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by Bjinse Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:49:16 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:50:26 PM EST

Death of Antoine Sfeir - Statement by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian
Antoine Sfeir, politologue spécialisé dans le monde arabe et musulman, est mort | Le Monde |

Antoine Sfeir, director of Cahiers de l'Orient, talks to France24 about his book on the geopolitics of Islam - interview.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 11:42:37 PM EST
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Moscow slams Macedonia's `forced' name change vote
The 42-part question didn't fly. But that's OK.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 02:39:16 PM EST
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Arlene The Paisley dumps BFF
picks up Boris
Plan to Renege GFA "not workable"
Cabinet pretends to be furious

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 03:57:42 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 12:25:43 PM EST
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CNN | Theresa May demands 'respect' from EU after Brexit humiliation

CNN | Alyssa Milano: We can't let Trump and Kavanaugh be America's face

All this over cake and who's empowered to eat it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 04:32:23 PM EST
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French interior minister quits in fresh blow to Macron, Gérard Collomb
stale blows: environment minister (Nicolas Hulot) and sports minister (Laura Flessel)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 11:04:00 PM EST
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Ronaldo denies hotel sex attack, calls rape 'abominable'
"The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to police the same day and was examined at a local hospital."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 11:31:17 PM EST
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Rato back in the headlines
456 pp ruling, 64 co-conspirators, €12M 2003-2012

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 12:17:48 AM EST
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BREXIT over dinner
plan to agree a final withdrawal treaty offer

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 12:26:19 AM EST
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New housing bubble provokes protest
mother-of-seven Margaret Cash's leading role
Thousands march on Irish parliament in growing housing shortage protest
"Everyone's emigrating" again

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 12:49:55 AM EST
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Similar issues in the UK. Apparently the hidden hand of the market (which knows best) doesn't know how to make the much needed large numbers of housing for people on median or even low incomes.

It seems there is no commercial imperative to make housing for little profit. who knew?

And the in-thrall-to-the-widom-of-the-makets conservative governments we have in the anglosphere simply have no idea how to solve this problem.

The UK govt even talk about "affordable" housing, which is defined as costing 80% of normal market price. Which isn't a lot of help for somebody on £22k pa when the normal market price is about £1 million.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 12:43:40 PM EST
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NEWS: Swiss cow feed causes fewer farts
at least 10%. srsly

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 07:28:24 PM EST
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Cows have problem digesting grain, which farmers like to feed cattle as it is more untritious than grass and the cows grow more quickly/produce more milk, which equals more profit more rapidly.

Grass fed cows are fine as well.

Isn't this additive a particular seaweed?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 12:48:14 PM EST
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Bavaria's CSU tumbles to record low 1 week before election | DW |

With just over a week to go before a regional election, support for Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) has a hit a record low of 33 percent, a poll published Thursday by German public broadcaster ARD showed.

The results were a drop of 2 percentage points for the CSU since last month. The ARD poll also showed that 52 percent of Bavarians are partially or entirely unsatisfied with the current CSU government.

The conservative party, only present in Bavaria, has been bleeding support over the past months due to voter dissatisfaction over its hard-line immigration policies and challenges from parties on both the left and right.

It has historically governed alone in Bavaria thanks to a typical vote share of around 50 percent. However, should the results of Bavaria's regional election on October 14 mirror Thursday's poll, the southern state would be headed for a coalition government -- a rarity in its post-World War II history that would also carry implications at the national political level.  

German Election: The AfD Profits from Non-Voters and Merkel Defectors | Die Zeit - Sept. 2017 |
Germany's political parties CDU, CSU, SPD, AfD, FDP, Left party, Greens - what you need to know

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 03:59:58 AM EST
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by generic on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 07:39:32 PM EST
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seems they've given up on security and stability

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 12:49:47 PM EST
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Guardian
The new leader of the Welsh national party Plaid Cymru has declared himself a "rebel and heretic" and claimed that the "cataclysm" of Brexit could increase the chance of independence for Wales.
To be followed by Cornwall and Pimblico?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 10:26:44 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 03:05:39 PM EST
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Pimlico first has to find a bombsite full of documents proving it's still French.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 12:51:55 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:50:28 PM EST
Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees
small favors


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 12:03:28 PM EST
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The result:
Shares of Amazon were trading a fraction of 1 percent lower before the market open.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 12:07:21 PM EST
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Will The Don be placated?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 01:34:43 PM EST
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Amazon raises minimum wage rates in Britain
"to 10.50 pounds ($13.59)". holyMaryMUderAgOTT.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 06:13:27 PM EST
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no rest for the weary
Amazon Warehouse Workers Lose Bonuses, Stock Awards for Raises
buh-by RSUs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 10:01:40 PM EST
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Ryanair market cap slashed by €1.8bn on profit fears
blames customers, fare discounts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 03:11:50 PM EST
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Ryanair says willing to reach deals with unions by before Christmas
if there's to be any pudding!

archived
EU orders Ryanair to meet European rules on local contracts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 06:07:47 PM EST
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Former Dansk Bank MD launders self

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 06:15:47 PM EST
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Estonia admits over €1 trillion were laundered in the country in 2008-2017
"This is a surprising figure." doh. In May it was $13 billion.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 07:31:54 PM EST
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We will All Cheer and Gain when the Arm and Hammer of law enforcement dams the rising Tide of illegal currency.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 06:52:03 PM EST
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absorbs stench of "ill-gotten" gains and their "disgorgement"?

Even that's verbose for a headline.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 05:27:16 PM EST
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Baking soda absorbs stench of "ill-gotten gains, disgorgements"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 05:31:20 PM EST
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OpEd |The Obamas' Earnings Come at Too High a Cost
Michelle Obama's book tour is generating "Beyonce-level sales," the Washington Post reports. Front-row tickets to hear her discuss her upcoming memoir "Becoming" are going for $3,000, which includes a pre-show photo op, a reception with Obama, a signed book and an "exclusive VIP gift item." ...
Sumbuddy should tally up the book titles between Clintons and Obamas for the retrospective of their "work" in 2040.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 05:53:23 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 07:27:09 PM EST
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Larry Elliott in The Guardian quotes from a study in The Lancet on Greece over the last decade:

"Many of the causes of death that increased in Greece are potentially responsive to care, including HIV, neoplasms, cirrhosis, neurological disorders, chronic kidney disease, and most types of cardiovascular disease. Improvements in child mortality in Greece have also stagnated since 2000, with increases in deaths due to neonatal haemolytic disease and neonatal sepsis since 2010, both of which might also reflect reduced health system performance."

Elliott comments:

The troika's austerity programme helped French and German banks avoid losses on their loans but at the expense of a rising Greek death rate. That has resulted in 50% less public hospital funding in 2015 than 2009, hospitals being left without basic supplies, the long-term unemployed stripped of their health insurance and those on low pay finding drugs more expensive because of a 20% cut in the minimum wage. The number of individuals with unmet healthcare needs has nearly doubled since 2010, with a considerable fraction reporting cost as the main reason for not receiving the recommended healthcare services.

(...)

For the past eight years, Greece has been used in a laboratory experiment to test out a theory. The evidence from the report in the Lancet could hardly be clearer. Austerity kills.



I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 03:21:02 PM EST
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I have always suspected that there is an inverse relationship between the health of The City and the general economy. Somebody has run the numbers and proved it

Guardian - Nicholas Shaxton - The finance curse: how the outsized power of the City of London makes Britain poorer

Academics had worked out that many countries with abundant natural resources seemed to suffer from slower economic growth, more corruption, more conflict, more authoritarian politics and more poverty than their peers with fewer resources. (Some mineral-rich countries, including Norway, admittedly seem to have escaped the curse.) Crucially, this poor performance wasn't only because powerful crooks stole the money and stashed it offshore, though that was also true. The startling idea was that all this money flowing from natural resources could make their people even worse off than if the riches had never been discovered. More money can make you poorer: that is why the resource curse is also sometimes known as the Paradox of Poverty from Plenty.

Back in the 1990s, John Christensen was the official economic adviser to the British tax haven of Jersey. While I was writing about the resource curse in Angola, he was reading about it, and noticing more and more parallels with what he was seeing in Jersey. A massive financial sector on the tiny island was making a visible minority filthy rich, while many Jerseyfolk were suffering extreme hardship. But he could see an even more powerful parallel: the same thing was happening in Britain. Christensen left Jersey and helped set up the Tax Justice Network, an organisation that fights against tax havens. In 2007, he contacted me, and we began to study what we called the finance curse.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 12:56:32 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:50:31 PM EST
This will end the torture.
Kavanaugh Was Questioned by Police After Bar Fight in 1985
He's done.

Little known fact: My parents did not take me on a "college campus tour" when I was in high school. I applied blind to the schools that attempted to lure me based on my SAT scores. I got in early decision, 4-year scholarship. So the first opportunity to visit the cradle of iniquity was the spring of my graduation year. I got an invitation from Black Students' Association at Yale (BSAY) to attend an evening "gala" for entering black students. My parents sprang for air fare. Family friends in Stamford, CT, put me up, and the eldest son escorted me to the event.

I lost him in the "town-gown" melee that erupted at the event. Policed were summoned, and I placed myself in a squad car until my escort could be located. Lucky for me, he was neither bloodied nor arrested. Then he drove me back to Stamford. The incident was forgotten, and I returned home to Michigan. The End.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 03:14:33 AM EST
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Fascinating anecdote, Cat...

As for the new development about Kavanaugh, I'll take your word for that this spells the end for him - I've become too cynical watching the news rolling out of the States, so when I read it prior to your comment I couldn't imagine this would do him in.

In my book, his final, overtly partisan testimony should've been enough to keep him off the bench of the Supreme Court - but then again, what do I know...

A foreign correspondent compared the (wider) political tribalization in the States to a boxing match: it's either a win or a lose by knock-out, no one is allowed to win anymore on points.

by Bjinse on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 07:02:52 AM EST
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You mean the same way that Bush's DUI arrest finished him politically?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 07:35:03 AM EST
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People who drink beer elected frat-boy Dubya and his lil soror side-kick. Twice.

Pardon me. For a Baltimore minute I imagined that the senators were more conceited.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 08:51:16 AM EST
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Once. The first time it was the Supreme Court. But that's bad enough.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 09:05:10 AM EST
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Pardon me. My inner Pollyanna speaking out of turn.

Of course, you are correct.

The situation is pretty psychotic here.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 08:44:23 AM EST
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If I could double up-rate this comment, I would.

Surveillance of CA Cohort feed of rabid republicans shows indifference. In 24 hrs opposition to police report trivializes the altercation as "tossing ice" like an elementary school cafeteria prank. McConnell has publicly echoed this reasoning. Oddly, NYT has no follow up.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 03:34:28 AM EST
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Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY)

and, yanno, I never went back ... first impressions and all that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 04:16:37 PM EST
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Yes, I can only echo Bjinse in believing that there simply isn't any accusation, or indeed any evidence, that could prevent the GOP from sending him to the USSC.

Everything we learn about this man should disqualify him from being the local park dog catcher. But that makes him the ideal person for Trump to force onto the USSC.

They have the House and the Senate. I simply don't believe that Collins, Flake and Murkowski will be allowed to hold things up, even if they really wanted to. However, being GOP peeps, I've always believed their reluctance was a head fake to keep the rubes back home fooled into believing they were human.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 10:37:45 AM EST
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There's also a new rape charge. a young woman says she was offered a ride home, Have Nope driving, friend in back seat. He forcibly kissed here, exposed her breasts, and forced blowjob. his friend had her mouth covered from behind, and held her arm fest. Then they took here in the back seat and reaped her repeatedly. then he slapped her, and said, "Don't talk, no one will believe you."

The woman is anonymous, by letter to Senator K. Harris. The nominee was questioned about this by the Judiciary committee privately, denying all.

I still am not sure if this is enough to tip the scales. I am sure i can't believe i'm posting this news.

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/09.26.18%20BMK%20Interview%20Transcript%20(Redacted). pdf



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 01:28:37 PM EST
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yeah, #6. I read the interview transcript earlier. It's combined with questioning about Swetnick's affidavit (which I've read). It arrived with no id to redact and no distinguishing narrative detail. Except pornographic.

At this point the number of complaints submitted to the committee --and released to the public-- suggests to me a greater volume of "fan fiction" that's been discarded or filed for reference.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 03:22:28 AM EST
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Senator Feinstein Wondering If Now A Good Time To Disclose 7 Highly Credible Murder Allegations Against Kavanaugh She Received Weeks Ago
This is where legitimate political greivance dies--US Congress.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 09:34:56 PM EST
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It's an awkward analogy, but media feedback is transforming Kavanaugh, the man, into legend.

My attention remains on the bar fight simply because it is the only event that is contemporaneously verified. However, I think it extremely odd that no reporter has sought the victim of that assault, who is named, for comment.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 03:40:08 AM EST
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LMAO great stuff ...

Kavanaugh warned friends of condo eviction in 1983 letter: 'We're loud, obnoxious drunks'

Original story in New York Times:

Kavanaugh's 1983 Letter Offers Inside Look at High School Clique

Image letter A  
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[From my diary]

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 09:49:52 AM EST
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Where are the young women in this story?

Ownership or rental of "holiday" property is status symbol in the US as well as countries of Europe, you might agree. For middle-class families acquisition signifies financial stability. For upper-class families acquisition signifies stability and patronage. Both types express continuity of lineage in the location of this type of property, the "second-home," weekend home, or seasonal home(s). This is just one reason I immediately rejected inference about schism drawn by Gilens' and Page's from their own data.  

My parents never owned a second home. My mother did enroll my brother and I in "summer camp" (local day) for many years. She paid the tuition from her earnings.

I learned in elementary school that families habitually congregate, because some whole families decamped from Grosse Point to Harbor Springs, MI, each summer.

In high school I learned there was greater diversity in "heritage" (inherited) holiday homes  and seasonal retreats. Family drives from Michigan to "open the house" in Vermont for winter, Cape Cod, MA for summer.

In college I became better acquainted with the range of wealth such property across New England entailed and the true meaning of "enclave," say, Naragansett, RI, to Westerly or Hyannis Port and The Vineyard to the whole of Cape Cod. Now, enclave is a word wrongly, nonsensically bandied about today as a synonym for "ghetto" --as if race segregation were no longer relevant to its meaning. It is common place in the USA today to find youngster speak as if ghetto housing were a voluntary life-style choice.

In college I also learned how students with disposable income spent it on "Spring Break". Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and [NAME A BAY] Jamaica were popular destinations for uh bacchanalia --the classes co-mingled but it's not my impression that races did. Women and men organized group accommodations, dormitory-like, and parties in advance. I understand, local hospitality organized events specifically to facilitate. I never went on these junkets, couldn't afford it even if I wanted to. I stayed on campus.

In the decade after graduation something of the same ritual lingered in weekend arrangements until everyone who wanted to be was married.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 03:28:37 PM EST
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Condo Direct Oceanfront 2 Bedrm, 2 Bath ATLANTIS Coastal Hwy at 103rd St  [Google maps]

From the letter ...

The lease starts on Sat. the 18th at 3pm .. I will not be there until Sunday night
.. take the lease to Leland Realty and pay the remaining money which is $398 -> $50 from each of us ... must be paid in cash
We must supply our own TOWELS, sheets, pillow cases, blankets, etc.
Our problem down there might be too many people. We're going to have to decide while we are there who we want and don't want. Possibilities for stays of a few days or more are .... Feeley
If half of Gonzaga / St. Johns starts coming we might have to give the boot or else we might get it ourselves. I think we are unanimous that any girls we can beg to stay there are welcomed with open  . . . . Anyway I think we're all set. Remember that the eight of us are in charge - we get beds and we kick people out - no one else. The danger of eviction is great and that would suck because of the money and because this week has big potential. (Interpret as you wish).

...
PS It would probably be a good idea on Sat. the 18th to warn the neighbors that we're loud obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us. Advise them to go about 30 miles ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 08:33:06 PM EST
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and?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 09:29:44 PM EST
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If you mean Elvis' fake stage sneer reminds you of Kavanaugh's rabidly real one, you're onto something.
 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 12:44:57 PM EST
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No. I meant what I said. Elvis is a legend.

In popular American imagination of modern culture, Elvis's celebrity and charismatic persona ("good" and "bad" attributes) are legendary.

People around the world who have contemporaneously adulated or vilified Elvis and those who have never known Elvis except through story and the miracle of A/V recording impersonate Elvis.

Elvis is everywhere, goes the joke about "sightings" along with evil clowns.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 03:27:21 PM EST
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You mean we're going to have multiple Kavanaugh sightings now?
Like Kilroy, kinda?
As in 'left the building'?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 05:13:07 PM EST
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Yes.

The immediate aim appears, literally, to remove "Elvis" from the building.

Consider how Trump's election to POTUS created a vocabulary to ascribe his personal attributes to any one, process, and thing, eg. Trumpian, Trumpistas, Trumpkins, pussy-grabbing epithets, and so forth: in short, elements of stereotype. Application of stereotype obviates identity within a group, even a system, sytems within systems (eg. "systemic" vs "systematic" semantics and rhetorical propositions). The obverse is true, too: Where there is one, there are many like (cockroach rule).

Trump contemporaneously provides the perfect symbol for the common sense of the FIFTH WAVE of "feminists" that conditions for domination are patent. Their political rivals are male and white. That is, rhetorical wealth satisfices representation of the "powers" any and all white males possess and urgent necessity to usurp the exclusive status it conveys ... if not to avenge the suffering of (AP style guide) "women and minorities" levied by patriarchy immemorial. Accordingly, all men are misogynists, a boundless invective, lately denoting theoretical and physical "sexual" assault reserved for "women". Whatever.

Associate Justice "Brett Kavanaugh" is yet another manifestation of divine intervention is the lives of mortal "women." There but not there. Believe.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 06:59:24 PM EST
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euhemerism

Ancestor worship is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 07:09:36 PM EST
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Anyway, he's dead. Der Postillon reported he died on some Pacific island a few years ago.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 04:29:43 PM EST
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We Can Believe Ford and Confirm Kavanaugh
We constantly navigate being told, mostly by men, what to believe on topics from our abilities and work history to our appearance and personal experiences.
bullshit

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 05:10:59 PM EST
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Jon Oliver's comment, after watching the hearing, is that its shows that men are too emotional to be judges.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 05:35:06 PM EST
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WWSD (what would Solomon do?)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 05:49:51 PM EST
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Friend of Dr. Ford Felt Pressure to Revisit Statement
The friends told Ms. Keyser that if she had intended to say she didn't remember the party--not that it had never happened--that she should clarify her statement, the person said, adding that the friends hadn't "pressured" Ms. Keyser.
Oddly, this article isn't behind the WSH paywall.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 01:27:06 PM EST
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witness credibility
Dr. Ford also said she didn't "expect" that Ms. Keyser would remember the evening, calling it a "very unremarkable party." She added: "Leland has significant health challenges, and I'm happy that she's focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs, and she let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her, and she texted me right afterward with an apology and good wishes, and et cetera."
huh. Plaque riddles my brain, but I remember the night, not the date or specific time, and the people who went with me to retrieve our roommate from the campus police station (Phelps Gate) after she was tossed down a stairwell by her "lover." Yes, I saw her injuries. Yes, I did not actually see him do it. Yes, she told me and others later in the week that the dean of our residential college, a woman, had in a private meeting encouraged her to put this "sordid event" behind her.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 01:49:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 02:50:28 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

For readers living in other continents: this comment refers to the "Tawany Brawley Hoax" or '87. (Incidentally, wikiwtf's photo of Sharpton is current; here is Al (L), alleged former-FBI informant, in 1987-88, and DNC cowboy. He's really cleaned up his act for MSM! If he can do it, heck, Kavanaugh can do it!)

In reciprocal fashion, NY yella sheets promoted  "wilding" one year later in the case of "The Central Park Jogger," an investment banker of the "woman" persausion. Opponents to Trump's presidential nomination (2016) revived his public hostility toward the accused "male juveniles" at the time and city settlement of the "male juveniles" malicious prosecution lawsuit.

Because "stains".


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 04:45:33 PM EST
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US abolition rhetoric, "dog whistles," stains, and purity

NY POST | Ford's lawyers blast FBI's Kavanaugh probe as `stain' on justice
DAILY MAIL | Christine Ford's attorneys call Kavanaugh probe a 'stain on the FBI and our American ideal of justice' in furious letter to bureau's director (who is a Kavanaugh ally)
BUSINESS INSIDER | Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers slam the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, calling it a 'stain on the process'
PBS | Failure to interview witnesses a `stain' on American ideal of justice, Ford's lawyers write to FBI Director Chris Wray
The Hill | Attorneys for Ford call FBI review of Kavanaugh allegations 'stain on the process'
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Chris Meloni: 'The Stain of Slavery Permeates Almost All of Our Interactions'
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The Human Stain by Philip Roth
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"Slavery is the great and foul stain upon the North American Union, and it is a contemplation worthy of the most exalted soul whether its total abolition is or is not practicable: if practicable, by what it may be effected, and if a choice of means be within the scope of the object, what means would accomplish it at the smallest cost of human suffering." --attributed to John Quincey Adams (1820) by Allan Nevins, ed., The Diary of John Quincy Adams, 1794-1845 (1928. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 05:00:39 PM EST
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My that's some fetching-looking femininity getting Kavanagh's back.
They'e almost purring with contented satisfaction and well-being, brimming with the kind of joy only true-believer conservatism showers upon the fairer sex.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 12:50:20 PM EST
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sooooo close and yet so far away from

the glass ceiling!



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 01:20:24 PM EST
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Who are those women, melo?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 05:16:00 PM EST
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The rear guard!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 02:40:47 AM EST
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well, of course most of the excutive board of a techbro company are gonna be right wing arseholes. They may prefer it not be so publicly obvious their every action betrays them....

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 01:00:30 PM EST
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background reporting MIA
Black Churches Join Forces in Georgia Voter-Registration Drive
"This is the first time that the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal bodies in Georgia [African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal and African Methodist Episcopal Zion] have united to encourage their congregants to 'Vote by Mail,'" New Georgia Project Executive Director Nse Ufot said in a statement.
Missing:
  1. "Purge rates" in 97 of 159 GA counties predicates re-registration of voters, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina Still Purging Voters at High Rates, Plan to Eliminate Polling Places in Black County Amid Backlash Voters and civil rights advocates in Randolph County
  2. Why? Expiry of DOJ state-wide consent decree compliance of Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia and certain political divisions of Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina, and NJ effective January 1, 2018, About Section 5 Of The Voting Rights Act
  3. Why? ROBERTS, SCALIA, KENNEDY, THOMAS, ALITO held in part, reversed in part constitutional basis for subjecting "jurisdictions to pre-clearance"; GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, KAGAN dissented 2013, Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder
  4. Nse Ufot must be new here.

Democrats: o, Look! Raped white girl in 1982! Penis! Belligerence!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 02:25:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 09:19:22 PM EST
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This person, like me, possesses limited means to, dare I say, vacate the country where he or she "lives".

Of the alternatives in this instance in a stream of INJUSTICES, (1) move household (2) commit suicide (3) remain, I choose 3.

That way I can elected municipal, state, and federal legislators said to represent my well-being.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 04:20:24 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:50:34 PM EST
BLOOMBERG EDITORIAL | This European Ruling Could Break the Internet
No. It couldn't.
Google is not the internet. Google is not a telecommunications owner/operator. Google does not assign URLs or domain addresses. The company maintains proprietary database tables of URLs like phone book publishers did of (residential and business) customers' "numbers" assigned to them by telecommunications owner/operators.
The right, enshrined in privacy law, allows Europeans to demand that information about them be removed from online search results if it's outdated, irrelevant or "excessive."
Standard TCP/IP "browser" software functionality includes storage and search of URLs ("bookmarks").
Just three places -- France, Germany and the U.K. -- generate 51 percent of all delisting requests, for instance, while Greeks barely assert the right all. In the U.S., enforcing the right could well be unconstitutional[?].
No. In the US persons are permitted by law to block publication by and sale of phone numbers to third-parties.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 06:31:26 PM EST
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US calls ICJ ruling a defeat for Iran, ends treaty
ICJ orders the US to lift sanctions on trade with Iran, US terminates Treaty of Amity with Iran.

Mike Pompeo --Westpoint, Harvard Law, aggressive and belligerent.

Comments welcome.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 07:31:54 PM EST
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See my latest diary ...

The Hague On the Roll - ICJ Ruling

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 07:42:45 PM EST
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v2
The Hill | US terminates 1950s treaty with Iran after court orders ease in sanctions
Pompeo said that while the United States is "disappointed the court failed to recognize it has no jurisdiction," he framed the ruling as a defeat for Iran.
[...]
Bolton announced the United States is also withdrawing from the optional dispute resolution process to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. ...The United States will still participate in the underlying Vienna Convention, he added.
Bolton calls U.N. world court 'politicized,' U.S. to limit exposure

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 09:45:35 PM EST
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Isolate Trump at WTO, says former top trade judge Bacchus
proposal to remove US disputes to arbitration
Isolate US sanctions against EU biz
SPV set up to insure credit and currency swaps

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 12:37:06 AM EST
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Clinton, again
Hillary Clinton compared the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with the Russian interference campaign waged against the 2016 U.S. elections, calling them both attacks from foreign powers that provoked drastically different reactions from Republican administrations.
The former provoked an attack on a country that had nothing to do with it. Is Clinton suggesting that if she was President, the US would have attacked Ukraine?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:43:47 AM EST
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Nobel Peace Prize Honors the Fight Against Sexual Violence
murder is A-OK!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 05:20:36 PM EST
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"We want to send a message that women who constitute half the population in those communities actually are used as weapons and that they need protection, and that the perpetrators have to be prosecuted and held responsible," said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Norwegian committee.
Women and children are not weapons. They along with men are casualties of war. They are injured, not dead. The principle method of conducting war is to annihilate the enemy's population by whatever means available. The Noble foundation is saying that its learned inmates object to a particular means of annihilation, arbitrarily deemed a "war crime" among all other legitimate means of destruction.
The award comes amid heightened attention to sexual abuse of women in the workplace and socially, broadly referred to as the "#MeToo" movement.

"MeToo and war crimes is not quite the same thing, but they do however have in common that it is important to see the suffering of women," said Reiss-Andersen.

The award comes amid public attention to rapes, a "war crime," at the foundation by its officers. The treatment of and publicity afforded to casualties of war does not promote peace nor has it ended war anywhere.

"The message" this hall of knaves is broadcasting is, we're too embarrassed and craven to forego award of a peace prize this year.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 10:13:25 PM EST
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The Noble Foundation's role is mainly taking care of the money. The actual prizes are handed out by different institutions, that only have in common that Alfred Nobel thought them suitable for the purpose. So the Peace prize is handed out by Stortinget - the Norwegian parliament - and the institution that won't be handing out a literature prize is the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.

And they won't hand out a literature prize, mainly because the MeToo allegations (that eventually lead to rape convictions) against somebody who is apparently a household name in cultural circles in Stockholm (but I had never heard about him before) brought up the dysfunctional way this 18th century institution works. So they had to pause everything and find out how to change the statutes. Which they now have. Apparently it included getting the King's approval.

by fjallstrom on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 11:49:55 PM EST
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m'k.

"Silos" of knowledge and power within this organization, its hierarchy, are obscurely related to daily concerns of the mass of humanity.

Let's never question that the foundation of this organization predicates an international, elite culture whose mission is self-renewal.

No matter how perverse to daily concerns of the mass of humanity.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 01:39:44 PM EST
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I just think you should criticise the right organisations. And they are not silos within an organisation, they are different organisations, whose main task isn't - or shouldn't be - the Nobel prize, but legislation, research, etc. The different organisations that hand out the awards are not controlled by the foundation. So by all means criticise each committee for their choice of winners, and criticise the Nobel committee for investments (and letting the Economy prize in), but if you criticise the organisations make sure you target the right one.

If Bezo would drop dead tomorrow and it turns out that his will creates a foundation that will put up money for prizes to be awarded by the parliament of each of the UN security council veto states, that would not make them the same organisation. And neither does Nobel's will merge the pretty old institutions he gave sole power to hand out each prize.

by fjallstrom on Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 11:02:01 PM EST
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Sarcasm is difficult to convey by text alone.

I hasten to add now that is my impression from correspondents at this address that criticism of elitists --particular individuals and groups-- is fashionable. Furthermore, elitist culture that express inherent superiority of individual merit and indutstry and, dare I say, nationalized moral imperative propelling their application to all things living and inert is evidently irredeemable.

"Democratization" of the authority that elites reward themselves is the ultimate rebuke of this age in all human history.

What I have clearly no understood is which elites are and which are not respectable exemplars upon which the mass of humanity ought to pattern their aspirations and meager talents. For fear these may be naturally wasted in debaucheries and godlessness.

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Prize Day

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 01:15:05 PM EST
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Or maybe you were just wrong?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 02:38:28 PM EST
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evidently.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 05:05:49 PM EST
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rly?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 01:25:18 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:51:17 PM EST
Wind Power Isn't as Clean as We Thought It Was - Bloomberg
The simulations revealed that interactions of the turbines with the atmosphere would likely lead to a redistribution of heat in the lower atmosphere, resulting in a 0.54 degrees Celsius (0.97 degrees Fahrenheit) warming within the wind farms' region itself, and an increase of 0.24 degrees Celsius (0.43 degrees Fahrenheit) over the continental U.S.

Wind Power Isn't as Clean as We Thought It Was - Bloomberg

They also found that an expansive wind farm would need to operate for more than a century or so before the reduction of global carbon dioxide emissions would offset the local warming effect.

Why should it have to offset the local warming effect?

by generic on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 11:51:07 AM EST
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Miller and Keith have been banging on for years about the energy density thing.

Oddly, their letter which the Bloomberg article claims to be based on, does not mention the temperature thing at all :

Miller and Keith found something even more surprising in another study [NO LINK PROVIDED] that looked at a related question

I couldn't find it in a cursory search.

Moral : Miller and Keith have bees in their bonnet about wind;  Mark Buchanan who wrote the opinion piece has an agenda.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 04:17:41 PM EST
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Is that the same David Keith who is way into geoengineering? If so, yes I think he has something against wind power.
by fjallstrom on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 11:51:54 PM EST
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Wind and wave farms could affect Earth's energy balance By Mark Buchanan - March 30, 2011

How does the Earth system generate and maintain thermodynamic disequilibrium and what does it imply for the future of the planet?
by Dr Axel Kleidon - Max Planck Institute

Using a model of global circulation, Kleidon found that the amount of energy which we can expect to harness from the wind is reduced by a factor of 100 if you take into account the depletion of free energy by wind farms. It remains theoretically possible to extract up to 70 TW globally, but doing so would have serious consequences.

Although the winds will not die, sucking that much energy out of the atmosphere in Kleidon's model changed precipitation, turbulence and the amount of solar radiation reaching the Earth's surface. The magnitude of the changes was comparable to the changes to the climate caused by doubling atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (Earth System Dynamics, DOI: 10.5194/esd-2-1-2011).

"This is an intriguing point of view and potentially very important," says meteorologist Maarten Ambaum of the University of Reading, UK. "Human consumption of energy is substantial when compared to free energy production in the Earth system. If we don't think in terms of free energy, we may be a bit misled by the potential for using natural energy resources."

Wind Power Fundamentals | MIT |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 05:58:29 PM EST
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Although the winds will not die, sucking that much energy out of the atmosphere



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 07:33:47 PM EST
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Just think of all that lovely solar energy being sucked out of the atmosphere by photovoltaic panels.

Wait a minute, this could be the answer to the greenhouse effect.

Winter is coming.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 07:56:53 PM EST
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turbinevacuums and photovacuum (PV) panels

Who empties the bags into the transmission wires, I don't know.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 09:15:50 PM EST
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Little green aliens. Emptying all that good wholesome energy from our planet into what they call The Network.

We don't realize.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 07:40:00 AM EST
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conservation of energy, conservation of mass

we've been living a lie


while the world turns

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 01:43:39 PM EST
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They can't keep the Truman Show going without fake science.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 07:42:49 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:51:19 PM EST
A Group of Women Suing Microsoft Have to Beat Supreme Court Precedent
"In a 5-4 decision written by the late Antonin Scalia..."

not neatly split sexist tragedy

SCALIA,  delivered  the  opinion  of the  Court,  in  which  ROBERTS, and KENNEDY, THOMAS, and ALITO joined, and in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN joined as to Parts I an d III.

GINSBURG filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part,in which BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN joined.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 02:22:35 PM EST
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MeToo: A DNA test said a man was 4% black.
"I'm a certified black man," he told The Post. "I'm certified black in all 50 states. But the federal government doesn't recognize me."
[...]
"It is nonsensical for Mr. Taylor to claim that he has encountered social and economic disadvantage due to a heritage he was not aware of until the DNA test conducted in 2010," the state's letter said. Taylor was frustrated by the inconsistency -- how could he be a disadvantaged minority for the purpose of a state-level program but not a federal-level one? He decided to sue.
[...]
In November 2016, a district court judge in Tacoma dismissed the lawsuit, describing Taylor's focus on his genetic background as "misplaced." His attorneys appealed the ruling that month. Oral arguments are scheduled to take place before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in December.

Ideally, he says, he would like to see the minority-business certification process scrapped and replaced with a program that would be based on socioeconomic status, not race. ... Taylor says that his lawsuit, now four years in the making, is entirely self-funded. He told the Seattle Times this month that he had spent up to $300,000 so far but declined to confirm that exact figure when speaking with The Post on Monday.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 01:22:33 AM EST
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The situation is pretty psychotic here.

If you thought I was exaggerating, think no more
Bette Midler apologizes for controversial 'women, are the niggers of the world' tweet

She continued: "Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years They are the most disrespected creatures on earth."

< INCONTINENCE ALERT >

waddabout minorities ...and unionists?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 08:22:11 PM EST
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quantified "woman and minorities" publicity, stigmata demographics

success: tentative hypothesis derived from (Nexus-Lexus headline DB) observations
#MeToo One Year Later
"at least 425 prominent people across industries have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct" with graphic detail of social media impact, impressions, engagement measures correlated to "public figure" (legal term) incidence; no CI offered

granularity of the "datasets"*: women and minorities, of which black women and working class
When will MeToo become WeToo? Some say voices of black women, working class left out
"Per 100,000 women workers, Black women filed sexual harassment charges with the EEOC at nearly 3 times the rate of white, non-Hispanic women.", pull quote ratios
Data source: National Women's Law Center, EEOC filed complaints, 2012-2016

* Little known facts:  For the record, EEOC investigated my mother's and my complaints. Our complaints were vindicated. My mother sued her employer under Title VII, sex discrimination in compensation, in 1977. I declined to sue my employer under Title VII, race discrimination in compensation, in 1991. Nonetheless, the trajectories of our careers took similar paths out of the industry sectors in which we had worked.

"Universal story" claims touted by innumerate, opportunistic "social media" columnists is another sham about who does the heavy lifting for law enforcement in the USA. DOJ, "Ciminal Victimization, 2016": 323,450 rape or sexual assault, or 1 per 1,000, of 5,749,330 violent crimes (21:1,000) reported in the period 2015

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For 15 minutes I was livid.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 6th, 2018 at 03:42:27 PM EST
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Ha'aretz
George P. Smith, one of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is a veteran supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as part of his pro-Palestinian activism.

Smith, professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, was named Wednesday as a co-winner of the prestigious award for his efforts in harnessing evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies.

Smith's political activity has made him a controversial figure at the University of Missouri, where he is a tenured professor, and a target of pro-Israel groups. He appears on the controversial Canary Mission website, which publishes online dossiers on pro-Palestinian professors, students and campus speakers, and has been referenced by Israeli officials when refusing activists entry to the country.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 07:12:07 AM EST
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New Statesman
We don't need many more indicators that we're living in a late-capitalist hell of our own making. From paying four hundred dollars for juice to tracking our children under the guise of a fun toy, it's painfully evident that the merge of tech, data, and happy-go-lucky branding is making modern life more dystopian by the day. And nothing embodies that spirit of dread more than the new coffee shop, Shiru Cafe, in Providence, Rhode Island. Shiru is a coffee shop built exclusively for students and staff at Brown University that does not require students to pay for their coffee.

While this initially sounds like a wonderfully altruistic endeavour to be kind to overworked students, there is, of course, a heinous catch. In exchange for a free coffee, students must handover swathes of personal information, from their date of birth to their phone number to their personal and professional interests. After providing this information, students must permit corporate sponsors to get in touch with them via phone or email to send them targeted advertising based on their submitted personal data. Sponsors range from banks to tech giants to car companies.

And here's how the company describes it themselves in "English".
SHIRU CAFE® has its own business model that have never showed up in the café business before. SHIRU CAFE® is run by sponsor contract fee from company in global and serve students a free drink. Through a free drink we try to give students some information which sponsor company would like to inform exclusively for university students to diverse the choices of their future career.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 11:36:36 AM EST
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well, at least they're honest and upfront about it. Most companies ain't. At. All.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 01:44:45 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:51:22 PM EST
Today -100, October 3, 1918: Of auxiliaries, evacuations, good progress, and reforming Prussia
In a textbook example of too little too late, the Prussian parliament finally agrees to almost equal suffrage, the almost being that people over 50 would get an extra vote. I've forgotten whether this abortive reform includes women's suffrage and the NYT either doesn't know or doesn't think it important enough to inform us about. Kaiser Wilhelm, in his letter accepting Chancellor Count Georg von Hertling's resignation, claims to be moving towards democracy: "I desire that the German people cooperate in a more effectual manner than hitherto in the task of deciding the destiny of the country." He suggests that his new cabinet will include some actual Socialists, you know, the largest party in the Reichstag, and you know how much Willy must haaaaaate that.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 06:41:07 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:51:24 PM EST
Social Capital: Faces of America

ARRESTED:
"I didn't know her and now I do. She was telling people she's my cousin, and it turns out, she is."
APPOINTED:
"Bill Clinton, I love you so much. Like crazy amounts of love." September 6, 2012

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:42:50 PM EST
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One executive told Sellers he now wouldn't get into an elevator alone with a woman.
chaperones at the office and gynecologists' exam tables!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 10:09:01 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 03:50:09 PM EST
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"Hollywood actress and prominent #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano has announced that, in her opinion, former US President Bill Clinton probably shouldn't have been given 'the benefit of the doubt' regarding sexual misconduct allegations brought up against him, just like the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should not be afforded it today." wut. © AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster; Alyssa Milano Turns On Bill Clinton After Being Slammed for 'Double Standard BS'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 05:36:12 PM EST
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if I'm lying, I'm flying.

Male physicians treating Female patients: Issues, Controversies and Gynecology, 2011

In addition, it was during this period ["early 1800s"] that the use of a chaperone became a part of the clinical examination. The chaperone's role was to emotionally support and reassure the patient during a procedure that she found embarrassing or uncomfortable. The chaperone also acted as a witness in cases of malfeasance by the physician. Today, in many parts of the world where religious and cultural precepts often discourage female encounters with male physicians, chaperones still attend gynecological examinations.
Regression in standards of clinical competence attributable to etiquette and, probably, aversion to sex education in the USA. Ominous headlines about "misconduct" and "informed consent" have been a recurring theme in MSM reporting for several decades, student pelvic exam practice with patients and the "psychological stress" of involuntary self-examination.

Little known fact: I've been female for a pretty long time. It was my habit since age 18 to take an annual, routine gynecological exam until age 40 or so. All of these were two-party, myself and the MD (always female). Recently (53) I sought to resume the service at two different "family" clinics. On both occasions I was informed that protocol required an observer. Both persons were female. The scariest aspect of the examination were changes to procedures--clinical criteria of a "thorough" exam--and in one instance the practical ineptitude of the "gynecologist" --someone incapable of inserting a speculum into my vaginal canal with my expressed consent.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 02:51:08 PM EST
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Today, in many parts of the world where religious and cultural precepts often discourage female encounters with male physicians, chaperones still attend gynecological examinations.

Where would that be? Interestingly physician is one of the few career paths for women in Saudi. And if even the Saudis can get over themselves...

by generic on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 04:20:23 PM EST
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I had a lot of female relatives who studied dentistry, as that was the only faculty open to them in one of the South African universities.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 04:27:56 PM EST
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"I'm absolutely disgusted at the idea of pushing this very right wing, misogynist, totally bias character onto the court. It's extremely frustrating," MacDowell said, as he carried a sign which read: "FBI: You can't find what you're not allowed to look for." Voters from Maine call on Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Brandi Buchman)



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:51:10 PM EST
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Elon Musk quietly donates $480K to help Flint, MI schools get access to clean water
The UV water purification method within the filtration systems will disinfect lead and bacteria coming from water pipes, allowing students in Flint to safely drink from school water fountains once more. Flint school board president Diana Wright thanked the Musk Foundation for its donation, stating that it ensures that "students in Flint Community Schools have access to safe drinking water at the source -- in drinking fountains -- by way of the same type of water filtration system used by hospitals and colleges in Flint."
by generic on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 04:17:09 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 07:10:41 PM EST
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Personally I'm just happy that the kids will be able tosavely drink their lead.
by generic on Sun Oct 7th, 2018 at 07:18:19 PM EST
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yea, I was gonna ask how safe disinfected lead actually is. But....neveer mind the actual safety, just bask in the generosity

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 01:48:34 PM EST
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