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8 - 14 January 2018

by Bjinse Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:22:11 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:23:05 PM EST
Hungary and Poland defend larger European budget
"We would like to be net contributors," [Hungary PM minister, János Lazar] repeated.

"We support the Commission's intention to propose a MFF higher than 1% (of the EU's GDP)," added Polish Secretary of State for European Affairs Konrad Szymanski.

He added that it would be "the right answer" in light of the financial hole that the UK will leave in the bloc's coffers after its departure and the new goals Europe will face, including migration. But both countries also fired warning shots against those in favour of reducing expenditure in cohesion [!] policy, one of the largest envelopes with €350 billion, a third of the MFF.

archived:
Europe's Frontier: A Rusted Iron Curtain
UK commitment to the budget (2014-2020) Aug 2017
V4 fulminations, mystery budget adjustments 9 Sep 2017
2015-2020 FY EUR 288B budget gap, implying UK advantage securing "transition period 29 Sp 2017
#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on `Leaders agenda' despite Brexit22 Oct 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 07:34:16 PM EST
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Protesters in South Africa Ransack H&M Stores Over 'Racist' Ad
"coolest monkey in the jungle."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 08:32:01 PM EST
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Always fun to observe a multinational run headfirst into (local) sensitivities. Though South Africans always seem more sensitive than most.

The mother's first response (now deleted of course, following a predictable online onslaught) actually shows the right direction - because honestly what gives: 'Get over it'. It's grown-ups behaving awful. Again.

by Bjinse on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 07:59:51 AM EST
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South Africa: EFF supporters attack H&M stores over 'racist jumper advert' - DW
H&M caused an outcry after an advert featuring a young black model wearing a hoodie with the words "Coolest monkey in the jungle" went viral on social media. Many people accused the international chain store of racism.

South Africa's Eyewitness News reported that mannequins and clothes were strewn all over the floor in the malls where the protests took place.

by Bernard on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 06:38:27 PM EST
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So yeah. Two points isn't a trend and all that, but from a distance, in the great nation of US America, this kind of "direct action" could pass for um RIOTS. No respect for the sanctity of property!

Activists occupy Paris Apple store over EU tax dispute 3 Dec 2017

The members from Attac, a group that seeks alternatives to unbridled globalisation, invaded the expansive two-level store near the Paris Opera for several hours -- leaving only after they were assured of a meeting with management [...] The group held about 30 demonstrations across France on Saturday, including at an Apple store in the southern city of Marseille. Apple France was not immediately available for comment.

6 Jan 2018: "[Attac spokesman Dominique Plihon] added that Apple had accused Attac of 'vandalism', though he said the group's actions 'are symbolic, nonviolent, staged openly and with no material damage'."

Durand: The debate on programmed obsolescence is not happening in the EU

The crime of programmed obsolescence is punishable by two years in prison and a fine of €300,000. Is that really a deterrent for companies like Apple?
For a company like Apple the reputational damage, rather than the fine itself, that is the deterrent. In the case of Volkswagen and Dieselgate, for example, there have hardly been any sanctions but the company's image has suffered and it has had an effect on their production of diesel vehicles.

On the other hand, if the legal complaint is successful, the company's competitors can launch trade actions and demand reparations for damages incurred. And these penalties can be much heavier.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 11:12:42 PM EST
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What do Europeans consider sexual harassment?
Does a sex joke constitute sexual assault? Or only if they grab your bottom? A survey shows that tolerance levels vary across Europe. EU countries deal differently with sexual harassment, and Germany often lags behind.

Competitive standing
Sexual harassment comes in many forms. It could be your boss giving you an unsolicited neck massage.


Or a slap on a woman's bottom, or an arm around her waist. If a man coerces his female colleague to watch porn, some deem that a clear instance of sexual harassment. But what about a (possibly well-intended) compliment on her tight-fitting dress?
[...]
How sexual harassment is punished in Europe

The Istanbul [!] Convention of 2011, a Council of Europe convention against violence against women, refers explicitly to sexual harassment. According to Article 40 of the Convention, stating that "any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person (...) is subject to criminal or other legal sanction."

Many experts see this as a groundbreaking set of rules -- but in a great many countries they are still not being applied.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 06:20:24 PM EST
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Define your terms, I told my daughter who was struggling to compose her essay thesis statement. Meaningful communication is not possible unless (i) your correspondent is willing to communicate and (ii) you both agree to speak the same language.

"Big discrepancies" between YouGov and FRA survey responses immediately indicate variance in the researchers' definitions of types of violence, types of assault, and types of harassment.

Summary documentation of Joanna Goodey's research presentation to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) conference (2014), "Violence against women across the EU: Abuse at home, work, in public and online," is here. TERMS DEFINED FOR RESPONDENTS to this survey instrument are measure incident frequency.

Summary documentation of YouGov "Eurotrack Sexual Harassment" survey results (18-24 Oct 2017) is here. TERMS DEFINED BY RESPONDENTS to this survey instrument measure incident value, either "acceptable" or "inappropriate".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 08:10:25 PM EST
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Rationale
Rather than using probabilistic methods (i.e., random selection) to generate a sample, non-probability sampling requires researchers to use their subjective judgements, drawing on theory (i.e., the academic literature) and practice (i.e., the experience of the researcher and the evolutionary nature of the research process). Unlike probability sampling, the goal is not to achieve objectivity in the selection of samples, or necessarily attempt to make generalisations (i.e., statistical inferences) from the sample being studied to the wider population of interest. Instead, researchers following a qualitative research design tend to be interested in the intricacies of the sample being studied. Whilst making generalisations from the sample to the population under study may be desirable

"All females and women experience some form of violence in their lifetime."
it is more often a secondary consideration. Even whether this is desired, there are additional problems of bias and transferability (or validity) [see the section on Research Quality for more information on research strategies, sampling techniques, and bias].



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 09:52:59 PM EST
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You'll have noticed I've lost interest in YouGov's self-selected sampling error "hamper".
Look:
FRA Data explorer, complete data, visualization, and methodology
Flipping through the response rates by query, a few conclusions need call out.
  • upper limits < 10%
  • divergence of physical and abstract descriptors (sex, sexual, injury, harassment, IP/SMS communication)
  • double counting (eg. "physical and/or sexual", "harassment and stalking")
  • abnormal frequency distribution

Perceptions of indiscriminate "sexual violence" advanced in the DW article (and in FRA results) don't hold up to close scrutiny of the survey design and data collected.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 12:00:57 AM EST
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Latvia, a disappearing nation - Ploitico
Since joining the bloc, nearly a fifth of the nation has left to work in more affluent EU nations: The U.K., Ireland, Germany.

In 2000, Latvia's population stood at 2.38 million. At the start of this year, it was 1.95 million. No other country has had a more precipitous fall in population -- 18.2 percent according to U.N. statistics. Only Latvia's similarly fast-shriveling neighbor, Lithuania, with a 17.5 percent decrease, and Georgia, with a 17.2 percent drop, come close.

"The reality is that we are losing people -- fast," Sjanits said in an interview in his spare office at the imposing foreign ministry building in the capital.

To be sure, economic migration is not the only reason for the country's declining population. The small Baltic republic's comparatively low birth rate and high mortality rate are also contributing factors.

by Bernard on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 06:41:48 PM EST
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RT suggests that Ukraine might be similar, but that this is disguised by inaccurate figures.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 07:00:43 PM EST
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Yet the Lithuania has a beer tradition every bit as diverse and interesting as that of Belgium, but is almost entirely under-explored.

If well marketed, it could be a big money spinner. However, Lithuania's transport infrastructure is a genuine problem and, along with Ltvia, presents a bearier to economic progress and is almost certinly a major driver of emigration.

And, to not put too fine a point on it, a necessary paranoia about russian intentions

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 07:30:56 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:23:07 PM EST
OpEd | Macron's Beijing visit comes at complex time in EU-China relations
At the onset of the financial crisis in Europe, Chinese foreign direct investment in the EU was just under €2 billion. Seven years later, it increased by almost 2,000%, reaching €35 billion. All the while, EU investments in China have fallen by 25% as they are being squeezed out [?] of the Chinese market.
[...]
Yet while most attention is directed at the staggering imbalance between the EU and China, what is alarming is not that Chinese businesses - and money - are coming to Europe.

What is alarming is that companies linked to the Chinese state [EU/US JOINT VENTURES] are investing strategically in new technologies and know-how - some of which having not just civilian but also military applications. Already, French, German and British technology has found its way on Chinese aircraft, surface vessels, and submarines.


... Musical Interlude-"Talking Points", B Sharp (F.Mercury)...
An even more alarming source of influence is that over elected representatives and political decision-makers - most notably in Australia and New Zealand, but recently also in the US. And Europe has not been left out. Just recently in December 2017, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron [!] accepted a leadership role [!] in a $1 billion investment fund related to China's Belt and Road initiative.

While investment screening is a welcome initiative, it makes little sense to limit ourselves to screening foreign acquisitions if the legislators and decision-makers are susceptible to being rallied by foreign states.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 07:50:34 PM EST
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Digital-Currency Exchange Sued Over 4-Year Asset Freeze
"Liminted or no" liability dates to purported 2013 hack and suspended trading of the exchange "digital currency wallet" --clients' funds in custody, cash and securities. No one read the footnotes before thry bought in.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 02:58:31 AM EST
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Certainty!
You can burn those Norway-Option Cards

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 11:26:39 PM EST
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"Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a type of serious mental illness called a "psychosis" in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, unshakable beliefs in something untrue or not based on reality."

The UK FIRE sector is grotesquely over-sized for the domestic UK market.  Following Brexit either the UK will pay for access to the EU or hemorrhage jobs and economic activity in Finance, Insurance, etc.

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

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 05:35:38 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:23:10 PM EST
Seats Are Limited. Ironically
"Already, members of the women's working group are planning to wear black [?] to the State of the Union on Jan. 30 to show their solidarity with victims [?] of sexual assault."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 09:18:36 PM EST
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Feinstein plays Wikileaks, releases Cliff's Notes ® and 312 pp unclassified and redacted transcript of Senate Judiciary Committee interview of Glenn Simpson (CEO, Bean LLC D/B/A Fusion GPS) to the innerboobs.

Feinstein's reasons for doing this
"are not entirely clear - her statement explaining her reasons is vague and unhelpful - but initial media reports strongly suggest that she thought Simpson's testimony would rescue the credibility of the Trump Dossier by showing that its claims had been corroborated by a source within the Trump campaign who had independently contacted the FBI."

archived:
A Trip to the Woodshed
"Could you say that again? Impressions? I don't quite understand."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 09:51:17 PM EST
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"initial media reports strongly suggest that she thought Simpson's testimony would rescue the credibility of the Trump Dossier"
That is one opinion. There are of course other opinions, such as contradicting Republican talking points about the dossier being solely a political document commissioned by the Dems (it was started by Republicans oppo research) in order to hurt Trump. If I'm not mistaken, G.Simpson, who gave the testimony in front of Congress has been asking publicly for its release. YMMV.
by Bernard on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 09:17:08 PM EST
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I'm not particularly fond of Duran's trust in Byron York as an impartial analist. I therefore used other links for the two primary hyperlinks in the article below ...

Feinstein's leak of Fusion GPS's Glenn Simpson's Senate testimony backfires | The Duran |

As it has become increasingly clear that the Trump Dossier is the primary evidence - indeed so far it is the only evidence - behind the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that information from it was used by the Justice Department and the FBI to obtain surveillance warrants on members of the Trump campaign from the FISA court, hard questions have increasingly been asked about it by the Republicans in the Senate and the House.

Recently the FBI has admitted that it has been unable to verify the collusion claims in the Trump Dossier, whilst Senators Grassley and Lindsey Graham have recently written a letter to the Justice Department asking for an investigation of Christopher Steele - the Trump Dossier's compiler - because of inconsistencies in his statements.

Grassley's and Lindsey Graham's letter about Steele to the Justice Department annoyed Feinstein, who has now countered by publishing Simpson's testimony without first consulting Grassley, who is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein's reasons for doing this are not entirely clear - her statement explaining her reasons is vague and unhelpful - but initial media reports strongly suggest that she thought Simpson's testimony would rescue the credibility of the Trump Dossier ....

Quite interesting, Glenn Simpson worked for a Russian oligarch to defeat the Magnitsky Act. In his testimony Simpson literally destroys Bill Browder!!!

Indeed, Glenn Simpson met the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on a regular basis. See the June 20, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower.

Recent  diaries on topic ...

Fusion GPS Transcript of Testimony Released
The Story Behind Chris Steele - Ukraine and Nuland
Is RussiaGate Really IC-Gate - Forbes
Exclusive: Why Akhmetshin and Fusion GPS Should Be Investigated

by Oui on Mon Jan 15th, 2018 at 06:34:16 PM EST
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Why debate innerboob reviews when you can read the transcript? asked Walter Lippmann 95 years ago.

Lippmann, Walter, Public Opinion. 1922

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2018 at 05:08:24 PM EST
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They were not internet reviews, but posts by Oui on Booman. As for Lippmann, I recall him almost being sainted for his sagacity regarding journalism and even political science. Then I found out that he served with Edward Bernal, author of 'Propaganda' on Creel's Committee for Public Information, Wilson's propaganda agency before and during WW I.

It was the Committee on Public Information that created the popular sentiment to support the US entry into WW I on the side of the Allies. Before their efforts there was considerable sentiment in favor of Germany, due in no small part to the large German immigrant population in the USA, which was convinced by the activities of Lippmann, Bernal and others to crawl into holes until the war was over. Further, the activities of the Committee on Public Information laid the groundwork for J. Edgar Hoover and others to gin up the Red Scare in 1919 which virtually destroyed the Progressive Movement, which had been burgeoning before the war.

Perhaps between them, Bernal and Lippmann were significantly responsible for the creation a formal US government department of propaganda and its application to public opinion. But J.P. Morgan had beaten them both to practical control of public opinion by asking one of his associates how many newspapers he would have to control to be able to control popular opinion and shape elections. When told, he proceeded either to buy the major newspapers or have discussions to ensure that others followed, or at least did not contradict his favored point of view. One of the papers he bought was The New York Times and it was Morgan who funded Salzberger's acquisition of the paper.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_on_Public_Information

My claim about Morgan comes from excerpts I read from a biography that I can't properly identify at this time. Morgans actions were brought to public attention, to a limited degree, by Senator Callaway who lost his reelection bid due to, he claimed, his opposition to the war and the unified support of the war by papers Morgan owned or controlled.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 05:49:11 AM EST
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Reading Today -100, I have been very disappointed how quickly states' and fed gov't degenerated into totalitarian vehicle for patriotism --before war was even declared! Mr Wilson's administration posed no obstacle. His opinions were not much trusted anyhow, by the NYT. Truth be known, Theo Roosevelt's taunting leadership got more column inches for the cause. Perhaps

The diabolic Edward Bernays is the author of Propaganda (1928), which I have not read. His name frequently does crop up on the web juxtaposed with pedantic, folk hero Noam Chomsky, co-author of Manufacturing Consent, which I have not read. I am only very recently acquainted with essays by Ed Herman online, because of his death last year.

(Martin Bernal is the author of Black Athena, the Afro-asiatic Roots of Classical Civilation, Vol 1-III. His term, "sociology of knowledge," is another I have often employed to preface my observations about curricular  or epistemological experiences of "universal truth": radio apropos. "Bounded rationality" is Herbert Simon's term).

I read Public Opinion (1922) many years ago, following  Schlessinger's accounting of New Deal administrations' ructions. Lippmann was at that time a somewhat sympathetic, influential consultant-press secretary for FDR, according to Arthur, until he wasn't, iirc, third term. True or not, Public Opinion is not a propaganda manual, more of a derisive, moralizing tract. Lippmann presents a kind of empirical study of habitual literacy, comprehension, and recall as if to explain how many of the public rely on mediated info (celebrity, opEds, secondary sources, "trusted sources", elected officials) --instead of their own reasoning-- to form judgments. I think, he coined 15-minute fame. Time constraints rule ah confirmation bias.

Now, of course, we all know our allotment is actually "7 chunks". Nonetheless, that is no excuse, in my opinion, not by-pass the opinion leader in order to reach the source of their wisdom, first.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 08:33:32 AM EST
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created the popular sentiment to support the US entry into WW I on the side of the Allies.

Was such popular sentiment widespread, or did the press just claim that such was the case? Witness how poorly Wilson did in the next election, his failure to join the League of Nations and so on (including the fact that the next Presidential election seems to have been the only time the Democrats failed to get a plurality  of the Jewish vote).

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 08:39:43 AM EST
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Theo was no good raising his all-volunteer army in '16, but his um ad campaign roused the congress to debate appropriations  and cost/benefit to administer Teh Selective Service for, like, a year.

Deficit Reduction, Creel

2017 -100 watched the feds and states' police actions arresting pop-up protests, shaming pacifists, and tracking suspected non-German-named draft dodgers.

Net Effedt: "Due to the effort to incite a patriotic attitude, the World War I draft had a high success rate, with fewer than 350,000 men "dodging" the draft."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 09:36:20 AM EST
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Scaring people from expressing opposition is not the same as creating a popular attitude (though it may be hard to tell the two apart).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 09:48:21 AM EST
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White House doesn't deny Trump's 'shithole' immigration remark
"Lawmakers were explaining to Trump how immigrants from Africa could still later access some visas from the lottery under their plan. Then, Trump asked, why does the United States want 'all these people from shithole countries? We need more people from Norway.'"

Nope. Needs moar Biden


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 03:28:41 AM EST
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by das monde on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 05:09:04 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 04:51:32 PM EST
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What happened to Hillary ?!!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 06:58:30 PM EST
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Who?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 09:58:32 PM EST
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< squint >


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 10:29:50 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 08:11:29 PM EST
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Currently, the front headline at Salon.com is: "Elitists can save our garbage fire world" (though the article title is "The utility of snobbery"). Looks like Salon.com and Trump are deep down on the same team. Garbage fire or shithole... We know it best.
by das monde on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 03:08:43 AM EST
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has been a particularly difficult week in psych triage.

I lost my mind just once, momentarily, in an attempt to read the confession of a blogger ("auto-outing"?), alerted by a fact-checker to imminent public identification in the solicitation, compilation, and circulation of sexual offender spreadsheet, a so-called "whisper list." I recalled related news, months earlier on the topic of Equal Means Equal v. DeVos I encountered a UID who asserted, a whisper list provides victims of sexual "misconduct"  a better method than criminal or civil prosecution to resolve complaints without "ruining lives".

For 15 minutes I was livid. I truly could not compose a thought. I frightened myself.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 05:54:16 PM EST
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Besserwissen (Bernal's term) signifies any explanation for the superiority of European cultural industry, 1700 CE to the present.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 06:03:54 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:23:12 PM EST
Japan succession crisis could rip links out of auto supply chain
"The chief of a supplier has grown old and is less motivated, leading to product quality problems," one industry insider lamented. Another complained of a different problem: "A small supplier for a top tier supplier went through a merger with little warning, undermining our efforts to hedge risk by ordering from multiple sources."

This is the new reality in rapidly aging Japan, where nearly 1.3 million small and midsize companies are thought to be in danger of going out of business in 2025 [...]

Half of all small and midsize companies that opt to fold are turning profits. Increasing closures of small and midsize businesses could rob Japan of 6.5 million jobs and 22 trillion yen ($193 billion) worth of gross domestic product by 2025.

by das monde on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 08:11:40 AM EST
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Alabama is happy to oblige.
by Oui on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 01:14:44 PM EST
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Sounds like the rural US, complete with ghost towns.
by rifek on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 07:11:03 PM EST
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My observations are anecdotal, so take them with the grain of salt, but ...

A lot of companies in Japan, even in manufacturing, really are family-owned and managed, and the transition from that system to a ownership/management split is something that many are reluctant to undertake. When the patriarch has no children interested in taking over the business, they close it down and sell out. Too many kids would rather move to Tokyo and do the fun things with the fun people rather than take over the profitable family business and live under their parents' shadow.

None of that is all that unique, really - the unusual thing is that Japan has/had so many small/medium sized businesses involved in manufacturing to begin with, and thus so many more points for this phenomenon to hit.

by Zwackus on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 11:28:01 AM EST
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ALERT THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

You have fifteen minutes to take cover ...

It took nearly 40 minutes to send out social media messages it's a FALSE ALARM.

More to follow ...

See my diary @BooMan

I placed this post under WORLD ....

Need for a new subsection END OF THE WORLD  ;-)

Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound ballistic missile | DW |

A lot of chats on social media how unprepared the Hawaiians are for an attack by DPRK.

by Oui on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 08:39:26 PM EST
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Fear, relief, anger: Officials apologize for false missile alert - Hawaii Tribune Herald
Only a month since the state initiated a ballistic missile warning system, a false alert was blasted to cellphones and automatically played on radio and television stations statewide after an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency clicked the wrong button by mistake on a computer screen during an internal test, officials said.

Vern Miyagi, state emergency management administrator, said that test is done occasionally during shift changes to ensure the employees are familiar with the system. He said it involves a two-step process and that the staff have to click another button to proceed.

But, rather than clicking the practice button, they initiated the actual warning, which told residents in all caps that a missile threat was inbound, to take immediate shelter and that "THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

Across Hawaii, that mistake caused residents to fear the worst was upon them.

FCC to probe Hawaii's emergency notification misfire - Honolulu Star Advertiser

The Federal Communications Commission said it was opening a "full investigation into what happened" when the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent the errant alert as a result of what Gov. David Ige said was human error: a worker who "pushed the wrong button" during a shift change at the state's emergency command post.

by Bernard on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 08:57:55 PM EST
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What happens when they test their sprinkler system?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 09:11:19 PM EST
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a friend commented;-

Seeing some pretty snide comments about yesterday's missile scare .. despite my humor , this was a very real ordeal and scared the shit out of us . Some folks are waking up today with latent fear and stress over it .

Unless you received that insidious phone notification you might not really know how it felt . I didn't fear death but I have no words to describe what raced thru my head because all I could do was think of my boys and the pain they may endure . I didn't run for shelter , I contacted family .



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 15th, 2018 at 09:02:40 AM EST
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Patriot Act II > Fusion centers

The apparatus has been in place for while. In Maryland I rarely see many heavy armored vehicles and tricked-out police squads. Mostly air force manoevers and 'copter sweeps. Cell and highway telecoms networks are littered with color-coded APB fugitive alerts and weather "advisories". I think the era of claxon and FCC emergency signal testing is long gone.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jan 15th, 2018 at 04:50:32 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:24:21 PM EST
China to launch space station core module in 2018 Mar 2017
t will be followed by a series of launches for other components of the space station, including two space labs, which will dock with the core module while in space, in the next four years or so, he said, adding that the space station will be completed around 2022.

Assembly of the core module has already been completed and tests are currently under way, said Bao, who is in Beijing for the annual session of China's top political advisory body. [...] With the ISS set to retire in 2024, the Chinese space station will offer a promising alternative, and China will be the only country with a permanent space station.


China's long march to the moon July 2017
The country's Chang'e-1 and -2 circled and charted the lunar surface in 2007 and 2010, respectively, with the Chang'e-3 spacecraft soft landing on the moon in December 2013, unleashing the wheeled Jade Rabbit rover to reconnoiter the lunar surface. In October 2014, the Chang'e 5-T1 probe carried out an eight-day circumlunar voyage that included the evaluation of critical reentry technology and a demonstration of techniques for hauling bits and pieces of the moon back to Earth.

Russia and China to work together on space explorations, Moon missions from 2018 Aug 2017
The statement confirms reports by the Chinese network CTGN, which said Sunday that Moscow and Beijing were working towards a joint venture for the 2018-2022 period, but said the agreements were to be signed in October.

The five areas of cooperation are satellites, developing new materials, researching space debris and remote monitoring of Earth as well as lunar missions. These arrangements will boost bilateral co-operation as well as both countries' space programs in the face of uncertain relations with Western ["]partners["].


China Launching Lander, Rover to Moon's Far Side This Year
As a prelude to the mission, China is set to launch a relay satellite in the first half of 2018. This communications craft will be positioned at the Earth-moon Lagrange point 2 (EM-L2), China's state-run Xinhua news service has reported. [...] Meanwhile, China is soliciting 20,000 messages that will be sent into space via the relay satellite. "People all over the world can follow the WeChat account 'slecbj' to submit their wishes from Dec. 19, 2017, to March 6, 2018," Xinhua reported.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 08:28:56 PM EST
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Russia and China ratify agreement on protecting space exploration technologies 29 Nov 2017
"Russia's Federation Council (upper house of parliament) ratified an intergovernmental agreement with China on measures to protect technologies related to cooperation in the exploration and peaceful use of outer space at its meeting on Wednesday."
oops!
China, Russia agree cooperation on lunar and deep space exploration, other sectors 2 Nov 2017
China and Russia agreed to a deal on Wednesday [1 NOV] committing the countries to cooperation in six space-related areas for the period 2018-2022.
[...]
In September, NASA and Roscosmos signed a joint statement on researching and exploring outer space through the Deep Space Gateway concept.

The US space agency is however effectively prohibited from bilateral cooperation with Chinese state entities by law created by US Congress.

The European Space Agency meanwhile is expanding its cooperation with China, with two ESA astronauts travelling to Shandong for joint sea survival training in August.




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by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 08:48:41 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:24:25 PM EST
Fortem's DroneHunter is now available to shoot down rogue drones

As drones increase in availability, more organizations and governments are looking for ways to protect assets from nefarious drones. Fortem has developed a system called DroneHunter that, well, hunts drones. Literally. DroneHunter involves detecting and then removing drones by shooting them down or capturing them with another drone.

This is a startup so who knows wheter they work. I think I would be more interested in a drone that follows other drones around and documents their owners.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 03:39:17 PM EST
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The real money in anti-drones is military contracts.  

So countries will have to develop drones to shoot down anti-drones which means drones to shoot down the drones the enemy is using to shoot down your drones & etc.

And so it goes

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

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 05:26:52 PM EST
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jobs saved or created

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by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 06:35:39 PM EST
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Chelsea Manning has registered her candidacy for election with the FEC.
Senator, MD, Democratic Party.
New Statements of Candidacy (database) Barrier to entry in fact is $5K.
Press file so far  (11 Jan) on this has nothing to report about Manning's political agenda or constituency. "Reactions" (a Yahoo! neologism) however are plentiful, if not flattering.

archived
who isn't qualified
Kennedy School of Gov't

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 09:49:06 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:24:28 PM EST
Today -100: January 11, 1918: A question of evolution
The House of Representatives votes 274 to 136 in favor of the women's suffrage amendment to the Constitution, which is exactly the 2/3 vote required. All very dramatic. Democrats were 104 to 102 in favor, Republicans 165 to 33 in favor. A proposal for a 7-year deadline for ratification, such as the one attached to the prohibition amendment, fails. ...

Time opens all wounds.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 08:55:56 PM EST
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From article, every vote counted for two-thirds majorty rule to change the Constitution.

New York vote included an Aye from delegate Meyer London of the Socialist Party.

In that time and age, Zionism and Judaïsm was defined by social justice!

by Oui on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 01:30:30 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, following UK and US suffrage campaigns over the years as "curated" by Today -100 (a/k/a NYT Topics of National Interest, Significance, and Security) has been um amusing. I assure you, neither male nor female proponents for US suffrage (middle-class informants, typically) wanted to be associated with socialists (labor violence), jews (sporadic lynching), or zionism (a concept ALIEN to NYT editors). Even opponents' fear of socialism suggested by suffrage are so rare, none come to mind. Polemic-against suffrage warned of disturbances of the "natural order", and NYT reportage was far more interested in covering socialist-pacifist coalition threats to industrial enterprises of the moment.

On the other hand, UK militancy, female defiance! (weakly imitated by Americans) frequently expressed (on the way to jail) to the press political sophistication relating to socialists' principles, especially class awareness. Continental emigres eg. German, east European jew and gentile infiltrating Britain's industrial and intellectual centers doubtless contributed to the suffragists' "radical" tactics and speech. But zionist ideology? I couldn't say and haven't the background to transcend its superficial, "elitist" appeal.

The same Today -100 entry continues, noting the suffragists' surprise victory:

The House of Lords, which is usually firmly against evolution, rejects Lord Loreburn's amendment to remove women's suffrage from the Representation of the People Bill by an astonishing 134 to 71, despite warnings from Lord Curzon that it would lead to socialism and disturb home life ... Every bishop and archbishop who voted supported the women's suffrage provision.


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by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 06:23:39 PM EST
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I've just come across a review of The Great Class War. The material appears pertinent to our interrogation of political evolution in the present thread as well as NATO in Unbelievable ... Jaap De Hoop Scheffer.

The reviewer's reading praises the author's "study" of cultural industry (Adorno's term) in the period (+/- 20 years) surrounding yesterday's anniversary.

...There is no discontinuity between WWI and today's imperialist wars. There is no discontinuity between the social democrats [read: bourgeois center-left] of 1914 and those of 2018 (just look at Bernie Sanders, Podemos, Syriza, and a plethora of born-again social chauvinists and imperialists of liberal strands)...

I took a Look Inside!, jumping from table of contents straight to Chap. 12, The End of Politics. An ominous precis: "A race seemed to be on between war and revolution, and it was feared that revolution might triumph." As in 1848? As in 1871? "Whether the revolutionary danger really existed or not is hardly important." Total war, or "militarization of society" (Pauwels'  term), arrested class conflict, or concessions to "democratization" attributable to socialist agitation, before and after WWI.

Chap. 3, Socialism and Democratization, acknowledges "overrepresentation" of jews in socialist parties and nationalist expression prior to WWI converged with counter-revolutionary war propaganda against German imperialism, aggravating antisemitic attitudes. We can find this sentiment in the NYT article denying socialist plurality and valorizing suffrage for "pure" American women.

Taken together, chapters and review cast an unflattering light on "feminist" status quo ante, or a sop.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2018 at 03:21:25 AM EST
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SUFFRAGE NEAR IN ENGLAND (London, Jan 12.)
Mrs. Fawcett, a "fifty-years" veteran champion of the woman suffrage movement:"I don't say that everybody will be satisfied, but I think we willget the rest when occasion arises. We certainly do not think of rushing in to ask for more immediately."
Miss Pankhurst: "Th vote will be used for the national good; first, for promoting social reform; second, for stimulating national defense, and third, for disciplining democracy." To assure victory for the Allies.

Be that as it may, ladies, the future is now. What is your position on Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 09:24:14 PM EST
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Additional references to Britain's labor conditions and penetration, if you will, of socialist principles into suffragists' political agenda by 11 Jan 1917. Before it all crashed, according to Pauwels and the National Archive.

Here is a recent digest of M&E's contemporaneous, seminal research into fem share of workforce and social structures disrupted by fin de siècle, victorian tyranny. A landmark in R. Sennett, Fall of Public Man, or the privatization of western civilization.

Here is a periodized study of The Employment of Women in Great Britain (289 pp), I. Pre-War 1891-1914, II. War 1914-1918, and III. Aftermath 1918-1921. The abstract promises a conventional economic analysis of division and value of labor by sex as affects evolving fem status in society (cf. Black Sea Trade, 1250-1500. heh) and betrayal of the proles by the Pankhurst sisters, perhaps. On the Pre-war period:

Socially it was a time when democratic thought and practice were rapidly gaining ground. Facets of this movement which were of special concern to women's employment were the "woman's rights" movement, "new unionism" and socialism. The first sought, among other things, to improve the economic position of the "second sex". The other two, by seeking the same for the unorganized and the "sweated", affected women not only indirectly as dependents of the many men included in these categories but also directly as workers in their own right because of the high proportion of working women also included in them.


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by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2018 at 07:43:58 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 02:01:07 PM EST
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From the vox link:

As Lincoln ran for reelection that year [1864] with the support of some War Democrats, the Peace Democrats fought back with what historian William Lee Miller called "the most explicitly and virulently racist campaign by a major party in American history." Democrats constantly stoked fears that Lincoln's policies would lead to miscegenation and racial equality.

The Peace Democrats of 1864 were not wrong in their prediction there (though they probably predicted that it would go faster), though of course they were opposed to it.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 03:45:55 PM EST
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Another extremely contentious and cynical but little discussed (today) factor in discovering NEW! DNC "markets" was a change to the 1980 Census survey design.

OMB Directive No. 15 (1977). Addition of "Spanish/Hispanic origin" to the demographic panel. Refinement of the language for subsequent decennial surveys, differentiating "race and ethnicity," further fragmented or expanded, if you will, the value proposition of representative democracy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 07:29:09 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 10th, 2018 at 09:24:32 PM EST
Appalled that an otherwise progressive country still is caught up in this.

Is France progressive, though? I mean, they don't have a great track record with how they treat Jewish people, or non-white French people, or immigrants, or women...

posted by palomar at 7:22 AM on January 10 [8 favorites]



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by Cat on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 03:16:45 AM EST
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*French shrug *
by Bjinse on Thu Jan 11th, 2018 at 01:08:26 PM EST
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French Actress Catherine Deneuve Has a Problem with the #MeToo Campaign

So for all the letter's talk about "inner freedom," and the power that comes from knowing that "a woman can, in the same day, lead a professional team and enjoy being the sexual object of a man, without being a 'promiscuous woman,' nor a vile accomplice of patriarchy," it seemed to insist on a woman's right to be appreciated and objectified, without acknowledging that there are men who insist, equally, on appreciating and objectifying women to the point of violence, abuse, harassment, and assault.

Perhaps it's true that women should never underestimate the power of charm and flirtation, or even sexy underwear. And women should never have to be victimized. But men should also understand and respect boundaries.

My Name Is Not "Beautiful" ... Paving the Path for Street Harassment Legislation in Illinois [pdf]

Protecting  individuals'  liberty  is  one  of  the  most  fundamental  aspects  of  our  legal  system. In  1690,  political  theorist  John  Locke  defined liberty as "[being] free from restraint and violence from others; which cannot be, where there is no law." Unfortunately, because no uniform law currently exists to protect individuals from many types of street  harassment,  the  fundamental  rights  to  mobility  and  bodily  integrity  are  not  being  met.

Street harassment is a serious form of sexual harassment that occurs on  a  daily  basis  in  cities  around  the  world. Although  street  harassment  currently  lacks  a  precise  legal  definition,  scholars  define  the term  in  similar  ways. Street  harassment  is  a  type  of  sexual  harassment that takes its shape in a variety of different forms, including cat-calls  and  unwanted  compliments,  looks,  groping,  or  gestures. While 65%  of  women  and  25%  of  men  nationwide  report  being  street  harassment  victims, the  legal  system  does  not  currently  view  this  as  an issue  worthy  of  legal  redress.

by Oui on Mon Jan 15th, 2018 at 06:59:50 PM EST
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"'vigilante justice' was a "response to a lack of justice - either the system is corrupt, as in prerevolutionary France, or there isn't one, as in the Wild West - so people take things into their own hands".

"It took the coordinated sexual assault of dozens of women in Cologne on New Year's Eve 2015 to get the debate moving."

a phrase coined by Gwen Ifill, the late PBS anchor. It refers to the mainstream media's seeming fascination with covering missing or endangered white women -- like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway -- and its seeming disinterest in cases involving missing people of color.

Indiana. "Purvi Patel's conviction amounts to punishment for having a miscarriage and then seeking medical care.

"Which truths are remembered and which are forgotten."

The woman at the center of the trial of Emmett Till's alleged killers has acknowledged that she falsely testified he made physical and verbal threats ..."How about a date, baby?"

MISSING TRANSCRIPTS. HISTORY OF WHITE PEOPLE. J'ACCUSE!
LISTEN.

Hope y'all get your money's worth out of this episode.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 16th, 2018 at 07:39:13 PM EST
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Pelosi: 'Five white guys' leading DACA talks should open a 'hamburger stand'

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

archived:
Abbot and Costello Speak OUT!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2018 at 03:16:20 AM EST
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