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by Bjinse Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:17:57 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:19:14 PM EST
McJobs on the rise , illustrated
by select EU nation-states: temp, temp < 3 mo., part-time, "independent", and two-job employee status


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 12:55:50 AM EST
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What is it called?

< jobs nuggets >

:))

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

by Oui on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 07:05:48 AM EST
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I held on to my copy for a long time.
Jihad vs. McWorld (1995)
probably the last relentlessly "fact-filled" book Barber published: De-industrialization of US economy over prior 50 years, tables, no graphs.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 02:59:53 PM EST
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The article is trash.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 03:01:00 PM EST
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Increasing number of `yellow vest' lists for European elections
Rassemblement des Gilets jaunes citoyens, Union jaune, Egalité nationale, and straw straw-poll

APPEL DE LA PREMIÈRE « ASSEMBLÉE DES ASSEMBLÉES » DES GILETS JAUNES
adopted on the 27th of January in Commercy, France

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 01:40:36 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 01:44:50 AM EST
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Italy vetoed EU recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido - M5S source to RT
file in "Cameron Veto", demonstration of

archived
Parliament recognises Guaidó in Venezuela and calls on 28 to follow

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 01:53:50 AM EST
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At least the Italian government did something useful in this instance. I fail to see how a successful coup orchestrated by the Trump administration could help any country.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 06:02:28 AM EST
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I would argue that it is not impossible for the administration to accidentally do something right once in a while.
by asdf on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 04:12:54 PM EST
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Twice in a while?
The Italian government intends to approve in coming months new banking regulations, including a rule that separates banks' commercial and investment businesses, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 04:44:51 PM EST
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Salvini has called Maduro a butcher, so we know which end of this weird hybrid of a government is sliding its stick in the hegemon's spokes.
The same end that was in Paris with the GJ yesterday, talking with its leaders.

 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 08:11:34 AM EST
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If I had to guess it has little to do with Venezuela and more with the budget fights/banking regulation.
by generic on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 12:51:10 PM EST
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It's seems to me Di Maio's and Silvini's positions on domestic politics pretty much echo their positions on NATO conquest. Together, one "leader" with a pronounced personality disorder.

What I gather from a couple Italian yellow sheets is, Di Maio is front man for mediation, say, in banking regulation and diplomacy. Silvini is front man for all styles Trump, Big Man.

There is no intellectually challenging commentary girding Italian claims to sovereignty in any case. I'm sure I missed those speeches.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 01:47:22 PM EST
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Silvini
"I hope for free and democratic elections as soon as possible. I'm close to the millions of Italians, and descendants of Italians, who live, resist and suffer in Venezuela".
Does that sum up the demography of opposition to Chavistas, melo?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 02:09:17 PM EST
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Good question, anyone know?
Whether he is as concerned about the millions of poor Venezuelans who voted Maduro, less likely.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 04:11:42 PM EST
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I'm a bit disappointed by this response. My mistake. In light of your localized interest in Silvini's grandiose propaganda, I'd assumed you possessed further insight as to how that perspective informed his motivation to rule Italy gov foreign agenda. EU gov doesn't really substitute, does it?

Anyhoo, Silvini sentiment (Ansa, quoted above; also 'Basta prudenza, sosteniamo nuove elezioni') arrives ironically with recent aspersions cast on the post-colonial "departments" of France. Intuition suggests to me that Silvini's concern for Venezuela's Italian "heritage" at the expense of Venezuala's poor, socialist army is genuine.

A quick google (saving another one of those obscure dissertations I give myself to MULL) reveals Maduro's opposition is demographically weighted with 1% legacy cases of "oil boom" who dare not self-identify as émigrés.

Francisco Rodríguez of Wesleyan and Rodrigo Wagner, a grad student here at Harvard, have used the Maisanta list to ask just that question.  Maisanta, you'll recall, was a list published by the Venezuelan government containing the names of everyone who had signed a 2004 recall petition against Hugo Chávez.  The list contained ID numbers, which can be cross-referenced against income data in the Venezuelan Social Security Institute database.  They then used people's surnames to trace them back to various Italian regions.  They had to eliminate non-regionally-specific surnbames like Rossi, Russo, Ferrari, Esposito, Bianchi, Romano, and Colombo.  So, given all the potential objections to the methodology, what did they find?

Nothing.  There is no relationship between the political predilections of their parents' region-of-origin in Italy and the predilections of Italian-Venezuelan voters today.  Inasmuch as Italian-Venezuelans have overwhelmingly achieved middle and upper-class status in Venezuela, they have also assimilated to the political predilections of those groups.

Implying, profit rather than strictly racist motive unites demographic attributes. Read more here about "Daleyism" (as in Chicago, USA, patronage), or ressentiment of the purged.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 08:40:06 PM EST
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about that "oil boom" and OPEC's embargo -- Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez?, A/V (EN) --after $/bbl collapsed on the 'elite'



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 01:35:43 PM EST
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CAT:
I'm a bit disappointed by this response. My mistake. In light of your localized interest in Silvini's grandiose propaganda, I'd assumed you possessed further insight as to how that perspective informed his motivation to rule Italy gov foreign agenda.
(That's Salvini, BTW))

Your question was about "the demography of opposition to Chavistas", in light of Salvini's claim to being "close to the millions of Italians, and descendants of Italians, who live, resist and suffer in Venezuela", not about the Italian government foreign policy, was it not?

by Bernard on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 07:34:46 PM EST
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The subject is foreign relations of the state of Italy to the state of Venezuela.

I had one question, based on two observations about one deputy prime minister's, Salvini's stated foreign policy interest in the disposition of Venezuela's government: Salvini has articulated one concern, AFAIK, for one demographic group within the population of Venezuela relating business between the two states.

Does that sum up the demography of opposition to Chavistas, melo?

I not explicitly qualify "opposition to Chavistas" to residents of Venezuela, but that was my meaning, given the context of Salvini's remarks as well as his support of US foreign policy and Trump in particular. It may well be that a majority of Italians resident in Italy share Salvini's rationale for projecting the authority and patronage of Italy gov into Venezuela.

You see melo's response is not informative. I am disappointed, this response provides no additional information --translated from the Italian as melo has done with fluency for other issues-- about Salvini's stated foreign policy interest viz Venezuela's government --be that controversial or indifferent statements about foreign-born and immigrant Italians living in Venezuela, bi-lateral trade, FDI, territorial disputes, extra-judicial executions ordered by Maduro or Chavez or prior Venezuelan heads of state, and so forth.

Yet here we have deputy prime minister Di Maio's impudence causing more trouble than Salvini for proper interpretation of sovereignty --L'état, C'est Moi-- around the world.

'Yellow vests' cause diplomatic CRISIS between France and Italy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 10:11:01 PM EST
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Salvini is a big mouth with more cunning than brains, it doesn't surprise me at all to see his attitude to Venezuela, except for the fact that for a change he's in bellicose concert with the EU, instead of conflict.
He is all over the media here and honestly he represents a side effect of Italy that is tragically regressive in many ways.
This government is something of a Frankenstein. With Brexit looming, Italian politics is relatively undramatic.
With Salvini it's always bad news, nothing new or interesting to report.
All his bluster is EU electioneering. He has fantasies of displacing Merkel and becoming chief enchilada of the whole shebang.
5* have been a stepping stone into government for him.
The old political caste which has reduced Italy so badly these last 40 years is rooting for Salvini,  because in spite of his blather the only change he wants for Italy is less immigrants and more guns.
If the immigration issue were better governed, he would lose a lot of his political raison d'être, it is strange therefore that he has bulldozed some encampments where immigrants were living, putting them on the street where they are more likely to inflame discontent.
Unless he actually needs them to continue to be so popular.
The only core value he shares with the 5* is a certain resistance to globalism.
I suspect he is not well informed about Venezuela and just felt the need to mouth off for (even more) media attention.
Since the election his poll numbers have doubled and he now leads the 5* by 8%, after gaining barely half the votes they did.
So this uneasy coalition-of-sorts weighs on him now, he feels a continual need to affirm his nascent supremacy, stealing any and all of their thunder that he can (with the help of a supinely compliant media).
Maduro has bigger worries, methinks, than an Italian Internal minister's efforts at relevance.
I have been turned off Italpol lately, too depressing.
If the 5*'s reforms help the economy - a big if - then things could get interesting again, but we won't know about that until the third quarter.
I am happy that the 5* are hanging with the GJ, that's the future I want to happen for Europe.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 11:00:11 PM EST
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Thank you.

You see, I respect your opinion.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 11:31:44 PM EST
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Hundreds march in Rome in union pro-growth protest  - The Local
Holding banners with slogans such as "A future for work", demonstrators called for a massive publicly and privately funded investment programme, and further-reaching reforms than what the government -- made up of the far right League party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement -- is currently offering.

Italian unions have called investment plans announced by the government too cautious, its pension reform plan not far-reaching enough and have also criticized a plan to pay the poorest Italians a monthly income, saying it  undermines the fight against both poverty and unemployment.

Italian unions feel overlooked by the government and did not take well to an encounter between Five Star Movement chief Luigi Di Maio with members of the "yellow vest" protest in France which caused a diplomatic uproar between Paris and Rome.

"It is unusual, to say the least, that a deputy prime minister finds the time to meet opponents of the government in a neighbouring country but doesn't have the time to meet with the opposition in his own country, i.e. the unions," Landini said on Friday.

by Bernard on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 12:09:20 PM EST
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Portuguese bank halted $1.2 bln transfer of Venezuela funds: lawmaker
["]Lisbon-based["] Novo Banco, which is 75 percent-owned by U.S. private equity firm Lone Star Funds, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

archived 3/4 of a person
US sanctions

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 08:52:52 PM EST
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Acte XIII
Local.fr | A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand on Saturday
Clashes broke out outside the National Assembly building in Paris after a march from the Champs-Elysées arrived there. While many demonstrators marched peacefully, some masked activists tried to break down barriers outside the parliament while others urinated outside. Masked men threw projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas and stun [sic] grenades.
[...]
Volunteer medics at the National Assembly told AFP that a man had had his hand ripped off during the clashes between police and protesters. One witness who filmed the incident, 21-year-old Cyprien Royer, said it had been caused by a flash-ball grenade fired by police to disperse the crowd. Royer said the victim was a yellow jacket photographer "taking photos of people trying to break down the barriers protecting the entrance to the National Assembly", at around midday.
Sputnik | (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Sanitation Trucks
WaPo | French yellow vest anti-govt protests turn violent in Paris
"French yellow vest protester's hand was ripped apart Saturday during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest."
France24 | Casualties reported during Act 13 of 'Yellow Vest' protests
"Some of the paramedics served as a barrier to stop media and demonstrators from getting too close."

archived "stupidity contest"
Macron 'MULLS referendum' to quell French Yellow Vest CRISIS
French Security 'Have Right' to Use Weapons at Protests

GLI-F4 grenades, "Flash-Ball", LBD 40

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 09:19:21 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 07:43:55 PM EST
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France recalls Rome envoy over worst verbal onslaught 'since the war'
Paris has taken the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassador from Rome, in the worst crisis between the two neighbouring countries since the second world war.

France blamed what it called baseless verbal attacks from Italy's political leaders, which it said were "without precedent since world war two".


Jump right into schoolyard level provocations, now, that's smart.
by Bernard on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 07:37:46 PM EST
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Hey Moscovici and Macron started it!
Talking tough while sheltering under Angela's wing.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 11:03:51 PM EST
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 You started it!
 Did not!
 Did too!
 ...

"Angela's wing" doesn't provide as much shelter nowadays as it used to; and certainly not to Macron whose many "ambitious proposals" have been quietly rebuffed in Berlin.

Two weeks ago, Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau said that "France wouldn't enter a stupidity contest". Seems like her boss didn't follow the advice.

Let's not forget that the reasons for Di Maio's stunt are rooted in the competition between the Lega and 5* trying to get ahead of each other for the upcoming European elections. Macron is also trying to get his own group at the EP, but so far only ALDE has been interested.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 07:36:01 PM EST
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euractiv got jokes

Trans-Europe Express - Divided we stand, united we bash Macron
Italy's ruling coalition, the two founding nations of the EU: "Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece displayed at the Louvre museum"

The Brief - When words fail...
"Almost as wearisome as the endless, and largely futile, trips by Theresa May and her minions to Brussels is the jumble of obscure, and sometimes, misleading jargon used to describe the Brexit process. ... The most egregious is probably the 'deal or no deal' phraseology. This makes the Brexit negotiations seem like an everyday decision of whether to buy a car or a new TV."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 04:47:07 PM EST
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Leipzig, 29.01
Der russische Discounter Torgservis eröffnet am Dienstag in Leipzig seine erste Filiale in Deutschland. ,,Um 9 Uhr machen wir auf", sagte am Montag ein Sprecher der deutschen Tochter TS-Markt auf LVZ-Anfrage.
Looks they were a bit too successful...
Nach nur einer Woche hat der russische Discounter "Mere" seine erste Filiale in Deutschland wegen Lieferengpässen vorübergehend geschlossen. Zahlreiche Produkte seien bereits wegen der großen Nachfrage in den ersten Tagen ausverkauft, sagte eine Unternehmenssprecherin am Montag auf Anfrage. Um den Lieferanten Zeit zu geben, sei die Filiale in Leipzig an diesem Montag und Dienstag geschlossen. Am Mittwoch soll der Discounter wieder öffnen.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 11:51:45 AM EST
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In dem ehemaligen Aldi-Markt im Einkaufszentrum ,,Treff Portitz" ganz im Norden der Messestadt wurde am Montagabend noch bis spät eingeräumt.
heh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 02:49:51 PM EST
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RTE: Nurses' strike causing 'significant disruption' to services - HSE



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 03:12:25 PM EST
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RTE is funded in whole or in part by Ireland government.

Varadkar admits 'discourteous' no direct contact made with nurses

"So if the Government insists the only remedy cannot involve pay, then we have a huge problem."
[...]
Mr Donohoe has once again ruled out wage increases because "the moment a move is made in one part of the civil and public service, every other part would expect the same".
Irish American Congressman leads the US charge against post-Brexit Irish border
Boyle's resolution came the same day as the British Parliament's vote to replace the backstop with some type of alternative arrangements.
[...]
"A hard border would eliminate the free flow of people between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which has proved fundamental to promoting peace and unity.

"Given the United States is a close ally of both the UK and Republic of Ireland, and given the United States played a leading role in helping facilitate the GFA, it is now time for the United States Congress to make clear we stand in strong opposition to a hard border. We must not go backwards."

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

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 10:16:30 PM EST
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The new George Mitchell?
by Bernard on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 07:23:13 PM EST
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niiice catch

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 07:52:15 PM EST
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DEFECTIVE Art.153, labor theory of value
Europe creates labour watchdog to fight against ["]abuses["]
s/b right-to-work (US-Eng.) doctrine, in the absence of uniform, minimum EU27  (ahh 'federal') collective bargaining "rights" and regulations

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

DEFECTIVE Art. 11, 13, antitrust, IPR, labor theory of value
Deal struck on copyright reform after 'intense' negotiations
The "P" in IPR stands for "property"

archived
Google has flipped ContentID (2008) into a milk cow

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 15th, 2019 at 03:43:21 PM EST
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CREDIT: RTE, 9 Feb 2019. The INMO said the rally aims to show the level of public support for nurses and midwives.

The rally follows three days of strike action over the last two weeks in a dispute over pay and staff shortages. Nurses are demanding an across-the-board pay rise, to bring them in line with other healthcare professionals like physiotherapists.

Today's rally is being led by young nurses wheeling suitcases. They are asking the Government to give them a reason to stay in Ireland, and to encourage nurses working abroad to return home.

No rallies lingering for The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018
The bill banning sale of Israel settlement goods passed the Seanad 5 Dec and the Dáil 25 Jan. It's such a big deal, The Irish Times management ran its "principled" editorial, Bibi nearly stroked out, and Google seems to have misplaced anglo-merican MSM coverage. Notice of Ireland's independence appears restricted to ME and BDS press.
MEM | Ireland passes BDS bill banning Israel settlement goods
Once approved, the law would see fines of up to €250,000 ($284,000) or five years in jail be handed down for those found guilty of importing or selling any goods or services originating in the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem or West Bank settlements, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Though estimates put the value of settlement-made exports to Ireland at between only $580,000 and $1.1 million annually, the symbolic value of the bill and its potential to influence other European countries to follow suit has been hailed as a victory by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative party, said the bill is a "great victory for the BDS movement" and vowed that "we will seek to pass similar laws in a number of European countries in the near future".

The invisible border is strong, Luke.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 05:17:51 PM EST
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archived IE debate
Irish Law to Ban Settlements Goods from Palestine , Jan 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 26th, 2019 at 04:43:32 PM EST
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Denver Teachers [U****] Go on Strike After Failing to Reach Pay Deal
The [Denver Teachers] union voted to strike Jan. 22 after more than a year of negotiations with the district ended with no contract. The district delayed the strike by appealing to the Colorado Department of Employment and Labor, which declined to intervene last week.
[...]
Denver Public Schools has closed all preschools due to a lack of qualified substitutes, but most K-12 classes are being covered by 1,400 central office employees, a pool of 1,200 substitute teachers and 300 emergency hires, according to education news site Chalkbeat's calculations. Subs will be paid $200 to $250 to work through the strike.
How the humanities survive on exploitation
"they guarantee a labor surplus that provides the cheap, flexible labor"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 12th, 2019 at 03:54:58 AM EST
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WTF is Going on at Wright State?

That Wright State administrators feel so free to attempt to exploit the two (or three, or more) tiered labor structure of higher education in order to either replace their existing faculty at a lower cost, or compel existing faculty to give up on their collective bargaining rights is a very bad sign for the future and an inevitable consequence of these inequities.

In short, the University decided that it needed to "force compromises" from its tenured and unionized faculty by imposing a contract upon them after a fairly short negotiating period, and daring them to strike. The Union went on strike, and after 20 days managed a compromise deal of sorts.

by Zwackus on Sat Feb 16th, 2019 at 11:12:22 PM EST
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Venezuela's chaos exposes EU disarray on foreign policy
Venezuela is the country in chaos but it was the EU and its members that couldn't get their messages in order.

Many EU countries, including the bloc's major powers of France, Germany and the U.K., officially recognized Juan Guaidó on Monday as Venezuela's interim president after President Nicolás Maduro ignored a demand to call new elections. But other EU countries, including Belgium, Finland and Sweden, stopped short of recognizing Guaidó, the National Assembly president, and only issued messages of support.

And Italy blocked a joint statement by the EU -- leaving the high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, not quite tongue-tied but forced to issue a tortuously complex statement. It began with her declaring, rather unconvincingly: "There is a common European Union position on Venezuela, and we have expressed it very clearly and together, all the 28."

by Bernard on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 08:59:34 PM EST
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Dirty money fears push Deutsche Bank into transatlantic spotlight
Before the hearing, lawmakers provided some of the questions they hope to get answers to. In some cases, the tone is notably testy or tinged with disbelief. For example, if Deutsche Bank executed U.S. dollar clearing on behalf of the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, it would have required information about the account holders. The Federal Reserve is reportedly investigating the way Deutsche Bank's U.S. operations handled funds from Danske.

"Why did Deutsche Bank declare that it was not informed about the account holders although it provided clearing services on behalf of the Estonian branch of Danske Bank for which information about account holders are needed?" Green Party MEPs plan to ask.

by Bernard on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 09:02:33 PM EST
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EU Blocks Merger Deal to Create European Rail Giant
Alstom is best known for making France's TGV and Siemens for Germany's ICE high-speed trains. They face growing competition [?] from China's CRRC Corporation, which had sales of about $33 billion last year.
wut
Vestager insisted CRRC was not an imminent threat, since more than 90 percent of its activities were still inside China. "It has had less success outside its home market."

"No Chinese supplier has ever participated in a signaling tender in Europe or delivered a single very high-speed train outside China. And there is no prospect of Chinese entry in the European market in the foreseeable future," Vestager said.

hello.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 09:58:09 PM EST
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Not my cup of tea ... prefer to consolidate mainland Europe that certainly includes the populated area of Russia to the Ural. It's been U.S. and NATO propaganda that caused a divide. In Sweden, the election will not be about Swexit ... the right-wing parties are having second thoughts after viewing the British struggle through the Brexit negotiations.

Populist Sweden Democrats Ditch 'Swexit' Ahead of EU Elections | NY Times - 2 days ago |

EU adopts French, German compromise on Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Russia | DW |

Overcoming differences between Paris and Berlin, EU diplomats reached a deal on the pipeline, placing stricter regulations on the project. France said it wanted to "ensure European control" of its own energy needs.

France had said it would support EU oversight of new offshore energy pipelines in a move that could have quashed the undersea pipeline plans between Russia and Germany. After the deal was struck, French President Emmanuel Macron's government was keen to stress that "there is no French-German crisis."

[...]

Construction of Nord Stream 2 has already started and involves companies such as Germany's Wintershall and Uniper, Dutch-British Shell, France's Engie and Austria's OMV.

An earlier diary about the craziness of the US Ambassador to Germany ...

US Amb Grenell Worse Than President Putin

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

by Oui on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 10:37:39 PM EST
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Spiegel's schmiegle portrait of Grenell is the funniest: worse than Trump.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 10:49:06 PM EST
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Hungarian PM offers women tax exemptions and subsidies to have more children
The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech  [...] a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children.

A subsidy of 2.5 million forints (£6,821) toward the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints (£27,286) for women under age 40 who are marrying for the first time.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 09:26:18 PM EST
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Madrassa Tells Girls to Have Babies, Not Careers, Sparking Fury at UK Academy
looks kind of Finnish to me

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 07:53:50 PM EST
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WATCH: Pence Met with Icy Silence in Munich, Praising Trump and Attempting to Bully Leaders on Foreign Policy
Vice President Mike Pence received an icy response from world leaders at the Munich Security Conference Saturday, as he made clear his aim for the weekend was to promote his President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.

The vice president began his remarks by telling world leaders, "I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump"--and was met with a long silence before describing Trump's accomplishments as "extraordinary" and "remarkable."

by Bernard on Sat Feb 16th, 2019 at 08:47:00 PM EST
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Poll: EPP still the biggest group after EU elections, far-right to make gains
transnational lists fever rising: Are you ready?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 04:59:17 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:19:16 PM EST
Brits leaving Brexit , illustrated
naturalization by EU nation-state

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 12:51:40 AM EST
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22,000 out of 63 million is noise level.
by asdf on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 02:17:54 AM EST
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Absolutely my favorite Fugees track: I've waited a long time for it to show up online (too cheap to replace my lost my CD). gahbless vevo A&R.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 03:39:03 PM EST
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Patrick Cockburn
The English have the reputation abroad of being obsessed with their own history, but I doubt if this is really the case. Put another way, they consider history as a determining force to be something that happens to other people. The explanation for this is that the history of the British state over the last four centuries has been one of largely undiluted success, in sharp contrast to the rest of Europe, which looks back at a history of revolutions, wars and occupations.
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The idea that the British have been blinded to their real interests by nostalgia for lost empire is a myth. If it had been true, then they would not have retreated from empire so easily (not so easy, of course, for people in India, Kenya, Cyprus and Malaya). Contrast this with France,which battled to keep Indo-China and then Algeria, only to suffer defeat and humiliation.

The British legacy from the 19th and 20th centuries is less a crippling desire to revisit imperial glories than an overwhelming sense of self-confidence which has only recently transformed into mindless hubris. The political class lost the ability to calculate the political odds for and against its projects.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 06:11:01 PM EST
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that paragraph continues;-

One can see this again in the bafflement of the Theresa May government, the Brexiteers, and much of the public, as they struggle to understand why they failed to get their way in negotiations in Brussels, obvious though it was from the beginning that the 27 remaining members of the EU held the trump cards.

I have quibbles with a lot of the essay, his history of England is quite glib, but that sentence is glaringly true.

It was, at least, obvious to anyone looking at it dispassionately. I really think people like Gove and Johnston believed their own propaganda when they were saying "we hold all the cards" and "this will be the easiest negotiation in history".

They were such fools, so utterly deluded about their strength and competence. Dunning-kruger barely touches the sides, their inability to comprehend the task before them and the difficulties within it were positively Trumpian.

And, as everybody agrees, up to now, this has been the easy bit !!!!!

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 09:48:43 PM EST
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I think Brexit is entirely a result of the Tories huffing their own delusional propaganda for the last twenty years or so.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 10:06:42 AM EST
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"a result of the latest generation of Tories huffing their own delusional propaganda"

Craig Murray has been busy again. Have a peek at his latest posts' headlines. It appears his hitting every topical pain-point in the Tory political agenda to "save" ROW from itself. Fun!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 01:20:46 PM EST
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/s/twenty/two hundred
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 01:48:27 PM EST
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Coupled with a gutter press still fighting the 100 years war.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 12:08:13 AM EST
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Not only the press:

Our New National Imaginary: Wholesome English Militarism From Crécy to the Blitz and Brexit

Things are, however, much worse in the naked nostalgia of Jacob Rees-Mogg's 2017 Conservative Party Conference speech. He declared Brexit "is Magna Carta, it's the Burgesses coming at Parliament, it's the Great Reform Bill, it's the Bill of Rights, it's Waterloo, it's Agincourt, it's Crecy. We win all of these things".

Crecy (1346) and Agincourt (1415), English victories against the French during the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453), are hardly a source of national identity for most people.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 07:56:25 AM EST
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Wait a minute. Isn't the "the honourable member for the Middle Ages" on the side of King John?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 07:59:46 AM EST
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Too bad so few in the U.K. will read, let alone understand, this excellent analysis. This seems to be a problem, in various guises, in most of the Anglophone world.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 07:06:41 PM EST
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It's a shame that the essay is unashamedly scholastic, skillful re-editing/re-writing by a good journalist would make that a highlight essay for the Graun or Independent

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 08:19:33 PM EST
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What's hilarious about this - apart from the rest of it - is that someone genuinely asked me to consult on a project that was very similar to the fictitious Silicon Playground initiative.

They'd created a very serious lesson plan in very serious Power Point, explaining how entrepreneurial kids would spend five and a half sessions learning all about branding and marketing, and half a session - about two hours - learning how to code a native iPhone app.

From scratch. In CSS. "And maybe some HTML if there's time."

This was a good few years ago now. I wrote it off as an aberration, but I should have realised that it was an example of someone acting far beyond their level of knowledge and competence in a way that relied entirely on bluster, ignorance, and having the right parents.

Details were for the little people to worry their little heads about. Not for grandmasters of board level corporate strategy.

And so, here we are. Military mythology is hardly the worst part of Brexit. The normalisation of quite astonishing levels of stupidity, greed, irresponsibility and utter incompetence - painted over with a thin varnish of upper class respectability and deference to good old British tradition - is even more toxic.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:09:04 PM EST
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Corbyn calls for snap election to help put an end to austerity
in Glasgow

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 07:03:38 PM EST
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'Special place in hell' for Brexiteers with no plan, says Tusk (wearing his Albright hat for Election 2020), A/V, commentary
"The man has no manners, I think it's extremely regrettable, not at all helpful," retorted Andrea Leadsom, a senior minister in Theresa May's cabinet, and one of the Vote Leave campaigners to whom Tusk may have been referring to.

Meanwhile, Sammy Wilson, Brexit spokesman for the Democratic Unionist Party, described Tusk as "a devilish Euro maniac...fanning the flames of fear".

file in ##Sociopaths teaching sociopaths manners

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 07:17:49 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 12:36:07 AM EST
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Wow, a customs system that relies on the public spirited integrity of drivers (who seem to operate as independent contractors in a free market utopia) without supervision at the border. I simply cannot imagine any way in which this will have any problems.
by Zwackus on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 10:59:08 AM EST
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UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships
LONDON (AP) -- The British government has canceled a contract to ship goods to the country after it leaves the European Union with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service.

Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) deal with Seaborne Freight, part of plans to keep trade flowing if Britain leaves the EU without a divorce deal.

The U.K. Department for Transport said Saturday that it had ended the contract because an Irish firm that was backing Seaborne Freight, Arklow Shipping, had withdrawn its support.

The department said no taxpayer money had been transferred to the company. It said the government was "in advanced talks with a number of companies to secure additional freight capacity" if there is a no-deal Brexit.

by Bernard on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 04:29:59 PM EST
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Dutch say hundreds of companies plotting Brexit switch
The Dutch government said it helped 42 companies move to the country in 2018 because of Brexit and is in talks with more than 250 others about a switch, according to a report out today.

The companies -- including Japanese investment bank Norinchukin and media company TVT -- translated into 1,923 jobs and €291 million in investment, the government report said.

The figures also includes the transfer of the EU's European Medicines Agency from London and the opening of new office space by financial service providers such as MarketAxess and Azimo, in addition to shipping insurer UK P&I Club.

by Bernard on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 12:11:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 09:35:42 PM EST
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The problem for British exporters is that the U.K. is yet to roll over the majority of the beneficial trade terms around the globe it gets through EU membership. That means goods being readied for dispatch that take as long as six weeks to reach destinations in Asia could end up sat in quarantine or face disputes over who pays any new customs duties.

A question is whether shippers worried about risk will soon stop shipping--within the next few days.

by asdf on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 04:13:24 PM EST
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The consequences of UK A50 acts are bigger than itself as its "unionists" are learning the hard way. Amen.
United Kingdom submits draft schedule to the WTO outlining post-Brexit goods commitments, Dec 2018 in "No one on the EU side is talking..."
The EU published two proposals, Nov 2018
and UK is not in either
Britain and EU formally start splitting WTO membership agreements 25 July 2018
That action cannot be walked back.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 06:03:10 PM EST
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Barnier schedule for 11 Feb --ahead of another round of meaningful votes this Thurs in HOC-- has precipitated an avalanche of dissembling in UK press.

What a load to awake to in the USA: "EU Has Moved Toward UK Position on Brexit Deal, Particularly Backstop - Barnier" (Spunik) and versions thereof. (There's this thing about Sputnik: 99% of its "propaganda" is literally re-packaged US-UK printed MSM "propaganda". Easy to verify.) Co-mingling with 3-day old headline speculation in Google concerning Barclay's agenda for today.

Well, no, I find by ah triangulating a sample of early reporting from Luxembourg, ie. search for a full transcript of Barnier's remarks, presumably, at one presser event ... and Barnier's twitter account.

[EXPRESS] Once again, Mr Barnier described the Prime Minister's Brexit deal as a compromise between two sides. But did admit Brussels had moved a long way from its original goals to allow an all-UK customs backstop.
I get a more accurate representation of purported EU "movement" from Guardian and Express reportage --narrated Barnier quotes. Compare and contrast selected responses (to unstated questions). Which recur or do not recur in all news scanned?

UK floating "alternative arrangements" are unacceptable, Corbyn's support for customs union is "interesting" (but moot), negotiation will not be re-opened, and, AND, EU is not facilitating A50 "extension period". Thus, "movement" in EU position refers to "rework" the so-called political declaration toward ETA with UK in the "transition period", if any.

[EXPRESS & GUARDIAN] "Maybe there's a way to explain better, to have more ambition, to put into perspective the content of the accord, and the backstop", he said. "We stand ready to do this work on the substance of the political declaration, but for all the reasons confirmed by the president of the council ... European commission and parliament, from the European side we consider that the work done on the withdrawal agreement on the organisation of the separation cannot be reopened.''


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 05:29:56 PM EST
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As the British prepare to eat mouldy jam after Brexit, the experts warn:
THERESA May should avoid eating mouldy jam as it "may cause illness," Food Standards Scotland has warned.

The Prime Minister inadvertently kick-started a national debate yesterday when it was revealed she had told her cabinet not to throw away a jar of the sweet stuff just because it's gone a bit green on top.

According to the Daily Mail, during a discussion on how to reduce food waste, the Tory leader told ministers that she scrapes off the mould and eats the "good preserve" left underneath.

[...]

Food Standards Scotland were more cautious. A spokeswoman told The National: "Food Standards Scotland would advise consumers not to eat food that contains mould.

"Certain types of mould can produce toxins that may cause illness if consumed, particularly in vulnerable groups, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those who have a weakened immune system.

"There is also no guarantee that removing mould from the surface will eliminate the risk as some moulds can grow into the product, leaving unseen toxins within the food that could then be consumed."

Might it be better to have a PM who just makes his own jam when it goes mouldy?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 08:56:29 AM EST
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Maybe she is normalizing the expected post-Brexit food situation?
by asdf on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 06:42:16 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:19:18 PM EST
The situation here is pretty psychotic, still.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 03:05:00 PM EST
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Trump's State of the Union 2019: Read [CNN] transcript
Stacey Abrams' response to Trump's State of the Union address, for the Democratic Party
(A/V, "transcript" omitting from salutation:"and happy lunar new year")
Sanders Response to 2019 State of the Union Address(A/V, prepared remarks)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 05:34:41 PM EST
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2018: #SOTUBlackout

2019: #suffragettes

On the Runway | The Lessons of the Women in White at the State of the Union Address
(FIFTH WAVE)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 05:44:26 PM EST
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Pelosi "pretty pose"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 11:25:44 PM EST
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Best part of the evening was when the female Democratic Representatives jumped-up and started clapping and high fiving each other.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 10:41:31 PM EST
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"How I Lost by Hillary Clinton," a Book Review
How I Lost By Hillary Clinton is a collection of the DNC and Podesta emails published by Wikileaks in 2016, introduced and annotated by Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria, with a foreword by political prisoner Julian Assange. Believe it or not, you don't have to buy it from Amazon unless you want to toss a few more dollars into the bursting coffers of Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, who says his only business option now is to search for new markets in outer space.

Instead you can order a paperback, e-book, or both from OR Books and dive back into the election year that just won't die.

MSNBC | MADDOW interviews SOTU "brides" AOC and Ana-Maria Archila, a a sexual assault survivor, community organizer, and activist who confronted Jeff Flake in an elevator

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 03:03:27 AM EST
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Clinton lost because she is a lousy politician, ran a crappy campaign, and wouldn't listen to "The Little People" in the states and outside of her DLC bubble when they told her she was losing.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 05:52:05 PM EST
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That's a complex explanation for the loathing she envokedin some people. Other people are rather certain homicidal mania is a desirable feature of a good politician, a fabulous campaign, and an affinity with deplorables outside the D.C. beltway.

What do you get out of pretending that no questions HRC's morality?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 10:03:57 PM EST
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What part of "ran a lousy campaign" is unclear?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 05:39:57 PM EST
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"What part of 'ran a lousy campaign" is unclear?"
The part that does not examine Hillary Clinton's exclusive part in it, that being subject of the campaign's purpose.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 06:10:28 PM EST
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History maps its own course ... we are just witnesses and have the ability to bemoan the event in hindsight. Some clearly raised alarm bells during the campaign.

The Democrats are just unlucky for it would have been better for a HRC win in 2008 and a more mature and experienced BHO to win in 2016 and clear the mess Hillary would have left behind.

The Democrats lost out from the backlash of the success of the first African-American president. It spirited the racist and white-supremacist minority waiting for such an opportunity. The Republicans weren't capable to field a regular crooked politician, it had to be an outsider, a nobody in the bubble called Washington DC & Environs (WDCE).

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

by Oui on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 06:23:20 PM EST
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HR 1 Cuts Green Party Campaign Funding, Sics Homeland Security and Political Police on the Left
HR 1 which deputizes the intelligence, police and prison establishment and their contractors to produce an annual report on the threats posed to the security of the US electoral system posed by Americans who might be under the influence of foreign powers.
[...]
HR 1 is surgically aimed to eliminate federal matching funds for [third party] candidates by raising the qualifying amount from its current level of $5,000 in each of 20 states to $25,000 in 20 states. HR 1 would cut funding for a [third party] presidential candidate in half, and by making ballot access for a Green presidential candidate impossible in several states it would also guarantee loss of the party's ability to run for local offices.
H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019

archived Don & Nancy
"We're capitalists and that's just the way it is."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 03:21:23 AM EST
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slow-learners' pep rally
The Hill's link is pretty funny.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 11:01:06 PM EST
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The Hill's link is pretty funny, because The Hill's story abandons its lede from twitter.

AOC's histrionic appeal to justice for Spanish-speaking "descendants of Native people" from ancestral lands in central and south America flies in the face of futile attempts by "descendants of slaves" and "descendants of Native people" and "Latinos" resident in this, ancestral land to attain "status" for legitimate grievances due reparations in the business for US gov--

It has been duly noted: A Tearful Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says "We are Standing on Native Land". And I'm pretty damned certain this act has done nothing but remind "and minorities" everywhere how Ms Warren exploited an extremely tenuous relationship to injustice in order to hoist herself into "elite" corridors of power. Jess when the virgin class of "progressives" had dispelled rumors of disharmony in the Women's March. I can scarcely imagine how much more trivial the purposes of the 14th Amendment can be expressed; but I'll give it a minute. Good going.

archived
We're Finally Going To Have Native American Women In Congress
RECAP: HISTORIC class STORMS Capitol, race baiting apace


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by Cat on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 09:51:09 PM EST
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I'm reading it again, in case I did not fully comprehend the meaning of banality in the context of one's responsibilities in personal and public life.

Eichmann in Jerasalem

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 09:57:22 PM EST
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The bullshit is flying.
"In their own quiet way the Bookers were freedom fighters." < wipes tears > This is your Talented Tenth, Greatest Generation, minute in The Civil Rights Era with Oprah and "Uncle" Carey (RIP) and "Aunt" Carolyn. My dad got to be assistant AG, NY, Rockefeller admin after a spell in NLRB in Ike's admin. Now he's dead, too. What of it, Oprah?

archived
Kappa, Link, or Jack and Jill

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 04:29:07 PM EST
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Kamala!? rents a baby. 28 January 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 02:27:27 PM EST
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from Santa Monica, CA
Proposition 14, Proposition 57
As a U.S. Senator and now a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President, Kamala Harris receives some serious security and protection from "nonviolent" criminals like Gadlin.

But what about the rest of us?



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 03:55:32 AM EST
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Feel the earth trembling yet? That's the "BFF Betsy Devos" charter school express heading his way. Hold on to your scarves and hats, ppl.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 05:15:04 PM EST
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Warren launches White House bid with call for 'structural change'
"End the corruption."

archived
Warren proposes 'wealth tax' on assets over $50M

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 09:31:32 PM EST
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It's time, America!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 09:31:14 PM EST
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A Trip to the Woodshed
STRETCH: So, Senator, we comply with all applicable law. In terms of disclosure going forward we made an announcement last week that we drew on some of the ideas from the ah Honest Ads Act which Senator Klobuchar had introduced ah intended to ah bring ads' transparency um really into the political realm, creating a repository of searchable ads, providing innovative ways to  for advertisers to meet their disclosure requirements, and requiring documentation and information so that we can ensure that advertisers are not running political ads on Facebook in violation of federal election law.

archived
convoluted 18th Century language
"A surprising amount of that cumulative work product is defective for the simple reason one provision ahhh chained to another contradicts itself."
Free Speech

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by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 09:49:15 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 12th, 2019 at 05:16:00 PM EST
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"The Senator Next Door," a nasty badass?
pedal faster, right through that ceiling, baby

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 07:44:48 PM EST
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NSS, "Women and minorities" Edition.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 12:14:55 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 13th, 2019 at 12:28:20 AM EST
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"We're working on our response but thank you." ... "I don't think so, I mean we're the superpower in the world." ...

"Part of the Russian agenda is to undermine democracy ..." ... "I think we need to support the Mueller commission." ... "That's my issue. My issue is financial services."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 12:37:34 AM EST
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Venezuelan authorities uncover arms shipment believed to be bound for right-wing opposition groups
huddled behind starving children. In Syria.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 07:56:18 PM EST
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NEW script! Places everyone.
Independent.uk |Trump's secretary of state Pompeo says Hezbollah is active in Venezuela
"'The Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America'"
Foreign Policy | Hezbollah Is in Venezuela to Stay
"Regime change in Caracas won't change the country's problematic relationship with the terrorist group."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 08:58:26 PM EST
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CRISIS escalates in Virginia; top 3 Democrats UNDER FIRE
(I'm beginning to accept the high probability that US reporters have little to no control over their own mania.) Gov. Ralph Northam (Klan photo, 1984), AG Mark Herring (rapper impersonation, 1980), Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (sexual assault, 2004)
Vanessa Tyson, the California woman whose sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax surfaced earlier this week, put out a detailed statement saying Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him in a hotel room in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

The Associated Press typically does not identify those who say they were sexually assaulted, but Tyson issued the statement in her name.

Tyson, a 42-year-old political scientist who is on a fellowship at Stanford University and specializes in the political discourse of sexual assault, said, "I have no political motive. I am a proud Democrat."

Woman details sex accusation roiling Virginia politics
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 10:56:05 PM EST
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Video resurfaces of Joy Behar saying she dressed as 'beautiful African woman'
neurotic
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Idly awaiting the season to "shame" dudebro ritual Hallowe'en cross-dressing across US college campuses since I don't even know when. Odds are 50:50, #MeToo hags award blessings (to favored sons) for "normalizing" gender sensitivity.

until the "greek" rapes "surface"

archived stigmata, no pain ("passion")
Megyn "$20M Survivor" Kelly
" 'You get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface [?] for Halloween. Like -- when I was a kid that was OK as long as you were a character.' "
Bette Midler apologizes for controversial 'women, are the niggers of the world' tweet

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 03:14:02 PM EST
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Gucci apologizes for sweater resembling blackface, stops selling balaclava jumper

meanwhile in the "global south" ...

archived neurotics
Atonement as Activism and
Frank Snowdon's research into Blacks in Antiquity[: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience] (1970)


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 03:27:05 PM EST
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Miz Warren, however, is still on The Cross of Cultural, or Ethnic or Racial, Appropriation. You can look it up.

To complete the mythic cycle, I do believe, her own death at the tip of a spear held by a profane tyrant is expected before transmogrification may commence.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 04:16:03 PM EST
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More serious that all this nonsense about Warren is the fact that she fell for Uber's propaganda.
Uber and Lyft, two ride‐sharing platforms came onto the scene about five years ago, radically altered this model, enabling anyone with a smartphone and a car to deliver rides.... The result was more rides, cheaper rides, and shorter wait times.
She seems to be unaware that the cheaper rides are due to a subsidy which results in Uber losing billions of dollars.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 06:35:16 PM EST
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yeah. no.

I guarantee, Miz Warren will not be nominated for the POTUS. The reason will not be that she "fell for Uber's" advertising. She's supposed to know better, right? And if she doesn't, she has staff to think for her. And if they haven't do that ...

Like many, not all of her colleagues in the congress, Warren crossed her D-K limit long ago. Being a prop on the Congressional Oversight Panel of the TARP was the first clue her understanding of American SOP was academic. The actual legislation says it all. But that performance and those which followed (like kissing HRC's ass) is going to haunt her claim to "champion of the little guy". She's been coasting on woulda coulda shoulda since she got to D.C. and has no constituency now, except DNC PACs.

Watch.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 11:18:30 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 11:55:31 PM EST
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As Good as It Gets (1997)
MEMORABLE QUOTE: Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get?

--
The Nation front page, 12 Feb

Virginia's Top Male Democrats Made a Mess, and Virginia's Women Are Cleaning It Up
The progressive women who surged to victory in November 2017 are now stuck dealing with the fallout
 from blackface revelations and sexual-assault charges--instead of passing legislation.
- Joan Walsh -


--
Roll Call front page, 12 Feb

Trump calls on Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign
Criticism of Omar's tweet was amplified when Democratic leaders
released a statement condemning it as 'deeply offensive'
- Emily Kopp & John Bennett -



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by Cat on Tue Feb 12th, 2019 at 10:23:40 PM EST
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Turns out Trump is "technically obsese." Informed social commentators of a nation teeming with "technically obese" people pause to formulate socially acceptable recognition of Trump's patent disqualification, or not, to hold office.

Digression ensues to rationalize confirmation of Wm. Barr to office of US attorney general, while former-acting-AG Whittaker retires to another floor, same building.

Democrats MULL border-fall 'oversight' agenda for the week of 4 March, read the $1T, 1,000 pp 2019 FY budget that they helped enact, possibly Articles of the US Constitution, and provisions of the Patriot Act.

Accordingly, the rate of simile suicides is rising to provoke dignity of Women's Month.


And, no. "mammy" is not in any lexicon of African American dialects which with I'm acquainted.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 15th, 2019 at 06:23:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
KIck Out Zwarte Piet protestors make complaint about inclusion on domestic terrorism list
"relatively new extreme left wing anti-racist groups are primarily comprised of campaigners with a migrant background"

Sexting and grooming drive rise in reported sex crime: CBS
"while the total reported crime dropped by 6% last year, sex crime allegations were more common."

nonsense!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 11:42:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Netanyahu and Likud need president Trump to ward off the extreme right in the general election this spring. Bibi did need some photo shopping to look taller next to his friend Donald Trump who gave him so much and asking nothing in return.

From billboards to webcast, Netanyahu taps his inner Trump for campaign | Times of Israel |

Seeking reelection under a cloud of criminal investigations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to be channeling his inner Donald Trump in an angry campaign against perceived domestic enemies.

Drawing clear inspiration from Trump, Netanyahu's Likud party has plastered huge billboards of the two leaders together and launched a Trump-like webcast to counter what it calls the "fake news" industry.

 

The campaign reflects Trump's popularity in Israel, one of the few countries where an alliance with the bombastic American president is considered a political asset. But it also risks undermining the traditional bipartisan support for Israel among Americans.

Trump's Israel First!
Christian Zionists Collude with Alt-right Trump
Completing the Neocon PNAC Project

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

by Oui on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 10:56:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Omar apologizes after Dem leaders blast tweets as 'anti-Semitic'
Omar on Sunday sparked backlash when she retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promising "action" against her and fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) over their views critical of Israel.

"It's all about the Benjamins baby," Omar tweeted, referring to money.




Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:16:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]

All About the Benjamins (2002)

and ballers --slow the rpm and run it backward (1997)

Another common spelling error

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 12th, 2019 at 04:54:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's on. He's lost Andrew McCarthy, arch-conservative G-man.

The [Southern District of] NY Investigation Is Real Peril for President Trump

archived mail & wire fraud
Capone Gazette w/o 2 Dec, 2018
agents raid office of tax lawyer
Conspiracy to commit tax evasion
(commonly known as "laundering")
USA v. Manafort and Gates
["Agreement"]to commit offense or to defraud United States
The bookkeeper, Aug 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 01:06:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Amazon cancels HQ2 in NYC, could Newark get more Amazon jobs?
"After much thought and deliberation, we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," the company said in a statement.
BWAHAHAHAHA
The company said it would not reopen the HQ2 search at this time, but will proceed with its plans in Northern Virginia and Nashville [Operations Center of Excellence].
[...]
The company has 17 tech hubs in North America outside Seattle that employ more than 17,500 corporate, as opposed to warehouse and fulfillment, staff.
d'oh

archived
Amazon to get billions in breaks for HQ2 development

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 06:29:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The finger-wagging disappointment and DSA victory dances around this story are getting entirely out of hand. AOC is riding her little wave of celebrity in twitter that has zero relation to her role in local --NYC-- politics.

Or advocacy for organized labor anywhere on the planet, much less AMZN --glossy HQ2 in LIC or low-profile sweat shop on Staten Island.

It's gotten so bad, I had to double-check NYC state and federal district maps. Worse, read the NY Daily News.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 17th, 2019 at 12:52:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:19:21 PM EST


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 12:10:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Irregularities Found in 22 of Japan's 56 Primary Sets of Statistics
A statistics law on the books?! "no case of misconduct that could affect people's daily lives, other than the labor survey irregularities, which has forced recalculations of jobless and other benefits"

Japan wage data credibility in doubt over erroneous sampling
Scandal: "Domestic media reported the sampling error extends back for 15 years, but officials stopped short of confirming the period, saying that the matter was still under investigation."

sampling error, that's new

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 11:50:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Nayib Bukele Wins El Salvador's Election: Another Rightward Shift?
A/V, transcript (EN)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 12:25:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Egypt's Sisi takes over as new head of African Union
The post rotates annually between the five regions of the continent.
[...]
"Terrorism remains a cancer that affects African nations and steals the dreams of our people and we must identify and combat those who fund terrorism activities on the continent," Sisi said in a speech to the AU assembly shortly after his appointment.
[..]
Egypt was kicked out of the 55-member state pan-African body in 2013 following a Sisi-led military coup. The coup resulted in the overthrew of the country's democratically elected leader, Mohamed Morsi, and brought Sisi to power. The bloc later lifted Egypt's suspension.
Global Tech Companies Renew Push for Control Over All Data
We thought all year that for sure there was going to be the launch of new negotiations, that the membership of the WTO would agree to that at the December 2017 ministerial. And it was amazing because by then, the African group in particular had really dedicated themselves to studying the issue. They weren't just to let the negotiations be launched without investigating it. And they really came to the conclusion that these proposed negotiations were antithetical to their development policy space and that they really needed to ensure that they had the policy space domestically to start digital industrialization policy, so using technology for their own development instead of just handing away their most valuable resource to global tech giants based in the United States. ... There's also a lot of opposition by certain Latin American countries, as well as India and some other big countries.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 11:57:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
not that CRSPR,the other CRSPR
Tests suggest scientists achieved 1st 'in body' gene editing
altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease, although it's too soon to know if this will help.
[...]
"This is a first step," said Dr. Joseph Muenzer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who helped test the treatment. "It's just not potent enough."
bad cell, bad, bad cell
He gave the results Thursday at a conference in Orlando, Florida, and has consulted for the therapy's maker, California-based Sangamo Therapeutics. Researchers are working on a stronger version of the treatment.

Gene editing is intended as a more precise way to do gene therapy, to disable a bad gene or supply a good one that's missing. Trying it in adults to treat diseases is not controversial [?!] and the DNA changes do not pass to future generations, unlike the recent case of a Chinese scientist who claims to have edited twin girls' genes when they were embryos.
[...]
Sangamo's president, Dr. Sandy Macrae, said a more potent version is being manufactured. Because the treatment seems safe, regulators recently agreed to allow teens with Hunter syndrome to join the study. The ultimate goal is to treat children at a young age, before the disease causes much damage. He said the company will wait for more results on current patients before deciding how to proceed.

I wonder idly what "outer body" gene editing might entail --"magic mushrooms"?

archived
whoa., 2019
Post-partum psychosis treatment "is supported by funding from Merck, through an award agreement with its Merck for Mothers program".
US 'Right-to-Try' Law, 2018
CRISPR-Cas9 technique: his aim was to help HIV/AIDS patients have healthy babies
USD 500,000, 2017
bio-ethicist promoting a Novartis CRSPR (gene editing) "therapy"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 06:11:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 01:08:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A HUGE step forward at a moment the UN investigator declared ..

UN: Riyadh 'undermined' Turkey's access to Khashoggi murder scene

And the BIG man in the White House refuses to sanction Saudi Arabia for the Khashoggi torture nd murder ...

Congress turns up heat on White House for answers on journalist Jamal Khashoggi killing and Saudi crown prince's role | ABC News |

    "A smoking bone saw."

Members U.S. Congress waiting in line for regime change in Saudi Arabia ...

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

by Oui on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 02:30:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
And the BIG man in the White House refuses to sanction Saudi Arabia for the Khashoggi torture nd murder ...

From the man who called the press "an enemy of the people"? Quelle surprise...

by Bernard on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 04:34:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Except Secr. of State Pompeo is on a mission to the Gulf States and Israel to talk about regime change ... in Iran!



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 02:31:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 02:01:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
unless she is wise in the ways of CRSPR therapies and Spanish flu.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 02:43:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]

FRANCE24: Ex-US Air Force intelligence officer charged with spying for Iran


Monica Elfriede Witt: grrrrl is off the hook!
AP |Ex-US intelligence officer in Iran charged as spy
Earlier today, no later than 4PM EST AP was running a longer story beneath the identical, complete visual notice as its lede. You see, the file has been radically edited as of date stamp. Plotting this transmittal type of "terror alert" is interesting to me (having been a pro-marcom cog). My first "All Points Bulletin": until now law enforcement in the US had been experimenting with rude text messages and highway LED billboards (make, model, license plate).

CBS | Former Air Force officer charged with espionage, accused of helping Iran
I idly wonder why the editors can't fit Hezbollah and Venezuela into the story.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 03:08:59 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 10:12:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:20:12 PM EST
`Climate Crisis' Will Claim One-Third of Himalayan Glaciers by 2100
As global temperatures heat up, one-third of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are slated to disappear by the end of the century, according to a report published on Monday.

The mountain system spans more than 2,000 miles between Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. The glaciers supply water to 250 million people, and feed into rivers that support 1.65 billion citizens of nearby countries. Their disappearance would have fatal consequences for already vulnerable populations.

by Bernard on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 09:06:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
hunglish.org | Hungarian Toxic Sludge Spill, 6 Feb
The caustic sludge killed eight people and injured over 120 people along with sending mass amounts of pollutants into the tributary of the Danube, the biggest river basin in Europe where 83 million people inhabit the 19 countries that form the basin. As of yet, there is no sign that the Hungarian calamity has affected the river with all countries carefully monitoring the water's PH levels every three hours.

Louisiana OKs Permit for Plastics Plant in `Cancer Alley'
Formosa Plastics [Taiwan] will receive roughly $1.4 billion in local property tax exemptions, according to calculations from the Advocate and the local government, which include a $12 million grant to offset infrastructure costs and a hold on property taxes collected for the next decade.
[...]
But local residents and environmental groups say more pollution is the last thing the state needs and the location for the plant - smack in the middle of a mostly black, mostly residential community - is intentional.
[...]
In 2009, German ethics and environmental foundation Ethicon selected Formosa Plastics Group, the parent company of Formosa Plastics, for its "Black Planet" award, which is given annually to the world's most egregious polluter.

--
(
) Hungary jails heads of company over disastrous toxic spill, 4 Feb: 3x is the charm.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 06:01:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Belgian Climate Minister Resigns After Protest March Scandal
after claiming she had confirmation from state security services that massive climate demonstrations in recent weeks were staged as a plot against her.
[...]
In her apology, she said she overreacted because of social media criticism and lack of sleep.
< reckless eyeballin' >
Schauvliege was the environment minister for northern Belgium's Flanders, the biggest, most populous and richest area of Belgium.

Also while the shutdown is suspended, US Americans have been informed that magnetic poles are drifting.

archived dramatic arc
social media critique, 24 Jan
"Will they have to broadcast in French and Dutch as well?"
Teenage Belgians in the lime light; no news on arrests., 25 Jan
Some 70,000 Brussels protesters demand action on climate, 27 Jan
linked by press to Macron,"climate crusader," whose fuel tax "backfired dramatically, unleashing the yellow vest protests"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 09:49:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
the poles have been wandering since forever, but the acceleration in drift is new.

However, given the magnetic anomalies happening in the southern hemisphere under Brazil which are beginning to have noticable effects on satellite orbits, it is, as Chuck D would have it, all adding up to a funky situation.

Seems likely we're heading towards an overdue magnetic field reversal. which given all the other shit doing down with climate change is probably a complication we don't need right now.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 09:58:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
yep

archived

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


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 10:38:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
What Happens if the Magnetic North Pole Keeps Rushing Toward Siberia?
What happens if the poles are about to reverse?

It normally takes thousands of years for Earth's poles to flip, so even if such a reversal was imminent--which many scientists doubt--it would likely be centuries or millennia before any appreciable changes would occur.

But if it were to happen, it could pose problems for our far-future descendants, assuming they live in a civilization similar to our own. Earth's magnetic field significantly weakens during reversals, allowing higher doses of radiation to reach the planet. This could expose life on Earth to harmful particles and would disrupt electronics both on the ground and in space.

Earth's magnetic field has been weakening in recent decades, but the north pole's shift does not seem to be having a significant impact on that trend.

by Bernard on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 07:26:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sun Tzu. VI. Weak Points and Strong
5. Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected.
Belgian students march in climate protests
"Police said that in central Leuven alone more than 10,000 students gathered and authorities had to change the planned route to accommodate the marchers."
Sun Tzu. V. Energy
11. The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle--you never come to an end. Who can exhaust the possibilities of their combination?
Dutch students march for better climate policies
"They had hoped for some 3,000 marchers but got far more, although police did not give an official estimate of the crowd's size. Students from across the Netherlands crammed into trains and buses, those from The Hague walked or rode their bicycles to gather in a park before setting off on a walk through the city."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 07:11:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:20:15 PM EST
Empowering further research of potential information operations
In October last year, we launched the first archive of all potential foreign information operations we have seen on Twitter. It is our fundamental belief that these accounts should be made public and searchable so members of the public, governments, and researchers can investigate, learn, and build media literacy capacities for the future.
accounts closed archived

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 at 02:44:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history
"'Think Auschwitz,' Fortuna said. 'You can visit the site of this notorious concentration camp and then get ice cream right after just outside.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 06:28:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Or you can visit KZ Dachau and go to McDonalds immediately after. I did, hoping to pick up one of those cute maps of the city that they used to have all over Germany, and see how they drew the KZ. They didn't have any - McDonalds management are no fools.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 06:43:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Poland exported 5,500 pounds of meat from sick cows to EU
Poland denies it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 06:53:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Correction: Travel-Portugal-Black History Month-Lagos
(formerly-known-as "Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history")

LAGOS, Portugal (AP) -- In a story Feb. 6 about a museum exploring a Portuguese town's role in the African slave trade, The Associated Press misidentified the museum's Portuguese name. It is O Mercado de Escravos, not El Mercado de Escravos. Removes reference to conquistadors.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

Lagos, a Portuguese beach town of charming coastlines and sandstone cliffs, is also the birthplace of the African slave trade in Europe

[...]
Carlos Fortuna, an economics professor at the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal, said that El Mercado de Escravos is part of a trend in travel that some call "dark tourism," where visitors seek out sites linked to misery and tragedy.

"Think Auschwitz," Fortuna said. "You can visit the site of this notorious concentration camp and then get ice cream right after just outside."

At El Mercado de Escravos, visitors can buy souvenir magnets and bookmarks.

and that's not all.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 05:31:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Transcript: President Trump on "Face the Nation," February 3, 2019
MARGARET BRENNAN [veteran PBS anchor]: But that's one of the questions here. Is because you have these strongly held convictions and people ask, "Well, why don't the facts influence those opinions, if those facts change?" And- and your director of national intelligence said ISIS still has strongholds in Iraq and Syria--

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: By the way--

MARGARET BRENNAN: --and will launch attacks from there.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You're going to always have pockets of something. What-- you're going to have people, like the one armed man who blew up a restaurant. You're going to have pockets. But you're not going to keep armies there because you have a few people. Or you even have fairly reasonable numbers of people. We've been there for many, many years. We were supposed to be in Syria for four months. We've been there for years. We have been in Afghanistan for 19 years. And by the way, I've been hitting very hard in Afghanistan and now we're negotiating with the Taliban. We'll see what happens, who knows--

MARGARET BRENNAN: Can you trust the Taliban? Can you actually broker a deal?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that's first question. Second question--

MARGARET BRENNAN: That's where 9/11 was launched from.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 01:16:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Experts call for emergency declaration on Congo's Ebola
"The epidemic is not under control, and has a high risk of spread to the region, perhaps globally," said lead author Lawrence Gostin, faculty director of Georgetown University's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law [!].
US doctor missionary who survived Ebola honored for service in Liberia
Richard Sacra on Liberia: "cured of Ebola during West Africa's deadly epidemic in 2014", awarded $500K L'Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service
Patient at Pennsylvania hospital is being tested for Ebola
"They say it's unknown if the patient had traveled to a location that has the disease or came in contact with someone who does."

archived living lab
DRC-Rwanda-Uganda-S. Sudan-Burundi border screening, 21 Jan
Swedish hospital isolates patient amid Ebola suspicion, 4 Jan
election quarantines, 21 Dec
Congo's Ebola Outbreak Now 2ND LARGEST in History, WHO Says, 1 Dec

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 6th, 2019 at 06:49:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Clever timing makes computers produce less heat--even below Landauer's limit

Long before the large-scale introduction of computer systems, in 1961, Rolf Landauer (1927-1999) published his famous article about the minimum amount of energy needed to erase one bit of information, that is, changing it from the "one" state to the "zero" state. This minimum, according to Landauer's Erasure Principle, is temperature-dependent, and connects the laws of thermodynamics and information theory.

Many years later, in 2012, experiments published in Nature confirmed the principle. For the current generation of computers, this lower limit has not yet been reached; typical energy consumption of a logical operation is still about 1,000 times higher. But this will certainly change in the coming decades. Will computing then reach a fundamental limit? In his paper, Jan Klaers proposes a way of reducing energy cost by synchronizing computer operations and temperature in a smart way. With this technique, it will be possible to lower the energy needed for erasure below the Landauer limit.

Is Iceland Poised to Become a Data Center Paradise? | IEEE Spectrum - Nov. 2014 |

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

by Oui on Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 09:17:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Just missing Kissinger before we can declare a winner.

by generic on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 10:31:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, 2016, youtube (EN)

This presentation is unusual to the extent that the lecturer's synthesis validates broader academic movement away from eurocentric canon since, you guessed it, c. 1700. The "argument from silence" in defense of linear progression of modernity is no longer defensible --in any discipline, least of all latter-day human "speciation". Some people can't cope, but some are trying to cope, with mid-life crises of integrity. Bear that mind when you listen to the lecture and the brief Q&A which follows.

One lesson I have embraced with readings in historical (forensic) linguistics is, "globalism" is a euphemism for perennial territorial migrations. The finer point which hyperbole in polemics of the current era obscures is, "isolation" is a lie. The elaborate intellectual apparatus cultivated from that lie has retarded enjoyment of the known and unknown worlds where generations of people actually live.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 03:50:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
`X-Ray[florescent] Gun' Helps Pinpoint Origin of Pottery From [800 y.o.] Shipwreck
It was recovered in the 1990s, and researchers have been studying it ever since.
Hold that thought. Until very recently, "experts" relied on other "experts" to identify objects by sight by comparison to artifacts embargoed in private and public collections. Equipment changed *-archeological "science".
The ship, which was likely sailing from southeastern China to Java, was carrying around 100,000 ceramic containers, 200 tons of iron, and materials like ivory and resin.
[...]
"The ancient world was more interconnected than a lot of people thought," said Gary Feinman, co-author of the study and anthropology curator at the Field Museum [!]. "We're taught to associate vast trade networks with Europeans like Magellan and Marco Polo, but Europeans weren't a big part of this network that went from Asia to Africa. Globalization isn't just a recent phenomenon - it's not just Eurocentric, not just tied to modern capitalism."
d'oh

archived
World POST-EDO
Vinay Lal, History of British India, Lec03 @ 00:39:00

[...WTO...] Now the Indian Ocean world was the largest trading system of its kind in the world in the 14th, 15th centuries, and its history goes back much earlier. And when we say the Indian Ocean world system, what we're really speaking about is India, both the east coast and the west coast --remember that India is a peninsula. On the east you have the Bay of Bengal, on the west you have the Arabian Sea, of course, bounded on the south by the Indian Ocean, right. So surrounded on water by three sides. So the west coast of India, the east coast of India, all of south east Asia. You know the Indonesian achipalego, all of that. To the north of that the South China Sea, OK, and then, of course, to the west of that Africa, the east coast of Africa. OK. And then slightly to the west, to the north, what you're going to find is the Gulf, the Gulf states. Now this is all part of the Indian Ocean trading system, a vast system where the Indians played a critical role. [... Amitav Ghosh, Janet Abu-Lughod ...] Now both Ghosh and Abu Lughod are in agreement that the Indian Ocean wold was a trading system where there were tacit rules that were observed by all the player in the game. One of those tacit rules was, ships did not hae cannon mounted on the ships.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 05:07:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
re: "no longer defensible --in any discipline, least of all latter-day human 'speciation'"

Yet here it is every. damn. day.
DNA ties Ashkenazi Jews to group of just 330 people from Middle Ages
masquerading as essential basic research.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:47:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Male French media cabal accused of targeting feminists - AFP
Paris (AFP) - A group of young French media executives was condemned Monday for running a macho "boys' club" that harassed female colleagues online.

Their closed Facebook group "League of LOL" -- made up mostly of men in their thirties -- ridiculed women journalists for years, sometimes using pornographic memes to attack them.

Women seen as feminist were the group's favourite targets.

The founder of the group, journalist Vincent Glad, was suspended Monday by left-wing daily Liberation after an investigation by the newspaper's own fact-checking unit exposed its existence.

The revelations also led to the suspension of the newspaper's online editor Alexandre Hervaud and his opposite number at France's trendiest music and culture magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, David Doucet.

The affair is being dubbed the "French media's #MeToo", with Liberation referring to the group as a "boys' club" which bullied women online and cracked off-colour jokes about rape culture.

by Bernard on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 08:02:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:20:18 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 11:20:21 PM EST
Chimps use branch as ladder to escape Belfast zoo enclosure
The latest bid for freedom was made by chimps who used a branch as a makeshift ladder and scaled high walls surrounding their pen on Saturday.

Visitors described seeing one of the escapees emerge from the bushes on to a path while others were sitting on top of their enclosure wall.

In footage posted on social media, a child can be heard exclaiming: "Don't escape, you bad little gorilla."

Zookeeper Alyn Cairns said trees in the enclosure had been weakened by the storms, allowing the chimps to break them and use them as a ladder to escape.


They don't believe in technological solutions, obviously.
by Bernard on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 07:32:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Goes under "alternative arrangements", obviously.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 08:46:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The chimps wanted to have a meaningful vote: leave or remain. There was some disagreement among the chimp parties.
by Bernard on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 08:07:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
He told the BBC: "They're intelligent primates and know they're not supposed to be out of their enclosure, so got back in themselves."
As opposed to UKIP.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 08:19:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The song caused a stir last May when Gambino released its ambitious video, which was full of racial symbolism.
Donald Glover gets a Grammy award, confuses twitter's "virtual integration" critics, splits opinions of US persons of African descent along aspirational class lines, more not less.

Paradoxically, US senate passes a belated Anti-lynching law introduced by Harris, Booker, and Scott who attempt to elevate actor Jussie Smollett to martyr of The Cause,

Harris, who has also pointed to Smollett's attack as evidence to why their bill should become law, echoed these sentiments.
amid ongoing investigation by Chicago's ahh finest into circumstances of the "hate crime" of which he's said to be the only victim.

Wait. There's more.

Speaking of US American mafioso, Andrew McCabe, former acting FBI director is quoted as paraphrasing in his memoir the sentiment of Jeff Sessions:

Drawing on archaic and offensive stereotypes, he clarified, "They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos--who knows what they're doing?"

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S.3178 - Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018
DICTION CORNER

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 04:56:16 AM EST
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Word is, Pelosi deleted her sympathy for Smollett.
Looks like Harris and Booker are taking the Al Sharpton route to 20 Hateen Hate Awards. It wouldn't do to question the police after all; That's not their portfolio.
Haven't the foggiest where christ Bernie or saint Alexandria are behind the line.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 05:34:02 PM EST
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Honda bails out. NOT due to Brexit, the timing of the announcement is just a coincidence.

Justin Tomlinson, the North Swindon Conservative MP whose constituency includes the plant, said he had spoken to the company and insisted its decision was "due to global trends and not Brexit". Last month Tomlinson, a vocal Brexit supporter, tweeted that Honda was preparing for any scenario and was "committed" to Swindon.

by asdf on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 06:29:48 PM EST
yea right, just like all the other japanese countries that have bailed since it became obvious we were gonna be outside the customs union.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 08:01:44 PM EST
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