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by Bjinse Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:13:32 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:14:37 PM EST

"a rendez-vous with freedom"
"a new breed of militarism"
"Let us work together in order to make our planet great again"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 03:01:18 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 29th, 2018 at 06:20:38 PM EST
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that's what happens when you bad mouth Trump policies in DC.

If Macron had stayed he'd have woken up to find a branch left in his bed

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 30th, 2018 at 09:05:14 PM EST
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Sentence for the trial of La Manada, latest news live
Sin embargo, los cinco han sido condenados por delitos continuados de abuso sexual con prevalimiento, pero no por violación, ya que el tribunal no ha apreciado el delito de agresión sexual, que implica violencia e intimidación en la perpetración del ataque, según la sentencia que ha sido leída este jueves en el Palacio de Justicia de Navarra.
File in "sociopaths teaching sociopaths manners"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 08:14:21 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 09:07:22 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 09:50:07 PM EST
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Trump gets in your personal space to establish dominance.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 30th, 2018 at 09:06:45 PM EST
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My first though exactly.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 05:23:18 PM EST
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The Brits are envious. The American Conservative.
Macron, a fierce Brexit critic, has elegantly played on British insecurities by sidling up to the president of the United States. He's Trump's French poodle. But isn't that our prime minister's role? Did Theresa May's tender hand-holding moment with President Trump mean absolutely nothing? It's hard to exaggerate how quickly Brits can go from disgust at Trump to jealousy that France is muscling in on his affections.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 05:55:41 PM EST
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Online platforms under fire as EU pushes for ["]transparency["] on search results
CCIA, a lobby group that represents Google and other tech firms like Amazon, criticised the move. "It is hard to see how such last minute change was guided by anything other than politics," Jakob Kucharczyk, CCIA's vice president said.
Quite. The EC is a division of the EU parliament. Which is a political organization of "real" people thought to represent the political interests of "real" people in equitable division of EU member-states' common property and ah wealth.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 09:21:43 AM EST
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The EC is what?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 09:26:24 AM EST
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Too reductive? m'k.
European Commission is the EU's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
occasionally

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 10:25:44 AM EST
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"The Presidency is a branch of the House of Representatives."
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 10:55:50 AM EST
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Indeed. In the US it is quite common for constituents and the press to speak of the current occupant of the executive office of the federal government as the leader of < reckless eyeballin' > his party's (EU-Eng. "political group") representatives occuping the US Congress, having been duly elected by "real" people, skulking in the hinterlands, identified by the US Constitution as the Several States.

I admit, the none of the several presidencies (EP, EC, Council) established to date by members of EU gov have attained a similar distinction or palpable constituencies. Therein lies, Mr Kissinger notoriously noted, the charming anarchy of the Union.

You may admit, now, the form that the people's bureaucracy assumes on any given day in no way belies their political purposes.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 12:45:56 PM EST
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Invoking [MAJORITARIAN UNITARY EXECUTIVE THEORY], Europe shuts the door to neonics
18 member states, including France, Germany, Italy and the UK, have endorsed a Commission proposal to further restrict the use of three active substances use in pesticides (Bayer's imidacloprid and clothianidin, and Syngenta's thiamethoxam).

The countries that voted against were Hungary, Romania, Denmark and the Czech Republic

ahem. Politico Pleb | Commission a step closer to Juncker's pledge to save the bees
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Finland abstained from the vote.
which somewhat explains mathematical "urgency of now". It's the thought that counts most.
Politico Pro | 16 countries voted to back permanent ban on pesticides linked to harming bees

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 28th, 2018 at 09:36:43 PM EST
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As it happens I accidentally hit uoon the NBC youtube live feed twenty minutes or so before the dramatic leads appeared at their podiums. The young woman charged with wrangling the herd of guests and press to their assigned seats was strident yet ineffectual. I was impressed by the translator's fluidity until I noticed, I hadn't noticed that Trump was missing an earpiece. Maybe it was very tiny instrument, or the entire event including the corpse's interlocutions was scripted. To emphasize following the elaborate reception for M Macron, business is as usual.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 28th, 2018 at 03:59:12 PM EST
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A competent dominant woman is Trump's worst nightmare. His only response is petulance

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 30th, 2018 at 09:08:57 PM EST
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BBC
Elsewhere press is speculating that Gove is more likely May's choice to fill Rudd's slippers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 29th, 2018 at 11:02:12 PM EST
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No, although we now know it's Savid Javid, he was always the most likely person.

The current Cabinet is an uneasy balance between leavers and remainers. Rudd was a remainer and so had to be replaced by one. Gove is a leave-ultra and so couldn't be her replacement.

Right now, they're hoping to make it to the weekend with no more hassles and then the royal wedding will blow it all away

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 30th, 2018 at 09:12:20 PM EST
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"Eroticising and sexualising": Researcher slams Plan Finland over ad campaign featuring pregnant 12 year-old girl
Although Anttila says the campaign got an overwhelmingly positive response in Finland, and indeed won an award, not everyone was equally enthusiastic over the decision to cast a young expectant African mother in a campaign designed for a western audience - Plan Finland explained that the campaign ran in Finland only.
meanwhile ...
Report: Drug overdose leading cause of death among men under 40 in Finland
According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDA, there were 194 cases of death due to drug overdose in 2016 - an increase of 28 cases on the previous year. The agency has based its findings on data provided by Statistics Finland.

The agency found that men are over-represented in the proportion of deaths caused by drug overdose, which is one of the leading causes of death among men under the age of forty in Finland. In fact, fatal drug overdose cases rank alongside suicide, cancer and accidents as one of the most common causes of death in this age group. The agency reported that more than two-thirds of drug overdose fatalities - some 77 percent - involve men.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 06:10:54 PM EST
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[EC] in for clash with EU members over budget plans
The €1.279-trillion ($1.534-trillion) EU budget covering 2021 to 2027 was unveiled by the European Commission Wednesday following months of bickering and difficult consultations with the 27 members that will remain in the bloc after Britain leaves.

EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger had traveled through the bloc warning that the UK's exit would create a gap of between €12 billion and €14 billion

predictions from yesteryear ... £96 per capita, "€238.8 billion of unpaid bills", "busted flush"...
with the loss of Britain depriving the EU of one of its biggest net contributors at a time when the bloc is trying to finance new areas such as defense and tackle migration issues jointly.
Spend more to lose more
More money is to come in by taxing digital services, plastic waste and carbon emissions. The Commission wants a 3-percent consolidated corporate tax base to harmonize national rules on tax deductions. It also proposes that member states contribute a 20-percent share of revenues from national emissions trading auctions. Brussels says EU governments should also contribute 80 cents per kilogram of non-recycled platsic packaging waste. ...expected to wash €22 billion annually into EU coffers, or some 12 percent of the total EU budget revenue.
[...]
The EU executive is primarily aiming for cuts in two main areas which together account for almost three-quarters of all spending. Reductions will hit the so-called cohesion funds used for development in poorer European nations [and] the EU's Common Agricultural Policy will also be scrutinized for cuts.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 06:16:51 PM EST
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Limits apply to war criminals' right[s] to free movement, European court rules
EU states cannot automatically deny entry to a war criminal or suspected war criminal, but authorities also are not forced to accept them, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg ruled on Wednesday.
Well. That settles that!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 06:29:04 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:14:39 PM EST

Independent.ie ranks -> TOP 10 POSTS 'REACTIONS' ->How They Impact the Feed->"rise in revenue"
The company said it was increasing the amount of money authorised to repurchase shares by an additional $9bn. It had initially authorised repurchases up to $6bn


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 02:03:54 AM EST
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0.005% effective rate + €13B back taxes = $285B in cash and marketable securities saved

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 02:22:33 AM EST
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I'm not surprised, there is a totally self-defeating race to the bottom on attracting these global corporates. they should be doing the exact oppposite with penal tax structures unless they behave.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 30th, 2018 at 09:15:57 PM EST
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Teachers and transport dominates as the number of strikes hit a 29-year high
There were 32 strikes in the Netherlands in 2017, seven times the number in the previous year and the highest in 29 years, the national statistics office CBS reported on Tuesday. A total of 306,000 working days were lost due to strikes last year, compared to just over 19,000 in 2016. This was the highest number of working days lost through strike action in 20 years.  In total, 147,000 people downed tools at some point in 2017.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 09:02:33 PM EST
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Frawnce 2Q2018 interim: Material changes
Authorities blamed the violence on masked attackers from a libertarian group called the Black Blocs that numbered around 1,200 people in total and were on the margins of the 20,000-strong protest.

Several people, including a police service worker and a cameraman from Iranian state television IRIB, were injured. Collomb told France 2 Television he was pleased "no one was seriously injured."
[...]
Macron responded from Sydney: "There is a government. There is a state that's being run and it will continue to react."

Workers, students and others marched through cities around France during the May Day protests, aimed at expressing discontent over Macron's plans to overhaul some employee protections.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 05:02:02 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:14:41 PM EST
caught re-tooling 2018-19-04 00:00:45

for full tabloid UX 2018-04-25 22:43:00

with the best of the rest: Cohen at Twitter Speed

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 02:51:04 AM EST
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Ha! The Hon. Kimba Woods punks prosecutors, attys, and press with "privilege master" selection Barbara Jones.
Judge in Cohen Case Taps Neutral Party to Field Privilege Issues
last week ...
Michael Cohen and Prosecutors Unveil Picks for Privilege Master
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
yer gonna need a bigger boat

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 08:30:33 PM EST
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Confirmed and already on the road to Brussels. Focus on the Democratic Party members who approved Pompeo --particularly McCaskill-- is interesting for a few reasons. First, the rationale offered for McCaskill and Heitkamp are not supported by any quoted commentary from her constituency; rather her loyalty to it is opposed to the Democratic Services Corp. Second, the story advances press speculation last December intended to explain partisan deviance regarding DACA sacrifice to budget resolutions. Five conservative state Democrats voted for the spending measure. And five Republicans voted against it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 07:40:52 AM EST
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le premier / dernier arrivé - Matt 20:16

Central American 'caravan' women and children enter U.S., defying Trump

However, the U.S. Department of Justice late on Monday announced what it described as the first prosecutions against members of the caravan, filing criminal charges against 11 migrants accused of entering the country illegally about four miles (6 km) west of the San Ysidro, California, border crossing.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 07:08:11 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:14:43 PM EST
Who?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 03:03:01 AM EST
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Notice from the Publisher
Today, the Authorizations tab will appear in Page settings for all advertisers, however, only advertisers based in the US who want to run political ads are currently able to complete the process. We're starting in the US and expanding to the rest of the world in the coming months.

To get authorized, advertisers will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Page admins and ad account admins will submit their government-issued ID and provide a residential [?] mailing address for verification.
  2. We'll confirm each address by mailing a letter with a unique access code that only the admin's Facebook account can use.
  3. Advertisers will have to disclose who is paying for the ads.
Notice from the Publisher under separate cover

What is changing with political ads?
  • For US advertisers and advertisers targeting the US, starting in late spring, they'll need to be authorized in order to create and run political ads targeting the US.
  • For people using Facebook and Instagram, political ads will be seen with a new "Political Ad" header with a disclaimer showing the name of the funding source of the ad, as provided by the advertiser.
  • This summer we'll launch the Political Ad Archive. Ads that run with a political ad disclaimer will be stored in a searchable archive for a period of 7 years.
archived
US gov "Media Monitoring Services"
Free Speech
18 USC 2,371,2349,2028A
LQD: Censorship

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 10:27:43 PM EST
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26 Apr 2018, House Judiciary Committee Hearing: Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms, Ranking member J. NADLER (D-NY-10)
Most of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle would kill for that kind of reach on social media. The witnesses will complain that Facebook has limited the ability of their followers to interact with their Facebook page. But the data show that their Facebook page received more total interactions in March 2018 when they were supposedly being censored than in March 2017, fresh off President Trump's victory ... The notion that social media companies are filtering out conservative voices is a hoax, a tired narrative of imagined victimhood as the rest of the country grapples with a feckless president and an out-of-control administration.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 08:07:51 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 08:32:31 AM EST
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US Rep. Steve KING (R-IA-4): ...I appreciate the way you look at the American Dream: I want my right to earn the American Dream. And is there any difference in your mind between, say, Facebook and Twitter and Youtube, those um, we'll call them utilities [!], not necessarily public utilities but utilities, is there any difference between them and, let's say UPS and FedEx? If you're making your living selling things and shipping them out on FedEx, is that any different than it is making your living by "pitching" a message out through Facebook?
Inter-state commerce recap: From Facebook to Policebook Feb 2018, "Fake news" or free speech: Is Google cracking down on left media? Oct 2017, We Demand That PropOrNot Remove Its Blacklist, Report ... Dec 2016, Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic Apr 2016, The Fake Traffic Schemes That Are Rotting the Internet - Bloomberg Feb 2015


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 10:11:26 AM EST
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compare & contrast
Two Koreas Agree to End War This Year, Pursue Denuclearization
"The announcement was followed by a tersely worded commentary from Kim's Korean Central News Agency decrying sanctions and calling on the U.S. to drop its 'anachronistic hostile policy toward' North Korea."

Trilateral agreement needed to officially end Korean War
"When asked by Abe what the prospects were for a declaration of the Korean War's end and signing of a peace agreement at the summit, Moon replied that the matter of declaring an end to the war 'will not be resolved through inter-Korean dialogue alone, but can only succeed with at least a trilateral agreement by South Korea, North Korea, and the US.'"
Examining the differences between the three inter-Korean summits
"The two leaders were also relaxed enough to break the ice by wisecracking about sensitive security issues. 'I hear you've lost a lot of sleep attending meetings of the National Security Council because of us. I guess you've gotten used to getting up in the middle of the night,' Kim said with a smile.
" 'You gave me some advance warning about that during the special delegation's visit, so I think I'll be able to rest easy from now on,' Moon replied."
President Moon expected to meet with Trump again in mid-May

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 03:13:17 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 05:11:34 PM EST
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Isn't that fellow supposed to be indicted any day now?
by Bernard on Thu May 3rd, 2018 at 08:33:45 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:15:24 PM EST
UNIVERSITY D'OH BULLETIN

If You Live in a Big City and Breathe, You Basically Smoke: "There's an app for that"
Shit, I Smoke! was created by Brazilian-born designer Marcelo Coelho and Paris-born app developer Amaury Martiny in just a week, after they read a study that analyzed air pollution and its equivalent to cigarette smoking. The article--co-written by Richard Mueller, a MacArthur fellow and physics professor at the University of California, Berkeley--explains a mathematical model that compares smoking and tobacco-related deaths to levels of PM2.5, a microscopic particle that is a dangerous, cancerous pollutant after combustion.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 08:39:11 PM EST
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Universal health care, worldwide, is within reach - The Economist


Universal basic health care is also affordable. A country need not wait to be rich before it can have comprehensive, if rudimentary, treatment. Health care is a labour-intensive industry, and community health workers, paid relatively little compared with doctors and nurses, can make a big difference in poor countries. There is also already a lot of spending on health in poor countries, but it is often inefficient. In India and Nigeria, for example, more than 60% of health spending is through out-of-pocket payments. More services could be provided if that money--and the risk of falling ill--were pooled.

The evidence for the feasibility of universal health care goes beyond theories jotted on the back of prescription pads. It is supported by several pioneering examples. Chile and Costa Rica spend about an eighth of what America does per person on health and have similar life expectancies. Thailand spends $220 per person a year on health, and yet has outcomes nearly as good as in the OECD. Its rate of deaths related to pregnancy, for example, is just over half that of African-American mothers. Rwanda has introduced ultrabasic health insurance for more than 90% of its people; infant mortality has fallen from 120 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to under 30 last year.

And universal health care is practical. It is a way to prevent free-riders from passing on the costs of not being covered to others, for example by clogging up emergency rooms or by spreading contagious diseases. It does not have to mean big government. Private insurers and providers can still play an important role.

When The Economist writes sensible things twice in a row, is it time to start worrying?

by Bjinse on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 08:45:48 PM EST
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I'm pretty sure that "universal health care" --that satisfies the expectations of westworld "consumer-patient" (David Brailer, first US HIT Officer, 2006)-- is NOT affordable, and its modes of delivery are contentious. Which is conversely to admit, that reality does not stop people practicing "health care" everywhere and any how. Having read the article in its entirety, I noticed, the principal interest of The Economist reconciling those differences is capturing markets --not ray-geem change-- for "medical science" that would otherwise be wasted. So there's that promising interpretation of the article.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 08:25:15 AM EST
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A propos universal well-being and lithium cartels, an interview: Phillip Zweig on Legalized Kickbacks in Healthcare. "At the center of the crisis are for profit corporations known as group purchasing organizations (GPOs, formerly known as cooperatives). The big four are Vizient, Premier, HealthTrust [US, Europe] and Intalere."


GPO Prospitalia SWOT presentation: The Present and Future Role of Group Purchasing Organization in Europe


"If you pay the GPO a big enough fee, you get the sole source contract to the hospitals.[...]That's the take of Phillip Zweig, a business journalist who now heads a group called Physicians Against Drug Shortages."
What's more, U. S. drug shortages have had a global domino effect. Sick people in rich and poor countries alike, from Australia to Zambia, are suffering from shortages of many of the same drugs that are scarce in the U. S.
I would feel better about GPO lobbying in govs, if profit maximization were not as it appears the principal motivation behind sharing "medical science" with ROW.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 28th, 2018 at 04:44:23 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:15:27 PM EST
How We Reverse Engineered the Cuban "Sonic Weapon" Attack - IEEE Spectrum
One thing we knew going into this investigation is that acoustic interference can occur where you least expect it. Several years ago, Fu became annoyed by an ear-piercing sound coming from a lightbulb in his apartment. He took spectral measurements and noticed that the lightbulb tended to shriek when the air conditioner turned on. He eventually concluded that the compressor was pumping coolant through its pipes at the same resonant frequency of the filament in the bulb. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem. But in this case, the coolant pipes ran through the ceiling and mechanically coupled to the ceiling joist supporting the lightbulb. The superintendent opened up the ceiling and separated the joist from the pipe with a piece of duct tape, to dampen the unwanted coupling. The sound stopped.

There's also some fun experiments with covert rickrolling exfiltration.
by Bernard on Wed Apr 25th, 2018 at 06:42:45 PM EST
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A ather long but insightful and non judgemental portrayal of 4chan.
Dale Beran
Viewed through the lens of the people first posting him, Pepe makes nothing but sense. The original comic panels from which Pepe is excerpted feature him getting caught peeing with his pants pulled all the way down, his ass hanging out. Surprisingly, he is unashamed of this, "feels good man" he tells his roommate.

The grotesque, frowning, sleepy eyed, out of shape, swamp dweller, peeing with his pants pulled down because-it-feels-good-man frog is an ideology, one which steers into the skid of its own patheticness. Pepe symbolizes embracing your loserdom, owning it. That is to say, it is what all the millions of forum-goers of 4chan met to commune about. It is, in other words, a value system, one reveling in deplorableness and being pridefully dispossessed. It is a culture of hopelessness, of knowing "the system is rigged". But instead of fight the response is flight, knowing you're trapped in your circumstances is cause to celebrate. For these young men, voting Trump is not a solution, but a new spiteful prank.

Amid all the talk about Facebook and troll farms we shouldn't forget about the social base described here.  

by generic on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 09:01:28 AM EST
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"Won't someone think of the oppressed white boys!"
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 09:31:35 AM EST
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Well, quite. While the economic dimensions are probably overstated in the linked article, it describes a very real phenomenon. Specifically the (pre-Facebook) internet means that there is now a broad support network for clinging to all the insecurities and self-loathing that usually come with being 14. And there is very little to snap people out of it.
by generic on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 11:23:55 AM EST
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Trump managed a small margin through luck, voter suppression and disenfranchisement, a shrewd open appeal to racists, the resentment of white conservatives who generally don't give a shit what happens to poorer whites or themselves so long as blacks and other "minorities" get it in the neck and with the help of  a media that was either only concerned with exploiting controversy for clicks and viewing hours and/or being run by rich white racists in order to push a certain political agenda. Not to mention breaking the law in assorted ways to get an extra edge.

Lots of things one could worry about there, but the one we like to concentrate on is the poor little economically insecure white boys. If only they got more cash, more respect and more sex all would be well. Isn't it weird how that works?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 11:32:23 AM EST
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Who is "we"? I certainly don't want to talk about the election right now and the article is only peripherally about Trump.

I posted it because I used to hang around there some years ago, long before gamergate was a thing. There was always a lot of casual racism and misogyny going on, as well as the stylised self-loathing.
But my general impression was that you would get many helpful replies if you found the right thread to ask and ignored the first three replies that told you to kill yourself. And while it certainly seems a hostile environment for women and minorities the very basic structure of the site made personal attacks difficult. And I know that the population of certain niche threads was neither as male nor as white as you would expect. Frankly, I had a certain fondness for the place.
On the other hand I can totally see how the "ironic" toxicity could quickly turn into the real thing, especially if it didn't involve getting up from the PC. I also hadn't really spent much thought on how the the very anonymity, the fact that you didn't have to be anyone, that you were discouraged from being anyone, would disproportionally attract people who couldn't just shrug off all the silliness. And this was the good old internet that was supposed to save our society before Facebook came along.
In hindsight it is no surprise that it would turn into Trump country.

by generic on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 12:33:56 PM EST
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And I should add, that I didn't think about how it would help grow entirely toxic sub cultures. I certainly hadn't heard about Men's Rights Activists at the time.
by generic on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 01:01:04 PM EST
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Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds - NY Times


A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences questions that explanation, the latest to suggest that Trump voters weren't driven by anger over the past, but rather fear of what may come. White, Christian and male voters, the study suggests, turned to Mr. Trump because they felt their status was at risk.

"It's much more of a symbolic threat that people feel,'' said Diana C. Mutz, the author of the study and a political science and communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she directs the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics. "It's not a threat to their own economic well-being; it's a threat to their group's dominance in our country over all."

The study is not the first to cast doubt on the prevailing economic anxiety theory. Last year, a Public Religion Research Institute survey of more than 3,000 people also found that Mr. Trump's appeal could better be explained by a fear of cultural displacement.

In her study, Dr. Mutz sought to answer two questions: Is there evidence to support the economic anxiety argument, and did the fear of losing social dominance drive some voters to Mr. Trump? To find answers, she analyzed survey data from a nationally representative group of about 1,200 voters polled in 2012 and 2016.

by Bjinse on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 10:38:31 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:15:31 PM EST
Last human on planet earth cautions child to keep hands to self.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 at 08:44:40 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Apr 24th, 2018 at 09:15:34 PM EST
Republican social media ["]bias["] hearing overshadowed by disputes over 'Diamond and Silk': The Hill grapples "intersectionality" and "transgressions", loses what's left of the plot of The American Dream.
Democrats ... hammered Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson -- better known as "Diamond and Silk" -- over inconsistencies in their claims that Facebook had censored their content or downplayed their reach on the platform. The duo answered "yes" to lawmakers' questions about whether or not they were blocked on the platform, although Facebook never suspended their profile.
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Diamond and Silk have a very large profile on social media, with 1.5 million Facebook followers and almost 150,000 YouTube subscribers.
One could imagine the pair would know, better than any Big Data poseur or partisan "surrogate", their own cash flow position. To the penny. COME TO FIND OUT, the "act" has been running on YouTube since at least 2015. Check out early reveiws by Politico and Rolling Stone docents who've never been told, "That's none of your business."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 07:06:29 AM EST
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Incidentally, I am not a Facebook "user." I can monitor Diamond and Silk Youtube uploads. I'd be interested to learn from Facebook users if in the months to come Facebook stamps D&S with a political advertiser uh moniker.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 27th, 2018 at 07:15:14 AM EST
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