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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Discrimination in Trento
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If they do that, it might affect a lot of M5S voters, who tend to be in the South. This might result in some grumbling on their website.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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If so, it's a deeply delusional one. What can Europeans do but roll their eyes at Boris's tantrums? They know that an actual hard Brexit is off the table in any rational scenario. Nevertheless they have contingency plans for dealing with the economic damage to Europe's northeastern seabord, during the transitional period until the UK elects a rational government.

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In story: June Open Thread

Re: hOlYMArYmudderAGott
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There are lots of very bright people in IT, and 90% of the work (conservatively) is either unproductive or actively counter-productive.

Sort of like the finance industry really.

by eurogreen on
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In story: June Open Thread

Re: Fun with Antipodes map
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Thank you, that's a cute app!

Chatham Island, a NZ dependency, is the antipodes of Alès in the Massif Central, near enough.

The antipodes of my birthplace is in the hills between Grenada and Seville. My wife is from Tetuàn, which maps nicely to some of my favourite beaches, in Northland. We are very close to being ... polar opposites?

by eurogreen on
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Happy Vanuatu Day!
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The advantage of transnational rules is that all the boondoggles have to be laid on the table and negotiated. And the big national corps who have their governments by the short and curlies domestically, suddenly have less leverage to pay near-zero tax.
So my guess is that overall collection would improve. Enabling a lowering of nominal rates, at constant revenue.

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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Illegal immigration
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It presumably helped that she is "non caucasian".

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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Economy & Finance
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... and of course the existence of a "gig economy" alternative is a major source of that worsening. "You don't like it, I'll get a mechanical Turk."

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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Happy Vanuatu Day!
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A German finance ministry spokeswoman said it was too early to assess whether the proposed changes would lead to more or less tax revenues.

Anyone want to guess? Go on, guess.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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I still one third expect Brexit to eat two more PMs and then get cancelled and never spoken of again.
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Discrimination in Trento
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Pogroms are the next logical step. Apparently the Minister of the Interior is going to take charge of them, to ensure they are executed in a decent and orderly manner.

by eurogreen on
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Happy Vanuatu Day!
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Does anyone remember the discussion about effective rates in say, France?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Living On the Planet
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Economy & Finance
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The Gig economy is fluffy marketing bullshit

Despite many impressionistic claims about the growth of precarious work, a comparison between the 2005 and 2018 BLS results shows a slight decline in the proportion of these forms of irregular employment from 10.7% of the workforce to 10.1% in 2017. The total number of such jobs in the BLS survey grew from 14,826,000 in 2005 to 15,482,000 in 2017. That's a relatively small gain of 656,000 jobs or by 4.6% over twelve years. The total number of employed workers, however, grew faster by 14,379,000 or by 10.4%.

The New York Times reported these results under the headline, "How the Gig Economy Is Reshaping Work: Not So Much." Doug Henwood similarly headlined his analysis "No, It's Not a Gig Economy." An Economic Policy Institute comment on the new BLS report agrees that "we are not becoming a nation of freelancers."

It's just that regular jobs have grown worse.

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In story: June Open Thread

Re: June Open Thread
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: Happy Vanuatu Day!
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brilliant news. Taking advantage of brexit to provide yet another dagger to the heart of neo-liberal corporate boondoggles.

Now if only they could re-write the articles of the ECB nd save the EU from the euro.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Nukes are 20th century warfare. Basing your defence on nukes renders your most expnsive equipment irrelevant to the actual threats nation states face.

Nukes are about politicans insecurities, not military planners assessment of needs

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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If Blatter is for it, then there must be something seriously wrong and probably corrupt about the idea.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Re: for the 20 millionth time
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/At this point you have to wonder who she thinks she's fooling. I know there are still Leave voters who think this is all easy and ethat everybody is making a lot of fuss over nothing and wondering why we just don't get on with it; however, I think even the majority of leave voters have twigged that this is quite seriously complicated and that the govt is making a right royal mess of it.

So, these bland statements are robotically delvered because it's part of her self-hypnosis programme. So long as she can fool herself into believing, she can at least sleep at night. Not that her hedge-fund manager husband cares, cos he'll make out like a bandit whatever happens.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Yes, that's the issue isn't it? All possibilities seem impossible.

Theresa May is boxed in on all sides, mostly as a consequence of choices she has made over the last 18 months since she took power. The easy option is the "no deal" fantasy beloved of the frothing-at-the-mouth brigade; mostly because it's achievable. But that's the country-equivalent of putting a gun in our mouths and pulling the trigger. However, all Prime Ministers care for their legacy, they wish to be viewed well, and destroying the country's economy will not be a good look.

It's the old joke;- "How do you get to a good brexit? Well, I wouldn't start from here"

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: June Open Thread

Top tourist attractions in Italy
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Business insider1. Colosseum
  1. Serravalle Designer Outlet
  2. Shopping village of Castel Romano
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7. Pompei

The article blames the Chinese.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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Weird
Homes, cars and possessions belonging to Sergei Skripal and the police officer poisoned in the Salisbury nerve agent attack will be bought by taxpayers in a £1 million deal, it has been reported.

The former Russian spy's house, which is still the scene of an ongoing investigation, will be bought by the Government for about £350,000, according to the Sunday Times.

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In story: June Open Thread

Re: June Open Thread
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In story: 18 - 25 June 2018

Great cover though.
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Sliding into? That has been unchanged policy since basically forever. The exception does not change the general rule.
I never really got the liberal Merkel myth. Suppose she would have signed an order in 2015 to send everyone back. For one, the Greece "compromise" of them holding their breath for 30 years would have collapsed. And the visuals would have been brutal. I don't think her government would have survived for as long as it has. And it certainly would have energized the left instead of the AfD, or CSU-North, so the people who matter might actually see their interests threatened.
And Merkel immediately moved all the levers back to fortress Europe the moment the immediate crisis was past.

I'm obviously no expert on what goes on in Söder's head but I imagine that he is just doing a Boris Johnson. It's not like there is any particular migration crisis going on at the moment, as far as Europe is concerned.

Syria is calming down, Iran is untouched and apparently no one is escaping from the US-Saudi genocide in Yemen.

by generic on
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Time is running out for Merkel. The CSU seems willing to blow up the coalition if she doesn't find "equivalent" solutions to turning back people at the border. The likelihood of finding such solutions with the likes of Saldini&Co is rather... The fortress Europe approach is now the default option that governments are sliding into.

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In story: Global Community Gathers in Russia

Re: Global Community Gathers in Russia
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Politics In Play

What else to expect from a FIFA Event ... Russia 2018 - Qatar 2022 - USA plus NAFTA 2026

That's so lovely about the sport of Football, the game never ends because the discussion is endless. The pubs have a great season!

by Oui on
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In story: Who gives a damn about Ireland?

Re: Playing for time, indeed, until October?
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Duh, whom the EU's gonna side with? The country remaining on the team in good standing? Or the one leaving the team in a huff while making threatening noises?

This is no rocket science, and these days, the EU won't be taking crap on the matter of EU borders either.

by Bernard on
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In story: June Open Thread

Re: June Open Thread
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In story: Global Community Gathers in Russia

Re: Global Community Gathers in Russia
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Germany got testosterone.

Will we see Messi like this?

by das monde on
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There is no time. If there is time there will be no patience for it among the British populace. People were already pissed off by the last one. Another one would reinforce the current atmosphere of exasperation with a 'shambolic' democratic process (well, sorry democracy is so taxing...), the negativity about Britain itself and the notion that this government is a joke. We see apathy is not good for a democracy.

If there is no time for a parachute election then would the PM really put her fate in Corbyn's hands to salvage a knife edge deal with the EU? Maybe it'd be interesting to see the buck being passed to Corbyn and to finally have crunch time arrive for him, too. I very much doubt it. But then all the other possibilities seem also impossible.

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archived
Poison fruit of a poison tree, part II, 2006

## sociopaths teaching sociopaths manners

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News and Views

 18 - 25 June 2018

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 11 - 17 June 2018

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