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by Bjinse Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:54:56 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:56:22 PM EST
Overt and covert Scottish nationalists are not letting go the bout with BBC * so long as YouTube channels remain open and copyright use is secured.

Referendum '14 from Craig Murray
London Calling, 01:09:05

Um synergy from representatives Salmond and Torra
The Fourth Man, 00:24:08

archived
Big Auntie is watching you

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by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:06:35 PM EST
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Car hits pedestrians at UK parliament in suspected terrorist attack
Basu said the suspect had not been formally identified, but was not believed to be known to security forces. Britain's security minister Ben Wallace said he was a British citizen who "came from another country originally".
probably Birmingham

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by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:16:11 PM EST
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details remain somewhat thin. Usually we've got a full biog and details of the "radicalisation" within a few hours.

The absence of info probably means the guy can't be squeezed into the standard narrative of "evil terrorist", which means they don't know what to say about it.

But silence means they can maintain the illusion and speculation to keep the fear alive for longer. I dread the front pages tomorrow

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:45:26 PM EST
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GOOD NEWS!
Trump vows 'toughness and strength' after UK parliament incident
"Another terrorist attack in London...These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!" Trump tweeted.


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by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 10:18:51 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 07:32:16 PM EST
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Russians hungry for black-market [SIC] Finnish food
"Finnish products are authentic, unlike what we have here. Lots of chemicals are added to food [in Russia], and it's difficult to find things that are pure," [Viktor Mihailov] tells Yle.

Meanwhile Svetlana Lupeshova and her husband Georgi cross the border into Finland regularly to do food shopping. Their shopping list includes coffee, cheese, fish, roe and banana yogurt.

"My husband just loves Finnish banana yogurt. We buy enough to last us half a year," Svetlana explains.



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by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 02:08:33 PM EST
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Google escapes Irish data privacy investigation over tracking scandal
Ireland's data protection commissioner is not currently investigating Google's data-tracking controversy as the tech giant has not yet officially incorporated its data protection residency here, according to a spokesman.

While Google indicated that Ireland was to be its `one stop shop' data protection jurisdiction in the wake of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, it has not yet finalised this registration process with the Irish DPC's office.
[...]
Instead, the issue is being investigated by the French data protection authority following complaints over Google's tracking practices there.

more EU tag team wrestling


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by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 04:59:52 PM EST
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EU fears Brexit talks are being bugged by British secret service
Oddly, the Kremlin is not implicated by this reporting.

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by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 09:32:26 PM EST
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Good. Maybe they'll finally start paying attention.
by generic on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 06:00:55 PM EST
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How Turkey's Crisis Might Fracture NATO | naked capitalism

And, much like the 1997 crisis, the recent collapse of the Turkish lira has exacerbated Turkey's problems. The decline in the domestic currency (precipitated by President Trump's decision to double tariffs on Turkish metal exports last week), along with the U.S. Federal Reserve's ongoing interest rate hikes, have substantially elevated the cost of foreign debt servicing. Economist Brad Setser sets out Turkey's problems starkly, noting that the country has "a one-year external financing need of close to 30 percent of Turkey's pre-depreciation GDP, against 12 percent in total reserves and about 10 percent of GDP in foreign exchange reserves. And the bulk of Turkey's maturing external debt is denominated in a foreign currency--it thus is a claim on reserves that cannot be depreciated away."

How Turkey's Crisis Might Fracture NATO | naked capitalism

President Erdoğan badly needs to keep the Turkish "miracle" afloat, but he's unlikely get the help he needs from the usual suspects, such as the IMF (which would likely force painful deflationary measures on the country as it did during the Asian financial crisis in 1997-98). He could well secure it from Russia, however, which would undoubtedly love to exploit any divisions in Turkey's ties to the West. By the same token, Russia's President Putin would tremendously increase his own domestic stature were he to pull off a pipeline/gas export deal with Turkey that a) brings in much-needed foreign exchange income for Russia and b) is a public slap in the face to the obvious U.S./Big Oil attempt to strangle Russian gas exports to Europe.


Turkey - Wikipedia
GDP (PPP)    2018 estimate $2.320 trillion

International Reserves of the Russian Federation (End of period) | Банк России
31/07/2018     458,032(millions of US dollars)

So if I'm reading that right then Turkey's external funding need for one year net reserves is about the size of Russia's entire foreign holdings?
Don't think that will work out. Kids, don't dollarize your Economy.

by generic on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 10:37:07 AM EST
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Remember this? Let's do.
2015: Alexis "Huey" Tsipras flies to Moscow amid speculation of bailout from Putin ...
"Russia offers to loan Greece funds for infrastructure and transport ..."
"Putin: Greece did not seek financial aid from Russia - BBC News"
&tc.

Meanwhile, ECB drove eurozone sovereign bond price "signals" into a proverbial pit along, thus domesticating international speculators' expectations of moar g and appetite for moar g. Much confusion calculating alpha --the significance of "risk free"-- and beta valuations ensued.

"Politics all the way down"
In retrospect --approximately five minutes, or thirty-three years-- collusion among allied govs to impoverish enemies (or adversaries) with generous offers of funding assistance had never occurred either um "deliberately or by design."

The more the currencies of dollar-indebted countries slide, the more real goods and services they have to pay in tribute to the US to service the same paper-dollar debts - whilst those who cannot keep up will be gobbled up for pennies on the dollar. Yet beyond these purely economic gains lies also the geopolitical imperative - to maintain and extend US domination by scuppering its rivals. Trump is, after all, about nothing if not the conversion of all possible means of power into leverage to obliterate his opponents
except for those occasions when every proper central bank "suspended" settlement of legal tender with precious metals, rewarded patriots with profiteering opportunities and their emissaries with Nobel Peace prizes.

Kids, don't dollarize your Economy.
I admit, I have watched with great interest in ROW successfully surviving withdrawal symptoms.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 04:07:01 PM EST
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Russian interference in Greece ...  dream on Vladimir!

The Southern pipeline through Greece and the Balkans has been successfully blocked by the US.
The US put in it's leading ambassador Pyatt to frustrate Russia and its influence in a crucial EU state for the US and NATO.

Germany's Merkel is trying her best to keep Erdogan close to her chest ... perhaps with a financial injection that will cost the EU tens of billions. Too soon to call ... mixed signals.

The new Caspian Sea basin agreement is perhaps the greatest disappointment for Trump and his minions on Wall Street, the Hill and in the fossil fuel states of the red neck nation.

Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey | Reuters - Dec. 1, 2014 |
Southern Gas Corridor
Israel, Cyprus, and Greece push East Med gas pipeline to Europe | Times of Israel - May 2018 |

Trump will use economic warfare to deflate the states which won since the 2003 invasion of Iraq: Iran - Turkey -  Russia.

PS rare metals can be found in China and Afghanistan

Greeks, austerity, jobs and pride ...

The Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and the Experience of Austerity (2013)

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 05:36:57 PM EST
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Lacking empathy with the Greek people ... chest beating coming from Brussels:

Fighting for the German banks ...

Who will repay the €289bn debt?

Greece awaits debt relief measures after nearly a decade of austerity

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 05:48:32 PM EST
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The probability that no one cares if Greece repays debt to eurosystem is about 98.723 certain, according to my private calculation. ahem. Retiring the debt is not the objective.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 07:14:34 PM EST
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Who will repay the €289bn debt?

Nobody.Will.Ever.Pay.The.Greek.Debt.

When a company goes bankrupt, everyone walks away (and the management start again). When a country goes bankrupt, we play "Extend and Pretend" (which is the modern equivalent of debtors' prison : You stay there until you pay...)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 09:05:36 AM EST
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So if you have reserves of 10% and the whole economy has funding needs of 30% do you have a problem? I guess it depends on how much of the economy already belongs to your friends.
by generic on Thu Aug 23rd, 2018 at 10:24:57 AM EST
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"Frontier fluidity"
Unite sets sights on `poor employment practices' 3 Aug
"We are already experiencing increase in agency workers and the use of fixed term contracts across the economy within Gibraltar, be it in the public or private sector." Unite also called for a revamp of agency worker regulations in Gibraltar, which currently state that agency workers, after 12 months in the job, must receive parity with permanent staff on key issues such as pay.
Govt has contingency plans in place for Brexit, No.6 says
"The new Socialist Prime Minister of Spain is on record as having said that fluidity at the border is fundamental."
Border protest over Spanish police pay turns nasty 16 Aug
The protest, which had been authorised by the Spanish Government's representative in the Campo de Gibraltar, was organised by Jusapol, a group set up less about a year ago to campaign for salary parity for police and Guardia Civil officers. ... "It had no place being organised in the vicinity of the frontier."
Spanish Government apologises after border incidents, says Jusapol breached restrictions
Schengen fail-safe: "I think it demonstrates a new sensitivity in the understanding of the importance of frontier fluidity as a matter of principle."

archived
Lisbon, Article 8

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 05:34:07 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:56:24 PM EST
Ryanair - Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (Fórsa) D2 arbitration
Three days have been set aside by Mr Mulvey and both sides have been asked to refrain from public comment while the process is under way.

archived
solidarity

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by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 03:07:19 PM EST
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German union to start pay talks for Ryanair cabin crew on Wednesday
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

If only he could clone himself. I wonder idly how Mr O'Rourke resolved that first strike by cabin crew? The press has not reported on terms since.

archived
Ryanair Cabin Crews in 4 European Countries Go On Strike + IE pilots 25 July
"The airline responded Thursday by warning some 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew members that they could lose their jobs as it cuts its Dublin-based aircraft fleet from 30 to 24."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 08:27:47 PM EST
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D3 - CLOSING

Independent | 'Painstaking' peace talks at Ryanair enter last day

[LAST UPDATE] August 15 2018 2:30 AM
[...]
If the latest talks collapse, the chances of a resolution will be much dimmer as Ryanair is not believed to be in favour of State mediation bodies getting involved.
Times | Ryanair pilot talks continue into the night
[LAST UPDATE] about 6 hours ago
[BACKGROUND]
RTE | Talks between Ryanair and pilots' union continue
[LAST] Updated / Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018 18:57
[...]
Yesterday's talks ended at 11.40pm and resumed at 11.30am today.
[...]
The union negotiating team is made up of representatives of Ryanair pilots who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) and Fórsa officials, assisted by ICTU General Secretary Patricia King.]
Lemmesee: base-cut, two-tier compensation structure? I bet they fell for it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:57:34 AM EST
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Flightright taking Ryanair to court over compensation for passengers affected by the airline's strikes
EU rules [!!] state that passengers can claim monetary compensation of up to 400 euros for flights within the region for cancelled or delayed flights, unless the reason is extraordinary circumstances, such as bad weather.
wut [1], [2], [3]
Strikes have generally fallen under extraordinary circumstances [?] although a ruling by the European Court of Justice in April said that a wildcat strike by staff at German airline TUIfly following a restructuring could not be classed as extraordinary circumstances.
A 'wildcat strike' by flight staff following the surprise announcement of a restructuring does not constitute an 'extraordinary circumstance' releasing the air line from its obligation to pay compensation in the event of cancellation or long delay of flight ... The Court further observes that the fact that the social movement in question should be classified, under the applicable German social legislation, as a 'wildcat strike' because it was not formally initiated by a trade union is irrelevant
Flightright takes Ryanair to court over compensation for passengers affected by recent pilot strikes
Flightright, like other passenger rights groups, helps passengers to claim compensation from airlines under EU261 rules in exchange for a 25 to 30% share of the compensation received.
perverting "class action" advocacy and "market power"
Ryanair, therefore, urges passengers to file claims with them directly. "Ryanair deals with each claim on a case-by-case basis [!] and requires our customers to submit flight disruption claims directly to Ryanair. We do this solely to ensure that all Ryanair customers will receive 100pc [!]of their EU261 compensation."

But what if Ryanair says beforehand that it will not pay compensation?

In Belgium, the consumer union [!!] Test Achats/Aankoop has introduced a claim against Ryanair on behalf of 50 passengers among its members affected by the cabin crew and pilot strikes, with more dossiers to follow.

archived act of god
Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 03:06:44 AM EST
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I have only flown with ryanair occasionally and would take considerable effort to avoid them.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 03:45:52 PM EST
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Independent UPDATE (none)

Examiner UPDATE (none)

Belfast Telegraph, digression
Will this climate of share buybacks pay future dividends for companies?
"CRH, Paddy Power Betfair and Ryanair are spending billions on their own shares. ..."

RTE UPDATE
Fourth day of Ryanair talks to get under way in coming days
"adjourned", [BACKGROUND]

Times UPDATE
Ryanair pilot talks to continue later this week

Talks ended at 12.30am on Thursday morning after a 12 hour session [BACKGROUND] IALPA-Forsa said in a statement that the negotiations were expected to resume later this week.
[BACKGROUND]
Little known fact: While the press plays possum, Mr O'Rourke clones himself. MWAHAHAHAhaha.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 04:41:28 PM EST
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D4 - MOSTLY DEAD

Independen, Examiner, Belfast Telegraph UPDATE (none)

Times | Hopes mount that Ryanair and Irish pilots can broker deal

Airline and pilots meeting for a fourth day under mediator Kieran Mulvey
[BACKGROUND]
An IALPA-Forsa spokesman said that a "fair bit had been done" this week and added that Mr Mulvey was unlikely to have scheduled a fourth day if he did not believe the sides could make further progress.
[BACKGROUND]


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by Cat on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 03:06:53 PM EST
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Pilot and cabin crew trade unions gather in Rome first week of September
"Portuguese newspaper Dinheiro Vivo picked up this information from Portuguese trade union SNPVAC. A list of demands will be drafted during this big meeting. "If Ryanair doesn't comply with these demands, the airline may face the biggest strike in its history," trade unions warned."
In an open letter, unions from Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain
Dear Ryanair Shareholders,
[....]
After months of frustrating talks, innocuous meetings and even strike actions in some countries, we fail to see a 'sincere and genuine' union integration process and the willing to engage in a negotiation with the workers' legitimate representatives in each country, instead of some hand-picked Unions [US-Eng., company union] , by convenience of the Ryanair management.

Quite the opposite, in fact.
[...]
What happened was a polarization of the parties' positions due to a continuous refusal from Ryanair representatives to follow the local regulations and refusal to respect the Unions role in their own countries.

Ryanair management continues to use bullying as a management tool, that punishes people for being sick, that sends intimidating letters to the people that exercised their right to strike, threatening to cut jobs in the countries affected and insisting on perpetuating a business model that we all consider to be obsolete.
[...]
We strongly believe that Ryanair is capable of adapting its business to the commercial and social reality of today's Europe, based on dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

What we don't believe is that current management has the necessary trust from the employees nor the skill set [!] to perform these changes.
[...]
Yours sincerely,

SNPVACS - CNE - sitcplaSITCPLA - USO - UILTRASPORTI - FILT-CGIL - LBC-NVK

o, SSSSSsssssssnap

from the back bench

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by Cat on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 03:31:51 PM EST
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m'k. Inside baseball in the trade puts seems to confirm existing terms and conditions of employment --none nice-- and setting inauguration for collective bargaining in the company union. It is not ceremonial. De plane Boss' fantasy is to spread IE right-to-work efficiency across the EU.

German Cabin Crew Union Starts Talks with Ryanair Today, Wed, 15 Aug

[W]e weren't expecting either side to show their hand or give the world a running commentary.

And that's why a new statement from Ver.di is so interesting.  The union is making three key demands:

  • A "substantial" increase in pay
  • Recognising German* employment law
  • Equal conditions for directly [!] employed and agency [ie. "temp", "zero-contract"!] cabin crew

"The income must finally become viable and predictable. Due to seasonal fluctuations and a lack of flight hours guarantee some full-time employees receive only around € 1,000 gross per month. That is completely unacceptable," explains the union's Christine Behle.
[...]
At present, Ryanair forces all its cabin crew to sign Irish employment contracts - a policy that they say is perfectly legal, reasonable and not one they have any plans to change.
Low bar, colossal dick
Seven cabin crew unions write to Ryanair shareholders demanding an end to unrest, 17 Aug
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: "We don't comment on false claims made by smaller unions, many of whom are not recognised by Ryanair. Letters to shareholders (such as this) are a failed attempt to generate fake news and will be ignored by both Ryanair and our shareholders."
This is the language of psychopathy.

* and Belgian, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, French, Greek, Polish

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 01:51:06 AM EST
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D4 - DEAD
Talks between Ryanair and pilots' union adjourned

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 04:10:08 AM EST
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Couldn't happen to a more deserving company; bunch of shits from the top down

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 05:52:01 PM EST
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EU-Swiss treaty `dead as doornail' as labour boycotts talks
Switzerland's plan [?] to forge a new treaty cementing ties with the European Union has hit the rocks after the normally pro-Europe centre left joined the far right [?!] in resisting a deal that Swiss labour unions say might undermine wages and working conditions.
Yes, it appears the concept "labor theory of value" is not well understood. Indeed even Mr Graeber's "works in this broadly conceived 'interpretive' tradition" have proved neither instructive or practical.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 03:35:18 PM EST
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KLM pilots threaten strike over pay, work pressure:, "holiday makers"
" 'If KLM does not agree with our proposal, then we will begin with work stoppages,' the VNV said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 05:13:15 PM EST
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who knew that the standard model of working people harder for less pay could reach a point where the people can take no more?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:47:23 PM EST
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Russia backs non-dollar trade with Turkey, no promise of help amid lira crisis
"I don't think the Russians will bankroll Turkey at this stage, as I think they have their own issues with the United States with sanctions and will want to maintain their own FX buffers," [Timothy Ash, senior strategist at BlueBay Asset Management] said.

NON-DOLLAR TRADE

Turkey has a track record of using national currencies in international trade. Last October, the Turkish and Iranian central banks formally agreed to trade in local currencies after using the euro for settlements in the past.

Using national currency in mutual trade has its drawbacks, however. If the currency of one of the parties to a trade is in meltdown [TECHNICAL NOTE], that exposes the other party to heightened risks that would not usually exist if the deal was settled in dollars.

possibly "unitization"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:20:37 PM EST
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a lot of commentary that Turkey's problem here is largely Erdogan's ego. He has implemented certain economic policies which are destroying the economy, but which are very popular with his base.

Also a lot of quieter commentary that, there is no chance of regional contagion or blowback on european or US economies, so let 'em stew in it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:51:58 PM EST
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So far as I can tell, all the profit-taking over the past 72 hours has been in the bond market. I know Turkey gov interest rates spiked. I don't know size and value of Turkey gov external debt. So maybe I'll look it up, but iirc, it wasn't anywhere near PIIGS ratio in 2012.

My intuition is, this is a flash in the MMT pan. The real pain for NATO comes later.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:26:55 PM EST
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Phoneposting but I have the vague memory from soaking in my Twitter feed that about a third of Turkish government debt is in foreign currency. A quick Google turns up nothing.
by generic on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:50:40 PM EST
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Well, it certainly seems like the coup did have NATO involvement. I doubt Trump just thought of picking a fight with Erdogan on his own. Might be looking at a Trump whisperer.
by generic on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 08:24:45 PM EST
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U.S. envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback talks to media outside the Aliaga Prison

Andrew Brunson, the face that launched 1,000 wtfs.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 08:37:38 PM EST
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In my view Trump is seeking political obedience from Erdogan to release preacher.

Furthermore, it appears the Pentagon and IC has a squeeze on the president. Erratic behavior on foreign policy statements within 24 hours. Doesn't help that Turkey is in the coalition with Syria, Russia and Iran.

In Iraq the new government will be formed by "outcast" Muqtada al-Sadr.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 09:12:11 PM EST
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... an understatement, flanking the Israel beach head in the "Greater Middle East" , Turkey is a 'target of economic war', Erdogan says.

Retired Admiral James Stavridis, an ex-NATO supreme allied commander, urged Washington and Ankara to do all they can to improve relations.
"To lose Turkey would be a geopolitical mistake of epic proportions," he told MSNBC on Monday.
To which I add, a "new world order" will arise of his making, as Mr Trump is also turning the proverbial screws on EU gov with all the vim and vigor of Vic Nuland. He may be aroused now, but "no man, however strong, can ever accomplish anything good or bad, without the help of others." This is his blind spot.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:45:32 AM EST
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alrighty then.

I can see global economic incontinence this time next year. The proximate perversity will not be tariff competition but, likely, demand destruction across commodity markets. I don't think either IMF or WTO can contain status quo much longer and offer scarce incentive to those at the bottom of the supply chain who've nothing left to lose. Alliances are regrouping.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:22:43 AM EST
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To which I add, a "new world order" will arise of his making, as Mr Trump is also turning the proverbial screws on EU gov with all the vim and vigor of Vic Nuland.

The Intercept - Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire
A new book by the famed historian Alfred McCoy predicts that China is set to surpass the influence of the U.S. globally, both militarily and economically, by the year 2030. At that point, McCoy asserts the United States empire as we know it will be no more. He sees the Trump presidency as one of the clearest byproducts of the erosion of U.S. global dominance, but not its root cause. At the same time, he also believes Trump may accelerate the empire's decline.
h/t Helen
by Bernard on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:54:09 AM EST
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Well, it certainly seems like the coup did have NATO involvement.
[citation needed]

I doubt Trump just thought of picking a fight with Erdogan on his own.

Andrew Brunson case: US takes narrow view in dispute with Turkey over pastor - DW

The implication of the Trump administration's rhetoric is that US pressure on Turkey could be dropped if Brunson were released. That makes the myopic focus on Brunson, whose cause has been picked up by Trump's evangelical base, problematic.

"Brunson's detention is egregious, and the United States should be making every effort to secure the release of American citizens unjustly imprisoned overseas. That said, by justifying human rights-related sanctions only on the grounds of the Turkish government's treatment of Brunson, rather than on that government's abysmal human rights record writ large, the administration has clearly placed a disproportionate emphasis on a single individual," said Rob Berschinski, the Senior Vice President for Policy at Human Rights First.

"It's hard not to infer that the administration is using the Brunson case to pander to its supporters, given Brunson's profession as an evangelical Christian pastor, and the extent to which the administration has been much less aggressive concerning other Americans detained in Turkey," added Berschinski, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights.

(my emphasis)
by Bernard on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:47:27 AM EST
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"It's hard not to infer that the administration is using the Brunson case to pander to its supporters,

I kinda thought that was a given, all policy, domestic and foreign is about appealing to his base and their prejudices. It's bread and circuses

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:54:09 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:03:59 PM EST
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Well, it certainly seems like the coup did have NATO involvement.

Let's examine only a US state-approved fact authority (as if historical US rules of hegemony, of which the institution of NATO hierarchy and its concerted objective, destabilization of political and economic rivals worldwide do not apply) to identify:

I. means (US manufactured armament including but not limited to aircraft sales, chain of command, military and political intelligence);
II. motive (including but not limited to methods of organizational hygiene such as "discipline" within NATO ranks); and
III. opportunity (perennial real and imagined "insubordination" of US command --passive-aggressive behavior-- by Turkey gov)

Premises
Greece and Turkey, NATO members since 1952, of which FUCKUS designated trash cans since 1952. Indeed "the coup did have NATO involvement."

Argument

  1. 2005. US *asylum to Fethullah Gülen, confirmed "leader" of an insurgent "movement" in Turkey.
    The Gülen movement has some infiltration at the least in the military that I am aware of. They of course had extreme infiltration into the police and judiciary earlier. I saw that when I was in Turkey previously, particularly in the Sledgehammer case, Hakan Fidan case, and the corruption cases in 2013. ...

  2. 2016. July 2016 Turkish military asylum incident in Greece
eight Turkish military personnel claimed asylum in Greece. ...  This was one of multiple similar incidents during the coup attempt.

3. NATO "plausible deniability" instantiated by a third-party tweet and
The United Nations Security Council [of which NATO member veto privilege] however, did not denounce the coup after disagreements over the phrasing of a statement.[70]

Conclusion
Yes, NATO members involvement in the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt is factually incontrovertible.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:02:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Erdogan, Macron vow to boost economic ties: Turkish presidential source
of course, Erdogan is lying, because dictator, failed state, censorhisp, mostly-musllim

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 05:04:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Of course, Macron is lying, because his lips are moving

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 01:40:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Never forget commercial paper. I almost did.
Exclusive: Development bank EBRD has stress-tested for 40 percent lira crash
One of Turkey's biggest multilateral investors, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, has passed internal stress tests for a 40 percent drop by the lira, sources told Reuters, but the currency has weakened more than that this year.
[...]
It often works alongside Turkish banks, all of which have seen their share prices and bonds hammered by the collapse of the lira in recent weeks.
Hurriyet | Turkey's external debt stock reaches $466.7 billion in first quarter
Turkey's gross external debt stock stood at $466.67 billion, more than half of its gross domestic product (GDP) - 52.9 percent - at the end of March 2018, the Treasury announced on June 29.
[RANDOM FUND INTELLIGENCE] | Debt Service Ratio: Private Non-F­­inancial Sector
[CIRCLING VULTURE PROMO | 'What happens in Turkey won't stay in Turkey': Why this debt crisis could be different

reference
Turkey | Ministry of Treasury and Finance | Debt Indicators 31 July 2018
includes EU comparative debt:GDP
EC |  Customs Union agreement


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:53:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]
foreign currencies reserves
gold reserves

Gaddafi Kiss of Death
Al monitor | Why are Turkey's gold reserves on the rise? April 2018

In a sign that Turkey will continue to stock up on gold, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April 17 argued that international loans should be based on gold rather than dollars. Speaking at an economic gathering in Istanbul, he remarked, "Why do you have to make the loans in dollars? Let's base the loans on gold. We need to rid states and nations of exchange rate pressure. Throughout history, gold has never been a means of pressure." Erdogan also said that he had made the suggestion to International Monetary Fund officials at a G-20 meeting.
Bloomberg | "Authoritarian Gold Bugs" June 2018


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 02:46:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
USD:TRY:RMB


Bloomberg rallies FX speculators, "Turkey Just a Test Case as Quantitative Tightening Era Nears"

uh huh.

That's new.

NEXT WEEK: Trump [SANCTIONS VANUATU CURRENCY MANIPULATION]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:52:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Qatar Comes to [$15B] Rescue as Turkey Moves to Avert Financial Crisis
re: "synergies," wind down, BONUS: commercial paper notes
It total, companies have $217 billion in net foreign-exchange debt, equal to about a quarter [25% of 52%] of gross domestic product, according to central bank data. While officially the bad debt [NONPERFORMING LOAN] ratio at Turkey's banks is just 3 percent, lenders are in the process of renegotiating upwards of $20 billion of loans to try to prevent them from going into default.

Against this backdrop, the nation's banking regulator said late Tuesday that lenders can now extend maturities on or refinance loans, issue new debt to help troubled companies, and seek new collateral [BWAH!] to protect themselves. They can also demand debtors sell assets to repay loans.

familiar territory

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:30:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
AHA!
U.S. stocks moved lower in the last 10 minutes of the session after Trump, in an interview with Reuters, said he was "not thrilled" with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and accused China and Europe of manipulating their respective currencies.
I tell you wut, ooo boy howdy, you gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to slip one by this guy!

archived
The EU List of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. 5 Dec 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 03:25:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Guardian - Larry Elliot - Greece's bailout is finally at an end - but has been a failure

After eight years, Greece will on Monday be deemed strong enough to stand on its own feet. The international bailout programme that has provided Athens with emergency financial support will come to an end. Aside from the tough budget rules in place for the next decade or more, Greeks can wave goodbye to the troika - the officials from the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Union - that has in effect been running the country since 2010.

Beware the hype that trumpets this as a great success story, a tribute to solidarity and a commonsense approach that has restored economic stability and prevented Greece from being the first country to leave the euro. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Greece has been a colossal failure. It is a tale of incompetence, of dogma, of needless delay and of the interests of banks being put before the needs of people. And there will be long-term consequences. When Greece first received help in 2010, the plan was for it to have access to the financial markets within two years. It has taken two further rescue packages and six years for that to happen.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 06:10:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
One World, One Crime, One Injury: Double Jeopardy In Corporate Crime Cases
In June, Societe Generale, a global financial services institution based in Paris, France, and its wholly owned subsidiary, SGA Societe Generale Acceptance, entered into an agreement to pay a combined total penalty of more than $860 million to resolve charges with criminal authorities in the United States and France, including $585 million relating to a multi-year scheme to pay bribes to officials in Libya and $275 million for violations arising from its manipulation of the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR), one of the world's leading benchmark interest rates.
[...]
"It is not fair that a company that pays millions of dollars in the United States will be convicted a second time for the same facts [?] in France or in Switzerland or in Africa or in whatever jurisdiction."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 01:40:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:56:26 PM EST
Conversely, South Africa probes state attorneys as Ramaphosa graft crackdown widens
In the health ministry, one of the departments worst affected by the alleged fraud, claims totaling 56 billion rand ($4 billion) will be investigated, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said at the same briefing.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:31:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
uh oh. In 2014, political spending at Trump properties was $35K. In 2018, it's $3.5M
re: foreign gifts, domestic subplot, conspiracy to defraud the USA, An Economic Interpretation of the US Constitution

archived g-men
Donald Trump falls 200 places on Forbes rich list after $400m drop in wealth
Judge dismisses suits claiming Trump violated emoluments clause
The event which has not occurred.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:17:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Gina Haspel CIA Torture Cables Declassified
Haspel described extended sessions of physical violence and waterboarding; CIA cables detail contract psychologists Mitchell and Jessen working for Haspel
[...]
The Archive filed its FOIA request for the Haspel cables on April 16, 2018, after she was nominated by President Trump to be CIA director. Despite the clear public interest in the documents, the CIA denied the Archive's request for expedited processing, and the Archive went to court on April 27. ...David Sobel, FOIA expert and former Archive counsel, drafted and filed the initial Archive complaint in federal court; and the Archive's pro bono counsel Peter Karanjia and Lisa Zycherman of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine took on the task of negotiating with the U.S. Attorney's office over release of the documents.

In addition to the work of Sobel, Karanjia and Zycherman, Blanton credited two other lawsuits with paving the way for release of the Haspel cables. The civil lawsuit Salim v. Mitchell brought by the ACLU against the CIA contract psychologists who were the architects of the torture program forced the CIA to search and review as many as 24,000 documents from the massive database used by the Senate Intelligence Committee staff in the writing of their report. The FOIA lawsuit by freelance journalist Daniel DeFraia[2] then compelled release of key documents, including five Haspel cables included in this posting, even after the August 2017 settlement in the Salim v. Mitchell case.

recipients known and unknown
The biggest mystery in the released cables is whether Gina Haspel wrote Cable 11359, from December 1, 2002, which uses remarkably vivid language to describe the torture sessions: The interrogators "strode, catlike, into the well-lit confines of the cell at 0902 hrs [redacted], deftly removed the subject's black hood with a swipe, paused, and in a deep, measured voice said that subject - having 'calmed down' after his (staged) run-in with his hulking, heavily muscled guards the previous day - should reveal what subject had done to vex his guards to the point of rage."

archived this
SALIM, et  al. v Mitchell and Jensen | ACLU Settles Lawsuit
gratuitous, editorial qualification of reporting on the ECCHR by Pro Publica stringers
US senators will vote to confirm inadvertent FIFTH WAVE idol Haspel tomorrow.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:01:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
How Comey intervened to kill WikiLeaks' immunity deal | TheHill
The effort resulted in the drafting of a limited immunity deal that might have temporarily freed the WikiLeaks founder from a London embassy where he has been exiled for years, according to interviews and a trove of internal DOJ documents turned over to Senate investigators. Read the draft immunity deal proffer that the Justice Department was considering for Assange here.

But an unexpected intervention by Comey -- relayed through Warner -- soured the negotiations, multiple sources tell me. Assange eventually unleashed a series of leaks that U.S. officials say damaged their cyber warfare capabilities for a long time to come.
....
Not included in the written proffer was an additional offer from Assange: He was willing to discuss technical evidence ruling out certain parties in the controversial leak of Democratic Party emails to WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. The U.S. government believes those emails were hacked by Russia; Assange insists they did not come from Moscow.

I did miss that when it came out. I got the link from the automatic earth site, with the interpretation that the last quoted paragraph is the reason the negotiations were killed.

by generic on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 12:45:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
On August 3, 2017, West Virginia switched from divided government to a Republican trifecta after Gov. Jim Justice announced he was switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican. Prior to 2017, the last time West Virginia was a trifecta was in 2014, when it was a Democratic trifecta.
The entire West Virginia Supreme Court was just impeached.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 06:17:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Meet Emilio Dabul, "Ghostwriter and editor; fiction writer; PR specialist. Greater new York Area" (Emilio Dabul (@JerseyFlak) | Twitter)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 06:30:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:56:29 PM EST
Compare to the UK, that is. RT
"The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him (Corbyn), to foil his election..." Levy wrote in an opinion piece last week.  This remarkable piece by Israel's finest journalist Gideon Levy, published in Israel's finest newspaper Ha'aretz, is remarkable not just in that it is a fine piece of writing on a par with what he writes every other day.

But it reminds those whose rushes of blood to the head too often lead them to erroneously believe that Israel is (not yet, at any rate) a "fascist" country. If it were, Levy would be dead, Ha'aretz long closed down and the strategic damage done internationally to Netanyahu by the steady stream of free journalism staunched in the interests of the state.

It is a commonplace that there is NO Arab country where such journalism is permitted. Even cartoonists enigmatically lampooning the Arab system are taken out, never mind trenchant existential attacks upon the character of the system and the leader, like this one.

Less palatable is the fact that NO British journalist would write this piece, quite the contrary. Virtually every British journalist is either writing the opposite or is engaged in a frantic search for the slightest morsel of historic Facebook scribblings to launch yet another assassination piece on the Labour leader.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:41:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Has it, the imagination of a fascist state, come to the absence of useful idiots?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:56:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's worth noting that lebelling Israel a "fascist" state is so loaded with overtones and whatabouterry that the effort to do so distracts from the writer's ability to accuratly describe what Israel is.

However, it is undeniably an apartheid state, with all the attendant nastiness and aggressions involved. This a label that cannot be contested, especially in the light of recent laws passed by the Knesset.

And it allows us to make it a pariah state on that basis without any need for recourse to problematic descriptions or definitions

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:00:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Nice.

As it happens I took Arendt off the shelf this morning. She made a great show of differentiating the political effects and intellectual history associated with dictatorship, fascism, and totalitarianism in Responsibility and Judgment. Of particular interest to me is the relation of such philosophies to individual ideation of moral conduct and banal --or customary-- expressions of civil liberty.

So I re-read "Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship" rather more closely, as I'd forgotten how deeply this thinking has influenced my apprehension of contemporary faction.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:43:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
David Swanson's wingman:
Yemen: Fake 'News' in America's Mainstream Outlets
The accompanying printed CNN news-article says nothing at all about the U.S. Government's involvement until the very end of the article, where a U.S. propagandist is quoted:

After the strike, the United States, which largely supports the coalition's campaign, issued a statement.

"US military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties," said Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich, according to the statement.

"Our support to the coalition consists of aerial refueling and intelligence support to assist our partners in securing their borders from cross-border attacks from the Houthis. Our noncombat support focuses on improving coalition processes and procedures, especially regarding compliance with the law of armed conflict and best practices for reducing the risk of civilian casualties," the statement said.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 05:57:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
REUTERS | Mali president claims election victory amid fraud accusations
The ballot pitted Keita, who is seeking a second term to rule the West African gold- and cotton-producing country, against opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, who said on Monday that the vote was fraudulent and that he was victor. ...European Union observers said on Tuesday they saw irregularities but not fraud.
France24 | Mali run-off pits Keïta's record against Cissé's pledge for change
In terms of security, the president's record is similarly mixed. Five years after France intervened to pry control of northern Mali from jihadists, the international community has grown impatient waiting for effective implementation of the 2015 peace accord between Bamako and rebel groups; since the accord was signed, Islamist violence, until then circumscribed to the north of the country, has spread through Mali to its borders with Burkina Faso and Niger.

2 days ago: Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats
"'They asked everyone to put their hands up. The polling station president tried to escape. The jihadists shot and killed him,' the source said."
4 days ago:Cisse said on Monday he would reject the results of a presidential runoff, calling on the population "to rise up"

"We had a little over 3.7 percent of stations which had not functioned properly" during the first round on July 29, Salif Traore, Mali's security minister, said on Monday. The figure fell to 2.1 percent of the 23,000 polling booths in Sunday's runoff vote, which Traore said was due to the deployment of more military. In a reminder of the jihadist threat that was a major campaign issue, the overseer of a polling station in Arkodia, in the northern region of Timbuktu, was shot dead on Sunday by armed Islamist militants, local officials said.
6 days ago: Mali's constitutional court confirms presidential run-off vote for Sunday
"The court says President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita received 41.7 percent of the vote, while Soumaila Cisse received 17.7 percent. The two also faced off in 2013."

archived
EU asks Mali for details of key presidential vote, 1 Aug

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 09:13:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Loser in Mali election files appeal to overturn results
Cisse lost in a ["]landslide["] to incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, picking up just 33 percent of the vote in an election in which only 34 percent of a politics-weary [?] electorate voted.
Blow for Cisse as opposition leaders decline runoff support, 9 Aug
"Neither IBK (Keita) nor Soumi (Cisse) corresponds with our political ideal. I will not support one or the other. Each person who voted for me is free to vote for whom they wish," Diarra, who won seven percent in the first round, told supporters in the capital, Bamako.

Diallo told his followers that it was "to Malians that I leave the responsibility of expressing themselves as they wish in the second round."

Opposition groups call for demonstration in Bamako on August 18 to protest

reference
What Happened,
286 Used from $1.32
125 New from $5.85
15 Collectible from $12.45

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 02:49:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
U.S. to start moving Okinawa-based marines to Guam in 2024
This hardly seemed possible five years ago. I can only imagine what portion of $717B is allocated to accelerate the process.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:27:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Okinawa prefecture: concern about landfill by base relocation ...

    The Henoko Okinawa referendum committee:
    "We want to strongly demand that the central government halt the
    landfill work off the Henoko district until the referendum is held."

Okinawa drive to put Henoko issue on ballot collects 100,000 signers
Gov. Takeshi Onaga's death muddles long-standing U.S. base relocation plan in Okinawa
70,000 protest U.S. base plan in honor of late Okinawa governor

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 08:23:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Japan Times is such a tool of US occupation propaganda. Checked out the publisher (the man) a few years ago. Anywhoo ...
State of Play, 2013
After years of protests by locals, the US is moving its Okinawa military base
After 17 years of delays, Okinawa's governor has signed off on a plan to move the US Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to a coastal area in the northern part of Okinawa island, Japan.

Since US servicemen were convicted of raping a Japanese schoolgirl in 1996, the base has long incited controversy on the island. In recent years, residents of the densely-populated city adjacent to Futenma base have continued to push for its closure due to noise and pollution concerns. In 2006, the US and Japan agreed to close the base, as long as Okinawa agreed to move the base elsewhere on the island. ...

archived WWII peace dividends
US Foreign Policy from Crisis to Crisis, scenario model

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:25:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Racist immigrants who settled in Australia? Naah ...

In comments:
"I love it. It reflects what most real Aussies think,
except for the communist inspired Greens
who want us to be a 3rd world shit hole."


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 08:34:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I tend to get all my Australia racism news from First Dog on the Moon

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:00:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks. I've been pumping my fist to youtube documentaries. On occasion.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:33:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
As Monty Python once said

"This here's the wattle,
the symbol of our land,
you an put it in a bottle
or you can hold it in your hand"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:01:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Inauguration in Columbia
one story, two versions

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:10:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
of incurable pancreatic cancer.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 02:16:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources
The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice's demand.

The judge in the Messenger case heard arguments on Tuesday on a government motion to hold Facebook in contempt of court for refusing to carry out the surveillance request, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Google employees sign [A STRONGLY WORDER] protest letter over China search engine: NYT
"We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building"

archived o  rlly?
LQD:A Civil Action
Apple, Twitter, [Facebook subsidiary] Instagram, Yelp, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Gowalla, Kik Interactive and Kong Technologies

&tc.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 12:23:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Caspian Sea Agreement Symptomatic of Wider Geopolitical Changes
The agreement signed on 12 August gave each of the five states a 15 nautical mile exclusive territorial zone, plus a further 10 nautical mile exclusive fishing zone. The balance of the sea area was for common use. Its economic development would therefore be a joint exercise with the benefits equally shared. A Caspian Economic Forum was also established to determine, inter alia, the practical means and effects of such cooperation.

The second aspect of the agreement relates to security arrangements. All non-littoral States are forbidden to have foreign military bases. This is specifically directed at NATO, which continues its encroachment and attempted encroachment in all nations with proximity to Russia.

misplaced precision
Russia, Iran, and three others agree Caspian status, but not borders [!]
Speaking after the signing on Sunday, all five leaders praised it as historic event, but provided little detail about provisions on splitting the seabed.
[...]
"The scale of the projects in disputed waters is not comparable to the existing super-giant fields, from Azeri Chirag Guneshli and Shah Deniz in Azerbaijan to Kashagan in Kazakhstan," [analyst at energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Ashley] Sherman said.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 05:29:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
NATO has no role in the Caspian. who are they gonna strongarm to get a presence?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 05:56:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Borders are guidelines for IMF coloring.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 06:52:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Some Illuminating Reactions To Elizabeth Warren's Worker Rights Plan - Current Affairs | Culture & Politics
If Kevin Williamson thinks Elizabeth Warren's proposal is dictatorial, just wait until he sees the Delaware incorporation statute, the law that defines how a corporation works. It tells corporations how their officers are to be selected, who has liability for what, what powers the stockholders have. It even tells them how often they have to have meetings! Dictatorship! Slavery! The road to serfdom!
by generic on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 08:28:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
There isn't much in the essay to commend Ms Warren's sop to the disaffected, a "gigantic socialistic" plan to authorize unelected representatives of an unspecified group of persons to a list of a corporations directors --not even the stipulation that they shall be unpaid.
Consider the concept "a corporation has a legal duty to maximize shareholder value." There is debate about whether this is actually true.
It isn't true.

First, examine US Code; find the civil or criminal statute.

Second, examine Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) of the USA, mother of many "loop holes" that riddle corporate governance and conduct enforced by the several states; find a non-conforming Delaware regulation.

Third, examine US case law; cause of action in litigation by shareholders and so-called stakeholder (a revolting term, like "the marginalized," to disguise unenforceable contractual claims) typically allege fraud, a misrepresentation of fact, lying, by sundry corporate agents that results in an economic loss to owner title to a property.

No loss is the inverse of "profit maximization"; a loss is the destruction of a realized asset. Then again, we live in a society that counts foregone tax revenue as an expense, fff, before the first bond has been issued.

Warren (69) is playing to the rubes' passions like she did lording over the Congressional Oversight Panel, which destroying community banks, before sliding into the impotent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, controlled by the FRB in point of fact. No, she is not my friend.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 09:37:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It would leave the basic structure of American enterprise entirely untouched.
This is where the constructive author is supposed to stop, consider, and elaborate the organization of physical plant, equipment, and labor as pertains to the distribution of income and liabilities among the people engaged in the enterprise.

I want to learn something I do not know. The constructive essay who intends to persuade a reader that though Ms Warren's proposal inexplicably does NOT alter the "basic structure of American enterprise" --a hierarchy of distribution-- altering corporate by-laws to accommodate only seating for "workers" among directors signifies "caring."

archived US Constitution for "wage slaves"
Bank of the United States v. Deveaux, 9 U.S. 61 (1809), John Marshall for the majority
Corporations are people.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 10:39:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The alternative for the enterprising author is of course to limit the scope of the article. Illuminating reactions indeed.

However I just happen to be working through my back log, specifically Unlearning Economic's list of articles that shaped his or her outlook.
In one of those Piketty's Capital is quoted:

It's bargaining power all the way down -- Crooked Timber

The lower valuation of German corporations also reduces the apparent wealth of German households. And why are German firms valued less by the stock market? Piketty and Zucman offer a suggestive explanation:

    the higher Tobin's Q in Anglo-Saxon countries might be related to the fact that shareholders have more control over corporations than in Germany, France, and Japan. ... Relatedly, the control rights valuation story may explain part of the rising trend in Tobin's Q in rich countries. ... the "control right" or  "stakeholder" view of the firm can in principle explain why the market value of corporations is particularly low in Germany (where worker representatives have voting rights in corporate boards). According to this "stakeholder" view of the firm, the market value of corporations can be interpreted as the value for the owner...

So it might be more of the demanding 2.50 when we are paying 2 school of communism.

by generic on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 08:43:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]
interesting

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 01:31:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I've had a bit of a nap and reread the article. I've noted additional comments and see your design.

By "interesting," I mean that I am always relieved, even pleased, to find someone examining the internal consistency of a theory or "ideology." That exercise, if argued, indicates to me that person is equipped to think for themselves with the very methods supplied by um western intellectual history (principles geometry in particular which, I confess, in my case were larded with some irritability by Mrs. Kaplan and my father). While I was rinsing out my garbage can (UK-Eng. rubbish bin) this afternoon, after my nap, I recalled a UID from the DKOS "era" of my life in innerboob commenting: NewDeal Democrat, I believe, confessed in a "diary" distrust of (neo)economic methods. It was remarkable at the the time. iirc, I replied that I was grinning from ear to ear.

In allowing oneself to think for oneself rather than accept dogmatic persuasions without criticism, one is capable of joining the many seeking an opening in the wet paper bag, so to speak, that binds them to unscrupulous enterprises. This has been observation has been addressed in a thousand more erudite ways. But to what end?

The question evades satisfactory answers at the moment so long as the "repeal and replace", the "supremacists", the "elite" or dominant faction studiously avoid cooperation on any account in which um surplus value may be harvested by exploiting the inexperienced, the ignorant, the stupid. And by "stupid" I mean only, merely senseless to (g) "growth"; growth of WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? HOW?

Forget WHY? That is Krugman's infamous Slide No. 10, for example, the "iron triangle," or "politics all the way down." This (macro)economic project of describing, rather than prescribing, universal wealth (credit) has been as successful as catholicism in deferring human teleology, rewards and punishments. Attitudes change before institutions. So it will be difficult to disabuse --with or without Piketty's 5lb tome of numbers or its "emanations" illustrating iniquity that-cannot-be-named-- the many, there is no alternative to the "laws" of economics as they've learned them.

Thinking is hard work. Autonomy is hard work. Communication is increasingly hard work.

However, the century is young.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 12:03:51 AM EST
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"Inequality and crises: coincidence or causation?"

< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:27:56 PM EST
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Did the Saudis miss a payment?
by generic on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 11:40:13 AM EST
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I am kind of curious why I've been seeing this particular narrative pop up here and there - OMG DID YOU KNOW THAT AMERICAN BOMBS ARE BEING USED IN YEMEN??!?!!?!?!?!?

Not enough to actually do research, because I am a lazy pseudo-intellectual poser, but curious nonetheless.

US made bombs have been sold around the world for years and years, and have been used to blow people up for years and years. Why is this all of a sudden surprising, or uniquely tragic? Is there some idiot out there that somehow suspects that only Russian bombs were used against civilians, or that American munitiions could somehow tell the difference between civilians and tanks?

It also strikes me a bit of the line I have heard a number of times, of how every bomb every dropped by a US plane or ally somehow managed to hit a baby formula factory.

And finally, how is this particularly searing or outrageous? If one is such a caring, sheltered, and sensitive soul as to be truly seared by the knowledge that American weapons are being used by the allies of America in the manner in which they have been used since WW2 (the US did not invent civilian bombing campaigns, but we damn we did our best to perfect it!), then I think you have bigger issues than the conflict in Yemen.

by Zwackus on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 04:30:54 AM EST
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Well, starting from the top: It is indeed incredibly rare that you see an US program linking US made bombs to any given atrocity. So why this particular atrocity has made it through the fog is indeed a puzzle. Especially since we have heard barely a whisper out of Yemen in the last three years.

It also strikes me a bit of the line I have heard a number of times, of how every bomb every dropped by a US plane or ally somehow managed to hit a baby formula factory.

Bombs dropped out of US planes are basically a weather condition in half of Africa and most of the Middle East. Of course you only hear about those that hit weddings and baby powder factories. And even those rarely score half the column inches that a dude pulling a knife at the Tower bridge does. I don't quite get this line?

Now how this is particularly outrageous? Well, I'd argue that Yemen is one of the most outrageous things going on today. The UN estimated something like half a million cholera cases, most of them untreated since the hospitals have been bombed and little of anything enters the country. There is also a good chance that a few million people will starve if the blockade isn't lifted. So we are looking at genuinely genocidal numbers. I have no idea how good the numbers out of Syria are, since apparently there is only that one guy in Birmingham who tries to come up with numbers, on a foreign office salary, but 500k in total is the common number. Now in Yemen, no one has even tried to count since early 2016, but the UN writes about 7 million being on the verge of starvation.
And by my count the West provides the bombs, the targeting, the aerial refuelling and the US navy does most of the blockading.

by generic on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:33:58 AM EST
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"I am kind of curious why I've been seeing this particular narrative pop up here and there ...
.. I am a lazy pseudo-intellectual poser, but curious nonetheless."

Curiosity or lack of curiosity?
Knowledge, intelligence and understanding is fed by curiosity.

The leading nation of the past half century has managed to become a pariah state due to lack of anyone or institution to hold the USA accountable. It's not just the delivery of munitions and fighter planes, most of the time the US themselves were perpetrators of war crimes as we have witnessed too often in Afghanistan and Iraq.

President Obama promised to pull US forces  out of the war theater of Iraq ... he fulfilled his campaign promise. However the US changed policy by providing increased flow of arms to the "coalition" states and gave his blessing to fight the proxy wars for the empire [?] in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Six nations in Europe established the EEC, an economic union to promote understanding and create a bond between nations we had been at war for over a century. The path of peace through economic cooperation between nations.

After the fall of the Berlin wall and downfall of Soviet communism, the promise of a peaceful world lasted for barely a decade. The attack on America by Saudi extremists of Al Qaeda in September 2001 changed the policy and role of the US and its NATO partners.

A monster was created by the Bush administration: War on Terror.

Bombing of populated areas create more resistance and seldom leads to "victory" over a people. War creates motivation for revenge and with Islam an easy road to radicalization. Fighters from Western Europe doing jihad by traveling to all the frontline states from Chechnya to Pakistan, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Tunisia. Spreading terror by a criminal enterprise of waging wars of choice for "regime change".

WAR MUST STOP - UK/US MUST END ITS WAR POLICY THROUGH NATO!  

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:43:42 AM EST
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Posted earlier on June 5th ...

The Yemenis are unkown to the Western world and the media has no interest whatsoever. Needless to say, the British are fully aware ...

BAE refuses to confirm workers loading bombs on Saudi piloted jets - Made in UK

Martin Niemöller - Lutheran pastor and social activist

The origins of this poem first have been traced to a speech given by Niemöller on January 6, 1946, to the representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt. According to research by Harold Marcuse, the original groups mentioned in the speech were Communists, the incurably sick, Jews, and people in occupied countries.

[Source: Wikipedia]

"No Spoke in the Wheel": The German Evangelical Church and the Nazi State

Unfortunately, the Zionist ideals of a socialist state has long been dealt a blow by might and power leading to a terror state of today: from Shoah victim to a occupying power with all its transgressions.

Remodeling Middle-East: Neocons, Republicans and Israel
Fighting Saudi and US Influence in Yemen
Houthi Rebellion In Yemen - US and the Shia/Sunni Divide

Related reading ...

Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia
New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 09:03:43 AM EST
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I interpret the current mainstream media writings about US made bombs hitting Yemen as damage minimization. Blogs and such has been pointing out how the msm ignores Yemen and how the US is involved at every level of the war. By pointing at the horrors the msm places themselves in front of their critics, and by focusing on the bomb manufacturing they obscure the rest. And once the genocide becomes undeniable, they can blame primarily Saudi Arabia - or better yet, the Yemenis - and secondarily the bomb makers who in turn can do some whitewashing and promising to only sell bombs to good guys in the future.

But maybe I am just cynical, other explanations are possible. Perhaps some campaign to call out the weapons manufacturers has succeeded, in which case I applaud the campaigners.

by fjallstrom on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 07:57:59 PM EST
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and call it a parade.

But that just shifts the question slightly. Why have blogs and alternative sites broken through now? Is there some new strategy?
Or is it just the post-orb escalation? The food blockade certainly has ramped up since then. But the focus is on the bombing. Better TV of course, but still.

by generic on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:17:32 PM EST
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Don't forget Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh, US mercenaries ... ehh mercenaries hired by the former XE and Erik Prince ... US Generals retired have been hired in the past by the Sheikh to set up their military strike forces  ... thinking 'renegade' Gen. McChrystal.

The Saudi Kingdom is pursuing and Islamic Army, a coalition of nations. Trump seems to give support when he speaks of an Arab 'NATO'.

The KSA and the UAE are investing their wealth to buy leaders of Islamic nations: see Lebanon, Malaysia and Pakistan as most recent examples.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:24:08 PM EST
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Hello - They Lied to You About Iran!
"Have you ever considered the possibility that almost everything that you have been told about the world by the Western mass media is a lie and fabrication?"
Jordan - Staunch Western Ally - Angry and Confused
"In Jordan, people are afraid to talk. To be precise, they do talk inside their homes and cars, or in the backrooms of their offices, but not in public. They hardly ever give their full names."
[US] Newspapers Sue Over Electioneering Disclosure Law
The Maryland state legislature passed the Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act last winter in response to revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, which included targeted advertisements on Facebook paid for with Russian currency. New York and Washington state also have reacted with laws requiring detailed disclosures about the buyers of online political ads, but Maryland's law is the strictest, going so far as to ban foreign money from being used to pay for political ads.[SIC]
After some innerboob research, my understanding is that "paying for ads" is borrowed UK-Eng. perfidious, colloquial terminology. The correct locution in point of fact or terms of systematic value (production cost) and extrinsic value (Q publication readers) in the USA is, as we shall see, people exchange money for publishing provided by some enterprise, that is to reproduce and distribute "speech" by another. And whether or not the publisher is publicly or privately owned, on- or offline, is irrelevant to the constitutional issue ie. speech, freedom of speech and of the press. You all want your wedding cakes made anywhere, anytime, dontcha?
In June, Google announced that it could not comply with the law and so would no longer accept political advertisements in Maryland.
[...]
But newspapers were not. The regulation will require platforms with more than 100,000 monthly visitors to publish the names and contact information for any purchaser of a "qualifying paid digital communication," along with the price paid - but this is duplicative of information the elections board already collects, according to[The Washington Post et al vs  MD D State Board of Elections and MD Atty General, complaint]
1. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. &sec; 1983 and the Declaratory Judgement Act, 28 U.S.C. &sec; 2201, this action challenges multiple provisions of a newly enacted Maryland statute, the Online Electioneering Transparenc and Accountability Act, that purport to impose new, onerous requirements upon onl-line publishers like plaintifs who publish political advertising, along with various penalties if they do not comply.
[...]
2. These provisions are unconstitutional under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Unites States Constitution in a number of independent ways -- and especially when taken in combination. The challenged provisions purport to regulate paid political speech, which has been long recognized as core political speech, dating back at least to the advocacy at issue in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan 254 (1964).

archived algorithms
4th Amd
Free Speech

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by Cat on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 10:56:02 PM EST
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A Ripley moment, 1.2 tonne benchmarks 2017, 2018
:: misplaced precision demo
metric tonne to US ton - 1:1.2
metric tonne to impererial ton - 1:0.98
::
Mexico navy says finds 50 tons of meth in mountain lab
Forensic technicians of the Mexican Navy are seen at a clandestine drug processing laboratory where they seized 50 tons of methamphetamine discovered during an operation in the town of Alcoyonqui, on the outskirts of Culiacan, Mexico, in this handout photo released to Reuters by Mexico's Navy on August 17, 2018. SEMAR Mexico's Navy/Handout via REUTERS

reference
wikiwtf

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by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 12:32:59 AM EST
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you gotta say that's bad distribution to allow 50 tons to accumulate in one place

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 06:01:55 PM EST
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of a stroke.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 01:24:42 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:57:17 PM EST

USA Today explanation
Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh god, oh, god." Other images showed a green truck that had stopped on the bridge yards short of a gaping hole.

The 330-foot tall bridge was built in the 1960s, the BBC reported. It runs over homes, shopping centers, factories, a railway line and a river, according to Ansa.

counterpunch, "austerity"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:07:31 PM EST
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Steel reinforced concrete design with a lifespan of 50 years. With today's traffic, the wear and tear surpassed to original redundancy calculation, nevertheless the Ponte Morandi was opened in 1967.

Not only in the States is there a lack of funds for necessary replacements of old bridges and investment into infrastructure.

Italy abides by the budgetary rules of Brussels to limit government spending ...

Govt must respect rules - Dombrovskis

Narcissism in leadership, also in Italy ...

The interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said that those responsible would "pay, pay everything, and pay dearly".

Crollo ponte a Genova, Salvini: 'I responsabili dovranno pagare tutto e caro'

Politicians are seldom responsible ...  

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 09:00:04 AM EST
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Saw reports that M5S used campaigns against infrastructure upgrades as part of their buildup, including motorway projects that would have bypassed or replaced this bridge. Anyone know if there's truth in that?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:05:29 AM EST
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Genoa Bridge Collapse (The Independent)

This links to a Wayback Machine page very recently pulled by M5S from their website, dated April 2013. It's from NO GRONDA, an anti-public works project movement in Genoa, backed by M5S.

The sweet bit is "la favoletta dell'imminente crollo del Ponte Morandi" (the fairytale of the imminent collapse of the Morandi Bridge).

Well, it did take five years.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:14:04 PM EST
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hi John, nice to see you around

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:03:39 PM EST
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Hi Helen, just a bit of a lurk now and then <disappears in puff of orange smoke>.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:55:58 PM EST
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leaving a slight whiff of sulphur... Cheers John

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 02:43:13 PM EST
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I presume M5S will now be against wasting public money to replace it.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:17:47 PM EST
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BWAH!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:50:44 PM EST
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Amazing rescue work under extreme circumstances ... this is why first responders train, hoping never to be working in such a major disaster.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 09:00:52 AM EST
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il presidente Giuseppe Conte declares state of emergency in Genoa for 12 months ...

Crollo Ponte Morandi, il premier Conte: "Revocata la concessione alla società Autostrade"

Genova, Conte: decretato stato d'emergenza per 12 mesi

The premier announced that the government has allocated € 5 million for the first urgent interventions. He also confirmed the proclamation of a day of national mourning.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 05:57:44 PM EST
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a day of mourning aka thoughts and prayers

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 07:20:30 PM EST
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People evacuated from rooftops as Kerala floods kill 164 [SINCE 8 AUG]
On Thursday morning, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he had asked the country's defence ministry to further step up rescue and relief operations across the state. Modi was expected to visit Kerala on Friday.

Authorities have opened the gates of 34 reservoirs as water reached dangerous levels.

324 killed so far in Kerala monsoon, CM says flood situation grave
The Army said it has a total of 10 flood relief columns, 10 Engineer Task Force, 53 BAUTs are in rescue and relief operations. Two additional special teams will be joining soon.

Vijayan also sought to allay fears after rumours that the century-old Mullaperiyar dam had developed cracks and warned action against rumour-mongers.

"There is no threat to any dam," he said.

Kerala floods Live: Death toll climbs to 385 [SINCE 29 MAY]; Over 3.1 lakh become homeless

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 06:57:27 PM EST
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Hawaii volcano eruption slows to virtual halt after more than three months
Neal said it remains to be seen whether the reduced flow at Fissure 8 will turn out to be a brief pause or an extended lull, or whether other vents will reactivate. A similar 88-day eruption in the lower east rift zone in 1955 was punctuated by one pause of five days and one lasting 16 days, Neal said.
Kīlauea summit and lower East Rift Zone
The lull in activity at Kīlauea Volcano continues. No summit collapse events have occurred since August 2, and, with the exception of a small, crusted-over pond of lava deep inside the fissure 8 cone and a few scattered ocean entries, lava stopped flowing in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) on August 6. Sulfur dioxide emission rates at both the summit and LERZ are drastically reduced; the combined rate is lower than at any time since late 2007.
"Disaster loans" and grants for Kilauea Damage Extended Through Sept. 12

Mostly catholic charity relief updates from Guatemala

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 07:41:46 PM EST
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British Columbia declares state of emergency as over 500 wildfires burn
"We're going to throw everything we've got at these fires, but in a lot of cases, Mother Nature is going to be in the driver's seat," Kevin Skrepnek, the province's chief fire information officer [CFIO!], told reporters.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 06:22:59 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:57:20 PM EST
The world's most liveable cities in 2018

Melbourne has finally lost the title of world's most liveable city after a seven-year reign.

The Australian city came in second place on the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2018 ranking of the world's most liveable cities, missing out on the top spot by just 0.7%.

It was pipped to the post by Vienna, which received an overall score of 99.1% on the annual list, which assesses stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure in 140 different cities.

Most liveable cities 2018:

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Calgary, Canada
  5. Sydney, Australia
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. (tie) Toronto, Canada
  8. (tie) Tokyo, Japan
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Adelaide, Australia

According to the report, global business centers tend to be victims of their own success. "The 'big city buzz' that they enjoy can overstretch infrastructure and cause higher crime rates," it says.

For instance, New York (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) are all prestigious hubs with plenty of great recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 10:26:42 AM EST
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EIU attributes Austria's capital's rise to the top to increased security scores due to a return to relative stability across much of Europe after high-profile terrorist attacks in recent years.
I don't recall any terrorist attacks in Vienna in recent years. Do you?

What are the public transport problems in Paris?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 10:36:50 AM EST
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Neck to neck race between Melbourne and Vienna ...

    "This year, a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe as well as the city's low crime rate helped nudge Vienna into first place."

World's most liveable cities revealed... but London doesn't even make the top 40

Manchester saw the biggest rise up the table of any European city, climbing 16 places to 35th.

London came 13 places behind in 48th, which is the biggest gap between the two cities since the survey began two decades ago.

The survey's editor Roxana Slavcheva said Manchester's success was partly due to "resilience in the city's recovery from a recent, high-profile terrorist attack, which previously shook up stability".


Closing borders pays off in liveable city index?

Bavaria's Markus Söder and Austria's Sebastian Kurz unite on migration

My visit to the City of London ...

Why Brexit? Microcosm of Isle of Dogs

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 11:51:58 AM EST
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Well, as I can't see their methodology, criteria and weighting system in a 30-second Google search, I would guess that the answer to "Closing borders pays off in liveable city index?" is "Yes, according to the Economist's hidden agenda".

[[#Death to The Economist]]

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

by eurogreen on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:58:55 PM EST
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It's a bit more complicated than that. Otherwise Pyongyang would be the most liveable of all. (No petty crime, no traffic jams. Maybe it is....)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 02:01:37 PM EST
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the Isle of Dogs essay passed me by sadly, but yes, for the last 40 years, democratic institutions have been wrecked and undermined in the UK by the remorseless ravages of neoliberalism and its weapon of austerity.

when you lose faith in the possibility of benevolence from government, any opportunity to strike against it, such as a brexit vote, is welcome.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:06:46 PM EST
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I can only imagine that we won because the last interior minister bought assault rifles for the police in bulk.so the economist can feel save.
by generic on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:07:48 PM EST
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you can't afford it!
Economist Intelligence Unit
The EIU's liveability ranking and overview quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide. Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

$620 / twice yearly updates

Fortunately, your preferred "news outlet" (formerly free press) can and does supply you with only the news fit to print.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:22:19 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 05:19:21 PM EST
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WHO: Ebola Can 'Transmit Freely' in DR Congo, Death Toll Hits 41
vaccination trial: mAb114
The outbreak in North Kivu's Beni region, which shares borders with Uganda and Rwanda, was declared a week after the WHO and the Kinshasa government hailed the end of an Ebola flare-up in northwestern Equateur province, which killed 33 people.
therapeutic trial: rVSV-ZEBOV
The latest outbreak, which now counts 57 probable and confirmed cases of the deadly virus, is the country's 10th since 1976 when the disease was first identified in the DRC near the Ebola River.
[...]
In a bid to halt the virus's lethal advance, DRC health authorities said Tuesday that doctors in Beni had begun using a prototype drug called mAb114 to treat patients.

The treatment is "the first therapeutic drug against the virus to be used in an active Ebola epidemic in the DRC," the health ministry's directorate for disease control said. Developed in the United States, the prototype drug is a so-called single monoclonal antibody -- a protein that binds on to a specific target of the virus and triggers the body's immune system to destroy the invader.

In May, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said it was carrying out the first human trials of mAb114 to test it for safety and tolerance.
[...]
Use of the experimental treatment in the field comes on the heels of deployment of an unlicensed vaccine in the earlier Ebola outbreak in the DRC this year. The decision to use the vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, came after trials during the 2013-2015 pandemic in West Africa showed it to be safe and effective, the WHO says.

The vaccine played a significant role in halting Ebola's spread in Equateur province, and should also be useful in fighting the new outbreak. Targeted vaccination, aimed primarily at front-line health workers, began last week, and so far 216 people have received a jab.

Congo Ebola outbreak poses high regional risk, says WHO

archived V
no cases having been reported for 45 days, 31 July
living lab, 12 May

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 08:43:19 PM EST
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The Nordic Countries Aren't Socialist
heresy

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by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 10:44:22 PM EST
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Nordic nations are not socialist; they're free-trade lovers
All I want to know is, Which one is the pseudonym?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 07:53:54 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:57:22 PM EST
Yeah! It's in North America! NY Yella Cake official announcement of plague, three months before armistice, 11 November 1918.
Today -100: August 14, 1918: Of triumvirates, flu, and Czechoslovakias

A Norwegian [!] ship arrives after a voyage in which pretty much everyone got sick, 4 died, 1 died after docking, and 9 are still quite sick. Doctors claim it isn't Spanish flu, it's pneumonia, and didn't quarantine the sick. Did they not know that severe influenza leads to pneumonia? I guess not.
Whether the disease was the true Spanish influenza was not officially determined yesterday, but Dr. Edward G. Cornwell of 1,218 Jackson Avenue, Brooklyn, who treated the patients form the ship, said yesterday that the immediate cause of Mrs. Olsen's death was bronchial pneumonia. ... At the hospital it was learned that the patients had not been isolated, and, it was asserted, they would not have passed Quarantine had they been suffering from true Spanish influenza. ...
200 Passengers Ill at One Time. ...

The article explains that "flue" is the British abbreviation of influenza.

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It only afflicts German troops on the western front
Next Week: amputations, leeches, CHD, tuberculosis, cancers, pneumonias, influenzas, diabetes I-II, herpes I-IV, MS, MD, DS, ASD, COPD, irritable BS, restless LS, "trauma"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 05:44:02 PM EST
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Today -100: August 18, 1918: Boy, that Entente, quite an imagination, huh?
More ill immigrants arrive at Ellis Island, NY. This lot was from the Netherlands. The weakest aboard were East Asians and naturally susceptible to developing pneumonia. Colonel J. M. Kennedy, Medical Corps, U.S.A., Chief Surgeon at the New York port of embarkation guide inquiries into the possibility of an epidemic from true flu to foreign agents This conceptualization of viral infection will persist in research into illegally border-crossing bird and swine antigens from continental Asia and Africa.
"It has my hearty approval. Furthermore, I agree with Dr. Cofer, Health Officer of the Port, that it would be utterly impractible to establish a quarantine at this port against this disease. We can't stop this war on account of Spanish or any other kind of influenza. To quarantine against it would mean to isolate the patients somewhere and fumigate every ship. That would clog the harbor and produce interminable delays in sending the troops and supplies overseas, and that cannot be permitted. 'Over there' they don't quarantine a regiment in which influenza has broken out and withdraw from the fighting line. They take care of the sick and the rest go right on fighting. But our men could not go on fighting long if quarantines were established at American ports against this not very serious disease. Dr. Cofer is quite right in the position he has taken.

"Influeza, and the kind that is coming here is just like ours or that of any other country, is not at all dangerous, except when pneumonia develops. Pneumonia develops in a comparatively few cases, except where the patient has become debilitated through lack of proper food. The less this whole subject is agitate the better it will be for New York and the whole country and for our army overseas."

I wonder idly where the Cuomo family was hiding out.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 08:16:19 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:57:26 PM EST
sublime simile, at length

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 04:56:45 PM EST
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gossip

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 17th, 2018 at 02:54:01 PM EST
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