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May Thread

by Bjinse Mon May 6th, 2019 at 09:13:55 PM EST

In the merry month of May, sitting in a pleasant thread, which a grove of myrtles made


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Drive by greetings from Padua, Italy.
by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 09:15:20 PM EST
"sat down too close to Madness Ground Zero, Westminster" Greetings back atcha

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 09:19:32 PM EST
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Drive-by greetings from the Loire valley, visiting a few châteaux.
by Bernard on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:33:04 AM EST
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Sedentary greetings from my bloody desk, with glamourous view of passing freight trains.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:43:00 AM EST
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Danger of the Loire Valley ... we stayed a night in Sancerre many moons ago and got me hooked - Châteaux?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 12:20:27 PM EST
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I rode a train by there on Sunday. Even stopped for a few minutes.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:52:04 AM EST
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by generic on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 11:14:07 AM EST
by das monde on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 01:26:49 PM EST
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Thank you for Disappointed Optimist. Need more laughs in my Twitter.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:15:03 PM EST
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by generic on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 02:15:19 PM EST
Some talk from 2014, geopolitical-existential porn:

by das monde on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:36:50 PM EST
If seriously, how to like the post-Trump geopolitics in this updated talk (particularly 32:45-57:50)

by das monde on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:56:17 PM EST
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by generic on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 11:44:44 AM EST
If Ari Hoffman really wanted to criticize anti-semitism is the US, he'd start with the Rethuglican Party and the White House.  But since he's about to be in the latest batch of sausages pooped out by the law school grinder (especially Stanford), he just can't do that.
by rifek on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 01:31:33 PM EST
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Eli Valley, a political cartoonist .. freedom of expression anyone in America?

The NY Times Warsaw Ghetto Edition << enlarged >>

How Eli Valley's Art Started An Anti-Semitism Scandal At Stanford | The Forward |
New York Times Caves to Anti-Semitism Police, Censors Cartoon | Tikun Olam |

Further reading ... see signatories "AIPAC does not represent us".

An Open Letter: We are Jews Who Stand woth Representative Ilhan Omar

My recent post ..

Extremist Leon De Winter from Amsterdam

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

by Oui on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:17:57 PM EST
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criticize Israel and you get a shit ton of BS accusations of anti-semitism dumped on you. Look at Corbyn

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 03:09:24 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 09:54:54 PM EST
wow, they sure saw you coming

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:42:47 PM EST
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Grapevine


Initially, Hatari hoping to represent Iceland at Eurovision went largely ignored by the rest of the world. All that changed when in February the band issued a statement, in English, in which they challenged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a bout of glíma--that is, a form of traditional Icelandic wrestling.

In characteristic style, the statement offered high stakes: if the band were to win, "Hatari reserve the right to settle within your borders establishing the first ever Hatari sponsored liberal BDSM colony on the Mediterranean coast." If Netanyahu were to win, "the Israeli government will be given full political and economic control of South-Icelandic Island municipality Vestmannaeyjar [The Westman Islands]. Members of Hatari will ensure the successful removal of the islands current inhabitants."

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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 09:47:29 AM EST
by generic on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 12:17:50 PM EST
Of course, it may also be his coauthor.
Will Gen Z voters moderate their views after they enter the labor force? Probably not. Irving Kristol once joked that conservatives are liberals who have been "mugged by reality." But the data don't support this hypothesis. Most Millennials have already been mugged by reality: competing in the job market, paying taxes, and--for those 26 and older--taking responsibility for their own health care. In the process, they have lurched left, not right. On questions of political philosophy, Millennials are far closer to their juniors in Gen Z than to their elders in Gen X.

Even young Republicans have been caught up in this philosophical leftward drift. Gen Z Republicans are four times as likely as Silent Generation Republicans to believe that government should do more to solve problems. And only 60 percent of Gen Z Republicans approve of Trump's job performance, while his approval among all Republicans hovers around 90 percent.

In short, Ocasio-Cortez is neither an aberration nor a radical. She is close to the political center of America's younger generations.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 02:32:00 PM EST

The guy running a taxi company in my home town just answers the phone while driving. That's most of the green and blue parts.

by generic on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 05:39:16 PM EST
From the Guardian

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 06:02:53 PM EST

by generic on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 09:22:55 PM EST
by das monde on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 06:03:59 PM EST

Now, I have seen the show and it is pretty bad. But the Twitter reactions are very good so it balances out.

by generic on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 12:44:32 PM EST
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the lady ain't cracking jokes

by das monde on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 04:17:14 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:00:49 AM EST
From some time ago, but I just read it today.
Robert Mueller Obliterated Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories

Mueller certainly provides substantial evidence that Russians attempted to meddle in various ways in the U.S. election, including by hacking the DNC and Podesta and through Facebook posts and tweets. There is, however, no real evidence that Putin himself ordered this, as was claimed since mid-2016. But that Russia had done such things has been unsurprising from the start, given how common it is for the U.S. and Russia to meddle in everyone's affairs, including one another's, but the scope and size of it continues to be minute in the context of overall election spending:

Which is a curious statement. I read through the Russian Interference part of the Mueller Report™, a fast read since most of it is blacked out, and there is no actual evidence there that the hackers were GRU. So as to not make it a complete waste of time, I also read the wikileaks part and they take the fact that Guccifer 2.0 had a link and password to a section of the dncleaks.com website as strong evidence that those two groups were strongly linked(p 43). Yet everything before that part is written as if the actor behind those accounts (the GRU) had been identified without any doubt. Then you have the Guccifer Twitter account communicating with the DCLeaks account for them to establish communications with WL. But then everyone involved in the leaking game would know that Twitter DMs are hardly secure communications.

by generic on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 03:14:13 PM EST
I wouldn't call the Intercept a wholly-disinterested party in this. I'm increasingly seeing their role as a source as one of carefully crafted disinformation.

If, as you say, large portions of that testimony are blacked out, then Greenwald is either bullshitting Trump-style or he's reading an awful lot into the artfully selective output from Barr about his communications with  Mueller.

On this, I wouldn't trust the Intercept the distance I could throw Greenwald (and I have a bad shoulder)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 02:36:35 PM EST
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by generic on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 04:48:29 PM EST
by das monde on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 09:48:25 AM EST
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Fuck, that thread is stuffed with spoilers to just about every ongoing TV series in existence right now.

DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 02:39:38 PM EST
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Who needs unions?
Every night, several times a night, Uber and Lyft drivers at Reagan National Airport simultaneously turn off their ride share apps for a minute or two to trick the app into thinking there are no drivers available---creating a price surge. When the fare goes high enough, the drivers turn their apps back on and lock into the higher fare.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 10:41:36 AM EST
Unemployed former stockbrokers.
If there's a market, it can be gamed.
(Maybe there's money in writing an app for it.)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 03:19:12 PM EST
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