Welcome to the new version of European Tribune. It's just a new layout, so everything should work as before - please report bugs here.

19 - 25 June 2017

by Bjinse Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:30:44 PM EST

Your take on this week's news


If you would like to join the discussion, then to add a link or comment to a topic or section, please click on "Reply to this" in one of the following sections:

  • EUROPE - the public affairs of the European continent and the EU.
  • ECONOMY & FINANCE - with a focus on the economic crisis.
  • TRUMP - focus on all things Trump.
  • WORLD - geopolitics, the affairs of nations and supranational entities.
  • LIVING OFF THE PLANET - what we extract from the planet and the effect we have: environment, energy, agriculture, food...
  • LIVING ON THE PLANET - how humans live together: society, culture, history, science and technology, information...
  • ON THIS DATE - an occasional item about what happened on this date in history.
  • PEOPLE AND KLATSCH - stories about people and of course also for gossipy items. But it's also there for open discussion at any time.
  • If you click on "Post a Comment", this will put the link or your comment out of context at the bottom of the page. Please use "Reply to This" to avoid doing that.

Display:
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:31:49 PM EST
Finally ... a piece about Brexit that makes sense.



They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 10:18:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
My only question: Starting at 12:12 ... "dog and cat passports"?  I've never traveled with a pet ... are there  "pet passports" throughout the world or is that a unique craziness to you folks?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 11:33:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
IE/UK are rabies free, we like to keep it that way: basically health documentation for moving pets around.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 20th, 2017 at 07:08:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 07:03:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
You are living in a death cult | Richard Seymour on Patreon -
Borders are not perimeters, outlines, but grids of sorting and sifting, filters which govern the whole population. The border is everywhere, increasingly integral to the governance of race. Ever larger numbers of people in various institutions, from universities to hospitals, are being unofficially converted into border officials. Border men suddenly appear -- rather like The Breach in China Miéville's novel, The City and The City -- in the streets, or kicking down your door, and withdraw from sight just as quickly.

The border is a race-making apparatus in the guise of race-suppression. The language of legality, and integration, is supposed to guarantee that all citizens are treated equally. It is supposed to guarantee, in other words, that race -- a violent hierarchy -- will not exist. And by keeping out the displaced of imperialist wars, the refugees of the 'war on terror', it is supposed to externalise the violence of a global racial order.

by generic on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 07:40:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Britain imposed its first restrictions with the Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1962, six years before it withdrew from east-of-Suez imperial commitments and left management of those 'Free World' sectors to the Americans. These restrictions, compounded in a 1965 White Paper and then in subsequent acts in 1968 and 1971, did not at first seek to reduce the number of migrants, since quotas could be adjusted to fit the needs of employers, but to reduce their status and rights.

Gee. How many off-shore more wars for independence were aflame about that time?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 03:31:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Bloomberg Monday Mourning: "She drew a tepid reaction from fellow EU leaders last week [FRI,06.23.17] when she sketched out the plans at a meeting in Brussels."

UK's May leaves EU summit empty-handed

May's efforts to launch a serious debate about Brexit, during the 22-23 June summit in Brussels, were nipped in the bud before she even arrived. EU leaders accorded her a mere 10 minutes at the end of an official dinner to present her proposal for protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK and of British citizens in Europe.

:: INCIDENTALLY:: 'Germany Hegemony' Undermines Letter of SSM! Questions Exemption Demanded for Paltry EUR 17B Bailout!! Retail Depositors 2B Crushed!!!
Italy Bank Deal Makes Germans Wary of Macron's Euro Agenda

The government in Rome announced the country's biggest bank rescue to date on Sunday evening as it committed as much as 17 billion euros ($19 billion) to clean up two failed banks. While the European Commission approved the plan, German officials pointed to the involvement of state aid to shield senior creditors from losses as working around EU law established to deal with bank failures.
[...]
"It's undisputed in Europe that a major goal of the new banking regulation is to protect the taxpayer," Finance Ministry spokeswoman Friederike von Tiesenhausen told reporters in Berlin on Monday. "The European Commission has the responsibility to ensure that state aid is kept to a minimum, also to prevent a de facto circumvention of settlement rules by national insolvency regimes."



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 03:04:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:31:54 PM EST
The Millennials Are Moving Left - New Republic
In the Democratic primary last year, progressive Bernie Sanders won more 18-to-29-year-old voters than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined. In France this year, in the first round of voting among eleven candidates, leftwing maverick Jean-Luc Mélenchon was far ahead among the 18-to-24 year olds with 30 percent of their vote. In last March's Dutch elections, with eleven parties contesting, the Green Left Party, led by a 31-year-old parliamentarian, won 35 percent of the 18-to-34 year old vote, considerably more than any other party.

In Italy, according to polls taken two years ago, Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement is the favored party of 18-to-29-year-old voters. Spain's Podemos, which is now the country's third largest party, was founded by political scientists who were in their early 30s. The party's chief theoretician, Inigo Errejon, is 33. When I attended a conference in Madrid last year hosted by Europe's parties of the left, the median age of the attendees looked to be under 30 years old.

by Bernard on Sat Jun 24th, 2017 at 08:21:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In the Democratic primary last year, progressive Bernie Sanders won more 18-to-29-year-old voters than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined.

I wasn't aware that Trump got any votes in the Demcratic primary....

Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement is the favored party of 18-to-29-year-old voters.

They seem to be classified as far right or far left, depending on the point the writer wants to make.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 24th, 2017 at 09:04:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Agreement Between th Conservative and Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party on Support for the Government in Parliament", 3pp
"UK Government Financial Support for Northern Ireland", 3pp

-May Seals Billion-Pound Northern Irish Deal to Stay in Power

The accord was sealed on Monday morning in London after talks between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster at the premier's office in Downing Street. It includes a pledge of 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) of additional funding over two years for roads, broadband and healthcare in Northern Ireland. May's Conservatives will also have to tear up election manifesto commitments to curb increases in pensions and to cut winter fuel payments to pensioners.  


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 02:39:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The leader of the DUP is heavily implicated in a very corrupt energy scheme called "Cash for Ash" which has left a £1.2 billion hole in NI finances.

Now the Tories have bailed her out with enough left over for a decent night on the Guinness for her mates in the UDA/UVF

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 09:34:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:31:57 PM EST
by generic on Tue Jun 20th, 2017 at 01:39:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's one of those developing world minibus services.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 20th, 2017 at 05:59:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, but presumably it's expensive enough that you don't have to worry about a homeless person puking on the seat behind you.

I spent most of a year back in LA recently, after years in Japan, and it was blindingly obvious in comparison how much public space and public services have been built/changed/modified to try and deal with (hide or exclude) the homeless and the mentally ill.

From a larger social perspective, I totally get how this is problematic ... but I am also enough of a prissy and spoiled middle class snob that I understand the appeal. I don't need comfy seats, but it's nice to be able to sit on the seats at all, without worrying about one's clothes being stained. I don't mind being in a crowd, but it's nice to be left alone while I'm in that crowd, and not accosted by a person of questionable sobriety/sanity. I can take these things for granted in Japan, and I could not in LA.

by Zwackus on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 01:05:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Uber "innovated" (sic) gypsy cab service and got something over $11 billion (US) from "investors."  (Read: morons)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 06:21:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
AirB "re-imagines" renting property is sharing property.

Social media "content contributors" re-imagine jobbing, piece-work, day labor, artisanal laundering and rag-picking form a "gig economy."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 03:26:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Took him some time but Silver is back to confident predictions.

by generic on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 05:14:12 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Handel wins. Is there any explanation other than Putin?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 05:38:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
what, you ask what might make a horribly republican place that has voted republican since the civil rights act vote in a republican this time?

I dunno

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 06:07:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Funny how that was the winnable seat they threw all the money at. I'm sure next time the elusive Trump hating Romney voter will turn up.
by generic on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 at 12:12:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Eh. Is pushing a race in a hostile district to a far-closer finish than it should have been worse for morale and enthusiasm than sitting on one's hands? Were the dollars spent there taken from the hands and mouths of other worthy causes, or did the excitement generate more revenue than would have been present for any cause or effort at this point in time? Hard to say. This was always going to be a tough race to win, everyone knew that, but enough people wanted to try that they made a solid try. If there were lower-hanging fruit in this particular moment, than it may have been a waste to pick a fight here, but unless I am sorely mistaken there were no other federal races this month.
by Zwackus on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 at 03:06:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Where does this certainty that it was a hostile district come from? In the last election, Rodney Stooksbury (D) got  as much as 38% of the vote, despite the lack of any evidence that he even existed.
Certain people, however, are convinced that Rodney Stooksbury does not exist. This is because, even though Rodney Stooksbury was the 2016 Democratic congressional candidate in Georgia's 6th District, nobody could ever actually seem to find a photograph of the guy. Or a campaign website. Or any campaign material. Or anyone who has actually met Rodney Stooksbury. News outlets tried to track down Stooksbury, to no avail. According to one investigation, "when reporters went to his town house in Sandy Springs, no one answered the door. When they inquired with the neighbors, no one had heard of him. He apparently had run no campaign, and had raised no money." Stooksbury, if not a literal ghost, might as well have been one. In November, shortly before leaving to become Donald Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Republican incumbent Tom Price was re-elected with approximately 62% of the vote. Rodney Stooksbury, whoever he was, came second. He received 38% of the vote.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2017 at 08:21:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Stooksbury got about 125 thousand votes perhaps without existing. This new fellow got the same amount while spending millions. Essentially, 125 thousand appears to be the number who is willing to vote D. I think that - and the 200 thousand Republicans - makes it a somewhat hard district.
by fjallstrom on Fri Jun 23rd, 2017 at 07:14:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I was getting as many as a dozen spam emails per day from DNC on this campaign, and I'm not even in the same state.  DNC used the Ossoff campaign to ignore the winnable races that had progressives running in them.
by rifek on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:53:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
you're not the first person to suggest that

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 09:36:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 04:05:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
You missed the best part
But the upside of today's political-technology platform is that leaders can come out of anywhere -- fast. Look at the new president of France.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 04:48:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
but what did the taxi driver say?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 21st, 2017 at 06:04:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Where did we the people go, Captain Pornstache?  Down the neolib rat hole you've made your name and fortune on.
by rifek on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:55:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
What's really behind Trump's 'poor person' comment - CNN

So it was that on Wednesday, at yet another campaign-style rally in Iowa, Trump lauded his top economic advisers -- billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and his chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs president -- for their business success. Then he said this:

"This is the president of Goldman Sachs. Smart. Having him represent us, he went from massive paydays to peanuts ... these are people that are great, brilliant business minds and that's what we need, that's what we need to have so the world doesn't take advantage of us anymore."

He went on: "And I love all people -- rich or poor -- but in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense? Does that make sense? If you insist, I'll do it -- but I like it better this way, right?"

He's certainly been true to his word on that, assembling what is probably the wealthiest group of advisers in history, full of billionaires and near-billionaires. But why exactly wouldn't Trump want a poor person advising him?


by Bjinse on Fri Jun 23rd, 2017 at 08:55:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:32:01 PM EST
NYT
The United States spent up to $28 million more than it had to on camouflage uniforms for the Afghan National Army because of the sartorial tastes of a single Afghan official, an American government watchdog said on Wednesday.

A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that the Pentagon needlessly spent millions to license a proprietary camouflage pattern that replicates lush forests. Most of Afghanistan's landscape, however, is desert, and the Defense Department owns dozens of similar patterns it could have used free, the report said.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 at 08:39:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:32:55 PM EST
Green Light for UK driverless car road trials

A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads.

Autodrive - a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors - showed off how autonomous cars can talk to each other.

It included warning drivers when an emergency vehicle was approaching and offering real-time traffic information.

The first set of public road trials are due to take place in Milton Keynes and Coventry by the end of the year.

How soon will robots bring about the total and complete collapse of the modern consumer economy? Will it be triggered by driverless vehicles and the gutting of a key service sector? Will I see it within my lifetime?

by Zwackus on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 at 07:25:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
From the article
The UK government has paved the way for driverless cars, laying out a legislative framework in the Queen's Speech which included plans to update car insurance so that driverless vehicles would be subject to the same rules as normal ones.
What does that mean? In the case of an accident, whose insurance rates go up? The car's? The owner's? The programmer's?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 at 07:32:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Soon, most humans will be unable to afford the digitised world, with robot warehouses selecting goods to be delivered by robot vehicles and self-driected robot drones.

I hope the robots have spare cash cos they're gonna be the only ones employed who can give each other work.

Meanwhile, in some basement, a script kiddie is wondering how to over-write the code and make things hit each other for shit and giggles

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 at 03:44:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
And since everyone is cut off from the land and the ability to feed themselves, just when do the bread riots begin?
by rifek on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:59:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
India joins the renewable energy revolution - The Conversation


On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Paris. Modi and Macron pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their nations' commitments under the Paris Agreement, and Macron announced he will visit India later this year for a summit on solar power.

For observers who equate India's energy production with a reliance on coal, this exchange came as a surprise. Modi's internationally visible pledge would put India three years ahead of schedule to achieve its "Intended Nationally Determined Contribution" to the Paris climate agreement. Instead of shifting to 40 percent renewables by 2030, India now expects to surpass this goal by 2027.

(...)

India, meanwhile, is emerging as a major market for renewable energy, laying out aggressive plans for investments in solar and wind. This shift is not about a starry-eyed prime minister seeking to garner international goodwill. It is the result of a fundamental energy and economic transition already underway, which India's leadership has recognized.

Prime Minister Modi's renewable energy agenda aims to increase India's grid-tied renewable energy capacity from roughly 57 gigawatts in May 2017 to 175GW in 2022, with most of the increase coming through a major expansion in solar. India's installed capacity for solar energy has tripled in the last three years to its current level of 12GW. It is expected to jump by more than 100GW over the next six years, and increase further to 175GW before 2030.

by Bjinse on Thu Jun 22nd, 2017 at 07:06:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:32:58 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:33:01 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 19th, 2017 at 09:33:06 PM EST

So Paul Krugman is cycling around Connemara.  Wouldn't mind having a pint with him and discussing "Leprechaun economics"

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:20:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Display:
Go to: [ European Tribune Homepage : Top of page : Top of comments ]