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by Bjinse Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:52:49 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:53:51 PM EST
Assassination Attempt? Russian Who Sold Out Kremlin's Spies Collapses in U.K. Street - Daily Beast

Sergei Skripal, 66, is a former Russian intelligence officer who was jailed in his homeland for spying for MI6 and allowed to relocate to the West after the most high-profile spy-swap since the Cold War that included sending the infamous Russian spy Anna Chapman back to Russia.

On Monday, he was airlifted to a hospital in South West-England where he and a younger woman were being treated in intensive care. Skripal was found collapsed on a bench with the woman in the riverfront shopping district in the cathedral city of Salisbury.

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Skripal was a Russian army colonel who worked for the army inteligence unit known as the GRU. He was arrested in 2006 for passing information to the British about Russian spies dating back to the 1990s. The FSB, the notorious successor to the KGB, claimed that Skripal was recruited by the British in the mid-1990s and was paid up to $100,000 into a bank account in Spain for a decade's worth of spying.

by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:56:41 PM EST
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so far, all that is being said is that it was some sort of nerve agent, but hard facts are very few.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:11:57 PM EST
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It seems to have been all over the Soviet Union, not just in Russia. NY Times, 1999.
The United States and Uzbekistan have quietly negotiated and are expected to sign a bilateral agreement today to provide American aid in dismantling and decontaminating one of the former Soviet Union's largest chemical weapons testing facilities, according to Defense Department and Uzbek officials.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon informed Congress that it intends to spend up to $6 million under its Cooperative Threat Reduction program to demilitarize the so-called Chemical Research Institute, in Nukus, Uzbekistan. Soviet defectors and American officials say the Nukus plant was the major research and testing site for a new class of secret, highly lethal chemical weapons called ''Novichok,'' which in Russian means ''new guy.''

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 07:58:59 PM EST
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latest that we're seeing (nb from non-UK sources) suggests this was a Soviet-era nerve agent which was widely copied and seems to be available to any number of different state actors (official or deniable).

But the problem is that the "facts" we're given depend on the narrative the state wants us to believe. The UK narrative is obiously that Putin is up to his old tricks, as with Litvinyenko and the polonium. So what we're told fits that.

But the awkward squad, Craig Murray not least, are less convinced that it adds up

Craig murray - Russian to Judgement

The same people who assured you that Saddam Hussein had WMD's now assure you Russian "novochok" nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack people on British soil. As with the Iraqi WMD dossier, it is essential to comb the evidence very finely. A vital missing word from Theresa May's statement yesterday was "only". She did not state that the nerve agent used was manufactured ONLY by Russia. She rather stated this group of nerve agents had been "developed by" Russia. Antibiotics were first developed by a Scotsman, but that is not evidence that all antibiotics are today administered by Scots.

The "novochok" group of nerve agents - a very loose term simply for a collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago - will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar persistent nerve agents is Israel. This Foreign Policy magazine (a very establishment US publication) article on Israel`s chemical and biological weapon capability is very interesting indeed. I will return to Israel later in this article.

Incidentally, novachok is not a specific substance but a class of new nerve agents. Sources agree they were designed to be persistent, and of an order of magnitude stronger than sarin or VX. That is rather hard to square with the fact that thankfully nobody has died and those possibly in contact just have to wash their clothes.

but whatever, May has said that she will huff and puff and blow Putin's house down unless he says sorry and promises never to do it again. A lot of us think she might get asthma trying

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 08:54:49 PM EST
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The Irish Times cries bullshit

Irish Times - Seamus Martin - Unlikely that Vladimir Putin behind Skripal poisoning

British prime minister Theresa May put two scenarios to parliament on Monday. The attack on former British-Russian spy Sergei Skripal may have been planned directly by the Kremlin or that through lax scrutiny Russia allowed the nerve agent to fall into the wrong hands. The situation is more complicated than that.
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For President Vladimir Putin to have launched such a vicious attack would have been counterproductive as it would jeopardise any spy swaps in the future.
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Perhaps it is time to realise that if your country becomes a haven for dodgy people like Berezovsky then dodgy things are likely to happen.


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 07:53:22 PM EST
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"How Much of an Alpha Dog can Macron Really be?"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 05:33:51 PM EST
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Madame "Nudge" Sunstein speaks out


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 07:29:05 PM EST
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Quite interesting ... could there be an association or link to Cambridge Analytica of Brexit and Donald Trump fame or infamy [ownership/funder Robert Mercer] or perhaps to Peter Thiel's CIA linked Palantir data mining in Palo Alto?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 07:57:55 PM EST
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Has our Frank also been meddling in the Catalan independence referendum?

Great stuff ... Palantir participating in U.S. Government's war on journalists ...

Peter Thiel's Palantir secretly plotted to destroy journalists who were defending WikiLeaks
Peter Thiel's People-Tracking Company Is In Deep With Trump's Military
Palantir: The PayPal-offshoot Becomes a Weapon in the War Against Whistleblowers and WikiLeaks

Obama was well known for his war on whistleblowers ... opened the door for domestic propaganda by the U.S. Government, hired Cass Sustein for selling to the public a continuation of assassinations by drone and participating in Middle East proxy wars.

Obama's Militaristic Policy of Regime Change and Propaganda

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 08:29:26 PM EST
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Yea I know people who know things some whom actually have views on Catalonian Independence and some may even have voted and so had I been in receipt of official monies I might have been in breach of the Hatch Act.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 08:55:16 PM EST
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Am I to understand you are or have been an employee of the US federal gov?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 09:33:00 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 10:25:55 PM EST
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(The Hatch Act applies to Federal employees.)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 03:05:35 AM EST
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I know, I was speaking in jest, but perhaps not clearly enough!

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 10:47:37 AM EST
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They endorsed, legitimized Obama's academic credentials when he campaigned in '07. Extraordinary claims I thought, considering the minuscule traces of scholarship in university databases and his '04 DNC debut. I had looked, found 2 revealing, and I had asked my bro for even one West Law citation. I did find a significant body of Sunstein's pre-"Nudge" articles at Chicago law. He often wrote with Eric Posner, too, which were basically poised elaborations of fascist macro. Lessig faded back to obscurity after a trial run on O' coat tails, of course. I wasn't at all surprised that Obama created an office for Sunstein, but I have sometimes --during the most intellectually perverse periods of the admin's prosecution on the GWOT-- wondered what Tribe's payoff was supposed to be.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 12:31:44 AM EST
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Hmm, fancy that, the US and its allies interfered wholesale in elections and orchestrated coups when their first plan failed. Including elections in Europe.

Yet now, russia is doing it, it's a problem.

Actually guys, it's always been a problem. But trading  as holier than thou on that track record is very definitely a bad look

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:14:58 PM EST
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France to present first [!] statutory rape law
how charming


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 09:43:08 PM EST
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I've been freaking people out over the last few months by asking them what the age of consent is in France (and getting various replies), then informing them that there isn't one.

I didn't know it myself until this business came out. And I have two daughters who are young adults.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 05:21:27 PM EST
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Camera: maggioritario
mapped

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 12:32:12 AM EST
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RT
RyanAir is threatening to ground planes after Britain leaves the EU to persuade voters to "rethink" Brexit. Chief Executive Michael O'Leary wants Britons to realize "they are no longer going to have cheap holidays."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 10:07:43 AM EST
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O'Leary used to routine lambaste "Brussel's Bureaucrats" for interfering in his discounted deals with regional airports - until he realised his entire business model depends on the EU Blue Skies agreement...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 10:55:11 AM EST
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umm, isn't it a bit late to ground his aircraft after we've left. His entire MO fails at that point anyway.

Does he actually mean "withdrawing from the UK market"? Cos that is surely what the only logical conclusion.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:18:03 PM EST
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I gather from today's headline journalism that the Supreme Court of Ireland ruled either for OR against protection of an unborn child's rights AND perhaps not.

I.R.M, S.J.R. and S.O.M. (A minor suing by her Mother and Next Friend S.J.R.) v. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland and the Attorney General
Judgment of the Court delivered by the Chief Justice on the 7th March, 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 09:19:27 PM EST
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court.ie has deleted the pdf doc. nothing but dead links in the innerboobs. nice.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 08:58:09 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 12:45:05 AM EST
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Cached version plus discussion

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 10:08:03 PM EST
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Even though M5S hasn't formed a government, let alone implemented any of their promises

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 05:34:35 AM EST
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Fake news, the latest in an unbelievably long line of similar smears. Reporters went to check it out but it wasn't true, (not that propaganda needs to be to work)
The 5* pass my sniff test, but I am not the biggest expert on politics and was temporarily fooled by early Blair, B.Clinton and even when-campaigning Obama (triple ouch) so I checked out some contrasting views to have a sniff over there too.
The hard right intellectual view is that they are a centrist regurgitation of the Christian democrats, a mushy big tent party whose role is to be the finishing touch in destroying the nationhood so as to be more easily swallowed by the oligarchal EU monster.
The PD was the gentle decline of sovereignty and the 5* are the coup de grace whose poisonous incompetence will flush the country finally round the bend into the sewer of oblivion.
Jungker stooges, basically! (Facepalm).
So I checked out the view from the hard left and read a Jacobin article by David Bruder that harps on their rightist voters, implying they are Salvini types with a little more style and savvy, a slicker version. A mysteriously common misapprehension in foreign journalists attributable to lazy research and simple scaremongering as rightist talking point.
Then as if to allay some of my fears (that they were wolves in sheepskins and I had been 'had' again), there arrived a poll of whose voters had pulled the lever for before 5* and a high percentage (60+% IIRC) had voted left before, and only 10% from the right. This rings true and gives the lie to these theories they are a rightist party, after all voters had a choice of 4 centre-to-extreme right parties to choose from so why 5*?
They are quite frank (and modest imo) about saying their rapid ascent was not due to their great politicking as much as the implosion of the PD and Berlusconi's increasing senescence/dementia (he made some royal gaffes in the middle of his usual endless stream of obsessive self-promotion on countless channels, mostly his own).
There is a rumour Di Maio is considering forming an (d)alliance with Salvini in order ONLY to change the electoral law from one that favours coalitions to one more FPTP, to then go back and vote again in the autumn.
This will freak out a lot of followers with possibly tragic results - or maybe not. Things are fluidly unpredictable right now, so no one knows and the punditicracy is tying itself in knots trying to second-guess all the different possible permutations available to all. Salvini swears he'll never ally with them, and so does Renzi's faction of the remaining PD which has been strategically placed to make them harder to remove (details needed, Ed).
Then just when your head spins right off its axis, Renzi announced his resignation but only when a new government is installed (ie possibly never with the complexity of the situation and always the easy out of 'These guys will never get along so we'll put in another technical interim government like Monti's so to keep up Italy's slow crawl out of recession' (1-2% growth, woot!)
The markets have been surprisingly tranquil having obviously done enough homework to judge 5* less apocalyptic a destiny for Italy than had been so breathlessly touted by their opposers and detractors. Prolonged indecision could attract financial speculation and force the spread to rise, so Mattarella can't just twiddle his thumbs and hope it all settles down by itself with time. Too risky. Already having to have another election may well have the same effect too.
Salvini feels his coalition won fair and square and he should be president (shudder).
Di Maio feels he has a better-than-equal claim as Salvini won only 15% for his own party and the 5* won 33% so deserves to be leader.
If the PD could de-Renzify itself thoroughly there woukd be a pretty solid chunk willing to play nice with 5* in order to give them a majority bigger than Salvini's coalition.
The problem is Renzi staying secretary (and behind-the-scenes Chief Whip) of the PD. He has evaded trouble with the law so far, but if he loses parliamentary immunity there are a couple of cases still pending, one of which involved some shady banking with his father involved which could get messy, and a big one involving CONSIP, an agency that oversees humongous government grants and he is close to. If that one blew up he may end up in the pokey. So similar to Berlusconi (Mediaset lost 5% in share value the day after election), he has not only exile but possible judicial problems potentially in the offing, good reasons to keep a seat, except the 5* want to abrogate parliamentary immunity as well as legislate a conflict of interest law that is decades overdue. Both will be sweating about this as they should.  
Maybe sharing a cell with Berlusconi!

Di Maio, flush with victory, has a difficult choice too. Some pundits are screaming at him to join with the Left remnants as it will be suicide if he allies with Salvini with the latest polls showing his new share of the vote swings left, and others screaming similar prognostications if he uses Salvini's support to attain majority.
With Salvini it would be like two duellists re-arranging the rules of engagement before going at it, almost gentlemanly if you want to see it like that.
The problem with that solution is that Renzi's government Was tasked with that priority too and managed always to push it to the bottom of the pile, finally enacting a worse one only weeks before the end of his polite stooge Gentiloni's government (and slamming it through by decree most undemocratically). He did have the support of everyone except the 5* though as any fool could see they all wanted to hang on to their jobs and all feared the 5* might do much better than the polls indicated, (Brexit/Trump rerun).
 Under Renzi's frenzied attempts to fix Italy's problems years were wasted going around in circles slamming through decrees to bail in banks, ordering F-35s, a slicker new presidential helicopter he uses to take his family skiing... in France, kissing up to Merkel while pretending to act tough for the domestic media, fooling no-one. No party has ever ruled so much by decree in history, I heard (citation needed, Ed).
My inclination were I Di Maio would probably be to ally with the non-Renzi left. This way he subdues the gossip about 5* being closet fascist Putin puppets, though theoretically it could lose him that 10% who came in from stage right if another election is held.
Either way he risks a chunk of his electorate dropping off into abstention.
It's an impasse, so a 'technical' makeshift government is just possible, the upside for plutocrats is for Europe's will for continued neo-lib austerity reforms, (yuck).
The downside is that if Mattarella chooses Di Maio, Salvini's voters will scream foul and possibly act out with violence. If vice-versa, violence is much less likely but more people will be passed off to a very high degree and respect for the institutions will take another slippery step downhill.
A last note, Bannon came over to study the election and made a speech here about how over the moon he was that 2 populist parties were going to shake Italy where it hurts and further his hopes for the coming Trumpian chaos wave infecting Europe too.
It's quite funny watching how now it's over how many talking heads are saying nicer things about them - after trying them by fire for years. There's still a gobsmacked feeling in the air though, people are reeling in shock.

Whew... I'm done for the night. Thanks for reading.


'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 Sat Mar 10th, 2018 at 01:35:32 AM EST
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Renzi announced his resignation but only when a new government is installed

Even if he resigned, he could still come back next year. We've seen that already.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 10th, 2018 at 07:03:50 AM EST
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He's lucky he isn't being lynched right now by his own dilapidated party and the spinoff fragments who turned their backs on him months ago.
He has singlehandedly decimated the PD, from a 40% (flash in the pan) success at the European elections down to less than half that in 5 years of arrogant bumbling, fudging, and legerdemain.
He loathes the 5* with a passion because they call him out. Now the lefties are all for throwing him under the bus before he does any more brand damage.
His Florentine 'magic circle' protects him, and he rewarded them with seats.
Rumour has it he is angling for a plummy job at the EU if his days of political traction are numbered.
He has been a curse to this bedevilled country, the sooner he retires the better for everyone.

'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 Sun Mar 11th, 2018 at 07:43:09 AM EST
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Il giornale makes fun of them

We, in turn, can make fun of Il Giornale, by simply quoting it.

Fa sorridere un fotomontaggio della Pietà di Donatello, dove si vede un morente Renzi sorretto da Maria Elena Boschi.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 11th, 2018 at 08:41:57 AM EST
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Heh, priceless.

'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 Mar 12th, 2018 at 01:10:38 AM EST
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If it's fake news, they are doing a pretty good job of making it look real, unlike (say) Bush with Saadam's WMDs.
La conferma più autorevole arriva dal direttore generale del Comune di Bari, Davide Pellegrino: "In questi giorni sono arrivate decine di richieste per il reddito di cittadinanza". Evidente effetto della vittoria del M5s. Proprio i Cinque Stelle, però, si erano affrettati a bollare come fake news le notizie diffuse giovedì 8 marzo sulle richieste arrivate ai Caf del Sud. "Una bufala" aveva smentito l'apparato di Di Maio diffondendo le foto delle sale d'attesa vuote.

Ma nel solo centro per l'impiego di Bari (Porta Futuro) si sono presentati circa 50 utenti negli ultimi due giorni, come conferma Pellegrino. "Questa è una caratteristica delle misure di lavoro - ha spiegato - l'utente poco informato sente la notizia al bar e si viene a informare negli uffici. Soprattutto i 50enni che sono diventati disoccupati con la crisi".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 10th, 2018 at 09:26:37 AM EST
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50 in a town the size of Bari is a joke, even if it is true.
Probably some low-info elderly folks who are living on catfood.


'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 Sun Mar 11th, 2018 at 07:46:40 AM EST
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COSA C'E' DA RIDERE?

"Il partito dei salotti che deride i poveri del Sud e il reddito di cittadinanza. Adesso che si è scoperto che la notizia sulla presunta fila e sulla ressa agli sportelli dei Caf in Sicilia e Calabria per chiedere il reddito di inclusione era una panzana colossale (anche se oggi si dice fake news), mi piacerebbe discutere sul sottofondo razzistico antimeridionale e cieco, che questa vicenda ha fatto emergere come la feccia dal pozzo. La dinamica del gioco delle opinioni, e la lettura strumentale che è stata data della notizia era abbastanza chiara, e serviva a colpire, politicamente il Movimento cinque stelle: ovvio. Ma era meno chiaro, forse, che culturalmente, per raggiungere questo obiettivo si delegittimava tutto il sud. Prendere in giro i cafoni che corrono come dei gonzi a chiedere l'assegno era un modo per dire: sono degli straccioni, sono dei miserabili, sono dei morti di fame, che chiedono una regalia che nemmeno gli spettava, ah ah ah che ridere.

Per colpire un partito politico, dunque, si faceva diffamazione etnica. Ma forse, ben vedere, era anche il contrario: il primo obiettivo, in quest'Italia divisa è quello di raccontare di un sud caricaturale in perenne attesa di elemosina. Al nord ci sono quelli che vogliono lavorare, e che per questo votano per la flat tax, al sud ci sono quelli che vogliono essere mantenuti senza far niente. Se si applicasse lo stesso metodo grossolano, si potrebbe dire che al Nord ci sono quelli che vogliono la flat Tax per non pagare le tasse e al sud quelli che vogliono il reddito di cittadinanza per potersi formare, o perché sono cultori del welfare scandinavo.

A dire il vero, prima che ottimi servizio di controinchiesta facessero chiarezza (su tutti c'è quello, molto attendile e approfondito di valigiablu.it) mi chiedevo perché questa notizia fosse stata cavalcata con tanta sovreccitata demenza, anche da tanti opinionisti democratici. Prendete infatti l'ipotesi che quella notizia fosse vera: davvero in nome del neo-razzismo filo nordista, si può ridere di un povero che spera in un reddito di cittadinanza? Davvero i radical chic che sostengono il partito democratico non hanno capito che vincere (solo) nei salotti di Roma, nei salotti di Torino, e nei salotti di Milano, per un partito di sinistra equivale a perdere? Il fondamento di verità della notizia, infatti, come hanno verificato le inchieste, era il fatto che alcune famiglie indigenti, tra l'altro note ai Caf in questione, fossero andati a chiedere notizie sul Rei, il famoso e nuovo reddito di inclusione appena varato dal governo Gentiloni.

Non si trattava quindi di sprovveduti, o di grulli, ma di poveri alla canna del gas. Tra l'altro, la normativa molto complessa delle soglie di accesso, economiche, sociali patrimoniali, fa sì che molti degli interessati (spesso cinquantenni con figli, disoccupati di mezza età, non ragazzini con la paghetta) siano nella condizione di chiedersi se hanno diritto a quella forma di sussidio oppure no. Ma se fossero anche solo dei poveri, con un basso tasso di scolarizzazione e di consapevolezza, che vanno a chiedere notizie di una possibilità di sussidio, perché non riescono a mettere insieme il pranzo con la cena, come si può anche solo pensare di sorriderne? Dietro questa miserabile vicenda, quindi, c'è un tic culturale, da fighetti di riccanza che fa paura: quella di chi, con la pancia piena, si permette di ridere del povero che chiede l'elemosina in mezzo alla via. Questa non è politica, nel giornalismo, e solo un miserabile bullismo ideologico. Non dovete ridere, racist-chic: dovete solo vergognarvi."

(Luca Telese)

I tried putting it through Google translate but...AI brainfart.

'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 Mar 12th, 2018 at 11:50:02 AM EST
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Austria looks increasingly like a typical post-soviet country. There have been some low level scandals with the Federal bureau for the protection of the constitution and terrorism involving handing over North Korean passports to the South Koreans. Apparently the (far right) interior minister now sent the unit for traffic crimes to raid their offices and had all the hard discs copied. Meanwhile the main editor of one of the free dailies that proclaimed chancellor Kurz as the messiah has been called to a university board.
by generic on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 11:16:28 AM EST
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Also the picture redaction of the Viennese police doesn't seem quite sure if far right extremism or not.


by generic on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 11:24:07 AM EST
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* is bad or not.
by generic on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 12:06:14 PM EST
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Burning King's Photo Is Free Speech, EU Court Tells Spain
European Court of Human Rights ruling (French)

archived
Spain jails rappers

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 06:07:26 PM EST
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Hundreds urged to wash clothes after UK nerve agent attack


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 08:21:45 PM EST
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A good idea anyway, given pollution levels in Salisbury.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 08:28:03 PM EST
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It seems that it took the authorities a week to realise that the nerve agent might still be in the environment. Especially after it was found that the table they'd sat at in a pub a week before (!!!!!) was absolutely lethally toxic.

So, god alone knows how many people have been exposed, hence the rather general alert.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 08:44:59 PM EST
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Why the surprise? These are Tories.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 08:47:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Which detergent do you recommend?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 09:09:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
well, yes. Quite.

which is a point Craig Murray takes up in the essay I posted up thread to underline that we're being fed "plausible bullshit for the rousing of masses"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 10:05:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Guardian
London is the cheapest it has been for overseas visitors in more than two decades as a consequence of Brexit, according to a report.

The study by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that British cities have dropped to their cheapest levels internationally since at least the 1990s. It said the sharp fall in the pound after the EU referendum - still more than 6% lower than it was on the eve of the vote - had sent London and Manchester sharply down the rankings.

But now it gets suspicious:
Analysing a basket of more than 150 goods in 133 cities around the world, the report found London was now almost a third cheaper than Paris to visit, and almost a 10th cheaper than Dublin.
London? Cheaper than Paris? What have they been smoking? I can't find what the basket is made out of, but I'll bet it doesn't include public transport....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 07:26:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]

by generic on Fri Mar 16th, 2018 at 02:44:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Picardo meets Moody
"He explained that as both he and Ms Moody are members of Unite the Union they spoke about issues that are relevant to their common membership of the union."

Clare Moody
MEP, UK, Southwest and Gibraltar

europarl.europa.eu, groups, affiliations, assignments, twitter product
claremoodymep, constituency website
votewatch.eu | Clare Moody, vote record

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 10:59:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
UK and Gibraltar seal bilateral Brexit agreements 9 Mar
"The UK market accounts for over 90% of all business conducted by Gibraltar-based companies under EU single market rules. ... Under the measures, the UK will guarantee Gibraltar financial services firms' access to UK markets as now until 2020."

UK's commitment on market access `is beyond doubt', Picardo tells Parliament 17 Mar
"Beyond 2020, the UK and Gibraltar were already working on a new framework to replace the current single market mechanisms that will end in 2020 once the transitional period expires, Parliament was told. ... 'This is an important advantage for Gibraltar as no other EU jurisdiction at all can boast such a clear and unequivocal statement of continued market access post Brexit.' "

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 11:12:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
RT
MPs reportedly intend to board a fishing boat on Wednesday and throw a full box of haddock, skate, and bass to oppose what they say is May's "abject betrayal," namely over the Brexit pledge that the UK would gain back control of its waters once it quit the bloc.

Rees-Mogg, however, dismissed the rumors that he would be spearheading the vessel protest, saying: "I am not a fish thrower."

"Am I going to change my name to Captain Haddock?" he told LBC.

Could it be that he doesn't realize that Captain Haddock was Belgian?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 20th, 2018 at 05:03:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:53:53 PM EST
The Real Reason the Investor Class hates pensions

In just the past few years, pension funds (private pension funds have been almost completely eliminated) have radically reformed the role of shareholder opinion in executive compensation, successfully lobbying for the inclusion of "say-on-pay" votes in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation and for mandatory disclosure of the chief executive/worker pay ratio. Pensions have also played the most prominent role in vivifying corporate voting, long an oxymoron. Because of a campaign run by New York City's pension funds and others, hundreds of companies now offer significant, long-term shareholders a meaningful opportunity to put their own board candidates on a corporate ballot.
by Zwackus on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 02:48:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
(7 Mar FTA text not published at UK or EC yet)

EU offers only free trade deal to post-Brexit UK
"The EU offered a classic free trade agreement covering limited services and with zero tariffs and no quotas on goods to the UK for the post-Brexit period, in draft guidelines published on Wednesday (7 March), prepared for the next phase of negotiations."

EU offers UK limited trade deal, no special access for banks (no passport)
" 'Britain's financial firms would only be allowed to operate in the EU 'under host state rules' and be treated according to 'the fact that the UK will become a third country and the Union and the UK will no longer share a common regulatory, supervisory, enforcement and judiciary framework.'"

Britain says financial services must be in Brexit deal after EU rejects plan (same no deal)

Gibraltar has deep ties to London's financial services market, making these developments important to the Rock too. [...] The draft guidelines published yesterday made no explicit mention of Gibraltar but referred to earlier negotiating positions that included the controversial Spanish veto, adding that these still applied.
Finance ministers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden underline their shared views and values in the discussion on the architecture of the EMU
closing ranks

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 06:43:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
One thing that comes to mind is that a lot of Greek debt was issued under UK law, because that is what you do to your colonies. This might have interesting implications for the next round.
by generic on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 11:48:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"English law" doctrines -- yes, well, that's losing reserve currency status in gaining issuers' and investors' confidence in Tory "transparent and strong legal system". The UK risked little cash in so-called troika "bailouts" and the PSI went ahead despite "English law". Taken with Paul Singer's legal strategy (US, UK) to extort obscene profit from Argentina's restructured debt, the City will find little appetite for its underwriting in world markets going forward. Besides EU windows it has to compete with you-know-who.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 09:40:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
text of European Council (Art.50) (23 March 2018) - Draft guidelines

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 04:23:57 AM EST
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Joe Biden, Senator from one of the world's centres for money laundering (aka Delaware) .
In the beginning of 2016 on his visit to Latvia to reassure the Baltic states of security in light of the increasingly aggressive confrontation between US and Russia, the Vice President Joe Biden had a message for the local elites. "Justice systems must be equitable and efficient and transparent," he told the gathering at the Latvian National Library, the pride for many Latvians. "And in a moment when Russia seeks to use corruption as a tool of coercion and influence around the globe, rooting out corruption is essential to preserve your national sovereignty. It's a cancer to the body politic. It's among the highest acts of patriotism to root it out.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 05:54:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Health insurer Cigna to buy Express Scripts for about $52 billion
re: gearing and leverage
archived
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to partner on US employee health care
"J.P. Morgan currently uses Cigna and UnitedHealth Group to administer health benefits on a self-insured basis"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 10:45:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Seems like a serious line of business:
These are the top six cyber-security focused firms who submit publicly available annual reports. We can see they have a combined revenue of $9.8 billion, with a sales and marketing expenditure of $4.1 billion.
by generic on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 02:14:29 PM EST
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What is it about the cyber security industry that necessitates such a brutal investment in ["]persuasion["]?

competition.
emerging market (B2B and B2C), low-barriers to entry, high carrying costs, eg. "marketing" line item (P&L): R&D, CRM, production, trade credentials, third-party licenses, A/R A/P (sales), advertising, legal (see McAfee crash 'n' burn).

Those that cannot capture customers quickly enough will fall by the wayside as the market matures - leaving their investors with nothing.

Volume or value? the perennial lesson.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 06:56:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:53:56 PM EST
Former Trump Aide Will Refuse to Comply with Subpoena, Dares Mueller to Arrest Him
::
Did you know not all rules of Monopoly® are alike? My child taught me this, when she refused to pay to "get out of jail", but was content to collect rents from me while my piece went around and around the board.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 05:49:22 PM EST
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Just watch him squeal when he IS arrested. Anyway, he's small fry.  I hope you taught your child the realities of capitalism (before Trump)...


Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 06:03:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Why, yes, Frank, I have taught my child the realities of capitalism. We are "black." I would be an irresponsible parent were I not to forewarn, cultivate, and arm her with the courage of her convictions.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 07:08:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah yes, but did you teach her that rules have to be obeyed and contracts have to be honoured?  Trump seems to be a bit of a game changer in that regard. I don't think declaring bankruptcy to avoid paying bills, threatening suppliers with ruinous legal bills if they pursued a debt, or putting your property in Chapter 11 protection was part of the Monopoly set I grew up with, and you couldn't collect rent while in jail...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 07:26:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Disney® Edition Monopoly® rules did not stipulate a jailed player must return to play. Nor did it prohibit collection of rent by a jailed player. It simply is not in the rule pamphlet. So. I found she indeed had observed the rules and undertook a negotiated settlement.

And, yes, Frank. She has received tuition from several members of our family besides myself, and she has learned from experience the meaning of trust and ethics in a variety of private and public "contexts". I can recall many humorous and poignant episodes of trial and error, aged 4 - 19.

"The First Lie,"
"The Responsibility Chart and the Lady Bug Purse",
"Common Courtesy (Because you can),"
"Free-riders in Group Assignments," and
"Resting Bitch Face" immediately come to mind, because these produced the greatest volume of tears from her.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 08:26:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sounds like she had a really good education in things that matter but which are not always on the formal school curriculum. I think you could write quite a good children's text/story book illustrating your concepts with the consequences such oft explored strategies can lead to. Like "How to make a bitch face  and what can happen when you do in five easy lessons..."

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 08:47:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Disney® Edition Monopoly® rules did not stipulate a jailed player must return to play. Nor did it prohibit collection of rent by a jailed player. It simply is not in the rule pamphlet."

Typical Disney. As the kids used to say in LA in '67 "That is so mouse!" Disney taints everything it touches. Walt showed genius back in the '30s and recruited people with real genius. But he had some pretty hard limits. He could not understand why the NCAA didn't want him to release 'Song of the South' in Atlanta and why blacks might be offended. Zippedy-do-dah, zipidey-a.

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

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 03:02:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sam Nunberg and Last Night's NASCAR Press Pileup [Updated]
"In the meantime, Nunberg has made himself into the Martha Mitchell of the Trump era."
< wipes tears >
My mom thought Martha was the funniest thing going back in the day.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 09:36:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Your mom is right. I remember her. One of he worst 'loose cannon' ever to appear in Republican Presidential politics. A southern girl with a caustic mouth when she drank, which was most of the time. Fortunately she was too often dismissed.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2018 at 03:21:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
dKos had a play by play on Monday, it was hysterical. Even the TV people were feeling sorry for him, "mate, you got to put the phone down".

Seems like he has something on Cohen, something ver' bad. Which means Cohen is gonna have to cough up something good.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:21:25 PM EST
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That was Martha Mitchell's --Mrs John Mitchell's-- claim to fame, too.
"Lush" was the epithet my mom ascribed to her public appearances and incredible innuedo, true though they might have been found. I don't remember if Martha later got the Betty Ford treatment by the press. I guess not.

Anyway, in one week US press has rallied around Cohn's moral rectitude. And whatever Mueller says Nunberg says in his deposition is ... laughable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 05:43:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Kellyanne Conway found to have violated Hatch Act

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 08:41:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm SHOCKED, I tell you, SHOCKED

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:23:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Donald Trump falls 200 places on Forbes rich list after $400m drop in wealth
another blow to emoluments lawsuits

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 09:55:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
re: media celebrity, presidential "legacy"

Obamas reportedly in talks with Netflix about developing a series
who didn't see this coming?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 05:25:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Americans' Identification as Independents Back Up in 2017
42% I, 29% D, 27% R.
Think about that the next time you "consume" a US opinion poll purporting to predict uniparty nominees and election results.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 10th, 2018 at 12:16:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
VOA | Reports:Trump Plans to Replace Secretary of State with CIA Chief 17 DEC 2017
"Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis also weighed in when asked, saying, 'I make nothing of it. There's nothing to it.' "
FT | Trump secures appointment of Mike Pompeo as CIA director 24 JAN 2018
"On Monday Mr Pompeo formally became CIA director, with the Senate approving his selection 66 to 32, after a debate that stretched into the evening."
Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson, taps CIA's Pompeo 13 MAR 2018
"Tillerson had developed a strong relationship with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and the two were seen as a moderating influence on some of Trump's policies."

RLY?

Verified Voting a/o FEB 2018
Push to bolster election security stalls in Senate
"Lankford's amendment, provided to The Hill by an aide, aimed to improve the flow of information between federal officials and state officials involved in administering elections."
The CIA Democrats: I, II, III

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 07:51:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]

SRSLY?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 07:59:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump's New CIA Director Oversaw Torture in 'Black Sites'
and Jose Rodriguez, remember him?
New CIA deputy director is 1st career female officer in the post
31-year-career --how many adminstrations izzat?
German NGO seeks arrest warrant for Donald Trump's deputy CIA director
"The ECCHR first pressed charges against unknown CIA operatives in December 2014, after the US Senate Select Committee published its report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program."

This one needs a whisper list booth AND a podium at the Summit

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 12:37:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
No FIFTH WAVE kudos for Haspel.
Why Gina Haspel, the Queen of Torture, Was Able to Rise to the Top of the CIA
Haspel's ascension [SIC] illuminates what happens when there is no accountability, no truth, and no justice for torture. Because of the power and influence of the United States, this lack of accountability, truth, and justice undermines the power of international law and the strength of the anti-torture norm globally. Moreover, letting officials of past administrations get away with torture does nothing to deter the possibility of a future administration attempting to do it again. For these reasons, all possible pressure must be brought to bear on Congress to vote down Haspel's nomination. This won't right the wrongs of the past, but it would be an important political victory against Trump [?] and the torture enthusiasts [?] who live among us.
Interesting. Now, here's the "process explanation" of accountability, truth, and justice:
42 U.S. Code § 2000dd-1 - Protection of United States Government personnel engaged in authorized interrogations, as amended 2009,
and the pertinent ACLU lawsuits implicating Haspel supervision are SULEIMAN ABDULLAH SALIM, et  al. v Mitchell and Jensen | ACLU Settles Lawsuit Against Architects of CIA Torture Program
and
France 24 | ECCHR brief on behalf of Zubaydah.

So much for The Nation correction.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 02:44:15 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Case Number: GBA 3 ARP 100/14-4 (EN), updated June 2017, based on findings of the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program (9 Dec 2014), pp 712

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 03:02:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Paul vows to filibuster Pompeo, Haspel
"Paul called on others to support him, including California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 10:45:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I almost forgot summer of '17.

WIRED | TRUMP WANTS ALL YOUR VOTER DATA. WHAT COULD GO WRONG? JUNE
dilettant
CNN | Forty-four states and DC have refused to give certain voter information to Trump commission JULY
"other channels"
Texas judge blocks state from handing over voter info to Trump commissionOCT
"The lawsuit was brought by the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Texas against Texas' secretary of state, the state's election administrator. A second hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16."
Legal Actions Taken Against Trump's "Voter Fraud" Commission DEC
-- Appeals court rejects challenge to Trump voter fraud panel
"The group is 'not a voter' and represents no voters, and therefore had no standing to sue, Williams wrote."

NEW script! Places everyone!
Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering FEB 2018
&tc.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 10:57:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Researcher Takes Heat for Study at Heart of Voter ID Trial
"Dale Ho, lead attorney for the ACLU, questioned the credibility of Richman's work and noted some of it consisted of sample sizes with as few as 37 people."

go. dems. find those commies!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 11:26:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
USAToday | OpEd | Election hacking is going to happen. Here's what we can do now to protect our votes.
The first ballots of the 2018 mid-term elections will soon be cast, but many Americans will exercise this constitutional right without much confidence that their votes will be fairly and securely counted. Partisanship in Congress and bureaucratic delays have left voting even more vulnerable to the attacks that top intelligence officials say will accelerate in 2018. Meanwhile, irrefutable evidence has revealed that Russia engaged in a multifaceted attack on the 2016 election through information warfare, and that hackers also scanned or penetrated state election infrastructure in ways that could lead to manipulation of voter registration data -- and possibly change vote totals in 2018. We propose two stopgap measures that can be immediately implemented without waiting for funding or new legislation.

front page lede HTML TITLE "www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/15/trump-sanctions-russia-following-poisoning-british- spy/427464002/"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 06:12:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
https:/www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/15/trump-sanctions-russia-following-poisoning-b ritish-spy/427464002 :U.S. sanctions Russia for 2016 election interference and other cyber activity

https:/www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/15/russian-election-hacking-what-we-can-do-now-protec t-democracy-buell-demillo-hoke-column/393565002 :Election hacking is going to happen. Here's what we can do now to protect our votes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 06:17:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
More election interference.
The election official was commenting on an article titled "Five Strategies of Protest Behavior at the Russian Presidential Elections," which was posted on the Russian-language website of German public news corporation Deutsche Welle (DW).

The article advised Russian voters to spoil their ballots, to take them home instead of casting them, or to shun the polls altogether. The authors also suggested that voters should apply to vote remotely and then not avail of the option, as well as voting for a candidate "that causes less negative emotions" in order to decrease the eventual winner's margin of victory.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 06:18:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
crafty.

We ALL KNOW what happened to "spoiled" ballots, "hanging chads," provisional ballots, absentee ballots, and little ol' black church ladies in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 --don't we?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 07:42:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump cabinet: billionaires -1, military +1 (Pompeo was once an army captain and appears to have been a founding partner of a small MIC company.)

Bannon and his alt-right flunkies are out, now goes the billionaires. And left standing is the military.

by fjallstrom on Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 01:15:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I have given up a long time ago to search for any sanity in that shining city on top of the Hill. Exceptional pur sang, unfortunately a majority in both houses of Congress.

Tillerson was the last man standing having a moderate voice on foreign policy and diplomacy. It appears the man sitting behind that oak desk in the Oval Office has been encapsulated. The military and intelligence, which had a major voice under a clean Obama, must now have the goods that could ruin Trump Empire financially.

The force will be towards Russia for its protection of Syria under Assad and the Shia alliance with Iraq's majority and Iran. The newly formed alliance of Israel with the Emirates and young crown prince Salman of the KSA will put further pressure on its archenemy the Shia state of Iran.

Tillerson has been blamed by Trump for opposing the shredding of the nuclear pact with Iran. Watch the Ides of May. May as in the calender month and Theresa "sanctions" May. It's just all too convenient.

After the anthrax deaths of September 2011, how many months/years did it take to determine it originated in a lab of the U.S. Army in Fort Detrick?  The person who caused the anthrax scare was never found. At one time the FBI pointed at a deceased person.

Porton Down has evidence of the origin and perpetrators of the Salisbury attack within days???

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 03:47:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]

disciplinary action, administrative law, executive branch, US gov

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 06:40:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]

"FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR FIRED 2 DAYS BEFORE RETIREMENT: Rachel Bade, CNN Political Analyst:'He spoke to my colleague a couple of weeks ago...'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 07:10:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
OPM | FERS | "if you leave your Government job before becoming eligible for retirement:..."

FERS is the name of McCabe's "defined contribution" retirement fund, or US gov 401(k) plan(s). Plan distribution conforms with IRS rules for this instrument. CSRS is the name of the "defined benefit" retirement fund offered all US federal graded employees until 1986. It distributes annuity payments to retired employees hired before 1986. My father collected from CSRS. My brother will collect from FERS.

McCabe is affiliated with the Republican Party. He became a federal employee in 1996, according to wikipedia.

McCabe has not been tried or even convicted of any crime. Neither his nor Comey's "pension" is in jeopardy because he has been fired. McCabe has been fired --involuntarily separated from his employment by his US gov supervisor-- given unsatisfactory "performance" of his duties, found by the Justice Dept OIG. OIG authority:

OIG initiates investigations based on information received from a variety of sources, including: OIG's fraud, waste and abuse hotline; Departmental, GAO, and DOJ referrals; Congressional requests; and referrals from OSC regarding whistleblower disclosures. While anonymous complaints are accepted, they often present the greatest difficulty to investigate as there is not a person for OIG to contact for allegation particulars.
The vast majority of GS and SE employees fired by their US gov supervisors are subject to arbitration under the US Merit System Protection Board, a semi-autonomous, byzantine bureau of the executive and judiciary branches. OIG does not routinely audit their complaints. Like them should McCabe unexpectedly find himself denied FERS distribution in violation of law or inclined to pursue unlawful separation claim, eg. retaliation, he will need to file his complaint with both MSPB and a US District Court.

To answer the CNN "analyst" questions, Does McCabe have any recourse? Yes, unlike so many non-farm civilian "workers." Because, yanno, this travesty of justice and democracy all about McCabe's "pension"; and, no, details of the OIG forthcoming report cannot help CNN reportage.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 08:27:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
reference: public laws
Introduction
Under a provision in federal retirement law commonly referred to as the "Hiss Act," Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the federal government forfeit their federal employee retirement annuities if they are convicted of certain designated federal crimes relating to disloyalty or involving national security or national defense-related offenses against the United States. In addition, under legislation passed in 2007, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, P.L. 110-81, 121 Stat. 735 (September 14, 2007), and amended by the STOCK Act in 2012, P.L. 112-105, 126 Stat. 301-303 (April 4, 2012), Members of Congress will lose their service credit toward their federal pensions for all of the time they serve in Congress if convicted for conduct engaged in while in Congress that violates one of several criminal provisions of federal law concerning corruption in public office.
[...]
The original Hiss Act provisions on forfeiture of annuities were enacted before the adoption of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), and the Hiss Act provisions were not specifically amended to expressly address the new retirement provisions of FERS.12 Although the Hiss Act was not itself amended, the FERS legislation expressly provides that upon a forfeiture of annuities under the Hiss Act, an employee also forfeits the government contributions, and all the earnings attributable to such contributions, in the employee's Thrift Savings Plan.13 This would indicate that under the current operation of law, employees and Members convicted of offenses under the Hiss Act who lose their annuity and lose the government contributions and earnings from those contributions in the Thrift Savings Plan, are allowed to receive back their own contributions and all the earnings attributable to those voluntary contributions in the Thrift Savings Plan.

Spouse and Dependent Beneficiaries
Under provisions of current law, when a Member of Congress or other federal officer or employee forfeits his or her federal annuity/pension because of a conviction for one of the offenses covered under the Hiss Act provisions of federal retirement law, that pension is not paid even to an "innocent" spouse or dependent of the Member, officer, or employee, except under special circumstances for a "cooperating spouse." Federal law now provides that the spouse of a Member, officer or employee who forfeits his or her pension under the Hiss Act shall be eligible for "spousal pension benefits" if the Attorney General "determines that the spouse fully cooperated with Federal authorities in the conduct of a criminal investigation and subsequent prosecution of the individual which resulted in such forfeiture."14
[...]
Amendments in STOCK Act
The pension forfeiture provisions originally placed in the law by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA) were amended in 2012 by the provisions of the so-called "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act," (STOCK Act). The STOCK Act amended the pension forfeiture provisions in two ways. Initially, the law added numerous other federal criminal laws relating generally to public corruption, election law violations, and misconduct in office, for which a final felony conviction would result in losing creditable service as a Member of Congress for federal pension purposes.21

Secondly, the STOCK Act expanded the potentially relevant time period in which conviction of one of the listed offenses would result in loss of creditable service.

index

What message are CNN "analysts" attempting to communicate in the claim that McCabe may likely lose his "pension"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 09:24:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
McCabe is `considering all options' after firing
"Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is reportedly 'considering all options' after getting a number of job offers from Democrats to ensure he gets his full retirement benefits."

mmm hmm

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 10:52:28 PM EST
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McCabe, a lifelong Republican ...

Serves him right ... a long life of mistakes! ;-)

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Mar 19th, 2018 at 05:32:00 PM EST
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McCabe is in swampy company. The pension story is sinking under the weight of Brennan's torturous opprobium, Schiff's equivoccal loyalty to him, gallant employment offers, and the facts of the matter --McCabe is 50, and he hasn't lost his pension. He lost a luxury few Americans working the private-sector will every have, an option to cash out early and a book deal (forthcoming, probably). An anthology of memos-to-self, perhaps. It's a growth market.

"lured"? puhleeze.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 20th, 2018 at 05:42:41 PM EST
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University of d'Oh BULLETINS
You're Not Really Following @BarackObama on Twitter
Barack Obama and the Facebook Election
"The Crawl, Walk, Run Strategy of Social Media"
The Geeks Behind Obama's Web Strategy
His e-campaign included not only MyBO, of course, but also the powerful leveraging of everything from text-messaging to YouTube video propagation to supporter networks on platforms like Facebook -- and on a scale that dwarfed what was achieved by Hillary Clinton or John McCain (for example, Obama had more than 3.4 million Facebook supporters, six times McCain's number).
and and without a Hubspot 10-profile dashboard!


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 20th, 2018 at 06:06:02 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:54:00 PM EST
North Korea Hails Openhearted Talk with South Korean envoys

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Tuesday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, has held an "openhearted talk" with visiting envoys from South Korea, reaching a "satisfactory agreement" about holding an inter-Korean summit meeting with the South's president, Moon Jae-in.

Mr. Kim spent more than four hours with the South Korean envoys, including Mr. Moon's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong. They met in talks and over a dinner held on Monday in the headquarters of the North's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, the North's capital, Mr. Moon's office said on Tuesday.

South Korean officials said the talks with Mr. Kim were "not disappointing."

The 10 members of the delegation led by Mr. Chung are the first South Korean officials to meet Mr. Kim since he took power six years ago. The South Korean envoys have hoped to persuade Mr. Kim to start a dialogue with the United States on ending the North's nuclear weapons program.

by Zwackus on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 02:44:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Given Trump's hostility to these talks, I think N Korea are being very smart. I wonder if China might have suggested it as a win-win.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:25:23 PM EST
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Word on the street is, South Koreans are doing all the work.
South Korean special envoys continue tour to brief foreign leaders of China, Russia, and Japan

There's extensive coverage at Hankoreh that is not picked up by Anglo press. Interesting outfit.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 05:25:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 09:08:34 PM EST
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Origins and genetic legacies of the Caribbean Taino
"It is possible, therefore, that haplotype B2 was relatively rare in the Caribbean in the past. Alternatively [?], it may have been lost during the dramatic population declines experienced by Caribbean populations after 1492."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 09:15:39 PM EST
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Ha'aretz
An Israeli borrower won relief from the Supreme Court and now owes just 22 million shekels after running up a debt of no less than 1.6 trillion shekels ($460 billion) on a loan he took out decades ago
How can he get away with this and Greece can't?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 10:57:46 AM EST
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Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease
"It was not possible to collect biological samples from people who received the vaccine in order to analyse their immune response."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 05:10:21 PM EST
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What is the world coming to? Larry Krasner as Philadelphia DA is actually behaving as he did when campaigning.
Back on the campaign trail last year, Krasner, a former civil rights and criminal defense attorney who had been best known for suing police officers, offered a stump speech that condemned the criminal justice system for being racist and for criminalizing poverty and addiction. He was an unusual candidate to be the city's top law enforcer. Voters swept him into office. Now, two months into his term, DA Krasner is virtually undistinguishable from candidate Krasner.

On Tuesday, Krasner issued a memo to his staff making official a wave of new policies he had announced his attorneys last month. The memo starts: "These policies are an effort to end mass incarceration and bring balance back to sentencing."

"These policies are an effort to end mass incarceration and bring balance back to sentencing," Larry Krasner said in an announcement on Tuesday.
The most significant and groundbreaking reform is how he has instructed assistant district attorneys to wield their most powerful tool: plea offers. Over 90 percent of criminal cases nationwide are decided in plea bargains, a system which has been broken beyond repair by mandatory minimum sentences and standardized prosecutorial excess. In an about-face from how these transactions typically work, Krasner's 300 lawyers are to start many plea offers at the low end of sentencing guidelines. For most nonviolent and nonsexual crimes, or economic crimes below a $50,000 threshold, Krasner's lawyers are now to offer defendants sentences below the bottom end of the state's guidelines. So, for example, if a person with no prior convictions is accused of breaking into a store at night and emptying the cash register, he would normally face up to 14 months in jail. Under Krasner's paradigm, he'll be offered probation. If prosecutors want to use their discretion to deviate from these guidelines, say if a person has a particularly troubling rap sheet, Krasner must personally sign off.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 06:33:35 PM EST
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Mar 12
The 852-tonne (950-ton) section of the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge was built adjacent to the eight-lane Southwest Eight Street using accelerated bridge construction (ABC) methods, which are being advanced at FIU's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC).

The main span of the bridge was installed in a few hours over the weekend, with limited disruption to traffic. The bridge was designed by Figg Bridge Engineers and built by MCM. Barnhart Crane & Rigging operated the self-propelled modular transporters that placed the bridge on its permanent supports.

"This project is an outstanding example of the ABC method," said ABC-UTC director Atorod Azizinamini, who is also chair of FIU's civil and environmental engineering department. "Building the major element of the bridge - its main span superstructure - outside of the travelled way and away from busy Eighth Street is a milestone."

Mar 15
A brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at a Miami-area college Thursday, crushing at least five vehicles. Several people were seen being loaded into ambulances and authorities said they were searching for people.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 07:08:15 PM EST
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Trump University civil engineering department?
by Bernard on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 08:34:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
You may be unfamiliar with "Florida man" culture.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 10:58:03 PM EST
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RT
Republican State Rep. Harry Shiver (64th District) said Alabama lawmakers need to protect "our ladies" by not arming teachers because most of them are females who are "scared of guns."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 01:38:31 PM EST
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True Southern ladies carry a secret ... Derringer :-)

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 03:27:10 PM EST
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59.3% polling districts reported. cute infographics. Reminds me of Bloomberg LIVE UPDATE! 2016

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 07:14:43 PM EST
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This is all over the Israeli and Arab press, but seems to have been completely ignored by the great free Western press. Al-Aswat
A national high committee, assembled by Palestinian factions in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, announced on Saturday that it was coordinating a number of events that would culminate in a major a protest march that would demand the right of return for Palestinians.

The events and demonstrations aim to reject any attempts to eliminate the Palestinian cause. It also seeks to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip, which Israel imposed 11 years ago.

[...]

He pointed out that the major rally will coincide with a broad regional and international political move, with the participation of individuals, institutions and Palestinian, Arab and international bodies supporting the cause.

He added that preparations are underway for millions of Palestinians to participate from Gaza, the West Bank and diaspora.

Ha'aretz
It is the sum of all fears of Israel's ruling right. It is a weapon against which one of the world's most powerful, advanced militaries is at a loss.

It could succeed where suicide bombings, ballistic missile barrages, and sophisticated attack tunnels have failed. And it's coming on Passover, just over a week away.

It's non-violence.

Beginning on the day of the Passover seder, just a week from this Friday, Palestinians plan mass marches toward Israeli and Israeli-held territory, as well as sit-ins and vigils. They will press for Israeli and world attention to UN Resolution 194, the legal basis for what is known as the Palestinian Right of Return.

The plan is this: They will be unarmed. They will not throw stones. They will be organized by family clans rather than militant groups. They will avoid clashes with Israeli troops.

And Israel, with its layers of defenses against attacks from space, cyberspace, nuclear submarines, and every manner of killing machine devised by man, is unprepared.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 20th, 2018 at 08:12:25 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:54:45 PM EST
Whoa.

Yes, bacon really is killing us  - Guardian

The health risk of bacon is largely to do with two food additives: potassium nitrate (also known as saltpetre) and sodium nitrite. It is these that give salamis, bacons and cooked hams their alluring pink colour. Saltpetre - sometimes called sal prunella - has been used in some recipes for salted meats since ancient times. As Jane Grigson explains in Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery, saltpetre was traditionally used when brining hams to give them "an attractive rosy appearance when otherwise it would be a murky greyish brown".

In earlier centuries, bacon-makers who used saltpetre did not understand that it converts to nitrite as the meat cures. It is this nitrite that allows the bacteria responsible for cured flavour to emerge quicker, by inhibiting the growth of other bacteria. But in the early 20th century, the meat industry found that the production of cured meats could be streamlined by adding sodium nitrite to the pork in pure form. In trade journals of the 1960s, the firms who sold nitrite powders to ham-makers spoke quite openly about how the main advantage was to increase profit margins by speeding up production. One French brand of sodium nitrite from the 60s was called Vitorose or "quick-pink".

Nitro-chemicals have been less of a boon to consumers. In and of themselves, these chemicals are not carcinogenic. After all, nitrate is naturally present in many green vegetables, including celery and spinach, something that bacon manufacturers often jubilantly point out. As one British bacon-maker told me, "There's nitrate in lettuce and no one is telling us not to eat that!"

But something different happens when nitrates are used in meat processing. When nitrates interact with certain components in red meat (haem iron, amines and amides), they form N-nitroso compounds, which cause cancer. The best known of these compounds is nitrosamine. This, as Guillaume Coudray explained to me in an email, is known to be "carcinogenic even at a very low dose". Any time someone eats bacon, ham or other processed meat, their gut receives a dose of nitrosamines, which damage the cells in the lining of the bowel, and can lead to cancer.

You would not know it from the way bacon is sold, but scientists have known nitrosamines are carcinogenic for a very long time. More than 60 years ago, in 1956, two British researchers called Peter Magee and John Barnes found that when rats were fed dimethyl nitrosamine, they developed malignant liver tumours. By the 1970s, animal studies showed that small, repeated doses of nitrosamines and nitrosamides - exactly the kind of regular dose a person might have when eating a daily breakfast of bacon - were found to cause tumours in many organs including the liver, stomach, oesophagus, intestines, bladder, brain, lungs and kidneys.

by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 10:26:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm. Not. Listening. lalalalalalalalalalala

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:26:07 PM EST
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This explains why there are billions of Jews and Scots in the world, while the Chinese have died out.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 09:28:29 PM EST
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Another Bad Week, Make That Month, For The Coal Industry - EC

It's been a bad week for the U.S. coal industry. On Monday, Michigan-based Consumers Energy announced that it planned to close all its remaining coal-fired generation by 2040; the company already had closed seven of its 12 coal plants in 2016.

Then, on Tuesday, Vectren, an electric and gas utility serving parts of Indiana and Ohio, said it planned to retire three of its coal-fired plants and sell its ownership stake in a fourth by 2023; this from a company that just two years ago was dependent on coal for 90 percent of its generation.

But this week is hardly unique. Just last Friday, FirstEnergy said it was going to close or sell the 1,300 megawatt coal-fired Pleasants plant in West Virginia by Jan. 1, 2019 after being unable to convince federal regulators to approve a deal between two of the Akron, Ohio-based holding company's subsidiaries that effectively would have moved the facility from the open market into rate base, forcing consumers to pay for the plant even if it was no longer economic.

Not to be forgotten, earlier this month, AEP announced plans to slash its carbon dioxide emissions 60 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 (based on a 2000 baseline, see my story here). And finally, on Jan. 30, PPL announced plans to reduce its CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2050 (based on a 2010 baseline).

So, in reality, it's been a bad month, and similar months are likely moving forward.


by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 10:29:32 PM EST
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IEA Predicts Nightmare Scenario For OPEC - oilprice.com


Over the next three years, the U.S. will cover 80 percent of the world's demand growth, the IEA says in its newly-released Oil 2018 annual report. Canada, Brazil and Norway will cover the remainder, leaving no room for more OPEC supply.

The irony is that the substantial gains in output from shale will only be possible because of the OPEC cuts, which has tightened the market and boosted prices. This fact is not lost on OPEC producers. "If you are a shale oil producer, who brought you back? It was OPEC," the UAE's oil minister Suhail Al Mazrouei, said at a recent industry conference, according to Bloomberg. "Without OPEC there'd be chaos in the market."

Indeed, the IEA's new report paints a pretty gloomy picture for OPEC members, who are hoping to phase out their supply cuts after this year. With non-OPEC supply rising quickly, particularly in the U.S., OPEC may struggle to figure out a way to increase output without pushing down prices, according to the IEA's analysis.

That could put pressure on the cartel to keep the production cuts in place for longer than they had wanted, although it seems hard to imagine they maintain the production ceilings for another three or four years. Doing so would mean handicapping themselves and ceding even more market share to U.S. shale and other non-OPEC producers. Still, it is unclear how this plays out - returning to full production, even if phased in gradually, presents its own problems, if the IEA's forecast is accurate.

by Bjinse on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 09:16:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Fiat Chrysler Must Face Emissions-Cheating Claims
"The class accuses Fiat Chrysler of installing emissions-cheating software in nearly 104,000 Grand Jeep Cherokees and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel trucks between 2014 and 2016."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 03:12:56 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:54:48 PM EST
Burger-flipping robot begins first shift

Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has begun work at a restaurant in Pasadena, Los Angeles.

It is the first of dozens of locations for the system, which is destined to replace human fast-food workers.

The BBC's North America technology reporter Dave Lee saw it in action.

Zooming down the road to mass unemployment.

by Zwackus on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 02:39:15 AM EST
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by das monde on Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 05:29:10 PM EST
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Political Graffitti in the Late Roman Republic: "Hidden Transcripts" and "Common Knowledge"
is not without dubious assumptions and anachronism, but fun for free speech "scholars" to read nonetheless

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 05:41:02 PM EST
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NYT
Correction: March 7, 2018
Because of an editing error involving a satirical text-swapping web browser extension, an earlier version of this article misquoted a passage from an article by the Times reporter Jim Tankersley. The sentence referred to America's narrowing trade deficit during "the Great Recession," not during "the Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 07:41:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 02:02:19 AM EST
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The most religious counties of every state in the U.S.
(first 50)
26. Sheridan County, Montana

  • Religious service attendance: 108.7.% of county pop.
  • Religious service attendance: 38.1% of state pop. (11th lowest)
  • Congregations in county: 77 per 10,000 people
  • Congregations in state: 18 per 10,000 people (9th highest)
[...]
Because some religious Americans travel to churches, synagogues, and mosques outside of their home county to worship -- often to megachurches with attendance in the thousands -- many of the counties on this list claim more religious adherents than their total population. In the independent city of Fredericksburg, a small urban county equivalent in Virginia that is home to a branch of the Lifepoint Church, the number of people who attend religious services in the county is nearly double the county's total population....



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 12:58:14 AM EST
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Borowitz Report
Hours after an armed teacher in a Northern California classroom fired a gun and injured a student, the head of the National Rifle Association proposed placing a second armed teacher in every classroom, to shoot the first armed teacher before he or she can do harm.

"Had there been a second armed teacher in the classroom to shoot the first armed teacher, this regrettable incident would never have occurred," Wayne LaPierre said. "The only thing that stops a bad teacher with a gun is a good teacher with a gun."

The N.R.A. executive vice-president said, "In a perfect world, you would have a third armed teacher, in case the second one messes up, but right now I'd settle for two."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Mar 16th, 2018 at 07:11:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 06:28:20 PM EST
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paywall notice
We are working in an environment in which big global companies like Facebook and Google have snapped up a huge proportion of global advertising. We still have some brilliant advertisers, and will continue to value those relationships, but like most other media we also need other more stable forms of income.

More and more people are using Ad blocker software and Facebook has just changed its news feed algorithms so many regular readers can no longer see our stories.

Advertising alone can never reliably fund the kind of service we as a company and I as the editor of The Local France, want to offer you, our readers.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 08:51:31 PM EST
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Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook16 Mar 2018
Update on March 17, 2018, 9:50 AM: The claim that this is a data breach is completely false. Aleksandr Kogan requested and gained access to information from users who chose to sign up to his app, and everyone involved gave their consent. People knowingly provided their information, no systems were infiltrated, and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information were stolen or hacked.

Originally published on March 16, 2018:
We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook. Given the public prominence of this organization, we want to take a moment to explain how we came to this decision and why.
[...]
In 2015, we learned that a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan lied to us and violated our Platform Policies by passing data from an app that was using Facebook Login to SCL/Cambridge Analytica, a firm that does political, government and military work around the globe. He also passed that data to Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, Inc.

Like all app developers, Kogan requested and gained access to information from people after they chose to download his app. His app, "thisisyourdigitallife," offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists." Approximately 270,000 people downloaded the app. In so doing, they gave their consent for Kogan to access information such as the city they set on their profile, or content they had liked, as well as more limited information about friends who had their privacy settings set to allow it.

Although Kogan gained access to this information in a legitimate way and through the proper channels that governed all developers on Facebook at that time, he did not subsequently abide by our rules. By passing information on to a third party, including SCL/Cambridge Analytica and Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, he violated our platform policies.

whose terms of use? Who owns the data?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 18th, 2018 at 10:41:57 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:54:52 PM EST
lawful

disambiguation:
Yesterday: March 12, 2018
"But her statement that, in the absence of a credible explanation, May will consider `that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom', suggests she is planning something much stronger than kicking out a few diplomats.

Today -100: March 13, 1918: Of prohibition, POWs, and inebriates
"The article neglects to say what the actual legal charge was."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 13th, 2018 at 09:06:09 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 05:36:31 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:54:55 PM EST
Front page lede: "Barbie maker shows new dolls of 17 badass women"


"Riding a wave of empowerment feminism ..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 10:10:00 PM EST
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Feds Sue Houston Over Harassment of Women Firefighters
"The Justice Department said the federal lawsuit it filed Wednesday against the city of Houston is the first in its new [?] "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Initiative," focused on fighting sexual [?] harassment and gender [?] discrimination in government agencies."
the United States alleges that Defendant, the City of Houston, Texas ("Defendant" or "the City"), has engaged in sex discrimination in violation of Title VII when it subjected former firefighters Jane Draycott ("Draycott") and Paula Keyes ("Keyes") to a hostile work environment based on their sex.
Draycott and Keyes are representative of the class, "sex" under Title VII, regardless of race. See Crenshaw (1989) theory of "intersectionality" in selecting cause-of-action under Title VII.
53. Eight days after she filed her complaint, on July 7, 2009, Draycott arrived to work and discovered sex-based and racial slurs written throughout the women's dormitory in black permanent marker. The slurs were directed at Draycott, who is white; Draycott's children; and Keyes, who is African-American.
[...]
55. The following slurs were written in the women's dormitory: a. "Niggar lover" and "Die bitch" were written on the wall above Draycott's desk, which had a picture of her two children; b. On the wall to the left of Draycott's locker, "die bitch" was written; c. On the wall above Keyes' desk and on her pull down bed, "die niggar" was written;
[...]
73. During the January 13, 2010 Roll Call meeting, several firefighters publicly disparaged Draycott and expressed their desire that she not return to Station 54 because of her complaints. During this meeting, Captain Williamson and other firefighters read statements alleging that Draycott was not mentally stable enough to "back the guys up on the line" and "no one wanted her back" because of her past complaints and fear that she would file future complaints, among others.
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Surely she something to say. It's a pity those men could not understand her.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 11:41:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US-Eng. Resting Bitch Face
::
When I was a child back in '66, this locution was unknown. However pressure to conform to sex, race, age, and gender stereotypes were. My pre-kindergarten teacher remarked on my report card that I didn't smile enough. So my mama called a meeting to inform my teacher that I was not there to entertain her. And that was the end of that. My mom loved telling that story about schooling Mrs Perry.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 11:56:25 PM EST
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As a boy, I never faced the brunt of that BS, but even still I hated and resented the constant command to smile and pretend I was happy. I was bad at smiling when I was young, and I am bad at it now, but I'm a man so I can get away with it without too many adverse consequences.

I must say, I have always envied those who can actually produce something resembling a smile on command. I would LOVE to be able to be able to do that, rather than the unsettling and vaguely predatory leer that shows up whenever I try. Not enough to actually do anything about it - and certainly not enough to look into jaw re-aligned surgery - because it doesn't matter all that much to me personally, but still.

by Zwackus on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 03:05:39 AM EST
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As it happened, the next time my mother had cause to return to our elementary school was five years later. My brother had entered second grade, and his teacher complained that he asked too many questions. Mrs Snell retired at the end of the year.

My intention in sharing my recollections is to illustrate, firstly, how and when my parents authenticated and defended their children's necessary individuation, or autonomy. This is a vital rite of private and public life. For, I suspect, passage sets the course of one's apprehension of power relationships in both spheres.

I'm pleased that you spoke up and have persevered in a search for Authentic You. Masks are uncomfortable and unreliable, I have found, even aping the expression of one's correspondent of the moment. He or she will often as not themselves in me.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 7th, 2018 at 07:18:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Viennese Cardinal mistakes debt (Schulden) for moral sin (Schuld) and calls for balanced budgets.
by generic on Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 02:10:30 PM EST
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Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76
Tributes poured in on Wednesday to Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions. He died at the age of 76 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In a statement that confirmed his death at home in Cambridge, Hawking's children said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.

"He once said: `It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him for ever."

by Bernard on Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 07:56:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
He's getting in deeper. The European (european.co.uk?? is that still allowed?)
But today he denied planning to take part - although he did tell LBC: "I'm going to start calling myself Captain Haddock."

Captain Haddock is a character in the Tintin series of adventures known for his colourful insults.

Mr Rees-Mogg/Captain Haddock continued: "I think this has got a bit out of hand. There was a suggestion that a fishing boat should go up the river in protest at the delay in getting out of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Does he realize that he is now a descendent of the Chevalier François de Hadoque, who served under Louis XIV?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 20th, 2018 at 09:31:24 PM EST


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