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by Bjinse Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:48:54 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:34 PM EST
Explainer: Supreme Court to consider appeal over rights of unborn
The appeal arises from a case concerning a Nigerian man who came here in 2007, his Irish partner and their child, born in August 2015. The man, who was refused asylum and subsidiary protection and against whom a deportation order was issued in 2008, is said to have two other children, one in Nigeria and one born here in July 2015 to an African woman.

The child was not a party to the proceedings when they were initiated but was later joined to the case by Mr Justice Humphreys.
What did the High Court ruling find?

An unborn child, including a parent facing deportation, enjoys "significant" rights under the Constitution "going well beyond the right to life alone", the High Court said.
What is the State's argument?

The State maintains the unborn has no constitutionally protected personal rights beyond the right to life in Article 40.3.3 and is not a "child" within the meaning of Article 42A, inserted as a result of the 2012 Children's Referendum.

Any legal entitlements of the unborn are dependent, it says, on being born alive.

Supreme Court to consider appeal over rights of unborn (official trailer)

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by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 11:40:04 AM EST
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Article 8: the clusterfuck that keeps giving.

Also, official Ireland hates refugees.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 12:07:32 PM EST
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Yes, I was left with the impression that Art.8 defenders had persuaded jurists to confound the one political issue --female sexual reproduction-- with another utterly unrelated --the invidious of migrant horde. Desperate people look for desperate lies, and no better time than now, while "repeal" gains ground, to launch a whopper into its path.

That may be that the complainant offered this plea voluntarily; or that the "Irish," not African, vessel despaired of separation from the fruit of her loin (dead or alive) by any means imanginable. I suppose, "special interests" suborned this perjury from the pair in exchange for stay of daddy's deportation.

Mind numbing sophistry if one is inured to libertine colonial pastimes or even unaware of its affects in modern US american social life.

I think, I'm looking at a home-spun "Anchor Baby" threat to the homeland instead of whether a citizen has the choice or not to terminate a pregnancy.

Y'all can't be so stupid as to fall for it.

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by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 05:00:55 AM EST
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The explainers aren't any closer to articulating the merit of daddy's plea to vacate a deportation order precludes a female's choice to terminate a pregnancy were Art.8 repealsed.

The unborn will have 'no constitutional rights' if Eighth Amendment repealed, court told

Here Art.40.3.3 defrauded all people, unborn and living,

That exchange was that, in return for an explicit acknowledgement in 40.3.3 the unborn had an equal right to life with its mother. All pre-existing rights or any rights that may have been discerned later that vested in or protected the unborn were "given up".

of "prospective parentage of an Irish citizen child" granted embryos

It was impossible to reconcile this "absolutist" position with the Supreme Court's approach to a case involving frozen embryos where the court agreed, while the embryos were not an unborn under Article 40.3.3, they were nonetheless entitled to some measure of constitutional recognition and respect.

Ergo, deporting daddy is identical to terminating a pregnancy which otherwise would produce live birth that all embryo and unborn Irish citizens want.
The effect of this argument was that this unborn has no rights whatsoever capable of being considered by the Minister when considering the application to revoke her father's deportation order, he said.

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by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 01:42:44 AM EST
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Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to crack down on immigration - Guardian
Tough proposals to crack down on immigration and asylum in France have been unveiled by Emmanuel Macron's government amid complaints from human rights groups and street protests by some public agents in charge of asylum procedures.

The legislation is aimed at speeding up the process for asylum requests and for expelling migrants who aren unable to claim asylum. It would also double to 90 days the time a person without papers can be kept in a holding centre.

The bill, which criminalises illegal border crossing, has sparked anger from charities who called it oppressive.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 09:14:09 PM EST
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'Suspect can no longer avoid facing victim in court': justice ministry
Up to now, suspects have had the option whether or not to appear in court during their trial.
The right of victims to speak in court has been part of Dutch trials since 2005 [?!]. According to the Volkskrant it has the support of most political parties but is controversial among lawyers. Prominent lawyers Bart Nooitgedagt and Peter Plasman told the paper they object to what they consider `the rise of emotion' in court: formally a `perpetrator' is only a suspect [!] at that stage and `emotions can jeopardise the neutrality of the trial process'.

That's a weird-ass defense of a presumption of innocence.

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by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 11:31:55 PM EST
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I thought at first this was another example of what happens when translating an originally Dutch article but no - both Dutch and English criminal law clearly distinguishes between perpetrator and suspect.

However, I also read that American media now often use suspect while they in fact mean perpetrator. Which in result led US police forces to start using the more flowery descriptor 'person of interest' and what not - something I hadn't realized before.

The Dutch press is different in another regard. There is an equivalent for 'defendant' in Dutch law - but that word is hardly ever used by Dutch press, which sticks to suspect until the decision of the judge/court.

So I don't see anything weird-ass about this at all. It's just jargon.

by Bjinse on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 01:59:04 PM EST
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Thank you for responding.

There is an equivalent for 'defendant' in Dutch law - but that word is hardly ever used by Dutch press

Exactly. Had that term been selected, I wouldn't have remarked about the suspect's status on "trial" (hearing of charges and preliminary facts or probable cause of action, an "arraignment," then prosecution of charges pursuant to a verdict (of "guilty" or "not guilty", because innocence is premise of every prosecution).

I did not expect the meanings of "suspect" and "perpetrator" to be in translation. Misunderstanding legal procedure in countries other than my own interests me though, as when  fjallstrom and I disagreed about the meaning of habeas corpus in Sweden viz USA -- ie. detention by investigation without charge.

formally a 'perpetrator' is only a suspect
Here, the article's writer implied to me a procedural distinction in a Dutch criminal trial where there is none in US-English vernacular.

Elision occurs in typical US-Eng. vernacular usage of the terms. Their meanings are synonymous: either (i) the individual is not "formally" charged with criminal act or (ii) the individual is charged, but the guilt of the individual is unknown.

The (alleged) perpetrator (of a crime) ...
The suspect (alleged perpetrator of a crime) ...
A person of interest (in comision of a crime) ...

At trial the alleged perpetrator's "formal" address is defendant, indicating charges have been arraigned and prosecution of alleged criminal conduct will commence. There is no term corresponding to "suspect" etc. other than "defendant" in US-Eng. legal terminology. That's why the Wikipedia article is flagged with semantic questions.

That said, I was more interested in the implied novelty in the Netherlands of permitting [?] "victims" appearance at arraignment [?] or trial [?]. While I can understand why some might choose not to attend proceedings, it never before occurred to me that choice was barred.

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by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 03:55:40 PM EST
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French activists tell stories of sexual abuse and rape at major student union
The women spoke of incidences of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape occurring between 2007 and 2015 at UNEF for an article in left-wing French daily Libération.
The article reveals an organization where young women activists were the target of insistent pressure, notably under the presidency of Jean-Baptiste Prévost between 2007 and 2011.
"It is important that the omerta [!] is lifted," the current president of UNEF, Lilâ Le Bas told the French press. "I give my full support to the women who denounce the violence they have suffered in the organization."

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by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 11:51:41 PM EST
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Marion Marechal-Le Pen calls for 'France first' in speech to US conservatives at CPAC
France should follow the example of US President Donald Trump and pursue a "France first" agenda, Marion Marechal-Le Pen told a gathering of US conservatives outside of Washington, DC, on Thursday.
Why the speech matters: Marechal-Le Pen withdrew from the political limelight last year after her aunt lost the second-round presidential run-off to Macron. She has, nevertheless, been popular among the FN's grassroots members. Her views on abortion, immigration and Islam have often been more hardline than those of Marine Le Pen. Some observers have touted Marechal-Le Pen as a future FN leader. The party has been struggling to remain united following the presidential election defeat.

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by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 12:45:33 AM EST
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UK ideas on post-Brexit ties are 'pure illusion', says Tusk
Leaders then moved on to discuss the EU budget, with Britain's departure set to leave a hole of about €10bn a year in the EU's budget.

The European Commission has warned of cuts to the Common Agricultural Policy if member states are not prepared to increase funding. It has warned that without an increase in contributions from member states, there will have to be cuts to the biggest spending areas, the CAP and structural and regional funds. It could also mean scaling back on new areas of EU activity, notably migration and border control, and defence.

31 Dec 2020 coincides with the end of the current fiscal period.
#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on 'Leaders agenda' despite Brexit
Auditor recommends giving committed EU funds to UK after Brexit

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by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 05:57:25 AM EST
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A lot of comment that the official government position may not matter very much after this week.

The Labour party are moving towards a "Customs union with single market membership if possible" position. This is important cos it actually matches the pro-europe compromises of the anti-brexit tories and so probably becomes a significant voting block if a well-worded amendment comes to the floor. (which may or may not have been tabled).

The problem is, of course, that this means that the "rebels" would be voting against their government, something that tories are notoriously allergic to doing. It's probable that, if they did, they would end not only their own careers, but Theresa May's as well

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 04:48:42 PM EST
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That's in the back of my mind.

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by Cat on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 08:56:05 PM EST
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The revenge of the places that don't matter - VoxEU
Despite massive public expenditure by successive governments to promote development in the north of England, the results had been dismal. The economic gap between a prosperous south of England and a declining north had widened (Martin et al. 2016). Development policies were not working, and there was a need to rethink development strategies for those areas of the UK that were lagging or declining (Leunig 2008).

The proposed solution was simple. First, focus on the regions of the country that were prosperous and dynamic (London and the southeast). Second, allow "people in Liverpool, Sunderland, and so on" (Leunig 2008) to move to more affluent places to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

Leunig demonstrated considerable courage by standing in front of what would have been a polite but mostly hostile crowd. What Leunig did not realise, however, like many academics that preceded and have followed him, was that telling people that where they lived, and where they felt they belonged, did not matter would create a reaction.

The worldwide reaction has, however, come from an unexpected source. In recent years, some of the places that `don't matter' have increasingly used the ballot to rebel against feelings of being left behind, of lacking opportunities or future prospects.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 06:13:24 PM EST
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So yeah. I looked around the website for once, for context, yanno. And I get the feeling this vintage of professional *ocrats than the past 100 vintages is no closer to solving the problem of "balancing" surplus labor and resource agglomeration.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 08:04:59 PM EST
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In the UK there is a real problem that everything is in London. The government, the law courts and the finance centre are all here.

Government simply looks after london and assumes that the rest of the ocuntry will feed off the trickle down. Oddly, this doesn't appear to be working well

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 04:51:32 PM EST
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the NEXT time will do the trick < wipes tears >

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by Cat on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 08:58:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 08:43:27 PM EST
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Real News, cited in Naked Capitalism on Latvia.
About two years ago, the financial press was busy promoting the tiny country of Latvia as proof that austerity works. For example, in May 2016, Bloomberg ran an article with the headline "Austerity Worked for Latvia."


Well substantively, the allegations are very serious, and they fall into two areas, as you noted in your introduction. One is that Latvian banks, not just one, but now it is alleged at least three, were critical to helping North Korea evade financial sanctions and this was critical to their ability to produce their great advances that they've shown in ballistic missiles designed to be able to deliver nuclear weapons at extremely long ranges, including all of the continental United States. So essentially, pretty much the world.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 12:28:07 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:37 PM EST
Job numbers expand, more people on flexible contracts
Some 5.3 million people now have a permanent job, or around 60% of the total people with jobs. Two million people have a flexible contact and 830,000 people are classed as self-employed. The situation has changed significantly over the past 15 years.  In 2003 nearly 75% of workers have permanent contracts.
Cabinet effectively pulls plug on DBA freelancer legislation
The aim of the changes is to stamp out sham self-employment, but in practice, there is mounting evidence that companies are dropping their freelancers.
Some 1.3 million people in the Netherlands do some sort of freelance work, often alongside a regular job, according to figures from the national statistics agency CBS.

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by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 11:44:46 PM EST
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Nigeria urges caution on ECOWAS' currency integration proposal
According to him, the inflation targeting regime recommended as framework was not feasible, as it was based on adoption of a flexible exchange rate regime, noting that the real convergence was nowhere near achievable despite efforts made so far.
He also advised that the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) countries to make a presentation on a clear roadmap towards delinking from the French Treasury.

this while AFRICOM and EU increase FDI (USD, EUR) in para-military policing across Sahel region.

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by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 12:25:39 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:39 PM EST
NBC | Russian trolls flood Twitter after Parkland shooting
"Covert Russian propaganda flooded Twitter after the Parkland shooting to stoke America's raw divides."
VOA/NPR | As An American Tragedy Unfolds, Russian Agents Sow Discord Online
For Bret Schafer, an analyst with Hamilton 68, a site tracking Russian influence on Twitter, the pattern is becoming all too familiar. Hamilton 68 follows 600 accounts run by the Russian government, Russian trolls, bots and individuals sympathetic to the Russian point of view. Data collected by the site over the past few months suggests that Russian social media accounts are now regularly seizing on divisive or tragic news to rile up segments of American society.

"The Kremlin doesn't care about gun control in America, they have no skin in this game," Schafer says. Accordingly, some accounts tracked by Hamilton 68 spew extreme, pro-gun rhetoric. Others attack the National Rifle Association.

CNN | Russian bots promote pro-gun messages after Florida school shooting
"according to Hamilton 68, a tool launched by the Alliance for Securing Democracy"
"History is repeating itself in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting."
The Hill | Russian bots flood Twitter with pro-gun messages after Florida shooting: report
"'We expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States.' "

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by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 12:43:24 AM EST
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can't say I'm at all surprised, their agenda is chaos. Throw mud everywhere at everything

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 07:57:42 PM EST
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Maybe, but the source for this claim is still Bill Kristol's new outfit so it's probably complete bullshit.
by generic on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 09:02:32 PM EST
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which one? how many? i've lost count of the family's subsidiaries.

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by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 05:15:50 AM EST
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He's listed as one of the advicers of the Hamilton68 project.
Which I appreciate since it gives a quick answer to the question of whether those guys are legit or not.
by generic on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 07:32:16 AM EST
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The funny side to this story is that if you did a poll of Americans asking them if they would expect Russians -or judge them harshly- for interfering by whatever means necessary in a foreign election in which one of the candidates was trying to ramp up military confrontation with Russia as if her life depended on it, they would answer that it was supremely unsurprising, it's what they'd expect of any technologically advanced society which suspected bad faith from America (amply proved during and after Gorbachev's time) in all their dealings.
That's what their taxes used in the CIA black budget are spent to do, FFS!
When their own country has interfered in 81 foreign elections why in hell's name would any other country not stoop to doing it too?
Realpolitik, innit?
The effort made to pretend that it was uniquely scurrilous of the Russians to try even the cyber-battlefield wouldn't fool an 8-year old, yet they are sending millions trying to flog this lie as gospel truth.
Because freedom...
You can feel your brain cells crumple imagining the depth of the gap between government and people here.
Two different planets!
The narrative has diverged so far from reality that any attempt to sell it as coherent on any level induces such spasms of cognitive dissonance it doesn't surprise me that folks are wigging out daily.
If you had had to choose between two champions of industrial scale corruption as notorious as Trump and Hillary to compete for the most powerful position on the planet, how could anyone hold their nose hard enough to vote for either?

'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 Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 12:43:25 AM EST
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Trump supporters, conservatives rage over Russian bot purge

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conservative Twitter users raged against the social media company, lobbing accusations of left-wing bias and censorship after thousands of followers were wiped out in an overnight bot purge.

The suspension of multiple accounts followed the indictment by special counsel Robert S. Mueller of Russian nationals for meddling in the U.S. election, including using fake accounts on Twitter to conduct "information warfare" against the United States.

The hashtag #TwitterLockOut was trending in the U.S. on Wednesday morning as thousands of accounts, including those belonging to Michael Flynn Jr., son of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson complained that hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of their followers had been shut down.

by Zwackus on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 04:44:10 AM EST
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owned! OWNED!

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by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 05:08:26 AM EST
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credit:J. Crew Spring 2018 persona

Attorney Pleads Guilty to Lying to Mueller Investigators

Alex Van Der Zwaan, who was fired last year by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a prominent* New York law firm, admitted to lying to Mueller's investigators about his interaction with Rick Gates.
The charge against Van Der Zwaan does not involve election meddling or the Trump campaign's operations. It stems from the special counsel's investigation into [FARA VIOLATIONS] Manafort and Gates are accused of directing on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests.

* an extraordinary understatement

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by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 02:50:11 AM EST
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A Viktor's Revenge ... from the time Yanukovich was in power and the corruption of Tymoshenko raised eye brows ...

[links added are mine - Oui]

Mueller's Move on Ex-Skadden Lawyer Puts Heat on Manafort, Gates | Bloomberg |

.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller intensified legal pressure on ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, by filing a false-statements case against a lawyer who did Ukraine-related work with the two men.

Prosecutors accused the attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, of lying to the FBI and Mueller's office about conversations related to a report supporting the legitimacy of a Ukrainian criminal prosecution of a former prime minister.

A month after Manafort's departure, van der Zwaan communicated about the report with Gates and a second unidentified person, prosecutors said on Tuesday, and then lied about it when the FBI and Mueller's office later asked about the exchanges.

Last year, van der Zwaan married the daughter of Russian oligarch German Khan, according to the London Tatler. Khan is a shareholder of Alfa Group, a Russian banking and investment concern, and a board member at LetterOne Holdings, the investment vehicle set up by the founders of Alfa Group. A spokesman for Khan didn't immediately provide a comment.

Secret Recording

Prosecutors say van der Zwaan lied about his talks with someone else, who they identified only as Person A. The lawyer told investigators he last spoke with Person A in 2014, when in fact they spoke in September 2016 during the secretly recorded call with Gates.

After the pro-Russian government was run out of town in 2014, the new authorities began investigating misuse of funds by the Yanukovych government.

The Ukrainians asked the U.S. Justice Department for help in questioning Manafort and Skadden lawyers who worked on the report. Among those the Ukrainians sought to interview was van der Zwaan, a Russian speaker.  

Breaking News: Ukraine is a corrupt nation with oligarchs ready to switch sides pro-Russia of pro-West. ;-)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 08:14:57 AM EST
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Conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting survivors have gone mainstream

In a world of senseless chaos and cruelty, there are apparently two ways to comprehend what's driving the student-led gun control activism spreading across the country:

1. After a gunman killed 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last week, the students have launched a movement that began in their liberal enclave and snowballed on social media across a generation fed up with mass shootings.


2. The angry young people giving interviews on national television are not students at all but "crisis actors" who travel from tragedy to tragedy and pretend to be victims, and the students have not organized the protests on their own but are agents of Democratic donor George Soros, the liberal media or the anti-Trump FBI.

If you were waiting for a bottom to America's fake-news madness, it very well may have arrived.

by Zwackus on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 07:03:38 AM EST
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This is an interesting angle, not only because LA Times was in the corporate press that led (sowed) proliferation of Hamilton68 bot conspiracy, "Analysts say Russian Twitter accounts promoted Republican talking points during government shutdown," 22 Jan 2017;

LA Times also helps to promote "mainstream" conspiracy theories of Russia gov "information warfare" that appeal to Cold War propaganda and "scholarship" for political and intellectual legitimacy, respectively, "Russia tried and failed to sow discord in America. Then it discovered social media," 22 Feb 2017

As is US press custom, a timely story (above) performs a COINTELPRO function --eliminating experience, conspiracy theories (alternative hypotheses), and response to proliferation of mass murder by "real US persons"-- that do not correspond to the received wisdom of free, democratic processes, "CNN Gave Me 'cripted Question' After Denying Question About Armed Guards." That is the causal relation between foreign agents and their co-conspirators ("CRISIS ACTORS") to US cultural dystopia.

US press relating conspiracy theories and perps' motives (eg. Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Aurora, VA Tech) are irrelevant to the project in hand. That is arm real US persons AND defend their 2nd Amd right to kill each other.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 07:14:35 PM EST
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discrete mention by Independent.ie of the lawsuit no #MeToo in the USA wants to own.

Weinstein apologises for citing Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence in lawsuit
Celebrity back biting to restrain press reporting that they spoke well of Harvey, in fact. But will it prevent subpoenas? har.


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by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 01:58:20 AM EST
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Green Zone II Grand Opening, May 2018
"to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence"

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by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 05:39:11 AM EST
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US HPSCI (House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) Minority (Democratic Party members)
DATE: January 29, 2018
RE: Correcting the Recored -- The Russia Investigation

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by Cat on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 03:52:49 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:41 PM EST

Whose Black Panther? backstory at: imixwhatilike.org

< wipes tears >

Box office success developing ...
Happy Black History Y3 D51!

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by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 08:19:03 AM EST
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visit my favorite film library has screened new and archival work from the continent every year for the past 22 years.

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by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 08:32:33 AM EST
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The Wakanda Reader
online bibliography of sorts, to indulge those who are interested in the larger questions [!] around urbanism implicated in Black Panther. We would call it a syllabus, but there are already several syllabi available--this #WakandaSyllabus from Walter Greason, an economic history professor at Monmouth University and founder of the International Center of Metropolitan Growth, is particularly good. This Wakanda curriculum for middle school grades [?!!] from school teacher Tess Raker has also been making the rounds.

As for what else has been circulating, here's an exhaustive, still-living-and-growing list of articles that build upon the Wakandan mystique ...

The Attainable Wonders of Wakandan Transit
So, why can't real people have Wakanda transit?

There's not that much standing in our way, technologically speaking. Even in the absence of vibranium [!], maglev has proven itself in a handful of now-operating systems. Shanghai's Transrapid system tops out around 267 mph. In Japan, maglev trains will soon travel the 178 miles between Tokyo and Nagoya at upwards of 310 mph.
That hasn't entirely cooled floating-train fever: Maglev routes have been proposed in the U.S. (most recently, between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.). But they're a tough sell, especially these days.

The current vibranium bubble has put investment out of reach.

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by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 12:15:19 AM EST
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A White Guy Watches "The Black Panther"

:: incidentally
All I've noticed so far through AllAfrica.com is worldwide box office PR, no call out for 54 nation share. That omission implies a couple obvious facts. Ima check out a few other Afro-centric outlets over the weeks.

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by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 07:46:49 PM EST
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o. snnnnnnnnnnnap.

Black Panther as neo-Tarzanism

The demeaning of African leadership started with T'Chaka (John Kani) going all the way to Oakland to kill his brother and potential rival as the suspect who revealed the secret of their vibranium weapons technology to a Boer booty hunter. No European or American heads of state appeared because hunting spies is a low level national assignment that is never carried out by heads of state. If T'Chaka was the only one smart enough or protected enough to go after spies, why go and kill his own brother instead of going after the spies who stole the vibranium secret?
It would have been better to organise a free and fair election and let Africans choose their leaders. The proposal by Killmonger to arm the African diaspora with vibranium weapons so that they could fight for freedom was rightly rejected by T'Challa who should have observed that the African diaspora are already armed and are killing one another instead of advancing the African love philosophy of Ubuntu.
Disney and Marvel should have given credits to Nnedi Okoroafor, the Nigerian-American multi award-winning author of African futurism novels whose work appeared reflected throughout the film. Marvel must have been warned of possible intellectual property challenges by the author, hence they commissioned her to write the digital comics version of the film narrative in six parts from 13 December 2017 to 14 February 2018

< wipes tears >

BOING! Nigerian diaspora in 'merica SPEAKS OUT.

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by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 03:44:43 AM EST
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This flick is something else. Cottage merch industry is exploding from youtube channels along side ol' school revolutionary indoctrination decidedly not Russian bot, alt-right < wipes tears > Who knew "deconstructing a narrative" would be strapped with low-brow hi-tech "shaming"?
Black Panther is Marvel's Version of Obama; K!lmonger is Our Hero,
running time: 2:25, with real-time callers-in, tweets, and in-line comment interactivity

MEMORABLE uh MONOLOGUE:But let me also say one thing. One of the things that we like to talk about, one of the other criticisms of Killmonger that I saw was his disrespect of women. I already dealt with the other thing. Well, 'He shot his girlfriend like she wasn't nobody.' Listen, understand something. The girlfriend said, 'I'm sorry,' for a reason. She understood that the moment she got taken hostage she understood that she had become a problem, and she was in the way of the mission, and there's nobody who's more important than the revolutionary mission, because sometimes you only get one shot, and he knew what he had to do. Let me tell all y'a, my feminist friends out there: you can't say that women have agency and women get to make choices and then take away this woman's agency. She was with Killmonger. She knew what the deal was, and when she got taken hostage, she knew what it was going to be. You can't be about that life then all of sudden not be about that life.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 06:16:19 AM EST
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New Report Details how Americans Who Have Debt Held by Collection Agencies Can Get Thrown in Jail

Threatened with arrest for a case involving a few dollars in debt held by a collection agency?

This is not a science fiction, nor a scenario from the United States more than 185 years ago when debtors prisons were still allowed. Rather, it's a part of the current justice system where, in states across the country, state courts and local prosecutors abet debt collectors in arresting and jailing some of the tens of millions of Americans who have debt held by private collection agencies.

The injustice is laid out in new report from the ACLU, "A Pound of Flesh: The Criminalization of Private Debt."

"The private debt collection industry uses prosecutors and judges as weapons against millions of Americans who can't afford to pay their bills," said report author Jennifer Turner, also a principal human rights researcher at the ACLU. "Consumers have little chance of justice when our courts take the debt collector's side in almost every case--even to the point of ordering people jailed until they pay up," she said.

by Zwackus on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 07:00:17 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:44 PM EST

source: Some Pig

In many German cities, the air is simply too dirty. But this is nothing new. For years, harmful emissions have exceeded permitted levels and led to high concentrations of toxic nitrogen oxides. They irritate the respiratory system and can cause cardiovascular diseases, lung problems and in many cases premature death.
What is the actual issue?

It all began when the environmental and consumer watchdog Environmental Action Germany (DUH) brought legal cases against the states of Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, because pollution levels in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf massively exceed allowable levels.

In response, a court in Stuttgart called driving bans the "most effective" measure available and said the health of people was more important than the rights of diesel drivers. The Düsseldorf court said that diesel driving bans in the city would have to be examined in detail.

archived: "optics"?
EC legal action forthcoming

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 12:42:33 AM EST
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A friend of mine's mother used to commute every working day between Willich and Düsseldorf, a 20 minute ride that took her 2 hours in rush hour, twice a day in her late model diesel Audi town car.
Every family on her street had a member either dead or dying from cancer, and the road between the two towns was nicknamed 'Cancer alley'.
She died at 57.
(Her husband, working for the nuclear power station, died at 32 from thymus cancer. He spoke often about how 'flexibly' rules about contamination were observed and circumnavigated. Workers would routinely expose themselves to extra radiation to get more time off.)

Yet they call it 'Russian' roulette.


'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 Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 01:00:29 AM EST
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yeah, I can imagine how true that experience is. Danger posed by toxic waste in the industrial world is insidious. If it ain't one thing, it's the other. Or the other. Or the other. Or some kind of combination of gas, liquid, and particulate matter. Slow cooking us where we are.

We all should be able to agree on that, but gov's doesn't offer much of anything in the way of encouragement. Gov typically chooses industry growth before human well-being. We're accustomed to splitting parts/billions of acceptable toxins. There are so many from which to choose. How's a coroner supposed to code your death certificate? Proximate cause.

I pulled out the infographic, because it's all kinds of wrong in representing etiology attributed to NO -- dubious mortality stats, dubious morbidity stats, dubious significance argument. I suppose, NO is convenient pathogen of the day, because of scandal. But still the story is unsatisfying.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 10:03:22 PM EST
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source: eurostat
 Causes of death statistics
(2017), ICD coding --also applied in USA. Code stat indicates primary cause (or "proximate" cause) of death. Codes are also applicable to secondary diseases (multiple levels) at time of death.

The most recent data available is 2014 shown (Fig. 3). Tabulated data by code (geo-location) is not in this document.

  1. ischaemic heart disease
  2. chronic lower respiratory disease *
  3. accidents
  4. malignant neoplasm of colon
  5. pneumonia *

* These categories indicate further data analyses of death records is needed to identify etiology, eg. NO or CO arterial concentration and/or bacterial or viral antigen

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 09:49:58 PM EST
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EU court rules against Poland's air pollution
"The fact of exceeding the limit values for PM10 [particulate matter] concentrations in the ambient air is sufficient in itself to establish a failure to fulfill obligations," said an ECJ statement on the ruling.

There it is.

EC legal action forthcoming

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 10:24:23 PM EST
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I forgot to mention some workers at the nuke plant would purposely arrange themselves a lower radiation readout so as to be able to do more overtime.
On reflection this collusion between governments turning a blind eye to prosperous corporations while flapping lips about how in 2050 public health catastrophes like these will be history is one of the greatest betrayals of the European people by their ruling class.
Right up there with the financial skullduggery, the 'willing coalition' in worse-than-useless wars, the equivocation around immigration, the toadying with America over Ukraine, the pervading of Putin-paranoia and the treatment of Greece.
Jungker's recent intemperate comments about the upcoming Italian election were disrespectful and way out of democratic line.

'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 Feb 24th, 2018 at 11:34:24 PM EST
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Chad: The drying up of the lake, seeing global warming up close
Lake Chad has lost 95 percent of its water over the past 50 years. It has shrunk from over 25,000 square kilometres (sq. km.) to less than 2000 sq. km.

It is difficult to fully quantify the incalculable harm that is being unleashed by this drying up of the lake. The livelihood of the people, over 13 million living immediately around the lake (Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger) has been affected negatively; low levels of water, land for grazing cattle shrinking, fishing grounds receding. In essence the new economy that is being put in place is that of financing young jihadists and the counter terror business. I saw this vividly at Guite where a fish processing facility was turned into a military facility.

There is a lot of money spent on the military while in Chad, less than ten per cent of the people have access to electricity. The levels of poverty that I saw, I have not seen, since the Southern Sudan [war].

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 04:23:03 AM EST
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going from 25,000 sq miles to 2,000 in 50 years is comparable to the Aral Sea. There's no way back from that, that is a lake on its way to becoming part of the southern sahara.

Somebody needs to take a look at the succesful schemes that have rescued the Sahlel  marginal agriculural lands in W Africa. However, one of the things that has to stop almost immediately is cattle herding. You can't save marginal deserts and keep cattle, can't be done.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 05:21:07 PM EST
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by das monde on Mon Feb 26th, 2018 at 06:47:09 PM EST
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A strangely uninformative article. Yea, things are bad but hey...it happpens. Here's some human impact...

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 26th, 2018 at 07:50:39 PM EST
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For one thing, a whole list beyond the Aral sea is an informative bit, showing that the phenomenon is not particularly  related to central planning or evils of communism.

As for the impact... humans will have reduced habitats and natural resources, like a vast majority of species in the Anthropocene. That is what the civilization is finding out (though it will like to deny for a while), as a matter of evolutionary cognition.

by das monde on Mon Feb 26th, 2018 at 08:10:01 PM EST
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Yes, that may be so, but I felt that tharticle was going around the houses rather repetitively to get to the information.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 27th, 2018 at 07:49:07 AM EST
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Murdoch owns the National Geographic magazine.

I'm surprised there's anything in the rag about Climate Change.

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

by ATinNM on Tue Feb 27th, 2018 at 09:51:01 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:49 PM EST
re: history, "Victorian Age," Orientalism, hysteria

Headline of the Day -100: February 16, 2018

Lunatic right-wing Member of Parliament Noel Pemberton Billing publishes an article in his journal Vigilante implying that dancer Maud Allan, currently appearing in a private production of Oscar Wilde's Salome (private because Wilde's plays are still banned in Britain), is a lesbian who is associated with pro-German homosexual conspirators or something. The article is titled "The Cult of the Clitoris," because of course it is. Pemberton Billing has previously claimed  ... Allan will sue Billing for libel but will lose. ... The case will be the first ever discussion of lesbianism in the British popular press (the judge, who is called Justice Darling because of course he is, begged the press, in vain, not to report the details) and the first appearance of the word clitoris in the London Times.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 01:07:00 AM EST
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re: self-radicalization, data exploration and analysis (Emory University, Atlanta, GA)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 01:15:58 AM EST
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Is there a pattern of women abuse in the EFF?
Ndlozi is a product of whiteness in more ways than one, but the most notable regards are his faux feminist political image, his contradictory adoration for colonial education and cult personality brand as the People's Bae. A brand that is sponsored and affirmed by white media to sway the masses towards neo-liberal or white benefactor politics under the guise of revolution. As a matter of fact, the EFF pretty much thrives on these three pillars, but one pillar that they seem to fail miserably to sell is their male feminist politics. Particularly with their commander-in-chief, Julius Malema, who has a long and well-documented history of sexism, misogyny and deprivation.
If we are going to open the door to the issue of rape culture, then we have a duty to be consistent and go all in. It is a big and important issue that deserves much more than political opportunism like that we saw when they staged a silent protest against President Jacob Zuma, in the name of Fezekile Khuzwayo and victims of rape, in August 2016, at the Independent Electoral Commission.

Relief coupled with Ramaphosa is looking tenuous.

Malema is still mostly about theatrics

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 05:15:35 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:51 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:50:54 PM EST

Charlie Rose, perv, interviews James Clapper, perjurer, at Council of Foreign Relations, Oct 2016

because it's funnier in retrospect

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 08:05:15 AM EST
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m'k. I lost it over the "whisper lists". COME TO FIND OUT, Yvette lost it over Auntie Oprah.

...What I want you to understand is, what happened last night is a form of erasure of black oppression and black struggle. It's a form of erasure of what African Americans have gone through by hitching it to something else. That is what it is. And let me tell you, people say, Yvette, What should Oprah have done? What should Oprah have said? Oprah should have apologized. Oprah should have apologized just like Angelina Jolie should apologize. You don't get to become a millionaire, You don't get to become a millionaire, a multi-millionaire based on what you are exchanging with these wealthy white men and what you are receiving from these wealthy white men and then come in as a hero of the moment. Hold on. Understand something. Before y'all say I'm wrong. Do you remember Charlie Rose? Do you remember that Charlie Rose got into all that trouble? And he had to leave his job because he had been inappropriate and a sexual harasser and a deviant and all sorts of things? Y'all remember that? Well, here is a picture of Oprah with Charlie Rose....
< wipes tears >
running time of shame, 1:45:00

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 12:13:48 AM EST
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