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by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:03:48 PM EST
European Parliament | Article 50: how the future of EU-UK relations will be decided

What happens if there is no agreement

If there is no deal and there is no agreement on extending the deadline, then the UK automatically leaves the EU after the two-year period. In addition if no agreement is reached on trade relations, the country would have to trade with the EU under WTO rules.

The role of the Parliament

The withdrawal agreement cannot enter into force without the consent of the Parliament. In the coming weeks MEPs are expected to adopt a resolution setting out the red lines for the Parliament.



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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Aug 30th, 2017 at 02:43:33 PM EST
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Fox News Pulled Off The Air In UK Because No One Watches It - Huffpo
TV viewers in the United Kingdom will likely not miss watching Fox News, as the network's parent company 21st Century Fox announced on Tuesday that the company would pull the channel amid low ratings.

"Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K.," 21st Century Fox said in a statement provided to CNN. "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K."

While 21st Century Fox said its decision was based on the channel's inability to attract a considerable audience, critics say it's actually an attempt to smooth over the media giant's bid to take over European satellite company Sky. (21st Century Fox owns a controlling stake in Sky PLC, the parent company of the London-headquartered network.)

by Bernard on Wed Aug 30th, 2017 at 07:53:52 PM EST
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The Independent
William Hague has blamed the British public for making "a mistake" at the general election, by failing to return a Conservative majority and weakening the country's hands in the Brexit negotiations with the EU.

The former foreign and Conservative leader, who has been brought back as an advisor to the government, told Radio 5Live's Emma Barnett: "I don't think calling the election was a mistake. I think the result was a mistake.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 07:17:58 AM EST
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Abolish the electorate and appoint a new one.

Has shades of the Irish referendum, "we'll keep voting till you vote the right way"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 04:16:54 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 09:39:01 AM EST
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Maybe, but then again...no

All that is Solid - Time to Renew Scottish Labour

And second, the Sunday Herald ran with "Scottish Labour in civil war" this morning. Closer inspection with the hyperbole filters on locates the revolt's epicentre in the editorial office of Scottish Left Review. It is the journal and the journal alone calling for the ouster of Our Kez ... for now. But they are entirely right to do so. As per above, Scottish Labour was impeded by its cretinous unionist vote strategy during the election not because they have the wrong ideas, but because of the party apparatus. As it withered on the vine after decades of neglect so the outlook of Scottish Labour reflects less a broad constituency and more a wretched and decomposing labour aristocracy peopled by lazy (ex)MPs, spads, fixers, time-servers, and cliquey friends-of-friends. It's a rotten culture that makes a mockery of the very idea of party democracy, and one that needs forcibly shoving aside if the party is to remain a going concern, let alone grow and prosper. It's early days yet, but accompanying the Herald piece was a splash on Neil Findlay's new book on the recent travails of Scottish Labour. Readers may recall Neil took on the execrable Jim Murphy in the 2014 leadership contest. Coincidence?

At the next election Scotland will be an even more important battleground. Not just because the SNP are on the retreat and Labour could potentially take many more seats from them. There are also now 13 Tory seats in play, seats absolutely vital to their chances of forming a government. For once, what happens up there is going to make a real difference to the parliamentary arithmetic. That's why it's not only a good idea for Scottish Labour to rebel and turf out its hapless leader and the party's appalling coterie of bureaucrats, but a necessity.

Dugdale might have been a fresh looking media friendly face, and may have saved Scottish Labour from the ruins of the Jim Murphy era, but she had no interest in disturbing the rotten core that had been festering in Scotland for far too long. Time for change

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 04:37:50 PM EST
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And here is the change.
by rifek on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 09:30:02 PM EST
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If Corbyn gains an ally in Scottish Labour, does that mean the Corbyn side gains the board seat the Blairites added for Scotland?
by fjallstrom on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 10:55:45 PM EST
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that's the current presumption, but given the games the Blairites have been playing for the last 2 years, nothing is certain

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 11:54:21 AM EST
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From what I'm reading the Scottish political landscape is bifurcating into Pro (Nationalist) and Anti (Unionist) Independence.

AFAICT Brexit is a NothingBurger which I find exceedingly odd.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 06:43:23 PM EST
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brexit is part of that.

If your pro-independence, you're also pro-Scotland in Europe and so anti-brexit. And vice versa.

In Scotland, both brexit and independence are proxy fights for the other.

The SNP position is that England is doomed to brexit anyway and so they're saving themselves.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 01:48:33 PM EST
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Reportage on the Swedish-Norwegian border, possible template for the UK-EU border to come.



You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 01:09:39 PM EST
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So, yet again, David Davis is revealed to have only the vaguest and most superficial idea of the realities he so breezily discusses.

He is almost Trumpian in his complete ignorance of the difficulties he's causing

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 04:39:47 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Sep 1st, 2017 at 11:24:09 AM EST
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I seriously fear that this is the level of thinking that infests the Tory leave team.

I have, in my past, a minor dalliance with low level hallucingens, but I think these guys have gone the Syd Barrett route of mixing high grade LSD with mandrax to brain warp and, in Liam Fox's case at least, total mind-wipe.

although, judging by his hair I suspect Boris has gone to Saint Anthony's Dance.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 1st, 2017 at 11:45:21 AM EST
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I had a roommate in college who made a concoction of marijuana, Earl Grey tea, and motor oil, put it in the bottom of his dormitory-issued trash can which had a two-decade film of God knows in the bottom, stuck his head in, covered up with a towel, lit up, and inhaled.  He stood up, said "Wow", and promptly fell on his face.  I think that's the sort of thing we're talking about.
by rifek on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 04:47:47 PM EST
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Brexiters are pulling the old "yes-I-killed-my-parents-but-have-mercy-on-an-orphan" ploy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Sep 1st, 2017 at 03:19:37 PM EST
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Why a 'Tory Momentum' Will Never Work - VICE -
A few days ago, "Activate UK " announced itself to the world. First, with an electric-blue Union Flag logo in which the "v" in "Activate" was replaced with a square root sign, in reference to the famously cool discipline of maths. Second, with a hyperbolically stupid 2010-style meme, contrasting a picture of Jeremy Corbyn with what amounts to a pouting film-reference "nuh-uh", helpfully hashtagged "#activatebritain #meme #retweet #rt". (When viewed on Twitter, the meme was helpfully cropped to show just a blue-tinted Corbyn.)

It looked like a sort of "Tory Momentum" - a grassroots mass campaigning movement for the party that impoverishes the masses.

On Wednesday, however, we learned that it's more than that: we learned that young Tories are actually deeply unpleasant people. Screenshots of the group's internal WhatsApp conversation were leaked that show senior Activate members jokingly describe themselves as Nazis, talk about "gassing chavs", "shooting peasants" and performing medical experiments on the poor. A few days from now, nobody will remember it even existed.

Gets better when it goes on.

by generic on Fri Sep 1st, 2017 at 01:34:41 PM EST
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I've been following the story in real time via skwawkbox, evolvepolitics and political scrapbook /FB pages & websites.

Each revelation has been ridiculous, especially when an evolve politics journo created a fake id in order to join and was immediately offered administration of the activate twitter account, to great hilarity. Seriously, how does Labour keep losing to these clowns?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 1st, 2017 at 03:31:34 PM EST
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I suspect it is the grey-haired Tory elders that are more responsible for wining - quietly from behind the curtain. But this might be a sign that the pipeline is running dry. (We can hope.)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 3rd, 2017 at 10:07:27 PM EST
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Sorry, AUG, do you mean wining, whining or winning?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 01:26:14 AM EST
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d) All of the above, Id' say.
by Bernard on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 06:36:50 AM EST
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Winning, of course.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 01:08:58 PM EST
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As I meant ARG, of course.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 01:32:58 AM EST
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Der Postillon expresses its surprise that Germans are finding the election so boring, despite the fact that the platforms of the CDU and the SPD clearly differ on page 87.
Irgendwie will in diesen Wahlkampf kein Schwung kommen: Am 24. September wählt Deutschland den neuen Bundestag, doch von einem echten Kampf der politischen Inhalte ist wenig zu spüren - und das, obwohl sich die Programme von CDU und SPD auf Seite 87 klar unterscheiden.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Sep 1st, 2017 at 07:05:38 PM EST
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I still can't really bring myself to seriously write about the coming Austrian election. Or even read about it so the following is a bit vague.

The conservatives under Kurz are still getting away with running without policy, coddled by friendly media. Exhibit A is a story in the Kurier where a gushing journalist talks about Kurz's discipline in interviews. Specifically how he is entirely unperturbed by changing questions and repeats the same sentence 15 times if necessary. Just imagine what one full clip of this robot act would do to a politician. The scandals about manipulating studies about Islamic child care and racism in his old organisation seem to have gained no traction.
The socialists meanwhile are as useless as they have ever been. Their defence minister futilely keeps trying to win the racist lottery and recently suggested sending the army to the Italian border to keep us safe from the darkies. He does poll decently but it is rather doubtful that people who approve of his performance would actually vote SPÖ under any circumstances. Meanwhile Tal Silberstein who was one of the (hired) minds behind their campaign was arrested in Israel.
The Greens, after getting international recognition for winning the Austrian presidency are close to dead. First they threw out their youth wing who fused with the communists, then their most popular parliamentarian lost his place on the party list in an internal election. So he packed up and runs his own list now (PILZ). Overall I'm not surprised by this development. The campaign for the presidency had them basically campaign for the status quo and Pilz never got traction in his party for the left wing populism he thought was needed. Now, he talks about left wing populism and gives Sanders and Corbyn as examples but he still has close links to the worst elements in the gutter press and the breakdown in relations with his party was more about his campaign on Turkish networks in Austria. Which I suppose are a problem but I'm not looking forward to nearly all contending parties talking about some nefarious foreign influences.

Also note the role of polling in shaping election results, here we have a case of including joke party G!LT* but not the communists that have run in each election since the founding of the republic and are the second biggest political force in Graz, Austria's second biggest city.

by generic on Fri Sep 1st, 2017 at 07:33:21 PM EST
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Stern
Uwe Faust vom saarländischen Ableger der Satire-Partei Die Partei stellte dem NPD-Politiker eine kleine Falle. Während der Diskussion fragte er: "Herr Best, laut Baugesetzbuch, Paragraph 126, ist jeder Eigentümer verpflichtet, sein Grundstück mit der durch die Gemeinde vorgegebene Nummer zu kennzeichnen. Jetzt ist mir erschreckend aufgefallen, dass in Völklingen viele Hausnummern mit arabischen Zahlen gekennzeichnet sind. Wie möchten Sie gegen die schleichende Überfremdung vorgehen?"

Die 600 Gäste der Veranstaltung brachen in schallendes Gelächter aus, wie auf einer Audio-Aufnahme des Saarländischen Rundfunks zu hören ist. Doch davon ließ sich Best nicht irritieren. Der Grund für das Amüsement des Publikums blieb ihm offenbar rätselhaft. "Da warten Sie mal ab, Herr Faust, bis ich Oberbürgermeister bin. Da werd ich das ändern. Da werden da mal normale Zahlen drankommen", antwortete er im vollen Ernst.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Sep 3rd, 2017 at 02:15:36 PM EST
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,,Die Partei" kapert und verändert 31 geheime AfD-Gruppen | Aktuelle Nachrichten aus der Politik | WAZ.de -
Kurz vor der Wahl verliert die AfD ihren Einfluss auf viele Facebook-Gruppen, in denen oftmals besonders engagierte Anhänger sich im Geheimen austauschten. Mitgliedern von der ,,Partei" ist es gelungen, mit falschen Accounts zu Administratoren aufzusteigen. Am Sonntag haben sie die anderen Administratoren entfernt und die Gruppen auf öffentlich gestellt.

Members of the party PARTEI infiltrated 31 AfD facebook groups, got mod privileges and now turned them public.

by generic on Sun Sep 3rd, 2017 at 06:06:49 PM EST
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EUObserver | EU ties under pressure in run-up to Norway's election

The EEA, which Norway joined in 1994, gives the country access to the EU single market.

In exchange, it has to implement EU law, without having a say in its making.

A comprehensive review of the agreement in the form of a so-called Norwegian official report (NOU), commissioned by the Norwegian government and published in 2012, found that the EEA served Norway's economic interests well, but worked in ways that weakened Norwegian democracy, by making the parliament irrelevant in the formulation and adoption of laws effective in the country.



You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 06:06:48 AM EST
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(Should one put Brexit-related articles in Europe, or World?)

Independent

Hailed by Brexiteers as a triumphant symbol of a return to the days of independence from the EU, the new-style blue British passports could be made in France or Germany, it has been claimed.

Two foreign firms have reportedly been shortlisted alongside British company De La Rou by the Home Office to manufacture the new passports ahead of the UK's departure from the EU in March 2019.

The £450 million contract was tendered out by the Government immediately after Article 50 was triggered in March, with the winner expected to be announced by this Christmas.

As usual, they don't explain what this has to do with Brexit. The EU colour was only a recommendation.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Sep 10th, 2017 at 05:03:17 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:03:52 PM EST
David Gelles at the NYT. April 2016
Expensive as it is, what Mr. Evans has packed into that counter space is rather remarkable. Inside the machine is a series of gears and metal plates that exert 8,000 pounds of pressure on packs of chopped fruits and vegetables.

To make a glass of juice, you insert a pack ($4 to $10 each) into the machine, close the door and press a button. There are five flavors, including Sweet Roots (carrot, beet, orange, lemon and apple) and Spicy Greens (pineapple, romaine, celery, cucumber, spinach, parsley and jalapeño).

Each pack has a QR code on it. A camera in the machine scans the code on each pack and, using Wi-Fi, checks in with an online database. If the pack is no longer fresh, or has been deemed contaminated, the machine won't press it. If the pack is O.K., the gears start turning and out squirts the juice.

So far, so complicated. But the real logistical feat is behind the scenes. To create those packs in the Los Angeles plant, workers receive truckloads of produce from nearby organic farms, triple-wash it, then chop it into specific shapes (carrots are finely diced, while beets are chunkier)

And so on. Sep 1 2017
In April, Bloomberg published an article and video demonstrating that Juicero's expensive and highly engineered press was essentially unnecessary. Reporters squeezed Juicero's produce packs using their bare hands, and extracted just about the same amount of juice as they did using the press. Last month, Juicero said it was working on further reductions to the price of the press and the pouches.
Why does he still write for this paper?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 at 06:10:21 AM EST
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You mean he gets paid for writing this advertisement by the newspaper as well as the client?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 12:29:19 AM EST
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Flackwork is the norm in US news these days.  I've stopped being surprised by how many articles are just unedited PR releases.
by rifek on Sat Sep 9th, 2017 at 01:36:40 AM EST
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China's Central Bank Declares Initial Coin Offerings Illegal

The People's Bank of China said on its website Monday that it had completed investigations into [initial coin offerings] ICOs, and will strictly punish offerings in the future while penalizing legal violations in ones already completed. The regulator said that those who have already raised money must provide refunds, though it didn't specify how the money would be paid back to investors.

It also said digital token financing and trading platforms are prohibited from doing conversions of coins with fiat currencies. Digital tokens can't be used as currency on the market and banks are forbidden from offering services to initial coin offerings.
[...]
Bitcoin tumbled 7.2 percent, the most since July on a closing basis, to $4,530.73. The ethereum cryptocurrency was down more than 6 percent Monday, according to data from Coindesk.

PBoC erects another wall against yuan inflation and RMB capital flight. The article goes on to say, there were 43 ICO platforms in China as of July 18, but not to reiterate that The Big (datatype) Split (from EU/US bitcoin marketing) purportedly originated with an engineering faction in China. Top Line: Don't expect EU/US bitcoin price speculation to relax further, YoY. Bottom Line: PBoC retains pricing prerogatives in all sectors, thwarting EU/US free-market penetration and trade dependencies.

:: archived
Always Read the footnotes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 01:07:26 PM EST
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Taibbi: Is LIBOR, Crucial Financial Benchmark, a Lie? - Rolling Stone
A 2009 study by the Cleveland Fed found that 60 percent of all mortgages in the U.S. were based on LIBOR. Buried somewhere in your home, you probably have a piece of paper that outlines the terms of your credit card, student loan, or auto loan, and if you peek in the fine print, you have a good chance of seeing that the rate you pay every month is based on LIBOR.

Years ago, we found out that the world's biggest banks were manipulating LIBOR. That sucked.

Now, the news is worse: LIBOR is made up.

Actually it's worse even than that. LIBOR is probably both manipulated and made up. The basis for a substantial portion of the world's borrowing is a bent fairy tale.  

The short version is that banks don't borrow from each other as they used to, which means that the interest rate LIBOR is supposed to measure doesn't exist.

Taibbi: Is LIBOR, Crucial Financial Benchmark, a Lie? - Rolling Stone

But these new revelations tell us forcing honesty won't work, either. There could be a team of regulators sitting in the laps of every LIBOR submitter in every bank, and it wouldn't help, because there is no way to honestly describe a nonexistent market.

The FCA's Bailey put it this way (emphasis mine):
"I don't rule out that you could have another benchmark that would measure what Libor is truly supposed to measure, which is bank credit risk in the funding market," he said. "But that would be - and I use this term carefully - a synthetic rate because there isn't a funding market."

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 03:45:03 PM EST
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Yes,, although I would contend that almost all of modern finance is some form of con trick perpetrated on the general public with the knowing acquiescence of the olitical classes

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 04:44:13 PM EST
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"L" stands for London, cradle of Benthem, author of Defense of Usury: Taibbi had best begin his study of finance trade there. No empirical record warranted. No numeracy required.

I'm somewhat alarmed how far up the curve he is on money market opportunities.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 05:01:22 PM EST
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Every mortgage I ever had bore some relationship to LIBOR, but that was all pre-2006 and there still was SOME basis for LIBOR's rates, or so I thought. But:
On 27 July 2012, the Financial Times published an article by a former trader which stated that Libor manipulation had been common since at least 1991.[8]


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 12:42:43 AM EST
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"Generation 1099"* : "gig-economy", "side-hustle", "hobby"  or "passion", "free-lance", "second-job", "part-time work", "posted-job", "chronic underemployment", "chronic uncertainty", "diversified income streams"

I'm listening to "On Point" talk show @ Bal'more NPR affiliate. The host empaneled experts to decrypt millennial participation in the US labor market, not even foreshadowing the neo-liberal agenda. The prompt for this feature is the article Millennials are obsessed with side hustles because they're all we've got. The discussion skirts "holy grail" competition with full-time "professionals" by acknowledging so-called pragmatism required to bill 70 hrs/wk to two or more employers, netting a "living wage". US Dept. of Labor out-dated U3 data collection methods don't get a mention, but AMZ and Ebay marketing channels do.

There are more creative members of the class.

These homeowners faced an Airbnb nightmare as renters left them facing huge fines and angry neighbors

The listing that had been pulled down from Airbnb appeared with the same photos and copy on a site called Vacayo.com. It turns out that Grewal's tenants, Isabel Berney and Temitope "Truth" Oladapo, were behind that site -- Oladapo registered the domain, and Berney lists herself as the company's co-founder on her LinkedIn page.

And Bloomberg Editorial weighs EU liberal "reform" with approval(short on detail, like, "What is a posted-worker?" and "What do trade unions resist the invevitable?").
Macron's First Step Toward Transforming France
(A. France, not UK, reports second-highest population of these - Euractive)

(*)A 1099 is a form with which an US employer declares the earned income of a contractor, "contingent" employee, or any such self-employed individual to the IRS and

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 04:31:28 PM EST
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never gets old. It is the definition of profit taken, profit potential, and profit stored.

Wealth = credit

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 05:14:28 PM EST
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At the end of a full day of smack talkin' VOA/NPR, a punchline. Fuck Veblen.

Canada demands U.S. end `right to work' laws as part of NAFTA talks

One source familiar with the discussions said Canada wants the United States to pass a federal law [!]

o. snap.
stopping state governments from enacting right-to-work legislation; the source said the United States has not agreed to such a request. Canada believes that lower labour standards in the United States and Mexico, including right to work, give those countries an unfair advantage in attracting jobs.

< wipes tears >

Macron get this memo, too?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 12:53:51 AM EST
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Taking a cue from the last self-servin' sumbitch's sanctimonious Facebook sermon, producers were beside themselves as how best to present a US system of government that requires its legislature to legislate ... inconsideration of widespread disappointment that the current self-servin' sumbitch won't transform an executive order into laws of naturalization. Paradoxically. And evidently they're not acquainted with two-year "transitional" member status which is a thing. Now. Elsewhere.

Their experts agree, Mr Trump has served the congress in an untenable "to-do list" what with 16th annual ceiling hoist, thermonuclear war, PPACA repeal, wall erection and Mexico's general election, bi-lateral "deal" shredding, and whathaveyou.

No one uttered desuetude though the last self-servin' sumbitch hung his flip-flops on "prosecutorial discretion" (proving the rule which NPR failed to cite)  rather than, say, sage counsel not to wage "just war".

Here's a concise history of exploitation purporting american "ideals" in case you missed that mess o' 1848 deportations. The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 01:44:14 AM EST
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Remember that while you're listening to Marketplace third string explain what makes an an american. Possibly a european.

Yes, the moral imperative borders and identities evoke is quantifiable.
09/05/2017: Dreamers aren't taking jobs and may be delaying home purchases.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 02:17:15 AM EST
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tries on a new hat. It's called "moral obscenity". It covers obvious but rarely acknowledged benefits of rationing citizenship. It emanates "voodoo" magic.
The Very Bad Economics of Killing DACA
[DACA benficiaries'] educational and behavioral profile, as Cato notes, doesn't resemble the average [!] immigrant, let alone the average [!] undocumented immigrant; they look like H-1B visa holders, that is, skilled immigrants we have specifically allowed in because they help the economy.
[...]
And what would make secular stagnation more of a problem? Hey, let's expel hundreds of thousands of young people from the current and future work force.

So this is a double blow to the U.S. economy; it will make everyone worse off.

Actually, blows are the responsibility of the US Congress. The president of the day merely executes its orders. Or not.

An anonymous graduate from the School of Life reveals the "piece of paper" (document) under the hat hiding Krugman's ass.

Part of the problem is that a great many industries that employ large numbers of illegal immigrants don't actually want their labor force to be legal. They want the border patrol to stop bugging them, but they like the power the illegal status of their workers gives them. If the workers try to get better pay or conditions they can simply turn them over to ICE or threaten to. From an employer standpoint illegal workers are the best possible workers because they will work under conditions that are illegal, without health insurance for pay that's under minimum wage, with no employer contributions to social security, medicare/medicaid, unemployment, or any of the other overhead costs of having employees. And they can't unionize or even really complain.

That is "part of the problem" preventing the US Congress realizing the "set of ideals" that make constituents "american".


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 04:03:01 PM EST
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In addition, he picked the worst argument to convince Trump, or anyone close to him. Trump has been consistently (to the extent that he has been consistent about anything) against the abuses of the H-1B system.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 04:19:36 PM EST
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Krugman was not looking for the best argument to convince Trump. He was looking for the best argument to build a column around.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 04:29:03 PM EST
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Given Trump's attitude to H-1B visas, it's not much of an argument to build a column around, either. As I just demonstrated.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 6th, 2017 at 04:31:34 PM EST
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I reckon he forgot where he left off.
Economics Is not a Morality Play

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 06:24:16 AM EST
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Until Artificial Intelligent Text Generating Programs improve those column inches won't fill themselves.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 06:45:43 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:03:58 PM EST
Trump Expected to End 'Dreamers' Program: AP

The delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers in legislation, according to two people familiar with the president's thinking. But it was not immediately clear how the six-month delay would work in practice and what would happen to people who currently have work permits under the program, or whose permits expire during the six-month stretch.

Oddly, no 'pinions yet from the pubic intellectual "class" castigating the uncertainty this action poses to markets ... or the future of the US volunteer armed forces to be pacifying N. Korea.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 01:33:56 PM EST
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Trump is going to legislate on all those bigot dreams republicans have been chasing since at least Reagan. You almost wonder if it's some plot to destroy america through delivering its worst fantasies

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 04:48:27 PM EST
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You almost wonder if it's some plot to destroy america through delivering its worst fantasies

Yeah, almost like, Trumpy is Putin's bitch ... but that's crazy talk.

My allegiance to the human species ends at the California border.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 08:28:53 AM EST
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Ascribing dominant (major and subservient (minor) roles to agents in binary relationships (and there is nothing but binary relations on the Cartesian plane and The Third Law) is a peculiar feature of political discourse. I say peculiar, because humanity is believed to express the utmost intellectual and affective capacities of all creatures on earth. "Civilization" --political structures, government-- is believed to epitomize human conciliation of primitive, instinctive, vestigial attributes harbored by The Genome. Yet here you are, apostate, willing and able to deny the entropy Mr Trump inhabits in order to elect Mr Putin his master, father, god,

Trump is "not my bride, and I'm not his groom."

So what then of entropy, the "unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work"? Is it not US civilization itself? Millions of "equally endowed" and disorderly constituents of the system produced Mr Trump, elevated him from the miasma which Mr Putin did not create: the same wherein whether corporations are people is disputed and common wisdom evaporates in "down-ticket" elections. It may not be more than time enough --228 years-- for some US americans to "own" the results of this experiment.

Archived: The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise

A travesty. Willing or not, "like" him or not, Mr Trump appears to be a catalyst which is transforming trite and moribund responsibilities for US citizenship into an actual, systematic enterprise to serve the peace. I expect, the theory of the rational self-interested actor will die brutally in the nave before a more perfect union may pass. Thermonuclear war in Dubuque would do it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 06:00:46 PM EST
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Archived: How We Really Tamed the Dog, A daring experiment builds a new tame species in just 60 years

Yes, I'm thinking more frequently, the results of this experiment portend the only method to rid the species of the feral among us.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 07:20:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Naked Capitalism
Joy Reid is perhaps the most dominant Democrat establishment media personality after Rachel Maddow; in what follows, Reid describes a party devoid of any economic message and explicitly not making any form of universal appeal; that is, what the Democrat Party would look like were its identity politics faction able to purge all its enemies; with regard to politics and power, Reid raises issues that are not only ideological, but institutional, as the Democrat Party moves through its crack-up -- or not!

[...]

However, kudos to Reid for being so open and direct; it's clear, for example, that in Reid's politics of tribalism the interests of working people will never, ever come first. This is wonderfully clarifying.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 05:49:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:04:04 PM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Aug 30th, 2017 at 10:52:44 AM EST
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Klan strongholds in Texas would likely be north and east of Houston in 'the piney woods' country and north to Arkansas. The Klan was strong in the Ozarks around Mountain Home in the 50s, but the business community wanted to make the city a water sports destination and the Klan was bad for business. So they invited the FBI to come in and clean the place up. There are a couple of guys who ride around in pickups that have Confederate flags on each side of the tailgate. Before the cleanup there were de facto 'sundown laws'.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 01:02:13 AM EST
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At first I thought they had fallen for a Postillon article, but the headline turns out to be true. Berlin Tegel airport closed by World War II bomb, flights land at Berlin Brandenburg.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 07:45:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Maybe today's Navy is just not very good at driving ships -
In the wake of two fatal collisions of Navy warships with commercial vessels, current and former senior surface warfare officers are speaking out, saying today's Navy suffers from a disturbing problem: The SWO community is just not very good at driving ships.
by generic on Thu Aug 31st, 2017 at 11:30:23 AM EST
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North Korea nuclear test: what we know so far  - Guardian
   North Korea has carried out a sixth nuclear test. It claims the device is a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile.
    The underground test was registered as a magnitude 5.6 earthquake with North Korea and came hours after Pyongyang boasted it had built a new, more advanced nuclear warhead.
    Japan's defence minister said the larger magnitude of the earthquake suggests "capability significantly exceeding the last one."
    US National Security Adviser, HR McMaster, spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, for 20 minutes in an emergency phone call following the test.
    South Korea's weather agency, the Korea Meteorological Administration, estimated Sunday that the nuclear blast yield of the presumed test was between 50 to 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger than the North Korea's fifth test in September 2016.

by Bernard on Sun Sep 3rd, 2017 at 10:37:59 AM EST
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And don't wait on the chinese to sort it out

Guardian - Steve Tsang - Are global ambitions driving Xi's approach to Korea? No, it's about keeping the party on top

The North Korean nuclear missile threat has provided China with a golden opportunity to assert a leadership role in a matter of critical global security. What's more, it comes at a time when the world worries that President Trump cannot be trusted to deal with the matter with wisdom and responsibility.
[....]
All this does not mean China is not concerned by Kim's dangerous games; nor that Xi is not irritated by Kim's refusal to show appropriate deference and appreciation of China's support. Indeed, China has a policy of not wanting to see nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula. But taking the risks implied to remove the North Korean problem is too high a price to pay.

What China wants instead is to contain the North Korean problem, not to remove it. It wants talks and an (American) acceptance of the reality of North Korea as a nuclear weapon state in return for Kim behaving himself.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Sep 3rd, 2017 at 10:53:52 AM EST
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What's the probability that Allied forces will pivot to Germany (Mutti!), Alternate Leader of the Free World, as was fashionable just five years ago for administering discipline in China and N. Korea?

The world needs a leader, ibn told.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 02:16:24 PM EST
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"Leader of the Free WorldTM" is a mostly USian obsession. Much less so this side of the pond.
by Bernard on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 07:32:16 PM EST
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like German "hegemony" and communist threats? m'k.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 06:29:01 PM EST
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Brazil's leftist hero basks in adulation as he bids to revive political fortunes - Guardian
The bearded, gravel-voiced leftist leader's rule ended seven years ago, yet he remains the most popular Brazilian president in decades, if not in the country's history.

"Do you know any phenomenon bigger than Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva?" said Flavio Balreira, 65, using the full name, unusual in Brazil.

The former metal worker, union leader and two-times president once described by Barack Obama as "the most popular politician on Earth" has been criss-crossing Brazil's semi-arid, impoverished north-east to address adoring crowds like this one in Ouricuri, in Pernambuco state. Lula and his team travel in a fleet of buses, which he calls "the caravan".

"I want to thank President Lula," said Francilene da Silva, 44, a maid who benefited from a housing scheme introduced during his eight-year reign.

"There are many who enter government and do nothing. He did something," said Fabiana de Lima, 36, a smallholder, explaining that a cash transfer scheme that helped 36 million people escape extreme poverty still "holds up" the town. "He helped the poor."

by Bernard on Sun Sep 3rd, 2017 at 10:42:37 AM EST
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Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish It Off - Daily Beast
When Democrats made their post-election populist "Better Deal" pitch, they took a strong stance against pharmaceutical and financial monopolies. But they conspicuously left out the most profound antitrust challenge of our time--the tech oligarchy.

The information sector, notes The Economist, is now the most consolidated sector of the American economy.

The Silicon Valley and its Puget Sound annex dominated by Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft increasingly resemble the pre-gas crisis Detroit of the Big Three. Tech's Big Five all enjoy overwhelming market shares--for example Google controls upwards of 80 percent of global search--and the capital to either acquire or crush any newcomers. They are bringing us a hardly gilded age of prosperity but depressed competition, economic stagnation, and, increasingly, a chilling desire to control the national conversation.

Jeff Bezos harrumphs through his chosen megaphone, The Washington Post, about how "democracy dies in the dark." But if Bezos--the world's third richest man, who used the Post first to undermine Bernie Sanders and then to wage ceaseless war on the admittedly heinous Donald Trump--really wants to identify the biggest long-term threat to individual and community autonomy, he should turn on the lights and look in the mirror.

by Bernard on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 08:11:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
WaPoo was a bullshit vanity press for a century before Bezos bought it from the "controversial Graham family" in 2014 and still is. Whichever way the wind blows in D.C. Gore Vidal, for instance, bound the cycle into his epic project "Narratives of Empire" beginning with 1876. On the other hand, one could judge for oneself simply by unfolding the Southern Strategy on newsprint anytime after '68.

Rather than document the number of explicitly H.R. Clinton "positive" articles (complementing negative Sanders press) published in the same period, the child reporter reluctantly acknowledges

Despite being ideologically opposed to the Democratic Party (at least in principle)[?!], Bezos has enjoyed friendly ties with both the Obama administration and the CIA. As Michael Oman-Reagan notes, Amazon was awarded a $16.5 million contract with the State Department the last year Clinton ran it [2012].

Bezos "inherited" AMZN gov't contracts. That reporter's head would explode if he'd any idea how much GOOG, MSFT, and AAPL have been collecting from sales of sys-int, hardware, and software development since 2001 to USG. Stock price trends are like paths of breadcrumbs.

The innerboobs are sorely mistaken in clinging to the conceit that one man a conspiracy to defraud the public makes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 09:48:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]

(3) The relationship between Japan and Korea has been mostly bad for 800 years, and bad relations prevail now between Japan and both Koreas.
[...]
In the final weeks of World War II, the U.S. and its wartime ally, the USSR, simultaneously occupied the Korean peninsula and accepted the Japanese surrender. The Russians arrived first, through Manchuria, advancing as far as the 38th parallel where they stopped by agreement with the U.S. U.S. forces arrived soon thereafter and occupied the south. The division was meant to be temporary; Stalin wanted immediate independence for Korea. But the U.S., which initially ordered Japanese administrators to remain at their posts, and viewed Korea as occupied enemy territory, did not want to risk the prospect of a Korea united under communist rule. There was much leftist opposition to the occupation of the south; the U.S. suppressed the "People's Republic of Korea" that had been pronounced in Seoul in the last days of the war and the the popular committees wherever they had been established. In 1948 the U.S. unilaterally proclaimed the formation of the Republic of Korea, sealing the division of the peninsula; the DPRK was proclaimed in the north only afterwards. Soviet troops withdrew; U.S. troops stayed.

Happy Black History D137 Y2

:: Archived
I'll leave to the reader the futile task of recounting Japanese invasions of Korea in a reddit thread.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 09:40:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ten Points on Korean History of Potential Current Relevance

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 09:48:12 PM EST
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I'll leave to the reader the futile task of recounting Japanese invasions of Korea in a reddit thread.
What is the point in the context of the Korean War, or Gen. McArthur's "I have never seen such devastation"? Apparently the Americans (and early European colonists anywhere) were more innately, decisively authoritative invaders than the Japanese.
by das monde on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 12:59:54 AM EST
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The prompt for this update was to answer a question I encountered in a reddit thread (eurotrib comment linked). The question, What did South Korea or Japan ever do to North Korea? furnishes the context (ignorance) and purpose of my replies (information). That is to remind anyone reading why USA and its NATO allies appear so eager to destroy the people of Korea today with armament and famine. It must be said to the next person who you encounter with the same ridiculous question:

WE must finish what we started 800 years ago. It was a dark and stormy night. Kim Jong-il giggled maniacally as he slit his daughters throat as napalm flooded the plains ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 09:21:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Here we come to a subject that appears to be a non-issue ... as with the 'dog that did not bark in the night' in the Sherlock Holmes story, the failure of the Egyptian renaissance to affect scholars' racial stereotypes of the Ancient Egyptians tells us something very significant about them.

Egypt had been part of the Turkish Empire since the 16th century. However, the Turks continued to rule through the previous rulers, the Mamelukes, a corps of slaves largely from the Caucasus, who made up the most formidable section of the army and had controlled Egypt since the 13th century. By the end of the 18th century, however, commercial agricultural production, trade and manufacture had reached a level that made Egypt wealthy by world standards.

Mameluke rule and Turkish suzereinty were then severely weakened by Napoleon's conquest in 1798, which had largely been carried out by manipulating class, religious and ethnic divisions in Egyptian society. By 1808 --after great confusion following the French withdrawal and British intervention-- the British had been driven out and power had been seized by Mohamed Ali, the Albanian general of the Turkish forces.
[...]
As the Austrian chancellor Metternich wrote, when considering the possibility of Egypt's gaining complete independence from Turkey, 'In this way one would see the realization of what has so often been announced as the most redoubtable danger to Europe -- a new African power." 96
[...]
During the 1830s Mohamed Ali's state-centered autarky had been weakened byEuropean commercial penetration; after the new settlement in 1839, the Egyptian economy was forced to go back in the direction of the traditional Turkish pattern. This reversal laid it completely open to the European manufactures which weakded and often destroyed Egyptian inducstry. Nevertheless, Mohamed Ali's descendants retained considerable wealth and power until their political and military defeat by the British. Indeed a further and more severe collapse of the modern economy came only after the British takeover in 1880. 100

The fact that this episode of modern history is so little known is not at all surprising. It does not fit the paradigm of active European expansion into a passive outside world. The Egyptian Empire of the 19th century was like the equally obscure, short-live success stories of the Cherokees in the Appalachians, the Maoris in New Zealand and the Chinese in California. It was an example of non-Europeans beating Europeans at their own games and therefore being coerced into giving them up. Where the racial stereotype of natural European superiority failed, artificial intervention was necessary to preserve it. [Bernal:246-250]

There is also the coincidental Salammbo caper by Flaubert which polished off the last vestiges of admiration  on The Continent for Phoenician civilization (Old Possibly-Semitic Lebanon, race of merchants par excellence). Bernal writes of the Moloch Effect.

Salammbo was an immense success. When Flaubert had tried to portray French bourgeois life realistically in Madam Bovary, his book had been mutilated by the publisher and he was put on trial for 'outraging public morals'. Salammbo was far more scabrous in every respect, but this time it made Flaubert the lion of Parisian high society and enabled him to become a friend of the Imperial Family Flaubert hit a literary jackpot; his 'realism' applied to the 'Orient'allowed his readers to get their sexual and sadistic thrills, while maintaining their sense of innate and categorical superiority as white Christians. [Bernal:358]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 10:32:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ha'aretz
Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar called Reform Jews worse than Holocaust deniers because they reject traditional Jewish law.

Amar, who is a former chief rabbi of Israel, in his weekly class last week referenced the Israel Supreme Court decision, handed down hours earlier, in which it called on the government to either reinstate the Western Wall agreement with non-Orthodox groups or explain why it should not force the state to honor the deal.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 06:22:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah, separate but equal. That's worked so very well everywhere, hasn't it?

Do they honestly not recognise the arc they're on?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Sep 9th, 2017 at 07:43:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
They don't care, a predictable outcome of indoctrination into a authoritarian ideology.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Sep 9th, 2017 at 04:34:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That's Yair Netanyahu, the Prime Minster's son, who is supposed to be close to his father. 972
Yair Netanyahu, son of the prime minister, outdid even his father on Saturday when he published an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal Facebook page.

The cartoon shows Manny Naftali, the former superintendent of the Prime Minister's Residence, who is at the forefront of the struggle to put pressure on the police to indict Netanyahu for corruption, being baited by Israeli politico Eldad Yaniv, who is seen baited by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Barak is seen tempted by the money of the Illuminati, who according to the cartoon are being tempted by a Reptilian -- a common anti-Semitic codeword for Jews. The Reptilian, for his part, is portrayed as controlling the world in the service of the Grand Jew: George Soros.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Sep 10th, 2017 at 05:45:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Israeli right wing have officially jumped the shark

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Sep 10th, 2017 at 04:37:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 11th, 2017 at 12:00:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Useful advice from a Florida sheriff

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Sep 10th, 2017 at 02:08:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No, please, all gun owners, stand outside in the path of the storm and plug away till you can look it in the eye.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Sep 10th, 2017 at 04:44:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Indian railways seem to be even more incompetent than the Bavarians or the Apulians. Hindustan Times
The track on which the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed was under repair near Khatauli but there was negligence in conveying the information to the train driver, initial probe into the accident revealed.

Railway officials said at least 15 metres of the track had been taken off and was being replaced when the Puri-Haridwar train appeared.

With no option left, labourers ran for their lives leaving the equipments and the replacement track, which were later found under coach A-1 of the derailed train.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 11th, 2017 at 01:19:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:05:20 PM EST
If We Fail

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 06:01:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
if we fail, the methane multiplier will render the planet only marginally viable for human life.

Our children will have to become different animals to survive. Civilisation will not make it

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 11:53:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Perhaps only descendants of today's Mediterranian refugees will survive in Scandinavia?
by das monde on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 02:46:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 07:53:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Our children will have to become different animals to survive. Civilisation will not make it

Yes, that's the way the "system" works ... since the first single celled beasty got going.

My allegiance to the human species ends at the California border.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Sep 10th, 2017 at 08:20:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It is darkly amusing how people think they can do X and think they will never, ever, suffer the predictable consequences of X.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 06:58:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It is darkly amusing how people think they can do X and think they will never, ever, suffer the predictable consequences of X.

Or, the consequences will never affect ME or the few people I care about, in my brief lifetime.

My allegiance to the human species ends at the California border.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Sep 10th, 2017 at 08:28:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:05:23 PM EST
I listened to a few of these episodes and was impressed by the equanimity of the 'presenters'. History fades, when one just wants to "get on with life."
The Irish Passport | episodes 1 -8

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 01:41:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Independent
Men generally outperform women in Scrabble tournaments because female competitors are less willing to spent their time improving a largely pointless skill, according to new research.
That must also explain why women are no good at tennis and figure skating.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 04:58:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Winston Churchill, in case you were wondering.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 06:22:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Churchill simply continuing the same policy that exacerbated the Irish potato famine.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 03:37:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Prominent PR Firm Bell Pottinger Thrown Out of International Trade Body
The Public Relations and Communications Association imposed the sanctions after complaints about the campaign conducted on behalf of Oakbay Capital, owned by the controversial Gupta family. Critics said Bell Pottinger played on racial tensions to distract attention from scandals surrounding the Guptas, who are under scrutiny for alleged efforts to leverage ties to South African President Jacob Zuma for their own [!] benefit.
[...]
Francis Ingham, the association's director-general, said in a statement. "The PRCA has never before passed down such a damning indictment of an agency's behavior."

ahem
The association on Monday terminated Bell Pottinger's membership and said the firm couldn't reapply for corporate membership for at least five years. [!]

Preposterous!

London-based Bell Pottinger was accused of engineering a publicity campaign against "white monopoly capital" in South Africa, a catchphrase that taps into resentments among the black majority that white people still have significant control of the economy more than two decades after the end of apartheid. The campaign, critics say, was designed to deflect anger about the corruption allegations swirling around the Guptas and focus on whites as the scapegoat for South Africa's problems.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2017 at 06:44:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Reflections on South Africa: Whose Capital, Whose State?
Yash Tandon also maintains a personal website.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 11:53:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Giant portrait of toddler peers over US-Mexico border wall

The boy appears to grip the barrier with his fingers, leaving the impression the entire thing could be toppled with a giggle.

A French artist who goes by the name JR erected the cut-out of the boy that stands nearly 65 feet (20 metres) tall and is meant to prompt discussion of immigration.
[...]
JR has done other large-scale portraits around the world, with much of his recent work focused on immigrants.

He told reporters at Wednesday's unveiling of the portrait that he was spurred by a dream in which he imagined a toddler looking over the border wall.

by Bernard on Sat Sep 9th, 2017 at 10:17:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:05:26 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 09:05:33 PM EST
Donald Trump's father was arrested at a KKK rally Palmer Report
Palmer is provocative but usually right. But, in 1927, the KKK was almost part of the air all breathed in the USA, and, four years later, half the big business leaders in the US would be supporting Hitler and the Nazis, so Fred might have seen no reason to contest an allegation that he had been arrested at a KKK rally - unless he wanted, on principle, just to deny that he had ever been arrested. But there it still is.
 

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 01:25:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EasyJet travelers stranded in Paris after scorpion found on plane
A passenger jet has been delayed overnight so it can be fumigated after a scorpion was spotted on board.

The easyJet flight from Paris to Glasgow was postponed after a passenger noticed the arachnid on the preceding flight and alerted staff. The plane is being held at Charles de Gaulle airport before its rescheduled departure on Tuesday.

Passengers waiting to fly to Glasgow from the French capital received a message about the delay on the easyJet app: "We were hoping that we would be able to continue with your flight today but we were informed that a scorpion was sighted on board your plane," adding that the aircraft needed to be fumigated.

by Bernard on Mon Sep 4th, 2017 at 07:55:22 PM EST
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