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4 - 11 November 2018

by Bjinse Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:52:28 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:56:28 PM EST
Macron calls for `true European army' to defend against Russia, US, China
A French source said Macron was speaking about more closely coordinated defence rather than a truly supranational military spanning the continent. The president "used the strong image of a `European army' as a reminder" of the need for closer defence ties, the source said.
[...]
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen - one of the targets of Macron's anti-nationalist tirades - meanwhile accused him of seeking to turn Europe into an empire.

"And it was empires that were at the origin of World War I, not nations," she told Radio Classique.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 04:30:30 PM EST
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Europe Worries Trump Will Take Wrecking Ball Overseas
The split outcome of the U.S. midterm elections is leaving many European analysts, diplomats and politicians pessimistic: To their disappointment, President Donald Trump didn't suffer a shellacking - far from it - and a Democratic House may end up pushing the American leader into quarrels overseas....


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 09:57:07 PM EST
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You mean he's not gonna fly to Paris this week-end?
(one can only hope)
by Bernard on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 11:19:58 PM EST
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I mean, I'm a somewhat CONFUSED as to how some pubic intellectuals across the EU have interpreted Mr Trump's ORDERS OF AGGRESSION overseas since Jan 2017.

OTOH, this article is intended to insult their intelligence.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 11:57:00 PM EST
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Not to worry: it's hugs and kisses again apparently:

Truce in Paris after Trump's offense at Macron's EU army pledge

Tensions eased, however, as Macron welcomed Trump at the Élysée Palace on Saturday for policy meetings. Macron seemed intent on smoothing things over and stressed that he fully supported Trump's calls for increased military spending by NATO allies.

"We need a much better burden-sharing in NATO," Macron said, adding, "My proposals on European defense are consistent with that."

Calling Trump's visit "a pleasure," Macron added, "our people are very proud to have you here."

Er, then again, the last bit ("our people...") might not be entirely truthful.

by Bernard on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 04:00:34 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 04:05:14 PM EST
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Not any more, thanks to the weather.
Then, amidst ceremonies in the French capital to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, a planned presidential visit to the American cemetery at Belleau, a site of immense importance to the US military, was cancelled because it was raining.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 06:02:20 PM EST
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US military helicopters grounded by Paris mist and drizzle.

And he wants us to pay more for this gear?

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

by eurogreen on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 12:12:04 PM EST
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We could buy multiple copies so we have one that works.
by generic on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 01:06:15 PM EST
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You're assuming that failures are not correlated.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 01:08:31 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

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by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 06:09:10 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Nov 11th, 2018 at 06:01:01 PM EST
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So yeah. I had to refresh my memory the other day about this 'Spitzenkandidat' business in '14. I'd forgotten how Juncker ended up EC pres, except for the fact Cameron hated his guts (always a plus!) and most recently the Polish "expert" kibosh on Timmermans. Euobserver put the disruption to status quo (party, state, bureucracy) in perspective that's more meaningful to me now. Politico.eu is not helping anyone. And "weight-on-my-shoulders" Macron could think more about restating the office title than arraning divisions, yanno, for the sake of deeper cohesion.

WHAT THE EPP 'SPITZENKANDIDAT' NEEDS TO WIN
Where is Schultz these days?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 06:21:12 PM EST
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Weber wins EPP Spitzenkandidat in LANDSLIDE victory
m'k.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 07:06:43 PM EST
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["]Liberals["] to present slate of candidates for top EU jobs
ALDE innnnn da house. Go ALDE. Go ALDE. Put yer boots on.

m'k.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 07:10:46 PM EST
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Warsaw mayor blocks far-right march, will hold inclusive event
practice, practice, practice

archive
Major setback for Poland's ruling populists in mayoral races

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 08:52:18 PM EST
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slow learners' symposium
Ryanair, CEO are sued in U.S. over stock price, labor relations
The complaint was filed on Tuesday night in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan by an Alabama pension fund, seeking class-action status and damages for investors in Ryanair's American depositary shares from May 30, 2017 to Sept. 28, 2018.
I take it, the complainants are among the insignificant minority that did not re-elect the CEO and chairman.

archived "Amazon of airlines"
Frustrated Ryanair investors target chairman after year of strikes
interventions
Dear Ryanair Shareholders,

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 09:31:22 PM EST
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Ryanair jet seized by French authorities just before takeoff
"The budget carrier owed money and it was 'regrettable that the state was forced' to evacuate the plane, the civil aviation authority said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 11:56:20 PM EST
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Link for Europeans

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 01:32:00 PM EST
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« Être dans la peau du petit qui fait valoir le droit »

Teh GOOG did not translate this phrase to *Eng. ... well.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 01:53:18 PM EST
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Do the passengers get compensation, or will that also be seized by the French?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 01:35:04 PM EST
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acts of GOTT
EU rules [!!] state that passengers can claim monetary compensation ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 02:04:45 PM EST
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unless the reason is extraordinary circumstances,

Are you claiming that these are ordinary circumstances?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 02:08:15 PM EST
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You might read the ruling in its entirety in order to apprehend, which events do "not constitute an 'extraordinary circumstance' releasing the air line from its obligation to pay compensation".

Ryanair's failure to remit fees and charges in timely manner is not an act  of GOTT.

Later, we'll discuss common principles of insurance liability, eg. moral hazard, and why commercial and social insurers are soooo adept at evading claims.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 02:57:57 PM EST
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EPP puts Hungary's Orban on notice amid rights concerns
any day now ...

archived
Hungary and Poland: Rogue states threatening the EU?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 10:58:04 PM EST
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North Korean Files Slavery Complaint in Netherlands
(anon) Dutch shipbuilder, Polish yard operator garnishing wages for DPRK; "Under Dutch law, companies can face prosecution if they profit from labor exploitation, even if it happened in another country."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 07:07:26 PM EST
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"advanced technology"
New labour law solution
to reduce the legal gap between working as an employee or as a temporary worker: "The rules for sacking staff have been relaxed while the period temporary staff can work on short contracts will be extended from two to three years."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 10:37:22 PM EST
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"It (the VOC) shows what a small country can do. (..) Our heroes from those days Jan Pieterszoon Coen and Michiel de Ruyter had that business instinct, that drive, that VOC mentality of taking what you want (..) They offered many natives new challenges, in the land that we developed for them or in the hereafter."

[Source: statement falsely attributed to former PM Jan Peter Balkenende]

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: 1602 Trade with the East: VOC

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

by Oui on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 11:06:44 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 12:24:31 PM EST
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archived
The Guardian puts the boot in
comments

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 11th, 2018 at 11:49:18 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:56:31 PM EST
Trump, Powell, Mnuchin
U.S. mortgage applications hit four-year low as rates rise
Fed Raises Interest Rates and Signals 2 More Increases Are Coming. o. wait. different story.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:04:05 PM EST
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Stocks soar on midterm vote'
"'Everything played out according to script,' Stephen Innes, head of Asia trading at Oanda, told USA TODAY. 'The Trump agenda is not in serious jeopardy.'"
European shares shine after U.S. midterms
"A split Congress has historically been bullish for equities and we expect to see the same pattern again," said Torsten Slok, Chief International Economist at Deutsche Bank."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 12:56:01 AM EST
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Facebook Ends FORCED Arbitration of Sexual Misconduct Claims
"Google made a similar change on Thursday, a week after thousands of employees briefly walked off their jobs"

archived $$$$
"survivor" island UPDATE 1
"survivor" island UPDATE 2
"survivor" island UPDATE 3
no civil complaints or sex crime charges reported.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 07:53:58 PM EST
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The Brazen Redlining Happening in Cleveland
north
Why the Vote to Secede From a Black City Failed in Georgia
south

So how's integration of Europe coming along?

archived
The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein
DICTION CORNER

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 09:59:09 PM EST
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state of the 'sharing economy'
telecommunication marketing

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 03:16:17 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:56:33 PM EST
ELCTION '18 | BLOOMBERG BIG BOARD
"real-time" voter returns by district
(unaudited)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 12:07:32 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 12:24:24 AM EST
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Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to flip the House. So far they've gained 26 seats, with 23 races to go.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:01:34 PM EST
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The Daily Beast
A Nevada brothel owner who died in October has won the state's Assembly District 36 race, according to the Nevada Independent. Dennis Hof managed to posthumously defeat Democratic newcomer Lesia Romanov in the largely Republican rural district that covers Pahrump, his hometown.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 12:48:06 PM EST
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FYI: sex work ("prostitution") is legal in NV
Moonlite Bunny Ranch Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Divides Sex Workers, Even in Death

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:12:25 PM EST
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It's legal in Germany too, but you don't see them getting elected to represent the CDU.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:18:15 PM EST
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Is it?
< wipes tears >
Here, Ibn told, conomics is not a morality play.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:55:40 PM EST
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It's your fault, like clock work
"White, non-college-educated voters are trending more and more Republican," said one former top Democratic campaign staffer. "It seems Gillum and Cordray couldn't do much to expand African-American turnout beyond Hillary. Obama performed better with non-college education white voters and did a better job turning out African-American voters."
AA voters don't hang on trees anymore, yo, even in "red" states.

DeSantis 4,052,118
Gillum 3,996,679
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DeWine 2,187,619
Cordray 2,005,627        


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 02:28:38 PM EST
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A Transformative Step for Democracy in Florida
Voters in the Sunshine State achieved a major win for American democracy today. By passing Amendment 4, voters changed the state constitution and restored the right to vote to citizens with felony convictions in their past who have finished serving their sentences. This is no small number -- some 1.4 million individuals living and working in the state
mystery solved

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 04:42:48 PM EST
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National Review writes:

I suspect that few in the national press have yet grasped the scale of what happened in Florida last night. This midterm was a disaster for the Florida Democratic party on every conceivable level -- a disaster with which Democrats here will be contending for years. In addition to sending Rick Scott to the Senate and Ron DeSantis to the governor's mansion, to electing the Republican in every other statewide race, and to ensuring that Republicans continue to control both chambers of the legislature, Floridians voted "Yes" on Amendment 5, which inserts into the state constitution a requirement that any increase in taxes or fees must be (a) presented in a standalone bill, and (b) approved by two-thirds of the legislature [...]

To add insult to injury, DeSantis's election guarantees radical change within the one institution in the state that had remained left-leaning: the state supreme court. At present, the court has a 4-3 "progressive" majority. On DeSantis's first day in office, he will get to replace three of those four, thereby turning that into a 6-1 "conservative" majority.

by das monde on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 04:51:07 PM EST
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Seems that both Scott and deSantis wins are both within the level where recounts are automatic.

FLA ain't over

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:04:07 PM EST
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searching the cushions for those
ABSENTEE AND PROVISIONAL BALLOTS
are they?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:12:12 PM EST
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Blue Wave Washes Out in California as Count Continues
Since voters need only have their ballots postmarked by Election Day, the votes are still coming in and tabulations change hourly.
[...]
"In California, you can't really talk about a blue wave because it's pretty darn blue to begin with," said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. "But there is something important afoot and that is the political transition of Orange County."
b-b-but what was the popular count?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 07:23:44 PM EST
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It had to. Real news: Out of 53 House seats, Democrats control 46, while the Republicans hold just 7 highly rural seats. The 46 Democratic House seats are bit more than a tenth of the entire House.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 08:01:03 PM EST
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Have I mentioned lately, I am not a fan of misplaced precision :)

At present, enacting legislation requires passage by both chambers and the signature of the president. However, we, purportedly have seen the senate and president pervert bills referred by the House with amendments in order to ahh emend them to more ahh desirable purposes.

Is that what you have in mind for the next 2 years?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 08:51:57 PM EST
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Thankfully. Enough 'strange fruit'.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Nov 11th, 2018 at 03:25:25 AM EST
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as ancient afro-mericans were heard to say,
CNN has unexpectedly produced exit polling "values" for each of the 50 states' (excluding the DC and territories) 2018 election results. Bring food and water.
.
.
.
uh oh. Based on this data, Yvette Carnell threw a molotov into the "Women and minorities" con-game. I'm not going to transcribe that for you. Listen to her on YouTube.

But I will give you a qualitative taste: A magical marginal error explanation for Ben Jealous' (D) defeat in MD from The Intercept's token femme --to compare to Pete Tucker's Watch.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 06:01:58 PM EST
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The Intercept amateur hour has lost the plot, from praising "colored" faces in high places  to staining the "Women and minorities" Wave. Taking a clue from Ocasio-Ortez as to where "progressive caucus" survivors are hiding: that's ... novel.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 10:51:38 PM EST
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Democratic Party seizes US House! Unity is around the corner!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 03:09:49 PM EST
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"terrorist" visualization

Courthousenews.com

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by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 04:48:34 PM EST
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[ORGANIZATIONAL HYGIENE ALERT]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 07:24:57 PM EST
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"terrorist" visualization v2

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 03:56:16 PM EST
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Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him
"McConnell said that Democrats in the House will have to decide how much they want to 'harass' Trump."

Gee. I hope Pelosi has Avenatti on speed-dial.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 08:42:21 PM EST
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Trump fires Sessions

side-show

"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general," Schumer said in a statement.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 09:08:50 PM EST
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Sessions resigns as attorney general

In any case, cultivation of marijuana and hemp for medicinal and recreational us instantly became a high-growth industry. Which, not Russians, is what everyone not a DCCC affiliate was truly after but too shy to contradict Field Cmmdr. Schiff.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 11:27:07 PM EST
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Cannabis shares light up as U.S. voter support for industry grows
"Shares of cannabis companies rose on Wednesday as results from the previous day's U.S. elections pointed to more favorable political conditions for the cannabis industry."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 01:32:26 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 01:30:17 AM EST
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side show
ABC News reports that Rosenstein [R] commented on the transition at a swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Attorney Zach Terwilliger [R] on Friday, calling Whitaker [R] a "superb choice for attorney general" who "certainly understands the work, understands the priorities of the department." ... Whitaker assumed the position of acting attorney general upon Sessions's ouster Wednesday from the Department of Justice (DOJ) a day after Democrats took control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections. ... When asked about the future of special counsel Robert Mueller [R]'s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian election interference, Rosenstein reportedly declined to answer questions and walked away.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 04:28:37 PM EST
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File in "popular vote"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 12:19:59 AM EST
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USA Today and Bloomberg tracking are hung at 28 new house seats for (D). Bloomberg has not updated since 9PM 7 Nov, showing.

16 contested House seats
1 contested gov seat
-- GA, Abrams v. Kemp
2 contested senate seats
----of which Arizona GOP sues to limit mail-in ballots in US Senate race, McSally (R) still counting ~ 600K absentee ballots, and Nelson (D) FL re-count

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 02:20:00 PM EST
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Kemp Declares Victory in Georgia, Resigns Secretary of State Office
The announcement of Kemp's resignation came at a hearing Thursday morning involving a lawsuit filed by Protect Democracy, a nonprofit seeking to block Kemp from counting votes or certifying election results.

The lawsuit claimed that Kemp's refusal to recuse himself from presiding over an election in which he is a candidate is a conflict of interest and "violates a basic notion of fairness."

U.S. District Judge William Ray II said that he would dismiss the case following Kemp's resignation.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 10:23:37 PM EST
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re: "a nonprofit seeking to block Kemp from counting votes or certifying election results"

errata
Georgia Democrats Sue Over Delayed Absentee Ballots in One County

Kurt Kastorf, a member of Abrams' litigation team, told reporters on Thursday that some Dougherty County residents requested ballots by mail and never received them.
[...]
"The Board was continuing to mail absentee ballots until at least as late as October 29, 2018, just days from the election and more than a month behind the September deadline fixed by statute," the complaint alleges.
[...]
The Georgia Democratic Party seeks an injunction instructing Dougherty County election officials to treat the late ballots "similarly to those sent from electors overseas, counting them if they were postmarked by election day and received by the county within three days following the election."
[...]
Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams' campaign manager, said Thursday that the campaign believes Abrams needs just 25,000 votes to trigger a runoff or approximately 23,000 votes to trigger a recount. If necessary, a runoff race would be scheduled for Dec. 4.
There are more litigation details about FL and AZ at courthousenews. I'm done with this week of SHELBY VS. HOLDER: TEMPTATION AND CONSENT.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 11:07:11 PM EST
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"Women and minorities" Wave Edition
We're Finally Going To Have Native American Women In Congress
Democrat Deb Haaland, an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, swept to an easy victory in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District, a heavily Democratic district with an open seat.
[...]
Democrat Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won election in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District against four-term incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder (R)
Obama-approved, too!

archived
Sen. Warren: DNA test shows I have Native American heritage

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 10:40:13 PM EST
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League of Women Voters Sues NY State
"As a direct result of the voter registration cutoff, many thousands of constitutionally eligible voters in every election cycle are denied their fundamental right to vote," says the complaint, which attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Maryland/2018/Question 2/Constitutional Amendment* (Ch. 855 of the 2018 Legislative Session)
Same-Day Registration and Voting at the Precinct Polling Place on Election Day

For the Constitutional Amendment    434,351   
Against the Constitutional Amendment    184,989

archived
NY/Democratic Party: "they had to join the Democratic Party on October 13 of 2017, exactly eleven months before the gubernatorial and legislative primary"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 11:02:40 PM EST
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There were 2 constitutional questions (state-wide) and 10 municipal questions on the ballot. The second constitutional question is a multi-part, FROM/GREECE-style composition, in US-Eng., set 24pt/26pt on paper, about a public education funding proposal. Baltimore city highest educational attainment is ~ 60% high school.
For the Constitutional Amendment    544,580   
Against the Constitutional Amendment    60,450
2018 Total Eligible Active Voters roll 3,954,027

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 11:27:01 PM EST
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This amendment intercepts further erosion of at least one public service by Larry "mag-lev" Hogan, who was re-elected against my better judgment.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 11:39:03 PM EST
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Ex. Maryland, proverbial Democratic Party constituency

2018 Total Eligible Active Voters roll 3,954,027 /100%
of which 1.03M (R)
-- 2018 Total Ballots Cast* 2,140,619 / 54%
---- 2018 Total Ballots Cast for L. Hogan (R) 1,202,383 / 56%
43% (D) 56% (R)
------2018 Total Constitutional Ballots Cast
Q1: 20%
Q2: 25%
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(D) helped to defeat (D) gub candidate at state-level and skipped mandate issues

* early + polling station + absentee & provisional

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 12:36:21 AM EST
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New (to me; my bad) Info.

3 contest senate seats.

MS "runoff" election Espy(D) vs Hyde-Smith(R) scheduled 27 Nov 2018. +8,424 Hyde-Smith.

"Women and minorities" Wave Edition

If she wins, Hyde-Smith, whom Gov. Phil Bryant appointed to the seat in April after former Sen. Thad Cochran stepped down, would be the first woman from Mississippi duly elected to the position. If he wins, Espy would be the first black U.S. senator from Mississippi since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.
[...]
"When he says a vote for Cindy is a vote for me, let me tell you, he means it because I will be right there every step of the way," Hyde-Smith said at the Westin.
MS re-elected Wicker(R) 6 Nov, 2018. So the crackers have stacked two senators in the same class. And (D) are plum out of magical margin of error kneegroes. Genius.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 04:51:30 PM EST
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Electoral Vote
The final undecided Senate race is the Missisippi special election in which Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Mike Espy (D) tied at about 42% each. Since neither one hit 50%, there will be a runoff between them on Nov. 27. However, the missing 16% went to right-wing firebrand Chris McDaniel, who is way to the right of Hyde-Smith. It is inconceivable that many of them will vote for Espy, who is black. While the ballot will read Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) vs. Mike Espy (D), given how racial Mississippi politics is, it might as well read: Cindy Hyde-Smith (W) vs. Mike Espy (B). After all, this is a state that only formally outlawed slavery in '13. And by that, we mean 2013, just five years ago. Espy has zero chance, so this is a Republican win, even though it is not official yet.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 08:31:24 PM EST
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When #Trump received the leaders of #Estonia, #Latvia and #Lithuania, he began by blaming them for the war in Yugoslavia. It took them a few moments to realise he'd mixed up the Balkans and the Baltics.
by das monde on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 07:05:26 PM EST
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If they hadn't started the breakup of the Soviet Union, we wouldn't have had the breakup of Yugoslavia. So maybe Trump was right.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 07:10:32 PM EST
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by das monde on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 07:19:06 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:56:35 PM EST

Troops from a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition pounded Houthi rebel positions

m'k. What's in the deal book again? The parts that are not Trump commercial health insurance?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 08:36:37 PM EST
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Kidnapped children released in Cameroon, two teachers still held
"The linguistic divide is a legacy of a former German colony in central Africa that was divided between allies France and Britain at the end of World War One."

NB. 2.5 million CFA francs ($4,400)

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Separatists kidnap 79 pupils in Cameroon's restive northwest

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 10:53:50 PM EST
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Terrorists, cultists - or champions of Iranian democracy? The wild wild story of the MEK | News | The Guardian

For most of its life in exile, the MEK was funded by Saddam. After his downfall, the group says it raised money from Iranian diaspora organisations and individual donors. The MEK has always denied it is financed by Saudi Arabia - but the former Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, made waves when he attended the group's 2016 rally in Paris and called for the fall of the Iranian regime.

"The money definitely comes from Saudis," says Ervand Abrahamian, a professor at the City University of New York and author of the definitive academic work on the group's history, The Iranian Mojahedin. "There is no one else who could be subsidising them with this level of finance."

by generic on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 03:53:33 PM EST
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Saudi's financed Osama bin Laden throughout his terror career in Afghanistan against the Soviets, first WTC bombing in 1993, Embassy bombing Kenya and Tanzania, living in Sudan and again in Afghanistan leading up to the 9/11 attacks.

Saudi government continued to fund the Sunni uprising in Anbar province during the American occupation of Iraq creating the Islamic State. It directly funded dozens of terror groups involved in the proxy war by the West to overthrow Assad in Syria. Qatar, Emirates and KSA funded the terrorists in Libya, Egypt, Gaza (Hamas) and battled for prominence in the Syrian opposition which caused HRC so many headaches the political solution in Geneva under UN leadership was doomed to fail.

Somewhere along the timeline of events, the Sunni support from Riyadh  and the Muslim Brotherhood of Ankara and Doah turned from sour into deep enmity. The teaming up of OBL with Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri didn't bear the success the Saudi government hoped for? The KSA monarchy is now teaming up with UAE, Israel and US Republicans.

Current activity by the Russian government to bring Taliban leadership to the table for a political solution in AfPak region ...

Peace Talks in Moscow | Dawn News |



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 05:45:37 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:57:25 PM EST
EU executive conditionally approves Daimler, BMW car-sharing deal
"They have offered concessions to address EU antitrust concerns over the deal they hope would let them better compete with U.S. rival Uber and China's Didi Chuxing."

archived as you wish
I wrote a rant about robot cars...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 09:44:34 PM EST
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California is on fire again.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 07:32:43 PM EST
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by das monde on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 07:39:12 PM EST
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Fracking firm boss says it didn't expect to cause such serious quakes - Guardian
A senior executive at the fracking company Cuadrilla privately said this summer it did not expect to cause earthquakes that would be serious enough to force it to halt operations.

But despite that confidence, the company has triggered 37 minor quakessince it started fracking for gas at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire three weeks ago.

Two of those have been powerful enough to exceed a regulatory threshold that requires fracking to stop, and on a third occasion the company voluntarily ceased operations when it neared the limit.

Cuadrilla has said such tremors are to be expected from fracking, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals 2km underground at high pressure. Under government regulations, fracking must stop if a 0.5-magnitude earthquake is registered.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 11th, 2018 at 08:02:08 PM EST
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Lancashire should be glad it doesn't live under an Oklahoma regulatory regime.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Nov 11th, 2018 at 10:35:00 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:57:27 PM EST
truth and reconciliation commission running wild
Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before UK, Australian, Argentine, and Irish parliaments
simultaneously

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 09:00:36 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:57:30 PM EST
Today -100:November 8, 1918: Wild with joy

The United Press Association wire service spreads the news of an armistice in the hundreds of afternoon papers it services. There is no armistice.
... "More soldiers were kissed yesterday in New York than on any other day in history."
Which probably wiped out the "pneumonia" panic. So there's that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 02:46:16 AM EST
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Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day Events  
Clôture du rassemblement : des milliers d'Israeliens entonnent « Shir LaShalom », le chant de paix.
Hanegbi speech at Rabin rally drowned out by boos and vuvuzelas | JPost |

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

by Oui on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 04:58:49 AM EST
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Stop Incitement - Hatred Kills!  



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 04:59:36 AM EST
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Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia

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

by Oui on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 05:53:16 AM EST
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Trudeau apologizes for Canada's 1939 refusal of Jewish refugee ship St. Louis

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

by Oui on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 05:59:10 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 11:57:36 PM EST
Beneath the perversity of the current government, the prospect of Pelosi's return to Speaker fills me with dread. I can't stand the woman. Never gave her, Boxer, or Feinstein, and Jane Harman a thought until '06, the Patriot Reauthorization Act, when they appeared as a group to gird the most deceitful airs between them to do Bush's dirty work. I was, and still am, deeply offended to be harrangued by their press kit into believing, such women "represent" me. Look at US now!

I searched for Feinstein's excuses for railroding PATII without a debrief. I can't recollect the phrasing. But every second of Pelosi reminds me of her. I paused to read Greenwald's criticism at the time. I am discouraged and repulsed by what the future holds because it's all too familiar. One huge carnival of low expectations.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 8th, 2018 at 02:30:36 AM EST
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clips of Pelosi and Feinstein speeches on the occasion of Democratic Party victory, 2018, for "progressives".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 08:56:40 PM EST
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