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by Bjinse Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:38:35 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:39:57 PM EST
Palermo, colpo alla nuova Cupola di Cosa nostra. Arrestato l'erede di Riina, è il boss Settimo Mineo

La Cupola di Cosa nostra è tornata a riunirsi, il 29 maggio scorso. Non accadeva dal 1993. I capi delle famiglie di Palermo si sono ritrovati per eleggere il nuovo padrino, l'erede di Totò Riina morto un anno fa. E' l'ottantenne Settimo Mineo, ufficialmente gioielliere con negozio in corso Tukory, il più anziano fra i boss della mafia siciliana, il giudice Falcone l'aveva arrestato nel 1984 e lui spavaldo aveva detto all'interrogatorio: "Non so di che parla, cado dalle nuvole". Una vita per la mafia. Ma il mandato di Settimo Mineo è già scaduto: all'alba, la procura di Palermo diretta da Francesco Lo Voi ha fatto scattare un maxi blitz dei carabinieri nei confronti di 46 fra boss e gregari. E tra i fermati c'è anche il capo dei capi che avrebbe dovuto inaugurare la nuova era mafiosa.  

Italian Mafia 'godfather' Settimo Mineo held in Sicily raid | BBC News |
Falcone murder investigation: Italian judges reconstruct last moments of anti-Mafia crusader | The Independent - Nov. 1993 |

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

by Oui on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 09:29:16 AM EST
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In case you though Brexit couldn't get even more absurd (you didn't think that, did you?)
Both BBC and ITV are pushing ahead with plans to host a Sunday evening televised Brexit debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, despite the physical impossibility of the prime minister and the Labour leader being in two different television studios at the same time.

The farcical situation has occurred because neither political party is willing to back down on its preferred debate format. As a result both broadcasters are now officially insisting they are continuing with preparations for their own rival debates in five days' time, with no idea which leaders - if any - will turn up to their event.

However, there is the possibility of a breakthrough on Tuesday as negotiations continue.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 10:55:56 AM EST
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Every writer of satire is slack-jawed with awe at the script for 2018. They'd never get away with it.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 12:34:59 PM EST
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Labur wee right to be wary of the BBC offer. It turns out that No 10 and the BBC hierarchy had been planning this for at least a month, long before it ever became a "thing".

Their plan was to have the 2 leaders questioned by a panel of journalists. However, given the team the BBC were likely to fied they were wise to prefer the ITV version of a straight debate. The panel would almost certainly have included such unbiased journalists as;-

Andrew Neil, ex-Murdoch lackey and Thatcher-groupie whose sneering condescension to any political view left of the Tory party has long rendered unwatchable any programme he's on,

Laura Kuennsberg, who has never hidden her contempt for the Labour party and actually orchestrated an on-air resignation from Corbyn's shadow Cabinet to undermine one of his speeches. One example of her reporting wher every time somebody leaves the Shadow Cabinet, LK will talk of Corbyn under threat and Labour in disarray, while every resignation from the Tories shows May standing strong and being resolute,

Andrew Marr, once seemingly even-handed, the ascension of Corbyn has deranged him leaving him short-tempered and rude with any who dare to support Labour policies.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 06:18:02 PM EST
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UK could halt Brexit unilaterally, says EU's top judge
The ECJ's Advocate General Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona said in an opinion that "the Court of Justice should, in its future judgment, declare that Article 50 TEU allows the unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU".
[...]
"A revocation by mutual consent of the departing member state which changes its position and the EU institutions with which it is negotiating its withdrawal is possible. However, this would not prejudice [?] unilateral revocation," he stated

"It would be illogical [?] to force [?] that member state to withdraw from the EU in order to then have to negotiate its accession."

winning

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 07:12:37 PM EST
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Here's your Justice John Marshall moment
He adds that the power to interpret Article 50 TEU definitively and uniformly is that of the Court of Justice which must carry out considerable interpretative work in order to determine whether or not that article allows the notification of the intention to withdraw to be revoked unilaterally.

archived
Marbury vs Madison, in which
"For want of citation to Marbury v. Madison, which settled the question in which branch authority to interpret all laws, rules and regulations derived thereof, resides."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 07:26:08 PM EST
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In answer to the question from the Scottish court, the Advocate General proposes that the Court of Justice should, in its future judgment, declare that Article 50 TEU allows the unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, until such time as the withdrawal agreement is formally concluded, provided that the revocation has been decided upon in accordance with the Member State's constitutional requirements, is formally notified to the European Council and does not involve an abusive practice [!].
reversed in part, held in part, and remanded. Mission accomplished, ECJ!

< wipes tears >

archived

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 07:32:59 PM EST
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First,like the notification of the intention to withdraw, the unilateral revocation must be notified by a formal act to the European Council...
< wipes tears>
This is not going to happen, bar a supernatural interpretation and orders by ECJ before 29 Mar 2019
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parliamentary act by Scotland
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tabled by Westminster
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plurality affirming the motion
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documented request
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extraordinary meetings of EP and Council to "reopen" negotiation of the A50 action
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simple majority Council affirming and EP consent to that request
(rather than UK application to rejoin 2021 per Art.49 once UK has its shit together and EP election and budget are concluded).
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pull the other one.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 08:01:05 PM EST
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memory lane
Chequers meets ANDY WIGHTMAN MSP AND OTHERS vs SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION, 21 Sep 2018

Wightman MSP et al. meet OLIVER GARNER, 21 Sep 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 03:35:41 AM EST
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The Martin Selmayr Scandal
Today, the European Ombudsman reiterated that his appointment as Secretary-General of the Commission was against EU law. It crystallises all those accusations levied at the EU over the years when it comes to being a 'gravy train' or a bastion of 'unelected bureaucrats'.
[...]
Juncker and his allies may have opened a Pandora's Box here because the EU purports to be a rules-based entity. That was the line during the Brexit talks and that's the line when talking to Hungary, Poland and Romania. Break the rules and you're outta here.

That Campos Sánchez-Bordona, what a card!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 08:40:21 PM EST
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From the above quoted article:
"At a micro level, why should other Commission departments hold free and fair hiring processes for top jobs, when the Berlaymont doesn't? On the global scale, why should other countries follow the EU in sticking to the Paris Agreement on climate change?

The ripple effect means that this isn't just about some German guy getting a cushy job at the Commission. It risks cracking the foundations of the EU itself."

What it exposes is the fragility of such foundations as there are.

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

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 10:38:22 PM EST
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quite

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 10:55:37 PM EST
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French government suspends fuel tax hikes after 'Yellow Vest' protests
"The French who have donned these yellow vests want taxes to fall and work to pay. That's also what we want. If I didn't manage to explain this well, if the ruling majority didn't manage to convince the French, then something must change."
France Suspends Fuel Tax, Utility Hikes Amid Protests
[Prime Minister Edouard] Philippe also announced that electricity and natural gas prices will be frozen until May 2019 [!] in a move aimed at improving spending power.
auspicious
Prominent Socialist figure Segolene Royal, a former candidate for president, lauded Philippe's decision but said it came too late.

"This decision should have been taken from the start, as soon as the conflict emerged," she said. "We felt it was going to be very, very hard because we saw the rage, the exasperation, especially from retirees. They should have withdrawn (the tax hikes) right away. The more you let a conflict fester, the more you eventually have to concede."

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen lashed out at the decision as too little, tweeting that it was "obviously not up to the expectations of the French people struggling with precariousness."

Every time I read Anglo-merican reporting on this protest-rioting, I learn some new-to-me detail about the heinous tax regime, presidential decrees, or the number of people killed since 17 Nov!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 11:55:57 PM EST
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"the costume"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 08:42:30 PM EST
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Protesters, now joined by unions, reject French concessions
France's largest farmers union said it will launch protests next week, after trucking unions called for a rolling strike. ...Trade unions have not so far played a role in the improvised movement, but are now trying to capitalize on the growing public anger. A joint statement from the CGT and FO trucking unions called for action beginning Sunday night [9 DEC] to protest a cut in overtime rates, and asked for an urgent meeting with the transportation minister.
FRANCE24 | 'Yellow vest' protesters 'feel ridiculed'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 04:51:32 AM EST
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France delays food price [!] rise for farmers after protests
"A 'field-to-fork'law adopted early last month sought to ease the burden. One of the key measures, a 10-percent increase in the price floor for food products, was initially due to be adopted at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:00:40 AM EST
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Macron's Government May Face No-Confidence Vote
from the Bernie Levy School of  ... "But they are trying to attract support from other opposition forces."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 05:28:18 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 08:39:04 PM EST
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archived meddling and interference
Teenagers demonstrated in front of their blockaded schools

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 07:49:07 PM EST
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This video has been making the round on French social media for the past 48 hours. Luckily, it looks like none of these youths have been injured or hurt. High-schoolers ("lycéens" in French) demonstrations over the previous years have often resulted in severe bodily injuries thanks to the use of "flashball" weapons by the riot police.
by Bernard on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 09:12:57 PM EST
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Danes Plan to Banish Unwanted Migrants to Remote Island
Martin Henriksen of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party, which supports Denmark's center-right government, told The Associated Press that the government's move "is a signal to the world that Denmark is not attractive" for migrants.

The isolated island of Lindholm was until this summer a laboratory facility for the state veterinary institute researching contagious animal diseases.
[...]
The plan, adopted Friday by the government and the Danish People's Party that between them hold a majority in parliament, is to decontaminate the uninhabited island by late 2019 and open facilities for some 100 people in 2021.

archived
I'm confident we're on the same page here.
human "rights"
Global Detention Projcect
country profiles
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 5th, 2018 at 06:42:42 PM EST
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2012

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 06:47:23 PM EST
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["]European Conservatives["] Reject UN Immigration Pact
USA, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Italy
The compact is set to be agreed upon by numerous world leaders - not including the United States, which dropped out a year ago - next week at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.
misplaced precision writ BIGLY
"It is legalization of mass migration," said Marcel de Graaff, a Dutch far-right leader in the European Parliament, at a recent news conference.
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"The compact is clearly and explicitly stated in it that it is not legally binding," said Elspeth Guild, a law professor at Queen Mary, University of London, in an email to Courthouse News on Wednesday.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
"our common values"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 07:03:23 PM EST
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WoS | In England's Dreaming
We now have the verdicts on Brexit from three of the UK's four nations. The Scottish Parliament, speaking for the Scottish nation, voted overwhelmingly this afternoon to reject both Theresa May's draft agreement and leaving the EU without a deal.

Scream if you want to go faster, readers. But let the historical record clearly show that if and when Brexit does happen, just one of the four "equal partners" of the United Kingdom will be solely responsible, with the other three strongly opposed but being dragged along anyway by the only one whose opinion actually matters.

And whether you personally happen to be pro-Brexit or anti-Brexit, let those who voted against Scotland having the power to decide its own fate in 2014 be held unequivocally and eternally accountable for that helpless impotence.

alrighty, then. Who's got the votes to revoke?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:47:32 AM EST
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by generic on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:53:07 AM EST
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Luxembourg's Answer to Traffic Woes: Free Public Transportation
Congestion, air pollution, global warming, residency.
"Paris is studying the possibility of making its metro system and buses free."

archived May 2018
Estonia Will Roll Out Free Public Transit Nationwide

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:44:44 PM EST
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How do you want to classify this "hate speech"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 07:27:35 PM EST
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Yellow crutches. He forgot the vest.


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

by eurogreen on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 04:14:33 PM EST
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independent.ie installed GDPR-compliant notification of user rights to accept or deny data collection. The nice thing behind throwing up a

GINORMOUS NOTICE


is that after one clicks to review cookie policy, the default action is deny.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 10:21:15 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 10:55:42 AM EST
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by generic on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 11:13:29 AM EST
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France's 'yellow vests' clash with police in Paris, 8 Dec
As night fell and many demonstrators started returning home, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said there had been about 10,000 protesters in Paris by early evening and some 125,000 across the country.

Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse and other cities also saw major clashes between protesters and police on Saturday.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 11:44:23 PM EST
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Surging in the polls, Italy's Mussolini v2 stages mass Rome rally
Locked in battle with Brussels over the government's budget plans, Salvini told the cheering crowds he would honor promises to boost state spending, warning that austerity would only fuel the sort of violence that has rocked neighboring France.

"Those who sow poverty reap protests," he said

Hungarians protest against 'slave law' overtime rules
According to the bill posted on Parliament's website, employers are guaranteed an extra 250 hours of overtime per worker per year. For the rest [+ 150 hrs], they would have to seek employees' agreement.
This guy and the parliament he rode in on is possibly more mental than Macron.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 12:12:20 AM EST
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Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for `a fairer Europe'
Manifesto by progressive Europeans calls for €800bn of levies to tackle inequality, disillusionment, climate change and migration

A group of progressive Europeans led by the economist and author Thomas Piketty has drawn up a bold new blueprint for a fairer Europe to address the division, disenchantment, inequality and populism sweeping the continent.

The plan, crafted by more than 50 economists, historians and former politicians from half a dozen countries, includes huge levies on multinationals, millionaires and carbon emissions to generate funds to tackle the most urgent issues of the day, including poverty, migration, climate change and the EU's so-called democratic deficit.

* The manifesto is published on Monday by the Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, La Vanguardia, Gazeta Wyborcza, La Repubblica and Politiken
by Bernard on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 06:44:37 PM EST
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Piketty still wants to tackle the right problems with the wrong instruments
Manifesto by progressive Europeans calls for €800bn of levies to tackle inequality, disillusionment, climate change and migration
 The manifesto drawn up by Thomas Piketty and others addresses the inequality and populism sweeping the continent. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images
A group of progressive Europeans led by the economist and author Thomas Piketty has drawn up a bold new blueprint for a fairer Europe to address the division, disenchantment, inequality and rightwing populism sweeping the continent.
The plan, crafted by more than 50 economists, historians and former politicians from half a dozen countries, includes huge levies on multinationals, millionaires and carbon emissions to generate funds to tackle the most urgent issues of the day, including poverty, migration, climate change and the EU's so-called democratic deficit.

All fine up to this point...

At the heart of the manifesto is a call for a European assembly that would have a budget of up to €800bn a year, financed by taxing corporate profits more effectively, as well as income and wealth.
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The money would be overseen by a new European assembly consisting mostly of national politicians and some MEPs. While the assembly would be in touch with EU institutions, it would sit outside EU treaties and have the final word on spending.

Piketty is recycling his hobby horse of a Eurozone parliamentary assembly... which wasn't a ridiculous idea in itself... but this time round, he doesn't seem to reference the Eurozone at all. Colour me perplexed. What is this Frankenstein parliament for? Other than destroying the EU?

The public are invited to comment and improve the proposals, which the authors said were "not perfect, but ... do have the merit of existing".

I half agree.

Please don't read the list of signatories. Ok, read it, if you need a good laugh.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Dec 10th, 2018 at 12:06:02 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:39:58 PM EST
Pitiful Headline w/o 2 Dec
Stock Market Misery Runs Deeper Than Trump and the Fed
Well, yeah, it's not about the points.

DoJ Charges 4 People in Panamagate Over Decades-Long Fraud Scheme
"Panamanian citizen Ramses Owens, German nationals Dirk Brauer and Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz as well as US citizen Richard Gaffey have been charged in an 11-count indictment, according to the Justice Department. The Germans and American have been arrested while Owens remains at large."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 12:53:37 AM EST
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NYC Officials Blast Wall Street's Ice-Out of ["]Women["] in Wake of #MeToo
Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, spent a dozen years at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. before joining the De Blasio administration.
No You may not expect NY state National Guard escort into the building.

Create a new spreadsheet and hire a chaperone.

archived
Bette Midler apologizes for controversial 'women, are the niggers of the world' tweet
chaperones
For 15 minutes I was livid.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 11:13:12 PM EST
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Tariff effects broaden across U.S., wage growth higher: Fed
"The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates at the close of its Dec. 18-19 policy meeting."
buh-bye US ag and "emerging markets"!

xoxo Anyone Buttrump

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:13:30 AM EST
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U.K. Suspends Visa Program for Super Rich [RUSSIANS, CHINESES] in Crime Crackdown

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:32:56 PM EST
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Mark Worth on Corporate Compliance Fatigue and Being Fed up with the Monitor
"They talked about how it cost millions of dollars to do the trainings. There was not an attitude of self reflection or deterrence to make sure these things didn't happen again. They didn't use the words crimes or scandals. They used the words topics and issues. They weren't even talking about it in an honest way."
There's a lot of that going around.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 07:57:58 PM EST
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Sheryl Sandberg Needs to Log Off

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 08:16:19 PM EST
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Feds received whistleblower evidence in 2017 alleging Clinton Foundation wrongdoing

Misogeny. o, and yeah. Quarter moons on Fridays, religious profession, high humidity, party affiliation, Russians, and query theory explain all.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 08:02:38 PM EST
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hmm, lemme see. What looks tasty today?
Closely Watched Double-Jeopardy Challenge Stumbles at High Court
"Part of what stare decisis is, is a kind of doctrine of humility [?!] where we say we are really uncomfortable throwing over 170-year-old rules that 30 justices have approved just because we think we can kind of do it better," Justice Elena Kagan said at oral arguments this morning.
because misogyny &tc to which one may now add 'people of color', maybe 'forced migration'
While the state charges were pending, however, the federal government stepped in with federal charges for being a felon in possession of a gun. Just like his state case, the federal charges were based on the traffic stop.
because mo' better burial practices and 'restorative justice'?
Gamble challenged his federal prosecution under the double-jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment, but the court rejected his argument and pointed what is known as the separate sovereigns exception, which allows the federal government to bring charges against someone who already faced a state prosecution for the same incident.
not that 'life and limb,' the other one.
"Suppose you're right, maybe Marbury v. Madison was wrong," [Justice Stephen] Breyer said, referring to the landmark Supreme Court decision. "Maybe there are mis-cites [!] in all kinds of things. Look at the door we're opening up."
ohhhhhh, noooooooo, 'legislating from the bench'. wut.
Assistant to the Solicitor General Eric Feigin hammered this point during his arguments, saying Gamble had not presented compelling enough reasons to abandon the separate sovereigns exception, which is built on fundamental principles of federalism.
## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

archived doulos, slaves, serfs, tenants, and other 'unfree labor'
a historically controversial topic in the USA.
judicial reasoning
mistrial and double-jeopardy risk
stare decisis

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 09:12:23 PM EST
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Inexplicably, DOJ managed this move without Democratic Pary oversight. Have you (pl.) been following the fortune of the most improbable national chartered bank in the USA?
Goldman Sachs Ensnarled in Vast 1MDB Fraud Scandal
Prosecutors also brought charges against the Malaysian businessman they believe stole some of the money: Jho Low, who spent millions of dollars on gifts to celebrities like the actor Leonardo DiCaprio and the model Miranda Kerr.
detained at the airports?
Federal prosecutors said Tim Leissner, a former Goldman investment banker who spent years courting Mr. Low, pleaded guilty in August to taking part in the bribery and money laundering scheme. He left the firm in 2016 after the scandal first emerged.

The court filings were sealed until Thursday when the two other men, Mr. Low and Roger Ng, Mr. Leissner's former deputy, were charged. Mr. Ng, who left Goldman in 2014, was arrested in Malaysia; Mr. Low remains at large.]



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 06:24:46 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:39:58 PM EST
Attorneys General [Serve] Subpoenas [to] Trump Organization, Fed Agencies
The subpoenas come on the heels of a Monday ruling by U.S. District Judge Peter Messite, who approved a schedule for discovery of evidence related to allegations that President Donald Trump violated the Constitution's emoluments clause by allowing [?] foreign and domestic government entities to spend money at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
ATTACHMENT A TO SUBPOENA TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE: "'All' shall be construed as all, each, any, and every"
Thirty-seven entities have been [named] in the subpoenas. Thirteen Trump-owned private businesses were also named, including DJT Holdings LLC and others plus a slew of federal agencies that could have information about Trump's hotel, including the General Services Administration which holds the hotel's lease.

archived oversight after Cohen
Federal agents raid office of lawyer who previously did tax work for Trump

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 12:10:05 AM EST
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FOR THE FIRST TIME, Prosecutors Connect Trump to a Federal Crime
"The filing stopped short of accusing the president of committing a crime."

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

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 10:09:18 PM EST
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The Guardian
Former vice-president Joe Biden has said he is the "most qualified person" to be president and will soon make up his mind about whether to run in 2020.
Amazing! He's been in politics for so long and hasn't figured out yet that one of the most important qualifications is the ability to get people to vote for you.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 07:17:09 AM EST
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Badass ["]national security["] women offer Democrats a Trump antidote
"The Badasses," as the women have dubbed themselves, had no political experience. Yet several won districts Republicans dominated for decades.
[...]
While there is a question mark about whether a woman with ["]national security["] experience will end up on the presidential ticket, some see such a candidate as Democrats' best hope to take on Trump.

archived
FIFTH WAVE

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:08:59 AM EST
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Sen. Kamala Harris Aide Resigns After $400,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Emerges
"We were unaware of this issue"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 09:43:47 PM EST
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The Forward
"I want to thank Vice President Mike Pence," the President said, to great applause. "A tremendous supporter, a tremendous supporter of yours. And Karen. And they go there and they love your country. They love your country. And they love this country. That's a good combination, right?"

The President's remarks are deeply offensive. They take the classic anti-Semitic canard that Jews have dual loyalties to their home country and to Israel and go one step further, suggesting that Jews have only one loyalty -- to Israel.

Not only that, but the President contrasted the singular loyalty of American Jews to Israel with the love shown by Vice President Pence, who is able to love both America and Israel.

Amazingly, his audience of right wing Jews applauded. Their applause for the President's casual anti-Semitic remark is staggering, not least because some in the audience had called Linda Sarsour an anti-Semite for saying something similar just weeks ago.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 03:09:13 PM EST
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At first I thought, ahhh, a common spelling error, "anti-Semitic". Then I delved the semantic import of the offense.
his audience of right wing Jews ... some in the audience had called Linda Sarsour an anti-Semite for saying something similar just weeks ago.
"We have been CRYSTAL CLEAR in BOTH of our statements that we REJECT antisemitism and all forms of racism," Sarsour wrote, emphasis hers. "We have been CLEAR that Minister Farrakhan has said hateful and hurtful things and that he does not align with our Unity Principles of the Women's March that were created by Women of Color."

But the Women's March hadn't been clear about these issues in the anemic statements they put out on the topic. At least, it wasn't clear to Alyssa Milano, to say nothing of the many Jewish activists, many of them on the left, who wished for a more forceful condemnation.

Too many cooks in the kitchen make a mess.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 04:48:12 PM EST
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Many Americans are unable to differentiate between Biblical Israel and the modern country of the same name. In their view, belief in the former implies support for the latter. No further analysis is needed.
by asdf on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 05:51:58 PM EST
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But it doesn't seem to have changed her view on Israel.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 10th, 2018 at 09:38:01 PM EST
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Kavanaugh votes with back bench to hold lower court ruling

ProPublica, #MeToo, #Time'sUp, #WhyIDidn'tReport excoriation of patriarchy developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 05:51:52 PM EST
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Hag Watch Int'l. Presents

TRUMP: ...I can't get it passed in the House, if it's not going to pass in the Senate. I don't want to waste our time.
PELOSI: Well, the fact is you can get it started that way.
TRUMP: The House we can get passed very easy and we do, but the problem is the senate, and we need ten Democrats to vote and they won't vote.
PELOSI: That's not the point, Mr President. The point is that there are equities to be weighed and we're here to have a conversation in a careful way, so I don't think we should be having this debate in front of the press.
Trump, Pelosi and Schumer get into a heated Oval Office fight over border wall and shutdown

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 06:35:53 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:40:00 PM EST
Living Lab 'Arms Race': USA v CHINA
CRISPR-Cas9 technique, Nov 2018
He was unrepentant during a talk at the second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong Wednesday, saying that his aim was to help HIV/AIDS patients have healthy babies. ...The Beijing News has reported that couples who agreed to participate were paid 280,000 yuan (US$40,000), on condition that they did not seek further compensation should the experiments go wrong.
'Right-to-Try' Law, May 2018
Right-to-try legislation gives terminally ill patients the right to use experimental medications that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. ... Access to the drugs will likely only be feasible for wealthy Americans who can afford to pay for the treatment, as well as the consequences of any negative side effects out of pocket.
Medical Eaxminer: The Lie Behind the Right to Try

archived informed consent
Nobel Prize Medicine - It's Personal
ebola marketing UPDATE
CRISPR DNA editing may cause serious genetic damage, 2017
Crispr technique heralds genetic revolution, 2013


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 04:24:35 AM EST
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Elective Surgery PR: Brazil, USA, Czech Republic, Turkey, Sweden, Serbia
1st Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor
The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 07:00:29 PM EST
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Exclusive: Dutch hospitals to drop U.S. body brokers, cite ethical concerns
FBI cadaver quality control FTW

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 11:51:52 PM EST
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In case any if you have fallen for the Beto hype, (I hope you haven't) Current Affairs may help you to get over it.
O'Rourke's wealth and connections helped him crush Hernandez (except in poorer, heavily Mexican American districts in South Texas, which Hernandez won). The national Democratic party and even progressive media outlets ignored her. O'Rourke essentially treated her as a nuisance, refusing to debate her, and Hernandez reports that when she met with him after the primary, he refused to make commitments on important progressive issues. Hernandez's account of their meeting should be read by any member of the left who considers O'Rourke a reliable ally:

SH: He kept staring at me with his hand to his chin. I told him, "How do you expect people to vote for you, if you vote against us? If you vote for a seven hundred billion dollar military budget that is not earmarked for Vets? When that money could have been used for Medicare for all or college for all or a list of other things." I mentioned I didn't like how he followed the DCCC script on Medicare for all. He countered that he does not follow Party lines. He took offense and explained why he did not sign on to H.R. 676 because private health care would not get paid. I asked him to cosponsor H.R. 676 even if he doesn't think it will pass. It's a show of good faith and support for Medicare for all. He told me that he was not going to sign H.R. 676 just because it is what people want or because it is popular.... I asked him to explain why he was running, why he got into the race. I don't have healthcare. I do not have a good paying job. Our families and our communities are impacted more than he is.

Interviewer: What did he say?

SH: He said he is running because he believes every Texan and person in the USA deserves affordable healthcare, schooling, and ways to support their family. I expected a candid response and I got his campaign speech. I wanted to get to know him as a person and instead I got what you see on television, a politician.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 07:31:41 PM EST
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"He's [BECOMING?] Barack Obama, but white."

needs moar Netflix

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 07:51:46 PM EST
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"He told me that he was not going to sign H.R. 676 just because it is what people want or because it is popular."

What would Allysa Milano do (WWAMD)?

wut

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 07:53:33 PM EST
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archived adults
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL et al. v. US Department of Education and Betsy DeVos

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 06:32:03 AM EST
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Brazil future unclear amid opposing ideologies of ministers
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- With his inauguration just weeks away, Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is assembling a Cabinet of ministers with starkly different views on key issues like climate change, the economy and China that is raising questions about the direction the far-right leader will take Latin America's largest nation.

Spoiler alert: That isn't true at all.
"Renowned fighter against corruption" Moro is literally the judge that prevented Lula from running. "Free Markets" and military dictatorship? Who ever heard about such an unlikely combination in all of South America? A focus on enterprise vs. leaving the climate accord?

by generic on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 01:59:40 PM EST
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EU and France ramp up €1.3bn support for G5 Sahel
not that G5, the other G5, a subsidiary of AFRICOM minus several billion.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 03:31:44 AM EST
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The "trade war" prosecuted by US federales is not merely the assay on tariff reciprocity.

The U.S. Just Became a Net Oil Exporter for the First Time in 75 Years
market share gain by sanction against competitive exporters

Apple continues to force retailers to buy demo models while preventing their resale
market share gain by US antitrust violation

Huawei CFO Detained in Canada to Face Fraud Charges in US
market share gain by "suspicion of engaging in conspiracies to defraud multiple financial institutions and contravene US sanctions on Iran"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 08:06:38 PM EST
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CFO detentions and prosecutions, 2007 - present
Huawei Exec Denies Violating Iran Sanctions at Bail Hearing

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 09:40:09 PM EST
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Canada Takes A Hostage: Free Meng Wanzhou
The lack of outcry from women's rights groups in the west is not surprisingly, deafening.
[...]
The pretext for her arrest is that Huawei has violated US sanctions against Iran. But the "sanctions" imposed on Iran by the US recently are illegal under international law, that is under the UN Charter that stipulates that only the Security Council can impose economic sanctions on a nation. The latest American sanctions are not approved by the Security Council. Sanctions imposed unilaterally by one nation against another are not legal and are violation of international law. There is, therefore, no law that she or Huawei is violating.
[...]
Trudeau's statement that this arbitrary arrest was not politically motivated and that he was not involved in giving orders for Canadian police to detain her once she landed in Vancouver is preposterous since the Extradition Treaty between Canada and the United States requires that the United States inform the Canadian foreign ministry of its request and send them the documents supporting the request.

Further Article 2 of the Treaty requires that Canada can only act on such a request if, and only if, the offence alleged is also an offence by the laws of both contracting parties. But the unilaterally imposed and illegal sanctions placed against Iran by the USA, are not punishable acts in Canada and even in the USA the "sanctions" are illegal as the are in violation of the UN Charter.

Trump Just Ripped Up Nafta. Here's What's in the New Deal.
wild

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 04:33:46 AM EST
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Angry China summons US ambassador over arrest of tech exec Meng Wanzhou
"Perhaps because the Chinese state controls its judicial system, Beijing sometimes has difficulty understanding or believing that courts can be independent in a rule-of-law [!] country," [former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Roland] Paris tweeted. "There's no point in pressuring the Canadian government. Judges will decide."
Xinhua (EN): "Sorry we are not able to find information related to meng wanzhou"
Xinhua (EN) | Chinese embassy in Ottawa urges Canada to release Huawei official 6 Dec
At the request of the U.S. side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law. The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights [!] of the victim," said a spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in a statement.

"The Chinese side has lodged stern [!] representations with the U.S. and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou. We will closely follow the development of the issue and take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens," added the spokesperson.

boilerplate
"The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just [!] conclusion," said the statement.

< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 07:22:10 PM EST
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Huawei Arrest Raises Thorny Questions of Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 10:07:25 PM EST
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Perhaps a good time now to buy stock in video conferencing suppliers. No executive will want to take the chance of getting pulled out of an airplane boarding queue in some random stopover country.

The good news is that the cost of tickets for the business class compartment will plummet!

by asdf on Mon Dec 10th, 2018 at 03:39:54 AM EST
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Or they could just get rid of business and first class altogether, and just treat everyone decently.
Just kidding.
by Andhakari on Mon Dec 10th, 2018 at 09:02:38 AM EST
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So the misogynous US president and the feminist Canadian premier team up to detain a powerful woman.

Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown...

Oops...

Oops...

by das monde on Mon Dec 10th, 2018 at 12:56:09 PM EST
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Shrinking Japan OKs Divisive Bill to Get More Foreign Labor
The fastest growing group of foreign workers is Vietnamese, many of whom are employed in construction and nursing
[...]
Under the proposed legislation, two categories of workers would be accepted: less-skilled workers and former interns with basic Japanese competency are allowed to stay in the country for only up to five years as visitors and cannot bring in family members. That is meant to encourage them to leave when their visas expire, preventing them from settling in Japan.
I see where this is going.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 11:30:17 PM EST
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Author: Andre Vltchek, "Magic Imperialism and the Great American Wall"



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 04:06:13 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:40:51 PM EST
Fears grow of a swine fever epidemic in China
"I remain very skeptical of any notion that China has this under control," Arlan Suderman, the chief commodities economist at INTL FCStone Financial, said in an email to Asia Times. "It doesn't fit with the continued rise in cases over a broad area. There are too many ways in which this long-living virus can survive in the environment to declare it under control this soon."
[...]
"It all comes down to China," [executive director of Animal Protein at Rabobank, Christine McCracken] added. "Given the lack of biosecurity, the number of pigs in the country, and the fact that half are backyard pigs, there's almost no way they can get ASF under control.

McCracken then warned of the consequence of a potential pig virus epidemic. "How are they going to feed their people? Because if they don't feed their people, they've got a massive political issue. Food insecurity is not a good recipe for future political aspirations," she said.

African swine fever is present in wild and domestic pigs in regions of Asia, Europe and Africa
vectors

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 02:45:55 AM EST
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One year on, the struggle to clean up Guinea's capital continues
"There is a lack of coordination and strategy"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 09:40:25 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:40:54 PM EST
Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth, tumblr_ai_smut
Tumblr has defined adult content as "photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content--including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations--that depicts sex acts."

archived evolutionary biology
Sex with animals

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 12:22:02 AM EST
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Referendum: Taiwan voters say no to gay marriage
The result came at the end of a dramatic evening that saw Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen resign as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
[...]
Taiwan's top court legalized same-sex marriage in May 2017, the first place in Asia to do so, and ruled that it must be brought in within two years, but the government has made little progress in the face of opposition from conservative groups.
[...]
Ahead of the vote, Tsai and DPP officials repeatedly accused China of meddling in the lead-up to the elections by operating a "fake news" campaign. Beijing has denied the allegations.
China launches a crackdown on lavish weddings
Even though the overall number of people getting married has fallen according to government data, the wedding industry is still booming. ...Flaunting wealth in this way has been condemned by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

"[We] should adhere to [a] simple marriage etiquette [which] should [conform] to a good social trend that advocates diligence and thrift, and opposes extravagance and waste," the ministry stated.

The biggest hurdle for LGBT people in China is not the government but their families.
"But as in many elements of Chinese society, there are few legal protections against discrimination or any formal recognition of a same-sex relationship."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 01:37:45 AM EST
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'Crazy Rich Asians' fails to click with Chinese audiences
"It's a good genre movie," Wei said. "It's also an interesting comparison with the current China-U.S. relationship. You think you know about China, but in reality you don't."

The film's poor performance in China contrasts sharply with its near-rapturous reception in the Chinese diaspora, especially in the U.S. where it was hailed as the first all-Asian box office smash. Critic Shi Hang said Chinese audiences are so used to all-Asian productions that the casting didn't hold much novelty.

Orientalism in the NEW! Golden Age

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 07:44:50 PM EST
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After Thermae Romae, where Japanese actors act ancient Romans, why should they be impressed by this?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 07:57:54 PM EST
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Actually, I do. I could come up with all kinds of "critical acclaim" to push the product ... if I were still 'in the life', but I'm not. So I won't.

Thinks for the title tip, tho'. I'll look for a stream.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 08:28:17 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
I'll need a six pack for the feature length.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 08:34:40 PM EST
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McDonald's `gapjil' incident illustrates bullying culture
abusive or disrespectful behavior by someone in a position of power, aimed at someone they consider beneath them. Gapjil cases often involve bosses and their subordinates, professors and students, or staff of a major corporation bullying a smaller company.
S. Korea found to have severe "happiness gap"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 01:53:42 AM EST
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One million artists can't be wrong about cultural evolution
Scientists researching the origins and evolution of graphic codes have turned to the popular web platform Reddit to explore how culture evolves. When a Reddit art initiative attracted over one million online participants, Thomas Müller and James Winters of the Minds and Traditions (Mint) group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History saw an opportunity to test the dynamics of cultural change.
hypothesis?
the view that cultural change has a similar logic as biological adaptation.
experiment design?
a digital "canvas" on which any user could place one pixel at a time over three days.
conclusion
Winners are good at defending territorial resources but cooperation is the key to success. ... The tribalism of internet users was on full display with many artworks dominated by defiant nationalistic symbols.
PLOS ONE | Compression in cultural evolution: Homogeneity and structure in the emergence and evolution of a large-scale online collaborative art project
if anyone can load the metric(s) of "culture", let us know.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 01:13:20 AM EST
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Ancient, unknown strain of plague found in 5,000-year-old tomb in Sweden
"It could also rewrite some of what we know of ancient European history."

Preposterous!



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 9th, 2018 at 06:42:41 PM EST
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