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by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 07:25:33 PM EST
Data governance: new EU law for data-sharing adopted
The [Data Governance Act] introduces rules for data marketplaces in the form of intermediation services where companies can share their data voluntarily. Neutrality obligations have been introduced to make such marketplaces a trustworthy environment. Many businesses currently prefer not to share their data for fear of misuse or breaching privacy obligations.

Data intermediaries that comply with the requirements of the DGA can ask to be listed in a public register; a way to foster trust and make compliance easier for smaller companies.

A similar approach was adopted for data altruist entities, individuals, or organisations that make data available for the common good, medical research, or fighting climate change.

"We are concerned about how a weak definition of altruism in this agreement could allow companies to over-use vague, altruistic grounds to push consumers to share their data," said Jelena Malinina, digital and health policy officer at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

LEAK: Draft impact assessment sheds some light on upcoming Data Act, 22 Nov
The Regulatory Scrutiny Board rejected the Data Act
The Netherlands publishes non-paper on upcoming Data Act, 5 Oct

archived GAIA+ GDPR, INSPIRE directive, NIS directive, Digital Services Act, Digital Markets Act, 'Non-papers' in Brussels, DICTION CORNER

by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 12:05:05 AM EST
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Norway fines dating app Grindr $7.16M [NOK 65M] over privacy breach
The Norwegian Data Protection Authority said it imposed its highest fine to date because the California-based company didn't comply with the EU's tough data protection regulations. Norway isn't a member of the 27-nation bloc but closely mirrors EU rules.
contract of adhesion d/b/a terms of use with "privacy settings"
In 2020, Norway's Consumer Council filed a complaint against Grindr for disclosing information about its users, including GPS locations, IP addresses, ages, gender and their use of the app, to several third parties for marketing purposes. That allowed users to be identified and third parties to potentially share personal information further.
by Cat on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 12:20:05 AM EST
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EU unveils 'Global Gateway' €300 billion global infrastructure plan
Maria Demertzis, a leading economist and deputy director at Bruegel think tank, warned the European Commission not to make this about competition with China.

"It does not have to crowd out Chinese investments," she told DW. "I very much hope that it does not aim to, or is perceived as an attempt to displace China in one way or another. Nobody wins from that."

EC | Questions and Answers on Global Gateway, NDICI-Global Europe, EFSD+, IPA III, Interreg, InvestEU and Horizon Europe
Is Global Gateway a response to the Chinese Belt and Road initiative and how does it relate to others?
Initiatives such as the Build Back Better World and Global Gateway will mutually reinforce each other.
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 01:21:13 AM EST
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Dombrovskis: China's Lithuania blockade hits other EU exports
"Apparently Chinese customs is not processing goods from other EU countries if they contain parts from Lithuania."
< eyebrow >
Dombrovskis said the Commission was using political and diplomatic channels to try to resolve the dispute and that he had spoken directly with China's EU envoy about the matter. But should those efforts fail, he said his staff was preparing a complaint with to reform the [PREPOSTEROUS] World Trade Organization.
by Cat on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 07:51:30 PM EST
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Russian court slaps Google, Meta with MASSIVE fines
The Tagansky District Court ruled that Google repeatedly neglected to remove the banned content, and ordered the company to pay an administrative fine of about 7.2 billion rubles (about $98.4 million). Google said it would study the court documents before deciding on its next steps.

Later Friday, the court also slapped a fine of nearly 2 billion rubles ($27.2 million) on Meta for failure to remove banned content.

Russian courts had previously imposed smaller fines on Google, Facebook and Twitter this year, and Friday's rulings marked the first time the size of the fine was calculated based on revenue.

the NEW! 10% the NEW! Haugen trauma
Roskomnadzor said Google and Meta were specifically accused of violating the ban on distributing content that promotes extremist ideology, insults religious beliefs and encourages dangerous behavior by minors, among other things.
by Cat on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 08:15:55 PM EST
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If you figure $100,000 for an offshore content checker job, 30 million bucks would have bought Google 100 of them for three years. Would that have been enough to catch the banned content?
by asdf on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 12:32:34 AM EST
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Peter Thiel hires disgraced ex-Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz
"Kurz, 35, will serve as a global strategist for California-based Thiel Capital beginning in the first quarter of 2022."
Former far-right Austrian chancellor Kurz, who left office amid corruption allegations, set to join Peter Thiel investment firm
"He plans to commute between Europe and Thiel Capital's U.S. headquarters, Reuters reported, citing the Austrian tabloid Heute. His pay package is reportedly far larger than the €300,000 ($340,000) salary he received as chancellor."
by Cat on Thu Dec 30th, 2021 at 10:35:18 PM EST
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EU accused of trying to cancel Christmas! Advice on inclusive language dropped after criticism
The European Commission was forced to perform a U-turn Tuesday after its guide to internal communication was accused of trying to cancel Christmas and launching an attack on "common sense."

The 30-page guide on how to use more gender-neutral, LGBTQ+ friendly language in the Commission was unveiled by the equality commissioner, Helena Dalli, in late October.

The internal document was picked up on by the Italian tabloid il Giornale, which led to a torrent of abuse on social media as well as from a senior official in the Vatican, far-right politicians and a former EU commissioner.

As a result, Dalli was forced to backtrack. "Concern was raised with regards to some examples provided in the Guidelines on Inclusive Communication, which as is customary with such guidelines, is [a] work in progress," the Maltese commissioner tweeted. "We are looking into these concerns with the view of addressing them in an updated version of the guidelines."

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:00:29 PM EST
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On the other hand, I think that Israel's War on Christmas is still going on. But Scotland's War on Christmas is over, and Christmas won.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:15:41 PM EST
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Christmas won, but Hogmanay rules.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 04:19:04 PM EST
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Germany imposes coronavirus lockdown for unvaccinated people
"Merkel also said that the government would look into how long people can be considered 'fully vaccinated' given immunity wanes over time, 'as it is also discussed on the EU level.'"
German leaders approve new COVID curbs for unvaccinated, Scholz and Mutti
Merkel said an ethics committee will be asked to draft legislation to make vaccination compulsory, with the Bundestag debating and voting on the issue early in the new year.

Scholz, who is expected to be announced as Germany's new chancellor next week, said getting vaccinated is "how we get out of this crisis" and "if we had a higher vaccination rate, we wouldn't be discussing this now."

maybe undetected BioNTech-Pfizer breakthrough vaccine cases, the price of gas in CHINA, possibly Nord Stream 2 sanctions
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:03:52 PM EST
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Norway on guard over [SARS-CoV-2 o]micron [variant] as dozens test positive after Christmas party
More than half of some 120 people present have tested positive -- even though they were reportedly all vaccinated -- and it's feared many may have contracted the Omicron variant. If confirmed, it would be the biggest single ["]outbreak["] of the variant in Europe.
Wth much remaining unknown about the new variant, the Norwegian government said new national and regional restrictions would take effect from Friday. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere the strictest measures were regional and would apply to Oslo -- a city of nearly 700,000 -- and surrounding districts.
Nationally, anyone entering Norway must be tested within 24 hours, either at the border, at a public test station or by self-test. If a rapid test comes back positive, a traveller must take a PCR test within 24 hours, the government said.
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:27:30 PM EST
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ekathimerini | Covid policy U-turns
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took it upon himself to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for people aged 60 and over. ... The conservative leader knows that the measure will cause some political damage, although he secretly perhaps hopes that it will eventually not have to be implemented (the constitutional legality of the measure is also questionable) should the 100-euro monthly fine prove to be a strong enough motivator.
Greece is logging a very high daily death toll, forced the government into making this belated policy U-turn. After all, Mitsotakis and his government ministers have passionately argued against mandatory vaccinations in the past. ...They did not - and still don't - have the political courage to make vaccination compulsory for police and military officers, the clergy and other civil service staff.
True to form, opposition SYRIZA has made endless U-turns that, politically and socially speaking, border on the ridiculous. Alexis Tsipras, the ex-prime minister, and senior SYRIZA officials attacked the conservative administration when it tried to lure young people to get vaccinated by offering economic incentives. ...
BLOOMBERG | Greece Imposes $114 Monthly Fine on Unvaccinated People Over 60
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 11:07:20 PM EST
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Desperate time mandate desperate measures, when SARS-CoV-2 omicron dominates "several [?] variants including the delta variant" and innumerable "breakthrough vaccine" cases.
by Cat on Tue Dec 7th, 2021 at 05:02:42 PM EST
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Foreigners in Russia outraged by new medical checks
The amendment states that foreign professionals, their family members living in Russia and any foreigner who wants to stay in the country for an extended period of time have to be tested every three months for infectious diseases, including syphilis, HIV, leprosy, tuberculosis, and COVID-19. They are also required to take a drug test and must submit their fingerprints and a biometric photo to the authorities.

Children over 6 to be tested for drugs and syphilis
The new rules will also apply to all children over the age of 6. If someone tests positive for any of the specified diseases, they will not be granted a visa, and any existing visa will be revoked. They will be designated "undesirable," and ordered to leave the country. Foreigners are already required to present a negative HIV test when applying for a work visa or a residence permit to stay in Russia for longer than 90 days.

The Russian government has not explained what it intends to achieve with the new regulations.

by Cat on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 07:14:44 PM EST
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Emmanuel Macron accused of trying to `rehabilitate' Mohammed bin Salman
Human rights groups have criticised Emmanuel Macron's planned meeting with Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, which will mark the first one-on-one public meeting of a major western leader with the crown prince since the state-sponsored assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

For three years since the 2018 murder, western heads of state have avoided direct one-on-one meetings with the crown prince in the kingdom. The US president, Joe Biden, has even avoided speaking to the future king in what has widely been seen as an attempt to avoid conferring legitimacy on the de facto ruler.

But Macron's move suggests at least one major western leader is ready to formally re-establish ties to the crown prince directly, less than a year after US intelligence agencies released a report stating they believed that Prince Mohammed had approved the murder of Khashoggi.

"Whatever strategic interest France has in Saudi Arabia, nothing can justify their legitimisation of a ruler who kills journalists, threatens activists, imprisons women human rights defenders, slaughters Yemeni civilians, and deceives the international community. Macron diminishes himself and his own country as he stoops to partnership with MBS," said Agnès Callamard, a French national who serves as Amnesty International's secretary general.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 09:07:26 PM EST
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Croatia slammed by Council of Europe anti-torture committee over migrants
"Council of Europe's Committee for the prevention of torture (CPT) published a report on Friday (3 December) detailing Croatian police border violence against migrants crossing from Bosnia, following Zagreb's attempts to block the body's work."
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 01:52:55 AM EST
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Austria: Karl Nehammer set to become new chancellor
Why another change at the top of Austrian politics?
[Interior Minister Karl] Nehammer's appointment comes after a day after the current party chief Sebastian Kurz, who is implicated in a corruption scandal, said he was stepping down from the role.

Kurz's departure had a domino effect, prompting Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, who was only appointed to the role in October, to offer to quit so that the post of chancellor and head of the party could be held by one person.

and a counter-culture vlog
Die Raten Verlassen Das Sinkende Schiff!!!,(EN, DE)
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 04:27:11 AM EST
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Yeah, when Kurz took over the people's party he filled all positions he could get his hands on with his henchmen. Obviously the fifty-something loyal party soldiers that missed out on the promotions in favor of barely thirty coke kids weren't thrilled and the party is full of structures that aren't easily accessible from the national leadership. And that's a large part of the Austrian state structure, from civil servants to the judicial system.
Turns out newspaper oligarchs don't like to see textual evidence of them manipulating elections on the TV and no one outside the Kurz orbit was really invested in making it go away.
by generic on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 08:08:35 PM EST
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Der Standard asks why Italian politics is dealing with COVID so much better than Austria.
Kaputtes System? Im Kampf gegen Corona steht unser südliches Nachbarland deutlich besser da als Österreich. Das Zauberwort heißt "Grüner Pass". Aber das ist längst nicht der einzige Unterschied
The author doesn't point out that having better politics than Austria is not a very high bar.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 08:46:55 PM EST
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running time 01:27:40, valedictory @ 00:20:00

anglosphere press translations
AP syndicate, Germany's Merkel at farewell ceremony: Don't tolerate hate
"Merkel was honored with a traditional military musical performance and march in front of almost all the country's political elite -- save for the far-right Alternative for Germany, who weren't invited."
RFI, After 16 years of rule, Angela Merkel says goodbye with Nina Hagen song
"playing an eclectic mix of music of her own choosing that has intrigued the nation" brace by a "search for subtext and hidden messages" (Guardian, 29 Nov; France24, 3 Dec)
Sputnik, Party Like It's 1939: German Chancellor's Send-Off Compared to Nazi Rally
Godwin anthology

* "The Post-Heroic Legacy of Angela Merkel",  Bloomberg. 9 June 2021

by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 08:32:01 PM EST
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@ 1:10:54
Q: ... Are you going to miss Angela Merkel?
There are definitely qualitities that she has, I will miss, perhaps her successor will have some of those qualities as well, but her modesty, her restraint, her enormous personal integrity. I think sometimes people in Germany take it for granted, but the sense that she is absolutely incorruptible and that the blandishments of power and material success really don't matter to her. That's not the case with all leaders even leaders in democratic countries. And those are things that I think that I will definitely miss. I think her steadiness in a crisis, her pragmatism, her ability to do plain talking when it's needed. You remember at the beginning of the pandemic when she gave some of her speeches to German citizens, she told them things as basic as how to wash their hands well, and I think she is often appreciated more abroad than at home for some of those qualities. As you may remember, she received an academic distinction in the U.S. this past summer for her communication, her crisis communication. There's one other quality, and maybe I'll just relate my own little personal encounter, with [unintelligible] at the very start of her political career [...] and I mentioned a very famous book, Europeans are from Venus, Americans are from Mars, and she asked for a piece of paper and a pen and wrote down that title. ... She wrote it down by herself.
Q: Melissa Crain, where do you see Angela Merkel this time next year?
CRAIN: I can tell you where I don't see her. I don't see her going through a revolving door like the one that her predecessor walked through to become Gazprom lobbyist. I do think that she will use her voice and her authority and her great esteem to try to convey messages where they count. We know that she was very close to Barack Obama. I don't see her writing million-euro memoirs, but I definitely do see her trying to do what he occasionally does which is to weigh in on important matters.
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 09:58:49 PM EST
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Angela Merkel to pen political memoir
On Friday her longtime aide Beate Baumann announced that together, she and Merkel will be working on her political memoirs. Merkel "does not want to retell her entire life," Baumann told Der Spiegel magazine. "She wants to explain her key political decisions in her own words, and look back on her life's journey."

German Chancellor Reportedly Mulls Pulling Support for Nord Stream 2 in Case of Russia-Ukraine War, according FT

by Cat on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 12:04:57 AM EST
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Germany's Greens approve three-party coalition deal
The new center-left government will be headed by the Social Democrat (SPD), the Greens and the neoliberal FDP.
archived After Merkel: German Elections 2021
by Cat on Mon Dec 6th, 2021 at 06:46:06 PM EST
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Germany's foreign minister under pressure over Nord Stream 2 sanctions, butters up Poland
The energy link is not only supported by former chancellor Gerhard Schröder [!], now chair of Nord Stream's board of directors, but also the centre-left party's branch in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where the local population hopes to draw economic advantages once gas starts running underneath the Baltic Sea.

Scholz [!] indicated that he would not leave it to his Green coalition partners to dictate his government's language around Nord Stream 2.

New German Foreign Minister Fires Russia a Warning Over Ukraine, according to BLOOMBERG
"Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty are not negotiable," Baerbock said Thursday after talks with her French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, urging European Union and NATO partners to work to avoid military escalation
Baerbock makes inaugural visit to Poland
by Cat on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 12:19:47 AM EST
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OpEd | US Unveils Legal Trigger for War With Russia
If passed, the GUARD law (Guaranteeing Ukraine's Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense) will increase lethal military aid to the US-backed Kiev regime by $450 million for the forthcoming year. That is on top of the $300m already allocated for the Ukrainian armed forces in the new US military budget for 2022.

The rhetoric used in the text of the [draft] bill is unhinged...

by Cat on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 12:48:55 AM EST
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'Feminist' foreign policy -- what does that mean?
Annalena Baerbock is Germany's first female foreign minister. According to the new government's coalition agreement, she wants to pursue a "feminist foreign policy." But opinions differ as to what that actually means.
"Feminism tries to smash structures that rely on violence," [Kristina Lunz, founder of the von der Leyen "Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy"] told DW. She cites the fight against terrorism as one example: 90% of terrorists operating worldwide are men. She believes the reason for this is that society promotes aggressive behavior in boys, while raising girls to be more passive. These "patriarchal structures," she thinks, contribute to most terrorists being men.
The concern is that the chancellery will continue to take care of the "big players" like the United States, China, France, the EU and Russia, while leaving smaller fish to the Foreign Ministry.

[MEP Viola von Cramon] criticized former Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for allowing himself to be, as she put it, "demoted" in this way. She hopes that Annalena Baerbock will bring more strength to the Foreign Ministry, and not just hand everything over to the chancellery.
Both von Cramon and Masalle agree that Germany's new foreign minister has already adopted a much harder stance towards Russia and China, and appears to be committed to the idea of a [inclusive trrst] foreign policy agenda.

It's a void.
by Cat on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 04:15:53 AM EST
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You mean Deutsche Welle is a void, right?
You're not actually dissing the whole idea of a feminist foreign policy?
I'm not saying that Baerbock will acheive anything in that direction, but we can judge her later.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 04:44:00 PM EST
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Feminism smashes structures that rely on violence, eh? Even when you're talking about politicians?
by asdf on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 05:47:48 PM EST
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Today the POTUS signed the 61st edition (2022) of the National Defense [sic] Authorization Act. This summary although dated 16 December appears to capture the state of play at the "moment" before the conference committee gets emend it. Notwithstanding the ESCALATING price of freedom at Guantanamo Bay, in eastern Europe, and o'er Indo-Pacific seas of concern, Allies will be delighted to learn, eventually, that the USA is fully committed to wardrobe equality on the battle fields of EUCOM, AFRICOM, INDOPACOM, CENTCOM, NORTHCOM, and SOUTHCOM
Requires the Department of Defense to conduct oversight of the military services in their uniform selections to ensure there is no gender bias in uniform design or selection, and requires payments if like uniform items cost more for one gender or another.
gratuitous gestures toward "justice reform" within the MCA of 2006, and  12 weeks parental leave as well as a Basic Needs Allowance for service members.
by Cat on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 07:57:22 PM EST
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POLITICO.eu.com | EU slaps sanctions on Russian mercenary group Wagner
Wagner first attracted international attention in 2014 when it supported pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
A press release by the Council of the EU said that "the Wagner Group has recruited, trained and sent private military operatives to conflict zones around the world to fuel violence, loot natural resources and intimidate civilians in violation of international law, including international human rights law."

The eight individuals are "are involved in serious human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and killings, or in destabilising activities in some of the countries [Syria, Sudan, Mozambique, CAR] they operate in," the release said.

by Cat on Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 08:07:17 PM EST
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U.S. LNG Cargoes Flock To Europe Amid Record-High Gas Prices
Ten LNG tankers from the U.S. have already declared Europe as their destination while another 20 cargoes appear to be crossing the Atlantic en route to Europe, the shipping data showed. At least another ten LNG cargoes have been diverted from Asia to Europe as European LNG prices are now much higher than the prices in Asia, industry sources told Reuters earlier this week.

In recent days, natural gas prices in Northwest Europe have jumped to over $57 per million British thermal units (MMBtu), up by nearly one-third from last week. Prices in Europe are now around $24/MMBtu higher than the benchmark LNG price in Asia, per Bloomberg estimates.
According to data from German operator Gascade, cited by Reuters, flows of natural gas from Russia on the Yamal-Europe pipeline via Belarus to Poland and Germany have been falling since the start of the weekend, stopped completely on Tuesday, and then reversed direction from Germany east to Poland.

archived US LNG as Foreign Policy Instrument, spot market, the course Germany has set
by Cat on Thu Dec 23rd, 2021 at 05:34:19 PM EST
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Germany's new Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht faces difficult tasks: Stay frosty.
"Lambrecht does not have any previous expertise in or contact with the military and defense policy sector," said Ulrike Franke, a defense expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations. "This may not be ideal, it is, however, also not unusual and was also the case for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and [previous CDU Defense Minister] Ursula von der Leyen. One does not necessarily need such a background to be a good minister."
Some conflict seems pre-programmed. Reporters were quick to dig up quotes from 2014 when Lambrecht, considered at the left-wing end of the SPD's political spectrum, expressed her opposition to the German military acquiring armed drones. That issue has festered among the Social Democrats for years, with many rank-and-file members bitter about the party's acquiescence to Merkel's plans to procure them in the last coalition. The issue appears now to have been settled in the new coalition contract: the Scholz government has decided to buy armed drones as long as they are only used to protect German soldiers.
by Cat on Tue Dec 14th, 2021 at 01:07:50 AM EST
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French Presidential Candidate Zemmour Attacked at Villepinte Rally - Reports
"Zemmour, an author and TV commentator, announced his presidential candidacy on November 30. The 63-year-old stands out among the right as more hardline than veteran politician Marine Le Pen."
Fighting breaks out as French far-right candidate Zemmour launches 2022 bid with rally
He held his first event at an exhibition centre in Villepinte, a suburb of Paris where thousands cheered every mention of reducing immigration and booed every reference to Macron.

"The stakes are huge: if I win it will be the start of winning back the most beautiful country in the world," Zemmour told the crowd.
Socialist party head Olivier Faure blamed Zemmour for what he said had been an assault on peaceful campaigners. "Does anyone have any doubt now what motivates the Villepinte activists?" he tweeted. A crew from the popular but critical Quotidien nightly TV news show were also booed and removed by security, with hostility to the media a feature of the speeches at the event.

[US] Senators weigh online protections cyber security for [federal judges' families and] lawmakers' personal public info
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 11:18:24 PM EST
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Sex toy ads removed from ice at Olympic curling qualifier
EasyToys and the World Curling Federation said on Friday that they have reached a deal to return the livestream to the United States and Japan, where broadcasters decided that references to the company were too racy for the [#EqualityForAll] curling audience. The event in the Netherlands will determine the last remaining spots in the Beijing 2022 curling fields.
by Cat on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 09:16:14 PM EST
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Inger Støjberg: Denmark's ex-immigration minister convicted over illegal asylum seeker policy
Inger Støjberg was found guilty in a rare impeachment trial and sentenced to 60 days in prison on Monday. The court found that the former minister had neglected her ministerial duties "intentionally or through gross negligence"....[and] providing parliament with "incorrect or misleading information" and agreed that the order had violated Danish law and the European Convention on Human Rights. It was the first time the Court of Impeachment had been convened in Denmark in 26 years.
MPs will now decide whether she can continue to serve as a member of the 179-seat Folketing
In 2016, she initiated the policy of separating minors from their ["]partners["] over concerns that the relationships may have involved forced marriages.... The ["]women["] who were under 18 -- Denmark's legal age of marriage -- said they had consented to their marriages.
Considered an immigration hardliner, Støjbergalso introduced a 2016 law that required newly arrived asylum-seekers to hand over valuables such as jewellery and gold to help pay for their stays in the country.
by Cat on Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 07:28:26 PM EST
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Novavax's [Nuvaxovid™] vaccine becomes the fifth jab to be approved for use in the EU
"We welcome today's European Commission decision reflecting the first authorization of a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine for the people of the E.U.," said Stanley C. Erck, Novavax's CEO.
The European Commission has already signed a contract with Novavax for the advance purchase of 200 million doses of its vaccine once it has been approved by the EMA. [...] Indonesia and the Philippines have already approved Novavax's jab, while Japan has agreed to buy 150 million doses. Novavax says it has also filed for approval in Britain, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and with the World Health Organization.
archived Why Rousseff-Uclef did not apply for FDA license, Fri Aug 6th, 2021, Mon Mar 29th, 2021, Tue Mar 3rd, 2020
by Cat on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 06:53:57 PM EST
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'Grandpa' Draghi Sees Italy as Stable Even If He's Not Prime Minister

  • He said Italy has fulfilled all the commitments it had undertaken to receive its initial share of EU post-pandemic funding.
  • There is no need for now to revise down growth forecasts on account of the spread of the omicron variant but the government is ready to step in to support the economy if needed.
  • He said big energy producers that are making "fantastic profits" from current high prices must play their part in helping families hit by the crunch.
  • He warned that the EU must continue engaging with Russia as it has no tools, economic or otherwise, to deter it while the NATO alliance has shown it has "different strategic priorities, centered on the indo-pacific quadrant." < wipes tears >
  • As it evaluates the future of phone carrier Telecom Italia SpA, the government's priorities are protecting "jobs, infrastructure --meaning the network -- and technology."
Italy's Draghi Says Europe Has No Capabilities to Impose Sanctions on Russia in Gas Field
by Cat on Wed Dec 22nd, 2021 at 02:25:04 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 10:00:28 PM EST
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The article itself is behind a paywall, but I think the headline suffices to show how sick Western politics has become
Virus, spie e vaccini: così la missione "Dalla Russia con Amore" ha permesso al Cremlino di difendersi dal virus e realizzare Sputnik. Ingannando il governo italiano
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 28th, 2021 at 08:32:27 PM EST
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well, the situation here still is pretty psychotic.

28 hours ago | Remarks by President Biden at COVID-⁠19 Response Team's Regular Call With the National Governors Association

THE PRESIDENT:  Asa* -- thank you very much, Asa.  Look, there is no federal solution.  This gets solved at a state level.  I'm looking at Governor Sununu on the board here.  He talks about that a lot. And then it ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road, and that's where the patient is in need of help or preventing the need for help.

23 hours ago | CDC cuts isolation time for Americans who test positive from 10 days to 5.
pre-omicron: delta COVID care workers only
quarantine: 10 days
test neg/re-entry/mask: 7 days IF neg, 5 days IF labor shortage

pre-omicron: any delta COVID contacts
quarantine: 10 days, IF no-vax; 0 days, IF vaxed
test neg/re-entry/mask: 10 days

omicron COVID positivity

  • triple-vax: 0 days
  • breakthru/no-low vax: 5 days
test neg/re-entry/mask : 10 days, IF triple-vax; 5 days, IF breakthru/no-low vax

41 min ago | US move to shorten COVID-19 isolation stirs confusion, doubt

[France] Health Minister Olivier Veran said the rule changes will be aimed at warding off "paralysis" of public and private services. By some estimates, France could be registering more than 250,000 new infections per day by January.

Italy, meanwhile, is considering doing away with a quarantine altogether for those who have had close contact with an infected person as long they have had a booster shot. Projections indicate as many as 2 million Italians could be put in quarantine over the next two weeks as the virus spreads.

The U.S. airline industry applauded the CDC move.

* Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas, plaintiff in 27 states, et al. v. US Dept of Labor, OSHA

by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 12:07:05 AM EST
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Problem is, his regulation from early November that federal employees get vaccinated is now a the Supreme Court. A general vaccination requirement would be enough to trigger a revolution.
by asdf on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 02:03:16 AM EST
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Federal Register has published
EO 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (9 Sep 2021, pub'd 14 Sep)
EO 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees (9 Sep 2021, pub'd 16 Sep); Federal Register has published
COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard, 490 pp (5 Nov 2021), NB. ambiguous findings of "scientific" fact and law; * et al. v OSHA et al (6 Nov 2021); errata: Biden administration suspends enforcement of business vaccine mandate (1 Dec 2021)


Successive administrations ("federalists") have eroded public trust in the beneficence of a centralized bureaucracy, epitomized by or personified in each POTUS.

Subsequently, the immediate obstacle ("problem") to obtaining "public health and welfare" (TITLE 42) qua "national security" appears to some to be  solely vested in the current POTUS, rather than the US Congress or even poorly apprehended rules of engagement ("US Constitution") to COMBAT a "grave danger" (cf. OSHA ETS regulation) posed by one communicable disease.

Unfortunately for some of us, the incumbent administration has in a relatively brief period sabotaged the very authorities--"scientific," constitutional, statutory, and practical--prepared for review by the SCOTUS in defense of extraordinary disruption of real and imagined civil rights hitherto enjoyed by "rational self-interested actors" resident in the USA (EO 14042, EO 14043) and anywhere else on the planet.

WHEREAS the necessity or urgency of "Biden's mandates" are now obviously moot points of credible "grave danger," posed by iterations, mutations, and revised estimates of SARS-CoV-2 circulating workplaces, has passed through executive capitulation into the realm of (un)certain social cohesion; and local regulation of public health obviate the POTUS belated concession to state' sovereignty;

one academic question pertaining to the scope of presidential prerogative (which even cheeto did not defile, contrary to yella press expectations) remains for SCOTUS to deliberate before deciding consolidated appeals.

As a practical matter, "revolution" of either the violent or coercive sort by < reckless eyeballin'> deputies to enforce socially acceptable behavior is already under way.

by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 05:56:03 PM EST
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...they would be near the top of the COVID statistics.

(Actually, I checked it myself, and Thuringia is even higher).

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 28th, 2021 at 08:52:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 12:16:41 AM EST
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...on the Eastern front.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Dec 30th, 2021 at 06:08:07 PM EST
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