living proof that you don't have to be an intellectual genius to be a moderately competent politician. He has managed to develop a lot of positive relationships, kept his enemies at bay, and played the realities of power as he saw them.  He was helped in this by the incompetence of Fianna Fail, and by the fact that the talent pool in Fine Gael is very small indeed. But he will go down in history as one of the more successful Taoisigh, having pulled Ireland back from the brink of bankruptcy into quite a remarkable recovery in a relatively short period of time.

He also took the lead in outing the shenanigans of the Catholic Church at a political level and presided over, if not actually led some important reforms.. He is the only Fine Gael leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach, despite the fact that a predecessor, Garret Fitzgerald, was much more gifted in may respects. It has always been fashionable to scoff at his limited abilities, but many who fancy themselves as more gifted haven't done half as much.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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He was mentioned in speculation as a possible President of the European Council some years ago, but I suspect his time (at 65) is now past. I suspect he will retain his seat as a back bencher until the next election however.  There has been no suggestion that he will retire from politics completely immediately.  

As a complete long shot, he could be a compromise candidate for President of either the Council or Commission next time around, as Juncker is set to retire, and I don't know what Donald Tusk's intentions are.  It could be a nod to the Brits that the EU is prepared to consider an amicable divorce.

As I said in the diary, he has built up good relationships and trust on the EU Council but I don't think he would be seen as an EU heavy weight - more a compromise if no one else can be agreed on.

But, if as I suspect, Germany and France want to drive the Brexit negotiations, they will probably not want an Anglophile at the head of the Council. Kenny would have been a possibility if the Brits had voted to stay in and there was a move to be accommodating to their concerns.

Now, not so much.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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What, Gombeen in Chief?
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News and Views

 20 - 26 February 2017

by Bjinse - Feb 19, 54 comments

Your take on this week's news

 13 - 19 February 2017

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Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 20-26 Feb

by Bjinse - Feb 19, 25 comments

We need never be ashamed of our threads

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