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December 2019

by Colman Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 12:59:09 PM EST

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Pffft .... nice, a clean sheet ... feel so .. ehh, refreshed. Thx Colman 😄

Couldn't get the links to sections to work though 😖

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 02:26:08 PM EST
I see many Cats to the rescue ... nice! 🤓😎

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 08:28:04 AM EST
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teamwork! 🤓😎
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 05:20:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:22:49 AM EST
EU Commission unveils `European Green Deal': The key points
"Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined the European Green Deal today (11 December), vowing to 'leave no-one behind' in the race to achieve a climate neutral economy by 2050."
Europe launches 'Green Deal' as Thunberg denounces climate inaction
"'It seems to have turned into some kind of opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition,' she added at the summit, accusing politicians of 'clever accounting' and 'creative PR'."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 05:09:17 AM EST
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'Total disconnect': Voices from marathon Madrid climate summit
"Here are some key quotes": REDD, REDD+ buyers' remorse
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 06:06:05 PM EST
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Schmit to unveil EU minimum wage proposal in January
"Schmit said the Commission legal services are looking at article 153 of the EU treaties, which refers to the role of the EU in supporting member states to improve working conditions, as the legal basis for the establishment of such a framework."

Employee activism in this sphere is a direct result of defects in Art. 153.

by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:21:44 PM EST
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'No Christmas break' in transport strike, French union warns
"Laurent Brun, head of CGT's railway branch, said on the Franceinfo radio station."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:26:42 PM EST
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France24 |Macron's 'Mister Pensions' resigns amid transparency scandal
moonlighting: "One of the voluntary positions Delevoye alleged he forgot to declare to France's High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP), the post of administrator for an insurance training institute, exposed him to conflict of interest allegations because the insurance sector could stand to profit should the pension revamp come to pass."
France24 | Social services at stake
"Jérémy, 34, a teacher in a college in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis), has been working for eleven years. He has been on strike since December 5 against the pension reform, a "completely unfair" proposal, according to him. He will be part of the protest on December 17. 'This affects everyone, it is a real attack on social security,' explains the teacher, who is also a union member at Sud Éducation 93."
France24 | Tensions, Favorable Polls
"A poll in Le Journal du Dimanche weekly however showed 54 percent of the French either supporting the strikers or feeling sympathetic towards their cause, up from 46 percent before the strike began on December 5. Only 30 percent of those polled opposed the strike outright."
Belfast Telly | Architect of French pension reform resigns
a record traffic jam of 390 miles: "Unions 'are fighting for their privileges, and we are paying for it', Laurence Sturm said. 'I'll never be able to retire at 55 or 60 years old. I'll have to work until 64 years old to get a full pension, and I'm paying for theirs.'"
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 09:56:29 PM EST
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Belfast Telly | Northern Ireland health workers' industrial action to 'significantly disrupt' services, says ["]trust boss["], 17 Dec
"I think it will be plague on all our houses if we get this seriously wrong in the next few days."

The four health systems of the UK: How do they compare?
"Since political devolution in 1999, there has been increasing policy divergence between the health systems of the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK)."
WHO | European Observatory on Health Systems and Policieis

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 04:27:08 PM EST
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parting two- or three-tier lace curtains

Belfast Telly | First pictures from picket lines across Northern Ireland as eleventh hour bid fails to end NHS walkout
"As it currently stands, while Mr Smith is in a position to gather additional funds, he cannot instruct the Northern Ireland Civil Service on how it should be spent. And the Department of Health has said there is no legal basis for it to allocate any additional funds from Westminster to be used to provide pay parity for health staff in Northern Ireland."
Belfast Telly | [IE] Hospital consultants to be offered 250,000-euro salary for public-only contract
"[']Consultants['] appointed since October 2012 are paid a lower rate, ranging from 135,600 to 187,700 euro per year, if they agree to work in public hospitals only."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 09:15:55 PM EST
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Protesting French forensic police recreate giant crime scene in Lyon
performance art
French PM offers concession to unions over pension reform
Philippe said in a letter to unions and employers that he was prepared to withdraw plans to raise the retirement age for full pension benefits by two years to 64 if certain conditions were met.
He made the concession after talks between the government and trade unions to break the deadlock failed on Friday.
Philippe aims to present the reform bill on Jan. 24 so that it can be discussed in parliament starting in mid February with the aim of passing a law before the summer break.

He said in the letter he expected unions and employers to agree on how to ensure the long-term financing of the pensions system in April. If they failed to agree, the government would pass decrees guaranteeing the pension system is [solvent] by 2027, he added.

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 08:47:42 PM EST
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APsplainin | Paris Louvre museum closed amid strikes over pension plans
Several dozen protesters, including some Louvre employees, staged the demonstration after an appeal from several hard-left trade unions against President Emmanuel Macron's planned changes to the retirement system, which they said will "lower everyone's pensions."
"I think it's fine if they want to protest but they shouldn't block the plans of the people who have flown over here to see an exhibition of Leonardo," said Ben Garrett of Dallas, Texass.

Gerhard Jehle of Germany, who had bought his ticket in advance, shared that view, and said he was "badly informed about the extent of the strike."

"I don't understand how this happens," Jehle said. "Public transport doesn't function. The unions have to be controlled with an iron hand."

FUIGM? That's new.
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 07:45:00 PM EST
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LOCAL.FR | Paris Metro returns to near-normal service as union ends pension strike after 46 days
The Unsa union, which has the largest membership among employees of the RATP Paris transport network, announced over the weekend that it would be suspending its strike from Monday - 46 days after it first began unlimited action against plans to reform the French pension system.

Although some other unions, including the hardline CGT, are continuing the strike, the return of the Unsa members was enough for RATP to offer a near- normal service on Monday, to the relief of weary Parisian commuters.
Throughout the week there will continue to be localised strikes and protests over the government's plans to do away with the 42 different 'pension regimes' that France currently has and replace them with a single universal pension.

AP | Changing tack, French strikers turn off power to press govt
"The deliberate outage lasted around two hours. It hit users in the southern suburbs of Paris, which include the Orly international airport and the massive Rungis market that supplies food to the Paris region. ...'It's symbolic,' Jouanno said of the power cut, speaking in a telephone interview. "It made a buzz and that's what everyone wants.'"
REUTERS | French workers turn to SABOTAGE as transport strike flags
"In the past week, members of hardline unions have also twice entered the headquarters of the moderate CFDT union - which backs the key principles of Macron's pension reform - and cut power there and have blocked ports and refineries in a bid to force Macron's hand. "
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 07:31:16 PM EST
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Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan
"Eiffel Tower", WWII Rosie Riveter travelers warning: "Macron's government struggled Friday to sell the plan to a skeptical public after the Cabinet approved two bills aimed at enshrining the changes."
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 05:04:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 05:05:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 07:13:53 AM EST
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France to push through pension reform by decree, without vote
avoiding the need for a vote after the opposition filed more than 40,000 amendments to the draft law.
France bans gatherings of more than 5,000 due to coronavirus
by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 05:59:46 PM EST
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logic or intuition? You be the judge.
["]Railway Pension["] Strikes Becoming the Longest in French History
"Likely outcome is one system with 42 exceptions."
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 12:07:18 AM EST
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< reckless eyeballin' >
France24 | Divide and conquer: Macron's plan to defeat French pension strikes
"régimes spéciaux": "Macron's camp is calculating that it can appease some categories while playing hardball with transport workers, mindful that the electoral dividends are likely to outweigh the cost of a protracted strike." umm "According to an Elabe survey published on December 18, 67% of voters supported a single pension system for all."
As the list of exemptions grows longer, opposition parties have mocked a reform that is becoming universal in name only.
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 07:33:03 PM EST
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Big cities worried that new sex work law could harm 'vulnerable' sex workers
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Groningen and licenses: "national registration scheme for all prostitutes and businesses involved in sex work could be counterproductive"
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 07:03:24 PM EST
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[Amzaon of airlines] using the F-word won't stop growing EU climate disquiet
emissions: "The last thing we need is a bunch of f**king Dutch people telling us to pay more taxes," O'Leary said.
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 07:05:58 PM EST
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Four Balkan states flesh out deal for free movement of labor
"'The (EU) Commission is readying grants of 1.2 billion euros to our countries to help us implement our accords,' Rama said. Lifting barriers and border checkpoints would speed cross-border trade and allow foreign tourists to cross the region without waiting at frontiers, the leaders said.

"'If Chinese tourists land at Belgrade airport, they should be able to cross freely in all the countries of the region,' said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia."

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 09:45:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 11:31:18 PM EST
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IMF structural adjustment programming: You don't know about that?
Moves against labour rights reveal blind spot [!] in Ukraine's reform agenda  
The proposed labour law follows the neoliberal dogma of "flexibility" in employment - that is, the ability of employers to cut jobs, wages and benefits without worker input, all for the stated goal of spurring growth.
The package of laws would diminish trade union and workers' rights, ease firing of workers (moving Ukraine to be the lone [?!] at-will employment country among the 47 members of the Council of Europe ), broaden the use of short-term and zero hour contracts, limit the number of unions allowed at an enterprise, and even seize trade union property.
How quick opendemocracy.org is to forgive and forget $18B LOC and an "associate" membership.
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 08:53:31 PM EST
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Second U.S. law firm files London forex class action
"Banks now face another potentially huge class action in Britain after being fined more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) by the European Commission in May over cartels dubbed 'Essex Express' and 'Three Way Banana Split'.
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:23:04 PM EST
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DW | Huawei boss Liang Hua: 'Our top priority is to ensure survival'
"Huawei only provides equipment, and does not participate in network operations, so we have no access to user data," Liang underlined.
Nils Schmid, foreign affairs spokesperson for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said in an interview with the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung newspaper, "It is a very big mistake that to allow a company under the influence of a state to be so easily involved in such a sensitive sector."
"Chancellor Angela Merkel's decisions on 5G are based on Germany's national interests and development needs for the future," Liang said. "The German government's approach to 5G security standards does not focus on a supplier's country of origin, but treats all suppliers equally. This approach is good for the development of German communications infrastructure."
Independent.ie. | China ready to retaliate if Germany bans Huawei
"'If Germany were to take a decision that leads to Huawei's exclusion from the German market, there will be consequences,' Ambassador Wu Ken said at a Handelsblatt event."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 06:34:14 PM EST
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Tax minister Menno Snel resigns over child benefit scandal
"Hundreds, possibly thousands, of parents were ordered to pay back benefits after tax office officials decided they had made fraudulent claims dating back to 2014."
"A disproportionate number of the parents involved were born abroad or have a non-Dutch background."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 07:55:26 PM EST
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Germany's incoming ECB board member opposes pumping cash into green assets
Her views contrasted with those of Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who told BBC radio that financial services weren't doing enough to discourage investment in fossil fuels. He called for a mix of public investment and change driven to combat climate change.
BoE preferences? All the more reason to guard eligible eurosystem collateral
EU states failed to agree on what qualifies as a ["]green asset["] earlier this month, making the ECB's involvement even more difficult.
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 05:05:48 AM EST
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APsplainin | European Central Bank holds rates, launches policy review
inflation target rate: "So far, the ECB doesn't buy bonds on environmental criteria but has in fact bought bonds that finance environmentally friendly projects as part of the broader effort to raise inflation."
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 03:52:17 PM EST
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Ursula vdL plays NORMA DESMOND in Sunset Boulevard.

EU parks post-Brexit demands to avoid clash with Boris Johnson

"We do not want to do this negotiation in public, that is for sure," one senior EU official said.

When the EU's negotiating position is revealed in draft form in early February, before its formal adoption by the EU27 at a meeting of ministers on 25 February, it will only contain "headline principles".

by Cat on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 04:43:50 PM EST
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Co-incidentally, I'm sure, redesigned for phone? well, a lot of site architecture was scrapped, and the search engine sucks *ss.
by Cat on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 09:54:40 PM EST
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Greece retains negative yield in first debt auction of year
"The Public Debt Management Agency said the 13-week T-bills were auctioned Wednesday at a yield of -0.08%."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 04:51:28 PM EST
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Agri-food exports to US spike ahead of tariffs storm
The last monthly update on agri-food trade with data until October 2019 confirmed a favourable trend of EU food exports to the US ahead of punitive tariffs promised by the Trump administration.
The reason behind the hike is that US consumers and restaurateurs started to stock up cheese, fearing an increase in prices in the months to come.
[EU trade Commissioner Phil] Hogan told the Spanish minister that there is a "predisposition" in the US administration to negotiate. If that is the case, "we have to take advantage of that window of opportunity," Maroto added.

However, both Hogan and [ES industry and trade minister Reyes] Maroto seemed optimistic that a negotiated solution could be found, given that in the coming months the WTO [!] will authorise Europeans to impose tariffs on the US for similar aid given by Washington to Boeing [!].

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 04:37:04 PM EST
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Keeping it real: evergreen SLAs, jobs saved or created

Germany's plans for automatic facial recognition meet fierce criticism
"Federal Police Act was planned to provide the police with 'improved technical possibilities and, where possible and reasonable, extended responsibilities'."

by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 11:43:20 PM EST
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About face
Idiot savant has close encounter with diction (EN), loses plot.
by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 02:35:35 AM EST
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UK police use of facial recognition tests public's tolerance of ...
"... video surveillance, with one of the highest densities of CCTV cameras in the world. Cameras have been used in public spaces for decades by SECURITY FORCES fighting threats from the Irish Republican Army and, more recently, domestic terror attacks after Sept. 11, 2001. The RECENT ADVANCES in surveillance technology mean a new wave of facial recognition systems will put the public's acceptance to the test."
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 06:09:48 PM EST
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University of D'Oh - report, Fusion  center (not that one the other one)
"In the US, less advanced [BWAH!] types of facial recognition have been in use for decades."
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 12:59:02 AM EST
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LEAK: Commission considers facial recognition ban in AI 'white paper', 17 Jan
The European Commission is considering measures to impose a temporary ban on facial recognition technologies used by both public and private actors, according to a draft white paper on Artificial Intelligence obtained by EURACTIV.

If implemented, the plans could throw current AI projects off course in some EU countries, including Germany's wish to roll out automatic facial recognition at 134 railway stations and 14 airports. France also has plans to establish a legal framework permitting video surveillance systems to be embedded with facial recognition technologies.

EU drops idea of facial recognition ban in public areas, 29 Jan
"The revised proposal, part of a package of measures to address the challenges of AI, could still be tweaked as the commission is currently seeking feedback before it presents its plan on Feb. 19."
by Cat on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 05:02:55 AM EST
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AI facial recognition software is another example of the technologically illiterate falling for SillyCon Valley bullshit.  Not only is it not ready for prime time there's no evidence - given the known limitations of the underlying tech - it ever will be.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 04:30:11 PM EST
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US ambassador to NL confirms pressure to refuse ASML export licence for China
'We have made it very clear to the Dutch,' the paper quotes Pete Hoestra as saying. 'We believe that this is extremely sensitive technology which does not belong in certain places.'
cosa nostra: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.

The Wassenaar Arrangement
15 CFR § 743.1 - Wassenaar Arrangement.

by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 09:10:28 PM EST
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wut: "he said fraud charges in Canada need not include actual loss or deprivation, but simply the risk of deprivation."
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 04:26:39 PM EST
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Oxygen to Be Extracted from Lunar Dust at New Facility - Reports
The first prototype oxygen facility will be attempting the same extraction process on a larger scale, it was reported by Science Alert on Monday.

The new plant could potentially provide humans with essential resources that can aid in future space missions and even provide a means for long-term existence on moon bases and colonies.
The facility, established under the European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, will use a method which was discovered by [Beth] Lomax and her colleagues in 2019.

Is anybody out there?
on a giant rotating structure at 1G as seen in Elysium

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 03:32:05 AM EST
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US, France reach tax deal averting broader trade ["]war["]
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday he had agreed on the truce with U.S. Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin, at a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Le Maire said France would delay collection of the digital tax until December - through the next U.S. election cycle, potentially easing pressure for President Donald Trump as he seeks reelection.
The U.S., in turn, will hold off imposing retaliatory tariffs that it had threatened to slap tariffs on French wine, cheese and other products.
France's palm oil tax saga continues
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 06:17:04 PM EST
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Brexit deal cleared by EU Parliament; UK set to leave Friday
"The European Union grudgingly let go of the United Kingdom with a final vote Wednesday at the EU's parliament that ended the Brexit divorce battle and set the scene for tough trade negotiations in the year ahead." : 621 to 49 in favor

If that vote measures "grudgingly", I'd like to see a demo for "enthusiastically".

by Cat on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 09:31:17 PM EST
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EP Directorate-General for Communication, Public Opinion Monitoring Unit, "Heeding the Call Beyond the Vote", Eurobarometer Survey 92.2, 80pp
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 05:15:22 PM EST
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The tories intend to pass a law making it illegal to extend the discussions beyond one year. As I've been saying for a while now, I don't think they want a deal, so the idea of somehow getting the talks to run on towards a sensible solution isn't even a threat.

The tories are the the parasitical scum that inhabit the City, along with the other spivs, banksters and plutocrat tax avoiders, they only know the cheating world of finance. They are fundamentalist free traders, they realy do believe all the Chicago School/Randian WTO bollocks. Their idea of a trade deal is phoning up Trump to become a preferred off-shore tax haven for US coroporates.

They know nothing of the trade in tangible goods which require lorries, ferries, delivery, manufacture, logisitcs, infrastructure etc. They honestly don't think it matters cos it's not how they themselves make money. They're simply parasitic on such ventures, They know that, as one fails, there will be another victim to bleed dry along in due course.

The British public? Mordoch will keep them docile, it's worked for 40 years, it's generational stupidity now.

Cockburn's law of UK foreign policy applies. think of the worst posssible thing the Govt can arrange, that's yer policy.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 07:14:27 PM EST
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Socialists pin future government on Catalan's release
Speaking after both leaders signed the agreement in front of cameras, Sánchez called on other parliamentary forces to "join us in advancing and not to block us."

Iglesias said a "progressive government" focused on social and feminist policies that fights climate change would make Spain a "point of reference" in Europe.

"I believe that we need to start talking about Spain in this world as a point of reference that offers security to vulnerable social sectors, the best vaccine against the rise of the extreme right in Europe," he said.

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 09:08:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 09:43:22 PM EST
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Catalonia's Puigdemont appeals for help to repay costs of banned referendum
4.1 million euros ($4.55 million): "'If you voted on Oct. 1, we need you,' Puigdemont said in a post on his Twitter account, with a link to a bank account.'"
by Cat on Tue Jan 28th, 2020 at 11:54:45 PM EST
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New MEP Clara Ponsatí picks up her parliamentary accreditation in Brussels
Scottish justice appears to have disregarded Spanish judge Pablo Llarena, who wanted the European arrest warrant maintained against the former minister and asked for extra measures to stop her leaving the UK.
by Cat on Sat Feb 8th, 2020 at 09:00:49 AM EST
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Greek PM Mitsotakis nominates first-ever female president
Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou currently heads the Administrative Supreme Court (Council of State): "The constitution provides three voting rounds for electing the new president of the country. The first two rounds need 200 votes of the 300-member parliament while the third voting round requires 180."
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 11:10:08 PM EST
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Brexit: no union jack-lowering ceremony in European parliament
Instead of the potentially dramatic scene of a union jack being lowered against the midnight sky when Britain leaves the EU on 31 January, parliament grounds staff will remove the flags without ceremony at an unconfirmed time.

One flag will then be despatched to the House of History, the EU-funded museum in Brussels that aims to tell the story of the continent, from ancient Greek myths to Brexit referendum promises.

Brexit party MEPs had lobbied for a flag-lowering ceremony, a Brussels analogue to the campaign to have Big Ben "Bong for Brexit" in London. Instead, the European parliament president, David Sassoli, will preside over a low-key ceremony with British MEPs on the evening of 29 January, shortly after the entire parliament votes on the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Permanent Exhibits
"their known world"
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 07:33:52 PM EST
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A status in history as U.S. Marines raising Old Glory at Iwo Jima.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 08:00:37 PM EST
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Guardian | EU looks at extending Brexit transition period beyond 2020
At the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK is set to exit the EU's customs union and single market and enter newly negotiated arrangements. Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission's president, said that negotiating a future relationship in such a short time frame would be very challenging.
The withdrawal agreement stipulates that the transition can be extended by "one or two years" but that this must be agreed before 1 July next year. It is recognised in Brussels that Johnson will find it politically impossible to seek an extension to the transition to allow all the issues to be agreed.

On breaking his word by asking for a delay, Johnson would have to open negotiations on how much extra the UK would pay into the EU budget. Free movement of people would also continue.

Instead, it is understood initial discussions have taken place in Brussels about the EU asking the British government for an extension, given the complexity of the talks. It is likely that the EU would also need to sweeten the offer of an extension by minimising the costs that the UK would face.

euractiv | EU leaders congratulate Johnson but warn of more hard work ahead
EU leaders were set to charge EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday with negotiating a future trade deal with Britain. They were also set to discuss the future relationship with the UK.

"We expect a vote on the withdrawal agreement as soon as possible. The EU is ready for the next phase. We will negotiate a future trade deal which ensures a true level playing field," said the European Council President Charles Michel.

"What I'd like to see is a new future economic partnership, a trade deal if you like, or a trade deal plus, between the UK and the EU, including Ireland," he said and stressed the key was to ensure "a tariff-free trade between the UK and the EU, as well as a set of minimum standards".
"Looking forward, we need the UK as a strong partner, but being outside the EU means losing benefits. We share the ambition to move quickly, but let's be clear: a future trade deal will be even more complex than the Withdrawal Agreement. Let the real work begin," he tweeted.
Leaders ask the Commission for a mandate to start post-Brexit negotiations with UK
"'Chapeau that he was able to pull this off,' German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a press conference following the 12-13 December summit."
by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 08:32:34 PM EST
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Brexit battle over: new battles begin
Barnier has repeatedly warned that the chances of the 'Canada-plus' style deal, which Johnson has talked about being agreed and ratified are almost zero, and that only a bare-bones 'no tariffs, no quotas' trade deal would be obtainable within the eleven-month window.

the first agreement ("contract") won't resemble anything that UK yella sheets have been training ("grooming") their readers to expect ... in Brexternity

Any tariff greater than 0... in A Perfect Storm

by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 09:40:36 PM EST
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No EU funds for Poland if climate goals aren't agreed, Macron warns
EU leaders gave Warsaw "until June, to confirm that it will also implement this objective at the national level," Macron said at a press conference after the EU summit ended on Friday.
comments section>One might wonder then, What then is the "glue" which binds subsidarity or keeps the US, for example, united?
EU budget rules need rethink, says Gentiloni

archived practice, practice, practice

by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 10:42:30 PM EST
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EU charts path for 'challenging' post-Brexit UK deal
Agreeing and ratifying a post-Brexit relationship bi-lateral trade agreement by the end of 2020 "will be immensely challenging, but we will give it our all, even if we won't be able to achieve everything," Barnier, wrote in a weekend online commentary for the Project Syndicate magazine website. The two sides will have just 11 months [?!] to settle that agreement following Britain's formal departure from the EU on 31 January.
de jure UK ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement implied. Why? Second reading of the Second EUWA 2019 a/o 20 Dec. Parliament's approval of the WA is literally baked into passage of "enabling" bill, obviating sec. 13 debate and MP vote on the treaty.

The new EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: What's changed?
out: Three clauses and one Schedule
in: five clauses
Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement
repeals CRAG,Part 2, requirements

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 24th, 2019 at 11:21:22 PM EST
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[Barnier]: No-deal is more harmful for Britain than EU, brakes on the bullshit
"state aid rules in any future trade deal would be more stringent than with nations like Canada or Japan, simply because of the physical proximity of the departing EU nation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 02:44:17 PM EST
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UK lawmakers back EU exit deal, turning page on Brexit crisis
They voted 330 to 231 in favor of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which implements an exit deal approves the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU last year.
The legislation now heads to parliament's upper chamber and is expected to become law in the coming weeks, leaving enough time to allow Britain to leave at the end of the month with a deal to minimize economic disruption.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, 106 pp

by Cat on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 03:49:41 AM EST
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Europe must go beyond empty words on Iran, [Professor Anoush Ehteshami, the director of Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at Durham University in the UK] says
On Sunday, 5 January, Iran announced that it will no longer limit itself to restrictions of the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), however the EU has insisted that the deal is not dead. Joseph Borrell, the EU's chief diplomat believes that it is the venue to promote EU's interests with the bloc's Russian and Chinese partners.

The JCPOA "today more important than ever because it is the only place where we can sit together with the Russians and Chinese to talk on a multilateral basis about many risks that we are facing," says Borrell. "It is one of the most important tools of non-proliferation and regional security."

The Spaniard has convened an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers this Friday, 10 January, "to discuss what the European Union can do in the short, medium and long-term to help stabilise the region."
"We have to try to be more coherent at the international level and especially in these current circumstances," admitted European Council president Charles Michel. "It's not my opinion to consider that the European Union will be out of the game. We have to be in the game and to promote and defend our interests."

Pence says Trump to ask European allies to scrap Iran deal, "FOX & Friends"
"This could be the first step toward the end of this agreement, which would be a great loss -- and so we will weigh things up very, very responsibly," [German Foreign Minister Heiko] Maas told Deutschlandfunk radio.
Trump wants NATO expanded to Mideast and renamed NATOME

archived Comish High Rep
Borrell hard on Russia in EU hearing

by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 08:08:09 PM EST
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France, Germany, Britain trigger Iran dispute mechanism: statement
but said they were not joining the United States campaign to exert maximum pressure on Tehran.
What in hell is this sorry-ass euphemism entail, "maximum pressure"?
"We do not accept the argument that Iran is entitled to reduce compliance with the JCPoA," the three countries said in a joint statement, saying they had no choice but to trigger the process that could eventually lead to U.N. sanctions.

"Instead of reversing course, Iran has chosen to further reduce compliance."
"We do this in good faith with the overarching objective of preserving the JCPoA and in the sincere hope of finding a way forward to resolve the impasse through constructive diplomatic dialogue, while preserving the agreement and remaining within its framework," they said.

Iran makes [50] arrests over plane disaster as protests rage on
by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 05:58:40 PM EST
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Britain willing to work on alternative Iran nuclear deal - PM's spokesman
to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons if it has U.S. support, but for now the current deal is the only one in place, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Tuesday.

Why the EU and UK will be enemies
not really

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 06:06:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 12:26:47 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 01:20:12 AM EST
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Yep 😖 farmers caused plenty of delay getting home from the job. No trust in journalists - "Fake News".

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 03:26:02 PM EST
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Breaking News: Deadly shooting at Russian intelligence agency FSB in Moscow | The Guardian |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 05:59:05 PM EST
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It looks like Sweden's self-styled "feminist" government will now finally outlaw polygamy. This is a result of instructions from parliament to the previous goverment (also the Social Democrats) in 2017. It's already illegal to marry more than one person while in Sweden, the new proposal will apply to marriages entered into abroad.

Morgan Johansson, the Minister of Justice, is trying to make it look like this is something he's been fighting for. In a vote two years ago, however, his own Social democrats, along with the Greens and the Left (the former communists) voted against a similar proposal, which included not recognizing foreign marriages to people under 18.

The Social Democrat and the Greens stand to lose significant voter groups by this proposal.


For historical context, or hilarity:
About two years ago Socialstyrelsen (Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare) released a digital version of a pamphlet with information for those married to someone under 18 ("Information till dig som är gift med ett barn "). It was quickly withdrawn after criticism from most political parties, and I don't believe it was ever printed. The word "prison" does not appear anywhere in the text.

The pamphlet (in Swedish):

Article (in Swedish):

by Number 6 on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 10:05:23 AM EST
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Sweden Democrats now the largest party with 24% to the Social Democrats 23.5%.

A weak prime minister, an incompetent minister of justice, and a recent bombing in the posh part of Stockholm are likely factors in the continued descent of the Social Democrats. In a recent disastrous interview on national TV, the prime minister said that we haven't had these problems before, so we didn't see it coming. To follow up questions he then repeated that three times.

Those who have seen the exactly these problems coming have been branded as racists for over a decade.

The soonest the party can get rid of the prime minister is May. Likely the current government will stay until the next election, 2022, regardless of who, if anyone, leads the Social Democrats - There is no meaningful opposition in Sweden.

(Hopefully posted in the right place this time ...)

by Number 6 on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 10:06:41 AM EST
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Norway government collapses over IS spouse repatriation spat
"I brought [Norway's right-wing Progress Party] into government, and I'm now taking the party out,"* [Finance Minister Siv] Jensen told a news conference. The move means that Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg no longer has a parliamentary majority.
Last week, Norway's Cabinet decided to allow the woman to return to Norway with her two children so that her 5-year-old son could receive medical treatment. The three had been living in the Kurdish-controlled al-Hol refugee camp in Syria.
Countries across Europe have been struggling with whether or not to allow their citizens who left to join the fight in Syria, or marry IS militants, to return home. In November, Germany repatriated a woman suspected of being an IS member along with her three children.

ISIS bride
* ancient afro-merican mom curse: "I brought you into this world, and I will take you out."

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 04:54:57 PM EST
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Norway PM forms minority govt after populists' departure
center-right: "Erna Solberg, who heads a three-party minority government with her own Conservatives, the centrist Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats, tapped a new finance minister to replace Progress Party leader Siv Jensen, whose party left the coalition Monday."
New coalition meets quick opposition
"beating a dead horse": "[Jensen] wasn't alone in lashing out at the new government on Friday, even before new ministers were in their new offices. The Socialist Left party (SV) blasted Solberg's decision to replace Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie, who's been embroiled in the scandal over state welfare agency NAV,  even though it has backed proposals for a lack of confidence in her."
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 04:56:58 PM EST
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Europe still reluctant to repatriate its foreign fighters and families
A study from July 2019 estimated that some 5,500 foreigners in Syria and Iraq were either coming from the EU27 or were born to the parents of EU nationals, though the numbers may be higher due to gaps in the available information and under-reporting by countries.
by Cat on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 01:45:20 AM EST
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Swedish PM endorses the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

If we are to take this seriously, this means his former PM, a couple of other members of parliament and party members around the country, and several "affiliated" journalists and celebrities are anti-semites.
Much of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs would also need to be replaced.

Regardless of what you think of the IHRA definition, or of the accusations against many Social Democrats - or even your opinion on Israel, Palestine, etc. - this is not a solution that will please anyone.

But that's what we've come to expect from this government.

by Number 6 on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 10:30:41 AM EST
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http://www.leninpriset.se/pristagare/kajsa-ekis-ekman-4/ (English)

Ekman writes for Dagens Nyheter and the Guardian, and has held a TED talk on capitalism, but is also known for her controversial views. In 2018 a talk she was going to appear at was cancelled, after Ekman suggested gender may be partially biological.


by Number 6 on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 10:45:46 AM EST
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23% would vote for the party today, down from the 2018 election result of 28%. This is the lowest number in the 40 years this particular poll has existed.

In the past week Prime Minister and party Chair Stefan Löfvén has announce that he will stay on until the 2022 general election. Many unofficial sources believe he will be nudged out in the party's general meeting in May 2020.

https://www.ipsos.com/sv-se/dnipsos-historiskt-lagt-stod-socialdemokraterna (Swedish.)

by Number 6 on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 10:48:22 AM EST
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Sweden Democrats biggest party in another poll, Social Democrats down.


In other news a video showing a 14 year old girl being kicked in the head by a group of youths was spread on social media. Participants shout (in broken swedish-arabic-english) "kill her wallah", "stomp the ribs", "fuck up the ribs".
A source close to the swedish minister for interior affairs continued the social democratic tradition of shooting the messenger, mostly objecting to people showing and talking about the video.

The next election is in two and a half years time. The prime minister said in an interview yesterday that he feels he has the support of his party.

by Number 6 on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 11:39:21 AM EST
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Swedish parliament suggested to goverment that the requirement for persons with HIV to inform their partners be removed.

https:/sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=7421698 (swedish)
/www.riksdagen.se/sv/dokument-lagar/arende/betankande/folkhalsofragor_H701SoU5 (swedish)

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 11:43:48 AM EST
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To be precise, they asked government to reassess if informing partner about HIV positive status should be required by law, since properly treated HIV is unlikely to be transmitted.

Kinda like making laws to reflect evolving understanding of reality.

by pelgus on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 06:11:34 PM EST
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Those with properly treated HIV are already exempt.

The suggestion is that the same will now apply to people who have had no treatment.

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 07:09:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:23:29 AM EST
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:43:51 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 05:18:46 PM EST
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Who wins the manspreading contest?

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 07:34:25 PM EST
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The spade. DUHHHHH.
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 09:42:08 PM EST
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Boris Johnson announces plans for spreading spree in north
stimulus package: "This week's Queen's speech is expected to see the government pledge the first law ensuring increased NHS spending - another attempt to reassure new Tory voters that their concerns are being heard. The Tories have pledged an extra £33.9bn a year for the health service by 2023-24."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 03:37:36 PM EST
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The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR)independent analysis of the UK's public finances.

Boris Johnson's tax plans face squeeze as public finances worsen
"The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned that government borrowing was on course to be about £20bn higher than previously expected in each year to 2023-24, dramatically cutting the government's room for manoeuvre after Boris Johnson's election victory."

OBR, "Offce for Budget Responsibility: Welfare trends report," Jan 2019
"Presented to Parliament by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury by Command of Her Majesty"

by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 10:36:20 PM EST
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17 Dec: Swearing in of Members of the House of Commons
19 Dec: State Opening of Parliament and the Queen's Speech

20 Dec: Boris Johnson to legislate to rule out extension of EU 'transition', reveals Robert Peston
"So the option of extending the transition by two years will be eliminated in UK law. ...The revised Withdrawal Agreement Bill is expected to have its second reading in the Commons on Friday."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 04:44:02 AM EST
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Brexit: parliament passes withdrawal agreement bill by 124 majority
"After comfortably passing its second reading by 358 votes to 234, the withdrawal agreement bill is on track to complete its passage through both houses of parliament in time to allow Britain to leave the European Union at the end of January."

Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 08:59:32 AM EST in Duplicity

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 06:08:32 PM EST
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Britain gives U.S. investor go-ahead to buy Cobham for $5 billion
"In Cobham, we stand to lose yet another great British defense manufacturer to foreign ownership," said Nadine Cobham, whose late husband was a son of the company's founder.

"In one of its first major economic decisions, the government is not taking back control so much as handing it away," she said, adding that the announcement on the weekend before Christmas had been timed to avoid scrutiny.
Advent has already won approval from regulators in the European Union, United States and Finland for its acquisition of Cobham, which was backed by shareholders in September. The U.S. private equity group also bought British electronics company Laird for $1.65 billion last year.

The Atlantic from 1909
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 09:29:49 PM EST
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The first of many I'm sure. Right now US hedge fund are probably sharpening their knives for the NHS sell off next year.

We are so fucked.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 22nd, 2019 at 04:50:53 PM EST
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boosted by religion and gov "policy"

Government giveth, and government taketh away.

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 06:56:25 AM EST
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Reorganisation of the NHS in England, 2010
For many healthcare professionals and managers working in the NHS, last week's publication of the white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS brought unwelcome but familiar news--that the new government plans to reorganise the NHS in England.1 Despite having promised just two months ago in the coalition government's agreement to "stop the top-down reorganisations of the NHS that have got in the way of patient care,"2 the new secretary of state, Andrew Lansley, announced plans to abolish strategic health authorities and primary care trusts; to create about 500 new general practitioner consortiums to handle healthcare commissioning; to hand over public health responsibilities to local authorities; to strip the Department of Health of many of its functions and to create an independent NHS board to take them on; to force all NHS providers to become NHS foundation trusts; and to restructure arrangements for healthcare regulation. Little of the current architecture of the NHS will survive these changes unscathed. The white paper, written at breakneck speed in about six weeks, is long on rhetoric but short on detail and specifics. It promises at least seven further strategy or consultation papers on various topics and another white paper, on public health, in the autumn. ..,
Blair welcomes private firms into NHS, 2006
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 07:17:14 AM EST
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Heterosexual couples form 1st civil partnerships in England
effective 31.12.2019: "The Supreme Court ruling means that civil partnerships, which have been available to same-sex couples since 2005, will be available to everyone."

Steinfeld and Keidan, [2018] UKSC 32
US Library of Congress, unexpectedly, sort of, but not really

archived public property
How family law will change our lives
"degendered" ECJ "matrimony"
Isle of Man

by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 11:43:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 09:41:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 13th, 2019 at 12:46:56 AM EST
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Belfast Telly | How the people of Northern Ireland did (or didn't) vote
  • Non-voter
  • Unionist
  • Nationalist
  • First-time voter
  • Tactical voter, Sarah Laverty (28) is originally from Ballymoney, Co Antrim
"I voted tactically in South Belfast for the SDLP's Claire Hanna. I'm a Green Party member, from a traditionally unionist background but Claire Hanna was the only choice for me.

"Northern Ireland voted Remain in the Brexit referendum. South Belfast voted Remain overwhelmingly, and I felt Claire Hanna had the greatest likelihood of being returned in South Belfast. I want a Remain MP to represent my constituency.

"Whatever happens next, it will not be straightforward, and the complicated Brexit negotiations are going to go on in Westminster and across Europe.

"But I want the true feelings of the people in Northern Ireland to be reflected. I've never voted in this way for a nationalist party like the SDLP or Sinn Fein before, but I'm actually fine with it....

by Cat on Fri Dec 13th, 2019 at 12:57:38 AM EST
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BBC | UK results: Conservatives win majority

One might suppose, the discrepancy between Nov and Dec (-59) might be explained by the intervening period of NEW! party creation, MP "defections", and parliament.uk clerical error. OTOH, NGO exit polling unexpected Tory "landslide" is vindicated by MOE, until further notice.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 13th, 2019 at 11:08:00 PM EST
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Johnson threatens BBC with two-pronged attack
Biting the hand that feed him. Trump must be envious.
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 01:48:24 AM EST
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McDonald piles on: Vilification of Corbyn in broadcast media 'fuelled election defeat'
"unfairness of the BBC and other broadcasters should make people 'worry about our democratic processes'."
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 08:49:39 PM EST
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18 Dec 2019
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 05:06:56 PM EST
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Guardian | SNP turns focus back to independence after election boost
"Alongside publishing her referendum paper, Sturgeon will write formally to Boris Johnson asking his government to give Holyrood the legal powers [!] to stage an independence vote. Johnson told Sturgeon on Friday he would refuse, setting up a constitutional standoff that could end in the courts."
Belfast Telly | 'Now is the time' to get Stormont up and running says Coveney [!] as DUP and Sinn Fein leaders call for cash injection
"[Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith] appeared to rule out the suggestion that some of the big ticket issues could be parked, or moved into a separate process, to enable the restoration of devolution immediately."

Brexeternity & the Five Chieftains
No-deal Brexit would lead to direct rule in Northern Ireland

by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 11:47:36 PM EST
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Aiken says UUP taking legal advice as chief electoral officer rejects claims votes were lost over NI registration processes
'pact' zero: "The chief electoral officer Virginia McVea has dismissed the claims, which were made by a temporary helpline operator to the BBC's Nolan Show." < wipes tears >
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 01:10:21 AM EST
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London Will Never Give Independence - We Must Take It
Yesterday the Scottish Government published "Scotland's Right to Choose, its long heralded paper on the path to a new Independence referendum. It is a document riven by a basic intellectual flaw.
Both propositions cannot be true. Scotland cannot be a nation with the right of self-determination, and at the same time require the permission of somebody else to exercise that self-determination.

I was trying to find the right words to discuss the document.

The situation here is pretty psychotic? simile suicide? misplaced precision? cognitive dissonance?
I am frequently told that this paper is all just a cunning ploy, and that when the Tory Government rejects - as it will reject - this servile request to grant Scotland the powers to hold a referendum, the Scottish Government will go to court to say it has the right to a referendum.
The truth is there is no route to a referendum by legal challenge in the UK courts. The UK Supreme Court has already ruled that Westminster, the "Crown in Parliament" is sovereign, that the Sewell Convention has no legal force and that any powers that the Scottish parliament has, and indeed the very existence of the Scottish Parliament, is entirely at the gift of Westminster. The clue is on the tin.[?!] It is the UK Supreme Court.

Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 08:51:49 PM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 02:09:35 AM EST
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'Singapore-on-the-Thames' Rival to Europe
Writing in Il Corriere della Sera the day before the pivotal British general election on Dec. 12, Beppe Severgnini feared a win by pro-Brexit Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his right-wing Conservative cohorts would tempt the Tories to "transform Great Britain into a buccaneer's ship off Europe's shores."
meaning, super-secret "circumnavigation of the globe" in search of "rival" flagged galleons loaded with clove, "cotton," tobac, potatoes, "corn," and slaves indentured servants, for example.
Severgnini had a warning: "This would be a big mistake. This is no longer the era of the pirate Sir Francis Drake and the European fortress is strong and its defenders have powerful cannons at their disposal. The idea of -- metaphorically -- firing upon our English friends is repugnant. But, if they force us to, we will."
How in hell is that "enterprise" related to the city-state Singapore, past or present?
In other words, akin to Singapore, the U.K. will be able to reduce taxes to attract corporations and investment, deregulate to increase production, inject state funds to bolster U.K. enterprises over European competitors, strike new trade deals and allow only the people it wants into the country.
sort of Hong Kong SAR but not
She said the Singapore-on-the-Thames comparison is "an illiterate analogy" because Singapore's system of government and economy are so different from the U.K.'s. [!]

For example, Singapore, a ["]tiny country["] in Asia, is run by an authoritarian and illiberal [!] government where much of the real estate is owned by the [COMMUNIST-ish] state and the economy depends on manufacturing [?!] and state intervention subsidies.

by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 11:37:22 PM EST
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UNDP and the making of Singapore's Public Service

This  partnership  commenced  when  Dr Albert Winsemius (1910-1996)  first  visited  Singapore as the leader of an UN mission in October 1960. After studying the nation's prospects, he delivered a report that proved to be a roadmap for Singapore's development. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew recalled two pieces of advice that Winsemius offered when presenting him with the report: "Don't remove Raffles' statue" and "Get rid of the communists". Prime Minister Lee remembered being "left speechless ... at the absurdity of this simple solution", but then came to appreciate his clarity of vision. Winsemius' judgement and advice was increasingly trusted, and in due course he became one of the 'old guard'.

So BoJo is already half-way removing the "Communist" leader Jeremy Corbyn from British parliamentary soil. Is the UK searching for their Winsemius?

Dutch economist Albert Winsemius' legacy to Singapore remembered

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 12:01:29 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 01:49:22 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 04:09:24 AM EST
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Brexit: Scottish Government frozen out of Westminster talks
[Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations Michael] Russell stated: "We have the absolute right and must be involved to deal with devolved competencies, and it's important for us to give opinion on reserved competencies, even though there is no absolute obligation.

"One of the ways we can protect our position is to diverge as little as possible from the European Union. We have the right to do that but the UK Government is very uncomfortable about it.

"That affects areas like the habitats directive and workforce rights, and the loss of freedom of movement will have a big impact on devolved areas."

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill , Oct
henry viii clauses identified in EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 05:39:44 PM EST
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wut: "We have much to offer African nations."
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 12:52:24 AM EST
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Stormont Assembly returns after deal to restore power-sharing, 11 Dec
  • First Min: Foster
  • Deputy Min: O'Neill
  • Speaker: Maskey (SF)
  • Deputy Spkrs: Stalford (DUP), Beggs (UU), McGlone (SDLP)
  • Justice: Long (Alliance)
  • Economy: Dodds (DUP)
  • Fin: Murphy (SF)
  • Ed: Weir (DUP)
  • Infrastructure: Mallon (SDPL)
  • Communities: Hargey (SF)
  • Health: Swann (UU)
  • Ag: Poots (DUP)
The Bastid Queen] said she was "deeply humbled".
Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith wished the parties good luck ahead of today's sitting of the Stormont Assembly on Twitter.
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 04:00:30 PM EST
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Councils under huge pressure as number of children in [foster] care soars
"Official figures show there are now 78,150 children in care in England, up from 75,370 in 2018 and almost 20,000 more than in 2009 when 60,900 children were looked after."
Black British history 'missing from school curricula in England'
"Stennett was motivated, in part, by her own education in south London, where she found Black History Month focused mainly on slavery, Martin Luther King [?], and the American civil rights movement [?], with little attention paid to black British history. ...but in 2018 a row occurred after a number of local authorities scrapped the name, rebranding it "diversity month"."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 12:31:54 AM EST
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parliament.uk | Lords examines European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill
20-21 Jan 2020 proceedings, amendments' dispositions: "The bill passes to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments."
RUSSIA! | Brexit Bill Clears UK Parliament, Set to Become Law After Royal Assent
The Brexit Bill has cleared the UK parliament [3rd reading] and is now set to become law as soon as it signed by the Queen.
The legislation was approved after the House of Lords decided to back down after its five amendments [?] were rejected by the House of Commons.
BBC | EU withdrawal bill clears final parliamentary hurdle
Earlier, MPs overwhelmingly rejected all five changes - including on child refugees - made by peers to the bill. It then returned to the Lords where peers backed down, despite some anger at their voices being "dismissed".
A total of five amendments to the bill were sent to MPs for consideration from the Lords, including on [1] EU citizens' rights, [2] the power of UK courts to diverge from EU law and [3] the independence of the judiciary after Brexit.

Another, the so-called [4] Dubs amendment - which reinstated a guarantee that unaccompanied refugee children could continue to join relatives in the UK after Brexit - was also demanded by peers.

A fifth amendment called for the bill to be changed to take note of the [5] Sewel Convention, which states that Parliament should not legislate on devolved issues without the consent of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland.

, prodedural chart!
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 12:18:34 AM EST
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GBP:USD is 1:1.34
GBP:EUR is 1:1.19

So BAU, "certainty," until further notice.

by Cat on Fri Dec 13th, 2019 at 10:42:17 PM EST
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Scale of Boris's Brexit win electrifies financial markets
"Irish shares surged to a five-year high, with Bank of Ireland up almost 9pc at one stage yesterday, in a dramatic post-election trading session."
by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 11:16:35 PM EST
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Heh. Living under a death cult sure is fun.
by generic on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 11:33:52 PM EST
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NAMA will rise again, chile. Have no fear!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 01:46:14 AM EST
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["]Hard Brexit["] fear brings sterling leap to quick halt
"Mr Krpata said the decline in the value of the pound, which had rallied strongly on the Conservative election win, marked the end of any election-related 'hope premium'."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 05:57:29 PM EST
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UPDATE 1-Pound falls 0.3% as ["]hard Brexit["] risk overshadows [econic] news
"Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government on Tuesday ruled out an extension to the December 2020 deadline for negotiations on a trade deal with the European Union, creating a new Brexit ["]cliff-edge["] and cutting short sterling's post-election rally."

oh. well. profit taking. unprecedented. egregious. simile suicide. again.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 05:51:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 01:08:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
spot on. The Graun has been doing everything to undermine Corbyn since the day he was elected. Their concern trolling has been desperately annoying

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 07:25:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 01:14:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 06:09:13 PM EST
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wut: "Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter, Princess Anne, was the hardest-working royal for at least the third year in a row, putting in a total of 167 days."
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 08:44:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "Harry and I are now separate entities"
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:04:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Does this mean that Prince Charles and Prince Andrew are still one entity?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:31:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Business Oriented Objects.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 08:02:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Born on third manual commentary, US-style.
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 12:45:32 AM EST
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wut: "Labour should consider A REFERENDUM on the royal family"
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:06:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"defection" and "exile," chile, and a joke: "Lord Mayor of London"
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 02:38:29 PM EST
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Brexit deal done

"Johnson's plan is essentially the same as May's, but replaces her Northern Irish backstop mechanism with a de facto customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, which was a sticking point in May's deal."


fuck you DUPs


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

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 09:01:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 01:48:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What we have learnt about Brexit's next stage, short thread based on my Economist piece this week.

tl;dr: the EU is driving the negotiation and the UK can suck it.

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

by ATinNM on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:17:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
From which crypt did this imbecile exhume his phone?

Oh, nevermind.

## Misplaced precision.

by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:33:15 PM EST
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UK minister defends EU settlement scheme as applications SURGE
The total number of applications for the UK's EU settled status scheme received by the end of 2019 was more than 2.75 million, according to Home Office statistics published on Thursday.
Of these, 58% of applicants have already been given settled status, which gives them indefinite leave to remain in the UK. But 41% have received the more precarious 'pre-settled' status, which only grants five years residency, after which they will have to apply again.
On Wednesday, MEPs expressed 'grave concern' about the scheme and called for the UK government to provide EU nationals with "a physical document as proof of their right to reside in the UK after the end of the transition period". ... MEPs also warned that the lack of a physical document as proof of residency increased the risk of discrimination against EU27 nationals by prospective employers or landlords "who may want to avoid the extra administrative burden of online verification or erroneously fear they might place themselves in an unlawful situation".

reference index
EU Settlement Scheme statistics, December 2019

by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 11:46:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:23:58 AM EST
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:48:22 AM EST
[ Parent ]
H. Res____, Impeaching Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors, 10 Dec 2019
  • Article I. Abuse of Power
  • Article II. Obstruction of Congress
Trump impeachment looms as U.S. House committee approves charges, 13 Dec
"House Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 along party lines"
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 05:20:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
OMB: Ukraine aid delay was consistent with law, past practice
"Noting the many times congressional committees halted funding, OMB said in the letter that "if compliance with constitutionally non-binding directives from Congressional committees to 'hold' funds is not a deferral, then certainly a delay in obligating funds arising from a Presidential direction that a policy process is necessary prior to making obligations cannot be."
[Senate] Democrats are asking to hear from four witnesses

Trump signs bipartisan budget and debt deal into law, 2 Aug

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 03:08:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
THEREFORE, the Court ORDERS that the government shall, no later than January 10, 2020, inform the Court in a sworn written submission of what it has done, and plans to do, to ensure that the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application. In the event that the FBI at the time of that submission is not yet able to perform any of the planned steps described in the submission, it shall also include (a) a proposed timetable for implementing such measures and (b) an explanation of why, in the government' s view, the information in FBI applications submitted in the interim should be regarded as reliable.
Judge Rosemary Collyer, FISA, 17 Dec 2019 Order (facsimile)

My meaning is: Based on findings of the committee's investigation, Carter Page is ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 03:28:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Astonishing ... or not really. The 1% is found out ... the secrecy within US Government, Intelligence and Pentagon is compared to the Universe ... without bounds.

About ...

An Ukrainian woman named "Anna" says Joseph Mifsud asked het to marry him in a restaurant overlooking the Kremlin ...

Carter Page diaries @EuroTrib

On the Carter Page FISA applications  by Martin Longman at Progress Pond on July 22, 2018

"The FBI did not mislead the court about the dossier and they corrected a mistake in judgment they made to the court at their first opportunity."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 04:33:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A great number of people are unaware of the FBI  functions or that the bureau, established by Pres. T. Roosevelt, was always intended to be a secret police force of the executive branch. This same number of people evidently have never even reviewed the FBI's own historical narratives of its origin, published by the FBI online. They couldn't tell you when US odious belatedly enacted its institution and regulation; but they purport knowledge of US "norms" and laws.

FBI Director Christopher Wray's Response to Inspector General Report

I have ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the Report's recommendations. Because our credibility and brand [!] are central to fulfilling our mission ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 05:14:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
[Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr] plans crackdown on violent crime in 7 cities
"As part of the initiative, the Justice Department will intensify federal law enforcement resources in the seven cities -- Detroit [MI]; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Baltimore [!]; Cleveland; Kansas City; Memphis, Tennessee; and Milwaukee [WI] -- that have violent crime rates higher than the national average."

No Philly PA? No Broward Co. FL? That's strange.

by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 12:14:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 06:35:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
in de basement of intrigue
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 07:47:17 PM EST
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Gothic Romance by President Donald J. Trump for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, 17 Dec 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 03:31:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
House impeaches Trump
The House voted 230-197 to approve the first article, abuse of power, and 229-198 on the obstruction of Congress charge. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, voted for the first article but not the second. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, voted present on both articles.
and trivia
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 06:27:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 12:13:51 AM EST
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emoluments litigation UPDATE

by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:30:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Mississippi man freed bailed months after court rules racial bias
"At the bond hearing earlier Monday in the city of Winona, Circuit Judge Joseph Loper ordered Flowers to wear an electronic monitor while waiting for the district attorney's office to decide whether to try him a seventh time or drop the charges."
Dismissed: New York fraud charges against Paul Manafort thrown out

5th Amd
Confused? Bemused?
Flowers vs. Mississippi
Team Mueller Victories

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 11:45:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
U.S. offers to cancel December 15 tariffs on Chinese goods: WSJ
"Citing people briefed on matter, the [Wall Street] Journal also said Trump administration negotiators have offered to cut existing tariffs by as much as half on roughly $360 billion of Chinese-made goods."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:33:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
U.S. producer prices tepid; jobless claims at more than two-year high
"The PPI gained 1.1% in the 12 months through November, matching October's rise, which was the smallest increase since October 2016."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:39:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 06:06:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
logic or intuition? You be the judge.

Lower Interest Rate Will Save PG&E $500M in Bankruptcy Case

An alliance of creditors, bondholders and those who sold PG&E goods and services argued the proper interest rate should be based on the terms of PG&E's contracts [!] with individual creditors or tied to the much higher California state judgment interest rate of 10%.

"While unsecured creditors are entitled to postpetition interest in a solvent estate, the Bankruptcy Code requires application of the federal interest rate [2.59%] to those claims and that such an application does not impair these claims," Montali wrote in a 17-page ruling.

primitivist caselawism
Montali HINTED he would likely apply the lower-interest rate at a bankruptcy hearing this month. The judge said he was bound by the 2002 Ninth Circuit decision In re Cardelucci, which states that using the federal rate for all debts "ensures equitable treatment of all creditors" and "promotes fairness among creditors."
supreme beings: Ban on Private Prisons Challenged as Unconstitutional
"This transparent attempt by the state to shut down the federal government's detention efforts within California's borders is a direct assault on the supremacy of federal law, and it cannot stand"
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 11:58:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump to Sign FIRST PHASE of China Trade Deal in January
"As part of the deal, China has agreed to purchase agricultural goods from the United States, while the U.S. agreed to hold off on tariffs on $160 billion in Chinese imports that were scheduled to snap in place on Dec. 15."
"'I will be signing our VERY LARGE and comprehensive Phase One Trade Deal with China on January 15,' Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. 'The ceremony will take place at the White House. High level representatives of China will be present. At a later date I will be going to Beijing where talks will begin on PHASE TWO!'"
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 07:42:43 PM EST
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China Bad - China Good - Third Fellow

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 07:57:59 PM EST
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Deadlines come, deadlines go.

How well are US JCPOA sanctions pacifying S. Korea's trade balances? Well, given official 2019 recession warning and ahh "export controls, Kim Jong-un makes no mention of inter-Korean relations in 2020 vision: "The 'omission' of any reference to inter-Korean relations has its positive and negative aspects."

The thing to do, really, is deride "intuitutive," illogical Asian authoritarianism and currency manipulation.

by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 08:44:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 08:25:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
< wipe tears >
Dispute Resolution:  The Dispute Resolution chapter sets forth an arrangement to ensurethe effective implementation of the agreement and to allow the parties to resolve disputesin a fair and expeditious manner. This arrangement creates regular bilateral consultations at both the principal level and the working level. It also establishes strong procedures for addressing disputes related to the agreement and allows each party to take proportionate responsive actions that it deems appropriate

World self-defense Nov 2018
EU, China agree on joint statement as Beijing makes last-ditch concessions April 2019
Xi Jinping calls for 'Long March' May
China releases white paper on its position on economic and trade consultations with US June
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 08:15:59 PM EST
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scratch that.
Trade war: Chinese ["]put back["] visit to sign ["]truce["] after Donald Trump took to twitter to announce own plans for White House ceremonie [sic] | SCMP, 5 Jan
- China delegation reschedules US trip after US President Donald Trump unilaterally announced January 15 date for `high representatives' from Beijing to sign
- Trump's eagerness to claim big 'win' from phase one deal contrasts with Beijing's ["]more measured["] approach
"We will be having a signing ceremony, yes," Trump said. "We will ultimately, yes, when we get together. And we'll be having a quicker signing because we want to get it done. The deal is done, it's just being translated right now."

But there was little sign that the two leaders were going to meet and Chinese state media has suggested that Xi did not intend to sign the deal in person.

archived dao

  • Mommy, what's a long march?
  • translations don't write themselves, yo
by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 08:38:58 PM EST
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Hopes for spike in U.S. farm exports to China [are] dim ahead of trade deal signing, 9 Jan
U.S. President Donald Trump has touted the prospect of China buying $40 BILLION in U.S. farm products in 2020 as a PILLAR  of the "Phase 1" agreement aimed at defusing the bitter trade war that erupted between the world's two largest economies in 2018. ...

But Chinese forward purchases of Brazilian soybeans, including about a dozen bulk vessels this week, or about 800,000 tonnes, are raising doubts Chinese buyers will have an appetite for vast supplies of U.S. soybeans once the deal is done.
"The key factor for crushers is whether the beans are cheap, even with a trade deal. If the beans from South America are cheap, buyers will go for South America," one of the traders said.

No details about the targeted $40 BILLION shopping list have been published, and China has not confirmed any purchase commitment. The U.S. grain and livestock market rally that followed the Dec. 13 announcement of a trade deal has faded.

Chicago Mercantile [!] Exchange
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 09:12:00 PM EST
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U.S. Treasury drops China currency manipulator label ahead of trade deal signing
"Mnuchin had accused China of deliberately holding down the value of its yuan currency to create an unfair trade advantage, just hours after President Donald Trump, angered at the lack of progress in trade negotiations, had also accused China of manipulating its currency."

Switzerland rejects U.S. allegations of currency manipulation
"Switzerland's inclusion in the U.S. Treasury's list, alongside countries including Germany [?!], South Korea and Japan, would have no immediate consequences, the statement added."

archived petrodollar oops
Fed's Powell, under pressure, likely to stick to 'mid-cycle' message, Aug 209
borrowing costs
A heightened US-China FINANCIAL WAR imperils global economy Aug 2019
one that spreads the conflict to currency markets
Trump accuses China, EU of currency manipulation, blasts Fed July 2018

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 06:24:21 PM EST
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APsplainin | [Vice Premier Liu He] going to Washington to sign trade deal
"Liu will lead a delegation to Washington from Monday through Wednesday, said ministry spokesman Gao Feng.... Details have yet to be announced and Chinese officials have yet to confirm any regulatory changes or the size of purchases of American soybeans and other exports."
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 02:28:16 PM EST
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Grassley says he wants to REIN IN [presidential] tariff powers
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Wednesday that he wanted to advance legislation reining in presidential authority on tariffs in 2020.

"That's been a goal of mine and is still a goal," Grassley said of legislation to reform section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, which President Trump has used to impose major tariffs on close U.S. trade partners.

archived b-b-but commies
a "I assumed ..."
Trade Expansion Act of 1962 purportedly establishing USTR
christ Kennedy admin

by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 01:21:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]
US House Passes $738Bln 2020 Defence Spending Bill
2020 NDAA Roll Call: 377-48
  • troop 3.1% pay increase
  • Nord Stream 2 sanctions
  • "Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act" S-400 sanctions
  • Syria sanctions
  • $71.5B Space Force
  • border wall funding limit
  • withdrawal of Yemen war "support"
  • PRAS chemical remediation
  • repeal transgender troop ban
  • repeal AUMF
House passes compromise defense bill, creating a Space Force
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 10:05:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Firm suspends Nord Stream 2 pipeline work over US sanctions
"On Saturday, Switzerland-based Allseas, which operates ships laying sections of the undersea pipeline, said in a brief statement that 'in anticipation of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Allseas has suspended its Nord Stream 2 pipelay activities.'"
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 02:48:00 PM EST
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goodness, there's a blast from the past. Nordstream was a thing back in the days of Jerome a Paris and Crazy horse.

I guess Trump is throwing Ukraine a bone by fucking with Nordstream

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 08:45:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Russia, Ukraine outline terms for five-year gas transit deal to end row
"Under the new agreement, Russia's Gazprom, which supplies over a third of Europe's gas needs, would use an agent to book the transit of 225 billion cubic meters (bcm) of the fuel via Ukraine over five years."
Nord Stream 2 to press on with Europe gas pipe, despite U.S. sanctions
"German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Berlin 'firmly rejects' U.S. sanctions but would not retaliate."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 10:37:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
After Democrats Push Bill to Send Fracked Gas to EU, Trump Includes in Budget
And in terms of who lobbied for this bill, I think that was sort of this, as you said, this has been pushed since the beginning of the year. What was news here is looking at the lobbying disclosure forms and the number one proponent of this bill, it was the American Petroleum Institute or API, which is the lobbying voice of the oil and gas industry, which has spent every quarter of this year that's been documented so far lobbying on behalf of this bill. So, that's really who's behind this bill.
U.S. Senators Introduce Expedited LNG for American Allies Act, 2012
The "Expedited LNG for American Allies Act of 2013" amends Federal law by requiring the Secretary of Energy to approve exports of natural gas to NATO allies and Japan.

The Act would also require the Secretary of Energy to approve exports of natural gas to any other country if the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, finds that exports of natural gas to that country would promote the national security interests of the United States.


JOHN F. KERRY, Massachusetts, Chairman          
BARBARA BOXER, California            RICHARD G. LUGAR, Indiana
ROBERT MENENDEZ, New Jersey          BOB CORKER, Tennessee
BENJAMIN L. CARDIN, Maryland         JAMES E. RISCH, Idaho
ROBERT P. CASEY, Jr., Pennsylvania   MARCO RUBIO, Florida
JIM WEBB, Virginia                   JAMES M. INHOFE, Oklahoma
JEANNE SHAHEEN, New Hampshire        JIM DeMINT, South Carolina
RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois          JOHN BARRASSO, Wyoming
TOM UDALL, New Mexico                MIKE LEE, Utah

For years, Russia has used its vast natural gas resources as political leverage against many of our NATO allies, especially those in eastern Europe. This practice was highlighted by Senator Lugar's (R-IN) Foreign Relations Committee-Minority Staff Report entitled, "Energy and Security from the Caspian to Europe" (December 12, 2012).
The role of natural gas as a primary fuel in the near future, including comparisons of acquisition, transmission and waste handling costs of as with competitive alternatives
Boxer-Kerry climate bill, 2009

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 03:39:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 04:00:55 AM EST
[ Parent ]
All members participate in the initiative on a bilateral basis with Nato. It has allowed Emirati troops to assist the alliance's mission in Afghanistan and Emirati air assets to be used in Libya.
HAFTAR [!] visits Cairo to hold talks, as fight for Tripoli appears to be at a standstill once again
31 Dec meeting of the Arab League, GNA, Erdogan "rights" in the Mediterranean
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 04:33:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
EU-U.S. Joint Statement: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports from the U.S. continue to rise, up by 181%, 19 Mar 2019
Since their Joint Statement of 25 July 2018 in Washington D.C., when President Juncker and President Trump agreed to strengthen EU-U.S. strategic cooperation including in the area of energy, EU imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. have increased by 181%.
In terms of the EU's total imports of LNG, the U.S. share was 12%, over the last six months, compared to 2.3% before the Joint Statement and since the first U.S. LNG cargo to Europe in April 2016.

Mr Juncker Goes to Washington - Agree on Tariffs U-turn, July
soybeans, LNG, and contiguous region trading partners
Trump on Juncker: "He's tough, he's nasty, the kind of guy I want negotiating for me" Sep

by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 04:17:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 04:20:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Estimated Effect of Recent Proposed Changes to SNAP Regulations, Nov 2019
USMCA Victory Has Many Fathers

by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 10:36:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 11:27:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hoskin to appoint Cherokee delegate to U.S. House Aug
"It's not clear what steps Congress might take to accommodate a CN delegate, but it's likely they would be a non-voting member, similar to those from American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., said Ezra Rosser, an expert in tribal law and a professor at American University's College of Law."
After 184 years, Cherokees seek House delegate seat promised in treaty Oct
"In recent weeks, Teehee and Hoskin have spent much of their time answering questions about the tribe's legal rights. They spent 45 minutes going over historical and legal precedent with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her staff, they say. Pelosi's office did not respond to a request for comment."
NCAI supports CN delegate in Congress Nov
"This right is not only important to Cherokee Nation, but it stands for a proposition vital to all of Indian Country which is that treaties are the law of the land and the United States government should keep its word."
Carpenter/Sharp v. Murphy | Supreme Court case could restore reservation lands
The case has now gone beyond the circumstances of the murder of Jacobs and now encompasses questions of sovereignty and the status of reservation lands. The Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Nations could potentially have their reservation status restored if the Supreme Court eventually sides with Murphy's legal team

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 07:25:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "tribal affiliation requires proof of genetic connection to the tribe"
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 04:28:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | Puerto Rico earthquake aftermath deepens as govt seeks help
The aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed one person, injured nine others and severely damaged infrastructure in Puerto Rico's southwest coast ...
USGS: M 4.7  on December 28, M 6.4 on January 7
Many in The Affected Area are comparing the situation to Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that hit in September 2017, as hundreds of families who are unable to return to their damaged homes wonder where they'll stay in upcoming weeks and months as hope fades of electricity being restored soon.

"We have to remain outside because everything inside is destroyed," said 84-year-old Brunilda Sánchez, who has been sleeping outdoors in a government-supplied cot in the southwest coastal town of Guánica. "We don't know how long we'll have to stay here."

U.S. President Donald Trump declared an emergency in Puerto Rico several hours after Tuesday's quake hit, a move that frees up federal funds via the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for things ranging from transportation to medical care to mobile generators. But some local officials worry the help won't arrive soon enough.

by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 08:26:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Magnitude [5.9] shock rocks quake-stunned Puerto Rico, 11 Dec
"The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8:54 a.m. (1254 GMT) quake hit 8 miles (13 kilometers) southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers)....NASA reported Friday that the quakes had moved the land in parts of southern Puerto Rico as much as 5.5 inches (14 centimeters), based on satellite images before and after the temblors."
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 03:27:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The number of estimated HHs adversely affected > 2x headline number produced by USDA, as computed by Urban Institute. Fifteen states' bureaucrats coyly admit.
Trump Under Fire for Food Stamp [SNAP] Work Requirement
"There is no basis for this harsh rule, and Congress overwhelmingly agrees," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a press call about the suit -- a 99-page doorstopper that is filed in Washington.
SSA is getting flogged by the odious, too.
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 10:21:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
(several sideline C.A. migration "assistance" agreements)

Senate passes USMCA bill, giving Trump a win on trade

  • Senate voted 89-10
  • House voted of 385-41
  • endorsement of the AFL-CIO
It seemed unlikely the administration would have pursued climate change, not only because of Trump's skepticism of the science behind it, but also because a trade-negotiating objective Congress approved in 2015 says trade agreements are not to establish obligations for the U.S. regarding greenhouse gas emissions. The language is part of a customs enforcement law that added several negotiating guidelines to the Trade Promotion Authority statute, which sets the ground rules for trade deals sent to Congress for approval.
Ninth Circuit Tosses Youth Climate Change Suit Against Feds
"Obama appointee" Hurwitz wrote the 32-page opinion
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 11:27:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump curbs immigrants from 6 nations in election-year push
Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar [Rohingya?], Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania [40%] will face new restrictions in obtaining certain visas to come to the United States. But it is not a total travel ban, unlike [?] President Donald Trump's earlier effort that generated outrage around the world for targeting Muslims.
How so? Are these nations not "mostly muslim"?
Kyrgyzstan [6M], Myanmar [54M], Eritrea and Nigeria would have all immigrant visas suspended... They include visas for people sponsored by FAMILY members or EMPLOYERS as well as the DIVERSITY VISA program ...lottery.
Sudan [43M] and Tanzania [54M] will have DIVERSITY VISAS suspended.
Sudan and Kyrgyzstan are majority-Muslim countries. Nigeria [200M] ... is about evenly split between Christians and Muslims but has the world's fifth-largest population of Muslim
by Cat on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 03:23:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: Pelosi Won't Whip Impeachment Vote
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 10:46:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "There are some voices in the Democratic primary right now who are calling for a policy that would eliminate the job of every single American working at every single insurance company in the country"

H.R. 676, Title I, §103, first, moot the "takings clause"

Faux Accompli

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 03:24:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Advocates call for ObamaCare open enrollment extension after website glitches
"As of Dec. 7, more than 3.9 million people had signed up for plans, a 6 percent drop compared to a similar time period last year."
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 02:32:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Obamacare sign-ups steady as debate persists over its future
"New customers totaled more than 2 million people -- an increase of 36,000 from last year. That's considered a positive sign because it reflects consumer interest."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 03:17:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
[Sutter] Health system pays $575 million to settle anti-trust lawsuit
Among other things, the settlement limits what Sutter can charge for out-of-network procedures and increases pricing transparency.
"We want hospitals to compete on lower costs and higher quality, and not on whether they can get bundled in with bigger and bigger hospital systems," [health care consumer advocacy coalition director Anthony Wright] said. "This settlement takes a first step to changing the incentives to the market and competition we want. That benefits consumer[-patients]."
to borrow a term from David Brailer, first! WH Health Information Technology "czar"
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 03:25:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "Those sounding the alarm include the nation's "mental health czar" as well as doctors in states including Colorado, California and Massachusetts where marijuana is legal for recreational use. "

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 04:06:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "Corbynism has been defeated, but the anti-Semitism at its core lives on"
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 02:23:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
That's just a positioning statement, effectively putting the slur in their back pocket, so that, if the successor is another left winger (which it will be), they can pull out a sack of lies and shit and pour it over them as well

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 07:28:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ALEXIS, wut them chil'ren up to?

Ashkenazi phrenology revival by Bret Stephens


by Cat on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 11:24:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ALISSA, wut them chil'ren up to.

Ravenous cannibal phrenology by Florida Man


by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 02:20:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "Witeck Communications found that the estimated buying power of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults in 2015 totaled $917 billion."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 03:46:18 PM EST
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wut: "The report found Asian Americans spent $1 trillion in 2018."
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 12:02:35 AM EST
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wut: "And with African Americans spending $1.2 trillion annually, brands have a lot to lose."
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 07:08:15 AM EST
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wut: "the buying power of Native Americans is estimated to be $115 billion in 2018, a 185 percent increase since 2000"
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 07:11:24 AM EST
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wut: "Consumer spending was at a rate of $14.67 trillion as of the third quarter of 2019."
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 07:30:37 AM EST
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wut: "Walking by an installation of former slave and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, I heard two young black women discussing the 1619 Project and how they didn't understand the criticism it faced for trying to reshape a narrative in the U.S."

archive Nikole Hannah-Jones: It was an accident! Sin! STAIN!
Donnan, Elizabeth, Compiler, Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade to America, vol I-IV. 1930-1935. $450.00 set.

American Historical Review, The Constitution and Finance of the Royal African Company of England from its Foundation [1536] til 1720, 1902 narrative

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 11:11:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 11:19:28 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 03:37:51 AM EST
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Where do you think the US gets its vibranium since Mars stopped exporting?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 05:40:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 06:10:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 04:28:20 AM EST
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How we think about the term 'enslaved' matters
"People were not enslaved in Virginia in 1619, they were indentured." LOL

Meyer, Mary W., "Beyond the Seas: Eighteenth-Century Convict Transportation and The Widening Net of Penal Sanctions"
Armitage, David, "The Cromwellian Protectorate and the Languages of Empire"
Weiner, Leo, Africa and the Discovery of the Americas

archived in the British, Dutch, Spanish and French "West Indies", Central and South America ...
Slavery in the North, Caribbean
Encyclopedia of Virginia, Indian Enslavement in Virginia

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 05:03:07 AM EST
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oral and recorded historiography of the "disappeared"

Origins and genetic legacies of the Caribbean Taino

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 05:18:48 PM EST
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American Slavery and 'the Relentless Unforeseen'
"The American movement in turn became the antislavery beacon to the rest of the Atlantic world and especially to beleaguered British abolitionists like Granville Sharp." LOL

Chas. Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
1926 Slave Revolt in Sierra Leone

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 05:17:08 AM EST
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Setting aside how many historians "curating" how many "founders" scribbling how many drafts (American Scripture LOL) ...
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 08:30:37 AM EST
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Chase. Moves that the Word, White, should be inserted in the 11. Article. The Negroes are wealth. Numbers are not a certain Rule of wealth. It is the best Rule We can lay down. Negroes a Species of Property -- personal Estate. If Negroes are taken into the Computation of Numbers,  [illegible]  to ascertain Wealth, they ought to be in settling the Representation. ...

1785, letter

It is clear to me, that the delay desired and proposed, will be at least as advantageous to the British Creditors as to the American Debtors and if government cannot be prevailed with to stipulate, I hope they may be convinced of the Necessity of the Measures taken by the States, and not treat them or consider them as Breakers of the Treaty, and that if the Creditors may be quieted, in the Case of the Negroes it is clear, that they ought to restore every one of them or pay his full value....

## Ancestor worship is not well understood.

by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 05:43:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
P. J. Proudhon, What is Property? Or, and inquiry into the principle of right and of government

If I were asked to answer the following question: WHAT IS SLAVERY? and I should answer in one word, IT IS MURDER, my meaning would be understood at once. No extended argument would be required to show that the power to take from a man his thought, his will, his personality, is a power of life and death; and that to enslave a man is to kill him. ...

Most Americans oppose reparations for slavery.

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 05:32:59 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 06:37:07 PM EST
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Most Americans reject the Theory of Evolution: 66 to 33 percent.

Most Americans shouldn't be allowed to answer questions more complicated than, "Do you want fries with that?"

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

by ATinNM on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 06:06:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
with baffling bullshit, Census [!] ACS "overall" population estimates
IPSOS | Sanders and Biden Vie for the African American Vote, 17 Jan
African American voters make up 12.5% of the overall [sic] ["]electorate["] [TABLE. sample δ -1% 2012-2016], but constitute approximately 20% of the Democratic ["]base["], as they tend to vote exclusively vote Democratic. Just 8% of the African American vote went to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election [TABLE. 6% GOP 2012]. As a result, any Democrat running for the presidency must win over this voting bloc.

Underscoring just how important African American voters are in the general election, take a look at their vote break-down in the last two presidential elections. Even the slightest shifts in African American turnout, up or down, can make or break an election, particularly in swing states.[?]

There's a ["]legitimate["] argument to be made that the 2016 presidential election outcome might have been different if African Americans had turned out at similar levels as they did for Obama in 2012.

neither legal nor mathematical arguments not proved in this article, however -- Democrat Bloomberg vows to narrow wealth gap for black Americans, 19 Jan
A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Jan. 15-16 showed ... Biden has the most African American support with 23%, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling in the month through mid-January, compared to 17% for Sanders, 9% for Warren and 7% for Bloomberg.
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 06:57:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This is a black-owned, ADOS* publication likely harboring "anti-immigrant" and pro-Kremlin sentiments of marginally engaged, unregistered likely citizens. Discard.

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden Are Statistically Tied for the Black Vote in this New Poll, 14 Jan

A poll conducted by VICE News-Ipsos last week reveals that just as many voters of color would support the Vermont senator as they would former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election should either of them win the Democratic nomination. When asked would you consider voting for the following candidates for president in 2020?, 56% of African Americans said they would consider supporting Sanders in the general election while 54% said they would back Biden. Meanwhile, more Hispanic respondents said they would "consider voting for" Sanders than those who said they'd consider voting for Biden.
* my mom-certified talented tenth
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 07:49:16 PM EST
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Biden ["]breaks away["] from 2020 pack in South Carolina, 19 Jan.
"a springboard for his campaign heading into Super Tuesday", rlly? Biden led the S.C. race by as much as 31 percentage points in May 2019

Fox News Poll January 5-8, 2020: South Carolina

While Bernie Sanders has always stood up for African Americans, Joe Biden has repeatedly let us down, 12 Jan 2020. heh.

2018 results. very sad.
2016 results. sad.

by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 01:12:02 AM EST
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Happy Black History Y6 D20

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 01:20:20 AM EST
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Go ahead, blame Trump NORM DESTRUCTION.
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 06:13:48 AM EST
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Concealed Nation formerly known as CHINA! RUSSIA! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ENDWixrWwAAtxGQ.jpg "disinformation"
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 06:56:20 PM EST
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3 dead including suspect in shooting at Texass church
The shooting occurred at 10:57 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement and was captured on the church's livestream of the service, officials said. ... "We are working very hard to find a MOTIVE, to get to the bottom of what happened," [FBI Special Agent Matthew] Desarno said.
antisemitism, obviously
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 07:04:16 PM EST
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o, wait

["]Hate crimes["] charges against man accused in Hanukkah stabbing
wut: "five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs  by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon and causing injuries in the Saturday attack." [PLUS] "five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary"
## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.
"'My impression from speaking with him is that he needs serious psychiatric evaluation,' [defense attorney Michael] Sussman said. "His explanations were not terribly coherent.'"
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 08:15:23 PM EST
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wut: "Court records show the question of Poole's competence for trial has been raised before."
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 08:41:32 PM EST
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Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Armed Militias Threaten to Storm the Capitol, 15 Jan
"The January 20 event, dubbed "Lobby Day," was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-Second Amendment nonprofit, in response to new gun control legislation introduced by the Democratic state Legislature."
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 10:46:43 PM EST
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  • "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today"
  • US bank holiday - "MLK Day"
  • capitol of Virginia, beloved POTUS #3 school

Thousands rally for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, amid heavy security
Many demonstrators, opposed to proposed gun restrictions, openly displayed military-style semiautomatic rifles. Other wore orange "Guns save lives" stickers as the crowd chanted "USA" and sang the national anthem. Signs read "Come and take it" and "Second Amendment Sanctuary."
by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 06:13:30 PM EST
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Heather Heyer's mom: I own guns and think Virginia Democrats are going too far

They Were Her Property
by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 06:20:29 PM EST
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Racial ["]bias["] in facial recognition software: What travelers should know as TSA, CBP expand programs
Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union used software developed by Amazon to match photos of all 535 members of Congress against a database of 25,000 publicly available arrest photos.

The software incorrectly matched 28 lawmakers with photos of people who'd been arrested. Nearly 40% of those false matches were nonwhite lawmakers, though minorities make up only 20% of Congress.

CHINA! RUSSIA! < wipes tears >
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 06:43:32 PM EST
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The industry knows facial recognition software is biased.  Even the federal government knows the software is biased.  That hasn't stopped the first from selling the systems and various government and police agencies from purchasing the systems.

There are people working to fix the systems.  I doubt they can due to fundamental problems with the technology, e.g., Catastrophic Forgetting

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

by ATinNM on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 09:12:20 PM EST
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Dave Chapelle, Mark Twain laureate, "Sticks and Stones"
I've given this a lot of thought. I don't see any peaceful way of disarming America's whites. There's only one thing that's going to save this country from itself. The same thing that always saves this country from itself. That is African Americans. And I know the question that a lot of y'all have on your minds is, Should we do it? Yeah, fuck yeah, we should do it. No matter what they say or no matter how they make you feel, remember this is your country, too. It is incumbent upon us to save our country. And you know what we have to do. This is an election year. We've got to be serious. Every able-bodied African American must register for a legal firearm. That's the only way they'll change the law.
Black History & The 2nd Amendment, video (EN)
The display so frightened politicians--including California governor Ronald Reagan--that it helped to pass the Mulford Act, a state bill prohibiting the open carry of loaded firearms, along with an addendum prohibiting loaded firearms in the state Capitol. The 1967 bill took California down the path to having some of the strictest gun laws in America and helped jumpstart a surge of national gun control restrictions.
reparations are coming
by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 06:15:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 10:03:43 PM EST
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Linda Ronstadt: Trump is 'like Hitler, and the Mexicans are the new Jews'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 01:12:27 AM EST
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John Lewis faces [incurable Stage IV adenocarcinoma]
"79-year-old CIVIL RIGHTS ICON and longtime Georgia Democrat[IC PARTY fixture] ... 'may miss a few votes' over the coming weeks."
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 02:33:29 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 07:03:47 PM EST
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@ewarren I'm with her caught in another lie.

Try to act surprised.

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 01:29:01 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 04:36:25 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 04:57:05 PM EST
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five, high

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 05:29:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 02:09:51 AM EST
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by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 11:57:58 AM EST
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Though to be fair, he has form in announcing VPs without asking them.
by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 02:53:23 PM EST
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Abd the article is weeks old, but whatever.
by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 02:54:35 PM EST
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How 'bout that tartan flag, eh. Subcontinent or Hebrides?
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 04:28:41 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 04:32:53 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 07:34:54 PM EST
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DNC In Attack Mode vs Bernie Sanders

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 05:29:22 PM EST
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If you haven't already done so, tap your abnormal psych app.
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 02:20:27 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 02:49:28 AM EST
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Krystal Ball: The polls are in, Warren's ploy backfires spectacularly, A/V slap o' the hed

w/o 19 Jan polling smoke omens from man-bun country.

Sanders Leads Democratic Pack in First Primary State
"In a survey of 657 Democratic and Independent voters in the Granite State between Jan. 13 and 16, researchers with 7 News and Emerson College Polling found that 23% of respondents chose Sanders as their top candidate" (MOE ± 8% BLACKBLOC?)

by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 10:48:01 PM EST
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Executive Order 13899 of December 11, 2019
repairing a defect of the CRA of 1964, TITLE VI (42 USC 2000d)
"In enforcing Title VI, and identifying evidence of discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, all executive departments and agencies (agencies) charged with enforcing Title VI shall consider the following: (i) the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism adopted on May 26, 2016, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)...(ii) the "Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism" identified by the IHRA, to the extent that any examples might be useful as evidence of discriminatory intent." ...
So what he really means is,____.

Knesset, Israel, Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People (July 2018)
cbs.il | Population Census
Citizenship and the law of time in the United States.

by Cat on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 01:27:22 AM EST
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wut: "In fact, Judaism is a religion, not an ethnicity, race, or nationality. There is no Jewish gene, and the very suggestion echoes eerily from the 1930s."
by Cat on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 09:23:02 PM EST
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wut: "When Jewishness has been defined as a nationality or race, it has enabled persecution."
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 07:17:13 AM EST
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wut: "It would require the administration to spell out its reasons for the restrictions and specifically prohibit religious discrimination."
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 03:15:22 PM EST
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wut:"Before proceeding, let us note a conundrum."
by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 09:35:29 PM EST
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#DemDebate 19 Dec
by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 03:11:26 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 03:23:53 AM EST
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wut: "+ The impeachment debate has illustrated just how much America has changed. Back in the 1950s, Jesus and Joe McCarthy were on the same team, fighting the Godless Communists who had infiltrated the government and were poisoning our precious bodily fluids with flouride. Now the McCarthyites are acting like Communists who want to kick Jesus' representative on Earth out of the White House and spoil the true measure of Christmas: retail sales."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 02:39:24 AM EST
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No Denzel? No Chan? No Jay-Lo or Derbez? Figures.
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 05:21:07 AM EST
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United Workers - Affordable Housing Trust

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 02:25:15 AM EST
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Police surveillance planes to fly above Baltimore in 2020
  • Police will not have access to live feeds, and instead, officers will receive "evidence packages" of specific crimes that have already being reported.
  • The resolution of the footage won't be sharp enough for officers to identify faces, but should help them track movement and action.
  • Footage from the pilot program will not be use in cases of police misconduct.
Baltimore is experiencing one of its most violent years on record, with more than 330 homicides so far. That's up from 309 total in 2018. The city has also seen more than 1,310 armed and unarmed commercial robberies and carjackings. It wrapped up last year with 1,361 of those cases.
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 03:00:21 PM EST
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planes? With pilots?

Haven't they heard of drones? They could swarm the entire city

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 08:53:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Wack-a-grift in Bal'more
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 09:00:25 PM EST
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[Baltimore state delegate] who resigned last week is charged today with bribery
Another civil rights ICON?: "Glenn liked to complain that she was short of money, while at the same time brag about her prowess in getting legislation through the House."

Do Baltimore nonprofits pay their "fair share" of [property taxes]?
nope: "one of the biggest scabs on Baltimore's body politic"
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 12:53:13 AM EST
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After aggressively serving as the city's lawyer, Andre Davis calls it quits
"Davis' departure is the latest sign of the disarray in Baltimore government since the 'Healthy Holly' book scandal hit City Hall," thank Pugh.

archived dominoes
'For the good of the city'
Get used to it or get out.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 12:21:18 AM EST
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In "Overlook" reversal, judge takes a hard look at city agencies and the politicians who approved it
lordamercy: "City Hall tradition of 'councilmanic courtesy' ...
The undeveloped wooded parcel "cannot conceivably be regarded as contributing to the city's vacant and abandoned housing problem," Fletcher-Hill wrote.
In sending the project back to the City Council for possible reconsideration, Fletcher-Hill charted a path that Blue Ocean would have to follow to succeed.

Namely, that it would have to successfully argue that a building twice the allowable height of the TransForm code was justifiable to meet a competing public need, such as more housing.

by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 12:35:49 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 06:40:38 PM EST
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true but not sexy documentary evidence of the event

Class of West Virginia cadets fired for 'completely unacceptable' Nazi salute photo
("Byrd" being Sen. Rbt. BYRD, "New Deal Democrat")
## Ancestor worship is not well understood.
by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 07:59:28 PM EST
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NAZI s/b War of Southern Independence, or "war of northen aggression", depending.
by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 08:04:02 PM EST
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John Adams POTUS #2 d. 1826
John Quincey Adams POTUS #6 d. 1848
"Missouri Compromise" enacted 1850 in the administration of beloved Whig POTUS #7 Zachary Taylor d. 1850 and Whig, Know Nothing "nativist" POTUS #8 Millard Fillmore d. 1874, who were succeeded by Pierce and Buchanan before Lincoln's election in 1861. That's a lot of POTUS in ten years.

## Ancestor worship is not well understood.

by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 08:30:02 PM EST
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wut: "The image also includes a line of text that reads 'Hail Byrd,' a reference to instructor Karrie Byrd. ... who taught the course on 'Cultural Diversity,' told investigators that she was 'completely unaware of the historical or racial implications of the gesture and reported it was simply a greeting,' according to the summary."

In fact, slightly more than half of the incarcerated people that the Census counted in West Virginia were in a federal prison: ADL infers.

by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 11:17:59 PM EST
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Dayam. I just realized: This data would be infinitely more informative with detailed, intersectional analysis of each "race or ethnicity" population by religion, sex, and gender or even the addition of a people of color (POC) bar.
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 04:19:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
New Year's Eve sees gun violence across nation, concluding record-high year of mass killings
"In Huntington, West Virginia, at least seven people were injured after being shot inside a bar early New Year's Day." NAZI individuals, obviously. Motive(s) developing ...

Gun Violence in America: A State-by-State Analysis, 2008-2017
of which WV
"Boston Massacre", Adams' Argument for the Defense: 3-4 December 1770
of which "every instance of one man's killing another, is not a crime"

by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 08:23:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Clearly it is time to talke about anti-Semitism...In the Sanders campaign!!:
by generic on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 04:04:25 PM EST
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Mo' better: Cue "Sanders is a self-hating jew" OpEd in NY Yella Cake.
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 04:21:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 07:26:42 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 05:52:45 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 03:17:05 AM EST
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RT | Iran Quds Force commander killed in strike on convoy at Baghdad Airport
"US Marines also reportedly captured two other influential Iraqi militia figures around the time of the strikes - Qais Khazali, head of the paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and Badr Organization leader Hadi al-Amiri - in a neighborhood of Baghdad, according to Al Arabiya."
defense.pk | Commander of Iran's Quds Force martyred in US strike
"Finally Suleimani got his wish, now Americans will get what they run away from."
alarabiya | Iran's Soleimani and Iraq's Muhandis killed in air strike - militia spokesman
"'The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,' said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed militias."
presstv | Commander of Iran's Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike
by Cat on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 04:39:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Editor of NationalReview.com. Gardner Minshew scholar.

by Cat on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 04:48:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 10:44:22 PM EST
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(connection errors at src)

South Korea to Deploy ["]Anti-Piracy["] Unit to Strait of Hormuz - Report
"South Korea's Ministry of Defence also confirmed the news. The United States had previously urged South Korea to help guard oil tankers in the region."

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 03:39:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump wants NATO expanded to Mideast and renamed NATOME
He said he spoke about NATO's role on Wednesday during a phone call with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

"I think he was actually excited about it. I actually had a name. NATO, right, and then you have ME, Middle East. They would call it NATOME," Trump said.

Stoltenberg: I don't have a problem with that.

by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 07:35:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Tweets it out?
by generic on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 11:54:25 PM EST
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The private meeting I had with my friend and ally, sexist pig Bernie Sanders, will remain private.
That should make everyone happy.

by generic on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 08:17:33 PM EST
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Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Telling Key Supporters To De-Escalate From The Fight With Bernie Sanders
Insinuating that Sanders is sexist would be "really bad news for us," a campaign official cautioned supporters in a pro-Warren group chat.

Heh. Maybe just don't hire Clinton campaign people.

by generic on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 10:03:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:24:26 AM EST
U.S. seals demise of WTO appeals bench
"The EU has already reached agreements with Canada and Norway to subject any appeals to ad hoc adjudication by former Appellate Body members."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:33:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
5 countries assume responsibilities as non-permanent members of Security Council
"Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam began to assume responsibilities on Thursday as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. ... Kuwait, Peru, Poland, Cote d'Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea have just left the Security Council."
by Cat on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 05:30:42 AM EST
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Israel barrels towards third election in 12 months
Lawmakers voted to dissolve, hold the polls on March 2.
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:39:03 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 07:51:57 PM EST
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India's Parliament approves contentious citizenship bill
"A day after clearing the lower house, the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed on Wednesday by the upper house, with 125 members voting in its favour and 105 against it."
India's controversial citizenship law sparks violent protests
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 05:01:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I don't know about that. Looks like some Eichmann needs for a Jerusalem story.

What's our brown pubic intellectual position on this justice debacle? Kamala?! Nikki? Tulsi? Priti? Jeet? Vijay? Hannah called....

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 06:19:57 AM EST
[ Parent ]
India suspends internet and phone services to quell protests
"Authorities have interrupted internet services at least 102 times so far this year, according to a public online tracker maintained by the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 03:06:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 01:57:18 AM EST
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Muslim women ["]occupy["] streets in India against citizenship law
"For more than a month the women have taken turns maintaining an around the clock sit-in on a highway that passes through their neighborhood. ... The neighborhood rings with chants of 'Inquilab Zindabad,' which means 'long live the revolution!'"
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 05:09:20 PM EST
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Hindu Mahasabha Leader Shot Dead in Indian State of Uttar Pradesh
"This is the second murder of a right-wing Hindu political party leader of late in Uttar Pradesh. In October 2019, national president of the Hindu Samaj Party Kamlesh Tiwari was also shot dead in the city of Lucknow."
by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 10:39:55 AM EST
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Modi defeat in New Delhi state elections: exit polls
An average of nine exit polls showed New Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or "common man's party," to win 52 out of 70 seats.
The BJP has [not] been in power in New Delhi since 1998, when the Congress Party came to power. The Aam Aadmi Party has governed the state since a landslide victory in 2015, where it captured 67 out of 70 seats, just a year after the BJP won national elections.
by Cat on Sat Feb 8th, 2020 at 09:56:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hong Kong protesters [boycott pro-China retail, rail]
"The aim: to drive some firms under in the deepening recession gripping the crisis-hit city. ...''It's like the Cultural Revolution.'": Support Yellow

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 05:06:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Pakistan sentences former [President Pervez Musharraf] to death in treason case
"He has been living in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and is said to be very ill and unlikely to travel home to face the sentence."
When Did Pakistan Become A Member Of Commonwealth?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 04:13:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Pakistani professor gets death sentence in blasphemy case
"Prosecutor Athar Bukhari said Hafeez had spent three years in the United States under a special program for Pakistani educators."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 03:10:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 10:42:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "Nicole McKee, a spokeswoman for the advocacy group Council of Licensed Firearms Owners, said owners had kept about two-thirds of the banned weapons because they had lost faith in the government and hadn't been offered adequate compensation."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 03:27:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
[West African Economic and Monetary Union] renames CFA franc but keeps it pegged to euro
Under the agreement, the currency remains pegged to the euro and will be renamed the ECO. It scraps a requirement for countries to keep 50% of reserves in the French Treasury and the need for a French representative on the currency union's board.
The changes will only affect the West African form of the currency used by Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
West African countries choose new 'ECO' single trade currency, July 2019 ECOWAS
"The African Development Bank Group (Afdb) in a report says the 2020 deadline for the single currency will most like be postponed again unless the region can align with its monetary and fiscal policies."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 09:15:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
His peers will sadly say, with no traces of irony for 'shared history', "You lost Africa. Françafrique is no more."

Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

Macron insists his counterparts from Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad must use the occasion to express public support for France's military presence -- by far the largest foreign contribution to the fight against African jihadists aligned to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Visiting the region last month, the French president complained of a lack of "clear political condemnation of anti-French feelings" on the ground.

"I see opposition movements, groups, who denounce the French presence as a neo-colonial, imperialist," Macron said in Niamey, adding he was loath to send soldiers to countries were their presence was not "clearly wanted".
Mali's Keita has said the summit will be "decisive" and "will allow us to put on the table all the questions, all the grievances, all the solutions". But he insisted the G5 leaders would demand a "respectable and respectful relationship" with France. Kabore of Burkina Faso has described Macron's recent insistences as "lacking in tact".

archived pornography
Niger army base attack death toll rises to at least 89: security sources

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 03:37:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
AP collection of cautionary tales 23 Jan 2020

Burkina Faso to arm civilians in fight against extremists
army recruiting: "The tactic is not without risk. Burkina Faso's military has been criticized for killings carried out during its crackdown on extremism, and placing arms in the hands of minimally trained civilians could lead to more allegations of human rights abuses, observers warn."
[Zimbabwean telecoms billionaire Strive Masiyiwa]'s cash helps Zimbabwe's doctors back from strike
Masimba Ndoro,VP, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Assoc.: "'They (doctors) are back in full force. We want to be able to work together as one team, everyone has a role to play,' he told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. ... 'I don't have the actual numbers but many doctors have left the country,' Ndoro said. 'A lot are pursuing greener pastures. They may not yet have left, but they are definitely going to leave.'"
Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm
"The U.S. Africa Command, signaling concern over the Pentagon's potential cuts, has emphasized the Somalia-based al-Shabab as a threat after its leader in November made an unprecedented call to attack Americans wherever they are. Neither China nor Russia is doing much to counter Africa's extremist groups, U.S. Africa Command officials added in a briefing last week."

by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 04:10:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
DoD Chief Esper: US Troops in Africa Needed ["]to Compete With["] Russia, China Elsewhere
In a letter to Esper from House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) obtained by Defense News, the lawmaker warned Esper to "carefully consider the adverse implications of reducing our force posture in Africa," cautioning that "the threat of violent extremism and terrorism persists."

"A decrease in our investment now may result in the need for the United States to reinvest at many more times the cost down the road," said the January 16 letter, which was signed by other leading HASC members.
'Africa Optimization Model'

To compensate for these changes, the Pentagon's 127 Echo program aims to train local forces to pick up the counterterrorism and patrolling duties presently performed by US troops. As Sputnik reported in March 2019, 127 Echo has a $100 million budget to provide "viable surrogate forces ... at relatively low cost in terms of resources and especially risk to our personnel," according to then-Maj. Gen. James Hecker, then the vice director for operations from the joint staff.

Warren indebted to doctrinaire foreign "conflicts"
CRS, "Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense--Issues for Congress" (2019)
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 12:24:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "Beijing's hard line on religion has underscored its contrast with other culturally Chinese societies, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, where most follow Buddhism and traditional Chinese beliefs, but where Christianity and other religions also thrive."
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 09:14:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"culturally Chinese": "'I think, because of the recent months of the Hong Kong protests and Tsai's successful strategy of playing the anti-China card, these practical issues are played down and voters are swayed into this scare mentality,' said Jason Hsu, a Nationalist Party lawmaker who is a member of Han's policy advisory team."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 02:39:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Taiwan president wins landslide victory in stark rebuke to China
Taiwanese re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen by a landslide on Saturday in a stern rebuke [?] that could fuel further tension with China, which has tried military threats and economic inducements to get the island to accept its rule.
China claims Taiwan as its sacred [?] territory, to be taken by force if needed, a threat President Xi Jinping reiterated a year ago [?] while saying he preferred a peaceful solution.
"We hope that the Beijing authorities can understand that a democratic Taiwan with a government chosen by the people will not give in to threats and intimidation," Tsai told reporters.

Beijing needs to understand the will of Taiwan's people, and that only Taiwan's people can decide its future, she added, repeating her firm opposition to "one country, two systems".

archived PLA parity watch
Taiwan party picks mayor over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run
"US to sell $2bn in weapons to Taiwan"
BEA | U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, June 2019
US deficits
not Sweden
The Pentagon's Bottomless Money Pit - Rolling Stone

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 06:17:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]

and "culturally Chinese" republicans buried in Ferncliff Cemetery, NY, Hartsdale, NY

Guomindang (中國國民黨)
Nationalist Party, also called Kuomintang
The Guomindang, The Communist Party And Leninism
The Tragic History of the KMT Troops in The Golden Triangle, 1950-1981

by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 10:39:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"culturally Chinese": Shanghai suspends all ties with Prague
On Monday, [Prague Mayor Zdenek] Hrib and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je signed a sister city agreement in Prague.
Tsai says Taiwan is an independent country known as the Republic of China, its official name, and that the People's Republic of China has never ruled Taiwan.

Taipei Mayor Ko is no supporter of Taiwan's formal independence. He visited Shanghai last year and has said that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are part of "one family.

parity watch a/o 14 Jan 2020
CZK:EUR, 1:0.03
CZK:USD, 1:0.04
CZK:TWD, 1:1.32
by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 06:38:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]

APsplainin | Militiamen breach US Embassy in Baghdad; Trump blames Iran
"The State Department said all American personnel were safe, and there were no plans to evacuate the embassy."

Rajiv Chandrasekaran , Imperial Life in The Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone (2007)

by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 05:59:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
in re: "dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters"

by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 08:42:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sometimes the soldiers were gracious. Sometimes they were surly.

"I need help," a middle-aged man in front of me told a soldier one morning. "My son, he was kidnapped five days ago."
"you need to go to the police," the soldier said. "We cannot help you."
"I have gone to the police, but they don't want to help. They want a bribe."
"This is an Iraqi-on-Iraqi issue. There's nothing we can do for you."
"I thought you came here to help us. If you won't help us, who will?"
When the experts arrived in mid-May, it was too dangerous for them to drive after sundown. During the day, they traveled in two-vehicle convoys. Everyone was armed. Back then, in the days before the insurgency, the Americans had to be careful, but not as careful as Iraqis. Every Iraqi I knew either had been a victim of a violent crim or knew someone who was. Thugs armed with AK-47s carjacked vehicles at busy intersections. Businessmen were snatched off the street and held hostage until their families paid exorbitant ransoms.

The Iraqi police were almost nonexistent. They had fled their stations as America troops converged on Baghdad. Most were at home. Some had even joined the orgy of looting. The few who reported back to work were too scared to enforce th law. They had pistols. The criminals had AK-47s.

It didn't take long for the experts to conclude that more than 6,600 foreign ["]police advisers["] should be sent to Iraq immediately.

The White House dispatched just one: Bernie Kerik. [Chandrasekaran: 20-84]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 06:23:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 03:33:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
[Carlos Ghosn] skips bail, flees Japan to avoid 'injustice'
"I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied, in flagrant disregard of Japan's legal obligations under international law and treaties it is bound to uphold," the fugitive said.
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Speaking anonymously, prosecutors in Japan told Japanese media they did not know how Ghosn got out. His lawyer also denied all knowledge of the escape, saying he was stunned. Japan does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon, which said Ghosn had entered the country legally and there was no reason to take any action against him.
"a mystery"
by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 10:44:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin: By jumping bail, fugitive Ghosn BURNS BRIDGES to Japan
"This is going to end in basically a stalemate [sic] with him spending the rest of his life in Lebanon."
Because every gov but Lebanon would enforce an EXTRADITION to Japan tyranny? hmm
The Tokyo District Court revoked his bail, Japanese media reports said, meaning  ...
Ghosn BURNED 1.5 billion yen ($14 million to escape "injustice and political persecution" ...like Morales, Assange, Mugabe, an exiled Catalan MP, or any number of the "new Jews" fleeing to US America's Hitler.
When asked if Ghosn had taken any of the documents being prepared for the trial, Hironaka acknowledged he hadn't checked but said he seriously doubted Ghosn would care about a trial he had taken such pains to avoid.
definitely like Assange in Belmarsh PRISON
Ghosn has been charged with breach of trust EMBEZZLEMENT in having Nissan shoulder [sic] his personal investment losses, and ["]diverting payments["] in Saudi Arabia and Oman for PERSONAL GAIN.
Japan to seek talks with Lebanon over fugitive Carlos Ghosn
official organ reprint of BLOOMBERG reportage (With escape to Lebanon, Carlos Ghosn joins ranks of big-hitting white-collar fugitives; Ghosn's escape may see Japan impose stronger bail conditions on defendants; Ghosn with the wind: Theories abound in ex-Nissan chief's escape debacle)
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 09:21:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Why Japan's conviction rate is 99%!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 09:30:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 03:55:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
o. snap. Interpol issues ["]wanted notice["] to Lebanon for ex-Nissan exec
"Red Notice, or a request to law enforcement agencies worldwide that they locate and ["]provisionally arrest["] a fugitive. < reckless eyeballin' > A Red Notice is not an ["]arrest warrant["] and does not require Lebanon to arrest Ghosn."
pirate guidelines
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 05:58:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
o. SNAP. The Erdogan Factor
Lebanon received an Interpol arrest warrant on Thursday for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, while Turkey launched an investigation into his daring escape from Japan via Istanbul.
private security company, private jet
Turkish police on Thursday ["]detained["] seven people, including four pilots, as part of an investigation into Ghosn's passage through the country, a police spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman said the other detainees were two airport ground staff and one cargo worker, and all seven were expected to give statements in court on Thursday. Flight tracking data suggests Ghosn used two different planes to fly to Istanbul and then to Lebanon.
by Cat on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 02:13:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Turns out he could face a 15-year sentence in Lebanon for having visited Israel....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 10:21:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ghosn blames 'vindictive individuals at Nissan', "Former Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn makes first appearance after fleeing Japan," Or Escape from Japan
"He named among others former Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa and board member Masakazu Toyoda as part of the plot, alleging the latter had been the link to Japanese authorities."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 11:51:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Close encounters of an African with real China
"As my journey in the country comes to an end, I have realized that to better understand China, I need to add to my existing knowledge about the country."

archived goat
Ghanaians protest over expanded military co-operation deal with U.S.
"They (the American military) become a curse everywhere they are, and I am not ready to mortgage my security"

by Cat on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 04:59:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
164 cruise ships expected to visit Vanuatu in 2020
"While the number of cruise ships look bright for this year, it is yet to be seen what 2020 have for the business community as already one major business, Azur Pure Water, has folded its doors."
Chinese News | Local News

Happy Vanuatu Day!

by Cat on Fri Jan 3rd, 2020 at 05:24:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 11:49:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sun Nov 10th, 2019 at 11:01:52 PM EST
"the participation of the Commanders of the Armed Forces & the National Police"

Meanwhile, In The Failed State Of Venezuela, Another 'Coup', 7 Jan
upstaged by Pompeo with a drone in Iraq

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 01:10:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 09:42:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Russian Government 101: How Did it Work and What's About to Change?
Message from the President to the Federal Assembly

by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 03:55:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That is some hefty SOTU address > 3 min read to the "money quote".
... At the same time almost all the factions represented in the State Duma - and with their leaders, you know, we meet regularly - believe that the Federal Assembly is ready to take on b on greater responsibility for the formation of the Government. (Applause.) These are expected applause, but I think that now you will have the opportunity to applaud again, listen to what I want to say.

And if you take more responsibility for the formation of the Government, it means to take on more responsibility for the policies that this Government pursues. I agree with this statement of the issue, I agree completely.

What is the situation now?...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 04:14:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | Mikhail Mishustin, PM candidate

Russia's new PM a career bureaucrat with no political aims
"Putin put Mishustin's candidacy forward on Wednesday night, several hours after [PM] Dmitry Medvedev resigned along with the whole Cabinet. Just before that, Putin proposed sweeping changes to the constitution that could keep him [WHO?] in power well past the end of his term in 2024" because ...?
Mikhail Mishustin appointed Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
by Vladimir Putin Executive Order in accordance with Article 83 (a) of the Constitution of the Russian Federation

Central Election Commission, 2019 GE results
ODIHR Final Report, Presidential Election 2018

reading up on RUSSIA CAMPAIGN 2019 in the wee hours, Sep 2019
Moscow police arrest SCORES ahead of election protest, July 2019

by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 07:23:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:25:15 AM EST
Global Food Production at Risk From Large Atmospheric Waves in the Jet Stream, simulation
"Western North America, Western Europe, and the Caspian Sea region are particularly susceptible to these atmospheric patterns that get heat and drought locked into one place simultaneously where they then affect crop production yields."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 06:37:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
CoalWire 303, 12 Dec
Senegal, Netherlands, US, Chile, S. Korea, India ...
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 06:41:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]

5 Dec: Whitehaven cuts coal forecast amid drought
"Whitehaven also raised unit cost forecast - excluding royalties - for the period to between $73 and $75 per tonne from $70 per tonne estimated previously."

16 Dec 2019: NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over the New South Wales fires in Australia on December 16, 2019 and found devastation from the ongoing fires. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is reporting 96 fires are burning.

abc.com | Australia's drought crisis
"Groundwater bore drilling demand spikes as urbanites try to keep lawns green during drought"
agric.wa.gov.au | seasonal and management information for Western Australian farmers
by Cat on Tue Dec 17th, 2019 at 02:14:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 06:21:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
it's a good job their govt doesn't believe in climate change or they might think they have a problem

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 08:58:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | New Year's fireworks OK'd in Sydney as wildfire risk worsens
ScoMo exception: "the fireworks should go ahead to show the world Australia's resiliency."
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 08:26:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by asdf on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 03:29:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 10:14:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by das monde on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 08:56:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Australian Bushfires Coming Near You
"What ScoMo left behind - before hastily returning - merely indicates the beginning of what is in store for many people."

an immense pile of filth

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 07:40:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]

by das monde on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 12:21:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Smoke from Australia fires reaches South America: "Since October, bushfires in Australia have released 400 megatons of carbon dioxide, the EU's Copernicus monitoring program said on Monday"

by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 11:42:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
12 Jan 2020 GOOG "weather hazards in Australia" map

I see growth.

by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 03:02:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 10:17:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 10:27:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 08:59:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 04:09:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 12:15:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]

World's gonna need some big fan, come planting season.
by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 09:03:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Human viruses: discovery and emergence, 2012
There are 219 virus species that are known to be able to infect humans. The first of these to be discovered [?!] was yellow fever virus in 1901, and three to four new species are still being found every year. Extrapolation of the discovery curve suggests that there is still a substantial pool of undiscovered human virus species, although an apparent slow-down in the rate of discovery of species from different families may indicate bounds to the potential range of diversity.  ...
How many viruses on Earth?, 2013
Twenty years ago Stephen Morse suggested that there were about one million viruses of vertebrates (he arrived at this calculation by assuming ~20 different viruses in each of the 50,000 vertebrates on the planet). The results of a new study suggest that at least 320,000 different viruses infect mammals....
US to screen airline passengers from China for new illness, 2019
Virology for vaccine manufacture and profit is gonna lose in the long run.
by Cat on Sat Jan 18th, 2020 at 08:10:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
NEW SCRIPT: "Wuhan Man"
China shuts down more cities in bid to contain deadly virus
3 cities, 18M pop: "Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded Wuhan's train station, where metal barriers blocked the entrances at 10 a.m. Only travelers holding tickets for the last trains out were allowed to enter."
World airports taking precautions after China virus ourbreak
Dubai, UAE, "thermal screening": "anticipated influx of Chinese tourists taking Lunar New Year holidays, just as the outbreak of a pneumonia-like [?] virus in China has prompted officials there to take drastic measures to prevent its spread."
AP "containment" Interview: WHO representative addresses China's new virus outbreak

A: The numbers of cases are not in themselves a measure of seriousness. ... One of the patterns that we have seen is that as milder cases are detected, there has been a reduction in the percentage of the rate of people dying but it is too early to reach a full conclusion.

We are now daily hearing of massive increases in the numbers. Part of that increase is coming from the processing of specimens earlier. Another part is a broadening of the case definition. So numbers are going to increase. Even if they are in the thousands, this would not surprise us. That is not an indicator of seriousness. Indeed it is very, very good to get and identify as many cases as possible.

by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 03:47:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
> Mommy. How many "pneumonia" vaccines?
> Two. For bacterial antigens.
> But ...
> Yeah.
China reports 571 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia
  • 2019-nCoV had been reported in 25 provincial-level regions
  • 393 suspected cases
  • 5,897 close contacts
  • 4,928 are under medical observation
  • 969 others have been discharged
  • 17 deaths, all in Hubei Province
  • decedents: ages 48 and 89, pre-existing diseases
  • 14 days incubation. wow. That's new.
The NHC has been updating the prevention and control plan for pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus.
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 06:24:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 05:24:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 10:12:32 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, dead or alive animal to human migration out of Asia to modern medical prophylactics is a well-trod path since the Bird Flu Panic of '97.

One might also recall 2014 to 2016--peak Bourdain food "normalization" tour--preliminary grilled-bat-on-a-stick etiology in Sierra Leone and Liberia;
bio-weapon research facility transmission theories;
STD and funeral-practice transmission theories;
bloggers' Big Data vector projections and analyses;
Freetown "lock-down" and mini-famine;
variable incubation period, ranging 7-21 days and gametes;
foreign military and missionary deployments;
false-positives and miracle cures for evacuated foreign triage volunteers;
identified mutations in situ;
and WHO weekly, then monthly, ex post facto "situation reports" on morbidity and mortality ranging 100%-50%.

Save that list. Incidentally, what is the ebola situation today in the most recent pandemic zone, DRC? Efficacy of at least four (4) different vaccines in field trials since 2018 is difficult to ascertain; headline mortality is 62%.

Meanwhile, "probable | confirmed | treated | deceased" case load bulges. The death toll has risen to 56 amid hundreds of new infections in just 24 hours: 1,975 infections in China. Standard disclaimer:

Officials have previously cautioned that the RAPID INCREASE in the death toll and number of infections does not necessarily indicate that the disease is spreading more quickly and may instead reflect improved monitoring and reporting practices.
Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States -- 2018-2019 influenza season
We estimate, overall, there were 490,600 hospitalizations and 34,200 deaths during the 2018-2019 season. More than 46,000 hospitalizations occurred in children (aged <18 years); however, 57% of hospitalizations occurred in older adults aged ≥65 years. Older adults also accounted for 75% of influenza-associated deaths, highlighting that older adults are particularly vulnerable to severe outcomes resulting from an influenza virus infection. An estimated 8,100 deaths occurred among working age adults (aged 18-64 years), an age group that often has low influenza vaccination uptake
by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 07:06:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
well. well. well. some bad pennies.

CBC | Chinese researchers escorted from infectious disease lab amid RCMP investigation, Jul 2019

Qiu is a prominent virologist who helped develop ZMapp, a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2014-2016.
Brantly's recovery from what his doctors believed was death's doorstep was widely credited to the drug ZMapp, an antibody cocktail designed at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory. He reported feeling his fever break just 15 minutes after receiving the treatment.

"It's really a tremendous honour and privilege to meet him. I've seen your picture, I've watched interviews with you, but it is a great privilege to say thank you to someone who saved my life," Brantly said to Kobinger.

[Qiu] worked with Gary Kobinger, who is now a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and director of the Research Centre on Infectious Diseases at Laval University in Quebec.
In addition to ZMapp, the Winnipeg group designed the first Ebola vaccine that has been shown to be effective in people. And it developed and pioneered use of small mobile laboratories -- a lab in a suitcase, essentially -- that have changed the way testing is done during Ebola outbreaks. [2015]
Cheng also works at the lab as a biologist. He has published research papers on HIV infections, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), E. coli infections and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome.
This isn't the first time police have investigated an incident at the lab. In 2009, a former researcher at the lab was convicted of trying to smuggle genetic material from the Ebola virus across the Manitoba-North Dakota border.
Yao was caught at the Manitoba-North Dakota border on May 5 on his way to a new job with the National Institutes of Health at the Biodefense Research Laboratory in Bethesda, Md. He had 22 vials in the trunk of his car that were allegedly taken from the lab.
"Canada is facing threats from foreign governments seeking to steal intellectual property and that could include state-funded research," [Leah West, who teaches national security law at Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs] said.
by Cat on Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 06:31:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hold the phone ...

Nanjing Firm Develops Higher-Accuracy Coronavirus Diagnostic Kit

Founded by Shao Yang in 2008, Geneseeq is a next-generation sequencing (NGS) company, in the field of oncology precision medicine, based in Toronto, Canada.
Geneseeq operates out of the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto that was founded in 2000. As a life science incubator, MaRS aims to commercialise publicly-funded medical research with the assistance of local private enterprises.
FBI Field Marshall Mr Wray is going to like that one bit.
by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 12:29:22 PM EST
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Hubei Provincial Health and Health Committee's report on pneumonia
updated ~ 24 hr.
I passed this off to my associate who returned from Yannan province, Dec 2019, appreciated the opportunity to acquire novel "Chinese" vocabulary and apply STEM discipline, and had been attempting to identify--from anglophone press and "social media"--reputable organizations for cash or in-kind donations to HUBEI provincial hospitals.
by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 07:57:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 09:07:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Medical staff infected ... another 1600 nurses and doctors directed to Wuhan.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 10:29:07 PM EST
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"Super-spreader" in a kindergarten culture, but not.
[X] variable incubation period, ranging 7-21 zero days and gametes.
[X] grilled-bat-on-a-stick bat etiology in Sierra Leone and Liberia
[X] Freetown Wuhan Hubei "lock-down" and mini-famine
[X] false-positives and miracle cures for evacuated foreign triage volunteers tourists

But were unimpressed by the most insidious scmp headline of the weekend?!

"Online RUMORS say that an anti-Aids drug has been used and proved to be effective in treating the coronavirus," according to a statement by Beijing Municipal Health Commission.
HOWEVER, the authors - experts from numerous medical research institutes in mainland China - also said no such treatment method had been proven.

"No antiviral treatment for coronavirus infection has been proven to be effective," according to the article published in The Lancet.

Stay tuned for rumors w/o 2 Feb -- "China virus" as lethal as AIDS, but not.

Epidemic situation of new coronavirus infection in Hubei Province on January 26, 2020

As of 24:00 on January 26, Hubei Province had reported a total of 1,423 confirmed cases of pneumonitis with new coronavirus infection, 221 severe cases, 69 critical cases, 76 deaths, and 44 discharged patients. among them:
[... Hubei cities ...]
At present, 10,394 close contacts have been traced, 1,291 medical observations have been lifted, and 9,103 people are still receiving medical observations.
by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 11:28:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 09:21:42 PM EST
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U.S. stock futures fall more than 1 percent as coronavirus fears spread
Hong Kong bans entry of visitors from China Virus* province
extending extended school holiday from "mainland"
*AP-approved moniker for 2019-nCoV
by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 11:44:46 PM EST
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62nd annual Grammy Awards fashion, USA
by Cat on Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 01:56:26 AM EST
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alrighty. Now, we're cooking with CONTAGION.

Dow plunges 435 points as fears about [CHINA VIRUS] rattle investors

"The coronavirus is the number one threat to financial markets currently as global investors are becoming jittery on the uncertainty," Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of financial consultancy deVere Group, said in a note.
World stocks skid as virus fears spook markets, hit tourism
In Paris, the CAC 40 lost 2.2% to 5,889 while Germany's DAX skidded 2.3% to 13,271. Britain's FTSE 100 gave up 2.3% to 7,414. Shares also looked set for declines on Wall Street, where the future contracts for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average both sank 1.5%.
China confirms 2,744 cases of virus, 40 counted elsewhere
"2,744 cases on the mainland, with 769 of those newly confirmed in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday. In addition, Hong Kong has eight cases and Macao has five. Nearly all of the 81 deaths have been in central Hubei province, with five elsewhere in China."
Countries evaluate evacuation of citizens
short lists of eligible evacuees headed for quarantine, because magical incubation period
by Cat on Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 04:03:16 PM EST
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Guardian | Britons in Wuhan decry 'pathetic' UK government coronavirus advice , The 300
His biggest concern, [Kharn Lambert, 31, from Lancaster] said, was the wellbeing of his 81-year-old grandmother, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD, co-morbidity] and risks running out of medication in around one week's time.

by Cat on Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 06:43:59 PM EST
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"Ebola Fighters": China spurned CDC offer to send team to help contain coronavirus: US Health Secretary
During a Tuesday news conference which included U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD) Director Nancy Messonnier, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci
Doctor treated for Ebola at NIH, 2014
"NIH infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci wouldn't discuss details about the patient but said that in general, an exposure to Ebola doesn't necessarily mean someone will become sick."
NIH chief details plans for Ebola vaccine trials, 2014
"Two studies of a U.S.-developed vaccine will begin in Liberia and Sierra Leone by January and if they go well, 'we could know by the middle of 2015 whether or not we have an effective vaccine,' Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health, told the Senate Appropriations Committee."
Ebola Diagnosis
"NIAID experts provided significant diagnostics support in Liberia during the 2014-2016 outbreak of Ebola virus disease. Few tests were available initially, and response teams faced numerous challenges in bringing diagnostics capabilities to the field."
During the press conference, Azar also noted that the [China] quickly made the virus's genetic sequence available to scientists, ultimately leading the CDC to create a rapid diagnostic test in a week's time.
for sale?
by Cat on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 01:58:04 AM EST
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Since then, NIAID has provided remote technical assistance to diagnosticians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly on the use of the GeneXpert assay.
by Cat on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 02:16:16 AM EST
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illustrating Guardian file, "'It's really irresponsible": pop stars criticize fans over coronavirus inaction". Couture fashion collection developing ...
by Cat on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 08:16:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 28th, 2020 at 07:08:50 PM EST
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China vows to beat 'devil' virus as countries rush to evacuate citizens
The FLU-LIKE virus has spread overseas, but none of the 106 deaths has been outside China and all but six were in Wuhan, where the virus emerged last month, probably from illegally traded wildlife.

However, cases in Germany, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan where the virus has spread person-to-person - AS OPPOSED TO a visitor from China arriving - have heightened concern.

Stocks recover some losses after worst day since October
European shares recover from viral outbreak fuelled sell-off
Safe-haven currencies stay in demand on China virus fears
Wuhan is under virtual quarantine, with a lockdown on transport and bans on gatherings. Tens of millions 57M in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, live under some form of travel curb.
The number of confirmed cases in China SURGED to 4,515 as of Monday from 2,835 the previous day, the government said.

Communist Party-ruled China has been eager to show it is transparent over this outbreak, after initially covering up the extent of the SARS epidemic that killed about 800 774 people globally.
Known as "2019-nCoV", the newly identified coronavirus can cause pneumonia and, like other respiratory infections, it spreads between people in droplets from coughs and sneezes. It is too early to know what its DEATH RATE will be, since there are likely to be many cases of milder disease going UNDETECTED.

It has an incubation of between one and 14 days.

The Rapture
As US rescues some from virus in China, others left behind
"Dickey plans to stay with relatives in the Cincinnati area after a 3- to 14-day quarantine, she says, adding that she was "very grateful" to be on her way out."
'Like I'm trapped': Africans in China lockdown see no escape
"Speaking by phone, Bakari sounded remarkably relaxed, even chuckling, as he described life under lockdown."
Coronavirus: Foreign Office finalising plans to evacuate Britons
"One of the deciding factors for a lot of people though is whether they will be allowed to bring their Chinese spouses or children with them."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 28th, 2020 at 07:42:08 PM EST
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Wuhan Coronavirus alias 2019-nCoV alias China Virus alias Devil Virus Global Cases DASHBOARD
This data visualization app was created by members of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (CSSE), I suppose, because complete JHU annual reports are not available to the public. JHU, a nonprofit organization, owns a lot of CRE and RRE property on which municipalities assess little or no tax, while its medical system debt collectors harass patients for payment. By contrast,
The case data visualized is collected from various sources, including WHO, U.S. CDC, ECDC China CDC (CCDC), NHC and DXY.
mainly Chinese language authorities DXY, NHC, and CCDC. DXY, a health pro/hospital networking site in China; NHC and CCDC daily updates.
by Cat on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 01:35:08 AM EST
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o. look. CSSE finally updated The Dashboard! to include "recovery" in the larger data set received from primary Chinese sources such as DXY, NHC, even hubei.gov (CSSE excludes cumulative recorded close contacts, clinical observations, hospitalizations, discharges by city/province, because ..."transparency"?)
by Cat on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 09:41:12 PM EST
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The coronavirus has nothing to do with Corona beer. But, some [US AMERICANS] seem to think so.
"The alcoholic beverage from Mexico showed a surge in Google searches in the past week, along with the term 'corona beer virus' and 'beer virus.'...Google Trends tweeted on Tuesday that 'coronavirus symptoms' had spiked +1,050% this week."
Flight full of Americans fleeing Wuhan coronavirus 'erupts in cheers' after arriving in Alaska
[240] Americans fleeing the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan were headed to California on Wednesday after a stopover in Alaska as the death toll in China jumped to 132.
pre-boarding, in-flight, departure gate "screenings"
Health officials in California are working with the CDC to prepare for the passengers to arrive in California. Bennett said they will be re-screened and "temporarily housed for a period of time." He did not say how long the quarantine would last.

The flight was chartered by the State Department to return a few dozen Wuhan consulate workers to the U.S. Most of the passengers are Americans living in Wuhan who paid their way to get out.

Escape from Wuhan
by Cat on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 03:30:58 PM EST
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How much?
'I'm in an apocalypse:' American student trapped in coronavirus-hit Chinese city
"He contacted German and American officials seeking a way out. The U.S. embassy offered him a $1,100 seat on a charter flight, he said."

m'k. If past is prologue, should he die, his parents will sue the government for $500M.

by Cat on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 09:16:37 PM EST
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double-creature feature from the USA

Drugmakers are rushing to create and test a coronavirus vaccine. Here's how they're doing it, 24 Jan

  • Fauci "universal vaccine" promo
  • NIH/NIAID-pharmaCo (Moderna) JV announcement
  • 2019-CoV "donation" drive, rapid response vac tech
CDC estimates the flu this season has sickened at least 15 million and caused 8,200 deaths, an illness that dwarfs the harm from coronavirus.
First US case of coronavirus transmitted ["]person-to-person["]* is confirmed
The woman, who is in her 60s, was hospitalized after being diagnosed with the illness following her return from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, on Jan. 13. She and her husband, who did not join her on the trip, are hospitalized.
The Rapture UPDATE: 10 passenger discrepancy, add'l flights planned, magical incubation pd
"When they leave and go to their home states, at least twice a day someone from public health will contact them and say, 'Do you have any of these symptoms?' 'Tell me your temperature?' or 'I'm going to take your temperature,'" Braden said.

* "as opposed to visitor"
by Cat on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 08:45:39 PM EST
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UN agency declares global emergency over virus from China
"The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries, he said. ""Our greatest concern is the potential for this virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems which are ill-prepared to deal with it."
repatriating foreign nationals (omitted)
Coronavirus: EU Civil Protection Mechanism activated for the repatriation of EU citizens, 28 Jan
"The EU will co-finance the transport costs of the aircraft. The first aircraft is scheduled to depart from France tomorrow morning, while the second one will leave later in the week."
American sciences
Commerce secretary: China virus could bring jobs back to US
"I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America. Some to U.S., probably some to Mexico as well."
How well [sic] new China virus spreads is focus of control efforts
"It's not known whether anyone who is infected but not showing symptoms can spread the virus. But at a news conference earlier this week, the U.S. government's infectious diseases chief, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said outbreaks are not driven by that kind of spread."
by Cat on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 09:23:12 PM EST
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American sciences
US bars foreigners coming from China for now over virus fear

Chinese public health policy
Roujiian Lu, et al., "Genomic characterisation and epidemiology of 2019 novel coronavirus: implications for virus origins and receptor binding", Lancet, January 30, 2020
"Methods. We did next-generation sequencing of samples from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and cultured isolates from nine inpatients, eight of whom had visited the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan. Complete and partial 2019-nCoV genome sequences were obtained from these individuals...."
DXY, As of 2020-01-31 09:41 National data statistics

by Cat on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 02:08:06 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 06:19:05 PM EST
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American sciences

Virus rattles [California] Chinese communities, canceling new year events

"The racism has been something," Bao said with disgust. "I sort of get it," she added. "We're Chinese, and we don't know who has been to China and who hasn't. But you don't need to make remarks about it."
by Cat on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 03:33:46 AM EST
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EU Civil Protection Mechanism UPDATE

Le Pen spreads ["]fake news["] over EU role on coronavirus

"So, we do not know what its objective is. The only thing it has done is to condemn those who would consider controlling borders, even temporarily. This proves the strength of the ideology, almost the religion of borderlessness, of the EU leaders," Le Pen said.

EURACTIV France looks into why this statement is not only groundless but also opportunistic.

  1. the European Commission, the Council, or the European Parliament?
  2. EC civil action mechanism to help repatriate EU citizens, released €232 million funds
  3. EC opposed the closure of borders, prefered coordination among member states
by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 07:24:12 PM EST
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Lamar Alexander and the flu is deadlier, more widespread

## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

by Cat on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 01:52:10 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 11:41:50 AM EST
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Escape from Newcastle
Hunt begins for 'close contacts' of the two UK coronavirus cases
good luck wit dat

< wipes tears >

Update on pneumonia of new coronavirus infections as of 24:00 on February 2
"At present, 189,583 close contacts have been traced. Of the 1,055 medical observations released on the day, a total of 152,700 people are receiving medical observations."
"Smart City"

Patient 1 took Metro Line 3 at 16:30 on 18 January from Nanjing South Railway Station to Daxinggong, where they transferred to Metro Line 2, journeying to Xi'anmen. From there they walked to the outpatient building of Nanjing Eastern Theatre General Hospital, arriving at 17:15. At 18:00, they returned to Xi'anmen to take Metro Line 2 to Daxinggong, transferring to Metro Line 3 and travelling to Liuzhou Dong Lu. They then took Bus 692 from Jiangshan Lu's Mingjiang Lu stop to get off at the Daqiao Bei Lu stop on  Puzhu Lu. On 19 January, at 13:36, they boarded bus 637 at the Daqiao Bei Lu stop on Puzhu Lu and journeyed to Pukou Hospital. At 14:33, they took bus 692 from Puyuan Bei Lu's Pudong Lu stop to the Lehua Lu stop on Puzhu Bei Lu. At 14:43, they transferred to bus 558 to the Chenghecun stop whereupon they walked to Nanjing  No.2 Hospital.
by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 12:06:51 PM EST
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American Sciences

APsplainin In virus outbreak, fretting over a name that might go viral
"pneumonia-like" or "flu-like" 2019-nCoV, Wuhan Virus, China Virus, Devil Virus "branding" changes

no "loss leader" advantage
Trump says U.S. has 'shut down' coronavirus threat; China shuns U.S. help
"We've got tremendous expertise," sez Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien.

Pepe Escobar recalls
Compare the Chinese performance with the American CDC, arguably the top infectious disease research agency in the world, with an $11 billion annual budget and 11,000 employees.

During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014 - considered a maximum urgency, and facing a virus with a 90% fatality rate - the CDC took no less than two months from getting the first patient sample to identifying the complete genomic sequence. The Chinese did it in a few days.

During the swine flu in the US in 2009 - 55 million infected Americans, 11,000 killed - the CDC took over a month and a half to come up with identification kits.

WHO virus team could go to China this week, may include U.S. - officials
"We are still waiting for that invitation," sez Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
by Cat on Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 09:33:32 PM EST
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U.S. expands use of coronavirus diagnostic test
using kits developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The approval may help speed up testing in the United States for the virus, which has infected 11 people in the country as of Feb. 3.
< wipes tears >
"We hope to send at least one to every state health department and maybe more than one," Bresee said in a telephone interview. The agency also hopes to share the kits with countries that may not currently have the ability to do their own testing, Bresee said.
< quack, quack, waddle, waddle >

archived "Right to Try"
Living Lab 'Arms Race': USA v CHINA 2018

by Cat on Wed Feb 5th, 2020 at 02:01:28 AM EST
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US Health Institute Halts South African HIV Study After Experimental Vaccine Found Ineffective
The NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced Monday that its HVTN 702 study in South Africa would cease its experimental vaccine regimen for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which involved 5,407 HIV-negative volunteers at 14 sites in South Africa.
Why? breaks on the bullshit customized "HIV subtype Clade C" for colored ppl?
an interim analysis published by an independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) on January 23, 2020, found 129 participants given the vaccine were eventually infected with HIV, and 123 who were administered the placebo got the virus during the trial period.
Fauci fu is fading rapidly
by Cat on Thu Feb 6th, 2020 at 01:14:13 AM EST
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Officials question report of virus spreading before symptoms

The report, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, raised concerns that controlling the virus will be more daunting if it turns out it is spreading before people know they are sick.
sumbuddy got some splainin to do
The paper's authors hadn't spoken to the woman, and instead relied on information from other patients, according to the news site ScienceInsider, which first reported the German officials' comments.
Study claiming new coronavirus can be transmitted by people without symptoms was flawed. A paper published on 30 January in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) about the first four people in Germany infected with a novel coronavirus made many headlines because it seemed to confirm what public health experts feared: that someone who has no symptoms from infection with the virus, named 2019-nCoV, can still transmit it to others. That might make controlling the virus much harder....
The study was not the only evidence that the virus can spread before a person feels sick. Two other reports from China also have suggested it, said Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at Harvard's public health school.
The report had been cited by U.S. health authorities as they announced the first quarantine of healthy travelers. But U.S. health authorities had other reasons for ordering quarantines, such as the rapid increase in new cases reported by China.
by Cat on Thu Feb 6th, 2020 at 01:59:31 AM EST
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w/e 8 Feb

Experts scramble, but new virus vaccine may not come in time

international TL;DR
Between the Quarantine and Quakes: Coronavirus Life in China, 7 Feb
"While this all may seem alarming and over the top, it is also comforting that there has been such a well-coordinated and strong response to contain the virus."
China's Coronavirus Outbreak Reminds Me of the Irish Polio Epidemic I Survived, 28 Jan
"People outside Cork asked why the city had not been sealed off, the railway line to Dublin closed."
Did China's authoritarianism actually help the coronavirus spread?

living lab, May 2018
Today -100: June 28, 1918: Of Spanish flu, abysses of annihilation, and pushes

by Cat on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 10:31:03 PM EST
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wut: "obviously when you're dealing with a communist nation that doesn't have the same regard for freedom that we do, caution is a good word."
wut: "If Xi and China can spy on practitioners of Islam, Christianity and Falun Gong, and throw their adherents in prison, why can't they do this with practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, who use body parts of bats and civets -- from which the new coronavirus and Ebola appear to have originated?"
wut: "Do we want to show the same lack of compassion the Chinese leadership exhibits toward the Uighur? Or do we want to show genuine and deeply human empathy towards the people who are dying in Wuhan?"

US citizen dies from coronavirus in China, the first American fatality from global outbreak
"The victim, who was not identified, died on Wednesday, according to the embassy."

by Cat on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 01:56:19 AM EST
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moar data visualization: 684 million cases of norovirus, of which more than 200,000 people died.

norovirus, 2009! That's the one I forgot! Because it was forgettable, if you have elementary school age children traipsing from one b-day gymboree to the next skanky petting zoo. What a year PTA for concern-trolling flyers and LICE alerts. OMFG.

moar benchmarks of communist terror
France24 is a public broadcasting service (funded in whole or in part).

Dan, FRANCE24 in-house BLUEDOT ALGORITH expert: ... The principle of vaccine making has remained almost the same since 1885 when Louis Pasteur administered the first rabies vaccine which kind of revolutionized the vaccination process and the science of vaccination.
Medical Apartheid
Vaccination in this era, referred to the process of injecting copoz to provide immunity to smallpox, as Jenner first described in 1796. Jefferson obtained some cowpox vaccine indirectly from Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse of Boston,21 but it was known to be of dubious potency: The vaccined had failed to protect the subjects of an earlier trial. Jefferson spent that summer vaccinating two hundred of his family's and his neighbor's slaves. Only after they excaped illness di Jefferson inject his white family at Monticello.
The vaccinated persons remained well and the unvaccinated ones fell ill, but this did not convince Jefferson's scientific peers, so Jefferson had a vaccinated slave injected with live smallpox material. When the slave remained well, Jefferson wrote his daughter Martha to proceed in order to "place our families an neighbors in perfect security."22 [Washington:59-60]
Drones are used to scold people for walking outside without masks. Electronic tags for people under coronavirus home quarantine are also set to be deployed. Catherine Bennett has the story.

BENNET: ... Citizens are told to come to their window[s] or walk onto their balcon[ies], and drones equipped with thermal imaging check that they don't have a fever. Zones in lock-down are also under surveillance. In Hong Kong people here who have been temporarily quarantined have been given electronic bracelets that authorities can check that they're staying home. In the period of crisis the line between individual freedom and the fight to contain the epidemic has been become increasingly fine.

by Cat on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 03:09:27 AM EST
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Temporary technical difficulty redirecting to story: https:/www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/germany-should-be-more-chinese-at-least-a-bit

scheduled evacuation prognosis
UK calls virus "serious" health threat; will detain people
"It said the number of virus cases in Britain has doubled to eight, with the four new cases reported Monday all known contacts of an earlier U.K. case, a person [who infected Europe]."
EU says new virus poses serious danger
China creates a "worrisome" situation : "Lenarcic said more than 500 EU citizens have been repatriated to the continent since the outbreak started."
Five China Airlift Passengers Showing Possible Signs Of Coronavirus
"For strictly logistical reasons, McDonald said, 53 of the 201 Friday arrivals remained on the Northern California base and joined the 170 evacuees already under 14-day quarantine there."

by Cat on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 09:25:49 PM EST
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redoubt UPDATE

Duly noted new story line development w/e 22 Feb
POLITICO: Europe braces for coronavirus-induced drug shortages
replace and ring-fence BREXIT implications for Ireland, island
USAToday: China's coronavirus might disrupt 'critical medical products' including drugs and devices
Who knew US and European patent holders manufacture in China?
euractiv: Medicines shortages: Causes and recommendations
alternative hypotheses DATA VISUALIZATIONs

by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 04:07:41 PM EST
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redoubt UPDATE

Coronavirus outbreak HELPS lawmakers make case on drug shortage bills

"We have to figure out a way to bring manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs and generics back to the United States," Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., told CQ Roll Call's CQ on Congress podcast last week. "Now, it's one thing if China makes T-shirts and sportswear and shoes and whatever, but we cannot be dependent on a foreign source, especially a country that is not exactly a 100 percent ally."
Experts and lawmakers point to several options for improvements, including making supply chains more transparent and having the government make investments to bring manufacturing back to America. And despite a national ["]discourse["] on the high cost of drugs, experts say in some cases they may be too low BWAH.
Many finished [?!] branded drugs are made in the U.S. But more commonly used generic [!] products are mostly made in China and India [and Mexico and Canada], and the raw ingredients [!] needed for them are predominantly ["]made["] in China, according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

That raises fear of a supply disruption if China's government ever wanted to play geopolitical hardball BWAH, or because of other circumstances outside of its control -- such as a massive outbreak.

buy Irish < yawn >
by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 07:51:25 PM EST
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Investopedia | United States Imports Only 25% of Its Drugs
IN REALITY, around 75% of the U.S. drug spending is on locally made products, reports Bloomberg quoting a U.S. Commerce Department market report on pharmaceutical industry.

Who Supplies America's Drugs?

Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, and India are the top five drug suppliers to the US, in the decreasing order of import dollar value.

means, motive, opportunity UPDATE
US Commerce Dept. Pharmaceuticals Top Markets Report, 2016
feasible and ahh aspirational export targets, FDI, US consumer pharma spending
Securing the U.S. Drug Supply Chain: Oversight of FDA's Foreign Inspection Program, Dec 2019
As of August 2019, 28 percent of facilities manufacturing [active pharmaceutical ingredients] APIs and 47 percent of the facilities producing finished dosage forms (FDFs) of human drugs for the U.S. market were located in the United States. (See Figures 1 and 2)


Over the past 20 years, the pharmaceutical industry that supplies American patients with drugs has, to a signficiant degree, moved offshore, so that today the majority of API and FDF manufacturing facilities are located outside the United States

US Commerce Dept. Sales Sheets, 2020
by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 10:41:47 PM EST
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"Be More Like China--at least a bit"

APsplainin | As virus spreads, other countries can learn from China
good luck wit dat, ya buncha self-serving sumbitches liberals

The question before the world is to what extent it can and wants to replicate China's DRACONIAN methods.
"Few other countries have the ability to implement a lockdown at that SCALE," said Dr. Raina Macintyre, a global biosecurity expert at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

In a DEMOCRACY, a restriction of this magnitude "requires explaining a lot, why it is important," said virologist Marion Koopmans of the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands. "But it is a common-sense thing that people can understand. Our grandparents taught us so. I remember being in human quarantine as a child, when I had mumps."

archived: MMR freedom 2019
COMMUNIST China also has at its disposal an advanced surveillance state. ....

by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 09:03:52 PM EST
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I was waiting for this, ever since France24 tried to "pull demand for kits and vaccination from a pathetic story about a Senegalese lobby begging to repatriate students from Wuhan, because high-profile "developed" nation evacuation (Answer: No.)

That was before the HOVEN MAN patient privacy revelation, photo reveal, sketchy "close contact" trace, and subsequent forced admission of errors from Singapore, of course, authorities: "'We might never be able to tell who that first patient is,' Mak said"

Here it is: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Africa

Africa has its first confirmed case of coronavirus after a person in Egypt tested positive for the disease, it has emerged.

The person, who is not Egyptian, is in hospital isolation, the country's health ministry said.

The ministry said it had immediately informed the World Health Organization and taken all necessary preventative measures.

No other details are known yet about the individual who caught the disease.

How many Chinese nationals are working and living in African nations? How many did the CCP repatriate to China? Nevermind.

Deportation flights / Jamaicans deported by Home Office go into hiding fearing for lives

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 06:35:01 PM EST
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Full Circle -- you may recognize these antivirals by name from 2014 and the obscene competition among recomb-RNA manufacturers to secure clinical trial in West Africa. I did. --around dxy reported differential prognoses and cure rate over prior 3 weeks (not reported with Anglophone promotion of "global" death toll and suspicious "spikes" in confirmed case data).
XINHUA | China rallies scientific efforts for effective treatments amid epidemic
Chinese researchers have narrowed down their focus to a few existing drugs, including Chloroquine Phosphate, Favipiravir and Remdesivir, after multiple rounds of screening, said Zhang Xinmin, director of the China National Center for Biotechnology Development under the Ministry of Science and Technology, at a press conference on the new virus.
The preliminary clinical results show that Chloroquine Phosphate is quite effective in treating novel coronavirus pneumonia, he said.

Favipiravir, an influenza drug available on overseas markets, has been put in a clinical trial in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, with 70 patients enlisted, he said. The initial outcome of the trial shows the drug has relatively obvious efficacy and low adverse reactions.
The trial will adopt a strict randomized double-blind method, which means both patients and doctors do not know who has taken the trial drug. The effect of Remdesivir will only be revealed after the trial is completed. The trial will last until the end of April.
One of the recent progresses is the development of convalescent plasma. It is processed from the plasma collected from recovered patients, which contains a large amount of protective antibodies.

NB. Zmapp and USAMRIID (expiramental series) returned useless results from the field then and now as "Remdesivir"; no wonder CNCBD, has adopted strict control of its trial and avoided NIH/NIAID "assistance."; recalling shocking delay of favipiravir in 2014 despite documented efficacy treating viral hemorrhagic fever induced by novel and endemic pathogens; noting Gilead's VC connection to Rumsfeld out of Zaire 1976, i.e. DRC, Angola warfare; archived living lab: "It was not possible to collect biological samples from people who received the vaccine..." in 2014
by Cat on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 11:53:28 AM EST
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Monday afternoon, 17 Feb, REUTERS "reports"
Chinese doctors using plasma therapy on coronavirus, WHO says 'very valid' approach
by the way, last paragraph ...
Scientists are testing two antiviral drugs and preliminary results are due in weeks, while the head of a Wuhan hospital had said plasma infusions from recovered patients had shown some encouraging preliminary results.
The pretense of Chinese deceptions is secured.
by Cat on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 06:00:29 PM EST
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Nature | Therapeutic options for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), 10 Feb 2020

Don't get too excited. "Repurpose" is management science lingo for "off-label" application of licensed drug for therapeutic treatment, yanno, like antipsychotics that hooked bipolar and ASD Americans into unintended suicidal side effects.

by Cat on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 06:33:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Mar 3rd, 2020 at 03:30:15 PM EST
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Meanwhile, NATO demands the data. USA demands a blockade.

by Cat on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 06:44:18 PM EST
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historicity: As racist cliche goes, this one is Boxer Rebellion vintage (while "Yellow Peril" got a work out in FDR's third term for Japanese ppl).

China expels Wall Street Journal reporters over 'racist' headline on coronavirus op-ed

The Journal identified the journalists as Josh Chin, its deputy bureau chief in Beijing, and reporter Chao Deng, both U.S. nationals. Another reporter, Philip Wen, is an Australian citizen. All three were ordered to leave the country within five days. The paper reported its own story on the incident but did not respond to a request for comment.  

At a regularly scheduled news briefing Wednesday a spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said China objected to an essay published in the Journal's editorial pages earlier this month with the headline, "China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia."

incendiary literary devices fueling ignorance of most ignorant, litigious nation on planet
The column is a coronavirus-related piece by Walter Russell Mead, a professor at Bard College. It was published on Feb. 3 and argued that "Chinese authorities are still trying to conceal the true scale of the problem" of the virus that has now sickened tens of thousands and killed more than 2,000 people.
Misguided virus fears hitting Asian American businesses
"'I probably should stop picking up my phone altogether,' Reid said. 'One lady was like, 'Well, aren't people coming to your event that are the cause of it?'"

American expertise and precision statistical computation
CDC 2019-2020 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary Burden Estimates
250,000 - 440,000 flu hospitalizations; 14,000 - 36,000 flu deaths
APsplainin Is the new virus more 'deadly' than flu? Not exactly
deadly, lethal, or "true fatality "

World War III
US's Pelosi urges countries to steer clear of Huawei for 5G, 14 Feb

"China is seeking to export its digital autocracy through its telecommunication giant Huawei," Pelosi said during an appearance at the Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of foreign and security leaders from around the world."
US House speaker Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei, 17 Feb
"While some people say that its cheaper to do Huawei -- well yeah -- it's a People's Liberation Army initiative using reversed engineering from Western technology," Pelosi, the senior Democratic lawmaker, told reporters in Brussels. "So, of course it's going to be cheaper to put on the market. And if it's cheaper, then they get the market share and then they (China) bring in their autocracy of lack of privacy."
by Cat on Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 03:48:57 PM EST
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wtf: Over the weekend, CDC maintained 35-or-50 confirmed cases in the US, when press reported facilities in Anniston, AL and Costa Mesa, CA refusing transfers of repatriated travelers at designated army base quarantine. The first of 3 eported US chartered flights from Hubei began 27 Jan with "about 230 passengers."

White House requests $2.5 billion for coronavirus, Dems say that's 'woefully insufficient'

it needs $1.25 billion in funding at the Department of Homeland Security [?!] and that it hopes to redirect another $535 billion previously approved for the Ebola crisis in 2015 [?!]. That would amount to $1.8 billion in funding for ["]the virus["].
The White House is also seeking the authority to redirect other funding toward the response, putting the total government effort at $2.5 billion.  

"Much is still unknown about this virus and the disease it causes," Russell Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget wrote lawmakers. "The Administration believes additional Federal resources are necessary to take steps to prepare for a potential worsening of the situation in the United States." ... The funding request, officials said, would include more than $1 billion for vaccine development [?!], among other priorities.

by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 06:01:28 AM EST
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Need a whole bunch of white people in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina to drop dead before the Federal government takes it seriously.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:32:19 PM EST
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I don't know about that.

That set-up wouldn't do much to for "community spread" by droplet cover story theories supplied by paid academics --no convenient DoD designated re-pat sites, no ocean $$$$ cruise ship passenger ahh reservoir, white or black or "ASIAN". And there's the rub for CDC/NIAID.

They've staked their reputations to Serious® epidemology

by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:29:05 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

CDC confirms first 'unknown' coronavirus case in California that could raise concerns about the THREAT of the virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday confirmed an infection in California that would represent the first [?] U.S. person to contract the virus despite not visiting a foreign country recently or coming in contact with an infected patient.
"as opposed to visitor" and escaped re-pats or erroneously cleared re-pats in base quarantines. m'k.
"At this time, the patient's exposure is unknown," the CDC said in a statement. "It's possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time [?] this has happened in the United States. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It's also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected."
leaking confirmed cases: from 35 to 50 to ...
This brings the number of coronavirus cases detected in the U.S. to 15
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"The county of Orange continues to support Costa Mesa in opposition of state and federal government's decision to move COVID-19 patients to the Fairview Center," Do said.
by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 07:37:53 AM EST
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o, FFS: "The United States, which has 60 cases, hasn't been spared the fear that has swept Asia, Europe and the Mideast."
by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 09:39:14 AM EST
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possibly cannibalism

  • Trump appointed Pence Corona Czar, critics recoil over HIV[?] record
  • Azar defies pHARMa price controls, Gilead pay day assured
  • AMZN, eBay selling out of PPE, profiteering reported as "false claims"
  • Dr Prepper's Prophecy emerging: "THOUSANDS in California being monitored for coronavirus ...The state currently has only about 200 test kits ... officials said 33 people had tested positive for the virus there, but five had since left the state" possibly for family cruise to Cozumel
  • states' government confirm no public health policies, no labs, providers, or PPE; homeless campers not mentioned
  • "flu-like" symptoms disrupt detection, confirmation
  • Team Trump invokes the Defense Production Act, no risk of strike tho' as with Youngstown blow-back b/c ... no unions, no memories
  • US, EU exchanges tank another day

CHC predicting bottom early April, CPP throws shade: Contradictory statements show US not ready to tackle possible coronavirus epidemic, dxy.cn prints 60 US confirmed cases
by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 10:31:47 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

lordhavemercy. When will these ppl get their stories straight?

by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 04:02:45 AM EST
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Second U.S. coronavirus case of ["]unknown origin["] confirmed in Santa Clara County; third reported in Oregon
And Oregon health officials late Friday reported their own coronavirus case of unknown origin, which would be the country's third [?]. The patient is from Washington County, but no other details were immediately available.

The Santa Clara County woman had not traveled to Solano County, site of Travis Air Force Base[!]'s quarantine of Diamond Princess passengers. That news is alarming because it suggests the coronavirus earlier cohorts released from quarantine may be spreading undetected in the Bay Area
"But we don't know to what extent," [Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer for Santa Clara County] said. "It could be a little, it could be a lot."
The Santa Clara County Public Health Laboratory received the specimens Thursday and conducted the test on site, confirming the infection on Thursday evening. The county just gained the ability to do such rapid confirmation Wednesday; previous tests have had to be analyzed in a center in Atlanta, creating a time lag that had caused deep concerns.

< wipes tears >
APsplainin | testing raises tough questions, 27 Feb
most of the [CDC] kits proved to be faulty, providing inconclusive results to test samples that should have tested positive. ... Only about a half dozen [6, six] state and local public health labs had fully functional kits as of early this week.
by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 04:49:14 AM EST
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Corona Czar Vice President Rev. Mr Pence says just one American with coronavirus still in hospital
A CDC spokeswoman was not immediately available to explain the different numbers.
17 Jan"roughly 5,000 passengers will go through the process in the next couple of weeks at New York City's [JFK] and [LAX] and San Francisco airportsa'
  • country of origin
  • visible symptoms
  • "infrared thermo-gun"
  • "faulty" test kits
About 47,000 people have been screened upon returning to the country through airports, Pence said.

archived border check Congo-Uganda-Rwanda-S. Sudan-Tanzania
Inside efforts to prevent a regional Ebola crisis in central Africa
"more than 26 million people have already been screened"
Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency
an itinerant "pastor"
by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 07:07:18 PM EST
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Coronavirus live updates: First US death reported in Washington state, officials say
"Trump called the victim a 'wonderful woman' and said she died overnight."

hmm, has de CDC advised yet post-mortem CT scans like CHINA did to get an accurate read? Pro'ly not. US still getting a handle on functioning "test kit" distribution.

Guardian US case map, 27 Jan?

by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 08:33:41 PM EST
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OK. 1,000 hidden confirmed cases: Apparently, this American Youtube prepper, Dr Cottrell, has an international audience. GOOG let WHO branding slide: That's interesting. Let's see how long before CDC counter-intell slithers into APsplainin headlines.
by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:36:34 PM EST
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How long? ohhh ... AU bush-fire speed
Can a coronavirus pandemic even be stopped? US warns of 'severe' disruptions
Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, warned at a news conference Tuesday. Schools could be closed, mass public gatherings suspended and businesses forced to have employees work remotely, she said.
Fauci retired, I see, but not DROPLETS of novel virus locution and innscrutable Chinese data
"As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer to meeting the third criteria - worldwide spread of the new virus," Messonnier said.
That means redirecting the focus from containment measures to preparing for treatment of big numbers of sick patients with antivirals while continuing the effort to develop an effective vaccine, he said.
remdesivir teaser
Trump, speaking Tuesday at a news conference in India, tamped down concerns, saying the virus was "very well under control in our country." Confirmed cases totaled 53 [?] on Tuesday, and no one has died in the U.S., although one American died in Wuhan.
APsplainin Study begins in US to test possible coronavirus treatment, CDC invitational
treatment is underway in Nebraska and is eventually expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the world, officials said Tuesday.
Half of the patients in the international study will receive the antiviral medicine remdesivir while the other half will receive a placebo [BWAH].
Gilead has provided the drug for use in a small number of patients, including a man in Washington state who fell ill after a trip to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. He is no longer hospitalized, but it is not clear whether the remdesivir helped him.
USAToday Diary: Saturday, Feb. 8: Quarantine improves
The Blouins' situation improves at Travis Air Force Base. "Today, they changed out the caterer, and we got our medicine. So today was a better day," Ilona says.
by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:04:52 PM EST
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pls, try to act surprised.

by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 10:40:37 AM EST
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Scientist: Hundreds may already be infected by coronavirus in Washington state alone
Ogbonnaya Omenka, an assistant professor and public health specialist at Butler University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences says
"Under current circumstances, a boom of cases should be expected," Omenka said. "Especially given the possibility of asymptomatic spread [sic] and mildness of the disease."
until you wake up intubated with a PICC line for wide-spectrum antiviral and bacterial medication
The way to stop it [COVID-19 infection] : human behavior. It's crucial that people follow steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [!], such as frequently washing hands and self quarantines when sick, Omenka said.
Do not go to hospital. Save rationed medical PPE. "Don't get healthy people sick." Case closed!
"We are not seeing widespread community transmission in Rhode Island, and the general level of risk for Rhode Islanders is still low," it added.
Silence ≠ Death
by Cat on Sun Mar 1st, 2020 at 10:40:39 PM EST
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APsplainin TOP DOOMER NEWS en fuego by supper EST
  • 'Time is everything': World braces for spread of new virus
  • Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy
  • As world scrambles, experts warn virus spread in US certain
  • Italy sees virus cases rise 45% in a day; deaths up to 11
  • 6 European nations report virus cases with Italy link
  • Coronavirus poses tough challenge for economic policymakers
  • Trump, US officials send mixed messages on virus risk here
Meanwhile ...
by Cat on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 11:26:04 PM EST
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European brand flight THREATS, I reckon

REUTERS | U.S. health officials urge Americans to PREPARE FOR SPREAD of coronavirus

"The data over the past week about the spread in other countries has raised our level of concern and expectation that we are going to have community spread here," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC's head of respiratory diseases, told reporters on a conference call.
my bad: someone tipped him out of a cupboard and pulled his string
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it would be at least a year before a coronavirus vaccine could be made available to the public.

But Fauci said testing Gilead Sciences' (GILD.O) antiviral drug remdesivir for potential treatment of coronavirus could be done in a "reasonable amount of time."

bully's pulpit
"All nations, including Iran, should tell the truth about the coronavirus and cooperate with international aid organizations," Pompeo said.
FluView | Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality Surveillance from the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System
I supposed, CDC needs more time to fine tune either its model or its disclaimer.
by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 02:00:44 AM EST
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Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy two-day 1,119 pt loss

The worst-case scenario for investors -- where the virus spreads around the world and cripples supply chains and the global economy -- hasn't changed in the last few weeks.
by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 02:12:28 AM EST
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dxy.cn As of 2020-02-25 21:18 National Statistics
45,696 Existing diagnosis 2,718 cumulative deaths 29,776 cumulative healing

dxy Rumor Protection, 21 Feb

On February 19th, CCTV news channel "News 1+1", host Bai Yansong connected with Wang Chen, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and specialist in respiratory and critical care medicine. Regarding whether it is possible to make preparations for long-term coexistence with the new crown virus, Wang Chen said, "Like this disease (new crown virus), we are saying that it may turn into a chronic, long-term disease like the flu. This possibility It is completely there, and we must prepare for it."

by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 02:27:25 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:25:49 AM EST
Christopher Shaw on the American Struggle to Make Banking Democratic, book review
"Your book is filled with these historic figures who were engaged in what you call banking politics -  Marriner Eccles, Huey Long, Edward Filene, Bronson Cutting and Wright Patman. Who was Wright Patman?"

Money, Power, and the People: The American Struggle to Make Banking Democratic (University of Chicago Press, 2019)

by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 06:48:33 PM EST
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great-grandpappy Libra, of the Facebook libras

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 01:39:49 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 02:55:46 AM EST
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Facebook's Libra has failed in current form: Swiss president
"I don't think (Libra has a chance in its current form), because central banks will not accept the basket of currencies [!] underpinning it," Ueli Maurer, who is Switzerland's finance minister and outgoing president, told Swiss broadcaster SRF.
izzat all lol

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 02:02:49 AM EST
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Tremors worsen on New Zealand volcano island, prevent recovery of bodies, 10 Dec
"The nature of the burns suffered is complicated by the gases and chemicals in the eruption," said Watson.
New Zealand launches risky mission to recover bodies from volcano, 12 Dec
"defense force personnel are being deployed in the mission on Friday, along with assistance from the police and other agencies in the recovery mission that could take a few hours, police said."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 06:57:11 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 13th, 2019 at 11:26:48 AM EST
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Women's empowerment equals economic growth, Mar 2019
"In such a society, women should not be forced to change nor behave like men. Just like curved wood, a combination of different individuals, each with unique features, can make up a strong society that can continue for more than a 1,000 years."
Haruno Yoshida, leading businesswoman and adviser to Keidanren, dies at 55, June 2019
"In 2012, she became the first female president of BT Japan Corp. following stints at Motorola Mobility LLC, Verizon and NTT Communications Corp."
Fahreen Budhwani, "Why Womenomics Isn't Working In Japan," Oct 2019
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 05:51:39 PM EST
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UK supreme court to hear case of woman seeking US surrogacy costs
Labour, LibDem, or Tory humanitarian crisis?
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 02:04:03 AM EST
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Britain's highest-paid boss takes €67m pay rise
Ms Coates, 52, founded the online gambling company in the early 2000s after spotting the potential of internet betting to revolutionise the industry.

She owns around half of the shares in the company, according to Forbes, which places her 244th in the list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of $12.2bn (€11bn).

She and other Coates family members also are majority shareholders of pay-as-you-go Irish electricity company Pinergy, which posted 2018 losses of €12.9m and accumulated losses nearing €36m.

That's some hurdle for gender-balancers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 06:08:09 PM EST
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Swiss women go ["]on strike["] over inequality
"The demonstrations took many different forms across the country. In Lausanne, women lit a 'bonfire of joy' to kick off the event overnight, while in the financial capital Zürich protestors wheeled a giant, pink clitoris through downtown."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 06:37:18 PM EST
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Interpretation of Dreams
"The figures from LucidTalk have a 2% margin of error."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 08:53:11 PM EST
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With births down, U.S. had slowest growth rate in a century
"Monday's population estimates also offer a preview of which states may gain or lose congressional seats from next year's apportionment process using figures from the 2020 Census."

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 08:53:13 PM EST
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I can't even.

by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 06:36:07 PM EST
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Homeland Security will share citizenship data with Census
Trump's order is being challenged in federal court, but meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security two weeks ago announced the agreement in a report. It said the agency would share administrative records to help the Census Bureau determine the number of citizens and non-citizens in the U.S., as well as the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.


by Cat on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 02:20:37 AM EST
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NPR | To Produce Citizenship Data, Homeland Security To Share Records With Census
DHS ["]quietly announced["] the data-sharing agreement in a regulatory document posted on its website on Dec. 27. It marks the latest development in the Trump administration's ongoing effort to carry out the executive order President Trump issued in July after courts blocked the administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
populating a NEW! relational database
The data DHS provides "will not be used to make programmatic or administrative enforcement decisions," according to the document the department released last week.
DHS will now also provide citizenship and immigration  benefits information about individuals to the U.S. Census Bureau. Though the development of this sharingeffort by USCIS, CBP, and ICE represents a new initiative for DHS, USCIS has been providing anonymized data on LPRs and naturalized citizens to Census annually since at least 2007. DHS memorialized this information sharing arrangement through a MOA with the Census Bureau.
Person records in each administrative and survey data source, including the 2020 Census, will be validated  and  assigned a unique person identifier, called a  Protected Identification Key (PIK). The PIKs will be used to link each person's citizenship information to their 2020 Census record. The validation process (called the Person Identification Validation System (PVS)) involves comparing records to federal government sources  (reference files) using fields such as Social Security number (SSN), name, date of birth, sex, and residential  address.
Instead, the document says DHS is providing the records as required by Trump's executive order to help determine numbers of three specific groups: "citizens, lawfully present non-citizens, and unauthorized immigrants in the United States during the decennial census."

EO 13880. Collecting Information About Citizenship Status in Connection With the Decennial Census, 11 July 2019

by Cat on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 05:12:33 PM EST
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Who is No. 1? Whoever gets to fill out 2020 Census form, instruction supplement dodging CITIZEN QUESTION fear
Deciding who fills out the questionnaire may force spouses or domestic partners to talk about power dynamics they might not have discussed for 10 years, since the last time there was a decennial census, said Diana Betz, an assistant professor of psychology [!] at Loyola University Maryland. In some households, she added, the topic might never have come up.
down hill from "ORLANDO,Fla" informants--officially de-gendered "head of household" decoupled from RE liabilities, deviant "single-parent households"
Until 40 years ago, Person 1 was called "head of household" or "head of family." But the U.S. Census Bureau stopped using those monikers [!] as more women were entering the workforce and fewer men were the sole breadwinners [?!]. "Householder" also is used to describe the person to whom the relationship of all other household members is recorded.
This year, there are more options on the census form for describing how people are related [psychologically?] to Person 1 since the Census Bureau has added categories like "opposite-sex unmarried partner," "same-sex husband/wife/spouse" and "same-sex unmarried partner." The change came after the 2010 census when the form only had "husband or wife" and "unmarried partners" to describe romantic [?!] attachments. Several studies have theorized that same-sex couples from the 2010 census were inflated due to unintentional mis-markings by confused [?!] heterosexual married couples.
Household email survey is going to be GREAT!
Unlike in years past, most people won't be filling out the form by hand and mailing it back. Instead, the Census Bureau is encouraging a majority of respondents to answer the questions online, although people also will be able to answer by telephone and by mailing in their responses. Census workers will be sent out to knock on the doors of homes of people who haven't responded by May.

The 2020 Census will help determine how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is distributed as well as how many congressional seats each state gets.

The Census Bureau offers no guidance on how to sort out who comes first.

for "under-counted", "over-counted", "hard-to-count" persons identifying by one or more "race or ethnicity"
by Cat on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 06:16:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 08:55:29 PM EST
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Barack Obama: Women are better leaders than men
If women ran every country in the world there would be a general improvement in living standards and outcomes, former US President Barack Obama has said.

Speaking in Singapore, he said women aren't perfect, but are "indisputably better" than men.

He said most of the problems in the world came from old people, mostly men, holding onto positions of power.

by das monde on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 03:20:47 PM EST
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Why did he insist on running for President if he thought that Clinton would be "indisputably better"?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 03:51:02 PM EST
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Well, not indisputably better than HIM!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 05:07:13 PM EST
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Nikki Haley slammed for claim that Democrats are 'only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani'
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised President Donald Trump for ordering the drone strike that killed Iran's top general last week and took criticism for claiming that the only ones outside of the [?] regime who are upset about his death are Trump's domestic political opponents.
Women and minorities edition
by Cat on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 05:24:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 03:31:01 PM EST
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"Pittsburgh rounding out the gutter as third worst."

What 'Livability' Looks Like for Black Women: another day above ground (ancient Afro-merican saying)

... Of course, no ranking should obscure the fact that there is no city doing complete justice to black women's lives. According to "The Status of Black Women in the United States" report, produced by The Institute for Women's Policy Research, black women overall saw their median annual earnings decline by 5 percent between 2004 and 2014 despite the fact that the share of black women with at least a bachelor's degree increased by 23.9 percent in that same time period. Today, black women earn roughly 61 cents for every dollar made by white men across the nation. ...
Math, bro, "women and minorities" edition.

archived decade
The missing unit of measurement is what?
Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 12:24:28 PM EST

by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 02:55:41 AM EST
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trifling af

Blade Runner: Making Pris
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 08:04:56 PM EST
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Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US
"Marches were scheduled Saturday in more than 180 cities."
by Cat on Sat Jan 18th, 2020 at 07:18:44 PM EST
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Ferguson superimposing himself is one project. On the other, recordation is the cold floor of every fascist state. Which is the point of departure for a funny reaction to Ferguson. He is no cliometrician. Rather a foil for, say, Stampp's meticulous study of The Peculiar Institution (1956) which upset prevailing myths about political economy in the US slave states; or Fogel and Engerman's econometric née cliometric representation, Time on the Cross (1974), of planters' interstate business records; and proceeding generations of economic archaeologists who apply such statistically descriptive technique to reconstruct historical market behaviors of a specific population--descendants of US slaves, for instance.  

an intellectual history of national income accounting

by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 06:39:24 AM EST
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Totalitarian Republic, Neopatrimonial Factionalism, Embourgeoisement, Oligarchy, Power Elite, The Steering Mechanism; formerly known as The Powers That Be (TPTB)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 07:32:58 PM EST
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to reiterate
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 02:53:50 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 12:05:18 AM EST
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Internet is seeing "innovative disruption leading to greater consumer choice."

China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization

The Beidou network is integral to China's longterm plans to dominate the next generation of telecommunications services and -- coupled with China's advances in fifth-generation wireless communications technology -- represents as significant challenge to the U.S. hegemony over telecommunications infrastructure.

Russia starts testing its own internal internet

Russia has begun testing a national internet system that would function as an alternative to the broader web, according to local news reports.

I think the Chinese are smart enough to know they need to keep access to the technical, academic, and scientific information floating around: Google Scholar, arXiv, etc.  I am not sure Russians are that smart.  

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

by ATinNM on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 05:04:34 PM EST
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I don't know about that. What I perceive through Atlanticists' polemic is competition with so-called adversaries for total world domination, the artifice of homicidal mania manifest as evangelical hygiene. What I perceive through histories and "anecdotal evidence" of a multipolar universe however is, those adversaries' intelligence and defense against aggression. This is the way.

Love, Bunny

by Cat on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 05:43:23 PM EST
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China trade: Blame Zhuangzi
Zhuangzi's philosophy defeated the development of logic and created a slanted, not-level playing field in which those who were able to intuit and sense reality were better off than those who were not. This was unlike logic, mathematics and what we call science, in which the process is clear and everybody can see it provided they know some basics.

Intuition is more mysterious, and the senses are thinly defined. Some have it, and some don't. Some sense the happiness of animals, like Zhuangzi; some really don't, like Huizi.

Similarly, the emperor could see and interpret the link between heaven, on the one hand, and men and nature on the other. Common people could not. For this better ability to know, he, the emperor, would have the right to total rule and the subjects would have to obey.

Conversely, following Feng Youlan's approach, one could say that Greek city states, trading with one another, which were incapable of annihilating one another and trying to find common ground, preferred open, clear rules that defined transactions.

by das monde on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 02:59:54 PM EST
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Part I. China trade: what a 200-year crisis reveals LOL
The Americans, who now dominate global trade, economics, and finance, took over from the British-Dutch, who took over from Spanish-Portuguese domination.
The Qing had expelled the Jesuits about a century before and had little or no interests in hearing from foreigners another version of what was happening around them.

This led famously to the First and Second Opium Wars. China was forced to trade opium and open its markets. [BWAH!]...

Part II. In search of an alternate Chinese system of trade LOL
Since the discovery of America, and most importantly since the establishment of Manila and the upsurge in trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trade in the 1570s, world trade and the global economy have been centered around America. ...
"a slanted, not-level playing field" of intuition < wipes tears > m'k.
In theory, in the 16th century, it would have been easy for the powerful Ming state to take over Manila and the Spanish trade with Mexico. Moreover, the mighty Ming fleet - which had traveled to Africa, under admiral Zheng He, just a hundred years before - easily could have started trading directly with Mexico. It didn't do so, for whatever reasons.

It would have been easy also for the Qing empire, which was far richer than the British and French combined, to start trading in tea leaves and whatever was necessary and useful for Chinese and global trade in the middle of the 19th century.

Both the Ming and the Qing empires failed to act. Why? Possibly because they failed to see the world as a whole body, a global environment that China had to fit into, first, and then possibly try to dominate. ...

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 04:00:05 PM EST
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Confucianism and its appreciation of authority contributed as much to compromised Chinese logic, creativity. You are either a knowledgeable, intuiting ruler or a hard-working, compliant denizen. That knowing too soon was disastrous at the times of Western expansion. But the Taoist-Confucian order of passivity and action might be fitting at times of a global decline.

An individual Asian perspective

Chinese patriotism

by das monde on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 09:12:07 AM EST
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2200-year-old confucianism taodoaism authoritarian illiberal passive-aggreive bitches?

Piker, I got yer latest illiterate, EXPERT Atlantic YELLA PERIL rants ritchere.

The NEW! Colonization: China Is Building Enormous Self-Sustaining Chinese Cities All Over The African Continent, unexpectedly

This is the sort of predatory lending that western powers once did so well, but now China has taken things to an entirely new level.

And once China has an African government by the throat, they can be absolutely ruthless...

Basically, ZAMBIA is in the process of becoming TOTALLY OWNED by China.

And this is going to happen in country after country UNTIL SOMEONE STOPS THEM.

But who is going to stop them?
Are you starting to get the picture?

As the western world sleeps, the Chinese are literally taking over AN ENTIRE CONTINENT.

And as they increasingly DOMINATE the landscape economically, they are bringing their culture with them as well...

China in Africa: win-win development, or a NEW! colonialism?
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 05:13:50 PM EST
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It is not like authority is a totally bad thing. Aspiring to dictate without authority looks terrible. Earnest democracy doesn't help to address climate change, or even conservative xenophobias, does it? The Chinese balance has its pros and cons, as anything.

And yeah, China is doing Africa:

by das monde on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 05:39:02 PM EST
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That there is an unfortunate turn of phrase.

What else you got?

by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 07:23:49 PM EST
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We will settle on that.
by das monde on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 07:57:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 06:18:10 PM EST
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Keep America Beautiful - Wikipedia
Keep America Beautiful was founded in December 1953 by a group of American businesses (including companies such as American Can Company, Continental Can Company, Owens-Illinois Glass Co.), nonprofit organizations (Izaak Walton League of America, National Council of State Garden Clubs, U.S. Brewers Foundation), government agencies (Connecticut State Highway Dept., N.Y. State Department of Public Works), and concerned individuals[8] in reaction to the growing problem of highway litter that followed the construction of the Interstate Highway System, and an increasingly mobile and convenience-oriented American consumer. The original goal of the organization was to reduce litter through public education, including public service announcement (PSA) campaigns, and engage tri-sector partnerships through the support of industry, government and nonprofits.

I've for some time entertained the hypothesis that every time there is a pithy three syllable word to summarize a concept in English, where there is no such word in German or French, we're looking at a self-serving injection into our culture by some advertisement campaign in the early post-WW2 decades. "littering", "jaywalking", and also "recycling"

by generic on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 01:25:34 PM EST
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Ain't funny, libertarians tell that the government destroyed the wonderful market of recycling:

The World's Recycling System Is Falling Apart. What's Going On?

A turning point in history was WWII's huge acceleration of government intervention in virtually every area of life. Perhaps prefiguring the 1960s and 1970s, recycling became a patriotic duty, a war-winning strategy on the home front. Social pressure increased on every hand to reclaim and reuse resources [...]

All recycling in history, in all its innovative variants - and at levels from individual scrap collectors to energy-conserving industries - had been economic. They had been activities justifiable by economic calculation, for-profit - including wartime scavenging undertaken simply because that was the available economic source of what was needed. There was little or no recycling mandated by law or regulation; all of it simply made economic sense in a given context. As time passed and economies grew, more production meant more refuse. Accordingly, economic forces drove more research and innovation, and recycling grew [...]

But [abundant oil, etc] has been the triumphant achievement of semi-free markets - succeeding in spite of every obstacle created by regulation - and of the advance of technology. In contrast, the ideological twin of the limits to growth movement - recycling - became the domain predominantly of government and laws. It has therefore been more or less impervious to any "market test" of benefits versus costs. Driven by ideology, the analyses of recycling have been plagued by a "confirmation bias" and by the argument, offered for everything that government does, that "Even if it isn't profitable, it's a good thing, and we've got to do it."

An interesting point comes towards the end: for the last 20-30 years recycling meant shipping the garbage to China - but not anymore....
by das monde on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 01:51:27 PM EST
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by das monde on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 02:53:18 PM EST
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Sweden closes nuclear reactor after over 40 yrs of operation
Work to manage radioactive waste at Ringhals 1 is due to get under way immediately, and Ringhals 1 and 2 reactors will be torn down by the end of 2022. The entire decommissioning process is to take at least eight years, TT reported.
Nuclear fuel rods from Fukushima disaster reactor 3 are now being painstakingly removed
"The cask will be relocated into a pool on site, within a 'structurally sound' building."
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 09:21:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 4th, 2020 at 12:08:15 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:26:23 AM EST
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 07:02:53 PM EST
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Today -100: January 20, 1920:
Of international duties, exiles, and the more extreme types of foolishness

"The 'undesirable aliens' deported from the US arrive, finally, in Russia, crossing over the frozen Systerbak River from Finland."
by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 04:50:41 PM EST
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Ms. Klobuchar  .... In 13 years as a senator, she has sponsored and voted on dozens of national defense measures, including military action in Libya and Syria.
I don't think she was around in 1801. Has the Senate ever voted for military action in Libya since then?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 05:41:53 PM EST
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Yes, in 2011.  Klobuchar voted for it.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 07:54:45 PM EST
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Details? I thought they only had a vote against military action in Libya (which she voted against - the bill that is).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 08:13:35 PM EST
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She was in favor of intervention:

from link: "Klobuchar supported the U.S.-NATO-led regime change war in Libya in 2011"

Bernie is the only major US political figure I know who isn't knee-jerk "Bomb 'em for their one good"

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

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 08:32:00 PM EST
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Was there ever a bill introduced? A major win for R2P doctrine of Hillary-Samantha-Susan. Obama and especially Gates were reluctant for another war for regime change. Amy more of the same, my vote for Bernie Sanders, same as in 2016.

Amy Klobuchar against troop surge Iraq in 2007

Obama speech on Libya

Oil facilities and unrest in mosques after Friday prayers.

Klobuchar supports US military action in Libya

No US ground troops, not going alone as in Afghanistan (?) and Iraq (?), no long term involvement.

Living in the bubble of US Empire -- Late Antiquity

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 12:28:21 PM EST
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In 2011, Putin had stepped aside and Medvedev was President of Russia.

Russian PM accuses NATO of cynically deceiving UNSC ahead if attacks on Syria

After invoking Article 5 on NATO partners after 9/11 for participating in Afghanistan, the military intervention in Libya was a test case for military partnership of European nations.

The Kosovo intervention was a trial and illegal by standards of International Law and UN Charter. Lessons learned by FLOTUS under husband Bill.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 12:41:34 PM EST
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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) may well be regarded by future historians and US-Eng. translators as the Scholars of the North Gate, preserving canonical commentaries on imperial politics, bureaucratic mandates, and legal, or moral, doctrine.

Congress never declared war against Iraq, this we know with certainty. Nor did it effectively denounce US military actions in Iraq et seq. to repel the "axis of evil".

  • AUMF 1991, 2002 (before Klobuchar's time) formally delegated war powers to any POTUS. Searches for public laws--other than appropriation for US military deployments and benefits, contractors' concessions,  allied "aid," or sanctions against "adversaries"--from Congress are futile. Post-WWII resolutions for so-called cold wars is another topic altogether.
  • CRS, U.S.-Iraq Withdrawal/Status of Forces Agreement: Issues for Congressional Oversight (2009): "The report then provides a general background as to the content of agreements traditionally considered Status of Forces Agreements (SOFAs)"
  • H.R.2757 - Iraq Withdrawal: "Accountability Act of 2011: one can see, no one introduced a related bill in the senate, ergo.
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 03:46:16 PM EST
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Anticipating SOFA expiration (CYE 2011) and US military withdrawal, Bush admin prepared the "U.S.-Iraqi Strategic Framework Agreement" (a treaty) for the US-selected "Shia" Iraq PM and next POTUS to sign. It was a GE year in the US, 2008, as it is again in 2020, when  ostensible US-Iraq security purposes are moot. POTUS declared victory over IS/ISIL/Daesh/al-Qaida-in-Iraq. Hence, Team Trump's obstinate machinations (covert and overt) to forestall Iraq sovereignty and induce formal co-operation from Iraq's government--as well as opposition from homicidal maniacs in US Congress, of which Klobuchar and Warren indebted to doctrinaire foreign "conflicts".

CRS, U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework and Status of Forces Agreement: Congressional Response (2008)
U.S.-Iraqi Strategic Framework Agreement: Update on Implementation (2013)

Since Vice President Biden traveled to Iraq in November 2011 and convened a meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee, the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA) has served as the backbone of our relationship with the Government of Iraq (GOI). The United States and the GOI value the SFA, as evidenced by public statements by each side, the three Higher Coordinating Committee meetings and 24 Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meetings held in the areas of cooperation outlined in the SFA, the Working Groups within each JCC that meet on a regular basis, and the myriad of developments across these sectors, a sampling of which is listed below: ...
Desire and Reality: Proposed law designed to drive US forces out of Iraq, Feb 2019
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 04:41:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 11:39:51 PM EST
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Comment on Naked Capitalism
Does the NYTimes think it takes two women to do the job one man can do?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 10:27:03 AM EST
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Thousands of Iraqis rally to demand withdrawal of US troops, 2020
"Today's protest is a referendum called for by the Iraqi people who consider the presence of US forces within the country a danger to them and to the region," civil servant Asad al-Hashemi told Al Jazeera.

"The US is the reason for the corruption and all of our misfortunes."

He said the US presence stokes dissent and increases the likelihood of people "acting out against it on our terrain, thus turning Iraq into an ongoing battlefield for competing geopolitical interests.
On Wednesday [22 Jan], Iraqi President Barham Saleh met US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The two leaders agreed on the need to keep US forces in Iraq, much to the consternation of the pro-Sadr protesters.

Mohammed Jasim al-Kinani, 55, one of the leaders of the southern Kinani tribe [!], called the Salih-Trump meeting "unacceptable".

"million man march," chile
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 08:53:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:27:06 AM EST

by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:19:30 PM EST
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Pillar of Ho HO Ho
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 07:54:11 PM EST
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Hurrah, hurrah 😖 Belgium just gained a new princess ...

Belgian's former King Albert II submits DNA in paternity case | BBC News |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 07:21:18 PM EST
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The best I could do. It's difficult to take pictures at night when you're surrounded by sardines on all sides.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 07:03:17 AM EST
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 01:03:45 AM EST
Non costituirà più reato coltivare, in minima quantità e solo per uso personale, la cannabis in casa: è la pronuncia epocale delle sezioni unite penali della Cassazione, il massimo organo della Corte. Il 19 dicembre scorso, infatti, è stato deliberato per la prima volta che "non costituiscono reato le attività di coltivazione di minime dimensioni svolte in forma domestica. Attività di coltivazione che per le rudimentali tecniche utilizzate, lo scarso numero di piante ed il modesto quantitativo di prodotto ricavabile appaiono destinate in via esclusiva all'uso personale del coltivatore". Viene propugnata così la tesi per cui il bene giuridico della salute pubblica non viene in alcun modo pregiudicato o messo in pericolo dal singolo che decide di coltivare per sè qualche piantina di marijuana.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 26th, 2019 at 05:12:55 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 04:26:50 AM EST
Amid a spike in hate crimes in New York City, many Jews are worried that a new "no bail" law might make their neighborhoods more dangerous. They are calling on politicians to reverse the policy -- and lawmakers are listening.

The new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, bars judges from setting bail on misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, even when those charges are listed as hate crimes.

"misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies" should read "alleged misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies", of course.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 05:49:19 PM EST
Longer term, economic growth is running at its slowest annual pace since 2012.

November's unexpectedly poor economic performance sent sterling 0.5 per cent down against the dollar on Monday, taking it below $1.30. The pound was down 0.4 per cent against the euro by mid-morning.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 08:20:31 AM EST
The National
LABOUR leadership contender Lisa Nandy is facing criticism after suggesting Scotland could look to Catalonia to find answers on beating "divisive nationalism".

Earlier this week the Wigan MP spoke of her plan for an "international commission" created by and for the Scottish people, which would aim to learn from examples in other countries where "the cause of social justice has beaten divisive nationalism"


Last night in an interview with journalist Andrew Neil, Nandy was asked what she meant by the suggestion.

The MP responded by saying places like Catalonia and Quebec have "lessons" for Scotland.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 10:05:25 AM EST
"The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg - for Consent: The Political Economy of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex"

http://www.theartofannihilation.com/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-for-consent-the-political-ec onomy-of-the-non-profit-industrial-complex/

"This series is about new financial markets in a world where global economic growth is experiencing stagnation. The threat and subsequent response is not so much about climate change as it is about the collapse of the capitalist economic system. This series is about the climate wealth opportunity of unprecedented growth, profits and the measures our elite classes will take in order to achieve it - including the exploitation of the youth."

by Number 6 on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 11:20:19 AM EST
And Roger Scrotum...er...Scruton, pseudointellectual apologist for fascism/feudalism (depending on which drivel of his you read) and incessant whinger against "liberal conspiracies", is dead.  One down, so many to go.
by rifek on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 12:24:27 AM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 12:54:17 PM EST
No, not Corbyn or anything to do with Labour. Independent
John Bercow has claimed he was subjected to antisemitic abuse by Conservative Party members.

The former House of Commons speaker said he experienced "subtle" comments about his Jewish heritage while a member of the party.

He told the Sunday Times Magazine he never experienced antisemitism from anyone within the Labour Party throughout his 22 years in parliament.

But, he added: "I did experience antisemitism from members of the Conservative Party."

"It's very difficult to put a figure on it. A lot was subtle.

Reese-Moog accusing him in Parliament of being part of the Illuminati conspiracy wasn't that subtle. I'm not holding my breath for comments from the Chief Rabbi.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 06:57:30 PM EST
The British app for applying for settled status only looks at the last two digits of the date of birth. Here is the story of 1-year old Giovanni Palmiero (born 1919).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 11:56:03 AM EST
I see the US dollar has been going up lately. Could this be the markets responding to the prospect of a Sanders presidency?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 13th, 2020 at 08:22:52 AM EST
Sarcasm? I think the prospect of a Sanders presidency would initially make the markets go down, esp pharma, insurance, fossil fuels and military industrial complex. They know they have been feeding at the public trough because they purchased the privilege.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 13th, 2020 at 05:53:18 PM EST
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By boycotting AIPAC, he avoids things like this.
Sebastian Kurz, the chancellor of Austria, who brought an Austrian political party founded by a literal former Nazi into the Austrian government, the first time since the end of World War II that a political party with Nazi origins became part of a European governing coalition -- a party that only recently proposed requiring Jews to obtain permits to purchase kosher meat.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 09:27:27 PM EST
New research from China has found that men, particularly middle-aged and older men, are having a harder time fighting off the virus than women. Chinese researchers found that while the infection rate among men and women is the same, the death rate among men is 2.8% compared with 1.7% for women.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 28th, 2020 at 01:27:44 PM EST
L'appello del  governatore Emiliano in un video Facebook ha sortito i primi effetti: "Vi parlo come se foste i miei figli, i miei fratelli, i miei nipoti: fermatevi e tornate indietro. Scendete alla prima stazione ferroviaria, non prendete gli aerei per Bari e per Brindisi, tornate indietro con le auto, lasciate l'autobus alla prossima fermata". E ancora: "Non portate nella vostra Puglia l'epidemia lombarda".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 9th, 2020 at 01:39:49 PM EST
From La Repubblica. I can't find more details or confirmation anywhere.
Nessun caso dell'epidemia di coronavirus che si sta diffondendo in Italia ha a che fare direttamente con la Cina. I tre malati, due turisti e un italiano rientrato da Wuhan, che si sono infettati in quel Paese sono infatti stati isolati e non hanno trasmesso a nessuno la malattia. C'è un'ulteriore conferma del fatto che il Covid-19 circolava già da tempo in Italia quando è esploso il problema a Codogno e che i positivi erano malati già di seconda o terza generazione nello studio epidemiologico pubblicato dall'Istituto superiore di sanità tenendo conto dei dati fino al 9 marzo, cioè di 8.342 persone positive al Covid-19.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 10th, 2020 at 08:37:38 PM EST
I think I actually witnessed this this morning from the other side of the street, without realizing what was going on.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 14th, 2020 at 06:55:46 PM EST
Possible to get a new Newsroom?

This one is a bit long in the tooth.

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

by ATinNM on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 02:22:59 AM EST
Naked Capitalism
On March 16, 2020, the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva wrote a blog post on the Fund's website; it represents the kind of generosity necessary in the midst of a global pandemic. "The IMF stands ready to mobilize its $1 trillion lending capacity to help our membership," she wrote. Countries with "urgent balance-of-payments needs" could be helped by the IMF's "flexible and rapid-disbursing emergency response toolkit." Through these mechanisms, the IMF said that it could provide $50 billion to developing countries and $10 billion to low-income countries at a zero-interest rate.

The day before Georgieva made this public statement, the foreign ministry of the government of Venezuela sent a letter to the IMF asking for funds to finance the government's "detection and response systems" for its efforts against the coronavirus. In the letter, President Nicolas Maduro wrote that his government is "taking different preventive measures and following through strict and exhaustive controls to protect the Venezuelan people." These measures require funding, which is why the government is "turning to your honorable organization to request its evaluation about the possibility of authorizing Venezuela a financing line of $5 billion from the Rapid Financing Instrument emergency fund."

Georgieva's policy to provide special assistance to countries should have been sufficient for the IMF to provide the assistance that the Venezuelan government had requested. But, very quickly, the Fund declined the request from Venezuela.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 10:14:28 AM EST

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 06:35:36 PM EST
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Why do people still read the NYT?The Guardian
The idea of sending people back to work and restarting the economy had been floating around last weekend, propagated by two opinion pieces in particular. One was written on Medium. Another, published two days before the Hilton show, was an opinion piece by David Katz, a former director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, which was published by the New York Times. Given the reach of the New York Times this piece, headlined Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?, attracted huge attention.

In the piece, Katz argues that those over 60 and those who are immunologically compromised should be "preferentially protect[ed]", with focused testing.

Current Affairs
Even Larry Summers was "appalled," and if Larry Summers is appalled by the callousness of a cost-benefit argument you know it's bad. It's only far right crackpots and New York Times columnists (how thin the line between them so often is) who dispute the public health experts, which is probably why other countries battling COVID-19 have not been having the ludicrous argument we now find ourselves having.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 05:20:58 PM EST

Is Albania the best country in the world? Poor countries don't usually provide aid to rich ones, and Albania is also the only Nazi-occupied country that had more Jews at the end of the occupation than before.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 08:33:32 PM EST
Il Dolomiti
Non si è fatto proprio mancare nulla l'orso M49 che nella giornata di ieri si è spostato da baita a malga alla ricerca evidentemente di cibo e creando anche diversi danni.


Ben diversa la situazione e i danni fatti invece a malga Pontara dove l'orso ha pensato di passare. Qui, secondo quanto ricostruito dal Servizio Foreste della Pat è riuscito ad aprire la porta e si è anche scolato una bottiglia di olio d'oliva che ha trovato all'interno.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 31st, 2020 at 06:48:46 PM EST
It takes a comedian to answer these idiots who want to keep churches open.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Apr 5th, 2020 at 08:04:03 PM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 6th, 2020 at 08:21:35 PM EST
On top of ventilators, face masks and health care workers, you can now add COBOL programmers to the list of what several states urgently need as they battle the coronavirus pandemic.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has put out a call for volunteers who know how to code the decades-old computer programming language called COBOL because many of the state's systems still run on older mainframes.

In Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state's Departments of Labor was in the process of modernizing from COBOL but then the virus interfered. "So they're operating on really old stuff," she said.

Connecticut has also admitted that it's struggling to process the large volume of unemployment claims with its "40-year-old system comprised of a COBOL mainframe and four other separate systems." The state is working to develop a new benefits system with Maine, Rhode Island, Mississippi and Oklahoma. But the system won't be finished before next year.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 9th, 2020 at 05:25:39 PM EST
Citing the "progress of human civilisation" as well as growing public concern over animal welfare and prevention of disease transmission from animals to humans, China's Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs singled out canines as forbidden in a draft "white list" of animals allowed to be raised for meat.

The ministry called dogs a "special companion animal" and one not internationally recognised as livestock.

The city of Shenzhen recently approved the first ever mainland China ban on consumption of dog and cat meat, a move that has given hope to animal welfare groups worldwide that other parts of the country could soon follow suit. The new draft policy has provided even more.

Will Switzerland follow suit?  But
Wildlife such as deer, game birds, along with mink, two kinds of foxes, and other animals were included on a list of animals expected to be approved as farm-raised species once China's central government lifts a ban on the wildlife trade.
So much for Oscar Wilde.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 9th, 2020 at 06:56:14 PM EST
Una giornata di ordinario caos quella che si è svolta oggi al Parlamento europeo, con Pd e M5s che si sono divisi sul Mes. Mentre ieri Lega e Forza Italia hanno votato contro i coronabond e i cinquestelle hanno detto no a un articolo sul Recovery Fund.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 17th, 2020 at 05:03:45 PM EST
How are the laws in your countries? Are they as harsh as in Italy, where people have been fined for walking their tortoise or sheep?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 17th, 2020 at 05:06:35 PM EST
It's a story that even a screenwriter would have a hard time coming up with: fearing that Palestinians employed inside the Green Line will bring the new coronavirus back into the West Bank, Palestinians are reporting breaches in the separation barrier that divides Israel from the occupied territories. Members of the Popular Committees, who for the past two decades have coordinated non-violent demonstrations against the concrete wall and metal fences that make up the barrier, are themselves trying to fix the holes.

Palestinian officials are claiming that the Israeli government is failing to properly maintain the barrier, thereby allowing Palestinian laborers to freely cross into Israel via damaged parts of the metal fence and drainage canals, and return without any kind of medical checks. According to Israeli media, almost two-thirds of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the occupied territories can be traced back to Palestinian laborers returning from Israel.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Apr 18th, 2020 at 08:22:49 AM EST
Is there a difference? The Intercept
Copeland [NYC health commissioner], as a city official, was unable to stop the flow of troop ships from the city. And a lot of his good work was undone in a single day. On October 12, 1918, near the peak of the outbreak's second wave, Copeland was forced to let a massive Liberty Day parade proceed down Fifth Avenue, from 72nd Street to Washington Square, attended by an estimated 500,000 people. It was led by President Wilson.
The Michigan demonstrations don't begin to compare.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 20th, 2020 at 07:53:11 PM EST
While the rest of us are busy fighting the COVID virus, the Olympic Committee is busy with more important issues: Do disqualifications from 2020 for doping carry over to the rescheduled 2021 games?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 20th, 2020 at 07:57:07 PM EST
Dabei verdient die Stadt eigentlich für etwas anderes wirklich weltweite Berühmtheit: ihr Nationalgericht namens ,,Reganmian", Wuhans heißscharfe trockene Nudeln. Dass aus China als oft zitiertes Ursprungsland der - Nudel! - eine Vielzahl an meisterhaften Pastarezepten kommt, ist kein Geheimnis. Wuhans kulinarischer Beitrag zum Oeuvre ist ein Gericht aus alkalischen Nudeln, die in Wahrheit nur insofern trocken sind, als dass sie für China untypisch in keiner Suppe schwimmen. Serviert werden sie mit einer feurigen Soja-Sesam-Salsa und meistens getoppt mit eingelegtem Gemüse und Frühlingszwiebeln.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2020 at 05:53:56 PM EST
Administrative theory and practice
For instance, Pennsylvania is implementing a social distancing action showing a projection of 190,000 adult fatalities including across the three age categories 18-49 (7,600), 50-64 (30,400), and 65+ (152,000). After accounting for voter participation, the calculations show that among age group one, 953 more Democratic voters than Republicans voters would lose their lives. In age group two, 1,824 more Republicans than Democrats would potentially perish while in age group three 13,680 more Republicans would potentially perish. Cumulatively, 14,551 more Republicans than Democrats would perish under these projections, a significant change given that Trump carried the Commonwealth by 44,292 votes.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 02:46:59 PM EST
And that's without factoring in behavioural differences between the two with respect to (unconstitutional) "social distancing"...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 03:23:42 PM EST
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It looks like these will only be required from May 4 for people going from one region to another (anybody know what is happening in France?)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 04:23:11 PM EST
Forbes (you read that right. It's not the Onion) on Jan 27
That begs the question: which countries are best and worst prepared to deal with an epidemic? Last October, the Global Health Security Index was released, exploring that very issue. It was the first comprehensive assessment of global health security capabilities in 195 countries. The index analyzed preparation levels by focusing on whether countries have the proper tools in place to deal with large scale outbreaks of disease, with scores measured on a scale of 0 to 100 where 100 is the highest level of preparedness.

The United States has the strongest measures in place and it came first with a score of 83.5, ahead of the United Kingdom with 77.9 and the Netherlands with 75.6.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Apr 25th, 2020 at 11:03:37 AM EST
Ahhh!! No surprise ... the same three countries following the guidelines of "herd immunity" as modelled by a joint report, team work of Imperial College in London and Dutch RIVM with mathematician Wallage.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 25th, 2020 at 12:45:11 PM EST
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It is insufficient to have 'procedures in place' when a pandemic erupts. It is also necessary to apply those procedures - something lost on the Trump administration and some others.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 8th, 2020 at 08:09:43 PM EST
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'Be brave Italy, Serbia is with you': Baltic nation sends four planes filled with medical equipment
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Apr 25th, 2020 at 04:25:21 PM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Apr 25th, 2020 at 07:25:11 PM EST
But as restaurants close or limit service and Belgians sit at home, there's been a sharp drop in demand for frozen potatoes, which accounts for 75 percent of Belgium's potato processing. That's according to Romain Cools, secretary general of Belgian potato industry group Belgapom, who spoke to CNBC. Cools said that the drop in demand has led to a massive inventory build up, straining the industry's freezer capacity. As a result, Belgapom has a simple, straightforward request for Belgian citizens to help: eat French fries. Twice a week. At least.
Belgians do not eat French fries. Never. No matter how serious the situation is.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 2nd, 2020 at 08:51:40 PM EST
A spiccare è il dato di Roma, che a marzo fa segnare un -9,4% rispetto alla mortalità media degli ultimi 5 anni: 3.757 morti quest'anno, 4.121 in media. Giù anche Napoli, che registra un -0,9% di mortalità.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon May 4th, 2020 at 02:45:46 PM EST
Since I get direct deposit from the IRS, I missed getting a delayed check with Trump's name on it. So I got a letter instead
lo haremos juntos, como una nación, más fuerte que nunca

Presidente Donald J. Trump

The other side has the same thing in English, but Spanish seems more appropriate for mail from the dictator of a banana republic.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 8th, 2020 at 07:55:32 PM EST

Listen carefully around 0:30
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 9th, 2020 at 05:17:55 PM EST
From Finland

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 06:11:42 PM EST
Museo della Quarantena
Il Museo della Quarantena raccoglie le schede di oggetti (ma anche animali, luoghi) che ci hanno accompagnato in questo periodo di lockdown: non importa la natura dell'oggetto, l'unico vincolo è che siano oggetti significativi in relazione all'esperienza vissuta.

La collezione si sta formando passo dopo passo con il contributo dei visitatori e uscirà dal mondo virtuale nel giorno in cui potremo riapire il Museo Diocesano Tridentino al pubblico!

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 11:40:42 AM EST
The scariest thing about Duel is that we never know the truck driver's motives, let alone actually see him.


Might it be that he just wanted to check his eyesight on a road trip and didn't even see the car? We may never know.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 28th, 2020 at 04:08:15 PM EST

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