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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:05:44 PM EST
Open for business again ... thx Bjinse!

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:21:52 PM EST
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Deutschland beteiligt sich nicht an Golf-Mission - sagt Maas

Die Bundesregierung lehnt es ab, bei einer von den USA geführten Militärmission "Operation Sentinel" in der Straße von Hormus mitzumachen. "An der von den USA vorgestellten und geplanten Seemission wird sich die Bundesregierung nicht beteiligen", sagte Außenminister Heiko Maas in Warschau. "Wir befinden uns da in enger Abstimmung mit unseren französischen Partnern."

Maas begründete die deutsche Absage damit, dass die Bundesregierung die US-Strategie des "maximalen Drucks" auf Iran für falsch halte. Deutschland wolle keine militärische Eskalation und setze weiterhin auf Diplomatie.

UK calls meeting with US and France to discuss Hormuz plan  
German new defense minister open for talks NATO mission to Strait of Hormuz

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

by Oui on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 06:59:52 PM EST
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US extends Iran nuke sanctions waivers but hits FM
"In a notice sent to Congress, the State Department said it had extended for 90 days waivers that permit European, Russian and Chinese companies to conduct civilian-nuclear cooperation at several Iranian sites."

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[Iran, China, Russia and EU] recommit to saving Iran deal, oppose US sanctions
Instex
Enrichment: Earning Some Space for Negotiations
US ends waiver but India may continue to buy Iran oil
Upset by Trump's Iran waivers, Saudis push for deep oil output cut

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 01:59:29 AM EST
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Portugal's solar energy auction breaks world record
1,150 megawatt, 13 winners: "Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Negocios reported that Spain's Iberdrola won seven of the 24 licences available and France's Akuo won 370 megawatts (MW)."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:29:02 PM EST
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Amazon Says French Clients to Bear Cost of France's New Digital Tax
"As we operate in the very competitive and low-margin retailing sector, and invest MASSIVELY in creating NEW! tools and services for our clients and vendor partners, we CANNOT WITHSTAND an additional tax," the company told AFP in a statement.
unprecedented. egregious. inconceivable.
The French government said it had no choice but to take action, though it is hoping to secure an international agreement that would include all OECD countries by the end of 2020. The issue will be high on the agenda when France hosts a G7 summit meeting in the Atlantic resort town of Biarritz later this month.
unexpectedly
U.S. President Donald Trump has slammed the levy and pledged on Twitter to retaliate with "substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness" -- include a threat of new taxes on French wines.

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France passes GAFA taxing ["digital services" sales]
G7 summit, Biarritz, France, 24-26/08/2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 12:17:16 AM EST
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Europe splits over IMF leadership
The race is still open, with the five shortlisted candidates all still with a chance of securing the post, according to French sources. These are the Eurogroup president Mario Centeno; his predecessor Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Spain's Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, Finnish central banker Olli Rehn and the CEO of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva, the most recent addition.
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A diplomat told EURACTIV.com that the EU was divided between North and South countries. Dijsselbloem, supported by Germany and Northern capitals, is opposed by the Southern members, because of his hawkish positions on economic matters, and during the eurozone debt crisis, and the derogatory comments he made about them two years ago.
There is $11.8 trillion of loans denominated in U.S. dollars but overseas

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deck chairs
Europe needs to find candidate to head IMF: France
the odious IMF, subsidiary of US fed gov
"The principle function of this institution is lending USD to sovereign governments on terms and conditions ("structural adjustment programming") which have not produced desirable 'development' goals of the borrowers' constituencies."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 02:13:47 AM EST
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OMFG Working Papers | Global Fossil Fuel ["]Subsidies["] Remain Large: An Update Based on Country-Level Estimates
This paper updates estimates of fossil fuel subsidies, defined as fuel consumption times the gap between existing and efficient prices (i.e., prices warranted by supply costs, environmental costs, and revenue considerations)

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the odious IMF, subsidiary of US fed gov
How Do You Pay for the Green New Deal: Cost of Fuel

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 10:17:09 AM EST
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Finland's Olli Rehn drops out of IMF leadership race

Last straw to be drawn in the divide North - South ... any bets?

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

by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 04:23:31 PM EST
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It's not Dijsselbloem!

Or a deadlock in voting according to Reuters ... more talks.

No EU candidate gets required majority for IMF nomination - source

Or a chance for a compromise candidate ... Olli Rehn??

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

by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:14:04 PM EST
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... and the British failed to put forward a candidate ... too short notice for Boris and his new team after his election as PM for all Brexiteers. 😄

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:22:06 PM EST
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Mark Carney was rejected as a candidate ... "not European" enough. 🤣

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:29:38 PM EST
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Well Jeroen confirms he's out ...



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:36:11 PM EST
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Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:28:20 AM EST
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Kristalina Georgieva, the World Bank`s chief executive, was selected by European governments as their candidate to head the International Monetary Fund following an acrimonious process in which the result was initially contested by some member states.


Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:32:34 AM EST
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DICTION CORNER: Business Continuity Planning
BCPs are an important part of any business. Threats and disruptions mean a loss of revenue and higher costs, which leads to a drop in profitability. And businesses can't rely on insurance [BWAH!] alone because it doesn't cover all the costs and the customers who move to the competition.
< wipes tears >
Aside from Bloomberg boilerplate TROPES, I note with interest in the article Georgieva's short-form c.v. ticks more than a few boxes, indicating subject matter experience with "investment hurdles" not normally associated with crazy IMF institutional knowledge and ahhh leadership.

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deck chairs
presidency [sic] recently went to [US] American David Malpass. uh oh.
waves
The odious World Bank is a subsidiary of the IMF. Few care who is the chief of the WB. The principle functions of this institution is (1) lead generation to borrowers and (2) supplementary IMF loan creation and reporting.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 12:46:14 PM EST
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Oh, I see Dieselbum said it first.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:33:56 AM EST
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I read that Sweden and The Netherlands at first blocked Georgieva as the votes were insufficient to get her elected and due to her age. Apparently the UK was taken by surprise as their two late candidates were rejected ... the UK abstained. Dijsselbloem saved the Union 😉 by stepping back as candidate. Georgieva wins by default ... the EU is clearly divided. Mark Rutte and the Dutch are out if favor ... firstly with Timmermans and now for the IMF position.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:59:10 AM EST
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file in de basement of intrigue/Rutte

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 12:47:19 PM EST
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Sites using Facebook 'Like' button liable for data, EU court rules
Under EU data protection law [GDPR], therefore, a European retailer and the US platform are jointly responsible for gathering the data and sending it to Facebook's Irish subsidiary.
Rather interesting relation of equitable relief to disclosures of "legitimate interest" in IPR. I wonder idly, how deep this reasoning might eventually reach into EU employment case law, or not as was the case for severing "joint employer" free speech rights in the US (advanced SCOTUS union busting). An analogy between "controlling" interests shared by jurisdiction is weak atm.
Judgment in Case C-40/17
The operator of a website that features a Facebook 'Like' button can be a controller jointly with Facebook in respect of the collection and transmission to Facebook of the personal data of visitors to its website
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With regard to the cases in which the processing of data is necessary for the purposes of a legitimate interest, the Court finds that each of the (joint) controllers, namely the operator of a website and the provider of a social plugin, must pursue a legitimate interest through the collection and transmission of personal data in order for those operations to be justified in respect of each of them.

reference
Supreme Court Denies Review of FLSA Joint-Employer Test

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Schrems I, Schrems II
Responsibility comes with ticket sale

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:21:51 PM EST
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Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU
Caspar in Hamburg with cease and desist.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:25:03 PM EST
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For a minute I conceded to myself. "SELF, you might be 'over-thinking' that joint-employer-legitimate-interest plot."

Amazon Alexa voice recordings sent into Polish [employees]

Amazon has admitted it employs temporary workers, sometimes working from home, to transcribe the voice commands of its Alexa virtual assistant. The acknowledgment follows revelations by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper
buried by Associated Press
that workers hired by an agency in Poland were allowed to hear the voice recordings of its German users.
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Welt said that while the tech giant had insisted that only trusted staff had access to the recordi, job advertisements by the agency offered workers with strong German language skills the promise of "teleworking throughout the country," after being trained by Amazon at their Gdansk office.
I am after all a citizen of the most ignorant, litigious nation on the planet.
On Saturday, Amazon announced a new global privacy feature allowing users to explicitly block their voice commands from being reviewed by humans.
I know where this story's going. I've seen this con a thousand times before in this life and annals of labor exploitation. Whose rights will baby EU Labor Authority protect? Odds don't look "fair".

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Amazon, seeking more skilled workers, will do the training
EU Employers Must Track Hours, Not Just Overtime, [ECJ] Rules
MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 10:43:11 PM EST
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There was a confusing, misplaced sign, so it wasn't entirely their fault.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 09:47:52 PM EST
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