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by Bjinse Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:38:13 AM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:39:11 AM EST
'Spider-Man' of Paris to get French citizenship after child rescue  - Guardian
As an undocumented migrant in France, Mamoudou Gassama knew it was best to keep his head down, to not draw attention to himself.

But when he spotted a young child dangling from the balcony of a fourth-floor Paris flat he felt he had to act.

In that split second, Gassama, 22, did not think of himself or the threat of discovery and deportation back to Mali.

Instead, in an extraordinary feat of strength and bravery that has earned him the nickname "Le Spider-Man", he pulled himself up from balcony to balcony, before lifting the crying four-year-old to safety.


And another photo-op for Macron.
by Bernard on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:41:51 PM EST
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Italy's president scotches populist governing alliance - Politico
Italy's messy post-election drama on Sunday night took another stunning turn.

The country's president rejected a proposed populist 5Star-League alliance that included a Euroskeptic as economy minister and looked poised to appoint a "technocratic" government as early as Monday.

The collapse of the proposed coalition leaves Italy on an uncertain path in the days ahead, veering between the possibility of early elections or a technocratic government of longer duration. It also threatens a constitutional crisis, as the leaders of the 5Stars Movement and the League condemned the president and one even called for his impeachment.

Oh, and the most important: And it's sure to further rattle already nervous international financial markets.

by Bernard on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:46:23 PM EST
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In the postmodern reenactment of the 1930s: Germany plays France, the fiscal compact plays Versailles, Italy plays Weimar, and Mattarella pays Hindenburg.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 02:01:50 PM EST
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 How can the EU survive Italy's default?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:34:53 PM EST
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sue more software developers, collect

REPARATIONS



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:56:40 PM EST
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  • Have the ECB guarantee everything.

  • Have a few hundred thousand poor people ritually starve to appease the markets™.

  • Reintroduce slavery because markets™.

  • Continue as before.
  • Don't listen to people who tell you steps two and three are optional.

    by generic on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 07:55:53 AM EST
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    by generic on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 08:24:31 AM EST
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    What happens if it reaches Libya?
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 08:32:00 AM EST
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    Poland offers US up to $2B for permanent military base - Politico
    Poland wants a permanent U.S. military presence -- and is willing to pony up as much as $2 billion to get it, according to a defense ministry proposal obtained by Polish news portal Onet.

    The Polish offer reflects a long-standing desire in Warsaw to build closer security relations with the U.S. and put American boots on the ground. The push dates back to Poland's entry into NATO in 1999, but has taken on added urgency in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region four years ago and aggressive posture toward the alliance.

    Coming just over a month before NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a summit, the Polish initiative is bound to anger Russia, and will be looked at with skepticism by European allies that want to improve relations with Moscow, such as Italy and at times Germany.

    by Bernard on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:47:51 PM EST
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    "We have neglected Latin America's realms of gold for too long. Brexit can change that"
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 12:37:08 AM EST
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    nore Boris johnston/liam fox delusional bullshit.

    Sure they can probably drum up a few 10s of millions if they try hard, I'm sure there's a few countries still willing to pay money for UK weaponss systems.

    But replace the trade we'll lose from brexit???

    Not. A. Chance.

    keep to the Fen Causeway

    by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 06:52:44 PM EST
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    Ruth Davidson Lie Watch

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 01:45:11 AM EST
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    The Frying Pan and The Fire, by Rev. Stuart Campbell
    We'll keep this one brief, because it's a bank holiday. We asked our Panelbase poll of English voters this month who they thought - regardless of respondents' own politics - was doing the best job of leading their party. These were the results, in descending order of perceived competence
    [...]
    We thought that perhaps Arlene Foster might have attracted voters' attention given her party's pivotal role in propping up the Conservative government (and because she's got more MPs than Vince Cable), but the vast majority of English voters still couldn't pick her out of a line-up of East German shot-putters and Paul Merton from Have I Got News For You?


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 01:59:30 AM EST
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    Possible new elections on July 29.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 04:33:52 PM EST
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    Britain doesn't just glorify its violent past: it gets high on it - Afua Hirsch
    My entry into this war zone happened by accident a year ago, when I suggested on these pages that we take another look at Nelson's legacy. I wasn't actually waiting in a bulldozer, ready to storm Trafalgar Square, as some people seemed to believe, but simply calling for an appraisal of the hitherto obscured facts.

    Those facts remain of minor consequence to the vocal and influential parts of British society that regard the act of raising them as heretical. The instinct is to shoot the messenger. Our great white male media grandees - it is a remarkably consistent demographic - meet simple statements of fact about the historical record with hysterical, table-thumping personal attacks. It's the kind of lashing out that happens when you try to wean someone off an addiction. In this case, Britain is addicted to glory.


    There are Empire nostalgics on this side of the Channel too, but nowhere near this level of frenzy.
    by Bernard on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:15:16 PM EST
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    For everyone in Britain who is "addicted to glory" there is a multitude afflicted by ignorance. Black History, I call it. The "mysteries", the ineffable origin, the silent witness, and so forth, of a political identity.

    I wouldn't have given Ms Hirsch's epiphany a second thought had I not accidentally just last night crossed the path of another article published by one of those POP-UP wilderness websites, popularesistance.org. WHY THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE LAST SLAVE IN AMERICA HAS FINALLY COME TO LIGHT. I paused to consider her contribution to the rash of "recovered" memories which have surfaced in the public domain only, to my mind, because of the extraordinary figure Mr Trump cuts from these reveries of normative "glory". Ms Hirsch quotes Hurston's celebrated editor without any indication of irony:

    "We stand as living monuments," wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. "For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance." For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as "living monuments" was to some extent figurative. But a new book makes it literal. Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave presents the remarkable [!] fact that there were people [!] alive [!] in America who had experienced abduction [!] from Africa - being examined, displayed, traded and enslaved - well into the 20th century.
    Or reference to the British Museum's own collections of records respecting plantation ventures and "human trafficking" from Nova Scotia to Virginia or Barbados, Methodists' halls in Bath to Sierra Leone, for example, where slavery in the "Protectorate" was not abolished until 1924. I have several times over the past 20 years myself linked innerboob readers to these effects because I can and also to illustrate the story of "knowledge management."

    Inexplicably this article digresses into a lamentation on Hurston's obscurity at the time of her death RATHER THAN an enquiry into the voluminous collections of the WPA, which "literally" employed Hurston among thousands others to systematically document US American "folklore" and US industrial policy for edification of the public domain heretofore unknown. One had only to present oneself to the LOC --public libraries or the occasional traveling exhibition-- to review hard copy. The irony is, the first prerequisite of excellence is to give a damn. Second, the first burst of conversions to digital format online --20-25 years ago-- has slowed to a trickle through the innerboob's partially waxed filters for "business needs." I have seen some collections taken offline, some barricaded by RFP, others like Donnan's research adopted by private universities.

    What remains are bits of trivia eroding rumors of unknown origins and authority to speak The Revealed Truth. Which is a "Windrush" cycle epitomizes black history and the world's relation to it.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 05:10:59 PM EST
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    An Italian site scenarieconomici.it has "Plan B" for leaving the Euro. This is being referred to as Paolo Savona's plan, though I haven't been able to confirm more than the fact that he contributes to the site. It isn't very impressive, using as examples the breakup of Austria-Hungary, Czecheslovakia and the USSR, which all happened before large-scale computerization. Section 2 talks about the need to keep the plans secret, which means that Savona (if this is his plan) should have been involved behind the scenes, not become a public figure.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:19:23 PM EST
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    Di Maio says that impeachment is now off the table, and is back to considering a coalition with the Lega.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:25:24 PM EST
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    Umberto Boccioni La città che sale bozzetto, 1910. Futurismo

    This is the New Italy

    Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, a former chairman of Ferrari, Fiat and Alitalia, and now a public enemy because of his dismissal of the "Made in Italy" label, acquired both companies and moved them to Turkey, choosing profit over quality--and Italian jobs. Montezemolo, of aristocratic background, is a champion of Italian neoliberalism, having founded the influential "free market" think tank Italia Futura (Future Italy) in 2009.

    Another victim is the town of Sora, with a population of 25,000, 80 km. (50 miles) east of Rome. Until recently Sora was an affluent commercial city, with medium-sized paper factories and hundreds of shops. Today, all of the factories are gone and 50 percent of shops have closed.

    All over Italy, the neoliberal policies that led to the economic crisis and resulting social decadence have accelerated in the wake of the financial collapse of 2007.



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 09:57:25 PM EST
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    Raids in four European countries over Hamburg G20 riots
    The raids were carried out with the support of several law enforcement agencies, and Eurojust -- the European agency that deals with judicial cross-border cooperation.

    Police gave few other details about Tuesday's multi-nation operation, but earlier in the year, investigators said they had reason to believe that many of the militants behind the violent protests came from Italy and Spain.
    [...]
    A special task force has been combing through terabytes of police footage, CCTV recordings and private videos with the help of facial recognition software and geolocation data to track down the perpetrators.

    archived
    a libertarian group called the Black Blocs
    so-called antifa modus operandi
    "the affirmative consent and the special controls around sensitive types of technology like facial recognition that are required in GDPR "

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:39:12 PM EST
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    EU Is Considering Tougher Warning on No-Deal Brexit If Talks Stall

    The European Union is weighing a much stronger warning on the risk of Brexit talks collapsing without a deal if the U.K. fails to lay out its position in more detail next month, said a person familiar with the matter.

    The bloc has made clear Britain needs to show a more detailed view of how it intends to keep the Irish border open by the time EU leaders gather at the end of June -- as yet, Prime Minister Theresa May hasn't produced the firm, written proposals the EU regards as necessary to move negotiations forward.

    I would be shocked if May's government had a position to lay out.


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

    by ATinNM on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 12:06:04 AM EST
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    IOW: They're fudging it and time's running out.
    by Bernard on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 06:41:59 AM EST
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    Brexit blow for UK's hopes of helping set AI rules in Europe"

    [interleave added for clarification]

    The UK's hopes of retaining an influential role for its data protection agency in shaping European Union regulations post-Brexit -- including helping to set any new Europe-wide rules around artificial intelligence -- look well and truly dashed.

    <snip>

    But the [adequacy decision] mechanism does not allow for the third country to be involved, in any shape or form, in discussions around forming and shaping the EU's rules themselves. So, in the UK's case, the country would be going from having a seat at the rule-making table to being shut out of the process entirely -- at time when the EU is really setting the global agenda on digital regulations.



    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
    by ATinNM on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 12:12:26 AM EST
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    we're not going to have the kind of effect that we need to have with big tech companies.
    < squint >
    izzat a euphemism for banks or "banking intelligence" or "fintech" or ahhh passport?

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 12:28:22 AM EST
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    Apparently some Tories have had the - to them - stunning revelations that (1) Brexit means the UK is no longer part of the decision making process in the EU and (2) the international businesses are more interested in and will conform to a market with 675.8 million consumers rather than a market with 65.6 million consumers.  

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
    by ATinNM on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 01:01:49 PM EST
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    delusions have consequences.

    And brexiteer delusions of taking back control, ie returning to the the days of Empire and the world doing what it's told, seem to be running into the brick walls of reality somewhat often these days

    keep to the Fen Causeway

    by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 03:11:08 PM EST
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    Gentiloni leads: But the PD will insist on keeping Renzi.
    L'indice di fiducia del presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella, chiamato a gestire questa complicata fase di trattative, è molto alto, e raggiunge il 66 per cento.

    Il 49 per cento degli italiani ha fiducia anche in Gentiloni. Di Luigi Di Maio si fida il 39 per cento dell'elettorato, mente di Salvini il 35.

    Molto più staccato Renzi, il cui indice di fiducia registra un magro 22 per cento. È disposto a dare credito a Silvio Berlusconi, infine, appena il 16 per cento degli italiani.

    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 08:10:42 AM EST
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    Italy leads Europe in the number of people being naturalized, followed by the UK, Spain and France. In Italy itself, the parts ruled by the Lega are at the top.
    Nel 2016 la Lombardia è al primo posto sia per numero assoluto di nuovi cittadini (54mila), sia per aumento percentuale (+18,5 per cento rispetto al 2015), con dati quasi quadruplicati dal 2012 al 2016: da 14mila infatti si è passati appunto a 54mila unità. Dietro la Lombardia si colloca il Veneto, con 29mila acquisizioni di cittadinanza nel 2016 (+13,6 per cento rispetto al 2015), ovvero tre volte e mezzo rispetto a quelle registrate nel 2012, anno in cui erano poco più di 8mila.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 03:21:46 PM EST
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    European Parliament Fines for Shocking Remarks Vacated
    Both sets of comments prompted European Parliament President Antonio Tajani to levy several penalties against the MEP: cutting his daily [?] subsistence allowance [?] to the tune of about $18,000
    [...]
    After pointing to Parliament's own acknowledgement that the MEP's remarks did not cause disorder or disruption, the General Court rejected the argument that the harm Korwin-Mikke caused to Parliament's reputation and institutional standing amounted to a disruption.


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 07:10:24 PM EST
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    That sum sounds more like the monthly allowance for assistants.

    MEPs have - unless it has changed a lot since I had reason to check it - a monthly salary of about 7,000 euros and a bit more then twice that for assistants. Then there is some perks, but those two are the big ones.

    by fjallstrom on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 07:27:32 PM EST
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    I want the one with the $18,000 per diem.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 08:37:30 PM EST
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    A gig at the EPA in DC looks like your best bet for that:

    Pruitt: EPA staff was given authority to approve raises for staffers - The Hill

    The EPA gave big raises to Millan Hupp and Sarah Greenwalt, two longtime aides of Pruitt's who came to the EPA with him from Oklahoma. The agency used a special authority to give the raises after the White House rejected the request.

    Documents released by the EPA's Office of Inspector General showed Pruitt's chief of staff Ryan Jackson signed off on the raises, noting "for Scott Pruitt."

    by Bernard on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 11:39:12 AM EST
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    Perfect! I have no subject matter expertise in evironmental sciences or chemistry either. Lemme linkIn pronto.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 05:36:56 PM EST
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    So, let's see : in order to have his pocket money cut, he has to satisfy BOTH of :
    • exhibit defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior in parliamentary debates
    • cause disruption

    i.e. if the other MEPs just sit there and nod sagely, nothing happens. If they punch him in the face, he gets fined.

    I'll bear that in mind in case I end up in parliament :)

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

    by eurogreen on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 04:50:56 PM EST
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 05:10:08 PM EST
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    Rajoy is out, finally: 7 years and 2 1/2 elections. That is some slooooooow acting "buyers' remorse", ppl.

    Sánchez is in, pro temp,"for a few months before calling a general election" any day now. Because Trump? Russians? Italy? Racism?

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Fri Jun 1st, 2018 at 06:30:01 PM EST
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    Evening Standard under fire for selling `favorable' coverage to Uber, Google
    The London Evening Standard is facing accusations it sold "favorable news coverage" to six major companies, including Uber and Google, in a £3 million deal.

    Open Democracy, a political U.K.-based website, accused the paper of offering positive news coverage to the likes of Uber and Google in exchange for corporate partnerships worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, as part of an upcoming campaign called London 2020.

    According to the report published Wednesday, the Evening Standard told corporate partners they would not just get the usual, clearly labeled "advertorial" content, but also news and comment pieces "that will appear to readers as routine, independently written editorial."


    I'm SHOCKED, I tell you, SHOCKED
    by Bernard on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 01:26:58 PM EST
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    world "discovers" public relations (PR) industry. Freaks out for 72 hours. Investigative report on "native advertising" developing ...

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 05:41:21 PM EST
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    Oh come on. You don't really think that they could bribe or twist (thank God!) a British journalist, even one at the Evening Standard. But seeing how all the papers give positive coverage to these companies, unbribed, there's no occasion to.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 08:51:43 PM EST
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    "disintermediation"
    origin story @ George Osborne's London Evening Standard sells its editorial independence to Uber, Google and others - for £3 million, flavored with mo' bigger bits of trade "secret" clientele and an "emanation" of Geo. ORWELL, Mr Peter Oborne.
    "George Orwell - who worked for the Evening Standard - once said that journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed, and everything else is public relations."

    ## University of d'Oh BULLETIN

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 10:49:10 PM EST
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    Juncker: Italians need to work harder and be less corrupt  - Guardian
    Jean-Claude Juncker has said Italians need to work harder, be less corrupt and stop looking to the EU to rescue the country's poor regions, in comments unlikely to ease the fraught political battle over Italy's future relationship with Brussels.

    Days after the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, defended Italy's place in the eurozone against the country's populist leaders, the president of the European commission said he was in "deep love" with "bella Italia", but could not accept that all the country's problems should be blamed on the EU or the commission.

    "Italians have to take care of the poor regions of Italy. That means more work; less corruption; seriousness," Juncker said. "We will help them as we always did. But don't play this game of loading with responsibility the EU. A country is a country, a nation is a nation. Countries first, Europe second."


    The EC President then added: "Italians cannot expect to earn money simply by watching interest accrue in bank accounts opened by wealthy foreigners to avoid taxes. And their Prime Minister should certainly not negotiate favorable tax arrangements for multinationals. Who do they think they are? Luxembourgers?"
    by Bernard on Sat Jun 2nd, 2018 at 06:29:54 PM EST
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    You crack me up, Bernard :)

    'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
    by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 06:21:11 PM EST
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    Guardian
    Article 41.2 of the constitution says the Irish state "recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the state a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The state shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home."

    A constitutional conference in 2013 recommended change, and when the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, took office last year he promised it would be one of the issues put to citizens in a referendum.

    The vote could be as early as October, potentially alongside the presidential election. Options include removing the clause entirely, or replacing it with a gender-neutral reference to the work of carers.

    And what about Article 43?
    The State acknowledges that man, in virtue of his rational being, has the natural right, antecedent to positive law, to the private ownership of external goods.
    Which excludes women, and maybe excludes Donald Trump. Or Article 44?
    The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 12:50:56 PM EST
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    Napoli Today
    Due turisti tedeschi, un uomo di 40 anni e una donna di 35, sono stati denunciati a piede libero dalla Polizia di Stato a Capri con l'accusa di furto in concorso ai danni di un operaio napoletano.

    Il fatto è accaduto su un aliscafo di linea da Napoli a Capri. La vittima, che si stava recando sull'isola azzurra per motivi di lavoro, all'arrivo a Capri si è accorta di non avere più il portafogli con all'interno circa 50 euro.

    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 12:55:49 PM EST
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    by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:39:13 AM EST
    2018 | May | Funniest Headline (so far>
    Argentina Is ["]Suddenly["] on the Verge of ANOTHER Economic Collapse
    President Mauricio Macri, a business tycoon who vowed to reincorporate Argentina into the global economy, has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a hefty credit line of at least $19.7 billion to see the country through the rest of his term, which ends in 2019.

    When the IMF gets involved, it tends to be the beginning of the end, as we saw in Greece, whose crisis was at its peak between 2009 and 2016...

    Actually, the End of the Beginning
    I followed Elliot Mgmt v. Republic of Argentina pretty closely at the time, on account of the mysterious ways "English law" and "odious debt" converged with the 'pots and pans' revolution, ECLAC, the IADB but not ISDA, offside yellow cards, 'pariah status,' ray-geem change, and the MEMORABLE wisdom sayings of the Hon. Tho. Griesa.
    "Look, the bonds that are covered isn't some indefinite concept," a frustrated Griesa told the packed courtroom in Federal Court. "It's not all particular bonds."
    < wipes tears >
    So. Macri's first act was to issue NEW! bonds to pay off the "hold-outs."

    This month's headline is a few years late, and several billions short of The Economist's smug announcement.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 06:47:54 PM EST
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    Calls growing to stop nationalisation of CAP
    Following a long-term budget proposal which included a cut in the funds allocated to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the next multiannual financial framework, the European Commission is due to unveil on Friday (1 June) its overall plan for the next CAP.
    [...]
    Greater subsidiarity risks "significantly increasing the bureaucratic complexity" of the CAP, said the socialist MEP Paolo de Castro. These fears are shared by the rest of the European Parliament AGRI Committee, which last week approved a resolution in which it opposes any "renationalisation of the CAP", and calls for any additional subsidiarity to be accompanied by the maintenance of a strong common regulatory framework.

    archived
    [EC] in for clash with EU members over budget plans
    waitwut: Commission's budget proposal draws praise from MEPs
    "a system of so-called own resources"
    Clever, the manipulation of the principle of subsidiarity. jurisdiction
    "results-driven, and the principle of subsidiarity should apply." political alliances
    "a way to circumvent their own parliaments" political divisions
    Maastricht and All That curly cucumbers

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 09:26:33 PM EST
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    Taxes coming to big data in Germany?
    At the two-day Global Solutions policy forum in Berlin, Angela Merkel broached the topic of tax reform, but not in the way many expected. "The pricing of data, especially that of consumers, will in my view be essential to ensure a fair world," she said.

    heh. The CA Cohort of Petty Landlords (d/b/a calculatedrisk) have a saying: If you want less of something (say, personalized-ux-data TRAFFICKING), tax it.

    archived
    "the 'informed consent' of users may require compensation. Quarterly financial statements for each advertisers' campaign might do the trick."

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:20:14 PM EST
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    Amazon blocks Australia from global sites over tax
    "While we regret any inconvenience this may cause customers, we have had to assess the workability of the legislation as a global business with multiple international sites"

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 12:53:31 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    H.R.2219 - End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018
    This bill amends the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 to add the Secretary of the Treasury as a member of President Trump's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking. The task force must submit to Congress recommendations for the revision of anti-money laundering programs specifically targeting severe forms of human trafficking. There has been 1 roll call vote, passed
    S.2080 - End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017
    Ms. Warren for herself and Mr. Rubio introduced the bill
    ::
    American Ideals. AmericanValues
    Human traffickers often use legitimate businesses to hide their illicit profits, taking advantage of our financial system and institutions to promote slavery. And they do it with near impunity. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), managing an organized trafficking network is virtually impossible without creating a trail. Financial investigation coupled with law enforcement could trace and stop trafficking sooner.
    "Will suburban white women embrace them?"
    A multi-agency team of investigators from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a six-month investigation into the operation of this [NXIVM?] ring. The investigation revealed a sophisticated network responsible for trafficking women for the purpose of commercial sex. The network was run much like a corporation.
    FOSTA/SESTA with "illegals"
    "Human trafficking generates $150 billion a year in illegal profits," a representative for Warren told HuffPost. "Our bill would connect federal regulators, law enforcement, and the banking industry to help strengthen existing anti-money-laundering efforts that combat traffickers -- Congress should pass it."
    Rubio and Warren Join Forces Against Working Folks


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 08:24:11 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    The "Sharing Economy". Ill-conceived from Day 1.
    Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Maybe
    GitHub is said to carry at least a $5bn price tag after it was last valued at $2bn during its latest funding round in 2015.
    [...]
    If an acquisition were to go ahead, it would be a substantial U-turn from around the end of last year when ["]GitHub["] insisted it wanted to go it alone and eventually go public on the stock market.
    [...]
    It is still looking for a CEO, mind you, to replace Chris Wanstrath, who last year said he would leave as soon as a successor is found. To this day, no replacement has been named.


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 02:08:57 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    M&A Official. Latest Version of "Self-organizing," Open-source, "Platform-independent", GPL-"forked", "Community" is dead.

    Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5B in stock
    "The fact that Microsoft is installing a new CEO for GitHub is a clear sign that the company's approach to integrating GitHub will be similar to hit it is working with LinkedIn."

    Thanks for all the fish!

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 03:01:02 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    nakedcapitalism
    The medications where the US relies on China include heparin, a blood thinner that among other things is used for IV drips. No heparin, no IV treatments. Due to the difficulty in tracing the source of drug company ingredients, the authors could make only case by case investigations, but they China production to be critical for treatments for Alzheimer's HIV, depression, schizophrenia, cancer, epilepsy, and high blood pressure.

    Dependency is not the only risk. US drug companies shifted production to China not just to save cost but to escape regulation. The FDA has only limited access to Chinese factories, with the Chinese having well over 700, yet the FDA able to inspect only 15 a year on average. As Gibson said on C-SPAN:

    by generic on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 07:11:33 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    nakedcapitalism is down, link broken
    Error 521 Ray ID: 425aed3fbbfe579b * 2018-06-04 14:00:37 UTC

    conveniently, NYT origin stories available
    search term: The medications where the US relies on China include heparin

    archived www supply chains
    group purchasing organizations


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 02:09:56 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:39:16 AM EST
    Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Afghanistan
    "I mean, talk about the funny stuff we do."

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:09:46 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Simile Suicide w/o  27 May 2018
    "Midterms will be referendum on Trump"

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 08:33:13 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Cameroon: Accusations By U.S. Ambassador - Government Expresses Strong Disapproval
    This follows a statement issued by Ambassador BARLERIN on Friday 18 May 2018, after an ·audience the latter was granted by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cameroon. In the said statement, the Ambassador notably accused the Cameroonian army of targeted assassinations in the North-West and South-West Regions, while advising the Head of State not to stand for the upcoming presidential elections in order to secure his legacy, following the examples of former Presidents Nelson MANDELA and George Washington.
    ahem
    The Minister of External Relations expressed the Cameroonian government's strong disapprovàl of the Ambassador's outing, which flouts all diplomatie practices and shows disregard, both in form and in content, for rules of civility and the law.
    [...]
    Concerning the content, the Minister of External Relations refuted Ambassador BARLERIN'S totally unfounded allegations concerning the actions of Cameroon's defence and security forces who, in spite of almost daily harassment and serious human and material losses, have constantly kept, with professionalism and rigour, the rules of engagement and international humanitarian law, in a bid to safeguard the lives and freedoms of citizens, as weil as peace, stability and the territorial integrity of Cameroon. &tc.
    'criminals'
    Cameroon: Army Kills Scores in Anglophone Region
    "A group of terrorists was reported in Menka" and the military intervened to surround the hotel where they were, army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said. Several weapons and ammunition had been seized, he added.

    But in the village, people do not think they were separatists, but rather criminals, according to Tumasang. The presence of a large English-speaking minority -- about a fifth of Cameroon's population of 22 million dates back to the colonial period.

    ending 1960. Incidentally ...
    Cameroon - China - EU Delegation: Fostering Cooperation Ties
    Since 1971 when diplomatic ties were established, Cameroon and the People's Republic of China have cooperated on a wide range of sectors. In March 2018, President Paul Biya on the invitation of President Xi Jinping carried out a three day official visit to China.
    yer gonna need moahr ebola ... vaccine.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:19:59 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Darn. Looks like "the patriarchy" is observing an unspoken Over-kill limit. Weinstein crimes will not answer to FOSTA/SESTA charges. He plays more to the "lone wolf" type.
    Weinstein Indicted in Sex Case; Lawyer Says He'll Fight It
    Weinstein was charged Friday with raping one woman and committing a criminal sex act by compelling oral sex from another....Beyond the two women involved in the case, dozens more women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales.
    The reporter however does concede "accountability" to the evidence in hand. So to speak.
    Vance, a Democrat, came under public pressure from women's groups to prosecute Weinstein after declining to do so in 2015, when an Italian model went to police to say Weinstein had groped her during a meeting. Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein and him apologizing for his conduct. But Vance decided there wasn't enough evidence to bring charges.

    archived
    Weinstein is being buried

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 02:56:17 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

    this.empowerment(Kimba Woods)

    var press After the hearing, the usually showy Avenatti spoke for just one minute outside of court, not opening himself to any questions and then hastily darting away from the press pen, exiting through the side of the fenced-in scene.
    var attys In the document Avenatti filed in court Wednesday, he said he is withdrawing his request to intervene and will re-file it, if necessary, at a later time.

    archived Woods punks prosecutors, attys, and press



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 03:44:53 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    not constructive
    How should we define racism?
    "A group's collective bias backed by legal authority and institutional control."

    Is everyone racist?
    "While everyone has racial bias, I reserve the word 'racist' to describe the bias that white people have -- our collective bias is backed by institutional power."

    FAIL

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 04:54:03 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Trump starts trade war with allies, Europe to respond "within hours"
    because Italy! M5!! Populism!!!

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 11:30:38 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    panafricanewswire | selected headlines
    In imposing the tariffs, Trump invoked a seldom-used section of a 1960s trade law that allows him to erect trade barriers when imports imperil national security.
    Think about that. NBER help:
    Just as more and more Republicans came to accept the desirability of a liberal trade policy as a general principle, more and more Democrats began to press for exceptions to this principle. In the late 1940s, the industries requesting import protection tended to be relatively small and not very influential politically. However, by the mid-1950s the politically powerful cotton textile, coal, and domestic petroleum industries, whose employees tended to vote Democratic, were asking for protection. In 1955, the Eisenhower administration, as part of its efforts to obtain the support of the Democrats for its liberalization efforts, pressured the Japanese into voluntarily restricting their exports of cotton textiles to the United States. This did not fully satisfy the textile interests, however, and in 1962 President Kennedy agreed to negotiate an international agreement permitting quantitative import restrictions on cotton textiles as part of his efforts to gain the support of Southern Democrats from textile areas for the Trade Expansion Act of 1962."`

    The coal and oil industries succeeded in obtaining a national security clause in the 1955 trade act that permitted quantitative import restrictions if imports of a product threatened "to impair" the national security. Voluntary oil quotas were introduced on these grounds in 1958 and made mandatory in 1959.

    The most significant change in the nature of the support for protectionism occurred in the late 1960s when the AFL-CIO abandoned its long held belief in the desirability of a liberal trade policy and supported a general quota bill. Basically, the shift in labor's position was related to the rapid rise in import penetration ratios (and thus to the increase in competitive pressures) that occurred in many manufacturing sectors in the late 1960s. These included wool and man-made textiles and apparel, footwear, automobiles, steel, and electrical consumer goods, such as television sets, radios, and phonographs (see U.S. Congress, Committee on Ways and Means 1973). Workers also believed that large numbers of domestic jobs were being lost because of extensive direct investment abroad by U.S. manufacturing firms.

    Trump hadn't even lost his first million then.


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 1st, 2018 at 12:15:15 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    EU to respond to US measures within weeks
    < wipes tears >

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 09:54:07 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by generic on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 05:14:13 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:39:19 AM EST
    His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Stephen A. Toumajan

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 07:17:32 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Turning point toward "replacing mistrust with trust" on the Korean Peninsula
    It was a classic example of creating good from evil. The surprise move by Moon and Kim to break out of the crisis was a joint declaration that the Korean Peninsula will no longer remain a lonely outpost of the Cold War and that Koreans will no longer be swayed by the political machinations and the wedges driven by the four powers around the Korean Peninsula - the US, China, Japan and Russia - which have caused them to squander so much time in war, division and conflict.

    Why people incorporate.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:05:19 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    mission creep
    Lutte contre Boko Haram: le satisfecit des Etats-Unis
    C'est l'ambassadeur des Etats-Unis au Cameroun, Peter Henry Barlerin qui est venu remettre, en main propre, ladite lettre au cours d'une audience que lui a accordée le président de la République.

    Dans un Palais de l'Unité qui subit depuis quelques jours une cure de fraîcheur dans la perspective de la grande réception qu'offre le 20 mai prochain le couple présidentiel camerounais à ses invités, Paul Biya et le chef de la mission diplomatique américaine au Cameroun en ont profité pour revisiter la riche et intense coopération entre le Cameroun et les Etats-Unis, notamment dans le domaine de la sécurité. La lutte contre Boko Haram dans la région de l'Extrême-Nord s'est ainsi imposée comme l'un des principaux points au menu de cette entrevue.
    [...]
    L'appui des Etats-Unis au Cameroun dans la lutte anti-terroriste est multidimensionnel. Depuis 2015, 300 militaires américains séjournent au Cameroun dans le but d'assurer une mission de surveillance aérienne et de fourniture de renseignements dans le cadre de la lutte contre Boko Haram.



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:44:47 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    (Not that any other Western newspaper would be different)

    Gaza

    Figures for the dead and injured were supplied by the Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza and a website associated with the group. The most seriously injured had reportedly been shot in the head or upper body.
    Ukraine
    Arkady Babchenko, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead in Ukraine on Tuesday, where he had fled into exile after a series of threats. Police in Kiev said the high-profile murder may have been linked to his reporting.
    No "allegedly" or anything of the sort. After all, Putin did it. Today
    Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist who was reported to have been shot dead in Kiev, has turned up alive at a news conference in Ukraine.
    by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 03:31:37 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Good one. Here's another.
    Harvard Study Suggests Maria Death Toll Could Top 4,000
    'slike Lancet vs iraqbodycount.com all over again.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 05:37:25 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    OpEd | The EU is right to refuse legal personality for Artificial Intelligence
    The European Commission's recent outline of an artificial intelligence strategy does not give in to European Parliament calls to grant personhood for AI. The Commission is right in this, though not for the reasons mentioned in a recent open letter published by experts
    That is redundancy.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 03:02:30 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    the contracting party

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 04:21:19 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    the data set

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 04:39:07 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    the responsibility to protect

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 04:41:53 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    EU [Court of Human Rights] Raps Countries Complicit With CIA Torture
    For years on end, one of the Thursday reports notes, Zubaydah faced "detention conditions specifically designed to isolate and disorientate detainees by transfers to unknown locations, even if he had been allowed to testify before the court, would not be able to say where he was detained."

    "Nor can it be reasonably expected that he will ever, on his own, be able to identify the places in which he was held," the 317-page report continues.
    [...]
    "The court has already found that, through the actions and inaction of the Romanian authorities in the context of their complicity in the operation of the CIA HVD Programme on Romania's territory, the applicant has been exposed to the risk of the death penalty being imposed on him," the 315-page report on al-Nashiri states.

    small "cost of doing business" with the CIA

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 07:24:58 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Anglophone news is all over DPRK delegation in NYC to flatter Pompeo off the cliff. Meanwhile (url kcna.kp, subject to GOOG translate) kcnawatch.co relays times's arrow: Kim Jong Un Receives Russian FM, 1 June
    Lavrov highly appreciated the DPRK for having successfully steered the relations between the north and south of Korea and between the DPRK and the U.S., and the situation of the Korean peninsula and the region for having entered the phase of stability.

    He said that Russia fully supports the DPRK's determination and stand on the DPRK-U.S. summit high on the agenda and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and wishes for their good successes.

    Kim Jong Un said that the DPRK's will for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula still remains unchanged and consistent and fixed and he hoped that the DPRK-U.S. relations and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be solved on a stage-by-stage basis by founding a solution to meet the interests of each other through a new method in a new era and under a new situation and the solution of the issues will progress through effective and constructive dialogue and negotiation.



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 11:17:54 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    o, look. Early interpreter of inscrutable oriental ways speaks out.
    Who Is Kim Yong-chol?
    case closed.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 1st, 2018 at 08:13:07 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Pompeo Challenged at Senate Foreign Relations Committee
    A droplet from "a protuberance of greedy, sniveling, weak-minded buffoons with no genuine regard for their constituents" inquires:
    "The Libya model, as Kim Jong Un has been interpreting it, is that the leader of the country surrenders their nuclear capability only to then be overthrown and killed. Why would you not think that Kim would not interpret it that way as it continued to escalate with Bolton and Vice President talking about the Qaddafi model? ....why would you think there would be any other interpretation at what happened to Qaddafi at the end of his denuclearization which is that he wound up dead? Why would that not elicit hostility from a negotiating partner three weeks prior to sitting down."


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 08:34:08 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:40:18 AM EST
    Flippy the robot's burgers may be better than yours (embedded video/EN, no transcript)

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 05:32:34 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    'Don't expect Kilauea to finish anytime soon'
    Advice for the ... challenged: The next question is, Who do I sue?

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 05:45:04 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    the only question anybody was interested in was "is the eruption going to cause an explosion, splitting the island asunder and causing a mega-tsunami that will destroy the whole of the US West Coast?"

    As the answer to this appears to have been "no", nobody cares anymore

    keep to the Fen Causeway

    by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 07:03:47 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    "wiping, wiping, wiping"
    yeah, toxic gas is invisible and its effects on morbidity are not well ahh understood. Besides Hawaii has a BIG housing shortage problem.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 09:01:29 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Step Away from Your Microfiber Mitts
    Fissure 8 and "acid fumes created when lava meets water" may be "be a precursor to a major eruption".

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 09:08:43 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    jobs saved or created
    California debuts `digital' license plates. Here's what they'll cost you.
    eliminates "the need to physically stick tags on their plates each year" and other purposes.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 10:56:39 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Engineering seeds and digging into global markets
    The Monsanto-Bayer merger [1],[2],[3] caps off three rounds of mega-mergers among global chemical corporations [4],[5].  These companies are consolidating and jockeying for better control of their market share of bio-technologies, agricultural seeds and agricultural data.

    The growing of food has multiple political, social, scientific and environmental considerations; arguably the control of the seed value chain is key. Farming policies can either weaken or strengthen community-based farming systems and livelihoods decision.
    [...]
    The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) website specifically mentions its work in boosting seed production by investing in local African seed companies.  The question is what kinds of seed production is being prioritised, is it primarily for export markets and how are non-commercial or family-run farm able to access this seed, manage and be responsible for the growing of quality seed.  Some reports [[xv]] suggest that AGRA distributes genetically modified seed and makes it difficult to use indigenous seeds and practices, potentially undermining the very business base of family farms.



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 09:00:17 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    "VW defeat devices: A comparison of U.S. and EU required fixes" (Dec 2017, illustrated) released by Greenpeace | Unearthed, 29 Mar
    It is immediately apparent that U.S. regulators are requiring VW to do far more to fix their vehicles than Europe is. Except for a $10 piece of plastic on VW's 1.6L diesel,6 all of the fixes in Europe are software-only. In the United States, only the 2012-14 Passat and the 2015-16 3.0L vehicles have a software-only fix. All others are required at least to replace the NOX aftertreatment (LNT or SCR catalyst) and some are required to replace additional hardware components, such as the particulate trap, particulate sensor, or oxidation catalyst. To modify just 500,000 vehicles in the United States, VW repeatedly has had to set aside more money,7 while the company has already "fixed" more than 6 million cars in Europe.
    [...]
    Overall, the cost of the fixes in the United States is very high. The estimated cost of installing an LNT or SCR system in new vehicles is about $500, and the cost of the particulate trap is similar.8 The expense for retrofitting these components would be significantly higher, reflecting engineering time to redesign the systems, labor cost to install them, and administrative costs for shipping the parts to about a thousand dealers. And reports are that VW has not been able to come up with an acceptable fix at all for the 2009-12 3.0L diesels in the United States and will be forced to scrap the entire vehicle with these diesel engines.

    archived May 2018
    The General Court rejects class action law suit
    'oxides of nitrogen': NO, NO2, N2O, and NO5

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Sun Jun 3rd, 2018 at 11:17:06 PM EST
    [ Parent ]

    surprise!

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon Jun 4th, 2018 at 05:22:18 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:40:21 AM EST
    Pretty much sums up FIFTH WAVE of 'Girls Rule' Things That Cannot Be Said.
    A Not Entirely Unexpected Campaign Roadblock for Women of Color
    Word on the street anyway is, Abrams is DNC certified. So she's got that going for her.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 05:53:04 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    You know the best way to the hearts and minds of "Women of Color"? Railroad a "Black Man for Bernie". Warn them all: Don't go wandering off the plantation for employment, gal. Not in Alabama, not in Mississippi, especially in Philly, where your entrepreneurial conduct just might be construed by "progressive" reporters as operating an unlicensed PAC? "An unwitting co-conspirator" of a foreign agent? More likely, a predator interfering with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
    How Breitbart Recruited a Bernie Sanders Activist to Suppress the Black Vote
    "If you can't stomach Trump, just don't vote for the other people and don't vote at all," was Bruce Carter's refrain to voters in the summer of 2016. Carter, armed [!] with vehicles wrapped in photo collages of famous black Republicans and speeches touting how Donald Trump's business experience would benefit black communities, was an atypical fixture on the Trump campaign trail.
    [...]
    The group [!] claimed to be independent of the Trump campaign, which Carter's recollections contradict. "If there was coordination", Bloomberg writes
    If the splashy, counterintuitive [!] story, which circulated on such conservative websites as Truthfeed and Infowars, wasn't exactly fake news, it was carefully orchestrated.
    [...]
    He approached Carter under the guise of interviewing him. The writer eventually dropped the pretense altogether, signing Carter up for a 10-week blitz aimed at convincing black voters in key states to support the Republican real estate mogul, or simply sit out the election.
    "election law dictates that any contributions to groups such as his must fall within individual limits: no more than $2,700 for a candidate. One supporter far exceeded that cap, giving about $100,000 to Carter's efforts."
    Tell it, Ilana. Who? wuz robbed of 35,000 votes by a black man in a van!

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 02:27:11 AM EST
    [ Parent ]
    < wipes tears >
    Whether ["three black women legislators"] actually did this or not, their absence from the public events defending Clemons has left the leadership to others. This has included many local young people, mostly black, some white. And allies have arrived from elsewhere--veterans of the Missouri protests over the police killing of Michael Brown, a couple leaders of the national Women's March that greeted Donald Trump's inauguration.

    Their presence at a protest march across Saraland in late May prompted a community organizer to delicately observe that "Some of our local intersectional feminists are disappointing those of us who have stood with them."



    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 1st, 2018 at 10:22:35 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    triple entendre
    LaDonna, podcast/EN

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 1st, 2018 at 10:39:02 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    triple entendre
    Atonement as Activism

    During the Bush administration, this one ran a kind of relay race with Tho. Sowell and "Dr." Bill Cosby, invidious conservative polemic about 'black bloc' duplicity being the baton. The subject of this particular essay caught my attention, however, because it might be an entirely accidental tribute to Frank Snowdon's research into Blacks in Antiquity (1970), of which "Early Christian Attitude toward Ethiopians" (Gregory, Jerome, Origen, Homiliae un Canticum Canticorum, thesis and antithesis).

    Moreover we ask in what way is she black and in what way fair without whiteness. She has repented of her sins; conversion has bestowed beauty upon her and hence she is sung as 'beautiful.' But because she is not yet cleansed of all the uncleanness of her sins nor washed unto salvation, she is said to be 'black' but does not remain in her black color -- she becomes white. ....If, moreover, you do not repent, take heed lest your soul be called black and disgraceful and lest you be stained by a double foulness -- black on account of your past sins; disgraceful because you continue in these same faults. But if you repent, your soul will be black because of your former sins, but because of your penitence your soul will have something of what I may call an Ethiopian beauty.
    or a MEME < wipes tears > This weekend The Federalist copped a feel for it, entitled "White Privilege Has Become A Religion, Complete With Church Ladies", because of course it is.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Fri Jun 1st, 2018 at 11:24:12 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Whites, thus white women, are the Republican Party.  Expecting a majority to break with the GOP is a fool's errand.  There is the chance a sufficient number can be convinced to switch their vote.  In Alabama and Mississippi?  Don't hold your breath.  

    She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
    by ATinNM on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 01:09:19 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Know them by their deeds neither their party affiliation or the color of their "sleeves."

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Wed May 30th, 2018 at 02:44:10 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    Shutting Down Facebook in PNG is a Reality
    relayed by DW

    DW editorial interest in the matter is difficult to gauge accurately. You may address your appreciation for "contextualization," in lieu of personal interview with the subjects and a Friedman map, to Herr Martin.

    archived
    Final splice of Hawaiki complete

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:05:59 PM EST
    [ Parent ]
    German police launch crackdown on slavery human trafficking prostitution sex work, organized crime
    Security forces in Germany conducted multiple raids and detained more than 100 people on Wednesday, targeting human traffickers and criminals involved in "smuggling, forced prostitution and exploitation," the police announced on Twitter.
    [...]
    Police detained a 59-year-old Thai woman in the town of Siegen alongside several other people, according to Bild. The woman is suspected of being a leader of the gang along with her 62-year-old German partner. The two allegedly build a criminal network involving over 50 people, most of them women.
    [...]
    The sex workers were promised they would make money in Germany, but almost all of their earnings would go to their handlers pimps employers, according to the prosecutors.

    "They were not lied about the purpose (of their trip to Germany) but they were deceived when it comes to conditions," officials said. Prostitution has been legal in Germany since 2002.

    One day I will post for you a story about how "head rights" populated the ancient British American colony of Maryland.

    archived
    Mann Act Revival UPDATE, NXIVM edition

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 08:52:51 PM EST
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    by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:40:26 AM EST
    Three days of "peasant" revolt, from May 29 to 31, 1860, sparks a torrent of violence from Mount Lebanon into Damascus, an area formerly known by certain persons as "Greater Syria" or the Mamluk Empire.[1] By July 1860 a letter from James Lewis Farley, published in the English Daily News, stated that 7,000 and 8,000 had been murdered, 5,000 widowed and 16,000 orphaned, 326 villages, 560 churches, 28 colleges, 42 convents, and 9 other religious establishments having been totally destroyed. Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill, who could see Tyre from his grotto, estimated 11,000 murdered, 100,000 refugees, 20,000 widows and orphans, 3,000 habitations burnt to the ground, and 4,000 perishing from destitution. Purportedly this news inspires France to intervene and stop Ottoman troops from aiding Islamic forces or disarming Christian forces. It is said Macron Napoleon III invoked an "ancient" oath which was sealed by treaty in 1523 to protect Christians in the Ottoman Empire.

    1523?

    There is plenty of confusion about particulars to be found online. For example, one modern account of this crime against humanity has Tanyus Shahin, a Maronite peasant leader, inciting a revolt to drive Maronite feudal lords out of Kesruan in 1859. In the same account Shanin, supported by non-denominational clergy, merely began preparing for an armed uprising against Maronites' Druze masters, irking these mulberry orchard owners into arming Muslim irregulars for genocide-like massacre.[2]. Lebanon silk was a thing.

    Don't you mean 1923?

    No. That mandate from heaven is but one in a series of marketing experiments to regulate intransigent trading  partners. Opportune crusaders landed in Lebanon in 1860, claiming to liberate christians from enslavement by Islamic mercantilism, as was the custom, rather than ingratiate their manufacturers in the chaos. [3],[3] Beginning in 1516, the Habsburgs which succeeded the Byzantine bureaucracy in all matters "christendom" signed a slew of deals with Ottoman successors to the Mamluks to forestall defeat but also undercut their relative-competitors [4]. That is, the provenance of R2P pilgrims today is no less ridiculous than it was in 1095.

    In the mid-to-late thirteenth century, outposts of the crusader states along the coast of Greater Syria were still in Latin Christian hands. Acre, the last outpost to fall to the Mamluks in 1291, was a transshipment point for banned goods throughout the period. 169 In 1246, Pope Innocent IV wrote to the patriarch and bishops of the Kingdom of Jerusalem "concerning certain Genoese, Pisan and Venetian merchants who take Greeks, Bulgars, Russians and Vlachs, all Christians, both male and female, from the regions of Constantinople and travel to the Kingdom of Jerusalem, where they sell them to the highest bidder, even Saracens, in such a way that many of those sold are held as slaves."170 The pretext for the sack of Acre by the Mamluks in 1291 was the killing of several Muslims; some versions of the story identify them as slave traders bringing mamluks to the sultan.171  However, the assertion that Edward I of England found the Genoese selling slaves there in 1271 is unfounded. The source cited in this regard, Andrea Dandolo's Chronicon venetum, says only that Edward became angry with Venetians preparing a ship for Alexandria.172 After the sack of 1291, Acre went into economic decline. Because it had become part of Mamluk territory, it was not longer a suitable port for Italian merchants and ship captains trying to evade trade bans.
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    At some point before 1420, Genoa also instituted an inspection system to prevent the export of Christian slaves from Caffa to the Mamluks.171 In 1434, the Genoese authorities described it in detail in a letter to Pope Eugenius IV (a Venetian).172 Before a ship could depart from Caffa, the slaves were counted and a tax on them was collected. Then bishops, accompanied by certain religious and laity, would board the ship and speak to each slave about his or her origins and religion. If the slave was Christian or wished to become Christian, he or she was removed from the ship and sold to a Christian owner.[5]


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 06:22:38 PM EST
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    Acre, Bay of; d/b/a Haifa; "Phoenicia glass factory HQ" since 1934

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 07:45:45 PM EST
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    by Bjinse on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 11:40:35 AM EST

    classic

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 03:41:27 PM EST
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    Isn't it ironic.


    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 03:54:24 PM EST
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 04:01:12 PM EST


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