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30 July - 05 August 2018

by Bjinse Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:48:14 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:49:40 PM EST
'Dark MoneyIllegal Campaign Financing Saga Rages On: DUP Brexit Ads Targeted England, Scotland & Wales
The exposure flows from data released by the UK parliament Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's inquiry into 'fake news'.

The DUP ads were arranged by "digital advertising, web and software development" company AggregateIQ, a Canadian firm with oblique connections to Cambridge Analytica. Adverts such as seen up to 4.7 million times by Facebook users in England, Scotland and Wales, but a mere 860,000 times in Northern Ireland.

Call for Entries
UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul
Social media firms neither publisher nor platform, we need new term - MPs
[...]
"Social media companies cannot hide behind the claim of being merely a 'platform', claiming that they are tech companies and have no role themselves in regulating the content of their sites," the report said.

"That is not the case; they continually change what is and is not seen on their sites, based on algorithms and human intervention.

"However, they are also significantly different from the traditional model of a 'publisher', which commissions, pays for, edits and takes responsibility for the content it disseminates."

wut
The new category - which the MPs want to see defined by government in a white paper due in autumn - should establish "clear legal liability for the tech companies to act against harmful and illegal content on their platforms". This should include content that has been referred by users and content they identify themselves.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 11:59:36 PM EST
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Belfast Telegraph | OpEd | Ed Curran: Has unionism lost its moral compass?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 12:08:38 AM EST
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Fancy that, a bunch of religious bigots are also hypocrites. Never heard of that before.

But when voters only have a choice of voting for their religion or voting for a religion which stand against theirs, what choices do they have?

If Ulster were truly part of the UK, then you'd imagine that the Tories and Labour would organise there. The fact that they don't amply demonstrates Ulster's status as a semi-detached colonial province and, as such, you get the politics of colonialism. Excessive loyalty or the velvet gloves representing separatism.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 07:39:28 PM EST
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Just wondering.... did V.S. Naipaul write anything about Northern Ireland?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 09:11:11 AM EST
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Something special for the Republic? And, oddly, unattributed.

Warning that people living illegally in the UK could collapse Irish asylum system after Brexit 'verging on hysterical' says Irish Refugee Council

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 06:29:45 PM EST
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I think the focus on content misses the mark.

What needs to be regulated is rather the curating function - the feeds.

by fjallstrom on Sun Aug 12th, 2018 at 12:12:14 PM EST
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Big Auntie is Watching You update

reference
Exceptions to copyright

archived
Government giveth, and government taketh away

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 10:14:02 PM EST
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Nobody in Scotland is remotely convinced by the BBC's explanation. Wings over Scotland is not a popular group, widely hated and derided even within the independence community, but all can see the thumb on the scales of justice and bitterly resent it.

This has been a stupid own goal by the government.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 07:42:06 PM EST
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Why do you think is Wings over Scotland "widely hated and derided even within the independence community"? I can't tell. I could find a version of any one comment posted there on a US vanity-blog.

(I don't follow Twitter "influencers", but I suppose you understand the it fits the question, too.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 08:06:31 PM EST
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I take my lead on this from a scottish friend who often posts about Independence related issues. She has always referred to WoS as a one-person crusade with dubious ideological baggage. Her comment threads seem to include details about how self-defeating they are and how often they are at odds with practically every other independence person.

I've seen other comments elsewhere that sugests they're something of an outlier in the independence community.

But even unionists seem to be embarrassed by the BBC's partiality over copyright here

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 01:01:34 PM EST
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m'k. Thanks for the fish eye lens.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 01:04:54 PM EST
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Car, Gun, Money: Scandal Over Macron's Ex-Aide Grips France
"Alexandre Benalla never held the nuclear codes. Alexandre Benalla never lived in a 300-square-meter apartment....Alexandre Benalla was never my lover," the president said, addressing news reports and rumors about the allegedly favorable treatment given his aide.
ahem
"We shouldn't paralyze the country," said art gallery owner Franck Le Feuvre, who is among those who think the scandal is a waste of time. Benalla "is just a guy who was too zealous, and no one dared intervene so as not to offend the big boss."
alrighty then

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 03:05:58 PM EST
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EUR-schizophrenia, surely
Italy Reels From Racist Attacks, Rancorous Politics
Matteo Renzi, the former center-left Italian premier, called the attacks on people of "different skin colors" an emergency. He said it is no longer possible for anyone, especially those in government, to deny that.
[...]
[Silvini] added: "I want politicians and do-gooder journalists to remember that I don't judge people on the basis of their skin color, I divide them between good people and delinquents. There's a future for the first, not for the others!"

archived
"What this means, I believe, is that a country with its own currency would not be subject to the kind of self-fulfilling panic that is now arguably hitting Italy."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 05:05:18 PM EST
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Italy never fulfilled the entry criteria for joining the euro and was likely to do so. Just as with Greece. The ECB knew it for Italy, just as they did for Greece.

This is the central damning failure of the euro and the ideas underlying it. Failures that are likely to bring about the end of the EU which will be torn apart as country after country go under and descend into some form of authoritarian control demanding border controls

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 07:47:42 PM EST
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So I suppose you're over your panic?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 08:07:51 PM EST
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Panic? I don't think I ever descended into panic, just a cynicism about the Tories and brexit that slumped into the dawning realisation that the UK Govt would follow the Cockburn rule of doing the "worst possible thing in the worst possible way".

I am now totally at one with the universe and can look at the night sky and see the flaming meteor of death looming and know there is no way to dodge it. Panic is pointless in such circumstances

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 01:06:41 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
alrighty then

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 01:20:19 PM EST
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Tension mounts in Italy amid escalating racially motivated attacks | France24 |

Italy has seen an explosion in racist attacks in recent months, and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini stands accused of inciting a climate of hatred with speeches on migrants. However, many argue the roots of the problem go much deeper.

However, in the wake of the Osakue scandal, Interior Minister Salvini argues that there has been no increase in racist acts in Italy.

But on the weekend in a small town south of Rome a Moroccan man was killed. The Moroccan was chased by a car of Italians who suspected him of being a thief. The man ran for his life, injuring himself in the process, and was ultimately beaten to death.

In the capital of Sicily, Palermo, a Senegalese man was also beaten-up to the cries of "dirty n***o". And in February, a former candidate of the Northern League opened fire on a crowd Africans in Macerata in central Italy, injuring six people.

"Trivialisation of fascism"

[Read on ...]



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 10:17:31 PM EST
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EU asks Mali for details of key presidential vote
Not a single ballot was cast at 716 polling stations in Sunday's first round vote in the ["]volatile["] central region of Mopti and some parts of the north following threats and attacks by armed groups.
why?
There were a total of 23,000 polling stations nationwide.
French President Emmanuel Macron poses with leaders at an African Union summit, 2 July
Humanitarian situation in Mali deteriorating significantly: UN, 5 July
Bertelsan Nation Index

Three predictions about Mali's 2018 presidential election, 17 July
What conditions have changed? Four French soldiers were wounded.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 05:47:43 PM EST
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mask off
US official urges FYROM citizens to take part in new name vote
The country will vote in a Sept. 30 referendum on the agreement, which would change their country's name to "North Macedonia."
What could go wrong?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 11:39:44 PM EST
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What could go wrong, let me count the ways... I read a recent oped already cautioning that Russian agents have been active in Macedonia since 2008 and that the digital propaganda and fake news is gearing up. I would be sceptical of such reports, except that the list of Russian disruption activities that successfully muddied the waters is growing longer - plus the Kremlin is dead set against Macedonia getting access to NATO or EU-structures. Greece apparently already has banished several Russian agents, charging they were undermining the detente. And that's in addition to the flammable national pride on both sides.

Barrels of fun, this one.

by Bjinse on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 09:11:38 PM EST
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Greece Expels Two Russians: US Ambassador of Change

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 09:17:58 AM EST
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Do I need to post the Youtube audio?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 04:13:57 PM EST
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No thx ... has been well publicized but quite poorly understood it was part of the coup d'etat by US neocons ... over 4 years ago!

Poroshenko had placed his bet on Democrats and HRC ... MI6 agent  Christopher Steele had done years of investigation with reports send to Vicky Nuland ...Everyone was stunned when their race horse stumbled just before the finish line! 😕

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

by Oui on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 04:22:47 PM EST
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And the US has at least a ten times bigger meddling infrastructure. So I assume things get rather crowded in these referenda.
But unless Macedonia decided to splurge on shiny new Diebold voting machines, and I don't think they have any particular demographic group they want to disenfranchise, the referendum will most likely be decided by the usual local factors.
by generic on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 12:38:20 PM EST
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I mean look at the map. Macedonia is a tiny landlocked country circled by NATO controlled territory. I have no trouble believing that the Russians are not particularly happy with any NATO expansion but I don't see how they would care enough about that one to even try to out-bribe the West.
by generic on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 12:47:49 PM EST
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Bruegel | Is Europe America's Friend or Foe?

Since Donald Trump took office as US president, a new cottage industry in rational theories of his seemingly irrational behavior has developed. On one issue, however, no amount of theorizing has made sense of Trump: his treatment of America's oldest and most reliable ally.


You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 10:06:02 AM EST
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German population with immigrant background reaches new peak in 2017
"Destatis defines someone with a "migrant background" as a person who was not born in Germany or who has at least one parent who is not a German citizen." Why?
'Little Britain' in Germany's Rhine region lives on borrowed time
" 'I was going to get dual nationality,' he says."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 10:46:48 AM EST
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Presumably the majority of the Russian, Kazakh, and probably Polish and Romanian-rooted Germans are descendants of the post-war ethnic Germans from those countries, i.e. it's pretty meaningless to talk of them as being from "migrant backgrounds".

The real measure of "immigrants" would be the 2 million or so who predominantly speak a language other than German at home.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 07:11:08 AM EST
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Are you referring to Bavarian?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 09:39:59 AM EST
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indeed. iirc my days tethered by earphones to the language lab on the hill, it is an English dialect.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 01:44:25 PM EST
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What happened to the 1.8% (according to Wikipedia) from Austria?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 09:39:38 AM EST
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Don't be silly. They're not foreigners. Grossdeutschland/Kleindeutshland was resolved long ago.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 10:49:13 AM EST
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Why?

Presumably they wanted to capture the German-born "Turks" in their definition of "migrant background". Which had the amusing side-effect I noted with the German ex-diaspora.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 10:48:09 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 05:09:31 PM EST
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€88m pulled in by Revenue in offshore tax evasion haul
Almost 70% of the disclosures related to four jurisdictions. They were the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Spain.
real estate property rental income?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 05:19:41 PM EST
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Too bad "A Victory for European Justice" slid from Top Diaries list.

Top Polish court halts disputed judge retirements, pending ECJ ruling
"The Supreme Court has doubts and is presenting its doubts to an outside independent organ that was set up according to EU treaties to resolve such doubts," Laskowski told reporters. The president's office immediately responded that the suspension had "no legal basis and has no effect on the president or any other organ".
Of course it did. I've seen that movie before.
The law allows the president, a PiS ally, to grant an extension to judges' terms, while the KRS, whose members include politicians, can give an opinion on who is allowed to hold a judicial position.
Next Quarter: Supranational Power in search of legislated sanctions against disobedience or voluntary obedience? You be the judge.

archived separation of powers
wait for it
Marbury vs. Madison

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 08:28:17 PM EST
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Open Fiber granted 3.5 billion euro project financing for Italian fiber optic network
UniCredit, Societe Generale and BNP Paribas.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 4th, 2018 at 05:46:00 PM EST
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Head of German secret service advised far-right Alternative for Germany - World Socialist Web Site
Hans-Georg Maaßen, the president of Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), met with former Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Frauke Petry several times in 2015, advising her how to avoid nationwide surveillance of the AfD by the German secret service and having her party designated as "right-wing extremist."

This was revealed in a recently published book, Inside AfD, by AfD dropout Franziska Schreiber. The 28-year-old author was a close colleague of Petry's and was chairperson of the AfD youth organization Junge Alternative in Saxony.

by generic on Mon Aug 6th, 2018 at 01:11:21 PM EST
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haven't we known this for over a decade? I'm sure there was a case where german right wing assassins were killing union organisers and the secret services covered up for them.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 6th, 2018 at 08:51:39 PM EST
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Not union organisers I think. They killed quite a number of people, mostly Turkish immigrants. And all related documents were shredded over a weekend so there is little chance we ever get to know about the extant of Spook involvement.
by generic on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 06:31:10 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:49:46 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 12:32:14 AM EST
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Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands back industrial action
Meanwhile, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has warned that he is prepared to move more jobs to Poland - or to cut jobs in any market if necessary - if strikes cause further damage to the company.

archived: 17 Jul - 31 Jul
German pilots back industrial action at Ryanair
Ryanair Cabin Crews in 4 European Countries Go On Strike + pilots in IE
Amazon workers strike in Germany, joining action in Spain and Poland

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 09:20:01 PM EST
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'Bloody foreigners'
familiar territory

archived
an unprecedented "rule-of-law investigation"
influence of Poland's communist past.
ONS | Most recent Statistical Reports
 NI "Migrant Labour and Trade Enquiry"
19 March Draft Highlight 2018
"frontier workers"
posted worker insanity, 2015

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 10:07:25 PM EST
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Irish Times | Ryanair pilots to join European strikes at airline next week

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 06:11:00 PM EST
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Sterling Rises After Bank of England Hikes Interest Rates
The pound trimmed losses, rising to $1.3129 from $1.3081 [GBP:USD, 1:1.3129] before the decision, settling down 0.1 percent on the day. Against the euro the pound rose to a 12-day high of 88.62 pence [EUR:GBP, 1:0.8862] from a flat level [wtf] before the rate rise [to 0.75%] was announced.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 12:33:06 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 12:33:50 PM EST
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(I lied about being off Twitter)

by generic on Sat Aug 4th, 2018 at 03:14:13 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:49:50 PM EST
437,465: total population estimate a/o 30 Sep 2016, the last year for which public data are available (published 20 Oct 2017)

Let Me Tell You What Forced Separation Feels Like

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 02:41:42 AM EST
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Is Trump colluding with Democrats?

## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 04:23:00 PM EST
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GOP Donor Deal With Playmate Revealed in Unsealed Suit
$1.6M "hush agreement"*
to keep quiet about her 2017 affair with Broidy and the pregnancy she ended last year.
[...]
Shera Bechard's heavily redacted complaint, filed July 6, contains significant overlap with several other lawsuits involving President Donald Trump
[...]
Broidy made two of eight installments to Bechard, failed to make the third payment on July 1, 2018. That day, The Wall Street Journal ran a story about Broidy's missed payment.
Refund demanded
Broidy's attorney said there would no more payments made - leaving $1.2 million still owed to Bechard - because [her now-former attorney Keith] Davidson leaked information about the agreement to Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, who in turn shared it on Twitter [!] in April 2018.

Bechard seeks the return of $140,000 she paid Davidson for his work, the remaining money due under her deal [!] with Broidy and damages against all defendants.

*USA Today locution today

Somewhere on earth John Edwards is crying.

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

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 05:26:09 PM EST
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Feds Want Onus to Reunite Immigrant Families on ACLU
"The ACLU would also be responsible for confirming the parent is who they say they are before they can be reunited with their child, according to the government's request."

"idgits"
Whenever I read these horror stories attributed to the "Trump Era," I recall (among other incidents) of this book, classified young-adult-fiction, House of the Scorpion (2002). I read it, when my child was in middle-school (US aged 9 - 13 years). Borrowed it from the public library. I liked to know what she was up to. I still do, to the extend her kidulty privacy allows.

Brief search indicates it has been translated only to Spanish. < reckless eyeballin' > I have recently seen a digital upload (EN) to the innerboobs. You can find it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 02:44:18 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:49:52 PM EST
Malaysia's Flight MH370 was manipulated off course to its end | Straits Times |

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since 2014, was probably deliberately steered off course and flown to the southern Indian Ocean, according to the Malaysian government's safety report into the disaster.

It is difficult to attribute the aircraft's changes in course to any specific system failure, according to the report released on Monday (July 30).

"It is more likely that such manoeuvres are due to the systems being manipulated," it said.

...
The report offered little to solve modern aviation's biggest mystery. There is nothing to suggest the plane was evading radar, or evidence of recent behavioural changes in the crew, it said.

Significant parts of the aircraft's power system were probably still working throughout the flight, according to the report.

Without the help of cockpit data recorders, search teams have only guessed what happened in the flight's final moments.

Analysis by the Australian government suggested MH370 ran out of fuel before plummeting - at as much as 25,000 feet a minute - into the water.

Other investigators speculated that a person was at the controls to the very end, gliding the plane into the ocean beyond the furthest limit of any search area.

My coverage in a diary dated March 11, 2014

Mystery Deepens: Renegade Plane Crashed In Indian Ocean [Update-5]
More Contradiction, Less Certainties
WSJ Jon Ostrower with MH370 Info Updates

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

by Oui on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 10:16:14 PM EST
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Aviation Herald, a source for technical info crash ...

Crash: Malaysia B772 over Gulf of Thailand on Mar 8th 2014, aircraft missing, data indicate flight MH-370 ended west of Australia, first MH-370 debris identified, search ended

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

by Oui on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 10:21:44 PM EST
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Liberia: Poor Voter Turnout Overshadow Senatorial By-Elections
mid-terms under "volatile" conditions

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 05:51:57 PM EST
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Zimbabwe: Breaking News - Zanu-PF Extends Lead [sort of]
Close of business 31 July ZEC still collecting parliamentary tallies for world. Illustrated precincts here. I'm thinking, wifi, nay ELECTRICITY, is not part of the protocol, but trash talk is the universal language of politicians.
Chamisa: "I WON!" Mnangagwa: "I WON!"
Observer teams give polls thumbs up
Zimbabwe: Deadly clashes erupt over election 'results manipulation'
Westworld + US Senator Jeff FLAKE criticizes ZEC, because the national assembly is for little people. 75% voter turnout, on average.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 06:43:50 PM EST
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EU elections mission DENOUNCES Zimbabwe poll amid new delays
Opinion polls ahead of the election put Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF party and his opposition counterpart Nelson Chamisa, the candidate for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in a near dead-heat, both polling around 40% of the vote.

However, two days after voting took place on Monday (30 July) there has been no official news on the results.
[...]
Final results for the Presidential poll are due to be announced by 4 August, but ZANU-PF has already secured a two thirds majority of parliamentary seats.

so ...
EU will spend more on border and migration control than on Africa
"We will see BIBLICAL movements of people from the South to the North"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 07:45:52 PM EST
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Beating expectations ... ahead of 4 August deadline
Emmerson Mnangagwa declared winner in Zimbabwe presidential election
The electoral commission announced the presidential election results province by province, declaring ZANU-PF candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa president by the closest of margins.  ... Mnangagwa won 50.8 percent of the vote, ahead of Nelson Chamisa of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party with 44.3 percent, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said. Chasima dismissed what he called "unverified FAKE results" and said the MDC planned to challenge the outcome of the "RIGGED" election.
Dewey Bush System: 1948-2001
After the first four of ten provincial results, Chamisa's MDC had a lead of about 50,000 votes over the ruling ZANU-PF but after the fifth province was announced, the lead had switched to Mnangagwa. He quickly took to Twitter to hail what he called "a new beginning."
Progress!
The opposition indicated it would challenge the result in the courts. "What they have been trying to do of late is to play around," Chamisa told reporters hours before the final results. "That is rigging, that is manipulation, trying to bastardise the result, and that we will not allow."
Harmonised Results | Map
Did "fly-over" country indeed win the day again?! Perish the thought.
Full list of Presidential Candidates for Zimbabwe 2018 Elections
23 friends and family illustrated! Gender imbalance duly noted. #MeToo analysis developing ...

archived martyr/dissident/émigré /demagogue PR
Whose capital, Whose State?
Mnangagwa who fled the country
Zimbabwe's land reform ten years on: new study dispels the myths

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 06:28:03 PM EST
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REUTERS infographic "captures" the ballots for friends and family, possibly Ralph Nader.
75 political parties register to contest 2018 polls, says Zim electoral body,"according to New Zimbabwe.com," 5 Oct 2017, and managed to "capture" 5 (possibly 3) of 210 seats of parliament. whoosh. That's like DUP-ish sized treachery, especially if the members are all related and the "government" needs their votes to sell-out the Commonwealth. President-elect Mnangagwa has vowed to um rejoin the Commonwealth.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 4th, 2018 at 04:56:11 PM EST
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Dying Alone in Japan: The Industry Devoted to What's Left Behind
Companies such as Tail Project are increasingly necessary in a country where each year more people die with no one to mourn them.
[...]
According to the Association of Cleanout Professionals, a Japanese trade group, its 8,000 member companies collectively bring in revenue of $4.5 billion a year. Over the next 5 to 10 years, the group expects its membership will double.
[...]
She recently turned down a 70-year-old man who asked to work for her and a 60-year-old woman who wanted to study under her. She felt neither would be able to handle the physical demands. Soon, the gatekeeping might become more rigorous. The Association of Cleanout Professionals is in discussions with the Japanese government to create an official clean-out certification for companies and individuals.

archived
Seoul government announces comprehensive measures to prevent lonely deaths

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 12:04:07 AM EST
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On Ecology
Hong Kong taps into the kindness of strangers
Happy Black History Y3 D214

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 07:16:04 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:50:48 PM EST
Denver Hospital on Lockdown For Hours Over Fears of Possible Ebola Outbreak
Last June [SIC], the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported a total 59 cases of hemorrhagic fever, which led to the deaths of 33 people.
[...]
The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from animals [?!] and is estimated by the World Health Organization to have a 50-percent fatality rate [?!]. The last outbreak in the DRC was officially declared over, with no cases having been reported for 45 days.
UPDATE: July 2018 refugee camps at the Uganda border
differential diagnoses

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living lab

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 01:11:06 AM EST
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WHO regroups

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 4th, 2018 at 05:14:55 PM EST
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India Mortgaged? Forced-Fed Illness and the Neoliberal Food Regime
fat shaming!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 08:09:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Aug 4th, 2018 at 05:39:27 PM EST
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Week of 29 July 2018
Hot AFRICAN Air Brings Scorching Heat, Dust to Europe
[AFRICAN] Heat wave hits Japan
-- "Seoul's temperature was raised by a so-called foehn [AFICAN] phenomenon, in which the easterly wind moves westward over the Taebaek Mountains."
Hot and dry [AFRICAN] El Niño-fuelled summer on the cards out east after 'wintry' spring
B.C.'s [AFRICAN] heat wave is breaking maximum temperature records that have stood for over 100 years: report, illustrated
waitwut
97 injured as Mexican plane crashes at airport in HAIL STORM
AFP | Deadly heat waves to threaten China's northern breadbasket due to [AFRICAN] climate change
Wet-bulb temperatures take humidity into account, providing a better measure of potential health impacts. [...] Unless drastic measures are taken to limit the greenhouse gas emissions warming the globe, "the North China Plain is likely to experience deadly heat waves with wet bulb temperatures exceeding the threshold defining what Chinese farmers may tolerate," he added.

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"We will see BIBLICAL movements of people from the South to the North"
A 'biblical disaster'
Saharan dust registers highest levels in a decade

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 05:55:54 PM EST
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By 2100, if we get 10 degrees of warming, sub tropical areas in each hemisphere could become only seasonally habitable without life support systems. Dinosaurs used to migrate seasonally from arctic areas to what is now the latitudes of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 01:55:06 AM EST
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but where were those places back then?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 07:08:56 AM EST
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east AFRICA: "the region's poor disaster preparedness"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 05:40:31 PM EST
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San Francisco Chronicle reporting, portfolio

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 5th, 2018 at 02:44:17 PM EST
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EF3 sighting.

Exodus 13:21-22

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 5th, 2018 at 03:16:35 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:50:51 PM EST
Jeremy Hunt mistakes his Chinese wife's nationality

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 12:33:28 AM EST
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What Netanyahu Doesn't Know About History
Note: "anti-Semitism", not "anti-Judaism".

The difference is significant. Anti-Semitism was part of the Race Theory, which claimed to be an exact science and was at the time at the height of its world-wide popularity.

This was not just an ideological fad, an invention of demagogues. It was a branch of science that was assumed to be as objective as, say, mathematics or geography. The basic assumption was that every race of human being, like every breed of horses or dogs, has specific characteristics, good and bad. [...] According to the German race theory, there is a master race, the Aryan, which originated in India and from which the Germans are descended, and there are inferior races, the "Semites" and "Slavs" for example. According to the race theorists, this is not a matter of opinion. It is solid scientific fact, a fact that cannot be changed.

Mississippi Statutory Segregation: Apartheid
Ahed Tamimi and Her Mother are Freed from Jail
One might say that Ahed and her siblings are honor graduates of the Bassem/Nariman Folk School, just as Rosa Parks was a graduate of The Highlander Folk School [SIC]. The common curriculum has to do with courageous persistence in the pursuit of justice. Moreover, our delegation was to discover that Rosa Parks is a revered figure in the Israeli Knesset -- well, at least in the modest conference room allocated to Arab members.
*memorable quote of a correspondent among the CA Cohort of Petty Landlords

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How should we define racism?
the candidate avoided German epistemology of the period

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 12:56:24 AM EST
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Meet Karl and William Menniger, prairie authoritarians and authoritative analysts of "passive-aggressive personality disorder" (US- and UK-Eng. idiom, lip service).

[pp 4-5]The first official document about the disorder is a single Technical Bulletin issued by the U.S. War Department just as the Second World War was coming to an end. In 1945, Colonel William Menninger voiced concern about soldiers who were shirking duty by willful incompetence. They were not openly defiant, he conceded, but expressed their aggressiveness "by passive measures, such as pouting, stubbornness, procrastination, inefficiency, and passive obstructionism." Menninger saw their behavior as an "immaturity" and a reaction to "routine military stress" (Bulletin TB M.D. 203, dated October 19, 1945, as cited in Malinow, 1981, p. 123).
[...]
Having logged the quirks of servicemen, however, psychiatrists soon began applying the same charges virtually unaltered to civilians. As it readied the first edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for publication in 1952, the APA simply copied the relevant phrases from the military memo and gave them diagnostic codes. Indeed, it adopted the same practice for a large number of behaviors and ailments, making the temporary frustration of the U.S. War Department a basis for establishing lasting pathologies in the population at large.
Next Week: B. F. Skinner

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 31st, 2018 at 02:13:51 AM EST
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Yes, You Can Catch Insanity
untreated strep and the fake mind-body dichotomy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 09:40:57 PM EST
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yes, if you read the wrong newspapers it will infect you through the mind

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 01:09:44 PM EST
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Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

Pretty exciting stuff! Half of all amateur epidemologists have detected Trump-Derangement-Syndrome (TDS), the other half are investigating Mueller-Deranement-Syndrome (MDS).

## Never forget the lead.

 

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 01:29:21 PM EST
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"Now they don't have a bloody choice ..."

A united Ireland women's hockey team plays the final against favorite The Netherlands. The Irish team has played a stunning tournament, well done team!



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Aug 5th, 2018 at 03:48:20 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:50:53 PM EST

by generic on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 05:52:33 PM EST
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with assists from an outfit called Watts Up with That, to judge by seven years "debate" among the CA Cohort of Petty Landlords

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 06:41:45 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jul 30th, 2018 at 08:50:56 PM EST
I read this, Xenophon, Oeconomicus, some years ago (one of the Brads made a mountain of the word from some trivial Adam Smith quote), perhaps in the midst of the Panic of '08. The title was alluring. The innerboobs was full of ...confusion about the source of and remedies for westworld's economic ills. (There was a UID among the CA Cohort of Petty Landlords who insisted the cause lay in fetal alcohol syndrome AND the EUR.) Or maybe it was a few years later amid trash talk about stores of value in precious metals (PMs); I wanted to located historical volumes of silver (and its lethal smelt wastes) and recall what impetus (beside debasement of the coin) might have propelled continental adventurers to "discover" FRESH! BOUNTIFUL! deposits of gold (beyond "Asia Minor," Aegean, and Mediterranean). Anyhoo, I recovered an unintentionally funny part of a conspiracy to render current and future funding of epigenetic research utterly useless.
"Well, one day, Socrates, I noticed that her face was made up: she had rubbed in white lead in order to look even whiter than she is, and alkanet juice to heighten the rosy colour of her cheeks; and she was wearing boots with thick soles to increase her height. [3] So I said to her, "Tell me, my dear, how should I appear more worthy of your love as a partner in our goods, by disclosing to you our belongings just as they are, without boasting of imaginary possessions or concealing any part of what we have, or by trying to trick you with an exaggerated account, showing you bad money and gilt necklaces and describing clothes that will fade as real purple?"
Made a "friend" in Xenophon, ever the pragmatist (by comparison to his peers) I further discovered and digressed at length in investigation of that cohort.

So I did not until the other night examine the supposition that neither the Romans nor the Greeks suffered from lead poisoning. My investigation of (free) innerboob references is hardly exhaustive but seems immediately to offer more rhetorical than scientific, explanations as to why my contemporaries are as little bothered as Mr Franklin by toxicology and expediency which poisons what one holds to esteem.

(a) History of Toxicology and Environmental Health: Toxicology in Antiquity
A great portion of this concerns semantic purposes and application, or the ambiguity of the word: remedy or poison. I recommend its reading in order to fully appreciate the err exacting application of the reference text to calculate pathologies of lead poisoning and its incidence in the final 50 pages.

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Heavy Metals

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 09:04:33 PM EST
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A contemporary parable, Pandorum, in which a ship of colonists leaves earth for a paradise, lands, and awakens 900 years later to an ungodly portion of "evolved" passengers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 1st, 2018 at 10:00:00 PM EST
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"But of any application of lead in history, lead in gasoline has poisoned the entire globe, has literally dumbed the world and caused morbidity and mortality."
"Of course. This is America. This is the 21st century. This is not 19th century London with a cholera epidemic. This is Michigan. We are literally next to the largest source of freshwater in the world. But even me, who is not naive to government, there are rules, regulations, people holding test tubes in their hands making sure our water is safe. Who doesn't expect that when you turn on your tap, that your water is okay? And despite all of that, despite hearing reports of bacteria, cholera and odor - and all of these other things that came up since Flint switched its water source to the Flint River, everybody was telling us the water was okay."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 at 12:59:38 PM EST
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She was placed in solitary confinement, is under round-the-clock surveillance... It is very cold in the cell where the Russian is kept, the food ration is meager. Unlike other prisoners, Maria Butina is deprived of the possibility to stroll outdoors" ...
Human Rights and International Law
The United States Is The Largest Prison Camp In The World
The United States Criminal Justice System Violates Human Rights

["]Søren Korsgaard["]

The US criminal justice system has a long history, continuing to this day, of systematically violating prisoners' human rights and, hence, international law. ...

Can't argue with that. Or can you?
In Shielding US from Legal Obligations, Kavanaugh Conflates International Law with Foreign Laws
whatever

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received wisdom, 2010
Paul Roberts, "economist" and WSJ editor, has finally gone off the rails, 2009

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 09:35:43 PM EST
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Rikers Island, 2011
Rikers Island, 1995
Rikers Island, 1970

:: 2018
As #August21 prison strike approaches, repression against organizers escalates

As organizers across the country step up preparations for the August 21st prison strike, prison officials and administrations will also be making plans for how to respond. Recent weeks have seen what appears to be a co-ordinated campaign of repression against prominent figures associated with the 2016 prison strike.

Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, a key figure in the 2016 strike who was thrown into solitary in September 2016 on the basis of clearly false accusations, has just been thrown into solitary confinement again, and Ohio IWOC are organizing to support him. ...



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 at 11:14:27 PM EST
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    Upon progressing to the final, coach Graham Shaw mentioned he'd been "asking the Dutch for three years for a bloody game and they won't bloody play us, so they don't have a choice now!"

    It's in sharp contrast to the dull, give-nothing-away mentality we see too much of in modern sport. These people aren't media trained, their delight is raw and their bandwagon is all the better for it.

A fairy tale continues for the Irish ... a delightful entrance into a final of a World Cup. Silver is shining as gold for the women of Ireland!

Incredible ambassadors for Irish hockey and for women's sport. And they're just getting started
Silver lining for Irish heroes despite orange crush in decider

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

by Oui on Mon Aug 6th, 2018 at 02:50:44 AM EST


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