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by Bjinse Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:46:02 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:06 PM EST
EU tells China to rebalance relation as no longer developing nation
Evidently, the criteria of "developing nation" is no longer high standard of living. Then again the Mighty White of You Millenium Challenge threshold for "lower middle income" per capita income is $3,895 p.a.

RMB:EUR, 1:0.1347
China, Average Wage by sector, 2017 (latest year for which data is available)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:37:10 AM EST
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EU Citizens Push for Better Wages for Gig* Economy Workers
The European Commission [!] gave the green light Tuesday to a citizen's petition seeking a minimum wage for gig* economy workers, allowing petition organizers to begin collecting signatures of support.
Some know well that struggles for social benefits and standardized contracts and against wage discrimination of disabled workers in various EU member states, for example, is a long story.
Initiative organizers have a year to collect at least 1 million signatures from no fewer than seven EU states to move their petition to the next step: commission action. The commission will have three months to decide whether or not to implement the actions sought by the initiative, and must explain its decision either way in writing.

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* 21st cen. US-Eng. colloquial  self-employed person; syn  contractor, conditional employee, contingent worker, freelancer, day laborer; arch. jobber

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

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by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 04:54:46 PM EST
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Have mercy. WoS is beside themselves.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 08:07:40 PM EST
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Finnish police uncover sprawling child sex abuse ring
a pedophile ring with links to 17 Western countries. Chief Investigator Sanna Springare did not say what other countries were involved, only that several were European. She also cited the need to protect victims' privacy as she declined to give details as to where the crimes took place. Though she did not name the perpetrators, she said that the ringleader held "a prominent position in society."

Springare did, however, outline the abuses, saying that the five men arrested had filmed the violent, repeated rape of six male victims, aged six to 15, over the course of 14 years.

Police suspect Finns of role in violent international child porn ring
"Parents trusted suspects with their kids", details

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by Cat on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 02:47:26 AM EST
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Grindr Suit Quashed but Big Tech Controversy Endures
An attorney for Matthew Herrick, whose ex-boyfriend used the hook-up app to send about 1,100 ["]suitors["] Herrick's way, had choice words Wednesday after the Second Circuit affirmed dismissal of their case.
[...]
As it did in District Court, Grindr persuaded the Second Circuit today that it is immune from liability under the Communications Decency Act. The law is more than 20 years old, but the Second Circuit rejected arguments from Ekeland that it needs an update.
For what is government?
"Congress needs to step in to fix this because the courts are failing in their duty to protect the public," said Ekeland, whose New York-based firm specializes in cases related to computers and the digital age.
"Protect the public" from the public?

archived
the Dolly Levy standard of consideration
Liability of Match.com turns on prior "knowledge" of the perp's criminal conduct.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 05:32:44 PM EST
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o. look. Here is the answer, again malformed.
If the first duty of every government, is to protect the people then it's kinda obvious they agree that in the current Brexit circumstances they can't protect us because Brexit will be harmful in any form

So what are the political chancers doing, well they're protecting themselves by doing nothing so none of them has to take the hit later at the ballot box for what they did ...

"Protect the people" from what?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 09:24:39 AM EST
[ Parent ]
well, well, well
Six arrested in operation targeting crime linked to [UVF] paramilitary organisation
Do ya think they speak IRA?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 07:13:43 PM EST
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For what is government?
From low trust in institutions to the rise of 'critical citizenship'?
Eurofound's recent report, "Societal change and trust in institutions" aims to "broaden the understanding of trends in trust in institutions". The study is based on data from the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) and Eurobarometer, and compares trust in institutions before, during, and after the great recession.
m'k. Define terms in the survey instrument.
[1]political institutions, defined "as trust in national parliament and trust in national government". ... [2] non-political state institutions (police, legal system) and [3] non-state institutions (media) ... [4] "political participation is based on four items [...]: 'attended a meeting of a trade union, political party or political action group'; 'attended a protest or demonstration'; 'contacted a politician or public official'; and 'signed a petition, including online petition'
Where is the franchise: periodic ballot instrument that elects one's  "representative" to a public office?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 04:14:01 PM EST
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Where is citizen status in this survey of "trust" in political institutions? (NB. possessive declensions)

πολῑ́της (polī́tēs) m (genitive πολῑ́του); first declension (Attic, Koine)
cīvitās f (genitive cīvitātis); third declension

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 05:08:37 PM EST
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BTW, gender, grammatical or semantic classes, is a fuck all determinative of the "identity" of any subject or any object, as demonstrated, for example, by its assignments by LINGUISTS of the "Indo-European" persuasion to the noun citizen
--
Little known secret: I'm just about to revolt against customary requests for "my pronouns", when I introduce myself by MY NAME, before every PPC meeting with members who, inexplicably, are unwilling or unable to address their grievances to any "political institution". It goes like this: ADDRESS ME BY MY NAME goddamit or don't call me at all.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 05:37:58 PM EST
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Dominique Libault: «il faut augmenter de 25% les effectifs dans les EHPAD»
Bon chance!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 02:43:38 AM EST
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How about having one of these in the UK, once Brexit is over?
Alþingi ályktar að fela ríkisstjórninni að efna til þjóðaratkvæðagreiðslu um aðild Íslands að Atlantshafsbandalaginu.

Eftirfarandi spurning verði borin upp í þjóðaratkvæðagreiðslunni:

,,Vilt þú að Ísland gangi úr Atlantshafsbandalaginu (NATO)?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 1st, 2019 at 07:36:28 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:09 PM EST
Naked Capitalism
Brexit
Brex·it
ˈbregzət,ˈbreksət
verb
  1. to ask repeatedly for the contradictory and unachievable, allienating and/or offending all involved. As in "He's trying to brexit, asking to keep the keys to her flat after divorce" or "Stop brexiting with your job search and get real.'

  2. to be indecisive, to dither.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 11:43:37 AM EST
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needs moar emoji?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 05:32:47 PM EST
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Also, LEXICON additions: "Phase One" and "Phase Two" developing...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 06:25:33 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 06:29:37 PM EST
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How about Trump promising to resign if he gets his wall?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 06:43:15 PM EST
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(minus Motion K, for Corbyn): "Let history record that the Labour Party could have stopped a no-deal Brexit if it wanted to, readers. That it chose not to is something for which it will have to answer to future generations as well as this one."

archived theories
the House of Commons taking control of the process
a two stage process to rank choices

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 07:53:53 AM EST
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UK heads for 'blind Brexit' as May tries once again to get deal through, A/V cameo explanation of "blind BREXIT"
"Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke to Mrs May by telephone for 20 minutes about the situation yesterday, and said his MPs would not back the Government move" to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement ... because the "Political Declaration" (trade agenda) is not a separate  instrument.

m'k. "20/20" hindsight forthcoming.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 02:08:33 PM EST
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"Let history record that the Labour Party could have stopped a no-deal Brexit if it wanted to, readers. That it chose not to is something for which it will have to answer to future generations as well as this one."

That's factually false. "The Labour Party" did what it could, short of actual death threats against the families of MPs who voted against the whip.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 07:36:44 AM EST
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Should have borrowed that tarantula.
by generic on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 07:57:49 AM EST
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Parliament Rejects Brexit Deal, Presenting Stark Choice for May
"Parliament rejected her divorce deal by 344 votes to 286 on Friday, a third defeat for an agreement that the EU says is the only one on offer."

wow. Those DUP votes really tipped the balance.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 04:57:05 PM EST
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"I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this house." -- May.

One option is to revert to monarchy. If the Henry VIII rules are in play, why not just put Elizabeth in charge? I bet she would crack some heads together. Or even off. The site of various Henry VIII-related beheadings is featured in the Tower of London tour.

by asdf on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 05:33:27 PM EST
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Canada updates U.K. travel advisory as Brexit protests intensify
"The federal government is warning Canadians in the U.K. to 'exercise a high degree of caution' as Brexit protests intensify in London after a third 'no deal' vote."

A non-trivial number of persons complaining: Anti-climax
Brexit: Protests at Parliament over delay
"Some demonstrators reacted with cheers, while others shouted "shame on you", as MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's EU withdrawal agreement."

TOMMY ROBBINSON: "It means we were betrayed. Today is supposed to be our Independence Day."

13-day delay 'too soft'
Angry over Brexit delay, 'Leave' supporters march through London
"And that will mean we'll have complete control which is what we Brexiteers voted for."

FARAGE: "What should have been a celebration is in fact a day of betrayal"

Brexit backers block Westminster roads chanting: 'Bye-bye EU'
"Asked what he and others would do if Brexit happened on softer terms or even on those of May's deal, he said: 'We'll just have to take them out at the general election.'"

"This is what we were promised, that leave means leave, and they are all going back on their word now"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 09:12:16 PM EST
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Brexit: Theresa May ponders fourth bid to pass deal - BBC News

Theresa May and her cabinet are looking for ways to bring her EU withdrawal agreement back to the Commons for a fourth attempt at winning MPs' backing.
by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 03:05:02 PM EST
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MPs fail to break deadlock
In the second round of 'indicative' votes on four versions of a soft Brexit or a second referendum, the proposal tabled by veteran pro-European Conservative Ken Clarke for a permanent customs union came closest, falling by 273 to 276 votes. A plan for a second referendum was also narrowly defeated by 280 to 292.
Steve thinks, any deal will do.
"The only option is to find a way through for the UK to leave with a deal. If the House can agree a deal this week it could still be possible to avoid holding European elections," he added.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 12:15:24 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:12 PM EST
S.J.Res.8 - A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
companion bill of H.R.109 (All Actions) with prices, more or less
ROLL CALL, 26 Mar 2019: NAY: 57 AYE: 0
Senate defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats call vote a 'sham'
Aiming to avoid an intraparty fight on the issue, 43 Democrats - including those who introduced the Green New Deal - voted "present."
[...]
Democrats have countered by calling McConnell's maneuver a "sham," saying the vote was held without any hearings or expert testimony, all to scuttle meaningful legislative efforts on climate change.

"McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change?"

srsly?
"We don't know if we can get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years, but we should certainly try," Gillibrand said at a pro-Green New Deal news conference in front of the Capitol. "Why not let this be a measure of how great we are as a nation?"

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters Tuesday that McConnell's "stunt is backfiring" and that it was becoming clear that "the Republican Party is way behind the times on clean energy."
[...]
The main Senate sponsor of the Green New Deal, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., was unapologetic about the broad scope of his proposal. "It is the national-security, economic, health care and moral issue of our time," he said at Tuesday's press event.




Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 02:44:17 AM EST
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It will take a clear and consequential environmental disaster that directly affects republican strongholds before the US of A changes its mind on climate change. Which, of course, is a bit of a problem because by then it will be too late.*

*It is already too late, c.f. Fermi Paradox.

by asdf on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 05:31:43 PM EST
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"It will take a clear and consequential environmental disaster..." and even then, one cannot be certain that either faction of the uniparty is willing and able to produce MEANINGFUL studies on the causes of or remedies for the disaster.

Because 22 hearings in one chamber alone over 3 months is never enough.

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

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 05:48:46 PM EST
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Clear and present disaster is happening right now in the Midwest.  

Nothing is going to be done to prepare for Climate Change.  To do so would put a massive dent in the profits of the automotive (~20% of the US economy, when all is said and done) and energy (~8% of GDP) industries and negatively affect the FIRE sector (~20% of GDP) in ways too complicated for me to sort out.


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

by ATinNM on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 03:30:15 PM EST
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You mean the flooding of huge expanses of farmland, the ruination of thousands of drinking water wells, and the damage to Offutt Air Force Base? The expected increase in the price of meat, to the tune of $1 per pound? The $0.20 per gallon increase in the price of gasoline due to disruption of the ethanol supply? All that stuff?

It's just regular weather. Ask anybody.

by asdf on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 04:32:09 PM EST
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I was thinking of the Tragedy of the flooding of the Oakland High School football field.

Guess, well ... yeah.

The rest of that stuff too.


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

by ATinNM on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 07:44:56 PM EST
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needs moar study

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 04:35:14 PM EST
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AWKWARD, no? "Clear and present danger" test-trope succumbs to meaningful studies of hand of natural and artificial disasters IMPACTING government duty to protect wtf  (BIBLICAL PROPORTION).

Schenck v. United States


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 06:02:11 PM EST
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Dem senator introduces bill to abolish Electoral College
"The idea of democracy is simple and obvious even to young kids on a playground - whoever gets the most votes should win. But way too often, that's not how our system of government is working," Merkley added in his statement.

TAGS

Bill hasn't posted yet. Looking forward to companion H.R. --ditching that POS H.R.1-- and the long game is afoot.

archived
constitutional convention

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 05:40:10 PM EST
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Zuckerberg fishing for legislation defining "hate speech", because ... THERE IS NO SUCH FEDERAL STATUTE in the USA, contrary to beliefs in paid social media "influencers."

Hello, First Amendment? "Lawyer up."

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg calls for more ["]outside["] regulation

reference "modern browser" infamy
Beware the Jabberwock (EN), podcast


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 03:08:55 PM EST
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Republican proposes Green 'Manhattan Project' in lieu of Green New Deal
Notice that the reporter can't get past the title of the bill (subtitute Green Marshall Plan, if you prefer) to see that there is NOTHING in Mr Alexander's 10 Point proposal, either expressed or implied, that is not waiting for inevitable endorsement by an army of "innovative" engineers, gang laborers, and carbon auditors for the Green New Deal --

except gold arbitrage, a Reconstruction Finance Corporation, and another Public Works Administration to rule them all.

WASS

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 1st, 2019 at 03:02:04 AM EST
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"Women of Color" Edition
"Asked about Tlaib's effort, Ocasio-Cortez was noncommittal and said 'we're taking a look at it.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:41:54 AM EST
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A proposition from a peanut gallery off-site has come to my attention. That is, "while being faced with decisions on prosecuting those who seditioned against him", what should Trump do? : "I'd go after those suckers, even if it meant my 2020 term. But that might not be in the best interests of the nation, considering there's no viable alternative." Further, "The buck stops here", referring to the legend imprinted on President Truman's desk accessory, rather than any principle of co-equal branches of government authorities.

So. Let us consider real consequences which attended that president's delightful sense of responsibility for the powers of the office, bar none.

Executive Order 3835, March 21, 1947, Prescribing Procedures for the Administration of an Employees Loyalty Program in the Executive Branch of the Government.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 01:44:20 PM EST
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AP: Dozens of Hollywood celebrities oppose Georgia abortion bill
courthousenews: Georgia House Passes Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Bill

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 09:50:24 PM EST
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Congress is crawling with rich kids. I should know, I was one of them

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:50:12 AM EST
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Biden criticizes `white man's culture,' role in [Anita] Hill hearing [30 YEARS AGO]

Alrighty now: the *%#!@$ is starting to flow down hill ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 02:59:52 PM EST
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To this day I regret I couldn't come up with a way to give her the kind of hearing she deserved,"

"couldn't" is Biden-speak for "wouldn't". Is he going to "apologize" next for the bankruptcy bill?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:46:40 PM EST
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So much from which to choose, so little time ...
Sounds like a job for CROWDSOURCING, wouldn't you agree?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:50:37 PM EST
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Just go way Joe.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 03:30:53 PM EST
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I imaging Obama is telling him the same thing at least every two days. He won't. Everyone is running.
by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 10:07:20 AM EST
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Here is to him getting metooed before he even anounced.

Lucy Flores isn't the only woman Joe Biden has touched inappropriately - Vox

The media gave Biden a pass for years. It won't in 2020.

For extra points look at the time stamp. Vox needed about two hours to fill in the blank in [] is not alone.

by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 11:35:43 AM EST
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Dodd, Biden drop out after Iowa defeat, 3 Jan 2008
Neither mustered more than 1 percent in the intensely competitive contest won by freshman Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
[...]
Biden was the most promising of the second-tier candidates, in large part because of his [1] extensive national security experience, his chairmanship of the [2] Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his [3] realist view of the Iraq war.
[...]
It was his second run for the Democratic presidential nomination, the first being in 1988.
Joe "Neal Kinnock" Biden

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 1st, 2019 at 02:45:15 PM EST
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"Creepy Joe Biden" is the first search suggestion I get for "creepy". I don't think it's going swimmingly for him this time either.
by generic on Mon Apr 1st, 2019 at 02:51:18 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Apr 1st, 2019 at 05:46:25 PM EST
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FEINSTEIN: "He reaches out and he touches and it's like this and that. It's hardly sexy"

PELOSI: "I don't think that this disqualifies him from being president. Not at all."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 01:41:23 PM EST
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House Democratic women flex muscles with formal caucus, plus a political arm
"For now, the women's caucus will not charge dues. It will be informally staffed by aides from the leadership members' offices -- another reason why having three co-chairs makes sense, Frankel said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 02:15:40 PM EST
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Buttigieg likes Chick-fil-A's chicken but not its politics
"Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he does not approve of Chick-fil-A's politics but "kind of" approves of its chicken."

Slick! (Ima put 'im in muh HOLD portfolio.)

archived elocution
-- Chasten Buttigieg (@Chas10Buttigieg) December 17, 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:12:29 PM EST
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The big problem with the Chick-fil-A product is that the sandwich involves a whitebread bun that compresses to a doughy mess. It doesn't actually look like this when you get it:
by asdf on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 05:36:59 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 09:01:41 PM EST
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All About Pete | Current Affairs
9/11 happens while Buttigieg is an undergraduate and the rest of the book's Harvard portion is spent musing on war and peace. One of the few things that does disturb him about the school is that its students are no longer expected to serve in the military. (In an extreme conservative tone, he suggests there was no excuse for a student like him not to voluntarily join the armed forces.) He says that he would spend time looking at the names of Harvard students who died in the Civil War, and that "I sometimes paused to recite a few of them, under my breath, between eating breakfast and going to class." After the World Trade Center fell, he says, he realized that:
by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 10:45:31 AM EST
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yeah, AWKWARD. Mr Yang has some ahh model minority privileges, too, in his trunk. Prejudice is hard to overcome, we shall &tc.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 02:17:39 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 09:34:59 PM EST
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Andrew Yang 'self-conscious' about his wang
(considering the source, this item merits duplicate reference in "The situation here is still pretty psychotic")

archived
A non-perfect non-sequitur

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 08:39:37 AM EST
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A bad case of rick-roll, possibly RUSSIAN bots
not-Flynn

Fight Over Revised Title IX Campus-Assault Rules Tossed, "DeVos Title IX Lawsuit Tossed"

not-Salvador

Ex- Salvadoran Military Officer Wins Citizenship Battle, "California Ban on High-Capacity Gun Magazines Struck Down"

not-Beto

Federal Judge Slams Army Corps Over Permit Secrecy
::
catch before clean up!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 07:05:09 PM EST
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Dividing by two is hard.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:54:15 AM EST
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Benisek v. Lamone
"Mr. Kavanaugh knows from a lifetime of personal experience that there is no plausible explanation but a political one for how Maryland's Democrats cobbled together this map."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 09:57:15 PM EST
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WHERE IS THE PLEA AGREEMENT? I WANT TO SEE THE PLEA DEAL!
HOW COME HE GOT ONE AND I DIDN'T?!
Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions
"Justice" for sale in Chicago. That's new.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 02:42:22 PM EST
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True to form, Avenatti attacks Nike a day after arrest
Stormy's title "adult film actress" deprecated by AP Style Manual to "porn actress". No star rating. o, dear, another casualty in the whirlwind of "moral panic" reaping ... sumbuddy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:05:23 PM EST
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o. no. he di'nt.
"'This was not an exoneration. To say that he was exonerated by us or anyone is not true,' [DA Joe] Magats said. 'We believe he did what he was charged with doing.'"

< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 05:29:40 PM EST
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Avenatti Intrigue Dominates at Hearing on Cult-Like NXIVM racket
"Did she retain Mr. Avenatti to represent her in this case, yes or no?" he eventually asked Newman and Bronfman's attorney, Kathleen Cassidy.
[...]
The hearing was cut short when Bronfman appeared to have a medical episode as the sidebar broke ... Bronfman appeared to stumble and sway. An attorney caught her ... Bronfman appeared to have lost weight since her first court appearance in July 2018, and her face was a ghastly yellowish white.
< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
Two paramedics and four firefighters who entered the courtroom with a stretcher paramedics ultimately wheeled Bronfman into a nearby conference room. Bronfman and her lawyers remained in the room after the paramedics left with the stretcher at about 5 p.m., later leaving the courthouse on foot.

archived Mann Act revival UPDATE
Co-Founder Bottom bitch of [NXIVM] Tied to Sex Slavery prostitution Pleads Guilty
"I still believe that some what we did was good"
"Bottom Bitch" Reaches for Freedom of Religion Defense
the government disagrees with some beliefs
Heiress to Liquor Fortune Charged in Sex Slavery Prostitution Case
arraigned in Brooklyn federal court on racketeering charges

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 02:33:29 AM EST
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Judge refuses to put off delay sex slave sex racketeering trial
NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge has denied a request by TV actress Allison Mack for more time to negotiate a plea deal in the sex-trafficking prostitution and extortion case against an upstate New York self-helpgroup corporation, NXIVM.

archived
Co-Founder Bottom bitch of [NXIVM] Tied to Sex Slavery prostitution Pleads Guilty
"Though NXIVM itself has not been charged with a crime ..."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 12:06:39 AM EST
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"I'm a mental health practitioner"

No. You are not. Nothing in this interview, in your own words, indicates that you have established a clinical practice, diagnosed any mental health disorder, or prescribed therapeutic treatment for one single person.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 07:19:53 PM EST
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More specifically: This person is a student. This person is studying data sets purporting to describe incidences of unspecified abnormal psychological system and statistical analysis as if this person were neither a subject of nor respondent to survey instruments being manipulated by unnamed persons.

File in dissociative behavior

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 09:38:49 AM EST
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Furiously fanning "Big Data" poll smoke.

reference
Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials on Key Social and Political Issues in PEW index of "engineered" (aggregated) US "generations"

archived
BLS union member census, (2018)
'generational" details
Ferengi Alliance
#MeToo, #NoMore, now #HowMuch? What is the cost of sexual harassment? BLS says, No-to-GILLIBRAND et al.
Failure to control or recognize double counting
My question is who is counting how many jobs any one respondent claims.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 03:47:54 PM EST
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Mayoral election run-off Tuesday. Either way Rahm, Pritskers, and Daleys retreat to lairs.

What does Toni Preckwinkle do in the final days of the race against Lori Lightfoot?
"Lightfoot is the favorite. Preckwinkle, the County Democratic Party chairman, is desperate, and dangerous in her desperation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 09:33:55 PM EST
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"Why are they living on the street?" d'oh, running time 01:00:35


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 1st, 2019 at 03:11:46 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 05:51:09 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 11:40:18 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:15 PM EST
REUTERS | Venezuela blames 'attack' as another crippling blackout hits, 25 Mar
"Power went out in much of Caracas and nearly a dozen states in the early afternoon, stirring memories of a week-long outage earlier in the month that was the most severe in the country's history."

SPUTNIK | Russian Military Officials Arrive in Venezuela for Defence Talks - Source, 25 Mar
"The planes arrived in the Venezuelan capital on Saturday. Media earlier reported that an estimated 99 Russian military staff arrived in Caracas on board two planes, which also delivered 35 tonnes of cargo."

EURACTIV | US calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation', 26 Mar
"A spokesman for the US military's Southern Command, which oversees US forces in Latin America, said Russia's deployment of troops 'directly undercuts the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 04:12:38 AM EST
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Mexico braces for new caravan of Central American migrants
"We have information that a new caravan is forming in Honduras, that they're calling `the mother of all caravans,' and they are thinking it could have more than 20,000 people," [MX Interior Secretary Olga] Sanchez Cordero said Wednesday. But a WhatsApp [?!] group calling for people to gather Saturday in El Salvador to set off for Guatemala only has about 206 members.

Activist Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied several caravans in Mexico, said reports about "the mother of all caravans" were false, claiming "this is information that (U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen) Nielsen is using to create fear."

Now, that is an intriguing theory: MX and US gov COLLUDING to deny human "rights" to war (conflict, "intercommunal conflict") refugees in both! territories.
"We are going to do everything we can to help. We don't in any way want a confrontation with the U.S. government," he said. "It is legitimate that they are displeased and they voice these concerns."

Sanchez Cordero has pledged to form a police line of "containment" around Mexico's narrow Tehuantepec Isthmus to stop migrants from continuing north to the U.S. border. The containment belt would consist of federal police and immigration agents, but such highway blockades and checkpoints have not stopped large and determined groups of migrants in the past.

Soooo *.mx "pays for the wall" like some NATO ahh peripheral states pay for "containment."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 11:54:23 AM EST
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Obversely,
Border Patrol orders quick releases of families
The number of migrant families and children entering the U.S. from Mexico is so high that Border Patrol is immediately releasing them instead of transferring them to the agency responsible for their release, forcing local governments to help coordinate their housing, meals and travel.
No "fear" of accommodation, integration, or crime (as in the EU)
"Focusing on the humanitarian effort is the most important focus for the city, [Yuma Mayor Douglas] Nicholls.

The Yuma Sector has over the last two years seen an extraordinary spike in the number of immigrant families who turn themselves in. Yuma Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum said Thursday that agents have arrested 30,000 people in the relatively small sector since October 1.

One may expect UNPRECEDENTED congressional delegate re-allocations and numbers of district re-draws come Jan '21! 435 patronage stretched thin.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 01:02:29 PM EST
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De-colonizing hearts and minds is hard work.

The rise of shareholder activism signaled by Cho Yang-ho's fall
"'In South Korea, activist funds have had a strongly negative image, with associations of foreign funds hijacking domestic companies,'explained Shinhan Investment Corp. analyst Kim Sang-ho."
Moon and Trump to hold summit 10-11 April
"The next question is whether the summit will serve as a catalyst for reigniting North Korea-US negotiations after the collapse of the Hanoi summit."
Japan downplays its responsibility for forced labor and forced adoption of Japanese names
Korean press critiques 2019 juvenile textbooks approved for publication by Abe's regime (not quite TEXASS but close enough).
::
Hankyoreh continues to be a vital resource for anglo-merican readers' queries of multi-lateral politics.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 03:00:56 PM EST
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w/e 30 Mar 2019
Guido "Operation Freedom" Launch
recruiting Aid and Liberty Committees Militia

Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions
Weisbrot/CEPR presents data

China, Russia Defy US Threats Over Venezuela Oil, Military Support, A/V, transcript
(under the radar: Mi-* flight training center accelerated)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 02:11:17 AM EST
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The Other Venezuela, A/V (ES/EN) running time 00:15:27

"We voted for Maduro. Why did we vote for Maduro? We didn't vote for Maduro as a person. We voted for a political project."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 02:33:10 AM EST
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US trade gap falls 15 percent to $51.1 billion in January
[Total] Exports rose 0.9 percent to $207.3 billion, and imports dropped 2.6 percent to $258.5 billion.
[...]
U.S. goods exports to China dropped 22.3 percent to $7.1 billion, lowest since September 2010; Chinese imports dropped 9.6 percent to $41.6 billion.
Incidentally, the Fed put the kibosh on rate hikes for the rest of 2019 (because ECB, finally). Former-chair Yellen disagrees, because.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 02:53:02 PM EST
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last week
Rio Judge orders arrest of Michel Temer
"Although the charges that led to Temer's arrest have not yet been released to the media, here is a list of the top 5 ongoing corruption charges against the former President."
Brazil's ex-President Temer jailed, accused of heading 'criminal organization'

this week
Bolsonaro Struggles to Sell Pension ["Reform"] Bill; Markets Tumble
"Guedes told a Senate committee that Bolsonaro's government was failing to convince lawmakers of the merits of his plan to save more than 1 trillion reais ($250 billion) over the next decade, squandering the political capital [?] won in the elections."

srsly?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 06:13:11 PM EST
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Temer released after 4 days: why did it happen? | Brasil Wire

Michel Temer was released from prison after serving only 4 days behind bars, after material evidence implicated him in hundreds of millions of dollars of personal enrichment and paying millions of dollars in bribes to Congressmen to impeach Dilma Rousseff. When he was first arrested, some foreign journalists used this opportunity to tweet out that the joint US Department of Justice/Brazilian Public Prosecutors Office Lava Jato investigation is not the political witch hunt the AFL-CIO and leading intellectuals have been saying it is, but that it is truly an impartial investigation. Temer's release four days later has been met with their utter silence, and now the motives for the episode are coming out.

by generic on Sat Mar 30th, 2019 at 03:06:37 PM EST
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Sunday, 31 March 2019 ELECTION
The Comedian, The Former-Chocolate-King, The Former-Aryan-Princess and presumed also-runnings

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 12:51:34 AM EST
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16 March 2019 ELECTION "LANDSLIDE"
Slovakia Sees 1st Woman President
Sefcovic ["backed by Slovakia's ruling political party"] called his rival, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova, 45, to congratulate her on her victory, Reuters reports.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 12:59:00 AM EST
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Comedian Zelensky and Chocolate King set for runoff vote -- exit poll
Final round 21 April, Former-Aryan-Princess leaves 14% of voters in play who very well might prefer cocoa and heroin

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 10:19:45 PM EST
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Turkey 31 March 2019
Erdogan's AKP in Instanbul, Imamoglu's CHP in Ankara
cross-country municipal polling with AKP holding majority; XTREMELY tiny margin for AKP in Istanbul, 48.71% to CHP 48.65%. Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party boycott, "Voting was marred by election violence that killed at least two people and wounded dozens across the country", as is the custom.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 10:34:11 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 31st, 2019 at 06:56:16 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:19 PM EST
"natural" disaster (yer capricious hand of)
Mozambique cholera cases jump to 139 a day after outbreak
"900,000 oral cholera vaccines were on their way"

"artificial" disaster (yer prophetic judgments)
Why measles is so deadly and vaccination so important
premature declarations of victory, 98 public health care ahh ecosystems: 153 to 76,000.

archived ebola marketing UPDATEs
...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 29th, 2019 at 12:04:53 PM EST
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Dubstep artist Skrillex could protect against mosquito bites - BBC News
According to a recent scientific study, the way to avoid mosquito bites is to listen to electronic music - specifically dubstep, specifically by US artist Skrillex.

Sound is "crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals," says a team of international scientists specialising in mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.

by generic on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 12:29:44 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:21 PM EST

by generic on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 07:56:13 AM EST
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Residential and commercial real estate: Blackrock has been hoovering titles through foreclosures around the world (yes, even GREECE) since '08.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 03:21:28 PM EST
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Aesopian Language Lesson No. 1
Don't Mess with the Zohan

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 08:26:23 PM EST
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Aesopina Language Lesson No.2
I am Not a Pirate, podcast (EN)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 08:28:31 PM EST
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Aesoptian Language Lesson No.3
On The Beneficence of Censorship, 289pp
(let me know if that works for you)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 08:36:54 PM EST
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Aesopian Language Lesson No.4
Tropes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 08:38:28 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:28 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 08:48:35 PM EST
This guy's what you call an "incorrigible."
George Papadopoulos: Trump, Hillary's e-mails and me
The story begins in a prison cell. It is July 28, 2017 and his fellow inmates are trying to convince him that not all is bad in the prison. "The chicken wings they serve on Wednesdays are really good," they say.

Papadopoulos can't believe what he's going through. Sleepless and scared, he is trying to come to terms with the fact that he faces 25 years in jail.

He will return, more than once. He'll be back with a new moniker, "recidivist." Watch.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 26th, 2019 at 11:19:25 PM EST
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Are Iceland's relations with its neighbours (does it even have any?) as weird as this article suggests, or is this merely Google Translate being creative?
It is pointed out in the report that, contrary to this position, 44 per cent of Icelanders believe that Iceland is neutral in military matters. This misunderstanding of Iceland's position - or perhaps rather wishful thinking - will be reflected in a study from 2018 on Icelanders' view of foreign and security issues, which also states that 57 per cent of respondents believe that fornication and peaceful relations with neighboring countries will ensure Iceland's security. only 17 percent believe that membership of NATO contributes to it.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 11:44:57 AM EST
Icelandic is the trickiest of the Scandinavian languages (at least to me), but as far as I can tell the translation is correct.

Iceland is pretty isolated and hasn't seen much of military conflict. They have no army, and the Coast Guard is their main military branch.

by fjallstrom on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 12:26:34 PM EST
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Sorry. I forgot that not everybody here will be familiar with archaic English terms. Check what "fornication" means.....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 12:32:35 PM EST
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I read your extract to fast :)

"her­leysi og frið­sam­leg tengsl" is the tricky part. I would translate "frið­sam­leg tengsl" to "peaceful relationships", so it seems Google stumble on "herleysi". "Her" is military (like in German) and "-leysi" appears to be "-lack of / -absence of". So something like lack of military, but in a positive sense. No biblical relationships mentioned.

by fjallstrom on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 01:16:20 PM EST
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The Keflavik air station is a former US Navy station now owned by the Icelandic Coast Guard.  Various NATO people come through and use it every now and then for various reasons.  The latest is the US Navy wants to upgrade the largest hanger to fit the next generation of anti-submarine aircraft: Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

Whether the P-8 will attack submarines with on-board weaponry or just fall on it doing the 'Kamikaze-From-the-Sky Thing' is unknown.

Iceland has 26 diplomatic missions in 21 countries of the world.  There are "honorary councils" - whatever that means - in 90 countries.  Otherwise it uses its mission to the UN for all other needed international interactions.  

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

by ATinNM on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 04:32:06 PM EST
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An honorary consul is an unpaid leader of a minor consulate (with or without payed staff). For small countries appointing a prominent citizen who happens to live in the foreign country as their honorary consul is a cheap way to have some diplomatic representation. They can usually handle passport and visas and such.
by fjallstrom on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 05:17:36 PM EST
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So there are people from the Central African Republic and Chad who just "happen" to live in Liechtenstein....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 05:22:28 PM EST
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If they happening to live in Liechtenstein, they are surely persons of importance!

If it is a general consule they are salaried diplomats, as I understand it.

I am not exactly sure about these rules. Maybe they don't always have to be citizens of the appointing country?

by fjallstrom on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 10:56:08 PM EST
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Honorary consuls are quite often not citizens of the countries they represent. Anyone from a small country knows that, surely...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 07:23:57 AM EST
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US considered Cold War nuclear deployments in Iceland | Icelanf Monitor - 2016 |

American officials conducted secret talks in the 1950s on storing nuclear weapons in Iceland without informing Icelandic authorities, it has emerged.

According to recently declassified documents in the US National Security Archive, US government officials debated whether or not to deploy nuclear weapons in Iceland, "including through secret deployments".

They were dissuaded from doing so by a letter from Tyler Thompson, then US ambassador to Iceland, who warned of the severe negative consequences of Iceland finding out about such action.

The secret storage of nuclear weapons in Iceland could, Thompson feared, if discovered, lead to a "dramatic row" and Iceland's departure from NATO.

Such revelations could "be expected to have an unfortunate effect on our friends and allies, to affect adversely our interests as far as neutrals are concerned, and to provide a propaganda field day for our enemies," Thompson writes.

All references to `Iceland' are obscured in the documentation, but the context makes it clear that Iceland was the subject.  

The Crash, The Inuit, And The Bomb

Related reading ...

WikiLeaks registers company in Iceland (2010)

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

by Oui on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 06:11:18 PM EST
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