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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 13th, 2018 at 10:55:44 PM EST
Five days of fury: Inside Trump's Paris temper, election woes and staff upheaval
Trump berated May for Britain not doing enough, in his assessment, to contain Iran. He questioned her over Brexit and complained about the trade deals he sees as unfair with European countries. May has endured Trump's churlish temper before, but still her aides were shaken by his especially foul mood, according to U.S. and European officials briefed on the conversation.
UK Cabinet to meet after Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal
Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29. The European Parliament also has to approve any agreement, as do all 28 EU nations.


"I simply don't understand what point you are trying to make"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 07:46:13 AM EST
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Donald Trump: Without the US, the French would be speaking German

That trope never gets old. Neither does: "Without the French, Trump would be pleading allegiance to the British Crown".

Trump's tweet is his second over the past five days that accuses Macron of suggesting European nations need more robust militaries to protect themselves from the U.S., a mischaracterization of what the French president actually said. Macron, in an interview with Europe 1, suggested that Europe needs to better position itself militarily against an increasingly aggressive Russia.

Macron also lamented a U.S. decision to withdraw from a treaty with Russia that prohibited the manufacture of intermediate range nuclear missiles. The "main victim" of that move, Macron said, is "Europe and its security."

"I believe in the project of a sovereign Europe. We won't protect Europe if we don't decide to have a true European army," he said. "We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone -- and without only relying on the United States -- in a more sovereign manner."

"We should protect ourselves when it comes to China, Russia and even the United States of America," the French president also said, alluding to the decision to pull out of the missile treaty with Russia.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 07:46:01 PM EST
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(Simple answer to simple question)

France says Trump should have shown 'decency' on Paris attacks anniversary

In five posts sent on the same day France marked the anniversary of the 2015 attacks that killed 130 people, Trump blasted the key U.S. ally over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and President Emmanuel Macron's approval ratings.

When asked on Wednesday about the U.S. leader's Twitter posts, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux was critical.

"Yesterday was November 13, we were marking the murder of 130 of our people," Griveaux said. "So I'll reply in English: `common decency' would have been appropriate."

by Bernard on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 07:49:33 PM EST
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Mueller seeking more details on Nigel Farage, key Russia inquiry target says
Where is Christopher Steele?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 07:55:59 AM EST
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Julia Reda - EU Council poised to insist on mandatory upload filters
Let's recall: In its final position, the European Parliament had tried its utmost to avoid specifically mentioning upload filters, in order to avoid the massive public criticism of that measure. The text they ended up with, however, was even worse: It would make online platforms inescapably liable for any and all copyright infringement by their users, no matter what action they take. Not even the strictest upload filter in the world could possibly hope to catch 100% of unlicensed content.

This is what prompted YouTube's latest lobbying efforts in favour of upload filters and against the EP's proposal of inescapable liability. Many have mistaken this as lobbying against Article 13 as a whole - it is not. In Monday's Financial Times, YouTube spelled out that they would be quite happy with a law that forces everyone else to build (or, presumably, license from them) what they already have in place: Upload filters like "Content ID".

In this latest draft, the Council Presidency sides with YouTube, going back to rather explicitly prescribing upload filters. The Council proposes two alternative options on how to phrase that requirement, but they match in effect:

by generic on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 09:23:43 PM EST
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The filter selects for license, not unlicense, to expedite search criteria in the wild for control population in a universe, not unlike locating one's super special dolphin trolling pods across oceans and seas.

Are licensed properties tagged, water-marked, or otherwise digitally encrypted? I should think mature DRM technology is installed on copies by every owner/agents/licensees who care to by now --by usage right. Not that I foresee dragnets of quoted text, be that prose or "mash up" label; this mission is programmatically untenable.

The next question is, Can these tracking devices be "hacked" or duplicated by "pirates"? I'll never know.

state of the 'sharing economy'
cow, milk

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 at 10:21:28 PM EST
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The YouTube upload filter is amazingly good, though. I have uploaded videos where I accidentally had the radio playing quietly in the background, and the filter caught and tagged them as containing copyrighted material.
by asdf on Thu Nov 15th, 2018 at 03:08:13 PM EST
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anglophone fiction w/o 11 Nov 2018
How Raab tripped on 'Barnier's staircase'
new demands on Britain ... a somewhat crude infographic ... trade-off between rights and obligations ... a draft deal that addressed fears of disruptive checks on the Irish land border by promising that Britain could negotiate an EU customs union ...scores more pages added to the draft treaty aimed at ensuring a "level playing field" ... "No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control over the laws to be applied."
&tc. Michael Gove is willing to replace Raab < wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 16th, 2018 at 02:08:27 AM EST
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Allies rally to UK's May amid leadership woes over Brexit
"May replaced Raab and McVey on Friday with two lawmakers with track records of loyalty. Former junior Health Minister Stephen Barclay replaced Raab as Brexit secretary, while ex-Interior Minister Amber Rudd was named to the work and pensions post."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 16th, 2018 at 08:05:46 PM EST
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European Conservatives and Reformists [ECR] Group puts forward Czech MEP as their Spitzenkandidat nominee
hmm, EPP, ALDE, and Who? for the holidays. I detect a promotional pattern to Campaign '19.

"The ECR group in the European Parliament was founded by the UK Tories, when then Prime Minister David Cameron left the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) in 2009. ..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 16th, 2018 at 04:42:16 AM EST
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Wanted former Macedonian PM seeking asylum in Hungary
What's in his 'swag bag'?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 16th, 2018 at 04:48:43 AM EST
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as if A Nixon List
letters of no confidence

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 16th, 2018 at 10:01:53 PM EST
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24 | 'Yellow Vests': from left to right, French political parties struggle to respond 16 Nov
In response to a tax hike on already rising diesel prices, outraged French people, hailing predominantly from rural areas, are planning a nationwide protest on November 17. ..The demonstrations are expected to be massive: more than 850,000 [!] people signed a petition supporting the Yellow Vests...
'Struggle' is a charitable characterization.
24 | Accidents and anger at anti-Macron `yellow vest' road blocks across France 17 Nov
An estimated 282,000 [!] people took part in more than 2,000 "yellow vest" protests nationwide, according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. ... One person was killed and 106 others injured - three critically - in accidents related to the demonstrations. ... The protests were at times tense, with security forces using teargas to disperse crowds attempting to reach the Elysée presidential palace in Paris.
AP | 1 dead, dozens injured in fuel tax protests around France
The amateur nature of the protests, often spontaneous and therefore illegal, made it tricky for police, who had orders to use dialogue over force but to stop protesters from completely blocking major routes or endangering lives or property.
Never, ever besmirch the property.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 08:08:47 PM EST
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The person who died wasn't killed by the police but by a car when a group tried to stop the traffic on a major thoroughfare near Chambéry. Without any special equipment or signaling (except the famous yellow vests) nor any experience. Accidents were inevitable.
by Bernard on Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 09:52:02 PM EST
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According to BuzzFeed News, Mr Gove was attending a roundtable meeting with individuals from the Food and Drink Federation when he was informed of the likelihood of the country running out of the popular confectionery.

As they explained to Mr Gove, two of the ingredients that are used to make Mars bars are imported and only take a few days to go off.

Therefore, should food imports be barred from entering the UK via the port of Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Mars will be prevented from making the chocolate bar.

This could then lead to the country running out of all Mars bars in as little as two weeks.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 07:48:48 AM EST
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Well Mars is the God of war... and the UK will run out of ammunition or negotiating leverage fast in a no deal scenario... The rest of the EU will survive just fine without Mars bars.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 11:39:39 AM EST
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Wot? No more deep fried Mars bars?

Scotland will secede under a week.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 04:59:18 PM EST
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