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by Bjinse Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:55:15 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:56:21 PM EST
by generic on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 11:21:28 AM EST
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Torturing the Poor, German-Style
Ever since the social-democratic and green coalition government of 1998-2005, Germany's once mighty social welfare state has been moved towards neoliberal deregulation and its planned destruction. ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 11:40:50 PM EST
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Der Postillon comments
Ein Typ (75), der zu Zeiten der Kohl-Regierung eine illegale Barspende in Höhe von 100.000 DM von einem umstrittenen Waffenhändler annahm, ist am Montag von einer großen Mehrheit der Abgeordneten zum Bundestagspräsidenten gewählt worden und hat somit künftig die Aufgabe, die ordnungsgemäße Durchführung von Parteispenden zu überwachen.


Experten für Parteienfinanzierung sehen keinen allzu großen Grund zur Sorge: "Das ist natürlich alles andere als optimal", erklärt etwa Politikwissenschaftlerin Marina Deiske von der Freien Universität Berlin. "Aber noch viel bedenklicher wäre es, wenn so ein Typ Finanzminister wäre."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 10:33:45 AM EST
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Giving Schäuble a big fat zero - is this beautiful German naivety on display, or a show of mega-trolling?
by Bjinse on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 10:56:29 AM EST
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I could get behind "megatroll", in the zero-tolerance camp.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 04:16:57 PM EST
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ABC España
La R de «República», la E de «estelada», la S de «sí» en una urna de referéndum o la I de «independència» son algunos de los significados de las letras incluidas en el «Abecedari de la independència», un álbum infantil publicado por la editorial La Galera para niños a partir de cuatro años.

Un libro que forma parte de la colección «Tradicions» de esta editorial, que fue publicado por primera vez en 2014 con ilustraciones de Roser Calafell para que los niños «aprendan las letras del abecedario», explica La Galera en su página web en catalán. «Cada letra tiene un motivo identificable con el proceso soberanista (Assemblea, Burro català, Consulta, etc)», añade la editorial, que explica que el álbum «hará las delicias de los niños y niñas (y los adultos) y les acercará al momento histórico que estamos viviendo».

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 06:47:01 PM EST
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How the Catalan crisis could send shockwaves across Europe  - Guardian

The battle for Catalonia just got personal. Until now the main protagonists, Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan president, and Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, have avoided a head-on clash. All that changed at the weekend after the Madrid government decided to impose direct rule. Within minutes, insults were flying, with the opposing sides accusing each other of totalitarianism and rebellion.

Puigdemont had deliberately provoked the secession crisis, Rajoy claimed. The problem was, he lacked the stature to handle such a delicate situation. "This would probably never have happened if a different person with similar ideas had been in charge," Rajoy said. In vowing to sack the Catalan leader, he noticeably declined to rule out charging him with sedition and locking him up.
Analysis Catalan separatists prepare for war of attrition against Madrid
Spain's government will not give way on Catalonia. The next step may ruin the province or boost the rebel cause
Read more

Puigdemont and his vociferous allies were not slow to the counterpunch. Rajoy's actions represented "the worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the dictatorship of Franco", he declared. This comparison with the late fascist generalísimo was deeply offensive. Carme Forcadell, the speaker of the Catalan parliament, extended the historical allusion, describing the takeover as a coup.

After Saturday night's passionate, pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona, battle lines are now being drawn and trenches figuratively dug. The senate, which is controlled by the government, is preparing to vote on Rajoy's proposals, probably on Friday. They could be pre-empted if the Catalan assembly formally declares independence this week and calls new elections. In any event, a drawn-out war of attrition looms.

by Bjinse on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 08:42:22 PM EST
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Now why couldn't this be California?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 11:32:52 PM EST
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A refreshing change from the usual pattern. An Italian politician proposes  a referendum to abolish Sicilian autonomy
Un referendum sì, ma non per chiedere a Roma maggiori poteri: piuttosto per abolire l'autonomia. Lo invoca in Sicilia Davide Faraone, sottosegretario alla Salute e fedelissimo di Matteo Renzi. Faraone guarda con distacco al voto dei lombardi e dei veneti chiamati alle urne dai governatori della Lega: lui, palermitano che è cresciuto e ha conosciuto la politica in una regione che uno Statuto speciale ce l'ha dal 1946, va decisamente controtendenza.
If this is successful, where should they try this next?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 11:53:06 AM EST
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Minutes after the Catalan vote, Spain's Senate approved direct rule by the central government over the wealthy eastern region, under Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. In other words, it gave Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy the authority to take direct control of the regional administration in Barcelona.

No word here as to number of "opposition" ("walked out and refused") votes voluntarily withheld.

Catalonia open thread 29 Sep
"a week-long schedule for quorum and vote on the mystery package" 22 Oct

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 05:53:19 PM EST
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I had been looking for the NEW! list of verboten Russian trade reported today (checking for Facebook inside track around RT and Sputnick), found instead ...

On U.S. Support for Spanish Unity
No sanctions announced here, but the year is not ended.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 08:43:33 PM EST
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Something New in the West - Die Zeit
Those who think we can just wait for the U.S. to return to its old role after Trump are deceiving themselves. Indeed, the transatlantic crisis didn't begin with Trump, and will not end with Trump. Why don`t the Atlanticists want to see this?

In other words: When did the Atlanticists lose touch with reality? The exact date can't be determined. But at the latest on June 16, 2015, when Donald Trump announced his candidacy. At this moment, a strange mechanism began to take effect: above all those in the German public who know a lot about the U.S. were spectacularly blindsided.

With the self-certainty of know-it-alls, it was said that Donald Trump could never become the presidential candidate of the Republicans, because after the primaries the party brass would erase such a deformation. Wrong.

Then, with sophisticated swing-state surveys, it was absolutely certain that Trump could never be elected President of the United States. Wrong again.

When the impossible then happened, the Atlantic community was immediately convinced that, thanks to the forces of the American system, this completely unsuitable man would soon become presidential. Wrong yet again. Even Trump's inauguration speech, as well as the continued tweeting, showed how unrealistic this was.

At the next stage of reality denial, the "adults" in the Trump administration were to shift things back onto their usual tracks. Also wrong. In fact, these supposed adults are in part men who believe that climate change is an invention and evolution theory is a mere proposition.

In fact, the Alanticists desire for a stable anchor of the Western world obscured the fundamental crisis.

h/t Eurointelligence
by Bernard on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 07:01:06 PM EST
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a statement tethered to conflict

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 28th, 2017 at 02:06:00 AM EST
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... not even in the Mafia.

Repubblica (Palermo edition)

Pino Scaduto meditava altri omicidi. Voleva colpire pure il maresciallo dei carabinieri. Puntava su un sicario fidato, suo figlio. Ma anche il figlio l'ha lasciato solo. Diceva a un amico, con cui si era confidato: "Io non lo faccio, il padre sei tu e lo fai tu... io non faccio niente... mi devo consumare io? Consumati tu, io ho trent'anni, non mi consumo"
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 07:11:15 AM EST
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It's an interesting choice of language.

"I won't consume myself, you're the dad, you do it!"

I am unclear if this is mob slang, local argot or a hellish hangover of Dantean Catholicism.

'Subsume' would make more sense, but loses the Boschian flavour.

(Presume nothing! Circumsume anything!)


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 08:04:53 AM EST
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Possibly assuming that the Tories would never think of suing them for libel, the Torygraph has published the names of some of the MPs on the notorious dossier. See the list, with pictures, here.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 06:20:45 PM EST
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It didn't last. I've no idea what is behind the paywall, but the picture of the 9 MPs has been replaced with one of Westminster. But they only changed the link; the picture itself is still here, for now at least. But now, you'll have to match the pictures with the names by yourself.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 06:24:54 PM EST
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those who've seen the full list and know the reputation of the people involved suggest that much of it is quite mundane with a few bits of red meat thrown in; almost as if it's a blind to draw the hounds off

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 09:56:01 PM EST
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The Independent
Designer furniture retailer Lombok has become the first UK company to be prosecuted and fined under illegal logging rules designed to stop the import of timber linked to widespread deforestation around the world.


The company was prosecuted at Westminster Magistrates Court and fined £5,000 plus costs.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2017 at 10:03:23 AM EST
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yea, £5K is really not going to make any difference at all, is it?

Passing a law for pr purposes rarely results in criminality being deterred

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2017 at 03:25:52 PM EST
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New Statesman
Michael Fallon resigned from his position as Defence Secretary because he had "fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces that I have the honour to represent".

But apparently, not below the standards of a backbencher in the House of Commons, which will now be Fallon's job.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 09:45:49 AM EST
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He jumped before the real dirt came out. Lots of rumours about him at the moment, but nobody's really digging cos it's yesterday's news.

The BBC and its strangely well-connected-to-the-tory-party political news team have jumped on Corbyn's faux pas regarding a temporary elevation of  sex pest and so the heat's off the Tory party.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 07:08:46 PM EST
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Sex pest being men who regularly sexually harass women? Is Corbyn's comment regarding the Tory list of MP's or something else?

In Sweden, #metoo has so far brought down two household media personalities and a number of lower rung media men. But more importantly for the long run it has got both men and women talking about toxic masculinity culture, both portrayed in cultural works and the image of masculinity that boys grow up with.

by fjallstrom on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 08:05:07 PM EST
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No, when this all started a list was published of a couple of dozen Tory MPs who'd had various indiscretions from minor harrassment on to acts probably deserving police attention. So, initially a lot of attention was focussed on that.

Then Michael Fallon, a Minister reisgned, yet his name wasn't even on the list. Which diverted a certain amount of attention away from the people on it. Especially as one of them outed himself in a very public show of "I did nothing", which undermined the veracity of the list (I'd wondered earlier if it was a trap for the unwary).

Now, the attention has shifted to the Labour party. The issue there being that the person was known to be a sex pest, but was promoted  despite that. It wasn't for long and came at a bad time for Corbyn when he was being abandoned by all but a few MPs and he could barely fill all the shodow posts to be an effective opposition.

Nevertheless, the optics look bad and, because it's a useful distraction from the problems of the Govt, the BBC, suspiciously loyal to the Tory party, have gone all in on making a big deal out of it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 08:43:08 PM EST
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Measures aimed at addressing drop in rape convictions launched (BBC, 2014)
The conviction rate for rape dropped in the last 12 months after five years of steady improvements.

In 2007-08, 58% of cases brought to trial resulted in a conviction. The conviction rate hit a high of 63% in 2011-12 but has since fallen back to 60%.

Rape juries to hear more about men's sexual history to increase chance of conviction (August 2017)

The move is intended to provide juries with a fuller picture of male suspect's character, after a series of high profile rape trials ended in acquittals.

In a number of recent cases, the sexual history and behaviour of the female accuser has been presented as crucial evidence.

Around 23,000 rape cases are reported to the police in Britain each year but less than 3,000 end with a conviction.

Prosecutors will be asked to focus on a male suspect's previous conduct in other relationships in order to find any relevant evidence.

That will mildly oppress a new generation of pests not to upset a woman, ever.
by das monde on Sat Nov 4th, 2017 at 02:17:53 AM EST
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Rapidly growing human populations risk having a "terrible impact" on the world, the Duke of Cambridge has warned.

The Duke said that as a result, wildlife was being put under "enormous pressure" and called for the issue to be addressed with renewed vigour.

His concerns echo those of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who in 2011 advocated "voluntary family limitation" as a means of solving overpopulation, which he described as the biggest challenge in conservation.

Has he pointed this out to his wife?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 11:51:21 AM EST
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No, breeding too much is something that is a problem of the lower orders. The great and the good are simply fulfilling their duty to propagate the very best bloodlines

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 07:10:46 PM EST
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The evolutionary key is perhaps to obstruct "pursuit of happyness" by successful risers from middle classes. How else to explain rather odious family laws?

Just ask Boris Becker, in 2001 and 2017:

Tennis legend Boris Becker is selling his Wimbledon trophies `after racking up £44million in debt'

And another recent precendent:

Delayed divorce battle: Ecotricity founder Dale Vince's New Age traveller ex-wife wins cash fight

The ex-wife of a former new-age traveller who later became multi-millionaire wind farm entrepreneur has been told she can bring a claim for financial support from his fortune more than 30 years after their marriage broke down.

Dale Vince, owner of the green energy provider Ecotricity, described the Supreme Court ruling as "mad" and said it would leave people "looking over our shoulders" for decades in case a former partner came after them for a share of money they made later in life [...]

The court heard how the pair lived together as a couple for just over two years. They met in 1981 when Mr Vince was 19 while Ms Wyatt, who was two years older, already had a daughter, Emily, who is now 36.

They married that December and had a baby boy, Dane, in May 1983. But Mr Vince moved out the following year - although Ms Wyatt insists they did not finally separate until some years later.

He then embarked on eight years of travelling, first in old ambulance-turned-camper van, later switching to a converted fire engine, in which he drove to Spain, where he lived for a year with a new partner [...]

During the subsequent years they met up at Stonehenge, Glastonbury and elsewhere but eventually divorced in 1992. He was not required to pay maintenance because it was agreed he had no money.

by das monde on Sat Nov 4th, 2017 at 02:44:04 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:56:24 PM EST
Meet the other 1%: The City's black fund managers speak out - Financial News

In September, fund management trade body the Investment Association published the results of its Diversity Project study. The report, which was the first of its kind, looked at who is working in the industry and at what level of seniority, breaking down the results by gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. The survey comprised 3,755 people across 24 firms, with a combined £2.2tn under management.

Just 1% of all investment managers said they were black. Of the 650 respondents who were running money on behalf of millions of investors in the UK and beyond, no more than seven (accounting for rounding) were from an African or Caribbean background. Only 10% said they were of Asian heritage, while 81% said they were white.

The industry's ethnic distribution compares poorly with its surroundings. In Greater London, 40% of the population of working age are black or minority ethnic, according to the government's Race in the Workplace report published in February.

The Diversity Project focused on diversity among workers in the fund manager role in order to draw attention to the lack of black or minority ethnic workers in senior positions. While just 2% of the 3,755 total respondents were from either African or Caribbean backgrounds, the report said addressing the low share of BME employees among senior staff in the sector is the most urgent issue.

The IA's report highlights a glaring absence: There is no data on UK fund manager ethnicity available from the usual rating agencies, and individual firms are not obliged to disclose the ethnic distribution of their staff.

by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 09:36:48 PM EST
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< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

HSBC Banker Convicted of Wire Fraud, Looking at 20 Years

Mark Johnson, 51, of Great Britain, was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and eight counts of wire fraud.

Front running involves market makers dealing on advance information before delivering the information to the client. Prosecutors said Johnson and other traders case manipulated foreign exchange rates in a deal involving Cairn Energy, an HSBC client, to gain an extra [NEOLOGISM ALERT] $7.5 million for HSBC and their own proprietary accounts.

"Telecommunication" at issue
The conspirators were accused of buying Pounds Sterling for their own accounts ahead of [!] the $3.5 billion foreign exchange transaction to drive up the price of the Pound Sterling, benefiting their proprietary positions and HSBC at the expense of Cairn Energy.

Johnson also was accused of making misrepresentations to the client that concealed the self-serving [!] nature of his actions.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 04:44:15 PM EST
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Everything You Know About Neoliberalism Is Wrong - Bill Mitchell Thomas Fazi - Social Europe
The process of neoliberalisation has entailed extensive and permanent state intervention, including: the liberalisation of goods and capital markets; the privatisation of resources and social services; the deregulation of business, and financial markets in particular; the reduction of workers' rights (first and foremost, the right to collective bargaining) and more in general the repression of labour activism; the lowering of taxes on wealth and capital, at the expense of the middle and working classes; the slashing of social programmes, and so on. These policies were systemically pursued throughout the West (and imposed on developing countries) with unprecedented determination, and with the support of all the major international institutions and political parties. In this sense, neoliberal ideology, at least in its official anti-state guise, should be considered little more than a convenient alibi for what has been and is essentially a political and state-driven project, aimed at placing the commanding heights of economic policy `in the hands of capital, and primarily financial interests', as Stephen Gill writes. Capital remains as dependent on the state today as it did in under `Keynesianism' - to police the working classes, bail out large firms that would otherwise go bankrupt, open up markets abroad, etc.
h/t Eurointelligence
by Bernard on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 06:51:18 PM EST
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Some counterpoints by Andrew Watt:

The left-sovereigntist fantasy: A response to William Mitchell and Thomas Fazi - Andrew Watt

Whatever design is envisaged, the fault with this my-country-first strategy ought to be obvious to anyone with even a faint familiarity with economics and history. Many policies that are welfare enhancing at national level that impose costs on neighbouring countries. How can a decentralized system of multilateral relations between sovereign states prevent them externalizing costs in this way? How can the bullying of smaller by larger, more powerful countries be tamed. (Yes this also occurs within the EU, but supranational structures offer a partial corrective.) How long before such conflicts lead to the threat of the use of force and, horror of horrors, war on European soil once more? Are the authors really so blind as to the lessons of history when European countries engage as sovereign nation states without a (partially) supranational framework.
by Bernard on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 06:52:49 PM EST
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by Bernard on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 06:56:18 PM EST
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This is the same Bill Mitchell who Zimbabwe for hyperventilators 101?
Now imagine that some dictator comes along and starts taking land off the original farmers (who were productive) and gives it to those who do not understand [?!] how to farm or have no real interest [?!] in farming, in this primarily agricultural economy. The potential output would steadily contract and I have shown a particular revised potential line (a contraction of the overall capacity of the economy to produce).
In the same way that the Treaty of Versailles was directly responsible for the plight that Germany found itself in during the 1920s, the white racist regime that ruled prior to 1980 and which had broken away from the colonial arrangements with Britain, set up the conditions that are now destroying Zimbabwe. White minority rule in Colonial Africa created such an unfair sharing of land between the whites and blacks that a backlash was always going to occur. The same sort of breakdown will threaten South Africa which is trying to reinvent itself (peacefully) in the post Apartheid era (not very successfully may I add).
The revolutionary fighters that gained Zimbabwe's freedom from the colonial masters were allowed to just take over productive, white-owned commercial farms which had hitherto fed the population and was the largest employer. So the land reforms were in my view not well implemented but correctly motivated.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 07:50:59 PM EST
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Yes, that is him.

Had to check what Zimbabwe has been up to. Apparently they have more or less abandoned their own currency in favour of foreign currencies, mainly USD and South African Rand.

by fjallstrom on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 10:52:32 PM EST
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That was to be expected even in 2009, when rumors of "natives" laundering dollar bills were rife in English-language press.

News of francophone "peripheral regions" on the other hand seldom rise to the attention of such economists as Mr Mitchell and, of course, Mr Paul "Own Currency" Krugman.
Juncker and Macron in French Guiana, showing EU interest for its periphery

Clashes between police and demonstrators took place on the first day of Macron's visit on Thursday (26 October).

"I am not Father Christmas because Guyanese people are not children", Macron told an angry population still waiting for a €1 billion investment plan promised by the previous French government.

Don't hold your breath for delivery of canonical graphing of comparative advantage of EUR v. CFA all gov't employment equal.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 28th, 2017 at 12:11:24 AM EST
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"World Facts" (dot us) is the best source you could find on French Guiana? At least, they didn't list General de Gaulle as president of the Republic.
by Bernard on Sat Oct 28th, 2017 at 07:01:48 PM EST
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Given Mssrs. Mitchell's and Gilley's criteria of causality, I need not offer any superlative source(s) of information, if any, to confirm or deny such conclusory analyses of market failure, inter alia, ceteris paribus, in any case. Knowledge of the terms and conditions of peace between WWI belligerents and Keynes' predictive power ought to satisfice any reader's curiosity. For the canon, not the apocrypha, informs those professors' assessment of political economy viz. a "left" agenda.

:: re: reparations and resources, Treaty of Versailles
Suriname independence: 1975; monetary unit: SRD
Guyana independence:1966; monetary unit: GYD
French Guiana independence: none; monetary unit: EUR

The Case for Colonialism 19 Sep 2017
C.L.R. James 22 May 2017

:: re: currency unit and hyperinflation a/o 29 Oct 2017
USD:GYD, 1:208.04
USD:SRD, 1: 7.45
USD:ZWD, 1:361.90 [disclaimer]
USD:CFA (XOF), 1: 550.98
EUR:CFA(XOF), 1:542.68
EUR:USD, 1:1.16

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 29th, 2017 at 02:20:50 PM EST
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exchange value not linked (above), finance.yahoo! currency converter
counterfactual (current), google daily close compilation a/o 29 Oct 2017
EUR:CFA(XOF), 1:655.95
USD:CFA(XOF), 1:565.02

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 29th, 2017 at 02:40:52 PM EST
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I'm sorry, I can't make heads or tail of what you've written.
by Bernard on Sun Oct 29th, 2017 at 09:16:51 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:56:26 PM EST
I posted this song when I first came on board here at ET ... what? ... at least 10 years ago.  This updated version is more relevant than ever.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 11:09:47 AM EST
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I can't take it.  Time to get the endogenous acid to kick in.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 10:16:18 PM EST
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Are you that far, geographically speaking, from the California border?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 10:20:05 PM EST
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I don't understand the question.  Is Sacramento "that far"?  Go to the map ... you tell me. Just out of curiosity, why do you ask?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 04:13:23 AM EST
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Reading your prior messages, I inferred: state of despair, search for relief ... within the borders of CA.

Despite your personal tagline, I was uncertain that you reside in CA or were temporarily displaced or in crucial need of transportation to obtain "endogenous acid". In my experience, Californians are enured to routine, daily, long-distance travel to satisfy the most mundane necessities.

Your reply indicates your proximity to Sacramento, CA, and satisfies in part my questions. Thank you. I surmise, to my relief that your distress is transient.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 11:24:34 AM EST
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Distress?  Very little actually.  You want to see distress?  Look to the U.S. Federal Govt. and any state dominated by the Republican party, which I consider a terrorist organization and should be ... hopefully will be ... treated as such, at least in California.  Endogenous acid?  I watch that video and I'm 17 again.  Time travel's easy ... just use your mind.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 02:30:53 PM EST
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Trump got about a third of the vote in Sacramento County. Isn't that already a good reason to be distressed?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 03:04:57 PM EST
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Mr. Powers writes "Russia Is Using Marxist Strategies, and So Is Trump" by

[m]imicking American voices, [Trump? Trump "surrogates"? Russian proletariat?] used Facebook to energize and inflame a diverse assortment of political groups: gay rights supporters, African-American activists, Texas secessionists and opponents of immigration.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 09:15:28 PM EST
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Mr. Power sez "Marx contended that as the conditions of workers started to improve, they would cease to be content with their lot, or to regard their alienation as inevitable."

To wit: Working at Google seemed like a dream job. The reality has been a tedious, pointless nightmare. and the responses to this "column", the comments.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 09:35:27 PM EST
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Wherein personification of 'effects', reminds me of nuance by which Animals are separated from animals in Wicked, the novel.
The Harmful Effects of Antifa
The verbal violence of Antifa is worse than their physical violence insofar as it is more effective. The physical violence is usually of minor consequence, at most temporarily preventing something that will happen later.  It is the verbal violence that succeeds most in preventing free discussion of controversial issues.

archived: To what end?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 11:20:18 PM EST
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I think a simpler explanation of those Facebook and Google ads is commercial click bait pages driving traffic with whatever makes people upset. Or happy, in the case of puppets and Pokémon.
by fjallstrom on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 11:00:05 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, that is not the explanation that Twitter itself has offered members of the US Congress or interested parties of the world.

< wipes tears >

To reiterate: a "pitch deck" is a customary, printed and bound presentation of the sales offer by an ad agency to an advertiser. Issa memento of the oral presentation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 28th, 2017 at 01:10:58 AM EST
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Twitter bans ["OFF-BOARDS"] ads from RT and Sputnik citing electoral meddling
The San Francisco-based company said it will donate the estimated $1.9 million (€1.6 million) RT and Sputnik paid for advertisements since 2011 "to support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation."

< wipes tears>
Twitter `Forgets' to Tell US Congress They Sought RT Ad Dollars During Election
A spokesperson for Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Thursday that the upper echelon of Twitter never mentioned to him that they made a pitch deck [!] to persuade RT to advertise on Twitter during the election. ... Sputnik has in fact never advertised on the platform.
"In order to entice RT to agree to the exclusive elections offer, Twitter promised a package of perks and bonuses. The offer included such things as: closed beta testing of new tools and products; a customized emoji-hashtag that would help RT stand out with special election coverage; customized analytics and research solutions; and a dedicated team of Twitter experts to help with content curation and media strategy."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 09:14:43 PM EST
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Twitter's multi-million dollar US election pitch to RT revealed in FULL


#notransit #nooutdoor #newpaper #notv #nomagazine #noradio @Sad.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 28th, 2017 at 01:31:52 AM EST
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A review of Clinton's book by someone who claims never to have heard of Clinton before.
Indeed the strangest element of What Happened is the widespread belief, both within and without the Clinton campaign, that she would win. I can only take her word that this was widely believed, but it is difficult to fathom. The Clinton I discovered in these pages was a radical. From the moment she left her position as president of Wellesley's Republican club (a detail she mentioned, much to my shock, in the book's final pages), Clinton fought relentlessly against the entrenched, reactionary forces of her nation. As a young woman, she demonstrated against the imperial war in Vietnam. As an attorney, she was on the front lines against Jim Crow. In public service, she stood up not only to despots like Vladimir Putin, but to the most powerful corporations in the United States, proposing redistributive taxes and "truly universal" health care, even flirting with a guaranteed basic income funded by capital derivatives from nationalized resource services.

Writing about the decline of American labor solidarity, Clinton writes that "being part of a union is an important part of someone's personal identity. It helps shape the way you view the world and think about politics. When that's gone, it means a lot of people stop identifying primarily as workers--and voting accordingly--and start identifying and voting as white, male, rural, or all of the above." This account of class-consciousness puts Clinton to the left of even celebrated American essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates. How could anyone be naïve enough to believe that her victory was guaranteed? She was a radical taking on the establishment and the establishment is never more vicious than when it is protecting itself from a figure who has proven herself willing and able to defeat them. For the Clinton of What Happened to win the Presidency in a country like the United States would have been miraculous. Nothing in the history I can remember suggests that this was ever likely.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 28th, 2017 at 03:06:07 PM EST
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I liked this part in particular:

A Review of What Happened by an Author Who Insists He Has Never Heard of Hillary Clinton or the 2016 Election :: Politics :: Features :: Hillary Clinton :: Paste

What I believe now is that What Happened is a memoir about power, one that accomplishes through the sympathetic portrayal of a heroic character a vision of danger more subtle and persuasive than could be achieved by way of a more straightforward polemic. It is no mistake that the book begins with former presidents of all parties brought together by wariness of the newest member of their club, how they console one another with social offers, how above all they are civil to one another, how more than half of them come from only two families. This is a book about how power preserves and reproduces itself, at times through the naked domination of a Trump figure, but more often, and perhaps more alarmingly, through the slow churning transformation of an idealist like the Hillary Clinton we meet here.

It is a book about how the structures of capital and empire turn even the brightest young radicals into its servants, how it can turn a student who implored her college class to discover "ecstatic modes of living" into a candidate angered by black activists' impatience. The true plot of this book is about an anti-Vietnam War radical who later finds herself celebrating the "values-driven" foreign policy of American Empire. It is about an heir apparent who is felled by international antagonism and the malfeasance of covert operatives but who does not ask how all this spy craft came to power in the first place. It is about how a bright, ambitious politician can believe, truly believe, that she has been fighting for the same values all her life and yet become someone who could only be unrecognizable to her younger self.  

by fjallstrom on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 12:43:18 PM EST
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It's the similar mephistphelean syndrome we watched Blair fall into.
The price of progress in an evil hierarchy is the death of everything you really believed in, and the ability to self-amputate any budding idealism which resonated with the public to originally get you voted into power.
Pragmatism with a side order of political opportunism garnished with a ghoulish betrayal of your followers' real ideals is the leitmotiv.

It's like Goethe wrote the book and Wilde wrote the screenplay.

With Obama the system changed tack and used symbolism better. The net results were predictably ensured, night followed day with no severe Matrician glitches.

Trump is another new tack. Deranged middle manager hijacks global nuclear command centre for shits and giggles.

Not easy to Trump that, we must be approaching the final curtain when you can smell third act catharsis in the air.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 08:41:07 AM EST
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Trump is even worse: everyone who's working for him ends up without any single shred of dignity left.

The Darkness and the Rot - TPM

Trump's own damaged, malignant personality is no great mystery. The world has no shortage of malicious predators or others who are so damaged that they sow chaos and hurt wherever they go. It's our national misfortune that Trump has attained such power. But the existence of such a person is no mystery. There's no shortage of them. What is difficult to understand, what requires some explanation is the way Trump is able to destroy those around him. Not once or twice but again and again, repeatedly, in a pattern so consistent that it becomes more inexplicable over time as new victims appear insensible to the unmistakeable pattern they have seen unfold along with us.

This may be unremarkable with the toadies and acolytes. But Trump is able to take people of some apparent substance and attainment and destroy them as well. The key though is that he doesn't destroy them. In his orbit, under some kind of spell, he makes them destroy themselves. It is always a self-destruction.

by Bernard on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 10:07:31 AM EST
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..we must be approaching the final curtain when you can smell third act catharsis in the air.

Not necessarily. Catharis implies some learning or, at least, some degree of resolution, and you may well be underestimating the infinite power of people to deny and persevere in self-indulgent folly. Just when it looks like the Republican Party is doomed the current only real alternative will find some new third way poison in a new bottle to peddle and some new knave who can appeal to 'the people' will arise. The only saving grace is that that person cannot be elected President in 2018. But who knows even who will be President by August of 2018 or January 2019? But power is likely to be somewhat more diffused by then. The Republican majority on SCOTUS will be there even if both houses change hands.

The best we might hope for is some consensus pick, like Gerald Ford, to serve until 2020, even if both Trump and Pence are impeached and/or found to be impaired. I have no idea if SCOTUS could or would even want to try to overturn such results. If so it might be a trifecta.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 02:56:59 PM EST
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Unless they find some dirt on him, then the replacement for Trump will be Pence. If he goes down too, it'll be Paul Ryan.

That was how you got Gerald Ford. Agnew went before Nixon and so the Speaker, GF, stepped in.

afaik there isn't a mechanism for a selection panel for a replacement Prez.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 06:27:48 PM EST
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Ford became Vice President because Agnew resigned over bribery charges from his time as Governor. Ford was at the time minority leader in the House, but he didn't get the Vice President position automatically, instead he was elected by the Senate (because he had the backing of his party).

So the equivalent scenario would be one where Pence is kicked out first, with enough time to appoint a new Vice President. Which technically could be anyone who fullfil the criteria for a Vice President and can get enough support in the Senate. Could be Ryan, could be someone else.

At least that is how I understand that scenario.

by fjallstrom on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 06:54:41 PM EST
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[1] the purification or purgation of the emotions (especially pity and fear) primarily through art. In criticism, catharsis is a metaphor used by Aristotle in the Poetics to describe the effects of true tragedy on the spectator. The use is derived from the medical term katharsis (Greek: "purgation" or "purification"). Aristotle states that the purpose of tragedy is to arouse "terror and pity" and thereby effect the catharsis of these emotions.

[2]is the process of venting aggression as a way to release or get rid of emotions.

[3] However, Freud was frustrated that he felt only symptoms and not root causes were being cured. In later work, he collaborated with Joseph Breuer, another hypnotist, to work on the case of Anna O. In these sessions, Freud attempted to find a root cause of the hysteria, and to originate states of consciousness that acknowledged the problem and purged it from the subject's memory. Later still, Freud would drop the hypnosis and concentrate on trying to help his patients discover the origin of their anxiety and fear while they remained fully conscious. He began to use the (now) familiar word association to initiate catharsis, or the "talking cure," as it came to be known.

Catharsis is a palliative form of treatment of psychosomatic illness. "Resolution" or cure of an illness does not necessarily follow from a cathartic episode.

The apt synonym is "vent".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 03:30:17 PM EST
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In the knowledge domains of sociology and political 'science' the analogous term is "riot". Conversely, episodic demonstrations, or exhibitions, of inarticulate distress such as "Occupy Wall Street" satisfy the definition of catharis in terms of palliative relief.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 03:55:47 PM EST
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time has run out ... but, from the HuffPo

Paul Manafort Offers Up Trump Tower Apartment In Bid To Get Off House Arrest

Manafort is currently on house arrest under electronic monitoring and a $10 million unsecured bond. He's seeking less onerous conditions of release. To guarantee his future court appearances, his attorney said Manafort would be willing to pledge a $3 million Trump Tower apartment in New York City, another $3.5 million home in New York, a $1.5 million home in Palm Beach, Florida, and a "combination of life insurance policies held in trust and/or in his or his wife's name" and valued at approximately $4.5 million ― for a total of more than $12 million.

Here's my prediction: They're STUPID enough to let Manafort walk around free and HE DROPS OUT OF SIGHT WITHIN 24 HOURS AND ISN'T SEEN AGAIN FOR YEARS!  Just watch.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Nov 5th, 2017 at 12:52:27 PM EST
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No, that offers tells them he's on the point of turning. They'd be insane to take that offer and, while I can think of many in DC who are plenty stupid enough to take that offer, I don't think Mueller is one of them.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Nov 5th, 2017 at 03:53:23 PM EST
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But will it be up to Mueller?  It's the judge that makes the final decision, and he can be bought.  The real crime will be treason and Manny won't take the fall for that.

I have not had this much fun watching politics ... EVER!  Thank you, Emperor!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Nov 5th, 2017 at 06:11:40 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:56:29 PM EST
The U.S. and its allies are engaged in an Asian and African offensive, a multi-pronged assault thinly camouflaged as humanitarian intervention that, in some regions, looks like a blitzkrieg....

Oxfam chief: 'We also feel the lack of trust among citizens'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 11:55:07 PM EST
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Neanderthal rehab continues apace.

Archaeologist Lutz: `We really weren't expecting this tremendous discovery'

Herbert Lutz: It's completely new to science, and it is a big surprise because nobody had expected such a tremendous, extremely rare discovery. To find a completely new species? Nobody expected that.
DW: Why were you looking at this precise location?
Lutz: We were excavating riverbed sediments of the proto-Rhine River near Eppelsheim. These sediments are approximately 10 million years old and are well known in science, ever since the first fossils were excavated here in the early 19th century.
DW: And how old are the teeth you've found?
Lutz: Around 9.7 million years old.
DW:What does a 9.7-million-year-old tooth look like?
Lutz: It's perfectly preserved. It actually looks like a new excellent tooth; however, it's no longer white. It's shining like amber. ... We were always waiting for such a find. But at the end of 2016, we decided to finish the excavation and just in the last second, if you will, these two teeth came to light.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 25th, 2017 at 05:34:03 PM EST
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Well, we've been digging at this site for 17 years now. And when we started, of course everybody knew it had the potential to yield hominoid fossils. We were always waiting for such a find. But at the end of 2016, we decided to finish the excavation and just in the last second, if you will, these two teeth came to light. We really weren't expecting such a tremendous discovery. So for us now it's clear we have to continue, and we will continue. And, well, I think it's a big luck to experience such an exciting story.

by Bjinse on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 11:00:02 AM EST
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Bah, a great ape in Europe 9.7 Million years ago? Sure why not? What it won't be, however, is any form of member of genus homo.

Now we know, from DNA surveys around the world, that there were at least 5 other members of genus homo, apart from sapiens, which contributed minor segments of DNA to the various populations of people. Europeans have neanderthal, Siberian/Mongolians and some Chinese have Denisovians in there, there's a couple more whose names I don't remember. The only pure blood homo sapiens are african. But all members of genus homo originated in Africa about 2 M years back.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 05:01:55 PM EST
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Give it a 'minute', as the peeps in Bal'more say. Story developing ...

Paleo archaeologists and anthropologists seem to be working with one pretty elastic classification system, I've noticed, that is to accommodate species --not genus-- distinction for each and every fossil, no matter 'DNA' source and age or how fragmentary its sample size. Although I followed John Hawks several years, here's other examples of what has passed for controversial "deviation" in reasoning who was "human", who was not.

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray
First Known Human Tsunami Victim Discovered, 6,000 Years Later

These episodes seems to me to reveal a few sociological aims rather than 'scientific' validity of any one enterprise: (i) reward the scholar with authoritative privileges, naming and origin extruded by law of large numbers; (ii) save or create jobs, eg. "experimental archaeology", ergo departmental income; (iii) conform with racist conventions (isolation v. diffusion origin) in the discipline.

After all, NOT Africa is the common feature of so much 'breakthrough' evidence in alternative evolution and proving primacy of order would otherwise be redundant, to the living.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 07:24:48 PM EST
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Not Africa...

yea, funny how it works innit

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 08:04:41 PM EST
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I got the impression that there's much more variation within Africa, including lots of other closely related lines that interbred than outside, so the idea of "pure" Homo sapiens is nonsense. No such thing.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 26th, 2017 at 11:19:11 PM EST
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Yes, there is vastly more genetic diversity in Africa than in the rest of the world.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 02:16:46 PM EST
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Purity and phenotype indicating human "breeding" constitute the rhetorical foundation of racists' intellectual history. Since, say, 1700 many different technical methods have been developed in Europe's finest universities in order to apply or substantiate and interpretations of Darwin's theory of evolution of species to superficial variation of intelligence, mores, habitat, "civilizations," &tc, within one species, homo. Most recent technique on the timeline is genomic "research" ostensibly to discovery with increasing specificity  which unique "markers" differentiate individual members in a "haplotype" by statistical risk assessment of defective or optimal gene sequence: eugenics by another name.

Human Genome Project

The final data set contains data for 2,504 individuals from 26 populations. Low coverage and exome sequence data are present for all of these individuals, 24 individuals were also sequenced to high coverage for validation purposes.

The assumptions that warranted its original design (1-2 collection sites/continent) appear now --having 3x more sites-- to be as obsolete as the pseudo-scientific ("racist", "haplotype") research bias, selection protocol, biological criteria, utility, bad statistical modelling on which the project was founded: not even 1% n.

NCBI retiring HapMap Resource

The original mission statement of the International HapMap Project was to develop a haplotype map of the human genome, HapMap, which would describe the common patterns [?] of human DNA sequence variation.
The IGSR recognises that the current 1000 Genomes Project samples do not reflect all populations. An important aim for IGSR is to expand the populations represented in the collection and ensure the available public data represents the maximum possible population diversity.

Watch: It's all being quietly rolled up and historical, public documentation are being scrubbed. Why? Sufficient evidence gathered to date suggests, "west Africa" isn't the most genetically "diverse" population on the planet, only that conveniently there's no more money to instantiate additional genetically diverse populations. Besides the damage is done.

Two generations of people running around 23andMe kits to identify "haplotype" with "nation".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 06:59:34 PM EST
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So. Read paleo archaeology and anthropology metrics with caution. As can be reasonably inferred from papers themselves, identification of "hominid" fossils relies on dubious phenotypical standards, dubious chromosome data (DNA -bone, m(t)DNA -dental pulp ) collection methods, dubious statistical modelling, and dubious geological co-location.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 at 07:21:21 PM EST
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but it bears repeating:

August 12, Charlottesville, Virginia: 1 person killed by a white supremacist running down a group of protesters with his car. Not terrorism.

October 1, Las Vegas, Nevada: 58 people killed by a white gunman shooting with dozens of assault rifles. Not terrorism.

October 31, New York City, New York: 8 people killed by an Uzbek man claiming allegiance to ISIS by running them down with a rental truck. Terrorism!

by Bernard on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 10:47:38 AM EST
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And it wasn't terrorism until they realised he was muslim. Started off as not terror related because he looked a bit white initially.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 10:48:42 AM EST
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Associate Citizenship

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 08:14:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:57:15 PM EST
In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited out "non-carcinogenic" findings  - Reuters

The World Health Organization's cancer agency dismissed and edited findings from a draft of its review of the weedkiller glyphosate that were at odds with its final conclusion that the chemical probably causes cancer.

Documents seen by Reuters show how a draft of a key section of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) assessment of glyphosate - a report that has prompted international disputes and multi-million-dollar lawsuits - underwent significant changes and deletions before the report was finalised and made public.

IARC, based in Lyon, France, wields huge influence as a semi-autonomous unit of the WHO, the United Nations health agency. It issued a report on its assessment of glyphosate - a key ingredient in Monsanto Corp's top-selling weedkiller RoundUp - in March 2015. It ranked glyphosate a Group 2a carcinogen, a substance that probably causes cancer in people.

That conclusion was based on its experts' view that there was "sufficient evidence" glyphosate causes cancer in animals and "limited evidence" it can do so in humans. The Group 2a classification has prompted mass litigation in the United States against Monsanto and could lead to a ban on glyphosate sales across the European Union from the start of next year.

by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 09:47:23 PM EST
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Truth is never good enough it seems. Yet every attempt to dress it up comes back to bite.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 04:48:06 AM EST
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File in Food > Pharma > Cause of Action

Generic-Drugs Antitrust Case Expanded to Include 18 Companies

Attorneys general from 46 states and the District of Columbia expanded their antitrust case against the $75 billion generic drug industry to include 18 companies and at least 15 drugs.

a monstrous complaint, pp 231, pregnant so-to-speak with international reprecussions.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 05:36:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:57:18 PM EST
Outrage After Portugal Court Quotes Bible on Woman's Assault
The man was given a 15-month suspended sentence and a fine of 1,750 euros ($2,000) for using a bat spiked with nails to assault the woman in the street in 2015, leaving her covered in cuts and bruises.

The prosecutor had argued the sentence was too lenient and asked an appeals court for prison time of 3 years and 6 months. But the appeal judges on Oct. 11 rejected his request.

In related news (ordered by conspicuous "misconduct", x-referenced to offenses to normative behavior), EQUAL MEANS EQUAL et al. v. US Department of Education and Betsy DeVos is a federal complaint, challenging extraordinary evidentiary requirements imposed by respondents to secure relief under Title IX (prohibition of sex discrimination by public educational institutions)> Civil Rights Act > US Constitution > 8th Amendment.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 05:40:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This brought back some memories from a former, distant past. :)

What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future - Wired

They use their phones to order supplies, get market prices for their meat, or talk to their kids in school. (Nomad kids board in dormitories in towns during the school year.) And like everyone else on the planet, they have a bit of music and games loaded for fun. Where mobile coverage is lacking I've seen nomads use walkie talkies to connect with neighbors or even to coordinate a roundup of livestock. If they have coverage, they use their phones while on horseback.

Far more ubiquitous than mobile phones are solar LEDs. Every ger has its panels and batteries. The panel (usually one) is simple, tied to a pole, which can be rotated by hand every now and then to follow the sun. It will power a single LED light bulb, perhaps charge a phone and a shortwave radio. Less commonly it will power a TV with a satellite dish. Having a cheap, steady light all night makes a huge difference: It extends evenings, makes cooking more convenient, and reduces toxic smoke in the home. I did not see a ger without solar.


What may be most distinctive thing about traditional Mongolian nomad life is what's not in the ger. No refrigerator, no running water, no toilet, no air-conditioning, no wine cooler, no microwave, no radiant floor heating, no Amazon Alexa. Instead there is a leather bag made from a sheep's skin that is used to churn butter. The older the bag gets the more supple and better it gets. There is a goat stomach that serves as the container for cheese.

by Bjinse on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 08:45:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Of foreign turns of phrase for joint liability, "visibility," "emanations," and "reflections"

Facebook Stumbles in German Privacy Battle

Facebook should be held liable, an adviser to Europe's highest court [ECJ] recommended Tuesday, for not disclosing that its website stores personal data from visitors to user fan pages.
"By having recourse to Facebook for the publication of its information offering, a fan page administrator is subscribing to the principle that the personal data of visitors to his page will be processed for the purpose of compiling viewing statistics," the opinion states. "Even though a fan page administrator is not, of course, the designer of the `Facebook Insights' tool, he will, by having recourse to that tool, be participating in the determination of the purposes and means of the processing of the personal data of visitors to his page."

Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (plaintiffs)
Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig - Holstein GmbH,
in the presence of [!]
Facebook Ireland Ltd, Vertreter des Bundesinteresses beim Bundesverwaltungsgericht (defendants)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 09:45:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Deutsche Bahn under fire for plan to name train after Anne Frank  - Guardian
Plans by Germany's national rail provider to name a train after the diarist Anne Frank have come under fire, with the Anne Frank foundation saying it "caused new pain" to those who experienced deportations.

"A combination of Anne Frank and a train conjures up the image of persecution of Jews and deportations during World War II," the Amsterdam-based foundation said in a statement.

Frank and her family hid in a secret annexe in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the second world war.

by Bernard on Mon Oct 30th, 2017 at 08:56:36 PM EST
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IBM Watson, CDC the hunt for new blockchain apps for healthcare
In what it says is an expansion of its existing federal work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, IBM Watson Health has signed on with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help explore new applications for blockchain in healthcare. ... CDC has already been running a series of pilots aimed to explore blockchain's real-world potential, and [IBM Chief Science Officer Shahram] Ebadollahi said the more participants who join in to help put it distributed ledger tools to work across the healthcare, the faster it could help tackle some of the industry's most challenging interoperability, security and other data management issues.

And when combined with AI, he said, blockchain holds big promise for managing patient data over time and across various care settings. ... In January, IBM and FDA signed a two-year agreement to explore potential blockchain applications for EHRs, clinical trials, internet-of-things, genomics and more.

archived: "We went through the same hysteria* with Watson/DeepBlue after it won the Jeopardy match in 2011." et seq
Always Read the Footnotes
"BlockChain Tech will stand athwart the tide of Reality" 2015
Introducing Chiralkine Contracts 2013

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 04:02:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Trezor website explained that these 24 words were my recovery words and could be used to generate the master private key to my bitcoin. If I lost my Trezor or it stopped working, I could recover my bitcoin by entering those 24 words into a new Trezor or any one of the many other hardware and online wallets that use the same standard key-generation algorithm. It was important for me to keep the paper hidden and safe, because anyone could use it to steal my 7.4 bitcoins. I transferred my currency from my web-based wallet to my Trezor, tossing both the Trezor and the orange piece of paper into a desk drawer in my home office. My plan was to buy a length of flat aluminum stock and letterpunch the 24 words onto it, then store it somewhere safe. I was going to do it right after the holidays.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 07:41:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Doctors Prepare for Deep Dive Into Vegas Shooter's Brain
[Dr. Hannes] Vogel told The Times that he will leave nothing overlooked to put to rest much of the speculation on Paddock's health as investigators struggle to identify a motive for the shooting.

archived: "The search for mitigating circumstances --necessarily substituting for motive-- is a ritual in ah mostly-christian nations..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 05:14:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 05:41:01 PM EST
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Here we report the discovery of a large void (with a cross section similar to the Grand Gallery and a length of 30 m minimum) above the Grand Gallery, which constitutes the first major inner structure found in the Great Pyramid since the 19th century.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 11:47:43 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:57:21 PM EST
In Parliament, Lloyd George says "a thing no government can permit is organisation for rebellion."
"I thought it essential that the Government should take action, not provocative action, but firm action
"There are three things the Government ought to make clear in the interests of Ireland. First, incitement to rebllion cannot be permitted. ...Second, a thing no Government can permit is organization for rebellion.
The third point ... a demand for the sovereign independence of Ireland, and the Premier added: "Wed had better say at once that under no conditions will Great Britain permit anything of that Kind."

Today -100: October 24, 1917: A thing no government can permit is organisation for rebellion

This, if publicized, likely comes as a surprise to homely US American matriots parroting Tho. Jefferson's aphorisms and the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 24th, 2017 at 05:09:00 PM EST
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Today -100: November 3, 1917: Of fires, muck, masses, quitters, and women's reasons
A Circuit Court upholds the banning of The Masses from the mails, which evidently means that just producing the magazine is now illegal, through logic that seems ridiculously faulty. The court also says that the crime of obstructing enlistment in the military does not require that the magazine directly advise people not to enlist, but that it prints absolutely anything that could be interpreted by those inclined to so interpret it as impeding, hindering, restraining or putting an obstacle in the way of recruitment, including the "natural and reasonable effect of the publication".
The NYT is also opposed to the women's suffrage amendment.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 08:55:57 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:57:24 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Oct 28th, 2017 at 01:48:54 AM EST
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29 USC 371, ["Agreement"]to commit offense or to defraud United States
USA v. Manafort and Gates, the indictment (pdf)

"Agreement" [conspiracy] is not a crime per se. Commission of crime, the overt act, is. In this case the agreement to commit tax evasion (HELLO CAPPONE!) by mail and wire fraud is.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 30th, 2017 at 07:03:04 PM EST
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