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10 - 16 April 2017

by Bjinse Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:20:47 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:21:54 PM EST
The Guardian
Slovak media covering the Brexit process are facing fines of up to €6,600 for using the unofficial but widely known name Britain rather than the official United Kingdom.

News outlets have been reprimanded by a state agency charged with enforcing uniform use of official country names in publications, based on an obscure 1995 law passed when Slovakia was a newly independent state.

Here is the website of the British (sic) Embassy in Bratislava. Are they going to fine them?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 05:16:35 PM EST
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"The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" is about as wieldy as "The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia", and doesn't even acronymize (UKGBNI is not frankly pronounceable)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 05:46:45 PM EST
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Not if Slovakian can document at the end of ninety days henceforth worldwide adoption ( > 30%, any "heritage" language) of the proper, catchy nomenclature denoting native, inhabitant, or citizen of the UK: Ukinder.

After all, Ukinder is to UK as Briton is to Britain,rather than Anglo-Saxon.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 15th, 2017 at 11:44:17 PM EST
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The Guardian
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has infuriated Italy's meat industry by joining a vegetarian campaign and "adopting" five lambs that would have been butchered for Easter.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 05:40:04 PM EST
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A bit of dated news that illustrates how slowly the wheels of righteous globalization turn, when mired in BREXIT-tainted TTIP um bi-lateral trade agreements.

Enter the European Union. With the US' withdrawal from TPP, Vietnamese businesses are now looking towards the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, scheduled to come into effect in 2018, to expand their markets and profits. The deal, notched over two and a half years of strenuous negotiations, aims to serve as a model for Europe's future economic engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Just this week street protests greeted the European Parliament's approval of a hard-fought trade pact with Canada. As for Southeast Asia, no other government has reached the stage of signing an EU trade agreement except for Singapore, even though Europe is by far the biggest investor in the region. The EU is currently Vietnam's second largest trade market, representing 19% of Vietnam's total exports in 2015, trailing only the United States at 21%.

Chris Humphrey, executive director of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, urged Vietnam to prod its ASEAN neighbors to negotiate similar trade-expanding bilateral pacts with the EU. The EU gave up on notching a multilateral regional trade deal in 2009 due to snagged negotiations, opting instead since to pursue bilateral pacts with individual ASEAN nations.

EU offers Vietnam a TPP alternative
Feb 2017
EUROCHAMVN | EVFTA: A Game Changer for Vietnam in ASEAN?
I was involved in an a LBS strat project to market ISV (software, srvcs) out of Viet Nam, 2002. The topic continues to interest me.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 16th, 2017 at 12:07:17 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:22:16 PM EST
Dijsselbloem stands by controversial `drink and women' comments - DutchNews

Caretaker finance minister and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem has refused to apologise for his `drink and women' comments that prompted angry calls for his resignation.

Southern European countries criticised Dijsselbloem over comments in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the need for budgetary discipline among the member states in the Eurozone. `I cannot spend all my money on drink and women and then ask for help,' he said.

Portugal's prime minister accused Dijsselbloem of being `racist, xenophobic and sexist' while Gianni Pittella, head of the social democratic group in the European parliament, said the comments were `shameful and shocking'. But in an interview with the Volkskrant on Monday, the departing Labour (PvdA) minister denied suggesting that southern countries were `big spenders'.

`Nonsense!' he said. `I'm not the sort of person to lie down straight away and say, I'm so sorry, I take it all back. What am I supposed to take back? Something I didn't say? Something I didn't mean?'

by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 08:53:15 PM EST
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Yes, well he's being paid an awful lot of money to fail to understand the downside of the economic system that enables his country's healthy GDP at the expense of Mediterranean countries

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 12th, 2017 at 07:41:48 PM EST
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What's the equivalent of a (US) Log Cabin Republican among EU political factions?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 16th, 2017 at 12:13:45 AM EST
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Germany is channeling Microsoft: That's not a bug, that's a feature.
by rifek on Sun Apr 16th, 2017 at 09:58:23 PM EST
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Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point? - NY Times
More workers in general merchandise stores have been laid off since October, about 89,000 Americans. That is more than all of the people employed in the United States coal industry, which President Trump championed during the campaign as a prime example of the workers who have been left behind in the economic recovery.

The job losses in retail could have unexpected social and political consequences, as huge numbers of low-wage retail employees become economically unhinged, just as manufacturing workers did in recent decades. About one out of every 10 Americans works in retail.

by Bernard on Sat Apr 15th, 2017 at 05:59:14 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:22:39 PM EST
by Bernard on Sat Apr 15th, 2017 at 05:43:25 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:25:14 PM EST
Burger King explains organic chem is not chemical.
Why Big Pharma Is Turning to Biological Drugs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 14th, 2017 at 08:03:12 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:25:35 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:25:52 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:26:18 PM EST
The House of Representatives unanimously passes the Seven Billion Dollar Bill to finance the war, though Socialist Meyer London only votes "present." It includes a $3 billion loan to the Allies. The bonds will be tax-free.

Woodrow Wilson creates a Committee on Public Information, i.e. censorship and propaganda. It will be run by George Creel, a journalist, editor, joke writer, etc., who helped run Wilson's re-election campaign. It's considered important that censorship be run by (authoritarian) civilians rather than the military.

Today -100: April 15, 1917: Wherein is explained what Jesus thought of peace at any price, or something


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 16th, 2017 at 12:26:28 AM EST
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"liberty bond": a timeless, awesome joke,
"The Act of Congress which authorized the Liberty Bonds is still used today as the authority under which all U.S. Treasury bonds are issued.
"compounded by consideration of its contemporary symbol, the FRBNY website.
Liberty Street, est'd. 2014

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 16th, 2017 at 12:35:43 AM EST
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But 'The Great War' was better than I suspected. After the Senate refused to ratify the League of Nations treaty Creel told Wilson that he lost the vote because of the way he had governed. He had been elected as a progressive and had governed as an authoritarian, destroying or driving away most of his base. I can think of more recent parallels. I don't think that was what caused Wilson's stroke....

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Apr 16th, 2017 at 03:06:33 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 10th, 2017 at 04:26:49 PM EST

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