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by Bjinse Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:45:03 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:46:17 PM EST
I'm certain that I could not have better written the current "state of play", given the "rules" or bounded rationality of the players.

Merkel's EU-policies: Paris can wait

Instead of dwelling on discussions about potential new financial means for the eurozone and the EU, Merkel drew attention to what she sees as the most important future challenges for the EU: digitisation, industrialisation, trade relations with third countries, strengthening of European competitiveness.

There are several reasons why Merkel chooses to remain tight-lipped about Macron`s reform agenda. [1], additional billion-euro payments to the European partners would go down badly with her conservative party as well as their voters.

Nor the other 25

[2] Merkel - whose victory in the elections seems almost certain - does not yet know who her coalition partner(s) will be.

in the 'tags, in the eurozone, or at the "periphery". Juncker threw out the 3% guidance in the SOTEU. And I'd be surprised as hell, if Barnier --after what he's been through wrangling "banking union-- came out supporting Macron's eurobonds.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 05:55:13 PM EST
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Independent
Brexit could lead to the development of a new form of the English language, according to a new academic paper.

Dr Marko Modiano, of Gavle University in Sweden, said there were already signs that "Euro-English" was developing its own distinct way of speaking.

And this could eventually be codified in a dictionary and taught in schools in much the same way that American or Australian English is today if English is retained as the lingua franca of the European Union after the UK leaves.

[...]

"It is conceivable that the American-English spelling system may be deemed more utilitarian. That some 70 per cent of `native speakers' use this spelling convention, which dominates the Internet, further strengthens the argument to implement it for Europe as well," Dr Modiano said.

Euro-English could help provide its users with a "sense of identity" among other benefits which were "both logical and welcome".

"In the act of recognising the validity of Euro-English," Dr Modiano wrote, "one liberates continental European [second language] users of English from the tyranny of standard language ideology."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 06:06:14 PM EST
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Julia Reda - What the Commission found out about copyright infringement but `forgot' to tell us
Does copyright infringement negatively affect legal sales? This is a fundamental question with profound implications on the way copyright and copyright enforcement policy should work.

In January 2014, the European Commission awarded the Dutch company Ecorys a contract worth €360.000 to conduct a study on the question.

Then the Commission classified the results. Fortunately Reda has found and published it.

The conclusion?
Displacement_study.pdf

In 2014, on average 51 per cent of the adults and 72 per cent of the minors in the EU have illegally downloaded or streamed any form of creative content, with higher piracy rates in Poland and Spain than in the other four countries of this study. In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements.

So a majority of the EU population is criminalised based on industry nonsense. And when the Commission found out about it they hid the data.

by fjallstrom on Thu Sep 21st, 2017 at 03:43:43 PM EST
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law and enforcement is such a perverse and invidious expression of capitalist principles --not only exclusive use (ownership) but profit maximization. That's all there is to it (any ethical or moral justification) beyond a very anti-social conceptualization of authority.

THERE IS ONE CREATOR.
THE ONE CREATOR IS THE TRUE MESSIAH.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 21st, 2017 at 06:14:44 PM EST
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It has been pointed out to me that it wasn't classified as such, it was merely never published or made public. With the EU federal level lacking much in terms of structures to help with freedom of information requests, this is usually enough. Reminds me of the transparency of public institutions (local and intra-galaxic) in The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.
by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 11:37:11 AM EST
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And even if there was a pronounced displacement effect the argument for criminalization remains weak. For there to be economic damage you'd have to show that the unspent money is either hoarded beyond what is advisable or spent in harmful ways. And I don't think anyone wants to argue that Europe has a problem with excessive savings in the non corporate sector. And before you move on to the question of what level of economic damage actually justifies going the criminal justice route you still you have to answer the question of whether the general availability of cultural goods for low income populations has any value.
And if the answer is no then what justifies the special support for the production of those worthless cultural goods?
by generic on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 01:23:09 PM EST
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Auther Earnings
The only gatekeepers that matter now are readers

Is there any report like this for sales in Europe?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 07:08:30 PM EST
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Not that I have seen, no.

Great resource, thanks!

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 10:07:51 AM EST
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I don't know if it has reached any english press, but as it turns out the new big hospital in Stockholm was built as a Public-Private Partnership. And as it turns out, not only is the price tag looking like the most expensive hospital ever, another way the private investors are squeezing the county council is by having a monopoly on adjustments.

Need to put in a sink? 2000 euros. Need to rebuild a door so it is also an emergency exit 120 000 euros. And so on.

As always, the public pays and the private cashes in. That is what partnerships are all about.

by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 11:47:07 AM EST
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Doubt English language press would care: this is SOP here and UK, so not a story.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 12:01:47 PM EST
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Swedish factories cut language requirements as production booms - Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio
With Swedish industrial companies producing at capacity levels unseen in a decade, many are dropping the Swedish language requirements, helping those who came in the refugee crisis find jobs.

The combination of

  1. imported deflation from the eurozone => very low inflation => zero interest rate
  2. a continuing bubble in housing (seriously, it is getting ridiculous now)
  3. years with trade surplus has led to a very low public debt, weakening the prohibitions against government spending
  4. government using the money pump for handling the refugee situation
  5. election next year so government has a political need to spend
has led to really low unemployment. And lo and behold, when unemployment is down, employers actually has use for freshly immigrated persons who barely knows the language. Which leads to integration! Who could have known?!
by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 12:29:27 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:46:20 PM EST
JPMorgan handles bitcoin-related trades for clients despite CEO warning

contracts -> securities

Like other Wall Street banks, JPMorgan acts as an agent for buyers and sellers of Bitcoin XBT, an exchange-traded note [ETC] designed to track the value of the crypto currency.

shade of the subaltern
JPMorgan's relationship with Bitcoin XBT came into question over the weekend when the financial blog Zerohedge asked why the bank was involved with the trading after Chief Executive Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a fraud and said he would fire anyone at the bank who trades it.

money function
Bitcoin is a digital currency that enables individuals to transfer value to each other and pay for goods and services outside [Sic] of the regulated financial system.

lie
Because it is not backed by any government and has been tied to crimes, including money laundering, hacking and drug trafficking, most financial institutions have stayed away from dealing in bitcoin.

archived: Always read the footnotes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 01:09:28 PM EST
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they're ignoring Dimon because there's money in it, a LOT of money. I bet HSBC CEO said something about laudnering drug cartel proceeds, but they still set up a separate division to deal with the mountain of money.

As for it being a front for crime and fraud, well that just makes bankster standard MO more overt, not different

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:28:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:31:22 PM EST
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The Empire Strikes Back with a Coordinated War on Crypto
It's not a battle between business and government. It's a battle between the centralized empires of the world and a decentralized rebel alliance of every day people, an eternal battle.

And it's not just a battle.

It's a war.

No.

archived:
"free-range capital is the foil for law and order and a reliable protagonist in social media pulp fiction." 2017

"Bitcoin, like all great fantasies, has a compelling creation myth ..." 2014

"And the epitome of nonsense: How much power do we spend to make Bitcoins? ..." 2013

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 04:22:57 PM EST
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Juncker criticises lack of solidarity with Africa
"Solidarity cannot be exclusively intra-European," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg [#SOTEU].

Ansip: In digital, we are equal partners with Africa
"'You can make miracles in Africa by investing small amounts of money in digitalisation', said Ansip."

The EU's militarisation of development aid
"For the first time, it will be possible to use it for military purposes, especially in African countries plagued by instability."

Report: EU capacity to promote `values' in the developing world declining
"a result of "trade-offs" between the Union's self-interest in the context of the refugee crisis and founding principles of poverty eradication and partnership with the ACP countries."

Yash Tandon | Revival of the ACP group to negotiate with the EU: Hopes & Challenges

On 3 April 2017, the secretariat of 79 countries from ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) issued a statement saying they would "speak with one voice" to negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).

This is an exciting development.  In this piece I think through some of the critical issues, and possible strategy and tactics to help bring this promise of ACP unity to fruition.

Why Europe is desperate to sign EPA?



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:50:43 PM EST
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The Independent
According to Mr Morgan's Daily Mail column, he had been seated at the same table as Mr Bellerin, and earlier in the evening had been talking to him about Arsenal's recent run of poor form.

He wrote: "Later, fellow Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn came over to speak to him. When I tried to interrupt, the Labour leader - whose wife is Mexican - promptly switched to fluent Spanish to shut me out of the conversation."

[...]

Jeremy Corbyn has responded to Piers Morgan's claim that he was deliberately "shut out" of a conversation with Spanish Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin when the Labour leader deliberately switched into Spanish, by tweeting at both men, in Spanish.

Mr Bellerin had told Piers Morgan to "calm down mate" over the claim in his column. Mr Corbyn replied ,saying: "Fue un placer conocerte.Es mejor que no le digamos de lo que estabamos hablando, no lo entenderia. Muy buen juego en el partido el domingo."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:39:44 PM EST
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A reverse-endorsement from that insufferable apology for an interviewer should be a tidy vote-getter.

Nice bit of ju-jitsu, Jezz.

'Being shut out of the conversation' = 'not letting me dominate it with pompous prattery'.

Tears for Piers.  

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 07:17:12 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:46:24 PM EST
New Yorker -- June 29, 2016
Famously, Gödel informed the judge at his U.S. citizenship hearing about an inconsistency that he had discovered in the Constitution, which would allow a dictator to rise in America.
by das monde on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:36:46 AM EST
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I'm sure the judge replied "you say that like it's a bad thing"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:29:51 PM EST
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No
When we came to Trenton, we were ushered into a big room, and while normally the witnesses are questioned separately from the candidate, because of Einstein's appearance, an exception was made and all three of us were invited to sit down together, Gödel, in the center. The examiner first asked Einstein and then me whether we thought Gödel would make a good citizen. We assured him that this would certainly be the case, that he was a distinguished man, etc. And then he turned to Gödel and said, Now, Mr. Gödel, where do you come from?

Gödel: Where I come from? Austria.

The examiner: What kind of government did you have in Austria?

Gödel: It was a republic, but the constitution was such that it finally was changed into a dictatorship.

The examiner: Oh! This is very bad. This could not happen in this country.

Gödel: Oh, yes, I can prove it.

So of all the possible questions, just that critical one was asked by the examiner.
Einstein and I were horrified during this exchange; the examiner was intelligent enough to quickly quieten Gödel and broke off the examination at this point, greatly to our relief."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:43:53 PM EST
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Parallel universes, so Godelian! What are New Yorkers smoking?

There is my official abuse of Godel's incompleteness since recently.

by das monde on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 02:24:15 AM EST
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Delegated causality has a self-contradictory flavor of a Goodelian paradox [36] in the causality language. This messes up basic principles for physicalism [42], and Kim's argument [41] against non-reductive physicalism.

the up* and down*, the in* and out*, the reverse* and rarely inverse* or reciprocal*: cartesian axes and real number lines are quite a handicap in communicating unknown quantities and mathematical operations, after all. The concept of infinitesimal "boundaries" is an inadequate expression of being and becoming. How many uh times must it be said until it is not?

I am thinking, when the reefer is undetectable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 06:52:49 PM EST
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I am preparing a new version of that article, with a revised introduction and a new brave section "7 An integrated view". (Current PDF). Anyone has wise remarks and acknowledgment wishes (over the weekend)?
by das monde on Fri Sep 29th, 2017 at 03:22:55 AM EST
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addresses the pwned UN Assembly today 10:20 EST.
I will listen to VOA/NPR's post-event interpretation until I pass out or find anything else to do, which ever comes first to mind.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 01:16:38 PM EST
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A lot of laughs in Trump's hour-long panegyric, especially condemnation of the "success" of socialist and communist proven failures: THAT stumped the audience for a minute. Then polite applauders rallied for five seconds.

I shut off VOA/NPR interpreters after ten minutes. That is once reporters had established further "analysis" (by expert panelists forthcoming) would be limited to How Trump Disappointed His Base.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:02:49 PM EST
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Even his theology is all wrong. The American Conservative
The statement itself is also rather odd in that it talks about the many being righteous, when religious texts normally present the righteous as being the relatively few and embattled against the wicked multitude. If the "wicked" are so few, they must be badly outnumbered and don't pose as much of a threat as Trump claims elsewhere.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:30:06 PM EST
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His corinthian leather need conditioning, yes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 04:13:04 PM EST
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I'm sure there is a pun in there somewhere, but my theology isn't quite up to it...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 24th, 2017 at 09:17:58 PM EST
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Yesterday USA Today predicted Trump's United Nations speech to call for cooperation on North Korea
although White House has not yet published prepared remarks today.

Guess you had to be there < wipes tears > unlike C-SPAN.

Ad-free `rush transcript @ Vox.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:52:47 PM EST
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hmm, 'Bezos' Daily call to action "In U.N. speech, Trump threatens to `totally destroy North Korea' and calls Kim Jong Un the `Rocket Man'" looks suspiciously like 'liberal' lady call to action "Trump Threatens to `Totally Destroy' North Korea".

Am I about to miss an investment opportunity again?!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 04:06:47 PM EST
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Psst, wanna make a killing in deathware?

Some have retired on just crowd control equpiment dividends; not quite as profitable, but nicer to talk about at the family dinners.

Since 9/11 sales have been stellar. Ask Rudy.

And of course Tamilflu shares put many in clover. As soon as Rumsfeld was heard to be on the board of directors you had to know that was a no-brainer.

Capitalism... not for the squeamish, only real men need apply. Business is great!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 05:57:48 AM EST
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re: "real men"

hmm, yes, well, I've had a "Deep Space 9" retrospective or my mind for the past few weeks. Consequently, I'm uncertain if "real ferangi" is the truly the more fitting term.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 06:06:50 PM EST
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DREAMers Shout Down Nancy Pelosi: "We Owe You Nothing... This Is Our Democracy"
About 40 people who identified themselves as "undocumented youth" demanded faster action, telling Pelosi that they "are not your bargaining chip for Donald Trump."

archived: the bill S.1615 -- 115th Congress (2017-2018) 20 July 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 11:38:09 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:46:28 PM EST
From an article in Al-Monitor about Bahrain improving relations with Israel.
Let's not forget that Bahrain is the country most threatened of all by Iran, because the Bahraini public is mainly Shiite, while its rulers are Sunni.
Why does that threaten Bahrain?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 09:19:48 AM EST
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The country and the interests of the ruling elite are supposedly one and the same.

So, if Iran appeal to the majority shi'ite population, then those interests would be inconvenienced to a greater or lesser extent by terroristic elements.

If the leadership were Shi-ite, like say in Syria, then a Sunni people rising up would be freedom fighters. Unless they're the wrong kind of sunnis, in which case we'd try to bomb all of them

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:38:46 PM EST
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Fried in Shi-yite, or Sunni-side up.

Sure as eggs is eggs, we got you covered.

Tabasco?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 06:04:12 AM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:37:39 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Sep 21st, 2017 at 10:33:51 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:47:28 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:47:31 PM EST
The Case for Colonialism (pdf) by one Bruce Gilley has merged --in the manner of Aaron Swartz-- from peer-reviewed journal Third Worold Quarterly into the innerboobs, or "public domain". Subscription to Third World Quarterly is not free, and may be purchased by institutional libraries for the edification of their patrons, university students for example.

Here is a dismal example of the sociology of knowledge in practice.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 01:50:58 PM EST
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Daily Nous | The Default: Rebuttals Not Retractions
Over the past several days academics on social media have been discussing in increasingly agitated language the publication of "The Case for Colonialism," by Portland State University associate professor of political science Bruce Gilley, in the academic journal, Third World Quarterly. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 01:55:25 PM EST
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(Trump UN address live broadcast --time stamp --"We want harmony and friendship" lol)


Lawyers, Guns & Money | MAKING COLONIALISM GREAT AGAIN

... This rhetorical defensiveness is a familiar strategy: purporting to reveal the hidden truths of an unpopular position, like saying that colonialism has been unfairly maligned for a full century. Insofar as we refuse to allow a retelling of the past that erases colonial atrocity, we must also insist on the overwhelming power and ubiquitous force of imperial systems. ...

archived: Yash Tandon | Reflections on Kenya: Whose capital, Whose State?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:18:35 PM EST
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archived: Yash Tandon | Reflections on South Africa: whose capital, whose state?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:28:09 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
It's 11:05 AM EST now.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:06:22 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:29:23 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:10:33 PM EST
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The author wasn't Steve Bannon, was it?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:40:01 PM EST
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Gordon Childe, third resurrection.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 03:13:26 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:47:36 PM EST
WWI has another year to crash into Versailles, but "La Grippe" is scheduled for spring of '18. So there's that. Today it looks like the yella sheet aged in place.
Today -100: September 19, 2017, I hate it when that happens

Last week (today -107) was kinda melodramatic though. Plenty of unAmerican activities to denounce -- Soviet intrigue, college pacifists, and that damned IWWW.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 05:08:08 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:47:39 PM EST

Imagine its three color terra cotta frieze surrounded by archaeologists and you've got an 2000-year-old epic verse (base 64) revealing the end of the world.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 08:59:42 PM EST
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