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by Bjinse Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:16:29 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:17:56 PM EST
EU to back Brexit transition demands as tensions rock May
European ministers will approve instructions for chief negotiator Michel Barnier for the transition, which the bloc wants to run from 29 March 2019 -- when Britain leaves the EU -- until 31 December 2020.

The transition period offered is 1 year, 9 months is the UK's to reject, not modify. Controversy in the UK again labors with the illusion that the EU has not considered and calculated cost/benefit for the bloc entailed by the proposed schedule.
Britain calls it an "implementation period" and says it should last "around two years".

31 Dec 2020 coincides with the end of the current fiscal period. Unless a US budget task force infiltrates the EP,  members including IE will have settled 2021-2026 income and transfer allocations, excluding UK and Gibraltar, by then. 3 months more, exactly 2 years from date of A50 notification, would demonstrate scrupulous attention to detail, if not sensitivity to special Tory gov needs.
Some member states have called for the transition itself to be extendable if the EU and Britain have still not managed to sort out a future relationship deal when it ends. But France has led opposition to the plan, sources said.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 06:41:51 AM EST
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How (the European) Trump won a second term - Politico.eu


He's a septuagenarian who dislikes Muslims, the media and migrants and loves Vladimir Putin. He's detested by urban dwellers and liberal elites who see him as a national embarrassment and a menace to values they hold dear.

And he's just won his second term as president.

The reelection of "Europe's Trumpiest president" shows the Continent's populist tide isn't receding.

Czech President Miloš Zeman beat political novice Jiří Drahoš Friday and Saturday in a contest that was characterized by smears of Zeman's opponent and allegations of covert Russian funding for the incumbent's campaign.

The 73-year-old's politics has invited obvious comparisons with his U.S. counterpart, although he has been on the international political scene far longer. After Trump's election, he was an early invitee to the White House, being the only European head of state to back Trump as a candidate. "There are many politicians who admired Trump after the elections, when courage is cheap," Zeman said last year.

by Bjinse on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 08:42:21 PM EST
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Who said that the Tories have no principles? The Independent
Brexit will go ahead even if the Government's own analysis shows it will make Britain poorer, Theresa May has suggested.

Interviewed before leaving China, at the close of her three-day trip, the Prime Minister vowed she would not be deflected even by stark forecasts of an economic price to be paid.

"It's important, of course, that the Government looks at the analysis that is available," she told ITV News.

"But, of course, it's also important that the government does what the British people want us to do -- the British people want us to leave the European Union and that is what we will be doing."

Just like the British people wanted her to form a coalition with the DUP, so she did so, despite her misgivings.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 02:30:39 PM EST
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the Tories are all very principled and those principles, when examined reduce down to one inflexible question, "does this terrible thing I am about to inflict on the country allow me to walk away with a wheelbarrow of cash?". If the answer is yes, then reluctantly, they will do this thing.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 07:21:56 PM EST
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Talks on creating German coalition govt enter final round - ABC
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats embarked Sunday on what they hope is their last round of talks on forming a new German government, although the negotiations could take up to two more days.

Party leaders cautioned, however, that major issues remain unresolved.

The effort to put together a governing coalition is already post-World War II Germany's longest and won't finish with these talks. A deal will require approval in a ballot of the Social Democrats' members, many of whom are skeptical about renewing the alliance that has governed Germany since 2013 after a disastrous election result in September.

Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister, the Christian Social Union, and the Social Democrats set Sunday as a deadline to wrap up negotiations, though they have budgeted two extra days as a precaution.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 11:03:41 AM EST
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Greek Cypriots vote in presidential runoff - DW
Greek Cypriots are voting in a presidential runoff that has President Nicos Anastasiades (above left) pitted against a familiar rival in the form of left-leaning Stavros Malas, backed by the communist party AKEL.

The vote takes place barely seven months after the latest failure to reunify the eastern Mediterranean island nation, which was divided into a Greek-speaking south and a Turkish-speaking north in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

But with both candidates perceived to be on the same page regarding reunification talks, it's the economy where the battle is being fought.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 11:04:43 AM EST
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And the results are in:

Cyprus election: Anastasiades wins presidential race - AJ

Nicos Anastasiades has won a second five-year term as president of the Republic of Cyprus, official results have shown.

With all the votes counted, the incumbent conservative secured 56 percent on Sunday, comfortably ahead of his rival Stavros Malas, a leftist-backed independent, on 44 percent.

Anastasiades, 71, is now expected to pick up the pieces of a suspended peace process on the ethnically split island, as well as oversee the economic recovery of a country still bouncing back from a crippling financial crisis.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 07:16:12 PM EST
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Germany's grand coalition talks enter second period of extra-time - DW
German officials remained positive on Tuesday morning that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) would strike a deal to forge a new coalition government by the evening.

As she headed into the final round of talks, Merkel called on all sides to make the necessary concessions and strike a deal that would end months of political limbo.

"Each of us will still have to make painful compromises," the chancellor said. "I am prepared to do that if we can be sure in the end that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages," she added.

"We live in turbulent times. We need a government that offers dependability in the interests of the people."

SPD leader Martin Schulz also said today's decisive stalks were "about nothing less than building stable, lasting government in one of the largest industrialized countries in the world."


The self-imposed (?) deadline is tonight (Tuesday).
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 09:19:44 PM EST
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When does the SPD members vote? Or have they already?
by fjallstrom on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 09:25:46 PM EST
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Der Postillon
Großvater erzählt Enkelkindern von Zeit, als Deutschland noch eine Regierung hatt
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 10:03:50 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:17:58 PM EST
Monetary policy decisions | 25 January 2018
At today's meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40% respectively. The Governing Council expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of the net asset purchases.

NIRP Watch
James Hamilton awakes
"we now have several years of experience from Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, and the European Central Bank in which the central bank successfully induced negative interest rates in hopes of stimulating a greater level of spending on goods and services..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 07:42:59 AM EST
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Yellow Journalism Today: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to partner on US employee health care
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday announced a partnership to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. The announcement slammed the shares of multiple companies in the health-care sector.

I can't comment on JPM benefits. AMZN master policy with one insurer, Primera, covers all USA, ~150K employees. The policy is experience-rated (not community-rated like PPACA "individual market" products). The policy is PPO group insurance coverage (Blue Cross USA network providers). The policy benefit schedule includes short-term disability. The policy offers, iirc, four plans combining options: HSA options (personal or AMZN fund managed), deductible range, riders (vision, dental add'l to PPACA "essential"), num of insureds (ind or family ->family size). AMZN premium cost-share is substantial: 75%. In my case, $300 deductible/yr/person, my share was $178/mo drawn from pre-tax income. The market value of the plan (COBRA valuation) is $900/mo. AMZN HSA fund reports annually to all employees. This benefit guarantee alone traps people in the workhouse.
J.P. Morgan currently uses Cigna and UnitedHealth Group to administer health benefits on a self-insured basis

This "basis" is malformed. Either JPM funds aggregate savings for expenses or each JPM employee funds personal savings for expenses; Cigna and United would be custodian of funds segregated from monies and premiums collected from insured payers. btw, Cigna and United are historically expensive value for money in the peer group.
and Amazon uses nonprofit Premera Blue Cross, according to Evercore analysts. mazon uses ExpressScripts as its pharmacy benefits manager, said Leerink Partners' Ana Gupte....The announcement was light on details but said three top executives, one from each company, will take the lead on the project ...

JPM and AMZN are establishing self-insured fund for their employees. They will give this 501(c)3 a name and outsource management ("defined contributions" and claims AP/AR) to one or more private-sector insurance carriers. This structure is similar to states' Medicaid fund and benefit management.

Two other ironies for comparison are MSM treatment of Trump PPACA "reform" by interstate insurer licensing and rabid speculation about AMZN acquisition of a pharmacy benefit company to exploit consumer drug pricing.

The three largest PBMs are Express Scripts, CVS and OptumRx, covering more than 80% of insured Americans.

There is nothing in this news indicating that a JPM/AMZN health insurance ah "co-op" is intended for open-market enrollment. There is nothing is this news to vindicate popular fear of "clear" AMZN antitrust violations. This news is to agitate securities' sales volume and price volatility.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 09:35:46 PM EST
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archived:
A Dissassembled Insurance Chassis 2009

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 10:21:02 PM EST
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Facebook bans all ads promoting cryptocurrency
Mark Zuckerberg has said that he is keen to integrate the technologies powering cryptocurrency into Facebook. It would be a way of removing some of the increasing centralisation and control that companies like Facebook represent, he said.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 08:32:17 PM EST
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EU offers to assist Cuba with monetary consolidation
Cuba has said the peso would remain and the CUC, valued for years at 24 pesos by state-run exchange offices, would become history.

CUC has been pegged to USD from its origin, and only CUC is traded. Cubans doubtless first took advice from China (yuan:RMB, rather than CFA:F->EUR) on how best to erect a currency control -> to defend a decolonized peso from pirates and domestic price inflation.
Economists have said the current monetary system and fixed exchange rates obscure inefficiencies in the state sector and make accounting difficult, and that unifying the currencies could be a disruptive market-oriented reform.

What a hoot! You can bet this opportunity comes with a price --EUR SDR credit facility? or straight up "structural adjustment program" guidance? Mebe just "bad design"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 05:17:50 PM EST
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Ooh, disruptive market-oriented reform, just what the doctor ordered!
by Zwackus on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 12:49:51 AM EST
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Ordoliberalism and the alleged aberration of German economics - Handelsblatt
These impressions rhyme with a stereotype: that Germans resemble dour schoolmasters, obsessed with rules and given to lecturing. In this caricature, Germans are forever insisting that debt is bad and saving is good, a prescription known as "austerity". But among economists, critics blame more than just culture. They believe instead that German economics has diverged from the Western mainstream, and that this aberration emerged out of an intellectual tradition called Ordoliberalism.

Ordoliberalism developed in the 1930s and had its heyday in the 1950s during Germany's postwar "economic miracle". Centered on a group of economists around Walter Eucken at the University of Freiburg in southwestern Germany, it is also called the Freiburg School. Obscure outside of Germany, it has left a lasting mark on German thought. On Walter Eucken's 125th birthday in 2016, Chancellor Angela Merkel in an address at the Walter Eucken Institute, averred that "the Ordoliberal principles of the Freiburg School have lost nothing in currency and importance."

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 09:00:59 PM EST
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US gov contribution to GDP, state of Maryand alone
Detailing the "profits" from crime-fighting in Maryland

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 at 09:44:24 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:18:00 PM EST
Trump offers May a tougher stand on Brexit
Trump Pledges US to Become UK's Major Trade Partner After Brexit
Trump blasts EU for trading with US 'very unfairly'
I shall title this weekend drama, A White Knight Appears to Britannia, Act I, scenes i - iii, and A Non Sequitor
the interview -- billed as the first of his presidency with a non-US international broadcaster -- Trump was asked if he identifies as a feminist.
"No, I wouldn't say I'm a feminist," he replied. "I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I'm for women, I'm for men, I'm for everyone."

Accompanied by Allusion to the Intersectionalality of Ethnic and Disabled Minorities with Gender and Sexual Representatives Seeking Empowerment, Liberation, and Unspecified Reparations from Heteropatriarchal Dividend Account Holders,
BREAKING: World shocked to learn Trump doesn't know the definition of feminist.

abridged [*].

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 04:48:49 AM EST
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I've found only two surveys on Trump's SOTU performance and a gazillion (new math) data analyses--none of which point out how easy it is to appeal to US American vanity.

48% "VERY POSITIVE" CNN
75% "APPROVE" (GOP + independents) CBS

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 11:26:37 PM EST
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State of the Union address is a pointless bit of political nothingness of a nothing.  

The instant polling is a meaningless bit pseudo-journalism for the dim wit talking heads comprising our Infotainment Mediums to fill air time squawking about.

Not only is it already forgotten it will have zero impact on the November elections.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 02:11:44 AM EST
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like a one day 'boycott'?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 02:56:08 AM EST
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Dem. Adam Schiff accuses Devin Nunes of altering a controversial GOP memo after Republicans voted to release it

 

Plenty more to add later ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 09:20:19 AM EST
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the memo is bullshit anyway; he might as well come out and assert Mueller is a Democratic super agent planted in the judiciary by the Iranians to subvert Trump, cos whatever is in it is gonna be a load of hooey

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 12:52:22 PM EST
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You forgot to mention the North Koreans....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 01:08:56 PM EST
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ooops, my bad

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 05:59:09 PM EST
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This won't stop the Mueller investigation.

My take on this affair by Nunes & Co. is the FBI flawed response to the security of State Department e-mails through the private server of the Clintons.

In addition when the Trump got the Republican nomination to run for the presidency, the Washington machinations of power transgressed judicial and political lines to STOP TRUMP.

Have always wondered how HRC attracted the worst of the neocons and former "leaders" of the intelligence community (IC).

She did give support to Barry in '64 ... didn't she? Bill happened to run as a Democrat.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 02:11:47 PM EST
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because HRC could have been relied upon to continue Imperial Policy.

Trump couldn't be relied upon, as revelations and events have demonstrated.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 06:01:10 PM EST
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Most dangerous, the Dark Triad of delusion, creating his own reality. Quite similar to George W. Bush and the Biblical presentation from Rumsfeld for battle decisions in Iraq.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 06:16:40 PM EST
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Have always wondered how HRC attracted the worst of the neocons and former "leaders" of the intelligence community (IC).

All of the IC? Even the New York FBI who leaked details of the HRC investigation to Giuliani?

STOP TRUMP. That was sooo 2016. The Republicans are now firmly on board the Trump train: he let them pass all their tax cuts and racist fantasies. In return, they're trying their best to derail pesky investigations. Politics as usual.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 08:58:09 PM EST
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No deep-state machinations necessary. Team Trump is made of incompetent ass-kissing grifters, whose ignorance of the law is deep and profound. They were not used to swimming in the waters of international politics, or hell, national politics, or politics of any sort, and they had no idea what was allowed and what was not.

Whenver Trump hired someone who tried to warn against blatantly illegal dealings, that person was fired, and blatantly illegal dealings continued.

The irony is that, for the most part, the worst of what Trump has done was committed before he became a candidate, and the crimes as a candidate in all likelihood had next to no effect on the election. For all the crying about Russian meddling, it's hard to say that it actually mattered much. That does not make his meetings and collaboration any less illegal - it just highlights the utter and complete incompetence of Team Trump.

Had his people exercised even a tiny amount of common sense, and listened to at least half of the advice from the mainline Republicans, than this investigation probably would not be happening at all.

by Zwackus on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 12:56:04 AM EST
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True enough, but the game now has moved to perceptions. And, for their base, what better than "Hillary hired the spy whose report was the basis of a FISA warrant request." Not noting that the DNC only hired them AFTER they had prepared a report for Ted Cruse, who dropped them when he lost the primaries.

Then there is the MINOR point that said report was only ONE of >50 justifications for the warrant. And there is the fact that Steele was well knows to and respected by the FBI and CIA from the time he worked for MI5 - before he was outed. And the fact that Steele's company only brought this to the attention of the FBI after they saw that the FBI was investigating someone about whom they had information - just like our government always urges: "see something, say something" - NOT as a part of any work they were or had done for the DNC, as they made this report BEFORE the DNC hired them - when  they had no dog in the fight and no client.

Nunes is a piece of work who should be promptly flushed before he further stinks up the House. That he won't be is on Ryan. Sweets to the sweet.

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

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 04:40:13 AM EST
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All of the above is cogently argued in a segment of the Feb. 2 PBS NewsHour in interviews conducted by Judy Woodruf.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 04:47:40 AM EST
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So Ms Woodruff is arguing that the Democratic Party is advocating for its members' control of a "whisper list", classified national security evidence, which would indict a US citizen of a crime but the public is not qualified to review, because the information would reveal US government espionage?

That's ... interesting.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 03:37:02 PM EST
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It would seem so. My first response was to clarify the timeline, etc. regarding the Nunes memo. It was not intended as a defense of the DNC or Hillary, despite the fact that I voted for her. I do not know what was her security clearance status at that time. I expect, as Obama was still in office and from what I know of Hillary, she felt entitled to be aware of such information if she could legally obtain it. Hiring Steele, whose work was certainly not classified, seems perfectly legal. Holding on to it could be justified on grounds of protecting national security most likely. My guess is that it was shared with the Obama administration unless she was certain they already had it directly from Steele, which WAS in fact the case, so far as I can tell.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 01:42:54 AM EST
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Feinstein - Schiff, letter demanding Twitter and Facebook produce evidence of Russian account holders duplicating ("amplifying") #ReleaseTheMemo messages.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 03:43:07 PM EST
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From the letter ...

The response from Facebook fails to indicate whether the company has conducted any analysis of the issue we raised concerning possible Russian-affiliated attempts to amplify calls the release a misleading, classified memo written by Republican staff on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (an online effort we will refer to broadly as the #ReleaseThe Memo campaign). And as more fully described below, Twitter inexplicably confined its response to "original content" and neglected to answer the question whether Russian sources were actively engaged in promoting the #ReleaseThe Memo hashtag, as illuminated by the Hamilton 68 dashboard of the German Marshall Fund.

Haha ... so the American neocons are now hiding under the hashtag #GMF doing the dirty work for the Clintonites of the Democrats?

See my new series of diaries on this topic, just finished today ...

G W F and McCarthyism In A Digital Age - Part 1
G W F and McCarthyism In A Digital Age - Part 2
Counterinsurgency Cyberwarfare NATO vs. Russia - Part 3

NEW ATTEMPT AFTER PROPORNOT FAILURE?

Digging deeper I came across this article which clarifies it's quite close to the failed PropOrNot attempt to blacklist blogs who take a different view on the America infested MSM propaganda of officials on all levels in Washington DC who need a mouthpiece to broadcast their misinformation.

Tracking Russian propaganda in real time The trouble with a new automated effort to expose Moscow's 'active measures' against Americans | Meduza - Aug. 2017 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 04:19:25 PM EST
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WaPoo publishes "annotated" memo
Business Insider publishes "How to read the" memo

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 07:16:02 PM EST
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White House open to releasing Democratic countermemo
The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), compiled the 10-page [!] memo to refute Republican claims in a memo compiled for the committee's chairman that the FBI and Justice Department used a politically charged dossier to seek a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign adviser.

Democrats and law enforcement officials say those claims are misleading and based on incomplete information. But Republicans on the Intelligence panel had previously blocked the release of the Democratic document detailing [!] their concerns.

archived:
Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are out with a new report [206 pp] detailing [!] Russian interference in 19 European countries. Jan 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 08:33:07 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:18:03 PM EST
13,000 migrants repatriated from Libya, but many returnees face problems
The country collapsed into violent chaos after the 2011 revolt that toppled and killed longtime dictator Muamar Gaddafi, with a myriad of militias and several jihadist groups battling for influence [?].
[...]
Nearly 2,500 Gambians were flown home by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) last year, most pulled out of prisons in Libya after reports emerged of Africans being sold in slave markets in the lawless country, the UN agency said.

needs more feminists

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 06:54:08 AM EST
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Feminists like Hillary Clinton?
by das monde on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 05:21:20 AM EST
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Clinton posts explanation for not firing campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment

you betcha!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 06:43:57 PM EST
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Homeless population is directly related to housing price "affordability" (weakly correlated to existing housing stock Q) and strongly positively correlated to wage and salary deflation (not participation or employment rates, I would argue).

That said, I knowledge of YoY changes in US homeless pops by location follows no routine survey as my expectation is, it is shrinking nowhere, exurban or urban, for all the vouchers, social service "outreach", and RE "development" grants. One would expect "housing bubbles" dominating investment decisions with vengeance in USA. But semi-socialist Canada? Health insurance, dairy pricing, but no housing "net".

I became acquainted with Vancouver, BC homeless "crisis" a few years ago, where a non-profit was struggling with the city for certification to build "mixed-use" units on its own land. (city 2017 homeless census). 72% of the pop is male.

Grim stuff across the nation, too. Here are two recent stories from Toronto.
No Room in the Shelters During Toronto's Christmas Cold Snap
As Toronto's Homelessness Crisis Deepens, Advocates Raise Alarm Over Missing People, Dead Bodies

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 12:28:02 AM EST
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'A fly for every ointment.' Housing seems to be the fly in Canada's case. Perhaps they inherited that tendency from the Brits, where land ownership patterns are still strongly rooted in feudal history.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 04:52:20 AM EST
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Koontz v. Watson, complaint
"Ms. Koontz's participation in this boycott is based on her political views and her religious and moral beliefs, including her support for Palestinians' human rights."

Secular not religious association
Koontz v. Watson, opinion and order

The conduct prohibited by the Kansas Law is protected for the same reason as the boycotters' conduct in NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886, 907 (1982) was protected. Ms. Koontz, other members of the Mennonite Church, and others have "banded together" to express, collectively, their dissatisfaction with Israel and to influence governmental action. Namely, its organizers have banded together to express collectively their dissatisfaction with the injustice and violence they perceive, as experienced both by Palestinians and Israeli citizens. She and others participating in this boycott of Israel seek to amplify their voices to influence change, as did the boycotters in Claiborne. The court concludes that plaintiff has carried her burden on the current motion to establish that she and others are engaged in protected activity.
[...]
The Kansas Law also aims to minimize any discomfort that Israeli businesses may feel from the boycotts. This, too, is an impermissible goal.

Irish ambassador summoned to meet Israeli officials following proposed Seanad Bill on imports
"The request comes a day after a bill by Independent Senator Frances Black to ban the importation of items into Ireland from Israeli settlements regarded as illegal by the Irish State."

archived;
ACLU Oct 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 10:29:54 PM EST
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Israeli rights group sue activists who convinced pop star Lorde to boycott Tel Aviv concert
Darshan-Leitner said anyone can be sued under the law, regardless of their nationality and that she hopes legal agreements between Israel and New Zealand will help enforce any court ruling in favour of the plaintiffs.

Israeli teens suing BDS activists over cancellation of Lorde concert
"This lawsuit is an effort to give real consequences to those who selectively target Israel and seek to impose an unjust and illegal boycott against the Jewish state," Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the head of Shurat HaDin, told The Associated Press. "They must be held to compensate Israeli citizens for the moral and emotional injury and the indignity caused by their discriminatory actions."

Notice, the artist is not sued. Because she is not a baker and the injured are cis? I will be interested to learn where the boundaries of hate speech, "public accommodation", and "free trade" are finally drawn.

archived:
Rat watch 2017
Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 01:40:35 AM EST
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same false dichotomy, different story
First Amendment Debated in Same-Sex Bakery Hearing

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 02:48:23 PM EST
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Tunisia: Bright anger amid dismal atmosphere
The recent demonstrations and fighting that broke out across Tunisia for about ten days in January 2018 are all the more significant in that Western representatives and apologists for the current state of the world have held up Tunisia's political situation as the most successful outcome of the 2011 "Arab Spring", that is, from the point of view of maintaining the status quo.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 01:28:07 AM EST
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Trump strategy review calls for building smaller nuclear weapons and adding scenarios for their use - LA Times
The Trump administration outlined sweeping changes in U.S. nuclear strategy Friday, calling for two new types of nuclear weapons and warning for the first time that in "extreme circumstances" the U.S. could use nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks on infrastructure and civilians.

The strategy, described in a 75-page review released by the Pentagon, constitutes one of the most significant revisions of U.S. nuclear strategy since the Cold War, one aimed at aggressively countering nuclear-armed Russia and North Korea as well as terrorist groups seeking to acquire nuclear arms.

By clarifying potential scenarios when the president might authorize a nuclear attack, officials said, the U.S. was seeking to deter adversaries from conducting large-scale cyber warfare and other non-nuclear but potentially devastating attacks on the U.S. and its allies, a controversial idea that critics said could make nuclear war more likely.

"We must look reality in the eye and see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be," Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a statement accompanying the report. "Given the range of potential adversaries, their capabilities and strategic objectives, this review calls for a flexible, tailored nuclear deterrent strategy."

Need more deep-state investigation memos.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 07:12:36 PM EST
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Beijing is not amused.

China accuses US of 'Cold War mentality' over nuclear policy - BBC

China has urged the US to drop its "Cold War mentality" after Washington said it planned to diversify its nuclear armoury with smaller bombs.

"The country that owns the world's largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it," China's defence ministry said on Sunday.

The US military believes its nuclear weapons are seen as too big to be used and wants to develop low-yield bombs.

Russia has already condemned the plan.

Iran's foreign minister claimed it brought the world "closer to annihilation"

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 07:18:09 PM EST
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Nuclear weapons: Germany's Sigmar Gabriel calls on Europe to lead disarmament push | DW |

Berlin's top diplomat has joined Russia, Iran and China in condemning the Trump adminstration's plans to expand its nuclear capabilities. He warned that "the spiral of a new nuclear arms race is already underway."



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 08:40:26 PM EST
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The UK remains dismally silent on the issue.

Our armed forces are so cash strapped they're planning to get rid of the marines and scrap two assault ships while spending untold billions on renewing our utterly pointless nuclear submarine fleet

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 01:17:12 PM EST
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UK 'should ban nuclear arms' | The Guardian - Oct. 2002 |
Tactical Nuclear Weapons - A British view (Dec. 2005)

The four British submarines will fulfill a role to deliver mini-nukes on Trident II/ D5 missile in total US-UK concept of "deterrence."

A guide to the Dreadnought class ballistic missile submarine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 07:59:52 PM EST
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Our status as a Nuclear-Armed military power is the beard our politicians wear to avoid domestic questions about our otherwise reduced and enervated global status.

Our military is sstil oriented towards fighting the USSR, it's totally incapable of really taking part in modern conflict, which would be a good thing if it weren't that our polticians still like to send troops into places where they're not welcome, putting them rather stupidly into harms way

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 09:18:27 PM EST
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From your LA Times link ... added some references to illustrate this sweeping change already took hold under the Democratic Obama administration.  Creating a fool's world ... using mini-nukes to deter cyber warfare??? Recall the introduction by US-Israel to strike the centrifuges at the Natanz plant in Iran. The hegemon and its dwindling number of allies in an unstable world. The Stuxnet worm succeeded to infiltrate industrial equipment compromised by Siemens build controller.

"Stuxnet 0.5 could spread only by infecting Step 7 project files--the files used to program Siemens PLCs."  

Source: An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the World's First Digital Weapon | Wired - Nov. 2014 | .

The Trump administration outlined sweeping changes in U.S. nuclear strategy Friday, calling for two new types of nuclear weapons and warning for the first time that in "extreme circumstances" the U.S. could use nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks on infrastructure and civilians.

The strategy, described in a 75-page review released by the Pentagon, constitutes one of the most significant revisions of U.S. nuclear strategy since the Cold War, one aimed at aggressively countering nuclear-armed Russia and North Korea as well as terrorist groups seeking to acquire nuclear arms.

By clarifying potential scenarios when the president might authorize a nuclear attack, officials said, the U.S. was seeking to deter adversaries from conducting large-scale cyber warfare and other non-nuclear but potentially devastating attacks on the U.S. and its allies, a controversial idea that critics said could make nuclear war more likely.

"We must look reality in the eye and see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be," Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a statement accompanying the report. "Given the range of potential adversaries, their capabilities and strategic objectives, this review calls for a flexible, tailored nuclear deterrent strategy."

"In no way does this approach lower the nuclear threshold," Mattis wrote. "Rather, by convincing adversaries that even limited use of nuclear weapons will be more costly than they can tolerate, it in fact raises that threshold."  

The US as nuclear rogue state. Part I and II by Sirocco - Aug. 2005
Obama Russian Reset: Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike Capability
UK's PM Theresa May: The Radiant Lady

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 08:02:05 PM EST
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[Editorial] Trump's "bloody nose" strategy must be completely off the table - Hankyoreh, Seoul
The so-called "bloody nose" strategy, referring to a limited preventive strike against North Korea, has gone public following the withdrawal of Victor Cha's nomination as US Ambassador to South Korea. The bloody nose is one of the Donald Trump administration's military options: a small-scale, limited surgical strike against North Korean nuclear sites or other nuclear facilities that ostensibly would not provoke a response from North Korea.

There's no way to know how seriously this strategy has been discussed at the White House. It's also unclear whether Cha's nomination was withdrawn because of his opposition to the strategy or for personal reasons. But a Jan. 30 contribution from Cha to the Washington Post suggests the truth probably has something to do with a debate over the "bloody nose" approach that unfolded between hardliners and moderates during the nomination process. That's what makes the present situation seem so serious and troubling.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 07:22:31 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:18:51 PM EST
Europe's CO2 Trading Scheme: Is It Time for a Major Overhaul? (2011)

Does it work? For some perhaps ... it was like a bank with doors open and no guard.

    Between 2008 and 2009, 1.6 billion euros were swindled in a huge carbon quota market scam dubbed the "fraud of the century". On Monday, 36 people suspected of running the scheme's largest operation went on trial in Paris.

Trial of carbon tax 'fraud of the century' opens in Paris | France24 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 07:40:54 AM EST
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The killer whale that can say 'hello' and 'bye bye' - BBC News

A killer whale that can mimic words such as "hello" and "bye bye" is thought to be the first of its kind to copy human speech.

The female learned to "speak" a handful of human words by copying a trainer at a marine park in France.

The animal's repertoire includes the name "Amy" and "one, two, three".

Whales and dolphins are among the few animals other than humans that can learn to produce a novel sound just by hearing it.

"In mammals it is very rare," said Dr Josep Call of the University of St Andrews, a co-researcher on the study.

"Humans obviously are good at it... Interestingly, the mammals that can do best are marine mammals."

by Bjinse on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 09:34:00 PM EST
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speak like a human being ? Bah, loads of conservatives manage that one

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 09:51:44 PM EST
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Rapid Wind And Solar Cost Declines Keep Pushing Fossil Fuel Further From Profitability. How Low Can They Go? - Energy Collective

Rapid cost declines made renewable energy the United States' cheapest available source of new electricity, without subsidies, in 2017. In many parts of the U.S., building new wind is cheaper than running existing coal, while nuclear and natural gas aren't far behind. As renewable energy costs continue their relentless decline, they keep pushing fossil fuels further from profitability - and neither trend is slowing down.

This dynamic is apparent in the decade spanning 2008-2017, where nearly all retired U.S. power plants were fossil fuel generation, and was capped by utilities announcing 27 coal plant closures totaling 22 gigawatts (GW) of capacity in 2017. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts coal closures will continue through 2020, potentially setting an all-time annual record in 2018.

Despite Trump Administration actions to improve fossil fuel economics and reduce renewable energy competitiveness, updated levelized cost of energy (LCOE) data and new renewable energy projects show clean energy continues beating fossil fuels on economics, at a faster pace and in more locations than ever before. So just how low can renewable prices go?

by Bjinse on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 09:38:34 PM EST
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In 2016 DC council finally decided to remove sheltered families from defunct General Hospital into city-owned property sometime in 2019[!].

10 takeaways from the clearing away of the homeless near City Hall
With $350M in grants Bal'more city council could rehabilitate hundreds of uninhabited, city-owned RRE properties to a condition suitable for occupancy by homeless or temporarily sheltered individuals and families, not to mention save or create jobs in construction, facilities management*, social services, child care, and education or vocational training.

Not medical services: Bal'more may host more public, private, and teaching hospitals as well as outpatient enterprises than churches.

Bal'more city "served" 11,144 persons in 2016. 61% of which presumed male.

*Public facilities management, like law enforcement, is a well-documented vector of frauds demanding remediation. The US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the single largest grantor to "homeless services" in Bal'more, $21,113,771, in 2016 distributed to NGOs and shelter providers like Volunteers of America.

archived:
Homeless population is directly related to ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 at 10:39:51 PM EST
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sourc: HUH | The 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 06:54:45 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:18:53 PM EST
Bundeswehr sexual harassment jumps 80 percent in 2017, reports say
Germany's armed forces and its civil administration and procurement authorities, the Bundeswehr, reported 14 cases of rape or attempted rape in 2017, a near three-fold increase on the previous year when 5 cases were reported, according to a report published in the Saturday newspapers by the Funke media group in Germany. In 2016 there had been 128 initial reports of sexual offenses. In 2017 the number increased to 234.
[...]
There are more than 60,000 soldiers in the German armed forces.

US record hit in 2016

By comparison, Pentagon figures for the US military reached a record in 2016 when 6,172 cases of sexual assault were reported compared to 6,082 the previous year. In 2012 some 3,604 cases were reported.

An anonymous survey in 2016 found 14,900 US service members had experienced some kind of sexual assault, ranging from rape to groping. However, 58 percent of the US victims experienced reprisals or retaliation for reporting a sexual assault.

a/o 30 Sep 2017, dmdc.osd.mil reports 2,877,622 total US active duty, reserves, guards, and APF DOD civilian personnel.

archived:
FRA Data explorer, "Violence against women across the EU: Abuse at home, work, in public and online"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 07:27:55 AM EST
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Robert Perry
Journalism lost one of its most valuable investigators when Robert Parry died from pancreatic cancer on January 27, at the age of  68. He was the first reporter to reveal Oliver North's operation in the White House basement (AP, 6/10/1985), and the co-author of the first report on Contra drug-smuggling (AP, 12/21/1985). He did some of the most important work investigating the 1980 Reagan campaign's efforts to delay the return of US hostages held in Iran, a scandal known as the October Surprise.
by generic on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 01:36:18 PM EST
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Read that this weekend. I read about his stroke in Dec at the website as if it were temporarily interrupting him filing stories. No mention of cancer though. Isn't that something.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 07:09:32 PM EST
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Worst Experimental Design w/o 29 Jan 2018
Stimulus generalization as a mechanism for learning to trust, abstract
  1. 29 subjects
  2. adolescents
  3. stimulus: cash reward
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n. no fMRI recording?
Why do we trust, or not trust, strangers? The answer is Pavlovian, press release
Conditioned response? no.

archived
Piaget on cognitive development, grouping, association, assimilation, &tc: Psychology of the Child, The Growth of Logical Thinking from Childhood to Adolescence, The Moral Judgment of the Child, &tc.

trust is a probability function

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 11:03:05 PM EST
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That looks ... pretty bad.
by Zwackus on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 01:47:45 AM EST
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I'll see your Bob Altemeyer insinuation
and raise you a
WEIRD warning

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 03:40:48 AM EST
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What a bunch of garbage.

We hypothesized that subjects' ability to adaptively refrain from trusting or choose to trust during the generalization phase might rely on discrete BOLD signals that scale with perceptual similarity along the untrustworthy and trustworthy generalization gradient.

Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) data is gathered during fMRI scans of brain activity.  It is not brain activity.  Classic case of using the measurement of the phenomena for the phenomena, saying the map is the territory, iow.

And their neurobiology is simply So What?  The caudate nucleus is part of the basal ganglia which is in turn an integral part of the mesocortical pathway essential for normal cognitive function of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and is involved in cognitive control, motivation, and emotional response(s.) The amygdala one of the brain areas in the circuit for the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional reactions.  

So they very carefully measured areas known to be actively involved with decision making when their test subjects were making decisions.

wow

Further, higher brain functions happen in circuits.  Saying a brain area accomplishes a higher order function is Neo-Phrenology.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 05:41:42 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 06:00:58 PM EST
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A more better 'take' on the phenomena:

Similar neural responses predict friendship

Human social networks are overwhelmingly homophilous: individuals tend to befriend others who are similar to them in terms of a range of physical attributes (e.g., age, gender). Do similarities among friends reflect deeper similarities in how we perceive, interpret, and respond to the world? To test whether friendship, and more generally, social network proximity, is associated with increased similarity of real-time mental responding, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan subjects' brains during free viewing of naturalistic movies. Here we show evidence for neural homophily: neural responses when viewing audiovisual movies are exceptionally similar among friends, and that similarity decreases with increasing distance in a real-world social network. These results suggest that we are exceptionally similar to our friends in how we perceive and respond to the world around us, which has implications for interpersonal influence and attraction.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 05:54:34 PM EST
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That demos selection rubric, not trust calculation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 at 10:50:49 PM EST
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Non-specific reference to Associative networks, formerly-known-as-average-intelligence-quotient, turned up as choice theory in trademark infringement trial in US, "Jack Daniels" (beverage) v. Bad Spaniels (pet toy)

Trademark dilution and its practical effect on purchase decision

The Associative Network Model (ANM) (Anderson, 1983; Teichert & Schöntag, 2010) posits that information in consumer memory is stored in networks consisting of nodes: brand, attributes, sensations, experiences interconnected by links. In the context of brand-related networks, these links are known as brand associations, which can vary in strength.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 06:47:47 PM EST
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"Trust calculation" is a decision/selection.

consumer memory is stored in networks consisting of nodes

Pure unadulterated pseudo-scientific bullshit.  Neo-Phrenology to the max.  Neuroscience for nitwits.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 05:50:24 PM EST
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CASE: YouTube Starts Labeling State-Sponsored Videos

Apply "Similar neural responses predict friendship"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 12:44:36 AM EST
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Twitter Ducks Widow's Lawsuit Over Islamic State Attack
Declining to rule on whether the federal Communications Decency Act shields media companies like Twitter from liability in terrorist attacks, a Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday said the widow of a State Department contractor cannot show Twitter contributed to the terror attack that killed her husband.

archived:
"support given to terrorist groups is really just as fungible as money" Dec 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 10:43:37 PM EST
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Laser Scans Reveal Maya 'Megalopolis' Below Guatemalan Jungle | National Geographic |

Laser technology known as LiDAR digitally removes the forest canopy to reveal ancient ruins below, showing that Maya cities such as Tikal were much larger than ground-based research had suggested

 « click for enlarged image »

In what's being hailed as a "major breakthrough" in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 07:06:17 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:18:56 PM EST
What uncanny timing. The 'middle-classes' regroup, pledge to hold noses to vote if they must.
Today -100: January 29, 1918
The New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage meets and agrees to push for a new referendum in NY to rescind women's suffrage. The NYSAOWS president, Mrs. (Alice) James Walcott Wadsworth, is not present, but its secretary suggests that a good candidate for governor would be Sen. James Walcott Wadsworth.

Miss Bronson:"We do not believe in reprisals, but if you send a good anti-suffragist to Albany or to Washington you not only honor him but do the best thing for the interests of your country."

Charles S. Fairchild, Secretary of the Treasury under President Cleveland: "You will have to do something that the men haven't done--you will have to go to the primaries; for a question like this has to be decided at the primaries; it is too late when election day comes. ...Until the women who have come from other lands to this country can appreciate the dangers of the Republic you have got to save us, not by your teachings, but by your votes."

Mr. Wise Wood: "Just ask yourselves this question: If it were left to William II to decide whether the women of America should have the vote, what would he say?"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 05:27:02 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 29th, 2018 at 09:18:59 PM EST
Ed Herman posthumously, The Propaganda Model Revisited

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 09:54:10 PM EST
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Hag Watch Int'l Presents: THIRD WAVE Intelligence,"Hold the Memo So That You Can Find Out What Is In It".

Cuomo robbed Megyn Kelly of a historic FIFTH WAVE win: Pelosi, Jane Fonda Face Off!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 10:12:18 PM EST
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Stonekettle Station - Jim Wright - dirty Tricks

What do you think about this memo, Jim? You think there's anything to it?

A rather large amount of my email this week concerns The Memo.

The secret memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, which allegedly describes some kind of chicanery at the FBI, particularly within the Russia Investigation. The Memo was supposedly written by Nunes and his staff, and is supposedly based on "highly classified" information that only a select group of House lawmakers have access to.

Now, naturally the various and assorted frothy conservatives have seized on this supposed memo as "evidence" of some "deep state" which is somehow in some way doing something something gazpacho to undermine Trump - and therefore America.

This memo, because of its supposed high level of classification, can't be released to the public.

Thus the problem: We are so far just required to take Devin Nunes word for it.

An ex-military intelligence man casts a side-eye at the "memo", debates the sources, wonders at the competence of the analysis and fears the implications for the nation.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 08:12:21 AM EST
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My only hope is, if Ms Pelosi has seen it AND the "underlying top secret documents," it is illustrated. 64 million colors optimized for Thunderbolt® display.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 08:24:21 PM EST
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a familiar scenario!
Six migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 02:01:14 AM EST
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