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plus undefined goal
"We must shift the focus from problems to solutions and from planning to implementation," the report published in February said. "The efforts that have been made so far have not been able to create the necessary changes in society."


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case in point: most ignorant, litigious nation
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Company Newslitter | Pentagon opens sweeping review of ["clandestine information warfare"] operations, 19 Sep
after major social media companies identified and took offline fake accounts suspected of being run by the U.S. military in violation of the platform [sic] rules.
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The takedowns [sic] in recent years by Twitter and Facebook [media operators] of more than 150 bogus personas
archived 18 USC 2,371,2349,2028A *, NATO Total War Project, US censor 'gigs', A Trip to the Woodshed
and media sites ["media operators"] created in the United States was disclosed last month by internet researchers Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory. While the researchers did not attribute the sham accounts ["personas"] to the U.S. military, two officials familiar with the matter said that U.S. Central Command is among those whose activities are facing scrutiny.
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Independent of the report, The Washington Post has learned that in 2020 Facebook disabled fictitious personas created by Centcom to counter disinformation spread by China suggesting the coronavirus responsible for covid-19 was created at a U.S. Army lab in Fort Detrick, Md., according to officials familiar with the matter. The pseudo profiles [social media influencers] -- active in Facebook [user] groups that conversed in Arabic, Farsi[,] and Urdu, the officials said -- were used to amplify [replicate] truthful ["Like watching a train wreck"] information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the virus's origination in China.

public broadcast service Tue Nov 10th, 2020
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A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, which is part of the White House, declined to comment.
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[former NSC staff] David Agranovich, Facebook's [current] director for global threat disruption, spoke to Christopher C. Miller, then assistant director for [DOD] Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict, which oversees influence operations policy, warning him that if Facebook could sniff them out, so could U.S. adversaries, several people familiar with the conversation said.

"His point," one person said, "was 'Guys, you got caught [again]. That's a problem.'"...

* VINDICATION! RT | ["PUTIN's chef"] claims credit for Wagner group, 26 Sep
The unit started in 2014 as his personal project to fund a fighting force to intervene in Ukraine's civil war on the side of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Prigozhin claimed. He said he was one of several wealthy people in Russia, who were willing to invest their money to "defend Russians" from Kiev, but didn't trust anyone else to use the resources the way he wanted....
### EOM from SHAM referendums to EU Iron Curtin media freedom advocates


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In story: Empire Building South-East Asia

Re: Mass Protest Against Abe State Funeral
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Protesters call for cancellation of state funeral for Japan's Abe | Al Jazeera |

"Abe's policies supported war," demonstrator Mayumi Ishida said on Friday, noting that Abe consistently sought to raise defence spending.

Like others at the protest, Ishida said he feared Abe's views heralded a step back to the days of Japan's militarism preceding World War II.

State funerals in Japan have been historically reserved for the emperor.

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Yoshiko Kamata, a part-time worker at a convenience store, acknowledged the state funeral could not be stopped, but it was an opportunity to drive home her message that Abe never stood with the people.

"We want to show where we stand," she said, noting dictators were being invited to the state funeral.

"Just because he is dead, we aren't going to forgive Abe."

Related reading ...

The Atrocity Election: A Ballardian Forecast | by gmoke on Sep 26th, 2016 |

The links between consumerism and fascism are becoming commonplace with late stage capitalism in a world ecosystem collapsing under the thoughtless appetites of the human population as we see political violence and 24/7/365 mediated lone wolf and small group criminally insane terrorism.  In this book Ballard combines the mall with mob politics.  He does not really provide any answers but JG Ballard does have a detailed definition of the problem.



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In story: Empire Building South-East Asia

Mass Protest Against Abe State Funeral
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Shinzo Abe was loved by western foreign powers ... protest centers around his link to the Moonies and re-militarization of Japan.

Shinzo Abe's Killing Puts Unification Church Under Microscope

The Japanese ruling party's ties to the South Korean sect stir public anger

My diaries ...



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Re: As I've said a thousand times already
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Is that Cat 🐈 you? 😂

All those Russian oligarchs who fled into exile with their billions...

The Committee for Legislation Against Moneylaundering in Properties by Kleptocrats,
The Henry Jackson Society & Kleptocracy Initiative of the Hudson Institute
are hosting the inaugural
Kleptocracy Tour
to be held in London on Thursday 4th February 2016.

🤣🤣

The Henry Jackson Society

Neocons sighted on the Thames | @BooMan by Colman in 2005 |

Via a commentator on dKos, I came across this little house of horrors ...

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Sweden mulls the cost to save communities from rising sea, 20 Sep
Other [NL] objections have come from local residents who say the proposed embankments and walls will block their view of the sea as well as impinging on their privacy as people walking on the new embankments will be able to see into nearby gardens and houses.
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CITIES GOING UNDER
Projected change in the frequency of once-in-a-century coastal flooding events by 2100 due to sea level rise, even if emissions are kept under control. For example, a value of 500 means a one-in-100 year flood may return five times per year by 2100.
[infographic]
A first report from a [SE] government-appointed expert group said Sweden's response to climate change must be integrated more closely with other elements of the nation's civil defense.


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DW | Refugees: German cities are reaching their limits, 25 Sep crisis
[Pastor Frank Ungerathen] and his team had hoped that the situation would not again reach the point it did during the refugee crisis of 2015/2016, when people also had to be accommodated in gym halls and even tents. But there is simply no more housing available in the small city of about 50,000 residents.
*-"relevant goods"
"We need an orderly system to really provide people with -- and this is the important thing for me -- not just a roof over their head and a bed, but more. They need a place at school, or day care: they also need psychosocial care, especially when it comes to families and children who are dealing with war-related trauma," she said.


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DW | Spain bestows personhood status to heavily polluted lagoon
recurring wildlife offense
The process, known as eutrophication, is thought to be behind mass fish die-offs in August last year, when millions of dead fish and crustaceans began to wash up on the lagoon's shores. Scientists recorded two similar pollution events in 2016 and 2019.
offense "-relevant goods"
personhood status to the Mar Menor lagoon in Murcia, in southeastern Spain [...] means that any citizen is now able now appeal to the judiciary in the case of a suspected violation against the lagoon. It will now be legally represented by a group of caretakers that includes local officials, scientistsp[,] and residents living nearby.
unspecifie goal, unspecified process

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As I've said a thousand times already
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(only a dozen or so for eurotrib pleasure)

GBP is the most grossly over-valued currency on the planet.

Let it sink into ignominy, where at long last the merchants will meet their makers on a leveled field.

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Re: Inflationary Pressure and Global Crisis
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Re: New Liz Thatcher and Reagonomics
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Re: nflationary Pressure and Global Crisis
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nflationary Pressure and Global Crisis
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Leading economies sliding into recession as Ukraine war cuts growth, OECD finds | The Guardian |

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Congratulations Pour In for Meloni



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China and Germany are stealing our wealth ... Trump MAGA further expanded by Joe Biden ...



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In story: New Liz Thatcher and Reagonomics Re-invented

Re: US Data Compared to Pre-Depression Years
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You know that NBER and poli-sci scribblers refuse to label 1937-38 a depression, right?

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How Andrej Babiš clutches the least dirty shirt in vdL's hamper

euractiv | Czechia ["]opposition["] party wins most major cities in local election

Czechs voted in more than 6,000 municipalities on Friday and Saturday, with the final results declared on Sunday morning due to a complicated system of vote distribution.

The [Babiš-owned] ANO party, in opposition since last autumn [2021?], won in 17 out of 27 large cities, but it came second in the two largest ones - the capital Prague and Brno, where parties of the current ruling coalition won.
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Among the individual parties, ANO came out behind two parties of the ruling coalition, Prime Minister Fiala's Civic Democrats, and the Christian Democrats.[...] Regardless of the second round results, the ruling coalition will maintain its majority in the Senate.


archived
2021 Czech Elections Razor Thin Defeat Babis
Chech Republic PM takes off MAGA hat
teflon Andrej
2019, Prague call for Czech PM's resignation
Visegrád 4 and Israel's Netanyahu
2018, Novichok: Cui Bono?
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2013 ow Babiš will change the Czech Republic

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yeah, I know about that. It's a new nabe project, not a Balt City PS project. Morgan State is a private uni, providing technical advice and working capital, I suppose.

There are a couple dozen community gardens and compost service ops around that have been operating "illegally" for years, in part because land trust advocacy can't get daylight in local or state gov. BaltCity PS system did donate logistic infrastructure for (county farms and city ag sourced) food bank distro, when schools closed and the economy collapsed under pandemic rules. Every once in a while political scandal erupts over  private-sector quid pro quo (2020 example). So city legitmacy is a big deal.

Thanks for the listserve tip. I usually monitor local coms.

archived Community farm in Cherry Hill, "a church without walls," faces eviction 2021

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British Pound Sinks to 40-Year Low -Thatcherism
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British Pound Sinks to 40-Year Low -Thatcherism
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Truss does bring back memories of the Thatcher years ...

  • trickle-down economy
  • Pound trades against the dollar

What's So Bad About Thatcherism and Reaganomics?

The British pound fell to an all-time low against the US dollar early Monday after Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng pledged a sweeping package of tax cuts, fueling concerns about the government's economic policy as the United Kingdom teeters toward recession.

British £ dipped as low as $1.0349 early on Monday but then rebounded to $1.07.

The UK government's new tax-cut plan has sparked concerns that increased public borrowing will worsen the nation's cost-of-living crisis.

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#MAGA America still number one 😊

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US Data Compared to Pre-Depression Years
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Announcing the coming recession ...

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In story: September 2022

Re: September 2022 cap mania
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euractiv | Next Russia sanctions package to tackle evasion, but nuclear, oil-price cap likely to stay out, 26 Sep frustrated homicidal maniacs
several EU diplomats said after consultations for a seventh Russia sanctions package over the weekend left some more hawkish member states dissatisfied.
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Measures proposed by the bloc's Russia hawks would, among others, include targeting nuclear, luxury goods and Russia's IT and tech sectors as well as excluding more banks from the SWIFT messaging system, according to a position paper seen by EURACTIV. Germany, EU diplomats say, would be on board for more too, having pushed for a ban on EU companies providing finance to metal and rare-earth mines in Russia and on imports of uranium.
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Nuclear energy, a key sector for countries like France and Bulgaria, is unlikely to be included in the [sanctions] package and has raised concerns among some member states over the maintenance of Europe's [old] nuclear power plants, several EU diplomats briefed on the weekend talks told EURACTIV.

The measure would have hit "the construction of facilities or installation of equipment for, or the provision of services, equipment or technology for, activities related to power generation or electricity production both in Russia or abroad". This could have affected the construction of Hungary's Russian-backed expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant, which Budapest would have certainly vetoed.
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It is likely that, at least in the short term, Brussels will look at tackling high gas prices via talks with [AUTHORITARIAN] supplier countries rather than capping imports.

euractive | RWE agrees UAE supply deal: Dec 2022 137,000 cm delivery to start
A group of EU member states, including the Netherlands, France, Poland[,] and the Baltics [Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia] have suggested a new listing criterion in which assisting with sanctions evasion and circumvention could become a ground for sanctioning individuals and entities.
US memo: What are some possible red flags for [G7 sanctions] evasion?
Hawkish member states Poland, Ireland, Lithuania, Estonia[,] and Latvia had also proposed introducing a retaliatory ban on imports of diamonds from Russia, where Alrosa is the world's largest producer of rough gems....
Alrosa | Operations, illustrated

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Politico.eu.com/UK division/Truss bureau
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Monday morning GBP media literacy intervention dismisses Italy EUR- and US-denominated debt.

Could Liz be mulling a "swap" alliances with Giorgia, just to spite Oooorsula?

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In story: Climate Preparedness Week, September 24 - 30

Re: Unexpected Climate Preparedness w/e 1 Oct
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Baltimore, if I recollect correctly, has integrated local agriculture into its school system as well.

Years of links to urban and advanced agriculture at http://cityag.blogspot.com

It's also a listserv so let me know if you want to subscribe.  Free!

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GIGO: too little, too late G7 sanctions relief
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Reuters | Musk says he will activate Starlink amid Iran protests, 23 Sep
A U.S. State Department spokesperson later said of Friday's updated license that it was self-executing and that "anyone who meets the criteria outlined in this general license can proceed with their activities without requesting additional permissions."
NY Post | Elon Musk opening up Starlink in Iran , 24 Sep D-2 license
Musk [tweet] replied "Activating Starlink ..." to Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeting that the US government had taken action to increase internet freedom for Iranians.

(coincidental 25 Sep home streaming, Zero Days (2016)

Al Jazeera | Why Elon Musk's Starlink will not affect protests in Iran, 26 Sep

Citing "security concerns", [IR] authorities have introduced the tightest internet ["cyber"] restrictions across Iran since the November 2019 protests.
a thumb drive
What would Starlink need to work?
In addition to a subscription service [client app], Starlink terminals [any receiver, eg. modem, mobile phone] - hardware that would allow the user to connect [to ICT data transmission?] - are required [nope] to link up.
grey zone law of "cyberwarfare"
It is possible that if Starlink's [NSA] plans do actually move ahead, Iran could turn to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the international communications regulatory body of the United Nations, or other authorities to legally protest the move.

"The issue is that a company probably can't offer services over Iran by violating international regulations. It's possible the Islamic Republic will file a credible complaint against the company and create problems for it," tweeted Jadi, a prominent Iranian developer and tech blogger.

ya think?
Local websites and services have remained online so as not to affect the domestic economy. And some internet providers, especially private companies, have been less affected than others.

But for people using the country's largest [telecom] providers such as MCI [!] and Irancell ["public broadcast service"), using their mobiles [!] and getting the internet at home has become more difficult...



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In story: Dutch Treasury Collects Windfall Billions

Re: Yair Lapid In Footsteps of Netanyahu @UNGA
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Pitiful David Sanger. Pitiful me.

Last night I watched Zero Days (2016). The scale of the exploit and culumny heaped on mendacity is more perverted than I had imagined, when the story broke in '14.

Which thoroughly re-animated my contempt for G7 "laws of war," including but not limited to "Media Freedom" and "Emergency Instruments" d/b/a cybersecurity.

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