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by Bjinse Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:00:46 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:02:48 PM EST
Italy's Lega wants to give farmland for free to large families
It's different this time.
Because.

archived
"Some lies are so fantastical...

An ancient 'Great Leap Forward'
not that one, the other one.
Zimbabwe Land Takeover, a Golden Lining

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 06:29:25 PM EST
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"knowledge economy" gets a make-over
< pick teeth, suck vigorously>
I had been wondering what the world would be like, when everyone is a computer programmer. Now I know! A "new blue collar worker" ... searching for a wage and steady employment and rent-free property to ply a trade.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 09:53:52 PM EST
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Merkel Visiting Poland Amid Calls for WWII Reparations
$850B in damages tied to Nord Stream 2 construction

ever
Poland: Post-WWII assaults on minorities
1919-1953, occupation, communists, expulsions, and Potsdam waivers
Why do Polish officials want more?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 at 10:03:13 PM EST
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UK Starts Criminal Probe of Labour Party Anti-Semitism
Board of Deputies of British Jews, "45 cases that involved social media postings by party members"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 at 10:06:50 PM EST
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Where 'anti-semitism' equals criticism of Israel.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 3rd, 2018 at 01:04:58 AM EST
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yea.

Although I've seen documented examples of anti-semitism but, oddly, not from anybody that the usual sources are complainng about. So, it's entirely possible that there may be genuine cases for the police to investigate. But most of these are totally bogus, unless you accept that criticism of Israel is forbidden.

And, in that case, then probably half the labour party are guilty

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 09:28:55 PM EST
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Further evidence that democracy is not well understood, subsidarity is not wll understood, government is not well understood.

OpEd | Polish expert: Article 7 is now a political matter, not a legal one

If we are preaching high democratic standards and fairness in politics and want people to believe the European Union is not a place for dirty politics, Frans Timmermans should keep away from the process launched by the Commission while he is running for a seat in the new one.
[...]
The important point here is that democracy is a self-regulating system, it means that it cannot be regulated from outside. I know that some people in Europe want to see the Commission or the Parliament as new actors in this process of democratic self-regulation of the member states, but that is a dangerous illusion. Such a role requires a direct democratic mandate from national elections, because the mandate means accountability on the national level, not the European one.
[...]
People want politicians in this region to cooperate and help them to get similar living standards to the core Western societies. Estimations predict that bringing the East of the EU closer to the West of the Union would require something like €600-800 billion of investment. No country on the Eastern flank of the EU can generate such a financing volume on its own.
Check with Britain.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 06:43:44 PM EST
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is self-regulating democracy?
Major setback for Poland's ruling populists in mayoral races
Among the factors that have alienated many voters are Morawiecki's "flirting with the most radical part of the electorate," with gestures and words meant to appeal to far-right nationalists, Szuldrzynski argued.

[Rzeczpospolita editor Michal Szuldrzynski] also listed disputes with the European Union over rule of law issues and a controversial Holocaust speech law early this year that sparked a clash with Israel, which in his view was Poland's most serious diplomatic crisis since communism fell in 1989.

Tusk defends actions as former PM at Poland's pyramid probe
"seven-hour hearing, which was televised live across Poland" with the NEW! judges or the OLD, OLD judges?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 11:55:04 PM EST
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Yet another reason why allying with fascists is not a good idea (Lie with dogs, wake up with fleas).

Italy's League grows in popularity as 5Star support falls

Corriere della Sera, a daily, published an Ipsos poll showing that the League, which is headed by firebrand Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, is edging away from its coalition partner. In the poll, 34.7 percent of Italians said they would vote for the League -- a huge rise from the 17.4 percent who actually voted for the party in March's general election.

However, 28.7 percent said they would vote for the 5Stars, down from the 32.7 percent that voted for the party in March.

The news comes at a time of significant tension between Rome and Brussels over the Italian national budget, as well as growing divisions within the government.

5Star leader Luigi Di Maio, who is also a deputy prime minister, addressed those tensions in an interview with Corriere della Sera on Saturday. "We signed a government contract that needs to be respected by both sides," he said, referring to policies promised by his party that are now encountering resistance from the League.

Any bet that the Lega will respect the contract?

by Bernard on Sat Nov 3rd, 2018 at 11:29:31 PM EST
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Salvini has zero scruples regarding his ascent to power, he really believes he will take Merkel's place as Captain Europe.
In retrospect the only alternative to trying this hybrid experiment would have been a 'Governo Tecnico' á la Monti, with more austerity piled on to the already not-working austerity.
This attempt at mutual instrumentalisation has benefited Salvini and to a certain lesser extent the Italians. Italy has finally become conscious of its heft in the EU's future survival and has dropped its servile attitude to Brussels.
The battery of protest from Draghi on down against the Budget, (a stab at neo-Keynesianism) has given Italians a parade of targets in the EU to hate, with special loathing for Moscovici, whose gratituous sniping and withering condescension are part for the course.
Italy is falling for the strongman concept - again.
The 5* knew they were supping with the devil, but miscalculated the length of spoon needed.
Political wunderkind Di Maio's approach to Europe has been less aggressive, and  has been sideswiped by Salvini's aggressive populism and harnessing of the security issues created by decades of misgovernments with regard to immigration.
It is easy to denigrate Salvini for his crude electioneering and self-serving xenophobia, but his more-than-blunt approach is red meat for his Base. This is why he has such consensus.
Sigh...


'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 Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 09:29:32 AM EST
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and to a certain lesser extent the Italians

But certainly not the non-Italian résidents of Italy (and any Italians who might not look Italian enough)

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

by eurogreen on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 11:26:16 AM EST
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harnessing of the security issues

What security issues? There have been no major terrorist attacks perpetrated by immigrants (as opposed to the far right or the Mafia).

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 11:38:20 AM EST
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I am not talking about terrorist attacks here.the group rape and murder of a young Roman girl (with 4 Nigerians arrested) and the case of a teenager raped and then quartered by immigrants. Those two events have been instrumental in giving credence and support for Salvini's approach.
These are two iceberg tips, the 'peripherie' of major cities  (banlieues) are where the major frictions between native and refugees/asylum-seekers/immigrants occur.
The inroads of a Nigerian mafia (that works in harmony with Italian equivalents) running drug and prostitution rings are documented and causing social unrest.

'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 Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 11:49:55 PM EST
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Der Spiegel
Kevin Kühnert sieht Angela Merkels Rückzug vom Vorsitz der CDU als Chance für die SPD. "Viele Menschen haben in den letzten Jahren das Gefühl gehabt, dass Union und SPD mehr zwei Flügel einer Partei sind, und darüber gibt's eine Moderatorin Angela Merkel, die sorgt dafür, dass das funktioniert", sagte der Juso-Vorsitzende dem ARD-"Morgenmagazin". Das höre jetzt auf, wenn diese Moderatorin langsam aus dem Spiel rausgehe.

Als Merkel-Nachfolger favorisiert Kühnert einen konservativen Kandidaten. So werde der Kontrast zwischen beiden Parteien deutlicher. Es sei ihm lieber, wenn die Union ein deutliches Zeichen gebe, dass es für sie nun "ins Konservative breiter zurückgeht, weil ich glaube, das ist das, was dort viele an der Basis tatsächlich auch wollen."

I guess he hasn't thought about the SPD adopting left-wing policies as a way of differentiating themselves from the CDU.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 10:29:31 AM EST
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by generic on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 04:21:45 PM EST
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French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll
An Ifop poll published on Sunday showed Macron's centrist movement with 19 percent of voting intentions compared to 20 percent in the last poll at the end of August, while far-right leader Marine Le Pen's RN -- formerly the National Front -- rose to 21 percent from 17 percent previously.

Together with the seven percent score of sovereignist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and one percent each for "Frexit" parties led by former Le Pen associate Florian Philippot and Francois Asselineau, far-right and anti-European Union parties won a combined 30 percent of voting intentions, up from 25 percent at the end of August.

The poll, conducted on Oct. 30-31, asked nearly 1,000 French people who they would vote for if the European Parliament elections were to be held the next Sunday.

Note that in the 2014 EP elections, the FN also received the most votes in France, with 24.86%, ahead of the UMP (now rechristened LR) - 20.8%, and the PS - 13.98%. The FN (now RN) claimed to be "France's biggest political party".

by Bernard on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 01:35:10 AM EST
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6 arrested in suspected plot to attack French leader Macron

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 05:39:23 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:02:50 PM EST
by generic on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 04:06:17 PM EST
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There is a good argument to be made that the French MADE them do it. 'Revanchisme'. By 1919 Germany had no gold, yet the Treaty demanded reparations in gold, so Germany had to buy gold on the international market. It could only do so with earnings from manufacturing exports. But the Treaty also required Germany to send Great Britain coal as reparation - exceedingly stupid, as that led to unemployment in British coal mines - and, simultaneously, deprived Germany of the coal it needed to make steel, which was essential for manufacturing. Then, in 1922, when Germany became unable to make payments, France occupied the Rhur, totally closing down all German manufacturing and coal mining. All Germany could do was print Marks.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 10:28:21 PM EST
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#GoogleWalkout: Mountain View (CA), NYC, Atlanta, Zurich, Dublin, Singapore, London, Berlin, and Hyderabad, India; (personal, sick, or vaca)-day "industrial action", 5 "specific demands".
Google Employees Walk Out To Protest Company's Treatment Of Women
"We have tremendous allies," she said. "I mean, we immediately took the name 'women' out of the walkout because we had so much support from men. And we wanted this to feel really inclusive, and for this to be about a bigger thing than one executive payout.
Google Workers Stage Mass Walkout to Protest Handling of Sexual Misconduct
[Temple University labor law professor Brishen] Rogers said the Google walkout resembled the teacher strikes earlier this year.
hmm, yes, well, no.

archived
empowered billionairs, weakened labor and (upper-)middle class resentment...
"survivor" island UPDATE 2


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 09:32:53 PM EST
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ominous: US American antifascist and #RESIST "mobilization" MIA.
Report: Amazon in `advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC
area known as Crystal City. It's a large residential and office complex in Arlington, Virginia, just south of Washington
Crystal City and Pentagon City are names of WMATA metro stations well known to every living resident in the tri-state . These stations were constructed to accommodate DoD commuters -- because "major highways" access to DOD does not exit --because VA infrastructure, including Dulles airport, sucks. There is no reason but DoD business to go to these stations. The "business districts" are mostly underground. Frankly, there is no other manufacturing "complex" in this area. As for Bezos' "ties", those mentioned are tenuous and irrelevant to implied commercial merits of AMZN location in the DMV. Bezos bought a home after AMZN got its AWS contract. AMZN already has a regional office in Reston, VA. And, no. WaPo is not Bezos' personal opposition PR service; it is a "company town" newsletter. More important, this "news" item does not link AMZN's "HQ2" search to prospective award of $10B DOD/JEDI contract to AMZN.

related
Fascism is Real, But the "Resistance" is Mostly Fake
archived liturgy
Is this how y'all stimulate economies?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 03:01:24 PM EST
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omen -> ominous
impugn -> impunity
privilege -> to privilege ...

Among other trials to standardize the spoken word (if you look closely, you can see the "omen" in "ominous" ...) professional spellers have lost their edges.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 07:07:21 PM EST
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o. Look.
NEW SCRIPT! Places everyone.

Amazon considering New York amid reports HQ will be split
"New York's Long Island City, a fast-changing neighborhood"
~ Hunter S. Thompson

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 06:56:03 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:02:52 PM EST
Washington Examiner
After Clinton noted how she adores Booker, Swisher asked the former secretary of state what she thought about this "kick them" remark.

"Eric Holder, oh, Eric Holder, sorry," Swisher said.

"Yeah, I know they all look alike," Clinton quipped to a wave of laughter and applause in the room.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 01:12:43 PM EST
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case in point from an Irish sportsfan
Under siege US black community conned again
Rodney King, Colin Kaepernick - sell-outs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 03:46:08 PM EST
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If Trump is not a fascist, this is only in the precise sense that he is not even a fascist. He strikes a fascist pose, and then issues generic palliative remarks and denies responsibility for his words and actions. But since total irresponsibility is a central part of the fascist tradition, it is perhaps best to give Trump his due credit as an innovator.
(The Guardian)


I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2018 at 08:16:08 AM EST
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Judge Tosses Georgia's `Exact Match' Voter ID Rule for Midterm
instructions issued to Secretary of State Brian Kemp
How Thirsty and Stupid Do Stacey Abrams, Lucy McBath, and Most Progressive Democrat Congressional Candidates Think We Are?
"he's struck about a million or so mostly minority voters off the rolls ... McBath is running for US Congress without a single word to say about foreign policy, except a vow of support for the apartheid state of Israel"

archived
Federal Judge Will Order Georgia Officials to Accept Absentee Ballots
Nse Ufot must be new here, background reportinig

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 at 10:59:39 PM EST
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working over the weekend, again
Brian Kemp alleges state Democrats tried to hack registration
"he is part of a nationwide system of voter suppression that will not work in this election."
Judge Refuses to Order New Dodge City Polling Site
"She can rest easy - for now - that she was able to run out the clock."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 09:48:33 PM EST
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o. look.
It turns out many of the problems are closer to home.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FBI and other federal agencies have opened a command center, child.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 05:36:49 PM EST
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on the hour
Voters face long lines, machine snafus, 'mosh pit' crowds

Now, see? Ain't nothing more gratifying than actually being in it to win it. Eliminates all the guess work about who done the dirty deed.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 07:09:56 PM EST
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OK, not all; eliminates one tenth, nine tenths being the age old rule of possession, y'all.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 07:16:54 PM EST
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ahhh, the Nseufot Option ..
Unprecendented High Humidity in NC
"The board said all ballots would get counted, and will store ballots that have not been read by tabulators in emergency bins to be counted as soon as possible."
-or-
The Glitch Swarm
"scanning machines broke down all over the city"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 08:51:06 PM EST
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BOB, where to do you see the state of play now, in the closing hours of ELECTION '18?

PAT, it's too soon to call, but it appear that although the sun has set on the east coast, the lights are still on in most polling stations.

BOB, that's a win! Let's look at the BLOOMBERG BIG BOARD. Bloomberg always rolls the hottest, real-time infographics. I feel like I am in all 50 states.

PAT, local, state, and federal officials are pulling out all the stops. I haven't seen this level of commitment to the game since 2000, maybe '44.

It appears that voter complaints have been trickling in from command central all day. Besides early results from NC, NY, ND, GA, FL, and AZ, we're hearing from the fans in PA, MI, OH, WI, IN, MS and TX --always a winning combo there.

BOB, our coverage by the CA Cohort of Petty Landlords tells me, Team Trump has stopped minorities incentivized by Russian offers of illegal EBT funding from rioting.

PAT, all I can say for now is, the day has clearly been a victory for Voter Integrity in the USA.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:50:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 08:03:58 PM EST
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Not quite up to date here. Is "coordinated inauthentic behavior" still caring about fracking and black people being shot?
by generic on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 08:58:54 PM EST
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Almost all of the Facebook pages associated with the blocked accounts appeared to be in French or Russian. The Instagram accounts were mostly in English and were focused either on celebrities or political debate. No further details were given about the accounts or suspicious activity.
I am not fluent in psycho.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 09:07:11 PM EST
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landssakes!

The people have been busy. I found 10 referendum questions on the ballot, of which 2 alteration to the state's constitution (adding budget mandates for public school infrastructure).

What I did not find was Mr Trump's name. Instead Larry "mag-lev" Hogan sacrificed himself to my big, fat ballpoint pen of abstract death.

BOOOO-YAH!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 03:25:04 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:02:55 PM EST
birthright/naturalized citizenship is back in the news
Trump targeting birthright citizenship with executive order

archive cost/benefit comments
eurotrib

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 03:38:59 PM EST
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Forward
Business Insider reports that on October 9, scientific engineer Sergey Savitsky attacked Oleg Beloguzov with a kitchen knife and is now facing what are likely the first attempted murder charges in Antarctic history. The pair had worked together for four years at the Bellingshausen station on King George Island before Savitsky rushed Beloguzov in the station's canteen.

The two had taken to reading books from the station library in their time on the remote island, a part of the South Shetland island group. Russian investigators reported that Beloguzov "kept telling his colleague the endings of books before he read them" and that this appears to have triggered the altercation.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 31st, 2018 at 09:05:40 AM EST
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sentiment on FB that I've seen say that, in the situation they were in, this was justifiable homicide

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 at 08:30:48 PM EST
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self-defense, castle, and duty to retreat doctrines: How will "re-written" facts apply jurisdiction of two Russian nationals?

archived
The trajectory is rather dismal.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 at 10:22:49 PM EST
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BrasilWire.com | @BrasilWire > Facism Takes Brazil
Brian Mier PODCAST: If there is an African world and it has eyes, they are fixed upon Brazil this week where a genuine fascist has come to power in the person of Jair Bolsonaro, who has vowed to hand over Brazilian pensions to the private sector and bring Breazil's bloody handed military torturers and Chicago boys back into power.

archived
The main cause of the election result ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 at 11:18:22 PM EST
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CNN
Mark Harris, a former pastor who stepped down from his congregation in 2017, is the GOP nominee in North Carolina's 9th District, which runs along the state's southern border below Charlotte and Fayetteville. Harris defeated three-term GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger in a May primary and is now facing Democrat Dan McCready. CNN rates the race toss-up, the most competitive designation.

Harris, as the senior pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church, claimed Islam was "dangerous" and the work of Satan. He also said peace between Israel and the Palestinians could not be achieved until Muslims and Jews accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.

That was such a success in Northern Ireland.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 07:34:09 PM EST
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Forward
A prominent Orthodox rabbi said the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was caused by the circumcision ceremony of a gay couple's son that he believed took place on that day.

"This is a brit milah [ceremony] in a Conservative shul and the two men adopted the boy and did the brit milah, and you wonder why there was a massacre?" asked Rabbi Mordechai Aderet during a taped sermon last Sunday, which has been viewed more than 11,000 times on Facebook.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 07:35:41 PM EST
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well, of course

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 09:32:03 PM EST
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New Caledonia: French Pacific territory rejects independence
Voters in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia have rejected a bid for independence.

Final results showed that 56.4% chose to remain part of France while 43.6% voted to leave - a tighter result than some polls had predicted.

Turnout was about 81%. The vote was promised by a 1988 deal that put an end to a violent campaign for independence.


New Caledonia votes 'non' to independence from France
Tensions have long run deep between pro-independence indigenous Kanaks and descendants of colonial settlers who remain loyal to Paris.

Over the past decade, relations between the two groups have improved markedly, but the no vote outcome was well below some early polls, which could encourage nationalists to try for a new referendum in coming years.

During a visit to the archipelago in May, Macron acknowledged the "pains of colonisation" and saluted the "dignified" campaign for autonomy led by the Kanaks. He and his administration sought to strike a neutral tone on the vote.

New Caledonia's economy is underpinned by French annual subsidies of some €1.3 billion ($US1.48 billion), nickel deposits that are estimated to represent 25% of the world's total, and tourism.

It enjoys a large degree of autonomy but depends heavily on France for matters such as defence and education. Its position gives France a foothold in the Indo-Pacific region where China is expanding its presence.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 11:23:48 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 04:35:33 PM EST
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Separatists kidnap 79 pupils in Cameroon's restive northwest

archived
Many Cameroonians skeptical as elections approach
post-colonial mischief

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 11:59:44 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:03:00 PM EST
nickel, gas, and petroleum extraction
Pacific territory of New Caledonia rejects independence from France
Located some 18,000 kilometres (11,000 miles) from the French mainland, New Caledonia is home to a quarter of the world's known supplies of nickel -- a vital electronics component -- and is a strategic foothold for France in the Pacific. Some 175,000 people were eligible to vote, with officials reporting turnout at over 80%.
Britannica
For the first four decades of the 20th century, the Melanesian population was fairly stable, but by the mid-1980s it had doubled. Migration into and out of the country has been an important factor in the size of the non-Melanesian communities.
[...]
New Caledonia's economy depends heavily on services, the mining of nickel, and subsidies from France. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing ... have had little impact on the economy because of the small local market.
[...]
Although the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is one of the highest in the South Pacific, the distribution of wealth between ethnic groups is unequal: Melanesian households earn on average only about one-fourth the income of European households. The distribution of land resources on the main island is also uneven. Although thousands of Melanesian families depend on agriculture, two-thirds of the land is in the hands of European families, only a few of whom are engaged in agriculture or cattle raising.
There were fears the referendum could inflame tensions between Kanaks, who tend to favour independence, and the white population, which boiled over into deadly violence in the 1980s. The quasi-civil war claimed more than 70 lives. It led to the 1998 Noumea Accord which paved the way for the steady devolution of powers as well as Sunday's referendum. Under the 1998 deal, two further referendums on independence can still be held before 2022.
exploration and job cuts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 11:46:53 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:03:03 PM EST
Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds
The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife is made in a major report produced by WWF and involving 59 scientists from across the globe. It finds that the vast and growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying the web of life, billions of years in the making, upon which human society ultimately depends for clean air, water and everything else.
The human habitat is going to decrease as well.
by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 01:48:53 PM EST
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by das monde on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 08:11:12 PM EST
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Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes
Humanity is devouring our planet's resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year's worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.

As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day - which marks the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate - has moved forward two days to 1 August, the earliest date ever recorded.

by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 01:52:32 PM EST
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The Case for Treating Climate Change Like a Joke
Studies have shown that, when it comes to relaying scientific messages, satire can be more effective than sincerity.

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Furthermore, people inclined to disagree with an idea may argue less if it's presented satirically. "Because people are focused more on understanding the joke and processing the humor, they have fewer resources left over to counterargue any message that they might disagree with," Feldman says. "That allows some persuasive messages to kind of seep in and penetrate whereas otherwise they might not."

by das monde on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 08:46:41 PM EST
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Insert heartfelt statement of pessimism and utter despair here.
by Zwackus on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 03:34:11 AM EST
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Just the humanity has a modest outlook to pass the Great Filter soon, if ever.
by das monde on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 10:01:00 AM EST
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I often wonder why the political centre demands of every Lefty that they would have to PUSH THE BUTTON when it came to it, because it would be both useless, monstrous and the only possible motivation would be pure spite.
But ask me if I would shoot down Bezo's evacuation rocket....
by generic on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 10:20:21 AM EST
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Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam and changes name to Shuhada'
"This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim," she wrote on Twitter on October 19. "This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian's journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant."
by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 01:58:36 PM EST
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Nothing compares to it.
by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 02:00:59 PM EST
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Will to power, or fear of death.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 2nd, 2018 at 10:27:21 PM EST
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by das monde on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 04:46:20 PM EST
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yea, but that's the Mirror, which is just trivial nonsense barely more respectable than the Onion.


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 07:53:34 PM EST
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I'm so confused now. Is Sinead following Koran or Madonna?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 08:30:46 PM EST
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Pregnancy terminations rise in Finland
attributed to test for Downs Syndrome

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 11:01:44 PM EST
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Independent
A man who was shot in the torso by his pet dog has said the animal "didn't mean to do it" and is "very loving".

Sonny Gilligan, from New Mexico, was about to make his way to a jackrabbit hunt with his three dogs, Charlie, Scooter and Cowboy when the accident occurred.

Speaking to ABC News, Mr Gilligan said he loaded his pickup truck with his shotgun and dogs in the back and was sitting in the driver's seat when he was shot.

Investigators believe that Charlie, a 120-pound Rottweiler mix, slipped and got his paw caught in the trigger of the gun and fired a shot at his unsuspecting owner.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 06:31:06 PM EST
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the animal "didn't mean to do it"

That's what they always say.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 10:13:04 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:03:06 PM EST
Died on Nov 4, 1918.
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 06:40:50 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:03:09 PM EST


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