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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:28:37 PM EST

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees a border wall where none exists

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by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 01:05:34 AM EST
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I do have a post to place, which I believe it should be a diary, but I have no authorization.

It is a short comment on the background of the Gilets Jaunes' rebellion (or popular seccession, so say some people knowledgeable in history). I wrote it both in french and english.

More than 10 years ago, I used to be hanging around here, commenting occasionally. My username was findmeaDoorIntoSummer. I never wrote a single diary, which was strange. Eventually I would realize that there was a pathological explanation for that fact and similar troubles - troubles which eventually led me to leave. Which was a great relief, and allowed me to fight back. Knowing yourself truly empowers you.

These days I do have a lot more answers. I wont be hanging around much, I am afraid. I have a hard fight ahead of me, to present my ideas on a long classic format, and therefore to be properly recognized as an author, and a serious one, mind you.

I could sent my short, high density, text to an old timer, such as Migeru, but my statements will trigger probably a lot of questions, namely requests for references, and you should be entitled to receive answers. This was never a place for shallow conversations, after all.

You let me know what to think. I am afraid that today, Wednesday, I will be out of base camp and unavailable to reply.

Thanks for your thoughts and words.

by aDoorIntoSummer on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:02:35 AM EST
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What to do, I mean.
by aDoorIntoSummer on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:07:03 AM EST
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You are in fact authorised to post a diary. See the button "New diary" in your user console at the top of the page.

For more information, from the User Guide, How Do I Post a Diary?.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:09:12 AM EST
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First thing I did after creating this account was click on "Diary". Second thing was click on "New Dairy". The following message is issued: "Permission Denied."

I am therefore both posting the text here, and sending you a copy in PDF format in case you want to place it somewhere else. It is short because I believe a shocking truth must be delivered in a acute blow. It is in French because for most of my adult life I have been waiting for the good folks of Paris to offer me a gift to change our lives for the better, and now that such event has become slightly possible, one has to do its share of the good work.



Hundreds of thousands, probably millions of French citizens have flooded the streets. They demand being heard, i.e. actual democracy.  They have been impoverished, and cannot bear the hike on fossil fuel price, the major fraction of which are taxes. It is possible that they might even want a reduction on taxation in general.
    French government justifies this particular taxation as a means to lower carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. In fact, a reduction in the consumption of petroleum, if not carbon in general.

    Perhaps a direct answer, as below, is best to reveal the depth of the deception. There are ideologies, both old and new, which may lead our societies to its decomposition.
    Memory is the primary resource of intelligent entities in order to predict the future. We must not forget the past:

    Tax on fuel consumption is an example of flat taxation. And even if you may chose to drive or not a car or motorcycle, many people do not have a viable option.
    In contrast, in the good old times, both in Europe and the United States, the richest of people and corporations had to return the vast majority of their revenues as taxes. They were however safer, more admired and appreciated then today. Those taxes paid for high quality, low-cost - if not free -, public services in Europe, and kept the American budget afloat, i.e. its economical independence.

    Under usual circumstances, concentration of CO2 is the limiting factor to photosynthesis, i.e. biomass production; in other terms, biological wealth. You should also know that CO2 concentration has been many times above current levels practically ever since plants and animals arrived to dry land, and they have had a great time.
    Drinking a ridiculous amount of water can kill you, but it doesn't make it a poison,  especially when you are thirsty.

    Most recently, rise in CO2 levels has allowed a rise in leaf cover throughout the world, which is apparently warming up polar and boreal areas, and slightly chilling warm areas. Plants and birds, farmers, animal lovers and long-term investors should be happier now.
    On the other hand, whatever is based on scarcity, such as frozen deserts, ecologists who secretly do not care for life, and carbon tax financial products, will perform poorly.


    Des centaines de milliers, probablement des millions de citoyens français se manifestent dans les rues. Ils demandent d' être écoutés, ça veut dire, de la démocratie réelle. Ils sont appauvris, et ne sont pas capables de supporter la hausse de prix des carburants, donc la plupart sont des impôts. Il est possible même qu'ils veulent une réduction générale des impôts.
    Cette taxation forte est justifiée par le gouvernement français comme nécessaire pour réduire les émissions du dioxyde de carbone. En effet, la diminution de l'usage du pétrole, sinon même du carbone en général.

    Peut être qu'une réponse directe, comme ci-dessus, montrera mieux la profondeur de la tromperie. Nous avons des idéologies, vielles et nouvelles, qui peuvent conduire nos sociétés vers sa décomposition.
    La mémoire est la première ressource des entités intelligentes pour anticiper l'avenir. Il faut ne pas oublier le passé:

    La taxation sur la consommation des carburants est un impôt à taux unique. Et même si vous pouvez choisir de ne pas conduire des voitures ou motos du tout, mais beaucoup de gens ont besoin de le faire.
    Au contraire, au bon vieux temps, dans Europe et les États-Unis, les gens et les entreprises les plus riches avaient à retourner la plupart de ses revenus comme des impôts. Et pourtant, elles étaient alors plus sûres et plus admirées et appréciées qu'aujourd'hui. Ces impôts payaient des services publiques de qualité et peu coûteux, sinon gratuits, en Europe, et maintenaient le budget américaine à flot, c'est à dire l'indépendance économique du pays.

    Normalement, c'est la rareté du CO2 que limite l'activité photosynthétique, c'est à dire la production de biomasse; la richesse des écosystèmes - si vous préférez. Il faut savoir aussi que la concentration du CO2 dans l'air à été plusieurs fois supérieure à l'actuelle, presque toujours depuis l'apparition des plantes et des animaux sur terre sèche; cependant ils ont pu bien s´amuser.
    Boire une quantité ridicule de l'eau peut tuer, mais l'eau n'est pas du poison, surtout quand vous avez soif.

    Ces derniers temps, la croissance de la concentration du CO2 a permis une croissance des feuilles des plantes sur Terre, laquelle semble chauffer les régions plus froides, et refroidir légèrement les régions plus chaudes. Alors, des plantes et des oiseux, des agriculteurs, des amis des animaux et des investisseurs à longue terme doivent se réjouir.
    Au contraire, ce qui est basé sur la pénurie, comme les déserts glacés, les écologistes qui n'aiment vraiment pas la vie, et les produits financiers taxe carbone, auront des médiocres performances.

by aDoorIntoSummer on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 07:29:14 AM EST
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[ET Moderation Technology™]

Hiya - I've modified your status to Users, so if all the ET-code is behaving as should, you also should be able to post diaries.

If so, can I ask you to please put your text into a diary and post that, instead of leaving it up here? If I see your diary, I'll remove this post here and we can start the conservation in response to your diary. Thanks.

And I'm glad to read you've found your Door.

by Bjinse on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 08:50:46 PM EST
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In the mean time I posted a diary on the subject, but did not replied to you immediately because I thought it might not be needed.
by aDoorIntoSummer on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 11:21:24 AM EST
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Racial Preferences Aren't Only an American Problem - WSJ
The Paris protesters are getting all the attention, but France isn't the only country where angry masses are taking to the streets to be heard.

The Journal reported Monday that an estimated 55,000 people gathered in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur last weekend to defend race-based policies that give preferential treatment to the majority Muslim Malay population. Defenders argue that ending racial preferences would "dilute decades of affirmative action policies introduced to help Malays catch up with the generally wealthier ethnic Chinese," who comprise less than a quarter of the population.

Affirmative action in Malaysia began in the 1950s, after the British colonial administrators, who had welcomed laborers from China, departed. Since 1971, Malays have enjoyed preferential treatment over their Chinese compatriots in everything from schooling and housing to government jobs and access to capital. The government's express goal was "racial balance," and to that end Malay entrepreneurs were given preference in obtaining credit, licenses and government contracts. Developers offer Malays discounts on new homes, and shopping centers have even banned ethnic-Chinese-owned businesses to limit competition with Malay proprietors.

by das monde on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 10:57:37 AM EST
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News from India
India's only dedicated "cow minister" has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure during which hundreds of the sacred animals starved to death or were poisoned in state-run shelters.


He was not the only noteworthy casualty from India's ruling party, with the country's only "happiness minister" - who stands accused of murder - also tossed aside by voters in central Madhya Pradesh state.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 06:25:43 PM EST
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Brazil court grants Nissan ex-boss Ghosn access to Rio apartment
Carlos Ghosn or his daughter should have the right to access a contested Rio apartment to retrieve personal belongings, according to a legal document seen by Reuters.
At the center of the dispute is Nissan's claim that the apartment contains three safes that the carmaker says it found there. Nissan says it has not opened the safes but that they may contain evidence against Ghosn, which could be lost if people close to the former executive gain access to the apartment.
A Tokyo court on Tuesday rejected Ghosn's appeal to end his detention after he was arrested last month on allegations of ["]financial misconduct.["]

archived elite trade hostages
Fear and Trembling: Nissan scandal slams brakes on cost killer's career
Huawei CFO Detained in Canada to Face Fraud Charges in US
Brazil braces for corruption appeal

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:34:53 PM EST
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China-based oil firm settles Iran sanctions violations, U.S. says

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:37:32 PM EST
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+ CAD 10 million (USD 7.5M)
Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties

Huawei Exec Denies Violating Iran Sanctions at Bail Hearing
acceptable surety

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 12:39:43 AM EST
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Trump totally punked Canada.
NYT | China Detains a 2nd Canadian, Escalating Diplomatic Feud (not quite as obsequious as the REUTERS file on the same story)
China appeared to intensify its punitive campaign against Canada ... The second case involves Michael Spavor, a writer and entrepreneur who operates a cultural organization that promotes trips into North Korea.
o! That would US Publis Enemy No. 1 this month. DRPK is on several lists. There's the set up.
Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, disclosed the second case, and during a news conference Wednesday, warned the administration of President Trump not to further politicize what started as a legal matter
The swing.
The opacity surrounding the two cases ["]sharply contrasted["] with the public proceedings that unfolded over three days in a Vancouver courtroom after the arrest of Ms. Meng.
"It is important to stress that," she said, adding that relations between Canada and China were important for Canada.
Ms. Freeland also appeared to take Mr. Trump to task for his suggestion, in an interview with Reuters, that he would willingly intervene in Ms. Meng's case if it would help resolve the trade disputes that have soured relations over the last year.
waaiiit for it...
"Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice," she said.
Don't hold yer breath, lady. Trump isn't signing NAFTA any time soon. Ask yer girl, Nancy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 07:34:00 AM EST
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