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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: People & Klatsch
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Any evidence for him not being antisemitic? You example is just a quote from Lueger, obviously intended to be recognized as such (it could have got him into trouble if he wasn't obviously quoting one of Hitler's role models).
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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

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Dude most high ranking Nazis weren't really racist. Goebbles: "I decide who is a Jew". Didn't help anyone.

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

50 years in the future
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After 60 years, is nuclear fusion finally poised to deliver?
"We are standing on the ground that could change the future of energy," says engineer Laurent Pattison, deep in the reactor pit of the world's biggest nuclear fusion project.

Around him is a vast construction site, all aimed at creating temperatures of 150mC on this spot and finally bringing the power of the sun down to Earth. The €18bn (£14.3bn) Iter project, now rising fast from the ground under the bright blue skies of Provence, France, is the first capable of achieving a critical breakthrough: getting more energy out of the intense fusion reactions than is put in.

"It is a bet that is very important for humanity," says Johannes Schwemmer, the director of Fusion for Energy, the EU partner in the international Iter collaboration. "We need to get this energy once and for all."

The long allure of nuclear fusion is simple: clean, safe, limitless energy for a world that will soon house 10bn energy-hungry citizens. But despite 60 years of research and billions of dollars, the results to date are also simple: it has not delivered.

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: People & Klatsch
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Comedian Mo Amer sat next to Eric Trump on a flight: I said 'I'm a Muslim'
Amer was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, and came to America as an asylum-seeker after the first Gulf War and became a US citizen in 2009. He saw his assignment as a golden opportunity, both as a Muslim, an American and a comedian.

"I put my bags up, I sat down, introduced myself as Mohammed," Amer told the Guardian. Then he got straight to the point. "I said: `I'm a Muslim. I'm not gonna do that Muslim ID thing. That's not gonna fly.'"

Eric Trump's response was not exactly on-message with his father's campaign. "His exact words were: `come on, man, don't believe everything you read, we're not going to do that'," Amer said. Representatives for president-elect Trump did not respond to a request for clarification on the policy, or Trump's past suggestion of a registry of Muslims.

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

What did you expect?
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Gaffe or provocation, Donald Trump's Taiwan phone call affects global stability
Not for the first time, and almost certainly not for the last in this two months of shadow government by Twitter, it is far from clear whether Donald Trump has made US foreign policy by accident or on purpose.

As has also become normal in the "post-truth" aftermath of the bitter election, the facts surrounding his telephone conversation with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen are in dispute. Reacting to the wave of alarm caused by the call, upending 37 years of US diplomatic practice in a few minutes, the president-elect protested in a tweet that it was Tsai who had called him, implying he just happened to pick up the phone.

According to the Taipei Times however, the call had been orchestrated by the Trump transition team, several members of which have strong leanings towards a more pro-Taiwan policy

Aaron Friedberg, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, said he was an advocate of closer ties with Taiwan but said "this seems ill-considered [and] pointlessly provocative".

"Strategy involves thinking more than one move ahead. No evidence of that here," Friedberg said, adding that whatever the circumstances of the call, Beijing was more likely to see it as a deliberate provocation and a test than a blunder.  

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In story: Open Thread 21-27 November

Re: Fillon vs. Le Pen
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Almost! From Wiki:
"Macron was a member of the Socialist Party (PS) from 2006 to 2009. In 2015, during an interview on BFM TV, he said that he wasn't a member of the PS any more.[9] From 2012 to 2014, he was deputy secretary general of the Élysée, a senior role in President Hollande's staff.[8] He was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Data in the second Valls Cabinet on 26 August 2014, replacing Arnaud Montebourg.[2]"

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: German Greens
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The German Greens have been described with some justice as the "FDP mit Dosenpfand", the (neolib, corruption) Freedom Party with can deposit. And they don't insist on the can deposit.

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In story: Open Thread 21-27 November

Re: Fillon vs. Le Pen
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He has managed to escape being tainted by Hollande by always cultivating an outsider and a maverick image: he's not and never been a PS member, he sometimes contradicted official Hollande/Valls policies pronouncements, presented himself as a "free-markets liberal", etc...
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In story: Enemy of the people: the people.

Re: Enemy of the people: the people.
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I'd have thought that the very secrecy suggests there was something rather dodgy going on, which is pretty much SOP for UK govt.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Just because its not all written down in one piece of paper. (If it was we'd frequently be buggered)

I'm often convinced that what constitution we do have is designed to stop the government from doing things that too many people would be pissed off by. whereas written constitutions are generally designed to  show people what they can do. with different rules and centers of power,if the government goes too far and steps on too many toes it will find  a whole array of anchors stopping it. one of the main constitutional documents, the 1911 parliament act starts with

Whereas it is expedient that provision should be made for regulating the relations between the two Houses of Parliament:

And whereas it is intended to substitute for the House of Lords as it at present exists a Second Chamber constituted on a popular instead of hereditary basis, but such substitution cannot be immediately brought into operation:

And whereas provision will require hereafter to be made by Parliament in a measure effecting such substitution for limiting and defining the powers of the new Second Chamber, but it is expedient to make such provision as in this Act appears for restricting the existing powers of the House of Lords:

105 years later, we're really no nearer enacting the second paragraph, as no major political group, once they sat down and thought about it found it was a good idea. The composition of the house has been tweaked,its no longer entirely stuffed with landed gentry, but it is also place where the wise old heads of the parties can retreat when they retire. it has a place for the senior religious figures, former judges, former civil servants, senior businessmen, senior trade unionists the great and the good who have seen it all before. it is a repository of knowledge and experience that can get government to think again from inside the system. (do other countries have anything similar?)

When it came to actually do anything parliamentarians in the commons realised that as they were the elected house, the constitution gave them primacy. in most situations this could be used as a trump card in overruling the Lords. However if both houses were elected this would not be true, reducing the power of the commons.

Dont expect this constitutional bodge to end anytime soon.

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: German Greens
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Huh? How on earth is revoking a road toll a Green policy? Are they trying to encourage road use?
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And now it's the turn of the Pirates.
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson announced just moments ago that he gave Pirate Party captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir the mandate to form Iceland's next ruling coalition. It is therefore likely that the informal talks between the Pirate Party, the Social Democrats, the Reform Party, the Left-Greens and Bright Future will continue.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: Economy & Finance
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Perhaps because Giugliano can do it better.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Open Thread 21-27 November

Re: Fillon vs. Le Pen
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In recent polls on Wikipedia, Macron is polling third with around 17%. His only political experience is as minister for Hollande. Should he not be likewise tainted?
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In story: Open Thread 21-27 November

Re: Fillon vs. Le Pen
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Nope: Valls will run instead. With about as little chances as Hollande; as PM, he's been associated or even promoted the same regressive policies: austerity, deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, dismantlement of labor laws, civil liberties restrictions, alignment on Merkel's CDU, with unemployment growing from 9.5% in 2012 to about 10% today, even though it is edging down (slightly).

As it looks today, the real battle is between Fillon and Le Pen.

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In story: Open Thread 21-27 November

Re: Fillon vs. Le Pen
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So, Hollande is now out. Is that a new political dynamic on the left?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: Economy & Finance
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If you don't count Modi stirring up sectarian violence to get elected...

- Jake

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: Economy & Finance
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Reminds me of the Portugal Banknote Affair.

Reis conceived of what became known as the Portugal Banknote Affair. It consisted of forging a contract in the name of Banco de Portugal (Bank of Portugal)--the central bank, responsible for issuing banknotes and partly private at the time--authorizing him to print banknotes in return for an alleged loan from a consortium to develop Angola. His plan was to use the contract to convince a legitimate banknote printing contractor to make the notes, thereby obtaining notes that would be indistinguishable from those legitimately authorized by the bank.

Do read the Wikipedia article. In short, it worked, his money created a boom but when he tried to buy the private stocks of the central bank to retroactively give himself authorisation he was found out. And then there was crisis leading to coups leading to fascism.

So if it was something similar I think India so far has handled it as well as you can demand. At least they have avoided coups so far.

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In story: Enemy of the people: the people.

Re: Enemy of the people: the people.
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shortly followed by

Faisal Islam on Twitter:  https:/t.co/p9t5ljYz20"

Treasury Select Committee Chair Tyrie asks the National Audit Office to examine if how much Government assurances to Nissan cost:

National Audit office has broad powers to insist on seeing documents that government would refuse to show to others.

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In story: Enemy of the people: the people.

Re: Enemy of the people: the people.
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Schona Jolly on Twitter: "Nissan Brexit letter deemed too sensitive to make public, govt refuse to release as it considers "public interest". https://t.co/no2eL0d50B"
Nissan Brexit letter deemed too sensitive to make public, govt refuse to release as it considers "public interest".


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In story: Open Thread 28 November - 4 December

Re: Open Thread 28 November - 4 December
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Ha, they just want you to think that

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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No money for the NHS when the Tories are in charge.

We now have a government based on Trumpian-truths who, whenver a film or a TV prog is released shwoing how bad things are, they go up and say that the film is baised and wrong and they have (strangely unavailable) reports proving them wrong. Oh, and by the way, the film/TV prog is so bad they haven't seen it.

It seems that the response to the modern day "Cathy come home" (60s TV prog that changed govt housing policy) is to say they haven't watched it and have a report that shows it isn't true

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Sounds like the EEA solution.
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In story: Enemy of the people: the people.

Re: Enemy of the people: the people.
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any right winger seen on the streets behaving badly will be the cannon fodder of their glorious takeoever. They will mourn and even celebrate the dead, even as they kill them; martyrs for the freedom they are providing

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: Economy & Finance
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My guess would be "inside help."

- Jake

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: Economy & Finance
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if they can counterfeit modern currency, why aren't they going after sterling or euros? I'm sure the greeks would love to facilitate the latter

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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: Economy & Finance
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I saw the Times of India had a video on their Twitter feed explaining how to pay your driver or housekeeper if they didn't have a bank account and so couldn't take a cheque - buy their groceries for them, pay their rent, that sort of thing.
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In story: 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Re: Economy & Finance
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Looks like 'something else' by a nose.

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The Guardian
Anton Hofreiter, head of the opposition Greens parliamentary group, said that if his party entered government after the next federal elections the toll would be scrapped. "If the Greens get into government the motorway tax would be way up there with the things we would seek to revoke," he said.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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François Hollande will not seek re-election as president of France
François Hollande, the least popular French president since the second world war, has announced he will not run for a second term in office.

With a satisfaction rating so low it recently dropped to just 4%, the Socialist president appeared shaken and emotional as he said in a live televised address from the Élysée palace that he would not attempt to run for a second term, conscious of the "risks" to the French left if he did so.

"Today I am aware of the risks that going down a route that would not gather sufficient support would entail, so I have decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election," a sombre-looking Hollande said.

France's PM Manuel Valls expected to launch presidential bid

François Hollande's dramatic announcement that he will not seek a second term as France's president has opened the way for the Socialist prime minister, Manuel Valls, to to mount a bid.

Valls is expected to swiftly throw his hat into the ring to become the Socialist presidential candidate and perhaps resign as prime minister in order to campaign for the party's primary vote, to be held at the end of January.

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News and Views

 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

by Bjinse - Nov 27, 39 comments

Your take on today's news media

 21 - 27 November 2016

by Bjinse - Nov 20, 111 comments

Your take on today's news media

 Open Thread 28 November - 4 December

by Bjinse - Nov 27, 39 comments

Open the pod bay doors, thread

 Open Thread 21-27 November

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