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October 2020

by Bernard Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:57:23 AM EST

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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:58:07 AM EST
Oui ou non: New Caledonia set for fresh vote on independence from France - Guardian
Sunday's vote could lay the foundations for the birth of a new nation in the Pacific after surprising support emerged in 2018 referendum

It's the final week of campaigning and two flags fly above the competing rallies, concerts, and campaign meetings: the French tricolour and the multi-coloured flag of Kanaky.

On Sunday, voters in New Caledonia will go to the polls for a second referendum on the political future of the French Pacific dependency.

More than 180,000 long-term residents of New Caledonia are registered to vote "Yes" for independence or "No" to remain within the French Republic.

Voting is not compulsory, so turnout will be crucial. Supporters and opponents of independence are on the streets this week in a final effort to mobilise their bases and convince uncertain citizens to participate on referendum day.


The Nouméa Accord signed in 1998, provided for up to three referendums to be held in the archipelago: in 2018, 2020 and 2022.

Polls have closed and counting has begun (New Caledonia is UTC+11, one hour ahead of Sydney and one hour behind Auckland). Turnout was 79.63%, six points above from the first referendum two years ago.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 09:41:25 AM EST
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New Caledonia voters choose to stay part of France
NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) -- A majority of voters in New Caledonia, an archipelago in in the South Pacific, chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday, in a referendum that marked a milestone moment in a three-decade long decolonization effort.

In a televised address from Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed "an expression of confidence in the Republic with a deep feeling of gratitude ... and modesty."

Macron promised pro-independence supporters "this is with you, all together, that we will build New Caledonia tomorrow."

He praised the "success" of the vote and called on New Caledonia residents to "look to the future."

The overseas ministry said results show 53.3% of the voters who participated in the referendum on Sunday have chosen to maintain ties with France, while 46.7% supported independence.

The vote has been marked by a very high turnout. More than 85% of voters had cast their ballots one hour before poll stations closed, according to the overseas ministry.


As Le Monde reported, the 'yes' [to independence] got a majority in the provinces with a population who's over 70% Kanak - the indigenous Melanesian who were the first inhabitants of what is now New Caledonia: essentially, the northern part of the mainland and the north coast , plus the outer islands, such as Île des Pins and the Loyalty Islands.

Despite being the "First Nation" of New Caledonia (the name comes from James Cook), the Kanak people represent 39% of the total population; Europeans account for 27%, Polynesians (Tahiti, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna) about 11% and the rest (about 20%) come from various countries, mostly South-East Asian, like Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos etc...

As mentioned in the previous comment, per the Nouméa Accord, the local elected assembly (Congress of New Caledonia) can ask for a third referendum that could take place in 2022.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 02:37:19 PM EST
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EU justifies buying surveillance drones for Belarus - Euractiv
The EU has bought 15 surveillance drones for Belarusian authorities, prompting alarm they could be used against pro-democracy protesters.

Lithuanian police handed over the equipment to the Belarusian State Committee for Forensic Science on 16 September - in the middle of a brutal police crackdown, which has seen thousands of people snatched off the streets, beaten, and tortured.

And the EU foreign service paid for them out of an €850,000 neighbourhood project being handled by Latvia and Lithuania.

The security cooperation appeared to go against the EU's vocal support for the pro-democracy movement.

For its part, Lithuania said the drones were delivered in September due to "contract procedures".

But Vilnius "suspended all payments to the Belarusian side related to joint EU-Belarus projects as of 9 August", when the protests broke out.

The drones had not been used for anything yet, the EU foreign service added.

by Bernard on Wed Oct 7th, 2020 at 06:15:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 08:37:13 PM EST
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Exclusive: Top German official hushed up report on China's influence - Axios
Business interests have long shaped Germany's relationship with China, to the detriment of human rights concerns and even national security.

Details: The highly sensitive report, completed in 2018, examined the Chinese government's attempts to influence every level of German government, society and business, according to two former U.S. intelligence officials.

  • It cast a particularly harsh light on the intimate ties between German business and the Chinese government.
  • But before it could be widely disseminated within the German government, as had been intended, a high-ranking official intervened.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel also saw the report, but few others did, said one official.
by Bernard on Wed Oct 7th, 2020 at 06:37:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 06:31:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 9th, 2020 at 09:19:53 PM EST
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Biden win would bring relief but few fixes, says Merkel ally
"'Would it help? I don't think so because (from) what we've heard from Joe Biden ... we will see that many of the existing transatlantic topics will remain, such as Nord Stream 2, energy security, economic issues,' [Peter Beyer] added."
by Cat on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 10:05:42 PM EST
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Rotten to the core

Wilders can shake hands with Trump, Orban, LePen and UK's Farage.

Minorities are hardest hit by the SARS Covid-2 pandemic, so Wilders puts the blame of delayed hart and cancer operation for White citizens on immigrants. So tiresome ...

by Oui on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 04:26:27 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 04:34:00 PM EST
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Nothing that cannot be fixed by beheading a few teachers!

Glad to see Macron is waking up.

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by Number 6 on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 11:13:13 AM EST
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President Erdoğan slams Macron, says he needs 'mental checks' | Hurriyet Daily News |

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 24 slammed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, over his policies toward Muslims, saying that he needed "mental checks."

"What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have mental checks," Erdoğan said in a televised address.

Macron this month described Islam as a religion "in crisis" worldwide and said the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France.

He announced stricter oversight of schooling and control over foreign funding of mosques.

by Oui on Sat Oct 24th, 2020 at 09:34:48 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 07:36:15 AM EST
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Politics of opportunisme ahead of Election 2021 ... bit of panic instead of setting long term policy. Moving further to the right to head off LePen ... same as other EU States and leading Conservative parties ... kept Mark Rutte ahead of Geert Wilders. Tough talk on ... indeed Turkey and Erdogan.

Fight against separatism - the Republic in action: speech by Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, on the fight against separatism (Les Mureaux, 2 Oct. 20)

... a dog whistle

Defending Judeo-Christian civilization and our liberties ... a poorly researched paper - here.

As things stand, both Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen are polling at 25 percent for the presidential election set for 2022.

As Le Pen's platform is almost entirely defined by her anti-Islam platform, observers believe Macron is trying to boost his credentials among those who hold anti-Muslim views.

by Oui on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 10:13:31 AM EST
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Wilders' Message to President Erdogan

by Oui on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 12:55:45 PM EST
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France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence | BBC News |

France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

On Sunday, Mr Macron doubled down on his defence of French values in a tweet that read: "We will not give in, ever."

Some supermarket shelves had been stripped of French products in Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait by Sunday. French-made hair and beauty items, for example, were not on display.

In Kuwait, a major retail union has ordered a boycott of French goods.

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 06:38:11 AM EST
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Isn't boycotting within the accepted means of debate?

Of course, it is on both sides a call to tribalism and conflict to get the population to rally behind the leader.

After all, if there was a will to ban certain cartoons all that needs to be done is hire young artists to paint enough variations of the theme, create a foundation that buys the paintings, place the paintings in a vault, hire lawyers to defend against copyright intrusions and make that intention clear. Images of Muhammed - or whatever icon would be selected by such a foundation - could then join the hallowed ranks of Mickey Mouse and Tintin that may not be defamed without consequence. Even corporsations beware, for copyright intrusions are after all the only crime where the EU has joined together to impose punitive damages.

by fjallstrom on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 02:40:30 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 03:40:05 PM EST
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The peril of quoting Twitter about an "information" published by The Sun, not considered the most reliable of sources. Well, Pogba has a Twitter account too, and doesn't need the fellow above to speak for him:

Pogba is reportedly planning to sue The Scum, although I don't know what this would accomplish (in Britain, the tabloids seem to enjoy greater protection than even the Royal Family)

by Bernard on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 07:33:10 PM EST
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ASHAMED! Mea Culpa ...

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 09:33:22 PM EST
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'Boycott French products' launched over Macron's Islam comments | Al-Jazeera |

Hashtags such as the #BoycottFrenchProducts in English and the Arabic #NeverTheProphet trended across countries including Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

In Kuwait, the chairman and members of the board of directors of the Al-Naeem Cooperative Society decided to boycott all French products and to remove them from supermarket shelves.

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 03:34:04 PM EST
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Anger towards Emmanuel Macron grows in Muslim world | The Guardian |

On the front page of a hardline Iranian newspaper, he was the "Demon of Paris". In the streets of Dhaka he was decried as a leader who "worships Satan". Outside Baghdad's French embassy, a likeness of Emmanuel Macron was burned along with France's flag.

Rage is growing across the Muslim world at the French president and his perceived attacks on Islam and the prophet Muhammad, leading to calls for boycotts of the French products and security warnings for France's citizens in majority-Muslim states.

The backlash has cut across an extraordinarily diverse Muslim world with a myriad of cultures, sects, political systems and levels of economic development. It has stoked historical and present-day grievances from the markets of Herat in Afghanistan to the upmarket neighbourhoods of Amman and the universities of Islamabad.

The author Amina Easat-Daas

by Oui on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 08:59:16 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 10:33:59 PM EST
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reportage
Top EU court backs French pesticide ban
ruling
Judgment in Case C-514/19
Member States may take unilateral protective  measures if they have previously raised concerns about  an active substance with the Commission and the Commission does not adopt protective measures.
[...]
As regards whether the implementing regulations can  be regarded as measures taken by the Commission in response to France's communication, the Court notes that EU legislature thus established a specific emergency procedure that is closely linked to the emergency procedures laid down in the harmonisation regulation. The implementing regulations were not adopted on the basis of the emergency procedures of the harmonisation regulation, but on the basis of other provisions of that regulation. The Court therefore  takes the view that those implementing regulations cannot be regarded as measures taken by the Commission in response to France's communication.
by Cat on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 06:03:13 PM EST
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Gag : the French government has already reversed the ban, because French sugar beet producers claim that they have no viable alternative to the neo-nicotinids which are massacring Europe's bees.

Moral of the story : any pro-environment progress is easily overturned by constituted economic interests. And there is no hope for the planet.

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 03:00:57 PM EST
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Same for the pandemic. We tried nothing and are all out of ideas. Our state commerce association is still mad as hell about masks and one of our state governors has a new exciting plan to promote tourism.
by generic on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 04:17:45 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 13th, 2020 at 09:45:38 PM EST
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EU court adviser says Poland, Hungary turnover taxes are legal
"High turnover does not necessarily lead to high profit, but high turnover is a prerequisite for high profit."
'Five Eyes' alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps
"While encryption is vital and privacy and cyber security must be protected, that should not come at the expense of wholly precluding law enforcement, and the tech industry itself, from being able to act against the most serious illegal content and activity online."
by Cat on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 05:23:40 PM EST
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Right. It is also urgent to stop teaching German, Italian, Spanish, and especially English in French schools, because they are vectors for dangerous foreigh ideology.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 03:06:21 PM EST
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Coronavirus: Berlin withdraws ad giving the finger to anti-maskers  - DW
The German capital's tourism authority has withdrawn a controversial advertisement in which an elderly lady gives the middle finger to individuals who do not wear masks.

Visit Berlin and the Berlin Senate on Tuesday launched the advert, entitled "We obey the corona rules," aiming to prevent further spread of the coronavirus and to highlight the importance of safeguarding the health of the elderly.

Above the image of the woman wearing a floral-patterned mask and giving onlookers the finger. The poster reads: "A finger-wag for all those without a mask."

by Bernard on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 06:53:05 PM EST
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Exclusive: EU taps Chinese technology linked to Muslim internment camps in Xinjiang - DW
Two EU institutions are using technology produced by China's Hikvision, a firm that has been accused of providing surveillance equipment to Muslim internment camps in the country's northwest Xinjiang province.

Hikvision describes itself as "the world's leading video surveillance products supplier."

The Chinese tech giant has its European base in the Netherlands and has not been subject to any EU sanctions or blacklist measures.

Officials at the European Parliament and the European Commission acquired the company's thermal imaging cameras as part of the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus.

The gadgets can detect a high temperature or fever, which is a common symptom of COVID-19.

Anyone with a temperature of more than 37.7°C (99.86°F) is denied entry.

by Bernard on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 04:05:07 PM EST
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Berlin's new airport finally opens: A story of failure and embarrassment - DW
The Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) was slated to open on June 3, 2012. It wasn't the first time the project missed its deadline, but it was the most memorable.

So great was the anticipation, public broadcaster rbb planned to go live for 24 hours covering it. So great was the disaster thereafter, the German satire site, The Postillon, proposed a new grammatical form for discussing the airport's conditional opening -- an event repeatedly kicked down the tarmac never to actually happen.

Just before the opening date, inspectors reported some 120,000 defects, including fire safety issues, automatic doors that didn't open and sagging roofs. Around 170,000 kilometers (106,000 miles) of cable installed in and around the airport were found to be dangerously wired. Some lights couldn't turn on; others couldn't turn off.

It has taken more than nine years, and a series of well-paid airport company managers, to sort out the problems at Berlin's new international airport -- also called Willy Brandt Airport, after the late leader of West Berlin and then West Germany. And now that airport officials say it is ready for takeoff, few airplanes are likely to do so. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the airline and travel industries into disarray.

by Bernard on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 01:42:01 PM EST
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Germany's rail company, Deutsche Bahn, has no immediate plans to offer a high-speed rail connection, as other major German airports enjoy.

Why the plural "airports"? Are there any German airports other than Frankfurt with an ICE connection?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 02:06:55 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:58:35 AM EST
by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 01:16:44 PM EST
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Britain will take back 'full control' from the EU on Jan. 1, says PM Johnson
"'we will take back full control of our money, our borders and our laws,' he told parliament, repeating a mantra that helped him win an election last year"
by Cat on Wed Oct 7th, 2020 at 02:43:11 PM EST
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Could Flemish fishermen still be able to fish in English waters post 31 December 2020? -  flandersnews.be
Belgium's Ambassador to the EU Willem Van de Voorde quoted a 354-year-old treaty during discussions on Wednesday between member states' ambassadors to the EU on the future access of European fishing fleets to UK waters ones the Brexit transitional period comes to an end at midnight on 31 December.

To the confusion of the some of those at the meeting and the delight of others Mr Van de Voorde quoted a treaty signed in 1666 by the then King of England Charles II. The treaty granted 50 Flemish fishermen from Bruges (West Flanders)   "eternal rights" to fish in English waters. Mr Van de Voorde suggested that this was an important historical footnote that emphasised the long relationship between Flemish fishermen and British waters.

The treaty entitled "Privilegie der Visscherie" (Privilege of fisheries) was signed in 1666 when Bruges was part of the Southern Netherlands and under Spanish control. It was a show a gratitude on the part of Charles II for the hospitality that he was given when he stayed in Bruges during the interregnum that followed the decapitation of King Charles I and his own restoration to the English throne.

by Bernard on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 08:22:07 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 03:06:20 PM EST
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EU identity cards will not be enough to enter UK from October 2021, GB-EU Border Operating Model
"Identity cards are among the least secure documents seen at the border and ending their use will strengthen our security as the UK takes back control of its borders at the end of the transition period," stated a UK government press release.

Under the scheme, Hauliers will need a Kent Access Permit to proceed to the border.

Richard Burnett, the chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, warned that "firms moving goods across borders will have to undertake customs processes whether there's a deal or no deal."

by Cat on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 03:28:11 PM EST
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Hospital bosses urge NHS England to drop 'unfair' fines as Covid admissions rise

The number of people waiting more than a year to start hospital treatment is at its highest since 2008 and almost 90 times higher than at the same time last year. In August, there were 111,026 people who had waited more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment, up from 1,236 in August 2019.

by Oui on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 07:02:52 PM EST
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UK study tests if BCG vaccine protects against COVID
The trial's UK arm, which is being run from Exeter, southwest England, is seeking to recruit 1,000 people who work in care homes and community healthcare nearby.
archived Tue Apr 7th, 2020, Tue Feb 18th, 2020
by Cat on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 08:44:58 PM EST
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It's the 16th of October here in the US, which means, I presume, per Boris's final and official plan, as announced  couple of weeks go, that the UK has Brexited.
by asdf on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 07:31:50 PM EST
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Brexit happened last January, with the "transition period" due to end at the end of this year. October is just one more of those moving deadlines to get a deal prior to the end of transition period.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 09:02:19 PM EST
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Right, so using the standard political-to-regular translation algorithm, "around the beginning of November" doesn't translate into "1 November +- five days," it translates into "maybe March-ish 2021."

https:www.politico.eu/article/france-brexit-talks-deadline-november

by asdf on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 04:33:39 PM EST
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Boris Pantomime

Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10

A historic gamble on a Trump win or worst case an impasse in election result ...

US election: what a Biden or Trump victory could mean for Britain | The Guardian |

by Oui on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 05:58:02 AM EST
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EU27 chastised for no longer working "intensively" at satisfying UK's demands continuing Brexit negotiations.

by Bernard on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 09:37:43 AM EST
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OK, the EU has agreed to `intensify', after all...

EU agrees to `intensify' Brexit talks

The EU has agreed to "intensify" Brexit talks with the U.K. and start negotiations based on legal texts as required by London, following a phone call between the chief negotiators.

Michel Barnier spoke with his British counterpart David Frost by phone on Monday afternoon to agree on the structure for subsequent talks about the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU.

With both sides apparently still keen to put pressure on the other side, Barnier said in a tweet issued after the call that "the EU remains available to intensify talks in London this week, on all subjects, and based on legal texts."


by Bernard on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 08:37:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 05:18:26 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 05:49:33 PM EST
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Faculty strongly opposed to judicial review 'rebalance'
The Faculty feared that decision makers could be given impunity, and the public would be stuck with bad decisions without any legal way of having them reconsidered.

"There is no question of it being appropriate for a government to seek to hamstring the judiciary's powers, in an attempt to make decision making easier...There is no case for any decisions being made immune from judicial review, since no power conferred on Government is unlimited. Any such suggestion is chilling.

"The simple issue is this: in a constitutional democracy, all power is limited. The location of the boundaries of power is a matter of law and, therefore, the task of the courts to explain."

by Cat on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 06:19:56 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 06:12:28 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 08:30:51 PM EST
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... only when it suits us.

by Bernard on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 08:29:20 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Oct 24th, 2020 at 08:58:49 PM EST
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Secrets and lies: untangling the UK 'spy cops' scandal

Those duped into having relationships with undercover police are hoping for answers from the inquiry.

The existence of a squad of police officers sent deep undercover in political groups was so top secret that many of the UK's most senior officers were completely oblivious until they began reading reports in the Guardian 10 years ago.

When Lisa Jones - who uses a pseudonym - and her friends established that Kennedy was a police officer who had been spying on climate change activists, the story caused a firestorm, collapsing a major trial and quashing the convictions of environmental activists who had been prosecuted for conspiring to shut down one of the UK's biggest power stations.

Senior officers tried to quell the outcry, insisting Kennedy was merely a rogue officer. In fact, the opposite was true. Kennedy was just the latest foot soldier in a very long line of undercover police who had been routinely infiltrating political groups, mostly on the left, since as far back as 1968.

by Oui on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 05:21:00 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:58:52 AM EST
Advisers made last-minute push to get reluctant Trump to Walter Reed
(CNN) - Marine One was idling on the South Lawn Friday as President Donald Trump's advisers were inside the White House making a last-minute push to get him to board the helicopter.
The President, who had recently tested positive for coronavirus, was reluctant to go to the hospital, multiple sources familiar with what happened later told CNN. Though Trump had developed symptoms and was now on experimental drugs, he didn't want to be "hospitalized," he said.

Aware of his hesitancy to appear seriously ill or convey the serious nature of his condition, Trump's aides now appear to be scrambling to provide a portrait of a mildly ill commander-in-chief. But on Friday, medical officials were concerned about his vitals and thought it would be better to monitor his response with the vast resources that Walter Reed National Military Medical Center provided. Trump was told the facility was a more prudent place for him to be in case his condition deteriorated.

"The White House is fully committed to providing transparent and regular updates on the President's condition and recovery," Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said in a statement.
A decision was made by senior officials to schedule his departure after markets closed to avoid an inevitable tumble, two people familiar with the matter said.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 09:52:17 AM EST
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People with Covid often get better before they get worse again.

It's possible Trump is absolutely fine and will be discharged tomorrow. But considering his age and the fact that he's morbidly obese, it's not particularly likely - not even with the best health care on the planet.

It's more plausible he's bored and petulant and wants to go home and get back to presidentin' - and the doctors will accommodate his whims until he needs medical attention again towards the end of the week.

It takes real talent to nuke your own health, the health of your support staff, and of your party leaders, and your campaign staff in the critical month right before an election.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:24:43 PM EST
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Honestly, getting covid and then singing karaoke at GOP fundraisers is probably the most impactful anti-capitalist terror attack in the US for at least a generation. You got to hand it to him.
by generic on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 10:25:31 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 6th, 2020 at 12:30:11 AM EST
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by generic on Tue Oct 6th, 2020 at 12:18:46 PM EST
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genetic traits?

< wipes tears >

I had been idly perplexed as to who agreed to this formula and how  insidiously, "commonly" that message came to connote ahh "disturbing" broadcast images, but not linear ICONOGRAPHY even the written word.

Thanks for this insight.

by Cat on Tue Oct 6th, 2020 at 02:01:52 PM EST
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#Debates2020
by Cat on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 03:09:52 AM EST
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by Bernard on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 08:31:23 PM EST
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Rhymes with fly #Debates2020
by Cat on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 06:22:49 PM EST
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< reckless eyeballin' >
by Cat on Fri Oct 9th, 2020 at 12:04:00 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 14th, 2020 at 03:04:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 04:18:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 06:44:28 PM EST
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If my employer doesn't pay for my Pornhub HD the terrorists have won.

Wait, not terrorists, that was way back when.

Greta? Brexit? Covid?

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by Number 6 on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 11:17:20 AM EST
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versus the raceless, de-gendered US American polity

2018 GE 228M citizen question: the marginalia of "droves"
67% of citizens, 72% of all 2018 voters
13% of citizens, 12% of all 2018 voters
8% of citizens, 7% of all 2018 voters(e)
12% of citizens, 9% of all 2018 voters
census.gov
by Cat on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 01:09:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 12:23:13 AM EST
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#Resistance story developing ...
by Cat on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 04:04:22 PM EST
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How to flatten "the infodemic curve"
by Cat on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 03:24:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 10:41:05 PM EST
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archived decision fatigue

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 05:39:25 PM EST
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Life expectency used to be much shorter. There were all sorts of infectious diseases. Many religions seem to think of nothing else. Did our brains get redesigned recently?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 05:48:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 02:16:21 PM EST
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US Physicist Denounces UK Nobel Laureate's 'Illegitimate' Theory of Consecutive Universes
The most successful theoretical mechanism for extending the Big Bang has been cosmic inflation
sez Know-It-All Lewis and Clarke University professor and writer for Forbes magazine Ethan Siegel.
by Cat on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 10:32:03 PM EST
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I think Siegel's articles are great. It's tough to explain cosmology without math.

The dispute about Penrose's idea is just a typical scientific dispute. It will be a footnote--at best--in textbooks a couple of decades from now.

by asdf on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 02:36:03 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 03:01:26 PM EST
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I warned you: CENSUS2020 is going to be great.

Now, hold on to your hats for RE-DRAW LITIGATION2021!

by Cat on Tue Oct 13th, 2020 at 10:55:47 PM EST
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response rates to date, with 2 wks remaining of the court-ordered extension.

Whoever did not want to be found most certainly will not be counted. They will be estimated as is the custom. Bank on it.

by Cat on Tue Oct 13th, 2020 at 11:01:16 PM EST
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Supreme Court tees up census case over whether Trump can exclude undocumented immigrants
The court's announcement teed up oral arguments in the case for Nov. 30, an ACCELERATED timeline that paves the way for a potential decision before the Census Bureau is set to deliver the population counts to Trump's desk at the end of the year.
mmm, while the DNC Axes of Assets agitated to extend census collection to 31 Oct, congress failed to modify the statutory reporting deadline, which Census Bureau requested last summer, to April 2021.

Trump v New York

WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?
(1) Whether a group of states and local governments have standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge a July 21, 2020, memorandum by President Donald Trump instructing the secretary of commerce to include in his report on the 2020 census information enabling the president to exclude ["]noncitizens["] from the base population number for purposes of apportioning seats in the House of Representatives;
and (2) whether the memorandum is a permissible exercise of the president's discretion under the provisions of law governing congressional apportionment.

NO, NO, LOL. btw, For all the agita forthcoming the 9th associate justice, don't expect an opinion before 2 Jan 2021 or even 30 Jan--allowing a new admin DOJ to moot the petition and decision.

by Cat on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 04:10:17 PM EST
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btw, Trump v Vance is relaxing in D.C. cir on remand. Y'all remember that one, doncha?
"score": 7-2, the LAST MONUMENT OF CONSERVATIVE POLITICIZATION to weight the Anti-RBG scales of drama.

Back From the Supreme Court, House Pushes DC Circuit for Trump [TAXES]

For U.S. Circuit Judge David Tatel, however, the more prudent move would be to wait until after the next Congress convenes on Jan. 3.
by Cat on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 11:51:12 PM EST
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BULLETIN


[US District Ct Enjoins] Trump Exclusion of Undocumented Immigrants From Census
"The policy which the presidential memorandum attempts to enact has already been rejected by the Constitution, the applicable statutes and 230 years of history," the panel wrote in a 93-page summary judgment
by Cat on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 12:11:03 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 12:12:59 AM EST
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Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US
There are also concerns about the quality of the data obtained.
[...]
Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said Monday that a first look at the data collection operation indicates "an extremely successful execution." He noted that the 67% self-response rate this year was higher than the 66.5% reached during the [NO CITIZENSHIP Q] 2010 census.
[...]
Civil rights groups and others are pushing [BWAH!] Congress to extend the bureau's deadline for turning in apportionment numbers for congressional seats from Dec. 31 to the end of next April.
thwarted by disasters of BIBLICAL PROPORTION amicus briefs developing ...
by Cat on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 10:36:55 PM EST
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The Sheldon-Feinstein Effect
by Cat on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 04:30:29 PM EST
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Biden Rolls Out Ads Highlighting Catholic Faith
poll smoke & transmogrification
by Cat on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 02:20:01 PM EST
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@twitter
by Cat on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 04:23:31 PM EST
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More than Germany?
Seit den 80er-Jahren haben Gerichte sechs­mal Nach­barschafts­zoff rund um Garten­zwerge entschieden. Im Februar 2018 gab es nun einen siebten Fall. Das Amts­gericht München hatte zu klären, ob ein Wohnungs­eigentümer in seinem Garten einen Fan-Zwerg des Fußball­ver­eins TSV 1860 München aufstellen darf. Ja, sagte das Gericht. In der Vergangenheit gab es aber auch Fälle, in denen Gerichte das Aufstellen einer Figur im Garten untersagt haben.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 08:14:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 01:49:27 PM EST
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Politico fingers the perp
"Maybe Twitter should just, well, stop selling political ads. ... it was another sign of the rising influence of Gadde, the connected, liberal-leaning lawyer"
by Cat on Fri Oct 30th, 2020 at 02:54:38 AM EST
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committee, floor quorum complications
Democrats Boycott Committee Vote on Barrett With Election Days Away
But it was Republicans who reached for the so-called nuclear option four years ago in response to a Democratic filibusterer [sic] of then-Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination
archived Fri Apr 5th, 2019, Nuclear' fallout in Senate might take some time to register, Thu Oct 8th, 2020, classic filibuster
by Cat on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 06:13:57 PM EST
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Some lawyers and analysts said the state charges appeared to be a kind of insurance policy against a potential Trump pardon of Manafort. The New York case could not prevent Trump from granting clemency, but the new prosecution would have kept the pressure on Manafort to explain any knowledge he had of wrongdoing by Trump.
archived mistrial and double-jeopardy, Flowers v Mississippi
by Cat on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 08:39:34 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 27th, 2020 at 09:04:06 PM EST
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OUTSIDE

INSIDE
Despite ["]suppression["] tactics, young voters are 'raising hell' with historic early voting turnout
His efforts revealed to him that voter suppression exists not just in red states but in ["]blue["] states like New York, as well, he said.
LATEST! bipartisan residency requirement theory, 2020
archived Stamps
by Cat on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 02:46:04 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 10:44:24 PM EST
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archived Wed Sep 23rd, 2020
by Cat on Tue Oct 6th, 2020 at 10:43:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 11:47:57 PM EST
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Biden recklessly eyeballs GOP candidates for Cabinet slots
When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the Biden transition said only that the team is not making any personnel decisions before the Nov. 3 election, but stressed that "diversity of ideology and background is a core value of the transition."
"nothing will fundamentally change" story developing ....
by Cat on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 04:54:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 20th, 2020 at 05:00:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 27th, 2020 at 09:42:53 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Oct 10th, 2020 at 06:29:55 PM EST
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Ah, a single data point to disprove a ridiculously broad "most".

Let the debate of the dueling morons commence!

Popcorn all around!

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by Number 6 on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 11:09:41 AM EST
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by generic on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 05:00:13 PM EST
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Deaths, hospitalizations and at least 68 COVID-19 cases after weeklong church event

At least two people are dead, four hospitalized and at least 68 positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed following a weeklong convocation event at a church in North Carolina.

The week of events took place at the United House of Prayer for All People in Charlotte, North Carolina.

by Oui on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 05:22:17 PM EST
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North Carolina church ordered to close temporarily in wake of deadly COVID-19 outbreak | ABC News |

Health officials said they temporarily shut down a North Carolina church after it was connected to massive coronavirus outbreak that resulted in at least three deaths and more than 100 infections.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department ordered United House of Prayer for All People in Charlotte to close for two weeks, halting in-person gatherings. The church's week-long convocation led to an estimated 121 COVID-19 infections across three counties, according to a department statement.

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 10:48:45 PM EST
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Fast Reverse to the Past

US signs anti-abortion declaration with group of largely authoritarian governments | The Guardian |

The US has today signed an anti-abortion declaration with a group of about 30 largely illiberal or authoritarian governments, after the failure of an effort to expand the conservative coalition.

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The "core supporters" of the declaration are Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia and Uganda, and the 27 other signatories include Belarus (where security forces are currently trying to suppress a women-led protest movement), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya.

Secretary Pompeo said in his remarks, "Under President Trump's leadership, the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always. He's done it like no other President in history. We've also mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad. ... Today, we're taking the next step, as we sign the Geneva Consensus Declaration. At its very core, the Declaration protects women's health, defends the unborn, and reiterates the vital importance of the family as the foundation of society."

So Trump and his Cabinet are pro-life? 😖

by Oui on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 06:58:43 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:59:18 AM EST
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Major cities hit as heavy fighting continues - BBC
Azerbaijan's second-largest city, Ganja, has been shelled by Armenian forces, as heavy clashes continue over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The enclave is officially part of Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians.

The self-proclaimed authorities there say they hit Ganja's military airport after Azerbaijani forces shelled the region's capital, Stepanakert.

Azerbaijan says no Ganja military sites were hit. More than 220 people have died since clashes began a week ago.

Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988-94, eventually declaring a ceasefire. However, they have never reached a settlement over the dispute.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 12:19:06 PM EST
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trailing Pompeo's dismissal and a détente with China on establishments of de Holy See ...
"FRATELLI TUTTI", 4 Oct 2020
archived Eric Li, The Coming War on China (2016)
In China there are a lot of problems, but at the moment, the Chinese, the party state, has proven an extraordinary ability to change. I mean, I make the joke: In America you can change political parties, but you can't change the policies; in China you cannot change the party, but you can change policies. So in the sixty-five or sixty-six years China's been run by one single party. Yet the political changes that have taken place in China, in this past sixty-six years have been wider and broader and greater probably than any other major country in modern memory. China is a market economy, and it's a vibrant market economy, but it is not a capitalist country. Here's why: There's no way a group of billionaires  can control the Politburo as billionaires control American policy-making. So in China you have a vibrant market economy, but capital does not rise above political authority. Capital does not have enshrined rights. In America capital, the interests of capital and capital itself, has risen above the American nation. The political authority cannot check the power of capital. And that's why America is a capitalist country, but China is not.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 04:06:05 PM EST
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Japan's Suga, under fire, defends rejection of scholars for science panel
"'The constitution of Japan has a specific article just for academic freedom, which is ... a direct result of wartime control of academia and science by the militarists,' said Sophia University professor Koichi Nakano."
archived Fri Aug 28th, 2020
by Cat on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 02:07:33 PM EST
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UK court overturns Venezuela judgment in $1 billion gold tug-of-war
The Court of Appeal granted the Nicolas Maduro-backed Banco Central de Venezuela's (BCV) appeal and set aside July's High Court judgement [...] Monday's decision means the case now goes back to the High Court for it to determine more definitively which of the two rival leaders is in charge.
US-Eng. law: Appellate ct remands, or reverses with instructions, inferior ct decision; BCV gold remains in BoE custody pending "reasoned" judgment, STT.
by Cat on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 03:27:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 03:46:53 PM EST
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Can Venezuela now send a battleship to England to collect it, or are only the French allowed to do such things?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 05:51:51 PM EST
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You mean like the attack on Mers-el-Kébir?
by Bernard on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 06:05:23 PM EST
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I was actually thinking of Pompidou and New York.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 06:20:46 PM EST
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NG, KR to vie for WTO leadership
"Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee are the final candidates"
archived Fri Sep 18th, 2020
by Cat on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 07:08:53 PM EST
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So much for the Fox.

by Bernard on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 08:26:58 PM EST
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"She wants the WTO to help poorer countries access COVID-19 drugs and vaccines." hmm, That's a counter-intuitive function. Did she wander into the wrong room?
by Cat on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 10:28:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 29th, 2020 at 05:04:50 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Oct 9th, 2020 at 11:18:15 AM EST
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I was holding out for a shared Greta/BLM prize!
Robbed i tells ya!

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by Number 6 on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 11:25:22 AM EST
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Story in Gray Zone ...

Fake news hoax exposed: NY Times podcast star lied about joining ISIS

The real Abu Huzayfah al-Kanadi has been identified as a 25-year-old man living in Toronto named Shehroze Chaudhry. He was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on September 25, and faces up to five years in prison under Canada's terrorism hoax laws.

Callimachi has earned fame by marketing herself as a journalistic expert on ISIS and violent Islamist extremism.

by Oui on Mon Oct 12th, 2020 at 01:53:43 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Oct 14th, 2020 at 12:45:39 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Oct 16th, 2020 at 07:13:47 PM EST
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Labour dominant in New Zealand ...  

Election 2020: 'Back to work,' says Ardern

by Oui on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 10:42:44 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Oct 17th, 2020 at 10:54:52 AM EST
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A Green Socialist Revolution - Ardern

A Consensus Builder In South Pacific

Jacinda Ardern considers coalition despite New Zealand election landslide | The Guardian |

Ardern's party won the highest percentage of the vote in more than five decades, claiming 64 seats in parliament, with her handling of the Covid-19 crisis regarded as decisive in her win.

Ardern said new talent coming into the Labour caucus included GPs, a midwife and an infectious disease expert, which would inform her decision on who would take over the crucial health portfolio.

...
Green party co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson have confirmed they spoke to Ardern. The party won 10 seats in parliament - two more than the previous election - and is hoping to be invited to join her government - pushing it further to the left.

70 maps that explain America

America has become a gerontocracy. We must change that

by Oui on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 07:44:22 PM EST
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Jami-Lee Ross

by Oui on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 08:31:40 AM EST
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Labour got a huge boost for not mishandling COVID (not that hard given NZ's unique geographical isolation) and got 49% of the popular vote, and 64 out of 120 membres of Parliament.

National had an annus horribilus with several scandals and three leaders in quick succession, and collapsed to a level I can confidently say without looking it up, is their lowest since the party was formed nearly a century ago : 27% and 35 seats.

The ACT party, NZ's hard right, went from 1 to 10 MPs (on 8% of the vote). A natural reaction to National's hopelessness, but a danger for the future. Socially conservative, not overtly racist but extreme neolibs.

The Greens were very junior coalition partners in the outgoing government, and I feared they might get eliminated by the 5% threshold; but it seems that some voters of the left realised that Labour was heading for a landslide and voted to keep them in the game : 7.5% and 10 MPs, up two. This is the first time a minor party has survived coalition without being punished, and bodes well for the future. Also, smart young queer Chloe Swarbrick won my electorate of central Auckland (a crucial insurance policy agains the 5% electoral threshold for the party), and the world is a better place for it.

New Zealand First, not so much a centrist party as a wild-card party, has been wiped out. As its charismatic leader, who has been deputy Prime Minister with both left and right, is 75 and in poor health, this looks like the end, and good riddance.

Ardern is not commiting to a new coalition with the Greens; she's got the numbers to govern alone, and they would be foolish to accept whatever very poor offer she might eventually make. They need to be in opposition. Ardern's actual record is actually pretty poor, and not discernably progressive; her program for the next three years is not going to be any better.

A good wrap-up

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 05:17:03 PM EST
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[Footnote] The National party only exists since 1936, but indeed, this is their worst-ever result. The nearest comparison is 1935, when the coalition government of the liberal and conservative parties (which united to become National) were swept aside by the first Labour landslide, 46% to 33%.

My own political consciousness starts in 1972 with a big Labour win; that government was progressive but short-lived. I participated in the biggish win of 1984, but that ended very badly indeed, as the rudderless Labour government was hijacked by the free-market loonies who subsequently formed the ACT party. Hence my low expectations for the next few years.

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 05:54:59 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 08:18:42 PM EST
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Green vote on proposed Labour deal expected this afternoon:
Green Party delegates will vote on whether to accept a proposed deal with Labour at 4pm today.

Several rounds of talks on potential areas of cooperation between the two parties concluded on Thursday.

Neither side has said what exactly was on the table, but RNZ understands Greens co-leader James Shaw has been offered the climate-change portfolio.

Waiting for the details to leak.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 02:25:06 AM EST
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NZ Election 2020 live updates: Green Party delegates accept deal with Labour

Delegates have voted to accept a deal with Labour which will give it two ministerial portfolios outside of cabinet.

See my earlier expression of hope and trust in PM Jacinda Ardern on this thread. 😊 🌿

by Oui on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 08:28:33 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 05:41:57 PM EST
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How is it a comeback when it won the last elections?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 06:04:19 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 08:48:31 PM EST
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cartesian death, birth, union
by Cat on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 06:42:40 PM EST
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Chechen Freedom fighters, the Second Generation

Abdullakh Anzorov, Paty's killer 'was in contact with jihadist in Syria | The Guardian |

Le Parisien newspaper reported that Anzorov had contact with an as yet unidentified Russian-speaking jihadist in Syria who was located through an IP address that had been traced back to Idlib, a jihadist holdout in north-western Syria (Idlib).

FranceInfoTV said the killer, who arrived in France aged six with his Chechen parents and had been granted asylum and a residence permit until 2030.

A Western alliance making war against the Soviets Russians at their frontier ... a set policy of NATO.

Omar the Chechen: The notorious, red-bearded IS commander | MEE |

A fierce, battle-hardened warlord with roots in Georgia and a thick red beard, Omar al-Shishani is one of the most notorious faces of the Islamic State group.

Shishani comes from the Pankisi Gorge region that is populated mainly by ethnic Chechens.

He fought as a Chechen rebel against Russian forces before joining the Georgian military in 2006, and fought Russian forces again in Georgia in 2008.

He resurfaced in northern Syria in 2012 as the leader of a battalion of foreign fighters, said Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a US think-tank.

Boston bombers: retribution for US wars

Dutch fund Syrian Jihadist spokesperson because these terror groups were allied with the West to remove Bashir Assad as president of Syria.

Dutch Gov't Admits Support for Salafist Jihadists in Syria

by Oui on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 04:18:51 PM EST
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Goldman Sachs Charged in Foreign Bribery Case and Agrees to Pay Over $2.9 Billion
According to Goldman's admissions and court documents, between approximately 2009 and 2014, Goldman conspired with others to violate the FCPA by engaging in a scheme to pay more than $1.6 billion in bribes, directly and indirectly, to foreign officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi in order to obtain and retain business for Goldman from 1MDB, a Malaysian state-owned and state-controlled fund created to pursue investment and development projects for the economic benefit of Malaysia and its people.
archived Sun Dec 9th, 2018
by Cat on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 04:18:35 PM EST
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Libya's rival forces sign permanent ceasefire at UN-sponsored talks | The Guardian |

Rival forces in Libya have agreed a permanent nationwide ceasefire including the departure of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from the country for a minimum of three months.

"The parties have signed a complete countrywide permanent agreement with immediate effect. The parties agreed to the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libyan territory, air, land and seas for three months." Military trainers will also leave.

The main frontline is between Sirte on the coast and Al Jufrah in central Libya.

The ceasefire includes the full opening of land and air routes, efforts to curb hate speech, an exchange of prisoners and plans to reconstruct the Petroleum Facilities Guard, an oil company and militia body linked to the eastern warlord General Khalifa Haftar that is seen as a threat to the stable flow of oil from Libya.

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The surprisingly high level of progress in Geneva means the focus now shifts to whether the external actors will end the supply of arms to the warring factions, and agree to withdraw their troops.

Turkey has sent as many as 4,000 Syrian mercenaries [Jihadists from Idlib] to support the UN-recognised government in Tripoli headed by the prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj. Mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organisation, have supported general Haftar, and a steady flow of weaponry has been sent by the United Arab Emirates in blatant breach of the UN arms embargo.

by Oui on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 07:33:07 PM EST
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Israel to maintain Azeri edge in Karabakh war | Asia Times |

Arms, oil and Iran - Israel's role in Nagorno-Karabakh | Mondoweiss |

by Oui on Sat Oct 24th, 2020 at 07:48:54 PM EST
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Turkey and Qatar's brotherhood of the boycotted | The National |

Turkish contractors in the Middle East have lost an estimated $3 billion in the past year, the head of the Turkish Contractors Union noted last week. Fashion retailers Mango and Zara are looking to move production out of Turkey because Saudis and other Gulf citizens are refusing to buy clothes made there.

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When Turkey faced a sharp economic downturn in 2018, Qatar fast-tracked a $3bn currency swap and $15bn in investment. Trade between the two leapt 85 per cent that year. More recently, Turkey has expanded its military footprint, opening a new base outside Doha last year that hosts 5,000 Turkish troops.

"The Turkish military presence in the Arab Gulf is an emergency," the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said last week.

Sheikh Tamim says he views Erdogan as a father

In Libya, where Turkey and Qatar back the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, Mr Erdogan last week questioned the credibility of the latest ceasefire, suggesting that the civil war there is set to continue for some time. Sudan's allies in the Gulf have sought to counter any Turkish influence there for years, and the recent decision of the transitional military council in Khartoum to normalise relations with Israel suggests that those efforts are proving successful.


by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 07:06:50 AM EST
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Chileans Are About to Vote on Rewriting Their Whole Constitution. Will It Turn a 'Social Explosion' Into a New Plan for the Country? | TIME |

* Updated result (22:58)
With 90% of the votes counted, Apruebo has 78.24% while Rechazo has 21.76%.

* President Maduro reacts to preliminary results (22:30)
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, reacted to the preliminary results on the referendum. "The great avenues are now open to build a better society. Long live Chile! Long live Allende!"

Celebrations as Chile votes by huge majority to scrap Pinochet-era constitution  | The Guardian |

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 07:42:09 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 05:18:55 PM EST
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A new constitution will not automatically resolve the many problems that prompted the recent crisis. But it should make the political process more legitimate in the eyes of many Chileans, force political elites to be more inclusive and accountable, as well as enabling politicians legislators to negotiate and implement necessary reforms of civil codes.
by Cat on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 05:52:27 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:59:34 AM EST
Storm Alex: Heavy rains cause severe flooding in France and Italy - BBC
At least two people have died and at least 25 are missing after a powerful storm hit southern France and north-western Italy.

Named Alex, it brought fierce winds and torrential rains causing severe floods.

A number of villages suffered serious damage around the southern city of Nice. Its mayor described it as the worst flooding in living memory.

In northern Italy, roads and bridges were swept away by floodwater, while several rivers overflowed their banks.

The once "temperate" climate of Western Europe is becoming increasingly brutal.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 09:46:25 AM EST
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No comparison iwith 1966.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 05:02:11 PM EST
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Discovery in Ireland ...

Stenogrammitis myosuroides

by Oui on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 04:27:31 PM EST
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Brussels confronts EU countries over pesticides and animal welfare - Politico.eu
In 27 letters to national governments, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides demanded that EU countries "ensure immediate and full compliance with EU requirements" linked to the Farm to Fork strategy, which aims to make the food system more sustainable by 2030 as part of the Commission's flagship European Green Deal.

"I would like to confirm our determination to take decisive legal action in case of systematic non-compliance," Kyriakides wrote in letters she sent to EU agriculture ministers in May, on the same day that the Commission unveiled its Farm to Fork strategy, which pegged lofty targets to reduce the risk and use of pesticides by 50 percent and revamp the EU's animal welfare legislation.


An interesting detail:

Data is not available for all 27 EU countries, however. The letters the Commission sent to France, Croatia, Portugal and Romania were redacted of the parts containing specific warnings, when received by POLITICO.

In an explanatory document accompanying the redacted letters, the Commission said it agreed to expunge key parts of these four letters at the countries' requests because revealing their content could "be detrimental to the serenity of the ongoing discussions" between Brussels and EU capitals. It could also "constitute a source of misperception in public opinion," the Commission wrote.

"detrimental to the serenity of the ongoing discussions", heh?
Could it be related to Macron's government plan to re-introduce the once banned neonicotinoid pesticides?

French National Assembly to debate controversial neonicotinoid bill - Euractiv

MPs will debate today and tomorrow (5-6 October) the temporary re-authorisation of `bee-killer' insecticide neonicotinoid for the beet crop industry, a key sector of the French economy which has been in crisis for several months.

Neonicotinoids were banned in 2018.

France's former Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot declared in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche that the reintroduction of neonicotinoids was "not a solution [...] My foundation has estimated the losses for this year at €77 million for beet growers. Let's compensate them in exchange for the implementation of practices: longer rotations, reintroduction of hedges...".

by Bernard on Mon Oct 5th, 2020 at 06:17:21 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 08:59:56 AM EST
Auschwitz survivor Zilli Schmidt: Fearing new Nazis today - DW
The 96-year-old Zilli Schmidt has made it her mission to tell the world what was done to the Romani people by the Nazi regime. She warns of contemporary parallels -- and strikes a chord with many of her listeners.

It is September 2020 when Zilli Schmidt walks into Kulturhaus RomnoKher in the western German city of Mannheim, to attend a reading of her book about her memories as a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp. "Your visit is a gift," is a common expression of gratitude among the many people who turn out to greet her.

The book is entitled God had plans for me: To keep alive the memory of the German Sinti and it tells of happy childhood days, as well as her incarceration, hunger, guards shooting at small children and mass murder.

In an interview with DW, she explains that it is her mission to say what the Nazis did to the Sinti, one of Europe's Romani tribes. "They were all gassed, my entire family, all my people." She says all the talk after the war was about the Shoah: "The Jews were all sent to the gas chambers. And all the Sinti are still alive?" She pauses: "Nobody was still alive."

by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 12:23:30 PM EST
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Cellmate could expose sensitive user information such as names, phone numbers, birthdays and location data.
by Cat on Fri Oct 9th, 2020 at 03:01:00 PM EST
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And could apparently remain in looked position. Which would be bad.

The Cellmate, produced by Chinese firm Qiui, is a cover that clamps on the base of the male genitals with a hardened steel ring, and does not have a physical key or manual override.

The locking mechanism is controlled with a smartphone app via Bluetooth -- marketed as both an anti-cheating and a submission sex play device -- but security researchers have found multiple flaws that leave it vulnerable to hacking.

"We discovered that remote attackers could prevent the Bluetooth lock from being opened, permanently locking the user in the device. There is no physical unlock," British security firm Pen Test Partners said Tuesday.

by fjallstrom on Mon Oct 12th, 2020 at 11:47:14 AM EST
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by generic on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 12:54:42 AM EST
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A Libertarian view ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Denial-satirical-novel-climate-change-ebook/dp/B08BWR1R9C

by Oui on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 03:12:20 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 09:00:22 AM EST
Sputnik 1
Sputnik 1 ("Elementary Satellite 1") was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957. It orbited for three weeks before its batteries died and then orbited silently for two months before it fell back into the atmosphere. It was 58 cm (23 in) in diameter and a polished metal sphere with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. Its radio signal was easily detectable by radio amateurs, and the 65° inclination and duration of its orbit made its flight path cover virtually the entire inhabited Earth. The satellite's unanticipated success precipitated the American Sputnik crisis and triggered the Space Race, part of the Cold War. The launch was the beginning of a new era of political, military, technological and scientific developments. The name "Sputnik" is Russian for spouse/traveling companion or satellite when interpreted in an astronomical context.
by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 12:36:29 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 4th, 2020 at 09:00:41 AM EST
Indian fan who revered Trump as a God dies of cardiac arrest | The Hindu |

An ardent fan of US President Donald J. Trump died of a massive cardiac arrest at Toopran in Medak district on Sunday.

Bussa Krishna (32), a native of Konne village in Bacchannapet mandal of Jangaon district, was worried over Trump's health as soon as he heard that the US President tested COVID positive.

by Oui on Wed Oct 14th, 2020 at 02:42:19 PM EST
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Figures that one of his goddamn cultists would find a way to take a bullet for him.
by Zwackus on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 07:35:18 AM EST
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by Bernard on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 06:45:05 PM EST
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The good thing is that people will get to practice their Greek alphabet during the next six weeks. "SINCE WHEN IS E FOLLOWED BY Z???," etc.
by asdf on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 04:37:06 PM EST
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Austria postal service prints coronavirus-themed stamp on toilet paper
"It is not the first time the Austrian postal service has come up with an innovative response to current affairs."
by Cat on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 06:05:32 PM EST
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RT
Calling famous classical music composers just by their last names can be "harmful" nowadays, according to an article published in US liberal magazine Slate. The piece was instantly mocked online.

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"What silliness at Slate!" one tweet read. "Dede isn't the musical equal of Beethoven. Fame not racism allows us to identify the composer by surname alone. That goes for Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, too. And artists and scientists like Picasso and Einstein, also."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 05:28:20 PM EST
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AOC is the cover of the Dec 2020 issue, STT.
by Cat on Thu Oct 29th, 2020 at 07:41:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 30th, 2020 at 12:16:47 AM EST
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Greenwald
But the glaring irony that I'm being censored for the first time in my career -- and that it's being done by the news outlet that I created with the specific and explicit purpose of ensuring that journalists are never censored by their editors -- is disturbing to me in the extreme. What a healthy and confident news organization would do -- as the New York Times recently did with its own Pulitzer-winning 1619 Project -- is air the different views that journalists have about the evidence and let readers decide what they find convincing, not force everyone to adhere to a top-down editorial line and explicitly declare that any story that raises questions about Biden's conduct is barred from being published now that he's the Democratic nominee.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 30th, 2020 at 05:09:47 PM EST
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Greenwald is a second rate hack.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 06:06:57 PM EST
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