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17 - 23 April 2017

by Bjinse Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:00:36 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:01:04 PM EST
Meanwhile, in Germany: Petry out of AfD lead for not being far-right enough.

Cologne unites against fractured AfD - DW

A tense, divided party had little they were able to decide on - except what they wouldn't decide on: namely, the fate of alleged neo-Nazi Björn Höcke, and co-chair Frauke Petry's strategy for the future.

The latter dealt a crushing blow to Petry, who of late has tried subtly to make the AfD a more "realistic choice for German voters." The majority decision not to debate her strategy was a rejection of Petry and a clear choice to follow the more far-right voices in the party. Even as she opened the conference, to both claps and boos, an exhausted-looking Petry already had tears in her eyes.

She promptly made good on her promise to step back from the forefront of the AfD, despite being its most recognizable face ahead of key elections. Calling the decision to deny her plan for the party's future a "mistake," she said it was time that "others should lead" but that she would remain an active party member.

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party picks top candidates - DW

Delegates to the widely-protested congress in Cologne of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party chose Gauland and Weidel Sunday after Petry failed on Saturday to moderate the party's role. Gauland is widely regarded as the AfD's lead tactician and advocate of right-wing nationalism.

The 600 delegates voted by 67.7 percent to endorse Potsdam-based Gauland, 76, who once had various roles in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat (CDU) party, especially in Hesse in the late-80s, and Weidel from the AfD's Baden-Württemberg branch.

by Bernard on Sun Apr 23rd, 2017 at 07:27:23 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:01:19 PM EST
Juicero CEO Begs You: Do NOT Squeeze Our Juice Bags [Updated] -
This week saw the latest chapter in the utterly wonderful saga of Juicero, the $400 juice machine maker that attracted $120 million in venture capital funding. On Wednesday, a bombshell Bloomberg report exposed the secret that threatened to ruin the company: You can get almost exactly the same juice without the company's expensive press by squeezing their damn bags yourself with the hands God gave you.
by generic on Fri Apr 21st, 2017 at 05:12:42 AM EST
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Why don't they try suing a few customers for violating the terms of the license?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 21st, 2017 at 05:43:11 AM EST
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When the Internet of Things is fully deployed, all vegetables will be genetically modified to feature broadband connectivity. This will allow the owners of the intellectual property they embody to protect their rights against misuse by purchasers (sorry, licence holders).

Because vegetables are a thing.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Apr 21st, 2017 at 05:44:26 PM EST
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John Redwood demonstrates his keen understanding of UK-EU economic interdependence and calls on Britons to manifest economic patriotism:
You do not have to buy German or French cars. There is a good choice of models, prices & specifications available from  UK car factories.
by Gag Halfrunt on Fri Apr 21st, 2017 at 12:17:42 PM EST
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I'm afraid that John Redwood isn't really the sharpest blade in the drawer. The sort of slightly dim product of an unimportant private school who has been indulged far beyond their competence to fulfil administrative duties of little importance who are increasingly found on the backwoods benches of the Conservative party.

Occasionally, as now, one of them may become Prime Minister.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 21st, 2017 at 03:31:15 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:01:36 PM EST
by generic on Sat Apr 22nd, 2017 at 01:05:16 PM EST
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although these days an awful lot of people seem to be able to do a convincing pastiche of it

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 23rd, 2017 at 05:07:56 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:02:15 PM EST
Oil's rally has faltered after three straight weekly gains on expectations the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies will extend its supply reductions. Prices dropped 3.8 percent on Wednesday after government data showed U.S. production rose for a ninth straight week, even as stockpiles continued to decline from a record. U.S. explorers added 5 oil rigs this week to cap the longest stretch of gains since 2011, Baker Hughes Inc. data show.

Oil Falls Below $50 as Surging U.S. Output Undermines OPEC Cuts

because US wildcaters didn't learn the first time around: piling in at the top of the market leads nowhere but down. KSA owns them. Russia owns the rest.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 22nd, 2017 at 05:35:47 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:02:32 PM EST
Whale's eye view

In a new study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Oregon State University in March, scientists in remote Antarctica have attached cameras with speedometers and suction cups to the backs of minke and humpback whales.
by Zwackus on Wed Apr 19th, 2017 at 11:43:04 AM EST
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The world's greenest island

At the outset of an interview with a Dutch journalist, Søren Hermansen apologizes for being tired. He's just returned to Denmark from a 21-day trip to Australia, where he gave 15 lectures and attended numerous other events. The reporter asks Mr. Hermansen how the Australians discovered him, a community leader on a Danish island half the size of Martha's Vineyard that's home to just 3,750 people and a few shaggy sheep. "I'm famous," says Hermansen, adding that he isn't boasting, it's just a statement of fact.

Hermansen and his tiny island of Samsø have become recognized around the world for attaining energy independence. The island met this goal 10 years ago using a mix of wind, solar, and biomass, and now it's working toward one of the utopian goals of environmentalists everywhere - eliminating all fossil fuels, by 2030.

The story of how a relatively poor island where many of the locals considered environmentalism a bourgeois pastime became one of the planet's purest examples of sustainability has captivated people from Sydney to Seattle who hope that their communities might follow a similar path. Today the Samsø Energy Academy, created to coordinate and promote the island's energy work, receives more annual visitors than there are inhabitants on the island.

by Zwackus on Wed Apr 19th, 2017 at 11:51:04 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:02:54 PM EST
Belgian lands prize role of hermit in Austrian Alps

A divorced, Trabant-driving Belgian has beaten 50 competitors to land the coveted post of - hermit.

Stan Vanuytrecht will have no heating, running water or pay at the Saalfelden hermitage in the Austrian Alps.

It has had a hermit for all of its 350 years and the local mayor said Mr Vanuytrecht "radiated calm".

by Zwackus on Wed Apr 19th, 2017 at 11:51:50 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Apr 22nd, 2017 at 06:57:04 PM EST
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I dislike that last poster because a religionist can say it about the existence of their god with equal conviction.

I prefer "it can be demonstrated and repeated" instead of "it's true"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 23rd, 2017 at 05:07:02 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:03:10 PM EST

NY Mayor John Purroy Mitchel says any teacher who doesn't sign a pledge to teach children the duty of "loyal obedience and patriotic service" should be fired.
Meanwhile, Theodore Roosevelt, realizing that the War Department has been stalling and evading his request to lead a division to France immediately if not sooner (Rough Riders II: This Time It's Personal), has been secretly lobbying Congress to end-run the White House veto. TR has also been offered a commission in the New York National Guard. He says he might accept if the other thing falls through.

Today -100: April 19, 1917: Of loyal obedience and patriotic service, selective service, churches, and lenses

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 19th, 2017 at 04:45:47 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 17th, 2017 at 10:03:25 PM EST

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