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1 - 8 April 2018

by Bjinse Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:20:26 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:21:26 PM EST
Show's over! Back to business!
German minister wants to rebuild trust with Russia after spy standoff
Germany relies on Russia for roughly a third of the gas it uses and, before Western states imposed sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis, Europe's biggest economy exported about 38 billion euros of goods to Russia.
SPD leading, literally, from behind?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 02:01:40 PM EST
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they're realising that the story the UK have been flogging has got more holes than Scrooge's socks. So, having had their fingers burned, they've decided to get back to business

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:04:23 PM EST
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Italy protests to France over border incident
1920 called: ""French police do whatever they want on Italian territory without being disturbed, as if they are at home. What happened in Bardonecchia is grave and shows how our so-called friends in Europe have little or no consideration for us," [Massimiliano Fedriga of the right-wing League] said in a statement.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 03:24:38 PM EST
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The brutality of the repression and refoulement is sickening. Doing it in Italy would normally be considered a step too far. (I am for EU integration, but that includes not bothering people at the border in the first place).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 10:52:44 AM EST
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The correct and agreed locution is "family members" and "frontier workers" (19 Mar Draft, PART TWO, CITIZENS' RIGHTS, TITLE I, GENERAL PROVISIONS, Article 8, Definitions (a) and (b) respectively, p 8)

Gibraltar Chronicle | Withdrawal agreement `protects cross-border passage', Lords told
"Lord Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, was responding to a question from the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Jones of Cheltenham, who had asked what arrangements the UK Government would introduce to 'deal with the border' after Brexit."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 05:14:54 PM EST
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Translation : "Yes, that's right, you are hostages, you lucky people"

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 10:50:55 AM EST
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I think the UK is relying on the idea of returning to the situation of Gibraltar before we joined the EU.

Just as in Ulster, the Westminster bubble people seem unaware that the world elsewhere has moved on and that some arrangements are difficult to unravel.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:09:46 PM EST
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Berlin protesters demand release of Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont
In the coming week, the German justice system in Schleswig-Holstein is expected to decide whether to proceed with Puigdemont's extradition. The decision hinges on whether the German legal system recognizes the crime of rebellion as defined under Spanish law.

The German federal government has said it will not interfere in the state court's decision, to avoid any politicization [?] of the affair.
The marchers in Berlin used banners to call on the German government not to support the Spanish government's "political justice." Independence supporters use the term to describe the Madrid government's attempt to quell their movement through the courts instead of seeking a political resolution.

Extradition for embezzlement, rebellion, or both?
The public prosecutor's decision rests on the extent to which the charges as laid out under the Spanish Penal Code coincide with crimes publishable under German law. While embezzlement is straightforward, the contested point remains whether the crime of rebellion as defined by Spain is comparable with that of high treason in Germany.

charge: "organizing an illegal referendum on secession" hmm 25 Mar

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 08:51:14 PM EST
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Clever, the manipulation of the principle of subsidiarity. Timeline :
  1. Spanish judge reissues an existing European arrest warrant, while Puigdemont is travelling
  2. Spanish intelligence inform the BKA (federal police)
  3. Puigdemont is arrested by (federal? Land?) police
  4. The The Chief Prosecutors Office of Schleswig-Holstein will decide this week to extradite him or not, with no appeal process, apparently.

Federal government claims it's nothing to do with them (no fingerprints?)

The only charge that seems admissible is that of embezzlement -- more precisely, spending provincial government funds in a manner which the central government disapproves of.

I wonder whether that is an offense in the Schleswig-Holstein statute book?

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

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 11:12:10 AM EST
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I wonder whether that is an offense in the Schleswig-Holstein statute book?

Only 3 people know; one is dead, one is mad and the other has quite forgotten the answer

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:13:58 PM EST
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Congratulations! You've done better than the Irish Times
For generations, history students have grappled with the head-wrecking Schleswig-Holstein question of the Bismarck era. That was a diplomatic stand-off so complicated that, by its end, the joke was that only two people still understood it: one was dead and the other insane.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 08:13:41 PM EST
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temporary political asylum
German prosecutor orders Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont's release on bail
Catalan separatist and the former head of the regional government Carles Puigdemont paid bail on Friday, allowing him to walk out of jail after he was arrested last month on a European warrant. After walking out of jail, Puigdemont called for the release of so-called [!] political prisoners in Spain, notably those who were arrested for their involvement in the Catalan independence referendum.
In a blow [?] to Spanish authorities, a German court on Wednesday refused to extradite him on charges of high treason, the closest German legal equivalent to Spain's most serious charge of rebellion.
yes, well, if arrest of "democratically" elected representatives is not a political action, sumbuddy needs to read their Politics again. In its entirety. Or tweet the latest edition of "Catalan Rappers Convicted for Insulting the King or Smutty Impersonation of a Black Man or Hate Speech or Terrorism" or wtf.
The Boney Facts
The court upheld an embezzlement charge for
funding a state function with treasury monies. hmmm.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 03:25:59 PM EST
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Macron reform drive is make-or-break for French unions
Workers at the state rail operator SNCF will start downing tools two days out of every five -- a strategy aimed at limiting lost wages -- but the disruptions are likely to spill over into non-strike days as well.
Only a slim majority, 51 percent, thought the government "should complete the reform as it has been announced".

- Comparisons with Thatcher -
"His tactical approach is working. By constantly opening new fronts, he renders opposition to the previous one obsolete," said political expert Philippe Braud.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 09:03:27 PM EST
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photo credit: none given, courthousenews.com

AP | French Strikes Cause Railway Chaos and Challenge Macron
" 'Really this is catastrophic. Something needs to be done. We are the victims. We haven't done anything. We need to get to work like everyone else,' said 56-year-old commuter Aziza Fleris."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 at 03:51:36 PM EST
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As usual, these quotes from weary travelers pop up in the media upon each train workers strike. Along with such phrases as "travelers being taken as hostages" ("les voyageurs sont pris en otage") and suffering "major hassle" ("galère"). Strangely enough, none of these were in evidence in the media last winter when the train traffic was even more disrupted by freak snow storms or severe flooding.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 06:24:41 AM EST
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And pictures of people jumping over the tracks could be taken practically any day in Southern Italy.....

I saw one survey showing support for the strikers has increased since they started. This is only by a few percentage points, and may not be statistically meaningful, but it's consistent with what is supposed to have happened with such strikes in the past.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 06:29:48 AM EST
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British scientists cannot prove that the novichok nerve agent used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was made in Russia, the military laboratory which tested it has said.

Experts at the Porton Down research laboratory have been unable to establish the chemical's country of origin, the chief executive of the Ministry of Defence facility told Sky News.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 at 05:36:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 at 08:45:16 PM EST
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For another opinion:
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 05:18:11 AM EST
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Skripal, senior, is beating the odds of certain death by "military-grade" novichok. Maybe his affliction was actually ebola? Drizzled on bangers and mash?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 03:35:15 PM EST
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Either that's a photo from the archive or Salisbury District Hospital is running an extremely unorthodox ICU treatment operation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 03:40:25 PM EST
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When you've lost WaPoo, you've truly got nothing but the DUP.

So. I'm thinking, if constituencies of the NIA and Gib parliament have any self-respect, they'll see to it that Tory gov is dispatched forthwith to the workhouse.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 7th, 2018 at 04:34:57 PM EST
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means: gas, liquid, solid [?]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 7th, 2018 at 06:58:50 PM EST
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But it did get his cat.
Two guinea pigs belonging to Sergei Skripal died and his cat was put down after the Salisbury nerve agent attack, the government has revealed.
Oh, wait a moment
The Sun reported that Skripal's black cat, Nash Van Drake, was put down after being tested at Porton Down, where he was found to be severely malnourished.
So it wasn't Putin, but Teresa May, who killed the cat.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 04:26:27 PM EST
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< picked teeth, suck vigorously >
I reckon, non one was expected to return home.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 09:04:43 PM EST
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We'll never know. It is said all the pets have been cremated.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 7th, 2018 at 04:26:47 PM EST
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Statement by Jewdas
While we remain opposed to the monarchy, we were delighted that the leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn accepted our invitation to join the Jewdas community Seder. Jeremy was a 10/10 guest and provided delicious maror from his allotment.

In 1812 the British Government designated Jewdas to be the sole representative body for British Jews. We fulfill our role of being the voice for Anglo-Jewry by writing funny tweets, holding great parties and passing on the memes which we receive from God, via Geoffrey Cohen.

Sadly our God-given right to be the sole spokespeople for Anglo-Jewry is not respected by many heretical organisations which are known as `The Jewish Establishment'.

One such organisation is the dangerous fringe group which calls itself `The Bored of Deputies'. They continue to insist that their outdated and niche views represent all Jews.

We have been campaigning against antisemitism on the Left and the Right for many years. Like, way before it was popular. We have run anti-antisemitism workshops in such far flung corners as Marseille and Bloomsbury, opposed neo-Nazi demos in Stamford Hill and Golders Green, produced and distributed information on how to criticise Israel WITHOUT being antisemitic, demonstrated against left-antisemite Gilad Atzmon, and most importantly mercilessly took the piss out of Ken Livingstone. You could call us trend setters.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 06:24:04 AM EST
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whilst not wishing to deny that anti-semitism exists on the left, it is ridiculous to believe that corbyn, a ferocious cmapigner against racism and discriminsation all of his political life, would allow it to flourish within Labour.

However, there is no doubt that among the the people currently making a lot of noise about anti-semitism within labour are politically opposed to Labour in general and Corbyn in particular. People who themselves are steeped in anti-semitic links.

Frankly, I am not surprised that the tabloids are doing this, but disgusted that the BBC, instead of standing back and asking what's going on, are simply piling in to an embarrassing extent

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:23:56 PM EST
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There's a price for anything.

Putin's $19,200 rent-a-mobs: Emails show Russia uses paid thugs and email hackers to sow dissent and chaos abroad - Business Insider

A tranche of emails sent by Kremlin-linked figures were leaked to the Times newspaper on Monday. They outline a dirty-tricks campaign in Ukraine, which Russia invaded in 2014 on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.

The emails allegedly outline how much Russia was prepared to pay for various services in a huge disinformation campaign in Ukraine. One set of correspondence from October 2014 appears to have been sent by an unnamed Russian politician to Inal Ardzinba, a Kremlin figure close to Putin.

It contained proposals to fund a cybercampaign that outlined various cost proposals, including:

  • $100 to $300 to hack email accounts.

  • $130,500: A plan to "troll" opponents of Russia, "demotivate enemies" on social media, and collect personal data of opponents in Kharviv.

Other prices discussed in the leaked emails include:

  • A $120,460 proposal to discuss in June 2015 to arrange for 30 ex-communist figures elected to local government.

  • A $19,200 proposal to buy a month of rallies in Ukraine's second-largest city Kharviv, including 100 participants, 3 organisers, and 2 lawyers. Organisers would orchestrate anti-Ukraine, pro-Russia rallies featuring crowds of martial-arts-trained protestors, and lawyers would buy off the police. It is unclear whether the plan happened.

by Bjinse on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 07:29:45 PM EST
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It looks like we're going to have to keep voting until we get it right. Right now, they are talking about having them on June 17 or 24.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 05:22:41 PM EST
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onda dello strascico dei veti incrociati

Pure poetry. Trawling or trolling each other?

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

by eurogreen on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 02:00:17 PM EST
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Agenzia nova
Il famoso piatto romano dei carciofi alla giudia non è kosher, ovvero non rispetta le regole stabilite dall'ebraismo, e per questo il rabbinato israeliano ne ha bandito l'importazione nello Stato ebraico


In conformità con le linee guida del rabbinato israeliano, la comunità ebraica milanese ha chiesto alla catena di ristoranti "Ba'Ghetto" di rimuovere il piatto dal menu presso il locale di Milano. Il quotidiano israeliano evidenzia che i clienti sono rimasti sorpresi dalla rimozione del piatto dal menu, mentre la comunità ebraica romana, prosegue "Haaretz", sente che la propria tradizione culinaria è sotto attacco.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 06:37:24 PM EST
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Vegetables with (non-)kosher worms
High Court: Only Rabbinate can certify kosher eateries

... ruling came in response to a petition presented by two Jerusalem restaurant owners -- Shai Gini and Yonatan Vadai -- who were fined for presenting kashrut certificates awarded by alternative certification bodies.

Both men had decided to do away with their Chief Rabbinate certification, Ynet reported -- the former after being ordered to use vegetables guaranteed not to have any (non-kosher) worms in them; and the latter because he refused to continue to pay a salary to a kashrut supervisor who, he said, only showed up for a few minutes each week.

Kosher Worms & Insects | Torah |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 08:08:17 PM EST
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'We can't back down': French students dig in for Macron battle - Guardian
After more than 50 hours manning a barricade at her university faculty building in northern Paris, Camille, 20, said she was tired but determined.

Night and day the humanities student had been keeping vigil at a lecture-hall sit-in, taking turns with another student to doze in a sleeping bag on the cold floor as they guarded the makeshift barricade made from piles of chairs.

Camille was one of scores of arts students protesting against the introduction of more selective entry requirements for universities by France's centrist president, Emmanuel Macron. The growing student protest movement has irked Macron's government, which is also grappling with strikes by rail staff in the first major test to his pro-business resolve to reshape the French economy and loosen labour rules in the state sector.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 07:49:32 PM EST
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1.Zentralrat der Deutschen distanziert sich von Terroranschlag von Münster
Es  ist inzwischen ein trauriges Ritual geworden: Wieder einmal hat sich der Zentralrat der Deutschen, der größte Interessenverband der Deutschen in Deutschland, heute mit deutlichen Worten von dem Anschlag in Münster mit drei Toten und zahlreichen Verletzten distanziert.

"Wir verurteilen diesen Anschlag aufs Schärfste!", so ein Sprecher des Verbandes. "Das hat nichts mit der wahren Botschaft des Deutschsein zu tun. Echte Deutsche würden ein derart scheußliches Verbrechen niemals ausüben." Zudem dankte er der Polizei und allen Rettungskräften für ihren Einsatz und Beistand.

Bei aller Trauer um die Opfer warnte der Sprecher jedoch auch davor, jetzt nicht von der Tat eines psychisch kranken Einzelnen auf die Allgemeinheit zu schließen. "Die allermeisten Deutschen sind anständige Bürger, die sich an Recht und Gesetz halten und einfach nur in Frieden leben wollen."

2.Steckt Puigdemont dahinter? Schleswig-Holstein plant Unabhängigkeitsreferendum

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 9th, 2018 at 07:08:49 PM EST
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It is a world where the neocon establishment has no clothes - but we're not supposed to mention it. To get a proper understanding of British politics in 2018, two writers from the 19th century are essential reading. The first is Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' The second is the Danish storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen.

The official UK government narrative on the Skripal case could easily have been penned by Lewis Carroll. For a start, there was the rush to blame - and punish - Russia, even before a proper investigation had begun. That was straight out of the trial of the Knave of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


In Britain today, you could say we're expected to believe six impossible things at breakfast (particularly if you listen to the BBC Radio 4 Today program or read The Times newspaper).

It's not just impossible things in relation to the Skripal case - like being told in The Times that Sergei Skripal was already dead, and then being informed that he is "improving rapidly," having been poisoned by the world's deadliest nerve agent, which is actually not always deadly.

Consider the most recent establishment smears against the anti-war Labour leader Corbyn. He celebrated Passover with a Jewish group.

Remarkably, this was used as evidence that he wasn't taking anti-Semitism seriously.

Yes, that's right. A non-Jew spending Passover with a group of Jews is 'proof' that they're not interested in Jewish issues.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 10th, 2018 at 08:34:39 PM EST
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UK Ambassador to the UN, making the US Ambassador look like a genius.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 05:59:41 PM EST
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Strikes in Germany continue as Verdi union leader warns of 'real trouble' ahead

workers of the world &tc?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 07:15:52 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:21:28 PM EST
Little known fact:China taking the long road to solve the petro-yuan puzzle 26 Mar 2018
Beijing's media strategy seems to have consisted in substantially play down the official launch of the petro-yuan at the Shanghai International Energy Exchange.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 02:49:32 AM EST
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In context of the European Tribune ...

Are we on the eve of a turn in the Great Game?

Putin, Petrodollars and Canada's Useful Idiot Harper

Posted in April 2014 - H/T melo for the original post in the weekend newsroom.

Protecting the House of Saud - OPEC and the US Petrodollars

Saddam Hussein - eliminated after the second Gulf War

Muammar Gaddafi - eliminated by HRC in alliance with Tony Blair/David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy

Bashar al-Assad - because it could, planned by neocons in program called PNAC

US presidential candidate - defeated by boosted AngloSaxon dark forces of extreme right conservaties (plus Netanyahu's revenge?)
[key words: Brexit - Tories - Robert Mercer - Cambridge Analytica - Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook]

Conclusion: pure capitalism wins, the individual loses, the nation and world suffers. Mourning deaths of millions, not even counting plight of refugees in the tens of millions.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 07:55:03 AM EST
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Good breadcrumbs.

I went further fishing at people.cn. This is an PRC-organ aggregator with which I'm unfamiliar. The effect is concentrated sinophile propaganda -- by contrast to my quasi-SEZ, anglophone JV business presses dim sum approach.

I was last in China on a LBS junket just before the SSE opened. I mention to emphasize, PRC-CCP long-view, long-game strategy is not to be discounted or trifled with. The message from the organs is confident, not conciliatory, and "amplifies," as the children say, conviction in multi-polar alliances.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 01:38:57 PM EST
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South Korea denies that foreign exchange policies were included in KORUS FTA talks
" 'Discussions are under way with financial officials on both sides and the IMF and are separate from the KORUS FTA amendment negotiations, which have already essentially been concluded,' the official said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 03:38:20 PM EST
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China imposes tariffs in response to U.S. duties on steel, aluminium
effective Monday, 2 April 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 at 12:33:37 AM EST
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Trade dispute escalates as Trump threatens $100 billion more in China tariffs
The further tariffs were being considered "in light of China's unfair retaliation" against earlier U.S. trade actions, which included a proposed $50 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods, Trump said in a White House statement.

Let us note: At the last volley, one week ago, Anglo-merican press valued China tariffs added to imports (excluding treasuries) from USA at $3B.

Representative By-stander, not US, EU 'producers'
South Korean exports expected to take big hit as a result of tariff increases

A rise in the average global tariff rate to 20% from its current 4.8% would result in US$50.5 billion in lost exports and the loss of around 460,000 jobs for South Korea, researchers predicted in an analysis of the effects of a global trade war in which countries around the world compete to raise tariffs.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 04:36:30 PM EST
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U R doin it rong
EU sugar companies struggle to survive as prices plunge post-quotas
"At the current price level, there is hardly a sugar company in Europe which can still produce at a break-even," a spokesman for the EU's number two producer Nordzucker said.

The EU abolished limits on sugar beet production at the end of September 2017, dramatically boosting output and paving the way for the EU to become a net exporter for the first time in more than a decade.

The rise in EU production has come at a time when appetite for sugar is declining in the increasingly health-conscious trading bloc, throwing supplies onto a world market already awash with the sweetener.

Britain's sugar tax on soft drinks comes into effect
Britain's sugar tax on soft drinks came into effect today, a move that will lead to some higher prices as the country seeks to battle childhood obesity.

The tax, announced in March 2016, has already cut sugar content in drinks by 45 million kg per year, Britain's Treasury said, as over 50% of manufacturers have reformulated their products to be below the levy's sugar threshold.

archived beets
For the first time since 1968 the UK can produce and sell as much sugar around the world as it would like. Feb 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 04:46:42 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:21:31 PM EST
President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Friday designating April as National Sexual Assault Awareness month.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 12:18:08 PM EST
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According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, April has been Sexual Assault Awareness Month since 2001 in the United States. The move to issue a proclamation observing the month was first started by President Barack Obama in 2010, and the tradition has carried over into the Trump administration.
slow and steady brand-building
2000 Starting in 2000, the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) and the NSVRC polled state, territory, and tribal coalitions. They found that most coalitions preferred the color teal. Many used a ribbon as the symbol for awareness and prevention. Most said they preferred to hold sexual assault awareness activities in the month April.
2002 The NSVRC developed a 5-year plan to increase national awareness. It started by promoting the color teal, month of April, and symbol. The NSVRC sent out teal ribbon pins on small cards with information about SAAM. We also held a nationwide contest for a new slogan.
2017 The 2017 SAAM campaign theme was Engaging New Voices. The focus was on involving coaches, faith leaders, parents, Greek Life, and bystanders with preventing sexual assault. Many groups know about sexual assault and believe it is a problem, but they don't know how they can help. With the 2017 toolkit and postcards, the NSVRC hoped to help these new voices begin to talk about preventing sexual assault.
because criminal complaints are out of the question

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 02:47:29 PM EST
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VOX |  Matthew Yglesias | Let's not repeal the 2nd Amendment

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 03:26:25 PM EST
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Does Yglieas try to outsmart National Review, or grabs here their hook and sinker?

Stevens Makes at Least One Good Point in His Controversial Essay

Two and a half cheers for Justice Stevens!

Let me say it up front: I don't think we should repeal the Second Amendment. But I applaud retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens for arguing that we should.

Their other headlines:

You Can Try to Repeal the Second Amendment, but You Can't Repeal History  

The 'Nice Girl' Who Saved the Second Amendment

Regarding history, I found Fukuyama's cursory remarks in "Political Order and Political Decay" interesting:

According to Huntington, the Englishmen who settled North America in the seventeenth century brought with them many of the political practices of Tudor, or late medieval, England. On American soil these old institutions became entrenched and were eventually written into the American Constitution, a fragment of the old society frozen in time. Those Tudor characteristics included the Common Law as a source of authority, one higher than that of the executive, with a correspondingly strong role for courts in governance; a tradition of local self-rule; sovereignty divided among a host of bodies, rather than being concentrated in a centralized state; government with divided powers instead of divided functions, such that, for example, the judiciary exercised not just judicial but also quasi-legislative functions; and reliance on a popular militia rather than a standing army.
While there was an incipient navy, the United States had no need to maintain a large standing army and relied entirely on local militias for security [...]

Jackson's presidency was the foundation of what Walter Russell Mead has labeled the Jacksonian tradition of populism in American politics that continues up to the present day and finds echoes in groups like the Tea Party that emerged after the 2008 election of Barack Obama. This tradition has its roots in the so-called Scotch-Irish settlers who began arriving in North America in the middle decades of the eighteenth century. They hailed from northern Ireland, the Scottish lowlands, and the parts of northern England bordering on Scotland. These regions were the least economically developed in Britain, and it was indeed their high levels of poverty that drove hundreds of thousands of Scotch-Irish to emigrate [...]

These emigrants from Britain came from what had been an extraordinarily violent region, racked by centuries of fighting between local warlords, and between these warlords and the English. Out of this environment came an intense individualism, as well as a love of guns, which would become the origins of the American gun culture. The Scotch-Irish became pugnacious Indian fighters; Jackson led his Tennessee volunteers in campaigns to drive the Creeks from Georgia and northern Alabama and the Seminoles from Florida. They settled in what at the time was the frontier, the mountains of Appalachia extending from western Virginia through the Carolinas into Tennessee and Georgia.

Somewhere else I read that Scandinavians were the original main characters in Appalachia. Either way, the Second Amendment was useful for coping with Indians:

The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights -- The New Republic

A new history argues that the Second Amendment was intended to perpetuate white settlers' violence toward Native Americans.
by das monde on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 05:40:39 PM EST
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yes, yglesias is a piece of work.

pshhhawww, all of that is NRA-scripted US history, interesting only in a clinical context because it dwells in the same brains with legends of Andrew "Hillbilly with a Red Stick" Jackson pacifyin' the bank and peaceful, freedom-lovin' frontier settlement by wagon trains and boxcars of smallpox-infested blankets. It's the blankets wut done it, yanno, in lieu of bits of Federalist Papers #46, #29, #10 where Madison and Hamilton disagreed that the purposes of "militia" --as opposed to a standing army-- were to serve the state. They didn't.

< wipes tears >

So-called multicultural curricula have profoundly disturbed their reveries these 50 years passing. I've waded through so many of these innerboob "debates", the only argument that could surprise me now is an original one: juxtaposing US and British traditions in political expedience is not one. Repeal is too difficult is not one.

US "liberalism" can only be understood in relation to Crown monopoly powers and of course the many instances British gov reneged on international treaties from which um settler-colonists expected to benefit. One consolation to me is, my child figured the scam with one year of AP US Government. And believe you me, Wilson and DiIulio together are no Zinn.

Congress' wily politicians have been periodically raising armies with promises of bond redemptions and REAL ESTATE spoils since they stepped boot on North America.

As it happens, here is a timely reminder, "Theft is Part of US DNA>"

Happy Black History Y3 D91

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 07:28:15 PM EST
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Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1789-2012, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Washington DC, United States (Sep 2012) 33 pp, single-spaced

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 07:49:52 PM EST
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I don't think there's been that much Scandinavian migration to the Appalachians. Sweden (at the time including Finland) had an early colony around the mouth of Delaware river, but it was conquered by the Dutch. Then the real migration to North America gets going in the 19th century from Sweden-Norway, but that is mainly to Minnesota and surrounding areas.

Of course there are always individuals going everywhere, but I don't think that is enough to dominate Appalachia.

by fjallstrom on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 10:55:28 AM EST
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Trump's got his Trade War.

China imposes tariff on 128 items of U.S. imports

China suspended tariff concessions on 128 items of U.S. products including pork and fruits starting Monday, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council has decided to impose a tariff of 15 percent on 120 items of products imported from the United States including fruits and related products, and a tariff of 25 percent on eight items of imports including pork and related products from the country, according to a statement posted on the ministry website.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 01:22:43 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:21:35 PM EST
For five days now hundreds of Central Americans -- children, women, and men, most of them from Honduras -- have boldly crossed immigration checkpoints, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite their being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

Organized by a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, bypassing not only authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.

Organizers like Rodrigo Abeja hope that the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them.

"If we all protect each other we'll get through this together," Abeja yelled through a loudspeaker on the morning they left Tapachula, on Mexico's border with Guatemala, for the nearly monthlong trek.

When they get to the US, they hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally. More likely is that it will set up an enormous challenge to the Trump administration's immigration policies and its ability to deal with an organized group of migrants numbering in the hundreds.

The number of people who showed up to travel with the caravan caught organizers by surprise, and has overwhelmed the various towns they've stopped in to spend the night. Pueblos Sin Fronteras counted about 1,200 people on the first day.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 07:36:10 AM EST
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"the Beast or the Train of Death": Snowpiercer (2013). Director: Joon-ho Bong

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 01:48:55 PM EST
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Trump says DACA deal for young immigrants is off
" 'Caravans' coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!" he wrote, adding a threat to kill the North American Free Trade Agreement which is being renegotiated with Mexico and Canada.
"Mexico has got to help us at the border," the president, who is spending Easter at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, told reporters on his way into an Easter church service.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 at 12:43:39 AM EST
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Israeli troops wound dozens on Gaza border as Palestinians bury [15] dead from earlier violence, Reuters Staff
An Israeli military spokesman said he was checking the details of Saturday's unrest. It broke out when Palestinians gathered on the border between the Hamas-run enclave and Israel then began throwing stones. Palestinian health officials said about 70 [MOAR] were wounded.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 01:19:20 PM EST
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Fate of a UK "Protectorate"
Sierra Leone heads to the polls to seek successor to Koroma
Whoever succeeds Koroma, who is stepping aside after his maximum two five-year terms in office, faces an uphill struggle to overturn [200] years of hardship. A slump in the price of its commodity exports since 2015 and the Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015 crippled the economy, which shrank by a fifth in 2015.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 01:53:28 PM EST
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Koku Anyidoho Granted Bail 30 Mar
The embattled Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has been granted bail after spending two nights in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
Mr Anyidoho was picked up at the International Press centre on Tuesday for making comments deemed treasonable. He was subsequently charged with treason.
Mr Anyidoho landed in hot waters when, in an interview on Accra-based Happy FM, he called for the overthrow of President Nana Akufo-Addo over the ratification of the controversial defence cooperation agreement between Ghana and the US.

run up

Ghanaians protest over expanded military co-operation deal with U.S. 28 Mar
"They (the American military) become a curse everywhere they are, and I am not ready to mortgage my security"
'Ghana First:' US military deal leads thousands to protest
"Wherever the U.S. has built bases in Africa there have been terrorist bombings. It is a major security threat to Ghana and we must oppose it."
Ghana: Parliament Ratifies Ghana/U.S. Defence Agreement 26 Mar
"Infuriated by the failure of the report to reflect their disapproval, the stage was set for confusion after attempts by the Ranking on Defence and Interior was denied the opportunity on the floor."
What is in the 2018 Ghana-US military agreement that you can't find in a 1998 document 23 Mar

The current agreement says, "Ghana hereby provides unimpeded access to and use of agreed facilities and areas to United State forces, United States contractors, and others as mutually agreed. Such agreed facilities and area: or portions thereof, provided by Ghana shall be designated as either for exclusive use by United States forces or to be jointly used by United States forces and Ghana. Ghana shall also provide access to and use of a runway that meets the requirements of United States forces."
Ghana Backs Germany for UN Security Council Seat During Berlin Talks, "special relationship"
"Up to 50,000 people of Ghanaian origin are believed to be living in Germany; the second largest of the country's diaspora populations in Europe, after the UK. The Volta Region of Ghana was part of the German colony of Togo before World War One."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 06:16:34 PM EST
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dooooood, that is so not Wakandan.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 07:31:50 PM EST
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Canada, Germany and Italy are among the countries that will take in asylum seekers after Israel signed a deal with the UN refugee agency canceling its mass deportation plan.
La Repubblica
Ma la Farnesina nega. "Non c'è alcun accordo con l'Italia nell'ambito del patto bilaterale tra Israele e l'Unhcr per la ricollocazione, in cinque anni, dei migranti che vanno in Israele dall'Africa e che Israele si è impegnata a non respingere", precisano fonti del ministero degli Esteri. E poco dopo arriva anche la precisazione dagli uffici di Netanyahu: "L'Italia era solo un esempio, il Primo ministro non intendeva in modo specifico quel paese", così un collaboratore del premier israeliano ha risposto ad una domanda dell'agenzia Ansa sulle affermazioni riguardanti l'Italia come luogo di destinazione di una parte dei migranti ora in terra israeliana.
Maybe the UK should try this approach: "Russia was only an example" etc.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 at 06:08:33 PM EST
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Hankoreh | Editorial | Park's sentence an appropriate punishment for the severity of her crimes
Former president Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 24 years in prison and a fine of 18 billion won (US$16.8 million). This is the punishment that the law hands down to a woman* who described her trial as "political retribution passing as the rule of law." While this is effectively a life sentence for Park, given her age of 66 years, it cannot be described as harsh given the severity of the crimes that she committed.

Trials are still pending for charges that she took bribes from the National Intelligence Service's special activity [!] fund and that she violated election law. It is likely that her sentence will become even heavier. She obviously brought all this upon herself, not only through the influence peddling itself but also through her consistently haughty demeanor and her defiance of the will of the people through her attempts to game the justice system. This sentence brings to a close the initial trial of her influence peddling, showing that the history of Korean democracy has been elevated to the next level through the power of 14 million protesters at the candlelit rallies....

We won't be see any of that in westworld. Rather, more paradoxical political cant.
VOA | South Korean President Calls for Change to Single Term Limit Oct 20016
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has called for a constitutional amendment to permit two terms for the country's president. Currently, the president can hold office for only a single five-year term.
"The single five-year presidency makes it difficult for the government to pursue consistent and sustainable policy goals," she said.

One of the goals might include pressing North Korea on its nuclear weapons program. Park also said that changes in policy have made it difficult for South Korean economic leaders to carry out long-term plans. She said the current single term system has served its purpose....

* Time'sUp story developing ....

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 7th, 2018 at 11:46:32 PM EST
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27 FEB: NYT | U.N. Links North Korea to Syria's Chemical Weapons Program
"The possible chemical weapons components were part of at least 40 previously unreported shipments by North Korea to Syria between 2012 and 2017 of prohibited ballistic missile parts and materials that could be used for both military and civilian purposes, according to the report, which has not been publicly released but which was reviewed by The New York Times."
12 MAR: REUTERS | Russian agencies say Syrian army found rebel chemical weapons workshop in Ghouta
"MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian military said on Monday that it had found a rebel workshop in eastern Ghouta used to make chemical weapons, Russian news agencies reported on Monday citing a Syrian colonel."
26 MAR: Syrian rebels withdraw from Ghouta
"Rebel fighters agreed to be transported to northern Syria after the government's month-long offensive to capture the last major rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus."
01 APR: WaPoo | The Latest: Russia in talks with last rebel group in Ghouta
A council member of the opposition-controlled town of Douma in the eastern Ghotua suburbs of Damascus says reports of an agreement to surrender the town to the central government are not true.

Iyad Abdelaziz says there is no agreement reached to have the Army of Islam rebel faction leave Douma for north Syria and hand over the town to government forces. He says, however, that "humanitarian cases" will be allowed to evacuate on Monday. ...

07 APR: Trump says 'big price to pay' for Syria chemical attack
"A joint statement by the medical relief organization Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) [1], [2], [3] and the civil defense service, which operates in rebel-held areas, said 49 people had died in the attack late on Saturday in the town of Douma. Others put the toll even higher."
Near the beginning, around 2013, I compared al Arabiya to Anglo-american reporting. As the migration gather momentum I noted with interest Syrian men complaining to al Arabiya that families left behind were being held for ransom.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 04:35:12 PM EST
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Israel announced on Tuesday that it had barred Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha from entering the country - while he was already in the West Bank city of Ramallah and had flown to Tel Aviv.

The announcement, by both the Interior and the Strategic Affairs Ministries, said that Mac Donncha would be denied entry to Israel over his ties to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.


The Interior Ministry confirmed to Haaretz that Mac Donncha had entered the country, initially saying that he must have arrived before the ministry's instruction was delivered.

Later the Interior Ministry admitted that Mac Donncha was able to enter Israel due to the fact that his name was misspelled. A spokesman for Interior Ministry Arye Dery admitted that "we made a mistake at the border crossing."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 05:17:29 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:22:28 PM EST
Quantum messaging links China and Austria 22 Jan 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 04:59:14 PM EST
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Water restrictions still stand as rain hits drought stricken Cape Town
" 'We need much, much more rain to start re-filling our dams. Please continue to save water as before. Level 6B restrictions still apply. Thank You,' she tweeted."
Western Cape Government | Water Alert
Extreme water savings are needed in the following regions:  

  • City of Cape Town - level 6B water restrictions.
  • Drakenstein Municipality - level 6 water restrictions in effect.
  • Saldanha Municipality - level 5 water restrictions in effect.
  • Stellenbosch Municipality - level 5 water restrictions in effect.
  • Swartland Municipality - level 5 water restrictions in effect.

High Alert: City of Cape Town
Residents and visitors in the City of Cape Town are restricted to using 50 litres of treated water per person, per day for the purposes of drinking, washing and cooking. All exemptions have been revoked.
Cape Town dam levels on 29 March 2018:  22.1%

Don't Ask Me About Day Zero, 16 Apr 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 09:43:38 PM EST
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Scottish renewable energy enjoys record year
A record high of 4.8TWh of electricity was transferred from Scotland to England in the final quarter of 2017, almost double that recorded in the same period a year earlier, with overall transfers south up 31 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016. [...] It is estimated that the equivalent of 68.1 per cent of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, up 14.1 percentage points from 54 per cent in 2016. The Scottish Government said: "This is 45 percentage points more than the equivalent figure for the rest of the UK." [...] "Despite damaging policy changes from the UK Government that will soon come into full effect, we continue to harness, galvanize and support Scotland's renewables potential, both in generation and infrastructure."
Scottish Power chief: Subsidy free wind is "bonkers"
"During a panel debate on `post-subsidy' renewables at Aurora's Spring Conference, Anderson said the UK market was not mature enough for power purchase agreements (PPAs), which large organisations use to mitigate risks."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 at 12:12:53 AM EST
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The UK power market will never bcome equal while fossil fuels provide so much "support" for polticians. And nuclear power will never die whilst our polticians remain delusional about nuclear weapons

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:31:34 PM EST
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photo credit: Aerospace Corporation

China's falling space station highlights the problem of space junk crashing to Earth
By some estimates, the amount of space junk is in the hundreds-of-thousands to millions of pieces and this interactive illustration shows some of them.
Electro-Optic Systems (EOS) and Mount Stromlo Observatory are part of the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) which is planning to build a laser system capable of safely de-orbiting [!] small bits of space junk
You'd be surprised how often space junk falls out of the sky
"A rocket booster from the recently launched Cygnus spacecraft fell back down to Earth over Saskatchewan, creating a spectacular plume of light in its wake."
China Space Lab Mostly Burns Up on Re-Entry in South Pacific
"The lack of control was not unusual given that about 15 percent of satellites re-enter the atmosphere prior to the end of their useful lives, [Brad Tucker, astrophysicist] said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 at 04:16:04 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 at 06:24:24 PM EST
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In the movie this apocalypse arrives over, like, eight weeks weeks. Or three months? In any case, less time than it takes a high school student reach final exam period. Then again, the timeline must be sketchy to make haste for the moral.
Gulf Stream system at weakest point in 1,600 years

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 11th, 2018 at 07:26:13 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:22:31 PM EST
Script for FOX, CBS, ABC, SINCLAIR local affiliate stations

"Trusted" PBS presenter Judy Woodruff EXPOSES "How Sinclair Broadcasting puts a partisan [?] tilt on trusted local news"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 03:07:46 PM EST
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It's america. Where the electorate have been taught to trust Corporations and distrust government.

So, what did they think would happen? That Corporations would provide news coverage out of the goodness of their hearts, cos it was the right thing to do? And there's a Nigerian prince who has a fortune he nees to pass through your bank account....

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:36:49 PM EST
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He was rejected: Franciscan University of Steubenville
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not." (Isaiah 53:3)

We posted yesterday a series of ads to Facebook to promote our online MA Theology and MA Catechetics and Evangelization programs.

One ad was rejected, and an administrator of our Facebook page noticed this rejection today. The reason given for the rejection?

"Your image, video thumbnail or video can't contain shocking, sensational, or excessively violent content."

Here is a picture of the San Damiano cross that causes the rejection (WARNING: Excessive violence)

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 at 07:55:01 PM EST
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It's time that social media companies took action against weird death cults.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 at 09:23:03 PM EST
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[Electronic Engineering Journal]. "`Dennard Scaling and Moore's Law are dead, Now what?'- a 4-act play by Dr. David Patterson." via Naked Capitalism:
by generic on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 02:20:50 AM EST
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David Hogg Thinks His Conspiracy Theorist Trolls Are Full of Shit - Motherboard
 This attitude is consistent with Hogg's previous declarations. He's gone after everyone from former sheriff and noted media hated David Clarke--he said "You disgust me" after Clarke tweeted that the Parkland teens were connected to George Soros-- to Fox News host Laura Ingraham and her advertising revenue. He chalks this approach up to his age, which is both encouraging (today's teens know how to harness and handle the internet better than any of us) and depressing (this is likely the only version of the internet they've experienced.)

"[We're] the generation of 9/11, the recession, cyberbullying, and school shootings," he said. "We've had to live around that and through that our entire lives. We've had to learn to deal with these sick fuckers that are saying this stuff, that are out there, claiming that we're not real people, claiming that we're actors--and we know not to let this stuff online affect us."

(The attitude may also come from his mother, who at one point said, in reference to online threats made against her family, "You fucked with the wrong mama bear.")

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 07:40:19 PM EST
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Admit Everyone

We should always be clear on what the goal is: a world in which we don't all have to fight each other all the time, where we can work together in solidarity rather than having to wage war against our friends for the privilege of having a good job. There is no reason why everyone shouldn't have equal access to the highest-quality education, and in a properly organized society it would be perfectly simple to provide it. We don't need "best" and "worst" universities, ranked from top to bottom, we just need "universities," places where people go to explore human knowledge and acquire the skills that enable them to do things that need doing. Progressive education means an end to the illusion of meritocratic competition, an end to the SAT, and the realization of a vision of equal education for all.

by generic on Mon Apr 9th, 2018 at 12:48:06 PM EST
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this is the sort of statement that usually invites the query, "Why do you hate America?"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 9th, 2018 at 09:25:40 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Apr 10th, 2018 at 04:52:09 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:22:34 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 09:31:01 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:22:37 PM EST
Jacob Rees-Mogg warned to stop impersonating cartoon character
The Beano, based in Dundee, Scotland, accused Rees-Mogg of "masquerading" as Walter Brown, better known as Walter the Softy, the next-door neighbor of the comic's most famous character, Dennis the Menace.

It says this is "a clear breach of our copyright" and lists attributes that Rees-Mogg shares with Brown, including his hairstyle, glasses, "bullish behaviour" and "snootiness."

The letter says: "It has been brought to our attention that you have been infringing the intellectual property rights of one of our cartoon characters and masquerading as Walter Brown.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Apr 5th, 2018 at 07:46:41 PM EST
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Bah, everybody knows he's really stolen his persona from Lord Snooty

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:40:04 PM EST
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Brexit Britain looks to Commonwealth 2.0
oo boy. This topic may have pulled in the most comments ever at euractiv. Looks like Fox's lateral move (without Valentina POP) from EuObserver could be a rain-maker.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 05:38:08 PM EST

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