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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 09:34:53 PM EST
Six months long, temperature stayed below 20°C (68°F)

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 1st, 2023 at 02:32:57 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Scientists warn an El Niño is likely coming that could bring scorching heat to Earth, 13 May atmospheric rivers of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
"What is El Niño?" Title 42 FTW.
by Cat on Mon May 15th, 2023 at 01:42:05 AM EST
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Acquittal for Heinrich Bücker!, 27 Apr
In the plea, the attorney warned that a conviction would violate Bücker's right to freedom of expression. The main purpose of his speech was to recall the fascist attack on the Soviet Union and against this background to warn against renewed collaboration with Ukrainian fascists.

The verdict followed immediately afterwards: Acquittal! However, the court left no doubt about its rejection of Bücker's political stance. According to the judge, the acquittal was only because the speech at the memorial was only held in front of the "fans of Heinrich Bücker" - a depoliticization and insult to the people gathered in Treptower Park for the commemoration. Trying not to create a precedent here, it was again emphasized that the statements made by Bücker were wrong and that Russia was waging a "war of aggression contrary to international law". In the judge's view, the potential of the speech to "incite the psychological climate of the population" was not given due to the limited number of listeners. Thus, the judgment leaves a stale aftertaste.

At this point we document the statement that Heinrich Bücker had prepared for the court for uninterrupted reading:...

The Berlin judge [Marieluis Brinkmann] also broke German court precedent and judicial practice by announcing in her ruling a finding of fact and law about which she had refused to allow any evidence or argument to be presented and tested in court.  In the Ukraine, she announced, Russia is waging a "war of aggression in violation of international law."

In her ruling the judge signalled that the German authorities want to prevent the Buecker case from becoming a rallying cause for free speech advocates across the country. "They want the issue to go away as quickly as possible," Buecker said. "They realize it's becoming too public."

archived German civil procedure rules
by Cat on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 11:47:30 PM EST
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Conviction of Antiwar Organizer Heinrich Bücker

German warmakers target antiwar organizer Heinrich Bücker

Bücker's speech thus reported information that many historians consider factual. Since pro-fascist groups -- Bandera, the Azov battalion -- are part of the Kiev regime, his facts dispute the imperialist propaganda that describes the current Ukrainian regime as "democratic."

Bücker writes of a "narrowing of political space" in Germany to express opinions opposing German participation in the proxy war in Ukraine against Russia. The charges brought against him for his speech, for which he can face up to three years in prison and a fine, is proof of it. This increase in repression of antiwar forces, he writes, also exists in other European Union countries.

The U.S.-led war and sanctions against Russia, which the coalition government in Berlin has backed in full, has forced sacrifices on Germany's working class. Many won't afford to heat their homes this winter and put food on the table. Meanwhile, big capital in Germany has accelerated investments abroad, including building factories in U.S. states with union-busting conditions. 

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 04:41:18 AM EST
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Bücker for himself, A/V (DE), 00:02:51
Bücker view of DE war parties' landscape, podcast interview (EN), 00:55:41
by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 11:44:48 AM EST
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Stop re-tweeting. Stop guessing. Step away from EP "competencies". Read mf US Code.
euractiv | NGOs warn that EU's foreign agents law could 'silence critical voices'
The US FARA legislation requires all third [?!] country [?!] politicians [?!] and their lobbying representatives to register and detail their work with US lawmakers [?!], including any formal contract and fees, on a publicly accessible website.
22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq.

§ 611. As used in and for the purposes of this subchapter--

(a) The term "person" includes an individual, partnership, association, corporation, organization, or any other combination of individuals;

(b) The term "foreign principal" includes--

(1) a government of a foreign country and a foreign political party;

(2) a person outside of the United States, unless it is established that such person is an individual and a citizen of and domiciled within the United States, or that such person is not an individual and is organized under or created by the laws of the United States or of any State or other place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and has its principal place of business within the United States; and

(3) a partnership, association, corporation, organization, or other combination of persons

§ 612.(a) No person shall act as an agent of a foreign principal unless he has filed with the Attorney General a true and complete registration statement and supplements thereto as required by subsections (a) and (b) of this section or unless he is exempt from registration under the provisions of this subchapter. Except as hereinafter provided, every person who becomes an agent of a foreign principal shall, within ten days thereafter, file with the Attorney General, in duplicate, a registration statement, under oath on a form prescribed by the Attorney General. The obligation of an agent of a foreign principal to file a registration statement shall, after the tenth day of his becoming such agent, continue from day to day, and termination of such status shall not relieve such agent from his obligation to file a registration statement for the period during which he was an agent of a foreign principal. The registration statement shall include the following, which shall be regarded as material for the purposes of this subchapter:

§ 613. The requirements of section 612(a) of this title shall not apply to the following agents of foreign principals:

US Department of Justice | US Attorney General | Browse/Search Filings

archived EU condemns Georgia's 'foreign agents' law

by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 03:41:51 PM EST
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wut: New hate speech laws kick up a storm in Ireland
"While these repulsive acts of violence and abuse against innocent people have been extensively reported on, we know that some people go about their lives constantly in fear of abuse simply because of who they are."

The new law will introduce specific legislation to tackle hate crimes, which it considers intentional or reckless communication and behaviour that is likely to incite violence or hatred, establishing penalties of up to five years in prison.

by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 07:57:27 PM EST
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Hankyoreh | Nobel-winning economist suggests care work visas as remedy for Korea's low birth rate, 3 May fertility quotient
Michael Kremer, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and Nobel economic prize laureate, suggests immigration as a solution to South Korea's population problem. Allowing special visa programs for non-nationals to engage in care work would have a positive effect on the economy with few side effects.
The argument is that opening up immigration for occupations like household work and care work would help increase the overall labor force and allow women to enter the labor market free from the burden of childcare. Kremer explained that while some argue that there is a cost, if women who have had career breaks due to caregiving are able to work, it could lead to increased fiscal revenues, including tax generation.
chosun | Provincial Universities Rely Heavily on Foreign Students
from Viet Nam, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan
by Cat on Wed May 3rd, 2023 at 09:24:18 PM EST
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cradle | France's Total behind greatest environmental scandal' in Yemeni, 8 May reconnaissance
The April report was based on an investigation by French writer Quentin Muller for the NGO Greenpeace [27.09.22].

Titled "Total's black waters, revelations on major pollution in Yemen," Mueller documents widespread pollution caused by TotalEnergies in Shabwa, Hadhramaut, and Marib provinces, with the collaboration of the government of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The French investigation revealed TotalEnergies' burial of millions of liters of toxic water, oil spills, use of non-standard operating techniques, contamination of the country's largest groundwater, and the firm's failure to recycle toxic waste. The report also described the harm caused to land, animals, and people due to the leakage of chemicals, air pollution, and the impact of the French multinational's operations in surrounding areas.
The French oil giant's actions in Yemen came under additional scrutiny in February when the Geneva-based legal advocacy NGO MENA Rights [23.02.23] filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing it of human rights abuses committed inside a gas plant operated by one of its subsidiaries. MENA Rights alleges the Balhaf gas liquefaction plant in the southern province of Shabwah had been converted into a prison run by UAE forces. The group is seeking compensation for two men allegedly imprisoned and tortured at the plant. The French firm is the largest shareholder of Yemen LNG, the company operating the Balhaf gas plant, where both men were allegedly taken in 2018 and 2019.

L'OBS | Les eaux noires de Total, révélations sur des pollutions majeures au Yémen, 20 Avr
by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 10:38:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 8th, 2023 at 11:22:01 PM EST
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Levan Gudadze: curriculum vitae of a stateless person

and Salome Zourabichvili
yahoo! New Voice of Ukranine | Georgian president calls Russia's lifting visa ban for Georgian citizens 'another provocation', last week

"Those Russians who enter the country [Georgia?] should be subject to state control," she said. "We must take steps to put it all in a civilized framework. We're a tolerant country, we accept everyone, but there are THINGS that cannot take place."
Air traffic control "mechanisms" and How many pillars o' freedom?
On May 10, Russian DICTATOR Vladimir Putin unexpectedly lifted visa ban for Georgian citizens and greenlighted direct flights to the country.
Russia introduced a visa ban for Georgian citizens in 2000. At the same time, Russians have been able to enter Georgia without visas since 2012, following a unilateral decision by the Georgian government.
archived FARA acts for the perplexed, flying unfriendly skies
by Cat on Tue May 16th, 2023 at 02:12:55 PM EST
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interfax | EU regrets Georgia's consent to allowing flights to and from Russia, 16 May
EU High Commissioner's aviation safety measures and counter-trrrism beliefs
"This latest decision by Georgian authorities raises concerns in terms of Georgia's EU path and Georgia's commitments to align with EU decisions in the foreign policy as foreseen in the EU-Georgia Association Agreement," [Peter] Stano said at a press briefing in Brussels on Friday.

Georgia previously complied with around 40% of the EU's foreign policy and security decisions, which was not much, and the share stands at 31% this year, Stano said. "This is very regrettable," he said.

Earlier this week, "the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization concerns were conveyed to the Georgian authorities regarding the over all* security of the Russian aviation sector and Russian aircraft," Stano said.

* US-Eng. "overall" is a garment; "over all" is a prepositional phrase.
by Cat on Wed May 17th, 2023 at 12:57:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 21st, 2023 at 12:10:17 AM EST
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Authoritarian social credit smart city surveillance states step aside.

James Hope assumed the duties of USAID Mission Director in Ukraine in July 2020.
biometicupdateupdate | Ukrainian IDs go digital, biometric passports available in Diia mobile application, 16 Apr

...Ukraine has issued biometric travel passports to more than 950,000 Ukrainian citizens in the Russia-occupied Donbas region. Earlier this year it started issuing biometric ID cards, while in late 2019 it had issued more than 14 million biometric passports.
restofworld | State in a smartphone: Inside Ukraine's effort to replace bureaucracy, 16 Jun
"Zelensky is a person of the new generation and considers Diia one of his top priorities," Vladimir Fesenko, head of the Penta Center of Applied Political Studies in Kyiv told Rest of World. "Ukraine was behind many countries and now it is trying to catch up."
kyivpost | Digital Transformation Ministry starts beta testing of COVID certificates, 18 Aug
kyivpost | Rada introduces e-registration of residence place, 5 Nov
kyivpost | Fake Diia applications plague Ukraine amid mounting COVID-19 death toll,  5 Nov
Sen. C. Deacon, Canada receives "Case study report: Implementation of digital services ecosystem by the government of Ukraine," Sep, 22 pp
UNDP | 63% of Ukrainians use state e-services, user numbers grow for third year in row, 25 Jan
eump.org | What's Wrong with Diia? March 8 pp
visitukraine | how Ukraine became the first digital state in the world, 12 May
guardian | Meet Diia: the Ukrainian app used to do taxes ... and report Russian soldiers (26.05.23)

Federov, 32, told members of the European parliament the mission began by thinking like a start-up company: to create an app that was as easy to use as WhatsApp or Booking.com. Now, the team is working to make it an open-source tool that Ukraine can give to other countries to build a digital public infrastructure.
by Cat on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 06:57:46 PM EST
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APsplainin Border appears calm after lifting of pandemic asylum restrictions, 12 May pawns
Less than 24 hours after
hhs.gov | End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act [Title 42], to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023.
the rules known as Title 42 [sic] were lifted, migrants and government officials were still assessing the effect of the change and the new regulations [Executive Order 14010] adopted by President Joe Biden's administration to stabilize the region.
APsplainin Asylum-seekers say joy over end of Title 42 [sic] turns to anguish induced by new US rules, 28 May "e-governance"
Though the government opened some new avenues for immigration, the fate of many people is largely left to a U.S. government app only used for scheduling an appointment at a port of entry and unable to decipher human suffering or weigh the vulnerability of applicants.

The CBP One™ app is a key tool in creating a more efficient and orderly system at the border "while cutting out unscrupulous smugglers who profit from vulnerable migrants," the Department of Homeland Security said in an email to The Associated Press.

CBP OneTM began the rollout of its features, starting with an Inspection Appointment request feature for brokers/carriers/forwarders and I-94 Entry for travelers. Since then, CBP has continued to add new capabilities to CBP OneTM. Please see the below list of currently available features for more information. As new features are released, information will be made available on our website.

CBP OneTM is available now to schedule appointments. CBP OneTM and the Advance Submission and Appointment Scheduling process are free to use. Noncitizens located in Central or Northern Mexico who seek to travel to the United States may use the U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP OneTM app to submit information in advance and schedule an appointment to present themselves at the below Southwest Border land ports of entry (POEs):

• Arizona: Nogales
• Texas: Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Hidalgo, Laredo, and El Paso
• California: Calexico and San Ysidro
Please see the Stats and Summaries page for official metrics related to Title 8 and Title 42 encounters.

But since its rollout in January October 28, 2020, the app has been criticized for ["]technological problems["]. Demand has far outstripped the roughly 1,000 appointments available on the app each day.
archived 8 USC 1182: Inadmissible aliens, 8 CFR 235.5 Expedited Removal, litigation, Migrant Protection Protocols ("rules"), and Biden adding to 'Remain in Mexico'
by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 09:22:51 PM EST
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liberating the mystique of rational, self-interested actors from corporate citizenship at long last
OECD | Global Action: Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems, funded by the European Union's Foreign Partnership Instrument
Social economy organisations traditionally refer to the set of associations, cooperatives, mutual organisations, and foundations whose activity [the service economy] is driven by values of solidarity, the primacy of people over capital, and democratic and participative governance. The OECD has significantly contributed to the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the social economy since its' pioneering work on the plural economy  in the 1990's. The OECD continues to expand its knowledge base [the knowledge economy] while raising awareness of the contribution of social economy organisations to an inclusive and sustainable [GDP] growth at the local, regional, ["sub-national"], and national levels in OECD [38] member countries and beyond....
Units of measurement
• Legal frameworks
• Internationalisation
• Inclusivity and equality employment
• Youth-led social enterprise
• Factors

"the family"
usnews reuters | NATO Struggles in the Shadows to Find New Leader, 26 May

Though a very public role, the contest is extremely opaque, played out mainly in consultations among leaders and diplomats. Those consultations continue until all [31] NATO members agree they have reached a consensus.

Jamie Shea, a former senior NATO official who served with the alliance for 38 years, said leaders will be looking for a highly skilled politician, [a] communicator and diplomat.

"Keeping the family together, keeping everybody on board constantly, being in touch with all of the allies to make sure that you're addressing their concerns, is an important part of the job," said Shea, now with the Chatham House think tank.

by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 02:04:16 PM EST
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SARS-CoV-19 origin story just won't quit so long as "whistleblowers" creep out of the woodwork as is convenient.

Presumably, David Martin MD, appeared for a euparl COVI committee hearing this year. I'v no idea—other than grafting vdL graft to Pfizer-BioNtech contracts—why the committee would recall Martin's decade-old testimony and cannot immediately locate either Martin's c.v. or the source material in EP (ERC) catacombs, as is the custom. However, finding Martin featured in a two-part documentary Plandemic (2020), which normally is how "conspiraciy" dies, piqued my interest in obscure H1N1 "platform" development.

Mr Dotcom also dropped in the tread his TWTR Space interview (FKA "podcast") with a pair of well-connected, somewhat contrite career beneficiaries of NIH-NIAID, and likely USAMRIID, funding (run time 02:35:00) who also happen to be 2022-minted authors purporting subject matter expertise with computational bio, the BWC protocols, and scale of investment in current US "bio-economy" P&E. As one might expect, the discussion eventually degenerated—as prodigies of the libertarian persuasion will do—into white-board schema on future research into WMD combining coronovirus and hushed tones of ebola.
by Cat on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 04:33:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 27th, 2023 at 06:24:52 PM EST
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finance Doctorate (PhD) from the University of Virginia
by Cat on Sun May 28th, 2023 at 01:17:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 04:44:33 PM EST
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