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having difficulty seeing improvement on PPACA through the cost-shifting scheme. ugh.

by Cat on
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Did Bernal, Hayes (or anyone) related eschatology and historical ecology directly? If you have references, please email me.

The ancient Greece and Rome were organic progenies of the civilization centers round Asia Minor. They were the New Worlds across a sea or two, somewhat deviant in their intellectualism or organized militarism.

Apart from them, Europe was a backwater of the most active trade routes and cultural exchange up until the 16th century. With Portugal and Spain the most desperate back ends. But the military experiences in the Mediterranean provided Europe with a huge naval edge.

by das monde on
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Medicaid Transition Plan s/b Medicare Transition Plan.

That was a freudian, I won't lie.

by Cat on
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First Reading
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of Almost Medicare for All.

Beside institution of Medicaid Transition Plan (premium paid, capitation-subsidized PPACA "silver plan" insurance for everyone 20-34 years old! Millenials!!),

a few kind of critical components are missing.

  1. specification of "participating" medical provider seems to be turfed to secretary to write regulations;

  2. specification of supplementary ("advantage", "gap", drug "doghnut", sprinkles) insurance providers alludes to existing law;

  3. Income tax withholding tables for 35+ year-old "Medicare" enrolled by Y4 , all other tax contributions to the Trust Funds and state withdrawals from the Trust Fund. No wonder Sander's floated a draft.

Sanders does grant CMS power to negotiate universal (sort of) drug prices and service fees. So there's that.

by Cat on
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nine days late

S.1804 - Medicare for All Act of 2017

with no related House bill.

by Cat on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

"how close is this..."
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West Germany was anything but an artificial construct. It was the historical Germany, being almost geographically identical to what was, for almost 1,200 years, the only Germany. Julius Caesar named the land ...

wow. What a ludicrous premise. So yeah. no, just no in the first instance.

This essay is a wonderful example of "casual" bigotry. Thanks, Helen. File in "Romanticism" / Contemporary Polemic / AfD Sympathizer / Failed States.

  1. Answer: Comparison of political (ethnic) divisions in the other 26, especially the united kingdoms' and Catalunya at the moment, demonstrate why it is always a mistake to isolate current events from their historical, contemporaneous contexts. Indeed, but for Roman empire and the Napoleanic dynasty --not US magisterial authority after VJ Day-- neither "nationalism" across europe nor EU federalism would be of much concern to the author today. He'd be a back-stabbing courtier.

  2. "Politics are local." And local politics invariable concern distribution of tax receipts among citizens. Adenauer and Kennedy understood that identity, as was convenient for them, as anethema [!] to the demos during Reconstruction.

  3. Germans are heavily taxed. And Brits are about to be retroactively taxed heavily, too, for the same purpose --mediating political malfeasance including cost of re-unification. #2019Charge, #NoRetroTax and tax avoidance

With Donald Trump's wavering on Nato and his noisy anti-German protectionism, along with Brexit, the West may no longer seem vital to Germany's future.

Hawes is barking up the wrong tree.


by Cat on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

intellectual property rights (IPR)
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law and enforcement is such a perverse and invidious expression of capitalist principles --not only exclusive use (ownership) but profit maximization. That's all there is to it (any ethical or moral justification) beyond a very anti-social conceptualization of authority.

THERE IS ONE CREATOR.
THE ONE CREATOR IS THE TRUE MESSIAH.

by Cat on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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if western Europe wants Germany to keep singing "Ode to Joy"

If Western Europe really wanted that, they would have come up with some words to their anthem....

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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Entertaining but no. Just no.

I mean, my first reaction is to go through it with scissors and point out all the stuff he leaves ut that would complicate the picture, but it doesn't really matter. The Junker's manorialism was destroyed by the Soviets in 1945 and besides West Germany dominates the new Germany politicly and economically.

And his political and economical analysis of the re-unification with West paying for it all misses the Western economic elites taking over the ownership in the East and the East role in keeping the value of the currency down. And so on.

There is probably East-West splits in Germany today, but it is more reasonable to look at re-unification than an economic system that was abolished eighty years ago.

by fjallstrom on
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Julia Reda - What the Commission found out about copyright infringement but `forgot' to tell us
Does copyright infringement negatively affect legal sales? This is a fundamental question with profound implications on the way copyright and copyright enforcement policy should work.

In January 2014, the European Commission awarded the Dutch company Ecorys a contract worth €360.000 to conduct a study on the question.

Then the Commission classified the results. Fortunately Reda has found and published it.

The conclusion?
Displacement_study.pdf

In 2014, on average 51 per cent of the adults and 72 per cent of the minors in the EU have illegally downloaded or streamed any form of creative content, with higher piracy rates in Poland and Spain than in the other four countries of this study. In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements.

So a majority of the EU population is criminalised based on industry nonsense. And when the Commission found out about it they hid the data.

by fjallstrom on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

Netanyahu's UN speech
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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This is GREAT!  Let the rest of the U.S. go to hell and California will finally wake up and wave BYE BYE.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Swiss Alpine Air
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Our IP server locations may differ. I can view the clip (USA, Mid-Atlantic, N. VA, AT&T pipe straight to NSA).

by Cat on
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errybuddy knows it is not a TUBMAN.

And so concludes today's lesson "Real Complementarity".

by Cat on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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Guardian - David Shariatmadari - There's no crisis of free speech. Milo's campus crusade is rank hypocrisy

If you're curious as to what a basket of deplorables looks like in real life, perhaps you should head over to Berkeley next week, where Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and friends will gather for a "festival of free expression" at the University of California campus. Maybe they'll oblige by arriving in a hot air balloon, to render the metaphor entirely literal.

The fact is, they may not arrive at all: Yiannopoulos, who is helping stage the series of events, has made a point of selecting "everyone who has been prevented from speaking at Berkeley in the last 12 months". But "prevented" should be taken with a pinch of salt. Anti-immigrant firebrand Coulter, for example, decided of her own accord to cancel an appearance in April after the authorities allocated her a time slot designed to minimise the likelihood of a disturbance. "It's a sad day for free speech," she lamented, apparently without irony. This time around, the university administration has complained that deadlines for booking venues have been missed and fees remain unpaid. Yiannopoulos calls it a "coordinated bureaucratic mission to silence conservative voices". Is it possible that the organisers would like nothing more than for Berkeley to insist on reasonable measures to ensure order, before flouncing off and crying censorship? Surely not.
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As far as I can see, the direction of travel is not towards a greater number of limits on behaviour, but simply to different ones. And, though there is certainly much to argue about in the detail, these limits seem in general to be more enlightened - less about controlling people, and more about protecting them - than those of the past. The reactionary right paints this shift as a kind of tyranny: the policing of thought, an attempt to curtail hitherto unfettered freedom. But they would do, wouldn't they, because it is their moral code that is gradually being dismantled.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

valence and signed semantics
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Delegated causality has a self-contradictory flavor of a Goodelian paradox [36] in the causality language. This messes up basic principles for physicalism [42], and Kim's argument [41] against non-reductive physicalism.

the up* and down*, the in* and out*, the reverse* and rarely inverse* or reciprocal*: cartesian axes and real number lines are quite a handicap in communicating unknown quantities and mathematical operations, after all. The concept of infinitesimal "boundaries" is an inadequate expression of being and becoming. How many uh times must it be said until it is not?

I am thinking, when the reefer is undetectable.

by Cat on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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A special British 50p coin.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Swiss Alpine Air
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Ben Elton wote a stage play about this in 1990, called Gasping.

I think that the last series of Dr Who extended the idea with the episode Oxygen

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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what's a Benjamin?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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This is a very interesting essay on how the historic divisions within Germany have profound implications for the future of Europe. Question I have is: how close is this to on-the-ground reality?

New Statesman - James Hawes - What Britain needs to understand about the profound and ancient divisions in Germany

On 24 September, Angela Merkel will be re-elected chancellor of Germany and that, we might think, will be that. With Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron in control of the European project, populism will surely be vanquished and the old Franco-German core of the EU restored. Yet things are changing, and if western Europe wants Germany to keep singing "Ode to Joy" as enthusiastically as "Deutschlandlied", it will have some work to do. Our Brexit negotiators need to see how important this is to Macron, to other European leaders and, above all, to thinking Germans.

For we may all soon miss the old, self-effacing Germany. Despite having such economic power, it always seemed to have no greater wish than to exist as part of a larger whole. Konrad Adenauer, its first postwar chancellor and founding father, made Westbindung ("binding to the West") the heart of West German politics. Adenauer came from the deeply Catholic Rhineland, "amid the vineyards" as he put it, "where Germany's windows are open to the West". His instinctive cultural sympathy was with France, but he knew that West Germany's existence depended on keeping America in Europe. France he courted out of profound conviction, the US out of clear-eyed necessity, and he was worried that after him this twin course might be abandoned. His demands for reassurance during his final year in office led to John F Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech of 1963. Every West German knew about that, and about the Berlin Airlift: these became locations of national memory from which West Germany triangulated its sense of self.

There were some Germans for whom this was too much. Anti-Americanism was ingrained among West Germany's hard left, the early Green Party and the tiny hard right. But even Germans who were suspicious of America had no fear of tying themselves closer to Europe. On the contrary, that was exactly what they wanted. The standard explanation of this is guilt. West Germans, in this argument, felt so remorseful about the horrors of the Second World War that they wanted to make amends. This idea fitted with others' belief that Germany did indeed have much to feel guilty about.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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I think this product really exists.

Is there really no way to embed videos any more? Is this yet another example of Google being evil?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

Re: [INCONTINENCE ALERT]
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re: "real men"

hmm, yes, well, I've had a "Deep Space 9" retrospective or my mind for the past few weeks. Consequently, I'm uncertain if "real ferangi" is the truly the more fitting term.

by Cat on
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Independent
Brexit could lead to the development of a new form of the English language, according to a new academic paper.

Dr Marko Modiano, of Gavle University in Sweden, said there were already signs that "Euro-English" was developing its own distinct way of speaking.

And this could eventually be codified in a dictionary and taught in schools in much the same way that American or Australian English is today if English is retained as the lingua franca of the European Union after the UK leaves.

[...]

"It is conceivable that the American-English spelling system may be deemed more utilitarian. That some 70 per cent of `native speakers' use this spelling convention, which dominates the Internet, further strengthens the argument to implement it for Europe as well," Dr Modiano said.

Euro-English could help provide its users with a "sense of identity" among other benefits which were "both logical and welcome".

"In the act of recognising the validity of Euro-English," Dr Modiano wrote, "one liberates continental European [second language] users of English from the tyranny of standard language ideology."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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I'm certain that I could not have better written the current "state of play", given the "rules" or bounded rationality of the players.

Merkel's EU-policies: Paris can wait

Instead of dwelling on discussions about potential new financial means for the eurozone and the EU, Merkel drew attention to what she sees as the most important future challenges for the EU: digitisation, industrialisation, trade relations with third countries, strengthening of European competitiveness.

There are several reasons why Merkel chooses to remain tight-lipped about Macron`s reform agenda. [1], additional billion-euro payments to the European partners would go down badly with her conservative party as well as their voters.

Nor the other 25

[2] Merkel - whose victory in the elections seems almost certain - does not yet know who her coalition partner(s) will be.

in the 'tags, in the eurozone, or at the "periphery". Juncker threw out the 3% guidance in the SOTEU. And I'd be surprised as hell, if Barnier --after what he's been through wrangling "banking union-- came out supporting Macron's eurobonds.

by Cat on
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In story: 18 - 24 Sep 2017

Re: bitcon FOLKLORE
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The Empire Strikes Back with a Coordinated War on Crypto
It's not a battle between business and government. It's a battle between the centralized empires of the world and a decentralized rebel alliance of every day people, an eternal battle.

And it's not just a battle.

It's a war.

No.

archived:
"free-range capital is the foil for law and order and a reliable protagonist in social media pulp fiction." 2017

"Bitcoin, like all great fantasies, has a compelling creation myth ..." 2014

"And the epitome of nonsense: How much power do we spend to make Bitcoins? ..." 2013

by Cat on
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In story: Faux Accompli

Re: Swedish model: regional finance. infrastructur
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Thanks for your review. I value your opinion highly.

by Cat on
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time stamp
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US press and Democratic Party senators have spent the past seven calendar days though inventing amendments to it and provisions in it that they either approve or disapprove of.

by Cat on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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I have an idea! (Oh no ... groan)  Let's have an ET pool.  I say 1 year from today, either the "investigation" will be continuing or it will be over and NO ONE will be charged with anything.  I've got a crisp Benjamin to burn ... anybody want in?  Payoff day will be 9/20/18.  Who's in?

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on
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In story: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep

Re: Open Thread 18 - 24 Sep
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If he arranges for New York State or NJ to bring charges, there's no way for Trump to pardon them.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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News and Views

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