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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Who did it?
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Craig Murray with a razor.

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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Living On the Planet
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The Website Obesity Crisis
Facebook has also launched internet.org, an effort to expand Internet access. The stirring homepage includes stories of people from across the developing world, and what getting Internet access has meant for them.

You know what's coming next. When I left the internet.org homepage open in Chrome over lunch, I came back to find it had transferred over a quarter gigabyte of data.

Surely, you'll say, there's no way the globe in the background of a page about providing universal web access could be a giant video file?

But I am here to tell you, oh yes it is. They load a huge movie just so the globe can spin.

This is Facebook's message to the world: "The internet is slow. Sit and spin."

Sometimes I remember this and smile.

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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: What could possibly go wrong?
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Quelle surprise...
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In story: July Thread

Catching up...
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So I think I got it covered by now:

  • Status of unequal income distribution in modern economy: unchanged;
  • England is getting a new prime minister the worst Brexit deserves;
  • the US still has a leader the world doesn't deserve;
  • The Democrats are picking a Presidential candidate Democratic voters don't deserve;
  • European leaders picked a new Commission that Europeans didn't deserve;
  • We're still on track to a future climate our children don't deserve.

Anything else I missed?
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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Trump in The Bible
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Hey, let the Christians get in on this too!

Is Donald Trump 'the Last Trump' Before Jesus Christ's Return?

"I am not suggesting that Donald Trump absolutely IS the last trump - but since the LAST TRUMP is one of the most clear and final signs in end times prophecy, can we overlook the possibility that a presidential candidate named Trump is being used as a sign by God?" he posed.

(No, that newspaper is not an Evangelical Onion. Despite appearances.)

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on
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It's a good example of what happens when you feed a troll.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on
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bigger than the black face debacle
but not big enough to invoke as was the custom Article X colon abuse.


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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Europe COMISH
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I think at this point, finding a way to grow trees and then bury them while using as little energy in cutting, transport, and earth moving as possible, is in order. Maybe they can be used to bolster long term soil development, or not, but the carbon reductions needed mean that just about any use is too much.
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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Europe CAMPAIGN 2019
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11th Hour Bargaining
EPP set to lose influence in von der Leyen Commission
"EU politics expert Jon Worth said that 'the EPP is paying a high price for insisting it still must get the Commission presidency, by ditching Weber and trying to assemble support for von der Leyen'. He also added that the concessions she is having to make on policy, most notably climate action, might mean that "she's a centre-right figurehead forced to pursue centre-left policies".


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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Trump ECONOMY & FINANCE
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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Trump ECONOMY & FINANCE
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The only Prime Day deals actually worth your money
This is an advertisement.
Amazon Minnesota warehouse workers plan 'Prime Day' strike
This was* SEIU PR.
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* PR updated this weekend to exploit Trunp tweet publicity tagged Somali, Omar, Muslim, racist. One earlier version cited a "statement" by an unidentified SEIU local in Minneapolis claiming to have organized the employees and encouraging AMZN shoppers to boycott sales during the 6 hour "strike". AMZN shifts are 4 hrs +1 hr if mandatory OT demanded. Direct and temp employees may not apply earned, unpaid Personal Time Off (PTO) hours to reduce mandatory shift, posted as little as 12 hrs advance notice per "business needs". Earned paid Personal Time (PPT) requires 24 hr advance approval. No union has been able to organize AMZN employees in N.A. And earlier this year temp employees unsuccessfully challenged standard AMZN disciplinary action at the NLRB. Comparisons to EU industrial actions are ludicrous.

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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Trump in The Bible
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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Trump CAPTION CONTEST
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That's a bit wordy for my taste in captions. To reheat the bromance, if I were WH photo editor, I'd go with something droll, flattery along this line of patriotic country building:
Police launch mass arrests on Independence Day in Paris.


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Well, blockchain is a magic wand that cures all ills, you know.
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The USA military has also been one of the test beds for renewable energy with a wide variety of ideas like renewably powered forward bases, hydrogen vehicles, green jet and naval fuels, and permanent large-scale  renewably powered neighborhoods in both Texas and Hawaii, among other places.

Not to take exception with your justified criticism which is accurate and on point.

It's the nature of our complicated reality that the profligately wasteful military gushes fossil foolishness it is also helping to make renewables practical and affordable, all at the same time.

I remember an article in Rolling Stone magazine back around 1974 in which Tom Hayden, then with the Solar Lobby, arguing that the Department of Defense could prime the pump for renewables by replacing remote diesel generators with wind and solar.  It was a good idea and is actually, slowly but surely, becoming real.

But then, "Let's blow up an Iranian oil refinery," may not be a remote possibility under the Trmp administration.

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OOP solves "riddle of life"

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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: The situation here is still pretty psychotic.
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AP FACT ["]CHECK["] | Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship
"Colored" Women and Minorities invisible ink: US Congress ("and by extension the Secretary") has been collecting "citizen", "race or ethnicity" and "condition of servitude" stats continuously--for a really, really long time. Commerce vs New York et al. ruling did not "block" that authority.
census.gov | Factfinder for the Nation, May 2000
If you can't trust CONGRESS, who can you trust? "Beginning in November 2002, the ACS will cover approximately 250,000 households per month and 3 million households annually. At that time, data will be provided down to the block group level." More alarming, "The Census Bureau makes extensive use of other Federal agencies' administrative records in compiling statistical data." So few lies, so many crackers ...
... In the case of the population and housing census, the questionnaires are microfilmed before destruction, and the microfilm is stored under strict security conditions for use in the Census Bureau's National Processing Center at Jeffersonville, IN. Here, people who need proof of age or residence (for example), or their heirs or legal representatives, may obtain this evidence in the form of an official transcript. ... records are closed to the public for 72 years to protect the confidentiality of the information they contain....
Revenge of the Nerds, National Academy of Sciences edition
CNSTAT response to Commerce request for comments on the proposal in August 2018
... Furthermore, as the listing of dozens of constituent operations and numerous specific information collection documents in the Census Bureau's Federal Register notice and the Census Bureau's operational plan for the 2020 census make clear, the 2020 census is much more than a single, simple questionnaire:
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Both paper and electronic questionnaires would need to add the citizenship item. Until and unless proven by testing, it cannot be assumed that respondents would react the same way to any question, citizenship or other, on a paper as on an electronic form. With respect to a citizenship question, specifically, it is not known how many respondents to either the paper or electronic questionnaire would leave it blank. ...
So the SCOTUS was informed. Read the opinion and ruling. Then take a goddam, god-given number.

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Quite a talent ... founder Daniel Peled ... easy Internet search GetGems >> CoinDash >> hacked website >> $7m gone ... digital bitcoin fun for start-ups ... billions at stake for the Israel-Palestine (?) economy project ... Orbs as digital central banker with newcomer Netta Korin as social entrepeneur? One can find a quite positive article about her in the Times of Israel.

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In story: 8 - 14 July 2019

Re: Another take
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parity watch
Taiwan party picks mayor over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run
  • tanks, "US to sell $2bn in weapons to Taiwan"
  • CAMPAIGN 2020 "opposition"
  • USD:TWD, 1: 30.5264, "5.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($167 million)"


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In story: The Johnson and Hunt show

Re: The Johnson and Hunt debate
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Practical reason? Will deliver Brexit do or die.

They believe it.

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In story: The Johnson and Hunt show

Re: The Johnson and Hunt debate
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He is like Trump. It's not what he says he'll do that matters, it's that he enrages the people who enrage Tories. He has spent his entire career speaking openly that he is shares the same prejudices as the Tory electorate, he's rcist, sexist, misogynistic and homohobic.

Because he shares their prejudices, they believe that anything and everything he does will be rooted in him being the same sort of small minded bigot they are themselves. They don'tcare if it works, they don't care that it's effective. They care that it pisses off the right people


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In story: A Cold House

A Cold Warrior
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Bruce P. Jackson (Wikipedia)

Post-Communist Europe Relations

A long-time proponent of NATO expansion, Jackson was instrumental in securing U.S. Senate ratification of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary as members of NATO and organizing the second "Vilnius Round" of NATO expansion which brought the Baltic States, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria into both NATO and the European Union. Since 2002, he has been active in the Balkans and post-Soviet democracies advocating democratic reform and EU accession.

Loosely translated: a Neocon a$$hole

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In story: A Cold House

Re: NI and a Whiff of Henry Jackson
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I was traveling, so I couldn/t embed link and a "/" became html code for italics  ...

Embedded link:

International Patrons of The Henry Jackson Society - 2005

Bruce P. Jackson
President of the Project for Transitional Democracies

Robert Kagan
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

William Kristol
Editor, The Weekly Standard

Vytautas Landsbergis
Former President of Lithuania

Michael McFaul
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Senior Advisor, National Democratic Institute

Joshua Muravchik
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Richard Perle
Former American Assistant Secretary of Defence

General Jack Sheehan
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic

James Woolsey
Former Director of the CIA

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In story: A Cold House

Re: NI and a Whiff of Henry Jackson
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can't access that link...

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In story: A Cold House

Re: NI and a Whiff of Henry Jackson
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https:/web.archive.org/web/20060102224513http://www-hjs.pet.cam.ac.uk/patrons_html

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In story: A Cold House

Re: NI and a Whiff of Henry Jackson
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😊 well compensated I presume ... JHS is one horrible institution.

In Colman's diary he linked to a webpage of JHS patrons of 2005. That page can't be found, however WayBackMachine archive should have it. I will find link that explains its founding.

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News and Views

 8 - 14 July 2019

by Bjinse - Jul 9, 130 comments

Your take on this week's news

 27 May - 2 June 2019

by Bjinse - May 28, 326 comments

Your take on this week's news

 July Thread

by Bjinse - Jul 9, 6 comments

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast threads

 June Thread

by Bjinse - May 28, 86 comments

The lovely conversation that left me to ponder was the long thread I had with June

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