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7 - 13 May 2018

by Bjinse Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:23:16 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:24:20 PM EST
The Independent | Peers inflict major defeat on Theresa May's Brexit strategy as Lord's vote to stay in single market

Peers have dealt a major blow to Theresa May's Brexit strategy by backing a bid to force the government to effectively keep the UK in the single market.

Rebels in both Labour and Tory ranks defied the leadership to inflict the defeat on the government in the Lords, where they supported a cross-party amendment calling for continued participation in the European Economic Area (EEA).

How effective is this vote? Can it be overrun somehow?

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed May 9th, 2018 at 07:57:12 AM EST
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Not at all, I'd say. Unless the UK and the EU hash something up in the next few months the UK will find itself outside the single-market without having a say on the matter.
by generic on Thu May 10th, 2018 at 10:23:32 AM EST
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What the UK wants or doesn't want is rapidly becoming irrelevant.  


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 05:03:40 PM EST
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by generic on Thu May 10th, 2018 at 09:04:52 AM EST
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Is This the End of the UN Security Council?
What can the five remaining signatories to the Iran nuclear deal do now that the Trump administration has trampled on Security Council Resolution 2231 and its 13 binding decisions, adopted under Article 41 of the United Nations Charter? Sooner or later, the other 14 members of the Security Council, especially Britain, China, France and Russia, must decide how to confront their renegade permanent member, the United States.

Otherwise, the Council may lose its unique authority to prevent and resolve conflicts.


Excuse me. That train left the station with veto power in '45.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 06:02:40 PM EST
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Hold the phone ...
DW copies Sputnik headline, reconsiders, issues 404.

Torra did not "lose", explains El Pais/EN.
In first vote, pro-independence candidate Quim Torra falls short of [2/3] majority

He received 66 votes in favor, 65 against and four abstentions from the CUP party. He needed 68 votes to succeed. A second investiture debate will be held on Monday, beginning at 10.30am, at which Torra will only need a simple majority to be voted in as premier.
[...]
Speaking during the day's debate, Torra argued in favor of the "construction of a country with the maximum radicalism possible," in a speech that was highly critical of the Spanish state and its institutions. He defended the division of powers between those he would hold as premier of the Catalan regional government, and those of former premier Carles Puigdemont, who is currently in Germany awaiting possible extradition to Spain to face charges for his role in last year's unilateral declaration of independence.
curious turn of phrase
Torra also used the term "transitional" to define the time that the former premier and his one-time colleagues in the regional Cabinet will have to wait until they return to the roles they were ousted from under the terms of Article 155, the section of the Spanish Constitution used by the central government in Madrid last year to suspend the region's autonomous powers in the wake of the declaration of independence passed by parliament.
'premier' pro temp, then.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 09:26:26 PM EST
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People take part in a procession during an anti-government protest, called 'Freedom March' and organised by opposition parties, in Warsaw, Poland May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 10:04:12 PM EST
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The Independent
The British government will host a summit encouraging six European countries to join the EU for the sake of their "security, stability and prosperity", months before it is due to sign its own Brexit withdrawal deal with Brussels.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 03:41:25 AM EST
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The U.K. establishment sees the EU as a peer (almost, anyway) rather than something bigger than it. This is the problem.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 08:25:21 AM EST
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Huh.

Skirpal apparently giving briefings to assorted intelligence agencies about Russian Intelligence in recent years.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 11:45:59 AM EST
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According to the CIA agent at the end, it's both common and not considered a reason to kill someone.

They don't appear to have been in contact with Skripal when writing that article. Has there been any interviews with either Skripal since they woke up?

by fjallstrom on Thu May 17th, 2018 at 09:44:17 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:24:25 PM EST
France: Europe Isn't US 'Vassal,' Should trade With Iran
European governments are scrambling for ways to save billions of dollars in trade that could collapse because of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision this week to re-impose sanctions. Trump argued that the 2015 nuclear deal, which allowed for the lifting of sanctions, wasn't tough enough on Iran.
< picks teeth, sucks vigorously >
"This is a serious event, we have to say that, but it is not a reason to call into question the entire trans-Atlantic partnership," she said during an appearance Friday in the western German city of Muenster.
O RLY?

last week ...
Not that "Plan B", the other "Plan B"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 03:47:46 PM EST
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End of an "Era"
Apple's new Irish data centre: EVERYTHING you need to know 2015
ech giant Apple granted planning permission for €850m Galway data centre 2016
150 jobs, 100 parking spaces almost created
Huge blow to Athenry as Apple abandons €850m data centre 2018
until the €14B comes in
BAU
There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees
"not fit for purpose" ... www media entertainment over the cliffs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 04:22:39 PM EST
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They gave up after planning was blocked repeatedly by two  protesters: it could be another couple of years before it would be finally granted. They couldn't wait. But stick to your narrative, it's more fun.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 08:31:58 AM EST
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hmm, yes, well, there's that, GDPR, and the US CLOUD Act warrant powers chipping away the  security credentials stored in the centre.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 12:52:54 PM EST
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How are GDPR or CLOUD Act relevant to a choice between Ireland or Denmark?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 02:11:21 PM EST
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The apt question is: What legal regime appears to make Denmark a more attractive site than Ireland for Apple investment in data warehouse infrastructure?

given

  • tax incentives
  • FX arbitrage
  • criminal and tort liabilities
  • jurisdiction conflict in FTA enforcement matrix


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 02:38:38 PM EST
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Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on jurisdiction

Do you have more accurate information?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 02:52:14 PM EST
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Date of end of validity: 09/01/2015
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 04:16:25 PM EST
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Exactly. Where is the successor to that agreement?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 11:01:07 PM EST
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archived:MLATs, or mutual legal assistance treaties


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 15th, 2018 at 04:24:49 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:24:39 PM EST
by generic on Wed May 9th, 2018 at 10:19:21 AM EST
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TPM
Trump's outside lawyer Rudy Giuliani tussled with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday, telling Politico that Scarborough's insinuations that he is mentally unfit, falling asleep in meetings, and drinking too much are "extremely insulting."

"None of that is true," Giuliani said. "I'm not sleeping now. I'm in Dallas. I'm wide awake. I've handled numerous cases including some sensitive cyber matters. I'm a lot more aware and intelligent than Joe has ever been and a lot more accomplished. Joe hasn't been knighted by the Queen of England."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 9th, 2018 at 05:35:51 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 02:02:40 AM EST
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#ProPublica#Metoo#Time'sUp story ...
Opinion: John McCain's Empty Seat at the Gina Haspel Hearing
Are We Finally Getting Over the Belief That Periods Are Embarrassing?
How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour
developing ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 04:05:46 PM EST
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White House official [!] mocked 'dying' McCain at internal meeting
"It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway," [Special assistant Kelly ] Sadler said, according to a source familiar with the remarks at the meeting.
[...]
Haspel needs support from 50 senators for confirmation and Republicans have only a slim 51-49 majority in the upper chamber. McCain and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already announced their opposition, but Haspel has picked up support from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who is running for reelection this year in a state Trump carried by 42 points in 2016.
Meghan McCain suggests Trump aide [!] who mocked her father should be fired
The "View" co-host added that what's important "is not how you die, it is how you live," though she conceded that "it was a hard day yesterday" after the insult [?] was reported.

"My father's legacy is going to be talked about for hundreds and hundreds of years," she said. "These people? Nothing burgers."



The 'truth' stings
CNN Undecided Democratic Party Senators

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 04:48:53 PM EST
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Wait. There's more
FEC Rules Candidates Can Use Campaign Cash for Child Care
Case o' "Hush Money" or "Child care"
John Edwards, Reille, Quinn, and the Two Wise Guys and the black bag man, 2006

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 05:06:48 PM EST
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the land of "illegal" and "illegitimate" people
John Edwards' Hush Money Was Not Illegal, FEC Told Campaign 2012
What the FEC ruled is not relevant," said prosecutor Jeffrey Tsai. "Whatever the FEC determined is not relevant to the criminal charges."

Edwards' defense team insists the money from Mellon and Baron was never intended as political contributions, but were personal gifts to keep his wife from finding out and to provide for his illegitimate daughter.

She should get a book out before the confirmation committee vote and the gag orders. Get her stigma on and do it overnight by publishing with AMZN. Title it Between the Sheets, how I hid my child and 20 years of sexual abuse from the CIA. That's a guaranteed vote lock or pity fuck, depending on which side of "values" you lean into.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 05:43:21 PM EST
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Georgina Chapman said she was 'humiliated and broken' after Harvey Weinstein allegations
"The fashion designer says she cries for the children she shares with the movie mogul"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 01:13:37 PM EST
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#ProPublica#MeToo#Time'sUp analysis developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 01:20:40 PM EST
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Welcome to the Apocalypse: BDSM, #MeToo, Torture and the Drumbeat For War
"And in the realms of power, women are just as susceptible to the righteous abuse of power as men are."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 11:33:46 AM EST
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What do we know about women in power? Should their particular "deplorables" be afraid?
by das monde on Tue May 15th, 2018 at 09:16:26 AM EST
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>What do we know about women in power?
I don't know nuthin about no "we" except that it is the refuge of scoundrels. I have known plenty of women "in power", living and dead, by the consequences of their actions --from boastful breeding and diet advice to "responsibility to protect" ... wtf.

>Should their particular "deplorables" be afraid?
That's the wrong question. Boundaries are unknown to people who covet "power".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 18th, 2018 at 04:00:01 PM EST
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Is it tabu to probe respect for girl power, or knowledges of boundaries?
by das monde on Sat May 19th, 2018 at 07:56:52 AM EST
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short answer: Evidently not; that is (metaphorical) PROBING is not 'tabu' (read: forbidden or (arch.) sacred) to UK English-speaking readers of this Daily Mail article entitled "Revealed: Top Tory MP's aide accused of selling sex on sugar daddy website is a civil service 'poster girl' who was fast-tracked for government career".

long answer: An answer to this prompt requires me to "unpack" a number of literary devices and a misplaced comma in order to address its true, or absolute, subject thoughtfully.

Ain't nobody got time for that --defining the terms of another's the expression.

But I will say this: There is no reasonable explanation to refer to a female, having attained menarche and majority, as if a child, a "girl", except as is apparently convenient or customary for the interlocutor to express abnegation or feign ignorance. Likewise reference to a male of certain be that chronological or biological maturity as if a "boy." Doing so even recursively connotes the utmost disrespect for the inalienable properties of real people, I imagine, paradoxically. In any language it is unbecoming speech, figuratively and literally.

"I am an adult, not a girl or a boy."

Let us note further: The first prerequisite of "blackmail," or extortion, is illegal or unlawful (some might say, socially unacceptable) conduct. Where is that transaction addressed in that article?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 22nd, 2018 at 09:03:15 PM EST
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Pussycat Dolls Sue Daily Mail for 'Prostitution' Story
Dragging a UK rag across the Atlantic Ocean to the USA where prostitution sex work and defamation, real or imagined, is no joke. It's a money-maker.




Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 23rd, 2018 at 12:41:30 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:24:43 PM EST
Azelia Banks (whoever she is), in February
American rap star Azealia Banks struck back with a vengeance against anti-Israel naysayers who protested her upcoming show in Tel Aviv in a searing Instagram post this week.

"My fans in Israel have been waiting years for me to come," she said in a comment on her own post.  "I too live in a country which has its issues but I cannot hold my fans in America responsible for Our country's problems and deny them the right to a good time. The Kuntbrigade is GLOBAL honey. The KUNTS connection rises far above any political influence. We connect through music and love," Banks continued, commenting on the double standard BDS supporters have when it comes to holding Israelis disproportionately responsible for political events compared with the citizens of other nations.

Today
American rapper Azealia Banks vowed on Wednesday never to visit Israel again, claiming she encountered racism while in the country for her show in Tel Aviv on Monday.

Banks said she was treated badly on account of her skin color on multiple occasions, claiming that a rabbi sitting next to her on the plane offered her money for sex, and that service vendors in Tel Aviv treated her badly because she's black. She also said she was held up at Ben-Gurion International Airport because of her skin color.

"I will never ever ever ever ever go to Israel again. I love my fans but y'all gonna have to fly out to come see me because y'all country is nuts," Banks tweeted.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 9th, 2018 at 10:58:03 AM EST
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I have no idea what to think ... numerology .. rabbi .. sex for money .. during flight home?

Matter goes way beyond my paycheck :)

Muslims are obsessed with sex acts, especially morals limiting freedom of a woman ...

Orthodox Rabbis and tutoring sex by indulgence ...

'A man has to make his wife orgasm first... it's Jewish law!' - NY rabbi Shmuley Boteach
'Sex rabbi' flees Netherlands to avoid extradition to Israel

Good thing American rapper Azealia Banks entertained in Tel Aviv and not in a hostile Jerusalem!

Israel in political terms view of Africans and racism ...

Netanyahu openly boasts of Israel's war on Africans

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

by Oui on Thu May 10th, 2018 at 08:31:28 AM EST
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But was she dressed modestly?
It isn't only Hasidim who travel to Uman for the High Holy Days. Come Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, prostitutes also pack onto the trains in Kiev, to help local professionals meet demand.

[...]

"Some even learned the rules, and wear modest dress in order not to offend the feelings of the Hasids," says an Israeli who now lives in Uman. He believes the customers for the Uman prostitutes are mainly reborn Jews, at some point in their process of discovering religion. "They go to the girls because they're weak in character, and fall," he suggests. "Happily, there aren't many of them. It's mainly men coming to Uman for the first or second time, who had not been exposed to things like this before, and they stumble. Ultimately, Haredi men also have base urges and can go wrong."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 10th, 2018 at 05:33:11 PM EST
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Al Sadr gets a reboot
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's parliamentary elections on May 12 might seem to offer more of the same because most of the leading candidates and movements have dominated the country's political life since the United States unseated Saddam Hussein in 2003. But the 44-year-old firebrand Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr is leading an encouraging transformation, which could jar Iraq's politicians out of their sectarian rut.
by generic on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 08:19:29 AM EST
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by generic on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 08:20:45 AM EST
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Record abstention in Iraq's first vote after defeating IS
The poll -- in which turnout was just 44.52 percent -- came with tensions surging [!] between key powers Iran and the US after Washington pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, sparking fears of a destabilising power struggle over Iraq.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lauded the vote and called in a statement for an "inclusive government, responsive to the needs of all Iraqis"
[...]
Overall, just under 7,000 candidates are standing and Iraq's complex system means no single bloc is likely to get anything near a majority in the 329-seat parliament.

A new electronic voting system [!] appeared to cause problems for many voters with some officials saying not enough had been done to raise public awareness.
[...]
Ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki is widely reviled for stirring sectarianism and losing territory to IS, but draws support from hardliners.

"I wish for all to go to the ballot boxes to make their choice," Maliki said after casting his ballot, alleging "attempts at falsification through the pressuring of voters".

o? Where is Sam Chalabi these days?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 10:37:24 PM EST
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I'm not sure what I'm supposed to think about that except that I want a better source. Of course, Israel has blatantly attacked Syrian government positions for years. But if Russia is now communicating that it is OK with attacks on Iran that is rather worrying. I always thought they left it purposefully vague whether they would get involved.
Is Trump really retarded enough to start an Iran war in time for the mid-terms?

by generic on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 12:21:38 PM EST
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Why, yes. He's got the gas from congress and +40% approval polling at his back.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 12:58:41 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:25:15 PM EST
by generic on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 06:47:07 AM EST
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Mother's Day scorcher in store for Finland
"the heat wave limit"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 03:40:39 PM EST
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410 ppm

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 01:01:03 PM EST
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With with ever-increasing methane (10x CO2) and Nitrous oxide (300x CO2) geysering out of the arctic 410 ppm of CO2 is becoming the least of our worries.

Basically, people should be working to minimize the effects of Global Warming induced weather changes on their personal lives because the Global Elite and Decision Makers aren't going to do anything until it's too late.

 

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

by ATinNM on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 05:13:02 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:25:19 PM EST
Moquée par le SAMU, une jeune Strasbourgeoise meurt peu après : l'enregistrement est vrai

Depuis plusieurs jours, de nombreux internautes nous interpellent au sujet d'un enregistrement audio troublant, publié sur le site d'information local alsacien Heb'di.

Au bout du fil, une autre voix, exsangue, peine à mettre des mots sur sa douleur. Naomi Musenga, une jeune Strasbourgeoise, tente de décrire ses maux. « Si vous ne me dites pas ce qu'il se passe, je raccroche », la tance l'opératrice du SAMU d'une voix agacée. « J'ai très mal. Je vais mourir », souffle la jeune femme. « Oui, vous allez mourir un jour, comme tout le monde, O.K. ? Vous appelez SOS Médecins, je ne peux pas le faire à votre place », conclut sèchement son interlocutrice.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:53:44 PM EST
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Outrage over death of young French mother after ambulance call mocked | BBC News |

The recording also has an exchange between the operator and another staff member making fun of Musenga.

The woman later called SOS Médecins and, after a five-hour wait, was taken to a hospital.

After suffering a heart attack, she was transferred to the intensive care unit but died hours later of "multiple organ failure due to an hemorrhagic shock", according to Le Monde newspaper (in French).



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed May 9th, 2018 at 04:44:52 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 02:51:37 AM EST
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Captain Kirk
I am far, far from the only person to note that the actual Kirk falls short of our hot-to-trot image of him. Here is an excellent list breaking down "womanising behaviour" by episode and deconstructing that myth: if anything, I think it's too generous to the "skirt-chaser" perspective. Here's a more narrative episode-by-episode discussion.

Why am I bothering to make this argument again, if Womanising Kirk has already been exposed as some nonsense? Because the facts have not yet displaced patently incorrect common knowledge, and because I think there are reasons why they haven't. These misreadings are supported by a subterranean network of ideas about masculinity, pop culture, and the past that consistently reinforce them, hitting refresh on these dank memes. I don't think all the connections have been made here, and all the implications unfolded.

A very long article about how the cultural memory about Captain Kirk has only very little relation with the character and why.

by generic on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 06:48:12 PM EST
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4chan alum casts self 50 years into the past to interpret primitive taboos, amirite.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 10:13:45 PM EST
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Not really. For one it is a reminder how comparatively recent the romantisation of violence went off the chart. Also the article is a reminder that the narrative of constant social progress depends in part on recising down the past.
by generic on Sun May 13th, 2018 at 06:18:35 AM EST
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*revising down the past.
by generic on Sun May 13th, 2018 at 08:32:33 AM EST
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You've read teh classics then? In their entirety?
Let's start with Aeneid or Odyssey ... no romancing the adventure of "sailing" vessels, conquest and pirate life those, surely!

Certainly no video recording. 4chan dude can scarcely recognize archetypal roles of the '60s, much less compliance with early FCC sanctions against depictions of a excitement, sexual arousal, or The "Sex Act". Audiences relied on their imaginations to complete elliptical dialog of seduction in literature and performance arts. I surmise, 4chan dude doesn't get out that much or read the dead tree leaves. That's why those who do, get the big bucks, by recycling them.

heh. By the time I'd graduated High Cultchuh college curriculum, I think, everyone with passing the European canon had been profoundly impressed by the durability of the Oedipus scripts (Sophocles or  Aeschylus) -- Clytemnestra (Oresteia), not so much. The salient point is, plays have been medium of moral rectitude and turpitude for some time longer than "recently". More's the pity.

JJ didn't liberate the randy JAMES TIBERIUS KIRK after all.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 13th, 2018 at 03:37:30 PM EST
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re: lit crit, archetypes, gothic or romantic? You be the judge.

Blacklist S0109 "Aslo Garrick" @ 00:30:53

REDDINGTON: We become who we are. You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can by its first few chapters and most certainly by its last.
DONALD: So what's it all about then? Blacklist? Revenge?
REDDINGTON: Oh revenge is too easy and over so quickly. I would hope for more than that.
DONALD: Then why go through this?
REDDINGTON: I think we will.
DONALD: How?
REDDINGTON: Have you ever sailed across an ocean, Donald?
DONALD: No.
[MUSIC UP]
REDDINGTON: On a sailboat surrounded by the sea with no land in sight? Without even the possibility of sighting land for days to come? To stand at the helm of your destiny? I want that one more time. I want to be in the Piazza del Campo in Siena. To feel the surge of ten race horses go thundering by. I want another meal in Paris at La Bocca in the Place de bouge. I want another bottle of wine and then another. I want the warmth of a woman in a cool set of sheets. One more night of jazz at the Vanguard. I want to stand on summits and smoke cubans and feel the sun on my face for as long as I can. Walk on the wall again. Climb the tower. Ride the river. Stare at the frescoes. I want to sit in the garden and read one more good book. Most of all I want to sleep. I want to sleep like I slept when I was a boy. Give me that just one time. That's why I won't allow that punk out there to get the best of me, let alone the last of me.
::
some call it "meme"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 13th, 2018 at 03:51:20 PM EST
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Just for reference, "4chan dude" here refers to the author of the article?

With revising the past I was honestly more thinking in terms of last quarter's GDP figures than the classics of antiquity. Eternal growth without advancing a step.

But you do make a good point. What prevented original Kirk from being space James Bond wasn't only the conception of the character, but also the TV regulations of the time.

As to the romanization of violence: I think it was Gary Brecher who noted that the dominant way empires talked about violence changed somewhere around the invention of the Gatling gun. Earlier we have a lot of bragging about the skull pyramids, afterwards the focus is on all the terrible harm done by the natives with their sharpened fruits and the regrettable actions you are forced to take in return. Gloriously dying was still very much in, but effortlessly slaughtering your enemies wasn't something you brought up in polite company. By the way, does anyone remember a "glorious" moment of British military history that wasn't a military disaster?
At some point this seemed to have reverted to an extent, with body counts and "invincible" fighter pilots.

In Star Trek Kirk has the greatest trouble fending off a single assailant with an oddly shaped stick. In more modern incarnations counting the number of heavily armed aliens that get mulched is a fools errand.

by generic on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 06:20:44 AM EST
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>Just for reference, "4chan dude" here refers to the author of the article?
reference: "we shouldn't forget about the social base described here."

o, yes, I read the essay, "4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump," in its entirety and primarily took it to assert the the author's claim to historicity [1], [2] relating one "social base" to another "social base" within a specific, extremely brief period in my lifetime. I suppose, I'm about 20 years older than Baran, and my receipt of his message concerning one particular subaltern [1], [2] society is somewhat sympathetic to the struggles of its members to communicate, intelligently, their grievances and desire for relief in the language of "lulz". Though to me, the joke is old and rancid. After all, after all the waves TECH hype through millenia, I still don't have a toe-hold in the "dominant culture." Such is life for white crabs, black crabs, "POC" and "TPTB" crabs in barrel. Trading figurative wounds. Surreal.

Misplaced precision

> By the way, does anyone remember a "glorious" moment of British military history that wasn't a military disaster?
Not me. I was born in '63 in the USA, not the UK or the Commonwealth. As children, my bro and I watched freshly minted Saturday afternoon Star Trek "re-runs" and all sorts of feature-length films printed before our time, before and during WWII (injuns and japs, aliens and monsters), and in the afterbirth of the GI Bill (planets, commies, more injuns -- We were thrilled when the Billy Jack cycle surfaced). We did not take notes like 4Chan dude.

As it turns out, it depends what you consider "evidence." I draw from a chart: "Q: How many total females did Kirk have sex with?" [...] in the line of duty
"Binge-watching" hadn't been invented. Episodes were unordered, each arc predictably economical. Yet we both have opinions about the characters and the actors' performances that continue to inform our reviews of subsequent "iterations" to "monetize" the "franchise" into the 21st century.

Lemme say it again: 3 plots, one long channel for heroic accessories --unrequited, forbidden, tragic, fatal "love", Dear John letters, Dear Jane letters, "war buddy" reunions, telegrams delivered to mama is detritus. (Frankly, I'd vote Pynchon's V best artifact, intact, in the crater of westworld culture, although I picked 12 O'clock High here.) 4Chan dude can't "parse" the prophecy! working with a short time line and no template.

Over the course of three seasons and six films (though I hesitate to mention the films in the same breath as the series, because even the initial run of films represents a significant, reflexive re-working [SIC] of the original material), we do meet some women Kirk has had romantic relations with.
NEEDS MOHR FLAREZ!

My understanding, which is not memory, of "British military disaster" derives from imperial records, disseminated by both victors and vanquished. My comprehension of "military disaster" is filtered through conventional American hagiography (pulp fiction --all media-- and academic canon). Every war any military "success" is a political failure, a moral calamity, to which I compare oral recollections, the memories, of drafted family members who survived the WWII grinder in Europe and Africa (None of their children enlisted in US "adventures" thereafter.) and evening body counts, later studio portraits passed from the undertaker to broadcast by TV network news, from 1970 right up to 2005 when the PBS was the last to stop. Does 4Chan dude have a child who has watched those faces scroll by and ask, outright, "Mommy. Why is that boy dead?"

The answer of course is not the chair (Does he "respect the chair."), an H-bomb, Gatling gun, the cotton gin, chariot, single mast sailing vessel, "glue" binding a "short stick" to the pretext of scientific missions. These are tools. Rather, an idea compels the bards to fill these symbols --James v25 and James v7 (possibly King James I) -- with daring, pyrotechnics, and estranged fathers: Vindication unites their mastery over all who precede them.

Some call that "progress." I'd call it a loop. Try not to get lost in the weeds.

:: good talk, bro.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 08:56:53 PM EST
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You all remember how US and UK mil relief mission 2014-16 amounted to cartographic expedition of interior Sierra Leon and Liberia. Plus sideshow airlifts of NGO "aides" to the miracle cures. And you all know cholera and bullets surround refugee camps at the Uganda border this year. So.
Ebola Vaccines Shipped to Congo, WHO Chief Says
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus [!] in a Twitter post said the agreement was made in a phone call with Congo's health minister on Thursday.
[...]
Two [!] cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the latest outbreak in a remote northwestern part of Congo. There is no specific treatment for Ebola. A new experimental vaccine [RETCON!][PRv1] has been shown to be highly effective, though quantities are limited.
"It was not possible to collect biological samples from people who received the vaccine in order to analyse their immune response."
Congo's health minister on Thursday announced the first death since the outbreak was declared early this week, though the hemorrhagic fever blamed for the death has not been confirmed as Ebola.
Spark of ingenuity ...
Trump envoy Nikki Haley on first Africa trip 24 Oct 2017
In June this year, Haley tweeted about a budget proposal to cut funding to the UN by $500 million (425 million euros). She was heavily criticized for the proposal.
[...]
"So far, it appears the key decisions on operational issues related to African affairs are being made by Ambassador Nikki Haley and the US AFRICOM commander, General Thomas Waldhauser. None of Trump's senior political appointees have given a detailed or coherent statement defining how they see US interests across Africa."
[...]
One thing, however, that seems to be on the minds of US officials is a sense of business opportunity, as Trump emphasized during his lunch meeting with African leaders earlier in the year.
HRW minces words: "In November, days after the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, visited Congo and called for Kabila to hold elections by the end of 2018", while Walhauser 'postures' before the US Congress:Exercise Flintlock 2018 Begins. A Funding crisis pushes millions of Congolese people to tipping point (13 April 2018)
"In 2017, only 1.7 million people out of the 4.6 million in need of clean water and sanitation received help, leaving people drinking filthy water, defecating in the open and facing high risks of contracting water-borne diseases."
UNHCR and partners seek US$504 million for Congolese refugees

What a coincidence. Free jabs 4 everyone!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 08:51:31 PM EST
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Line up! CDC prepares to join Ebola fight in Africa



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 18th, 2018 at 05:00:44 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:25:34 PM EST
Early MMT

The general public could be forgiven for believing that the first War Loan was an unbridled success, given the overwhelmingly positive coverage. The Financial Times, for example, reported on 23 November 1914, that the Loan had been over-subscribed by £250,000,000. "And still the applications are pouring in," it gushed.

....

So to cover its tracks, the Bank made advances to its chief cashier,  Gordon Nairn, and his deputy, Ernest Harvey, who then purchased the securities in their own names with the bonds then held by the Bank of England on its balance sheet.  To hide the fact that the Bank was forced to step in, the bonds were classified as holdings of `Other Securities' in the Bank of England's balance sheet rather than as holdings of Government Securities (Wormell, 2000).

Could also be titled "the ever patriotic capitalists"

by generic on Thu May 10th, 2018 at 01:33:18 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue May 8th, 2018 at 08:25:48 PM EST
Puigdemont steps down, ["]names successor["] for Catalonia's presidency

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 01:24:47 PM EST


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