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by Bernard on Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 at 02:50:24 PM EST
J&J[/Janssen] files COVID-19 vaccine application with U.S. FDA
  • 66% effective
  • no freezer
  • single dose
  • conventional conjugate (inactive adenovirus 26)
  • competitively priced
The United States has agreed to pay $1 billion for 100 million doses, which J&J said it expected to supply in the first half of the year. The United States also has the option of purchasing an additional 200 million doses.

The company said it has doses ready for delivery upon emergency approval. It aims to deliver 1 billion doses in 2021 with production in the United States, Europe, South Africa and India.

by Cat on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 12:03:03 AM EST
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Caucasian Spring, seen from Nairobi (Patrick Gathara).

Caucasian Spring Rocks Dutch Narco-State - The Elephant - Satire

Many analysts consider the toppling of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is still in office pending fresh elections in March, as the trigger for the Caucasian Spring which has already claimed Donald "Papa Don" Trump, the far-white ruler of food-insecure, oil-rich United States; Julie Payette, the colonial governor of Canada; and Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of chronically unstable, crime-ridden Italy.

Meanwhile, in the ethnically divided, kingdom of Britain, where the nonagenarian Queen Elizabeth II has clung to power for nearly 70 years, corrupt strongman, Boris Johnson, apologized and took responsibility for his regime's handling of the pandemic which has now claimed over 100,000 British lives on the wet and inhospitable island.

The beleaguered nation has had its pain compounded by the Brexit peace deal it signed with 27 countries in Off-white Europe which has increased hardship and food shortages in the restive, separatist, tribal enclaves of North Ireland and Scotland.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 07:29:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 07:43:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Feb 7th, 2021 at 02:30:13 AM EST
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For whom was Borrell's mission in Russia a failure? [In Russian]
An interesting article from the head of Russian Institute of International Political and Economic Strategies, Yelena Panina.

She assumes that Borrell was staged to fail by "Euroatlantists". Her points are that the meeting was arranged a long time ago for improving the relations, but at last moment Navalnyi was pushed in to the agenda. And he was not told before that Russia was expelling diplomats even though it was known to at least those countries whose diplomats were expelled.

Once again, the U.S. has succeeded in pushing Europe away from the alignment of relations with Russia. This alignment is unacceptable to the U.S. right now - Biden is just entering the process and has not yet had time to prioritize things. Washington is demanding a veto over Europe's relations with Russia, and if not given easily, it will try to take it by force.

This does not work with Russia, but it does work with Europe, so Borrell goes to Russia, finds himself in an awkward position and has to justify himself. Europe cannot conduct diplomacy without the consent of the United States. From the US point of view, Europe's sovereignty is unacceptable, and Borrel's showdown in the European media should serve as further evidence of this.


She also makes the point that Russia is trying to deal with USA and EU separately, but at times the signals will get mixed. She assumes that is because EU so often acts on behalf of US.
by pelgus on Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 01:42:37 PM EST
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The Elephant
Last week, the Caucasian Spring revolution roiling the West intensified as riots broke out across Holland, the world's sixth largest banana exporter, and a notorious narco-state located in the nether regions of sub-Scandinavian Europe.

The violent demonstrations which started in the capital, Amsterdam on Sunday, have rapidly spread to other major cities, such as Eindhoven in the south of the country. Angry anti-science protesters are demanding fundamental freedoms and defying a curfew that the caretaker administration claims is necessary to contain the rampaging covid-19 pandemic that has claimed nearly 14,000 Dutch lives.

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Meanwhile, in the ethnically divided, kingdom of Britain, where the nonagenarian Queen Elizabeth II has clung to power for nearly 70 years, corrupt strongman, Boris Johnson, apologized and took responsibility for his regime's handling of the pandemic which has now claimed over 100,000 British lives on the wet and inhospitable island.

The beleaguered nation has had its pain compounded by the Brexit peace deal it signed with 27 countries in Off-white Europe which has increased hardship and food shortages in the restive, separatist, tribal enclaves of North Ireland and Scotland. Even worse, the harsh terms of the peace deal have grounded a major fishing boat, the Kirkella, which supplies up to 12 percent of the fish sold in the kingdom's fish and chips shops, threatening one of the few local delicacies in the island's otherwise unpalatable boiled diet. Analysts fear the resulting flavour shortage could spark even more unrest and bring the Caucasian Spring to the reclusive nation's shores.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 13th, 2021 at 06:19:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 16th, 2021 at 08:28:06 PM EST
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Draghi easily wins lower house confidence vote, now fully empowered
defying 5-Star

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 18th, 2021 at 10:50:13 PM EST
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Emmanuel Macron offered assurances that the EU's push for "strategic autonomy" is not an effort to distance itself from the U.S., but to show that Europe can be a "reliable and responsible and credible partner," instead of a continent dependent on the U.S. for security
which binds EU capital to US sanctions against EU "trading partners" other than ... US
by Cat on Sat Feb 20th, 2021 at 04:14:18 PM EST
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Macron called for western allies to immediately deliver 13 million [BWAH!] Covid-19 vaccine doses to African nations to protect the continent's health workers, before China and Russia fill the void.
At an earlier meeting of G-7 leaders, Biden agreed with counterparts "to work together to beat Covid-19 and build back better," mirroring his own domestic messaging.
Battle for the Soul of Our Bumper Sticker
On economic issues, the G-7 committed to "cut emissions and create good jobs on a path to net zero no later than 2050," to reform the World Trade Organization, and to agree a global taxation framework [BWAH!] by mid-2021.
by Cat on Sat Feb 20th, 2021 at 04:27:14 PM EST
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Exclusive: Baker Hughes, AXA Group, 16 others quit Nord Stream 2 pipeline - U.S.
The $11 billion pipeline, which would double the capacity of its existing duct, would bypass Ukraine through which Russia has sent gas to Europe for decades. That could deprive Ukraine of lucrative transit fees and potentially undermine its struggle against Russian aggression.

The United States, the world's top gas producer, also would like to export liquefied natural gas to Europe as an alternative to Russian gas.
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Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, told reporters this week the fact that the companies quit with sanctions looming "demonstrates that the legislative goals and our actions are having a good effect."

He said the State Department continues to "examine entities involved in potentially sanctionable activity." Price has also said "sanctions are only one" of many tools in response to Nord Stream 2.

by Cat on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 08:12:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Feb 26th, 2021 at 01:15:27 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 at 07:34:17 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Feb 25th, 2021 at 05:14:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 at 09:38:04 PM EST
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French actor Depardieu

Isn't he Russian now?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 at 10:17:55 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 25th, 2021 at 02:23:09 PM EST
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Huff Post
"Chi si ferma è perduto, mille anni ogni minuto". La citazione, riportata sul  profilo del sottosegretario leghista all'Istruzione Rossano Sasso, doveva nelle sue idee appartenere a Dante Alighieri. In realtà la frase era stata pronunciata da un Dante apparso su un albo di Topolino, risalente a più di settant'anni fa.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 25th, 2021 at 05:29:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 25th, 2021 at 06:52:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Feb 26th, 2021 at 03:45:21 PM EST
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I am frankly unable to follow the arguments in the Salmond v. Sturgeon situation in Scotland, but the following quote sounds suspiciously like the sort of thing that has been a constant refrain in, for example, the harassment difficulties of the Roman Catholic Church.

"Maybe creating an alternative reality in which the organs of the state [were] all part of some wild conspiracy against him [Salmond], for reasons I can't explain, maybe that's just easier than accepting at the root of all this might just have been issues in his own behaviour," she [Sturgeon] said. "But that's for him to explain, if he ever decides to pitch up and sit in front of the committee."
The Scotsman

by asdf on Sun Feb 28th, 2021 at 05:01:34 PM EST
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As far as I can tell the Labour party gave up on that whole opposition business, so Scottish independence struggles are basically the only thing left that could politically embarrass the Tories. So now the SNP went from a picture of competence compared to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour to "scandal plagued". Funny how that happens.
Like so:

Also anyone remember Galloway?

by generic on Sun Feb 28th, 2021 at 05:50:51 PM EST
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