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This is GREAT!  Let the rest of the U.S. go to hell and California will finally wake up and wave BYE BYE.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

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Re: Swiss Alpine Air
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Our IP server locations may differ. I can view the clip (USA, Mid-Atlantic, N. VA, AT&T pipe straight to NSA).

by Cat on
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errybuddy knows it is not a TUBMAN.

And so concludes today's lesson "Real Complementarity".

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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

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Guardian - David Shariatmadari - There's no crisis of free speech. Milo's campus crusade is rank hypocrisy

If you're curious as to what a basket of deplorables looks like in real life, perhaps you should head over to Berkeley next week, where Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and friends will gather for a "festival of free expression" at the University of California campus. Maybe they'll oblige by arriving in a hot air balloon, to render the metaphor entirely literal.

The fact is, they may not arrive at all: Yiannopoulos, who is helping stage the series of events, has made a point of selecting "everyone who has been prevented from speaking at Berkeley in the last 12 months". But "prevented" should be taken with a pinch of salt. Anti-immigrant firebrand Coulter, for example, decided of her own accord to cancel an appearance in April after the authorities allocated her a time slot designed to minimise the likelihood of a disturbance. "It's a sad day for free speech," she lamented, apparently without irony. This time around, the university administration has complained that deadlines for booking venues have been missed and fees remain unpaid. Yiannopoulos calls it a "coordinated bureaucratic mission to silence conservative voices". Is it possible that the organisers would like nothing more than for Berkeley to insist on reasonable measures to ensure order, before flouncing off and crying censorship? Surely not.
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As far as I can see, the direction of travel is not towards a greater number of limits on behaviour, but simply to different ones. And, though there is certainly much to argue about in the detail, these limits seem in general to be more enlightened - less about controlling people, and more about protecting them - than those of the past. The reactionary right paints this shift as a kind of tyranny: the policing of thought, an attempt to curtail hitherto unfettered freedom. But they would do, wouldn't they, because it is their moral code that is gradually being dismantled.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

valence and signed semantics
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Delegated causality has a self-contradictory flavor of a Goodelian paradox [36] in the causality language. This messes up basic principles for physicalism [42], and Kim's argument [41] against non-reductive physicalism.

the up* and down*, the in* and out*, the reverse* and rarely inverse* or reciprocal*: cartesian axes and real number lines are quite a handicap in communicating unknown quantities and mathematical operations, after all. The concept of infinitesimal "boundaries" is an inadequate expression of being and becoming. How many uh times must it be said until it is not?

I am thinking, when the reefer is undetectable.

by Cat on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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A special British 50p coin.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Swiss Alpine Air
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Ben Elton wote a stage play about this in 1990, called Gasping.

I think that the last series of Dr Who extended the idea with the episode Oxygen

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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what's a Benjamin?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

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This is a very interesting essay on how the historic divisions within Germany have profound implications for the future of Europe. Question I have is: how close is this to on-the-ground reality?

New Statesman - James Hawes - What Britain needs to understand about the profound and ancient divisions in Germany

On 24 September, Angela Merkel will be re-elected chancellor of Germany and that, we might think, will be that. With Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron in control of the European project, populism will surely be vanquished and the old Franco-German core of the EU restored. Yet things are changing, and if western Europe wants Germany to keep singing "Ode to Joy" as enthusiastically as "Deutschlandlied", it will have some work to do. Our Brexit negotiators need to see how important this is to Macron, to other European leaders and, above all, to thinking Germans.

For we may all soon miss the old, self-effacing Germany. Despite having such economic power, it always seemed to have no greater wish than to exist as part of a larger whole. Konrad Adenauer, its first postwar chancellor and founding father, made Westbindung ("binding to the West") the heart of West German politics. Adenauer came from the deeply Catholic Rhineland, "amid the vineyards" as he put it, "where Germany's windows are open to the West". His instinctive cultural sympathy was with France, but he knew that West Germany's existence depended on keeping America in Europe. France he courted out of profound conviction, the US out of clear-eyed necessity, and he was worried that after him this twin course might be abandoned. His demands for reassurance during his final year in office led to John F Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech of 1963. Every West German knew about that, and about the Berlin Airlift: these became locations of national memory from which West Germany triangulated its sense of self.

There were some Germans for whom this was too much. Anti-Americanism was ingrained among West Germany's hard left, the early Green Party and the tiny hard right. But even Germans who were suspicious of America had no fear of tying themselves closer to Europe. On the contrary, that was exactly what they wanted. The standard explanation of this is guilt. West Germans, in this argument, felt so remorseful about the horrors of the Second World War that they wanted to make amends. This idea fitted with others' belief that Germany did indeed have much to feel guilty about.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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I think this product really exists.

Is there really no way to embed videos any more? Is this yet another example of Google being evil?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

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re: "real men"

hmm, yes, well, I've had a "Deep Space 9" retrospective or my mind for the past few weeks. Consequently, I'm uncertain if "real ferangi" is the truly the more fitting term.

by Cat on
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Independent
Brexit could lead to the development of a new form of the English language, according to a new academic paper.

Dr Marko Modiano, of Gavle University in Sweden, said there were already signs that "Euro-English" was developing its own distinct way of speaking.

And this could eventually be codified in a dictionary and taught in schools in much the same way that American or Australian English is today if English is retained as the lingua franca of the European Union after the UK leaves.

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"It is conceivable that the American-English spelling system may be deemed more utilitarian. That some 70 per cent of `native speakers' use this spelling convention, which dominates the Internet, further strengthens the argument to implement it for Europe as well," Dr Modiano said.

Euro-English could help provide its users with a "sense of identity" among other benefits which were "both logical and welcome".

"In the act of recognising the validity of Euro-English," Dr Modiano wrote, "one liberates continental European [second language] users of English from the tyranny of standard language ideology."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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I'm certain that I could not have better written the current "state of play", given the "rules" or bounded rationality of the players.

Merkel's EU-policies: Paris can wait

Instead of dwelling on discussions about potential new financial means for the eurozone and the EU, Merkel drew attention to what she sees as the most important future challenges for the EU: digitisation, industrialisation, trade relations with third countries, strengthening of European competitiveness.

There are several reasons why Merkel chooses to remain tight-lipped about Macron`s reform agenda. [1], additional billion-euro payments to the European partners would go down badly with her conservative party as well as their voters.

Nor the other 25

[2] Merkel - whose victory in the elections seems almost certain - does not yet know who her coalition partner(s) will be.

in the 'tags, in the eurozone, or at the "periphery". Juncker threw out the 3% guidance in the SOTEU. And I'd be surprised as hell, if Barnier --after what he's been through wrangling "banking union-- came out supporting Macron's eurobonds.

by Cat on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

Re: bitcon FOLKLORE
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The Empire Strikes Back with a Coordinated War on Crypto
It's not a battle between business and government. It's a battle between the centralized empires of the world and a decentralized rebel alliance of every day people, an eternal battle.

And it's not just a battle.

It's a war.

No.

archived:
"free-range capital is the foil for law and order and a reliable protagonist in social media pulp fiction." 2017

"Bitcoin, like all great fantasies, has a compelling creation myth ..." 2014

"And the epitome of nonsense: How much power do we spend to make Bitcoins? ..." 2013

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In story: Faux Accompli

Re: Swedish model: regional finance. infrastructur
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Thanks for your review. I value your opinion highly.

by Cat on
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US press and Democratic Party senators have spent the past seven calendar days though inventing amendments to it and provisions in it that they either approve or disapprove of.

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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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I have an idea! (Oh no ... groan)  Let's have an ET pool.  I say 1 year from today, either the "investigation" will be continuing or it will be over and NO ONE will be charged with anything.  I've got a crisp Benjamin to burn ... anybody want in?  Payoff day will be 9/20/18.  Who's in?

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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If he arranges for New York State or NJ to bring charges, there's no way for Trump to pardon them.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

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None of this will matter.  Trumpy will pardon EVERYONE, including HIMSELF, for everything including TREASON; it will all be kept hush-hush to keep public opinion out of it, and the Repub Congress will do NOTHING!  Move along. A TERRORIST organization has taken over the Fed. Govt. ... get used to it.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

Re: Corbyn vs. Morgan
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A reverse-endorsement from that insufferable apology for an interviewer should be a tidy vote-getter.

Nice bit of ju-jitsu, Jezz.

'Being shut out of the conversation' = 'not letting me dominate it with pompous prattery'.

Tears for Piers.  

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

Re: Countries threatened by Iran
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Fried in Shi-yite, or Sunni-side up.

Sure as eggs is eggs, we got you covered.

Tabasco?

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

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Psst, wanna make a killing in deathware?

Some have retired on just crowd control equpiment dividends; not quite as profitable, but nicer to talk about at the family dinners.

Since 9/11 sales have been stellar. Ask Rudy.

And of course Tamilflu shares put many in clover. As soon as Rumsfeld was heard to be on the board of directors you had to know that was a no-brainer.

Capitalism... not for the squeamish, only real men need apply. Business is great!

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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Yeah, who can go down first and fastest, Brits or Euros?
Faites vos jeux...
Well dressed spivs to the left of me, jokers to the right.

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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The lying is part of the act. In the world of the deplorables, sticking a boot in the face of anyone who has real facts to discuss is considered a virtue, not a crime.

Yes, this.

A real 'rebel yell' for the fuddy-duddies on the back benches. Forget yer facts, vote for the most outrageous one if you're going to vote in a clown prince of terminal idiocy.

"Good ole Boris, watta wagster, did you hear the latest yet? He showed 'em up for the fact-ridden fools they are, eh."

Britain once again aping America, in Teresa May's case vying for the nastiest female leader with Hillary, while Boris tries to out-buffoon the Donald.

With leaders like this enemies don't have to lift a finger, just enjoy the meltdown.

Boris the historian, making hysteria against Johnny Foreigner great again.

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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

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Sadistic Heian Aristocrat Responsible For Kanji With 16 Readings
A new study has revealed evidence linking a Heian aristocrat to the creation of sixteen readings for the 生 kanji.

Researchers discovered that the sadistic nobleman gained pleasure from other people's grief and wore all black because he believed it had a slimming effect.

The readings include `sho', `sei', `i'(kiru), `u'(mareru), `o'(u), `ha'(eru), `ki', `nama', `na'(ru), `mu'(su), and a few others that are not used in normal life.

"This recently unearthed depiction of the Heian aristocrat illustrates his method of sitting on a block of tatami while pondering the most outrageous reading combinations," writes one researcher.

The Rising Wasabi ~ The Onion

by das monde on
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Parallel universes, so Godelian! What are New Yorkers smoking?

There is my official abuse of Godel's incompleteness since recently.

by das monde on
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DREAMers Shout Down Nancy Pelosi: "We Owe You Nothing... This Is Our Democracy"
About 40 people who identified themselves as "undocumented youth" demanded faster action, telling Pelosi that they "are not your bargaining chip for Donald Trump."

archived: the bill S.1615 -- 115th Congress (2017-2018) 20 July 2017

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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

Re: People & Klatsch
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Imagine its three color terra cotta frieze surrounded by archaeologists and you've got an 2000-year-old epic verse (base 64) revealing the end of the world.

by Cat on
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more civic self defense resources from a more diverse sample of civics guardians, pls.

I have the impression about now that neither further computational analyses of ballots and preferences NOR ICT colloquia hosted by the usual bloggers will cure the cynicism and ennui that late-stage capitalist wealth breeds.

I suppose, that's why those he can join unions.

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News and Views

 18 - 24 Sep 2017

by Bjinse - Sep 18, 46 comments

Your take on this week's news

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Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

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The need for threads is greater than the need for answers

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Thread's but a walking shadow

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