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12 - 18 February 2018

by Bjinse Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:19:01 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:27:09 PM EST
German Court Rules Several Facebook Settings Violate Laws
The Berlin state court ruled in a suit brought by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations that Facebook's "real name" clause violated the country's regulation that providers of online services must allow users to remain anonymous ... and that several settings that are activated by default shouldn't be. Those include a Facebook smartphone app feature, which reveals the location a person is chatting from unless it's turned off.

Facebook, which is appealing the ruling, says many of its terms have changed since the suit was brought in 2015.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:04:50 AM EST
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The Isle of Man: Where women have voted for 137 years but are still fighting for abortion
Dr. Alex Allinson MHK, a former GP and member of Tynwald, the island's parliament, is behind the Abortion Reform Bill 2017, which had its second reading last week.
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She notes the island's inconsistent liberalism. "It's an odd thing, we are really progressive in some ways and then in others it's almost like we don't want to talk about it."

Homosexuality on the island was only decriminalised in 1992. When same sex marriage legislation came into effect, however, it also included civil partnerships for heterosexual couples, which is still not permitted in the UK.

"Often when we jump ahead, we do it properly," says Milly. "If we put our legislation through at the moment as it is, it will be more progressive than the UK."

The Abortion Reform Bill 2017, if passed, would only require the sign off from one doctor rather than two as it is in the UK.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:13:36 AM EST
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Campaign 2018 Spot Check
Is Italy's Five Star Movement still an 'anti-establishment' party?
Current polling ahead of the March 4th election suggests the traditional centre-left and centre-right will both fall short of the majority needed to govern, while the M5S will likely emerge as the largest single party. But is it still an alternative to the country's political establishment, or just another form of the same?
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Luigi Di Maio's election as the party's new leader in September 2017 gave a clear sign of the movement's new direction.
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Grillo has quickly and openly distanced himself from the movement he founded, even formally separating his blog from the party blog.
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In Rome, Virginia Raggi has been embroiled in corruption scandals which resulted in the party leadership stripping her of the power to make "important decisions" ... Turin mayor Chiara Appendino got off to a more promising start, but in recent months the honeymoon period seems to have ended, with residents saying she is failing to adequately manage the city.
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Di Maio travelled to London in January 2018 where he met with City investors, and told the Ansa newswire his message was "we're not populists".
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 only a small proportion of the total party membership are signed up to the voting platform, and even fewer actually vote. Even when they do, the party elite always get the last say - the M5S withdrew support for gay civil unions in parliament in 2016, despite 80 percent of voting members favouring the bill.

A cautious yes to party alliances

This is the biggest clue that the M5S is no longer the anti-establishment alternative.

Italy's new electoral law, which will be tested for the first time in March, favours coalitions, and M5S politicians protested against it on the grounds that their party was discriminated against.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 01:19:45 AM EST
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Dublin Port to build customs checks ahead of expected `hard Brexit'
Response from Arlene, UK-PM-in-exile, developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 07:58:58 PM EST
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DEA agents help arrest third Irish criminal in €220k Dutch drugs cash seizure
"This involves prestigious vehicles being shipped out of Ireland after being stolen to order throughout the country."

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

That's all?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 08:14:26 PM EST
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Is this a new version of "Double Irish and Dutch sandwich"?
by Bernard on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 08:51:32 PM EST
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sounds like a different operation by the same gang. Ifyou ssteal a car in Ireland, the only place to send it is the UK, cos the Irish drive on left like the British.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 09:06:34 PM EST
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Well, there are Australia, India and much of Africa.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Feb 18th, 2018 at 05:07:42 PM EST
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Record level of exports and imports last year - CSO
"Commenting on today's figures, Davy's David McNamara said that with global growth buoyant, 2018 looks set to be another positive year for Irish trade levels [VALUE-ADDED]."

source: DTTAS | Competition in the Irish Ports Sector

re: imports / intermediate goods
EU - UK agricultural trade: State of play and possible impacts of Brexit (October 2017)

re: "North-South" cooperation
DTTAS | Transport and Logistic All-Island Sectoral Dialogue (2017)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 09:41:37 PM EST
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EU's Schulz steps down, fuelling German, EU reshuffles
"aising the prospect he may challenge Angela Merkel as chancellor": again?

Parliament and member states on collision course over ECB nomination
De Guindos was ridiculous throughout '12. He spent more time in London flogging bonds than whatever an economy minister is supposed to be doing in ES. o. wait.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 06:22:44 PM EST
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'France will strike' if proven chemical bombs used in Syria: Macron
"On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line," Macron told reporters. "If we have proven evidence that chemical weapons proscribed in treaties are used, we will strike the place where they are made."
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Last week was one of the bloodiest in the Syrian conflict as Syrian government forces, who are backed by Russia and Iran, bombarded two of the last major rebel areas of Syria - Eastern Ghouta near Damascus and the northwestern province of Idlib.
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On Tuesday, the vice-president of the Syria Civil Defence, or "White Helmets", volunteer force said France should stop talking and take real action.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 11:24:07 PM EST
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Has bombing a country ever saved a French president's approval numbers?
by generic on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 01:37:55 PM EST
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Looking at historical data, no.

Sarkozy bombed Ghadaffi's Libya in 2011 and lost his re-election bid to Hollande in 2012.

Hollande joined in the coalition to bomb DAESH (ISIL) positions in Syria in 2015. A year later he announced he was not running for re-election, in large part due to abysmal poll numbers. Even a year after the 2017 elections, the French PS remains in tatters (what I called the French Zapatero effect).

Bombing remote countries is a non starter in Europe; another difference between the two shores of the (North) Atlantic.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 07:25:07 PM EST
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Might have caught a case of US campaign managers.
by generic on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 07:33:01 PM EST
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What was the effect of bombing the Rainbow Warrior?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 09:46:43 PM EST
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New Zealand detective superintendent Allan Galbraith tracked Christine Cabon to Israel

Rainbow Warrior - 30 years on

    Retired detective Allan Galbraith remembers it as an Auckland newspaper that spooked Christine Cabon. After weeks of painstaking investigations revealed a French undercover agent had infiltrated Greenpeace to help plan the Rainbow Warrior bombing, police discovered the spy was in Israel. A newspaper published details of detectives hastening to Israel to capture her.

French Secret Service (DGSE) Agents in New Zealand

French Government

  • President Francois Mitterrand
  • Prime Minister Laurent Fabius
  • Defence Minister Charles Hernu

The French connection and Israel's alleged nuclear prowess
Israel reveals secrets of how it gained bomb

    The film reveals how France helped Israel on its nuclear programme in exchange for support in the Suez War. In the mid-1950s, relations between the two countries were warming because of their shared anxiety over burgeoning nationalist movements in North Africa.

    Israel feared that the rise of Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt would embolden an already formidable foe, while France faced an Arab insurrection in Algeria, one of its last colonies. Their interests converged in 1956 when Israel agreed to team up with France and Britain in a war to punish Nasser for nationalising the Suez Canal.

    At the end of September 1956, in Sevres near Paris, Mr Peres, then a 30-year-old Defence Ministry official, accompanied David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, to a meeting with French and British delegations about the Suez crisis. The Israelis waited for the British delegation to leave before approaching the French on the matter of its nuclear project.

    Mr Peres said: "In Sevres, when it was all over, I told Ben-Gurion, 'There's one piece of unfinished business: the nuclear issue. Before you agree, let me finish that.' Of the four countries which at that time had a nuclear capacity - the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain and France - only France was willing to help us."

Netanyahu and Milchan were part of an Israeli smuggling ring to get nuclear triggers out of US
PM Netanyahu allegedly received illicit gifts from business mogul Arnon Milchan

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 11:53:33 PM EST
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Defence Minister Charles Hernu took sole responsibility for the bombing and the death of Portuguese Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira, claiming that he had concealed the operation from both PM Laurent Fabius and president François Mitterand. Indeed, both Fabius and Mitterand denied knowledge, although it is doubtful that Mitterand would have been kept totally in the dark by his old friend Hernu.

Interior minister Pierre Joxe opened a police investigation and reportedly leaked information to the press to discredit his political rival Hernu, thus helping the NZ authorities to nab a supporting team (Mafart & Prieur) who were traveling on fake Swiss passports.

Hernu resigned and the chief of secret services (DGSE), Admiral Lacoste, was discharged.

by Bernard on Sat Feb 17th, 2018 at 07:12:55 PM EST
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As to the original question, the bombing took place in July 1985. In March 1986, Mitterrand and the PS party lost the parliamentary elections to the right wing coalition. Mitterrand had to call his rival Jacques Chirac as Prime Minister; Chirac would effectively run the French government for the next two years.

So, no, bombing in remote countries didn't help this French politician either, quite the opposite: many French voters, especially on the left, were horrified by the military attack of a civilian ship.

by Bernard on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 07:35:27 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:27:19 PM EST
How the £1.3 [€1.5 billion] billion EIB loan uses public money to muddy democracy, the environment and climate change targets.
The TAP will be one part of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC); a series of inter-connected gas pipelines that seeks to pump 120 billion cubic meters of Caspian gas from Azerbaijan, across six countries to Europe.
[...]
The EIB has succeeded in simultaneously undermining science, the Paris Accord, and democracy, by granting a loan irrespective of last week's report that the SGC could be as emissions-intensive as coal power. The decision was taken in spite of widespread public resistance and and the contribution to catastrophic climate change.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 04:27:29 AM EST
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Noble effort, weak indicators, right ballpark. Won't quibble much. Industrial spies are expensive.
Unfulfilled promises, 1 Feb
Two years after an Amazon fulfillment center opens in a county, warehousing employment in the county is approximately 30 percent greater. This effect is robust to numerous statistical controls.

um, no. The largest fulfillment centers' (FC) total pop max ~ 3.2K. e.g. BWI II is one (1.2M sf). It ramped up 724% in Y1, from 2Q2015, and has been rolling over 800-1,500/yr hires ever since. "Peak" seasons get real tight even with 80-300 quits/wk.
  • Bal'more city. UI claims and tax base. Bal'more county is the wrong reference. c'mon. AMZN just announced a plan for Bal'more county's first plant (1,500 FTEs) Nov 2017.
  • AMZN does not build fulfillment centers. It leases and retrofits existing CRE ("warehouse" NAIC 493-000).
  • Seasonality, NAIC (temp or "indirect") Services masks, double-shift FTEs (2 jobs = 2 employers, yo), and x-cnty and interstate commuter hires (~ 5%). It is notorious for semi-voluntary re-locations and recruiting out-of-state college grads into "agile" management projects with short shelf life. And that's what will happen to "50K" NEW! "management" jobs at HQ2, too, wherever that lands.

So familiarity with local labor markets and sector-specific "business needs" would spruce up the story.

AMZN rebuts EPI
EPI responds to Amazon's claims that their fulfillment centers raise local employment, 5 Feb

The bottom line: EPI analysis shows that Amazon fulfillment centers don't raise employment in the counties where they open.
It did in Bal'more city, not Bal'more county, and not by 30% after Y1. heh. The Bal'more city QCEWs numbers scream cyclical employment, statistically insignificant YoY "growth".

Besides, AMZN promised Bal'more only 1,000 (sort center, 4-shifts) and up to 2,600 FC. The end.

Until the next tax pkg.

archived
Development by the numbers

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:22:19 PM EST
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The Waymo v. Uber trial has shaken my confidence in self-driving cars - The Verge
"We need to think through the strategy to take all the shortcuts we can," Levandowski told Kalanick. "I just see this as a race and we need to win, second place is the first looser [sic]."

This callous attitude toward a potentially game-changing, life-saving, and paradigm-shifting technology like autonomous vehicles is extremely troubling. A pirate mentality has infected companies in the autonomous vehicle space.

"has infected"?

"Move fast and break things" may have worked as an ethos for Uber when it was trying to overcome entrenched interests like the taxi industry, but it's exactly the opposite philosophy you want to hear from a company that wants you to ride in its driverless cars.

Rule-breaking is nothing new in the auto industry. From the Firestone tire scandal to Dieselgate to the massive Takata airbag recall, car companies have always skirted the law in their relentless drive to gain a competitive edge. But autonomous driving is being held up as a panacea by many of these same companies, the ultimate solution to all of our automotive woes. That makes it much more fragile in terms of public perception.

The idea that one of the companies that has already deployed autonomous cars was actively seeking "shortcuts" and "cheat codes," or are only "playing to win," should scare the shit out of everyone. These odious sentiments would never have come to light if not for the trial's discovery process that brought so many of Uber's underhanded tactics out into the open.
by Bernard on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 09:01:22 PM EST
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yeah. a bURgeKIng epiphany.

I've been following this melodrama for months at courthousenews on account of abiding cynicism wherever industrial espionage is settled (out of court) with money.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 10:06:22 PM EST
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Federal agencies say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei or ZTE phones
" 'It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information," Wray said. "And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.' "

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 09:05:14 PM EST
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Happy Black History Y3 D46 L1.4e+12

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 08:54:36 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:31:36 PM EST
Schneiderman is throwing the library at the Aunties' BFFs.

People of the State of NY v. Harvey Weinstein (HW), Robert Weinstein (RW), The Weinstein Company LLC (TWC), The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC, NY Supreme Court

alleging violations of New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") § 296(1), § 296(6), § 8-107, NY Civil Rights Law § 40-c, NY Executive Law § 63(12) upon findings of fact, knowledge, and belief, to wit:

108. HW's contract extension also contained an unusual provision that effectively monetized, rather than prohibited, ongoing acts of sexual harassment and misconduct. In particular, it stated that if TWC had to "make a payment to satisfy a claim that you [i.e., HW] have treated someone improperly in violation of the Company's Code of Conduct," he would face escalating financial penalties: $250,000 for the first such instance, "$500,000, for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each such additional instance." This contract contained no provision for any penalties if HW personally covered the costs of any payments necessary to satisfy claims of improper treatment, and it provided for no adverse employment consequences in the event that one, two, three, or even four or more such payments had to be made by TWC and/or HW as a result of HW's sexual harassment or misconduct. Thus, pursuant to HW's employment contract, HW could continue engaging in sexual harassment and misconduct with impunity, provided that he paid the costs of any settlements and that he avoided disclosure of misconduct that might risk causing "serious harm to the company."

The people propose civil penalty to the State of New York in the sum of $100,000 for each violation of NYSHRL § 296(1) and of NYSHRL § 296(6), $250,000 for each violation of NYCHRL § 8-107(1)(a), and $500 for each violation of CRL § 40(c)

dude is sooooo owned.

this.empowerment():
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 11:42:43 PM EST
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"as if" a scene in The Pope of Greenwich Village,
another letter
delivered.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:34:49 AM EST
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I have previously alerted readers to IC techniques to "mask" US identities in FISA acquire transmissions, when Kelly was initially suspected of Russian "ties." I hotlinked a related NYT headline (img) crediting Michael Schmidt that has since been scrubbed from that comment by bot.

snopes: "fact checks" Jan 20, 2017 NYT reporting: "The image is of the Times` front page and its 'Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides' is real." snopes proceeds then to debunk innerboob rumors that the same NYT reporter subsequently contradicted facts in that story, disputing or disambiguating Trump's "unfounded" belief that his premises were wiretapped by US agents.

This test of authenticity entirely evades the import of misrepresented facts to due process of US laws.

S. RICE subsequently admitted that as NSA officer she requested at least one "unmasked" FISA transcript. Kelly pleaded guilty to perjury in FBI deposition based on presentation of counterfactual evidence of DEC 2017 communication with Russian gov agents. I posted Kelly's plea agreement; Oui separately added many remarks.

Let us here note, 31 Jan 2018, Mueller requested a 90-day delay of Mr Kelly's sentencing, agreed to by Kelly in the plea, pending unspecified needs of an investigation --supposedly concluded where KELLY is concerned. Such a request is irregular and inconveniently coincides with the Senate Judiciary Committee interrogatory delivered to RICE on her knowledge and communication of evidence pertaining to Special Counsel investigations to any third party.

Once again the relevance IC production of evidence and propriety of FBI FISA warrant(s) to criminal proceedings is under scrutiny.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 12:51:10 AM EST
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Unexpected Bal'more Victory
Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, members of the once-lauded Gun Trace Task Force, were convicted of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and Hobbs Act robbery.

Six other former Task Forcec officers have already pleaded guilty. Four of them testified against Hersl and Taylor, as did several drug dealers who Hersl and Taylor robbed.
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Delegate Bilal Ali (D., 41st) is calling for the Baltimore Police Department to be disbanded, as happened to the Camden, N.J., police in 2013.
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Following the verdict, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby made this statement: "As my office continues to comb through the cases that were potentially impacted by the illegal acts of these former officers, I look forward to working with our federal, state and local partners in strengthening our system and bettering Baltimore."

Thanks for nothing, Mr Sessions

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 05:20:59 AM EST
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Republican Party scion aligns with Democratic Party paranoia

Intel Officials Tell Senate Russia Is Targeting Midterms (and a non sequitor)

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, all said they've seen evidence that suggests Russia wants to play a role  in the next election cycle, but declined to get into details.

They told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they would provide more details in a classified session later in the day.

The intelligence officials said the information will be shared with state and local governments and state election officials.

A crafty cover story for extra-ordinary measures to "protect" voters' registrations, identifications, and ballot processing? This presents an interesting quandry for Schiff and Schumer "leadership" on infiltration and immigration justice.

archived:
Russians Successfully Hacked U.S. Voter Systems Before 2016 Election, Top Official Says


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 05:35:15 PM EST
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re: "intelligence community", "qualified immunity", rule of law

Adam Johnson v. CIA, order,
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

CIA Defends Practice of Giving Classified Docs to Some Reporters, Not Others

The CIA properly exercised its broad discretion to provide certain limited information to the three reporters." the agency argued in a February 14 memo to the court


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 10:07:28 PM EST
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Mueller indictment of Internet Research Agency to be announced today by Rosenstein. Charges?

18 counts of "aggravated identity theft".

Motive? The Hill has selected, "From in or around 2014 to the present, Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016."

I like Paragraph 6. of the intro. It sets forth the alleged scheme to disparage Who? and promote TRUMP for election by posing as US ORGANIZATION(s) or persons in order to purchase advertisements. Foreign nationals are prohibited by US law spend any monies on US electioneering. I like it because it faithfully parrots discourse of Democratic Party representatives at the US Senate  Judiciary Committee, Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee.

I will read the whole thing in order to ascertain what argument Mueller et al presented to Grand Jury showing defendants' interference with election "processes", specifically which processes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 06:42:49 PM EST
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The idictment hinges on material evidence (visa dates) that one or more defendants traveled to US and did not register as foreign agents under FARA, so defrauding the USA. < reckless eyeballin' >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 06:51:11 PM EST
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Russians Sentenced for Roles in Massive Data Breach 15 Feb 2018
From 2005 to 2012, Drinkman and four others hacked the corporate networks used for financial transactions, with Drinkman specializing in penetrating network security and then mining the networks for personal information.
[...]
Dmitriy Smilianets, a Russian co-conspirator, then sold the stolen credit card numbers. American credit cards went for $10 and Canadian cards for $15, while European credit cards fetched $50, sources said.

In 2012, Drinkman was arrested along with Smilianets while the two were on vacation in the Netherlands. They were eventually extradited to the U.S.

Goes to Mueller's indictment charging IRA employees "used, possessed, and transferred, without lawful authority, the social security numbers and birth dates of real US persons without those persons' knowledge or consent."

courthousenews pulled this off front page to post Mueller's story.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 07:45:51 PM EST
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Drinkman took a bargain in 2015. Smilianets was sentenced Wednesday. Three additional Russian co-conspirators of the international hacking ring are still at large.

That was Friday.

Saturday Mueller notified the real US press that investigators had just arrested and prosecuted a fence for stolen bank accounts of real US persons. GOOG returns on this story are up to 191,000 a/o Tuesday.

Ex. Who is the California man who just pleaded guilty to unwittingly [!] aiding Russian interference in the 2016 election

Through the company, Pinedo sold bank account numbers to users, according to court documents. He often purchased stolen bank information over the internet before selling it to his clients.

Pinedo confessed to selling some stolen accounts to users outside the United States, including those [accounts] the special counsel's office accused of being involved in the plot to swing the election.

IRA indictment

14 bank account numbers purchased by defendants, by bank, p 33
8 stolen US identities (SS numbers), by initial, p 35
plus unspecified number of counterfeit US state driver's licenses  (Which is funny: I've had a PayPal account since '04 or '05, and I can't remember if or when I had to present an electronic copy of US ID to open it.)


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 07:35:22 AM EST
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Russians Sentenced for Roles in Massive Data Breach 15 Feb 2018
From 2005 to 2012, Drinkman and four others hacked the corporate networks used for financial transactions, with Drinkman specializing in penetrating network security and then mining the networks for personal information.
[...]
Dmitriy Smilianets, a Russian co-conspirator, then sold the stolen credit card numbers. American credit cards went for $10 and Canadian cards for $15, while European credit cards fetched $50, sources said.

In 2012, Drinkman was arrested along with Smilianets while the two were on vacation in the Netherlands. They were eventually extradited to the U.S.

Goes to Mueller's indictment charging IRA employees "used, possessed, and transferred, without lawful authority, the social security numbers and birth dates of real US persons without those persons' knowledge or consent."

courthousenews pulled this off front page to post Mueller's story.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 07:46:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Richard Pinedo
LinkedIn
entrepreneur, "Auction Essistance from 2012 to 2014"
author, EBay Incognito! (2013)
and
marketing director at a Ventura County search optimization firm named SEO Distortion from March 2014 to October 2017.

< wipes tears>

I reckon, in 2014 either KRYLOVA or BOGACHEVA took a seminar in VenCo, CA for the low, low price of $199.95.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 07:53:35 AM EST
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Indictment implicates Black Lives Matter (BLM) and an unnamed "Texas-based grassroots organization" the fraud being among IRS Agency's actual contacts ("co-conspirators") and aliases it created to join their supposedly authentic FACEBOOK group networks.

m'k. True to '50s HUAC form and substance, setting up 1st Amd defense of any NEGRO political activity and, AND legitimacy of education (in this instance, IRA's research to "gauge the performance of various groups") in general under 1st Amd. 'Twas settled by SCOTUS several times before while HUAC raged.

What's a new and specious argument (pursuant to "identity theft" charge) is English-language name of FACEBOOK accounts, coupled to absence of IRA public notice, and one (1) IRA-paid demonstrator substantiate "false pretense" and conspiracy to defraud USA.

Yet here we are with the New Democrats.

Not that the constitutional questions will rise to review, because Mueller's appeal to FARA violation is the poison pill of criminal conduct.

crackers.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 07:30:06 PM EST
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EPA Head Says He Needs to Fly First Class Because People Are Mean to Him in Coach - Time
(WASHINGTON) -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke about his flight costs on Tuesday in a pair of interviews in New Hampshire, following a first-class flight to meet with the state's Republican governor and tour a toxic waste site.

Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader he had some "incidents" on flights shortly after his appointment by President Donald Trump last year.

Pruitt is the first EPA administrator to have a 24-hour security detail that accompanies him at all times, even at the agency's headquarters in Washington. He has also taken other security precautions, including the addition of a $25,000 soundproof "privacy booth" to prevent eavesdropping on his phone calls and spending $3,000 to have his office swept for hidden listening devices.
by Bernard on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 07:34:44 PM EST
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ADL, Duped by White Supremacists, Plays Key Role in Spreading Parkland Shooter Hoax

Politico has published a blockbuster story about a white nationalist conspiracy to dupe the media into reporting that Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was a member of the Florida neo-Nazi group.  But what is most shocking about the story (at least to me) is the key role played by Jonathan Greenblatt's ADL in spreading the disinformation.  The ADL employs staff who monitor alt-right and neo-Nazi social media platforms.  But using private forums that weren't monitored by its staff, a large group of white nationalists had concocted a conspiracy to fool the ADL and media into believing that Cruz was one of them.

Posted earlier in fp story @BooMan ...

The Florida Shooter's White Nationalist Connections

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by Oui on Sat Feb 17th, 2018 at 09:29:23 PM EST
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Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant | AP |

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he was arrested Wednesday shortly after the shooting. Former JROTC cadets told The Associated Press that Cruz was a member of the small varsity marksmanship team that trained together after class and traveled to other area schools to compete.

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Records show that the Stoneman Douglas JROTC program received $10,827 in non-cash assistance from the NRA's fundraising and charitable arm in 2016, when Cruz was on the squad. The school's program publicly thanked the NRA Foundation on its Twitter feed [protected].

A spokeswoman for the NRA declined to comment on Friday. The top officers of the foundation are all current or former executives of the NRA.

Allen West: "My new Sig Sauer MPX 9mm carbine pistol -- saw this at the NRA convention. Check out that grouping. YEEHAW."

Congressman Allen West Speaking to Stoneman Douglas JROTC (2011)

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by Oui on Sat Feb 17th, 2018 at 10:44:24 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:33:42 PM EST
Conservative hysteria erupts over North Korean cheerleading squad's masks
A controversy erupted on Feb. 10 during the unified Korean women's hockey game against Switzerland when members of the North Korean cheerleading squad donned masks ... as they sang the song, "Whistle," which is about a man's unrequited love for his neighbor.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:08:10 AM EST
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Let's recap
While president of Georgia from 2004-2013, Mr Saakashvili was praised [!] for implementing economic reforms but criticised for oppressing opponents. In 2008, the Georgian military fought a seven-day war with Russia over two breakaway enclaves.
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After Russia annexed Crimea and fomented a separatist war in eastern Ukraine, he was invited by Mr Poroshenko  ... to serve as governor of the Odessa region. He took on Ukrainian citizenship, prompting the authorities in Tbilisi to remove his Georgian passport.
[...]
In late 2016, Mr Saakashvili resigned as governor accusing Mr Poroshenko of corruption and stalling reforms.
Persona non grata
Saakashvili expelled to Poland, border guards had to used force
"[D]uring the procedure, law enforcers were attacked by unknown persons from Mikheil Saakashvili's entourage and the border guards were forced to defend themselves," [Ukraine State Border Guard Servicespokesman Oleh Slobodian] wrote on Facebook on Monday evening.
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On February 6, the Kyiv's District Administrative Court dismissed Saakashvili's appeal against the Federal Migration Service's decision to refuse issuing documents to recognize him as a refugee or a person in need of additional protection," he said.
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As reported, in July, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree revoking Saakashvili's Ukrainian citizenship, while the former Georgian president was in the United States.
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Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko earlier voiced the options of possible measures against Saakashvili in an interview the TSN television channel, they were [1] extradition at the request of the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office, [2] voluntarily return to any country of his choice, for instance, the Netherlands, where his country lives [?!], as well as [3] "voluntarily or forcible deportation to a country of his choice or the country, from which he had illegally crossed the Ukrainian border, namely Poland."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 06:12:47 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 09:43:17 AM EST
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Guardian
A "high-level" group of Commonwealth leaders are meeting to review the governance of the Commonwealth nations - amid a report that the group will also discuss the succession to Queen Elizabeth when she dies.
Any suggestions?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 07:59:15 AM EST
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Saakashvili?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 08:04:25 AM EST
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the difficulty is that Prince charles is not considered good leadership material. Australian politicians have often suggested that when Liz dies, they will reassess their relationship with the UK.

However, both of Diana's sons are popular and I can see this group suggesting that Harry take over the reins to give him an official role that earns his keep with the business.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 08:11:29 PM EST
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Why Harry? Do they have better blackmail material on Harry than they do on William?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Feb 18th, 2018 at 05:12:46 PM EST
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why blackmail? It's a figurehead role.

William is training to be king so he's got quite a lot of official stuff to be getting on with. Harry doesn't actually have anything to do, so this seems like a good way to keep him occupied.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 04:18:07 PM EST
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I had always thought it was a duty of the Monarch, but I guess it could be delegated. It might be easier for Harry to travel to the various commonwealth countries.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 04:40:37 PM EST
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Israel: Shot-down Iranian drone was copy of US craft - New York Post


The Iranian drone that an Israeli chopper shot down was a copy of an American unmanned aerial vehicle that Iran intercepted six years ago, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus and Yuval Steinitz, a minister in Israel's security cabinet, said the drone was based on a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, the Washington Post reported.

Experts who examined footage of the downed drone released by the IDF agreed that the shape closely resembled that of Iran's Saeqeh, or "Thunderbolt," drone, which was based on a CIA-operated Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011.

Conricus said he could not specifically confirm that the drone was a Saeqeh and that the wreckage was still being examined. Iran has produced several other drones based on the RQ-170, according to reports.

I read elsewhere that the RQ-170 Sentinel was kept so secret, no pictures have ever been released by the US government, but apparently this was a picture of the drowned drone in 2012 in Iran:

by Bjinse on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 09:52:57 PM EST
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That's not a RQ-170 Sentinel.  The photograph is something in the Predator/Wing Loong class:

The footage:

does seem to show an RQ-170.  How a helicopter was vectored into a successful intercept is interesting since the RQ is supposedly stealthy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 04:30:26 PM EST
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My coverage of the hijack of Stealth RQ-170 drone with pictures from Iran PressTV ...

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Iran's Successful Hijack of Stealth RQ-170 Drone
Obama asks Iran to return downed U.S. surveillance drone
Super Secret Stealth Spy Drone Gone Missing Over Iran

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by Oui on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 06:40:23 PM EST
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The Iranian drone: When advanced technology comes back to bite us | JPost |

In April 2016 and June 2017, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced its development of a Drone Dome system. The system uses a directed-energy and hard-kill intercept capability to detect and neutralize UAVs used by terrorists to perform aerial attacks, collect intelligence and other threatening activities. These systems have recognized limitations and are still relatively untested.

An open question has been how well Israeli defenses would deal with multiple drones [swarming drones]. Israel has yet to contend with the matter, but if the well-planned use of one drone in combination with antiaircraft missiles led to the downing of an Israeli aircraft, it confirms the comptroller's criticism that Israel is not ready for the likelihood that US technology has been turned against it.

THIS FOLLOWS the Stuxnet cyberattack pattern.

According to foreign reports, the US and Israel used the Stuxnet computer worm in 2009-2010 to sabotage Iran's nuclear program in a series of major incidents that may have set it back several years.

Initially, the cyberattack was heralded as possibly the West's most successful in history, hampering Iran's nuclear program and giving the West and Israel badly needed strategic time to pressure Iran while it still had not crossed the nuclear-weapons threshold.

However, Stuxnet eventually spun out of control and was identified and dissected by Iran and Russia. Top cyber experts say that some of Iran and Russia's most successful cyber attacks have their roots in turning Stuxnet against the US and Israel-just as Iran may have done by adapting the 2011 captured US drone for its own attack-drone needs.

My recent post about Stuxnet cyber warfare ...

Cyber Vulnerability: Contour of Next Global War

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by Oui on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 07:01:35 PM EST
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there was a fantastic TV prog about this subject on BBC a while back, Zero Days, which detailed how stuxnet worked, how Netenyahu compromised it by being impatient and reckless and how Iran turned it back on the US, including a harmless demonstration of capability.

Which more or less explained why neither Israel nor the US will do any more than sabre rattle over Iran.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 05:37:51 PM EST
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About the drone crash site inside Iran, as I recall there was plenty of misinformation and false photographs. Israel launched drones from its airbase inside Azerbaijan ... always looking for friends near the Iranian border. Drone in photo above also looks like the Israeli Hermes 900 drone.

Another Israeli Hermes drone shot down (near Baghdad) | Fars News - Aug. 2014 |

Quite a strange photo of crash site from RT/Ruptly in 2014

Iran displays Israeli drone downed near nuclear facility (Hermes 450) | RT - Aug. 2014 |

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by Oui on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 07:50:08 PM EST
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word on the street is, Zuma has 48 hours to resign.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 10:09:17 PM EST
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South Africa: Zuma to Be Recalled After Refusing to Resign, Sources Say
The ANC national executive committee (NEC) has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma at its marathon meeting in Irene on Monday. This brings to an end the stand-off between ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma.[...\
On Sunday morning, News24 reported that cautious NEC members want the party's highest decision-making body, between conferences, to also give the Parliamentary caucus a mandate to support a motion of no confidence against Zuma, in case he defies the NEC decision to recall him.

South Africa: If Zuma Goes, So Must Parliament - Opposition's Rationale

The seven parties agreed that they will ask National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to urgently move the EFF's motion, scheduled for February 22, up to this week.

They comprise the DA, EFF, ACDP, FFP, UDM, IFP, PAC and COPE.

"Everyone in South Africa has called for the removal of Jacob Zuma," DA leader Mmusi Maimane said at a press briefing in Parliament. "In the context of that, we can't be spectators to the ANC's internal factions. Let us go to Parliament and remove Zuma."



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by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 10:20:51 PM EST
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Jacob Zuma defies ANC demand to quit as South Africa's PresidentJacob Zuma defies ANC demand to quit as South Africa's President
If he refuses to quit, the ANC will be forced into the ignominious choice of siding with the opposition in a vote of no confidence in parliament, or put forward a motion of its own. The president's term of office lasts until next year, and only parliament can remove him before then.

Other than that, how's business in the House of Commons?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 10:24:58 PM EST
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South Africa: ANC Moves to Replace Zuma as President
This was announced by the ANC's chief whip in Parliament, Jackson Mthembu, at a news conference in Parliament on Wednesday. He said the opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), had refused to withdraw a motion of no confidence it had already tabled, and the ANC was procedurally unable to override the EFF motion with its own.
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Mthembu said that if Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was available, the ANC might move to elect party president Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's president later on Thursday or on Friday.

The South African Constitution provides that Parliament elects the country's president.

Later on Wednesday, the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, announced that she had scheduled the debate on the no-confidence motion for 2 pm on Thursday.



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by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 03:59:16 PM EST
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Finally.

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa's president - Guardian

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament.

In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, the 75-year-old said he was a disciplined member of the ANC to which he had dedicated his life.

"I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment ... I will continue to serve the people of South Africa and the ANC. I will dedicate my life to continuing to work for the execution of the policies of our organisation," Zuma said.

The resignation ended an extraordinary day in South African politics which had begun with a dawn raid on a business family at the centre of the recent corruption allegations levelled at Zuma.

At noon, ANC officials announced they would vote for an opposition party's no-confidence motion in parliament on Thursday.

Late in the afternoon, Zuma gave an angry and rambling TV interview to justify his refusal to obey his own party's order to step down. His speech was more confident and warm. The president expressed his gratitude to the ANC and South Africans for the privilege of serving them at the "pinnacle" of public life.

Here's hoping that this is the start of South Africa and the ANC in particular getting their act back together. Let the cleaning up begin.

by Bjinse on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 09:18:19 PM EST
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South African police raid properties of President Jacob Zuma's associates Gupta brothers
"The police did not disclose the identities of the detainees. "

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 01:34:15 AM EST
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Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in today at 14:30 following ANC opposition bid to dissolve the assembly, schedule general election.
South Africa: Parliament Elects Cyril Ramaphosa As President
EFF leader Julius Malema then rose from the floor to say that before the business of electing a new president was conducted, Parliament should debate an urgent motion to dissolve the National Assembly.
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"You were represented at those meetings, and you did not mention these issues then," Mbete said. The EFF walked out as a result.

"We will not legitimise the circulation of ANC factions and elites," Malema said over the yells of ANC MPs motioning the EFF caucus out the chamber.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 01:15:34 AM EST
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Crybaby Malema has wisened up moderately since I last wrote about him, because he has got a point (and the ANC knows well how deep the rot has festered) - but Malema is still mostly about theatrics.
by Bjinse on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 12:03:13 PM EST
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Police recommends indicting Netanyahu for bribery | Ynet News |

The Israel Police announced Tuesday there is sufficient evidence to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two cases against him, Case 1000 and Case 2000.

Case 1000 concerns illicit gifts Netanyahu allegedly received from business moguls Arnon Milchan and James Packer, whereas Case 2000 concerns talks the premier had with Yedioth Ahronoth owner and publisher Arnon Mozes regarding the Israel Hayom daily.

The police also recommended the indictment of Milchan for giving bribes and Mozes for offering bribes.

Adelson's Yisrael HaYom Doing for Gingrich What It Does for Bibi | Tikun Olam |
Confidential, The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan

Posted as a diary @BooMan - here.

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by Oui on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 10:24:48 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 10:25:51 PM EST
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I guess that's what the Syrians bought the S-300 for.
by generic on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 07:37:44 AM EST
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best news we've had out of Israel in years

that said, Israel is now the country that he made, removing him will not clean the stain he's left.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 08:13:42 PM EST
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OK, I'm no native English speaker, but "Police recommends indicting Netanyahu" doesn't read like he's effectively indicted. And unless I'm missing something, he's still not indicted as of tonight.

Polls show support for Netanyahu may be rising after police allegations - Times of Israel

About half of Israelis want Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over allegations of corruption, but the popularity of his ruling Likud party has been largely unaffected by police recommendations to indict him, a pair of polls released Wednesday showed.

A day after police published detailed criminal graft allegations in two separate cases, recommending the prime minister be indicted, 50 percent of respondents told a Channel 10 news poll Netanyahu should resign or declare his incapacity, while 42% said he should continue to serve as premier.

by Bernard on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 09:31:40 PM EST
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And it keeps going on, and on, and on, and on...

So Is Bibi Netanyahu Finally Getting Indicted or What? - Slate

 Israeli police have officially announced that they think there is enough evidence to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for corruption in two separate cases. This long-teased and widely expected announcement does not, however, mean that charges will actually be filed against Netanyahu.

If you're experiencing a bit of déjà vu, that's because there have been "BREAKING" news stories for months now indicating that the Teflon prime minister is on the verge of being prosecuted. But only the country's attorney general can actually file charges against Bibi, and it will likely take him several months to decide whether or not to do so. Even then, Netanyahu would not be legally required to step down.

by Bernard on Sun Feb 18th, 2018 at 07:04:21 PM EST
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Attorney General Knew That Private Investigators Were Tailing Actors in Netanyahu Probe

Erdan urges AG to order probe claims Netanyahu investigators were followed

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan urges Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to investigate claims made by Police Chief Roni Alsheich that the officers investigating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's alleged corruption were followed.

"This is a significant and worrisome statement that should keep the attention of anyone who is responsible for the rule of law and the independence of law enforcement," Eran tells Mandelblit in a letter. "I cannot ignore these things and move on to the next item on the agenda."

"An attempt to intimidate the police investigators who are doing their duty is an act that can not be tolerated," he says.

Last week, Alsheich said that "powerful figures" had hired private investigators to collect information about the police investigators in the corruption cases against the prime minister, apparently to personally discredit them should they recommend indictments.

The Police investigation makes the recommendation for indictment. In a normal procedure the Attorney General follows the recommendation. In case of a Prime Minister, he does not need to step down once indicted. It would take a no-confidence vote in the Knesset to make him leave the Office of Prime Minister. The Likud Party would nominate a new leader and PM. AFAIK

There will be a lingering political crisis in Israel and endless debates in the Knesset causing months of delay before the AG makes his call.

Reminder: They got Capone on tax evasion | Mondoweiss |

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Tax breaks, visas, et al: The 6 frauds for which police want Netanyahu charged
PM Netanyahu: 'Police recommendations have more holes than Swiss cheese, no new elections'

Further reading ...

Bibitours: Overseas Trips Involved 30 Knesset Ethics Violations | Tikun Olam - 2011 |
New York Times Egypt-Israel Scoop That Never Was | Tikun Olam |

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by Oui on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 10:05:08 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 12:42:20 PM EST
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Don't you mean "had entered what he said was Israeli airspace"? It was actually shot down over Syrian airspace (the Golan heights).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 12:47:43 PM EST
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ANALYSIS: AMID A REVOLUTIONARY STUPOR, ETHIOPIA'S RULING PARTY DUMPS ITS LEADER
His resignation wasn't totally unexpected. Still, it led to some wild and impromptu jubilations on the streets and a collective sigh of relief. His end is partly his own making, the new circumstances, and the oldest rule of politics--that a leader without a solid base of support from which to govern is no leader at all.

Prime Minister Hailemariam had literally no political base--hailing from a small ethnic group in the south--in a country where political loyalty is defined along ethnic lines.   When he assumed the reigns in 2012, many presumed that he would gradually grow out of the shadow of his predecessor, the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and become his own man.  He stayed in Meles's cocoon till the bitter end.  To make matters worse, while holding onto the formal trappings of the office, he relinquished actual power to the head of the country's powerful security chief, Getachew Asseffa, and the equally powerful Chief of Staff, General Samora Yunus. And he watched helplessly, at times as a clueless clown, as the two deployed the full might of the state and all instruments of oppression to suppress unprecedented protests by the Oromo and the Amhara, the country's largest and second largest ethnic groups, as well as different groups from his own home turf, the southern region. However, no amount of repression would restore control of the streets to the ruling party.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 01:22:22 AM EST
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syrian-forces-set-enter-besieged-afrin
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad are to enter the northwestern district of Afrin, under siege by Turkish forces, in the coming hours after reaching an agreement with Kurdish forces that control the area, Syrian state media said.

Should Syrian government forces enter Afrin, it would re-establish a Syrian government presence along border with Turkey, which has actively supported a range of armed groups intent on overthrowing Assad's government.

by generic on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 05:13:59 PM EST
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So no regular Syrian troops. If I'm not getting my atrocities wrong, those are the guys everyone thinks it is A OK to bomb, without starting a war with Russia or pretending it was a mistake?

by generic on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 02:10:53 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:45:22 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 03:55:42 AM EST
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EC legal action forthcoming maybe kinda sorta

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 01:59:28 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:46:39 PM EST
Court finds that South Korean government encouraged prostitution near US military bases
"In regarding the right to sexual self-determination of the women in the camp town and the very character of the plaintiffs as represented through their sexuality as means of achieving state goals, the state violated its obligation to respect human rights," the court concluded, ordering the payment of compensation to all 117 plaintiffs.

Hon. Judge Lee Beom-gyun of Seoul High Court's 22nd civil affairs division ruled on Feb. 8 in the case filed by 117 former military camp town prostitutes to demand damages from the state, which was ordered to pay compensation of 7 million won (US$6,370) to 74 of the plaintiffs and 3 million won (US$2,730) to the remaining 43.
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The court's ruling was the first ever to recognize state responsibility for prostitution at the US military camp towns. Women at the towns - commercial zones set up around US Forces Korea bases from the 1950s onward - faced the twofold agony of prostitution and forced segregation in the name of "STD management." Their first request for damages from the state did not come until June 2014. But in the first trial ruling in Jan. 2017, Hon. Judge Jeon Ji-won of Seoul Central District Court's 22nd civil affairs division ordered compensation of just 5 million won (US$4,550) to 57 of 120 plaintiffs on the grounds that forced segregation of camp town prostitutes prior to the adoption of enforcement regulations for the Prevention of Contagious Diseases Act on Aug. 19, 1977, had been unlawful.

And, o, yes, Tory gov has censured Oxfam for kind of pimping in Haiti amidst the rubble, famine, and cholera in 2010.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:22:22 AM EST
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Abe urges Moon to respect 2015 accord / PM reaffirms position on comfort women deal
"Some members of Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party opposed his visit to South Korea, due to the Moon administration's stance on the comfort women issue."
The Japan-South Korea `Comfort Women' Agreement Survives (Barely)  
In the press conference on January 9, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said her government will not seek the renegotiation of the December 2015 agreement it reached with Japan regarding the comfort women issue. ...The speculation has particularly intensified since December 27, 2017 when the Special Task Force, an independent investigative group appointed by Moon Jae-in to look into the 2015 deal, announced its findings. The Task Force concluded that the 2015 agreement was flawed, criticizing the South Korean government for (among other things) not conducting direct hearings with the "comfort women" survivors.
[...]
The December 2015 agreement was intended to end what seemed as an endless negative spiral, in which the South Korean government continues to demand the Japanese government demonstrate its atonement, while Tokyo questions whether Seoul would ever be satisfied.  Under this agreement, the Japanese government made a one-time lump sum contribution to a foundation established by the South Korean government that would carry out projects to tend to the needs of the "comfort women" survivors. More importantly, Tokyo and Seoul also confirmed that the steady implementation of this agreement would represent the "final and irreversible" resolution to this issue. Despite criticism both in Japan and South Korea, this agreement was deemed to be the best compromise that would allow Tokyo and Seoul to finally lay the issue to rest and move on to discuss the more urgent challenges that the two countries share -- such as how the two countries can effectively work with the United States to deter North Korea from further provocation.
Japan wary of Pyongyang's move to divide allied nations
"If Moon accepts the invitation without North Korea promising to abandon its nuclear development, it would constitute a break in international efforts to contain North Korea and cause a serious rift in the solidarity of the three countries."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 02:45:22 AM EST
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Although the details of Kim's orders were not made public, the North's proactive behavior so far this year suggests that this will lead to diverse forms of inter-Korean exchange and contact in a variety of areas. South and North Korea have already created the basic framework for this, agreeing during a high-level meeting on Jan. 9 in Panmunjeom to hold talks to resolve military tensions; to promote cooperation, exchange, contact and visits in various fields; and to hold talks between senior officials and in various areas to improve inter-Korean relations.
[...]
The most pressing issue is preparing for a third inter-Korean summit, in response to the invitation made by Kim Jong-un. Creating the "right conditions" mentioned by South Korean President Moon Jae-in will require coordination between South and North Korea on matters including denuclearization. "One argument is that there must be progress on the North Korean nuclear issue before a summit can be held, but conversely that a summit could be used to make headway on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. We need to start thinking that South and North Korea can make the first move to bring about North Korea-US talks," said Kim Yeon-cheol, a professor at Inje University,.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 01:45:11 AM EST
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Kim Jong-un orders measures to develop inter-Korean relations

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 01:46:03 AM EST
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I read your headline as "Kim Jung un-orders measures ... etc."

Well that didn't take long! :-)

Did I miss the closing ceremony of the Olympics? Even Trump our apprentice president stayed silent being pre-occupied with mental illness of a shooter in Florida. Abiding by the NRA sponsored slogan: "Guns don't kill." Yeah, a real non-interventionist guy in the White House. A no-brainer.

Luckily the guy in North Korea spells his name Kim Jung-un. Still optimistic. ;-)

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by Oui on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 06:57:56 AM EST
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He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse. - Buzzfeed
And we're closer than one might think to a potential "Infocalypse." Already available tools for audio and video manipulation have begun to look like a potential fake news Manhattan Project. In the murky corners of the internet, people have begun using machine learning algorithms and open-source software to easily create pornographic videos that realistically superimpose the faces of celebrities -- or anyone for that matter -- on the adult actors' bodies. At institutions like Stanford, technologists have built programs that that combine and mix recorded video footage with real-time face tracking to manipulate video. Similarly, at the University of Washington computer scientists successfully built a program capable of "turning audio clips into a realistic, lip-synced video of the person speaking those words." As proof of concept, both the teams manipulated broadcast video to make world leaders appear to say things they never actually said.
by Bernard on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 09:07:51 PM EST
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Movie industry has been doing this kind of thing for donkey's years - CGI, like duh.  It was inevitable the tech would be applied for political propaganda.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 04:41:06 PM EST
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Counted your Von Economo neurons lately? You should!

Scientists unravel secrets of 'superagers'



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 07:27:42 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:57:17 PM EST
Call me crazy (and I know you will) but right about now,

I'm thinking this condition isn't country-specific.
Today -100: Due process

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 10:45:56 PM EST
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nice disinformation to the NYT by the Germans there. They got exactly what they wanted.

It enabled the 1918 Spring offensive, which might well have won the war for the Germans if only their supply logistics hadn't been so shambolic.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 08:23:23 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 07:53:34 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 09:57:54 PM EST
Senior counter-terrorism officer faces dismissal for losing top-secret documents

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 01:19:58 AM EST
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The Legend of Hans Brinker On Skates

The winter of 1956-57 was pretty solid and as a boy we did a lot of ice skating. We had tours on the canals and lakes in the green heart of Holland with distances starting at 20 km up to 90 km. Even de winter of 1963 was worse with quite extreme weather and the "Elfstedentocht" became one of survival. Some impressions of Dutch painters of the Middle Ages linger on on the minds of many ... so also with Katie Curic ...

Olympic Games - Katie Curic on the talent of Dutch people on ice skates ... the response on twitter:



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 06:05:46 AM EST
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