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by Bjinse Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:45:23 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:47:12 PM EST
Turkey's election board orders rerun of Istanbul mayoral vote
Turkey's top election board announced on Monday that the vote for the mayor of Istanbul, the country's largest city and economic hub, will be redone.

The new vote will be held on June 23, the board said in a statement, adding the March 31 election was cancelled because of "situations which affected the result and honesty" of the polls.

Some ballot box committees were formed illegally by district election board members who will face criminal complaints, the High Election Board said.

It also voted to cancel the mandate of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

Imamoglu was declared the mayor of the metropolis on April 17, pending the AK Party's last objection to the close results.


Al Jazeera, funded by the government of Qatar, etc...
by Bernard on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:26:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Der Postillon, not funded by anybody.
Das kann in jeder Demokratie mal passieren: Nach dem falschen Ergebnis im ersten Wahlgang muss die Bürgermeisterwahl in Istanbul erneut von der Regierung manipuliert werden - diesmal aber so, dass ein für Staatspräsident Erdogan zufriedenstellendes Wahlergebnis zustande kommt.

"Die Hohe Wahlkommission hat entschieden", so Kommissionspräsident Sadi Güven. "Die erste Wahl war ganz klar nicht demokratisch korrekt manipuliert, sonst wäre doch nicht so ein doofes Ergebnis herausgekommen, bei dem die AKP 25.000 Stimmen zu wenig hat".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 02:06:02 PM EST
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I look forward to this happening in the USA should, against all odds, Trump manage to lose the 2020 election.
by Zwackus on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:39:21 AM EST
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I think Honduras provides a better model for how Trump will handle it.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:57:16 AM EST
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The only thing I speculate about is how long after the 2021 inauguration before the Rethuglican Party pulls a 30 June 1934 redux.
by rifek on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 01:01:23 PM EST
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Facebook hit by landmark censorship lawsuit in Poland
SIN claim that articles 23 and 24 of the Polish Civil Code have been breached as a result of the take downs, infringing on the group's rights including freedom of speech as well as damaging its reputation.
[...]
A fair world wide web should be free from censorship not only [BWAH!] by the state, "but also by private companies," it adds.

The case, which is being brought before the Warsaw District Court [!] on Tuesday (7 May), is supported by the Panoptykon Foundation, a Polish NGO whose proclaimed mission "is to protect fundamental rights and freedoms in the context of fast-changing technologies."

How's that PiS high court shuffle working out for y'all?

And, yes, US case law enforcing Titles VII, VIII in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination in public accommodation, housing, and employment by race, sex, religion, age, or country of origin is irrelevant, as a matter of law, to the petition before POLAND judicial courts.
reference
Mobley et. al. v. Facebook, Inc., Case No. 5:16-cv-06440 (N.D.Cal.), class action suit
Summary of Settlements Between Civil Rights Advocates and Facebook

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 10:48:20 PM EST
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It's a good thing that the sacred human rights of Facebook will never be violated in such an egregious manner in the USA.
by Zwackus on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:40:58 AM EST
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French electorate in doubt and abundance of candidates: What could go wrong?
33 lists
Germans to choose from 41 parties in European elections
up from 25 in 2014

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:44:48 AM EST
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Acte XXV
AP | Yellow vest protests land at Paris airport in 25th week
"Three lists of yellow vest candidates are running in a May 26 election for France's representatives to the European Union parliament."
EURACTIV | French `yellow' list for the EU elections strikes alliance with far-right MEP Philippot
'gilet jaune' Jean-François Barnaba finally gave up running alone in the EU elections in May.
[...]
"We have done everything we could to cross the `money wall', but the system has done everything to stop us. We lost our source of funding. The fusion with Florian Philippot was therefore imposed. Of course, not all my co-candidates are pleased with this result but it was the only possible alternative," said Barnaba.
[...]
"We partnered up for these European elections. But for future elections, notably the municipal ones in March 2020, "Jaunes et citoyens" could strike an alliance with other movements. Emmanuel Macron unified the right and the left for the rich. We will do the same for the poor," he said.
DW | French actors and writers back latest yellow vest protests
"The turnout for yellow vest protests in Paris was thin following May Day marches earlier this week."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 03:42:48 AM EST
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Why the European Parliament's election video is going viral
The "Choose your future" title is a classic one. That is what the European elections are about as Europeans are voting for their MEPs, who will make tomorrow's laws.

However, it is an original take on birth as it is both raw and emotional. The first part shows about fifteen women giving birth to little Europeans, who were born in February and March 2019 in Greece, Czech Republic, Denmark and Hungary. There were shots of quite distressing pain, followed by raw images of giving birth and various reactions.
[...]
Until the European elections on 26 May, this film will be screened in cinemas and aired on TV across Europe.

archived
sheela na gig

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:53:00 AM EST
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wtf
"Smaller French political parties such as the 'yellow vests', the Pirate Party, the Animalist Party and even the party calling for Esperanto to be adopted as an EU language, are flocking to the European elections. But they will have to dish out at least €300,000 to cover the costs of printing ballot papers."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:57:01 AM EST
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They won't.

They will encourage people to download and print their ballot papers, for at least a dozen of the lists.

Electoral expenses (posters, ballot papers etc) are only reimbursed for lists that get over 3%.

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

by eurogreen on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:39:21 PM EST
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34 now.

The latecomer is « Union pour une Europe au service des peuples », presented by the Union of French Muslim Democrats.

This is a first, as far as I can remember.

Mind, there are already two explicitly anti-Muslim lists, notably one led by Renaud Camus. Yes, the Great Replacement guy, ideologue who has inspired white supremacist Freedom fighters from ... California to Christchurch.
Second on his list is a one-eyed Gilet Jaune.

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

by eurogreen on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:48:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
11 May
Inequality tops agenda as Lithuania elects new president
Nine candidates are vying to replace two-term independent incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite, but surveys show that only three stand any real chance of making it to the expected 26 May run-off coinciding with European parliament elections. Top contenders include centre-left Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, conservative-backed ex-finance minister Ingrida Simonyte and independent economist Gitanas Nauseda.
[...]
Phenomenal annual wage growth -- approximately 10% -- in recent years has raised the average gross salary to €970. But poverty and income inequality remain among the highest in the EU, largely due to weak progressive taxation.
[...]
Lithuanian presidents are in charge of foreign policy and hold a seat at EU summits. They also appoint ministers, judges, the military chief and the head of the central bank, but must often seek approval from parliament or the prime minister.

archived Lithuania
ProCona
franchise
neonicotinoids
ABSTAIN: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Finland
'New Europe' Proxy States for America
secret CIA detention centres on their territories.
Ireland makes the big (Hanseatic) league
future of the eurozone

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 05:59:02 PM EST
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You forgot to tell us who funds euraktiv, so that we can tell whether the use of "weak progressive" as a euphemism for "flat" is due to ideology or ignorance.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 11:56:18 AM EST
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I didn't forget. euractiv is a commercial enterprise. Following ALPHABET/GOOGLE/YOUTUBE Style Guide, funding sources of commercial enterprise needs no disclosure.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 12:08:20 PM EST
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Who gives Google the authority to decide such matters?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 10:08:12 PM EST
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US federal gov, uncontested.

archived
A Trip to the Woodshed

SALGADO: That's the same for Google. We take that very seriously. We've made changes and we will continue to get better.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 10:24:27 AM EST
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Lithuania presidential runoff pits novice against ex-minister as PM quits
Nauseda, promising to seek the political middle-ground and build a welfare state, scored 31.07% of the vote, according to near complete official results.
[...]
Simonyte, 44, a technocrat who also warns against deepening inequality and the rural-urban divide, has vowed to reduce it by boosting growth further. Socially liberal, Simonyte supports same-sex partnerships which still stir controversy in the predominantly Catholic country.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:32:37 PM EST
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The story is that two serious candidates defeated populism in the face of the policeman Skvernelis and lesser wannabes.

The Prime Minister Skvernelis is going to keep his vow to resign after this failure, signaling that the common electorate is making a mistake by yielding to high-brow public shaming of his party. Next Parliamentary election is scheduled for October 2020.

Both Nausėda (a mainstream economist) and Šimonytė (a former finance minister) look very similar to the outgoing Grybauskaitė (a former EU finance commissioner), particularly regarding expected EU/NATO/economic/social policies. Nausėda has a better chance, as much of the Soviet generation feels antipathy to the conservatives. On the other hand, Skvernelis called Nausėda a covert conservative this week (and was politely rebuked, of course).

by das monde on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 09:02:48 AM EST
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Spanish workers slam Dutch flex work excesses, brief MEPs
Complaints by Spanish workers who are say they are being exploited by Dutch employers have been brought to the attention of the European parliament ahead of this week's debate about a new European Labour Authority which connects national labour inspectorates, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Complaints from Spanish workers, presented to the European parliament at the invitation of the ruling socialist party PSOE last week, include fewer working hours than initially promised, poor living and working conditions and contracts promising a fixed monthly wage that turn out to be zero hour contracts.

archived defects in Art. 153
MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority
"amazon of airlines"
EU Citizens Push for Better Wages for Gig* Economy Workers
social benefits and standardized contracts


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:57:35 AM EST
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Truck drivers become key EU election issue in Bulgaria
The European Commission wants to put restrictions on cargo transport to ensure adequate rest for truck drivers and limit driving distances. Bulgaria, where the transport sector accounts for 15% of GDP and employs some 200,000 people, fears it will erode its workforce's low-cost advantage. It says it could cost jobs and force Bulgarian truckers to move to Western Europe, worsening a wealth gap within the EU
[...]
The new rules concern truck drivers' postings, driving and rest times, and access to the market. Especially worrying for Bulgarian truckers is the requirement that they spend their rest time in a hotel rather than in bunks in their trucks. The rules would also force drivers to return home every three or four weeks with an empty truck.

[EP candidate Angel] Dzhambazki said that the European proposal, called the Mobility Package, would cause thousands of Bulgarians to emigrate to wealthier European countries to be closer to the markets they work with. He sees the proposal as an effort by countries like France and Germany to protect their own businesses from the competition of lower-wage countries like Bulgaria.
[...]
"Like the Germans or Italians who come to Bulgaria and feel comfortable here, we also need to feel comfortable when we go there because we are a big family," [Eurospeed transport owner, Dimitar Rashkov] says. "That is what the European Union stands for."



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 06:49:14 PM EST
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Fact-check: Is equal EU minimum wage possible, as Bulgarian socialists claim?
Earlier in May, European Commission First Vice-president and lead candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) for the new Commission president, Frans Timmermans, called on the EU countries to introduce a European minimum wage standard.
[...]
The European debate is about introducing a common standard for the minimum wage, which is 60% of the average wage in the country. ... Timmermans is, in fact, putting pressure on the six EU members without an official minimum, namely Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden. Opponents of the minimum wage see the policy as dragging down competitiveness and sovereignty [!], as well as levelling down salaries [!] - some sort of a race to the bottom.
[...]
Predictably, the highest minimum wages are in Luxembourg - just over €2,000. In the richest EU countries, the minimum wage varies from €1,100 to €1,680. Citizens of these countries would not support the introduction of an equal minimum wage standard[?], if such an idea was ever to be discussed at EU level. That would bring them closer [?] to the poorer countries, where the normal salary is two times lower than their minimum wage.

archived
DICTION CORNER
relative, comparative

The same economic logic applies to pensions.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 04:26:39 PM EST
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"Bulgaria... It says it could cost jobs..." thank you AP, that will do.

It appears that Bulgaria is called Angel Dzhambazki. His political party is not specified in the article. The Bulgarian National Movement, as its name indicates, is a right wing party. One suspects that Angel's worry is more for the Bulgarian trucking companies than the drivers (his claim that the drivers would move to western Europe is interesting, because they would earn much higher wages there...)

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

by eurogreen on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:32:19 AM EST
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euractive behind the curve today

EU Employers Must Track Hours, Not Just Overtime, [ECJ] Rules

Backing a union[s'] suit[s] against Deutsche Bank, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that all employers must be required to have a system for tracking the working hours of staff.

When the Spanish trade union CCOO, short for Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras, initiated the dispute, Deutsche Bank shot back that its obligations under Spanish law include merely keeping a record of overtime and communicating those figures each month to the staff and their representatives.

(Reference for a preliminary ruling -- Social policy -- Protection of the safety and health of workers --Organisation of working time -- Article 31(2) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EuropeanUnion -- Directive 2003/88/EC -- Articles 3 and 5 -- Daily and weekly rest -- Article 6 -- Maximum weekly working time -- Directive 89/391/EEC -- Safety and health of workers at work -- Requirement to set up a system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured)
[...]
REQUEST for a preliminary ruling under Article 267 TFEU from the Audiencia Nacional (National HighCourt, Spain), made by decision of 19 January 2018, received at the Court on 29 January 2018, in the proceedings
Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO)
v
Deutsche Bank SAE,
intervener [US-Eng. Latin amicus curiae (sing.) amici curiae (pl.) "friend of the court"]:
Federación Estatal de Servicios de la Unión General de Trabajadores (FES-UGT),
Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT),
Confederación Solidaridad de Trabajadores Vascos (ELA),
Confederación Intersindical Galega (CIG)...
brief by United Kingdom Government, by Z. Lavery, acting as Agent, and by R. Hill, Barrister [?!]
"The requirement to record only overtime hours worked does not therefore provide workers with an effective means of ensuring, first, that the maximum weekly working time laid down by Directive 2003/88 -- which includes overtime hours -- is not exceeded and, second, that the minimum daily and weekly rest periods provided for by that directive are observed in all circumstances."
So the European Labour Authority has something to beat fraudsters with. That's a start.

archived
The Primacy of EU Law and its implications
A victory for European justice

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 09:11:46 PM EST
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Israel slams Putin adviser for claim Ukraine to move Jews into `cleansed' area- Times of Israel
Israel on Tuesday criticized an article authored by a close adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which claimed that Ukraine's president may want to move Israeli Jews into parts of his country, as "conspiratorial and anti-Semitic."

Jerusalem was "puzzled" by Sergey Glazyev's article, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon told The Times of Israel.

"The conspiratorial and anti-Semitic style of his words is inappropriate and does not reflect the positive nature of Russia's relations with Israel," Nahshon added.

From the blog post in question (Google translate):

Perhaps the stake on Zelensky, made long before these elections, is connected with the general list of the Trump administration towards the far-right forces in Israel. Probably, they will set new tasks for the updated Kiev regime. I do not exclude, for example, the possibility of a massive move to the "cleared out" of the Russian population of the land of the South-East of Ukraine by the inhabitants of the Promised Land tired of the permanent war in the Middle East - just like the Christians fleeing from Islamizing Europe.
by Bernard on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 05:07:00 PM EST
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Sardinia's Happy Village for seniors with suitcases
Mayor Corrias was inspired by the albergo diffuso concept, translated in English as diffused, virtual or scattered hotel. Alberghi diffusi offer hotel services in a number of houses scattered around a small town or village. In Happy Village, residents will pay a monthly fee for a package that includes accomodation, health professionals on call round the clock, a restaurant, a sports centre, transport and cleaning.

According to INPS, the Italian pension authority, around 400,000 Italian retirees are spending their pension abroad. The pensionati con la valigia (seniors with suitcases) are lured by tax breaks in Portugal, the low cost of living in Tunisia or cheap property in Bulgaria. Sardinia cannot offer tax breaks yet, but an economic advisor to Interior Minister Salvini has suggested that Italy follow the Portuguese model in order to repopulate Sardinia, Calabria and Sicily.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:39:11 AM EST
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Small gains for the left.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 07:07:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Guardian
Conservative officials fear the party could come sixth in the European elections, with their support plummeting to single digits.

[...]

Another Conservative source said internal data showed the party could do worse than the Brexit party, Labour, the Lib Dems, Change UK and even potentially the Greens, with support at less than 10%. That would translate to only a handful of seats, down from the current 22.

So they still expect to do better than the SNP and the DUP?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 08:05:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I think they only count English votes...
by fjallstrom on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 09:57:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"And God said, Theresa come forth"...

But she got muddled and...

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

by eurogreen on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:52:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
being fair to them, the Tories acknowledged a month ago that they have a problem with these elections. Half of the party don't think they should be contesting them at all and the other half are too old to do anything to help anyway.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 03:06:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I can't believe that you want to be fair to the Tories....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 06:43:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
only in respect of their losing.

I'd like to see the day when people realise that the tories are the disgusting smegma that erupts when the worst of humanity enjoy too much influence in the world, but sadly that day may never come.

But their analysis is correct on this occasion and, seeing as they're going to get a right good kicking for once, I'll take their excuses and let it lie

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 07:47:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sweden prosecutors reopen Julian Assange rape probe, seek extradition

archived
rly?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 09:37:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sweden Reopens 9-Year Old Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange; Seeks His Extradition


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:14:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Rape is likely to be considered more serious than conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. That would mean ordering Assange's extradition to Sweden.

Sounds fair to me.


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

by eurogreen on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:37:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Head of Swedish Bar Association condemns the handling of the Assange case in the UK and Sweden as deplorable, 26 April
This article was written by Anne Ramberg, who happens to be the Secretary General of the Swedish Bar Association, the professional body of lawyers in that country.  The article has been translated by Marcello Ferrada de Noli, Swedish professor emeritus of epidemiology and doctor of psychiatry. Anne Ramberg reveals her concern over the breech of legal principles, the treatment of Assange in general and the moral obligation to reveal wrongdoing, just as Julian Assange has done.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 09:43:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Assange is no romaticus when involved with ladies ... as an Australian, does he fit in the category of ... ehh Trump?

Sexual assault cannot be defended as "sex by surprise".

However the rape accusation in Sweden had a political motive as the charges on appeal were brought forward by a new prosecutor in Göteborg, Marianne Ny.

Sweden Reopens Investigation of Julian Assange for Rape, Complicating U.S. Extradition

"Giving priority to the Swedish extradition request would demonstrate that the British government takes its responsibility to ensure women's safety seriously."

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

by Oui on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 07:17:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I could refer you to my posts of ten years ago concerning rape in the context of cultural relativism, i.e. Swedish law vs Australian practice.
But probably only another New Zealander would find it funny (we have been telling jokes about Australian sexual unsophistication since probably the 19th century)

They knew he was an Australian (what did they expect, roses?)
But he knew he was in Sweden. So fk him.

However I consider he has already served ten years prison for that (alleged) offense, so if it turns out that the UK extradites him to Sweden, then they drop the rape charges, and decline to extradite him to the US, that would be an ironic and fitting end to the story.


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

by eurogreen on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 01:16:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Greenwald is a tool. One might imagine, that talent is precisely what attracted Marcy Wheeler to his organization and ultimately what thwarted her professional ambition.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 09:45:54 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 07:52:58 PM EST
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Assange Faces 17 New Charges Over Leak of Classified Info
The superseding indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia brings the total number of U.S. charges against Assange to 18.

Assange, 47, was indicted in Marchon one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for allegedly helping Manning crack a password to a classified military database, which allowed her to gain access to hundreds of thousands of secret military documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as information about detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
[...]
Terwilliger said the charges also do not involve all of the documents WikiLeaks released, but just a specific subset that revealed particularly sensitive information that endangered the lives of people who provided information to the United States.  

Demers also distanced Assange from journalists by saying no journalist would publish information identifying intelligence sources operating in dangerous conditions.

"Julian Assange is no journalist," Demers told reporters.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 10:32:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Denmark, political advertising, May-June 2019
Danish candidate places [general] election ad on adult site
Joachim B. Olsen, center-right Liberal Alliance, on Pornhub
Danish PM Calls [General] Election That Polls Show He Is Set to Lose
The vote, which is set to come 10 days after European parliamentary elections, coincides with growing anxiety among Danes about climate change, immigration and welfare spending. A number of new parties will join the race, trying to lure voters with promises of much tougher immigration laws as the right end of Denmark's political landscape grows more extremist.
politico.eu | EP Election poll smoke
reference
AdWeek | Denmark Rolls Its Eyes at the U.S. Election With This Hilarious Anti-Trump Bus Ad (2016)
"The ad was made by creative agency Uncle Grey and paid for by the the Socialist People's Party (in Danish, the Socialistisk Folkeparti, or SF)."

archived "same page"
EU's digital tax
neonicotinoids
Detention Project
2011 Istanbul Convention
Denmark should debate its EU opt-outs says Prime Minister
GDPR

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 07:19:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
USAToday
American tourists will soon be able to get more than a Big Mac at McDonald's in Austria.

The U.S. Embassy in Vienna announced on Facebook that Golden Arches restaurants in Austria will serve as mini embassies for American tourists, starting Wednesday.

"American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter - as of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services," the announcement read.

Consular services include reporting a lost or stolen passport or seeking travel assistance.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 09:33:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The logical conclusion in a lot of ways. How would you even get into the mini-Green Zone without a passport?
by generic on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 11:22:53 AM EST
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The National
IF they follow exactly the instructions that accompany it, then thousands of Scots in possession of a European Parliament election postal vote better start making arrangements to head to Berwick-upon-Tweed or Carlisle.

For in many areas of Scotland, the "quick advice" note on how to use a postal vote clearly shows a pillar box emblazoned with the royal cypher "EIIR" and you can only find that type of pillar box in England.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 09:37:47 AM EST
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by generic on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 03:23:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Because east-west has decreased pretty steadily since 2001 (why it increased from 1997 to 2001 is a good question), and west-east is fairly stable, and eventually the two lines crossed. I wonder how much of the west-east that is movement to former East Berlin?
by fjallstrom on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 08:24:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
DW is funded in whole or in party by Germany government.

Austria: Secret video ensnares far-right leader

'Whores'

In the video, the woman can be heard telling Strache that she is very wealthy and wants to buy a large block of shares at Austria's largest newspaper, the Kronen Zeitung. She reportedly claims to be interested in the paper so that she can provide favorable pre-election coverage of the FPÖ. In return, she demands political favors.

German parliament condemns 'anti-Semitic' BDS movement
Parliamentarians said some BDS slogans recalled Nazi propaganda.
[...]
The resolution was brought by all the centrist parties in the German Bundestag, including Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union, the Social Democrats (SPD), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens.

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) brought its own alternative resolution, calling for an outright ban on BDS. The socialist Left party brought a milder resolution, calling for the condemnation of any anti-Semitic BDS statements.

Speaking in Friday's debate on the issue, CDU Bundestag member Axel Müller reminded the chamber that upholding Israel's right to exist remained a basic principle of the German state. He also claimed that the BDS campaign's social media accounts [!] showed that it was occasionally influenced [!] by the "propaganda of the [Nazi] dictatorship."

uh oh. Fake news is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 01:21:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Very on brand for Austria.
by generic on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 07:55:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
And Strache has resigned. Norbert Hofer takes over. If this is all then not a particularly great outcome, Hofer was always the smarter one. We'll see what the chancellor will say. Continuing the coalition opens up a lot of loot. Conversely you could save the Republic™ and then get more of the loot if the elections work out.
by generic on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 10:41:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The chancellor is still in hiding, apparently.
by generic on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 03:01:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
He's back with an appropriate dose of faux outrage.
Austria chancellor calls for snap election after corruption scandal - BBC
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has asked for a snap election after his Vice-Chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigned over a corruption scandal.

Mr Kurz's centre-right People's Party is in government with Mr Strache's far-right Freedom Party.

The Freedom Party leader stepped down after secret video footage emerged.

The video appears to show him discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor.

Mr Strache blamed his actions on alcohol and acting like a "teenager", saying his behaviour had been "stupid" and "irresponsible", and that he was leaving to avoid further damage to the government.

"I have suggested to the president of the republic that new elections be carried out, at the earliest possible date," Mr Kurz said.

"After yesterday's video, I must say quite honestly: Enough is enough," he said.

by Bernard on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 08:26:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Until this episode, the conventional wisdom (well, Politico.eu) was presenting Kurz as the Wunderkind of European "center-right" politics, the epitome of "generational change" (Kurz is 31).

And many EPP parties across Europe have been looking at his coalition with the extreme right, a move that may become inevitable, despite all claims to the contrary: between loosing power and allying with fascists, they are not going to drop power.

by Bernard on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 08:36:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Kurz is was 31 when he formed the coalition. It's pretty funny, really. All the paid opinion havers on the TV tell me he has a great political talent and great message discipline. But in practice that just means he sticks to his prepared talking points and doesn't engage with questions, similar to Maybot3000. That's also the most likely reason that he hid out for close to two days. Had to practice the speach. Although rumor(from FPÖ sources) has it that he initially wanted to grab the interior ministry and keep going.

In his speech he plainly states that there is no political convergence with the SocDems, he was a victim of (former SPÖ campaign manager) Siberstein like campaigning and he had been very happy with the coalition. Apparently he just didn't notice that they were working at the Orbanisation of the Austrian media landscape? Yet it seems the state broadcaster did notice, they were incredibly careful in not putting any blame at the Kurz's doorstep. There was one truly bizarre episode when their domestic policy chief wanted to detect increasing anger and aggression in the crowd that reminded him of the time the first far-right government had to sneak into the Hofburg through a tunnel. His younger colleague only found a "party mood", the police guy had "no incidence" and all the while he was talking you could see a little kid sitting on someone's shoulders right behind him in the crowd, but what do they know.
True to form in Russian election interference scandals we are again mainly looking at some idiots getting scammed by fake oligarchs.
And talking about election interference: In a curious coincidence, their "very good Israeli friends" arrested Silberstein right in the hot phase of the last election.

by generic on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 11:41:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
A few additional things I, or possible a random Twitter user, picked up:
They were handing out infrastructure projects well in advance to formal coalition talks. Just like they knew they'd get the ministry after the election.
Austria's oligarchy can't be happy of getting named in connection with illegal party financing.
The Kronenzeitung will probably stop pushing the FPÖ for a bit, but I think they have been on the Kurz train for  a while anyway.
This will probably turn out pretty expensive for the republic, also very on brand for the far-right. Haselsteiner, the oligarch behind the NEOS party and the one Strache wanted to explicitly cut out of infrastructure contracts will have an easy case.
The SPÖ still seems very unprepared for elections.

by generic on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 12:48:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Austrian Chancellor Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote
A new election is already planned for September, and President Alexander Van der Bellen now needs to appoint a caretaker government to serve until then.
[...]
Kurz loses the advantage of campaigning as an incumbent chancellor but remains popular and his center-right party finished first Sunday in Austria in the European Parliament election with 34.9% support, a gain of almost 8 percentage points over 2014.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 04:35:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
And the large majority of print journalists is pretty mad at the Socialists for it. Entirely unrelated there is a noteable tendency for the necessity for full page ministrial information to arise in the runup to elections. Supposedly the "expert government" will have more trust in the voters abilies.
by generic on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 09:01:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I didn't find a good source, but the number for government inserts seems to total around 24 million a year. The legal limit that a party can spend on an election is 7 million. Though there really aren't any consequences except a minor fine. The conservatives officially spent twice that on the last general.
by generic on Tue May 28th, 2019 at 12:01:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
[US] Lawmakers PROBE Russia's Ramped-Up Threats to Democracy [in AUSTRIA]
After viewing footage of [STRACHE'S] meeting Tuesday, House lawmakers heard testimony from four experts about steps the United States can take to deter Russian meddling [in USA]
[...]
[Penn Biden Sr. Director Michael] Carpenter also noted that the notion of media bias is one that Russia trumpets.

"So when the [U.S.] president calls the media `the enemy of the people,' he is playing into Putin's narrative," Carpenter said. "That is exactly what Russia wants."
[...]
"Look at Hungary," [MA-9 Rep. Bill] Keating said. "Hungary has now allowed [Russia's] International Investment Bank to build its new headquarters in Budapest and its bank chairman has ties to Putin."
[...]
Heather Conley, senior vice president for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, testified that Russia's objective to destabilize democracy relies on a messaging to "deepen disgust, create doubt and change how [Americans] think of themselves."



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 09:11:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ECJ Rebukes Hungary for 2014 Land-Use Cancellations
Hungary adopted the scheme back in 2013, saying that only people with a close family tie to agricultural land in the nation were entitled to property-use rights, which are otherwise known as usufruct. In October 2014, about five months after Hungary had canceled the land-use rights of nationals of outside member states, the European Commission warned the government that it was infringing the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
[...]
Insisting that the commission could not show discrimination, Hungary pointed out that only 5,058 of the more than 100,000 people affected by the scheme were nationals of other countries including third states.
[...]
"That exception takes into account the fact that parents frequently buy property for their children over which they create a right of usufruct for themselves and the fact that a surviving spouse often inherits such a right," Hungary argued, as summarized in the ruling Tuesday.

Rejecting the country's submissions, however, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that "the restrictions on the free movement of capital thus arising from the deprivation of property acquired using capital protected by Article 63 TFEU cannot be justified."


archived
2010 a
share or dispose of ownership or usufruct in any conceivable contractual manner ...
2010 b
Not. A. Trivial. Distinction. "Interest" and "ownership interest" ...
2010 c
 in Principle - there are two conflicting claims over productive assets in the form of ...
Lacan
A word here to shed light on the relationship between law (droit) and jouissance. 'Usufruct' --that's a legal notion, isn't it? ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 10:45:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
heard 'round the world
German Parliament Criminalizes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, A/V (EN), political group reportage, no transcript

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 07:47:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 09:44:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's a cultural exception. In our movement, we have informally agreed to just not say anything about Israel/Palestine, because it freaks the Germans out so badly.

Luckily, nobody gives a shit what we think about Israel/Palestine.

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

by eurogreen on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 02:20:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
heh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 09:13:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Forbes
Many commentators in the U.K take it as read that Britain will lose global influence as a result of Brexit. But there is absolutely no reason why this should be the case. Britain's international standing has never depended on our membership of the European Union. It is rather a factor of our economic weight, history, culture, democratic values, the excellence of our institutions, such as the universities and armed forces, the royal family and all the other trappings of our soft power.
The soft power just got softer.
The UK is facing a diplomatic rout at the United Nations on Wednesday when the general assembly is expected to vote overwhelmingly to demand Britain relinquish hold of one of the last vestiges of empire in the Indian Ocean.

The US and the UK have lobbied intensely at the UN to avoid support for Britain dropping to single figures among the UN's 193 member states on the issue of its continued possession of the Chagos Islands, known as the British Indian Ocean Territory.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 08:57:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
UK government promises to do utmost to help British Steel
5,000 workers, 20,000 jobs in the supply chain bankrupt: "The Unite union called for the government to nationalize the business, while the Community union urged British Steel owners Greybull and the government continue to focus on finding a solution to keep it trading."

Jamie Oliver's UK restaurant chain collapses into insolvency
Buy-in? "1,000 people out of work and reignited worries about local retail and food outlets"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 10:01:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Local
One person died and dozens of passengers were injured after a Flixbus overturned on an Autobahn near Leipzig, eastern Germany.

[...]

According to local media, including broadcaster RBB and DPA, early indications show that the driver may have momentarily fallen asleep at the wheel, according to transport police.

Sueddeutsche
Es ist ein Geschäft, mit dem sich pro Strecke nicht allzu viel verdienen lässt. Denn die Fahrpreise, die Flixbus seinen Kunden bietet, sind günstig: für etwa 20 Euro kann man von Berlin nach München fahren, im Durchschnitt kostet den Kunden ein Kilometer Strecke gut zehn Cent. Arbeitnehmervertreter weisen darauf hin, dass diese Preise seit 2013 kaum gestiegen seien - mit Folgen für die Fahrer: "Die Arbeitsbedingungen sind am Limit, die Verstoßquote in der Branche ist relativ hoch", sagt Mira Ball, Leiterin der Bundesfachgruppe Busse und Bahnen bei der Gewerkschaft Verdi. Berichte des Bundesamts für Güterverkehr bestätigen die Befürchtungen. Im Jahr 2017 wurden 1346 Fernbusfahrer kontrolliert, in etwa zwölf Prozent der Fälle haben sie die Lenk- und Ruhezeiten nicht eingehalten.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 12:37:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Indeed, subcontracting and not being too fussy about how the subcontractors work is quintessential liberalism.

It has worked so well for the French nuclear industry, for example.

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

by eurogreen on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 03:40:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:47:13 PM EST

No, Buckingham Palace has not accidentally leaked royal baby names
"The Key Question" is, Who gives a damn?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:50:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I think we can rule out "Diana."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 04:14:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
For they/them/their/they?
I don't know about that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 08:10:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
BBC is funded in part or in whole by UK governement.
Christian persecution 'at near genocide levels'
"according to a report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 04:17:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Anti-gay preacher is first-ever banned from Ireland under exclusion powers
An American preacher with extreme anti-gay and anti-Semitic views has become the first person ever banned from Ireland by exclusion powers dating from 1999.
[...]
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan signed the exclusion on Sunday in respect of Pastor Steven L Anderson with immediate effect under the Immigration Act 1999.

Section 4 of the Act allows the Minister to sign an exclusion order if he "considers it necessary in the interest of national security or public policy".

"I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy," said Mr Flanagan.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 10:33:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ireland continues its path as a growing light of civilisation

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:45:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
practice, practice, practice

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 04:28:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A correct and customary usage of the term, as in the USA,  segregation nation:


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 06:24:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
App Store Monopoly Claims Pushed Ahead by Supreme Court
"Apple's line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits," Kavanaugh wrote. "In particular, we fail to see why the form of the upstream arrangement between the manufacturer or supplier and the retailer should determine whether a monopolistic retailer can be sued by a downstream consumer who has purchased a good or service directly from the retailer and has paid a higher-than-competitive price because of the retailer's unlawful monopolistic conduct."
U.S. Supreme Court allows class-action suit against Apple
"Kavanaugh was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan."

reference
Apple Inc. vs. Pepper, et al.
Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, 431 U.S. 720 (1977)
DOJ | Monopoly power and market power in antitrust law
US vs. Apple, Inc., et al.
archived restraint of trade vs. free trade
the meaning of "gerrymander" in the USA
"that is done by segregating"
Conservatives' takeover of Supreme Court stalled by John Roberts-Brett Kavanaugh bromance
We Can't Let Kavanaugh's Confirmation Go

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 12:13:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Independent
Theresa May will defy growing pressure from Conservative MPs to speed up her resignation, vowing to stay until Brexit is completed - however long that takes.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 09:26:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
If so, may I nominate May to the WWF Dictator Pageant?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:00:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Honda confirms UK car factory closure in 2021
um
Daimler locations in the UK
Hanging strong!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 04:55:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Supreme Court says secret UK spy court's judgments can be overruled after all
Britain's Supreme Court said today that rulings from a secretive UK spy tribunal can now be appealed against after a legal challenge from pressure group Privacy International.
1. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal ("IPT") is a special tribunal established under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 ("RIPA") with jurisdiction to examine, among other things, the conduct of the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Headquarters ("the intelligence services").
[...]
3. Reduced to its core the central issue in the present case is: what if any material difference to the court's approach is made by any differences in context or wording, and more particularly the inclusion, in the parenthesis to section 67(8), of a specific reference to decisions relating to "jurisdiction"?
The statutory provisions
4. The legislative scheme established by RIPA replaced three earlier statutes dealing with the oversight of the security services. Its enactment was closely linked to that of the Human Rights Act 1998 ("HRA"), which was brought into force at the same time.
[...]
The European Court of Human Rights [ECHR] has held that the Act and the rules provide an effective and compliant remedy for complaints in respect of interception with communications, for the purposes of article 13 of the Convention (Kennedy v United Kingdom (2011) 52 EHRR 4).
The judge also commented in an aside in the 113-page judgment that MPs cannot make laws that stop the High Court from enforcing the law: "Parliament cannot entrust a statutory decision-making process to a particular body, but then leave it free to disregard the essential requirements laid down by the rule of law for such a process to be effective."
narrow finding of law in re: communications, surveillance, and disposition of communications seized; more broadly, separation of powers

reference
UK judiciary

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 11:04:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
inre: "legislative purpose"
Watkins v. United States, 354 U.S. 178 (1957), The apple does not fall far from the tree.
The rudiments of the power to punish for "contempt of Congress" come to us from the pages of English history. The origin of privileges and contempts extends back into the period of the emergence of Parliament. The establishment of a legislative body which could challenge the absolute power of the monarch is a long and bitter story. In that struggle, Parliament made broad and varied use of the contempt power. Almost from the beginning, both the House of Commons and the House of Lords claimed absolute and plenary authority over their privileges. This was an independent body of law, described by Coke as lex parliamenti. [Footnote 9] Only Parliament could declare what those privileges were or what new privileges were occasioned, and only Parliament could judge what conduct constituted a breach of privilege.

In particular, this exclusion of lex parliamenti from the lex terrae, or law of the land, precluded judicial review of the exercise of the contempt power or the assertion of privilege. Parliament declared that no court had jurisdiction to consider such questions. In the latter part of the seventeenth century, an action for false imprisonment was brought by one Jay, who had been held in contempt. The defendant, the Serjeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons, demurred that he had taken the plaintiff into custody for breach of privilege. The Chief Justice, Pemberton, overruled the demurrer. Summoned to the bar of the House, the Chief Justice explained that he believed that the assertion of privilege went to the merits of the action, and did not preclude jurisdiction. For his audacity, the Chief Justice was dispatched to Newgate Prison. [Footnote 10]

It seems inevitable that the power claimed by Parliament would have been abused. Unquestionably it was. A few examples illustrate the way in which individual rights were infringed. During the seventeenth century, there was a violent upheaval, both religious and political. This was the time of the Reformation and the establishment of the Church of England. It was also the period when the Stuarts proclaimed that the royal prerogative was absolute. Ultimately there were two revolutions, one protracted and bloody, the second without bloodshed. Critical commentary of all kinds was treated as contempt of Parliament in these troubled days.
[...]
The history of contempt of the legislature in this country is notably different from that of England. In the early days of the United States, there lingered the direct knowledge of the evil effects of absolute power. Most of the instances of use of compulsory process by the first Congresses concerned matters affecting the qualification or integrity of their members or came about in inquiries dealing with suspected corruption or mismanagement of government officials. [Footnote 19] Unlike the English practice, from the very outset, the use of contempt power by the legislature was deemed subject to judicial review. [Footnote 20] ...

Weak legal case could still benefit Trump in Congress clash
Elaine Kamarck, a ["]scholar["] at the liberal Brookings Institution who worked in the Clinton White House, said the House subpoenas of Trump's banks and accountants are a world away from the McCarthy era's hunt for Communists.
RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA!
List of members of the House Un-American Activities Committee, 75th-90th sessions

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 01:33:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Judge OKs House Oversight! Subpoena of Trump Finances
In a 41-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta gave Trump's accounting firm Mazars USA seven days to release the records.
The opinion accepts Congress's investigatory power in pursuit of alleged frauds by DJT, personally, and in concert with the Trump Organization to acquire the Old Post Office lease and default on "liabilities" to M. Cohen, 2011 - present. How the fact instantiate violation of the emoluments clause (superficially cited) is incomprehensible to me at the moment. Hizzoner also liberally cites elements of Watkins to justify the "informing function" of Congress. This is a counter-intuitive application of the SCOTUS ruling, inter alia, but whatever.
Stormy Daniels Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Michael Cohen


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 01:04:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 01:47:37 AM EST
[ Parent ]

by generic on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 04:16:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 09:36:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Seeking Brexit support, May offers vote on new referendum
"but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 08:58:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Independent
The Conservatives are facing an unprecedented "wipeout" in this week's European elections and could end up with "zero" seats, one of the party's most senior MEPs has predicted.

After polls closed on Thursday Daniel Hannan, a leading Brexiteer who once led the Tories group in the European Parliament, said his party would pay a price for its failure to deliver Brexit.

"Thank you to everyone who voted for the Conservatives today. My sense, for what it's worth, is that we are facing a total wipeout - zero MEPs. I just hope our next leader can get Brexit over the line," he said.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 07:30:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:47:16 PM EST
reference
Brookings podcast, Stan Brand on Congressional Subpoenas and Contempt, no transcript
UVA Law Review, Regulating Presitential Powers 2005
Remember PNAC? Bybee and Yoo?
I didn't think so.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 11:34:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I certainly remember Project for a New American Century. I had to look up PNAC. Undefined acronyms.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 01:40:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
pee-knack-ers guiding the first unitary executive into a universe of pre-emptive strikes. memorable. exciting. unprecedented. inconceivable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:19:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
they're getting their mojo back right now. Possibilities for wars all over the place. Trump is really champing at the bit to get his war on, prompting a coup in Venezuala, a carrier group sailing up and down the Iranian side of the the Persian gulf, even annoying the chinese.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 08:04:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mnuchin rejects Neal's request for Trump tax returns
"Experts tend to side with Neal ..."

reference

archived
CRS | Congressional Access to the President's Tax Returns
Treasury/IRS/keywords: "legislative purpose", Nixon, Obama
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.)
Thanks, TurboTax!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:13:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I suspect that the attempt to get both the full text of the Muller report, and the tax returns, would require an actual use of police force at the White Hosue, something that I do not think will actually happen. The ability of the Trump white house to stand brazenly and simply ignore the law when it feels like it seems pretty strong.
by Zwackus on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:44:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
International law? Certainly.
US Constitutional law? I don't know about that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 06:27:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 08:00:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Timing: tax returns
TurboTax and H&R Block are sued for allegedly keeping Americans from filing taxes for free
As City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges in lawsuits filed Monday against Intuit and H&R Block, the two companies have connived [!] for years to discourage millions of taxpayers from taking advantage of a free, simple online system provided by the Internal Revenue Service
"co-conniver" tricky Dick Neal RICOCHETS off the 8-ball into the DNC side-pocket
The commercial tax-prep firms and the conservative [!] anti-tax lobby share incentives to keep tax filing complicated for most Americans...They've both opposed allowing the IRS to prepare taxpayers' returns for them by sending forms pre-filled with all the information the IRS already has about them. [...] Obama mentioned such a plan during his first presidential campaign, but it died [!] under lobbying assault from the tax-prep companies and anti-tax crusaders.
18 states have bills to make presidential candidates release tax returns.
(representatives of the odious? not yet.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 03:44:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Dems want Justice IG to investigate Barr
"The Justice Department's Inspector General [IG] declined to comment about the requests from Congress."

archived April 2018
Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
report, 39pp

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:27:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Barr's Testament 28 March: "I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion"
Pelosi says Barr 'lied to Congress' and 'that's a crime', 2 May

reference
Literary criticism by Rbt. "Close Advisor to" Mueller addressed to Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr,
27 March, facsimile, unredacted enclosure(s) embargoed from public access
Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Vol. I-II, redacted, 448pp
House votes AG Eric Holder in contempt, June 2012
resigns Sept 2014, succeeded 2015 by Loretta Lynch
Freud - Complete Works, 5102pp

archived yellow cake
Literary Criticism for Dummies

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:35:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
House Intelligence committee again serves Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr its subpoena for unredacted special council report, all evidence produced by SCO. 15 May deadline.

House Judiciary committee finds, 24-16, Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr in contempt of congress
Committee Report for Resolution

Trump asserts executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller's report and its underlying evidence


Roll Call tours Capitol Crypt, although Pelosi says she is 'not for' jailing. She does not rule out impeachment, again.
--
Frankly, since I checked up on house.gov, I'm more alarmed by other items on the committees' agenda. It appears, too, that suspending floor rules on roll call has eased a number of bills' passage without press over the past couple of weeks ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 01:13:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Self-impeach? Talk shifts toward Trump defiance of Congress
"The president is self-impeaching," [Pelosi] told her colleagues last week during a private caucus meeting, echoing comments she also aired in public. "He's putting out the case against himself. Obstruction, obstruction, obstruction. Ignoring subpoenas and the rest." She added, "He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 04:39:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Timing: executive privilege 2019 Bulletin

"reform" the FBI?

US House Committee on Oversight and Reform  (plaintiff-appellant)
vs.
Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr, in his official capacity as AG (defendant-appellee)


Got that? Current (116th) Oversight Committee (D) inherited 112th-113th session Oversight Committee (R) subpoena denied by AG Eric "Fast & Furious" HOLDER, found in contempt (2012), and sued. 44th president asserts executive privilege to um obstruct production of FBI "evidence", LYNCH succeeds HOLDER (114th); SESSIONS succeeds LYNCH (115th); acting ROSENSTEIN succeeds SESSIONS (116th); BARR succeeds acting ROSENSTEIN. 116th Oversight Committee (D) files motion to dismiss 112th Oversight Committee(R) appeal of court decision affirming executive privilege. Current AG agrees.

116th  Oversight Committee (D) serves current AG subpoena for "evidence", AG denies subpoena, 116th finds contempt, 45th president asserts executive privilege ...

Good! I want you all to know with whom you are dealing.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 04:56:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
tbh we always knew he was agonna be a dictator. He was telling us that in the run-up to the election.

Medium - Sarah Benincasa - Welcome to the Dictator Playbook

When they tell you to rally behind President Trump because we've been hit by evil, remember how gleefully he painted the target.

If you are too young to remember how Bush and Cheney used an act of terror by Saudis and others to create a lie about Iraq, read about it. Trump didn't ban Saudis from coming here. There's a reason for that, and it's not because they didn't constitute the majority of 9/11 hijackers (spoiler: they did).

Friday's actions do not represent a sensible method to buy time to evaluate already-stringent visa procedures. They are grooming you the way a molester grooms a child. The molester tests boundaries first.

This is a test of your boundaries, my fellow American. How far can he push you before you speak up? Will you speak up? Will you fight back? You're not a child. You have some power. Band together with others and you have more.

Trump and Pence are following a well-worn playbook. What does it say?

Blame the immigrants; label dissenters and witnesses as threats; divide.

(And conquer. That's the best part, for guys like this.)



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 07:56:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
If only this scene had had any real impact.
by rifek on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 01:31:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Back in the days when even the American Government pretended to give a shit about the constitution. Back when Ashcorft was dismissing the Geneva Convention as "quaint".

Now it's the Bill of Rights & the Constitution on the "quaint" list. Things we can just ignore as historical anomalies unsuited for the challenges of 21st century plundering governing

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:05:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The US increasingly reminds me of sicily under the governorship of Verres.

But you now don't even have a court in which to try him, let alone a Cicero to prosecute.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:08:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In 1972 the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Nixon was not beyound the subpoena powers of Congress, opinion by Burger, a Nixon appointee.  Today the decision would go 5-4 the other way.  The state of the Rule of Law in Murica.
by rifek on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:21:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
current US Circuit Ct. D.C.
Merrick B. Garland was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in April 1997 and became Chief Judge on February 12, 2013.
Remember him? How about the others? Shame that three of them folded so easily on the settlement, ain't it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:31:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump is not "winning". He can go to hell and probably will sooner than later. He's a front, not a "dictator". Fact is, the Republican Party are killing it, as the children say. DNC has no plan but packing the House with #%$!@ DINO Biden? That is no path to recovering SCOTUS endgame, much less constitutional "reform". Worse defense evah. WHERE ARE THEIR #%$!@ 2020 SENATE FRESHMEN? People better wise up and uproot those losers. Or pray what's on the bench regresses to mean, when --not if-- a true hard-core conservative dons RBG's robe.

US is so headed for a carnival of broke-ass, sovereign states' wildlife.

archived
advice and consent of the senate
Democratic senators have not impeded confirmation of Trump nominees to date.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:20:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
UNIVERSITY D'OH BULLETIN 11 May


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 01:27:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
2017: It's clear to me that this writer's contempt for 45 was passionate and shrouded in fable. I wonder if she's satisfied today "now that the Democrats are in control of the House". I'm thinking of Gabor Mate and also Sema Hernandez, progressive ingenue, recently show-cased by Jimmy Dore. I'm thinking of the sophist Jeff Toobin Esq.
So, after nearly two and a half centuries, Trump will create a new [?] constitutional norm--in which the executive can defy the legislature without consequence. The only likely remedy, therefore, will lie with the voters, next year.
As I read, there are far too many people rehearsing elevator pitches and waving permission slips at their "media" reflections.

US government and its rude, faux frontier nobility have from time to time embraced "dictators" since the inception of their republic. I wonder idly, what children learn in elementary school. Have teachers left off the cherry tree and graceful retirement of His Excellency Geo. Washington from the catechism of model American democracy? I would guess so, considering that "constitutional crisis" case load per term has increased from 1,195 in 1950 to 7,000-8,000 in the 21st century, yet this year, this president, this congress is supposedly different.

Rly?

I count three. John Adams, FDR, GWB. I wouldn't count Trump and his asinine humor, because I pretty certain  Trump has not ushered any legal, or "legitimate," authority into the office that has not already been delegated to his predecessors by the US Congress. But I might be persuade by the four "red scares" that I've counted. Two coincide with "dictator" administrations --his and FDR's. To the administrations of Adams, FDR, and GWH we must admit, however, the most alarming marriage of ideal "national security" privileges and whichever, spectacularly undesirable "aliens" available to each. Sadly, jewish refugees were far down christ Roosevelt's list of "collateral damage", Ms Benincasa.

Again, authority was delegated to the office and endorsed by the US Congress. That's the group of people who cannot be shifted either to review, repeal, or replace their "institutional knowledge," much less overide a presidential veto. That is the group of "representatives," for whom voters take no responsibility. For that would surely, poorly reflect the values of the nation whose civic duty, "turn out," is reduced to one ballot every four years.

"He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect," said the speaker of the House.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 09:37:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 12:13:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yep! I too recall to have voted the winner! What are these stats worth?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 07:12:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
22 days ago: Nancy Pelosi: Not Honoring Subpoenas Is Obstruction Of Justice | MSNBC, A/V

13 days ago: "self-impeachment" principle of representative democracy

2 days ago: Distorted video of Nancy Pelosi edited to sound drunk spreading across social media
"Hany Farid, a computer-science professor and digital-forensics expert at University of California, Berkeley, told the Post that there was 'no question' the video had been altered"
-- CSPAN | Speaker Pelosi at CAP Ideas Conference, A/V, transcript

1 day ago: CNBC | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds weekly news conference - 05/23/2019



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:11:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
fivethirtyeight Endorsement Tracker


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:20:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 08:59:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Log Cabin UPDATE, for millennials


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:41:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Quite a sideswipe.

Buttegieg is beginning to fade anyway. He's an empty vessel of felgood kumbaya

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:17:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Is the population in no mood for an edgier boot stamping on the face of humanity?

According to Buttegieg's campaign video his name is pronounced Boot Edge Edge. I would see that as ripe for memes. An edgier boot kicking poor people out of their homes, etc etc.

by fjallstrom on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:28:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It is now pronounced Booty Judge and he can't change it anymore.
by generic on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:32:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:42:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:13:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
'A dream ticket': Black lawmakers pitch Biden-Harris to beat Trump
< wipes tears >



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 09:29:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Montana Gov. Bullock joins 2020 Democratic presidential race
"Bullock plans a two-tiered argument."
Bill de Blasio announces 2020 run, says he knows how to take on "bully" Trump

New York Post, front cover,15 May 2019
New York Daily News | Editorial: "The Bill de Blasio we know"


Day 536, 22 (D), 2 (R) and counting


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 10:26:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]

by generic on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 09:07:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 02:24:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 10:27:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
China Mobile blocked from offering phone service in US
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, 5-0 across party lines
wut
to reject China Mobile International USA Inc.'s long-ago filed application.
[...]
"Granting China Mobile's application would not be in the public interest," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "There is a significant risk that the Chinese government would use China Mobile to conduct activities that would seriously jeopardize the national security, law enforcement, and economic interests of the United States."
[...]
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, criticized the agency for not doing enough to protect U.S. networks, adding that Thursday's vote was just "performative security" on an application that had been on "permanent pause" and sitting around for more than eight years.
c'mon. Team Li has some sense of humor.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:09:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ill-conceived headline w/o 11 May 2019
Trade Deficit Ticks Up Despite Shrinking Gap With China

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:19:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
NEW! deadline. Places, everyone (with a Bloomberg Professional Services subscription)!
China Announces Tariff Retaliation to Take Effect on June 1

mElt DoWN

  • Stocks Set for Worst Drop in Four Months updated 27 minutes ago
  • Soybeans Slump to Lowest in a Decade as Trade War Intensifies
  • Here Are the European Stocks Most Exposed to U.S.-China Tensions
  • Apple Slumps Pre-Market as Trade Tensions Escalate


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 04:34:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
(merits mention in "The situation here is still pretty psychotic". More airport detentions could be in the cards.)

Trump says U.S. farmers to get $15 billion in aid amid China trade war
"A new aid program would be the second round of assistance for farmers, after the Department of Agriculture's $12 billion plan last year to compensate for lower prices for farm goods and lost sales stemming from trade disputes with China and other nations."
$27B in WTO "illegal" subsidy and counting

Pentagon warns EU against blocking U.S. companies from defense pact, strongly worded letter
"It is clear that similar reciprocally imposed U.S. restrictions would not be welcomed by our European partners and allies, and we would not relish having to consider them in the future"

Meanwhile, Oversight! spending recovers
Attorney General Barr taps Connecticut prosecutor to investigate origins of Mueller probe
"Durham was appointed to the job several weeks ago"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 04:36:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
vs China
Trade war, heavy rains credit weigh on Deere & Co.*
"'Ongoing concerns about export-market access, near-term demand for commodities such as soybeans, and a delayed planting season in much of North America are causing farmers to become much more cautious about making major purchases,' Deere Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said in a prepared statement Friday."

vs Central America
Courts weigh Trump's plan to tap Pentagon for border wall

The Defense Department transferred $1 billion to border wall coffers in March and another $1.5 billion last week. Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, may decide as soon as Wednesday whether to transfer an additional $3.6 billion.

Last month, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $789 million contract to SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, to replace 46 miles (74 kilometers) of barrier in New Mexico, paid for by Pentagon funds.

On Wednesday, Barnard Construction Co. of Bozeman, Montana, won a $141.8 million contract to replace 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Yuma and 15 miles (24 kilometers) in the Border Patrol's El Centro, California, sector. Southwest Valley Constructors of Albuquerque, New Mexico, won a $646 million contract to replace 63 miles (101 kilometers) in the Border Patrol's Tucson, Arizona, sector. All of those projects are funded by the Defense Department, with construction expected to begin in as little as 45 days.
[...]
Aside from California, states participating in the legal challenge are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

injunction sought, one might suppose.
--
* Brazil and Argentina soy exports to China during spring and early summer anyway. Other US grain commodities beyond scope of article. Chinese PMs and intermediate goods subject to tariff ignored elsewhere. Catepillar manufactures and sells in China.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 09:49:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trade Impasse: Trump Pledges $16B to Farmers as Markets Buckle
"Financial markets buckled Thursday on heightened tensions between the U.S. and China. The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 400 points in afternoon-day trading. U.S. crude PLUNGED 6% on fears that the trade standoff could knock the global economy out of kilter and kill demand for energy.
[...]
" 'The president feels that China is paying for this program through the tariffs,' Perdue said.
[...]
"'The thought of the government taking my money and giving it to farmers as subsidies to support their loses [sic] doesn't sit well,' Foreman said by email. 'It's not fair to take money from a Florida company to support an Iowa farmer! Farmers don't want welfare. I'm sure they, like us, just want open free markets to trade in!'"

UK, Japan Mobile Operators Suspend Huawei 5G Phone Launches
"The Trump administration's order last week cuts Huawei's access to American chips and Google, which makes the Android operating system and services for its smartphones."

Xi Jinping calls for ne 'Long March' in dramatic sign that China is preparing for a protracted trade war
Sun Tzu.X.24

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 11:22:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
China state TV carries Daily Show spot on Huawei lead in 5G
Memorial Day message received

reference
The Coming War on China, (2016) running time 01:49:49

ERIC X. LI: I make the joke how in America you can change political parties, but you can't change the policies. In China you cannot change the party, but you can change policies. So in sixty-five or sixty-six years China's been run by one single party, yet the political changes that have taken place in China these past sixty-six years have been wider and broader and greater than probably any major country in modern memory. China is a market economy, and it's a vibrant market economy, but it is not a capitalist country. Here's why. There's no way a group of billionaires can control the politburo as it does American policy-making. So in China you have a vibrant market, but capital does not rise above political authority. Capital does not have enshrined rights. In America capital, the interest of capital and capital itself, has risen above the American nation. The political authority cannot check the power of capital. And that's why America is a capitalist country, but China is not.
Edgar Snow's Account of "The Long March" (1934-1936)
Hoover Institution Digital Collection, "Department's White Paper on China" (Transmittal Letter). US Department of State, July 29, 1949
Cast Away Illusions, Prepare for Struggle , August 14, 1949

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 05:14:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ill-conceived headline w/o 19 May 2019
Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes growing black market pot

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 11:50:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ohio GOP Loses Bid to Block Gerrymander Ruling
"Election district challenges implicating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act go before a three-judge panel by default, and appeals go directly to the Supreme Court."

wut:"'When you have a robust, strong gerrymander, it makes it harder for the people who are marginalized to keep coming up with good people to run,' she said."

General Assembly
House: 38 (D), 61 (R); Fun fact: $60,584/year
Senate:  9 (D), 24 (R)

35 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
21 (D), 13 (R)
wut: "A wise man once told me that 'the state budget process was a process of allocating pain.'"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 01:21:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Company comes to aid of Rhode Island students offered jelly sandwiches
"nearly $50,000, the amount owed by low-income families with children in Warwick Public Schools"
wut: "West End residents have organized against locating the charter school in John Hope Settlement House ..."

General Assembly
House: 66 (D), 9 (R); Fun fact: $15,414/year salary
Senate: 33 (D), 5 (R)
wut: "Despite the opposition, Mattiello was endorsed for another term as speaker"

42 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
39 (D), 3 (R)
wut: "She says it isn't time to tinker because the system is broken"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 04:33:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Alyssa Milano calls for a sex strike to protest anti-abortion laws, gets slammed on Twitter
"'if they want to control our bodies reproductive organs, (then) we should deny sex to cis men,' one person tweeted."
wut: Georgia House Passes Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Bill
wut: Mississippi Governor Signs Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Law
wut: South Carolina state House approves 'heartbeat' abortion ban
wut: Ohio governor signed state's so-called heartbeat bill

General Assembly
House: 75 (D), 103 (R); Fun fact: $17,342/year salary
Senate: 21 (D), 35 (R)
wut: A bad session for women in Georgia Legislature
wut: Democrats Discover New Path to Beating Trump in Deep South

72 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
55 (D), 17 (R)
wut: Growing up in Jamaica McLeod was a "Girl Guide"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 01:04:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
For the GOP, women are always property. Bodily autonomy is for humans, ie men. Abortion, contraception and other illusions of self-controlfemale self-actualisation interfere with men's property rights and must be disallowed.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 07:51:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
PUBLIC PROPERTY BULLETIN: GOP not only political group groping "bodily" property rights

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 08:16:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The other religion
`Shocking': Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware
The findings put Strauss in a league with gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of Michigan State University, who was accused of molesting at least 250 women and girls and is serving what amounts to a life sentence. Michigan State ultimately settled with his victims for $500 million.

Similarly, the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal that brought down legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 2011 has cost the university more than a quarter-billion dollars in settlements, fines, legal costs and other expenses.

Many of Strauss' accusers who have spoken publicly said they were masturbated or otherwise touched inappropriately during physical exams or leered at in the locker rooms. Many told investigators that they thought his behavior was an "open secret" and that they believed their coaches, trainers and other team doctors knew was going on.

The students described the examinations as being "hazed" or going through a "rite of passage." Athletes joked about Strauss' behavior, referring to him with nicknames like "Dr. Jelly Paws."

besides "service" to the country

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 11:18:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
GA, MS, SC, OH, KY
errata: Kentucky Senate passes fetal heartbeat abortion bill, Feb 2019
"The state already is defending three abortion-related laws in federal court."
wut: House Bill 5: Abortion 'Discrimination' Bill

General Assembly
House: 39 (D), 61 (R) 2 yr term
Fun fact: $188.22/day + per diem salary
Senate: 9 (D), 29 (R) 4 yr term

31 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
20 (D), 11 (R)
wut: "Any woman who is pregnant and fails to provide the notarized statement 'will be fitted with an ankle monitor for the duration of the pregnancy,' Marzian's proposal said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 11:11:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
States seek explicit patient consent for pelvic exams
"It's pretty empowering to know this is something you can detect with a gloved hand instead of needing an MRI [!] or some more expensive procedure," [Dr. Savanah] Harshbarger said.
[...]
Utah's governor signed a pelvic exam consent bill into law earlier this year. A bill in New York passed the state Senate this week and is headed to the governor, and the Maryland Legislature unanimously sent legislation to Gov. Larry Hogan, who is expected to sign it. Maryland state Delegate Heather Bagnall said the state's teaching hospitals have informed consent as a best practice, but she felt it needed to be made explicit in state law to protect women undergoing surgery and as an assurance for medical students.
[...]
If an informed consent requirement becomes law, [NY Democratic state Sen. Roxanne] Persaud said, "It'll be a victory for women."
reference
About Our Bodies Ourselves
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

UT
25 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
16 (D), 9 (R)
NY
70 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
50 (D), 10 (R)
MD
72 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
63 (D), 9 (R)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 08:06:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"our" culture
A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis
the legislation could pave the way for future steps, like keeping publicly funded internet at places like schools and libraries from being used to access porn, said Haley Halverson with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which is working on new model legislation for states taking those next steps.
[...]
Another new state law lets parents sue pornography makers if their kids need treatment for problems related to porn use, though it wasn't immediately clear whether anyone has made a legal challenge through it.
ncsl | STATE LEGISLATURES MAGAZINE | December 2016
"Critics say scientists have questioned the resolution's assertion that 'pornography is potentially biologically addictive.'"
ncsl | Federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), table
"At least 27 states have Internet filtering laws that apply to publicly funded schools or libraries."

reference
Lec 14 "Paul as missionary" - Lec 20 "The Anti-household Paul"

...avoid gentile behaviors, and he will kind of list sometimes things he calls gentile behaviors. One of the most important of those gentile behaviors is was sexual immorality, or in the Greek, simply the word porneia, where we get the word "pornography". This is very difficult to translate into English because it could be used in Greek simply for sexual intercourse.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:07:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Mann Act revival, illustrated
Admitted `Slave Master' Takes Stand Against NXIVM Cult Leader
tears, sippy cups, "neatly combed brown hair to her chin"
Florida's Sex ["]Wars["]: the Battle to Decriminalize Sex Work
"Two presidential candidates -- Sen. Kamala[?!] Harris (D-CA) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) -- have advocated for the decriminalize sex work."

archived NXIUM, Mann Act, SESTA/FOSTA
generous plea deals
hOLyMArYmuTTRgoTt!
"we'd rather them be victims"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:26:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Harvard professor out as dean amid backlash for representing Harvey Weinstein
"Harvard has faculty deans to lead and reside at each of its 12 buildings that house undergraduate students. It's considered a powerful and prestigious position. Sullivan and Robinson were the first African Americans to serve as faculty deans at Harvard."

archived Weinstein
civil and criminal

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:36:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
$44 million settlement reportedly close in Weinstein sexual misconduct harassment and assault lawsuits
"We now have an economic agreement in principal that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG's office, the defendants and all of the insurers that, if approved, would provide significant compensation to victims, creditors and the estate, and allow the parties to avoid years of costly, time consuming and uncertain litigation on all sides," Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday.
[...]
More than 15 lawsuits have been filed accusing Harvey Weinstein or the company of misconduct raketeering. The settlement would cover many of them, including a class action [!] by alleged victims and a suit by the New York attorney general.

The class-action [!] complaint accuses the company of operating like an organized crime group to conceal widespread sexual harassment and assaults.

archived bank run
criminal
civil
NY
Maria Contreras-Sweet does a paul-singer
CA

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:59:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2019 at 09:40:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
errata
General Assembly
House: 55 (D), 65 (R), 1 (VACANT); Fun Fact: $13,951/year salary

43 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
28 (D), 15 (R)

wut:Candidates face off in GOP primary for NC congressional rac
Yes, the GOP candidate "suffragette" is in white.

The special election was required after the state elections board found last year's contest tainted when Republican Mark Harris used a political operative who improperly handled mail-in ballots.
&tc

archived
Trump STATE
North Carolina (NC)
hOLyMArYmuTTRgoTt!
North Carolina 'born-alive' abortion bill wins final passage
Trump House
SCOTUS review: gerrymandered Greensboro, NC
Living on PUBLIC PROPERTY
The legal term of art (in North Carolina, USA) is "marriage fraud."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 06:27:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Alabama Criminalizes Abortion as a Felony Punishable by 99 Years
"You just aborted the state of Alabama with your rhetoric with this bill."

Cracker Jacks
House: 28 (D), 77 (R); Fun fact: $42,830/year salary
Senate: 8 (D), 27 (R)

wut: "The legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, used to say, 'Alabama is like a big front porch.' She was right, I have found that to be the case my entire life."
wut: "Ivey, 74, is the state's second female governor and the first Republican woman elected to the post. The governor said she grew up in rural Alabama at a time when little girls didn't dream of being governor one day."
wut: "Gov. Kay Ivey and the Department of Corrections will request bids for the construction of three new men's prisons."
wut: "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God."

22 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
3.382M (W), 1.391M (B), 39.1K (N), 73.3K (A), 240.1K (H), 83.1K (N/A)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 12:00:15 AM EST
[ Parent ]
construction of three new men's prisons
Public housing for forthcoming irresponsible fathers?
by das monde on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 08:45:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
AL Senate: 8 (D) of which 4 (F), 27 (R) of which 0 (F)
"a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion in Alabama. The vote was 25-6.
wut: Malika Sanders-Fortier, D-Selma, abstained."

"sold down the river", illustrated
Alabama's Gruesome Prisons: Report Finds Rape and Murder at All Hours, 3 April
"The investigation began in the waning days of the Obama administration and continued for more than two years after Mr. Trump took office."
DOJ | Ivestigation of Alabama's State Prisons for Men, report
Investigation finds Alabama prison conditions are "unconstitutional", 15 May
"A Justice Department investigation found conditions in Alabama's prisons violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution"
Prison Policy Initiative | Alabama profile
46,000 (2018)
ACLU | Smart Justice [?]
28,296 (2018)

U.S. states by incarceration and correctional supervision rate, (2016)


World Prison Brief
tabulation
World Prison Brief
publications, by subject

archived crackers
coup de grâce
Sessions' firing is 'blatant attempt' to end Russia probe: Pelosi

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 06:27:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]

archived crackers
The situation is pretty psychotic here.
Bette Midler apologizes for controversial 'women, are the niggers of the world' tweet



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 06:41:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Walk with me.
See Cat ticked off. See patriots sanitize. See them fervently polish US dross to a sheen that can't keep their stories of "Africans," "blacks," and "African Americans" straight.
  1. Last Slave Ship From Africa Found off Alabama Coast. "wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States": 1860 at Mobile, ALABAMA, absolutely, positively plausibly the ONLY ONE since 1808. Because criminals always telegraph the bailiff a manifest and itinerary before landing. srsly.
  2. Africatown: "110 African men, women, and children between the ages of 5 and 23" ["a group"] establishes "the settlement of African Town as the first [!] town [?!] founded [1868, by "survivors" aged 13-31?!] and continuously occupied and controlled by blacks [!] in the United States" --excluding, for instance, the Gullah Geechee Corridor, the  gulag archipelago running the coast of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
  3. The Gullah: Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American [!] Connection --"The plantation owners were willing to pay higher prices for slaves from this area, and Africans from the Rice Coast were almost certainly the largest group [!] of slaves imported into South Carolina and Georgia during the 18th century." [Saving Cokie Roberts', Founding Mothers, the dubious fucking honor of corroborating their entrepreneurial genius and fluency in English, French, and Portuguese, because victims of the patriarchy] See last "group" of descendants of slaves 'lose' homesteads
  4. 1926 Slave Revolt in Sierra Leone
Slavery is an important part of the history of the Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate.  In those years prior to the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade in 1807 [1792-1807 "settlement"], these settlers from Great Britain, Nova Scotia, and Jamaica struggled to survive. They were resented by the adjacent African and European slave traders. Some of these returned African freed slaves became slave traders themselves in order to survive.1 [...] When slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833, slavery was also abolished in Sierra Leone. However, slavery outside the borders of the Crown Colony was not affected. Even when the Protectorate was established in 1896, slavery was still legal in the Protectorate until 1928. Beginning in 1833, slaves of the tribes near the Crown Colony would enter the Crown Colony to become free. In 1841, the British established a legal principle that they would not return a fugitive slave who had escaped to Freetown.5 This legal principle continued until the abolition of slavery in the Sierra Leone Protectorate in 1928.6
Nationalarchives.gov.uk | "Suppression" of the slave trade

Happy Black History Y5 D143

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 06:55:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
1 more chamber slave of the patriarchy
The anti-gay extremist behind America's fiercely strict abortion bans

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 07:56:46 PM EST
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Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks
"without exceptions for cases of rape or incest". Gee.
wut: Statement from St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson on the passage of the abortion bill
wut: Statement from Missouri Democratic Party on passage of abortion legislation

General Assembly
House: 47 (D), 114 (R), 2 (VACANT); Fun fact: $35,915/year salary
Senate: 10 (D), 24 (R)
wut: Here is a list of the top measures passed this session which ended 17 May.

50 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
25 (D), 25 (R)
wut: "there's a lot more rights that women have now than we did when I was a little girl, but they aren't guaranteed in the Constitution"
wut: "proud to be participating in placing Human Trafficking posters in businesses across Missouri that might come in contact with these predators"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2019 at 12:36:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Democratic-led states divided over approach on abortion
Overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn't turn back the clock to 1973

Good luck wit dat.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 04:26:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm sure you've all seen headlines like this: CNN Poll: More see Trump win likely as Biden leads crowded Democratic field

But have you checked the poll in detail?

29. I'm going to read a list of people who may be running in the Democratic primaries for president in 2020. After I read all the names, please tell me which of those candidates you would be most likely to support for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, or if you would support someone else.
Base: Respondents who are Democrats/Democratic-leaning independents

                                                         Total <$50K $50K+
                                                         == == ===
Former Vice President Joe Biden       33%   N/A     34%
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders       13%   N/A      11%

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 10:35:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Beautiful.
by generic on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 11:23:39 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Turns out it wasn't just a poll of rich Democrats but was also a poll of old ones.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 12:25:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
North Korea calls Joe Biden 'fool of low IQ' over his criticism of Kim Jong Un
Trump giggles

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 12:58:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump gets something right
In many ways, I like him," Trump said of Biden. "He's not as smart as Bernie [Sanders]. And he's not as quick."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 02:02:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
FDA warning letter
The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reviewed your website, http://www.aidaccess.org, and determined that you cause the introduction into interstate commerce of misbranded and unapproved new drugs in violation of sections 301(a), 301(d), and 505(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. §§ 331(a), 331(d), and 355(a)].
They conveniently include the URL. The letter is addressed to
Aidaccess.org
United States
which is probably wrong. Are they in Austria?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 09:20:22 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump says 'very dangerous' Huawei could be part of U.S.-China trade deal

Huawei and its 68 subsidiaries were put on a U.S. trade blacklist last week, prompting the likes of Google to cut ties with the brand. The lack of an Android license combined with ARM's withdrawal means Huawei's ability to make a phone is nonexistent, and it looks like there won't be a quick resolution.

In a meeting at the White House on Thursday, US president Donald Trump called Huawei "very dangerous":

       Huawei is something that is very dangerous. You look at what they've done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it's very dangerous.

But Trump also said that it is "possible" Huawei could be a part of a larger trade agreement between the U.S. and China:

       If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.

Damn ... is that guy stupid! Who are the morons who voted him into office? Brainwashed or Soviet era mind games ...

Trump: 'I can imagine Huawei being included' in a US-China trade deal | CNBC |
Huawei set to find out if consumers will still buy its phones without Google services under US trade ban

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

by Oui on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 06:24:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Barr to request Justice Department investigate 26 intelligence agencies and role played to spy on Trump campaign.

Barr Is Investigating The Investigators: Will He Find Wrongdoing Or Political Fuel?

Related reading ...

Moving the hot potato, intelligence and counter-intelligence to avoid getting blame / backlash. Chaos in medialand.
Pointing fingers to the other guy, across the Atlantic, Eastern-Europe, Ukrainian hand ...

Fusion GPS linked to UAE Sheikh and Rubio Donor
Is RussiaGate Really IC-Gate - Forbes

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

by Oui on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 06:25:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The headlines today are psychotic, because Trump has authorized Barr & DNI discretion to declassify docs embargoed by Mueller's investigation. This unexpected business traverses criminal facts and intelligence "assessments". DLC had argued during the investigation against public disclosures, while also rejecting intelligence briefings, 2017-2018. Constitutional dispute over executive "non-compliance" should be moot, but the fourth estate will stutter until Granny Nancy waves her hand. Fin.

"Trump extends his corruption into the intelligence agencies," writes Washington Post.

"Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins, Reuters confides.

"Trump orders 'immediate' declassification of FISA documents, DOJ-FBI texts," RT declares.  

By releasing a Wikileaks-like dump from US "spy" masters, ironically, DLC's prime suspect has wrested control of "the narrative" of his conspiracy and "obstruction" from them. More significant, declassification obviates officious subpoena service, impeachment preparation, and floor proceedings by majority "leaders". Will they suddenly demand a right to refuse declassification? Or schedule NEW! hearings from witnesses previously deposed in closed sessions?

Do you doubt that bureaucrats tied either to executive or legislative agencies would promote heads of state employed in the fabrication of fed gov political intrigues into www headlines? I do. "Text" that instantiate notable US persons of interest--summarily exonerated by Mueller--must satiate public curiosity. To wit:

pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court, used to justify surveillance of Carter Page, as well as "all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications." ... "all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation" and "all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr."
A short list of supporting actors omitted in Mueller's report, waiting top up. The duplicity of the GOP's opposition party has been as astounding and crude as inept.

archived Where the #%@$!& is Christopher Steele?
HPSCI Minority memorandum
Carter Page is able, if not willing, to attain standing to sue FBI officers for violating his civil rights (4th, 5th, 14th)
DICTION CORNER
WaPo - Alexandra Petri - The paranoid Carter Page transcript

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:11:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Critics worry AG will reveal Russia probe info to help Trump an hour ago
Traditionally, when Congress, for instance, asks for material to be declassified, the request is forwarded to the intelligence agencies where the information originated or resides. Those agencies recommend what part, if any, can be declassified without jeopardizing intelligence sources or spy craft. Then, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence coordinates the feedback from all the agencies and makes a decision.

[DNI] Dan Coats said in a statement Friday that 17 intelligence agencies he represents will provide the Justice Department all appropriate information needed for its review of intelligence activities related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Coats also said he's confident Drug Czar Barrwill work in accordance with "long-established standards  to protect highly-sensitive classified information that, if publicly released, would put our national security at risk."

But while Trump's memorandum instructs Barr to consult with appropriate intelligence agencies "to the extent he deems it practicable" before he releases anything, it doesn't require him to do so. This has alarmed ["intelligence experts"], who have served in high-level U.S. intelligence posts

wait for it.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, vowed to conduct oversight of any effort to selectively reveal and distort classified information or manipulate the declassification system.

"The clear intent of this abuse of power is to override longstanding rules governing classified information to serve the president's political interests, advance his 'deep state' narrative, and target his political rivals," Schiff said.

There's this thing about liars ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 11:25:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Nadler nearly faints
under the hand of his CONSCIENCE BEATING HIS ASS, as ancient afro-americans were heard to say.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 11:34:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:47:19 PM EST
Trump's secretary of state calls Jeremy Corbyn 'disgusting' for supporting Venezuela's Maduro | The Independent
Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has attacked Jeremy Corbyn over his "disgusting" support for Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.
by generic on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:52:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
tbh I'd consider being called disgusting by Pompeo as the highest praise

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 07:51:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yosh Tanden is back online.

Escobar has not alit and nested yet.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 08:13:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Confirmed: Dr. Gabor Maté is Aaron Maté's father. And so, the name rings bells.

Psychology of Russiagate, A/V (EN), transcript

I first became acquainted with Gabor Maté through radio interviews on DemocracyNow! nearly a decade ago, in the ebb of the Bush admin. Goodman consulted him on identifying and treating pathological behavior then, too. I admit, launching another commercial website to flog D.C. lobbyists or social media "outlets" for disordered, vicarious authority didn't enter their conversations.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 11:18:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 07:55:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
US seizes North Korea cargo ship linked to exporting tons of coal in violation of international [?] sanctions
"The civil action taken by the U.S. government..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:14:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The civil action taken by the U.S. government...is how you write piracy these days?
by generic on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 05:29:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
North Korea demands return of cargo ship seized by US
"The United States should carefully consider what kind of consequences their daylight robbery could bring to the political situation and should send back our vessel without hesitation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 03:33:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Activists vow to stay inside the Venezuelan embassy
Activists who have held a protest inside the Venezuelan embassy for 35 days said Tuesday they plan to remain despite law enforcement warnings that they are trespassing on embassy property.
[...]
Carlos Vecchio, the new ambassador to Washington designated by Guaidó, requested U.S. assistance in clearing the building. The State Department said Tuesday that "until the trespassers are gone, no individuals will be permitted to enter the embassy."

A crowd of Venezuelan expatriates who demand the eviction of the activists remains outside the building, along with a large police presence.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 03:15:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
U.S. federal agents arrest protesters occupying Venezuelan Embassy
"'The liberation of our embassy was thanks to the fight of the Venezuelan diaspora,' Carlos Vecchio, Guaido's representative in Washington, wrote on Twitter. 'Next liberation: Venezuela.'"
Who's behind the pro-Guaido mob that besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington?
besides US Dept of Homeland Security

Meanwhile Manning returns to Alexandria Detention Center
"she'd 'rather starve to death' than testify and pledged to stay in jail 'forever' if she had to."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 11:14:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In other words, he  accidentally told the truth again.
According to an early donor list mistakenly attached to a invitation to Biden's first fundraiser in Philadelphia on April 25, the event raised tens of thousands of dollars from employees and family members of attorneys at the law firm Cozen O'Connor. The firm specializes in labor disputes, including helping employers "prepare for and respond to picket lines, strikes, lockouts, and other economic campaigns," as well as to "avoid unionization through positive employee relations." Cozen O'Connor's website notes that the firm's attorneys "manage labor relations with a clear eye toward the bottom line."

Of the $70,150 that had been pledged to Biden's campaign at the time the list was released, $46,850 came from checks signed by Cozen O'Connor employees and their family members.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 06:14:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Biden is gonna raise a ton of money and the msm polls will continue to show him as a front runner.

This is all very well whilst everybody is in the fake kumbaya phase where they're all going "we're not gonna have a negative camapign and we're not gonna attack fellow democrats".

But that can't last and Biden's DINO positions are gonna go nowhere

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 07:04:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It's not really a matter of negative campaigning. Look at the first google hit for Biden 2020.
His problem is that he only was VP because his record calmed down both the racists and the finance guys worried about Obama. Yet Obama isn't on the stage to do the talking for him. That leaves him with what?
by generic on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 07:59:53 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Just like Clinton, in other words.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 08:01:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Clinton couldn't have won the coming Primary either. Everybody under 45 is swinging left, the corporate Dems are yesterday's news.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 03:04:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
DLC and Clinton factions, to the small extent they are different, are absolutely terrified of the shift to the left within the party since this is reducing their political power and the flow of one-percenter cash.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 07:45:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yup, they are highly paid to provide a bulwark against any real change happening to their cozy arrangement to keep America in a state of permanent war, something they could not afford were it not for the petrodollar hegemony, which may be on its last legs if the new wave of multi-culti democrats gain any traction towards a renewables new deal.
A highly profitable status quo is absolutely not to be disturbed, and they will kill anyone in their way if necessary.
Lip service to change, such as provided by Joe Biden for example is all they have, and honestly I believe they'd rather lose again to Trump than give up their cash cows by letting these mouthy youngsters - women no less!- get any closer to the levers of power.
Trump is actually closer to them ideologically than is Sanders, notwithstanding his base rabble hellbent on making libruls the new Jews, along with Muslims and Mexicans.
Upstart populist dreamers like AOC Must. Be. Slapped. Down. Hard. Now.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 09:29:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 12:19:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 07:44:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Pelosi is trying to rein in enthusiasm for a Trump impeachment as Democrat outrage grows

archived T. May School of Gov't
I was waiting for that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 01:05:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
What left?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 02:11:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hong Kong legislators brawl over contentious extradition law
"between pro-democracy lawmakers and ["pro-Beijing lawmakers"] over a proposed extradition law that will extend Beijing's powers"
The former British colony is trying to enact rules that would allow people accused of a crime, including foreigners, to be extradited from the city to countries without formal extradition agreements, including mainland China.

Opponents [?] fear the law would erode rights and legal protections in the free-wheeling financial hub that were guaranteed when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Who is who? Hellifino. Sumbuddy buried the lede in bullshit.
In the United States, a congressional commission said the law could extend China's "coercive reach" and create serious risks for U.S. security and business interests in Hong Kong.
China changes laws in trade war with U.S., enforcement a concern
Premier Li Keqiang pledged that the government would follow through and do what the legislation promised in protecting foreign firms. ... Previous drafts stipulated criminal punishment for officials who violated the law and a last-minute revision has strengthened those clauses.

Foreign business groups have in principle welcomed the law, but the big concern is about enforcement, especially when the judicial system takes its orders from the ruling Communist Party.
[...]
At a regular law-making session last month, parliament's standing committee amended three existing laws to try to improve the business environment. These included strengthening trade secret protections, further measures to stop ["]forced technology transfers["]

State ownership in joint-ventures is kind of like white slavery
What is the Problem of Forced Technology Transfer in China?
"Forced technology transfer occurs when foreign multinational companies have to provide strategically significant technology to an indigenous entity they do not control in order to gain access to the massive Chinese market."
Forced Technology Transfer and the WTO
"First, China uses foreign ownership restrictions, such as joint venture requirements and foreign equity limitations, and various administrative review and licensing processes, to require or pressure technology transfer from U.S. companies."
and increases in the punishment of those who infringe trademarks.
reference
China (Hong Kong) International ExtraditionTreaty with the United States (1996)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 10:22:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ukraine's president calls new parliamentary election
  • MONDAY: inauguration
  • TUESDAY: dissolve parliament, decree 21 July GE; dismiss top military officer, Gen. Viktor Muzhenko, replacing him with Lt. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak; appoint Andriy Bohdan as chief of staff; call emergency session [OF WHOM?] to amend Ukraine's electoral law


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 09:29:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform
With most of the votes counted, Modi's stunning re-election mirrored a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United States to Brazil to Italy, often on a platform promoting a tough stand on national security, protectionist trade policies and putting up barriers to immigration.
[...]
Election Commission data showed Modi's Bharatia Janata winning 158 seats and in the lead for 145 more, which would catapult the party well beyond the simple majority in the 545-member lower house of Parliament required to govern. The results spelled another nail in the coffin of the main opposition Indian National Congress party, which picked up 31 seats and was leading in 21 other contests.
[...]
An estimated 600 million voters cast ballots in India's six-week polls, a testimony to the vibrancy of the world's largest democracy just 72 years since India won independence from British colonial rule.

Voters expressed confidence that Modi could jumpstart India's stalling economy, despite his poor first-term record and failure to deliver on his pledge to create jobs.

The BJP harnessed social media, including Twitter, where Modi has 47.4 million followers, and WhatsApp to reach out to millions of supporters.
[...]
Mohit Sharma, a 29-year-old who runs a bathroom fittings business, said India had never had a prime minister like Modi. "In the past, when leaders after they won elections, they sat in air-conditioned rooms and they never reached out to people, but Modi was never like that. He was always connected to the people through social media," Sharma said.

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B
Of the 3.4 billion accounts removed in the six-month period, 1.2 billion came during the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2.2 billion during the first quarter of this year. More than 99 percent of these were disabled before someone reported them to the company. In the April-September period last year, Facebook blocked 1.5 billion accounts.

Facebook attributed the spike in the removed accounts to "automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time." The company declined to say where these attacks originated, only that they were from different parts of the world.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 10:43:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Bloomberg
With Uber Technologies Inc.'s shares plunging nearly 20% below its IPO price on Monday, the stock might be fast approaching a "white knuckle" territory, according to one Wall Street analyst.

After closing down 7.6% on Friday in its trading debut, Uber's stock dropped as much as 13% on Monday in New York, before closing down 11% at $37.10. The initial public offering was priced at $45.

"From a stock perspective, if Uber breaks $35, that is where it starts to get even more white knuckles," Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said in a phone interview. "Right now the bears are winning, and there is nothing to stop these stocks from moving down, especially in a risk-off environment," the analyst added, noting the weakness in ride-sharing peer Lyft Inc., which is also down as much as 7.3%.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 11:49:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Loss-leaders of the America REBOUND! off the lows. any. day. now.

archived
Taft-Hartley will rise again

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 10:07:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Damn. I Always thought I'd have a go at shorting Uber as soon as they went public. Missed my opportunity.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 03:48:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Same, really. Though I think puts are the more reasonable thing to do? Also wish I'd have taken the time to figure out how this gambling thing works before the Tesla meltdown started.
And then invest the gains in the most ethical company. Buying pentagon suppliers and then raising prices like it was insulin.
by generic on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 04:29:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The US military is exploring a plan to deploy 120,000 troops to the Middle East, Iran
"The latest blueprint is an updated version of a destabilizing cyberwarfare operation called 'Nitro Zeus,' which would target Iran's power grid and military." [NY Yella Cake]
White House reviews military plans against Iran: New York Times, illustrated
The top U.S. defense official has presented an updated military plan to President Donald Trump's administration that envisions sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Citing unnamed administration officials, the [NY] Times said Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented the plan at a meeting of Trump's top security aides on Thursday.
[...]
The [NY] Times said among those attending the Thursday meeting were Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.

very dictatorial

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 03:47:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Project for a New American Century Part II.

Because Part I went so well


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

by ATinNM on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 04:41:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Congressional leaders get classified briefing on Iran
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a member of the Gang of Eight, said briefings are necessary because informing leaders "is no substitute for the full membership of the Congress." She said a failure to inform Congress is "part of a pattern" for the Trump administration "that is not right" because the power to declare war resides with the Congress.

"So I hope that the president's advisers recognize that they have no authorization to go forward in any way" against Iran, Pelosi said.

archived gangland
away from the fog of the controversy
Nancy cameo
U.S. Interference and Troubles In the Americas
Jane cameo
The gang of 11: A new dynamic?
turf skirmish

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 10:06:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Atlantic headline
It's Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses

Rahm Emanuel

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 12:39:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This post should have come with a warning.  I spit coffee all over my screen.
by rifek on Tue May 28th, 2019 at 10:58:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:48:22 PM EST
Germany, Poland[, Italy] snub EU appeal for greater climate ambition
France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg launch EC climate action "non-paper"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 03:20:53 AM EST
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ECJ throws out citizens' climate suit
"every individual is likely to be affected one way or another by climate change"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 09:59:11 PM EST
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UN declares ["]war["] on ocean plastic
"UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022."
BREAKING: UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping
187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another. The amendments require exporters to obtain the consent of receiving countries before shipping most contaminated, mixed, or unrecyclable plastic waste, providing an important tool for countries in the Global South to stop the dumping of unwanted plastic waste into their country.
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The decision reflects a growing recognition around the world of the toxic impacts of plastic and the plastic waste trade. The majority of countries expressed their support for the proposal and over one million people globally signed two public petitions from Avaaz and SumOfUs. Yet even amidst this overwhelming support, there were a few vocal outliers who opposed listing plastic under Annex II of the Basel Convention. These included the United States, the largest exporter of plastic waste in the world; the American Chemistry Council, a prominent petrochemical industry lobbying group; and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, a business association largely comprised of waste brokers. As the United States is not a party to the Basel Convention, it will be banned from trading plastic waste with developing countries that are Basel Parties but not part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
["]Landmark["] UN plastic waste pact gets approved but not by US

archived plastics
we tortured some folks

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 05:07:27 PM EST
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The article says "Nearly every country", instead of "every country". Could you tell us which the others are, if it's not antisemitic to mention them?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 11:58:10 AM EST
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Who knew that rich countries could just ship waste to poor countries without their approval?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 04:02:45 PM EST
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Larry Summers

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 06:23:49 PM EST
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A dastardly turn of events: China invades US landfills.
China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 11:33:41 PM EST
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by generic on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 01:06:53 PM EST
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Where Lyme Disease Came From and Why It Eludes Treatment
shocking. unprecedented. inconceivable. egregious.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 11:21:42 PM EST
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I never ever trusted farmed salmon ...

Salmon: branded as Scottish but owned abroad
Salmon farming giant Mowi (Marine Harvest) probed over chemical use | BBC News |

Norway's richest man John Frederikson ... shipping magnate in choppy waters?

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

by Oui on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 08:50:07 PM EST
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Seriously? You are freaking out over the nationality of the salmon?

The salmon may be migrants, but their owners are investors, therefore never foreigners.

Money and salmon know no borders.


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

by eurogreen on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 03:46:28 PM EST
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Mass killing of male chickens expected to prompt groundbreaking decision in Germany
In Germany alone, around 45 million male chicks are gassed or shredded every year because they do not lay eggs.
transference?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 12:20:02 AM EST
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I'm talking about trains like this one

Did you know that they run on diesel, just like VW cars?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 07:45:27 AM EST
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DW is funded in whole or in part by Germany government.

Elmed interconnector aims to bring solar power from the Sahara to Europe

On April 30, the governments of Italy and Tunisia signed a deal to lay an underwater power cable between Partanna, Sicily and El Haouaria, Tunisia, aiming to integrate the EU's electricity grid with that of North Africa. A long time in the works, Italian transmission company Terna and Tunisian gas and electricity group STEG have been developing the so-called Elmed Mediterranean power interconnector since 2003.
Speaking of Desertec and such, how fares solar thermal in Spain
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Elmed is currently on the third list of EU Projects of Common Interest (PCI), which includes key infrastructure projects that can benefit from accelerated planning and permit granting...."The EIB is in continuous contact with most project promoters of large scale renewable energy projects and would consider possible financing as the two schemes develop," an EIB source told DW, referring to the Elmed as much as to the TuNur project -- a solar power project presented in 2017, which aims at exporting 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy through undersea cables to Malta, Italy and France.
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Elmed would not only diversify supply sources and routes for Europeans, but also increase Tunisia's energy security, the [World] bank said. That is because the project, which was originally conceived in 2003 to export solar power generated in the Sahara to Italy, is now designed to be bidirectional.
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A second reason for support for Elmed is that it fits into the European Union's strategy for Africa. Apart from already established ties with Morocco, such as electricity interconnections between Spain and Morocco, European institutions are now focusing on the Sahel area and Tunisia.
EU-ACP Cotonou successor faces one year delay
The ACP does not include North African countries, and Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia, all of whom have been in talks with Brussels about `cash for migrants' arrangements, modelled on the EU's accord with Turkey, do not want to be part of it.

archived since jesus on a stick with wheels
Massive Saharan Solar & Wind Farms
making rain
TuNur in Tunisia: Another case of energy colonialism
Desert solar project could power 5 million EU homes
Italy and Malta's energy grids are already connected
Some good discussion about Desertec we had here.
Who is "they?"
the north Africans who TuNur is fronting
Siemens CEO badmouths Energiewende
(note to Joe: the Sahara is probably too dry for pineapple plantations)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2019 at 03:59:42 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:48:24 PM EST
etiology

This article makes no attempt to describe systematic etiology and research results of maternal morbidity and mortality ... anywhere.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:04:31 PM EST
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This article is equally pathetic.

archived
Case of Mariam O
says, hi.
Are "Femtech" Companies Helping Women, or Exploiting Their Fears?
So does the Kardashian-West family

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:15:15 PM EST
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gestational carrier

Kardashian West and West welcome second gestational carrier delivery. "'Chicago's twin lol I'm sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her.'"

archived
surrogate-mother, foster mother, alloparent
Mother Nature, A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 09:29:40 PM EST
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'What in the mother of God are we watching?'
"RSCI has opened Europe's latest, largest simulation centre, and Lucina is an example of the latest technology, high-fidelity simulation robot that can do anything from a normal delivery to a range of complications, and rather than waiting for students or young doctors or nurses to experience that for the first time in real life it's crucial that we can show them how to react to that and how to deal with that in a simulated environment first."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 12:46:14 AM EST
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The Disturbing Rise [?] of 'Femonationalism', today 6:00AM
dissembling. bullshit. all. the. way. down.
But not far enough, sugar, not even by half a "pussy hat" or bearded "activist".

Snowpiercer (2013) summarizes: "It's not me."

archived das monde is that you?
Re: body politic
quoting Vinay Lal, paraphrasing E. Said, in "History of British India"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 01:47:23 AM EST
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Hunting the one-percent's doomsday bunkers in New Zealand

Link to video - nobody writes on the new internet, sadly.

by Zwackus on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:47:40 AM EST
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by generic on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:25:26 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 02:51:51 PM EST
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by generic on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 09:13:16 AM EST
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Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)

From the 1860s through the 1870s the American frontier was filled with Indian wars and skirmishes. In 1865 a congressional committee began a study of the Indian uprisings and wars in the West, resulting in a "Report on the Condition of the Indian Tribes," which was released in 1867. This study and report by the congressional committee led to an act to establish an Indian Peace Commission to end the wars and prevent future Indian conflicts. The U.S. Government set out to establish a series of Indian treaties that would force the Indians to give up their lands and move further west onto reservations. In the spring of 1868 a conference was held at Fort Laramie, in present day Wyoming, which resulted in a treaty with the Sioux. This treaty was to bring peace between the whites and the Sioux who agreed to settle within the Black Hills reservation in the Dakota Territory.

The Black Hills of Dakota are sacred to the Sioux Indians. In the 1868 treaty, signed at Fort Laramie and other military posts in Sioux country, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people. In 1874, however, Gen. George A. Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills accompanied by miners who were seeking gold. Once gold was found in the Black Hills, miners were soon moving into the Sioux hunting grounds and demanding protection from the U.S. Army.

The Sioux campaign to buy back the Black Hills that belong to them | The Guardian - August 2012 |
Sacred Lands and Treaty Rights: The Black Hills | Harvard Pluralism Project |

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

by Oui on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 08:32:42 AM EST
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5-4 ruling, so Trump only has to appoint one more justice to fix this.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 08:46:57 AM EST
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by generic on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 06:23:58 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:48:26 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:48:29 PM EST
belated anniversary to us, April 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 08:17:27 PM EST
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