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What a fascinating mess! The saga of this production is up there with Lost in La Mancha.
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But it is even worse than that since this is (if true) blackmail to pay for a different product.

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on
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what !!!!!?????

Was that even legal?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Open Thread 13-19 April

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Guardian - Stuart Heritage - Nigel Farage was the only winner in final TV election debate

At this stage of the election campaign, the best a televised debate can hope to achieve is to reinforce existing prejudices. Those impressed by Nicola Sturgeon in the first debate continued to be impressed on Thursday night and, similarly, those who'd claimed to witness the sproutings of a more statesmanlike Ed Milliband elsewhere will have seen nothing to convince them otherwise.

However, through the clear eyes of objectivity, the Challengers' Debate only had one clear victor. A victor who was born to debate. A victor who made the whole sorry spectacle worth watching. That's right, the winner was Nigel Farage.
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The Ukip leader's performance in Westminster was extraordinary. A tour de force, at once a greatest-hits spectacle and a bold artistic experiment. There comes a point in the life of a performer where things start to get too easy. They find themselves playing to the same crowds, being adored for their reputation rather than being judged on their material. And so they start to play games with the audiences, deliberately alienating them at the start just to see if they can win them back by the end of the show. That, surely, was what Farage was attempting.

Nigel Farage as Andy Kaufman ?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 17 April 2015

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Schäuble said that "France would be glad if someone forced the Parliament to pass reforms".

Interesting, in view of his support (along with the German government)for the absolute sovereignty of the Bundestag in certain cases that involved Eurozone decisions.

And (according to media coverage I've just been looking at) Varoufakis is still the guy who doesn't know how to behave in the couteous world of finance ministers, and should be replaced.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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There is any number of things about the fundamental architecture of the Internet - including e-mail and search and site navigation - that the government should be involved in. Unfortunately forty years of Thatcherism will reliably render a government non-functional.

The supermarket analogy relates to the abuse of dominance rules that you will find in most contemporary anti-trust jurisprudence. Basically, if you are in a dominant position (definitions of "dominant" vary, but typically range from 30 to 50 % market share), then you are not allowed to refuse to transact business with someone for frivolous reasons.

However it is very rare for a supermarket chain to have a dominant market position, and therefore it is very rare for abuse of dominance rules to apply to supermarkets.

- Jake

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on
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Who will be the first church to use cannabis in Communion?

The First Liberty Church in 1967-68, I suspect. I partook and they had a pilot who they anointed as their 'sacramentarian'. They incorporated with the intent to pose a constitutional challenge on the basis of the first amendment, but by the time the chance came, the minister and several other board members preferred to keep their church to risking it in a legal challenge.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: Open Thread 13-19 April

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I particularly enjoyed Russel Brand making her blush.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 17 April 2015

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http://www.leparisien.fr/politique/sapin-repond-a-schauble-la-france-deteste-qu-on-la-force-17-04-20 15-4701749.php#xtref=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FoH9zRL2oOy

"Mélenchon denounced "the German arrogance."

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, MEP of the Left Party, said Wolfgang Schäuble had to "apologize to the French people" in a statement posted on Twitter.

Essentially, Schauble implied that extra-EU disciplinary measures were needed to force the French Parliament to pass reforms.

by Upstate NY on
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In story: Open Thread 13-19 April

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Besides, everybody seems to be into Velazquez this year, for some reason (several exhibitions, a Taschen book). It will be more fun next year, when we get to compare these things to Bosch (died 1516).
by gk (gk) on
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In story: Open Thread 13-19 April

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It's probably a wildly inappropriate pre-feminist art historical reference to say that Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood and Natalie Bennett looked like the Three Graces in their group hug at the end of the debate.

In art, these goddesses of the civilised virtues are traditionally represented in a three-way group hug not so different from the one that united the critics of austerity in this image of Britain's radical forces getting together in mutual support.



by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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Opens for the first time in the US today.

by gk (gk) on
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In story: Open Thread 13-19 April

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This whole accidental renaissance masterpiece thing is getting out of hand.



by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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 only watched a little bit of the debates, the edited highlights are always better.

However, from what little I've seen, that picture might as well have shown Farage as a smouldering wreckage, cs he just looked silly. His every attempt to dominate the conversation simply looked like boorish mansplaining, especially when he tried to talk down to the audience.

He won no converts tonight and may even have repelled some of his own.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Historical iconography
Sturgeon approaches Ed not alone but as one of a triumvirate of leftwing women (to ignore the gender of that Latin word for a political union of three leaders). They move towards him together, and the picture captures a rythmic, dynamic strength reminiscent of one of the most radical of all European paintings.
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No wonder Farage looks lost and disconsolate, far off in the isles of the troglodytes. Ukip looks left behind by history here. Farage is far, far from the herd. He's like the burning villages in the background of Velazquez's Surrender of Breda - the inconvenience no one wants to look at.



by eurogreen on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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I cannot remember where, but have understood that this was, since going public, now part of Google's business plan. They will boost your visibility for a fee and they will also sell your searches to others, such as Yahoo, if they can get more that way than they anticipate getting from you. I remember asking 'whatever happened to "Do no harm"?. "Going public." was the response on ET.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: 17 April 2015

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Permalink...

Funny that the only thing there isn't a link to on the blog post is the LEX portal. Maybe you can help?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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Not sure what your question is.
For a company to broadcast on Google+, you have to pay. Or had to in any case. And he told me that they would make the expense purely to stay high in the search rankings.

Well, that's what I recall anyway.

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on
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In story: 17 April 2015

Mission creep
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Beppe Grillo's Blog
"It's an historic event. Direct democracy has arrived in the European Parliament. For the first time in its history, simple citizens are transformed into legislators: the amendments that they put forward via a portal called LEX, have been discussed, voted on and then unanimously approved by the Environment Committee.
Thanks to the 5 Star MoVement, the European Parliament has transformed itself into a place of discussion and proposals - a place open to everyone. The spokesperson, Piernicola Pedicini, was the person responsible for preparing the report called "on safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance". The draft was uploaded to the LEX portal on 9 February 2015. The discussion was open to everyone up until 28 February.
After reading the comments and the proposals coming from the citizens, Piernicola Pedicini transformed these into amendments. Some of these arrived at the discussion phase with the various political groups, others were approved directly in the Committee.
It's been a success for the policy and for the method. Democracy can be re-established on the basis of transparency and merit. The 5 Star MoVement has demonstrated this.
Before it becomes active, the "Own-Initiative Report" must receive the approval of a Plenary session of the Parliament in Strasbourg due to take place in May.
The Pedicini report came into being because of the need to protect the rights of patients everywhere in Europe. These are rights that have been denied by the application of misguided economic policies (austerity) and by the management of the healthcare systems based on political considerations or according to a system of patronage.
According to the latest figures available, 5-10% of patients in European hospitals (more than 3 million people) suffer harm or even adverse events that could be avoided. Many of these (about 20-30%) are considered to be preventable. This comes about because the governments are just thinking about cutting the number of beds in hospitals, cutting expenditure on cleaning, saving on the use of disinfectants, gloves and any equipment that can reduce the risk of infection.
With this report, Europe is committing the member States to ensure that healthcare personnel are working to high level quality standards and they are continuously developing their professional competences. It ensures that there is the exclusion of any form of conflict of interests and it identifies early-warning systems as well as active surveillance.
With the approval of this report, things are being turned around." the M5S spokespersons in Europe

Nice.

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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What could you pay for on Google+?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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Well, I had the CEO of an online company (I have to keep the name secret for obvious reason) tell me that they were going on Google+ although they did not want to (as it was expensive with pretty much no return expected from it), because Google were dropping them in searches until they did so.

Considering what the company was, there was no legitimate reason for them not to appear high in relevant searches (well, you may always plead a bug of course).

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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Well, yeah, but the next generation will be embedded in that milieu, so they should have at least a rudimentary understanding of the day-to-day fundamentals of it. I get the impression that most of our leaders are still asking their assistants to look in the tubes for information.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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But they're the ones hiring the next generation.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 17 April 2015

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Looks like she was honest about her main job.....

by gk (gk) on
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In story: 17 April 2015

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But she's a banker. They don't have to do any of that.
by gk (gk) on
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In story: 17 April 2015

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Well, you know...
More broadly, prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, so she is in the clear from that point of view. However, sex workers are expected to register with their local chamber of commerce, have a VAT number, and pay income tax, none of which Ms van der Waal appears to have done - leaving herself open to possible legal action for back taxes.
(Irish times)

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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Probably not. Their jobs require the wrong skill sets. It'll take generational replacement.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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Dutch Central Bank Employee Fired Over `Integrity Issues' (Working As A Nazi-Themed Dominatrix Prostitute On The Side) | Dealbreaker
A top official working at the Dutch Central Bank has been fired after her secret double life as a Nazi-themed dominatrix prostitute was uncovered. The 46-year-old part-time prostitute worked at the Dutch Bank who are responsible for regulating the financial services industry in the Netherlands for eight years. However, for the past six years, the woman, known only by her `professional' name Conchita van der Waal offered a range of sexual services at a rate of €450 an hour asking for requests that are `the kinkier the better'. Dutch Central Bank officials fired their employee, whose real name has not been released, after they were alerted to her double life...After the Dutch magazine broke the story, the bank confirmed that it had fired the woman over `integrity issues'. Prostitution in Holland is legal although workers at the Dutch Central Bank are not allowed to engage in any activities which could bring the institution into disrepute such as `indecent behaviour'.

Went into Klatsch also because of the use of the word 'Holland'.

by Bjinse (bjinsedankert at gmail dot com) on
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Secrecy, Intransigence and War » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Health reform was Mrs. Clinton's assignment in her husband's first term. The debacle is well known. In early 1993, 64 per cent of all Americans favored a system of national health care. By the time Mrs. Clinton's 1342-page bill, generated in secret, landed in Congress, she had managed to offend the very Democratic leadership essential to making health reform a reality. The proposal itself, under the mystic mantra "Managed Competition", embodied all the distinctive tropisms of neoliberalism: a naïve complicity with the darker corporate forces, accompanied by adamant refusal to even consider building the popular political coalition that alone could have faced and routed the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies - two of the most powerful forces on the American political scene. Mrs. Clinton's rout on health reform remains one of the great avoidable disasters of the last century in American politics, and one with appalling human and social consequences

This disaster was compounded by the fact that after the collapse of health reform, on the advice of Dickie Morris (summoned by Mrs. Clinton), the Clintons swerved right, toward all the ensuing ghastly legislative ventures of their regime - the onslaughts on welfare, the crime bill, NAFTA. With Morris came the birth of "triangulation" - the tactic of the Clinton White House working with Republicans and conservative Democrats and actively undermining liberal and progressive initiatives in Congress. Money that could have given the House back to the Democrats in 1996 was snatched by the White House purely for the self-preservation of the Clintons.

Good tryptych from CP.

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: 16 April 2015

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Politicians and bureaucrats are generally so clueless about tech and so subject to dishonest lobbying that they're effectively useless.
Any possibilities of improvement?

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