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14 - 20 January 2019

by Bjinse Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:52:57 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:54:36 PM EST
'North Macedonia' deal shakes Greek government, Tsipras calls vote of confidence
ratification of so-called name-change deal, or so-called Prespa agreement, disturbs so-called Independent Greeks, NATO and EU chorus
Greek PM Tsipras expected to survive confidence vote on Wednesday
SYRIZA needs four more so-called MPs to break so-called coalition opposition

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 03:20:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Tens of thousands rally in Athens to protest against Macedonia name deal
Many Greeks believe the name Macedonia implies a territorial claim over their country's own northern region of that name.
allegedly
The issue evokes strong emotions among Greeks who consider Macedonia, the ancient kingdom ruled by Alexander
prince of Macedon and conqueror of 'Greece', son of Philip II, king of Macedon, son of Amyntas III, king of Macedon ...
the Great, to be an integral part of their homeland and heritage.
sort of like the shared history of Algeria and France

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:27:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Couldn't they demonstrate against Ohio for  change?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:34:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Mayor of Gdansk murdered by zealous malcontent,
Poland raises call for Huawei boycott

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 01:33:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
white man kills left/liberal = lone wolf with mental health issues.

Good job it wasn't an immigrant (hint: Poland doesn't accept any) else it would be a pan-islamic plot

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:20:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Citizens' initiative on deporting foreign sex offenders unlikely to reach lawmakers
"Soon after those initial reports surfaced, on 6 December, Independence Day, Tampere resident Saila Al-Jewari started ..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:31:03 PM EST
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Pole held for China spying worked on security for pope visit
Date Change: the offense occurred in 2016, Piotr D. with Huwei = China compromised Frank's cyber-security, allegedly

archived practice, practice, practice
EU seeks information as Chinese espionage scandal hits Poland
"The Polish national, Piotr D., was a former high-ranking officer of the Internal Security Agency until 2011." &tc

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 05:35:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Cyber Security: Coordinated Attack on Huawei

Date Change: the offense occurred in 2016 [???]

Chinese Tech Giant Huawei Fires Sales Director Accused By Poland Of Espionage | Huff Post - Jan 13, 2019 |

The Chinese tech company Huawei announced it has fired a sales director who was arrested in Poland and charged with spying for China, saying he has brought the firm's reputation "into disrepute."

The company said it has "decided to terminate the employment of Mr. Wang Weijing, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking Polish law."

Polish authorities said Friday they have arrested Wang, a Chinese citizen and former diplomat, along with a Polish cybersecurity expert who had held several top government cybersecurity jobs and also worked at the telecom company Orange.

Huawei said Wang's actions "have no relation to the company" and that he was fired because "the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute."

Huawei fires Chinese sales director arrested in Poland on spying charges, says case not related | SCMP |
Sarcasm is China's latest weapon in battle with Canada over detainees

U.S. Congress and the US-China Trade Wa ...

US lawmakers seek to ban chip sales to China's Huawei and ZTE for 'violating American sanctions'

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

by Oui on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 07:18:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US lawmakers seek to ban chip sales to China's Huawei and ZTE for 'violating American sanctions'

Opensecrets:

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has officially filed as a lobbyist for Chinese telecom company ZTE, registration forms released Wednesday confirmed.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 07:28:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Why doe any one care vater of US Dept of Homeland Security, Joe Lieberman, emerges from crypt ...?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:09:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"weaponising"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:04:28 PM EST
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Ryanair lowers profit forecast amid ["]tough competition["]
heh
Palm oil no longer considered `biofuel' in France
heh

Mercedes-Benz FDI
Suez Canal chief says Mercedes-Benz to establish new facility in economic zone, 2017
"distribution center"
Egypt settles $39 mln dispute with Mercedes-Benz importer -ministry, 13 Jan 2019
"Mercedes-Benz halted assembling its vehicles in Egypt in 2015, but in 2017 the company had agreed in principle to a resumption in production, state-run news outlet Al-Ahram said."
Germany's Mercedes-Benz plans assembly plant in Egypt, 18 Jan 2019
"offering expertise on modern mobility concepts"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 07:30:23 PM EST
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ushers Macron into a new year of 'law and order'

NYT | Macron Returns to Turmoil, as France Weighs State of Emergency, 2 Dec 2018
graffiti "appeared to link the current protests with the nationwide strikes and fights with the police in 1968 that resulted in major social changes and compromises with workers."
REUTERS | France's Macron reeling as tough stance against 'yellow vests' backfires, 6 Jan
" 'We need to stop being a country that listens to those who cry the loudest,' Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told LCI news channel."

BBC | Yellow vests: France to crack down on unsanctioned protests, 8 Jan
"Philippe said the government would support a 'new law punishing those who do not respect the requirement to declare [protests], those who take part in unauthorised demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks'."

AJ | Macron's 'grand debate' comes under fire from French opposition, 14 Jan
Manon Aubry of the La France Insoumise, Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure, and "the questions that are uncomfortable"
WSW | French worker sentenced to six months' jail over Facebook call for demonstrations, 16 Jan

Police stationed at the Arc de Triomphe for Yellow Vest protests last Saturday [12 Jan 2019] carrying semi-automatic rifles with live ammunition


AJ | France launches $57m plan for no-deal Brexit, 17 Jan
"Five decrees will be issued in the next three weeks"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 02:16:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Répression macroniste contre le peuple des Gilets jaunes : un état d'urgence qui ne dit pas son nom, 8 Dec 2018

US American people's time

Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests, 21 Jan 2019

--
Free Uighurs!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 07:43:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Easy win by the centre-left. But only 15,6 % voted...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:02:08 AM EST
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That's utterly depressing. Any idea if it's a sign of complacency or don't Sards care about governance?
by Bjinse on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 08:42:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EU Regulators Fine Mastercard $648 Million
10% discount on the penalty to reward co-operation

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 01:36:12 AM EST
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France summons Italian envoy over Di Maio Africa comments
"citing a refrain commonly heard among some leftist and anti-imperialist activists"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 01:58:54 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:54:39 PM EST
EU lawmakers urge Britain to call off Brexit
"There are some in Westminster who would wish to delay or even stop Brexit and who will use every device available to them to do so," May said. She called on lawmakers to "consider the consequences of their actions on the faith of the British people in our democracy."

Read more: Opinion: What happened to Brexit architect David Cameron?

In a last ditch attempt to win over the British parliament, May admitted that the deal "is not perfect, and yes, it is a compromise" but urged lawmakers to give it "a second look."

Who has David Cameron been talking to?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 12:25:10 AM EST
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what happened to David Cameron?

Whatever it was, it wasn't painful enough

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:22:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"meaningful vote" 15 Jan 2019
Sputnick LIvE ztREAM UPDATES

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:16:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]

INDEPENDENT.ie | Back my Brexit deal or speed up a united Ireland, May warns, for example

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 05:34:30 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 08:54:42 PM EST
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'Time is almost up' - Europe reacts to Brexit vote
"a scenario in which Britain leaves the bloc without a withdrawal agreement", waitwut

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 09:03:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
a tawdry caper revealed, running time 1:17:13 (EN), 477 views!


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 09:25:54 PM EST
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May's government survives no-confidence vote, Y4, Round 1
325 to 306

Berlusconi is laughing with you.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 06:25:11 PM EST
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Incidentally (and with uncanny timing), Berlusconi's Back, Runs for Euro Parliament After Ban Lifted

last count 53 wins, 2011, until, yanno, The Technocrat Monti stepped in.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 09:09:16 PM EST
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I discovered last night that someone innerboob correspondent asked the question, Why is Theresa May still PM?

This correspondent was unwilling or unable to join 325 MPs, elected by UK citizens to represent their will, to the result of the confidence vote, performed according to procedures of UK law.

Conversely, the same was unwilling or unable to join 315 MPs excluding DUP partisans, elected by UK citizens, to the result of the confidence vote.

Instead, the same postulated the preternatural fear of The Establishment prevented election of alternative candidates.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 03:20:04 PM EST
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Arlene Foster criticised over assertion that 'we never had a hard border'
"As someone who lived through the Troubles we never had a hard border. There were 20,000 soldiers in Northern Ireland and they couldn't hermetically seal the border in Northern Ireland so it is a bit of a nonsense, frankly, to talk about a hard border," Foster said.
Arlene Foster's Guide To The History Of The Irish Border
"The Irish border was invented by the EU in 2016. That's a fact," Foster explained while regaling WWN with a memory she had of 22,000 British soldiers patrolling a soft as butter border.
Right proper Tory talk. Keep up the great work, my fine neandertal cousins!

Happy Black History Y4 D18

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 02:19:29 PM EST
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BBC One - Soft Border Patrol

Wiki:

Soft Border Patrol is a British mockumentary sitcom in the style of a reality television programme based around the subject of the Republic of Ireland-United Kingdom border in a post-Brexit world. It shadows the Soft Border Patrol, a fictional border agency backed by governments in London, Dublin and Belfast, and the European Commission in Brussels.
by Bernard on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 07:33:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
< wipes tears >

NETFLIX 2021! S6E01

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 08:03:05 PM EST
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Don't speak ill of our long dead 'Neanderthal' cousins.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 06:30:38 AM EST
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HER cousins. OUR ancestors.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 07:42:37 AM EST
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Independent.ie | Now Theresa May considers rewriting the Good Friday Agreement
"It is understood her Good Friday plan would involve the UK and Ireland agreeing a separate set of principles, or adding text to 'support or reference' the 1998 peace deal, setting out how both sides would guarantee an open Border after Brexit."
< wipes tears >
oRLY?
< wipes tears >
- Are hostages off the table?
- Define 'hostage'.
- Well, it says here, persons...
- Define 'persons'.
- ... emanating.
- How do you spell that?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 06:33:40 PM EST
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Brexiters panic
Sir James Dyson, the British billionaire inventor and outspoken Brexiter who called on the government to walk away from the EU without a deal, is leaving without a deal moving the headquarters of his vacuum cleaner and hair dryer technology company to Singapore.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 11:04:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
well, unlike the financiers, manufacturers need to make arrangments to move plant, set up supply lines. So they have to do it in advance.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 06:39:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Brexiteer James Dyson to move HQ to Singapore
Dyson has been a staunch Brexiteer since before the 2016 vote on EU membership. He told the Telegraph claims that the U.K. would struggle to strike trade deals were "cobblers" and said the EU would be "committing commercial suicide" if it imposed tariffs on British goods.
by Bernard on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 07:42:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:54:43 PM EST
Joe Lieberman emerges from crypt to dance, figuratively speaking, with Alexandria-Cortez

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 03:37:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
does he still think his opinions on the Democratic party have any relevance? I think Newt G has more relevance at this point

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:24:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Never underestimate the arrogance and delusion of former senators.
by rifek on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 11:51:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Why are the comments of the Senator from CfL about the Democrats relevant?

Meanwhile, Nathan Robinson in the Guardian:

But there's one person who never mentions her: Donald Trump. Strange, isn't it? Trump mocks everyone on Twitter. But he has never once sent a tweet about her, even though they both have major presences on the platform. I suspect I know exactly why: he realizes that she's better at this than him. He may be able to make jokes at the expense of Elizabeth Warren, but Ocasio-Cortez is better at online repartee than almost anyone else. He is wise to keep away from tangling with her.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 07:04:35 PM EST
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It's Not a Government Shutdown. It's a Right-Wing Coup. | The Nation
Just as they did in October of 2013, the media is uniformly calling the selective starving of government by Republicans in Congress a "government shutdown." It is anything but. The term "government shutdown" gives the public the false impression that the entire government is being shut down, when in reality, only a small percentage of the government gets shut down--and for starkly ideological reasons.

What we are really facing is a liberal government shutdown--which is to say programs designed to help the vulnerable and poor are gutted, while institutions designed to serve the rich and powerful remain unscathed.

by generic on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 10:16:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump lost, so he shut it down. Just like he does with every business he's ever "run"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:25:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an "abuse of power," judge rules
"the government request here 'runs afoul of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments,' which protect against unreasonable searches and self-incrimination, respectively,"
for example


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 06:15:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Ancestor worship is not well understood

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 01:22:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Case 2: Feynman
Case 3: Sanders

(What was the question?)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:02:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Case 4: candleabra

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:07:20 PM EST
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Case 5: apologies

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 10:14:06 PM EST
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NJ Chris Christie's Book: Let Me Finish

Chris Christie accuses Jared Kushner of political 'hit job' in explosive new book | The Guardian - 2 hrs ago |
Chris Christie to 'Set Record Straight' in 'Let Me Finish' | US News - July 2018 |

Christie also promises the "full story" on the Bridgegate scandal that upended his time as governor and badly damaged his reputation.

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

by Oui on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 05:26:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Teodrose Fikre, Evoking Muckrakers: Hannah Giorgis's Devastating Critique of Senator Kamala Harris
What makes Giorgis's assessment so riveting is how she deftly interweaves pop culture with wonk, she systematically dismantles Harris's memoir by contrasting her platitudes to her actions before she became a Senator.
Hannah Giorgis, Kamala Harris's Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era
The most recent publicity tool in the senator's arsenal, however, is a more traditional offering. On Tuesday, Harris released her second book, titled The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.
from Canadian teen to Howard University to AIPAC advocate and FOSTA/SESTA herald

Kamala Harris to enter presidential race on or around MLK Day: report

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 01:20:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
thanks for that, I'd liked what I'd seen of Harris up till now. This article gives a useful balance to the hype.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:28:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
No mention of Daniel Larsen?
The court found that Larsen had shown he was "actually innocent," that the police officers at Larsen's trial were not credible, and that his trial attorney was constitutionally ineffective for failing to call witnesses on his behalf.

But before he was released, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is challenging Larsen's release, saying he hadn't presented proof that he was innocent quickly enough, the Innocence Project said.

This article was from 2013...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:35:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
That is an provocative anecdote.

a/o July 2018 CA population estimate is 39.5M people,
of which 19.6M registered voters a/o Oct 2018,
of which 8.3M (D), 4.7M (R), 5.4M (NO PREF), 0.984M (OTHER).

World renowned images of palms, temperate climate, "liberal" lifestyle, and Democratic Party domination of the legislature and electoral processes have long over-shadowed the state's attraction to Republican governors, economic discrimination by race and ethnicity, and brutal penal law enforced by "top cops" (AGs). In retrospect, only Jerry Brown's brief tenure in that capacity establishes a modest exception to the rules. Harris certainly does not.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 03:57:27 PM EST
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The New York Times is on to her.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 12:34:05 PM EST
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oh, has she got an email server as well?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 04:50:01 PM EST
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In a manner of speaking, yes: Her campaign committee is staffed by Clinton campaign alumni.

Look it up. Count them up.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 05:32:32 PM EST
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a week is a long time in politics; she has the same chance as Tulsi Gabbard. which is somewhat south of zero

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:46:51 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:56:49 PM EST
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dey jess rites deyselfs, yesm'm.

her 'highest priority' is protecting Mueller probe

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 09:40:17 PM EST
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Since ["]Decriminalization["] [ANYWHERE BUT MARYLAND, of which BALTIMORE CITY, Kamala?!2020 Campaign HQ2], 96% of People Arrested for Weed in Baltimore Are Black
A/V (EN), running time 00:17:58
"I don't know how intentional that is."

Slow-learners | Maryland Marijuana Laws

If you possess less than 10 grams, you are subject to a civil penalty that replaces the criminal penalty of $500 and/or 90 days in jail.
Convoluted 18th Century Language | CRIMINAL LAW TITLE 5. CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES, PRESCRIPTIONS, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES SUBTITLE 1. DEFINITIONS; GENERAL PROVISIONS Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 5-101 (2014)
containing punctuation

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by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 10:06:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 07:59:10 PM EST
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Thank you for collecting all that. As a former Californian I was vaguely aware of her, but not really enough to have formed a solid opinion. I've been suspicious simply because she was a prosecutor, and thus assumed baggage, but knew that this was an un-informed prejudice and gave it little weight.

While the assembled links are also far from a conclusive and comprehensive evaluation of the candidate, they are definitely an important part of such an evaluation.

by Zwackus on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 01:54:39 AM EST
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wkiwtf | Early Career
(#MeToo)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 08:08:37 PM EST
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2018, Donald Harris: Professor of Poundcake, Emeritus, Stanford University, Stanford, California
This early phase of interaction with my children came to an abrupt halt in 1972 when, after a hard-fought custody battle in the family court of Oakland, California, the context of the relationship was placed within arbitrary limits imposed by a court-ordered divorce settlement based on the false assumption by the State of California that fathers cannot handle parenting (especially in the case of this father, "a neegroe from da eyelans" was the Yankee stereotype, who might just end up eating his children for breakfast!).  Nevertheless, I persisted, never giving up on my love for my children or reneging on my responsibilities as their father.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 08:27:01 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 09:58:56 PM EST
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"Jeff Sessions in a dress"
uh oh ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 10:14:34 PM EST
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Onion

yanno, the mercifully conclusion of this campaign is that the Rhodes Spartacus decides against accepting the title, Anyone Buttrump. A whole lot of embarrassment can be saved for All Americans ... for 2024.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 12:28:02 AM EST
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C-SPAN, 21 Jan 2019, (EN)
transcript (EN), running time 00:19:57, no prefatory remarks/announcement address

at Howard University, Washington D.C.
Howard is one of a few Historically Black College or University (HBCU) whose operations rely on ear-marked federal funding. Institutional financing slipped into informal receivership (De Vos, US Dep of Ed.) following embezzlement investigations.

See Harris2020 campaign advertising at the campaign website

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 12:18:34 AM EST
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carpet-baggin' wench!

Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: reportIt's on.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 10:46:41 PM EST
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USA "Women and minorities" origin story by Harriet Fraad
A/V (EN)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 07:36:02 PM EST
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[U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman] excoriated Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday with a ruling that says the Trump appointee "violated the public trust."
ahem
New York Attorney General Letitia James, who recently succeeded former AG Barbara Underwood, called the ruling a victory for a fair and accurate census count.

"The attempts by the Trump administration to mandate a question about citizenship were not rooted in a desire to strengthen the census process and would only undermine our immigrant communities," James said in a statement. "Inciting fear in our residents is not only immoral, but also ill-conceived. Accurate population counts are imperative for allocating funding for critical programs and support systems and for determining fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College."

< squint >
The ruling was not a wholesale victory: though the lawsuit charged violations of the Constitution's enumeration clause and Fifth Amendment rights to equal protection, Judge Furman stopped short Tuesday of finding constitutional violations.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 08:03:19 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
BULLETIN: High Court Asked to Back Off Deposition Spat in Census Case
(reads like a US House Speaker [Art. I] wanting to boss the SCOTUS [Art. III], eh?)

yeah, no. Here is a timely reminder of the US appellate process, legal strategy, and controversial "challenges" to Article I, II, III powers --taken together, a "constitutional crisis" in waiting.

[Art. II] and [NY State, et al., Art. I as amended] told the Supreme Court [Art. III] late Thursday to cancel its upcoming hearing on case.

The Supreme Court had agreed back in November to consider whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross should be [COMPELLED] to testify [by district court Judge FURMAN] about why he added the question.

At the time [SCOTUS] took up the [RESPONDENT'S PETITION FOR writ of certiorari]

Error? Inferior court judgment compelling Ross testimony questioned
" 'The court may reopen the trial record for the purpose of obtaining and including Secretary Ross's testimony in the event that the Supreme Court's stay of this court's order compelling that testimony is dissolved before the court issues a final decision,' Furman's 2-page order today states."
[US DISTRICT COURT JUDGE] Furman did not [adjudicate NY State, et al] constitutional questions
[...]
[DOJ] filed a notice of appeal in the New York case on Thursday as well, setting the stage for Furman's ruling to go to the Second Circuit [APPELLATE REVIEW].

With the survey's printing deadline in June 2019, a federal judge in California is weighing a separate challenge to the citizenship question.

Long story shorter: for the moment, SCOTUS intervention is out of scope; NY State, et al. and US will rehearse their arguments on the merits decided by Furman; and delay on appeal will probably obviate printing of Teh Dread 2020 Census Question in timely manner. Yeah! for ineligible voters of the USA!

Unless SCOTUS intervenes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 09:09:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Pelosi asks Trump to postpone State of the Union address because of government shutdown -- or deliver it in writing
The State of the Union is off," [MD-5 Rep. Steny] Hoyer said during a CNN interview.

Aides later said he had misspoken.

"Mr. Hoyer had not read Speaker Pelosi's letter and mischaracterized it," Hoyer spokeswoman Katie Grant said.

letter to Trump, facsimile, in lieu of impeachment proceeding ... to removal from office.

The House planned another vote Wednesday to reopen the government without funding Trump's wall, this time on a stopgap spending bill through Feb. 8.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) once again rejected this tactic in a Senate floor speech Wednesday, saying: "As the White House has made clear just yesterday, cherry-picking continuing resolutions that fail to address the border security crisis are not going to receive the president's signature. Not going to. The only way out of this impasse is a bipartisan agreement."

Do the facts need repeating? Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 12:00:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 12:11:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"We're capitalists and that's just the way it is."
"Leader Pelosi's statement was an indictment of shareholder capitalism and how it's falling short," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement to The Hill. "We hope that Mr. Hill and other young people interested in economic inequality would join efforts in each of their states to fight for a living wage as Leader Pelosi leads the fight for one at the national level."
"we accept a system with considerable inequality because systems without any inequality profit or arbitrage don't work."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 02:36:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Interesting that even Tucker Carlson seems to be losing belief in captalism red in tooth and claw

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:36:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump's reply (facsimile), dated 17 Jan 2019.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:00:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 08:20:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 02:37:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
oh, dear, innerboobs has revived Judicial Watch FOIA accounting from 2011. Puts a bit of perspective on the present cost of shirking one's solidarity with furloughed civil servants.

The DCCC offered them loans today in a bill, incidentally, interest free, up to $6,000 each to cover household expenses.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 02:46:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Pelosi cancels Afghanistan trip, cites Trump `leak'
On Friday, Pelosi announced that her plan to travel by commercial plane had been "leaked" by the White House.
[...]
Denying military aircraft to a senior lawmaker -- let alone the speaker, who is second in line to the presidency after the vice president [PENCE], traveling to a combat region -- is very rare.
Now, there's some pause for consideration: Which homicidal maniac would you prefer travel by commercial passenger plane?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 06:10:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
RSVP delivered to the speaker, (facsimile)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 08:20:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US House notice to quit delivered to POTUS, (facsimile)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 09:00:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber
Joint sessions and meetings of Congress have typically taken place in the House chamber since 1809. But according to the Senate historian's office, presidents have delivered addresses in the Senate chamber before, including Presidents Ford, Nixon, Truman and Hoover.
Beats potential embarrassment of DCCC boycott of the SOTU in the House chamber, if so ordered by the speaker. I never watch 'em myself. I prefer transcript viz. prepared remarks
When asked what would happen if Trump insists on delivering the address on the originally planned date of Jan. 29, Pelosi said Thursday: "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."
Article II, §3, in its entire raving sexist cant. (Shall we call a Convention to edit?)
He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.
## Rule of law is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 11:02:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Cohen acknowledges rigging polls for Trump in 2014 and 2015
in a 2014 CNBC poll, hopefully CNBC has since then subcontracted hi-tech to another firm

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 05:43:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Does Team Mueller now regret the plea deal and releasing Cohen on his own recognizance? One might wonder.

DISCLAIMER

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 07:20:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
One data set, two stories of divisive politics and co-conspirators?

NPR/Marist Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base
"base" = white, republican and evangelical men and women
Shock Poll: Trump Gains 19 Points with Latino Voters During Border Wall Shutdown
Res ipsa loquitor and is not going to get long form "analysis" any time soon.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 02:26:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Man wanted to attack White House with antitank rocket
same as the old FBI entrapment

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 05:53:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ha. Indeed, I read the headline as a job offer.

(though it should have read "Man or woman", or is sex discrimination legal in US job offers?)

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 03:48:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"gentleman's agreement" to protect the "fairer sex" from co-mingling with minorities.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 04:07:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis
"Microsoft will loan $225 million at below-market interest rates to help developers ...$250 million will go toward market-rate loans for construction ...remaining $25 million will be donated to services" : jobs saved or created

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 06:07:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ocasio-Cortez Is on the Financial Services Committee, and Banks Are Afraid
m'k.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 07:08:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Judge Rules Housing Law Does Not Cover LGBT [Discrimination]
"The Eighth Circuit has squarely held that "Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against homosexuals," U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton wrote in a 10-page order Wednesday.

"The court recognizes that [US SUPREME COURT] have held otherwise in recent opinions, concluding that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination," the judge continued.

but fuck you
"This court is bound by the law of the Eighth Circuit, however. ... To date the Eighth Circuit has not changed its position on the issue, and so the court must dismiss."
Pro Publica #MeToo #Time'sUp #WhyIDidn'tReport analysis developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 09:26:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
So Judge Dickhead is acknowledging that his judgement will be overturned if they take it to the Supreme Court?
Can he really do that?


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 03:54:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Did you not read wikiwtf bio for "Jean"?
Or are your marks a facetious reference to the "raving sexist cant" of the US Constitution?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 04:18:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Federal judicial structure, descending order of review; here is a counter-intuitive presentation, because the appeals process begins at the end of this list and concludes at the top of the list, the SCOTUS.

US district court judge JEAN does nothing but issue an opinion and ruling (orders) on the dispute "in the first instance".

The adversely affected litigant might appeal JEAN's ruling to the superior court ("higher", appellate), ie. petition to review, JEAN's questionable judgment.

archived comparing

... In a sense, the SCOTUS preserves state sovereignty and "democratic values" by instituting and respecting the appellate review processes; litigation "bubbles up" to the writ of last resort. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 05:01:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Historically, it is not unusual for either (active or inactive) litigants or judges to discriminate between claims suitable for review by the appellate process, when the goal of *litigants is definitively to alter some class of case law.

Criteria of selection typically addresses the merits of the claim, findings of fact and law represented by the claim, sufficient to warrant review and a substantitive opinion either to reverse or hold current case law, if not one or more governing statutes.

Thus, a *litigant will choose to proceed (or not) to trial, if the merits of a "test case" are like to prevail in favor of the litigant, ie. reveal some error in adjudication.

Thus, a judge will choose to accept (or not) review of a claim; or deliberately issue a controversial ruling on a point of law in order to provoke a litigant to appeal.

The latter strategy (mine) is based on observations and rather unorthodox, as one is unlikely to find corroboration from officers of the court who are living, easily.

The latter strategy is the only charitable explanation for JEAN's narrow ruling, in my opinion.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 05:26:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Supreme Court [DECLINES TO REVIEW US APPEAL OF A LOWER COURT RULING]
Solicitor General Noel Francisco has asked the Supreme Court to make the final decision on whether [OR NOT] the recision [sic] is lawful [US CONSTITUTIONal error] or not.
[...]
Francisco's request, however, was unusual [?] because it asked the justices to take up the issue before [?] the regional appeals circuit courts have weighed in decided appeals.*

He said the lower court decisions were wrong to force the administration to retain a ["]discretionary nonenforcement["] policy that the Department of Homeland Security and the attorney general concluded was unlawful.

* 9th Circuit Ct against US fed gov, injunction, Nov 2018
National Immigration Law Center
The DOJ also sought certiorari before judgment in two of the other cases challenging DACA's termination, Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen (pending before the Second Circuit) and NAACP v. Trump (pending before the D.C. Circuit).
Witness poor form in press reporting "facts". This custom tends to teach nothing about the order and authorities of the courts but rouse the antipathy of de peoples against "judicial activism". So you get what you pay for.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 05:39:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Justices Won't Hear Case of Praying Football Coach
Justice Alito - joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh - wrote in a separate concurrence that he agrees with not hearing this specific case, but said the "Ninth Circuit's understanding of the free speech rights of public school teachers is troubling and may justify review in the future."

"I concur in the denial of the petition for a writ of certio­rari because denial of certiorari does not signify that the court necessarily agrees with the decision (much less the opinion) below," he wrote. "In this case, important unresolved factual questions would make it very difficult if not impossible at this stage to decide the free speech question that the petition asks us to review." (Parentheses in original.)

m'k. I'm done with this topic. Lesson learned, I hope.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 10:31:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
New Guidelines Highlight Alternatives to Juvenile Lock-Up
In its comprehensive Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines, the council kept many of the procedural recommendations issued in its original 2005 guidelines for judges and its focus on the importance of representation for youth in the juvenile justice system. But it made key updates based on recent Supreme Court rulings regarding youth and life imprisonment, the death penalty and solitary confinement and advances in science, editor Jessica Pearce said in an interview.
[...]
Pearce also said courts are still using detention to keep kids in danger of hurting themselves, running away or being trafficked in a safe and secure place. She said doing so takes a "paternalistic view of kids" that keeps them safe in the short term but doesn't address long-term issues.

"Putting them in detention for 10 days keeps them safe for 10 days. It is convenient but doesn't address the risk that kid faces," Pearce said.

archived wishes were badass horses
Rather than viewing immigrants as ...
"more American than Americans"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 11:49:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
TRANSCRIPTS: Trump speech "On Border Security", Nancy Pelosi's and Charles Schumer's speeches (working title) "Responses", and A/V (EN)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 01:17:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Donald being served hamburgers because of Federal shutdown {partial}
Ivanka seeking top job at World Bank
Melania doing household chores in their castle tower in NY

No wonder Donald visited the border with Mexico for a dish of tacos ;)



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

by Oui on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:13:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:54:47 PM EST
China's 2018 trade surplus with U.S. highest on record going back to 2006
up 11%, needs moar soy beans to rout ASF epidemic
China's exports shrink most in two years, raising risks to global economy
depending on luxury goods imports to China, QE recommended
Chinese FDI into North America, Europe falls 73 percent in 2018: report
except Canada, Germany, France and Spain

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 03:33:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
China slump squeezes [Middle-class], hammers consumer spending
Headline economic numbers still look healthy. Growth in 2019 is forecast at more than 6 percent, down only slightly from about 6.5 percent last year. But it is propped up by higher government spending, which masks sharp declines in other areas.
[...]
"I am worried about my job security and have cut spending on everything including clothes, vacations and changing smartphones," said He Siying, who works for an investment consulting firm in Beijing.
blah blah 're-imagining' CCP industrial policy since Panic '08 poisoned "globalism"
Since 2017, Beijing, Shanghai and other big cities have forced out migrant workers who lack official permission to live there. Local leaders say they want to reduce crowding, but restaurants, retailers and other companies depend on migrants as employees and increasingly as customers.
The more prosaic story behind this 'boom-bust' detail, my associate informed me, is the hukou system controls in PRC industrial policy (est'd 1951). 'Human rights' and labor economists have noted that "privatization" of market-based incentives have undermined social mobility and economic integration of low- and high-skill work force ("rural-urban" income inequalities). The Beijing Olympic potemkin was a lurid example of party-elites' prerogative to dispossess property-owners and migrant tenants by abusing hukou.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 02:05:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Zimbabweans protest fuel price hikes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 01:42:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Mnangagwa to return home [from Belarus]
600 arrested, 400 detained indefinitely, number dead not published, Davos junket scrapped: "At Davos, he planned to appeal for foreign investment [!] and loans to the southern African nation, but the visit had been expected to be a challenge."

Exposed: the horror Zim govt is hiding behind [internet] blackout
Times (London, UK) floats "200 deaths, certainly 50", 72 injured; Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights, Amnesty Int'l reports challenge casualty estimates.

["]Taxpayers["] foot Mugabe's US$4m bill
for medical treatment in Singapore,"through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), which maintains it does not have adequate foreign currency to fund critical sectors of the economy".

Comcast-like reliable internet service restored

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 02:51:53 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Why is Japan so Bitter About Unstoppable Rise of China?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 04:52:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I don't really know enough to judge if that is an accurate view of Japan, but it seems a bit excessively starry-eyed about China

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 10:34:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Foreign Relations in Early Modern Japan: Exploding the Myth of National Seclusion
Historian Arano Yasunori helped revolutionize our perception of early modern Japan by challenging the notion that the country was uniquely isolated during the Edo period. Here Arano provides a thought-provoking overview of the complex system of trade and diplomacy by which the Tokugawa shogunate maintained peace, prosperity, and autonomy over a period of two and a half centuries.
China, Korea, Netherlands, Russia trade with Japan (1603-1868), conquest of Japan (1868-2018)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 01:38:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Acquitw Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of the Ivory Coast
who?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 08:29:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Front-end display has changed in the form of its graphic design and to discriminate between "users" and "viewers".

Users are persons who create a TWITTER account.
Viewers are persons who do not create a TWITTER account.

TWITTER assigns different site functionality to users and viewers.

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furthermore,
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Over and out.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 04:48:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts
Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Ukraine: "one network of 364 pages and accounts was linked to employees of Sputnik"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 05:58:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
PNAC origin story

TRANSCRIPT (EN)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 06:01:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]


1. NATO is not a war-legalizing body, quite the opposite. NATO, like the United Nations, is an international institution that has something or other to do with war, but transferring the UN's claimed authority to legalize a war to NATO has no support whatsoever in reality. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 11:43:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
From union renewal to a self-managed society: towards an anarcho-syndicalist project

Somebody didn't get the memo. The NEW! lingo is Libertarian Socialism, dude.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 05:22:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
For Seventeen Years Jack Hickey Represented Cruise Lines Then He Switched Sides
contrition

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 05:40:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
CNT did as good a job as could be done in Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War under extremely adverse conditions, e.g., the US forbade exporting wool to Republican areas because it was war material.*  Sam's book gives some insight.  

The term "Libertarian Socialism" has been abandoned in the US to avoid confusion with the right wing Libertarian movement.    

* While Dupont was able to sell artillery shells to Franco because shut up.

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

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 05:39:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
hmm, yes, well, m'k

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 06:50:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge
34 dead, 59 injured, third-party observers, AU "urgently dispatched" and repelled since 10 Jan election results.
The court could uphold the election results, order a recount or order a new election. It is likely that the court, full of Kabila appointees, will confirm Tshisekedi's victory, said Adeline Van Houtte, an analyst at the Economist [!] Intelligence Unit.
[...]
But for some Congolese who campaigned hard for Kabila to step aside, having an opposition figure take power is enough, despite questions about the vote. Reflecting the yearning for stability, 33 Congolese non-governmental groups and civil society movements on Thursday called on people to comply with whatever the court rules to "preserve the peace" in the interest of "national unity."
Nearly 900 killed in ethnic violence in DR Congo - UN
northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month [DEC 2018]
[...]
U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani emphasised this was only the number of people actually buried, but that reports suggest many others may have been killed. The fighting between the Banunu and Batende communities in Mai-Ndombe province was some of the worst in the area for years.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 07:02:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]

"Officials at Kasindi do body temperature checks as a first test for symptoms of Ebola." PHOTO:Fiston Mahamba


Inside efforts to prevent a regional Ebola crisis in central Africa
DRC-Rwanda-Uganda-S. Sudan-Burundi
Before they get their documents checked, they stand - forehead first - in front of a hygiene official in a surgical mask who screens them with an infrared thermo-gun. Those found to have higher-than-normal body temperatures are tested further for Ebola-like symptoms.
[...]
Up to 60,000 people cross between Rwanda and Congo daily, according to the Red Cross; while Congo's ministry of health said more than 24,000 people cross between Congo and Burundi each month, and another 3,000 each month between Congo and South Sudan.
[...]
Three thousand health workers have already been vaccinated in Uganda as part of Uganda's preparations to face the epidemic. Teams from the Congolese health ministry came to Uganda to train Ugandan health personnel to administer the vaccine against the Ebola virus. "We are not waiting for the first confirmed case to launch the response. We are in the midst of deploying experimental treatments."
[...]
At some stations, [DRC health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga] added, officials even check people's identities to make sure their names are not on the lists of contacts health teams are tracing for possible exposure to Ebola.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 03:38:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
WSWS
The strike by 70,000 auto parts workers in Matamoros, Mexico is beginning to affect production at US automobile assembly plants, raising the possibility that auto production across North America could be brought to a standstill.

US workers are reporting to the World Socialist Web Site that management is slowing production at General Motors and Ford assembly plants as a result of the strike. Production at Ford's assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan will stop this week due to a shortage of parts caused by the walkout.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:21:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Latest on the Sudan uprising. Jacobin
A popular revolt is spreading across Sudan. At stake is not just the fate of authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir, but the country's whole power structure.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 08:23:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Has this become a codeword for spying? NYT
A former United States Marine who was arrested in Moscow on spying charges had been handed a flash drive that he thought contained pictures of churches but was instead loaded with classified information, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 11:18:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
It's pretty good trolling. I can only assume the guy is screwed and due for prisoner exchange or something so the lawyer may as well have some fun.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 12:48:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
<espionage w tears>

Looking for a civilian patsy ... indeed for a spy swap just like the Old Days of the Cold War.

Related reading ...

Maria Butina and the Criminalization of Citizen Diplomacy | The Nation - Dec. 26, 2018 |

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

by Oui on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 04:04:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
indeed. Or at least, before she gets to corroborate any of Muellers allegations

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 06:51:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:54:50 PM EST
Earth's magnetic field is acting up and geologists don't know why
"Satellites such as the European Space Agency's Swarm mission tracked the shift."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 03:55:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Russian GPS system satellites orbit at higher angles, so their accuracy is better than the American GPS system when you're in the Arctic. Which starts to matter when the Arctic Ocean is a navigable seaway for trade, resource exploitation, and warships.
by asdf on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 03:02:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Washington Cheats its Way into the EU Energy Market, Yet it Lives Off Russian Gas

archived LIVING OFF THE PLANET
unusual earthquakes


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 05:44:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
61.218559" N, 149.892464" W
Anxiety in [Anchorage, AK] as endless aftershocks rattle residents
"a rolling action"

Latitude and Longitude (Meridians and Parallels)
(dated material)
Magnetic North, Geomagnetic and Magnetic Poles (dated material)
GRF-12 from 1900-2015, World Data Center for Geomagnetism, Kyoto

The website [Wandering of the Geomagnetic Poles | NCEI - NOAA] you are trying to access is not available at this time due to a lapse in appropriation.

NOAA.gov and specific NOAA websites necessary to protect lives and ...

metered internet connection, I gather.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 21st, 2019 at 12:41:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die
"Experts blame heatwave conditions across much of Australia, drought and algal blooms for starving waterways of oxygen."
Boomer calls for 10-year Green New Deal
That'll get 'er done.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 01:40:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Not that you'll get the Australian govt to cre. Quietly, and with little fuss, the govt there has become the GOP's wettest dream of environmental, social and economic destruction.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:33:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
govt to care

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 02:33:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:54:53 PM EST
Reprise: "It's a revolving bed in a cheap motel.... "
Things That Can And Cannot Be Said

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 03:46:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Are "Femtech" Companies Helping Women, or Exploiting Their Fears?
"Not only can this analysis help fertility doctors pursue more effective treatments, it can also help couples plan financially."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 04:13:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Kim Kardashian confirms she and Kanye expecting 4th child

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 01:18:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Todd Akin School of Physiology & Medicine
Scientific findings have the potential to change the way abortion is viewed

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 10:38:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Welcome "post-partum psychosis" to the First World, as seen on the internet.
She Wanted To Be The Perfect Mom, Then Landed In A Psychiatric Unit
"The work that we do here is less than 10 percent of what needs to be done," says Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami, a psychiatrist at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif. She helped review the [CA state study of maternal] suicides but did not share data from the report with journalists.
[...]
That means that some U.S. doctors may start their patients on new drugs but not have time to see if they work well. Or they have to start women on the most intense medications right away -- medications that force her to stop breastfeeding -- instead of slower-acting therapies that could allow a mother more time to feed her infant breast milk.
[...]
The psychosis did not come back after Vivian's birth, in part because of all the ["]precautions["] Lisa took. She made sure she got enough sleep. She gave herself permission to give up breastfeeding if it became too much.
so many angles to this story I can't find a wall to lean on

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 02:03:06 AM EST
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MMRCs: Building U.S. Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths
embedded link in the story above
[ABOUT] ...CDC Foundation and the CDC Division of Reproductive Health ...This joint effort launched in January 2016. The project is supported by funding from Merck, through an award agreement with its Merck for Mothers program. ...The goal of Review to Action is to promote the state-based maternal mortality review process as the gold standard for maternal mortality surveillance and intervening in pregnancy-related death. Only approximately half the states in the U.S. have a maternal mortality review committee (MMRC) in place.
WTF

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 02:15:12 AM EST
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The National
Lest year, Liz Lochhead kickit up a stooshie by statin Burns wis a "Weinsteinian sex pest". She referenced, as ithers the likes o biographer Robert Crawford or journalist Stuart Kelly hae duin, a boastfu letter Burns wrote aboot a sexual conquest o Jean Armour. It's no a richt admíssion o rape, or assault - Jean's feelins is hid ahint the locker-ruim braggart wha claims he "f*cked her until she rejoiced". It's certes no the straicht clarity o Samuel Pepys wha wis constantly rapin wímmin (Exhibit A: his diary December 20 1664).

Fir me, the Weinsteinian Burns is maist appairent in his habit o gettin servant lassies pregnant. It's certes important tae the "Burns Community" that he wis irresistible, an aw the lassies wantit him, but if the #MeToo movement has lairnt us onyhin, it's that pooer structures are invísible tae them that's in pooer, an een Nice Guys abuse thae structures wioot seein theirsels as monsters. Ye cannae hae a relationship wi an employee, wha lives an sleeps unner yer command, wha's future ye haud in the palm o yer haund, wioot riskin abuse.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 10:01:05 AM EST
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'We're Like the World Is Going to End in 12 Years if We Don't Address Climate Change'
excerpts from her interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates with AO-C disclaimer:

archived 200 up, 12 down, mmm hmm
Boomer calls for 10-year Green New Deal
That'll get 'er done

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 07:21:31 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:55:01 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:55:09 PM EST

Hopefully she brought some cheers as she passed by Peter at the gates ... RIP.

Carol Channing, Star of Broadway's 'Hello, Dolly!' and 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' Dies at 97 | Variety |

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

by Oui on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 05:58:54 PM EST
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In layman's words, the message is the Duke was involved in a car accident but walked away unscathed. The Archbishop has no prayers for the people in the other vehicle of the crash, no best wishes/prayers for a future journey to the heavenly gates?

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

by Oui on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 06:53:48 PM EST
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he's 97, he's been ill: WTF is he doing driving a car? It's not like he is obliged by circumstances to drive to the shops to buy food.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 09:09:46 PM EST
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I'm sure the Duke had in mind he was still driving on HIS Estate ... a mere 32 sq km 🇬🇧 😟 a duke without borders on the loose.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 09:54:09 PM EST
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I blame Charles. We all know there comes a time when you've got to stand up to your elderly parent and take the keys off them.

Even if it's a bit late for revenge, in this particular soap opera.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 04:04:23 PM EST
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On the positive side, if he drives himself, he probably also squeezes out his toothpaste without help.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 04:19:30 PM EST
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And what, pray, is the First Gentleman of the Toothpaste there for?

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 05:19:03 PM EST
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Guardian
A woman who broke her wrist in a car crash with Prince Philip claims she has not received an apology from the royal family even though she could have been killed.
Since when does a commoner expect an apology from the Prince?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 02:10:50 PM EST
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Ummm, since commoners started cutting the heads off arrogant prick princes?
by Andhakari on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 02:26:46 PM EST
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Police warn Prince Philip as he returns to the road -- without seatbelt
Officers have `given advice' after the duke was spotted in a new Land Rover near the site of his Norfolk collision
by Bernard on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 07:53:58 PM EST
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