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by Bjinse Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 08:16:23 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:05:44 PM EST
Open for business again ... thx Bjinse!

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:21:52 PM EST
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Deutschland beteiligt sich nicht an Golf-Mission - sagt Maas

Die Bundesregierung lehnt es ab, bei einer von den USA geführten Militärmission "Operation Sentinel" in der Straße von Hormus mitzumachen. "An der von den USA vorgestellten und geplanten Seemission wird sich die Bundesregierung nicht beteiligen", sagte Außenminister Heiko Maas in Warschau. "Wir befinden uns da in enger Abstimmung mit unseren französischen Partnern."

Maas begründete die deutsche Absage damit, dass die Bundesregierung die US-Strategie des "maximalen Drucks" auf Iran für falsch halte. Deutschland wolle keine militärische Eskalation und setze weiterhin auf Diplomatie.

UK calls meeting with US and France to discuss Hormuz plan  
German new defense minister open for talks NATO mission to Strait of Hormuz

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

by Oui on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 06:59:52 PM EST
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US extends Iran nuke sanctions waivers but hits FM
"In a notice sent to Congress, the State Department said it had extended for 90 days waivers that permit European, Russian and Chinese companies to conduct civilian-nuclear cooperation at several Iranian sites."

archived
[Iran, China, Russia and EU] recommit to saving Iran deal, oppose US sanctions
Instex
Enrichment: Earning Some Space for Negotiations
US ends waiver but India may continue to buy Iran oil
Upset by Trump's Iran waivers, Saudis push for deep oil output cut

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 01:59:29 AM EST
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Portugal's solar energy auction breaks world record
1,150 megawatt, 13 winners: "Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Negocios reported that Spain's Iberdrola won seven of the 24 licences available and France's Akuo won 370 megawatts (MW)."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:29:02 PM EST
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Amazon Says French Clients to Bear Cost of France's New Digital Tax
"As we operate in the very competitive and low-margin retailing sector, and invest MASSIVELY in creating NEW! tools and services for our clients and vendor partners, we CANNOT WITHSTAND an additional tax," the company told AFP in a statement.
unprecedented. egregious. inconceivable.
The French government said it had no choice but to take action, though it is hoping to secure an international agreement that would include all OECD countries by the end of 2020. The issue will be high on the agenda when France hosts a G7 summit meeting in the Atlantic resort town of Biarritz later this month.
unexpectedly
U.S. President Donald Trump has slammed the levy and pledged on Twitter to retaliate with "substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness" -- include a threat of new taxes on French wines.

archived
France passes GAFA taxing ["digital services" sales]
G7 summit, Biarritz, France, 24-26/08/2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 12:17:16 AM EST
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Europe splits over IMF leadership
The race is still open, with the five shortlisted candidates all still with a chance of securing the post, according to French sources. These are the Eurogroup president Mario Centeno; his predecessor Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Spain's Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, Finnish central banker Olli Rehn and the CEO of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva, the most recent addition.
[...]
A diplomat told EURACTIV.com that the EU was divided between North and South countries. Dijsselbloem, supported by Germany and Northern capitals, is opposed by the Southern members, because of his hawkish positions on economic matters, and during the eurozone debt crisis, and the derogatory comments he made about them two years ago.
There is $11.8 trillion of loans denominated in U.S. dollars but overseas

archived waves
deck chairs
Europe needs to find candidate to head IMF: France
the odious IMF, subsidiary of US fed gov
"The principle function of this institution is lending USD to sovereign governments on terms and conditions ("structural adjustment programming") which have not produced desirable 'development' goals of the borrowers' constituencies."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 02:13:47 AM EST
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OMFG Working Papers | Global Fossil Fuel ["]Subsidies["] Remain Large: An Update Based on Country-Level Estimates
This paper updates estimates of fossil fuel subsidies, defined as fuel consumption times the gap between existing and efficient prices (i.e., prices warranted by supply costs, environmental costs, and revenue considerations)

archived
the odious IMF, subsidiary of US fed gov
How Do You Pay for the Green New Deal: Cost of Fuel

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 10:17:09 AM EST
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Finland's Olli Rehn drops out of IMF leadership race

Last straw to be drawn in the divide North - South ... any bets?

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

by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 04:23:31 PM EST
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It's not Dijsselbloem!

Or a deadlock in voting according to Reuters ... more talks.

No EU candidate gets required majority for IMF nomination - source

Or a chance for a compromise candidate ... Olli Rehn??

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

by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:14:04 PM EST
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... and the British failed to put forward a candidate ... too short notice for Boris and his new team after his election as PM for all Brexiteers. 😄

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:22:06 PM EST
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Mark Carney was rejected as a candidate ... "not European" enough. 🤣

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:29:38 PM EST
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Well Jeroen confirms he's out ...



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 07:36:11 PM EST
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Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:28:20 AM EST
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Kristalina Georgieva, the World Bank`s chief executive, was selected by European governments as their candidate to head the International Monetary Fund following an acrimonious process in which the result was initially contested by some member states.


Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:32:34 AM EST
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DICTION CORNER: Business Continuity Planning
BCPs are an important part of any business. Threats and disruptions mean a loss of revenue and higher costs, which leads to a drop in profitability. And businesses can't rely on insurance [BWAH!] alone because it doesn't cover all the costs and the customers who move to the competition.
< wipes tears >
Aside from Bloomberg boilerplate TROPES, I note with interest in the article Georgieva's short-form c.v. ticks more than a few boxes, indicating subject matter experience with "investment hurdles" not normally associated with crazy IMF institutional knowledge and ahhh leadership.

archived
deck chairs
presidency [sic] recently went to [US] American David Malpass. uh oh.
waves
The odious World Bank is a subsidiary of the IMF. Few care who is the chief of the WB. The principle functions of this institution is (1) lead generation to borrowers and (2) supplementary IMF loan creation and reporting.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 12:46:14 PM EST
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Oh, I see Dieselbum said it first.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:33:56 AM EST
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I read that Sweden and The Netherlands at first blocked Georgieva as the votes were insufficient to get her elected and due to her age. Apparently the UK was taken by surprise as their two late candidates were rejected ... the UK abstained. Dijsselbloem saved the Union 😉 by stepping back as candidate. Georgieva wins by default ... the EU is clearly divided. Mark Rutte and the Dutch are out if favor ... firstly with Timmermans and now for the IMF position.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:59:10 AM EST
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file in de basement of intrigue/Rutte

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 12:47:19 PM EST
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Sites using Facebook 'Like' button liable for data, EU court rules
Under EU data protection law [GDPR], therefore, a European retailer and the US platform are jointly responsible for gathering the data and sending it to Facebook's Irish subsidiary.
Rather interesting relation of equitable relief to disclosures of "legitimate interest" in IPR. I wonder idly, how deep this reasoning might eventually reach into EU employment case law, or not as was the case for severing "joint employer" free speech rights in the US (advanced SCOTUS union busting). An analogy between "controlling" interests shared by jurisdiction is weak atm.
Judgment in Case C-40/17
The operator of a website that features a Facebook 'Like' button can be a controller jointly with Facebook in respect of the collection and transmission to Facebook of the personal data of visitors to its website
[...]
With regard to the cases in which the processing of data is necessary for the purposes of a legitimate interest, the Court finds that each of the (joint) controllers, namely the operator of a website and the provider of a social plugin, must pursue a legitimate interest through the collection and transmission of personal data in order for those operations to be justified in respect of each of them.

reference
Supreme Court Denies Review of FLSA Joint-Employer Test

archived
Schrems I, Schrems II
Responsibility comes with ticket sale

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:21:51 PM EST
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Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU
Caspar in Hamburg with cease and desist.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:25:03 PM EST
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For a minute I conceded to myself. "SELF, you might be 'over-thinking' that joint-employer-legitimate-interest plot."

Amazon Alexa voice recordings sent into Polish [employees]

Amazon has admitted it employs temporary workers, sometimes working from home, to transcribe the voice commands of its Alexa virtual assistant. The acknowledgment follows revelations by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper
buried by Associated Press
that workers hired by an agency in Poland were allowed to hear the voice recordings of its German users.
[...]
Welt said that while the tech giant had insisted that only trusted staff had access to the recordi, job advertisements by the agency offered workers with strong German language skills the promise of "teleworking throughout the country," after being trained by Amazon at their Gdansk office.
I am after all a citizen of the most ignorant, litigious nation on the planet.
On Saturday, Amazon announced a new global privacy feature allowing users to explicitly block their voice commands from being reviewed by humans.
I know where this story's going. I've seen this con a thousand times before in this life and annals of labor exploitation. Whose rights will baby EU Labor Authority protect? Odds don't look "fair".

archived Anglo-merican "right-to-work"
Amazon, seeking more skilled workers, will do the training
EU Employers Must Track Hours, Not Just Overtime, [ECJ] Rules
MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 10:43:11 PM EST
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There was a confusing, misplaced sign, so it wasn't entirely their fault.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 09:47:52 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:06:46 PM EST
Boris Johnson "whistlestop tour"
designed to signal his commitment to keeping the union whole after Brexit
Boris Johnson visits Five Chieftains
On his tour of the U.K., Johnson was booed by protesters in both the Scottish city of Edinburgh and the Welsh city of Cardiff. He was also accused of playing "Russian roulette" with the agriculture industry by Welsh farmers who face high tariffs on their exports to Europe if there is a no-deal Brexit.

A variety of protesters greeted Johnson Wednesday in Northern Ireland, including border residents, steelworkers at a Belfast shipyard threatened with closure and anti-Brexit demonstrators.

After the meetings, Nichola Mallon, deputy leader of the Irish nationalist SDLP party, said [...] "We went into this meeting concerned that he would have a limited understanding of the complexities and the fragility of this place and those concerns have been confirmed," she said.

Scottish Labour, everyone

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 02:59:26 AM EST
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Hundreds of women forced to claim 'rape clause' exemption to receive child tax credits
"caught in the cap"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 11:42:31 AM EST
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TORYGRAPGH | Tampon sales fall as working women choose contraceptives to stop their monthly cycles, 2017
"The figures, collected from Britain's biggest retailers by Kantar Worldpanel, show the total amount spent on tampons fell from £56 million in 2012 to £43 million in 2016.
'We don't need to bleed': why many women are giving up on [menstruation], 18 July
"Catriona Clarke, 25, from Cambridge, was thrilled when she realised she could stop having periods thanks to her contraceptive pills."
New medical procedure could delay menopause by 20 years, 4 Aug
"The procedure, which costs between £7,000 and £11,000, is being offered to women up to the age of 40 through ProFam, a Birmingham-based company set up by Simon Fishel, an IVF doctor and president of the UK Care Fertility Group, in collaboration with other specialists."

File in UK/WEIRD/economics/elasticity of demand/substitution

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 11:10:41 PM EST
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Interesting interview with Jonathan Powell last night, who was a senior member of the team who negotiated the original Good Friday Agreement.

He explained very soberly that are only two alternatives available within the GFA. Either Ulster remains in the Customs Union along with Britain, or there is a customs border in the middle of the Irish Sea.

The resumption of a customs border between Ulster and the Republic is specifically forbidden b an international treaty ratified by the UN.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:01:41 PM EST
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The resumption of a customs border between Ulster and the Republic is specifically forbidden by an international treaty ratified by the UN.

I really, really, doubt Boris and the rest of the Tories give two goddamns about the GFA, as such.  If they feel it is in their interest to break it, they will.  If they feel it is in their interest to keep it, they.

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

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:18:48 PM EST
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will.

:-)


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

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:19:10 PM EST
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breaking international treaties like that has consequences. It's one thing to allow A50 to lapse, it's entirely another to bugger with a peace treaty at the UN.

Especially when Congress have indicated they will not tolerate any fucking about of Ireland and te GFA by the UK. If Boris wants a trade deal with the US, he's got to be nice wto dublin.

But right now, the brexiteers are in full "Britannia waives the rules, you never have to say you're sorry when you're English" mode and Boris is burning bridges as fast as he can strike the matches

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:34:17 PM EST
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Of course it has consequences.  

But we deal with the Real World, in the Real World.

Boris?  Not so much.

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

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:43:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 01:55:22 PM EST
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Irish Border strikes again.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:28:42 PM EST
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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:07:11 PM EST

by generic on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 02:31:25 PM EST
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Got an email notice from my associate's uni alumni network inviting all Bal'more delegates to purchase (pre-season) Raven (football) tickets at $90 ea., standing room only.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 07:27:55 PM EST
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Given the Ravens form, I'm presuming they give you the $90 for turning up

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 06:54:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:27:38 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 07:36:06 PM EST
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R.Kelly trial gagged until April 2020 debut.

Judge sets tentative date for Jeffrey Epstein's trial, on or about 8 June 2020.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said a trial projected to last four to six weeks could tentatively begin June 8, but he'll likely defer to defense lawyers' needs if they are not ready.
[...]
Epstein has remained at the Metropolitan Correction Center, which is adjacent to the downtown Manhattan courthouse.
[...]
The lawyers agreed to file written arguments about the [non-prosecution] agreement and double jeopardy claims by Sept. 13 [2019]. Oral arguments will occur in October.
Billionaire, friend taking plea deal in Las Vegas drug case
$1M Alford plea

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 02:36:46 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 03:10:59 AM EST
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Another college admissions scandal? To get financial aid, parents ["]lose["] custody of children
ProPublica Illinois and The Wall Street Journal independently reported Monday that families near Chicago would give up legal guardianship of their children to relatives or friends. Students would then file for financial independence, which effectively opened the door to financial aid they wouldn't have been able to access while under the legal care of their parents.
wut
The university [of Illinois] referred the cases to the U.S. Department of Education.
So. What's the penalty for defrauding the US this week?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:55:17 AM EST
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False Claims Act of 1863 still Humming
Cisco: $8.6M
Alleged Capital One hacker barely bothered to hide
AMZN: $0

archived
"The Marvels of Capitalist Enterprise"
"attenuated in the yella sheets to protecting individual 'professional' whistle blowers' careers"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 11:55:48 AM EST
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Congress wants Capital One, Amazon to explain
how a ["]hacker["] accessed personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit card customers and applicants.
Press reports, she joined Amazon in 2015 to work at Amazon Web Services, a division that hosted the Capital One data she allegedly accessed beginning in March, are incredible?
"We want to understand how this happened, how other breaches happened ... and we want to know how vulnerabilities (appear) in systems and figure out what we must do to deal with them at a policy level."
Fresh out of printer paper for subpoenas?
Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight! and Reform! Committee, said the committee has a long and bipartisan history of investigating data breaches in the government and private sector. Cummings, D-Md., said he looks forward to hearing more information about the data breach from Capital One and the company's response.
Evidence of batt'ry  ICQA developing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 12:37:39 AM EST
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More student loan borrowers carry six-figure balances, 2015-2018 survey
wut: "$499,322.69 [STEM] ... $310,000 [STEM]...Borrowers with huge balances should make a budget to get their spending under control"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 06:45:52 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 07:37:05 PM EST
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Futuristic, Utopian Paradise Of Baltimore Completely Baffled By Trump's Attacks

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 12:51:04 AM EST
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Well, yeah, Larry "maglev" Hogan's management style does not match my expectations of a governor either. But someones else born and bred in border state body politic elected him twice. WaPo was for him before they was against him. How about them heritage dems! Defending "the most vulnerable in our community". Annapolis, Trump or no Trump, for 399 years.

Room for improvement? Last week a WaPo printed "How Karl Marx influenced Abraham Lincoln".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 06:50:15 PM EST
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St. Clair at an O's away game in L.A., catching up with what hasn't been happening
... Still, the experience, harrowing as it was, was worth it to watch the lowly Orioles defeat the mighty (on paper) Angels on the same day that Trump slandered [?!] Baltimore [?!].
Baltimore City Sanitary Sewer Consent Decree Program
On September 30, 2002, the City entered into a Consent Decree (CD) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, and Maryland Department of the Environment to address sanitary sewer overflows from the City's sanitary sewer collection system, which are violations of the Clean Water Act.... The Modified CD has two (2) phases. ...These measures will eliminate an estimated 83% of sanitary sewer overflow volume by January 1, 2021. Phase II upsizes the collection system to achieve a 5-year level of protection throughout the City, and a 10-year level of protection in sensitive areas by December 31, 2030
Council bill promises relief from unaffordable and inaccurate water bills
Young's bill comes on the heels of an announcement by DPW that caught some officials by surprise - a three-year, 30% increase in water and sewer rates. The rate hike would raise water rates by 9.9% each year through June 2022 and sewer rates by 9% annually.
I have an unyielding affection for Baltimore and in my years there working for Clean Water Action Project and Friends of the Earth in early Reagan time [?!] got to know nearly every part of the city. It is in every respect a livelier and more interesting, creative and habitable city than DC.
United Workers Evironmental Justice - Community Land Trust In South Baltimore

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 05:03:20 AM EST
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Has Gov. Hogan heard the one about people who live in glass houses?
uh oh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 08:28:50 PM EST
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"Women and Minorities" Edition

Kamala Locked Up More People for Weed Than We Thought



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 05:50:25 AM EST
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But that can't be, something has to be done and has been done: California Removes Arrest Reports From Kamala Years
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 06:08:12 AM EST
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"Women and Minorities" Swedish-American-California-Voter Edition


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 06:35:45 AM EST
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Where is Kamala Harris' Baltimore campaign headquarters? HQ2 wasn't easy to find

Baltimore City historic district: Federal Hill
US Congressional district: MD-3
"We are definitely located in Baltimore City. Can't disclose the location."
[...]
National press secretary Ian Sams had responded to a question a week ago by saying: "We don't yet have an HQ." ...
the [Caves Valley Partners] "Stadium Square" [$250M urban infill, transit-oriented development], which also houses wealth management advisers and account executives, offers shared work areas, month-to-month leases and views of M&T Bank Stadium and surrounding neighborhoods.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 08:20:51 PM EST
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Wikileaks
Thanks for playing.
Next ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 01:02:14 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 10:28:04 AM EST
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jail break
ahhhhhem. EXTRADITION story developing ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 09:24:36 PM EST
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wut: "O'Brien < reckless eyeballin' > whose title is U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, attended the three-day trial and met with officials from the foreign ministry and justice ministry."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 06:52:16 AM EST
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"Spiritual DIY Advisor" and sole envoy to the conference of "Russian bots"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 09:27:53 AM EST
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Explaining the joke: Soon after CAMPAIGN 2018 and establishment of a short-rainbow of congressional "badasses," Joy Anne Reid, D-List MSNBC "women and minorities" warrior bearing Ivy League affirmative action credential, began hurling spears of US anti-communism (mouldering in the graves of Booker T. "separate but equal" Washington and BFF Maddow Kremlin-threat warnings) at disgruntled DNC "stakeholders" alias #ADOS sympathizers.

Her social media propaganda was marginally effective in deterring apparent adoption of an agitation for DNC CAMPAIGN 2019 nominees to advocate for "reparations" policy. Sadly, as Mueller Report profiling current Russian meddling and interference in US democracy ("racial division") has dissipated, so has #AMJOY authoritative materialism for rubes --foreign born, natural born, and naturalized US citizens.

These days, Joy Anne Reid has retreated behind the line of #ADOS "messaging" as an agent provocateur for "inclusion" of immigrant descendants of imperial Pan-African slave trade, especially Guyana, nation-state of her parents' origin, reportedly. While Marianne Williamson, apex archetype, has not.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 03:04:05 PM EST
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Speaker Nancy pimping assorted Crayola® colored delegates at Disney® Elmina Castle, Ghana, with "humble" AFRICOM reparations.

Missed Greyhound® bus to last fundraiser in Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Livonia, Pontiac, Newark, Bronx, Roxbury, Charleston, Nawleans, Mobile, Houston, Natchez, Wilmington, Tulsa, KC/St. Louis, Way Cross, Montgomery,Phoenx, Little Rock, L.A., Oakland, Richmond, Milwaukee, Philly, Gary, D.C., Baltimore, ...

Pelosi [née D'Alesandro], 79, was born in Baltimore and grew up there
"Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions," D'Alesandro said at the time.
"White L vs. Black butterfly"
History of Baltimore's racial segregation includes a hard look at newspapers' role


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 11:20:37 PM EST
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tears, sippy cup
Community leaders and residents gathered to cut the ribbon on a pocket of greenery and flowers, built from what had been a vacant lot often used as a dumping ground for trash.

"Come to Baltimore. Do not just criticize us, but come to Baltimore and I promise you, you will be welcomed," he said.

Gee. Baltimore's Affodable Housing Trust Fund much? The Fair Development Roundtable expected leadership and leverage. But all they got was the city council of racket-realtors --formally known as  Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, a HUD and MD beneficiary-- dicking for 3 YEARS with statutory fund appropriations of a measly $20M.
Residents said they were heartened by the attention being paid to Baltimore, and they too urged the White House to consider the way the president's comments may land in a community.

Jackie Cornish, a founder of the Druid Heights [west Bal'more site] community development corporation [BWAH!] more than 40 years ago, said she hoped Trump and Cummings could put their collective power together [wut] and work for the good of the city. While she feels the president has "disrespected our congressman as well as disrespected our city," she also said: "We still respect our president. As long as he's president, we're trying to lift him up." [wut]

What a way to HANDICAP residents' publicity. Thanks. For. Nothing.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 04:21:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Jill Stein's Green Running Mate <reckless eyeballin'> Speaks Out
uh oh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 09:54:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
WHO PAYS FOR THAT?!
uh oh


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 07:30:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Enemy of the People
In pushing the bill forward, the chairman skirted committee rules allowing [?] for amendments and requiring [?] minority participation in certain actions, including to end debate [?!]. "What am I supposed to do?" asked [Lindsey Graham Cracker]. "We have a right to vote."
OBAMA "era" Reid Rule, alias "nuclear option". Is this reporter mental?
Among other changes, the legislation would restructure asylum law to have applicants apply in Mexico and other countries, rather than when they arrive at the U.S. border, and bring on 500 new immigration judges to help process the backlog of cases.
2014: Honduras wants 'mini-Marshall plan' for U.S. aid on migrants
"Hernandez said Washington should help Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras fight gangs ...The United States deported a planeload of women and children to Honduras on Monday."
2019: Inside Donald Trump's migration pact with the Guatemalan president
"On July 26th Mr Trump at last got the deal he has long coveted: a safe-third country agreement with Guatemala."
After Guatemala, U.S. seeks migration deals with Honduras, El Salvador
"United States is pursuing 'similar agreements' with Honduras and El Salvador"
Who pays for that?
On Saturday, the president signed a letter of intent to cooperate with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. ... The president signed a deal with El Salvador President Nayib Bukele in late June, and Ebrard said the administration would offer the same investment to Guatemala after the second round of the country's presidential elections in August."
Senate rules were changed [2013] to allow faster confirmation of Trump's judicial nominees [no], and confirming Kavanaugh and filling court vacancies with Trump's picks [no] has been a top accomplishment of the Republican-led Senate.
Two-year budget pact clears Senate, ending fiscal 2020 impasse, 1 Aug 2019

archived gits
Democratic Party agreed to alter senate rules
The Republican Party is in majority in the current senate. The majority controls confirmation AND senate rules, of which cloture, of which quorum, of which filibuster ...
'Nuclear' fallout in Senate might take some time to register

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 01:30:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
re: safe country Trump treaties ("deals") .mx, .sv, .gt, .hn

900 asylum seekers returned to wait in Mexican border city

They are among nearly 3,000 people with pending U.S. immigration proceedings who have been sent back to wait in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, where the U.S. State Department warns Americans to avoid all travel due to high levels of violence and kidnapping.

Under ["]the program["], migrants who turn themselves over to U.S. authorities and, in most cases, request asylum, are returned to Mexico after being given a court date. To pursue their asylum cases they have to wait in Mexico, crossing only for court dates in what is a months-long process.
[...]
So far more than 20,000 migrants have been returned all along the border to wait in Mexico, Mexican officials say.

Border thwarting to annoy the US House counsel, for sure

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 03:17:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
No one listens to lying John Brennan anymore ...

No kidding?

John Ratcliffe: Trump's pick for intelligence chief drops out  

Thank you Mr. President ...

Trump's pick for intelligence director misrepresented role in anti-terror case

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

by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 09:48:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ratcliffe quits
after five days of "growing questions about his experience and qualifications"
< wipes tears >
dread "acting director" appointment any day now? Sen. Richard Burr:
"There is no substitute for having a Senate-confirmed director in place to lead our Intelligence Community"
[...]
Until then, lawmakers have privately and publicly urged Trump to put Sue Gordon, Coats' No. 2, in charge once Coats steps down. But it's unclear whether he will. Trump told reporters Friday that "certainly she will be considered" for the acting director position.
#MeToo#Time'sUp#WhyIDid'tReport story developing ...

archived squad
"We don't need to be making the process seem any more complicated than it actually is"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 01:21:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 08:13:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
How does he identify?
Asking for a friend.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 09:51:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:07:22 PM EST
In the image of his favorite fascist leader Der Trumpf, Brazil's government has pushed for a new law to evict U.S. citizen Glenn Greenwald  ...

Justice Minister Sergio Moro wants Brazil to deport "dangerous foreigners." Observers believe that the threat is aimed at the US journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose Intercept has aggressively reported on Moro's conduct.

The Brazilian justice minister's dubious deportation decree | DW |

'The US position'

Under Moro's decree, people denied permission to remain would have to formally object within 48 hours -- rather than the 60 days currently allotted. The decree would also allow for deportations should authorities allege that people may pose a danger to the country. The law would even permit deportations based on intelligence by foreign agencies.

Thiago Amparo, a law professor who works with the FGV education foundation, called Moro's decree problematic in that it "prevents immigrants from making use of their rights." Amparo said Brazil was echoing the "tough anti-immigrant rhetoric" of the regimes in the United States, Poland and Hungary.

[...]

A major foe of President Jair Bolsonaro's is the US investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose platform, The Intercept, recently leaked chat conversations that cast a particularly bad light on Moro and the investigators involved in Operation Car Wash, which led to the imprisonment of the wildly popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The chats published by The Intercept showed Moro, a judge at the time, communicating with officials involved with the dubious prosecution of Lula in a corruption case that eventually led to his being declared ineligible to run for the presidency in 2018. Bolsonaro, who had polled weakly against Lula, eventually won the election in a runoff and installed Moro as his justice minister.

Greenwald reported that the chats were provided by an anonymous source. But over the weekend Bolsonaro and several minsters demanded the journalist be jailed. They allege that Greenwald had orchestrated a hacking operation through which the chat conversations became public. The president has complained that under current laws Greenwald cannot be deported as he has two adopted Brazilian children, and has labeled the journalist a "villain."

Bolsonaro and Brazil's treasure ... the rain forests and indigenous tribes ...

Brazil's new leader promised to exploit the Amazon--but can he?
In Amazon, indigenous Waiapi chief is killed by illegal miners

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

by Oui on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 07:19:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
... and visiting French ministers:

Brazil's Bolsonaro snubs French foreign minister for haircut - Reuters

Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro canceled a meeting this week with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian - getting a haircut instead - amid deepening tensions over climate change policy that could endanger the EU-Mercosur trade accord.

Bolsonaro's spokesman cited an agenda clash, even though the meeting with the French cabinet minister was canceled just one hour before. Bolsonaro went for a haircut at the time of the scheduled meeting with Le Drian on Monday, and broadcast it live on Facebook.


Le Drian is a holdover from the François Hollande presidency.
by Bernard on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 06:54:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]

This chart shows the Fed is central banker to the world -- and the globe needs a rate cut

Try to act surprised.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 01:34:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
See Triffin Dilemma.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 02:09:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 01:45:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The lamb's reaction:


by Bernard on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 06:41:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
;)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:28:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
if they cut out the colossal middle man costs of meat and sold it directly to the public cheaply, that'd win them a lot of friends.

But Tories exist to make their parasitical friends rich. so, what to do?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:28:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Where's the fun in that? During The Great Depression FDR's brain trust dumping hogs, milk, and gold stirred the passions of countless friends.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 12:44:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mr Market is losing hearts and minds today.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 5th, 2019 at 07:30:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Puerto Ricans have no idea who will be new governor Friday, 17:01 Hong Kong people's time with Caribbean characteristics
As one of his last acts, Rosselló put forward veteran politician and lawyer Pedro Pierluisi to fill the vacant secretary of state post, next in line for the governorship under the U.S. territory's constitution.

Pierluisi is a [non-voting  delegate] to the U.S. Congress seen by most ordinary Puerto Ricans as a conciliatory, relatively uncontroversial figure, unlikely to be met by continued street demonstrations.

I don't know about that.
The Puerto Rican House of Representatives is expected to vote on Pierluisi's confirmation Friday afternoon. ... Some lawmakers said a House vote for Pierluisi would count as confirmation and allow him to assume the governorship. Opponents said he requires Senate approval, too, and they would sue to stop him becoming governor without that.
[...]
Another obstacle for Pierluisi is Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, who has said he would not vote for Rosselló's nominee and wants to run for governor himself next year. Several legislators have said they prefer Rivera Schatz over Pierluisi, but the Senate leader is a powerful figure deeply associated with Puerto Rico's political and business elite and his elevation to the governorship could re-ignite popular outrage.

archived post-colonial mischief
[Vázquez] set to replace Puerto Rico's governor doesn't want job

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 06:11:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Puerto Rico House confirms Pierluisi as secretary of state
The House voted 26-21, with one abstention, to confirm Rosselló's nominee and potential successor. The legislature, which is controlled by Pierluisi's New Progressive Party, erupted into cheers when the deciding vote was cast. But Pierluisi's fate remains unclear.  ... However, the issue of who is rightfully governor is almost certain to go to court.
[...]
"People are disgusted with the government in general, not just Ricardo Rosselló, everyone," said Janeline Avila, 24, who recently received her degree in biotechnology.

Take a number, laddie!



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 09:20:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Puerto Ricans await court decision on potential new governor
"The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting that no extensions will be awarded."

Meanwhile in Hong Kong ...
A day of striking sows chaos across Hong Kong
and the ironies burn brighter

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 5th, 2019 at 07:34:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
under the radar

US government delays Puerto Rico disaster mitigation funds

The Trump administration is delaying the release of more than $8 billion in funds to help Puerto Rico prepare for the next natural disaster, citing political unrest and financial irregularities in the U.S. territory.

The funds are part of $16 billion approved by Congress for mitigation projects, such as hardening electrical grids, in states and territories receiving presidential disaster declarations from 2015 to 2017.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD, sec. CARSON?!] is detailing rules for nine states to get the funds first. They are Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, Missouri and Georgia.

HHS: Florida migrant child detention camp emptying out
[US] Health and Human Services Department [sec. AZAR?!] spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said in an email that all children who had been at the facility are now either with family members or at smaller state-licensed centers. The camp has housed about 14,300 undocumented children in total since March 2018, the largest such facility in the country. ... Last month, HHS expedited the process for sending child migrants to live with relatives already in the U.S. by eliminating [!] a fingerprinting requirement for adult siblings and grandparents. It also stopped [!] universally requiring child abuse and neglect checks unless there are special concerns.
[...]
Some members of Congress [Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Shalala (FL-27), Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)] and immigration advocates have called for the Homestead center to be completely shut down, but it will remain available for future needs, officials said.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [?!] said in a statement that HHS should be more forthcoming about why[?] so many children were moved so quickly and exactly where they went. "I will seek a full accounting of where these hundreds of children who were reportedly relocated from the Homestead detention center ended up," the Florida Democrat said. "HHS must be more transparent, and I will continue to demand answers about the fates of these children."

archived collateral
SORNA, 2019
Backing expanded registration requirements for sex offenders, the Supreme Court ...
here it is, 2018
Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don't ...
Welding et al. v. DNC Services Corp., final order of dismissal, 2017
the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton ...
Latin American & Caribbean briefs , 2014
sanctions on Venezuelan officials culpable in that nation's repression ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 02:08:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Internet - a great American invention!

North Korea took $2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: U.N. report | Reuters |

North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using "widespread and increasingly sophisticated" cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters.

The experts said North Korea "used cyberspace to launch increasingly sophisticated attacks to steal funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to generate income." They also used cyberspace to launder the stolen money, the report said.

"Democratic People's Republic of Korea cyber actors, many operating under the direction of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, raise money for its WMD (weapons of mass destruction) programmes, with total proceeds to date estimated at up to two billion US dollars," the report said.

Hackers keep North Korea's weapons program running

Related reading ...

On the Great Leader's Secret Service: North Korea's intelligence agencies [cached]

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

by Oui on Mon Aug 5th, 2019 at 08:51:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Crowd Strike experts?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 5th, 2019 at 09:53:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by generic on Fri Aug 23rd, 2019 at 06:35:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
yeah, I glanced at that. Had troubled getting past the headline psychology-- "passive-aggressive" behavior rendered "dissent" within the undeclared enemy's ahh command-control service economy. Filed ## Sociopaths teach sociopaths manners.

archived sir yes sir
Meet Karl and William Menniger, prairie authoritarians ...
The fog of war
rumors, and just plain bullshit

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Aug 23rd, 2019 at 05:15:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:08:31 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:08:34 PM EST
Uganda begins largest trial of experimental Ebola vaccine
The trial of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine involves up to 800 people in the western district of Mbarara and is supported by Doctors without Borders and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Pontiano Kaleebu, a Ugandan researcher who leads the trial, said Friday that he regrets that the Janssen vaccine has not yet been deployed in Congo. Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga had resigned 22 July, saying a second vaccine could create confusion on the ground.
[...]
Already more than 180,000 people in Congo's yearlong outbreak have received an experimental but effective Merck vaccine, but health experts worry about the availability of doses as the virus now spreads in a major city, Goma, along the Rwanda border.
[...]
The Janssen vaccine has already been tested in about 6,000 people, most of them [?!] Africans, Kaleebu said. "We are excited about this (trial) ... because this is one of the promising vaccines," he said. "It's one of those vaccines that have shown a lot of promise in animal studies[?!] but also in other trials that have been conducted."
[...]
Ugandan researchers said the new trial is expected to last two years [!] and will test how long any protection from Ebola would last.

archived living lab
"it's a war zone", 19 July
Drs. Field Marshal Tedros Adhanom, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Robert Steffen
Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency, 17 July
itinerant pastors
annual report, May - June
escalation, morbidity & mortality, vectors, vaccine efficacy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 02:46:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:08:37 PM EST
by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:08:40 PM EST
Statement by Labour @A'dam

Pride Amsterdam - Canal Parade 2019

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

by Oui on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 04:49:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
DW's got that story "covered" as a kind of ahhh invasion of the male sex workers, illustrated: "their half-naked bodies in some of the tall windows".

Is there a word for 90%-naked-body auf Deutsch?

I was a slightly more alarmed that editorial management hasn't been keeping up with or more alarmed by the city's urban renewal/gentrification/licensing purge like DutchNews.NL has over the last few years.

Unaffordable real estate is a kind of HOT! topic in *.de.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 11:59:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Geert Wilders Islam phobia takes hold ...

City of Nijmegen: Official apologizes to woman with niqab banned from playground

A woman wearing a niqab has received an apology from the municipality of Nijmegen on Sunday afternoon. The woman and her family were visiting "De Leemkuuil" playground.

A discussion arose in the playground about the woman's garment in connection with the prohibition of face-covering clothing, which came into force in the Netherlands on 1 August.

The playground, however, does not fall under the so-called burqa ban, after consultation with the police and the municipality. Afterwards apologies were offered to the woman.

Dutch ban on burqas and niqabs takes effect | Al Jazeera - ug. 1, 2019 |
Burqas banned in Dutch government buildings - what will it mean in practice?

... and in public transport.

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

by Oui on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 05:10:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In the not so distant future, that ordinance will likely be repealed and replaced. With what superior personal protection equipment (PPE)? I've no idea.

DW employees from Africa, Asia offer Germans tips for heat

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 5th, 2019 at 12:23:27 AM EST
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