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10 - 16 December 2018

by Bjinse Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:27:15 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:28:24 PM EST
Strasbourg shooting: Gunman at large after two killed and 11 injured - BBC NEWS


Two people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

The gunman, known to security services, is on the run and is being hunted by police. He had been injured in an exchange of gunfire with a soldier, police said.

The shooting happened close to a Christmas market in one of the central squares, Place Kléber.

France's counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation.

Confirming the death toll had risen to two, the French interior minister, Christophe Castaner, who is on his way to the city, called it a "serious public security incident".

Seven of the injured are said to be in a serious condition.

by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:32:29 PM EST
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The Strasbourg attack suspect's criminal past in Germany
born in Strasbourg, served time in time in German, Swiss and French prisons on robbery charges

archived
They are not all going back to where they came from.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 06:04:58 PM EST
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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 12:07:15 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:20:56 AM EST
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A Shakespearian scenario - although still unconfirmed...

Pressure mounting on Theresa May from Tory MPs - BBC

Tory Brexiteers are increasingly confident they have enough support to trigger a no-confidence vote in Theresa May as party leader.

If 48 Conservative MPs submit letters to say they no longer support her, a leadership challenge will be launched.

There is no confirmation but sources, including a cabinet minister, have said they believe 48 letters have been sent.

The BBC has also been told the senior backbencher who receives the letters has asked to see the PM on Wednesday.

by Bjinse on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:54:50 AM EST
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right now, madness reigns.

Quite frankly, it's exhausting. I sympathise with those who've been close to the Trump white House; if you care about good government, then watching this unfold and constantly having to respond to the next idiocy just begins to defeat you. There have been hours spent watching events in stupefied disbelief.

Brexit? Right now, that's so 6:30. It's 8:00, on to something madder

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:13:57 PM EST
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Spanish PM hardens Catalonia stance with eye on election
Sanchez has adopted a more open approach towards Catalonia's pro-independence leaders than his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy
[...]
But a deepening polarization within Spain over matters of regional autonomy on Dec. 2 cost Sanchez's Socialists votes in an election in Andalusia, one of its traditional regional strongholds, that in turn highlighted the risk of an early national election.
So they say.

archived
Spain's Prime Minister Sanchez says: 'As of today ...
Sanchez' equivocation was ceremonial, played in part to Cataluyna conflict ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:04:00 PM EST
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Swedish political crisis deepens as opposition get its budget passed
Although a new government would be able to adjust spending and revenue plans as soon as it takes power, it will be obligated to respect the 20 billion crowns ($2.2 billion) in income tax cuts included in the budget passed on Wednesday.
So they say.

archived
Government formation in Sweden, 31 Oct
Swedish elections today, 8 Sep

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:11:10 PM EST
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Macron to plead ["]deficit slippage["] essential for reforms plan
the costly emergency measures he announced to quell anti-tax protests were needed to ensure he could press on with his ambitious reform agenda, an official said on Wednesday.
€10B ($11.4B) tax cuts
Macron insisted that the subsidies for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners were not a U-turn but an acceleration of his pledge to "make work pay".
Income disparity in France's 2018-2019 Budget

archived suits in the room
Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for 'a fairer Europe'
Piketty still wants to tackle the right problems with the wrong instruments

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 12:21:58 AM EST
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Court rules for emission limits in metropolitan areas against EU Commission

Court confirms EU illegally relaxed diesel emission rules
Court tells EU Commission it can't let cars spew more greenhouse gasses | DW |

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

by Oui on Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 09:46:24 AM EST
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Thousands march in Brussels against U.N. migration pact, 16 Dec
no vests: sketchy account of EU state signatories to the 'pact' and branded opposition of any persuasion

French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth Saturday, 15 Dec
vests: sketchy account of feminist inclusion this 5th week in skirmishes

archived
["]European Conservatives["] Reject UN Immigration Pact

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 16th, 2018 at 07:47:40 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:28:27 PM EST
UK Wages Rising at Decade High While Employment Hits Record
"The figures provide further evidence that the labor market remains robust despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:00:58 AM EST
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Immigration is falling and EU residents are leaving in their 1000s.

So, anybody with a skill and a UK residency has a premium. But if you have no skill, then in-work poverty awaits. Employment has ceased to be a useful indicator of the health of the working nation as minimum or even average wage jobs do not provide sufficient to afford a roof over your head, let alone food. People are sleeping rough who have regular jobs.

Benefits c/o universal credit are largely illusory and cannot keep a person afloat if they are in financial difficulty. Rough sleeping is skyrocketing

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:19:49 PM EST
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"Working poor" is a long-established phenomenon in Japan.
by das monde on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 10:59:39 AM EST
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Copyright could force us to pull out of EU, Google News boss says
GOOG lobbies against Article 11, saying "that will put Google in the position of having to strike commercial deals between publishers".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:14:59 AM EST
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histleblower Exposes Facebook Censorship Techniques, A/V (EN)
KUMAR ("Aggressive Progressives" channel): I was a content specialist who helped promote videos on Facebook's newsfeed. I was doing that earlier this year, January through March. Then in spring, 2018, I woke up one morning to see that all your [Jimmy Dore production] videos had gone dark. And by that, I mean, your videos were getting flagged on Facebook for political content, and the reason being that you were acting 'a little too Russian.' Back in 2017 there was that Tech Crunch [search] report that was saying, Facebook was taking measures to stop the spread of fake news by banning certain political accounts from promoting their videos on their newsfeed. So when I heard Mark Zuckerberg in 2018 telling congress that he'd be doing the same thing, I thought, 'What changed between 2017 and 2018? Are they taking new measures? Are they re-taking the measures?' It wasn't until a week later that I realized, Variety magazine reported that Facebook Watch, which is Facebook's media platform, had reached a multi-million dollar deal with CNN, Fox News, ABC, large media outlets. So nothing about your content changed between 2017 and 2018, but the congressional testimony was the perfect opportunity for the political establishment, the media establishment, and the tech companies to form an alliance against small media outlets such as yourself.

archived
Zuckerberg meets the EP May 2018
Then Manfred "GDPR-global-standards" Weber (EPP) takes the first cuts
Free Speech
A Trip to the Woodshed

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 05:25:45 PM EST
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EU top court rules in favor of Draghi's bond-buying programme
"landmark case" (That's ancient US American for FIRST judicial opinion by a supreme court.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:19:11 AM EST
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EU parliament approves 'world's largest' free trade deal with Japan
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will remove duties on almost all agriculture and industrial products as well as open up the service sector and procurement. It also moves to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade.

"Almost five centuries after Europeans established the first trade ties with Japan, the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will bring our trade, political and strategic relationship to a whole new level," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

"whole new"? hmm, I've only gone back to the Edo period ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 06:22:17 PM EST
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Japan passes controversial new immigration bill to attract foreign workers, 7 Dec
"inescapable demographic pressures"

archived temp staffing
Shrinking Japan OKs Divisive Bill to Get More Foreign Labor
"two categories of workers would be accepted: less-skilled workers and former interns ..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 06:35:52 PM EST
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While the demographic crisis is real in Japan, it drives me nuts every time I see stories about "the desperate need to import foreign workers" without mentioning the fact that more and more Japanese young people are being caught in a no-win treadmill of minimally paid contract work and brutal overtime, and the withdrawal from the labor force that this causes - not that hard when so many young people live with their parents well into their 20's anyway.
by Zwackus on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 01:50:03 AM EST
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"Demographic dramas": one would think a nation like Japan would be particularly able to gracefully degrade with the size of it economy and demand. Alas. Surplus labor is always in fashion for one, really only one, reason --to depress wages and circulation, to support the store of value in retained earnings, capital invested generations ago. For what it's worth Japan hasn't reported GINI index in close to a decade, but it's looking forward to a flush which will not be re-distributed.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 07:04:06 AM EST
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Family and kids require a decent financial basis, especially in the Eastern (sexist/patriarchal) Yin-Yang family culture. Miserable working prospects alone could explain the demographic slump itself.
by das monde on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 11:05:20 AM EST
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This is certainly why the Italians have been reproducing less than any other 'advanced' democracy for decades now.
They love kids too much to subject their future to the crazed whims of their lunatic governments.

'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 Dec 15th, 2018 at 03:51:21 AM EST
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Kanji of the year reflects disasters that battered Japan in 2018
Deadly earthquakes, typhoons and a record heat wave that wreaked havoc across Japan prompted the public to vote for "wazawai," meaning disaster, as the kanji that best captures their sentiments about the year now passing.

The kanji of the year was announced Dec. 12 by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation.

The organization received 193,214 entries, of which 20,858, the largest number, were for wazawai. The character is also pronounced as "sai."

by das monde on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 11:09:03 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:28:34 PM EST
So last April, the DNC served the Trump "campaign", the Russian Federation, and Wikileaks with a lawsuit "alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign".

Friday Wikileaks revealed to the public with its motion to dismiss the lawsuit that

"The DNC does not claim WikiLeaks participated in hacking anyone. The suit claims that the scandalous emails of powerful political operatives are 'trade secrets' and cannot be published. If this precedent is set it will be the end of serious journalism as we know it."
Committee to Protect Journalists quotes Marcy Wheeler's legal opinions in depth, because Greenwald decamped to Brazil, christ Snowden is in Moscow, and neither Assange nor manning were available for comments.

archived Pelosi's free speech
"I don't think we should be having this debate in front of the press."
Will We All Be Limited-Purpose Public Figures?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 12:53:35 AM EST
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(L) photo:WTVR, (R) court sketch

AP | Jury Recommends Life in Prison for Man Who Rammed Crowd

The jury called for a life sentence for first-degree murder in the killing of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and activist, and also asked for hundreds more years on nine counts involving injuries Fields caused to others and for leaving the scene of the crash.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said she was satisfied with the decision.

"The bottom line is justice has him where he needs to be," Bro said. "My daughter is still not here and the other survivors still have their wounds to deal with, so we've all been damaged permanently, but we do survive. We do move forward. We don't stay in that ["]dark["] place."


archived
Charlottesville, Unite the Right, Aug 2017
Exhibit 1
Duly noted sequel to Bredhold


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 02:10:00 PM EST
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not cool
Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism
a string of disclosures suggesting prep by the author to enter US elections 2020, on the coat tails of Varoufakis' shiny NEW! reputation as people's advocate

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 04:06:39 PM EST
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commendable reporting on the sleaziest euphemism for a corporate organizational chart known to man since Drucker picked up a pen: "institutional knowledge"
Term Limits Talks Roil House Democrats
dovetails nicely with "trade secrets" of the DNC, the people's partisans

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 04:20:01 PM EST
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The problem is not so much too many terms, it's too many years. There is something to be said for Congress having some institutional memory held by an older set of members, but when ALL of the leaders of government are in their 70s, it is not a good situation.
by asdf on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 02:04:30 AM EST
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Have you ever heard of continuity plans?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 07:06:37 AM EST
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by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 10:07:11 AM EST
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"Memories" being the persistent trail-marking pheromones.  While ants aren't the total bio-bots of popular imagination neither do they have a whole bunch of spare neurons.  Once a trail is well established it keeps being refreshed thus gaining more longevity.  In humans the equivalent is Hebbian learning where repetition  leads to persistence.  

A neuron uses the rate at which it is stimulated by other neurons to decide whether to fire.

I 'get' the article is written for a general audience ... but ... um ...

Cell Contact signalling is only one method.  There are others, e.g., glial cell paracrine signalling.  

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

by ATinNM on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 05:41:38 PM EST
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Freedom Rider: Yellow Vests Show the Way
"It is always a good thing when people rise up against neoliberalism and austerity. ... That is not to say that this movement is entirely left wing."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:05:27 PM EST
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allocution

[CEO Executive David Pecker] says [he] worked with Trump campaign to pay 2016 hush money illegal campaign finance contribution: prosecutors
People, try to get your story straight.

archived
Team Mueller Victories
Cohen: accepted a plea bargain...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:57:24 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:28:37 PM EST

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees a border wall where none exists

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 01:05:34 AM EST
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I do have a post to place, which I believe it should be a diary, but I have no authorization.

It is a short comment on the background of the Gilets Jaunes' rebellion (or popular seccession, so say some people knowledgeable in history). I wrote it both in french and english.

More than 10 years ago, I used to be hanging around here, commenting occasionally. My username was findmeaDoorIntoSummer. I never wrote a single diary, which was strange. Eventually I would realize that there was a pathological explanation for that fact and similar troubles - troubles which eventually led me to leave. Which was a great relief, and allowed me to fight back. Knowing yourself truly empowers you.

These days I do have a lot more answers. I wont be hanging around much, I am afraid. I have a hard fight ahead of me, to present my ideas on a long classic format, and therefore to be properly recognized as an author, and a serious one, mind you.

I could sent my short, high density, text to an old timer, such as Migeru, but my statements will trigger probably a lot of questions, namely requests for references, and you should be entitled to receive answers. This was never a place for shallow conversations, after all.

You let me know what to think. I am afraid that today, Wednesday, I will be out of base camp and unavailable to reply.

Thanks for your thoughts and words.

by aDoorIntoSummer on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:02:35 AM EST
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What to do, I mean.
by aDoorIntoSummer on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 08:07:03 AM EST
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You are in fact authorised to post a diary. See the button "New diary" in your user console at the top of the page.

For more information, from the User Guide, How Do I Post a Diary?.

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

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:09:12 AM EST
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First thing I did after creating this account was click on "Diary". Second thing was click on "New Dairy". The following message is issued: "Permission Denied."

I am therefore both posting the text here, and sending you a copy in PDF format in case you want to place it somewhere else. It is short because I believe a shocking truth must be delivered in a acute blow. It is in French because for most of my adult life I have been waiting for the good folks of Paris to offer me a gift to change our lives for the better, and now that such event has become slightly possible, one has to do its share of the good work.

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THE REAL ENEMY OF YELLOW JACKETS IS FULL SPECTRUM HISTORICAL IGNORANCE

Hundreds of thousands, probably millions of French citizens have flooded the streets. They demand being heard, i.e. actual democracy.  They have been impoverished, and cannot bear the hike on fossil fuel price, the major fraction of which are taxes. It is possible that they might even want a reduction on taxation in general.
    French government justifies this particular taxation as a means to lower carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. In fact, a reduction in the consumption of petroleum, if not carbon in general.

    Perhaps a direct answer, as below, is best to reveal the depth of the deception. There are ideologies, both old and new, which may lead our societies to its decomposition.
    Memory is the primary resource of intelligent entities in order to predict the future. We must not forget the past:

1 - STRONG AND PROGRESSIVE TAXATION HAS MADE SOCIAL JUSTICE POSSIBLE
    Tax on fuel consumption is an example of flat taxation. And even if you may chose to drive or not a car or motorcycle, many people do not have a viable option.
    In contrast, in the good old times, both in Europe and the United States, the richest of people and corporations had to return the vast majority of their revenues as taxes. They were however safer, more admired and appreciated then today. Those taxes paid for high quality, low-cost - if not free -, public services in Europe, and kept the American budget afloat, i.e. its economical independence.

2 - MORE CARBON DIOXIDE WILL ALLOW MORE LIFE ON EARTH AND MORE FOOD ON THE TABLE
    Under usual circumstances, concentration of CO2 is the limiting factor to photosynthesis, i.e. biomass production; in other terms, biological wealth. You should also know that CO2 concentration has been many times above current levels practically ever since plants and animals arrived to dry land, and they have had a great time.
    Drinking a ridiculous amount of water can kill you, but it doesn't make it a poison,  especially when you are thirsty.

    Most recently, rise in CO2 levels has allowed a rise in leaf cover throughout the world, which is apparently warming up polar and boreal areas, and slightly chilling warm areas. Plants and birds, farmers, animal lovers and long-term investors should be happier now.
    On the other hand, whatever is based on scarcity, such as frozen deserts, ecologists who secretly do not care for life, and carbon tax financial products, will perform poorly.

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LE VRAI ENNEMI DES GILETS JAUNES EST L'IGNORANCE HISTORIQUE DEVENU TOTALITAIRE

    Des centaines de milliers, probablement des millions de citoyens français se manifestent dans les rues. Ils demandent d' être écoutés, ça veut dire, de la démocratie réelle. Ils sont appauvris, et ne sont pas capables de supporter la hausse de prix des carburants, donc la plupart sont des impôts. Il est possible même qu'ils veulent une réduction générale des impôts.
    Cette taxation forte est justifiée par le gouvernement français comme nécessaire pour réduire les émissions du dioxyde de carbone. En effet, la diminution de l'usage du pétrole, sinon même du carbone en général.

    Peut être qu'une réponse directe, comme ci-dessus, montrera mieux la profondeur de la tromperie. Nous avons des idéologies, vielles et nouvelles, qui peuvent conduire nos sociétés vers sa décomposition.
    La mémoire est la première ressource des entités intelligentes pour anticiper l'avenir. Il faut ne pas oublier le passé:

1 - LA TAXATION FORT ET PROGRESSIF A PERMIS LA JUSTICE SOCIAL
    La taxation sur la consommation des carburants est un impôt à taux unique. Et même si vous pouvez choisir de ne pas conduire des voitures ou motos du tout, mais beaucoup de gens ont besoin de le faire.
    Au contraire, au bon vieux temps, dans Europe et les États-Unis, les gens et les entreprises les plus riches avaient à retourner la plupart de ses revenus comme des impôts. Et pourtant, elles étaient alors plus sûres et plus admirées et appréciées qu'aujourd'hui. Ces impôts payaient des services publiques de qualité et peu coûteux, sinon gratuits, en Europe, et maintenaient le budget américaine à flot, c'est à dire l'indépendance économique du pays.

2 - PLUS DE DIOXYDE DE CARBONE DANS L'AIR PERMETTRA PLUS D'ÊTRES VIVANTS SUR LA TERRE ET PLUS DE NOURRITURE DANS LA TABLE
    Normalement, c'est la rareté du CO2 que limite l'activité photosynthétique, c'est à dire la production de biomasse; la richesse des écosystèmes - si vous préférez. Il faut savoir aussi que la concentration du CO2 dans l'air à été plusieurs fois supérieure à l'actuelle, presque toujours depuis l'apparition des plantes et des animaux sur terre sèche; cependant ils ont pu bien s´amuser.
    Boire une quantité ridicule de l'eau peut tuer, mais l'eau n'est pas du poison, surtout quand vous avez soif.

    Ces derniers temps, la croissance de la concentration du CO2 a permis une croissance des feuilles des plantes sur Terre, laquelle semble chauffer les régions plus froides, et refroidir légèrement les régions plus chaudes. Alors, des plantes et des oiseux, des agriculteurs, des amis des animaux et des investisseurs à longue terme doivent se réjouir.
    Au contraire, ce qui est basé sur la pénurie, comme les déserts glacés, les écologistes qui n'aiment vraiment pas la vie, et les produits financiers taxe carbone, auront des médiocres performances.

by aDoorIntoSummer on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 07:29:14 AM EST
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[ET Moderation Technology™]

Hiya - I've modified your status to Users, so if all the ET-code is behaving as should, you also should be able to post diaries.

If so, can I ask you to please put your text into a diary and post that, instead of leaving it up here? If I see your diary, I'll remove this post here and we can start the conservation in response to your diary. Thanks.

And I'm glad to read you've found your Door.

by Bjinse on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 08:50:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In the mean time I posted a diary on the subject, but did not replied to you immediately because I thought it might not be needed.
by aDoorIntoSummer on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 11:21:24 AM EST
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Racial Preferences Aren't Only an American Problem - WSJ
The Paris protesters are getting all the attention, but France isn't the only country where angry masses are taking to the streets to be heard.

The Journal reported Monday that an estimated 55,000 people gathered in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur last weekend to defend race-based policies that give preferential treatment to the majority Muslim Malay population. Defenders argue that ending racial preferences would "dilute decades of affirmative action policies introduced to help Malays catch up with the generally wealthier ethnic Chinese," who comprise less than a quarter of the population.

Affirmative action in Malaysia began in the 1950s, after the British colonial administrators, who had welcomed laborers from China, departed. Since 1971, Malays have enjoyed preferential treatment over their Chinese compatriots in everything from schooling and housing to government jobs and access to capital. The government's express goal was "racial balance," and to that end Malay entrepreneurs were given preference in obtaining credit, licenses and government contracts. Developers offer Malays discounts on new homes, and shopping centers have even banned ethnic-Chinese-owned businesses to limit competition with Malay proprietors.

by das monde on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 10:57:37 AM EST
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News from India
India's only dedicated "cow minister" has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure during which hundreds of the sacred animals starved to death or were poisoned in state-run shelters.

[...]

He was not the only noteworthy casualty from India's ruling party, with the country's only "happiness minister" - who stands accused of murder - also tossed aside by voters in central Madhya Pradesh state.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 06:25:43 PM EST
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Brazil court grants Nissan ex-boss Ghosn access to Rio apartment
Carlos Ghosn or his daughter should have the right to access a contested Rio apartment to retrieve personal belongings, according to a legal document seen by Reuters.
[...]
At the center of the dispute is Nissan's claim that the apartment contains three safes that the carmaker says it found there. Nissan says it has not opened the safes but that they may contain evidence against Ghosn, which could be lost if people close to the former executive gain access to the apartment.
[...]
A Tokyo court on Tuesday rejected Ghosn's appeal to end his detention after he was arrested last month on allegations of ["]financial misconduct.["]

archived elite trade hostages
Fear and Trembling: Nissan scandal slams brakes on cost killer's career
Huawei CFO Detained in Canada to Face Fraud Charges in US
Brazil braces for corruption appeal

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:34:53 PM EST
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China-based oil firm settles Iran sanctions violations, U.S. says

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 11:37:32 PM EST
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+ CAD 10 million (USD 7.5M)
Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties

archived
Huawei Exec Denies Violating Iran Sanctions at Bail Hearing
acceptable surety


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 12:39:43 AM EST
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Trump totally punked Canada.
NYT | China Detains a 2nd Canadian, Escalating Diplomatic Feud (not quite as obsequious as the REUTERS file on the same story)
China appeared to intensify its punitive campaign against Canada ... The second case involves Michael Spavor, a writer and entrepreneur who operates a cultural organization that promotes trips into North Korea.
o! That would US Publis Enemy No. 1 this month. DRPK is on several lists. There's the set up.
Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, disclosed the second case, and during a news conference Wednesday, warned the administration of President Trump not to further politicize what started as a legal matter
The swing.
The opacity surrounding the two cases ["]sharply contrasted["] with the public proceedings that unfolded over three days in a Vancouver courtroom after the arrest of Ms. Meng.
Miss.
"It is important to stress that," she said, adding that relations between Canada and China were important for Canada.
Foul!
Ms. Freeland also appeared to take Mr. Trump to task for his suggestion, in an interview with Reuters, that he would willingly intervene in Ms. Meng's case if it would help resolve the trade disputes that have soured relations over the last year.
waaiiit for it...
"Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice," she said.
Don't hold yer breath, lady. Trump isn't signing NAFTA any time soon. Ask yer girl, Nancy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 07:34:00 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:29:58 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:30:01 PM EST
Facebook bug EXPOSES photos of up to 6.8 million users
the Irish Data Protection Commission investigating

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 11:50:13 PM EST
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Curiosity question: Were there security breaches or information leaks in the Minitel system?
by asdf on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 03:06:17 PM EST
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It was a dumb-terminal system, and hacking wasn't very sophisticated in those days. If a provider left backdoors open to admin features which were not password-protected, presumably there were hacks.

But the information behind the Minitel sites was far from being as pervasive or as sensitive as it is now.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Dec 18th, 2018 at 04:47:21 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:30:04 PM EST
Today -100: December 12, 1918: Germany should pay to the utmost limit of her capacity
France also demands a Franco-Prussian War indemnity refund plus interest. Hasty US magnanimity appears however to be offset by "a recrudescence of the disease" formerly known as pneumonia.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 12th, 2018 at 07:55:32 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 10:30:07 PM EST


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