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Re: Ferguson as seen from abroad
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prolly better for you anyway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Improving the TSA
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ABC
Transportation Security Administration workers will be getting training on how to recognize District of Columbia driver's licenses and identification cards.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district's delegate to Congress, says the training will help the TSA resolve the recurring problem of officers not recognizing the validity of District licenses at airports.

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The Germans are right: prices never decrease.

Just wages and living standards.

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Re: Tired of software updates?
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I followed ATinNM's advise about updating Java over a year ago and at every log-in I have to do two clicks to shut up the reminder, plus it will autostart and freeze many applications until I again click the same two Xs. Sometimes I have to Control+Alt+Delete and close it from the menu. I have yet to find a real problem with the old Java.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Crack is the bane of the trailer park set in the Ozarks. 10 X the bang of beer and you can make it yourself, though it is easier if you can get Pseudafed. Sadly, there is no real alternative I have found for Pseudafed that actually works. I have to get it by prescription and then the pharmacist tries to switch me out to a substitute. Damn crackheads. But the situation has led me to non drug solutions, of which nasal irrigation with a drop of three different essential oils in a saline solution, which helped a lot this last, long winter.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Re: Where is the accountability?
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Yes, there is Wolfgang Münchau and the Herdentrieb blog on Zeit. But that is pretty much it.
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Mine do. Shrinking fabric must be the only explanation.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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I just looked at his graphs... Triple-dip recession! We're there already.

Or are these just the decreasing oscillations before growth and inflation just stabilise at zero?

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As I understand it, ISIS chased the government troops out of Tikrit and handed it over to the local vestigial Baathist and tribal Sunni militias who have been contesting it off and on since the invasion. i.e. what is lazily identified in the western media as the "Islamic republic" is a patchwork of highly-variable local situations.

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Like my shirts, then.

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FT.com: Iraqi forces fail to retake Tikrit (August 19, 2014)
The struggle came as further north, Kurdish and Iraqi military, with US help, worked to maintain control of Mosul dam, having reclaimed it from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, on Monday.
So they captured the dam, but what interests me is a detail I have not seen reported in other major English-language media:
Abu Abd al-Naami, a spokesman for the Council of Iraqi Revolutionaries, which represents some of the country's Sunni tribes that are fighting against the Iraqi government, claimed that Tikrit had come under attack from the Iraqi army, but that "tribal" and "revolutionary" forces had stymied the attempt.

Mr al-Naami, whose organisation insists there is no such body called Isis, added that fighting continued on the southeastern outskirts of the birthplace of executed former president Saddam Hussein.

To judge by other coverage, you'd think that "Sunni tribal" forces are on the side of the Iraqi government and the Kurdish Peshmergas fighting against ISIS. So there is an unreported elements t of inter-tribal warfare here and Western intervention is once again getting into a wasp nest which is poorly understood. But there is more, from the WSJ: Iraqi Military Launches Offensive to Reclaim Tikrit (August 19, 2014)
It also appeared to be aimed at redefining the narrative in a nation that saw its U.S.-trained military collapse under the Islamic State assault, with soldiers showing little resistance amid chaotic leadership.

"This was a surprise move and it seems to have been quite effective so far," said a senior official from the Kurdish Regional Government prime minister's office. Kurdish officials also confirmed that none of the region's Peshmerga units were active on the Tikrit front. Kurdish Pershmerga forces, supplied with weapons from the U.S. and other Western nations, have proved to be the most effective fighting force against the Islamic State.

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With the Kurdish Peshmerga forces ascendant in the fight against militants, the Iraqi military has sought to reassert itself as the central government seeks to control the flow of Western arms through Baghdad, rather than see it parceled directly to Kurdish authorities, who have long sought an independent state.



by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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The Germans are right: prices never decrease. :-P

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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A thousand times Gah

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: StartThe Week Open Thread

Re: Tired of software updates?
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Google Update has four items in my Windows Task Scheduler. Their combined effect is to make my system phone home to Google every half-hour that it's running.

I never asked for these scheduled tasks. I have several times cleared them out. Google puts them back in.

My conclusion is that updates are just another way for big corporations to increasingly run my local machine and follow what I do.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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They are not talking about backwards-looking moving averages (which would be wrong in any case) but whether inflation "expectations" are "anchored", which they remain "firmly" so if you squint really hard in the direction of 5-year forward 5-year inflation swaps. (I'm not kidding)

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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Re: Where is the accountability?
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Well, not exactly: Warum Deutsche fallende Preise fürchten (Wolfgang Münchau, Spiegel, 26.02.2014)
Die Mehrheit der Deutschen erwartet steigende Preise - um fallende schert sich dagegen kaum jemand. Das aber ist brandgefährlich.
Spiegel even said it with cartoons.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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Re: Ferguson as seen from abroad
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For the lower classes, it is "Post-Apocalypse Now" for a few years already.
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There is now a second in that incrementally increases the increase?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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Nothing will change until one of the major countries makes credible threats about breaking the EMU, hopefully France, but possibly Italy, preferably both.
Funny you should say that...

Bill Mitchell: A rogue nation is needed to exit the Eurozone August 11, 2014

I plan to send my final manuscript for my Eurozone book to the publishers tonight. I have some final checks to make on the 390 pages. I hope it will be published in both English and Italian later in the year. Obviously I will promote it here once it is ready. The book contends that the Eurozone is structurally biased towards stagnation because of the neo-liberal rules that constrain national governments from dealing with large spending collapses with appropriately scaled fiscal responses. The crisis in now into its 6th year and there is little sign that the stagnation is over. Indeed, the latest data would suggest that some of its largest economies are going backwards still. Italy has just announced it is back in recession and factory orders to Germany have plunged. I have been saying it for years but repetition is no sin - they should dismantle the currency union in an orderly manner and allow the national governments to return to growth in their own way. The nations are incapable of doing that collectively given the neo-liberal Groupthink that has them in a vice. So, a rogue nation is needed to break out of the straitjacket and provide a blueprint for the others. Italy should be that nation. In many ways it has panache and flair - it is time to show it in this specific way.


by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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the ECB is all they[France]'ve got
And the ECB is fatally flawed.
and by their own design, too. Hoist on their own petard, I'm through feeling sorry for the French political class.

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Schäuble wants to eliminate deficit and reduce debt, and at the same time he wants high yields for German bonds (so Oma and Opa can get their rendite). But this means that he wants to reduce the supply of bonds and inincrease their price. Something is wrong with this at a very basic misroeconomic level.
and I thought I was being careful precisely on the yield increase/price decrease point...

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Poemless - The Three Tipping Points in Ferguson

I have been asked to write about the "race riots" in Ferguson, MO for PoliSMI.ru. I am not going to write about race riots, because that does not adequately describe what is taking place in Ferguson. On one evening a number of individuals did riot. What is important to understand are the events preceding this and those that have followed.

I must qualify my perspective, which is neither that of a journalist nor that of a citizen of Ferguson. I am originally from the St. Louis region (Alton, IL) and have family across the St. Louis metro area, where my ancestors settled in the 19th Century. I have spent a lot of time in north St. Louis County where Ferguson, MO is located. I am white. My little brother used to manage one of the stores attacked in the riot. The following is my understanding of events shaped by reading live reports from local residents, speaking with my friends and family and my own knowledge of the history and culture of the area. I cannot pretend that I am not emotional, that it has not impacted me in personal ways or that I understand what it is like to be there on the ground or a random American in Ohio watching this on the news. I cannot speak for anyone or claim objectivity. I can try to provide context and insight.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Re: Tired of software updates?
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tell me about it.

I'm currently getting a constant reminder to update microsoft office 2010, but it doesn't look anything like a microsoft reminder

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Not this party. Hanging around with nationalistic movements masquadering as "national Liberation movements is much more important for them´.

Someone could remind them of Hitler's economic policies, but that might be a bit explosive. But then there is the question of who could take the role of Hitler. Might be best not to go there.

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WaPo - Gail Sullivan - How Facebook and Twitter control what you see about Ferguson

Social media is controlled by algorithms - a mathematical formula that dictates what you see and when. In the past week, people have noticed something curious about the way these algorithms have filtered news about protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The fundamental differences between the two platforms help explain the disparity.

"Because of its brevity, and the ease with which updates can be shared, Twitter is a much more rapid-fire experience than Facebook, and that makes it well suited for quick blasts of information during a breaking-news event like Ferguson," Mathew Ingram of Gigaom pointed out. The non-newsy content that clutters the platform also makes it ill-suited for following breaking news, he added.

Another huge difference? Algorithms. Your Twitter feed isn't controlled by an algorithm. You see the tweets of people you follow in real time. But Facebook uses a complicated algorithm to determine what ends up in your news feed. They won't reveal exactly how it works, but the company has said it ranks the content based in part on what you've liked, clicked or shared in the past.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Social and economic issues defined the left for well over 100 years.

Not this party. Hanging around with nationalistic movements masquadering as "national Liberation movements is much more important for them´.

"They should visit Lenin's tomb. He is still dead."

Do they know? Most of them think propably Putin is Lenin reborn.

by IM on
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I didn't know that Kurdistan was where you go when all you want is to reassure all that you support  the prevailing economic views. Social and economic issues defined the left for well over 100 years. But now careerism takes precedence over coherence. They should visit Lenin's tomb. He is still dead.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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That is always the worst kind. Sadly, such blindness seems to be a strong factor in advancement.

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