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Transparency in the European Union

by eurogreen Sun Dec 4th, 2016 at 12:09:49 PM EST

I have, perhaps foolishly, promised to produce a policy contribution on the above subject, in the context of policy development for DiEM 25.
Currently the only official policy we have is the original manifesto, supplemented by a few ad-hoc issues settled by a vote of members.

The policy formation process itself is still very much a work in progress, but basically it works like this :

  • a policy convener writes a questionnaire on a policy domain,
  • local (or virtual) groups respond with proposals
  • three generations of Green Papers are generated
  • there is a vote to validate a White Paper.

There are six domains identified :
  • Transparency
  • Refugees and Migration
  • the European New Deal
  • Labour
  • Green Investment
  • A European Constitution.
This proces is underway for the first three domains, with a deadline of 15th December for the first round of contributions.

The rest of this diary is the questionnaire written by Dániel Fehér.

You know what I'm asking you to do now, don't you?
That's right. My homework.

More precisely : my Diem25 local group is meeting tomorrow night on the subject, and we have ten days to present a contribution. So any ideas batted around here in the meantime are quite likely to end up in that contribution.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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California Secession Diary #15 Sound Off !

by THE Twank Thu Dec 1st, 2016 at 11:37:24 AM EST

I'm composing my first email to Mr. Louis J. Marinelli, leader of the Calexit movement. Included will be your questions/comments from my previous Calexit diaries. Anything else? I'll keep E.T. apprised of my email exchange. I've already informed the Calexit VP that I'll post Calexit recruitment fliers on the Sac State campus come Jan. `17 along with my tutoring fliers; start of my 14th year, how time flies. P.S. I just checked the E.T. archives ... I've been visiting here for OVER 9 years !

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Leaving the EU implies automatic exclusion from the EEA?

by Luis de Sousa Tue Nov 29th, 2016 at 07:35:18 PM EST

This question is slowly percolating through the wall of noise  around the UK's exit from the EU. More attentive folks are wondering if to leave the European Economic Area (EEA) a formal notification is required. I.e., if beyond triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, in order to fully exit its social and economics commitments the UK needs to trigger Article 127 of the EEA Agreement.

This question is highly relevant for a simple reason: membership of the EEA was not voted in referendum, therefore the UK institutions - Government, Parliament and House of Lords - are not morally obliged to any particular course of action in this regard. If leaving the EU does not automatically exclude the UK from the EEA, it will then remain a full member of the so called "Common Market" with all the rights and obligations it entails.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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California Secession Diary #14: New Developments

by THE Twank Tue Nov 29th, 2016 at 06:26:15 PM EST

Find below the fold editorials by Keith Olbermann who seems concerned about the future of democracy in the U.S. Empire.

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California Secession Diary #13 and final: How will we defend ourselves?

by THE Twank Wed Nov 23rd, 2016 at 09:24:34 AM EST

Below the fold find a page from the Calexit Manifesto pdf. and two three gems I found on YouTube.  I've omitted a number of Calexit topics which I thought were unimportant (Will we have our own Olympic team? Yeah, I'm losing sleep over that one.). Thanks for the use of the hall and I wish you all good luck.

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California Secession Diary #12 What about our water and agriculture ?

by THE Twank Tue Nov 22nd, 2016 at 10:57:13 AM EST

Below the fold find pages from the Calexit Manifesto and two titles from today's Sacramento Bee; one of the articles is VERY relevant. This is the next-to-last diary in this series. Present your questions and comments now because I'm contacting the Calexit folks before this week is out. I read this yesterday in a word puzzle: "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed regularly and for the same reason." Mark Twain

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California Secession Diary #11 Currency, Medicaid, Medicare & Social Security ?

by THE Twank Mon Nov 21st, 2016 at 10:30:43 AM EST

Below the fold are pages from the Calexit Manifesto, the title of an article in today's Sacramento Bee, and a link to a segment of today's Democracy Now! broadcast featuring Jeremy Scahill of the Intercept. As I've said previously, the current reasons for Calexit will pale compared to the abominations spewed from the Trump regime. For those curious about the characters Emperor Trump is surrounding himself with, please remember that Trump realizes that the only people who'll oppose his looting of the U.S. Empire is liberal Democrats ... Republicans will go along with everything. So the Trump hangers-on are designed to keep the Democrats distracted. Please see all of today's Democracy Now! broadcast to see what I mean.

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Introducing the Berwick Brown Bear

by ChrisCook Sun Nov 20th, 2016 at 06:39:01 PM EST

This Diary introduces the Berwick Brown Bear pub project currently gathering pace in historic Berwick-upon-Tweed with its unique Corporation and Guild of Freemen

The aim is for Berwick's emblematic Brown Bear

to illustrate and prove the concept of a new breed of community Pub - the People's Pub Partnership - first conceived a few years ago by Mark Dodds.

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California Secession Diary #10 What about all the debt we have ?

by THE Twank Sun Nov 20th, 2016 at 12:46:02 PM EST

Below the fold are two pages from the Calexit Manifesto and the title of one editorial in today's Sacramento Bee; the body of the editorial is behind a pay wall. And an added treat!

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California Secession Diary #9 How will this impact our budget?

by THE Twank Sat Nov 19th, 2016 at 12:48:38 PM EST

Below the fold you'll find pages from the Calexit Manifesto pdf. followed by relevant Sacramento Bee headlines ... I've hit a pay wall. The articles were a nice addition to this diary series but no one gets my credit card number on line ... that's asking for trouble. Sorry, folks.

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California Secession Diary #8 How will this impact our economy ?

by THE Twank Fri Nov 18th, 2016 at 12:38:44 PM EST

Below the fold find a page from the Calexit Manifesto pdf. followed by three articles from today's Sacramento Bee.

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California Secession Diary #7 What type of government will we have?

by THE Twank Thu Nov 17th, 2016 at 12:39:29 PM EST

Below the fold you'll find a page from the Calexit manifesto pdf., followed by three articles from today's Sacramento Bee.

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California Secession Diary #6 What are the Overlying Principles?

by THE Twank Wed Nov 16th, 2016 at 06:05:59 PM EST

Below the fold are the "Overlying Principles" from the Calexit Manifesto pdf.  This is followed by two relevant articles published in today's Sacramento Bee.

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California Secession Diary #5 Is an independence referendum even legal ?

by THE Twank Tue Nov 15th, 2016 at 04:08:00 PM EST

Below the fold you will find a copy of Page 9 of the Calexit Manifesto pdf., as promised to fjallstrom in California Secession Diary #3: What is the Calexit referendum?, comment section. Following 2 of my pithy notes I've included an excerpt from an Associated Press article, authored by Janir Har, titled "Defiant San Francisco vows to remain sanctuary city", not directly applicable to today's Diary but still relevant to the entire Calexit effort.

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California Secession Diary #4 The Case for Independence

by THE Twank Mon Nov 14th, 2016 at 06:04:06 PM EST

Being a U.S. state is no longer serving California's best interests. On issues ranging from peace and security to natural resources and the environment, it has become increasingly true that California would be better off as an independent country.

How many times have I said just that over the years here at ET ?!

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California Secession Diary #3 What is the Calexit referendum?

by THE Twank Sun Nov 13th, 2016 at 08:17:29 PM EST

In the Spring of 2019, Californians will go to the polls in a historic vote to decide by referendum if California should exit the Union, a #Calexit vote.

You will have this historic opportunity because the Yes California Independence Campaign will qualify a citizen's initiative for the 2018 ballot that if passed would call for a special election for Californians to vote for or against the independence of California from the United States.

That's the guts of pages 3 - 5. of the Calexit Manifesto. I'll eventually contact the authors of the Calexit website ...  I suspect this document was generated without the ascendancy of Emperor President Trump being considered. I have a sick feeling that the US will be unrecognizable by 2018 once the Trump cabal and the Republicans have taken full command of the levers of power.

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California Secession Diary #2 Calexit Manifesto pdf.

by THE Twank Sat Nov 12th, 2016 at 06:59:38 PM EST

At the California Secession website you're presented with an extensive pdf titled YES CALIFORNIA'S CALEXIT BLUE BOOK: ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT INDEPENDENCE

The Table of Contents is copied below the fold. Obviously the authors didn't wait until after Trump won to formulate their plans; these cookies looked ahead and thought    "Fuck this shit. We're out of here". My kind of folks. I'll review each item in future diaries ... let me know if any peak your interest. I'm looking forward to; "What about our water and agriculture?"  I've always said I wanted to get out of here before the food and water run out.  Exciting times ... I felt the energy in this morning's walk.
Theme music!

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California Secession Diary #1 11/11/16

by THE Twank Fri Nov 11th, 2016 at 06:22:31 PM EST

The game is on. California needs to get its act together before Trump et al institute their Police State, and believe me, that's what's coming. Here's an editorial titled "Forget #Calexit. Just defend California against Trump" in today's Sacramento Bee. Total horse-shit! California needs to have at least a two prong attack/defense. Prong 1. Yes, do all you can by ordinary means to defend California; but 2. Do everything necessary to prepare to leave. Once a police state is fully implemented, we're screwed. Here are some of the folks getting the secession movement rolling ... will comment on their website after I study it.

 

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Some Patterns of American Political Demographics

by gmoke Fri Nov 11th, 2016 at 02:34:16 AM EST

I like to watch/listen to CSPAN while I write and search the Web, especially the weekend Book TV.  Around midnight, as September 17 slid into 18 this year (2016),  Alan Taylor was talking about his book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804.  He referenced John Adams' 1815 letter which introduced the rule of thirds for the American Revolution "I should say that full one third were averse to the revolution.... An opposite third... gave themselves up to an enthusiastic gratitude to France.  The middle third,... always averse to war, were rather lukewarm both to England and France;...." (although he was writing about American views on the French Revolution instead of our own Revolutionary War).

Alan Taylor, based on his research, believes that the Colonists were one fifth loyalists, two fifth Revolutionaries, and two fifths in the middle.  At the time, Colonist population was 2.5 million, a fifth of whom, 500,000, or 20%, were slaves.

The day before, Bill Clinton on the September 15, 2016 The Daily show mentioned a 40% Democrats, 40% Republicans, 20% independent breakdown, at least historically.  "...For most of my life, each political party has a 40% base and then there were 20% that were genuinely were up for grabs.  By the time the 2000 race came along, Between Al Gore and President George W Bush, it was probably down to 10%.  It may be down to less now because we're getting siloed."
Some other numbers which may be revealing.

"According to polls on February 27, 2006, two weeks after the accident [shooting Harry Whittington], Dick Cheney's approval rating had dropped 5 percentage points to 18%.

To the end of the Watergate scandal, 24% of Americans supported Nixon.

In the 2016 election about 117 million eligible voters didn't vote. Of the 241 million people eligible to vote only 200 million registered. 51 to 52%, a bare majority of voters voted this time.  By Thursday, Clinton had 59,938,290 votes nationally to Trump's 59,704,886, or 233,404 more, the fifth time a candidate won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.  Neither candidate got 50%: around 47.7% for Clinton and 47.5% for Trump.

Half of the eligible voters didn't vote and those that did vote are split about equally just shy of a majority.  Less than a quarter of the electorate are for Trump, less than a quarter are for Clinton, and half didn't vote.

These are some of the patterns of American political demographics I see.

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Apartheid USA: Will Trump do a reverse Mandela?

by Frank Schnittger Thu Nov 10th, 2016 at 01:45:57 PM EST

I completed my Masters Thesis on Apartheid some months before Nelson Mandela was released from prison by FW De Klerk in 1989. In it I predicted the imminent demise of apartheid based on changes in the South African economy which were happening at the time. I did so despite the fact that the relatively newly installed South African President, FW De Klerk, was widely regarded as a hard liner from within the ranks of the most reactionary parts of the South African Nationalist party at the time.  Sometimes past policies and positions are a poor predictor of how someone will act once in power. For me, economic circumstances could sometimes trump the personal characteristics of those in power.

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