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by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:53:21 PM EST
Here is a video of the anti-Green Pass demonstrators and Naples train station - all 2 of them. The demonstrations all over the country seem to have been similar flops.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 07:04:44 PM EST
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The caricatural depiction of France in English-language MSM has been abundantly commented on this site by the likes of Jerome or afew. Well, now that the new century is in its third decade, the trend du jour seems to be that we're all turning... (gasp!) French.

Why the world is becoming more French - New Statesman

For decades France has been the red cape to the bull of liberal Atlanticist orthodoxy. Lukewarm on a transatlantic alliance others treated as sacrosanct, ­wedded to Gaullist multipolarity in a ­seemingly unipolar age, enduringly statist in defiance of Hayekian economics, heavy-handedly dirigiste in an age of decentralisation and networked power, at points it has appeared like the village in the Astérix books; the stubborn Gallic holdout against the end of history.
Despair about France often tracks liberal hubris in the Anglo-Saxon world. It was in 2012 - the year of peak Osbornism in Britain and of the Cameron-Obama "bromance" - that the Economist declared France "a country in denial" in an editorial tutting: "French voters are notorious for their belief in the state's benevolence". It was in 2017 - with the UK and US reeling from Brexit and Donald Trump respectively - that the revisionist case for optimism about France, now under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron, started appearing once more.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 08:24:42 PM EST
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"Osbornism" has entered the room.
by Cat on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 09:35:29 PM EST
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RT
The Queen's death will be referred to internally by the government as "D-Day," and flags in Whitehall will be lowered to half-mast. According to the leaked plan, however, the government has expressed concern that it might anger the public if it cannot pull its flags down to half-mast within ten minutes of the Queen's death being announced, and it could even be forced to call in a contractor to do it if no one is around with the ability.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 04:11:28 PM EST
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COVID: Why is ["]Europe["] donating so many vaccines to Vietnam?
EU nations have an interest in fueling the pandemic recovery in Vietnam, as it's the bloc's largest trade partner in Southeast Asia. The EU is also eager to get a geopolitical foothold in the Indo-Pacific region.
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Vietnamese groups were particularly active in countries like the Czech Republic, France[!], Germany and Poland, which have the largest Vietnamese diaspora communities in Europe. All four of these countries have now donated vaccines to Vietnam.
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 02:32:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 04:54:39 PM EST
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The Brief - The anti-Americanism challenge, OpEd "old joke" purportedly not sponsored by Facebook
Anti-Americanism is uneven in the EU. In France, it has almost been the default national policy since Charles de Gaulle.

In Germany, it's forbidden and only the extreme left engages in it, but Die Linke has now become a potentially important factor in the context of the 26 September elections. It is not by chance that Merkel's CDU has lashed out preemptively against the SPD, who are suspected of planning to team up with Die Linke, if they win the elections.

In Eastern Europe, anti-Americanism is the favourite toy of the pro-Russian forces. They are in most cases in opposition, but sometimes sit in governments that pretend to be pro-Western, although sometimes the Americans don't realise this.
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The Afghanistan cold shower is also a timely reminder that the return of a mainstream politician to the White House doesn't solve all the geopolitical problems, and that the EU needs to be a world power of its own.

The EU needs to engage much more strongly, and fast, with Central Asia, India, Pakistan, Iran, if it doesn't want to become the victim of the US shortfall in Afghanistan.

And although transatlantic relations remain paramount for the EU, in the longer term, our Union should manage its relationship with Russia and China as a world power, not as a US subcontractor.

SASSY is back! with moar corp sponsor advertorials. heh. yanno, euractiv, unlike Politico.eu or eurobserver or Irish Times, almost folded in 2020, dontcha.
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 05:52:05 PM EST
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Can someone explain to me what "becoming the victim of the US shortfal in Afghanistan" means like I'm a child?
Are we scared of refugees again? And even if that's the case, wouldn't you expect, on balance, that there would be less refugees overall from Afghanistan, now that it looks like there won't be a civil war there for the first time in something like 42 years?
by generic on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 08:29:59 PM EST
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Mommy.
Yes, sugar puff.
What does short fall mean?
Less than the amount you expected.
by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 04:52:32 PM EST
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Mommy. I don't understand.
OK, sugar puff. I'll give you an example. Remember when I promised you that I'd bake two dozen cookies?
Yes! Two dozen is twenty-four cookies!
Correct! And how many did I bake?
[SCOWLS] Fourteen.
Is fourteen less than twenty-four?
Yes!
Thar ya go. Mommy baked a short fall of cookies for you.
by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 04:57:55 PM EST
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But. Mommy.
Yes, sugar puff.
What does "US shortfal in Afghanistan" mean?
You expected US to bake all the people in Afghanistan, because US promised to bake all the people in Afghanistan. But US baked only 100,000 or 82 thousand  Afghanis fleeing Afghanistan, depending on the day of the week.
by Cat on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 05:05:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 07:01:20 PM EST
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I notice that SDP is surging in the polls for the German national election on the 21st. Does anyone have any insight into what is going on there?
by fjallstrom on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 11:35:28 AM EST
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Lashet(CDU) is really bad at campaigning and the Greens get the eco-commie treatment. The SPD is running as the boring continuity faction. At least as far as I can tell, while not following this closely.
by generic on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 11:39:44 AM EST
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That's him, directly over the shoulder, enjoying a good joke at the "we are mourning for the victims of the flood" press conference. The party is also not that united behind him (there were two other candidates) so those pics aren't vanished.

by generic on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 03:18:11 PM EST
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Come on. The president has already apologized for talking about flood victims while Laschet was telling jokes.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 03:55:52 PM EST
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DW discovers "home-grown" fog o' war, rumors, and just plain bullshit
Disinformation, fake news plague German election campaign
In the race to become Germany's next chancellor, the Greens' Annalena Baerbock is bombarded with more fake news than any other candidate, according to a new report by civil liberties organization Avaaz. ..."It could be because she is a woman, it could be because she has some strong ideas and messages, which makes it somehow easier to attack her -- but it's really hard to find evidence for that."
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Almost a third of all respondents told the researchers they had learned about examples for disinformation only after they had been picked up on TV or by the print or online outlets of ["]traditional["] media outlets.

Referring to ambiguous media headlines about Baerbock's fabricated plans to ban pets, Avaaz's Christoph Schott drew analogies to the United States, where for years journalists had picked up and written about tweets by former President Donald Trump, regardless of whether they were accurate.

Traditional Poll Smoke: Opinion polls upend CDU and SPD party campaigns
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 11:37:38 PM EST
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Norway turns left, elects Støre as new leader
Shortly after 11PM on Monday (13 September), Solberg placed a congratulatory call to Jonas Gahr Støre, the leader of the Arbeiderpartiet (Labour party) and the all-but certain next prime minister of the country.  
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Støre said he will now start negotiating with the two parties that make up what he calls his "dream coalition" - SV (the Socialist Left party) and Senterpartiet (the Centre party). This would mean a restoration of the last centre-left government from 2005 to 2013.  ...While the election result is a big victory for Støre personally, whose leadership tenure has been haunted by the 2017 election defeat, his Arbeiderpartiet only received 26.4 percent of the vote. This is the worst election result for Norway's leading social democratic party in 20 years, and the second straight election where the party's share of the vote decreased.
APsplainin
by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 02:53:51 PM EST
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Can Norway hope to sustain a socialist system without the benefit of North Sea oil?
by asdf on Fri Sep 24th, 2021 at 11:41:41 PM EST
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That's what Norway's sovereign fund has been put in place for: a giant egg nest for when the North Sea oil revenues dry up.
by Bernard on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 07:45:02 AM EST
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Visegrád Five will rise again
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 04:36:49 PM EST
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Swedish government to side with French government before ECHR in defense of on French law banning sexual purchases.

Press release from Ministry of Justice - Sweden

In part by using Swedish legislation as a model, a ban on the purchase of sexual services was introduced in France in 2016. Now 250 people who state that they sell sexual services have applied to the European Court of Human Rights, as they claim that the French legislation violates their human rights and is therefore in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Government has decided to intervene in the cases before the European Court of Human Rights and take part as a third party to defend the Swedish model regarding banning the purchase of sexual services. As a pioneering country in this area, Sweden has a unique opportunity to contribute and ensure that the European Court of Human Rights has a solid basis for its assessment.
by Bernard on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 06:13:37 PM EST
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of condom crimes

"Following" Swedish prosecutors--although Penal Code 647b is the California statute that makes it a crime for someone to engage in, or to solicit, prostitution--he California's assembly recently enhanced the private right of action by sex workers and other sexually active non-binary and "menstruating persons" who believe themselves victims of ("stealthing") sexual battery to sue their paramours. According to syndicated APsplainin reports, sponsors of Del. Cristina Garcia's "vigilante bounty law" have support from the Erotic Service Providers Legal Educational Research Project, which said it could allow sex workers to sue clients who remove condoms during otherwise consensual sex."

by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 06:46:35 PM EST
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could allow sex workers to sue clients who remove condoms during otherwise consensual sex."

What about masks?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 06:48:16 PM EST
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Oh. That's next week, when Magic Merrick, EVOKING Fauci fu out one side of his mouth and the dread pirate Roberts from the other, sez, It's OK to immunize har.har the state by deputizing ALL "private citizens" in the enforcement of real and imaginary law.
by Cat on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 08:06:45 PM EST
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Denmark Pays UK to Receive Its Afghan Interpreters
The amount paid has not been revealed but according to Berlingske, it has been calculated according to what it cost the British to assess the 23 interpreters' documents and evacuate them, and what it would cost the UK to integrate them, including social benefits for five years.
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The list includes 12 interpreters who had first been refused an entry visa to Denmark and 11 interpreters who wished to come to the UK.

A total of 195 interpreters assisted the Danish forces during the war in Afghanistan. Until June this year, merely five Afghan interpreters had been granted asylum in Denmark out of 139 applications.

by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 02:46:58 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 at 07:09:13 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Sep 11th, 2021 at 09:29:00 AM EST
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15  Thousands march in Amsterdam for an end to the housing crisis
'People seem to finally have woken up to the scale of the housing crisis,' [Amsterdam Noord resident Annelies Groot] told DutchNews.nl. 'I remember back when my social housing complex was being sold, and we went to protest at the housing corporation and barely a few hundred people came'.
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Later in the day, police arrested 61 people after they attempted to squat an empty building. Squatting was made illegal in the Netherlands in 2010. The squatters later issued a statement condemning the police for using excessive violence and arguing that squatting is a form of protest. The building they attempted to take over has been vacant for multiple years, and is one of 116 buildings owned by Rogier Thewassen, the CEO of Young Capital, the squatters said.
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 08:26:10 PM EST
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China denies port visit by German warship

Nothing to see here. That you haven't seen before.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said before the ship's departure that the goal was to show support for Berlin's allies in the region. "For our [']partners['] in the Indo-Pacific, it is a reality that sea routes are no longer open and secure, and that claims to territory are being applied by the law of 'might is right,'" she said."
wut "ninedash line" rejected by NATO pirates?

reference
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, "South China Sea Arbitration Ruling: What Happened and What's Next?", 2016
"At the center of the dispute is China's ninedash line, a vague depiction by China of its claim encompassing about 90 percent of the South China Sea."

by Cat on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 06:14:43 PM EST
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well, This is a long-winded human interest story with gaping plot holes to delight US Americans.

Germany's diversity shows as immigrants run for parliament

The current parliament has 8.2%, or 58 of 709 lawmakers with immigrant roots. The 2013-17 parliament had only 5.9%, or 37 out of 631 lawmakers, according to Mediendienst Integration, an organization tracking migrant issues in Germany.

Of the 6,227 candidates running for parliament, 537 have immigrant roots, said Julia Schulte-Cloos, a political scientist from Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University specializing in political behavior and discrimination of minorities in Germany and Europe.

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Law on Nationality
"The aim of avoiding multiple nationality remains a key feature of German law on nationality, even now."
archived legio

by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 02:28:44 PM EST
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Russian hackers targeted Afghan government before Taliban takeover, [Cisco] firm says
"In this case it was Turla, but it speaks to a larger trend. Regardless of the sophistication level of the attacker, lightweight access is the key to maximizing value. We are seeing these types of lightweight backdoors or remote access trojans being dropped in the hopes of maximizing the value from the compromise," a Talos spokesperson explained.

What I'm reading now, a translation by Emily Wilson, PhD, professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsyltucky and mother of Imogen, Psyche, and Freya.
"... The Trojan women keened in grief, but I was glad--by then I wanted to go home.
I wished that Aphrodite had not made me
go crazy; when she took me from my country,
and made me leave my daughter and the bed
I shared with my fine, handsome, clever husband."

And Menelaus said,
"Yes, wife, quite right.
I have been around the world, and I have met
many heroic men and known their minds.
I never saw a man so resolute
as that Odysseus. How tough he was!
And what impressive fortitude he showed
inside the Wooden Horse! We fighters lurked
inside, to bring destruction to the Trojans.
You came there too. Some spirit who desired
to glorify the Trojans urged you on.
Three times you went around the hollow belly,
touching the hiding plce, and calling on
us Greeks by name; you put on different voices
for each man's wife. Then I and Diomedes
and good Odysseus, inside the horse,
heard you call out to us, and we two wanted
to go out, or to answer you there.
Odysseus prevented us from going.
Then all the other sons of the Achaeans
were quiet; Anticlus still wished to answer.
Odysseus' hands clamped shut his mouth
and saved us all. He held him there like that,
until Athena led you far away.

Weighing his words, Telemachus replied,
"But Menelaus, all this makes it worse!
My father's courage could not save his life,
even if he had a heart of iron.
So now, show us to bed. We need the comfort
of being lulled into sweet deep sleep."

by Cat on Wed Sep 22nd, 2021 at 05:09:32 PM EST
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Ireland's decision to export live pigs, sheepmeat to China sparks backlash
While a ​​number of technical steps remain before trade can commence, the minister said in an online statement that he expected that once the remaining steps were completed, exports will "grow gradually over time, as Chinese consumers become familiar with the quality and taste of our Irish sheepmeat offering."

China is a substantial importer of sheepmeat, accounting for 38% of the global sheepmeat import market. In 2020, China's sheepmeat imports amounted to 365,000 tonnes and were valued at €1.47 billion at current exchange rates.

Imports account for 8% of total sheep meat consumed in China and the supply gap is growing annually, with average prices for imported sheep meat in China more than doubling over the last decade.

Ireland draws a red line on country of origin principle in [Digital Services Act ] DSA
another "non-paper" signed by (tax sovereigns) Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovakia, and Sweden
by Cat on Fri Sep 24th, 2021 at 06:46:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 01:16:42 AM EST
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BBC

So abortion is now legal in all if Italy except the Holy See. When is their referendum?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 06:21:28 AM EST
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The motion passed by voters would allow women to voluntarily terminate their pregnancy within 12 weeks of gestation. After the 12-week mark, abortion would only be allowed if the mother's health was at risk, or if foetal abnormalities could cause physical or psychological harm.
That's Mississippi-quality legalization.

archived public property: Abortion "without restriction as to reason"

by Cat on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 04:06:46 PM EST
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Kurier
KPÖ in Graz an erster Stelle, ÖVP-Bürgermeister Nagl tritt zurück

Laut erster Hochrechnung kommt die Kommunistische Partei auf 28,8%, die ÖVP verliert fast zwölf Prozentpunkte.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 28th, 2021 at 05:16:08 AM EST
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He essentially calls the voters (in Graz) deplorables
Mario Eustacchio (FPÖ):

Ich bin mit diesem Ergebnis nicht zufrieden. Wir rutschen damit gewaltig nach links. Wir machen uns damit zum Gelächter in ganz Europa. Es gibt ein Sprichwort: ,,Der Wähler hat immer recht!" Da bin ich mir nicht mehr ganz so sicher.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 29th, 2021 at 09:57:26 AM EST
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Meanwhile, viewers in the US are shocked to learn that Ireland is part of the EU and not the UK.

"But why would you use Euros?"

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 29th, 2021 at 04:51:41 PM EST
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Laughable 😂 call themselves the business and market place to be.

EUR/USD struggles to defend 1.1700 as German election polls challenge optimists | FXstreet |

by Oui on Wed Sep 29th, 2021 at 06:11:57 PM EST
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