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26 June - 2 July 2017

by Bjinse Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:52:10 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:53:16 PM EST
One year after the Brexit vote, Britain's relationship with the E.U. is unlikely to change much. Here's why. - Washington Post

Decades ago, political scientists Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye identified "asymmetrical interdependence" as the basic source of influence in international economic negotiations. When a buyer and seller bargain over the price of a house or a car, the person who needs the deal more is at a structural disadvantage. In world politics, power similarly stems from interdependence: The more dependent a country is on external flows of trade and investment, the more concessions it will make to secure a liberalizing agreement. That is why small countries, for which trade constitutes a critical lifeline, usually have less clout.

Britain is unlikely to extract many concessions from a far larger Europe on which it is asymmetrically dependent. Almost 50 percent of British exports go to Europe: They total 13 percent of British GDP, while European exports to Britain total only 4 percent of European GDP. If no agreement is reached, Britain has at least four times more to lose.

Britain will have to prioritize what it cares most about, such as future migration; it is likely to expend its limited bargaining power to achieve those goals. Yet, generally, if anyone is to make concessions to preserve the basic relationship, it is more likely to be Britain than Brussels. And that means retaining current policies.

To enhance British bargaining power, some Tories suggest rapidly signing trade agreements with non-European countries. Yet such trade agreements generally take a decade or more to negotiate and implement, and Britain is so small that it is unlikely to wield more influence on the United States or China than on the European Union.

by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 09:09:18 PM EST
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UK prepares 'Scandinavian-model' EEA-like relation to EU.

The government's 17-page policy plan would allow Europeans to stay in post-Brexit Britain with broadly the same rights as British citizens, with access to healthcare, education, welfare and pensions.
But they would have to apply to join a new register conferring "settled status", and would be subject to British law without recourse to the European Court of Justice.

:: The Full-Donny > history > circular file
Gypsy Camp Resister
Swedish police confirm illegal Roma database: "Ethnic registration is illegal in Sweden and the registry also violates the European convention on Human rights, which provides the right to respect for private and family life."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 at 10:41:43 PM EST
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Labour and immigration | Richard Seymour on Patreon -
The last general election abruptly changed the dynamic. Labour didn't win, but it surged to a degree without precedent post-1945. And it did so, despite (or because of) the fact that Corbyn was widely depicted as someone who wanted an immigration free-for-all. Despite (or because of) the fact that he was attacked day in and day out as an alibi of foreign terrorists. Despite (or because of) the fact that he systematically repudiated the very right-wing arguments on immigration to which all previous Labour leaderships have grovellingly deferred. Despite (or because of) the fact that he refused to set a target for reducing immigration levels.

Yes, Labour's official position was ambiguous, and yes that may have softened the attitude of some of the 'red' Ukippers, and defused some of the attacks. But in retrospect, and in future, I don't think it can be taken for granted that a broadly pro-immigrant stance is an electoral liability. I think, with the electorate changing, it is possible over the medium term to a) win the argument for maintaining such free movement as we currently have, b) win the argument for de-stigmatising refugees, abolishing the detention centres and ending the appalling conditions in Calais; and c) addressing the decades-long, systematic, racist exclusions aimed at citizens of what used to be called the 'New Commonwealth'.
At the very least, the election showed that provided it has a radical agenda that excites its supporters, Labour doesn't have to be scared of the Crosby smear-and-dog-whistle machine, of tabloid poison, or even of Ukip. The Left can be confident, rather than cowed, in its arguments. It doesn't have to accept either a defensive posture of uncritically crawling to the EU and its version of free movement, or an even more defensive posture of demanding an end to free movement.

by generic on Wed Jun 28th, 2017 at 05:18:31 AM EST
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Or in other words the wheels are coming off. I think we saw something similar in the last big refugee wave. There was a spontaneous outpour of local support and the everyday racists were cowed. It wasn't led by the classic media structures. They however rushed to get in front of the riot and called it a parade. Even Bild was suddenly supporting refugees. Then after the events of Köln they declared the public mood to have been changed.
by generic on Wed Jun 28th, 2017 at 05:32:54 AM EST
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Great - so long as Labour gets a grip on the PLP.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 05:43:19 PM EST
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Inside French Prisons, A Struggle To Combat Radicalization - NPR

Many of the homegrown terrorists who've launched attacks in recent years in places like Paris and Brussels were radicalized in prison -- often while serving jail terms that had nothing to do with terrorism. In France, where a disproportionate number of prison inmates are of Muslim background, authorities are struggling to deal with the phenomenon.

In 2014, Fresnes became the first French prison to separate radicalized inmates from the general prison population -- they were put in an entirely separate wing, one person to each cell, and had different guards from the other prisoners.

After 2015, which began with the January attacks at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher supermarket, and ended with the Bataclan attack in November, some other French prisons began separating inmates too. Several of the terrorists who killed nearly 150 people that year were common criminals who had become radicalized in prison.

In 2016, the French government put money into a rehabilitation program for radicals deemed not too far gone. The prisoners in these new anti-radicalization units received visits from psychologists and historians; they had the chance to attend some workshops or receive some training.

The radical units were controversial, especially after two guards at one prison were attacked in September of last year. In November, the French interior minister announced an end to the program.

by Bjinse on Wed Jun 28th, 2017 at 07:13:50 PM EST
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Two different news about the French army made the headlines in France this week. Which of the two was widely reported in the English language media is left as an exercise for the reader.

Un général basé à Bordeaux soupçonné d'avoir utilisé un Alphajet pour partir en week-end - Sud Ouest

Dans un article à paraître ce mercredi, l'hebdomadaire satirique affirme que le général Richard Reboul, en poste à Bordeaux, utilise un Alphajet d'une base école de la région pour aller passer le week-end dans sa propriété en Provence et en revenir.
According to Le Canard (who else?), the French Air Force chief has used an Air Force jet for flying from Bordeaux, where he's based to his country home in Salon de Provence for the week-end (sure beats the traffic on A61 and A9 tollways).

In other military news, retired army officer Guillaume Ancel has said that he was witness to arm deliveries to the Tutsi genocidaires by French military convoy in Rwanda in 1994. The same Tutsi militia had just been disarmed by the French troops just a few weeks prior. Order for rearming them reportedly came from Hubert Védrine, then chief of staff of president François Mitterand at the Elysée.

Génocide au Rwanda : un ordre officiel de l’Elysée accablant pour Paris - Le Monde

Par ailleurs, l'ancien officier de l'armée de terre Guillaume Ancel, qui a été déployé au Rwanda dans le cadre de l'opération « Turquoise », vient attester ces accusations. Joint par Le Monde, il affirme avoir vu « la réalisation d'une de ces livraisons dans la deuxième quinzaine de juillet. Alors que je revenais d'une mission d'exfiltration qui s'était mal passée, le commandant adjoint de "Turquoise" sur la base de Cyangugu m'a demandé de retenir l'attention de journalistes pour laisser passer un convoi d'armes vers le Zaïre ». « Il y avait une dizaine de camions chargés de containers, poursuit l'ancien militaire. Le soir, lors du debriefing, on m'a expliqué que nous livrions des armes pour que les génocidaires ne se retournent pas contre nous. J'étais effaré que nous fassions cela alors que nous les avions en partie désarmés et que nous savions qu'ils avaient du sang jusqu'au cou. »

Government archives on the Rwanda genocide are still classified, despite Hollande's promise to release them.

by Bernard on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 06:40:27 PM EST
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And speaking of the Rwanda genocide:

NGOs file suit alleging BNP Paribas complicity in Rwandan genocide - Reuters Africa

Three non-government organisations (NGOs) have filed a lawsuit in Paris against the French bank BNP Paribas, alleging that it knowingly approved a transfer of $1.3 million from the Rwandan central bank to an arms dealer during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

More than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during a three-month killing spree by Hutu extremists after a plane carrying the president, Juvenal Habyarimana, was shot down.

Details (in French) in Le Monde.

by Bernard on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 06:44:51 PM EST
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Marine Le Pen of France's Front National placed under formal investigation - DW
The leader of France's far-right Front National party (FN), Marine Le Pen, faces formal investigations into the financing of past election campaigns and the tweeting of violent images from the so-called "Islamic State" after appearing in court Friday charged with alleged misuse of European Parliament funds.

Le Pen had refused to obey previous summons issued during her failed bid to become French president.

Prosecutors placed her under formal investigation for breach of trust. They believe the money went to paying FN employees in France, rather than those working in Brussels. The legal step taken means prosecutors believe there is "serious or consistent evidence" that indicates probable involvement in a crime.

by Bernard on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 06:51:30 PM EST
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Britain's decline and fall - The country has not cut such a pathetic figure on the global stage since Suez - The Economist
In the aftermath of the Suez crisis, Dean Acheson lamented that Britain had lost an empire and failed to find a role. In the subsequent decades, post-imperial Britain in fact found several roles: as a fulcrum between Europe and America; as an old hand at globalisation in a re-globalising world; and as a leading exponent of neoliberalism. Thanks to the combination of the financial crisis and Brexit, it has lost all of these functions in one great rush. The windows have shattered and the ceiling has fallen in.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sat Jul 1st, 2017 at 11:54:33 AM EST
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Well yes. But you cannot tell that to tabloid readers, or the Empire nostalgics, fuelled as they are by regular infusions of nationalistic fervour courtesy of the Heil, the Excess, the Telegraph and the Sun.

These people are high on an outpouring of hatred and loathing of foreigners. Most people don't really understand politics or economics, let alone the business of trading relationships and currency fluctuations. It's complicated and too many are willing to swallow the easy answers that appeal to their baser instincts.

When it all goes wrong they'll blame sneaky foeigners and anonymous dagoes who want to do us down. They'll have ganged up on us or some such stupid excuse.

But at no point will it ever occur to any of them that they might have been wrong

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jul 2nd, 2017 at 09:45:15 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jul 1st, 2017 at 03:20:30 PM EST
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Jeremy Hunt briefing note

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 4th, 2017 at 03:12:09 PM EST
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these days those "accidents" are not accidental

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 4th, 2017 at 05:09:40 PM EST
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The Independent | Brexit: Theresa May 'could walk out of negotiations' over EU's divorce bill

Theresa May could storm out of Brexit negotiations to show voters at home she is willing to be tough with the EU over Britain's divorce bill.

The Prime Minister is preparing a dramatic walk-out in September over the bill, thought to be in the region of £87 billion, it has been claimed, as business leaders were told Ms May was trying to "be as hard-nosed, as hard-headed and as cold-eyed about this as it is possible to be".

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Jul 5th, 2017 at 07:00:25 AM EST
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It is difficult to have a spontaneous walkout based on high principle when you telegraph your move several months in advance

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 05:28:21 PM EST
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The Independent | Brexit: Minister appointed to negotiate Britain's withdrawal wants European Union 'wholly torn down'

The newest member of Theresa May's Brexit negotiating team has been filmed calling for the destruction of the European Union, The Independent can reveal.

In a speech to a right-wing think tank, minister Steve Baker said the EU should be "wholly torn down", before branding it an "obstacle" to world peace and "incompatible" with a free society.

Tory MPs warned Mr Baker's appointment could now risk the UK's ability to secure good Brexit terms, while Labour said it was "extraordinary" and raised a major question about the Prime Minister's judgement.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Jul 5th, 2017 at 07:02:03 AM EST
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Wanting to destroy the EU puts him into the mainstream of Conservative thinking.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 05:29:45 PM EST
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The Times
Inspectors have demanded an urgent investigation into why a Scottish jail is serving up kosher meals to more than 100 prisoners when hardly any of its inmates are Jewish.

The daily cost of normal prison meals per prisoner is about £2, but a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland said that kosher food was four times as expensive, resulting in an extra annual bill of just under £242,000. Kosher food outlaws pork and shellfish and means that meat cannot be prepared next to dairy products.

Inmates are believed to have started converting to Judaism after watching Orange is the New Black, the TV show in which a character called Cindy Hayes, played by Adrienne C Moore, converts to Judaism to get "better quality food"

Kosher food also outlaws haggis, but I doubt they serve it in Her Majesty's prisons anyway. I hope they force them to observe Yom Kippur, Tzom Gedalia,  Asara B'Tevet and  Shiva Asar B'Tammuz.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 5th, 2017 at 04:28:20 PM EST
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I suppose having to observe the Ramadan fast would put prisoners off converting to Islam?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 5th, 2017 at 06:33:12 PM EST
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Maybe the food isn't that good? There are probably enough genuine Muslim prisoners that it would be prohibitive to pay that sort of price for them.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 5th, 2017 at 08:15:00 PM EST
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The Guardian
Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was "straight with the nation" about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq war.

The chairman of the public inquiry into the 2003 conflict said the former prime minister had however been "emotionally truthful" in his account of events leading up to the war, meaning he relied on both emotion and fact.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 07:06:04 AM EST
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Trump loves a military parade -- it's one reason he's heading to Paris - WaPo
PARIS -- President Trump was not expected to attend France's Bastille Day, which this year will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I.

But then he learned there would be a military parade.

French President Emmanuel Macron told Trump in a June 27 phone call about the event, which this year will feature U.S. and French troops marching through the historic streets near the Arc de Triomphe, fighter jets cutting through the skies above, and flags, horses and military equipment on display -- the sort of spectacle that Trump wanted to stage at his own inauguration in January.

Trump told Macron he would be there, according to a White House official, and French and U.S. officials rushed to schedule a last-minute trip that will last about 27 hours and include dinner at an opulent restaurant in the Eiffel Tower and a visit to Napoleon Bonaparte's tomb.

Once suspicious, Trump now embraces France - BBC
It is easy to understand why he would want to get away from Washington. Still the decision to visit Paris and not another city was unexpected - for just about everybody.

Mr Macron invited him several weeks ago, and Mr Trump "was very excited to respond and to accept the invitation," said a senior administration official. It was a surprising development - particularly since the US president had just pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Until recently he had a negative view of the city. "Paris is no longer the safe city it was," he said on MSNBC in 2015. "They have sections in Paris that are radicalised, where the police refuse to go there. They're petrified."

During the presidential campaign, he said that a friend, Jim, had visited France and told him not to go there. "France is no longer France," said Mr Trump, quoting "Jim".

He had little evidence for these remarks. Now he seems to have forgotten about them. This morning at the airport he seemed to be having fun.

by Bernard on Thu Jul 13th, 2017 at 01:08:32 PM EST
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How French President Macron managed to woo Trump in the City of Light - Vox
The Macron about-face on Trump is a "classic alpha male strategy," Jeremy Shapiro, research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told me. "First, establish dominance. Second, from a position of strength, reach out a hand of magnanimous friendship."

Macron asserted his position of strength early. The newly elected French president took to Twitter on June 1 to counter Trump the moment he announced he was taking the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Macron immediately launched a cheekily titled "Make Our Planet Great Again" campaign in which he invited American scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to move to France and bring their talent and ideas with them.

Macron is not just doing this to make a new friend. He wants Trump -- and the US -- to play a bigger role in the global response to challenges such as climate change, terrorism, and conflicts in places like Syria.

"Macron is a realist," said Martin Michelot of the German Marshall Fund. "He doesn't want to see an isolated America because he then thinks it will defend its interests more aggressively, which will probably be bad for international cooperation in a lot of fields."

Part of that realism has been to cast a calculated eye to the rest of the European board in play. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel is distracted by the coming German federal elections in September, not to mention what appears to be a distinct distaste for Trump, and Theresa May is caught up in the headaches of Brexit. Macron, on the other hand, is fresh to the stage in both France and the world. Becoming a conduit to Trump is a savvy play.

by Bernard on Fri Jul 14th, 2017 at 09:17:45 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:53:22 PM EST
Liquidation of Italian banks shows limits of banking resolution rules [?!]
The operation escaped the direct intervention of the Single Resolution Board, as it did not believe the public interest was at stake. The board ruled out that the financial stability in Europe would be affected by the collapse of these two banks that jointly hold €55 billion in assets.
As part of the liquidation process, all shareholders and junior bondholder assets were wound down but senior creditors [ie. EU CBs] were saved. The Commission accepted Italy's argument that extending further the losses could affect the financial stability and the regional economy of the Northern region. Without public support, EU officials argued that the shock would have been more significant, as all branches would be closed on Monday, all jobs lost and credit lines frozen.

As part of the deal, the two banks will materially disappear- although part of their structure will remain. Around 60% of the branches will be closed and 40% of the staff fired.

well, alrighty then.
The use of public money contrasted with the recent restructuring of Banco Popular, the first resolution led by SRB on 7 June.


< wipes tears>

:: Bloomberg 'stress testing,' yesterday
Italy Bank Deal Makes Germans Wary of Macron's Euro Agenda
(DISCLAIMER: Interpretive 'Macron Euro Agenda' dance still developing ...)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 at 10:17:26 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 at 10:49:04 PM EST
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Italy to Nationalize Bank, Shed $32.5B in Bad Loans
The Italian government will inject 5.4 billion euros into the bank, giving it a 70-percent stake, as part of a total boost of 8.1 billion euros. Under the deal, the government must exit within five years.

5 July 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 01:48:47 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:53:25 PM EST
Trump's right, America is a loser on trade. Darn those Germans for being so good at it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2017 at 04:16:49 PM EST
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Published in this well-known commie rag sheet USA Today.

Subtitle is: If they won't throw away all of their advantages, how can America's coddled CEOs be expected to compete?

This op/ed piece is from "a visiting professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs", not the regular staff and is not necessarily representative of the MSM.

by Bernard on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 06:05:46 PM EST
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Republican-led committee approves bill restricting Donald Trump's ability to wage war - Independent

A House committee has earned a rare bipartisan round of applause for beginning to roll back the US president's ability to wage war.

The House Appropriations Committee recently approved an amendment to revoke the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which allows the president to undertake war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates without Congressional approval. The law, passed shortly after the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, has been used to approve conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

The new amendment, introduced by Democratic Representative Barbara Lee, would sunset these presidential powers eight weeks after Congress passes the 2018 defence spending budget. The appropriations committee has sent the budget to the House floor for a vote.

by Bjinse on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 07:57:32 AM EST
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Washington Post
Sales of guns and ammunition in the United States have dropped precipitously since Election Day, according to FBI statistics, trade groups, gun shop owners and corporate reports, what many say is the result of electing a president who has vowed to protect gun rights.

But that overall decline has been accompanied by some unusual growth: Gun clubs and shops that cater to black and LGBT clients say there has been an uptick in interest in firearms since November among those who fear that racial and gender-based violence could increase during Donald Trump's presidency.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 04:42:00 PM EST
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Naomi Klein: The Worst Is Yet to Come with Trump, So We Must Be Ready for Shock Politics

Great piece without one mention of the nuclear button.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 10:57:17 PM EST
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Everything is going better than I could have hoped.  It'll take a real shit-storm to get Californians to

  1.  Realize ... for survival sake ... to break from the rest of the continent.

  2. Declare Republicans a TERRORIST GROUP (!) and act accordingly.

Stay tuned.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 11:14:52 PM EST
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NPR Tweets Declaration Of Independence, Triggers Outrage - TPM
Continuing its 29-year tradition of broadcasting an annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, National Public Radio accompanied that broadcast with line-by-line tweets of the founding fathers' statement Tuesday.

But some Twitter users interpreted the tweets as an attack on President Donald Trump, calling NPR "propaganda" and said the radio station was "calling for a revolution."

by Bernard on Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 10:46:02 AM EST
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This is one of those few occasions where an non-apology apology would be appropriate:

"We at NPR would like to apologize to those who were offended this Fourth of July by our publishing the American Declaration of Independence."


by Bjinse on Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 01:09:47 PM EST
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The Guardian
Donald Trump approval rating at 70-year low as Russia scandal swirls
What did he do as a 1-year old to get such a low rating?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jul 17th, 2017 at 05:07:51 AM EST
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What did he do as a 1-year old to get such a low rating?

He had already done it, having been born a son to Fredrick Trump. Very bad father. So sad.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jul 17th, 2017 at 02:04:58 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:53:28 PM EST
by generic on Wed Jun 28th, 2017 at 11:12:29 AM EST
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Takata is bankrupt because the US imposed a $1B fine on the corporation for marketing defective equipment said to have killed eleven US vehicle passengers to date.

VW is not bankrupt despite US fines totaling $14B because either (1) VW is a 'systemically significant' financial services beneficiary protected by the German hegemon,(2) current and future VW earnings belie bankruptcy calculations (3) DoJ cannot identify 16 and 94 deaths over seven years with any specificty attributable to VW 'clean diesel' emissions but not US commercial and municipal fleet 'clean diesel' emissions,(4) the US is not a leader of GHG mitigation, and (5) BoJ is not 'bailing out'either Takata, GM, or VW.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2017 at 03:31:01 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry
Clarification - Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred.

This was the sole purpose of the statement issued by Israel's ambassador to Hungary. In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel's democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 11th, 2017 at 06:09:01 AM EST
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Meanwhile, an open microphone captured Netanyahu's rant in which he said :

I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear.

And what is killing the EU ? Are you ready to find out?

Why, trying to restart the Israel/Palestine peace process.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 12:22:28 AM EST
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Israeli airline can't make women move seats for religious reasons, court rules - Guardian
As an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor and a former lawyer, Renee Rabinowitz might seem an unlikely figurehead in Israel's culture wars.

Rabinowitz has been thrust into the spotlight over an issue that has become an increasingly familiar problem for airlines flying in and out of Israel: ultra-orthodox men who refuse to take their seats next to women, demanding changes in seating and sometimes causing delays.

After successfully suing the country's national carrier, El Al, for gender discrimination and winning a landmark ruling, Rabinowitz's stand now means that flight stewards can no longer request female passengers move seats to accommodate ultra-orthodox men who do not want to sit next to them.

El Al mentioned they "will respect the verdict" and train their employees.

by Bernard on Sun Jul 16th, 2017 at 05:05:31 PM EST
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Wanna bet there will be designated orthodox only seat rows?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jul 16th, 2017 at 05:40:52 PM EST
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Women lost their seat at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem [Al Buraq]

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jul 16th, 2017 at 06:14:31 PM EST
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Death Sentence for Arizona Senator McCain?

Personally I wish everyone well and the best health care medical specialists can provide. The government should we willing to extend health care to all as a basic human right. Corporatism and Politics often play an evil role in welfare of all the nation's citizens. From a political view, I hope the senator retires sooner than later.

US Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer | DW |

Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain was reviewing treatment options after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, his office said. President Trump wished the 80-year-old a speedy recovery.

Daughter praises McCain's courage

The latest cancer diagnosis comes after doctors removed several malignant melanomas on McCain's skin in the 1990s and 2000s, including an invasive melanoma in 2000.

McCain's daughter Meghan McCain issued a statement after the diagnosis was made public, saying that her father remained "confident and calm."

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 05:53:43 AM EST
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Actually, Trump didn't just wish him a speedy recovery. He actually said
"We hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him," Trump said at a White House event billed as a start to its "Made in America" week. "He's a crusty voice in Washington. Plus we need his vote. And he'll be back. And he will be back sooner than somebody else would be back. He'll be back soon. But we need that vote. And we need a number of votes. Because we need to repeal Obamacare."
Always about himself. Notice the assumption that after getting all that expensive state-funded health care, he's still certain that McCain will vote to deny it to lots of other Americans.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 07:27:24 AM EST
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o, don't be so harsh. Why only this past Monday, NPR reported.

Sen. McCain's Recovery From Blood Clot Surgery Threatens GOP Health Care Vote

DAVIS: Audie, President Trump also spoke about John McCain today. He described him appreciatively as being one of D.C.'s crusty voices, and he said he was hoping to get him back in Washington soon in particular because he needs his vote. Now, what we know about McCain according to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix - as you said, he's recovering back at home. And the next step is they're waiting on the tests of a pathology report. And once they have that, they'll know if any additional care is necessary and if he could potentially be kept away from Washington for some time.

[emphasis added]

Here it is Thursday, and the press can't back peddle fast enough.

Remember, children: There is no death in America!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 08:34:11 PM EST
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I am reminded how many months the US public waited for Gabby Giffords (superhero) to resume her seat in the odious congress.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 08:38:39 PM EST
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i'm not being harsh. If I wanted to be harsh, I would have quoted Trump saying that only losers get cancer....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jul 21st, 2017 at 07:02:37 AM EST
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Apparently he has glioblastoma.
The most common length of survival following diagnosis is 12 to 15 months, with fewer than 3% to 5% of people surviving longer than five years. Without treatment survival is typically 3 months.

Increasing age (> 60 years of age) carries a worse prognostic risk.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 10:40:15 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:54:25 PM EST
Washington and Berlin on a Collision Course
 Is the a fair or accurate summary of present geo-political risks?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 01:13:16 AM EST
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by das monde on Sun Jul 9th, 2017 at 02:43:33 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:54:28 PM EST
The Oxford English Dictionary Just Added 'Woke.' It's Older Than You Might Think - Time

Slang is almost always older than you think. English speakers have been calling stylish people "fly" since at least 1953. Though it's everywhere now, the first known use of OMG goes back to 1917. And the Oxford English Dictionary's latest update shows that the same is true of woke: The term, which has spread virally in recent years after being embraced by the Black Lives Matter movement, has been used to describe those who are aware since the early 1960s.

Here's how the OED defines it.

    woke, adjective: Originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice; frequently in stay woke.

The OED added that word, along with scores of others, in its quarterly update this June. Before editors add any word, they dig to find the earliest examples they can of it being used.

by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 09:10:53 PM EST
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< eye roll >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 at 12:41:06 PM EST
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Today -45: June 27, 1972: an OED editor is born

< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 at 11:06:29 PM EST
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OED also defines


  1. a threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule; syn. punish
  2. official permission or approval for an action; syn. reward
  1. [to] give permission or approval for an action
  2. [to] impose a sanction [SIC, circular definition] or penalty on [A PERSON]

:: Your E. Morrow Moment::
When next you encounter the word "sanction", please render in stead the common synonym appropriate for the context in which "society" or its agency, the state, is said to regulate the behavior of its members. Common usages, sanctioned by the AP Style Manual, such as
US sanctions Russia.
Pope sanctions slavery.
frequently exploit the ambiguity of this term for unknown reasons.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 at 01:14:11 PM EST
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The Hill team reports on DICTION.
A journalism stylebook is supposed to provide universal guidelines for writers when it comes to stylistic things like punctuation, capitalization, and so on. This includes choosing certain words over others. The original intent of word preference was to use words that are more neutral than others.

"Censors" Rather Than Editors Quash Free Speech Rights?
Even when individual authors do not adhere to the bias of AP Style, it often doesn't matter. If they submit an article to a mainstream media outlet, they will likely see their words edited to conform. A pro-life author who submits a piece taking a position against abortion will see the words "pro-life" changed to "anti-abortion," because the AP Stylebook instructs, "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and pro-abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice.

< wipes tears >
And there's one more problem. Journalists don't always use the AP Stylebook when it would "water down" words that favor liberals. For example, the guide instructs journalists to "try to avoid describing political leanings." However, journalists usually ignore the guide in referring to Republicans as "right wing." At the same time, they almost never describe Democrats as "left-wing."

How the AP Stylebook censors 'pro-life' and other ["]conservative words["]


AP Stylebook
Chicago StManual of Styleylebook
Rt. Hon. Quarter Master Geo. Orwell Six Commandments
Ebonics Lexicon and Grammar (not online)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jul 9th, 2017 at 09:42:09 PM EST
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For example, the guide instructs journalists to "try to avoid describing political leanings." However, journalists usually ignore the guide in referring to Republicans as "right wing." At the same time, they almost never describe Democrats as "left-wing."

Well, very few, probably less than 50, Congressional Democrats are really 'left wing'. Neo-liberals, the majority, are NOT 'Left wing' in any traditional sense, though they try hard to redefine terms. Anything to be able to keep taking the money.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jul 10th, 2017 at 03:06:10 AM EST
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You can say that again!

Schumer, Gillibrand Co-Sponsor Senate Bill That Would Make Boycotting Israel A Felony

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are among 43 U.S. Senators who have co-sponsored the Anti-Israel Boycott Act [H.R. 1697/S. 720], a bill that the ACLU wote the First Amendment" in a letter to lawmakers urging them to oppose the bill.
The bill  seeks to expand  the ExportnAdministration  Act of 1979 and the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 which,  among  other things,  prohibit  U.S. persons from complying with a foreign  governme nt's request to boycott a country friendly
to the U.S.

Violators of the law "would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison" according to the ACLU's letter.
Speaking in the Senate on French President Emmanuel Macron's support of Israel earlier this week, Senator Schumer criticized the BDS movement as anti-Semitic.

"Anti-Zionism, unfortunately, continues to bubble up in many different forms. There is perhaps no greater example than the pernicious effort to delegitimize Israel through boycotts, divestment, and sanctions. The BDS movement is a deeply biased campaign that I would say, in similar words to Mr. Macron, is a 'reinvented form of anti-Semitism' because it seeks to impose boycotts on Israel and not on any other nation."

Quite the authoritarian pivot, wouldn't you agree? I can't wait to see what the Russians will force Teh DERPs do next!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 21st, 2017 at 12:32:10 AM EST
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Iceland Is Sick of Tourists' Bad Behavior - CityLab
Icelanders repeatedly warn visitors of what might seem the obvious dangers of approaching crashing surf or water at 175 degrees Fahrenheit, often to little avail. There's more to Iceland visitors' poor behavior than simple lack of preparation, however. The Icelandic public has been losing it recently over visitors' bad behavior, sick of people who treat the country as some sort of fire-and-ice theme park where elves arrive to magically tidy up their mess.

Barely a week goes by without a tale of inappropriate public pooping going viral. Indeed, this story of tourists in East Iceland using a porta-potty as a luggage locker suggests restrooms themselves are among the few public places to be spared the wrath of visitors' bowels. Iceland's sparse population might possibly be leading tourists to bad behavior because they take perceptions of its emptiness to extremes and assume there's almost nobody there.

by Bernard on Sun Jul 16th, 2017 at 04:57:34 PM EST
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It isn't just Iceland. Croatia Week
Although Novalja, and in particular Zrće beach, attracts young tourists from all parts of the world, the town's Mayor, Ante Dabo, has had enough of one particular group - the Brits.
After Brexit, it should be easy to keep them out of the country.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jul 16th, 2017 at 08:00:54 PM EST
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The problem seems to have solved itself - and they are not happy. Grapevine
In recent months, the tourism industry has started to experience something unheard of just 12 months ago--mass cancellations.

The main culprit in the wave of cancellations is the ever strengthening króna, which together with already high prices has made visiting the country unfeasible for a large segment of travellers. The króna appreciated 10.6% last year and you'd have to go back to 1934 to find a period when the króna increased more in value.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jul 16th, 2017 at 08:10:47 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:54:31 PM EST
Today -100: June 27, 1917: Of air raids
The recent German raids on London by fixed-wing planes have led to demands for reprisals in kind on German towns, but Minister of War Lord Derby tells the House of Lords that Britain should not try to imitate German brutality. Baron Montagu says that the Germans have a perfect right to bomb London.

::INCIDENTALLY:: The world "slackers" appeared in an NYT headline 25 June, 1917 with respect to reported militancy emerging from an "Amazonian" battalion of Russian "tigress" mothers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 at 12:59:37 PM EST
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I think it was less about brutality than about fear of reprisal and escalation, a policy which held true between them until Croydon was accidently bombed in the later stages of the Battle of Britain.

However, neither Germany nor the UK were, at any time, shy about bombing those unable to shoot back. Indeed they felt that their technical superiority gave them the right and even the obligation to do so

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 27th, 2017 at 05:36:12 PM EST
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One year of Theresa May as PM. Well...

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Thu Jul 13th, 2017 at 08:52:03 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 08:54:34 PM EST
Simone Veil: French politician and Holocaust survivor dies
Best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s, she went on to serve as the first president of an elected European Parliament.

Ms Veil, a liberal, later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet in the 1990s.

President Emmanuel Macron described her as "inspiring" and the best of France.

She became one of the 40 "immortals" of the Académie Française in 2010 - a great honour in France.

Ms Veil was France's minister of health from 1974-79, in which role she made access to contraception easier and fought a long battle to legalise abortion.

The law which did so, passed in 1975, is known as "la loi Veil".

by Bernard on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 06:48:19 PM EST
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