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Excellent article ... I am working on a diary to explain how the Silicon Valley tech community has become an essential part of the Pentagon, U.S. Government and the War Machine. Influence beyond the funding of politicians by the Wall Street oligarchs.

The oligarchs feel mostly at ease with Conservatives like Tories and the GOP, but not exclusively. See the distraction of "Russian" influence so we forget about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, AIQ, SCL and Robert Mercer / Paul Singer / Sheldon Adelson / Koch Bros.

Another distraction offered by these oligarchs are the eurosceptici and the climate change deniers. Sometimes they are succesful by the young voters of the Conservative party ... the growth of the Green movement is urgently needed as a political force.

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

by Oui on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 07:00:56 AM EST
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That's why the rightwing extremists of the Brexiteers and their backers have an ultimate goal for the UK .... a no-deal exit to regain the Island perspective of legal isolation from the EU and its policing institutions.

In addition the UK foreign policy will be fully in hands of Downing Street 10 and GCHQ / MI6 can work without hinder and oversight.

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

by Oui on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 07:13:23 AM EST
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their problem is that a no deal will push the country into a crisis very quickly. There are a lot of signs that, even now, the brexiteers still haven't really grasped what is going to happen.

If they expect the EU to renew negotiations as if they were starting afresh, then they are going to be surprised. I imagine that the cost of entry into negotiations will be £39 billion, cash down. The EU would be daft if they didn't

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 05:35:39 PM EST
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Eurointelligence is not optimistic:

What should the EU do now?

But, when confronted with a partner willing to accept a no-deal Brexit, the situation changes. The EU will need to consider, for the first time in earnest, the political dynamics in the European Council in the days and hours before a no-deal Brexit. Are they really prepared for it as they say? Politically and technically?

We don't think so. The German media has spent the last two years in denial that Brexit is happening, focusing much of its reporting on the second-referendum campaign. Lately they switched to portraying Johnson as a buffoon or, in the case of Spiegel, as a madman. But what will happen once they realise that Germany is about to face tariffs in the two largest export markets for its cars, the US and the UK? We think that complacency will turn to panic overnight, as it so often does in European politics. The EU will need a strategy to deal with the Johnson administration. EU leaders will need to explore among themselves how far they will go in opening up the discussion on the Irish backstop. And they will need a no-deal strategy that goes beyond the regulatory preparations of the European Commission.

by Bernard on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 07:14:22 PM EST
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EuroIntelligence seems to have been reading the conservative wish list.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 07:45:55 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 08:24:05 PM EST
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The UK-US relations are "phenominal" 😄

Whose bluster will win: Johnson or Trump?

MAGA - strictly self interest.

Today Trump doesn't like Emmanuel Macron ... threatens tarifs on French wine imports. Just sayin ...

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

by Oui on Fri Jul 26th, 2019 at 08:39:09 PM EST
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The German media has spent the last two years in denial that Brexit is happening

The banks of Denial stretch far from their home in Egypt.


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

by ATinNM on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 06:34:29 PM EST
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I almost troll-rated that.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2019 at 07:18:34 AM EST
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Europe's Greens are on fire... and it's not just because of the sweltering heat | The Guardian - Opinion |

A s Europe suffers another summer of record-breaking heatwaves, it is worth reflecting on the group perhaps least happy to benefit from the soaring temperatures - Green parties across the continent, which are, however, in a better electoral position than ever.

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In 2016, only 6% of EU citizens listed the environment as one of the two most important issues affecting their country. Just two years later, this figure had risen to 14% and is still climbing. In the latest Eurobarometer - a survey which monitors public opinion in every member state - 22% of Germans, 41% of Dutch and 39% of Swedes ranked "the environment, climate and energy" as one of their country's top two most important issues. By contrast, southern and eastern Europeans remain fairly uninterested - just 1% of Greeks picked the issue in 2018, the same as in 2005. The UK ranks somewhere in the middle, at 11%, though this summer has seen a sharp increase.

Why is the salience of the environment soaring? Historically, some academics have played down the effects of "real-world" events or citizens' abilities to deduce which issues matter, instead emphasising strategic manipulation of the agenda by the media and politicians. While these certainly count, the salience of the environment, like that of most other issues, ultimately does reflect real events.

If western European social democratic parties want to regain offices of state, I'd suggest they offer ambitious proposals on the environment.

How Green Party Gains Could Make Europe a Leader Again on Climate | Yale360 |
The extremist Green party is trying to overthrow capitalism | City AM - London |

City AM Newspaper: One of the founders, Leonid Rozhetskin, disappeared in 2008 and was confirmed dead in 2013. His body was found in a Latvian forest.

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

by Oui on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 06:20:09 AM EST
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"Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
     --Charles Dudley Warner and/or Mark Twain
by asdf on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 02:28:24 PM EST
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