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It took Shenzhen 30 years and massive government funding aided by the US shedding technology, know-how, market share, and income to get to where it is.  China is pouring ~2.1 billion (US) into the physical infrastructure - an 'AI City' - they plan to support with $300 to $500 billion (US) in business and research funding.  

France has announced they will spend €1.5 billion over four years or €375 million/year.  Given the salary for one Deep Learning specialist has reached $1 million (US) a year France is severely handicapped at the start.  

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blah .... blah ... AI ... blah-de-blah ....innovation ... yadda yadda ... Deep Learning .... wordsaladwordsaladwordsalad  

Cargo Cult Technology

Just as cargo cultists create mock airports that fail to produce airplanes, cargo cult scientists technologists conduct flawed research that superficially resembles the scientific technological method, but which fails to produce scientifically technologically useful results.


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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Thou shalt not have a flat tax
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La Repubblica
Parlando del governo che si sta formando, la Cei boccia la flat tax e considera tra i "principi irrinunciabili" quello della "progressività fiscale", il che vuol dire "non tagli per tutti genericamente ma per le fasce per le quali è necessario". Lo ha detto il presidente della Conferenza episcopale italiana, cardinale Gualtiero Bassetti, parlando del governo che si sta formando e delle priorità. "Ci sia una maggiore tassazione sulle attività speculative, si cominci da lì". "Vigileremo - ha ammonito Basse4tti - saremo coscienza critica, abbiamo dei principi irrinunciabili: la centralità dell'uomo, il lavoro come elemento fondante della dignità, il rispetto della Costituzione, la scelta chiara per la democrazia e per l'Europa".
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Back in the day some called it obscenity.
The Disturbing Photography of Sally Mann
So here we are. Again.

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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Re: Italy's next prime minister
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Rather the rise of Mussolini, but yes, probably.

Wikipedia states:

"The groups that composed the Constituent Assembly covered a wide range of the political spectrum, with the prevalence of three major groups, namely christian democratics, liberals and leftists. All these groups were deeply anti-fascist, so there was general agreement against an authoritarian constitution,[3] putting more emphasis on the legislative power and making the executive power dependent on it.[4] So the Constitution doesn't follow the concept of separation of powers as conceived by major figures of the Enlightenment like Kant and Montesquieu, and incorporates mechanisms to protect the needs of governmental stability while avoiding any degeneration of parliamentarism."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Italy

And looking at following articles (on Wikisource, in English) it seems that they are designed to reserve these powers for the legislative assemblies.

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The Big Picture: Kleptocracy and Capital Flight

Nor has anyone related these cases to one of the most central facts about modern Russia: its emergence since the 1990s as a world-class kleptocracy, second only to China as a source of illicit capital and criminal loot, with more than $1.3 trillion of net offshore "flight wealth" as of 2016.

This tidal wave of illicit capital is hardly just Putin's doing. It is in fact a symptom of one of the most epic failures in modern political economy--one for which the West bears a great deal of responsibility. This is the failure, in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse in the late 1980s, to ensure that Russia acquires the kind of strong, middle-class-centric economic and political base that is required for democratic capitalism, the rule of law, and stable, peaceful relationships with its neighbors.

Instead, from 1992 to the Russian debt crisis of August 1998, the West in general--and the U.S. Treasury, USAID, the State Department, the IMF/World Bank, the EBRD, and many leading economists in particular--actively promoted and, indeed, helped to finance one of the most massive transfers of public wealth into private hands that the world has ever seen.

For example, Russia's 1992 "voucher privatization" program permitted a tiny elite of former state-owned company managers and party apparatchiks to acquire control over a vast number of public enterprises, often with the help of outright mobsters. A majority of Gazprom, the state energy company that controlled a third of the world's gas reserves, was sold for $230 million; Russia's entire national electric grid was privatized for $630 million; ZIL, Russia's largest auto company, went for about $4 million; ports, ships, oil, iron and steel, aluminum, much of the high-tech arms and airlines industries, the world's largest diamond mines, and most of Russia's banking system also went for a song.

Combating capital flight from developing countries (1986)
Closing Developing Countries' Capital Drain publication in 2016 by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Hamid Rashid  

Russian mafia finds a home in promised land | The Independent - March 1995 |
The 1995 Gangster Meeting in Israel: Who was Kremlin's point man on the Trump campaign?
Israel's dirty trade in Africa: Diamonds, weapons and settlements

Lev Leviev, a global tycoon known as the "king of diamonds", was a business partner of the Russian-owned company Prevezon Holdings that was at the center of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit launched in New York.

My earlier diary ...

During Yeltsin Era, UK and US Stripped Assets Off Russia
Globalisation: Katsyv links Moscow - London - NY - Tel Aviv
Russian Oligarch or FBI Rat?

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One of the best arguments for abortion
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See 972mag for details.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Re: Italy's next prime minister
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I notice you don't comment on their tax plans. If that passes, all the rest (end to austerity...) is irrelevant. I've seen no significant pushback from the M5S on this, and the speed in which Salvini got this into the coalition agreement suggests that he has very powerful people behind him. If this is among the first legislation he proposes, what are they going to do?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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Nice find there. There was an opinion piece I ran across a few years ago, "Don't share photos of your children on Facebook!" or something, to the effect that the embarassing photos of their mud and snot-smeared toddlerhood will haunt them forever in the online world of tomorrow, and the unintended consequences of such may well be damaging to their social and career prospects. Also, I was hoping that I could convince even one of my friends to cut back on their child photos. I failed.
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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Re: Italy's next prime minister
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Post-WW2 anti-fascist legislation, perhaps, with the rise of Hitler in mind?
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In story: Dublin is to Blame

Re: the elephant in the room
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The other elephant is Global Warming

If the rate of global warming continues to increases [and it is] and the climate continues to change there could be severe adverse effects on Ireland. As an island nation we are particularly vulnerable to increasing sea levels with coastal regions facing issues of flooding.  More erratic weather conditions could lead to both increased rainfall and storms as well as water shortages in summer. Increased rainfall could lead to flooding and in turn this would have adverse effects on water quality.

Changing weather could [will] also have devastating effects on the plants and wildlife of the country.

With the Gulf Stream slowing the effects will be felt sooner rather than latter.  Ireland is more-or-less on the same latitude as Labrador.  Without the moderating affect of the Gulf Stream Ireland's climate and weather will be "pushed" to similarities with Labrador.  Countering this will be the "pull" of increased ocean temperature along the equator and a consequent greater flow of warm moist air from the south hitting a greater flow of cold dry air from the north. How that plays out will be interesting.

Politically and economically NI is already a basket case.  The last time Ireland underwent this kind of weather induced stress was the middle 1600s and we all know what happened then: war and famine.  

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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Re: Italy's next prime minister
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But basically they never had any real ideas, so Salvini is making all the decisions

It's a chimera alright, but with Salvini (polling at 20%) and Di Maio at 32%, it is neither calling all the shots.
Salvini's right to power is conditional on two other right wing parties as he was the leader not only of his own party but as leader of the centre-right, with Berlusconi and Meloni. The latter two feel betrayed by Salvini and hate the 5* so will not go out of their way to support him.
Without their support it is Salvini who has to stay on the right side  (no pun intended) of Di Maio.
Salvini has zero original ideas for governance and has been just a noisy, useless, shitstirring parasite bigot racist whose climb to power is due to personal ambition, mouthy rhetoric and winks and nudges to the neo-fascist element (Casa Pound, Forza Nuova et al. He is able at getting votes because he speaks in rough and ready tones straight to the gut (in language of the gutter).
He had a crude cunning, reading his public well, articulating their concerns -and paranoia -with wit and verve.
Di Maio, though still relatively unblooded, is a distinguished gentleman who speaks truth to power with art and refined demeanour. He has borne himself impeccably during these 80 fraught days since the election, and in any normal country would have had an uncontested right to be PM,  but was cheated due to an electoral law designed specifically to punish and disempower the 5* movement, and signed also by the Lega.
It is a pact with the devil in order to have half a loaf rather than remain in opposition another cycle, leaving the nation in the hands of Berlusconi (again).
Di Maio has secured major ministries for the movement, speaker of the parliament and has tripled his share of parliamentarians. They are strongly poised to KO all opposition in another election if the electoral law were changed to a fairer system, and thus fully deserve to have governmental power.
This is an fudge no doubt, but the only alternative would have been another technocratic government alla Monti's, and Italy would not have stood for it.  
We will see how long a spoon is needed not to get tainted with the Lega's influence, but the 5* are regarded as more moderate (how things have changed!) and much more presentable than the uncouth, vulgar Salvini, who would have been as socially inept and rude as Trump is, though he is slightly more intelligent. A low bar for sure...
The new prime minister has a fine line to walk indeed.
His speech of thanks was measured, diplomatic and had the gravitas needed for the role.
His CV problems were fake news generated by the De Benedetti branch of the MSM.
As for the 5* movement not having any ideas of their own, the opposite is true. They are the only politicians with a long term vision of and for Italy, and truly solid planks for their political platform.
They have halved their own salaries, taken no state party financing unlike every other party, and have been smeared as much as Jeremy Corbyn by the PTB, or 'Casta' as they're known here, a badge they wear with pride. They have made their own way to power with no ties nor alliances, just through grassroots politicking and telling their narrative for a future Italy that benefits everyone except the 'Casta' (and therefore done the job any self-respecting left party would do, if there were any real left left here, which there isn't if you don't count the third way Blairish monstrosity model that has scuppered left parties Europe-wide.)
Salvini will be minister of internal affairs, Di Maio foreign minister, says the grapevine.
The mystery is who will take over from Padoan.
Once governance and legislation commences the differences between the Lega and the 5* movement will become more apparent.
Italy is taking a giant leap out of its perennially dysfunctional comfort zone. It may not yet be the cultural revolution envisaged by 5* supporters, at least not the unalloyed version, but the movement have paid their dues -and then some- to be where they are.
As for good ideas, they have more than all the other parties in Europe combined, starting with combating tax evasion, glacial speed justice, changes to the statutes of limitations which have less white collar criminals in jail than any Euro country, citizens'income, better pensions, better environmental policies, publicly owned water, shutting of polluting factories like Ilva in Taranto and the TAV boondoggle.
Slashing waste, reducing superfluous laws, cannabis legalisation, eliminating cushy multiple pensions for politicians, an end to Austerity, promotion of renewables, getting fast broadband rollout, fighting the mafia and corruption, need I go on?
Italy has enormous potential that has been held back by a cabal of constipated cronies for decades.
The modest risk that Salvini will do serious damage to the country is more than outweighed by the good the 5* can and should finally be able to do more of.
That's why today was a happy day, even if compromised by the Lega's parallel -if sketchier- ascent to power.
This logjam could have gone on as long as Germany's,  but fortunately didn't.
Now for some serious transformation...

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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, poses for a family[!] picture with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame , Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and IMB's President and CEO Virginia Rometty as he hosts the "Tech for Good" summit over lunch with tech companies CEOs at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on May 23, 2018. (Charles Platiau/Pool photo via AP)


France24 | French President Emmanuel Macron told executives from the world's biggest technology firms that he believed in innovation but that he wanted tougher regulations and for them to contribute more to society

"I believe in innovation and at the same time in regulation and working for the common good," Macron told a press conference with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, another invitee who embraced digital technology as he engineered his country's post-genocide economic revival.
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Macron has talked about wanting France to be a world leader in artificial intelligence and 'deep-tech'.

France to invest €1.5 billion in artificial intelligence by 2022
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"France is in favour of tough regulation and this event won't change that," Macron said. "I'm not here to absolve anyone of their sins."

Emmanuel Macron to tech bosses: 'There is no free lunch'
In his greeting on the lawn of the Elysée presidential palace, Macron did not specify what he expected from the tech CEOs. ... He campaigned on promises to turn France into a "startup nation," and will be keen to press his advantage in terms of popularity with the tech sector against other European powers, namely Britain and, to a lesser extent, Germany.
ugh


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Re: Living On the Planet
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Questions about the legitimacy of The Wedding is drawing roaches from the woodwork.
retrieved:1751

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In story: Dublin is to Blame

the elephant in the room
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the elephant in the room is the £10 Billion p.a. subsidy of N. Ireland by the UK Exchequer. Whilst that continues the status quo in N. Ireland can continue, with minor tweaks one way or the other. Many of a catholic background will not see any great advantage in the turmoil that a United Ireland might bring, and could not see the Irish Republic affording a similar subsidy.

It is only if English taxpayers revolt, unable to see what benefits they get for their £10 Billion, a sum similar to that which they paid to the despised EU budget and one of the main reasons for leaving the EU. Then the whole ball game would change - slowly at first, and then suddenly.  Those comfortable in their sectarian cloisters would suddenly face dramatically reduced public services and living standards. Benefits long taken for granted would suddenly disappear.

Then there will be strident calls for the Republic of Ireland to step up to the plate and put it's money where its mouth is - and bankroll N. Ireland more or less as is within a notional United Ireland.

It won't happen. N. Ireland as is is simply a loss making enterprise which no one in their right minds would contemplate. N. Ireland would have to collectively agree to join the 21st. century and become a modern functioning economy and polity. Not going to happen overnight.

But over the next 30 years. yes. Perhaps. If managed in the right way. With leadership from all sides.

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Truth Dig | Sex Workers Go Mainstream
Alana Evans, interviewed by Megyn [$20M-SURVIVOR] Kelly [!], had been in Lake Tahoe when Stormy Daniels met Donald Trump and was at least an audio witness that they were in a hotel room together. When Kelly asked if Evans knew any of the specifics of what took place, Ms. Evans blushed like a young Midwest housewife and had to be coaxed into repeating what Stormy Daniels told her about "Donald Trump chasing me around the bedroom in his tighty whities."
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"It's harder than ever to paint porn as uniquely exploitative."
If appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Safeguarding of Film
Counterpunch | #MeToo is a Cultural Workaround to a Legal Failure
What even many thoughtful men fail to understand is that #MeToo is not, nor does it seek to be, a legal process. It is a cultural reaction to a legal system that fails women accusers. It is a workaround. It is a drive to change what constitutes acceptable behavior on a date, at the office, in the bedroom. It has nothing to do with due process -- because due process hasn't worked for women victims.
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97% [?] of rapists get away scot-free, a higher percentage than for other crimes.
If enlisted.
The Hill | NYPD officials say they are prepared to arrest Harvey Weinstein, since Mar 2017
The U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York is probing whether Weinstein got women to cross state lines* for the purpose of committing a sex crime, an offense that could lead to federal charges.
If trafficking by train, plane, automobile, wire or phone
Sex with FOSTA/SESTA

by Cat on
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Re: Dublin is to Blame
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The DUP only beat Sinn Fein by 1,000 votes across N. Ireland, in the last assembly elections. And Unionists do have choices. Presbyterians have traditionally voted DUP with Church of Ireland protestants more inclined to vote Official Unionist Party. DUP/Presbyterian voters have far closer ties to Scotland rather than England, so renewed agitation for Scottish Independence could be a game changer for them. The DUO could also lose the farming vote when the end of EU CAP subsidies hits home.

It's still some way off, but things are beginning to change, even in N. Ireland, and Brexit has been the major catalyst.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Re: possibly related PSA
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Emily Wilson talks about translating `The Odyssey'
Are women, being more "aware" of gender, ultimately more sensitive and precise in translating gender-sensitive texts like "The Odyssey"?

No of course not, not necessarily. I haven't read every translation by a woman in all other languages, but from the few I've dipped into - eg [Anne] Dacier in French and [Rosa Calzecchi] Onesti in Italian - I honestly don't see a lot more gender sensitivity by female translators. It really depends on what the particular individual, whether female, male or non-binary/other, decides to do. I've been told that a recent translation into Dutch by a man is more sensitive and precise about gender terms than the previous Dutch translation by a woman. I can believe it. These things are complex and not predetermined. Some women, yes. Some men, too, in theory, could be more sensitive, and it's a shame that in this case, so far, English-speaking men haven't been. Maybe now, after all the media coverage of my work, interviewers might finally start asking cisgender men about how gender impacts their work. It would be about time.

archived: "I dannae is she can take any more, Capt'n!"
translations don't write themselves, yo

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(not that flick, the other one, director's cut)
Yulia Skripal says she wants to return to Russia `in longer term' Look! Hand-written confession.

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Re: Is this happening?
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The border question could still be sorted in a pragmatic way so the Brexit drive towards reunification would lose its potency.

On the contrary: The century is young, but it's a mistake to underestimate the economic reckoning due NI, when the date falls. Imminent collapse of Tory gov colonial largesse will concentrate cooperation among the chieftans for reconciliation in the Dail and Seanad. X-border business conferences began over a year ago.

Arlene the Paisley and her little dog Sammy have retreated in recent weeks for want of an audience and rhetorical ammunition, I suspect. They may find some more in the cushions, too little, too late. The organs of state are crafting a whisper campaign.

Belfast Telegraph headlines, for example, are portentous -- poignant perhaps when juxtaposed with the dismay of the unionists adrift in the Gibraltar Chronicle. This opEd (above) is sharing front page with Jeremy Corbyn today and snapshots of FX and (core P ex-fuel) inflation and retail recession. 'Proper' unionists aren't likely to fall behind Sinn Fein (while they test Remainers, the "silent majority") but they may well swallow PM Corbyn, the great white hope on the Big Island, sworn to liberate sovereignty.

The people are prepared to move forward, but their politicians are not.
I did write, de facto or de jure, unification will come.

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Re: Dublin is to Blame
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yes, bbut somehow the DUP, however unrepresentative, remain the dominant voice in Ulster. Nothing will change until fundamentalist puritan protestantism ceases to be a viable political force

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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Re: Italy's next prime minister
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Not only has lots of his CV turned out to be inaccurate, but it seems that he doesn't always pay his taxes either.
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Re: Italy's next prime minister
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Article 75
Non è ammesso il referendum per le leggi tributarie e di bilancio [cfr. art. 81], di amnistia e di indulto [cfr. art. 79], di autorizzazione a ratificare trattati internazionali [cfr. art. 80].
Maybe the people who wrote it thought that the Italians were too emotional to seriously consider the pros and cons of complicated issues like this, unlike the British with Brexit.
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There's a Podemos moral to the sory somewhere.
"We understand that many Spanish families, even with two salaries, can't afford a mortgage like this. That's why we think it's so important to defend dignified salaries for everyone," the couple said on Facebook.
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Varoufakis [!], who was criticised himself after posing dining in style on the roof terrace of his Athens apartment for photos in the glossy French magazine Paris Match, told AFP it was "quaint if not ridiculous" to think that those who fight against inequality "must live in slums".
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The couple has argued their purchase is different because they bought their house to live in, not "speculate" on like de Guindos.[!]


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independent.ie selvage | Facebook is no monopoly, Zuckerberg tells MEPs
"We exist in a very competitive space where people use lots of different tools for communication... From where I sit, it feels like there are new competitors coming up every day," he said, in response to questions about whether Facebook should be separated from its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries.
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Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook had been good for competition more broadly, allowing smaller businesses to grow by letting them advertise to audiences that had previously been available only to large companies.... His statement attempted to distance Facebook from the antitrust cases that have afflicted Microsoft and more recently Google in the EU.
o, dear. He's lost the EPP and the Independent.

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capitalist prostitute sex worker human trafficker!
Instagram mega mum takes down account after accusations she used exploited her children for advertising income
User MarshaBradyo added: "Selling children doesn't just mean using them in an ad. It's also using them as content to the extent that it brings in £." On Monday, a week after engaging in the discussion, Mrs Hooper deactivated her social media site.

Nearly 40,000 people followed her [FACEBOOK] Instagram page, which was full of stories of family life and the pitfalls of parenting her daughters Anya, Marnie, Ottilie and Delilah, aged between two and 10.

Her husband Simon, who posts under the name  "Father of Daughters" and has almost 850,0000 followers on Instagram, also regularly posts images of the family including advertising.

Finding this story on the front page of independent.ie --where 60% of "content" is birth and wedding announcements, premature mammy death and grieving, celebrities' fashion and peccadillos leads reporting on sport and "politics"--is not surprising. Community standards, yanno, of productive contributions to society.

The only question I have in this case is, Does the CSO count the children as employed, unemployed, in labour force, or not in labour force?

loop:
"There are eighteen million small businesses here in Europe who use Facebook today, mostly for free, almost half of whom say that they have hired more people as the result of their use of our tools."

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Re: EU to Ditch Dollar in Iran Trade
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'Stormy Daniels Day': West Hollywood to award porn star a key to the city

Officials of the city, bordering Beverly Hills and considered a prominent LGBT community, said in a release they chose to recognize Daniels because in "these politically tumultuous times," she has "proven herself to be a profile in courage by speaking truth to power even under threats to her safety and extreme intimidation."



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Gracious. French Facebook AI research has been busy today.

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In story: John Bolton, North Korea and the Libya Model

Re: Bolton, North Korea, the Libya Model
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Chuck "son of D'Amato" Schumer weighing Trump's merchandising options...
Twitters ranking "brutal dictators" against Trump Tyranny...
Recommendations for "Libya Model" peace in Korea...

Surely, Benjamin Haas, reporter, could have found at least one disappointed commentator wandering Seoul or counting coin in a laundromat to round out Kim Jong-un's villainy.

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In story: 14 - 20 May 2018

Re: DICTION CORNER
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GOOG added placed ads in rotation at ~ 6K view mark this afternoon. Of which a pro-Trump political. How funny is that?!

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