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by Bjinse Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:05:45 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:06:24 PM EST
UK to pay up to £200m in compensation to Windrush victims
The home secretary said there would be no cap on the fund, making it impossible to estimate how much money will eventually be paid to victims. Payments will not be restricted to people from the Caribbean but made to anyone who has been in the UK since 1988 who has been wrongly classified as being here illegally and as a result lost the right to work, access to healthcare and the ability to rent property.

The total number of those affected by the scandal remains unknown, but more than 5,000 people have been granted documentation by the Windrush taskforce in the past year, confirming that they have a legal right to live in the UK; 3,674 of them have been granted British citizenship.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 09:38:02 PM EST
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Gardaí to permit wearing of turbans and hijabs in diversity drive
"Although the number of recruits from different [Irish] cultural and ethnic backgrounds has been increasing in recent years, An Garda Síochána  remains in large part a homogenous organisation with most of its members from a predominantly ["]Irish Catholic["] background. However, a new recruitment campaign entitled 'The difference is you' aims to change that."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 11:49:22 AM EST
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Twitter stops blocking French government's ad campaign
"The French government had planned to use the #OuiJeVote[,] or 'Yes I vote'[,] social media campaign to encourage voter registration and urge people to cast their ballots in the European parliamentary elections set for May 26. ... However, the government said Twitter refused the ads because it was unable to meet the new French law's transparency obligations and therefore banned all political ads in the country."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 07:05:06 PM EST
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... twitter were unwilling to meet legal transparency obligations. i.e. they might have to hire someone to check on their advertisers and file the paperwork. So they tried a cheap trick, to protect potential revenue stream, then backed down.

But their stance poses a problem : how can they dezcide if an ad is political or not, if they aren't capable of checking whether it conforms to the legislation?

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

by eurogreen on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 09:45:23 AM EST
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  • Low maintenance
  • High profits

That checks out.

  • High maintenance
  • Low profits

No way!

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 09:57:56 AM EST
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DW is funded in whole or in party by Germany government.

Protesters rally against 'rental insanity' in large German cities

Some 25,000 people were expected in Berlin. Other protests were planned for Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich.
[...]
Expropriation [!] could cost the heavily-indebted city some €37 billion in compensation payments, according to Berlin government, though housing activists have estimated the cost to be significantly lower.

Organizers are collecting signatures for a petition that calls for a referendum on the expropriation of housing companies, demanding that companies with more than 3,000 apartments be taken over for public benefit. They'll need to collect 20,000 signatures within the next six months, then another 170,000 by February 2020 for the referendum to become a reality. The latest polls show a narrow majority of Berliners support the idea.Expropriation could cost the heavily-indebted city some €37 billion in compensation payments, according to Berlin government, though housing activists have estimated the cost to be significantly lower.

Article 15: ideological transformation, some rentier math
AP | Berlin housing activists lead campaign to fight rising rents
The group's main target is Berlin's biggest landlord, Deutsche Wohnen, a publicly traded company that has 111,500 apartments in Berlin with an estimated market value of about 15.2 billion euros ($17 billion) -- the majority of which were acquired from the city over the last decade or so as the capital struggled with debt. With those and the properties of several other companies, a total of about 243,000 apartments worth more than 36 billion euros ($40 billion) could be affected.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 04:44:56 PM EST
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Rent control makes a controversial comeback
The order brings into force legislation voted in November 2018 (known as the Elan law), which grants cities the right to impose rent control, under certain conditions, as a means to protect tenants and create more affordable housing. Because Paris's city council already approved a measure to reintroduce the practice in December, all that remains is for local authorities to set caps on how much landlords can charge.
[...]
"It is also misleading for tenants. The loss of income will lead private landlords to flee [!] the market, which will be a disservice to housing seekers in the long term. In the absence of a strong, private rental sector, they will no longer be able to find housing."
m'k.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 12:29:17 AM EST
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Macron orders probe into France's role in Rwanda genocide
The announcement coincides with events in Rwanda commemorating the killings, 25 years on. Macron had ruffled feathers in Rwanda by saying that he could not attend this year.
Barack Obama gets rock star reception in Germany
The desire, it seemed, to remember a time when US leadership was less focused on nativism and alienating allies was palpable on Thursday night.
LEAK: Europe puts pressure on Beijing ahead of EU-China summit
Among their demands, Europeans want to include a reform of the World Trade Organisation rules to scale back subsidies and the forced transfer [?] of technology to China, as well as the elimination of all market barriers to European investors coming to the country.
Meanwhile in LIBYA ...
UN head 'shocked' by suffering at migrant camp in Libya
European Union cooperation with Libya has been credited with sharply reducing the number of migrants arriving from North Africa and the Middle East from a 2015 peak when Europe faced its worst migration crisis since World War II.
free uighurs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 02:02:16 AM EST
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Greek police, migrants clash for third day
Several migrants, including children, have fainted amid the clouds of tear gas on Saturday. The protesters have lit fires to make the air more bearable, but fires have also erupted from exploding stun grenades.
Chinese investors dominate Golden Visas in Greece
The residence permits issued last year to citizens of countries outside the European Union who bought properties for at least 250,000 euros each grew 46 percent from 2017, according to the latest data from the Migration Policy Ministry.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 02:45:13 PM EST
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Migrants hoping to reach northern Greece leave Athens train station
"An effort is under way to make these people understand that the ["social media"] promises and reassurances they were given are not true. They stand to lose more than they hope to gain. We are constantly informing them and they are already starting to withdraw," general secretary of the Migration Ministry, Miltiadis Klapas, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA).

Trains leaving from Larissis station were canceled on Friday after dozens of protesters sat on the tracks. The refugees and migrants who bought tickets to travel to northern Greece were reimbursed, the ANA-MPA said.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 02:53:14 PM EST
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Ryanair strike fear eases with Portugal pilot deal
"Last summer, the airline was hit by 24-hour stoppages by cabin crew in Portugal, but insisted at the time that the industrial action had a limited impact on its operations."
Ryanair joins EU's top polluter club
"Responding to the news, Ryanair said in a statement that it 'is Europe's greenest and cleanest airline.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 11:31:41 PM EST
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hmm. Speaking of labor value theory, competition and "posting", ahh equilibrium and surplus...

Polish workers earn lowest [NE] wages, half of foreign workers come from the EU
Looks like conditions are kind of tough for undescended euros of the union.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 08:59:08 PM EST
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Trade and rights hit EU talks with China
"The intensification of EU diplomacy since March reflects frustration over China's reluctance to allow foreign companies to set up there without restrictions while taking full advantage of the EU's openness [?], EU diplomats say."

< yawn >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 11:34:06 PM EST
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Rwanda probe :
It's a bullshit whitewash
  1. Defense archives are declassified after 20 years, but not in the case of those referencing Rwanda
  2. Two historians with special expertise were recused from the inquiry by the government... I guess they know too much.

Macron ensures continuity with his predecessors of left and right, of denying that France has blood on its hands.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 12:33:12 PM EST
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Anglo-merican OVERSIGHT! is at lengths to bury the story.
French [?!] yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend
(Are there any other of which to speak? I won't be paying WaPo for its reportage)

SPUTNIK | LIVE UPDATE
cross-country twitter feeds of the weekend

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 04:03:26 PM EST
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Marseille, 6 Apr (FR), intermittent chansons de gestes, running time 00:24:00


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 04:12:44 PM EST
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French Yellow Vests stage `Act 21' of protests
"Protests also took place in Lyon, Dijon, Nice, Nantes, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Toulouse. Last week, Act 20 of the Yellow Vest protests saw 33,700 people take to the streets, according to the French Interior Ministry. In a Facebook posting however the Yellow Vest movement claimed 105,104 protesters took to the streets."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 12:32:58 AM EST
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alrighty then. Anglo-merican syndicated Macron PR development has rather quickly agreed on preferred placement, title, and metric-that-matters. Protest deflation continues in the manner of the closely-held calculatedriskblog.com FDIC "Unofficial Problem Bank" listing, 2009-2019 (389-78), sort of like the great Bank Holiday of '33 purge, but under management. You be the judge.

French 'Yellow Vest' Protests Largely Peaceful as Macron Wraps up Debate
"Turnout on Saturday was down sharply with 22,300 demonstrators nationwide, according to government estimates, compared with 33,700 a week earlier."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 02:31:26 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:06:28 PM EST
John Bercow blocks third round of indicative votes after MPs vote ends in a tie
"Mr Bercow cast his vote making the final outcome 311 to 310 to block Hilary Benn's amendment which called for a fresh round of votes on Brexit options on Monday April 8."

Debate of Yvette Cooper's bill requiring May to table another extension vote continues.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 05:58:15 PM EST
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MPs pass bill to rule out no-deal [again] by majority of 5 at second reading
Cooper bill: Ayes: 315, Noes: 310

Labour heading for bust-up, demand Jeremy Corbyn secure referendum
because EU will agree 22 May BREXIT for Cooper, NEW! customs union? m'k

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 10:32:45 PM EST
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DW: on all points
  • The bill, put forward by Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper, would force Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for an extension to stop a no-deal Brexit. The measure passed by a vote of 313-312 in the lower chamber, the House of Commons.
  • regional parties for Scotland [SNP] and Wales [Plaid Cymru], together with the Greens, Liberal Democrats and Independents, called for a second referendum on Brexit
  • Jean-Claude Juncker dismissed May's request for an Brexit extension until May 22. The EU has given the UK government until next week to come up with a plan. Failing that, it would crash out of the bloc on April 12 without a deal in place.

::
Who in hell wants to do business with these people?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 12:15:41 AM EST
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May's Brexit talks with Labour stall, delay request fails to convince EU
a REUTERS production, syndicated to YAHOO!.com: "By Alistair Smout and Gabriela Baczynska ...(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski, Gabriela Baczynska, Francesco Guarascio, Alistair Smout, Michael Holden, Steve Addison and David Milliken; Writing by Peter Graff and Kevin Liffey; Editing by Andrew Heavens)"

"A combination photo shows a copy of a letter [actual size not given] from Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, to European Council President, Donald Tusk, regarding Brexit in London, Britain April 5, 2019. Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 01:45:10 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:07:01 PM EST
What is the point of this section? Anything Trump says is subject to immediate reversal; there is no hope of keeping up.

Two days ago, Obamacare was to be eliminated. Today, not so much--the GOP big shots don't want that fight in an election season. Then there were going to be further sanctions on NK, but no, never mind. Last week, funding for the Special Olympics was to be cut, but subsequently it was determined that was not popular so reverse that plan.

Now, the border with Mexico is to be completely closed. But some wise guy has pointed out that if that happened, US car factories would shutter in a week due to an interrupted supply stream.

Plus, no avocados. And worse still, no Corona or Pacifico beer.

by asdf on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 11:40:54 PM EST
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I take it that this section was create to prevent comments about Trump from infesting the other sections.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 12:32:30 AM EST
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oh come on, Corona is tasteless piss. Don't know pacifico so can't comment,

Trump's done you a favour there. Drink American craft beer, it's better. Miles better. Galaxies beyond

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:33:50 PM EST
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Pacifico is also tasteless piss. But that's what you drink on the Baja Peninsula, or when trying to recreate your holiday atmosphere at the local Mexican restaurant.
by asdf on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 03:45:21 AM EST
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Spanish beer is the same : fine as long as it's very hot and it's very cold (if you follow). But a complete waste of time out of context.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 09:40:56 AM EST
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are a bach pad/warehouse type library

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 07:40:07 PM EST
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O'Rourke says he would support creating commission to study reparations

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 08:11:57 PM EST
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Jacobin "diversity" trumps reparation politics

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 10:47:21 PM EST
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OpEd | The reparations scam is back, and Democratic presidential candidates are falling [on] it
[A]gainst the backdrop of a 2020 presidential race, mainstream Democrats are giving lip service to considering -- er, "studying" the ways of providing "reparations" that, if serious and honestly pursued, would run in the trillions, go into the pockets of people many generations removed [sic] from slavery and make a mockery of actual attempts to repair moral damage done.
true dat: Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress
Former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) had introduced a reparations bill in every Congress since 1989, but the legislation was given little notice even with the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, in office.
sort of exactly like H.R. 676: Does the 'content of their character' still matter in the 2020 race?
It's easy to mock Democrats for setting the bar too high. But at least they have a bar
No, hell no.

Biscuit-buttering praise of cads is common place and reminds me of my visit the MLK Memorial, when the Park Service finally opened it to the public in 2011. Press lining belt-way bird cages derided the artist, a Chinese national. But this rough hewn figure, striding from a tower of granite, is a magnificent expression of the people's struggle which MLK represented. Lock our eyes there and not on mawkish fragments, selected by committee from his speeches, which are etched in the promenade walls ringing this monument to their unrequited love. Speaking of character: The man was a fearless politician, lest we forget. Among many words he uttered that condemned the self-servin sumbitches who abandon debts to this nation, he said, speaking of content not in the least figurative.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

delivered 28 August 1963: pay the fuck up.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 10:45:45 PM EST
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So. Sumbuddy needs to do their research.


The U.S. Coast Survey map calculated the number of slaves in each county in the United States in 1860. (Library of Congress). Census and real property recording. Goes with reported GNP by state, 1860. For example. Sum. Multiple. Divide.

modeling
Kenneth Stamp, The Peculiar Institution (1956)
Fogel and Engerman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Slavery (1974) & supplement

&tc.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 11:01:13 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 11:04:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 11:15:15 PM EST
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Barr Orders FBI, Bureau of Prisons to Probe LGBTQ Discrimination
uh oh. Sham?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 01:59:27 PM EST
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Rep. Whodat? announces presidential run


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 04:31:30 PM EST
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Tim Ryan was the only serious challenge to Pelosi's effort to  become Speaker again. His challenge was supported by many in the Progressive Caucus. He has pushed legislation to change US policy towards off-shore manufacturing.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 05:05:09 PM EST
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Trump claims wind turbine 'noise causes cancer'

"If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer," the president said while delivering remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner. He offered no evidence to support the claim.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 03:11:52 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 03:56:00 PM EST
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Donald Trump, Troll in Chief.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 05:15:08 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 06:10:13 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 06:12:13 PM EST
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You wanna bet?

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 06:48:25 PM EST
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Would be rather unsporting, I guess.
by generic on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 06:53:13 PM EST
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The same way that "crooked Hilary" had no effect since Trump was just as crooked.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 06:54:14 PM EST
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There's another GOP initiative to investigate Hillary's emails, while the Trump family continues to use WhatsApp for communication of classified government information.
by asdf on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 03:47:28 AM EST
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I think it was Mark Ames, who told a story about an earlier Reagan election. There were some rumors about his opponent making their rounds, maybe he was gay or something along those lines, but since it was only hearsay no respectable paper published them. So the Reagan people planted a reporter to ask him about the allegations which he answered with a quip.
The exchange was now news so everyone now had license to discuss the "scandal."
Impressive waste of time, apparently.
by generic on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 07:49:10 AM EST
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There's a very long history of "smear" campaigns (defamation) produced by opposition "research" UP and DOWN uniparty tickets. With the exception of Henry Wallace, my impression is that the longevity of formulaic illegitimate sex + illegitimate issue (miscegenation) trials have normally have complemented the popular imagination of Americana.

Not only are salacious buds nipped from the bush before they fully bloom, but America's electorate relies on The Press to arouse its civic duty with those insinuations of moral turpitude hiding in a candidate that best, or most accurately, ahh "give voice to" the healthy vanity of A Solid Middle-Class otherwise repressed by mundane pragmatism of equal or greater illicit "value".

Alleged novelty or cunning or unexpected results of Reagan's campaign to uproot deviance (eg. homosexuality) --especially following the relatively recent passing of The Edmund Muskie "scandal" wound up with Viet Nam-- underwhelms the ahh contextual sensitivity of consumers to yella sheet remediation. That particular device in the cycle was exhausted by the so-called Reagan era. FFS. His own son sabotaged that drama. For ever more, pretty much.

Fortunately, boomers have prepared their progeny to vanquish "white slavery", if red baiting proves ineffectual.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 04:28:24 PM EST
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The Scottish government still refuse to move the windfarm that Trump says blights the view from his golf course

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:35:59 PM EST
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Maybe it will give all the golfers cancer.
by rifek on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 10:58:36 PM EST
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Maybe the golfers who previously would have been willing to hand money over to Trump's company will be afraid to go there now.
by asdf on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 12:43:25 AM EST
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ThinkProgress | Here are all the Russian interference efforts that didn't make it into Barr's letter
HUAC revival: "plenty of Americans -- wittingly or otherwise -- have helped Moscow's election meddling efforts in recent years"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 03:53:32 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 12:41:59 AM EST
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Conservatives' takeover of Supreme Court stalled by John Roberts-Brett Kavanaugh bromance
Well, that didn't take long. Looks good with matching Bush and Reagan love seats.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 12:51:34 PM EST
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Former NC Lawmaker's Russian Bank Loses License

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 02:14:11 PM EST
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Michelle Obama unveils Blueprint for America's Working Women and Families, 28 July 2008
You can read Barack Obama's agenda for helping women and families balance work and life in his Blueprint for America's Working Women and Families
Under his plan, employers who do not currently offer a retirement plan, will be required to enroll their employees in a direct-deposit IRA account that is compatible to existing direct-deposit payroll systems. Employees may opt-out by signing a written waiver. Experts estimate that this program will increase the ["]savings["] participation rate for low and middle-income workers from its current 15 percent level to around 80 percent. [5/9]
and later today, I'm told, there will be video of the announcement, which occurred in Chicago just about 20 minutes ago.
It's baaaack like a bad penny
Because everyone wants to "save" uninsured corporate securities! Of course, they do. Who doesn't want to be an unsecured creditor?! At a time like this when the indices have no where to go but UP!
Coons and Klobuchar pitch retirement savings mandate plan
The Saving for the Future Act will help close the wealth gap [!], prepare families in case of an emergency, and set workers up for a successful retirement," Klobuchar said in a statement ahead of a call with reporters about the proposal.
[...]
It would require employers with 10 or more workers to contribute at least 50 cents [!] for each hour worked [!] to a retirement savings vehicle of some sort. That could include employer-based contributions to existing 401(k) plans. The smallest employers would be exempt, but they could still take part and benefit from tax credits.
[...]
According to a fact sheet, the UP-Savings account would automatically get the first $2,500 in contributions, to set up a floor for an emergency fund, with funds above that level going into a retirement portion that would be built off the model of the TSP.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 11:32:43 PM EST
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Pelosi declines to say whether Mueller should testify
"I'm not going into that. I think they should release the report. That's where the evidence is, the information is. Let's see the report," Pelosi told reporters when asked if Mueller appear before lawmakers. "If they don't have anything to hide, they shouldn't worry."
[...]
Her comments come a day after the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve a subpoena to compel the Justice Department to provide Congress with Mueller's report, including accompanying exhibits and its underlying evidence. The resolution also empowers Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to subpoena testimony related to the special counsel's report.

archived chumps
They want a briefing from the intelligence community before any documents are released.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 04:39:29 PM EST
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FLORIDA MAN unveils the 'Green Real Deal'
"by harnessing the power of free markets, embracing technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and cutting excessive governmental red tape."

archived
Republican proposes Green 'Manhattan Project' in lieu of Green New Deal
("Green Marshall Plan" available for purchase)
Senate defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats call vote a 'sham'

43 Democrats voted 'present'
MSNBC "All in"
feature-length "Green New Deal" show

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 05:06:28 PM EST
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memory lane, 2 Oct 1992, Earth Summit Agenda 21, A/V (EN)

About that 10-year plan to save humanity. It has a name and talking points --with which you may now be familiar-- that doesn't start with "Green".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 11:57:12 PM EST
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Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance - Wendell Potter (EN), A/V, transcript
updates Reid Rham Baucus' 2009 senate circus
Tarbell | Democrats on the take: New DCCC Chair is a best friend of health insurers
"Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois is a real pro when it comes to shaking down special interests, health insurers in particular, for the Dems"

reference
H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019
Partnership for America's Health Care Future
Ryan Grim | Top Pelosi Aide Tells Insurance Executives (5 Feb), Special Interests Behind Jaypal's Medicare for All Bill (27 Feb)

archived not H.R. 676
Faux Accompli

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 01:36:04 AM EST
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Former DCCC Chair Distances From Controversial New Policy: "Different Leaders Have Different Approaches"
"I think different leaders have different approaches," Luján, who is running for a U.S. Senate [!] seat in New Mexico, said in an interview with The Intercept.
[...]
Last week, leaders of the Progressive Caucus blasted the new policy in a meeting with DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos. Yet she isn't backing down, even as opposition to the policy has mushroomed with outside progressive groups, as well as ["]high-profile["] Democrats condemning it.

archived free trade
House Democratic Leadership Warns It Will Cut Off Any Firms That Challenge Incumbents
"This is the first time that they are ever making [antitrust violations] open policy."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 01:02:20 AM EST
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Campaign consultants frozen out of DCCC money create 'The Blacklist'
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Good thing H.R.1 "creates" public campaign financing for candidates who can raise $25K to start!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 11:43:11 PM EST
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Senate goes for 'nuclear option', Nov 2013
"Invoking the long-threatened "nuclear option" means that most of President Barack Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees no longer need to clear a 60-vote threshold to reach the Senate floor and get an up-or-down vote. ... Speaking at the White House, Obama praised the Senate action, accusing Republicans of attempting to block his nominees based on politics alone, not on the merits of the nominee."

And credit for the nuclear option goes to..., Nov 2013
Communication Workers of America, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and short attention-span theatre groups

MANCHIN ONLY SENATOR TO VOTE AGAINST NUCLEAR OPTION IN 2013, 2017 AND TODAY, 2019
shadenfreude: "In 2013, Harry Reid and the Democrats voted to change the rules to end the filibuster with a lower threshold for cabinet-level nominees and federal judges. Senator Manchin was one of only three Democratic Senators to oppose this vote."

::
'Nuclear' fallout in Senate might take some time to register

Democrats show no immediate signs they are contemplating retaliation
Do the facts need repeating? Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.
And there was no real effort by the Democratic minority at dilatory motions: They didn't demand meaningless quorum calls or other procedural votes.

Much of the floor debate focused on the exchanging of blame over Senate obstruction rather than any long-lasting consequences for the body of the latest moves, though West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III did channel his late predecessor, Sen. Robert C. Byrd. himself



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 07:37:27 PM EST
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Cat: Do the facts need repeating? Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.

However, only the Senate can confirm Federal judges and SC justices to lifetime appointments, regardless of the House, no?

by Bernard on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 06:06:53 AM EST
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True: advice and consent of the senate.

True: The Republican Party is in majority in the current senate. The majority controls confirmation AND senate rules, of which cloture, of which quorum, of which filibuster (indefinite debate delay to vote on) every bill referred to that chamber by the House. Confirmation of every executive (Art. II) and judiciary officer is one type of bill, a resolution. Controlling authority originates in the senate per the US Constitution.

True: the Democratic Party agreed to alter senate rules, ostensibly to facilitate confirmation of Obama admin nominees. In fact, alteration of the rules did not subsequently favor confirmation of the backlog of Obama Art.III nominees, because the Republican Party was in majority of both chambers for the duration of his 2nd term.

In fact, before the "Reid Rule" (simple majority, "nuclear option") was agree in the senate (2013), Reid personally read every provision of the PPACA as amendments to a high way appropriation bill, passed by the House, in order to circumvent Republican and Democratic opposition to it in both chambers. That is what Obama signed before the bill was even passed conformed bi-cameral conforming committee.

In fact, Democratic senators have not impeded confirmation of Trump nominees to date. That is not bleeing news. McConnell has now invoked the "nuclear option" for the press merely to clear procedural schedule and, quite possibly, to emphasize the party's dominance over both chambers.

The Democratic Party has been infested for a long time with self-servin sumbitches who understand only one political instrument: patronage. That corporation is not an political party in opposition to faction.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 01:26:00 PM EST
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s/b "before the bill was even referred by bi-cameral conforming committee for signature.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 01:31:16 PM EST
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Warren to escalate call for Democrats to end 60-vote rule [sic], with Al Sharpton media franchise
"she will say that 'the filibuster was used as a tool to block progress on racial justice [sic].'"

## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 03:14:53 PM EST
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Keep in mind that the US of A was supposedly set up as a republic, not a direct democracy. There are all sorts of anti-democratic features still in place. Things like the filibuster, the electoral college, and the Senate itself are either good ideas or bad ideas, depending on how you feel about republics compared to democracies...
by asdf on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:42:19 PM EST
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Cat: McConnell has now invoked the "nuclear option" for the press merely to clear procedural schedule and, quite possibly, to emphasize the party's dominance over both chambers.
??

I thought the Dems controlled the house since the beginning of the year.

by Bernard on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 08:29:48 PM EST
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Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.

Democratic Party majority in the House is useless without corresponding control in the US Senate.

That may be corresponding party majority in the senate; it may amount to addition of so-called moderate opposition party senators willing to trade, "log roll", their vote for unrelated favors in one or both chambers --as when a senator introduces a bill needing companion legislation introduced in the House.

The House can pass any damn bill they want. The House can carry on about OVERSIGHT! The House can carry on about suing other federal agencies -- and SCOTUS won't touch it, because scope of jurisdiction does not extend case or controversy clause to disputes within the federal government.

House could introduce and pass an impeachment bill, affirming any pretext tomorrow; it has no legal effect. Congressional rules are above the law of ordinary people, and this side show will not alone remove the president. Conviction, legal authority, is vested only in the senate.

The ONLY bill that the Senate might be induced to agree is an appropriation bill. Only appropriations originate in the House of Representatives per US Constitution; referral is controlled by its Ways & Means Subcommittee chair. Conversely, this referred bill is subject to amendment by the senate before it is passed, enrolled (for conforming mark-up of texts by a bicameral committee), and referred to the president for signature. See?

The House is the weaker chamber. That is most certainly the "founding fathers" intent and legacy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 11:10:22 PM EST
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I was waiting for that.
3 Jan Pelosi not ruling out impeachment proceedings
SCHIFF:"I presume it ends with Donald Trump being voted out of office."
PELOSI: "We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason."

4 Jan Schiff throws cold water on impeaching Trump
"If there's to be grounds for impeachment of President Trump -- and I'm not seeking those grounds -- that would have to be so clearly bipartisan in terms of acceptance of it before I think we should go down any impeachment path," Pelosi told USA Today on Friday.

4 Jan Trump claims Pelosi told him House Democrats don't want to impeach him
The president alleged that Pelosi said directly to him Friday, "We're not looking to impeach you," and recounted his response as, "That's good Nancy."

6 Jan Dems split in response to 'impeach the motherf---er' comment
Democratic leadership has been hesitant to call for the impeachment of Trump, instead arguing that Democrats should wait for the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

6 Jan Calls for impeachment 'premature'
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) said, "I'm a former federal prosecutor and we certainly never made charging decisions before the FBI finished their investigation," she said.
oh, yes, I've been collecting. There's miles more rail right up to the punk ass WaPoo OpEd, "Democrats Hypocrisy" and NYT headline, "Impeaching Trump Is 'Not Worth It,' Nancy Pelosi Says" (11-12 March). Worth what? Impugning DCCC rule of a dung heap.

From the very beginning of the 116th session, the leadership knew it had neither interest in nor "evidence" of crimes to vindicate the majority won in the mid-term. They had no intention of rewarding their "small donors" with the show trial they so desperately wanted. DCCC just wound up the Dem Party irregulars like tops on a waxed floor and let 'em loose, while they carried out their despicable domestic and foreign collusions with the opposition.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 11:51:58 PM EST
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(merits duplication in "The situation here is still pretty psychotic")

Big Dem names show little interest in Senate

Senate Democrats had the opportunity to recruit a murderers' row of popular and tested candidates with proven fundraising abilities in a handful of key states up for election next year as they seek a path back to the majority. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 09:29:16 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:07:04 PM EST
Trudeau expels Wilson-Raybould, Philpott from Liberal caucus over SNC-Lavalin affair
res ipsa loquitor, dude: "'If a politician secretly records a conversation with anyone, it's wrong,' he said. 'When that cabinet minister is the attorney-general of Canada secretly recording the Clerk of the Privy Council, it is unconscionable.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 04:25:55 AM EST
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Women turn backs while Trudeau speaks at event day after Wilson-Raybould, Philpott ouster
"He said he welcomes disagreement within his government, but can't work with people he doesn't trust."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 11:20:03 PM EST
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Don't they have whistleblower protection in Canada? I thought they were so advanced and all.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 07:16:22 AM EST
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The Hill
Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn't resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn't immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"I said, `You're not getting the billion.' I'm going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: `I'm leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money,'" Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

"Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time," Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.

[...]

But Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn't mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden's younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden's American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts -- usually more than $166,000 a month -- from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 09:29:35 AM EST
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Doesn't surprise me.  The whole DLC faction is as corrupt as the Pendergast machine in Kansas City.  They've been better at hiding it.

And the GOP is either just-as-bad or worse.

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

by ATinNM on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 08:13:27 PM EST
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Abdelaziz Bouteflika seeks forgiveness from Algerians facing new era
"The 12-member [Onstitutional Council] then formally notified Parliament that Algeria no longer has a president. Both chambers of the national legislature are expected to meet to name the president of the upper house as interim leader for 90 days while elections are organized."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 12:32:24 AM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 07:19:23 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 12:36:07 AM EST
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Sounds about right. Hope she also sends a letter to the NYT.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 05:21:39 AM EST
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Manning moved from solitary

Quito schedules Assange arrest

DOJ files FISA evidence of Iran sanction breach
Meng Wanzhou incommunicado

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 12:12:19 AM EST
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'Obscene' Bipartisan Applause for NATO in Congress (EN), A/V, transcript
The reason why I say it's naked ambition is because listen to Stoltenberg's speech today. One of the things he talks about is "NATO, we create jobs, we are good for the economy, we boost the economy.
Troubled by Russia, Stoltenberg pledges unity in Congress as NATO turns 70
The Congress invitation to Stoltenberg was widely interpreted as a message to Trump that there is bipartisan support for NATO among US lawmakers. Earlier this year, they passed legislation seeking to prevent any US president from leaving the alliance without Congressional approval.
[...]
On Thursday (4 April) Stoltenberg will lead a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, hosted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. NATO member states are set to discuss relations with Russia and Black Sea security, the fight against terrorism and burden sharing.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 12:28:29 AM EST
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Bombing brown people to steal their wealth has bi-partisan support.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:20:43 PM EST
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"GOP healthcare solution" is an oxymoron, like "alone together" or "Beto policy idea"

— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 4, 2019
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 06:49:14 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:01 PM EST
PolyMatter1 | Why China Doesn't Want Your Trash Anymore, (EN) A/V, no transcript
international arbitrage (ASIA)

DW2 | The rich, the poor and the trash, (EN) A/V, no transcript
intercontinental arbitrage (AFRICA)

--
1 commercial production by a subsidiary of Audible, Inc.
2 propaganda; "DW is a German public broadcast service" (YouTube/Alphabet/GTFO) as opposed to DW "is funded in part or in whole by" German government.

archived
an immense pile of filth

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 03:25:28 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:05 PM EST
by generic on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 12:14:00 PM EST
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brilliant. I'll have two of those please

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:40:06 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:55:42 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:08 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:11 PM EST
Didn't expect to see this in my lifetime.

`Nones' now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US

According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming "no religion" -- sometimes referred to as "nones" because of how they answer the question "what is your religious tradition?" -- now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.

That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious -- or nonreligious -- groupings in the country.

however ....

white evangelicals alone made up 26 percent of the electorate in 2016, even as their share of the American population has dipped far below that, according to Public Religion Research Institute.

"Evangelicals punch way above their weight," Burge said. "They turn out a bunch at the ballot box. That's largely a function of the fact that they're white and they're old."

The "white" part is hopelessly and permanently fixed.  The "old" part has a self-correcting limiting time stamp.

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

by ATinNM on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:29:56 PM EST
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It might be worth cautioning that large chunks of the minority population are evangelical and conservative in their philosophies, but currently captured by the democrats due to discriminatory policies by the republicans. This could change.
by asdf on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:45:21 PM EST
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I don't know about that.

My impression from survey results (espec. PEW) published over the prior decade or so is, organized ecumenical affiliation has lost predictive power. This should be sel-evident as institutional control ("authoritarianism") of the Big Two has fragmented with identarian ethnic ("race") and sex ("CIS") political hegemony.

Religious dysphoria (my term) is a predictable result of 200 years indoctrination in ideology of "individualism" or "rational self-interested actors." A lot of spiritual and doctrinal cherry-picking in USA goes unaccounted, because freedom of since 1619. Respondents to dated survey panels can and will dispute identification with institutional leadership as is convenient, in principle or tax filing status.

Yet pollster have not adapted instruments to even rank issue-motivated political cohension among "non-affiliated", "independent", or "affiliated" religionists, because stereotype is a convenient rubric for communicating political party division (by two), which is exactly what they are paid to produce.

This data analysis is not fit for purpose.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 07:59:08 PM EST
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as ancient afro-mericans say.

After 2016 loss, Democrats know they need white male voters
Dems follow all compass directions to make pitches to voters

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 01:16:14 PM EST
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It's a Broad Brush survey and so paints with a broad brush.  

 

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

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 06:56:05 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, post-Christian porn is a dime a dozen.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 12:06:35 AM EST
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Going to take a minimum of hundred years before the US is Post-Christian.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 04:45:51 PM EST
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o, I don't know about that.

One could argue that customary milenniarist "movement" that recombines and redefines monotheism (eg. certainly christology) isn't well-understood these days, and you aren't.

But I am. Dysphoria. It's happening now. Churches are emptied out but the heh heh spirit lives.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 06:35:15 PM EST
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