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In story: Some self-reflections on Brexit

Re: Supply chains & Globalism
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Car manufactures are consumers of (parenthetical short list of raw materials, intermediate goods).

Why, yes. That's what I noted.

Corporations of first world countries have been extracting --stripping-- raw materials and intermediate goods such as steel, iron, crude oi, petroleum, petro distillates, SUGAR CANE, COCOA, BANANAS (an other delicate, tropical fruits for garnish and loaded in gelatin terrines), RUBBER, TEAS, COTTON, SILK, LABOR, goddam GOLD and FOREIGN LAND for several centuries. Let's round up to 10.

"Our Oil" in Their Ground

Corporations of first world countries --empires-- produce "finished" goods such as automobiles and retail consumers to waste them. Children of the world, crawling down the supply chain as in the former British India, know this branch of it as "adding value" to the wilderness. They was some "added value," too. The developed world is in a panic to hold on to

Vertical or Horizontal Monopoly?

Why just today Kai Rysdall (VOA/NPR "Marketplace") revived the threat China's "monopoly" in production and marketing of "rare earth" minerals poses to, you guessed it! Western "advanced" defense.har technologies, game consoles, and cellphones. Which is kinda counter-intuitive since that whole cheap steel, coal, and TEU "monopoly" turned a glut not so long ago.

Whatever led you to assume that I believe car manufactures produce steel?

by Cat on
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In story: Open Thread 26 June

Re: Open Thread 26 June
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In story: LQD - Channelling Fintan O'Toole

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Cue "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", especially part three "Praying for the End of Time" with the Tories channeling Meatloaf.
by rifek on
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In story: 19 - 25 June 2017

Re: DATA is broken
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you're not the first person to suggest that

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 19 - 25 June 2017

Re: Economy & Finance
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The leader of the DUP is heavily implicated in a very corrupt energy scheme called "Cash for Ash" which has left a £1.2 billion hole in NI finances.

Now the Tories have bailed her out with enough left over for a decent night on the Guinness for her mates in the UDA/UVF

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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This week is like that old joke: A man visits its GP, and says, "Doctor, something is very wrong with me, whatever part of my body I poke at, I'm hurting."
The doctor looks up, and concludes after one glance: "That's because you've strained your index finger."

Please chalk all the typo's this week to the loss of a slice of my left index finger to an cheese slicer. Also, any increased incoherence will be blamed on subsequent blood loss. For those who must know, I did not finish eating the sandwich.

Ow. Ow. Ow.

by Bjinse on
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In story: 26 June - 2 July 2017

Re: Living On the Planet
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The Oxford English Dictionary Just Added 'Woke.' It's Older Than You Might Think - Time

Slang is almost always older than you think. English speakers have been calling stylish people "fly" since at least 1953. Though it's everywhere now, the first known use of OMG goes back to 1917. And the Oxford English Dictionary's latest update shows that the same is true of woke: The term, which has spread virally in recent years after being embraced by the Black Lives Matter movement, has been used to describe those who are aware since the early 1960s.

Here's how the OED defines it.

    woke, adjective: Originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice; frequently in stay woke.

The OED added that word, along with scores of others, in its quarterly update this June. Before editors add any word, they dig to find the earliest examples they can of it being used.

by Bjinse on
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One year after the Brexit vote, Britain's relationship with the E.U. is unlikely to change much. Here's why. - Washington Post


Decades ago, political scientists Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye identified "asymmetrical interdependence" as the basic source of influence in international economic negotiations. When a buyer and seller bargain over the price of a house or a car, the person who needs the deal more is at a structural disadvantage. In world politics, power similarly stems from interdependence: The more dependent a country is on external flows of trade and investment, the more concessions it will make to secure a liberalizing agreement. That is why small countries, for which trade constitutes a critical lifeline, usually have less clout.

Britain is unlikely to extract many concessions from a far larger Europe on which it is asymmetrically dependent. Almost 50 percent of British exports go to Europe: They total 13 percent of British GDP, while European exports to Britain total only 4 percent of European GDP. If no agreement is reached, Britain has at least four times more to lose.

Britain will have to prioritize what it cares most about, such as future migration; it is likely to expend its limited bargaining power to achieve those goals. Yet, generally, if anyone is to make concessions to preserve the basic relationship, it is more likely to be Britain than Brussels. And that means retaining current policies.

To enhance British bargaining power, some Tories suggest rapidly signing trade agreements with non-European countries. Yet such trade agreements generally take a decade or more to negotiate and implement, and Britain is so small that it is unlikely to wield more influence on the United States or China than on the European Union.


by Bjinse on
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In story: 19 - 25 June 2017

Re: Living Off the Planet
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And since everyone is cut off from the land and the ability to feed themselves, just when do the bread riots begin?
by rifek on
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Where did we the people go, Captain Pornstache?  Down the neolib rat hole you've made your name and fortune on.
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In story: 26 June - 2 July 2017

Living On the Planet
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In story: 26 June - 2 July 2017

Living Off the Planet
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In story: 19 - 25 June 2017

Re: DATA is broken
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I was getting as many as a dozen spam emails per day from DNC on this campaign, and I'm not even in the same state.  DNC used the Ossoff campaign to ignore the winnable races that had progressives running in them.
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In story: 19 - 25 June 2017

Re: People & Klatsch
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So Paul Krugman is cycling around Connemara.  Wouldn't mind having a pint with him and discussing "Leprechaun economics"

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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Britain imposed its first restrictions with the Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1962, six years before it withdrew from east-of-Suez imperial commitments and left management of those 'Free World' sectors to the Americans. These restrictions, compounded in a 1965 White Paper and then in subsequent acts in 1968 and 1971, did not at first seek to reduce the number of migrants, since quotas could be adjusted to fit the needs of employers, but to reduce their status and rights.

Gee. How many off-shore more wars for independence were aflame about that time?

by Cat on
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In story: 19 - 25 June 2017

bURGER kING IS rUN BY cHILDREN
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AirB "re-imagines" renting property is sharing property.

Social media "content contributors" re-imagine jobbing, piece-work, day labor, artisanal laundering and rag-picking form a "gig economy."

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Bloomberg Monday Mourning: "She drew a tepid reaction from fellow EU leaders last week [FRI,06.23.17] when she sketched out the plans at a meeting in Brussels."

UK's May leaves EU summit empty-handed

May's efforts to launch a serious debate about Brexit, during the 22-23 June summit in Brussels, were nipped in the bud before she even arrived. EU leaders accorded her a mere 10 minutes at the end of an official dinner to present her proposal for protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK and of British citizens in Europe.

:: INCIDENTALLY:: 'Germany Hegemony' Undermines Letter of SSM! Questions Exemption Demanded for Paltry EUR 17B Bailout!! Retail Depositors 2B Crushed!!!
Italy Bank Deal Makes Germans Wary of Macron's Euro Agenda

The government in Rome announced the country's biggest bank rescue to date on Sunday evening as it committed as much as 17 billion euros ($19 billion) to clean up two failed banks. While the European Commission approved the plan, German officials pointed to the involvement of state aid to shield senior creditors from losses as working around EU law established to deal with bank failures.
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"It's undisputed in Europe that a major goal of the new banking regulation is to protect the taxpayer," Finance Ministry spokeswoman Friederike von Tiesenhausen told reporters in Berlin on Monday. "The European Commission has the responsibility to ensure that state aid is kept to a minimum, also to prevent a de facto circumvention of settlement rules by national insolvency regimes."



by Cat on
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In story: 19 - 25 June 2017

Re: Economy & Finance
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"Agreement Between th Conservative and Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party on Support for the Government in Parliament", 3pp
"UK Government Financial Support for Northern Ireland", 3pp

-May Seals Billion-Pound Northern Irish Deal to Stay in Power

The accord was sealed on Monday morning in London after talks between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster at the premier's office in Downing Street. It includes a pledge of 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) of additional funding over two years for roads, broadband and healthcare in Northern Ireland. May's Conservatives will also have to tear up election manifesto commitments to curb increases in pensions and to cut winter fuel payments to pensioners.  


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You are living in a death cult | Richard Seymour on Patreon -
Borders are not perimeters, outlines, but grids of sorting and sifting, filters which govern the whole population. The border is everywhere, increasingly integral to the governance of race. Ever larger numbers of people in various institutions, from universities to hospitals, are being unofficially converted into border officials. Border men suddenly appear -- rather like The Breach in China Miéville's novel, The City and The City -- in the streets, or kicking down your door, and withdraw from sight just as quickly.

The border is a race-making apparatus in the guise of race-suppression. The language of legality, and integration, is supposed to guarantee that all citizens are treated equally. It is supposed to guarantee, in other words, that race -- a violent hierarchy -- will not exist. And by keeping out the displaced of imperialist wars, the refugees of the 'war on terror', it is supposed to externalise the violence of a global racial order.

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If you can appreciate the kind of journalism Selay Kouassi pursues, perhaps you can also appreciate the latest work he was part of:

How aid helps the rich get richer - ZAM Chronicle

Donor- funded development programmes in five extremely poor regions -of which two post-conflict- in Africa have benefited mainly the rich. An African Investigative Publishing Collective team that went on the ground in north Uganda (post Joseph Kony), Kinshasa in the DRC, Kibera township in Nairobi, western Ivory Coast and north west Cameroon, found that the aid projects had all been captured by the elites, whilst the poor were no better off, and sometimes actually poorer than before.

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According to the address on a Cameroonian commercial business website, the Joe Conner Water Company that built the now dilapidated pieces of road for the World Bank resides at Nkwen street in Bamenda. But Nkwen street is very long, and there is no house or plot number. A listed email address doesn't respond and neither does the phone number, which we ring for days. The company Bright GP that officially had built the water wells, is equally untraceable.

We try one more large World Bank and western donor-funded project:  Lifidep, purported to help farmers with cattle breeding since 2014. But Pius Mbipe, Lifidep's coordinator, is not inclined to communicate any Lifidep results so far. "We don't give information on the phone," he says. Can we then have an email address? "No. Sorry," is the last we hear before Mbipe disconnects.

"The farmers had some training," says editor Ful Joy of the monthly magazine `Farmer's Voice.' "But it's always those who manage the projects that benefit more." Asked what happens to the money poured into the region by donors generally, he says it "disappears in the hands of people who have big farms. They end up presenting more competition for small farmers."

According to the Cameroon Bureau of Statistics, people in North West in 2014 were poorer than they had been in 2001.

by Bjinse on
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In story: Some self-reflections on Brexit

Re: Supply chains & Globalism
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Car manufacturers are consumers of steel, not producers.

Anyway, if you want to talk about India and steel, what about Tata Steel?

by Gag Halfrunt on
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Are you more concerned with
(a) the "Trump Effect"
(b) labor rights @ AMZN
(c) Inventory control and quality assurance @ Whole Foods

You know the rule. You cannot have it all. Choose two? and act accordingly. For P > R- C must prevail.

by Cat on
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News and Views

 26 June - 2 July 2017

by Bjinse - Jun 26, 10 comments

Your take on this week's news

 19 - 25 June 2017

by Bjinse - Jun 19, 45 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 26 June

by Bjinse - Jun 26, 2 comments

When we are threading, we are alive

 Open Thread 19-25 June

by Bjinse - Jun 19, 25 comments

You're bound to get threads if you go thinkin' about stuff

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