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8 - 14 July 2019

by Bjinse Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:50:25 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:51:44 PM EST
AP | EU fines Hello Kitty owner $7 million in antitrust ruling
Verstager with free trade (discounted fine) at the border

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by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 11:43:21 AM EST
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[Disputed] EU-US Data Sharing Pact Hits EU High Court ,  Schrems I
"In an unusual move, the Irish Data Protection Commission sued Facebook and Schrems, with the goal of taking the case to the EU high court." Schrems II

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 11:49:56 AM EST
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EU clarifies funding scope for CO2 capture technology
"'We know there will have to be a public subsidy for CCS to make it happen in the coming years,' Runge-Metzger said. 'We're preparing the ground.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 06:35:57 PM EST
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IT would be nice if they were preparing the ground for a technology that ... well ... existed ...
by Zwackus on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:44:47 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 10:14:29 AM EST
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Planting trees is by far the best carbon capture technology.
Of course, if it's classical forestry, milled after 30 or 40 years, it's a zero sum game. The economic model has to cover the whole life cycle, including the long-termsequestration of the carbon. Biochar as the end product, for example.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 02:30:07 PM EST
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~ California Cohort of Petty Landlords

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 04:15:44 PM EST
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I think at this point, finding a way to grow trees and then bury them while using as little energy in cutting, transport, and earth moving as possible, is in order. Maybe they can be used to bolster long term soil development, or not, but the carbon reductions needed mean that just about any use is too much.
by Zwackus on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 04:56:10 AM EST
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Burying doesn't really cut it cos you need the wood out of circulation for at least 500 years before the methane/CO2 returns to the environment.

As I've said before, I believe that if you can drag wood down to 80-100 m of water depth it loses bouyancy and sinks. So, the wood should be sunk in deep ocean.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 07:53:29 PM EST
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I am not so sure about that "500 years" part, but I could be convinced by a link to an explanation backed by research and evidence.

There are reasons for my skepticism, both from common sense and history. Carbon added to the atmosphere in the 20th century is already having an effect, so it seems like if it works in one direction on the scale of 50 to 100 years, it oughta work in the other direction as well. After all, 10 million tons of logs in the dirt is still a lot of carbon that is not in the atmosphere NOW.

Also, we have the re-afforestation of the Americas in the 1500's as an example. Native American agriculture and land management practices had maintained substnatial bits of North and South America in grasslands of one sort of another. As their societies were shattered by disease/enslavement/genocide, most of those practices were abandoned, even in areas far removed from direct European contact. The reforestation that took place over the following years is suggested by some researchers to have had a fairly rapid cooling effect on general world climate. The science is far from unaninmous or conclusive, but it is suggestive.

Research team suggests European Little Ice Age came about due to reforestation in New World

by Zwackus on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 05:24:08 AM EST
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Improved farming and range management can result in the sequestration of tens of tons of carbon per acre in the soil. It is estimated that amounts of carbon of the order of tens of tons have been lost from North American soil since the beginning of the 19th century.
Soil Carbon and the Global Carbon Cycle
The amount of C in soil represents a substantial portion of the carbon found in terrestrial ecosystems of the planet. Total C in terrestrial ecosystems is approximately 3170 gigatons (GT; 1 GT = 1 petagram = 1 billion metric tons). Of this amount, nearly 80% (2500 GT) is found in soil (Lal 2008). Soil carbon can be either organic (1550 GT) or inorganic carbon (950 GT). The latter consists of elemental carbon and carbonate materials such as calcite, dolomite, and gypsum (Lal 2004). The amount of carbon found in living plants and animals is comparatively small relative to that found in soil (560 GT). The soil carbon pool is approximately 3.1 times larger than the atmospheric pool of 800 GT (Oelkers & Cole 2008). Only the ocean has a larger carbon pool, at about 38,400 GT of C, mostly in inorganic forms (Houghton 2007).


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 at 10:05:45 AM EST
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Biochar is stable in the soil for thousands of years. cf. Terra preta, a technique of soil amendment that allowed the poor Amazonian soils to support large-scale agriculture before European contact.

An integrated program to plant trees, mill them and convert them semi-industrially to biochar, improving agricultural soils, might well be self-sustaining if well designed (but needing capital obviously)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 at 10:47:34 AM EST
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Airbnb bows to EU demands on room fees
Jourová with two directives at point-of-sale.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 07:49:56 PM EST
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Fines Upheld for Inflated Prices on Computer Hardware
Verstager with a time machine at the ECJ

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:08:10 PM EST
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The 'Super-Commissioners'

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"honorific titles"?
I don't know about that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:48:16 PM EST
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With Big Tech's dominance under scrutiny, EU PROBES Amazon
The European Union said Wednesday it is investigating whether Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an unfair advantage, a decision that could lead to changes in how the internet's biggest marketplace works.

The move echoes similar antitrust actions against Google and Microsoft that have led to billions in fines. It also contrasts with U.S. lawmakers' slooooooower approach to the issue, as they start discussing how to curb the growing power of the tech industry's titans.

So Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado asked Facebook's head of global policy development, Matt Perault, to name the world's largest social network by active users. (It is Facebook.) When Perault said he couldn't, Neguse ticked off four of the six largest -- Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp -- and had Perault verify that all are owned by Facebook.

"We have a word for that and that word is monopoly, or at least monopoly power," Neguse said.

A Tuesday hearing in Washington looked into whether the companies' originally designed to combat railroad and oil monopolies. Any U.S. action is still a long time away.
Clayton is the motherlode of antitrust actions across industry sectors.
The EU's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, said she's taking a "very close look" at Amazon's dual role as marketplace broker and retailer.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 04:56:03 AM EST
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US House Judiciary subcommittee hearing, "Entrepreneurship and Online Platforms"
16 July 2019, running time 03:41:15
"Lawmakers particularly focused on alleged anti-competitive practices by some of the companies, particularly in the treatment of small businesses and app developers."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 05:06:14 AM EST
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whoa.
Tech bros clean out the revolving doors of regulatory agencies to fill their "witness" list.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 05:32:41 AM EST
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Parliament's Revenge
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Is anyone informed enough here to succinctly explain to me what's up with all the tiresome online vdL-hate I have to wade through these days?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 06:32:48 PM EST
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Mostly German domestic politics, specifically intra-CDU warfare, I understand, although I'm not familiar with the details.
by Bernard on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 06:37:35 PM EST
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Europe agrees to put forward one candidate for IMF chair
"'What is very important is that Europe is united behind a candidate and that we make a decision to put forward a person for this role who will be able to demonstrate a commitment to multilateralism and the understanding of the role that Europe has in the global economy,' said Irish Finance minister of Paschal Donohoe, on his way into the meeting."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 06:50:36 PM EST
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EP rubber stamp date: TBD on or before 1 Nov 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:54:24 PM EST
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Schmeigel | Will Christine Lagarde Pursue Tighter Monetary Policy?



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 05:20:34 PM EST
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Gender-balanced departures with tortious characteristics. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 07:25:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:29:14 PM EST
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Savage!
SPD "circulated a damning paper"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:40:11 PM EST
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11th Hour Bargaining
EPP set to lose influence in von der Leyen Commission
"EU politics expert Jon Worth said that 'the EPP is paying a high price for insisting it still must get the Commission presidency, by ditching Weber and trying to assemble support for von der Leyen'. He also added that the concessions she is having to make on policy, most notably climate action, might mean that "she's a centre-right figurehead forced to pursue centre-left policies".


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 04:43:34 AM EST
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France passes GAFA taxing ["digital services" sales]
"France is a sovereign country, its decisions on tax matters are sovereign and will continue to be sovereign," Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire added.
Taxation: the outlines of the GAFA tax revealed by gouvernement.fr
"in order to finance tomorrow's public services and creation of a fairer tax environment in France"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 09:20:51 PM EST
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Le Maire: 'Capitalism is in a dead end, must reinvent itself'
What is the state of play of the negotiations in the OECD?

... First of all, we do not want to change the key principle of taxation. Levies are imposed where production takes place and not where consumption happens. On the other hand, we want to create the right to impose a levy on very profitable companies that operate on a territory with little or no physical presence.

König: I don't believe in gender quotas
"I am concerned. I'm not sure whether Libra is a currency. I'm not even sure what it is."
The third topic where we want to make progress is related to the internet giants. First of all, there are cybersecurity risks. A second element is the reflection on Libra, the currency that Facebook wants to launch.
waitwut
The fourth topic is inequalities, notably on wage inequality. We propose more transparency following for example the French model of reporting on wage inequality in companies. We will also work on the inclusion of women in banking, especially in developing countries. Melinda Gates [?] will present the proposals of the Gates Foundation on this subject.
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting Chantilly, 17-18 July
"The G7 Finance track's work will culminate in the meeting of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Chantilly on 17th and 18th July 2019. It is the last G7 ministerial meeting to be held before the Biarritz Summit (24 to 26 August 2019) of heads of state."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 01:27:59 AM EST
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G7 summit, Biarritz, France, 24-26/08/2019
President Donald Tusk and [EC] President Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the EU at the G7 summit.
[...]
In addition to the G7 countries, other countries will be invited to take part in the debates and negotiations, in particular African countries. The G7 summit will be an opportunity for the EU to defend the rules-based order and its organisations as the best approach for global governance.
Lipstick on greasy pigs
Alphabet, Inc. | 10-Q Consolidated statements, of which GOOGL "revenues by geography" (p 12) ... "based on the addresses of our customers" or Melinda Gates, a/o 30 June 2019
keywords: effective tax rate, fines, EC, EMEA (p 56)
ISIN country in one hand, tax domicile in the other
IRS | US Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)
"Get more information about the implementation of transfer pricing documentation and country-by-country (CbC) reporting from the OECD"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 02:10:01 AM EST
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[Iran, China, Russia and EU] recommit to saving Iran deal, oppose US sanctions
Iran's recent moves -- which it defends as permissible after the U.S. withdrawal -- are seen as a way to force the others to openly confront the sanctions. Araghchi told reporters in Farsi after the meeting that Iran would continue decreasing its commitments until the Europeans meet its demands.
[...]
At the Sunday meeting, Fu said, the Europeans urged Iran to come back to full compliance and Iran urged the European Union, France, Britain and Germany to implement their part of the deal.

Fu said all sides expressed strong opposition against the unilateral imposition of sanctions by the U.S., especially the extraterritorial application of the sanctions. They also voiced support for China's efforts to maintain normal trade and oil relations with Iran, Fu added.
[...]
At the same time, Europe is under pressure from the U.S. to abandon the Iran nuclear accord entirely and is also being squeezed by Iran to offset the ever-crippling effects of American economic sanctions.

archived
EU mechanism for trade with Iran 'now operational'
Instex

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 02:04:29 PM EST
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DW is funded in whole or in part by Germany government.

DW | EU airlines must compensate for non-EU connecting flight delays

That delay of more than three hours means the passengers may be entitled to compensation under the regulation on the rights of air passengers dating back to 2004.
[...]
Responsibility comes with ticket sale

The court ruled against Czech Airlines' plea that it was not responsible for another carrier's flight. The judges in Luxembourg ruled that "a flight with one or more connections which is the subject of a single reservation constitutes a whole for the purposes of the right of passengers to compensation provided for in the regulation on the rights of air passengers."

COURTHOUSNEWS | EU Court Tells Stranded Passengers to Make Do
"Europe's highest court dealt a BLOW to holiday travelers Wednesday, ruling that passengers on a canceled flight to Greece must look to their booking agent, not the airline, for reimbursement."

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Flightright taking Ryanair to court over compensation for passengers
a ruling, fn.1: "Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 295/91 (OJ 2004 L 46, p. 1)."

Always read the footnotes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 10:22:54 PM EST
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Denmark's family-reunification law 'unjustified'
"Judges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg on Wednesday (10 July) [narrowly] ruled that Danish restriction laws preventing a legally-resident Turkish national from bringing his wife to Denmark were unjustified."

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LIBERALS TOPS IN EU ELECTION, NOT AT HOME
"Nordic model" badass chamber slave of the patriarchy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 06:17:38 PM EST
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Yanukovych v EU Council
"The General Court annuls the freezing of funds of seven members of the former Ukrainian ruling class, including Viktor Yanukovych, former President of Ukraine. ...First of all, the General Court, applying the case-law principles arising from the Court of Justice's judgment in Azarov v Council, recalls that the EU judicature must review the lawfulness of all EU acts in the light of fundamental rights."

Always read the footnotes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 06:31:31 PM EST
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Sweden won't sign UN nuclear ban treaty
"Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom says the text has 'no clear definition of nuclear weapons and there are a number of issues that must be answered.'"
wut: "If there was a winner, it was the conservative right  ...'I think you can see a 'right wave' in Sweden compared to the previous election,' said Dagens Nyheter's Stenberg. "They are much stronger than in the last election, when there was a green and left wave. So this was a counter wave.'"
Sweden. European Parliament Election

reference
UNODA | Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons
Status on Treaty: MIA
UNODA | Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
Status on Treaty: ratified

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EUR:SEK, 1:10.4529
A Swedish government appears

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:09:27 PM EST
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AP | Greece [ND] recognizes Venezuela's Guaido as interim president
"The foreign ministry announcement Friday reverses the previous government's position, which had aligned itself with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro."
ekathimerini | President returns decrees on judicial appointments
"by the previous SYRIZA government of the new prosecutor and president of the Supreme Court." Mitsotakis took office and named his cabinet 8 July.
BoG to propose full lifting of capital controls
"'We consider they are no longer of use,' Stournaras told journalists after meeting new Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday." uh oh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:38:08 PM EST
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Czech [coalition government] survives no-confidence vote over PM's scandal
"Only 85 of the opposition lawmakers voted early morning Thursday at the end of an almost 19-hour debate to oust the Cabinet, well short of the 101 needed in the 200-seat lower house."
Czech government on brink as president again refuses to sack minister
uh oh. Is that Timmerm ...

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mandate from "heaven"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 09:23:45 PM EST
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Nato assembly document confirms US nuclear bombs are in NL
"The bombs are under US control and can only be released by the US president, the document states." oops.
Dutch consider US request to join Strait of Hormuz security effort
and Gulf of Oman and Syria: "All requests for military assistance by the Dutch must be fully assessed by parliament under legislation brought in following the Srebrenica massacre."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 09:31:02 PM EST
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China accuses EU Parliament of `ignorance, prejudice and hypocrisy' over Hong Kong stance
"The European Parliament's motion that was voted on Thursday, had been tabled by 85 parliamentary members and called for the Hong Kong government 'to immediately release and drop all charges against peaceful protesters' adding that an 'investigation into the use of force by Hong Kong police against protesters' should be conducted hastily."

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running total 27 arrested

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 01:22:13 PM EST
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UN expert describes Hungarian migrant camps as places of detention and deterrence
"Appalling report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants from his visit to what appears to be concentration camps in Hungary"
EU elections 2019: Where do parties stand on migration?

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With a little help from our friends
Why does the Hungarian electorate put up with this?
No agreement on asylum possible before EU elections, EU member states admit
"We have nothing to discuss anyway."
'New Europe' Proxy States for America
operating detention sites
Danes Plan to Banish Unwanted Migrants to Remote Island
Global Detention Projcect

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 02:18:18 PM EST
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"nothing to discuss"
mundane report, 18-22 Feb 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 02:32:02 PM EST
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Dutch Supreme Court upholds Srebrenica deaths liability
"relatives of the slain men are eligible to claim 10% of their financial damages because the court estimated that the men would have had a 10% chance of survival if the Dutch troops had allowed them to remain inside their compound"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 05:12:49 PM EST
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Guardian
The Northern Ireland Office paid a senior civil servant £10,000 in compensation because he was offended at having to walk past portraits of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, it has been claimed.
They will have to pay him in Northern Irish banknotes, in case he gets offended again.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 04:20:34 PM EST
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Three formally charged in Malta for murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia
Three men have been formally charged over the 2017 murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese anti-corruption journalist and blogger who was killed by a car bomb in November 2017.

Brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio, and Vincent Muscat, all in their fifties, were arrested in December of that year.

The justice ministry's confirmation of the charges, which allows a trial to be held, came on Tuesday just days before a 20-month deadline. The public prosecutor has further 20 months to set a date for the trial, which legal experts say may not take place for years.


Joseph Muscat, still Prime Minister of Malta (pop. 450,000).
by Bernard on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 11:25:44 AM EST
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Athens residents flee as strong earthquake shakes Greek capital - Guardian
A strong earthquake has struck near Athens, causing residents of the Greek capital to run into the streets.

The city's Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the US Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The institute said the quake struck at 2.13pm local time, about 14 miles north of Athens.

The quake caused limited power cuts and communication problems around the capital; the fire brigade received calls about people trapped in lifts.

by Bernard on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 07:58:23 PM EST
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Satellite  images of the same agricultural fields around the town of Slagelse in Zealand, Denmark. The one on the left is from July 2017. The one on the right, from July 2018, shows the toll of heat and drought. (European Space Agency via Flickr)



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2019 at 05:58:12 PM EST
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Self-proclaimed president Festim Lato of the republic Chameria shot dead in The Netherlands today. Dutch paper De Telegraaf.

Crosses borders of Albania and Greece - map (Wikipedia)



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 06:26:01 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:51:47 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 02:05:07 PM EST
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Yes, as any reasonable person would assume, this is simply holding Stormont hostage for the return of the devolved government. I'm sure the people who proposed the amendments were sincere in wanting these measures to be enacted in Ulster, but I suspect that most MPs voted for it out of a sense of mischief to drag the DUP back. they could do it tomorrow if they really wanted to.

I imagine that the DUP and Sinn Fein (both massively socially regressive) will agree to re-open for a single day, which should be enough for the bill to fail.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 07:25:29 PM EST
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VICTORY!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 08:19:31 PM EST
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Brexit party MEP caught lying over secret Kenyan election campaign
"In the recording, [Alexandra] Phillips, a former head of media for the UK Independence party who was elected alongside Brexit party leader Nigel Farage at the May European elections, claimed that the contract between Jubilee and Cambridge Analytica was worth £300,000 per month, with a total value of $6 million."

gender-balance

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 02:27:29 PM EST
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Minister vows to end ["]segregated["] play areas in all new housing in England
"Under the new policy developments, where there are a mix of tenures - private owners alongside "affordable" housing including shared ownership and social rented accommodation - developers will no longer be allowed to build play areas that are accessible only to people [who own] properties."

The tree does not fall far from the apple.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2019 at 08:03:16 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2019 at 08:10:39 PM EST
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Although those are just spoof posters that get put over proper adverts on the tube.

they tell thruths the more responsible (ie tory owned) media ignore

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 01:24:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 02:08:06 PM EST
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AP | UK health service to use Amazon Alexa to give medical advice
"'We want to empower every patient to take better control of their health care,' said Health Secretary Matt Hancock."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 08:03:01 PM EST
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Like Google, Amazon records everything you say

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 02:42:55 PM EST
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Quelle surprise...
by Bernard on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 10:05:01 AM EST
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That should go some way to addressing the over-population problem.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:23:43 PM EST
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Martin Kettle in The Guardian :

Too much is changing on too many fronts. Trumpism may not be temporary. He may well be re-elected next year (as Darroch himself pointed out in a memo). The underpinnings of Trumpism, in the shape of populist nationalism and contempt for other countries, alliances and accords, go much deeper, both in the US and in Brexit Britain. If Johnson, or any other Brexiter leader, gets his way, Britain may once again embrace the US. But the America they embrace will not be the outward-looking republic of presidents from Eisenhower to Obama but an inward-looking exceptionalist country that seeks to disrupt everything about the international order. In such a world, Britain risks becoming the vassal of a capricious unilateralist state. Johnson or his successor would be Britain's Carrie Lam to Washington's Xi Jinping.

This is a new world. There are no precedents. Britain's postwar belief that it is a unique bridge between Europe and the US is more rickety now than ever. The Brexiters are set on destroying one end of the bridge. Trump is equally bent on blowing up the other.

Brexit has just taken an ugly lurch. This piece is really worth a read, between two spins on the helter-skelter.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 10:48:03 AM EST
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the whole Darroch debacle has gone very quickly from an embarrassment to raging fever.

It was bad enough that Trump decided to render the ambassador persona non grata but when, in the middle of a leadership debate, Boris Johnston was lukewarm about supporting the ambassador all sorts of doors blew off.

If the civil service cannot trust the government to support them, then their job is impossible. A government cannot function internationally unless it receives good honest advice and information from its ambassadors about the governments with which it deals. (This is a good thread about what goes wrong if an ambassador goes native

Also, the civil service are gonna dig up the drains to find out who did this. This is a dagger aimed at the very concept of governance. And whoever is caught is gonna have their nails pulled out till they explain the motivation, who they were working for etc.
This could get very bad very quickly.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 07:40:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I hope it will, because if the Tories give us a Johnson-Trump wrecking ball of this scope and nature, there really should be hell to pay.

As for the Great in Britain, bye-bye.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 08:05:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
People keep going on about the "deep state" digging in to fight against Trump and his incompetent cronies ... and nothing continues to happen. Maybe professionalism and bureaucratic self-preservation will prove stronger in the UK, but in the US the civil service seems to have been brought to heel.
by Zwackus on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:49:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Political leaks of this sort on de basis of an individual is most likely from the intelligence community ... NSA-GCHQ-Five Eyes-Unit8200 ... in support of Bannon & Co to solidify the rightwing coup-d'etat of Western States.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 08:23:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
This was my guess. Only a very small number of people see those memos. If the interest was there, it shouldn't be too hard to work out the most likely suspects.

But that assumes communications are secure, and US/UK/Russian intelligence don't have their own agenda.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 09:56:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Craig Murray with a razor.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 02:52:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Do not threaten Sir Humphrey Appleby.
by rifek on Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 at 04:04:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
But there will come a time, probably at some point this year, when Johnson is standing at a podium next to Donald Trump, and somebody from the media will read out what Johnson said about him, to a TV news crew in 2015. That was when he called him "stupefyingly ignorant" and "unfit to hold the office of president".

Trump has already been allowed to choose his own UK ambassador. At that moment, we'll get to see whether he's also allowed to choose his own UK prime minister. Because from that stunningly inevitable moment on, it will no longer be Boris Johnson.



Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:21:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Taking Back Control.
by Bernard on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 08:35:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"...when Johnson is standing at a podium next to Donald Trump" assuming that the almighty US of A gives a hoot about some small isolated island off the coast of Europe.

For comparison, the US president did take a phone call from the Prime Minister of the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) in 2016, another country similarly situated with respect to a major US trading partner. First time for such communication since 1979, and a diplomatic disaster worthy of its own Wikipedia page.

(Note, population of Taiwan is about half that of England, but their GDPs are about the same.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump-Tsai_call

by asdf on Sat Jul 13th, 2019 at 07:51:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
parity watch
Taiwan party picks mayor over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run
  • tanks, "US to sell $2bn in weapons to Taiwan"
  • CAMPAIGN 2020 "opposition"
  • USD:TWD, 1: 30.5264, "5.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($167 million)"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 04:46:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 11:43:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]

by generic on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 01:25:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Better late than never.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 at 10:27:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]

by generic on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 12:35:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The "offending" cartoons can be seen here, on Steve's own page, towards the bottom. After the editorial cartoons.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 12:06:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
https://www.conservatives.com/sharethefacts/2019/07/conservative-party-leader
After seventeen hustings and discussions with voters across the United Kingdom, CANDIDATE has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party. CANDIDATE received XX,XXX votes, while CANDIDATE received YY,YYY. ZZZ Ballots were spoiled, and the election had an AA% turnout.

Dame Cheryl Gillan and Charles Walker - returning officers of the 1922 Committee - made the announcement at [TIME]. After the announcement, CANDIDATE made a speech in front of a number of campaigners at the Queen Elizabeth II centre.

In his speech, CANDIDATE made clear his priorities for Prime Minister: [take from speech 50 words here. Ideally add a quotation too].

Do you want to help CANDIDATE [Deliver Brexit / get brexit done etc., depending on speech]? Join the Conservative Party today and help us make a success of Brexit and make the country a better place for everyone.

by generic on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 07:41:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
undefined
After seventeen hustings and discussions with voters across the United Kingdom, CANDIDATE has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party. CANDIDATE received XX,XXX votes, while CANDIDATE received YY,YYY. ZZZ Ballots were spoiled, and the election had an AA% turnout.

Sorry, switched title and Url in my settings. Last firefox update murdered my plugins for some reason.

by generic on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 07:43:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Irish Times
Johnson: 'People who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts'
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 05:09:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:51:49 PM EST

by generic on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 09:07:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This story is as compelling as the driver's license consent story.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 11:33:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 11:27:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 12:28:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 03:39:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2019 at 08:07:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Seems to me that President Trump is missing a chance to kill two birds with one stone. If he were to completely a project to beef up the pavement in Washington DC so it could carry tanks, he could both claim an infrastructure project success and also prepare for military victory parade.
by asdf on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 01:51:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
That's a bit wordy for my taste in captions. To reheat the bromance, if I were WH photo editor, I'd go with something droll, flattery along this line of patriotic country building:
Police launch mass arrests on Independence Day in Paris.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 01:31:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 03:30:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
CBS
Publishers of religious books are warning that President Donald Trump's latest proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage in the U.S.

Tens of millions of bibles are printed in China each year, with some estimates as high as 150 million. Publishers large and small testified against the proposed tariff in hearings last month, saying it would make the Bible more expensive for consumers and Christian organizations that give away Bibles as part of their ministry. The proposed tariffs are currently on hold as trade negotiations resume following months of parrying by U.S. and China officials.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 01:30:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I bet them sneaky Chinese have hacked subliminal messages into the text...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:02:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Why subliminal? It's all on the surface.
Isaiah 23:1-3 reveal that Chittim, modern-day China, will form a part of a global economic market along with Europe, one that is prophesied to shut out the nations of Israel. It should be no surprise that China will be an integral part of this economic partnership with Europe, as it is now the world's greatest exporter. These two trading blocs will soon dominate the global economy!
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:10:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 02:54:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Hey, let the Christians get in on this too!

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

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

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

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 07:01:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
o, there's a Nahum Sarna cohort under the radar.
(Don't go there.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 11:27:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'd accept Armageddon if he in fact WERE the last Trump.
by rifek on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 01:49:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
He's not last "Trump". He epitomizes an idea of politics.
So let that chap your ass for at least a week.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 01:12:39 AM EST
[ Parent ]
de tweets blockade

KNIGHT FIRST AMENDMENT INSTITUTE et al. vs DONALD J TRUMP et al.

vs.

DOV HIKIND vs ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 03:22:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 07:26:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
is this meant to be the kiss of death for her?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jul 13th, 2019 at 07:54:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm not sure it is meant to be anything, brain worms and all that, but I don't see how he could get a more ineffectual opposition if Donald Jr. would be running it.
by generic on Sat Jul 13th, 2019 at 08:33:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It's a good example of what happens when you feed a troll.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 05:36:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Jim Acostus: Trump WH Spreading Message That Pelosi Has Lost Caucus To AOC Squad, She's "Going Off The Deep End"

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 05:31:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"OTHER PEOPLE?!"
Andrew Yang vs. Meghan McCain On The View
A/V, (EN) running time 00:19:37

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 10:27:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
bigger than the black face debacle
but not big enough to invoke as was the custom Article X colon abuse.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 05:04:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
3/4 'Squad' on the Runway to Netroots Nation

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 10:09:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ill-conceived headline w/e 20 July

Trump's harsh words on 'squad' reinforce dark posts online

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 05:20:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Correction: Puerto Rico-Protests-Miranda story
"In a story July 17 about a New York City protest against Puerto Rico's governor, The Associated Press misidentified the status of Puerto Rico. It is a U.S. territory, not a country."

about that cane shucking Hamilton! re-habilitator No. 2
"This story corrects Lin-Manuel Miranda's quote and the translation of 'Viva Puerto Rico libre.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 05:27:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Associated Press Stylebook changes guidelines for journalists
advising reporters and editors against the use of ambiguous terms such as "RACIALLY charged" and "RACIALLY motivated" to describe incidents that display racial BIAS
TRUMP census 2020 BACKLASH developing ...
"The terms racism and racist can be used in broad references or in quotations to describe the HATRED OF a race, or assertion of the SUPERIORITY OF one race over others," the AP states in the new guideline announced at a national conference of ACES: The Society of Editing in Providence, Rhode Island, on Friday.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 08:53:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The TRANSPARTISAN Revolt Against America's Endless Wars by Katrina Vanden Heuvel

AP Stylebook guidance developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 09:25:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No room at the inn: POC and millennials edition
AP | Hotels become latest BATTLEGROUND over immigration DETENTION
"Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. ... Hotels don't like to wade into politics. They're used to accepting business without questions and tuning their lobby televisions to nonpolitical channels."

D.C. Plans Its Exit From the Motels It Uses As Homeless Shelters
AHF Converts Cheap Hotels to Homeless Housing. What About It West Hollywood?
Homeless families to get free hotel stays for up to 21 days in new program
The end of the Joyce Hotel: Where will the homeless go?
Why Run a Slum If You Can Make More Money Housing the Homeless?
Hotels Hiding The Homeless
HPRP-funded Motel and hotel voucher
Nowhere to Go: Homelessness among formerly incarcerated people
Homeless Clients Ousted from West Side Hotel
A Feeble Response to Homelessness
"At one time Massachusetts paid motels $100 a night to house families, but stopped that practice when legislators complained about the expense."
&tc

reference
The Green Book: The Black Travelers' Guide to [apartheid] America
"'There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please, and without embarrassment.'

That was how the authors of the "Negro Motorist Green Book" ended the introduction to their 1948 edition.  [...] In one of its last editions in 1963-64, it included a special "Your Rights, Briefly Speaking" feature that listed state statutes related to discrimination in travel accommodations."
Title II Of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Accommodations)

You're welcome.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 07:23:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Democratic-controlled House kills articles of impeachment against Trump

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 03:22:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax
(typo in original)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 03:30:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
PELOSI
"So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it," Pelosi told Democrats, according to a source in the room. "But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK."
SANDERS
"It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media," he said. "That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it's improper."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2019 at 08:25:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]

archived Where is Christopher Steele?
liberated from de basement of intrigue ...by subpoena
to read aloud his Report in its entirety or in parts 17 July
Conspiracy by Democrats Falls Flat
Mueller report exonerates president Trump from the primary accusation ...
40 Questions
Correlation in search of causation, it's a new board game.
18 USC 2,371,2349,2028A
I'm nearly certain in a year I will revisit these notes.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jul 25th, 2019 at 12:08:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
'Orange is the New Black' leaves legacy for women of color
"While it was originally centered around the privileged white character of Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), the supporting characters -- some quirky, some volatile, some comic, some tragic -- became the show's breakout stars."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 08:06:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
R. Kelly facing sweeping new federal sex crime charges
"The indictment unsealed Friday in the Eastern District of New York includes charges of racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child."
Epstein finances to be kept secret ahead of bail hearing
"Epstein's lawyers favor house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion"

archived equity with FOSTA/SESTA
Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking of minors
Avenatti 'notion victim'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 09:38:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
R. Kelly remanded to custody.

Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Berman needs a couple more days to determine whether or not Epstein --who fears for his life as a jewish person with a fake Austrian passport domiciled in the KSA-- should be released on bond.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 06:39:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Epstein willing to post $100m bond ... has several passports in his safe ... and some .... cash 😄
CNBC News

A visit to Israel in the stars ... nice country to be in exile. A number of billionaires have preceded Epstein.

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

by Oui on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 07:26:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Reminds me of ...

All the Fugitive's Men in Israel
February 25, 2001|Yossi Melman | Yossi Melman is an Israeli author and journalist for Haaretz.

From my diary @BooMan in April 2014 - a transcendental year in U.S. and NATO policy ...

Anglo-American Relationship, Atlanticists and Israel

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

by Oui on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 07:54:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That's what Marc Rich said.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 07:55:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Berman denies Epstein bail. Epstein is a GINORMOUS flight risk if freed from custody. D'Oh.

The weird explanation is elaborate editorializing by reporters --invoking 'victim' statements from indictment and bail hearing-- to furnish one phrase in Berman's 35 pp ruling, "a danger to the community."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 03:13:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Epstein status quo ante: Safety first. Either I'm suicide --OR-- murder risk. Free me.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 08:32:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Whose names are missing, 2006-2016?

Jeffrey Epstein's Multiple Prosecutions & The Fall of Alex Acosta (Real Law Review), A/V (EN)
I was OK with this synopsis until the end: "TAB FOR A CAUSE. Raise money for charity with every browser tab you open." The American Norms of Life. And don't you forget it.

Following the money
Pam Martens' sidebar
Tax Filing Suggests Child Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein Made His Wealth Flipping Hot IPOs on Wall Street, Jeffrey Epstein's Curiously Nimble Trading, Jeffrey Epstein Chaired a $6.7 Billion Company, Jamie Dimon Has Gone to Defcon 1 Over Bank's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 09:37:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
AP FACT ["]CHECK["] | Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship
"Colored" Women and Minorities invisible ink: US Congress ("and by extension the Secretary") has been collecting "citizen", "race or ethnicity" and "condition of servitude" stats continuously--for a really, really long time. Commerce vs New York et al. ruling did not "block" that authority.
census.gov | Factfinder for the Nation, May 2000
If you can't trust CONGRESS, who can you trust? "Beginning in November 2002, the ACS will cover approximately 250,000 households per month and 3 million households annually. At that time, data will be provided down to the block group level." More alarming, "The Census Bureau makes extensive use of other Federal agencies' administrative records in compiling statistical data." So few lies, so many crackers ...
... In the case of the population and housing census, the questionnaires are microfilmed before destruction, and the microfilm is stored under strict security conditions for use in the Census Bureau's National Processing Center at Jeffersonville, IN. Here, people who need proof of age or residence (for example), or their heirs or legal representatives, may obtain this evidence in the form of an official transcript. ... records are closed to the public for 72 years to protect the confidentiality of the information they contain....
Revenge of the Nerds, National Academy of Sciences edition
CNSTAT response to Commerce request for comments on the proposal in August 2018
... Furthermore, as the listing of dozens of constituent operations and numerous specific information collection documents in the Census Bureau's Federal Register notice and the Census Bureau's operational plan for the 2020 census make clear, the 2020 census is much more than a single, simple questionnaire:
[...]
Both paper and electronic questionnaires would need to add the citizenship item. Until and unless proven by testing, it cannot be assumed that respondents would react the same way to any question, citizenship or other, on a paper as on an electronic form. With respect to a citizenship question, specifically, it is not known how many respondents to either the paper or electronic questionnaire would leave it blank. ...
So the SCOTUS was informed. Read the opinion and ruling. Then take a goddam, god-given number.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 05:51:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States, compiles 2017 American Community Survey (ACS), 2018 Current Population Survey (CPS), Departments of State and Homeland Security, and 2000 decennial census. Fed gov can also draw from Departments of Health & Human Services and Social Security Administration records to further improve CL of citizen status estimate, national down to block level. "Noncitizens" are eligible for health and income (eg. SSI, disability) benefits in every state. The question advising applicants of their "rights" is on every form. "Privacy" is between the applicant and ... federal government.

Remember this. The crackers went wild in the week after SCOTUS remanded the question. Before Team Trump "abandoned" the question, the press discredited agencies' "data sharing" capabilities and invented the yella cake of stormtrooper surveillance traps.
Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census
"The United States has never had a central registry of citizens and noncitizens, and in theory Mr. Trump's order could result in one." wut.

Federal government is the "central registry" of the Unied States' population.
If nothing else, every decennial counts (1) "race and ethnicity," (2) age, (3) address (4) name of (5) each household member. All (R) and (D) legislators need to draw a district favorable to party incumbency is #1, #2, and #3 BECAUSE "race and ethnicity" affiliation to party, poverty, and housing segregation is a foregone conclusion of "democracy" in the USA.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 07:19:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
o. wait. Congress wants the wut?
House Democrats subpoena six years of Trump tax returns
A president is not above the wut now?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 07:35:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Example of how the US Constitution is an early example of how to set up a democracy. Refinements shown--by multiple subsequent examples of what can go wrong--to be necessary have not been made.
by asdf on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 07:28:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Donald J. Trump On Petition for Writ of Mandamus from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland ... before 4th Circuit OBAMA squad
... Moreover, the likelihood that an injunction barring the President from receiving money  from the Hotel would not cause government officials to cease patronizing the Hotel demonstrates a lack of redressability, independently barring a finding of standing. This deficiency was remarkably manifested at oral argument when counsel for the District and Maryland, upon being questioned, was repeatedly unable to articulate the terms of the injunction that the District and Maryland were seeking to redress the alleged violations.
[...]
In any event, for the reasons given, we grant the President's petition for a writ of mandamus and, taking jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b), hold that the District and Maryland do not have Article III standing to pursue their claims against the President. Accordingly, we reverse the district court's orders denying the President's motion to dismiss filed in his official capacity, and, in light of our related decision in No. 18-2488, we remand with instructions that the court dismiss the District and Maryland's complaint with prejudice.
## Mental disorder is a communicable disease

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2019 at 08:54:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Inside the IRS's audits of the president
top-secret security clearance PRIVACY which all US ahh residents enjoy, even the the jokers who file FEC statements and choose to PUBLICIZE partial returns.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2019 at 09:29:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
These two coffee klatsch complement one another.

Trump's Census Gambit Is Part of a SINISTER Strategy
wind 'em up ...
Democrats Have Facilitated Trump's RACIST Attacks (market A)
Trump's RACIST Tweets Fan HATRED, Defining the Coming Election (market B)
and let 'em go.

What was the question again?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 03:17:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Pennsylvania parents warned children with school lunch debt could be placed in foster care
"You can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child's right to food"
The Groundbreaking Public Health Study That Should Change U.S. Society--But Won't
"Of note, this was a middle-to-upper-middle-class population [San Diego, CA]--74% had attended college, and all had higher-end medical insurance."

archived Trump STATES rly?
General Assembly
Rhode Island
General Assembly
Pennsylvania
Dr. Gabor Maté
Stress-Disease Connection, Addiction and the Destruction of American Childhood
The Dictator and The Decider
"He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect," said the speaker of the House.
Head Start.fr

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 05:20:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 12:41:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
PPP poll
Q2 If the candidates for President next year were Democrat Megan Rapinoe and Republican Donald Trump, who would you vote for?
Megan Rapinoe .............................................. 42%
Donald Trump ................................................. 41%
Not sure .......................................................... 17%
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 12:16:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Flip switch 2020 Census "Citizen Question": OFF
Losers: TBD 4Q2021 district maps litigation
Winner: publisher's deadline
The judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern of York is affirmed in part and reversed in part, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. It is so ordered.
Commerce et al vs New York et al.
Score: 5 of 7 judgments by the inf. ct REVERSED
DICTION CORNER: annotation, JJ, who wrote the opinion for two or more joined associate justices; J, opinion of associate justice for self.

ROBERTS delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court with respect to Parts I and II [US Constitution Art. III standing tests --I. plaintiffs in the (NY et al) in first, second instances; II: Enumeration Clause authority of defendants ("Congress, and by extension the Secretary") inter alia; inf ct ambiguously erred.]

and the opinion of the Court with respect to plurality Parts III, IV-B, and IV-C in which THOMAS, ALITO, GORSUCH, and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined;

with respect to plurality Part IV-A, in which THOMAS, GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, KAGAN, and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined;

with respect to plurality Part V, in  which  GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which GORSUCH and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined. BREYER, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which GINSBURG, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. ALITO, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

archived Jan
obviate printing of Teh Dread 2020 Census Question in timely manner

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 12:01:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Blue Screen of Death" Campaign 2022
For the reasons stated, we dismiss the House's appeal for lack of jurisdiction. It is so ordered.
Virginia House of Delegates vs. Bethune
5-4 score: opinion for the court by GINSBURG; Samuel "Scalito" ALITO dissenting joined by ROBERTS, BREYER, KAVANAUGH
Voters and other plaintiffs in North Carolina and Maryland filed suit schallenging their States' congressional districting maps as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders.
[...]
The Framers also gave Congress the power to  do something about partisan gerrymandering in the [Art. I] Elections Clause. That avenue for reform established by the Framers, and used by Congress in the past, remains open.
[...]
No one can accuse this Court of having a crabbed view of the reach of its competence. But we have no commission to allocate political power and influence in the absence of a constitutional directive or legal standards to guide us in the exercise of such authority.
[...]
The judgments of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland are vacated, and the cases are remanded with instructions dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. It is so ordered.
Rucho et al. vs Common Cause et al., together Lamone et al. v. Benisek et al., 27 June 2019
5-4 score: opinion for the court by ROBERTS, joined by Clarence "Separate but Equal" THOMAS, Samuel "Scalito" ALITO, GORSUCH, KAVANAUGH; KAGAN dissenting joined by GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR.

archived
This decision is a "win" for principles of "states' rights"
In the short-term, pending  voter rights challenge to states' district maps: 15th Amd
[Congressional Representatives] urge Supreme Court to leave redistricting to Congress
Are they mental?
SCOTUS won't touch it
jurisdiction does not extend case or controversy clause [Art. III]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 01:24:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Blue Screen of Death S01E01, "That didn't take long"
Expert Witness Says Mapmaker Used Racial Data to Create North Carolina Voting Districts

Did you know that North Carolina was one of the states covered by Sec. 5 when the SCOTUS trashed the VRA in 2013? I might have mentioned.

At the time, Chief Justice ROBERTS--joined by A. KENNEDY, C. THOMAS, S. ALLITO, A. SCALIA--explained "Coverage [formula] today is based on decades-old data and eradicated practices. ... And voter registration and turnout numbers in covered States have risen dramatically." The court did not order new measurements, and the administration didn't propose any. Editors of the Brennan Center for Justice noted in 2018, "The decision in Shelby County opened the floodgates to laws restricting voting throughout the United States."

But the question on DCCC minds is, Are "noncitizens" represented in US government by the 2020 census?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 07:23:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
China imports from US PLUNGE 31% in June amid tariff war
(merits duplication in "de jokes," and "The situation here is pretty psychotic")

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:45:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
House Democrats move to pass a trimmed defense bill, from $750B to $725B
o. dear.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:57:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Utah farmers and entrepreneurs compete to grow ["]medical["] pot
"The state recently opened the licensing process to out-of-state growers, a change that makes locals like hemp processor Darren Johnson nervous."
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
In which direction will the curves move ceteris paribus?

archived
never mind
legal "cartel" loses volume advantage, exploits diminishing value advantage

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 04:13:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Judge sides with Pentagon and Amazon in [JEDI] bidding case
"The Pentagon has said it wants to pick a vendor as soon as Aug. 23. ...Amazon said in a statement that it 'stands ready to support and serve' the Defense Department's mission. It has characterized Oracle's objections as meritless and its conflict claims as 'tabloid sensationalism.'"
Amazon, seeking more skilled workers, will do the training
m'k

archived delphi
Amazon cancels HQ2 in NYC, could Newark get more Amazon jobs?
BWAHAHAHAHA
de basement of intrigue
IBM and Oracle have long divided the major Federal government contracts.
Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 09:58:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The only Prime Day deals actually worth your money
This is an advertisement.
Amazon Minnesota warehouse workers plan 'Prime Day' strike
This was* SEIU PR.
--
* PR updated this weekend to exploit Trunp tweet publicity tagged Somali, Omar, Muslim, racist. One earlier version cited a "statement" by an unidentified SEIU local in Minneapolis claiming to have organized the employees and encouraging AMZN shoppers to boycott sales during the 6 hour "strike". AMZN shifts are 4 hrs +1 hr if mandatory OT demanded. Direct and temp employees may not apply earned, unpaid Personal Time Off (PTO) hours to reduce mandatory shift, posted as little as 12 hrs advance notice per "business needs". Earned paid Personal Time (PPT) requires 24 hr advance approval. No union has been able to organize AMZN employees in N.A. And earlier this year temp employees unsuccessfully challenged standard AMZN disciplinary action at the NLRB. Comparisons to EU industrial actions are ludicrous.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 04:06:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"It's a #PrimeDay for solidarity."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 04:33:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
No bargain for workers: Amazon employees stage strikes during 'Prime Day' sales
Around 20 workers tried to block trucks coming to and from the online retailer's distribution centre in the northern French city of Lauwin-Planque on Monday, disrupting deliveries while demanding better wages and working conditions.
[...]
"We're demanding better wages but most of all, we want better working conditions as well as recognition," a CGT union representative, Khaled Bouchajra, told FRANCE 24. Union leaders also criticised temporary bans on paid leave that have been put in place. According to them, Amazon forbade workers from taking paid vacations during the three weeks around Prime Day.
and Black Friday, Cyber Tuesday, Christmas - Q1FYE: up to 6 days/wk mandatory OT
"They have brutal techniques: You either accept them or you're fired," CFDT union representative for the Hauts-de-France northern region, Avisen Mahadoo, told FRANCE 24.
See Verge (above), respondant's letter of lies to NLRB investigator: churn is SOP.
Amazon workers in Germany strike ['Prime Day'], again
Workers began their stoppage late Sunday and carried on into Monday. Amazon facilities in Koblenz, Werne, Rheinberg, Leipzig, Graben, and two locations in Bad Hersfeld were affected. Amazon operates 12 storage facilities and 11 logistics centers in Germany, employing some 13,000 people, of which 2,000 took part in the strike.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 11:04:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Here is a gauge of how utterly unhinged Anglo-merican press is from reality. How deep is the lede?

Trade Group Paves the Way for China Sanctions on the U.S.

archived Nov 2018
world self-defense

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 01:31:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Road-tripping with the Amazon nomads
Anderson is an Amazon nomad, part of a small group of merchants who travel the backroads of America searching clearance aisles and dying chains for goods to sell on Amazon. Some live out of RVs and vans, moving from town to town, only stopping long enough to pick the stores clean and ship their wares to Amazon's fulfillment centers [...]

"The best part is just seeing the country," says Jamison Philippi, who recently spent nine months on the road clearing out closing Toys R Us stores. In 2014, he was sleeping on a yoga mat on a friend's floor in Nashville and struggling to find work. He never took vacations growing up and always wanted to travel. Amazon selling seemed like a solution to both problems. In the last three years, he estimates he's shopped in 45 states.

by das monde on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 06:51:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
US warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
"The Pentagon said the incident happened at 10 a.m. local time Thursday in international waters while the Boxer was transiting the waterway to enter the Persian Gulf. ...CNN reported that the ship used electronic jamming to bring it down rather than hitting it with a missile."
House OKs $15 minimum wage
six-year "phase-in" which will not be ratified by the senate anyway. "It's 'historic moment and a historic bill,' sez president of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United group, founded 9/11.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 09:58:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
IRS Sending Warning Letters to More Than 10,000 Cryptocurrency Holders

It's a good thing for them that fed gov agency "data sharing capabilities" don't inadequate, inefficient, and faulty.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 08:38:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Gag Order Not Enforceable in Police Brutality Settlement
"The Fourth Circuit ruled 2-1 Thursday that Baltimore cannot buy the silence of victims of police brutality with legal settlements that include a nondisparagement clause."

DICTION CORNER: equity
Not that equity, the other one.

archived Bal'more rising
Public corruption in Maryland: It's no accident
Pugh's incommunicado
USA Today explains
Example please of a gag order


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 09:22:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Bal'more rising

Twin Picketing --Affordable Housing land trust, Johns Hopkins "charitable" trust debt collection--this week attracting local, national, and int'l press.
Balitmore Sun
WAMU 88.5/NPR
Guardian

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 12:25:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Johns Hopkins Hospital: Union-buster and predatory debt collector , Daily Worker G2
detailed calumny

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 03:46:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EU fines Facebook millions over 'misleading' WhatsApp takeover, May 2017
"automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users' identities already existed in 2014"
EPI | Strongly Worded Letter, 24 Jan 2019
"We write to you about a recent news report that the Commission is now finalizing a
penalty against Facebook regarding violations of the 2011 consent order...."

FTC Fines Facebook Record $5 Billion for Privacy Lapses, 12 July

The fine is the largest ever imposed on a technology company. Terms of the fine were approved this week amid a long-running investigation into Facebook's privacy failings, including the news that British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained unauthorized access to the personal information of 87 million Facebook users.
waitwut
Multiple news sources reported Friday the roughly $5 billion settlement agreement was approved this week by FTC commissioners in a 3-2 vote, with the Republican majority supporting the fine and the Democratic commissioners objecting.
CNN | FTC reportedly approves $5 billion settlement with Facebook
"far in excess of the $22.5 million the FTC fined Google in 2012, investors nonetheless appeared to breathe a sigh of relief that it wasn't bigger."


archived
Barry Lynn and Matt Stoller DIY, Mar 2018
"covered information"
ICO Search Warrant Granted
Steve Bannon on Cambridge Analytica - SCL Group
Mercer's Cambridge Analytica Files for Bankruptcy
'improperly shared' data, July
data sharing agreements with Amazon, Qualcomm, and AT&T among others
Electoral Commission (@ElectoralCommUK)
one of the more obvious signs that your democracy is dying
Facebook hit with UK's maximum fine as EU officials praise privacy efforts, Oct
£500,000 (€565,000) fine for breach of EU 1998 Data Protection Act
Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs, 31 Jan 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2019 at 02:27:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Third Parties Challenge Hurdles to Ballot Access
the lawsuit states[] "This de facto financial barrier to participation is all but insurmountable for non-wealthy candidates and parties." The plaintiffs in the 31-page complaint, filed in Austin federal court, include the Libertarian, Constitution and Green Parties and six third-party and independent candidates for statewide office.
Texass test case
The third parties and candidates say state law provides three ways to get on the general election ballot. First, a political party must receive at least 20% of the vote in the previous gubernatorial election - something only the Democrats and Republicans have qualified for "since at least 1900," according to the complaint.

Second, a third party can nominate a candidate at a convention with at least 1% of Texans who voted for governor in the last election.
[...]
Third, independent candidates can get on the general election ballot if they collect petition signatures from at least 1% of voters in the previous gubernatorial election.
[...]
They contend the applicable sections of the laws are unconstitutional and seek a permanent injunction against the Texas secretary of state, a currently vacant position, from enforcing them.


archived gerrymanders+
Democrats up requirements for 2nd round of primary debates
PRICE FIXING, BID RIGGING AND MARKET ALLOCATION SCHEMES
*NC trifecta
It Will Cut Off Any Firms That Challenge Incumbents
"This is the first time that they are ever making [antitrust violations] open policy."
HR 1 Cuts Green Party Campaign Funding
"making ballot access for a Green presidential candidate impossible in several states it would also guarantee loss of the party's ability to run for local offices"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2019 at 03:09:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave, Jul 2018
(US-Eng.) tying and bundling

reference
Europe COMISH

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2019 at 03:16:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 03:35:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Quite a talent ... founder Daniel Peled ... easy Internet search GetGems >> CoinDash >> hacked website >> $7m gone ... digital bitcoin fun for start-ups ... billions at stake for the Israel-Palestine (?) economy project ... Orbs as digital central banker with newcomer Netta Korin as social entrepeneur? One can find a quite positive article about her in the Times of Israel.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 04:55:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
hmm, yes, well, if the NASA moon mission and hundreds of thousands of hours R&D radically altered the course of human history, deep research into technology "we" take for granted 50 years later wouldn't be necessary. Favorite tech would be on the tip of every tongue across the planet as their members prepare MREs and insulated domiciles for the next extinction.

DARPA is but rumoured.

While I was sorely disappointed that Tang® AND Tempur-Pedic® mattress were omitted from the list, I posted the site, because it was recommended by a NY Daily News reporter this weekend of moon-landing jubilation. Now, look. Here are the facts that millions of readers (who are also grapple with fictional adaptions and heroic personalities on courts and off) will retell for generations to come.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 12:35:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Tang was not a result of the space program.
by asdf on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 05:28:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
But ... but .... but ....

They told me Tang® was developed for the astronauts.  

Are you saying the General Foods Corporation, Inc.  lied to me?

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

by ATinNM on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 06:22:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, blockchain is a magic wand that cures all ills, you know.
by rifek on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 11:53:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 03:23:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 05:32:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:51:52 PM EST
Seized North Korean ship sought for American student's death
$501M: "In the latest court filings, Warmbier's parents claim a right to the North Korean cargo ship, which the U.S. seized in May because it was carrying coal in violation of U.N. sanctions."
US urges world powers to reject Iran's 'nuclear extortion'
"We are committed to denying Iran the benefits it seeks from these most recent provocations," Jackie Wolcott, the U.S. ambassador to international organizations in Vienna said.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 08:23:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
South Korea seeks trade sanctions on U.S. as disputes pile up, Jan 2018
"authorization to impose annual trade sanctions worth at least $711 million on the United States"
(... April 2018 Trumpy Peninsula Peace Summit ...)
South Korea WTO Appeal Succeeds in Japanese Fukushima Food Dispute, Apr 2019
"Japan launched its trade complaint at the WTO in 2015, arguing that radioactive levels were safe and that a number of other nations, includin, May 2019g the United States and Australia, had lifted or eased Fukushima-related restrictions."
South Korea Intends to Maintain Trade with Iran: Ambassador
"as it keeps negotiating with the US to get sanctions exemption", waiver thingy
Japan to restrict exports to South Korea over issue of wartime labor, July 2019
"The [embargo] by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is expected to deal a blow to South Korean industries that produce semiconductors and electronic devices, such as smartphones."
S. Korea Begins Legal Review Of WTO Complaint Against Japan's Export Curbs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 09:15:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
WTO General Council to discuss Japan's export controls on S. Korea on July 23-24
browse further details from Hankyoreh home page

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 04:37:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigns after 12 days of protests
"lifting a cloud of uncertainty over the U.S. territory and bowing to immense pressure from residents and other politicians amid a widening corruption scandal"
[Vázquez] set to replace Puerto Rico's governor doesn't want job
The announcement comes a day before Puerto Ricans planned another march, this time against Vázquez
[...]
"This is crazy," political expert [?] Mario Negrón Portillo said in a phone interview on Sunday. "We have no idea what's even going to happen tomorrow. Societies cannot live with this type of uncertainty."
[...]
"We're going to keep protesting," [Aimara Pérez] said. "It's not going to stop. If there is evidence of corruption, the people are going to push ahead without fear, and we're going to get rid of them all."

archived post-colonial mischief
Puerto Rico is part of the US of A
To ovations, Hamilton! star reprises role in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico (not technically a state)
Too much vinegar makes lettuce wilt...
Dear Leader, ...
families temporarily housed in hotels in 22 states
This call to forgiven odious debt of the PR
Trump does something for Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, the hedge funds are there to help. ..., 2014

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 01:08:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]

It's a Domino

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation
"We haven't seen anything like this since World War II," said Graeme Smith, a research fellow at Australian National University.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 09:30:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US Customs just seized a ship owned by JPMorgan after authorities found $1 billion worth of drugs on it, 11 July
US Customs and Border Protection [CBP] seized the ship on July 4, a statement out Monday said. The ship is owned by client assets in a maritime strategy offered by JPMorgan Asset Management, according to a person familiar with the matter. It is operated by the Switzerland-based MSC.

On June 17, border agents found 39,525 pounds of cocaine stashed in several containers on the MSC Gayane at the Philadelphia seaport.

US vows to help Colombia reduce acreage for cocaine production by 2023
"The amount of land used for cocaine production in Colombia has reached a record high, according to a recent report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC)."

archived
Brazilian president's plane detained in Seville with 39 kilos of cocaine
not-Venezuelan
War on Drugs
Michael Gove's No 10 hopes falter after cocaine admission
BCCI
Iran-Contras-CIA, 1991
General Assembly
Ending corruption in Pennsylvania, one issue at a time

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 11:37:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
China's loans are rather like taking advantage of a developmentally disabled person. In this case it is a culture caught between traditional tribal rule and modernity. Where is the Prime Directive when we need it? Do none dare say 'Odious debt'?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 02:34:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
is a trademark of the IMF. So, no.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:56:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
If you like stories of Great Powers manoeuvring in the South Pacific, this one's a cracker :

A FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY
EIGHT YEARS OF TROUBLE IN SAMOA
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Germans, Americans and New Zealanders (more or less a proxy for the British Empire) messing about.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:17:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Cuba debuts modern Chinese train as rail overhaul begins
"It marks a first step of an overhaul Cuba's communist government started early last year, repairing some 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) of aging tracks and dozens of tumble-down stations scattered around the island. ...The Havana-Guantanamo trip costs from 200 Cuban pesos (US$8) roundtrip, to as little as 20 Cuban pesos (80 US cents) between Havana-Matanzas, the first stop on the island-wide circuit."
With Chinese trains rolling, Cuba starts revamping railway system
"Now, aided by China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation and CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd., the Caribbean nation under a U.S. trade embargo gets truly able to renovate its trains. ... In May, the first 80 cars arrived on the island, from a batch of 240 ones to land in Havana at a rate of 80 each year from 2019 to 2021, and acquired with a Chinese loan payable in 15 years."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2019 at 08:25:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
aging tracks and dozens of tumble-down stations

Sounds like the US....

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jul 14th, 2019 at 08:58:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband fears she will be forced to confess
The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran, says he is becoming increasingly worried she is being pressured to sign a forced confession after she was moved to an isolated ward in a mental hospital.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was moved to the mental ward of Iman Khomeini hospital on Monday - a move that the family initially welcomed after months of calling for her to get medical treatment.

Richard Ratcliffe told BBC Radio 4's Today programme his initial euphoria at the move turned to anguish after Revolutionary Guards blocked access to her father and consulate staff.

He claimed his wife's hunger strikes in protest at her continued detention could have prompted the Iranian authorities to move her. But he is worried by what the Revolutionary Guards may do to her.


Two years ago:

Boris Johnson `mistake' could harm case for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, say family

Boris Johnson has been criticised for making a misleading statement about a British-Iranian woman serving a five-year jail term in Iran, in comments that appear to have complicated her legal case.

The UK foreign secretary condemned Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's conviction for spying in Iran last week as a mockery of justice, but added that she was "simply teaching people journalism" - a statement her family and her employer both said was untrue.

On Saturday, three days after Johnson's statement to a parliamentary committee, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned before an unscheduled court hearing, where the foreign secretary's comments were cited as proof that she was engaged in "propaganda against the regime".

Another dual-nationality Iranian woman:

France demands access to dual-national academic held in Iran

France has demanded immediate consular access to a senior French-Iranian academic who has been arrested in Iran.

Fariba Adelkhah, a prominent researcher in anthropology and social sciences based at the Paris political institute Sciences Po, is believed to have been arrested in June.

The detention risks increasing tension between Paris and Tehran at a critical moment in the crisis over Iran's nuclear deal. European foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels on Monday in an attempt to preserve the deal, which the US abandoned unilaterally a year ago leading to an accelerating reciprocal withdrawal by Iran.

The French foreign ministry said it had not yet been given "satisfactory" information on the status of Adelkhah, who is seen as one of France's top academics on Iran.

by Bernard on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 02:26:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Iran claims arrest of 17 CIA spies; some sentenced to death
"It was not immediately clear if all the alleged spies were Iranian nationals. ...The arrests occurred over the past few months and come as Iran's nuclear deal with world powers is under increasing strain amid Washington's withdrawal a year ago from the accord and renewal of economic sanctions on Iran. "

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 12:26:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency
This is the fifth such declaration in history. Previous emergencies were declared for the devastating 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, the emergence of Zika in the Americas, the swine flu pandemic and polio eradication. WHO defines a global emergency as an "extraordinary event" which constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response.
Last week the franchise discovered an infected person in Goma, DRC, who promptly died.

The estimated population of Goma is 2M.

Oddly enough, this person was an itinerant "pastor" like the congolese carrier identified last month in Uganda who purportedly infected family members on both sides of the border, when attending the burial of his grandson. That story endured several revisions until fading from AP headlines.

archived
UN health agency to remove controversial opioid guidelines 2019
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wrote to Clark and Rogers ...
living lab 2018
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus [!] in a Twitter post said ...
WHO: I told you Tedros Adhanom is an empty suit! 2017
in top posts at Pambazuka pushing three years

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 07:01:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
o. look.and, let's check our watches ...
WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak In Congo An International Health Emergency
The WHO chief [?] said Wednesday that there has been violence in the region for years. "It's not new, it's a war zone," [Robert Steffen] said, adding that the Congolese army and U.N. troops were working in coordination to prevent more attacks.
U.S. troops head to Africa for Ebolamission, 10 Oct 2014

WHO | Ebola Situation Reports, March 2016

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 01:11:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
CAMPAIGN 2019

Russian Federation form of government is a federal presidential republic

RT is funded in whole or in party by Russian government.

Moscow police arrest SCORES ahead of election protest

OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political arrests, said at least 26 people had been detained by police a half-hour before the protest against the exclusion of opposition candidates from September's ballot was to start. There was no immediate information on what charges the detainees might face.
Reads kind of Swedish, maybe CHINESE, to me
Alexei Navalny [!], Russia's most prominent opposition figure, called for the protest and was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for doing so. ... The Moscow city council, which has 45 seats, is responsible for a very large municipal budget and is now controlled by the PRO-KREMLIN* United Russia party. All of its seats, which have a five-year-term, are up for election on Sept. 8.

--
* Kremlin, "often also used metonymically to refer to the government of the Russian Federation"; "government buildings. See also AP Stylebook guidance, TROPE (above)

archived revolution
the standard story of if only Navalny could run...
Fake news in the Guardian

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 02:23:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"at least 26 people had been detained"
AP | Nearly 1,400 detained in Moscow protest; largest in decade
"OVD-Info, which has monitored police arrests since 2011, said the number of the detentions from Saturday's protest reached 1,373 by early Sunday. The overwhelming majority of people were soon released but 150 remained in custody [syn, detained, arrested], OVD-Info and a lawyers' legal aid group said Sunday."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 12:40:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:52:43 PM EST
Trash Talk, June - July news index
Shanghai structural adjustments to second WAVE of sorting ordinances, recycling system, P&E, jobs saved or created, scofflaws.

archived free ONE MILLION Uighurs
Why China doesn't want your trash anymore

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 12:00:08 PM EST
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Beijing, Shanghai record first population decline in 40 years 23 Jan 2018
"According to its latest development scheme, Beijing plans to cap its population at 23 million by 2020, reducing the population in six central districts to 15 percent below 2014 levels. Shanghai aims to cap its population at 25 million by 2035."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 04:37:37 PM EST
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Incidentally, there is a significant discrepancy between third-party's and Statistical Office of China's Shanghai population estimates, 2017-2019.

China 2010 Census was the last official enumeration. Latest data estimate, 2017 persons and households, published Jan 2018.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 08:39:03 PM EST
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AP | France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020
"CO2-based pricing system" with Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly RIP

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 12:05:19 PM EST
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Michael O'Leary,  CEO of Amazon of airlines, paid over €500M of environmental taxes on a fuel bill of €2B, 2018. [Photo: EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

Gross revenue: €7B
Total public subsidy: priceless

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 07:39:38 PM EST
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GCF and FAO break record in signing fastest ever project agreement, supporting climate-vulnerable Pakistan farmers, scaling "positive reinforcement"
GCF signed the Funded Activity Agreement (FAA) to transfer USD 35 million to the FAO project yesterday, less than 24 hours after it was approved by the GCF Board. The signing represents the fastest progression from project funding approval to a funding implementation agreement during GCF's four years of operation.
[...]
"This new FAO project, thanks to support from the Green Climate Fund and the Government, will help shift Pakistan and its Indus Basin agriculture from a current situation of high vulnerability toward an alternative paradigm wherein better information, water management and farming practices will significantly increase resilience to climate change," Ms Dowlatchahi said.
Terms: project FP108


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 12:46:08 PM EST
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Contains the claim that Chernobyl released only a 50th of the Cesium we got from the nuke tests. (Which is a number I meant to look up for a long time but somehow never did).

by generic on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 02:16:43 PM EST
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Japanese media reveal evidence of Japanese invaders' use of poison gas in aggression war against China
rainbow bombs
Report Japan used chemical weapons during Second Sino-Japanese War found for first time
There were two? Who knew?
Disposing of Japan's World War II Poison Gas in China
Tsuneishi Keiichi channeling Matsuno

Happy Black History Y5 D191

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 07:16:09 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 08:44:11 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:52:46 PM EST
Unlearning
"Unlearn as much as you can, at least once you've decided what it is you need to throw overboard, cognitively speaking. Then get to rebuilding your ideas."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 04:17:02 PM EST
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Given 66% of Americans reject the Theory of Evolution I think first undergoing a bout of learning would be a really good idea.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:29:39 PM EST
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Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders
"Walking behind a banner that read "Strictly enforce the law, stop cross-border traders," Saturday's marchers passed by pharmacies and cosmetic shops that are popular with Chinese tourists and traders who bring goods back to sell in the mainland. "
Economic History of British Hong Kong
The economic development of Hong Kong is unusual in a variety of respects. First, industrialization was accompanied by increasing numbers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) rather than consolidation. In 1955, 91 percent of manufacturing establishments employed fewer than one hundred workers, a proportion that increased to 96.5 percent by 1975. Factories employing fewer than one hundred workers accounted for 42 percent of Hong Kong's domestic exports to the U.K. in 1968, amounting to HK$1.2 billion. At the end of 2002, SMEs still amounted to 98 percent of enterprises, providing 60 percent of total private employment.

Second, until the late 1960s, the government did not engage in active industrial planning. This was partly because the government was preoccupied with social spending on housing large flows of immigrants, and partly because of an ideological sympathy for free market forces.
[...]
From 1978 to 1997, visible trade between Hong Kong and the PRC grew at an average rate of 28% per annum. At the same time, Hong Kong firms began to move their labor-intensive activities to the mainland to take advantage of cheaper labor. The integration of Hong Kong with the Pearl River delta in Guangdong is the most striking aspect of these trade and investment links. At the end of 1997, the cumulative value of Hong Kong's direct investment in Guangdong was estimated at US$48 billion, accounting for almost 80% of the total foreign direct investment there.
[...]
While manufacturing was moved out of the colony during the 1980s and 1990s, there was a surge in the service sector....Employment in the service sector rose from 52% to 80% of the labor force from 1981 to 2000 while manufacturing employment fell from 39% to 10% in the same period.

Democracy indeed is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2019 at 08:06:02 AM EST
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There's a movement to turn Hong Kong back into a British colony 2016
You've also said Hong Kong culture, society and education are all under threat from China.

Yes, it's true. Hong Kong is a more civilized place than China. Hong Kong has always had lots of British values. We have law and order, the English language, some common cultural values and regulations. All of this forms the basis of a civilized place. For example, we throw our rubbish in the bin.

But now Hong Kong is deteriorating.

"Demoncracy" is not working for ya, huh.
Governors, Politics and the Colonial Offic: Public Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58
The government of the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong established through two constitutional documents, the Letters Patent and Royal Instructions. Issued by the British government in the name of the Crown, the remained in force throughout Hong Kong's existence as a British Colony, subject to periodic updating. The Letters Patent allowed for the appointment of a Governor by the Crown as its representative in Hong Kong. He was assisted by civil servants, also known as officials, the most senior of who were formally appointed by Britain. The Governor governed Hong Kong by powers granted under the two documents. These enabled him to establish a Legislative Council to make and enforce laws "for the Peace, Order and good Government" of Hong Kong and set procedural rules on its operation. However, many powers were reserved to the British Crown. Laws enacted had to be referred to London for the Secretary of State to review and certify that they would not be disallowed. The British Parliament or the Privy Council could also enact legislation which would override locally enacted laws. The Governor was also constrained by Colonial Regulations mad by the Secretary of State. Although they reinforced his position as "the single and supreme authority responsible to, and representative of, His Majesty, they also required him to seek the Secretary of State's approval of the annual estimates of revenue and expenditure, supplementary expenditure and the appointment, promotion and posting of his senior officials. ...
UK ran this scam on Sierra Leone, too, I learned some years ago from books an an ex-pat lended me. That said, I went 11 pp deep in the GOOG to find this and an amusing ppt "Prelude to 1997".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2019 at 08:59:12 PM EST
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yea, it's why China slapped Jeremy Hunt down so hard when he tried , as Foreign Secretary to assert some post-colonial sense of Custodial responsibility for Hong Kong.

Basically, he made a childish arse of himself and China simply held up a mirror and told him to sit down

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 12:18:55 PM EST
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m'k.

This weekend Anglo-merican story line has branched to "Triad" (Hong Kong mafia) random attacks on peaceful protestors. Which may or may not jibe with the explosive incendiary device cache (of unknown) origin ferreted out by HK po-po.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 04:01:09 PM EST
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Hong Kong protesters take their cause to airport arrivals
Andy Ho, one of the protest's organizers, said its main goal "is to let more people around the world know what is actually happening in Hong Kong in recent months."

"Hong Kong doesn't look like how it did before," said Ho, 22.
[...]
Police have refused to permit the Saturday march, citing the risk of confrontations, but protesters say they will move forward anyway. They have created posters advertising the rally as a nondenominational gathering to mourn Li Peng, a former Chinese premier who died this week. Under Hong Kong's Public Order Ordinance, religious gatherings and funerals do not require police permission.

Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Hong Kong protesters
"Underlying the movement is a push for full democracy in the city, whose leader is chosen by a committee [!] dominated by a pro-Beijing establishment, rather than by direct elections."
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 01:23:31 PM EST
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DW | Corruption perceived to be on the increase in Africa
according to Transparency International and Afrobarometer
DW | How China intimidates Uighurs abroad by threatening their families
"Uighurs who fled to the US and Europe have told DW ...that their released family members were discouraging them from protesting against the internment program."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 09:31:57 PM EST
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DW | Anger boils over Xinjiang visit by UN counterterrorism chief
"The United States, Britain and other Western countries have objected to Voronkov's visit to Xinjiang, where UN experts say ONE MILLION ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are being held in detention centers."

BUSINESS INSIDER  | Satellite imagery shows scale of China's Xinjiang detention centers, 06/208
THE ATLANTIC  | How to Find China's Internment Camps for Uighur Muslims, 09/2018
BBC  | China's hidden camps, 10/2018
ABC.au | Satellite images expose China's vast network of secret re-education camps, China's Frontier of Fear 11/2019
REUTERS | Tracking China's Muslim Gulag, 11/2018
NYT | China's Detention Camps for Muslims Turn to Forced Labor, 12/2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2019 at 10:01:39 PM EST
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THIS IS TOTALLY UNLIKE THE MILLIONS LIVING IN POVERTY AND MISERY ON RESERVATIONS AND THE THOUSANDS HELD IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS BY THE US GOVERNMENT!!!!!

(No apologies for the shouting, the Truth© must be proclaimed loudly to be heard.)

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

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:31:54 PM EST
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And the social and culturally enforced apartheid and loss of political rights of blacks is just one of them things and not all that important in the general scheme of things.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:36:10 PM EST
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KTHX BYE

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:59:43 PM EST
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A Bilingual Writer's Dilemma
That is why the best age to absorb a new language is between childhood and puberty when the learning curve reaches its peak, at which time it begins to decline gradually, although with large individual variations.
intellectual plasticity
But each language has a different structure and Spanish as such allows a more flowery expression, with the frequent use of symbols and figures of speech while in English there is an economy of expression not necessarily simpler, but merely less florid.
I don't know about that.
The baroque writers, very often, let themselves go too easily in their writing. They write in five pages what one could very well write in one. I too must have fallen into the baroque because I am Latin American, but I have always had a mistrust of it. I don't like turgid, voluminous sentences, full of adjectives and descriptions, purring and purring into the reader's ear. I know it's very charming, of course. It's very beautiful, but it's not me. I'm more on the side of Jorge Luis Borges.
heh.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 10:49:01 AM EST
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I disagree on the age thing. The best time to absorb a "new language" (or two) is before learning to speak.

No mental translations needed.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 02:20:00 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 03:26:13 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 06:44:14 PM EST
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The Website Obesity Crisis
Facebook has also launched internet.org, an effort to expand Internet access. The stirring homepage includes stories of people from across the developing world, and what getting Internet access has meant for them.

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

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

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

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

Sometimes I remember this and smile.

by generic on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 at 02:48:40 PM EST
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How The Moon Landing Directly Shaped The Way We Live Now
rly?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 04:48:52 PM EST
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Poorly researched and written article ... much lost down memory lane. 😒

Thanks to the Soviets and their pioneering in launching the Sputnik satellite in 1957 ... caught the U.S. off-guard. Space exploration and the cold-war race to the moon was on ... Wernher von Braun space center ... rocket technology.

Would there have been a space program without the invention of the transistor (Bell Labs - Nobel Prize in 1956) ... development of computers in the 1950s?

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

by Oui on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 05:36:22 PM EST
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Sputnik launch was a major feat of the Soviets and a propaganda boost ... a 3 year advantage over the Americans. After the Kennedy speech in 1962, it took the U.S. another 3 years to surpass the Soviets. It was the Gemini and Apollo projects that gained the edge. A severe setback when three astronauts died inside the Apollo capsule atop its launch pad during a test session.  

Early space age newsreel Sputnik launch and Russian space program ...

NASA Technology transfer program - spinoff .

NASA document Spinoff 2008. [pdf]

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

by Oui on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 10:06:31 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:52:49 PM EST
Today -100: July 10, 1919: Of travel bans, treaties, deportations, and elks
The German National Assembly votes 208-115 (99 abstentions) to ratify the peace treaty, Mexico is trying to tax the US oil companies operating in Mexico, &tc.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 04:55:40 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:52:55 PM EST


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 12:56:24 PM EST
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I see what you did here. Very funny, admins.
Try to keep a lid on it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 01:31:18 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 01:00:08 PM EST
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... NO PART 2 (BECAUSE YOUTUBE DELETED IT FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT)

... then there was English


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 02:26:51 PM EST
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Not sure if this goes here, Europe or under Trump. Maybe Trump is Klatsch.

Donald Trump on A$AP Rocky's Arrest in Sweden: "We'll Be Talking to Them"

Trump plans to take diplomatic action to free the rapper, who was arrested on July 2 on suspicion of assault. "Sweden is a great country. They are friends of mine, the leadership--and we are going to be calling, we'll be talking to them," Trump said during an unrelated press event in the Oval Office Friday afternoon, according to Page Six. "We've already started."

"I have been called by so many people asking me to help A$AP Rocky," he added, turning to his wife. "Actually, the one who knew about A$AP Rocky was our first lady, right? She was telling me about--'Can you help "A$AP Rocky?'"

Melania Trump went on to address the room. "We've been working with [the] State Department," she said. "We hope to get him home soon."

Doesn't seem to have worked so far.

ASAP Rocky remains in custody

ASAP Rocky remains in custody in Sweden for another week.

The US artist will stay at the Kronoberg jail at least until 25 July.

He is under suspicion of assault, a felony.

A Stockholm court on Friday afternoon ruled that US artist ASAP Rocky will remain in custody for at least another week, until 11am on Thurday 25 July.

The rapper, who has been jailed since 5 July, is under suspicion in a felony assault case after an incident in the Swedish capital on 30 June, together with two associates.

The prosecutor had requested the extension saying that the investigation needed more time. The Stockholm District Court granted it with the motivation that ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, 30, risked trying to escape the country if he had been released.

ASAP Rocky's lawyer Slobodan Jovicic thinks that the ruling is unfair.

"I'm very disappointed about this," he said.

"Rakim Mayers is a world-famous artist. It's got an enormous attention in the media. And then one can really wonder whether it'd be reasonable to believe that he'd try to escape justice."

For new viewers, ASAP Rocky got arrested after a video was circulated online were he first throws a man on the street, then kicks him. He was in Sweden to perform, and the police waited until after the performance to arrest him. He has been remanded for two weeks, and was now re-remanded for another week. So far the victim - who ASAP Rocky's bodyguard accuses of assault - appears not to have been identified by the police, which may be what is delaying the investigation.

Sweden does not practise bail, the suspicions are strong and the court views the suspect as a potential fugitive, hence the remand. The police investigation is unlikely to be finished unless the victim appears, and considerng that he hasn't so far, I guess it is likely that he won't. But we will see in a week if the prosecutor has advanced the investigation enough to charge, or if the court will have a new remand hearing.

Some people has other ideas about how to proceed:

by fjallstrom on Fri Jul 19th, 2019 at 08:43:58 PM EST
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"Sweden does not practise bail"
No kidding?
While not an option in Sweden, bail is common in the United States. A defendant is allowed to post an amount of money set by the court to guarantee the defendant will appear for trial if he or she is freed pending those proceedings.
defense? counsel for the defendant?
Lofven "made certain to emphasize the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts," Eriksson said in a statement. "He underlined that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings."
why, no.
Rocky has been behind bars while Swedish police investigate the fight in Stockholm he allegedly was in before appearing at a music festival.
It appears, A$AP has not been charged with a crime. unprecedented. inconceivable. egregious.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 07:58:32 PM EST
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This is the tar baby Swedish prosecutors get for finally charging A$AP with assault.
"I think it's right of the government not to go into a mud wrestling match with Trump. That is his element, and should not be Sweden's," Bildt said in the paper's Friday edition.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 04:02:27 AM EST
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Present for Melania ...

Trump says Melania pushed to help | TMZ |

Don't cross Trump ... he changes moods like a chameleon!

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

by Oui on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 07:17:00 AM EST
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Since you put deposition  of A$AP's case (writ of habeas corpus) in that light, I wonder idly. Has Melania been the power, if not brains, behind the throne all this time? Kind of Samantha Power-like lateral move from "nudge" journalism to the UN (2013).

##Rule of law is not well understood
Trump commutes Alice Johnson's sentence after Kim Kardashian visit , 2019
"Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance," she added later on Twitter."
Kim Kardashian defends law school studies after facing criticism
"in California, it's legal to study the law privately"
Kim Kardashian West Has Helped Release 17 People From Prison In The Last Three Months
"involvement in funding the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign"

I wouldn't speak to the hot, steaming mess that is Ukraine's civil war, since the EU promised Ukraine (2014) an Association Agreement (AA) with its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) status, tied to the IMF's $18B loan guarantee dropped out of sight. I'd have nothing kind to offer Sweden gov's part in the matter of never-ending COLD WAR.

archived
gestational carriers
Kim Kardashian to speak to prestigious Commonwealth Club, 2015

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 03:13:03 PM EST
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I don't recognize #Carl Bildt ... almost anti-American!

When the Russians Beat the Swedes in Ukraine

    The first casualty in a conflict is the truth.
    The prime instrument in a propaganda campaign is history.

Wasn't Carl Bildt the protector of the Baltic States and Ukraine in 2014? The Swede's PM during the intrusion of cloaked Russian submarines?

Bildt defends Ukrainian right to use force in Odessa massacre

Perhaps he has softened his position?

Russian Tycoon Taps Ex-Swedish Foreign Minister And Kremlin Critic As Adviser | RFERL - May 2015 |

A change of heart, a new voice $$$

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

by Oui on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 07:51:46 AM EST
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defense? counsel for the defendant?

That would be Slobodan Jovicic, that I quoted above. If there is a remand hearing, you are in Sweden provided with a public defender, free of charge. Public defender is in Sweden a well renumerated, high status profession.

by fjallstrom on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 10:54:50 AM EST
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From my friend Maireid Sullivan in the Irish diaspora:

PM/Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was visiting County Offaly primary school and the class was in the middle of a discussion about words and their meanings.
The teacher asked Mr. Varadkar if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'Tragedy'.
So Mr. Varadkar asked the class if they could think of an example of a tragedy?
A little boy stood up and said, 'If a man walks out in front of a bus and is killed stone dead, then that is a tragedy."
'Incorrect,' said Leo 'That would merely be an accident.'
A little girl stood up and said 'If a school bus carrying thirty children drove over a cliff, killing everybody inside, that would be a tragedy.'
'I'm afraid not', said Leo, 'That's what we would call a great loss'.
The room went silent. No other kid volunteered. Leo searched the room.
'Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?'
Finally, little Johnny raised his hand from the back of the class and said, 'If a plane carrying you and all the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour T.D.s was hit by a missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.'
'Fantastic!' exclaimed Leo. 'And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?'
'Well,' said little Johnny, 'It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss, and it probably wouldn't be an accident either'


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 04:31:57 AM EST


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