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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

Re: There's this thing about liars ...
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Tactically useful though.
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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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Also this, though the link to the original source is missing.

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But the official Russian forensic investigation in conjunction with the Kivelidi's murder, as reported by Novaya Gazeta, concluded that the Novichok did not take effect instantaneously but generally took from one and a half to five hours.

If true that is one weird ass nerve gas.

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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OK, that was even more garbled than usually. What I wanted to point out is that 1: There was apparently already a Novichok use in Russia:

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The forerunner of Novichok agents, substance-33 (frequently also referred to simply as "Novichok")[64] has been reportedly used in 1995 to poison Russian banker Ivan Kivelidi (ru), the head of the Russian Business Round Table, and Zara Ismailova, his secretary.[65][66][67][68][69] According to historians Yuri Felshtinsky and Vladimir Pribylovsky, the murder became "one of the first in the series of poisonings organized by Russia's security services". The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs analyzed the substance and announced that it was "a phosphorus-based military-grade nerve agent"[70] "whose formula was strictly classified".[70]

So we know that someone in Russia used something like it in domestic disputes.

The second point I wanted to make is that ex-spies tend to get mixed up in shade stuff as a matter of course. Litvinenko was also only one degree of separation away from basically every shady story that went on at the time. I think deGondi had a story about this at the time? So while it is a reasonable assumption that some of his ex-colleagues want to murder him for what he did decades ago, someone should ask questions about what he was mixed up with in the recent past.

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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Given the facts as presented some Russian involvement seems likely. However, I've not seen anyone come up with the answer what the guy was up to in the last 20 years. Maybe he made a whole new set of enemies. Also, as far as I know there was already a Novichok murder in 1994 Russia.
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Inter-Korean summit to focus on ending Cold War framework on Korean Peninsula
under the current armistice system, it would be meaningless for South and North Korea to declare the end of the war and make a peace treaty without a guarantee from the US and other major parties. Declaring the end of the war first could be problematic for the status and role of the UN Command, which is responsible for maintaining and managing the armistice system on the Korean Peninsula, and another objection is that South and North Korea do not have the authority to deal with this. That is presumably why a senior official from the Blue House said that "it's unclear whether we'll actually use the phrase `end the war.'"

"Since ending the war is not something that South and North Korea can do, if they don't declare the end of the war separately, they can confirm their previous mutual non-aggression declaration and push for a peace treaty and a promise to prevent war from ever reoccurring on the Korean Peninsula," said Cho Sung-ryul, chief of research for the Institute for National Security Strategy.
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"One option is for the leaders to make a declaration confirming that South and North Korea will not engage in military hostilities and for more detailed discussions to take place during subsequent talks between the two sides' defense ministers or military officials," a senior government official said.

"Prior to this, North Korea and the US had to reach an agreement about denuclearization before a discussion could be held about peace on the Korean Peninsula. But now the discussion of a peace regime has been decoupled from the discussion of denuclearization. Inter-Korean relations had been a dependent variable of North Korea-US relations, but now they have become an independent variable. South Korea is actually moving with a considerable degree of autonomy," said Lee Hea-jeong, a professor at Chung-Ang University.

#ProPublica#MeToo#Time'sUp analysis developing ...

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

Re: Living Off the Planet
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Fuel supply will determine demand, and the future does not promise savings for producers or consumers. Apart from anticipated growth in competition from EV manufacturers
Currently Lithium production is focused primarily in four countries and by four companies

Currently, around 80 % of the total lithium production worldwide originates in these three South American countries plus Australia and production is split between four companies. As a result, the whole lithium market is lacking transparency. This is the reason the big battery and accumulator producers like Panasonic and the leading electric car manufacturers, above all Tesla Motors, are looking for long-term supply contracts with relatively small development companies that in part are not producing before 2020. As a result of this supply oligopoly, lithium is currently not traded in the market and the actual trading prices are strictly confidential. One reason often mentioned by the supplier is that the available and produced lithium qualities are too different for a standardized market place.[Swiss Resource Capital Ag, 2017]



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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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Why nuclear fusion is gaining steam - again - The Conversation

There are two reasons to be optimistic about fusion right now. Two big fusion reactors are built or being built. And fusion startups aiming to build smaller reactors, which would be cheaper, easier and quicker construct, are proliferating.

One of the two big reactors is a donut-shaped tokamak - a Russian acronym for a Soviet invention made in the 1950s that was designed to confine and compress plasma into a cylindrical shape in a powerful magnetic field. Powerful compression of the deuterium-tritium plasma at extremely high temperatures - as in about 100 million degrees Centigrade - causes fusion to occur.

ITER (Latin for "the way") is a collaboration between the European Union and the governments of India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, China and the U.S. This consortium is now spending more than US$20 billion to build a giant tokamak in southern France. By 2035, it's slated to generate 500 megawatts while operating on just 50 megawatts. Meeting that goal would essentially confirm that fusion is a feasible source of clean energy on a large scale.

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The Republican Party is organised around one man - The Economist

ALL presidents, Republican and Democrat, seek to remake their party in their own image. Donald Trump has been more successful than most. From the start, the voters he mesmerised in the campaign embraced him more fervently than congressional Republicans were ready to admit. After 15 months in power, as our briefing explains, he has taken ownership of their party. It is an extraordinary achievement from a man who had never lived in Washington, DC, never held public office, who boasted of groping women and who, as recently as 2014, was a donor to the hated Democrats.

The organising principle of Mr Trump's Republican Party is loyalty. Not, as with the best presidents, loyalty to an ideal, a vision or a legislative programme, but to just one man--Donald J. Trump--and to the prejudice and rage which consume the voter base that, on occasion, even he struggles to control. In America that is unprecedented and it is dangerous.

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At the heart of his system of power is his contempt for the truth. In a memoir published this week (see Lexington) James Comey, whom Mr Trump fired as director of the FBI, laments "the lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organisation above morality and above the truth". Mr Trump does not--perhaps cannot--distinguish between facts and falsehoods. As a businessman and on the campaign he behaved as if the truth was whatever he could get away with. And, as president, Mr Trump surely believes that his power means he can get away with a great deal.

When power dominates truth, criticism becomes betrayal. Critics cannot appeal to neutral facts and remain loyal, because facts are not neutral. As Hannah Arendt wrote of the 1920s and 1930s, any statement of fact becomes a question of motive.


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re: LQD: A Civil Action, in which the parties decline to name Apple defendant in a suit litigating third-party ("app developer") acquisition of phone "owner" personal data, a class of plaintiffs alleging Apple misrepresentation of device security is denied certification, AND the FBI's capability in 2016 to decode encrypted user data is recalled.

recent public disclosures
A former Apple engineer released GreyKey, a software that breaks the security system on the iPhone

This method of breaking Apple's security system is not the first to emerge in the last few weeks. An Israeli company named Celebrite[1][2], who came to public attention a few years ago to offer unlocking services for an iPhone 5 for US services, has recently launched a similar solution.
Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show 12 Apr
FBI Director Christopher Wray recently said that law enforcement agencies are "increasingly unable to access" evidence stored on encrypted devices.

Wray is not telling the whole truth.
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Grayshift has been shopping its iPhone cracking technology to police forces. The firm, which includes an ex-Apple security engineer on its staff, provided demonstrations to potential customers, according to one email.

"I attended your demo presentation recently held at the Montgomery County Police Headquarters and was pleased by your product's potential," an Assistant Commander from the Technical Investigations Section at the Maryland State Police wrote in an email to Grayshift in March.

There's no reason to assume authorities need physical possession of the device in order to "scrape" phone owner personal data... or validate "influence peddling" with the assistance of social media "platform" software.
The GrayKey itself is a small, 4x4 inches box with two lightning cables for connecting iPhones, according to photographs published by cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes. The device comes in two versions: a $15,000 one which requires online connectivity and allows 300 unlocks (or $50 per phone), and and an offline, $30,000 version which can crack as many iPhones as the customer wants. Marketing material seen by Forbes says GrayKey can unlock devices running iterations of Apple's latest mobile operating system iOS 11, including on the iPhone X, Apple's most recent phone.
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David R. Bursten, chief public information officer from the Indiana State Police, wrote in an email to Motherboard that the force had only recently obtained the GrayKey device, but that "this investigative tool will be used, when legally authorized to do so, in any investigation where it may help advance an investigation to identify criminal actors with the goal of making arrests and presenting prosecutable cases to the proper prosecuting authority."
Alrighty then. No foreign agents need to be harmed in any caper of suspect "hacking." The question for "progressive" civil rights activists now is which US federal and state agency may be eliminated from the line up of "improper" sharing.
But to be clear, GrayKey is not the end of this debate. Whatever exploits GrayKey is taking advantage of may stop working at some point. The FBI wanted to force Apple to tweak the San Bernardino iPhone running in February 2016; Cellebrite announced it could crack devices running iOS 9--the particular iOS version the phone was using--in July 2016. Even when phone crackers eventually catch up, there can still be a period of time when agencies may indeed be dark on a suspect's phone.

This is, presumably, the reason the DOJ and FBI would like backdoors: they provide more guaranteed access over a period of time, rather than catching up with each iteration of a phone cracking product. Cost [!] might be a factor too--forcing tech companies to facilitate access could be cheaper [?!!] than buying more cracking tools.

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"The FBI does not comment on specific tools or technologies; however, there is no one size fits [!] all solution to Going Dark," an FBI spokesperson told Motherboard in a statement.

In March, FBI Director Wray said the Bureau had nearly 7,800 phones it could not unlock last year. Maybe the FBI could get in touch with the country's local police forces.

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

< reckless eyeballin' >
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Is there video?

by Cat on
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That depends!

How long did she suckle the infant?
Did she also pander to or solicit bribes from Nestle?
Were any males harmed in the process?
Did she lead the FIRST 'slut walk'?
Did she 'fuck her way to freedom' in Jimmy Choo's?
   (before or after decommission from the US Armed Forces)
Did she escape sexual harassment in an accredited US doctoral program in a STEM discipline with a living wage?
Were her stigma plainly visible?
Did she credit The Beauty Myth for inspiration?
Did she consent?


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Bhutto did that back around 1990 as Prime Minister of Pakistan. Does that mean that feminism in Pakistan is way ahead of the US?
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s/b a founder of Cosmopolitan, handbook of the 'misleadership' class of 'feminists'.

FIRST WAVE, SECOND WAVE, they all look alike to me. That is like dead end politicians. What a 'legacy' for generations of FIFTH WAVE yet to compile 'whisper lists' for the edjamucation of the rest of the world.

The change came shortly after Sen. Tammy Duckworth on April 9 became the first sitting senator to give birth.
VICTORY! Over Teh Patriarchy!! (AMZN N.A. employee lactation break & PRIME home-delivery service story forthcoming ...) Look what's left of Paglia! omg.

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

Re: Economy &amp;amp; Finance
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m'k. People Are Losing Their Minds Over Starbucks
File in sociopaths-teaching-sociopaths-manners (old by-line of mine covering diverse rational-self-interested-actor incidents evoking "It's not me!").

Wait for reference to US public law (federal and constitutional prohibition of discrimination of "public accommodation", for example).

Wait for reference to lawful, ubiquitous, and contemporaneous controls of public accommodation (keycode to locks on lavatories in high-traffic US restaurants, dispensed with receipt of purchase).

Wait for reference to historical dereliction of duty by US govs to enforce public accommodation before transgender  cause célèbre "politicized" toilets (pick one, any one).

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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Considering that she's the founder of Cosmopolitan magazine, I'd have to say that's a lateral move.

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Innovation UPDATE: Mint Press News implemented commercial advertising a/o today. User control of the spot playback is "hidden" in the HTML "header". Playback cannot be controlled unless the user utilizes browser "developer tools." :15 sec spots automatically launch on entry to the site and roll through advertisers' media slots (A/V and V only) as the user scrolls the "front page."



This user has noted in a trend in aggressive push placement tech at a variety of MSM anglophone websites beginning 1Q2018. This particular script is a desperate, indeed disingenuous, tactic to generate income and marketing data absent genuine solicitation of readers for subscription fee or "donations" much less grants from institutional funders.

Cue "late stage capitalism" quips as is the custom rather than say, the market of activist/journalist/columnist/photographer/writer/vlogger//economists is saturated.


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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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Great Barrier Reef saw huge losses from 2016 heatwave
One-third of reefs in the world's largest coral system were transformed by warmed waters, finds comprehensive underwater and aerial survey.
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universal "ad block" trundling down the rails, pushed by unexpected opponents of free trade --the EPP group?
Geoffroy Didier, a French centre-right MEP, called the GDPR "a first step in the right direction".

"It is a necessary step, but it is not sufficient, which is why I propose that we go further than that and we demand that these platforms are no longer able to use our data for commercial purposes," Didier said. He called for new rules defining how tech platforms can store and use personal data.

Imagine this: A "one-click" switch required at every URL portal that turns off advertisers' content and programming.

How will The Developers survive on nothing but primitive page views and unique visitor stats?!!


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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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Sure. In this case, it seems most likely to me that Russia was responsible, in the sense of it was someone important based in Russia that did it.

There's no doubt that the whole situation suits politicians on all sides. Toothless diplomatic sanctions, ritual air strikes, distract from the fundamental failings of UK/US political systems by focusing on minor effects of Russian based interventions.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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What happens with a coalition? Does it have to be a manifesto promise of the DUP as well? (Is it?)

And there's no manifesto promise of which kind of Brexit. What if the Lords don't reject Brexit but only reject have-cake-and-eat-it Brexit?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

Re: Happy Black History
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A hard time getting in?

That's not how I remember it, the Labour party brought them in the face of an extremely hostile and negative reaction from the press and the public. This was the time of the infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech from Enoch Powell where he spoke of immigration causing riots in the streets.

The problem was that the country simply had no way of settling the numbers of people who arrived. They were housed in abandoned army camps in conditions that were simply unsuitable, but were the best that could be managed given the notice period.

But the owner of Grunwicks was a nasty little man who was far more suited to the employment conditions of today with zero hours minimum wage contracts imposed on many sectors of the workforce. He deserved to go down.

But, sadly it lasted a long time and he gained a large amount of sympathetic press in right wing papers who were promoting the idea of the lawlessness of unions wrecking the country.

Thacher probably can thank the Grunwick workers (and Liverpool council) in part for her victory

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

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Sure, there is certainly a risk of overreacting and going pro Russia, humans in general seem to have trouble when more than two options are on the table.
But everyone lying doesn't equal Russia did it, either.
What I find most irritating about the Russia panic is that in most cases, even if the worst accusations are true, the proposed solutions are worse. Russian bots? Deputize the corporations that run all channels of communication to censor political expression. Syria killed a bunch of people with poison gas instead of shrapnel and white phosphorous like a civilized country, in violation of its OCW commitments? Bomb the country in a clear violation of the UN charter.
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Beautiful
Die ÖVP-FPÖ-Regierung deckelt die Verwaltungsstrafen für Firmen, die Mitarbeiter bei der Sozialversicherung nicht oder falsch anmelden. Die sogenannten Säumniszuschläge betragen künftig maximal 855 Euro pro Meldeverstoß, was bei der SPÖ für große Aufregung sorgt. Die entsprechende Änderung des Allgemeinen Sozialversicherungsgesetzes (ASVG) geschieht über das Budgetbegleitgesetz.

Defrauding the social security system now carries a maximal fine of 855€ (if you are a company, obviously).
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It's all pretty dire. Short answer: no. Long answer: Also no. The Soc-Dems are settled with a liberal party leader, in both the market and other sense of the word, with convictions that run as deep as a puddle. All the embarrassingly offensive and bad laws we got in the last few months of the coalition had to have his OK. And after the CETA turnabout I don't see how you can take anything coming from Soc-Dem central seriously. They are also settled with a federal structure and at least one state organisation that you can count for the far-right without being too far off. All this will not change since the dearth of other options leads to OK results at the polls.
The Green successor party has no activists and no real party structure. It is basically only a handful of people sitting in parliament so it isn't entirely clear for what you would even be signing up if you intended to join.
There is also a well funded neoliberal party that calls itself "NEOs" with admirable honesty, that gets to play the defender of civil liberties.
That's basically all for opposition in Parliament.
I also looked in on the local DIEM chapter. Certainly quite a number of well-meaning people but seems still very far from being in a state to contest elections.
There are also the communists who have recently snapped up the Green Party Youth. Didn't help them last election and I see no real life signs from them.
Just for an honourable mention: I also looked up what the local anti-fa was up to (on Twitter) and a lot of them seem pretty concerned about BDS. ???
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I knew you had to be winding us up at 'British Champagne'!
Babycham, anyone?
Glass of Perry, p'raps?


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Cambridge Analytica Ex-CEO Refuses to Testify in UK
University of Essex lecturer Emma Briant, who has for a decade studied the SCL Group -- a conglomerate of companies, including Cambridge Analytica -- interviewed company founder Nigel Oakes when she was doing research for a book. Oakes compared Trump's tactics to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in singling out Jews for reprisals.

"Hitler attacked the Jews, because ... the people didn't like the Jews," he said on tapes of the interview conducted with Briant. "He could just use them to . leverage an artificial enemy. Well that's exactly what Trump did. He leveraged a Muslim."

##Mental disorder is a communicable disease

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contract of adhesion

< wipes tears >

Ahead of GPDR effective date, disdainful US innerboob publishers are pushing EU cookie notice policy to the "next level." That is the concise version of existing Terms of Use notices published at their websites: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT. ALL UR BELONG TO US.

hipster version

gangster version
Facebook Rolls Out New Privacy Settings Ahead of EU Data Law

Facebook's Rob Sherman, who is the company's deputy chief privacy officers, said Facebook will not let users opt out of having their data collected for targeted advertisements.

"People can choose to not be on Facebook if they want," Sherman said.

I for one am uncertain how US court will remedy imminent complaints of erstwhile users who-want-to-know-how-their-personal-data-is-used much less those of the my-PII-data-was-improperly-shared-somehow class.

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

Happy Black History
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Y3 D108 Double Feature

Rise of the Machines, 1600 - 1700

Working Class History | The Grunwick Strike, 1976 | AUDIO

AMRIT WILSON: I think that the workforce who came, who were employed at Grunwick, were mainly people who had fled from east Africa but had a very hard time in getting to Britain because the policies at the time of the then Labour partners. And then found themselves in a completely alien situation where they had been, most people had been middle-class. So the men found it very hard to do the types of jobs that were available ... some of them managed to find reasonable jobs, but the women then added to the family income by taking on sweatshop work.
INTERVIEWER: Add to that, I think, the owners of Grunwick were very explicit about the fact that they wanted to employ these types of women because they thought, they were very passive and they would accept the kind of wages they were being offered, and they wouldn't be able to get other people to do this kind of work.



by Cat on
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Sorry. He's not going to get it from her. Not upstate, not on the island, not even the rock. she's got to beat cuomo in a closed primary. c'mon.

she's not that entertaining.

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In story: 15 - 22 April 2018

Re: Sex with sanctimony
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Greer is reduced to being a professional troll these days. Not worth the bother

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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News and Views

 15 - 22 April 2018

by Bjinse - Apr 11, 72 comments

Your take on this week's news

 1 - 8 April 2018

by Bjinse - Mar 31, 92 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 16 - 22 April

by Bjinse - Apr 11, 11 comments

It's the glory of the thread that has turned my head

 Open Thread 1 - 8 April

by Bjinse - Mar 31, 14 comments

It does not matter how slowly you thread as long as you do not stop

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