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4 - 10 June 2018

by Bjinse Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:28:48 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:29:51 PM EST
Emergency Commons debate for Northern Ireland's abortion law
Speaker John Bercow said the debate would last up to three hours, and confirmed it would go ahead on Tuesday [ 5 JUNE] as the first item of public business. An application for the debate was put forward by Labour MP Stella Creasy, who proposed a discussion of repealing the Offences against the Person Act.
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"Because the people of Northern Ireland cannot be held hostage to the ups and downs of the Brexit negotiations, the deals done in a hung Parliament, or the stalls in the talks in Stormont. By repealing OPA we as the UK parliament can show women across the UK we trust them all with their own healthcare, wherever they live."
Over 40 Northern Ireland same-sex couples elope to UK or Ireland to marry:BBC research has revealed the figures based on statistics from 2016.< eyebrow >
Meanwhile, the clergyman said the Irish Government should keep its promise to make abortion rare. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said terminations will become "safe, legal and rare", under draft legislation due to be enacted by around the turn of the year.
DUP out of step with public opinion on abortion - Sinn Fein:"I believe fundamentally in the separation of church and state, so I don't tell the church what to do and I don't think people go to mass for political advice either."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 03:00:29 AM EST
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sorry, but this is a bit rich

DUP out of step with public opinion on abortion - Sinn Fein:"I believe fundamentally in the separation of church and state, so I don't tell the church what to do and I don't think people go to mass for political advice either."

ALL political parties in Ulster are merely the parliamentary representatives of their various religious sects. Sinn Fein are to the catholic church as the DUP are to Puritan protestantism.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 6th, 2018 at 08:24:48 PM EST
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And then there is this.
On Wednesday, former health minister Jim Wells took part in a BBC Radio Ulster debate and made the following comments in response to a caller on the show.

"Nine-point-two million people have had their lives terminated through abortion in Britain since 1967," he said.

"That is actually more than the number of lives murdered in the gas and concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald."

This goes way beyond what Livingstone said. Maybe Jewdas can start a campaign against antisemitism in the Tories and their allies (I doubt the official establishment or Israel will do a thing).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 6th, 2018 at 08:40:22 PM EST
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Um, no.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 6th, 2018 at 09:51:04 PM EST
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Seems to me that Sinn Fein may have evolved a lttle, after all they did start out as a laughably pseudo-Marxist (Groucho) party, but the close association with the catholic community and the clergy who rallied for SF, the community and (in some cases) for the IRA soon made them the political representatives of the catholic community and they were careful not to offend catholic sensibilities in Ulster.

The may have evolved south of the border in order to appeal to a more diverse electorate, I believe they were prominent in the recent abortion referendum, but in Ulster they are a different entity.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 08:14:32 AM EST
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Some clergy did support them, but not the institutional Church. They've been walking a very narrow line between the two sides of the border, but at this stage the bigger prizes are in the Republic, I think. Real ministerial positions (and cars and drivers and perks). Seats at the big EU tables.

I'm not convinced that their constituency in the North is really any more conservative than in the Republic either - polls seems to show similar levels of support for change on abortion, for instance. The function of Church as social centre may be more important in North, due the the nature of the community conflict, but it's not obvious to me that my generation and younger are any more observant in their personal or political life - and my relatives up there would be from a pretty conservative and very large extended Catholic family. So Sinn Fein are likely walking a narrow line up there too - and don't forget that the border is increasingly porous. I've forgotten how many of my "Northern" cousins now actually pretty much live and work in the Republic but are probably still registered to vote up there.

I suspect narratives from thirty years ago are about as useful in NI as they are in the Republic.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 09:41:07 AM EST
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Mostly agreed, but then Donegal did vote no (narrowly). Is it more conservative than N. Ireland? Perhaps more conservative than urban N. Ireland, and N. Ireland people working down south, but N. Ireland as a whole?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 09:52:06 AM EST
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Probably. Donegal is, I think, a region in which the kids couldn't stay so it's still much more dominated by generations that have effectively died off elsewhere.

My lot are not urban.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 11:05:04 AM EST
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UK's highest court to rule on legality of Northern Ireland's abortion law
Seven Supreme Court justices in London will announce their decision on Thursday [7 JUNE], at a time of intense political debate on the issue. The ruling by the panel of judges, headed by the court's president Lady Hale, follows a hearing last year.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 07:14:29 PM EST
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"Dawn McAvoy, from Northern Ireland campaign group Both Lives Matter, said "

O.F.F.S.


u r doin it rong

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 09:27:56 PM EST
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ain't no rhyme without beats, yo


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 09:54:19 PM EST
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Swiss Finance Dept
Le 10 juin 2018, le peuple et les cantons se prononceront sur l'initiative populaire «Pour une monnaie à l'abri des crises: émission monétaire uniquement par la Banque nationale! (Initiative Monnaie pleine)». L'initiative veut que seule la Banque nationale suisse (BNS) soit autorisée à créer de l'argent, et non plus les banques commerciales.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 12:18:21 PM EST
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Also :

Central banks should consider offering accounts to everyone

Common sense may prevail, after all else fails.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 04:16:29 PM EST
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Martin Wolf is in favour.
A radical rethink of how the financial system works was, one might have thought, essential after the devastating crisis of a decade ago. Instead, the system was patched up. Now, predictably, the mood is shifting towards removing much of the regulation. That is why I hope, despite the polls, that the Swiss vote in favour of the Vollgeld proposal in the referendum on June 10. Finance needs change. For that, it needs experiments.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 04:34:06 PM EST
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How is "Vollgeld" any different from return to the gold standard and tight money?
by Bernard on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 11:56:47 AM EST
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No idea. But it only got 24 % of the votes.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 07:57:01 PM EST
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Brudders and Sisters, let us now bow our heads to recite the immortal Truth in Liberty.

What this means, I believe, is that there is profit still to be collected.

"What this means, I believe, is that a country with its own currency would not be subject to the kind of self-fulfilling panic that is now arguably hitting Italy."

Tito? Pass me a tissue.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 10:00:29 PM EST
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Most of the journalists writing about this probably don't have any idea how average Swiss people think. So to correct this view, based on a sample of one, I asked a Swiss friend on Friday about the Vollgeld. He expressed disgust on being asked time and time again to vote on complicated economic issues that only experts can pretend to understand. So I wonder whether by this point a lot of people just reject these referenda because they've had too many of them.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 06:58:39 PM EST
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US-Eng., real bill doctrine, colloquially "gold bug" wealth (a/k/a credit). The CA Cohort of Petty Landlords never tired of it or the pitfalls of fractional reserve banking (first trashed 1830).

But my favorite illustration of the intractable debate (over "nothing" d/b/a "fiat") is in the US Congressional Record (Alexander Hamilton, "On the establishment of a mint, Communicated to the House of Representatives," January 28, 1791) where the merchants, turned "founding fathers," weigh with anal retentive fervor debasement of sterling and the spanish dollar (refined to the ounce) to be adopted for the currency. Jefferson scoffs at Morrison and Hamilton, "What is the pound?"

EUR or USD "design" are models of misplaced precision: The question that never arises is the purpose of credit per se regardless of the token selected to express the sentiment vested in "value" and money function.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 02:00:13 PM EST
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It's about political control, as opposed to bank control, of the money supply.

Enables all sorts of possibilities.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 03:42:41 PM EST
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It is about political control. Full stop.

So we may consider the meaning and practical purposes of political relations among people which some want to control.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 04:15:41 PM EST
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REAL NEWS | Should Banks Be Stripped Of Their Ability To Create Money? A Referendum in Switzerland (Bal'more, MD)
seminar

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 07:18:03 PM EST
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Technical note: ["]temporary customs arrangement["], 7 June 2018
The UK is committed to securing a new [!] future customs arrangement between the UK and EU, which would operate from the end of the Implementation Period, while also enabling the UK to [...] The elimination of tariffs, quotas, rules of origin and customs processes including declarations on all UK-EU trade; ... applying the EU's common external tariff (CET) at the UK's external border, alongside the Union Customs Code (UCC) ... ;and ... negotiate, sign and ratify free trade agreements (FTAs) with rest of world partners

O.F.F.S.
would you like a defined benefit plan with that or a side of chips?



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 09:42:43 PM EST
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Spain swears in world's most female-dominated cabinet
Spain has inaugurated the most female-dominated cabinet in the world, as 11 women and six men took their positions in Pedro Sánchez's new centre-Left government.
[...]
Mr Sánchez acknowledged the political influence of the unprecedented strike on International Women's Day on March 8, when millions of Spanish women abandoned their workplaces and homes for the streets, describing it as a watershed moment for social progress.
[...]
Thirteen ministers referred to the cabinet as the "Consejo de Ministras y Ministros" - putting the feminine form of the noun first instead of the traditional use of the masculine form for both genders.

"We greet the most feminist government in the world," said the Madrid-based organisation, the Communication and Gender Agency.

:: PSA
In case anyone wonders, current US census estimate M:F is 1:1 (I do NOT respect decimal numbers of people.), of which minor:adult matter little to political discourse by comparison to "race or ethnicity" identities which puts to lie the cumbersome, invidious locution for those proprietary needs to discriminate between "stigma," abuses, deaths and poverty -- "women and minorities." Some know full well to which divisions they owe their "empowerment".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:40:40 PM EST
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Perhaps Tory gov should appeal to pity compassion sympathy R2P a "deal" when its delegates get to the summit. With video, photos, and child informants.
Britain's Relentless War On The Poor And Vulnerable Escalates

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 9th, 2018 at 12:01:06 AM EST
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#MeToo, #NoMore, now #HowMuch? What is the cost of sexual harassment?

Before asking GAO to do the research, Gillibrand and 22 other senators pushed the Labor Department to study the economic impact of sexual harassment in January. It took until April for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to say no.
Whisper lists? "Alternative sources of information"
Consider this from the National Equity Atlas: "Our national GDP could be 14 percent or $2 trillion higher, if the wage disparity between White employees and employees of color was eliminated."
Who?
Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, raised the case of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer accused of moving from casting couch dog to rapist. "We're about to watch the Weinstein company as Exhibit A, potentially go down the tubes because of the action of its founder and its namesake," Morial said.

"And so, the economic cost of that is going to be wide and broad. It will affect every employee in the company, it will affect contractors that work for the company."

Take a number.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 9th, 2018 at 04:16:20 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 02:15:30 AM EST
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Yanis Varoufakis on why Germany Cannot and Should Not Pay to Save the Eurozone

Sort of counter-intuitive at first glance...

Live from 6pm today

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 04:02:27 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:29:54 PM EST
Amazon bows to the unions: new shifts and higher wages
For the first time in Europe, the e-commerce multinational Amazon signed a contract with the unions regarding the organization of work shifts. This "historic" event--as FILCAMS CGIL, CISL and FISASCAT UILTUCS have called it--took place at the large shipment hub of Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza region), where, on Black Friday last year, employees were involved in a large-scale and unprecedented protest.
First-ever agreement between Amazon and unions halts inhumane work hours in Italy


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 03:23:30 AM EST
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Two-day strike at biggest Amazon warehouse in Spain, (13) 24 Mar 2018
The strike was called by the CCOO (Confederación sindical de comisiones obreras), the UGT (Unión General de Trabajadores), two of Spain's major union confederations, and the CGT (Confederación General del Trabajo), a split from the anarcho-syndicalist CNT.

They are yet to receive a concrete response from Amazon. Nonetheless, the strike saw an estimated 98% of the total staff walk out, paralysing the warehouse for two consecutive days.

The Amazon logistics centre of San Fernando de Henares, near Madrid, was the company's first one to open in the country and the biggest, with approximately 1,100 permanent workers and 900 employed by temp agencies. The strike, the first of its kind at Amazon in Spain, was voted for by 75% of the permanent workforce, in an assembly earlier this month, as a result of the failure to reach an agreement between the union and the company, to renew the collective agreement that expired on December 31th of 2016. This agreement was extended by law a further year, without an actual agreement between the parties.

Spain: Amazon Fires 100 Workers Striking For 'Better Working Conditions' 18 April 2018
The unions representing the workers in Amazon called for a new day of protest next Friday in Madrid, starting from the Legazpi Square and ending at Amazon's central offices in Spain.

Meanwhile, the workers' organizations will meet with their counterparts in Italy to plan joint actions. Douglas Harper, a Workers' Commissions (CC.OO.) delegate in the San Fernando center, said they are considering the possibility of staging protests and strikes on Amazon's peak sales days, including Prime Day and Black Friday.

There's no back-up like that in the USA. No, sir.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 10:06:53 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 05:25:37 AM EST
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from "pariah" to "closer" (IMF metric)
DW | Argentina agrees to $50 billion IMF loan
"Inflation has hit 25 percent, the Argentine peso has lost about 20 percent of its value against the US dollar, and the federal budget is in deficit. The government hopes the IMF loan will get the country back on track."
Indpendent.ie | Argentina clinches $50bn IMF financing deal
Argentina requested IMF assistance on May 8 after its peso currency weakened sharply in an investor exodus from emerging markets. As part of the deal, which is subject to IMF board approval, the government pledged to speed up plans to reduce the fiscal deficit even as authorities now foresee lower growth and higher inflation in the coming years."
REUTERS | Argentine bonds rally after IMF deal; peso expected to float
"Argentina's country risk --a J.P. Morgan measure of the difference between the country's bond yields and less risky alternatives-- fell 14 points early on Friday morning to 467 . Its 100-year bond maturing in 2117 was up 1.6 percent at 88.18 cents on the dollar as of 9:22 a.m."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:06:21 PM EST
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A rather long review of the book "Globalists" via NakedCapitalism

Boston Review

By the mid-twentieth century, governments--at least in the larger and richer countries--had freed themselves from the financial and economic constraints that once seemed to bind them. In the United States and elsewhere, they could borrow without limit at interest rates of their choosing, allocate credit among private borrowers, control trade and investment across their borders, and tax away concentrations of private income and wealth.

These developments are visible in Slobodian's book only in the distorting mirror of their opponents' fears--but the fears were not misplaced. Neoliberals understood that the managed economies that emerged from World War II were no longer constrained by fear of bondholders or footloose foreign investors. And there was no guarantee that they ever again would be. Those conditions had to be consciously re-created. The goal wasn't so much any particular economic outcome so much as a world in which ordinary people and policymakers experienced economic outcomes, whatever they were, as beyond human control.

by generic on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 04:09:27 AM EST
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by generic on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 03:30:32 PM EST
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"economic outcomes, whatever they were, as beyond human control. "

To a certain extent that's accurate.  The common next step was "thus policy makers cannot affect economic outcomes" which is simply wrong.

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

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 03:44:29 PM EST
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temp
Today, the European Union offers the fullest realization of the neoliberal political vision. There is no sovereign people of Europe; the authority of European institutions rests on a body of law and treaties. The European Union is not a nation, but it is not simply an agreement among nations either. Unlike international agreements, European regulations are directly binding on individuals and not only on the government signing them. In many areas, European regulations and authorities don't merely constrain, but actually replace, their national equivalents. (This is what makes Brexit so difficult.)

Europe's incomplete integration--with its confusing mix of powers delegated to Brussels and powers retained by national governments--is often seen as a design flaw. But to Slobodian's[author of the book] globalists, partial integration is precisely the goal--it means that neither the national nor the international body have the legitimacy and capacity to direct the economy. With no international entanglements, a government is sovereign; with complete integration, sovereignty moves to the higher level. What is wanted is a situation in which some powers but not others are delegated, leaving neither national nor super-national governments able to act outside of circumscribed role.

Now the first part is not quite correct, as I understand it though might as well be for all the difference it makes.
I think as narratives go this makes a lot of sense. Neoliberals love the EU because there is no single polity behind it and political responsibility is safely hidden from public view. But there is also the ever present threat that a polity might develop. Who joined the EU for cheaper roaming and slightly less tedious travelling? At least implicitly people joined for the deletion of borders. Free travel, not on the sufferance of the receiving country, but as a right. So in that context, the incessant attacks also make sense. The Anglo whining about their free-trade zone and how they have been tricked. The stories about Brussels as a modern Gosplan. The crazy banana regulations. Something you laugh about or rage against, but certainly nothing you would ever engage with. And I'd put the panicky reaction by Germany (and Austria for that matter) about "protest tourists" in the same category. Our great and good are very much opposed to the idea of European democracy, while the smarter ones realize that that is still the carrot they have to dangle in front of the donkey carriage, to at least get grumbling consent.
The less smart ones bought their own bullshit about the permanence of the arrangement. Hence Brexit. When the referendum was arranged no one who was anyone thought the result would be leave. Then afterwards the Tories decided on their own that they could just continue on with a wink and nod, while finally putting paid to the threat of popular politics. Remember the first May - Juncker dinner.
Or maybe, after years of austerity, they felt so secure in their power and their contempt of the peasants that they didn't believe that they still needed the holy alliance for property rights and against economic democracy. Clearly they felt the euroes had given up too much in the process of consolidation. Labour rights? For foreigners even?

In the end there is still no viable future except federation or break up. Though frankly you'd probably have to be willing to break with capitalism altogether if you want to get out. Not that I'm particularly alarmed by the thought. Capitalism has shown exactly zero ability to adapt to climate change and the collapsing eco system. But literally no one is even close to that. The "souvernist" parties are a sad joke. But the constituency for a united Europe has been growing weaker too.
My bet is we blindly stumble forward on the neoliberals favourite path. And on that there won't be viable Mars colonies, sorry Elon.

by generic on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 07:25:28 AM EST
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break with capitalism altogether if you want to get out

This is exactly the moral of the story "republic".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 01:16:22 PM EST
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But there is also the ever present threat that a polity might develop.

Working on that. #EuropeanSpring

It's amazingly hard to find partners prepared to envisage the EU election with a EU, as opposed to strictly national, agenda. But that's the political parties, not the actual citizens. There is hope that when presented with a coherent set of policy proposals, they might like it.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 03:50:27 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:29:56 PM EST
Did I mention, I am an inch theorist? Here it is in practice.
MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP, LTD., ET AL. v.
COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION ET AL.

Here heads exploding across the USA.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 12:09:38 AM EST
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I guess that serving black people in diners will be next

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 6th, 2018 at 08:26:11 PM EST
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nah. BTDT in the USA (eg. "sit ins") culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to which the odious has amended over the decades certain categories of "public accommodation" (eg. transpo, bakery, diner, barber, etc) which persons are prohibited from denying "protected classes" use. There is some confusion still in the populus about which traits effect a protected class; the trend is to derive from diverse statutory chapters of USC so as to "inherit" complex properties ("intersectionality"?) of personal merit for law suit.

I suspected the "fugibile" cake argument would not obtain a rational defense. I remain concerned that case law will compel individuals to obey any cockamamie demand by gov or "business needs" such as, paradoxically, "fungible" value of labor. My bro quipped, the baker's first mistake was announcing his discriminatory intention. (This fact too is addressed in the opinions.)

The SCOTUS opinions mention public accommodation (CRA 1964) several times as if acknowledging controlling law only to discard it in order to attenuate the deliberation of RELIGIOUS authority on the issue. ("free exercise of" enjoys, has enjoyed, all kinds of exceptions to observing the 8th Amd. in the USA that even "free speech" cannot reach in last resort. Because it reinforces "free association," I suppose, which encourages fragmentation which is the desired political condition of "self-interested actors." Go free markets!)

OVERT discrimination by [INSERT TRAIT] is out; easy to prove.
COVERT discrimination by [INSERT TRAIT] is in; difficult to prove.

So the apt analogy is something like negro enters a Waffle House, requests pork sausage links-no seaweed wrapper instead of low-sodium seiten sausage patties in seaweed wrapper and is denied this service (altho' other diners are eating artisanal turkey sausage - no olives, grilled medium-rare on seaweed wrapper), because the franchise owner's anathema is no pork permitted anyone during shabbat if the moon is full. Or what have you.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 08:01:11 PM EST
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Never offer any information.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 08:08:36 PM EST
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Walk with me through the insidious beyond.

Here Mr Turley unintentionally, perhaps, takes up the very argument against conscientious objection to "public service" which the SCOTUS has rejected, repeatedly. Consider his ideal for analogy.

The ostensible subject of his analysis is Trump's idiocy.

Obviously, there is no conviction to pardon or commute in this case. In addition to the overturning of the conviction, draft dodgers were given amnesty [!] previously [?] by both Ford and Carter.  

The Clay case has always interested me because of its curious handing [per curiam, it's a thing] by the Supreme Court and the legitimate basis for the draft board and appellate officials to question the basis for Ali's assertion.

The subtext is Clay v. United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971): verdict reversed
Ali had to show three elements. First, he had to show that he is conscientiously opposed to war in any form. He then had to show this opposition is based upon religious training and belief. Finally, he had to show that his objection was sincere. It is hard to see that Ali did not have a conscientious objection or that his objection was not sincere. More importantly, the record was not sufficient on the basis for rejecting that claim. However, his religious basis for the opposition was and continues to be highly questionable.
The analog on points of law is MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP, LTD., ET AL. v.COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION ET AL : The SCOTUS tested addresses the same three criteria to this case in each of the opinions published and reversed. Turley takes his cue from the DOJ constitution of 1971.
"It seems clear that the teachings of the Nation of Islam preclude fighting for the United States not because of objections to participation in war in any form but rather because of political and racial objections to policies of the United States as interpreted by Elijah Muhammad. . . . It is therefore our conclusion that registrant's claimed objections to participation in war insofar as they are based upon the teachings of the Nation of Islam, rest on grounds which primarily are political and racial."

That is a good-faith reason for a denial on one of the criteria.

Turley disputes the judgment of the SCOTUS not to interfere, abridge, meddle in "free exercise". In this case. Because clearly lines should have been drawn between political and religious "conviction".
The Court therefore never ruled that Ali had a valid claim religion, as is often wrongly reported. Moreover, the Court could have ruled on the sufficiency of the single criteria on the existing record but chose to find an alternative course to secure a unanimous ruling. It was in other words a judicial punt.

With thousands of Muslims serving bravely in our military as well as prior wars, the claim of Ali is both highly dubious and troubling. When we are called to serve, there is an obligation of the government to treat people equally and to enforce the obligation to serve in a consistent manner, including the basis for conscientious objection. While the government did not adequately support its decision on all three criteria, Ali never [!] adequately put forward a clear [!] conscientious [!] objection. If Trump is pardoning Ali because he was unfairly denied a waiver for religious reasons, he should consider the implications for future such claims for our military.

G.T.F.O.




Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 9th, 2018 at 10:12:56 PM EST
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Joisey Not California Primary. So they've got that going for them.
Democrats Head to Primaries With 20-Point Poll Advantage
The embattled senator's seat seems relatively safe in the primary, despite the fact that this time last year Menendez was preparing for a trial on criminal bribery charges.
[...]
Another seat up for grabs is the 2nd District, from which longtime Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo is retiring.

The seat is seen as likely to switch Democratic, though the Democrat leading the polls is described as a conservative who is pro-gun.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 11:59:02 AM EST
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I probably won't bother to vote - a choice between a Republican and a Likud candidate....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 12:13:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
winding through the python ...
Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers, 5 June
5 April: "Responses are due April 13."

archived
A US censor 'gigs' 14 April

::moral
The world will be over before we know it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 04:55:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
So yeah. LinkedIn. A "competitive research" request provoked me to check my status this weekend. It's a hot UI mess. Last check 2009 or so. Year I was duped, address book slurped, ("Growth accelerates with the introduction of address book [']uploads['] in late 2003.") and promptly disconnected, 2004. COME TO FIND OUT (i.) archived user data download is difficult to locate (ii.) My new join year is 2007 (proceeded to investigate material changes in the corp. for the YE 2007) (iii.) But US gov has inside counsel on speed-dial.
Along with our peers, we have noticed a large number of requests being accompanied by nondisclosure (or "gag") orders, as compared to previous reporting periods. These orders limit our ability to be transparent and override our policy to let affected members know of any government requests concerning their accounts.

archived GDPR carnival
LinkedIn Takes Data Scraping Fight to Ninth Circuit

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 05:48:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sentencing Date Looms in Fraud Case Tied to Mueller PROBE, any day now
Pinedo, 28, pleaded guilty on Feb. 12 in Washington to selling hundreds of bank accounts, some of which used stolen identities, to offshore users including individuals tied to Mueller's Russia probe.

Pinedo's plea was announced the same day Mueller indicted three Russian companies and 13 Russian individuals on suspicion they conspired to sow political discord and tip the scales of the 2016 presidential election in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump.

archived
author, EBay Incognito! (2013)
"The company's LinkedIn page touts Auction Essistance as a haven for users who have been unfairly banned from Amazon or EBay"
18 USC 2,371,2349,2028A

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 06:04:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 01:05:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In the list of things Americans Care About North Korea ranks about 357th.  Dems can talk tough about North Korea because nobody cares.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 02:59:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
How likely is it that US troops will be withdrawn from South Korea?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 04:24:37 PM EST
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New Yorker
In fact, Wilhelm didn't accomplish very much. The general staff of the German Army agreed that the Kaiser couldn't "lead three soldiers over a gutter." He had neither the attention span nor the ability. "Distractions, whether they are little games with his army or navy, travelling or hunting--are everything to him," a disillusioned former mentor wrote. "He reads very little apart from newspaper cuttings, hardly writes anything himself apart from marginalia on reports and considers those talks best which are quickly over and done with." The Kaiser's entourage compiled press cuttings for him, mostly about himself, which he read as obsessively as Trump watches television. A critical story would send him into paroxysms of fury.

During Wilhelm's reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one another. "The most contradictory opinions are now urged at high and all-highest level," a German diplomat lamented. To add to the confusion, Wilhelm changed his position every five minutes. He was deeply suggestible and would defer to the last person he'd spoken to or cutting he'd read--at least until he'd spoken to the next person. "It is unendurable," a foreign minister wrote, in 1894. "Today one thing and tomorrow the next and after a few days something completely different." Wilhelm's staff and ministers resorted to manipulation, distraction, and flattery to manage him. "In order to get him to accept an idea you must act as if the idea were his," the Kaiser's closest friend, Philipp zu Eulenburg, advised his colleagues, adding, "Don't forget the sugar."

At least the Germans didn't vote for him.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 04:45:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's also worth noting that the towed Tesla's battery fire required 200 gallons of water and foam to put out. And then five days later - that's five days later - it reignited and had to be put out again.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 10:40:05 PM EST
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the energy density on these things is ridiculous, as we saw with the apple batteries a while back, they're small bombs.

I know it doesn't fit the bro culture of light-weight convenience, but these things should be as protected as fuel or gas

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 06:46:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Samsung batteries?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:29:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Any of them, it's the energy density in a controlled fragile state. Any severe mechanical or thermal shock might cause a meltdown

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:05:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
`AI-powered' is tech's meaningless equivalent of `all natural'

"The term [AI] is complete bullshit," said the CEO of a major robotics company that shall remain nameless, but certainly employs in its robots what most would agree could be called AI. It's a marketing term used to create the perception of competence, because most people can't conceive of an incompetent AI. Evil, perhaps ("I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that"), but not incompetent.

There is no AI.  There is no prospective of obtaining AI with the current tools and techniques ... Also Sprach Hinton -- the "Godfather" of Deep Learning.

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

by ATinNM on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 01:45:48 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 01:26:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Exclusive: U.S. sending 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons
An ICE spokeswoman told Reuters five federal prisons will temporarily take in detainees awaiting civil immigration court hearings, including potential asylum seekers, with one prison in Victorville, California, preparing to house 1,000 people.
backhand compliment to US electorate:
Under former President Barack Obama, many immigrants without serious criminal records were allowed to await their court dates while living in the United States. Others were housed in immigration detention facilities or local jails. ICE has used federal prisons in the past but not on this scale, sources said.
Meanwhile, the odious is still searching for reasons not to arrest and deport "dreamers."
House GOP Gets Closer on Dreamer Solution as Other Immigration Issues Arise
Warren Says Democrats Lack Guts to Take on `Billionaire Class'


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:52:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:29:59 PM EST
Women rally against criminalization of abortion
It was the first rally for abortion's legalization since proceedings questioning the law's constitutionality began in a Constitutional Court case on May 24. Like the "Black Friday" demonstrations held in Poland with demonstrators dressed in black to symbolize mourning for women's reproductive rights, the members of BWAVE have been wearing black to demonstrations since Oct. 2017.
Feminist group successfully reposts topless photo on Facebook after deletion
At 1 pm on June 2, activists with the group held a press conference in front of the main office of Facebook Korea in the Yeoksam neighborhood of Seoul's Gangnam District at which they criticized Facebook while eight activists removed their tops. The police notified the activists that removing their tops might be public obscenity and concealed their bodies with blankets. During this process, there was a scuffle between Fire Femi Action and the police.
Women Workers and the Fight to Eradicate Precarious Labor in South Korea
The workers who led the strike in June say they are fighting for the rights of all working women, but not all women were sympathetic to their cause. National Assemblywoman Lee Eon-ju of the centrist People's Party referred to the striking women as "mad bitches" in a conversation with a news reporter and said, "They are just middle-aged neighborhood women who make rice. It's no big thing. Why do they need to be regular workers?"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 03:38:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations aid chief urged the Saudi-led military coalition that controls Yemen's ports to expedite imports of food and fuel supplies, warning that a further 10 million Yemenis could face starvation by year-end.

Stalin was a slacker.

by generic on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 04:34:01 AM EST
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Ian Welsh
We often ask, what would we do if there was another Holocaust? Surely we would do something? Surely, at least, we would not be complicit?
by generic on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 05:31:09 AM EST
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The Yemenis are unkown to the Western world and the media has no interest whatsoever. Needless to say, the British are fully aware ...

BAE refuses to confirm workers loading bombs on Saudi piloted jets - Made in UK

Martin Niemöller - Lutheran pastor and social activist

The origins of this poem first have been traced to a speech given by Niemöller on January 6, 1946, to the representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt. According to research by Harold Marcuse, the original groups mentioned in the speech were Communists, the incurably sick, Jews, and people in occupied countries.

[Source: Wikipedia]

"No Spoke in the Wheel": The German Evangelical Church and the Nazi State

Unfortunately, the Zionist ideals of a socialist state has long been dealt a blow by might and power leading to a terror state of today: from Shoah victim to a occupying power with all its transgressions.

Remodeling Middle-East: Neocons, Republicans and Israel
Fighting Saudi and US Influence in Yemen
Houthi Rebellion In Yemen - US and the Shia/Sunni Divide

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

by Oui on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 06:51:12 AM EST
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Imperialism has had a tough week

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 01:10:25 PM EST
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The Guardian
It's long been a cornerstone of Hillary Clinton's branding that she's a woman seeking power in a man's world. From Madeleine Albright's "special place in hell" speech to the pages of Cosmopolitan to the 2016 primary debates, Clinton and her associates have often presented female identity as inherently progressive in an elected official.

"There are plenty of reasons why we need more women in office. That's true whether you're a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent," she wrote in Cosmo. The most recent version of candidate Clinton took great pains to present herself as a progressive as well, at least when speaking to the general public. Imagine my shock, then, when she emerged from a period of relative dormancy to endorse a conservative man over a liberal woman: Clinton has backed the incumbent Andrew M Cuomo over his challenger Cynthia Nixon in New York's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

So women who vote for Cuomo are warned: Not only is there a special place in hell for them, but Clinton will be there, so they will have to spend all eternity listening to Clinton explaining "what happened".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 6th, 2018 at 08:59:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Hag Watch Int'l. Presents: "Women and minorities"

Where are MY REPARATIONS, Cynthia?!!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 05:18:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Where is Susan Rice?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 03:39:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Inside Obama's secret meetings with 2020 contenders

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 06:14:14 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 10:06:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It seems to me that this point of order will not penetrate anglophone news anytime soon. It is a incisive note because it acknowledges, again, which party is the true barrier to "definitive" settlement.
Blue House says chances of trilateral declaration ending Korean War through summit are low
If a trilateral summit is not held at the time of the North Korea-US summit, the Blue House believes, the next opportunity is likely to be around July 27, the anniversary of the armistice agreement. "If the North Korea-US summit has positive results, it should be possible for the leaders of South Korea, North Korea and the US to declare the end of the war at Panmunjeom on July 27, on the 65th anniversary of the armistice agreement.

reference
US gov | Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State (1953)

The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document--no nation is a signatory to the agreement. ... The armistice, while it stopped hostilities, was not a permanent peace treaty between nations.
UN | Summary
It establishes a Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission and a Military Armistice Commission to supervise, provide observation, inspection and investigation on the implementation of this Armistice Agreement. The armistice also commits the parties to settle any violations of this agreement through negotiations.
US | text, 19 pp
UN |text, 38 pp

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 09:26:48 PM EST
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Now It's Aotearoa's Turn For Abortion Referendum
Under current New Zealand law, women don't have full bodily autonomy. The decision to have an abortion does not rest with the person who is pregnant, they have to meet strict requirements before they can get an abortion, including gaining the approval of two certifying consultants, who are specially appointed physicians. They decide whether or not the woman meets the grounds for abortion set out in the Crimes Act [182-187A].

Abortion in New Zealand (until the 20th week of pregnancy) is only legal in the cases of serious danger to the life or mental health of the mother, cases of severe mental or physical handicap of the foetus, incest, or severe mental subnormality of the mother. Rape and extreme ages of the person in question may be taken into account, but are not grounds for abortion. After the 20th week of pregnancy abortion is only legal to save the life of the mother, or to prevent serious permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the mother. Certifying consultants denied an abortion to 216 people in 2014, the last year for which there is data.
[...]
Conscience votes do not reflect the wishes of the electorates in which they reside, they are the personal choices of the elected MP, and the fact is that often people tend to be a lot more progressive than MPs. It should be left up to women to be trusted to look after their own bodies and mental health, and it should be them who decide whether or not to continue a pregnancy, not parliamentarians with a conscience vote and not state-funded doctors.
[...]
We envisage an anarchist society as a society where people are free to make choices about their own lives. We picture a society where decisions are made at the lowest effective level. For women, this includes the decision whether or not to become pregnant, whether or not to remain pregnant, whether or not to have children.

archived "categories of" public property "from most to least restrictive"
map and legend
"The green zone is not what it appears."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 08:04:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I always thought NZ was quite civilised. But as I keep saying, politicians tend to be more religious than the people they represent and thus more socially conservative and liable to pulpit pressures

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 07:06:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Religion is pretext, Helen, for pursuit of mundane power and authority.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 01:20:06 PM EST
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Actually, abortion is quite freely available, "risk to the mother's mental health" is interpreted liberally. But it's an archaic regime, achieved in the 1970s, and needs to be clarified and set in stone : a conservative government could easily fire the certifying consultants and nominate new ones, Polish style.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 03:55:09 PM EST
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As I mentioned, the concept of sovereignty is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 07:02:10 PM EST
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Argentine Women March for Abortion Rights in #NotOneMore March

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 02:05:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ha'aretz
Hundreds of thousands of Jordanians have thronged the streets of Amman and other cities of the Hashemite kingdom in heated demonstrations. As I write this, not a single Jordanian protester's knee has been broken, either before being arrested or after, if there have been arrests at all. Not a single mayor has criticized demonstrators from outside his city on the pretext that they were inciting people to violence.

And I haven't even said anything about the demonstrations at the Gaza border fence; some people are amazed at the number of people who have stayed alive thanks to the mercifulness of Israel's border snipers.

[...]

But now Jordan has beaten Israel. Its king is more democratic. Its police carry on a respectful dialogue with demonstrators, and even the Jordanian police uniforms are more fetching. In Israel, every police officer is a walking piece of steel.

Meanwhile, Jordan, which lacks natural resources, has taken in more than a million Syrian refugees, who were preceded by a similar number of Iraqis, and yet there has been no griping about Jordan losing its Jordanian identity. So if there is a light unto the nations, the Jordanians are that light. In Israel, the presence of just 35,000 refugees from East Africa unleashes every racist demon, and Israel has put many of the refugees in jail -- at a distance from the eye and a distance from the heart.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 08:59:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
weapons grade snark

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 01:48:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Forward
For decades, the conventional wisdom has held that a video like Sanders', which focuses without equivocation or apology on Palestinian human rights, is political suicide. But that conventional wisdom has rarely been tested. Democratic politicians and foreign policy experts are so accustomed to self-censorship that AIPAC and its allies rarely have to make an example of them. They make an example of themselves.

Sanders is betting that the political ground has shifted. In a sense, he's doing in the Democratic Party what Trump has done inside the GOP. For years, polls showed that ordinary Republicans were moving away from their party's elite on trade and immigration. But until Trump, no Republican presidential frontrunner had been sufficiently unconventional and sufficiently unafraid to put that proposition to the test.

That's what Sanders is doing on Israel. He knows that Netanyahu's opposition to the two state solution, and his support for the Iraq War, and his battles with Barack Obama, and his bromance with Trump, have deeply eroded support for Israel among African Americans, progressives and the young. He knows that his likely 2020 competitors are moving left on issue after issue--from health care to college tuition to the minimum wage--in an effort to keep pace with a Democratic base that has been radicalized by the financial crisis, stagnant wages, failed wars and Donald Trump. But he knows that when it comes to Israel, those competitors are constrained by their fears of the American Jewish establishment.

Bernie Sanders, who now stands a better chance of becoming president than any Jew in American history, is not afraid. And, as a result, over the next two years he just might alter the American debate over Israel in ways we have not witnessed in decades.

Perhaps the courage of the protesters in Gaza is proving contagious after all.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 07:00:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I thought the Dems had changed the rules so that you had to be a member of the Democratic party for a couple of years before you could run under the Democratic banner or take part in a primary specifically to exclude Bernie Sanders.

And the DNC would prefer no candidate at all than one who criticises Israel

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 07:05:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I think Maine has some special deal that he can run in the Democratic primary and then leave them after winning. This means that the new rules may exclude any new Sanders but won't affect Sanders himself (that's what the superdelegates, caucases and all the rest are meant for)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 07:13:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Is there even the concept of party membership over there? Can you be a member of the Ds or Rs?
by generic on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 07:37:54 AM EST
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Sure there is. But only some states require you to be a member to vote in the primary.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 07:41:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The lawsuit Welding vs DNC Services Corp., d/b/a  Democratic National Committee (2017)-- is a significant event, because the respondent "DNC" asserted that no class of membership in the party has a legal interest in "party" business. The court dismissed Welding's attempt to form a class of complainants who represent registered Democratic Party voters that did "donate" monies to DNC Services Corp. with the expectation that DNC agents would disburse monies as directed by them.

AFAIK, litigation of the matter continues as amended 10 Jan 2018.

In effect, the court affirmed, Democratic Party "membership" conveys no legal rights and benefits. That status approximates a "fan club" or volunteer identity. This concept of party membership is alien --in the main-- to European parties' organization of members' rights and responsibilities. But it is historically consistent with US parties' corporate by-laws and control of "member" delegation and caucus processes (eg. primary polls, nomination) according to state and federal electoral regulation.

The 1972 general election is historically significant, because that was the first time the Democratic Party permitted "fan club" participation in its caucus's elections of the party's nominee. wikiwtf articles really understate the significance of this and Republican Party reactionary "reforms" w/r/t political or countercultural movements marked in 1968.

I had posted a couple quick references.

Surprising me, this REUTERS article best encapsulates the long view: How selecting U.S. presidential candidates became the people's choice. Imagine: Just one and a half generations of ahh apathetic US voters have any practical experience with "democratic" elections.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 11:42:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ian Welsh
The norms are breaking down in many nations, including the United States. What is done to win is illegitimate, as with Republican vote manipulation and the 2000 Supreme court decision; what is done afterwards to opponents is also often illegitimate, and if the wrong person wins, they are gone after legally.

Americans will immediately think of the efforts to get Trump, and some will assume it is in the same vein. To some extent it seems to be, in others it isn't (again, he's clearly in violation of Emoluments.) But it didn't start with Trump, it started with Clinton, who had clearly done nothing that affected him as President. (That said, he and Newt Gingrich had an agreement in place to gut Social Security and Medicare, which impeachment sidetracked, so I'm not crying too much. Clinton was a right winger in every important way.)

.....

This is a very dirty game, and left-wingers keep treating it as if it is not: as if there are rules, and both sides play by them. Increasingly in the US that is not the case, and it is clearly not the case many other places. If your enemies win, they will destroy you by any means. You should think long and hard about what you will do to them if you get into power, because they know what they will do to you.

by generic on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 07:53:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:30:30 PM EST
Carbon Bubble: "In a first-of-its-kind study  issued Monday, economists from around the globe used simulations to chart the decline of fossil fuels industries and the repercussions for the global economy."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 03:54:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
After mining the high paying jobs in The Coal Belt is selling heroin and Oxycontin.  Dumb fucks don't know how to do anything else.  Dems won the region because unions and Trump won the region because mine closing due to collapsing business.  The next people to win the region will probably be the Ku Klux Klan because when southern whites get economically stressed they amp-up the racism.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 03:58:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Florida Man
In Florida, Long Fight for Restored Vote Often Ends in Minutes
"a four-part series on the effort overturn a 150-year old law in Florida that strips felons of their voting rights for life."
Florida Cop Must Stand Trial for Killing Black Musician
"The manner in which defendant approached Jones -- in the middle of the night, driving the wrong way up the [highway] ramp, in a white unmarked van, parking head-on diagonal to Jones's vehicle just feet away, jumping out of his vehicle, in plain clothes, with his firearm drawn with no indication he was a police officer -- would not afford an ordinary citizen Stand Your Ground immunity."
Jury awards 4 cents to family of Florida man killed by deputy
"The jury ruled Thursday that 30-year-old Gregory Hill Jr. was 99 percent responsible for his death because he was drunk and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office was 1 percent responsible."
Florida man sold legal documents soaked in synthetic pot to inmates so they could get high
Rodriguez is already serving a three-year prison for violating probation from a 1994 case in which he was convicted of pistol-whipping a federal judge. His attorneys say he will fight the latest charges.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 06:26:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Rescue work at Guatemala volcano suspended, death toll hits 100
"Rocca noted that ash had fallen across more than half of Guatemala, covering areas where agriculture is crucial."

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow fills Kapoho Bay, toxic laze plumes at ocean entry Thursday (June 7)

"This is a Civil Defense Message for 6:30 a.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 07:54:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Guatemala: Head of Disaster Agency Faces Calls to Resign After Fuego Eruption
Mario Taracena, a senior opposition lawmaker, said a probe should be initiated to determine if the government of Jimmy Morales was criminally negligent in its lack of response to the warnings.

"I'm telling you this as a human being: Quit," Taracena said, in a video posted to his Twitter account. "You are not someone who is capable for this job."

Cabanas and other officials have said there wasn't sufficient information from Guatemala's National Seismological Volcanic and Meteorological Institute beforehand to issue an evacuation warning. At least 99 people were killed, and almost 200 more remain unaccounted for, according to officials.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 11:28:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:30:33 PM EST
by generic on Tue Jun 5th, 2018 at 10:48:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]

O.M.F.G.


back from the dead.
NEW YORK SUN | For Whom Would Reagan Vote?

:: the obituaries
wikiwtf

:: the crypt
US Library of Congress (LOC)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 05:37:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Introducing Teh GDPR sPECtoMEter. A Series. S01 E003.
Apple just took a shot at Facebook's web-tracking empire
"We've all seen these like buttons and share buttons," Federighi told the crowd. "Well it turns out, these can be used to track you
who knew.
whether you click on them or not. So this year, we're shutting that down."

When the new pop-up appeared, asking for permission to track him, the demo wasn't shy about naming names: "Do you want to allow facebook.com to use cookies?" It was an unusually direct call out, on a level with the now-standard pokes at Android fragmentation. And coming after months of close scrutiny, Zuckerberg makes for an easy target. But there's a real power shift behind the onstage jab, and it's something that could quickly catch on with other browsers.

yeah. Not holding my breath, said the G-suite-analytics-certificate-candidate.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 05:49:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Davey Jones' Locker
Microsoft sinks data centre off Orkney
"Microsoft has sunk a data centre in the sea off Orkney to investigate whether it can" evade jurisdictions of the Cloud Act.
If Project Natick proves a success, Microsoft envisages sinking groups of five of these cylinders and being able to deploy a data centre offshore in 90 days, whereas it could take years on land.

The operation to sink the Orkney data centre has been an expensive multinational affair.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 7th, 2018 at 10:25:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Lifespan of a Lie
Zimbardo's standard narrative of the Stanford prison experiment offers the prisoners' emotional responses as proof of how powerfully affected they were by the guards' mistreatment. The shock of real imprisonment provides a simpler and far less groundbreaking explanation. It may also have had legal implications, should prisoners have thought to pursue them. Korpi told me that the greatest regret of his life was failing to sue Zimbardo.

"Why didn't we file false imprisonment charges?" Korpi asked during an interview. "It's embarrassing! We should have done something!"

According to James Cahan, former Deputy District Attorney for Stanford University's Santa Clara County, Korpi may well have had a case: the six hours or so after Korpi made his desire to quit the experiment plain, much of which he spent confined in the closet, appear to have met the statutory requirements for false imprisonment in California.

by generic on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 08:11:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
good selection, well-written, informative essay

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 01:22:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:30:45 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 10:30:56 PM EST
by generic on Fri Jun 8th, 2018 at 05:17:28 AM EST
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Jim Brown: Superstar/Superman, a book review, in a blind date with my man Jared Ball, professor at Morgan State Uni (Bal'more), impresario of IMixWhatILike.org and radio talk on WPFW (DC) --until Pacifica purged the station of not-easy-listening entertainment. Here he is cruising with "Academics In Cars #7: Race, Class and Sports with Dave Zirin." It turns out, Zirin and Ball talk like typical Jim Brown fanboys of whom the book reviewer, Ron Jacobs, writes dispassionately. They are intimate with a legend of  "masculinity." A few eurotrib correspondents have expressed interest in the topic.

What cracks me up is these two guys' youthful impressions, what they learned from "Jim Brown," is lost in the critic's translation. I'm thinking, yeah, generation gap.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jun 9th, 2018 at 10:12:21 AM EST
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by generic on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 07:28:22 AM EST
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caption contest w/e 9 June 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 9th, 2018 at 10:47:02 PM EST
thank god he's gone, I was that close....

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 07:49:21 AM EST
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