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by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:39:11 AM EST
'Spider-Man' of Paris to get French citizenship after child rescue  - Guardian
As an undocumented migrant in France, Mamoudou Gassama knew it was best to keep his head down, to not draw attention to himself.

But when he spotted a young child dangling from the balcony of a fourth-floor Paris flat he felt he had to act.

In that split second, Gassama, 22, did not think of himself or the threat of discovery and deportation back to Mali.

Instead, in an extraordinary feat of strength and bravery that has earned him the nickname "Le Spider-Man", he pulled himself up from balcony to balcony, before lifting the crying four-year-old to safety.


And another photo-op for Macron.
by Bernard on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:41:51 PM EST
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Italy's president scotches populist governing alliance - Politico
Italy's messy post-election drama on Sunday night took another stunning turn.

The country's president rejected a proposed populist 5Star-League alliance that included a Euroskeptic as economy minister and looked poised to appoint a "technocratic" government as early as Monday.

The collapse of the proposed coalition leaves Italy on an uncertain path in the days ahead, veering between the possibility of early elections or a technocratic government of longer duration. It also threatens a constitutional crisis, as the leaders of the 5Stars Movement and the League condemned the president and one even called for his impeachment.

Oh, and the most important: And it's sure to further rattle already nervous international financial markets.

by Bernard on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:46:23 PM EST
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In the postmodern reenactment of the 1930s: Germany plays France, the fiscal compact plays Versailles, Italy plays Weimar, and Mattarella pays Hindenburg.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 02:01:50 PM EST
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 How can the EU survive Italy's default?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:34:53 PM EST
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sue more software developers, collect

REPARATIONS



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:56:40 PM EST
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  • Have the ECB guarantee everything.

  • Have a few hundred thousand poor people ritually starve to appease the markets™.

  • Reintroduce slavery because markets™.

  • Continue as before.
  • Don't listen to people who tell you steps two and three are optional.

    by generic on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 07:55:53 AM EST
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    by generic on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 08:24:31 AM EST
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    What happens if it reaches Libya?
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 08:32:00 AM EST
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    Poland offers US up to $2B for permanent military base - Politico
    Poland wants a permanent U.S. military presence -- and is willing to pony up as much as $2 billion to get it, according to a defense ministry proposal obtained by Polish news portal Onet.

    The Polish offer reflects a long-standing desire in Warsaw to build closer security relations with the U.S. and put American boots on the ground. The push dates back to Poland's entry into NATO in 1999, but has taken on added urgency in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region four years ago and aggressive posture toward the alliance.

    Coming just over a month before NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a summit, the Polish initiative is bound to anger Russia, and will be looked at with skepticism by European allies that want to improve relations with Moscow, such as Italy and at times Germany.

    by Bernard on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:47:51 PM EST
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    "We have neglected Latin America's realms of gold for too long. Brexit can change that"
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 12:37:08 AM EST
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    nore Boris johnston/liam fox delusional bullshit.

    Sure they can probably drum up a few 10s of millions if they try hard, I'm sure there's a few countries still willing to pay money for UK weaponss systems.

    But replace the trade we'll lose from brexit???

    Not. A. Chance.

    keep to the Fen Causeway

    by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 06:52:44 PM EST
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    Ruth Davidson Lie Watch

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 01:45:11 AM EST
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    The Frying Pan and The Fire, by Rev. Stuart Campbell
    We'll keep this one brief, because it's a bank holiday. We asked our Panelbase poll of English voters this month who they thought - regardless of respondents' own politics - was doing the best job of leading their party. These were the results, in descending order of perceived competence
    [...]
    We thought that perhaps Arlene Foster might have attracted voters' attention given her party's pivotal role in propping up the Conservative government (and because she's got more MPs than Vince Cable), but the vast majority of English voters still couldn't pick her out of a line-up of East German shot-putters and Paul Merton from Have I Got News For You?


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 01:59:30 AM EST
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    Possible new elections on July 29.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 04:33:52 PM EST
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    Britain doesn't just glorify its violent past: it gets high on it - Afua Hirsch
    My entry into this war zone happened by accident a year ago, when I suggested on these pages that we take another look at Nelson's legacy. I wasn't actually waiting in a bulldozer, ready to storm Trafalgar Square, as some people seemed to believe, but simply calling for an appraisal of the hitherto obscured facts.

    Those facts remain of minor consequence to the vocal and influential parts of British society that regard the act of raising them as heretical. The instinct is to shoot the messenger. Our great white male media grandees - it is a remarkably consistent demographic - meet simple statements of fact about the historical record with hysterical, table-thumping personal attacks. It's the kind of lashing out that happens when you try to wean someone off an addiction. In this case, Britain is addicted to glory.


    There are Empire nostalgics on this side of the Channel too, but nowhere near this level of frenzy.
    by Bernard on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:15:16 PM EST
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    For everyone in Britain who is "addicted to glory" there is a multitude afflicted by ignorance. Black History, I call it. The "mysteries", the ineffable origin, the silent witness, and so forth, of a political identity.

    I wouldn't have given Ms Hirsch's epiphany a second thought had I not accidentally just last night crossed the path of another article published by one of those POP-UP wilderness websites, popularesistance.org. WHY THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE LAST SLAVE IN AMERICA HAS FINALLY COME TO LIGHT. I paused to consider her contribution to the rash of "recovered" memories which have surfaced in the public domain only, to my mind, because of the extraordinary figure Mr Trump cuts from these reveries of normative "glory". Ms Hirsch quotes Hurston's celebrated editor without any indication of irony:

    "We stand as living monuments," wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. "For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance." For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as "living monuments" was to some extent figurative. But a new book makes it literal. Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave presents the remarkable [!] fact that there were people [!] alive [!] in America who had experienced abduction [!] from Africa - being examined, displayed, traded and enslaved - well into the 20th century.
    Or reference to the British Museum's own collections of records respecting plantation ventures and "human trafficking" from Nova Scotia to Virginia or Barbados, Methodists' halls in Bath to Sierra Leone, for example, where slavery in the "Protectorate" was not abolished until 1924. I have several times over the past 20 years myself linked innerboob readers to these effects because I can and also to illustrate the story of "knowledge management."

    Inexplicably this article digresses into a lamentation on Hurston's obscurity at the time of her death RATHER THAN an enquiry into the voluminous collections of the WPA, which "literally" employed Hurston among thousands others to systematically document US American "folklore" and US industrial policy for edification of the public domain heretofore unknown. One had only to present oneself to the LOC --public libraries or the occasional traveling exhibition-- to review hard copy. The irony is, the first prerequisite of excellence is to give a damn. Second, the first burst of conversions to digital format online --20-25 years ago-- has slowed to a trickle through the innerboob's partially waxed filters for "business needs." I have seen some collections taken offline, some barricaded by RFP, others like Donnan's research adopted by private universities.

    What remains are bits of trivia eroding rumors of unknown origins and authority to speak The Revealed Truth. Which is a "Windrush" cycle epitomizes black history and the world's relation to it.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 05:10:59 PM EST
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    An Italian site scenarieconomici.it has "Plan B" for leaving the Euro. This is being referred to as Paolo Savona's plan, though I haven't been able to confirm more than the fact that he contributes to the site. It isn't very impressive, using as examples the breakup of Austria-Hungary, Czecheslovakia and the USSR, which all happened before large-scale computerization. Section 2 talks about the need to keep the plans secret, which means that Savona (if this is his plan) should have been involved behind the scenes, not become a public figure.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:19:23 PM EST
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    Di Maio says that impeachment is now off the table, and is back to considering a coalition with the Lega.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:25:24 PM EST
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    Umberto Boccioni La città che sale bozzetto, 1910. Futurismo

    This is the New Italy

    Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, a former chairman of Ferrari, Fiat and Alitalia, and now a public enemy because of his dismissal of the "Made in Italy" label, acquired both companies and moved them to Turkey, choosing profit over quality--and Italian jobs. Montezemolo, of aristocratic background, is a champion of Italian neoliberalism, having founded the influential "free market" think tank Italia Futura (Future Italy) in 2009.

    Another victim is the town of Sora, with a population of 25,000, 80 km. (50 miles) east of Rome. Until recently Sora was an affluent commercial city, with medium-sized paper factories and hundreds of shops. Today, all of the factories are gone and 50 percent of shops have closed.

    All over Italy, the neoliberal policies that led to the economic crisis and resulting social decadence have accelerated in the wake of the financial collapse of 2007.



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 09:57:25 PM EST
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    Raids in four European countries over Hamburg G20 riots
    The raids were carried out with the support of several law enforcement agencies, and Eurojust -- the European agency that deals with judicial cross-border cooperation.

    Police gave few other details about Tuesday's multi-nation operation, but earlier in the year, investigators said they had reason to believe that many of the militants behind the violent protests came from Italy and Spain.
    [...]
    A special task force has been combing through terabytes of police footage, CCTV recordings and private videos with the help of facial recognition software and geolocation data to track down the perpetrators.

    archived
    a libertarian group called the Black Blocs
    so-called antifa modus operandi
    "the affirmative consent and the special controls around sensitive types of technology like facial recognition that are required in GDPR "

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:39:12 PM EST
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    EU Is Considering Tougher Warning on No-Deal Brexit If Talks Stall

    The European Union is weighing a much stronger warning on the risk of Brexit talks collapsing without a deal if the U.K. fails to lay out its position in more detail next month, said a person familiar with the matter.

    The bloc has made clear Britain needs to show a more detailed view of how it intends to keep the Irish border open by the time EU leaders gather at the end of June -- as yet, Prime Minister Theresa May hasn't produced the firm, written proposals the EU regards as necessary to move negotiations forward.

    I would be shocked if May's government had a position to lay out.


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

    by ATinNM on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 12:06:04 AM EST
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    IOW: They're fudging it and time's running out.
    by Bernard on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 06:41:59 AM EST
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    Brexit blow for UK's hopes of helping set AI rules in Europe"

    [interleave added for clarification]

    The UK's hopes of retaining an influential role for its data protection agency in shaping European Union regulations post-Brexit -- including helping to set any new Europe-wide rules around artificial intelligence -- look well and truly dashed.

    <snip>

    But the [adequacy decision] mechanism does not allow for the third country to be involved, in any shape or form, in discussions around forming and shaping the EU's rules themselves. So, in the UK's case, the country would be going from having a seat at the rule-making table to being shut out of the process entirely -- at time when the EU is really setting the global agenda on digital regulations.



    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
    by ATinNM on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 12:12:26 AM EST
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    we're not going to have the kind of effect that we need to have with big tech companies.
    < squint >
    izzat a euphemism for banks or "banking intelligence" or "fintech" or ahhh passport?

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 12:28:22 AM EST
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    Apparently some Tories have had the - to them - stunning revelations that (1) Brexit means the UK is no longer part of the decision making process in the EU and (2) the international businesses are more interested in and will conform to a market with 675.8 million consumers rather than a market with 65.6 million consumers.  

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
    by ATinNM on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 01:01:49 PM EST
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    delusions have consequences.

    And brexiteer delusions of taking back control, ie returning to the the days of Empire and the world doing what it's told, seem to be running into the brick walls of reality somewhat often these days

    keep to the Fen Causeway

    by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 03:11:08 PM EST
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    Gentiloni leads: But the PD will insist on keeping Renzi.
    L'indice di fiducia del presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella, chiamato a gestire questa complicata fase di trattative, è molto alto, e raggiunge il 66 per cento.

    Il 49 per cento degli italiani ha fiducia anche in Gentiloni. Di Luigi Di Maio si fida il 39 per cento dell'elettorato, mente di Salvini il 35.

    Molto più staccato Renzi, il cui indice di fiducia registra un magro 22 per cento. È disposto a dare credito a Silvio Berlusconi, infine, appena il 16 per cento degli italiani.

    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 08:10:42 AM EST
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    Italy leads Europe in the number of people being naturalized, followed by the UK, Spain and France. In Italy itself, the parts ruled by the Lega are at the top.
    Nel 2016 la Lombardia è al primo posto sia per numero assoluto di nuovi cittadini (54mila), sia per aumento percentuale (+18,5 per cento rispetto al 2015), con dati quasi quadruplicati dal 2012 al 2016: da 14mila infatti si è passati appunto a 54mila unità. Dietro la Lombardia si colloca il Veneto, con 29mila acquisizioni di cittadinanza nel 2016 (+13,6 per cento rispetto al 2015), ovvero tre volte e mezzo rispetto a quelle registrate nel 2012, anno in cui erano poco più di 8mila.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 03:21:46 PM EST
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    European Parliament Fines for Shocking Remarks Vacated
    Both sets of comments prompted European Parliament President Antonio Tajani to levy several penalties against the MEP: cutting his daily [?] subsistence allowance [?] to the tune of about $18,000
    [...]
    After pointing to Parliament's own acknowledgement that the MEP's remarks did not cause disorder or disruption, the General Court rejected the argument that the harm Korwin-Mikke caused to Parliament's reputation and institutional standing amounted to a disruption.


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 07:10:24 PM EST
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    That sum sounds more like the monthly allowance for assistants.

    MEPs have - unless it has changed a lot since I had reason to check it - a monthly salary of about 7,000 euros and a bit more then twice that for assistants. Then there is some perks, but those two are the big ones.

    by fjallstrom on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 07:27:32 PM EST
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    I want the one with the $18,000 per diem.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 08:37:30 PM EST
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    A gig at the EPA in DC looks like your best bet for that:

    Pruitt: EPA staff was given authority to approve raises for staffers - The Hill

    The EPA gave big raises to Millan Hupp and Sarah Greenwalt, two longtime aides of Pruitt's who came to the EPA with him from Oklahoma. The agency used a special authority to give the raises after the White House rejected the request.

    Documents released by the EPA's Office of Inspector General showed Pruitt's chief of staff Ryan Jackson signed off on the raises, noting "for Scott Pruitt."

    by Bernard on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 11:39:12 AM EST
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    Perfect! I have no subject matter expertise in evironmental sciences or chemistry either. Lemme linkIn pronto.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 05:36:56 PM EST
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    So, let's see : in order to have his pocket money cut, he has to satisfy BOTH of :
    • exhibit defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior in parliamentary debates
    • cause disruption

    i.e. if the other MEPs just sit there and nod sagely, nothing happens. If they punch him in the face, he gets fined.

    I'll bear that in mind in case I end up in parliament :)

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

    by eurogreen on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 04:50:56 PM EST
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 05:10:08 PM EST
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    Rajoy is out, finally: 7 years and 2 1/2 elections. That is some slooooooow acting "buyers' remorse", ppl.

    Sánchez is in, pro temp,"for a few months before calling a general election" any day now. Because Trump? Russians? Italy? Racism?

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Fri Jun 1st, 2018 at 06:30:01 PM EST
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    Evening Standard under fire for selling `favorable' coverage to Uber, Google
    The London Evening Standard is facing accusations it sold "favorable news coverage" to six major companies, including Uber and Google, in a £3 million deal.

    Open Democracy, a political U.K.-based website, accused the paper of offering positive news coverage to the likes of Uber and Google in exchange for corporate partnerships worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, as part of an upcoming campaign called London 2020.

    According to the report published Wednesday, the Evening Standard told corporate partners they would not just get the usual, clearly labeled "advertorial" content, but also news and comment pieces "that will appear to readers as routine, independently written editorial."


    I'm SHOCKED, I tell you, SHOCKED
    by Bernard on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 01:26:58 PM EST
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    world "discovers" public relations (PR) industry. Freaks out for 72 hours. Investigative report on "native advertising" developing ...

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 05:41:21 PM EST
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    Oh come on. You don't really think that they could bribe or twist (thank God!) a British journalist, even one at the Evening Standard. But seeing how all the papers give positive coverage to these companies, unbribed, there's no occasion to.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 08:51:43 PM EST
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    "disintermediation"
    origin story @ George Osborne's London Evening Standard sells its editorial independence to Uber, Google and others - for £3 million, flavored with mo' bigger bits of trade "secret" clientele and an "emanation" of Geo. ORWELL, Mr Peter Oborne.
    "George Orwell - who worked for the Evening Standard - once said that journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed, and everything else is public relations."

    ## University of d'Oh BULLETIN

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 10:49:10 PM EST
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    Juncker: Italians need to work harder and be less corrupt  - Guardian
    Jean-Claude Juncker has said Italians need to work harder, be less corrupt and stop looking to the EU to rescue the country's poor regions, in comments unlikely to ease the fraught political battle over Italy's future relationship with Brussels.

    Days after the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, defended Italy's place in the eurozone against the country's populist leaders, the president of the European commission said he was in "deep love" with "bella Italia", but could not accept that all the country's problems should be blamed on the EU or the commission.

    "Italians have to take care of the poor regions of Italy. That means more work; less corruption; seriousness," Juncker said. "We will help them as we always did. But don't play this game of loading with responsibility the EU. A country is a country, a nation is a nation. Countries first, Europe second."


    The EC President then added: "Italians cannot expect to earn money simply by watching interest accrue in bank accounts opened by wealthy foreigners to avoid taxes. And their Prime Minister should certainly not negotiate favorable tax arrangements for multinationals. Who do they think they are? Luxembourgers?"
    by Bernard on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 06:29:54 PM EST
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    You crack me up, Bernard :)

    'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
    by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 06:21:11 PM EST
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    Guardian
    Article 41.2 of the constitution says the Irish state "recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the state a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The state shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home."

    A constitutional conference in 2013 recommended change, and when the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, took office last year he promised it would be one of the issues put to citizens in a referendum.

    The vote could be as early as October, potentially alongside the presidential election. Options include removing the clause entirely, or replacing it with a gender-neutral reference to the work of carers.

    And what about Article 43?
    The State acknowledges that man, in virtue of his rational being, has the natural right, antecedent to positive law, to the private ownership of external goods.
    Which excludes women, and maybe excludes Donald Trump. Or Article 44?
    The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 12:50:56 PM EST
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    Napoli Today
    Due turisti tedeschi, un uomo di 40 anni e una donna di 35, sono stati denunciati a piede libero dalla Polizia di Stato a Capri con l'accusa di furto in concorso ai danni di un operaio napoletano.

    Il fatto è accaduto su un aliscafo di linea da Napoli a Capri. La vittima, che si stava recando sull'isola azzurra per motivi di lavoro, all'arrivo a Capri si è accorta di non avere più il portafogli con all'interno circa 50 euro.

    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 12:55:49 PM EST
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