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15 - 22 April 2018

by Bjinse Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:05:37 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:06:26 PM EST
In case anyone still pays attention to the state of Austria's opposition: The current leader of the sort of vanity splinter of the Green party, called Liste Pilz after its founder, seems to have left the party. That follows on the party founder refusing the mandate over sexual harassment claims. Meanwhile the main party failed to enter parliament and their former leader Eva Glawishnig got a gig at gamble conglomerate Novartis, very public enemy #1 of the party, shortly before an important state election.
You could think there was a bit of a conspiracy going on if you were of the paranoid mindset. The prospect of a politically organized left looks incredibly remote at a time when the conservatives prepare to go full Thatcher and the far right controls police, army and secret services.
by generic on Mon Apr 16th, 2018 at 09:06:09 AM EST
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OK, apparently that wasn't quite correct. Peter Kolba will not leave the party. Him stepping down from the leadership position is not really unexpected since he only took over when their founder unexpectedly didn't enter parliament.
Maybe someone is spreading malicious rumors.
by generic on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 03:52:35 AM EST
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Thanks for reporting.

No new party on the left that might step up if the greens are divided and falling?

Soc-dems useless as usual?

by fjallstrom on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 12:56:26 PM EST
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It's all pretty dire. Short answer: no. Long answer: Also no. The Soc-Dems are settled with a liberal party leader, in both the market and other sense of the word, with convictions that run as deep as a puddle. All the embarrassingly offensive and bad laws we got in the last few months of the coalition had to have his OK. And after the CETA turnabout I don't see how you can take anything coming from Soc-Dem central seriously. They are also settled with a federal structure and at least one state organisation that you can count for the far-right without being too far off. All this will not change since the dearth of other options leads to OK results at the polls.
The Green successor party has no activists and no real party structure. It is basically only a handful of people sitting in parliament so it isn't entirely clear for what you would even be signing up if you intended to join.
There is also a well funded neoliberal party that calls itself "NEOs" with admirable honesty, that gets to play the defender of civil liberties.
That's basically all for opposition in Parliament.
I also looked in on the local DIEM chapter. Certainly quite a number of well-meaning people but seems still very far from being in a state to contest elections.
There are also the communists who have recently snapped up the Green Party Youth. Didn't help them last election and I see no real life signs from them.
Just for an honourable mention: I also looked up what the local anti-fa was up to (on Twitter) and a lot of them seem pretty concerned about BDS. ???
by generic on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 03:51:36 AM EST
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Beautiful
Die ÖVP-FPÖ-Regierung deckelt die Verwaltungsstrafen für Firmen, die Mitarbeiter bei der Sozialversicherung nicht oder falsch anmelden. Die sogenannten Säumniszuschläge betragen künftig maximal 855 Euro pro Meldeverstoß, was bei der SPÖ für große Aufregung sorgt. Die entsprechende Änderung des Allgemeinen Sozialversicherungsgesetzes (ASVG) geschieht über das Budgetbegleitgesetz.

Defrauding the social security system now carries a maximal fine of 855€ (if you are a company, obviously).
by generic on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 05:45:40 AM EST
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Windrush generation treatment 'appalling' - BBC News


The home secretary has apologised for the treatment of the Windrush generation, saying it was "wrong" and "appalling" that some face deportation.

Many immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth decades ago as children have been told they are here illegally.

Amber Rudd said they would be helped to attain required documents for free and added she was concerned her department "sometimes loses sight" of individuals.

Labour's David Lammy said it was a "day of national shame".

(...)

Thousands of people arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago.

They are known as the Windrush generation - a reference to the ship, the Empire Windrush, that brought workers from the West Indies to Britain in 1948.

Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth citizens already living in the UK were given indefinite leave to remain.

However, the Home Office did not keep a record of those granted leave to remain or issue any paperwork confirming it, meaning it is difficult for the individuals to now prove they are in the UK legally.

Changes to immigration law in 2012, which requires people to have documentation to work, rent a property or access benefits, including healthcare, has highlighted the issue and left people fearful about their status.

by Bjinse on Mon Apr 16th, 2018 at 07:42:27 PM EST
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the PR package
Britain says regrets role in anti-gay laws among former colonies
Speaking on the second day of a week-long meeting in London, May addressed a wide range of humanitarian and environmental issues, including laws which outlaw same-sex activity in 37 of its 53 member nations.

"I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now," May said.
[...]
May herself apologised over the harsh treatment of the so-called "Windrush generation," whose parents were invited to Britain

like Turks were to Germany
to plug labour shortfalls after World War Two, later to be caught up in a tightening of immigration rules overseen by May in 2012 when she was interior minister.

EDUCATION COMMITMENT

Although there is no Commonwealth free trade bloc and member states buy less than 10 percent of Britain's exports, ministers in London see the group and its 2.4 billion residents as an important part of their post-Brexit strategy.

o, well, alrighty, then.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 09:31:35 PM EST
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the records were deliberately destroyed during a re-organisation in 2010, just after May became Home Secretary.

It is unlikely that she personally requested it, but it was very convenient as her department began to reflect her more extreme anti-immigrant sentiments

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 07:21:39 PM EST
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So. The Skripals's were most likely "roofied" by NATO agents, Swiss forensics implies.

classy

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by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 06:35:37 PM EST
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Swiss lab stays silent on Lavrov poison claims
Russia: Trace of Western-made nerve agent seen in UK samples
The Skripal case & the perils of a rush to judgment
One of the two most important points in the OPCW summary is that the environmental samples collected by the OPCW technical team were of "high purity" and demonstrated "the almost complete absence of the impurities."
... they cannot keep their stories straight. Simply can't do it. Can't. So many loose ends. Too much work.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 07:29:01 PM EST
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Precursor chemicals don't have ID tags and the formula is widely available.  

Or, as a Ph.d. chemist at Wisconsin replied when asked by the FBI if he could have made the Math Research bomb, "of course I could have made it.  I'a a chemist."

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

by ATinNM on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:40:02 PM EST
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Point being, the agent could have been made anywhere by anyone with the proper lab equipment and a modicum of training.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 10:41:33 PM EST
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Aliens could have done it. All part of their evil plot to conquer us.

Wait, maybe the Silurians living under Salisbury plain sent out an agent to provoke WWIII and cleanse the world of its human taint. Who can tell, who can tell?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 10:24:40 AM EST
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More pertinent: both Skripals ARE STILL ALIVE.
Ergo, Tory gov lied.

##Misplaced Precision Lesson #7,812,008,934.1A

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 06:44:16 PM EST
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How do you know they're alive? Just because a Tory government said they are?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 06:47:32 PM EST
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Of course, they're alive. Were they dead --WITHIN MINUTES OF EXPOSURE TO THE CHEMICALS ONE BILLION TIMES MORE LETHAL THAN VX -- May and Boris would have staged a eulogy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 06:59:49 PM EST
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And would you have believed that?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 07:10:19 PM EST
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Which part?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 08:11:06 PM EST
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  1. Skripals are alive; Tory gov declares 'novichok' 8x more potent than VX is instrument of death.

  2. Skripals are dead; Tory gov publishes letter by Yulia thanking medical team for outstanding treatment.

  3. Skripals are "mostly dead" in hospital; Tory gov to surrender bodies to [Miracle Max] for resettlement and NEW! identities
"The obvious place to resettle them is America because they're less likely to be killed there and it's easier to protect them there under a new identity," it quoted what it called an intelligence source familiar with the negotiations as saying.

"There's a preference for them to be resettled in a five-eyes nation because their case would have huge security implications," the source added.

Either one will do, won't it, so long as it's not a Russian lie.


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by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 06:34:32 PM EST
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Hm.

http://www.cbw-events.org.uk/faqs-skripal.html#NIL7

It is possible that all of the US, UK, FR, DE, RU and SY are run by corrupt vicious pricks. The working assumption here seems to be that RU state (either by action or negligence) couldn't be responsible for this because they are, by some weird alchemy, the good guys. They're all the bad guys.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 10:50:48 AM EST
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True statement, no buts about it.  :-(

This same Richard Guthrie?

It's difficult to find CWB experts with no hidden agenda ... or outright lies.

Richard Guthrie and Iraq War

Dr Richard Guthrie, an expert in chemical warfare at Sussex University, argues that due to the fact that no pathological evidence exists linking depleted uranium to birth defects, a more likely cause for this increase in birth defects was the Iraqi Army's use of mustard agents during its war with Iran.

CWB Events - Richard Guthrie

Depleted Uranium And The Iraq War's Legacy Of Cancer

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

by Oui on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 11:52:00 AM EST
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Same info on procedure from multiple sources.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 11:55:33 AM EST
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From your CWB Events link ... I found this summary on Novichok basically in error. Not just because it was quite brief.

Why aren't Novichoks and their precursors on the CWC schedules? When the Schedules were put together in the early 1990s, the Russian government refused to confirmed whether the Novichok family of compounds existed. At the time there were also concerns that scientists and engineers from weapons programmes of the USSR might find gainful employment in other countries, causing further proliferation problems. For example, significant funds were put into place by Western governments to establish the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) in Moscow (moved to Astana some years later) and the Science and Technology Centre Ukraine (STCU) to find work for scientists and engineers that reduce proliferation concerns. In addition there were concerns that the CWC needed to be put into operation as quickly as possible to get the destruction of declared chemical weapons underway. In the circumstances at the time, the Novichoks seemed to be a less important issue and so they remained on the back burner.

That's why I searched for the author and found Richard Guthrie from Sussex University. Certainly an expert on CWB, but with strings attached? He is no David Kelly who helped dismantle the Soviet stockpiles.

Biological Weapons Proliferation: Reasons for Concern, Courses of Action (1998)
Russia's Poorly Guarded Past | WaPo - June 2002 |

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

by Oui on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 06:01:57 PM EST
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Sure, there is certainly a risk of overreacting and going pro Russia, humans in general seem to have trouble when more than two options are on the table.
But everyone lying doesn't equal Russia did it, either.
What I find most irritating about the Russia panic is that in most cases, even if the worst accusations are true, the proposed solutions are worse. Russian bots? Deputize the corporations that run all channels of communication to censor political expression. Syria killed a bunch of people with poison gas instead of shrapnel and white phosphorous like a civilized country, in violation of its OCW commitments? Bomb the country in a clear violation of the UN charter.
by generic on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 06:49:58 AM EST
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Sure. In this case, it seems most likely to me that Russia was responsible, in the sense of it was someone important based in Russia that did it.

There's no doubt that the whole situation suits politicians on all sides. Toothless diplomatic sanctions, ritual air strikes, distract from the fundamental failings of UK/US political systems by focusing on minor effects of Russian based interventions.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 11:05:10 AM EST
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Given the facts as presented some Russian involvement seems likely. However, I've not seen anyone come up with the answer what the guy was up to in the last 20 years. Maybe he made a whole new set of enemies. Also, as far as I know there was already a Novichok murder in 1994 Russia.
by generic on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 01:12:14 AM EST
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OK, that was even more garbled than usually. What I wanted to point out is that 1: There was apparently already a Novichok use in Russia:

wiki

The forerunner of Novichok agents, substance-33 (frequently also referred to simply as "Novichok")[64] has been reportedly used in 1995 to poison Russian banker Ivan Kivelidi (ru), the head of the Russian Business Round Table, and Zara Ismailova, his secretary.[65][66][67][68][69] According to historians Yuri Felshtinsky and Vladimir Pribylovsky, the murder became "one of the first in the series of poisonings organized by Russia's security services". The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs analyzed the substance and announced that it was "a phosphorus-based military-grade nerve agent"[70] "whose formula was strictly classified".[70]

So we know that someone in Russia used something like it in domestic disputes.

The second point I wanted to make is that ex-spies tend to get mixed up in shade stuff as a matter of course. Litvinenko was also only one degree of separation away from basically every shady story that went on at the time. I think deGondi had a story about this at the time? So while it is a reasonable assumption that some of his ex-colleagues want to murder him for what he did decades ago, someone should ask questions about what he was mixed up with in the recent past.

by generic on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 04:00:08 AM EST
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Also this, though the link to the original source is missing.

temp

But the official Russian forensic investigation in conjunction with the Kivelidi's murder, as reported by Novaya Gazeta, concluded that the Novichok did not take effect instantaneously but generally took from one and a half to five hours.

If true that is one weird ass nerve gas.

by generic on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 07:17:08 AM EST
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Tactically useful though.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 11:37:39 AM EST
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Quarter of Irish [2017] economic growth due to Apple's iPhone, says IMF
in value added terms, three countries are the main beneficiaries of this trend - Korea, Taiwan and Ireland.
[...]
REMEMBER, the "on-shoring" of intellectual property that happened in 2015 was a big driver behind the 26% GDP growth recorded in Ireland for that year, which gave rise to Professor Krugman's famous jibe.
< wipes tears >
With one in five [!] people on the planet [!!] now owning a smartphone, the demand [!!!] has driven the creation of highly complex supply chains across Asia. Korea is the main supplier of smartphone components. Its semiconductor exports alone accounted for 17% of total exports. Smartphone components accounted for one third of Taiwan's exports at their peak in 2017. For Malaysia the components were 17.4% of exports, while in Singapore it was 15.9%.

20%, of which 85% in westworld?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 08:32:02 PM EST
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GDP is a shitty measure, comically so for somewhere like Ireland. Who knew?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 10:02:56 AM EST
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Sputnik is gloating, "Brexit's Your Mess, Fix the Irish Border Issue or No Deal - Donald Tusk Tells UK"
Donald Tusk says no Brexit deal until border resolved
"unique customs arrangements" story developing HA!
"Border Force expects the highest possible standards of professionalism and teamwork from our staff and adherence to our core values: Commitment; Discipline; Respect and Moral Courage."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 05:11:57 PM EST
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British PM May dealt embarrassing Brexit defeat in parliament's upper house
By a vote of 348 to 225, the Lords, from all parties, supported an amendment to her Brexit blueprint, the EU withdrawal bill, requiring ministers to report what efforts they had made to secure a customs union by the end of October.

It does not explicitly say Britain must reach a deal on such a union and Brexit campaigners called it a ploy to embolden EU supporters in the lower house of parliament to press their case for May to reverse her position and back a customs union.
[...]
It is the first of several defeats the government is expected to suffer in the Lords over the remaining stages of the debate in coming weeks.

poor thing

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 06:38:38 PM EST
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but brexit is a manifesto promise, which means that the Lords can only kick it out once. If it goes through the Commons and returns, they are unable to vote against it.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 09:12:38 PM EST
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What happens with a coalition? Does it have to be a manifesto promise of the DUP as well? (Is it?)

And there's no manifesto promise of which kind of Brexit. What if the Lords don't reject Brexit but only reject have-cake-and-eat-it Brexit?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 07:11:39 AM EST
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Bloomberg
Amid a weeks-long leadership tussle that claimed the scalps of the chief executive, two of his top lieutenants and tainted its chairman, the bank inadvertently transferred 28 billion euros ($35 billion) to one of its outside accounts, Bloomberg News has revealed.

While the blunder was quickly reversed and caused no financial harm, it's a stark reminder of the vulnerability of even the most sophisticated financial firms.

Is that Deutsche Bank they're talking about?
For Deutsche Bank, the mistake comes at a delicate time as the new CEO, Christian Sewing, seeks to convince investors the bank can now return to growth.
It sounds like even they don't really believe it.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 07:43:22 PM EST
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The Daily Mash
THE government's Brexit bill has suffered two shock defeats due to a mild breeze and a few spots of rain.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 07:44:29 PM EST
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Fox News Diplomacy, full broadcast Sun, 22 April


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 10:26:53 PM EST
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Interviews on Fox News are the only way of communicating to Trump, no?
by Bernard on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 03:34:03 PM EST
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no. but it is a cheap way to impress a large number of eligible US american voters.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 03:59:08 PM EST
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Or a very small number of elected officials...

by Bernard on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 07:46:22 PM EST
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Mr. CORKER (for himself, Mr. KAINE, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. COONS, Mr. YOUNG, and Mr. NELSON) ? Which one is wearing the pink outfit?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 07:59:23 PM EST
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Let there be no doubt. The link (above) is to the text of the joint resolution, introduced by Mr Corker on 16 April 2018. That is before and certainly not in anticipation of Mssrs Macron's and Trump's requited love of war, or "intervention" if one prefers. Mr Corker's work is but one of 165 bills currently related to AUMF powers although one might not aware be of that, given cataracts annealed to the lenses of Anglo-merican "journalists" and petit historians from other lands ("think tanks") through which some rely for sight. It has attracted only five co-sponsors yet attained prominent display --insofar as any bill might in recent headlines.

Its code is S.J.Res.59. Its short title is "Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2018."

This resolution renews and amends --or "modernizes"  M Macron style-- prior AUMF legislation granting unitary authorities to prosecute war on anyone, anywhere to the executive office since September 14, 2001 (S.J.Res. 23, 107th session of The Odious). I for one cannot recall who was or were Mr Trump's concubine(s) at the time. It was after all a period marked by one tragedy after the other, from vehicular homicide and animal cruelty to massacre in the Trade Towers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 04:42:04 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 03:59:47 PM EST
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some call that 'bromance'
AP |"his tough-love friendship with Donald Trump"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 04:54:41 PM EST
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some call that "peaufiner une image de rempart démocratique face aux poussées autoritaires", or "studied bonhomie", or, yes, "bromance," and, yes, "charm offensive with Fox News"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 05:46:21 PM EST
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To those who believe Macron is a "liberal": think again.


Don't be fooled by Emmanuel Macron the `moderate' - Owen Jones - Guardian

Another pillar of his agenda is privatisation, including of France's airports and part of the national energy utility. His confrontation with rail workers is seen as an attempt to lay the foundations for a catastrophic British-style privatisation of the railway industry. EU-mandated deregulation will mean foreign companies can soon compete with the state rail company SNCF, and Macron is transforming it from a state enterprise into a limited company; exactly what happened with the formerly state-owned France Télécom.

So-called centrists are supposed to be socially liberal. Macron exposes this pernicious myth for what it is. A man who courted left-leaning voters by promising a humane policy towards migrants and refugees now has them firmly in his sights. The number of days a person without papers can be imprisoned in a detention centre is to be doubled; the consideration time period for asylum has been halved, meaning fewer refugees will be accepted. Charities warn that refugees fleeing war will be deported. Macron's interior minister, Gérard Collomb, claims that communities are "breaking up because they are overwhelmed by the inflow of asylum seekers". No wonder the far-right Front National has described his policies as a "political victory".

by Bernard on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 07:57:34 PM EST
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tbh, I've probably hung around here too much, but I never understood this "liberal" romance with Macron.

It's kinda like the "Obama wins peace prize for not being George bush" thing; embarrassing in hindsight as the drones rain fire on Pakistan and Syria while everybody wonders what they were thinking, but t least it was understandable how he fooled us.

Macron is an amateur compared to either Bill C or Obama, or even Blair for that matter. For starters he's NOT a liberal, not even pretending he was one. Like Justin Trudeau, he's young but he's a conservative. C'mon guys, the lcue is in the name. The only way Macron was good looking is cos he was running against an actual nazi.

But now that's over, and he's still a conservative, which means fucking everything up on behalf of corporatations and the rich. Which is what he said he'd do

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 04:28:47 PM EST
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SPD's new leader faces old divisions - New Europe
Nahles's only challenger was also a woman; the 41-year old Simone Lange is the mayor of Flensburg criticised her own party for sticking to Wolfgang Schaeuble's budget surplus policy.

Her criticism was focused against Olaf Scholz, finance minister and interim leader of SPD since Schultz resigned in February 2018. "A balanced budget can never be at the core of Social Democratic policy," Lange said.

(my emphasis)
by Bernard on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 03:32:07 PM EST
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Abortion Opponents Lose Battle for EU-Wide Ban

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by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 05:01:58 PM EST
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Repubblica
Con lo scioglimento dei ghiacciai si sposta il confine italo-svizzero e il rifugio italiano Guide del Cervino, a 3.480 metri sul Plateau Rosà, si scopre per tre quarti in territorio elvetico. La questione è emersa dopo che la società delle guide, proprietaria dell'immobile, ha tentato di avviare l'iter per la ristrutturazione che rischia di non poter proseguire, intrappolato nel groviglio delle competenze tra il comune valdostano di Valtournenche e quello svizzero di Zermatt e delle differenti normative nazionali. Della questione si occuperà una Commissione paritetica la cui riunione è in programma dal 2 al 4 maggio prossimi.

Tutto nasce dal "confine mobile" tra Italia e Svizzera previsto da una legge del 2009. Un'invenzione resa necessaria dopo che lo scioglimento dei ghiacciai ha cancellato i riferimenti storici: il confine coincide ora con la linea di cresta che nel frattempo è emersa  e che ai piedi del Cervino taglia a metà il rifugio e anche l'adiacente scuola di sci.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 05:53:03 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:06:29 PM EST
Starbucks to close 8,000 stores for training after black men arrested
"for the afternoon on 29 May to train nearly 175,000 staff on how to prevent racial discrimination in its stores."
Starbucks to close all its stores for one day of 'racial bias training' in response to Philadelphia scandal
Protesters have descended on a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia since cops cuffed two African-American men there after a manager called 911 when they tried to use the bathroom last Thursday. The manager said he barred the men from using the bathroom because they hadn't ordered anything.
I briefly searched the biz press for estimated earnings loss (per minute or hour) attributable to the CEO's act of contrition and came up empty except for Dean Baker, inveterate economist, master of misplaced precision.
The usual weekly earnings for a black worker at the 75th percentile of the distribution was 56 percent higher than the median earnings in the first quarter of 2018. If we assume that the gap is linear (i.e. moving up five percentage points in the wage distribution closes the gap between the 75th percentile and 50th percentile by one fifth)...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 08:15:53 PM EST
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m'k. People Are Losing Their Minds Over Starbucks
File in sociopaths-teaching-sociopaths-manners (old by-line of mine covering diverse rational-self-interested-actor incidents evoking "It's not me!").

Wait for reference to US public law (federal and constitutional prohibition of discrimination of "public accommodation", for example).

Wait for reference to lawful, ubiquitous, and contemporaneous controls of public accommodation (keycode to locks on lavatories in high-traffic US restaurants, dispensed with receipt of purchase).

Wait for reference to historical dereliction of duty by US govs to enforce public accommodation before transgender  cause célèbre "politicized" toilets (pick one, any one).

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 06:01:49 PM EST
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Not a fan of indices myself (real number symbol sewers) and am alternately disgusted and saddened by the import assigned to their periodic presentations by economists and self-styled sociologists as if to express "confidence" in commerce. But here I am chuckling. What a hoot to force "market" players from TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL and EDELMAN TRUST BAROMETER into a QoQ cage match for title to World's Most Trust-Worthy Index of NGO, BUSINESS, GOV, MEDIA. "America has no friends, it has little more than the frightened and sycophantic following it around. We [Britain] are one of them."

heh. <-- 0.0 (distrust) -- 0.5 (mistrust/"neutral") -->100(trust)

FULL COUNTRY REPORT:FUKUS is circling the bowl of esteemed nation-states.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 09:07:21 PM EST
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After Corporate Crime Reporter reported in January 2017 that Transparency International USA had been stripped of its affiliation, the head office of Transparency International in Berlin confirmed the move saying that "the disaccreditation was the recognition of differences in philosophies, strategies, and priorities between the former chapter and the Transparency International Movement."
for example
Its million dollar a year budget was sustained by contributions from Bechtel Corporation, Deloitte, Google, Pfizer  ($50,000 or more), Citigroup, ExxonMobil, Fluor, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Marsh & McLennan, PepsiCo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Raytheon, Realogy, Tyco ($25,000-$49,999), and Freeport-McMoRan and Johnson & Johnson (up to $24,999).
[...]
Other than the name change from Transparency International USA to the Coalition for Integrity, it's unclear whether or not anything has changed.
[...]
Among the Coalition for Integrity's current donors - Bechtel Corporation, Citigroup, Deloitte, Fluor Corporation, GE Corporation, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Navigant Consulting, PepsiCo, Pfizer, and Raytheon, as well as various corporate legal defense and lobbying firms.
eminently trustworthy HBR models of BUSINESS

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 07:21:41 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:06:33 PM EST



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 02:28:45 AM EST
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dKos report she's doing very well. But what causes froth with the media sometimes goes nowhere with the actual electorate.

But Cuomo's a total shit and deserves a good kicking

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 09:14:13 PM EST
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Sorry. He's not going to get it from her. Not upstate, not on the island, not even the rock. she's got to beat cuomo in a closed primary. c'mon.

she's not that entertaining.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 10:04:18 PM EST
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Speaking of officious liars ...
USA | OIG | A Report of Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (Feb 2018, official release 13 April 2018) 39 pp

Justice Department inspector general report cites ["]lack of candor["] by McCabe
"The instances the inspector general cited were McCabe's conversations with federal investigators and also with then-FBI Director James Comey in October 2016."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 07:40:15 PM EST
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The Republican Party is organised around one man - The Economist

ALL presidents, Republican and Democrat, seek to remake their party in their own image. Donald Trump has been more successful than most. From the start, the voters he mesmerised in the campaign embraced him more fervently than congressional Republicans were ready to admit. After 15 months in power, as our briefing explains, he has taken ownership of their party. It is an extraordinary achievement from a man who had never lived in Washington, DC, never held public office, who boasted of groping women and who, as recently as 2014, was a donor to the hated Democrats.

The organising principle of Mr Trump's Republican Party is loyalty. Not, as with the best presidents, loyalty to an ideal, a vision or a legislative programme, but to just one man--Donald J. Trump--and to the prejudice and rage which consume the voter base that, on occasion, even he struggles to control. In America that is unprecedented and it is dangerous.

(...)

At the heart of his system of power is his contempt for the truth. In a memoir published this week (see Lexington) James Comey, whom Mr Trump fired as director of the FBI, laments "the lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organisation above morality and above the truth". Mr Trump does not--perhaps cannot--distinguish between facts and falsehoods. As a businessman and on the campaign he behaved as if the truth was whatever he could get away with. And, as president, Mr Trump surely believes that his power means he can get away with a great deal.

When power dominates truth, criticism becomes betrayal. Critics cannot appeal to neutral facts and remain loyal, because facts are not neutral. As Hannah Arendt wrote of the 1920s and 1930s, any statement of fact becomes a question of motive.


by Bjinse on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 08:55:08 PM EST
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"Peaceful Transfer of Power": Sue everyone but kitchen sink.
DNC Suit Accuses Trump Campaign of Blockbuster Conspiracy
defendants
the Russian Federation,
General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation ("GRU"),
GRU Operative Using Psydonym "Guccifer 2.0",
Aras Iskenerovich Agalarov,
Amin Araz Agalarov,
Joseph Mifsud,
Wikileaks,
Julian Assange,
Donald J. Trump For President, Inc.,
Donald J. Trump, Jr.,
Paul J. Manafort, Jr.,
Roger J. Stone, Jr.,
Jared C. Kushner,
George Papadopoloulos,
Richard W. Gates, III,
John Does 1-10
12 counts of tortious conduct in lieu of criminal indictments summarized thereby as
...20. The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign poser to bolster its own chance to win the Presidency. And, in carrying out this effort, Defendants conspriered to disseminate documents stolen from the DNC in violation of the laws of the United States, as wll as the laws of the State of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Under the laws of this nation, Russia and its co-conspirators must answer for these actions.
III. DAMAGAGES TO THE DNC
21. The illegal conspiracy [to diseminate documents stolen from the DNC] inflicted profound damage oupon the DNC. Defendants undermined and distorted the DNC's ability to communicate the party's values and vision to the American electorate; sowed discord within the Democratic party at a time when party unity was essential to electoral succes; and seriously compromised the DNC's internal and external communications.
a novella

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 05:12:48 PM EST
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Did they forget Michael Cohen?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 07:35:06 PM EST
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Will the discovery phase let the defendants get access to those emails?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 06:01:38 AM EST
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  1. Federal rules of civil procedure enumerate the many means ("motions to") available to advocates of either party to petition the the court for intermediate review of facts (evidence) and law before and during proceedings. Anyway, both parties have to present upon filing an intial list of evidence and witnesses intended for admission by the parties and the court to trial. Pre-trial hearings when the litany of motions occur and determine adversaries' legal strategy at trial is not of much interest to gossip columnists.

  2. Which emails? Some "stolen" DNC email are in the public domain and presumably also stored by defendant Wikileaks. Some correspondence among and between the parties, plaintiff (DNC Services Corp., d/b/a DNC) and defendants, are not in the public domain. Discovery of that material, pursuant to conspiracy to steal and disseminate [?] contraband, may be of particular interest to defendants who are US nationals otherwise preoccupied by defense of criminal charges intimately related to the DNC's spurious petition for relief, or excuse from participation in any "conspiracy" to "leak" private parts. I for one don't expect foreign nationals to respond to this complaint ... in court. On the other hand, the first motion I would file for a foreign national is to Strike, Sever, or Try Separately mine from wtf. I also do not expect either party or the court to subpoena material evidence or witnesses identified by FBI investigation into the matter or grand jury indictments obtained by "special" prosecutor. After all, witnesses key to plaintiff's allegations of any and all conspiracy between domestic and foreign agents have been referred to DOJ for criminal prosecution by certain congressional representatives. After all, the caucus agreed to suppress "classified" material, and the DNC refused FBI forensic examination of electronic transmission logs.

  3. Mr Cohen, an ambiguous character like Mr Michael Eisenkraft who filed the DNC complaint, appears to be the front for a number of Big Law firms periodically retained by a unnamed partisan figures or corporations. Law blogs hint. Given the circumstances surrounding the recent FBI "raid" of Cohen's "privileges", I suspect, the DNC will be at pains to suppress US national defendants' discovery of any participation by counsel in arms-length or concerted acts "to fix" clients' liabilities in ancillary breaches of duty over prior 2 years, eg. W-Schultz, R-Clinton, Comey, Clapper, Welding vs.

As citations in the complaint and previous minority reports on House Intelligence Committee investigation suggest, litigation of "facts" will never "probe" deeper press reportage already published.

Because the caucus has succeeded in obtaining $630M in the US FY budget from the majority to "monitor" mid-term electoral operations, it seems to be that this complaint is merely an extension of the DNC political advertising campaign since '15. However, what remains in the sawdust of this two ring circus is the DNC prosecution of a free press, not "fake news".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 03:15:21 PM EST
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3. "law blog hints" nothing but back biting in foreseeable future.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 04:22:46 PM EST
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2. law blog hints: "This worked with Nixon."
Today, the DNC is casting an even more ambitious net in an attempt to hold somebody accountable for hacking into the DNC servers
Simile Suicide Alert:Sunday, June 18, 1972; Page A01  

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 07:47:59 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 03:43:52 PM EST
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See the difference? The difference is Skadden, 30 days, and one month's wages.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 04:09:08 PM EST
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["]Lawmakers["] propose giving top NY prosecutor power to bypass Trump pardons
Passage could make it harder for Trump aides who might be pardoned to escape prosecution, even if special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election were shut down.
immunity certainly would be a novel interpretation of a pardoned conviction that hadn't occurred
The law would do away with double jeopardy protections, which prevent people from being tried twice for the same crime, in cases of presidential pardon.
waitwut
New York's [?] double jeopardy law is "a recipe for trouble," and changing it would "substantially reduce the threat of lawless White House action," Schneiderman said in a statement.
"double jeopardy protections"
5th Amd, US Constitution
"nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;"

::

File under "Mentel disorder is a communicable disease"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 22nd, 2018 at 03:19:03 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 07:02:45 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:06:35 PM EST
A bill banning sex with animals just passed 25 to 10. The ten were all Republicans. This was in Louisiana, in case that wasn't obvious.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 12th, 2018 at 04:07:22 PM EST
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Meanwhile, Trump signs law to punish websites for sex trafficking prostitution advertising sex workers

#ProPublica#MeToo#Time'sUp analysis developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 07:43:59 PM EST
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As long as it isn't same-sex with animals!

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 01:22:54 PM EST
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Sex Workers Set Up Their Own Social Network In Response To FOSTA/SESTA; And Now It's Been Shut Down Due To FOSTA/SESTA
(remember, with FOSTA, the targeting goes beyond "sex trafficking" to all prostitution).

I detect a diction problem.

Perhaps the writer intended to make a distinction in meanings between soliciting prostitution sex workers and prostitution sex work per se. In the event all parties to the transaction are human, of course.

In any case, to judge by sample commentary, many US Americans are ill-equipped to advocate intelligently for the rights of prostitutes sex workers operating in any state but Nevada or organizing interstate commercial interests in the trade (as have marijuana growers recently despite federal prohibitions).

#ProPublica#MeToo#Time'sUp analysis developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 09:18:38 PM EST
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hmm the little boat is listing.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 09:29:38 PM EST
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Nxivm UPDATE

archived
this.empowerment(Raniere, women)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 11:20:56 PM EST
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nuance
Feminist author Germaine Greer [!] on Meghan Markle
"Why would a girl born in poverty marry a man worth 53 million quid? I can't think of a single reason."
no nuance
UK landlord offering 'sex for rent' claims he is not breaking the law
"An offence is committed when a person offers accommodation in return for sex, as they are inciting/causing[?] another person to have sex with them in return [?] for 'payment' ", [Justice Secretary, David Lidington] told Hove MP Peter Kyle in a letter."

##FREE LOVE ON THE ROPES S2001E730,365

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 09:13:13 PM EST
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Greer is reduced to being a professional troll these days. Not worth the bother

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 09:15:17 PM EST
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Considering that she's the founder of Cosmopolitan magazine, I'd have to say that's a lateral move.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 05:14:10 PM EST
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s/b a founder of Cosmopolitan, handbook of the 'misleadership' class of 'feminists'.

FIRST WAVE, SECOND WAVE, they all look alike to me. That is like dead end politicians. What a 'legacy' for generations of FIFTH WAVE yet to compile 'whisper lists' for the edjamucation of the rest of the world.

The change came shortly after Sen. Tammy Duckworth on April 9 became the first sitting senator to give birth.
VICTORY! Over Teh Patriarchy!! (AMZN N.A. employee lactation break & PRIME home-delivery service story forthcoming ...) Look what's left of Paglia! omg.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 06:40:18 PM EST
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Bhutto did that back around 1990 as Prime Minister of Pakistan. Does that mean that feminism in Pakistan is way ahead of the US?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 06:53:27 PM EST
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That depends!

How long did she suckle the infant?
Did she also pander to or solicit bribes from Nestle?
Were any males harmed in the process?
Did she lead the FIRST 'slut walk'?
Did she 'fuck her way to freedom' in Jimmy Choo's?
   (before or after decommission from the US Armed Forces)
Did she escape sexual harassment in an accredited US doctoral program in a STEM discipline with a living wage?
Were her stigma plainly visible?
Did she credit The Beauty Myth for inspiration?
Did she consent?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 07:18:48 PM EST
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Is there video?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 07:26:01 PM EST
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Syria 'chemical attack': France's President Macron 'has proof' - BBC
France's President Emmanuel Macron says he has "proof" that the Syrian government attacked the town of Douma with chemical weapons last weekend.

He said he would decide "in due course" whether to respond with air strikes.

Urine and blood samples from victims of the attack have tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent, media reports quote US officials as saying.

The French president was interviewed by the TF1 TV channel earlier today, on a list of subjects, without getting specific, as usual.

Syrie, SNCF, hôpitaux, CSG..., ce qu'il faut retenir de l'interview d'Emmanuel Macron sur TF1 - Le Monde

   Syrie, « la preuve » des armes chimiques

Le président de la République a assuré que « nous avons la preuve que la semaine dernière des armes chimiques ont été utilisées par le régime de Bachar Al-Assad » sur la ville de la Douma, dans la banlieue de Damas, qui est retombée entièrement aux mains de l'armée syrienne jeudi 12 avril.

Pour autant, M. Macron a fait savoir que la France n'avait pas encore décidé d'une éventuelle réaction à cette attaque. « Nous aurons des décisions à prendre en temps voulu », a-t-il dit, ajoutant qu'il faut « tout faire pour qu'il y ait des cessez-le-feu ». Le chef de l'Etat a également dit avoir appelé « à plusieurs reprises » le président russe, Vladimir Poutine, allié de Bachar Al-Assad. « En aucun cas la France ne laissera une escalade se faire, ou quoi que soit qui puisse endommager la stabilité de la région », a-t-il encore dit.

by Bernard on Thu Apr 12th, 2018 at 06:38:06 PM EST
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Good timing, almost exactly 100 years after the introduction of chemical weapons to the Middle East, by the UK on 29-31 October 1917, at the Third Battle of Gaza. Of course, the problem now is that the wrong people are using them.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 12th, 2018 at 06:53:42 PM EST
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Syria, the "proof" of chemical weapons
The President of the Republic assured that "we have evidence that last week chemical weapons were used by the regime of Bashar Al-Assad" on the city of the Duma, in the suburbs of Damascus, which fell entirely to hands of the Syrian army Thursday, April 12.

However, Mr. Macron said that France had not yet decided a possible reaction to this attack. "We will have decisions to make in due time," he said, adding that "everything must be done to ensure ceasefires." The head of state also said he called "repeatedly" Russian President Vladimir Putin, ally of Bashar al-Assad. "In no case will France allow an escalation to happen, or whatever may damage the stability of the region," he said.

It appears, unexpectedly -- that is, within the last week-- that a recent browser update has elected un-English eurotrib.com content delivered by US pipes for automated translation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 14th, 2018 at 07:03:01 PM EST
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It's official.
Microsoft Warrant Case Tossed From High Court
And Amnesty International is especially concerned about influential journalists scouring Turkey who may or may not make the US "Media Monitoring Services" lists.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 06:39:22 PM EST
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972mag
That is why it was so surprising to discover the results of a new survey, conducted by the Geocartography Knowledge Group among 500 Jewish Israelis, for our book, Nakba in Hebrew. The survey shows that quite a few Israeli Jews, or at least many more than one would think, support the right of return of the Palestinian refugees.

Jewish Israelis were asked the following question: "In 1948, during the War of Independence, the majority of Palestinians who lived in the country were turned into refugees and have since been spread across the world. The right of return of the Palestinian refugees refers to the possibility of every Palestinian refugee (and his/her descendants) to decide between actual return to the place where they lived until 1948, and other forms of compensation. The significance of the recognition of the right of return may be that more than seven million Palestinian refugees will choose to return to Israel. To what extent do you support or oppose the right of return as presented?"

The detailed wording and inclusion of "over seven million" Palestinian refugees were meant to ensure that the respondents fully understand the significance of recognition and implementation of the right of return. This was done after the wording in two previous surveys was less explicit, yielding more than 20 percent results in support of the right of return. And yet, 16.2 percent of respondents in the new survey answered that they support return, or that they support it "provided the refugees return in peaceful conditions."

According to the survey, nearly twice as many women support the right of return than man (17.2 percent as opposed to nine). An especially optimistic figure can be found when breaking down the responses by age: Israelis between the ages of 18 and 34 support the right of return at a particularly high rate (25.9 percent), compared to adults over the age of 55 (15.1 percent) and those between 35-54 (7.3 percent). Meanwhile, Israelis who earn an average income are twice as likely to support the right of return than those who earn an above-average income (21.9 percent as opposed 12.7 percent).

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 05:21:52 PM EST
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Inter-Korean summit to focus on ending Cold War framework on Korean Peninsula
under the current armistice system, it would be meaningless for South and North Korea to declare the end of the war and make a peace treaty without a guarantee from the US and other major parties. Declaring the end of the war first could be problematic for the status and role of the UN Command, which is responsible for maintaining and managing the armistice system on the Korean Peninsula, and another objection is that South and North Korea do not have the authority to deal with this. That is presumably why a senior official from the Blue House said that "it's unclear whether we'll actually use the phrase `end the war.'"

"Since ending the war is not something that South and North Korea can do, if they don't declare the end of the war separately, they can confirm their previous mutual non-aggression declaration and push for a peace treaty and a promise to prevent war from ever reoccurring on the Korean Peninsula," said Cho Sung-ryul, chief of research for the Institute for National Security Strategy.
[...]
"One option is for the leaders to make a declaration confirming that South and North Korea will not engage in military hostilities and for more detailed discussions to take place during subsequent talks between the two sides' defense ministers or military officials," a senior government official said.

"Prior to this, North Korea and the US had to reach an agreement about denuclearization before a discussion could be held about peace on the Korean Peninsula. But now the discussion of a peace regime has been decoupled from the discussion of denuclearization. Inter-Korean relations had been a dependent variable of North Korea-US relations, but now they have become an independent variable. South Korea is actually moving with a considerable degree of autonomy," said Lee Hea-jeong, a professor at Chung-Ang University.

#ProPublica#MeToo#Time'sUp analysis developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 10:23:52 PM EST
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U.S. army trainers try to build West Africa defenses against jihad
"some 1,000 American special operations forces across about a dozen African countries"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 20th, 2018 at 05:20:42 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:07:31 PM EST
"If Kim Jong Un can do it, so can we!" or The EAC must take a common stand on US trade sanctions against Rwanda

~ Yash Tandon

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 11:18:23 PM EST
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Great Barrier Reef saw huge losses from 2016 heatwave
One-third of reefs in the world's largest coral system were transformed by warmed waters, finds comprehensive underwater and aerial survey.
by das monde on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 03:51:30 PM EST
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Why nuclear fusion is gaining steam - again - The Conversation

There are two reasons to be optimistic about fusion right now. Two big fusion reactors are built or being built. And fusion startups aiming to build smaller reactors, which would be cheaper, easier and quicker construct, are proliferating.

One of the two big reactors is a donut-shaped tokamak - a Russian acronym for a Soviet invention made in the 1950s that was designed to confine and compress plasma into a cylindrical shape in a powerful magnetic field. Powerful compression of the deuterium-tritium plasma at extremely high temperatures - as in about 100 million degrees Centigrade - causes fusion to occur.

ITER (Latin for "the way") is a collaboration between the European Union and the governments of India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, China and the U.S. This consortium is now spending more than US$20 billion to build a giant tokamak in southern France. By 2035, it's slated to generate 500 megawatts while operating on just 50 megawatts. Meeting that goal would essentially confirm that fusion is a feasible source of clean energy on a large scale.

by Bjinse on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 08:58:58 PM EST
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Fuel supply will determine demand, and the future does not promise savings for producers or consumers. Apart from anticipated growth in competition from EV manufacturers
Currently Lithium production is focused primarily in four countries and by four companies

Currently, around 80 % of the total lithium production worldwide originates in these three South American countries plus Australia and production is split between four companies. As a result, the whole lithium market is lacking transparency. This is the reason the big battery and accumulator producers like Panasonic and the leading electric car manufacturers, above all Tesla Motors, are looking for long-term supply contracts with relatively small development companies that in part are not producing before 2020. As a result of this supply oligopoly, lithium is currently not traded in the market and the actual trading prices are strictly confidential. One reason often mentioned by the supplier is that the available and produced lithium qualities are too different for a standardized market place.[Swiss Resource Capital Ag, 2017]



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 09:34:37 PM EST
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1600s fertilizer farms.

by generic on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 06:08:19 AM EST
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Nice ... Serenity!

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

by Oui on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 06:21:52 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:07:34 PM EST
Facebook's Tracking Of Non-Users Sparks Broader Privacy Concerns
" 'This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works," Facebook said in a statement to Reuters.' "

Judge Certifies Class in Facebook Privacy Suit
"Facebook also claimed that it cannot be sued for violating an Illinois law because its servers are not in that state."
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the malware.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 06:58:46 PM EST
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Y3 D108 Double Feature

Rise of the Machines, 1600 - 1700

Working Class History | The Grunwick Strike, 1976 | AUDIO

AMRIT WILSON: I think that the workforce who came, who were employed at Grunwick, were mainly people who had fled from east Africa but had a very hard time in getting to Britain because the policies at the time of the then Labour partners. And then found themselves in a completely alien situation where they had been, most people had been middle-class. So the men found it very hard to do the types of jobs that were available ... some of them managed to find reasonable jobs, but the women then added to the family income by taking on sweatshop work.
INTERVIEWER: Add to that, I think, the owners of Grunwick were very explicit about the fact that they wanted to employ these types of women because they thought, they were very passive and they would accept the kind of wages they were being offered, and they wouldn't be able to get other people to do this kind of work.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 18th, 2018 at 10:37:02 PM EST
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A hard time getting in?

That's not how I remember it, the Labour party brought them in the face of an extremely hostile and negative reaction from the press and the public. This was the time of the infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech from Enoch Powell where he spoke of immigration causing riots in the streets.

The problem was that the country simply had no way of settling the numbers of people who arrived. They were housed in abandoned army camps in conditions that were simply unsuitable, but were the best that could be managed given the notice period.

But the owner of Grunwicks was a nasty little man who was far more suited to the employment conditions of today with zero hours minimum wage contracts imposed on many sectors of the workforce. He deserved to go down.

But, sadly it lasted a long time and he gained a large amount of sympathetic press in right wing papers who were promoting the idea of the lawlessness of unions wrecking the country.

Thacher probably can thank the Grunwick workers (and Liverpool council) in part for her victory

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 at 06:59:13 AM EST
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The Pyjama Game: Hawera cinema's clothing ban goes global

When bosses of a small Taranaki cinema decided to get tough on people turning up to watch films in their pyjamas, onesies and dirty workboots, they didn't expect to find themselves making global news.

 « click for more info »

Hāwera Cinema 2 outlawed the clothing in a "friendly reminder" to patrons posted on Facebook on Saturday, April 21 - and by Tuesday that message had been reported around the world thanks to the likes of the The Guardian and even the BBC.

"We have a dress code at Hāwera Cinemas," the original message read. "It's simple really, as long as you are appropriately dressed and are wearing clean footwear you are good to go.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 06:52:38 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:07:37 PM EST
Not actually on this date. From November 2011:

The Syrian revolution--a broad-based, non-sectarian, democratic anti-despot national movement--has failed.

Mass demonstrations never materialized in Damascus and Aleppo.  The military and security forces didn't crack.  The Alawite on Sunni crackdown (Alawites form the backbone of the army/security forces/irregular goon squads) fomented sectarian divisions, with most non-Sunnis minorities cleaving desperately to the Assad regime.  Prosperous Sunnis have presumably been hedging their bets by donating to the anti-government cause in recent days but have not explicitly abandoned the regime.

Moe interesting than the quoted part are the cited pieces of how the US, UK, F, Turkey and Saudi intervention is picking up steam.

by generic on Sun Apr 22nd, 2018 at 03:25:51 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 08:07:39 PM EST
aaand in related, ludicrous newssss ...
China Is Nationalizing Its Tech Sector
... bring new meaning to Krugman-Zuckerberg economic exhortations of yore: Nationalize the Databases! -"N"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 07:06:03 PM EST
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"Older Americans (53-72) overwhelming believe that large tech companies should be regulated the way big banks are"
62% as compared to "GENX" (47%) and "MILLENNIALS" (44%)

"Consumers are asking for regulation of the tech sector similar to big banks but don't believe the Government is able to regulate large tech companies"
The pollster goes on to ask respondents to approve either US "Consent Act" or EU "GDP" Rules base on 30-word summaries.

"Americans would support a Constitutional amendment to protect online privacy as well as regulating Facebook like traditional media companies"
HarrisX Inaugural Tech Media Telecom Pulse Survey 2018
n=2,546


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 10:11:59 PM EST
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"The majority do not believe tech companies are improving their mental health"
(Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, Youtube, SnapChat, Twitter: Facebook dominates the industry line up with 41% respondents agreeing use improved mental health, p 51)

survey was administered online 12-13 April, 2018 to real US personas claiming to be adults, 18 years or older

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 21st, 2018 at 10:20:19 PM EST
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Facebook insists it does not sell users' data to advertisers in latest blog post
"We provide advertisers with reports about the kinds of people seeing their ads and how their ads are performing, but we don't share information that personally identifies you," he said. "You can always see the 'interests' assigned to you in your ad preferences, and if you want, remove them."

The social network also said that when advertisers bring them information to reach users on the site, it does not share identifying data with the advertiser.
[...]
"It's the same with a free search engine, website or newspaper. The core product is reading the news or finding information - and the ads exist to fund that experience."

He added that Facebook would not allow users to opt out of seeing adverts because "ads are what keep Facebook free".

shure! It's kind of like storing your electronic health record (EHR) in an RHOI from which gov sub-contractors "disemminate" vital aggregate (or not) information to gov agencies, Facebook, DeepMind, NHS (UK), and Standford Medical School

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 23rd, 2018 at 06:18:54 PM EST
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