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2019 New Year Thread

by Bjinse Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 10:33:21 PM EST

Threads from the threshold of the year to come,

Whispering 'it will be happier'


My wishes for the new year come early - I'll be largely offline starting Monday morning, 2018's final day. This year has kept me occupied predominantly with family care and job responsibilities - no time for blogging, or much online activity whatsoever - though I've tried my best to pop up here to freshen threads or do some housekeeping whenever the opportunity arose. Thanks to the remaining gnomes and everyone else here to keep pitching in and keep things flowing - if there's any good that Brexit brings, it must be the consistency of Frank's excellent blogging and the community-input into Brexit diaries...

Speaking of exits, I do have one housekeeping announcement to make for 2019: coming April, I have an extended breakaway of three months in the offing and these will be spent primarily offline. So this gnome will doff his has during these months and move underground. If anyone is interested or keen enough in supporting and upholding the ET household during that period, please be so kind to leave a brief response - it'd be much appreciated!

Onwards with the interesting times - the year 2019 awaits... Best to all!

by Bjinse on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 11:20:36 PM EST
I'm always willing to pitch in. :)

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 31st, 2018 at 12:14:50 AM EST
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I am available for administrative duty, too.
Please contact me at the email address in my profile.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 12:15:11 AM EST
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Does anyone have an idea in what journals academic papers analysing refugee flows would be published? Might save me some time if I had a better idea where to look.
by generic on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 02:54:24 PM EST
First, "journals academic papers" are secondary sources. Which means that the authors' data selections from primary source datasets may or may not be complete or accurate. Data and semantic clearing requires work by the reader. Always read the footnotes.

So. Seek to primary sources, for example:

  1. UNDP, UNGMD, or Eurostat. These organizations publish annual and quarterly reporting period estimates by country of ORIGIN/DESTINATION online + 1-2 year compilation lag. Figures are never headcounts and will be adjusted over time to refine population accuracy, eg. YE 2016 gross estimate published YE 2017. Additionally, one can usually find preliminary analytical papers by employees and academics by subject matter ('detail') by reporting period at the websites. Some are for sale, some are free.
  2. Each nation-state statistical office. In this case you might find status demographic info, eg. "refugee" by pending claim, "refugee" by closed case, "migrant" by local statutory term of residence.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 03:41:54 PM EST
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2016 Migration and migrant population statistics illustrated
Data extracted in March 2018.
Planned article update: March 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 03:56:39 PM EST
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My first reaction was the need to be more specific in your question. Is it especially the refugees flow into the EU during the last five years? Also one can differentiate in the cause of refugees: war, famine, overpopulation, poverty or due to religious or gender issues.

Do you want refugees seeking asylum or do you need analysis of migrant flow between nations or continents. There are so many issues.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 05:18:01 PM EST
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Sorry for the drive by yesterday. What I was thinking of were mostly secondary studies on the line of: Can you trace refugee numbers to draughts? To small arms sales?
Since there are quite a few tools to study these kinds of questions I'd assume someone was already doing it.
by generic on Sat Jan 5th, 2019 at 01:44:57 PM EST
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OK, so I finally started Archaeology of Knowledge (Now I see "corn" everywhere.) and remembered something else.

Leo Wiener, Africa and the Discovery of America, 1922

archived tweets
...you're really looking at an anachronistic approximation

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 6th, 2019 at 02:49:30 AM EST
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iirc, Germany has been the preferred destination (after only USA) of 'migrants' and immigrants (by quantity) worldwide for more than four decades: so no surprise here.
Record Number of Migrants Sent Back From Germany to Other EU Countries in 2018
BAMF | Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 09:21:33 PM EST
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Germany generated more power from renewables than from coal in 2018:

by Bjinse on Sun Jan 6th, 2019 at 01:54:44 PM EST
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the difference between having lived abroad and having NOT lived abroad is not unlike the difference between having entered puberty and NOT having entered it. Yes, it's a dramatic and embarrassing comparison, but it's true. Once you've crossed that line, nothing is ever the same.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 8th, 2019 at 04:08:10 PM EST
A Fake Nude of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Was Debunked By Foot Fetishists - Motherboard
I asked jokes_on_you how they spotted the difference. "I've sucked enough toes in my life to recognize when something doesn't look right," they told me in a Reddit direct message. "Because we can't dorsi- or plantarflex our 2nd-5th toes independently I knew it wasn't a matter of the toe being bent. I thought that maybe she has some form of brachydactyly but her Wikifeet page has clear evidence to the contrary. So it was clear to me that it wasn't her feet."
by generic on Tue Jan 8th, 2019 at 08:46:35 PM EST

However, those with intimate knowledge of the matter have confirmed that this month's Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison really does have two left feet, and it's not at all a photoshop fail.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 9th, 2019 at 11:55:54 AM EST
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So does the PM of the UK when it comes to dancing.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jan 9th, 2019 at 07:37:42 PM EST
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Vox - June Coaston - Tucker Carlson has sparked the most interesting debate in conservative politics

Last Wednesday, the conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson started a fire on the right after airing a prolonged monologue on his show that was, in essence, an indictment of American capitalism.

America's "ruling class," Carlson says, are the "mercenaries" behind the failures of the middle class -- including sinking marriage rates -- and "the ugliest parts of our financial system." He went on: "Any economic system that weakens and destroys families is not worth having. A system like that is the enemy of a healthy society."

He concluded with a demand for "a fair country. A decent country. A cohesive country. A country whose leaders don't accelerate the forces of change purely for their own profit and amusement."

The monologue was stunning in itself, an incredible moment in which a Fox News host stated that for generations, "Republicans have considered it their duty to make the world safe for banking, while simultaneously prosecuting ever more foreign wars." More broadly, though, Carlson's position and the ensuing controversy reveals an ongoing and nearly unsolvable tension in conservative politics about the meaning of populism, a political ideology that Trump campaigned on but Carlson argues he may not truly understand.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 10th, 2019 at 06:20:18 PM EST

Next up: Right Wing Populism implements as Fascism.  

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

by ATinNM on Fri Jan 11th, 2019 at 09:16:33 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Jan 11th, 2019 at 11:01:34 PM EST
So it goes, eventually.
Chomsky's Unearned Prestige

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 12th, 2019 at 07:40:38 AM EST
Lack of insight when this author focuses on a narrow part of Chomsky's work. Unmasking the My Lai massacre was one of Chomsky's accomplishments. The following part in the article is far-fetched from a correct analysis of the Levant and the recent civil/ethnic war in Syria. Unmasks the author by his own words.

But more recently, the US military has been relying instead upon Syria's separatist Kurds to take over in northeast Syria. Either way, it's America's invasion and occupation of the sovereign nation of Syria -- an extreme violation of a nation's sovereignty over its own territory. However, Chomsky and many other leading scholars and intellectuals (and war-industry-funded think-tanksters) encourage this international aggression by the US Government. Here's a specific example of that, from Chomsky:

On 23 April 2018 was published in the New York Review of Books, "A Call to Defend Rojava: An Open Letter". Chomsky was one of its signers. His name there added prestige and 'authority' to the proposal.

Rojava is the projected name for a breakaway Kurdish region to be taken from the existing nation of Syria, by the US and its anti-Syrian allies, and to be ruled then by the U.S.-established "Syrian Democratic Forces" (SDF) of the most-ethnocentric Kurds. That "Open Letter" was urging continued US military arming and training of Kurdish fighters, the SDF, to achieve this goal of a Kurdistan for Kurds, which would be like the existing Israel for Jews -- that is, everyone else in the given territory would be second-class citizens; they'd be ruled by Kurds there, like in Israel by Jews. Rojava would be an apartheid state, like Judaic Israel is, and White South Africa was.

Rojava, Syrian Kurds and allegiances. The Kurds across Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey are not one nor united. There are many factions as can be expected over such a vast area, and divided by sovereign borders and governance.

Read the Open Letter, it's clearly a call for protection of civilians, refugees, caught up in the attack by Turkey and its jihadists allies on the city of Afrin. It's an humanitarian gesture, nothing more!

Rojava is NOT Kurdistan, nor is this implied in the Open Letter to create an independent state for the Kurds.

More here about the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as U.S. partner in their fight to stop the Syrian Army of Assad along the Euphrates River valley ...

ISIS Morphs from US's Deadly Enemy to Useful Weapon to Perfect Target | MintPress - Feb. 21, 2018 |

From my diary @BooMan ...

The SDF, which includes Kurdish, Arab and Christian units, had earlier liberated more than 240 towns and villages from ISIS militants on the border with Iraq.

Syrian Democratic Forces Est. Oct. 2015 by Oui @BooMan on Feb. 18, 2016

From May 2016 ...

In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq [armed with TOW missiles], or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving in from Kurdish-controlled areas to the east.

Making headlines, another gem. About the author Eric Zuesse, article published 21.12.2018

MH17 Turnabout: Ukraine's Guilt Now Proven

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 12th, 2019 at 12:05:35 PM EST
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Seymour Hersh "unmasked" the Mai Lai massacre. And the salient point about Chomsky's unearned credit for the author is Chomsky's self-aggrandizement on the backs of two other remarkable yet obscure scholars, Herman and Lippmann. To this I can agree with violent eye-rolls. In US AMERICA everything under the sun is NEW! IMPROVED!

& anarcho-syndicalism 2018
& not Bernays 2018
vs. Lippmann, David Simon, Krugman 2009

Having read into and somewhat admired Chomsky's theory of generative grammar ('60s), I understand Zeusse's basis for criticism. Chomsky's contribution to linguistic theory remains novel and controversial analysis to academia's purchase in the subject matter --for much the same crass reasons that Martin Bernal's work in historical linguistics was violently dismissed ('80s): Both ventured "outside his lane," as the young folk today say.

Having read a few of Chomsky's monograph's on US military aggression especially in south and central America, I eventually observed a formula to his method. That is serial restatements of revolutionary agency...anarcho-syndicalism, rather comically. Anachronism and topical impertinence recurs as his literature ages to challenge to the credibility of originality in or authenticity of his thought process. His advantage in securing a legacy as US America's "revolutionary" public intellectual then is epic unfamiliarity among his devotees with his ouevre as well as the contexts of its claims.

Not unlike Veblen, Hamilton! (the musical Federalist Paper 1-88), and of course IRS historical tables of personal income tax policy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 12th, 2019 at 06:14:54 PM EST
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Didn't delve into his profession in linguistics. Chomsky kicked some shins I see ... revolutionary in a new age of computer development. An analytical profession. I remember the analog computers at McDonnell Aeronautics, briefly worked with them during my study.

Background: Chomksy's study in linguistics at MIT

Noam Chomsky and the Human Revolution

The  language device of his MIT electronics  laboratory is revolutionary, but  not  in a  social  or  political  sense.  As  if  to ensure complete neutrality, language  is  equated  with a  natural  object  in  the  head, defined  in such  a way as   to exclude activism, social life and even any function in social communication. It is  equally cut off  from Darwinian evolutionary explanation. Chomsky's  critics  have  been puzzled  by these intellectual strategies. This  paper is an anthropologist's attempt to understand.

In  1955,  Chomsky  joined  the `Research  Laboratory  of  Electronics'  at  the  Massachusetts  Institute  of Technology. His work was funded by the US military. Chomsky explains:

    'About  half  the  Institute's  budget  was  coming  from  two  major  military  laboratories  that  they administered, and of the rest, the academic side, it could have been something like 90% or so from the Pentagon.  Something  like  that.  Very  high.  So  it  was  a  Pentagon-based  university.  And  I  was  at  a military-funded lab'.


Chomsky and his supporters subsequently secured two large defence grants, one for a project based in MIT  and the other for research undertaken  in the  University of California Los Angeles. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax contains this acknowledgment:

    'The  research  reported  in  this  document  was  made  possible  in  part  by  support  extended  the Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology,  Research  Laboratory  of  Electronics,  by  the  Joint  Services Electronics  Programs  (U.S.  Army,  U.S.  Navy,  and  U.S.  Air  Force)  under  Contract  No.  DA36-039-AMC-03200(E);  additional  support  was  received  from  the  U.S.  Air  Force (Electronic  Systems Division  under  Contract  AF19(628)-2487),  the  National  Science  Foundation  (Grant  GP-2495),  the National  Institutes  of  Health  (Grant  MH-04737-04),  and  the  National  Aeronautics  and  Space Administration (Grant NsG-496).

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 12th, 2019 at 08:31:55 PM EST
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To ovations, Hamilton! star reprises role in Puerto Rico
"I think that's absolutely monstrous,"
Miranda said as he apologized that he didn't have further comment. "It's the first time I'm hearing that. I've been a little busy."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 13th, 2019 at 03:45:10 AM EST
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I have no opinion of Zeusse's contrary interpretation of US/NATO aggression in "The Greater Middle-East" (est'd. 2002, PNAC) and may as well defer to the superlative intelligence on the matter which you have demonstrated here at eurotrib.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 12th, 2019 at 06:29:13 PM EST
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I first learned of Chomsky when my girlfriend's masters thesis referenched "Chomskyan linguistics" in about 1983. Since then I have noticed that he has often been a voice of reason, providing cogent criticism of US polity, in particular.

It is conceivable that he misrepresented Lippmann in Manufacturing Consent, but frankly I don't give a flying fuck.  Zuesse clearly has a hair up his arse with respect to Chomsky; long passages of his article are pure rant. He believes that Chomsky's renown and aura are not deserved. (If he has an objective metric of who deserves respect, that would be interesting).

He claims there are "many, many, other examples of Chomsky's déceptions", and the one he chooses is Chomsky signing a letter in defense of Rojava. Zuesse turns this into making Chomsky a shill for Lockheed Martin... Because, you see, the government of Rojava is no better than Assad for women's rights... or something. Oh and Chomsky "certainly disrespects Syrian national sovereignty" -Woo! Bad!

I file this one Under "weird". Some may find validation for their existing dislike of Chomsky... Not I.


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

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 12:54:01 PM EST
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Here is an alternative view of Chomsky.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 01:34:59 PM EST
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Reminds me of when I read George Monbiot's correspondence with Chomsky which he likes to pretend contains some revealing genocide denial on Chomsky's part. Made him look like a massive hack, frankly.
by generic on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 09:05:11 PM EST
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Second rate hacks have been targeting Chomsky since Skinner.  It comes with the territory since Chomsky's work is fundamental to modern Linguistics, the initiation and development of the Cognitive Revolution, and Neurolinguistics.  The same thing happened to von Frisch and his seminal work on the bee dance language with the same affect: not much.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 06:38:49 PM EST
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To which Skinner do you refer?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 09:25:39 PM EST
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B.F. Skinner.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 05:10:12 PM EST
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Alright, I'll play.

Apologies for this tardy reply. I was not expecting Skinner. (2pts AT) Saussure, Frege, Quine --and we know N.C. contempt for post-modernist semiotics, so, no-- but not the dread Skinner with whom I am best acquainted through ...business school bibliography for ops research and "seminal" management science techniques, I was not expecting.

Put that on the back burner in order to attend to wtf, then finally wobbled up to me stacks, (3-floor row house these days, same bookcases, fewer volumes), dusted bunnies, flirted with Noam Chomsky, On Anarchism (anthology 1969-2005), and ...

Noam Chomsky, On Language (1977), anthology, Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language "in one volume". I digressed to revisit all the dog-ears and me marginalia. Part II of the former, oddly enough, is titled "Generative Grammar", to which I will not refer. I think, defense of Zuesse's criticism (summarized thus, "self-servin sumbitch") relative to Skinner's peculiar expertise or any other's influence in Chomsky's literary product is served with quantitative data in hand: the indices. The result is markedly self-referential; not good form at any rate, is it.

Language: Skinner (2), Chomsky (56)
Reflections: Skinner (2), Chomsky (51)

(2pts EZ) Now the punchline: I had forgotten that I have never regarded N.C. in terms of philosophical profession. Still don't, though you've provoked me reconsider leitmotifs in this "linguistics" literature having nearly nothing to do with biology, *psychology, genetics or "neurology". In this respect the indices again reveal more about the figure than his theory. He appears not well read in that his imagination is bound by western uropean epistemology, anglophone canon especially. It's rather ironic that he was capable of imagining, once, a "generic" construct for language acquisition. Since you asked, I was disappointed not to find Durkheim! Well, he gave it go.
* Made You Look! (Expect It When You Least Expect It) is a game that my brother and I often played when we were very young.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 03:48:57 AM EST
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TechCrunch - Jon Evans - Our dystopian cyberpunk here and now

We in the West love our apocalyptic science fiction, in which cartoonishly evil authorities ruthlessly oppress all who so much as wonder about their absolute power, enforced via ubiquitous surveillance technology. Think The Hunger Games, Blade Runner 2049, V for Vendetta, just to pick a few. Well -- to trot out that infamous William Gibson line, the future is here, it's just unevenly distributed.


  Yearly reminder: unless you're over 60, you weren't promised flying cars. You were promised an oppressive cyberpunk dystopia. Here you go.

    -- Kyle Marquis (@Moochava) July 10, 2013

I'm thinking of Xinjiang, northwest China, which, according to panoply of reports over the last year, has become an oppressive surveillance police state: Georgetown professor James Millward conjures it:


   While on your way to work or on an errand, every 100 meters you pass a police blockhouse. Video cameras on street corners and lamp posts recognize your face and track your movements. At multiple checkpoints, police officers scan your ID card, your irises and the contents of your phone. At the supermarket or the bank, you are scanned again, your bags are X-rayed and an officer runs a wand over your body [...] The system crunches all of this into a composite score ... [Based on it] you may or may not be allowed to visit a museum, pass through certain neighborhoods, go to the mall, check into a hotel, rent an apartment, apply for a job or buy a train ticket. Or you may be detained to undergo re-education.


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jan 13th, 2019 at 07:56:59 PM EST
Which 'Big Brother'?
Diplomats to Tour 'Re-Education Camps' as Pressure Builds Over Mass Detention of Uighurs
Witness credibility, December 28-30, 2018: Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Kuwait
Diplomats from 12 countries with large Muslim populations ["mostly Muslim countries"] visited Xinjiang, after months of silence by governments across the Islamic world in the face of China's crackdown on minority Muslim Uighurs in its far western region.
Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based exile group the World Uyghur Congress, said the Chinese government was using extremism as an excuse to lock people up.
China defends Xinjiang camps as it takes reporters on tour
China will not back down on what it sees as a highly successful de-radicalisation programme in Xinjiang that has attracted global concern, but fewer people will be sent through, officials said last week in allowing rare media access there.
Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based exile group the World Uyghur Congress, said the Chinese government was using extremism as an excuse to lock people up.
That's odd. There are no extremists, political prisoners, or police surveillance in Europe, the UK, North America, or the 'Greater Middle East'.
Pakistan lauds growing peace, stability in Xinjiang
Sayed, the diplomat from the Afghanistan Embassy in China, who has visited Xinjiang many times, was surprised to find during this visit that residents in southern Xinjiang, who used to idle around, now are busy studying and working, which is a good phenomenon. He said that training for vocational skills would help enhance many people's lives and what he saw in Xinjiang is opposite to many reports of the Western media.
hmmm, I had a similar reaction when visiting just Shanghai, Ho Chi Min City, and Singapore 20 years ago, well before 'curated' social media 'went viral'.

archived 'integration'
Global Detention Projcect
How will EU member-states prevent or avoid replicating the caste/class system of integration, typified by US custody of American black d.o.s.?
Inside French Prisons, A Struggle To Combat Radicalization - NPR

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 08:40:16 PM EST
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EvolvePolitics - Tom Rogers - An astonishing lie in Theresa May's Stoke Brexit speech has been uncovered BEFORE she's even delivered it

In the speech, set to be delivered at a factory in Stoke-on-Trent later today, Theresa May is expected to compare the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum to the vote for Brexit, by stating:

"On the rare occasions when Parliament puts a question to the British people directly we have always understood that their response carries a profound significance."

"When the people of Wales voted by a margin of 0.3%, on a turnout of just over 50%, to endorse the creation of the Welsh Assembly, that result was accepted by both sides and the popular legitimacy of that institution has never seriously been questioned."

However, as uncovered in several fantastically-researched Twitter threads, Theresa May's assertion that "both sides" accepted the result of the Welsh referendum is a complete and utter lie.

Indeed, following the 1997 vote, the Conservative Party completely opposed respecting the result of this referendum for more than 8 years - with the now Prime Minister Theresa May herself even voting against the bill in Parliament to respect the result and initiate the formation of the Welsh assembly.

And it seems they regarded the vote in favour of the Scottish assembly (67%) as tiddly widdly and easily ignored.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 12:52:02 PM EST
by generic on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 12:14:19 PM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 04:27:00 PM EST
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Der Postillon
Er wurde nur 67: Erfinder der Autokorrektur unerwartet gestohlen

Sand Französische (dpo) - Ein ganz Grober ist von und gegangen: Am Sonntagabend ist der Erfinder der beleibten Autokorrektur Mark Umsatzsteuer in Sand Französische an Herzversand gestorben. Der 67-jährige Pioneer hinterlässt eine Frau und zwei Rinder.

Im Silikon Ball galt Umsatzsteuer bereits seit den früher 80er Jahren als absolute Koriander und einer der größten Sofort wäre Entwickler überhaupt. Wirklich berührt machte ihn jedoch erst die Erfindung der Autokorrektur im Jagd 1994.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 07:39:01 PM EST
NYT - Pankaj Mishra - The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class

Describing Britain's calamitous exit from its Indian empire in 1947, the novelist Paul Scott wrote that in India the British "came to the end of themselves as they were" -- that is, to the end of their exalted idea about themselves. Scott was among those shocked by how hastily and ruthlessly the British, who had ruled India for more than a century, condemned it to fragmentation and anarchy; how Louis Mountbatten, accurately described by the right-wing historian Andrew Roberts as a "mendacious, intellectually limited hustler," came to preside, as the last British viceroy of India, over the destiny of some 400 million people.

Britain's rupture with the European Union is proving to be another act of moral dereliction by the country's rulers. The Brexiteers, pursuing a fantasy of imperial-era strength and self-sufficiency, have repeatedly revealed their hubris, mulishness and ineptitude over the past two years. Though originally a "Remainer," Prime Minister Theresa May has matched their arrogant obduracy, imposing a patently unworkable timetable of two years on Brexit and laying down red lines that undermined negotiations with Brussels and doomed her deal to resoundingly bipartisan rejection this week in Parliament.

Such a pattern of egotistic and destructive behavior by the British elite flabbergasts many people today. But it was already manifest seven decades ago during Britain's rash exit from India.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 01:11:24 PM EST
Vinay Lal, History of British India, Lec03 (transcript -- ed.)
... We will seek to understand how the Europeans use the template of European history to define and construct India and how and with what consequences. And when I say, "the template of European history," What do I mean? By way of illustration, I've given this kind of illustration before and now I'm using a different language, because our endeavor will always be to try to explain the same thing using different languages. Some people understand it better through certain concepts than others. So when I say, "the template of European history", when the Europeans come to India, they assume that religious conflict is endemic in India, too. Why do they make that assumption? Because it was endemic in their society. I mean, remember the crusades. Remember the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the brutal wars over religion that are fought in Europe. They assumed that similarly such religious conflict has in fact shaped the Indian past. And that's what it means to use the template of their history to try to understand India. ...
Africa, North America, Caribbean or "West Indies", China, "East Asia", "Indonesia," the "Middle-East," and "Pacific Islanders"

Happy Black History Y4 D20

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 07:05:22 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Jan 28th, 2019 at 07:36:51 PM EST
Naked Capitalism
The end of America's unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its sponsorship and funding of violent regime change wars against Venezuela and Syria - and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade - is now driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions.

This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that Donald Trump would become the catalytic agent? No left-wing party, no socialist, anarchist or foreign nationalist leader anywhere in the world could have achieved what he is doing to break up the American Empire. The Deep State is reacting with shock at how this right-wing real estate grifter has been able to drive other countries to defend themselves by dismantling the U.S.-centered world order. To rub it in, he is using Bush and Reagan-era Neocon arsonists, John Bolton and now Elliott Abrams, to fan the flames in Venezuela. It is almost like a black political comedy. The world of international diplomacy is being turned inside-out. A world where there is no longer even a pretense that we might adhere to international norms, let alone laws or treaties.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 1st, 2019 at 11:41:50 AM EST
Wishful thinking in his dotage. I think the first time I read about US overreach causing a multi polar world was in the very early 2000s with the Echelon scandal. Which was also about the time I started reading the news at all. And yet what has really happened since then? The EU response can best be described by the dril tweet about licking your enemies' boots until they cry for mercy. The only exception is a refusal to stop gas imports, but that is so far from feasible that the demand itself is more transitional. And it has lead to the Europeans throwing money at useless LNG terminals. In the current Venezuelan coup the EU is again on board without dissension and we have yet to learn whether the EU's resistance on Iran has any real world consequences.
by generic on Sat Feb 2nd, 2019 at 09:23:46 AM EST
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