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by Bjinse on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 11:54:20 AM EST
One story, two versions:
EU to Block US Anti-Iran Sanctions Starting August 7 to Defend Business 6 Aug
EU tries to soften impact of US sanctions against Iran as they re-enter into force 7 Aug
That is why the EU has included the restrictive measures in its `blocking statute' which will enter into force at 6 am on Tuesday (7 August). This mechanism bans Europeans - both companies and residents- from complying with US sanctions.

LQD: US Federal Law Eats World, taunts "EU-3" dominion.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 02:09:57 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 03:39:10 PM EST
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and if I can't get world peace, I'll blow Iran off the face of the earth

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 05:02:30 PM EST
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RTE takes a stab at sovereignty, instead publishes long story titled "EU 'regrets' reintroduction of US sanctions against Iran" about Mr Trump, and fails.
Updated Blocking Statute in support of Iran nuclear deal
The process of updating the Blocking Statute was launched by the Commission on 6 June 2018, when it added to its scope the extra-territorial sanctions the US is re-imposing on Iran. A two-month scrutiny period for the European Parliament and the Council followed. Since neither objected [BY WHOM?], the update was published and entered into force on 7 August 2018.

The Blocking Statute allows EU operators to recover damages arising from the extra-territorial sanctions within its scope from the persons causing them and nullifies the effect in the EU of any foreign court rulings based on them. It also forbids EU persons from complying with those sanctions, unless exceptionally authorised to do so by the Commission in case non-compliance seriously damages their interests or the interests of the Union.

To help EU operators with the implementation of the updated Blocking Statute the Commission published a Guidance Note to facilitate understanding of the relevant legal acts.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 08:16:03 PM EST
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Wildfires Explode in Size Across California
"California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized," Trump tweeted on Sunday.

What is the problem? What problem precludes paradise?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 02:56:13 PM EST
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I think the law he talks about is the one of gravity. Keeps all that water in the ocean instead of on the fiery parts.
by generic on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 03:02:09 PM EST
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o, right. My bad.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 03:13:26 PM EST
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Well, you see, if the damn liberals weren't insisting that we divert river water into the ocean so as to raise the sea level to prove global warming, than all the river water would be used to irrigate forests and hillsides, and there would be so much wood that the logging industry would come back, which liberals hate because they hate real Americans.
by Zwackus on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 12:24:58 PM EST
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yea, damn obvious when you think about it

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 02:30:15 PM EST
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We're all wrong.

A flat tire was the problem. It has been extinguished and removed, I suppose.

AND the shifty-eyed "Holy Fire" arsonist of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties has been apprehended for good measure.

NOW, soon, paradise will be restored.
Feds Offer to Put Water on California Wildfires

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 04:26:15 PM EST
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Futile Poll Smoking: Everybody knows black people don't vote and that's why Mr Trump was elected POTUS, right? So results of this so-called referendum of his popularity will be "different," right?

Black voters angry at Donald Trump expected to turn out in key midterm House races, survey found

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 04:34:42 PM EST
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collective punishment for unsolved crime in another country whose law enforcement agency has not, as far as I know, indicted any known or unknown individuals.

ubn warned a few times now.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 05:12:47 PM EST
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working the US press corpse
"I'm exploring a run for the presidency"
"I think the party has yearned for a fighter -- a fighter for good, if you will -- for a significant period of time. And for many, I'm probably seen as that individual."
"I won't bring nail clippers to a gunfight"
"Tonight, with our country under an unprecedented assault by a con man who fights only for himself and degrades the vulnerable and the powerless and regular hardworking people day in and day out, I believe that we must honestly ask ourselves as a party whether those we fight for can afford our gentleness," he said.
"The truth is my policy issue"
"What's happened unfortunately -- especially over the last two years, three years with this president, Donald Trump -- is, we`ve lost track of holding him accountable as it relates to the truth and facts and evidence," Avenatti, who rose to prominence while representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump, said on ABC's "This Week."
Meanwhile, the gag machine is  working overtime for our feedoms!
Evidence Against Accused Russian NRA Plant Kept ["]Under Wraps["]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 12th, 2018 at 02:47:00 PM EST
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Peter Strzok, the latest canned tomato at FBI, following the venerable J. Comey and A. McCabe. The syndicated headline for Friday's so-called News Dump is lays cause of action at margins of somewhat incriminating "anti-Trump" 50,000 mssgs exchanged by Strzok and Lisa PAGE, Esq. 2016-2017. The disposition of Strzok's pension earnings have not been publicized. So there's that revelation by the press corpse yet to be milked by his (not PAGE's) attys.

WaPoo Ke Frames of "politicized" disciplinary actions
Top FBI official assigned to Mueller's Russia probe said to have been removed after sending anti-Trump texts
unprofessional professional conduct
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page said to be `cooperative' during Capitol Hill meeting about anti-Trump texts
undisclosed "cooperative" bargaining
FBI agent Peter Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts
no evidence

(excluding Strzok's deposition in a closed hearing by judiciary committee and pertinent findings by the DoJ Office of Inspector General).

For those of you who haven't be following this particularly salacious plot line in de basement of star-chamber intrigues you may prefer a timeline by Ray McGovern.

I look forward to Strzok's announcement he will seek nomination to POTUS 2020.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 05:06:21 PM EST
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Inquisitors' Founding Regulations of Absolute Power
Trump-Appointed Judge Rules Against Indicted Russian Firm
Concord Management and Consulting's attempts to discredit the investigation were shot down in a 41-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, who was appointed by Trump to the District of Columbia bench last year.
[MEMORANDUM OPINION: the "could"] Concord Management and Consulting LLC moves to dismiss the indictment on the ground that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed unlawfully by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Dkt. 36. The Court will deny Concord's motion. The Special Counsel's appointment complies with the Constitution's Appointments Clause because (1) the Special Counsel is an "inferior Officer"; and (2) Congress "by Law vest[ed]" the Acting Attorney General with the power to make the appointment. U.S. Const. art. II, § 2, cl. 2.
Id. The regulations govern the Special Counsel's jurisdiction, powers, and duties. They "seek to strike a balance between independence and accountability in certain sensitive investigations." Id. According to the regulations' preamble, the Special Counsel is "free to structure the investigation as he or she wishes and to exercise independent prosecutorial discretion to decide whether charges should be brought, within the context of the established procedures of the Department." Id. "Nevertheless, it is intended that ultimate responsibility for the matter and how it is handled continue[s] to rest with the Attorney General (or the Acting Attorney General if the Attorney General is personally recused in the matter)." Id. B. Appointment of Special Counsel Rob
DICTION CORNER: limits of Inquistors' Power, or Authority, as an"inferior officer" in the executive branch
First, "should" is generally "precatory, not mandatory."
The imperative mood is tried, strictly, not colloquially speaking, Mr Comey might argue. I don't know, haven't read his book.
Ass'n of Flight Attendants v. Huerta, 785 F.3d 710, 718 (D.C. Cir. 2015); see also Jolly v. Listerman, 672 F.2d 935, 945 (D.C. Cir. 1982) ("The use of the word 'should' . . . detracts significantly from any claim that this guideline is more than merely precatory"); Military Toxics Project v. EPA, 146 F.3d 948, 958 (D.C. Cir. 1998); Judd v. Billington, 863 F.2d 103, 106 (D.C. Cir. 1988). Although the use of "should" instead of "shall" is not "automatically determinative," Doe v. Hampton, 566 F.2d 265, 281 (D.C. Cir. 1977), it is particularly striking here because "shall" is used twice in the very same sub-provision, seven times in the same provision, and throughout the Special Counsel regulations, see 28 C.F.R. §§ 600.3, 600.4, 600.6, 600.7; see also Russello v. United States, 464 U.S. 16, 23 (1983) ("We refrain from concluding here that the differing language in the two subsections has the same meaning in each. We would not presume to ascribe this difference to a simple mistake in draftsmanship."). And the same sub-provision requires that, if the Acting Attorney General concludes that a proposed action should not be pursued," certain actions must follow--in particular, the Acting Attorney General "shall notify Congress." 28 C.F.R. § 600.7(b). Pointedly missing is any requirement that the Special Counsel "shall" comply with the conclusion. See Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1718, 1723 (2017) ("[W]e presume differences in language . . . convey differences in meaning.").

Further context does not turn "should" into a mandatory term. The Special Counsel argues that "should" is sufficiently ambiguous that its meaning ought to be ascertained from the "the context of the regulation" and the Attorney General's "intent," such as is embodied in the regulations' background section....

I for one am reminded of arguments offered by Republican caucus conselors differentiating "state" and "State" in the matter of PPACA "fines" and "taxes" before the SCOTUS.
Regardless, even crediting the Special Counsel's argument that "should" can be read as a mandatory "shall," some Special Counsel decisions remain insulated from review or countermand under § 600.7(b)....

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 07:58:52 PM EST
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