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July 2020

by Bernard Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:01:12 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:02:22 PM EST
The Brexit Muppet Returns Edition - Week 27 - 2020, podcast (EN)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:39:10 PM EST
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Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in Spain (ENE-COVID): a nationwide, population-based seroepidemiological study
The findings from this nationwide seroprevalence study for SARS-CoV-2 indicate that the prevalence of IgG antibodies against this coronavirus is around 5% in Spain.
Despite the high impact of COVID-19 in Spain, prevalence estimates remain low and are clearly insufficient to provide herd immunity. This cannot be achieved without accepting the collateral damage of many deaths in the susceptible population and overburdening of health systems. In this situation, social distance measures and efforts to identify and isolate new cases and their contacts are imperative for future epidemic control.
archived ring vaccination, living lab contact tracing

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by Cat on Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 02:12:32 AM EST
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Remembering the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosniaks
In July 1995, forces from Bosnia's breakaway Republika Srpska and paramilitary allies killed more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica. International tribunals later classified the killings as a genocide.

Young people in Bosnia-Herzegovina are working to keep the massacre in the global consciousness. "You must never forget what happened," the journalist Lamia Bravo told DW. "If you do, they can happen again: There must never be a second Srebrenica."

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) spent years investigating the massacre. The ICTY found that Bosnian Serb forces began planning the genocide during the final stage of the three-year Bosnian War, in March 1995.

Genocide denial gains ground 25 years after Srebrenica massacre
His views are in line with those of most Serb politicians in Republika Srpska, the Serb-dominated entity that makes up half of Bosnia's complicated post-war political system. Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, has called the Srebrenica genocide "a fabricated myth", and the Republika Srpska authorities have set up a commission to investigate the events. Its report, due later this year, is expected to whitewash the crimes of Bosnian Serb forces.

"This is the next phase, even worse than genocide denial: to try to create a new historical reality," said Serge Brammertz, who spent nearly a decade as chief prosecutor at the UN international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The tribunal convicted the Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić and the military commander Ratko Mladić of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Mladić's appeal is still under way.

The genocide has long been an inspiration for far-right extremists and Islamophobes. The Christchurch mosque attacker last year played a song glorifying Karadžić just prior to the assault, and years earlier Anders Breivik also sought inspiration in the Balkan wars and Serb ultra-nationalism.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 12:40:10 PM EST
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On genocide anniversary, Bosnian Muslims feel shunned by Europe
Last fall, Bosnian Muslims were forced to relive their trauma when Austrian author and playwright Peter Handke was selected as winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Handke has claimed Serb killings of Bosnian Muslims were exaggerated by Western media. He was also widely seen as a supporter of Slobodan Milošević, the former Serbian president who died while on trial at The Hague tribunal for war crimes. Handke attended his funeral.

Also late last year, French President Emmanuel Macron described Bosnia and Herzegovina as "a ticking time bomb" that faced the problem of returning jihadists -- a statement that caused outrage in the country but drew little condemnation internationally.

During the peak of the Syrian war, Bosnia and Herzegovina saw hundreds of men and women join the ranks of the Islamic State. But it was hardly alone in that respect -- the same happened in countries across Europe, including France. Bosnian officials also note that their country is the first country in Europe to willingly take back and prosecute its foreign fighters.

I prosecuted Srebrenica war criminals, but I know others are still walking free - Serge Brammertz
To add to this burden, genocide denial and the glorification of war criminals inflict tremendous suffering on the survivors and their families. Leaders in the region have publicly denied the genocide, even calling Srebrenica a hoax and a lie. War criminals convicted by the ICTY are often hailed as heroes by prominent figures, while victims' suffering is ignored, denied and disparaged.

As an international criminal prosecutor, my message is simple: by continuing to tolerate genocide denial, in any form, we are failing Srebrenica's victims again, just as we did 25 years ago. For too long the international community has hoped that this problem will simply go away. It will not. We must listen to the victims and survivors. Their stories vividly remind us of how polarisation, discrimination and hate can divide, or even destroy, societies for generations to come. That is why we must speak out with one voice when genocide is denied and those responsible are glorified.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 06:45:51 PM EST
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I lived through this dramatic episode and followed the news day by day because DuchtBat was heavily involved.

The U.S. supplied the Bosnian Muslims with weapons and munition although there was a U.N. Weapons Embargo. Together with Turkey flying the cargo planes into Tuzla, famous for the visit by First Lady Hillary Clinton ducking "small arms fire" according to her memory. BS

The support for Bosnian Muslims with funds from the wealthy Arab States brought Al Qaeda into Europe. See also later the training camp for Islamic fighters in Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.

The hands of NATO were tied due to French military taken hostage. French Lt. Gen. Bernard Janvier refused to give air support to the Dutch battalion in Srebrenica and the Serbs were permitted to overrun the base, separate women and boys/men as the slaughter ensued. EU negotiator was Carl Bildt. Over 8,000 innocent civilians were butchered/executed by the rag-tag militia under command of Gen. Ratko Mladic and Karadzic. The Duchbatters were hailed once they were released and festivities started after debriefing in Zagreb led by crown prince Willem Alexander and dignitaries as Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Scandulous and unbelievable. A single voice of warning came from Labour MP Jan Pronk.

Road to Dayton Accords paved with genocide
International Decision Making in the Age of Genocide: Srebrenica 1993-1995
The Fall of Srebrenica and the Failure of UN Peacekeeping | HRW |
Top Serbian War Crimes Suspect Caught after 15 Years

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 09:08:49 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 03:16:34 PM EST
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Apple, Ireland win €13 billion tax appeal in blow to EU
Europe's second-highest court on Wednesday overturned a ruling ordering tech giant Apple to reimburse Ireland for €13 billion ($15 billion) in back taxes.

The General Court ruled in favor of Apple and Ireland in a joint appeal of a 2016 ruling from the European Commission, saying the US tech firm does not have to pay the sum.

"The General Court annuls the contested decision because the Commission did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard that there was an advantage for the purposes of Article 107(1) TFEU1," judges in Luxembourg said in a statement, making reference to EU competition rules.

"The Commission was wrong to declare'' that Apple "had been granted a selective economic advantage and, by extension, state aid," the statement read.

The Commission has two months to appeal the decision at the European Court of Justice -- the bloc's highest court -- on points of law only.

The FT's reaction is not entirely what you would have guessed:

Apple ruling strengthens case for tax crackdown

If anything, the Apple case underscores the need to press on with international collaboration against avoidance techniques by multinationals. The OECD initiative on corporate taxes is more important than ever. But the US pulled out of talks last month, which means any progress will have to wait until next year at the earliest. European governments are rightly pursuing their own plans while holding off collecting revenue until after the US election. The commission will resume its push for a pan-EU digital tax regime.

Brussels is also opening up a new front by testing an unused power to correct national tax practices that distort the EU's single market. Crucially, such measures would be taken by a qualified majority rather than the unanimity normally required on tax affairs. The plan is likely to enrage low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland and the Netherlands. Other member states may balk at an encroachment on national sovereignty. But the threat could help deter the most egregious practices that suppress other countries' revenues. These were iniquitous before the coronavirus crisis. They are indefensible now that maximising tax revenues will be an important way to reduce public deficits. Accepting this is an expression of solidarity on a par with the EU's planned €750bn recovery fund.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 15th, 2020 at 06:40:17 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 17th, 2020 at 06:12:05 AM EST
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... struck down by CJEU. A case brought by Austrian activist Max Schrems and his NOYBeu foundation.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jul 17th, 2020 at 05:13:58 PM EST
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New Europe: Keeping Hatred Alive

Top US military commander in Europe says more Javelins will help Ukraine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 18th, 2020 at 08:15:35 PM EST
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"coalition" demolition in progress?

Green Party members now have to email party to cancel membership

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, a number of prominent members of the party publicly stated they had left the party, including one time MEP candidate Saoirse McHugh, who said her concerns over the programme for government and the "toxic" behaviour she had seen within the party sparked her resignation.

Chair of the Queer Greens, Rob O'Sullivan also left the party over alleged lack of support for LGBTQ+ members of the party in the aftermath of a hate-campaign against Minister Roderic O Gorman.
The resignations come ahead of a leadership ballot result between current leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin, due to be announced around 7pm tonight.

Eamon Ryan re-elected as Green Party leader with just 48 more votes than rival Catherine Martin
"Mr Ryan declined to be drawn on whether the Greens vetoed proposals to cut capital gains tax in the July Stimulus Plan."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 24th, 2020 at 01:01:22 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 24th, 2020 at 09:40:11 PM EST
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uh oh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 25th, 2020 at 02:26:37 PM EST
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Unexpected job search restriction ENBOLDENED by Polish principles?
Unemployed to lose payments if caught travelling abroad

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 26th, 2020 at 04:00:40 PM EST
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But Belfast is not abroad, is it? And can they check who takes flights from there?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jul 26th, 2020 at 04:06:29 PM EST
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The Explainer speaks out! Reassuring "furlough" holiday-makers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 26th, 2020 at 08:15:25 PM EST
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Ursula got some splain to do.
Poland to quit treaty on violence against women, minister says
"'It contains elements of an ideological nature, which we consider harmful,' Ziobro said."
archived Mon Oct 15th, 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jul 25th, 2020 at 05:44:38 PM EST
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... do not necessarily equate with "solidarity with the people".

Italy's Lombardy region denies allegations of fraud over COVID medical gear

MILAN (Reuters) - The governor of Lombardy, the Italian region hardest hit by the coronavirus, denied wrongdoing on Saturday after he was placed under investigation for suspected fraud over a supply of medical equipment from a company owned by his brother-in-law.

Magistrates are investigating Attilio Fontana, 68, a member of the right-wing League party, over a 250,000 euro payment to the company, in which Fontana's wife has a 10% stake, Fontana's lawyer Jacopo Pensa confirmed on Saturday.

Predictable reaction:

League leader Matteo Salvini, a former interior minister, defended Fontana, saying the magistrates were politically motivated.

(he would say that, wouldn't he?)
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 26th, 2020 at 02:20:07 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 6th, 2020 at 05:35:22 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:03:16 PM EST

The day BREXIT became a COVID-19 story

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 11:04:40 PM EST
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Seems unlikely there will be an opportunity to make progress on a UK-US agreement of any sort until next year.

Given the ongoing collapse of the US COVID-19 strategy, the election campaigns just now getting rolling, and the predictable turmoil of the last two months of the current US administration, the UK can pretty much count on nobody picking up the phone on this side of the pond until next February or March...

by asdf on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 11:09:16 PM EST
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This idea of kicking Huawei out of the UK cell system is going to be a nightmare. Putting politicians in charge of your telecommunications system ranks high in the dumb moves department. "Yeah but their existing 4G infrastructure can stay in place" demonstrates a comprehensive lack of understanding of how it all works.
by asdf on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 04:27:32 PM EST
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First gen of 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) is Non-Stand-Alone: it connects to a legacy 4G Core Network. If the Core is Huawei based, you'll need to replace it too. Oh, and also the existing Huawei 4G RAN. Feasible, but will cost a bundle and take quite a bit of time. So, teah, a major headache for telcos.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 07:15:44 PM EST
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Major headache for users, too.
by asdf on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 11:21:21 PM EST
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Not too much: if I understand correctly, there is a delay up to 2027 to "rip and replace"; over seven years, a good proportion of the network equipment would be retrofitted anyway. This is going to cost more for the UK telcos (BT, Vodafone and Telefonica), considering that "cheap" Huawei will have to be replaced by a more expensive Nordic (Nokia or Ericsson), but it will be spread out over 7 years.

This won't prevent the telcos from crying foul and demand generous government subsidies; surely, you didn't think they would reduce the shareholders dividends or the bonus packages of their execs, now did you?

Situation in France and Germany, the two other big telecom markets, is a bit different: Germany is not keen on ditching Huawei and the Merkel government is looking at "re-energizing" trade with China. As for France, 5G deployment is not started yet and equipment choice will be subject to "authorization" on a case by case basis, probably relegating Huawei to the fringes of the network.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 15th, 2020 at 06:27:44 PM EST
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I suppose it depends on how much of a war this turns into. It is really the US vs China, with the UK stuck in the middle. Current US policy is to poke and prod and badger and provoke China in any way possible, and it seems likely that at some point China will make a meaningful response.

For example, what happens if all of the Huawei broadband and cell infrastructure suddenly goes dark?

by asdf on Wed Jul 15th, 2020 at 08:03:59 PM EST
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Well, I guess that would prove the point that Huawei was a threat.
by Andhakari on Fri Jul 17th, 2020 at 06:00:37 AM EST
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What if all the Nokia infrastructure goes dark? Those Finns.
by asdf on Sat Jul 18th, 2020 at 03:20:57 AM EST
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2013-2015: Microsoft writes off $7.6B
"When the layoffs wrap up, Microsoft will have retained just one out of every five former Nokia employees it inherited, Dawson calculated."
2019: Microsoft, Nokia Link SD-WAN, IoT, 5G Into Azure
2020: So don't be surprised if the price of Nokia stock rises more than 120% to $10 per share.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 19th, 2020 at 12:22:55 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 18th, 2020 at 06:08:03 AM EST
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The British government privately told the Chinese technology giant Huawei that it was being banned from Britain's 5G telecoms network partly for "geopolitical" reasons following huge pressure from President Donald Trump, the Observer has learned.

Huawei was told that geopolitics had played a part, and was given the impression that it was possible the decision could be revisited in future, perhaps if Trump failed to win a second term and the anti-China stance in Washington eased.

by asdf on Sun Jul 19th, 2020 at 05:48:39 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:04:00 PM EST
"We're number one!" All you need to know about the US of A.
by asdf on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 11:10:00 PM EST
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btw, never, ever check into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, L.A
Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies after battle with coronavirus at 41
Kloots recently told "CBS This Morning" that Cordero had been so critically ill that he may have needed a double lung transplant.

"That is most likely the possibility," she said. "A 99% chance that he would be needing that in order to live the kind of life that I know my husband would want to live."

archived April 24

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by Cat on Mon Jul 6th, 2020 at 12:24:19 PM EST
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NEW! script. Places, everyone!
'Silent spreaders' may be responsible for half of COVID-19 cases

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by Cat on Wed Jul 8th, 2020 at 12:01:48 PM EST
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FILE PHOTO: A pedestrian passes a notice for the Revival International Center (Centro Internacional de Avivamiento) food pantry, in a city hard hit by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Studs Turkel, Hard Times. 1970

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 14th, 2020 at 11:58:39 PM EST
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News Outlets ["pre-trial publicity"] in George Floyd Cases
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill's gag order in the cases against former Minneapolis officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.
The nine-page ["news outlet"] motion includes a lengthy list of officials and others who could find themselves silenced under the order, which prohibits "all parties, attorneys, their employees, agents or independent contractors working on their behalf" from speaking to the public or press about "any information, opinions, strategies, plans or potential evidence that relate" to the cases, including discovery and exhibits.
archive Tue Jul 24th, 2018

Meanwhile, Texass Exempts Private Schools From Reopening Restrictions
"'blanket orders closing religious private schools' are violating the U.S. and Texas constitutions and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act." Free uighurs.

Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

Among the traditions that formed the American spirit, three stand out. Protestant Christianity, widely practiced by the citizenry at the time, was infused with the beautiful Biblical teachings that every human being is imbued with dignity and bears responsibilities toward fellow human beings, because each is made in the image of God. The civic republican ideal, rooted in classical Rome, stressed that freedom and equality under law depend on an ethical citizenry that embraces the obligations of self-government. And classical liberalism put at the front and center of politics the moral premise that human beings are by nature free and equal, which strengthened the political conviction that legitimate government derives from the consent of the governed.
archived Mon Jul 3rd, 2017

de jokes Unalienable vs. Inalienable - What's the Difference?

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by Cat on Sun Jul 19th, 2020 at 06:49:07 PM EST
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Analysts Blast Pompeo's China Speech as Unrealistic, Divorced From Reality  - US News
Robert Daly, a former diplomat with extensive experience in China, including translating for Nixon's former national security adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, calls Pompeo's view of the Chinese people and their hostility toward the government in Beijing "a dangerous illusion."

"In confronting China, we're not dealing with a wholly good people who have been 'imprisoned' or 'enslaved' by a purely malign party," Daly, now director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S. at The Wilson Center think tank, said in an emailed statement. "Chinese are often frustrated by a government [that] ignores their wishes, moves too slowly or moves in the wrong direction, but the available evidence is that, as citizens of the PRC, most Chinese people feel proud and enabled, not constrained."

Pompeo described a Chinese people that he believes are broadly oppressed by the central government, and heralded dissidents - including some in attendance - saying the U.S. must "engage and empower the Chinese people - a dynamic, freedom-loving people who are completely distinct from the Chinese Communist Party."

Most Chinese people support their government most of the time, Daly said, citing 33 years of experience working in the country. The support is partly due to propaganda, but also economic progress, he said.

"China is not a land of innocent captives and evil master trolls. U.S.-China relations are not a children's story," Daly said. "In China, the United States faces something far more formidable than Secretary Pompeo suggests: China is a vast, complex, wealthy, ambitious, aggrieved nation. Americans should face this challenge squarely and stop blinding themselves with morally flattering fables."

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 25th, 2020 at 06:14:56 PM EST
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Super charged NeoConservatism ...

Fascist Propaganda: Symbolism of Frankenstein

Calling the kettle black ... say hallo to the new Cold War vs. the Communist Party of China. Someone needs to call ping-pong diplomacy of war criminal Henry Kissinger in the Nixon years a GRAVE ERROR!!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 25th, 2020 at 06:36:15 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Aug 9th, 2020 at 04:53:59 PM EST
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Joe Biden selects Kamala?! Harris as his running mate
"If elected, she would be the nation's first female, first Black and first Asian American vice president" with baggage.
archived Sun May 5th, 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 11th, 2020 at 08:30:19 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:04:41 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Jul 6th, 2020 at 06:54:46 PM EST
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Piracy in the Caribbean ... in the era of slavery 😎

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 6th, 2020 at 07:18:13 PM EST
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Balance of Power ... an interesting development.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 12th, 2020 at 08:48:38 PM EST
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Beginning of article (rest is behind paywall)
Syv begravelsesbyråer har søkt om koronastøtte for det økonomiske tapet i bedriftene, Ifølge Skatteetaten. En av grunnene til de økonomiske problemene er at det har det vært færre å gravlegge.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jul 13th, 2020 at 07:58:59 PM EST
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archived Wed Dec 5th, 2018

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by Cat on Sun Jul 19th, 2020 at 10:17:17 PM EST
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Thousands rally in Khabarovsk for 3rd consecutive Saturday over arrested ex-governor Furgal - RT
Residents of Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk have continued to show their support for imprisoned former governor Sergey Furgal, with the city's streets seeing mass protests for the 15th day in a row.

Furgal, a highly popular politician in the Far East, was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of ordering two successful murders, and a third failed murder, dating back to the 2000s. Following his detainment, the former governor was flown immediately to Moscow, where he currently awaits his day in court. Many Khabarovsk locals, over 6,000km from the capital, are infuriated that Furgal has been removed by federal powers and will stand trial so far away. Furgal maintains his innocence.

Russia: Protests against governor's arrest challenge Kremlin - AJ
Protesters in Khabarovsk see the charges against Furgal as unsubstantiated and demand he stand trial at home.

"People are offended," said protester Dmitry Kachalin on Saturday. "I think people take to the streets because their vote in the 2018 election was taken away."

Unlike Moscow, where police usually move quickly to disperse unsanctioned opposition protests, authorities have not interfered with the unauthorised demonstrations in the city of Khabarovsk, located 6,100km (3,800 miles) east of the Russian capital.

But daily protests, peaking at weekends, have continued for two weeks, reflecting anger against what residents see as Moscow's disrespect of their choice for governor and simmering discontent with Putin's rule. Local officials' attempts to discourage people from joining the demonstrations by warning about the risk of coronavirus infection have been unsuccessful.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 26th, 2020 at 03:05:38 PM EST
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If that's all it takes to ease a diplomatic row between allies ...

US envoy to South Korea shaves off moustache amid colonialist row

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 27th, 2020 at 06:35:53 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 4th, 2020 at 06:19:20 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:05:06 PM EST
Brussels failing to protect bees, says watchdog
Bees and other wild pollinators are not being protected from decline by the EU, with loopholes even allowing for the use of banned pesticides known to be major killers of key species.

A report from the European court of auditors has found that Brussels' efforts to prevent the decline of bees, wasps, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, and beetles have been largely ineffective.

Just one full-time official within the European commission has been tasked with working on an EU "pollinators initiative" launched with great fanfare two years ago.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 12th, 2020 at 12:02:42 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:05:24 PM EST
Supreme Court rules broad swath of Oklahoma is Native American land for purposes of federal criminal law

The question before the court involved a case brought by Jimcy McGirt, a member of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, who argued that his case ought to be tried by the federal government because the crimes were committed on the land of historic Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

State, Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations Release Joint Statement in Response to SCOTUS Decision in McGirt Case

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 9th, 2020 at 05:46:50 PM EST
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This could turn out to be a pretty big deal in the long run. If you set the starting point in 1790 or maybe 1800, and say that all of the treaties and since then are going to be honored, there are very large chunks of the country that will have to be reconsidered. Check out the Fort Laramie Treaties for example.
by asdf on Fri Jul 10th, 2020 at 04:37:07 PM EST
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because 1. 99% of US does not understand that "tribal" nations are sovereign; thus, 2. they weren't expecting SCOTUS to respect international "law of nations" or 3. much less observe the letter of federal statutes.
(1) Once  a federal reservation is established, only  Congress can diminish or disestablish it. Doing so requires a clear expression of congressional intent. Pp. 6-8.
(2) Oklahoma claims that Congress ended the Creek Reservation during the so-called "allotment era"--a period when Congress sought to pressure many tribes to abandon their communal lifestyles and parcel their lands into smaller lots owned by individual tribal members. Missing from the allotment-era agreement with the Creek, see 31 Stat. 862-864, however, is any statute evincing anything like the "present and total surrender of all tribal interests" in the affected lands. And this Court has already rejected the argument that allotments automatically ended reservations. Pp. 8-13
(3) Oklahoma points to other ways Congress intruded on the Creeks' promised right to self-governance during the allotment era, including abolishing the Creeks' tribal courts, 30 Stat. 504-505, and requiring Presidential approval for certain tribal ordinances, 31 Stat. 872. But these laws fall short of eliminating all tribal interest in the contested lands. Pp. 13-17.
(e) Finally, Oklahoma warns of the potential consequences that will follow a ruling against it, such as unsettling an untold number of convictions and frustrating the State's ability to prosecute crimes in the future. This Court is aware of the potential for cost and conflict around jurisdictional boundaries. But Oklahoma and its tribes have proven time and again that they can work successfully together as partners, and Congress remains free to supplement its statutory directions about the lands in question at any time. Pp. 36-42.
McGIRT v. OKLAHOMA, with Sharp v. Murphy (criminal appellant)
GORSUCH, J., delivered  the  opinion  of  the  Court,  in  which  GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined.  ROBERTS, C. J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which SCALITO and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined, and in which THOMAS, J., joined, except as to footnote 9. THOMAS, J., filed a dissenting opinion.
This is a "narrow" judgement primarily affirming law enforcement between governments, inter alia, not altering Creek territorial area--reduced in 1866 to present size, notwithstanding sales of personal real estate. Always read the footnotes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jul 15th, 2020 at 01:05:52 AM EST
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Tue Dec 17th, 2019


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jul 15th, 2020 at 01:10:55 AM EST
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Plaintiffs' solidarity versus OK dissolve in less than a month over "intersectional" lobbies to cede sovereignty for a fee. Stirs embarrassment, "desperate decisions".

Coffee klatsch legal "analysis" dissolves into FIFTH WAVE Melania "shaming," Trump "base" camp messaging, original sin(s) "complicity," and Portland tear gas memes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jul 25th, 2020 at 09:27:58 PM EST
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Since it could turn out to be a pretty big deal, I find it hard to believe that it will actually be enforced. Didn't president Jackson have a pithy statement on the relationship between the judiciary and enforcement?
by fjallstrom on Thu Aug 13th, 2020 at 10:36:32 AM EST
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by asdf on Fri Jul 10th, 2020 at 05:05:06 PM EST
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Russian ice cream in 'gay propaganda' row
A Russian ice cream maker has been accused of promoting homosexuality after using a rainbow on its packaging.

The head of Russia's official Union of Women said the image amounted to "propaganda" for gay and lesbian relations in a video conference with President Vladimir Putin.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, but those deemed to be promoting "homosexual behaviour among minors" face fines of up to 500,000 roubles ($7,000).

"They're quietly promoting these nice rainbow colours, using nice words, they're advertising an ice cream called Rainbow," Yekaterina Lakhova, who is also a former MP, told the Russian president.

This, Ms Lakhova added, could potentially make Russian children more accepting of the rainbow flag used by the LGBTQ community.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 06:40:09 PM EST
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Hackers Convinced Twitter Employee to Help Them Hijack Accounts - Motherboard
A Twitter insider was responsible for a wave of high profile account takeovers on Wednesday, according to leaked screenshots obtained by Motherboard and two sources who took over accounts.

On Wednesday, a spike of high profile accounts including those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Uber, and Apple tweeted cryptocurrency scams in an apparent hack.

"We used a rep that literally done all the work for us," one of the sources told Motherboard. The second source added they paid the Twitter insider. Motherboard granted the sources anonymity to speak candidly about a security incident. A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that the company is still investigating whether the employee hijacked the accounts themselves or gave hackers access to the tool.

The accounts were taken over using an internal tool at Twitter, according to the sources, as well as screenshots of the tool obtained by Motherboard.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jul 16th, 2020 at 08:11:03 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 27th, 2020 at 04:28:04 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Aug 4th, 2020 at 06:20:38 PM EST
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Putin's Apprentice 😎

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 4th, 2020 at 06:46:23 PM EST
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Tik Tok Canada UK Australia New Zealand

Microsoft confirms talks to buy TikTok in U.S. and 4-Eyes allies | CNBC |

President Trump said that he opposed the idea of Microsoft buying TikTok and that he would move to ban the app in the U.S.

The two companies have looked at Microsoft buying TikTok in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

TikTok Planning London HQ

The UK government has reportedly approved allowing Chinese video app TikTok to launch its headquarters in London.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 4th, 2020 at 08:14:57 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:07:39 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jul 5th, 2020 at 09:07:56 PM EST

Juan Carlos I comunica a su hijo su decisión de trasladarse fuera de España| El País |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 3rd, 2020 at 04:57:32 PM EST
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Schäuble, der von 2009 bis 2017 als Finanzminister maßgeblich am Management der Euro-Schuldenkrise beteiligt war, betonte, seit dieser Krise habe "auch der Letzte verstanden, dass wir eine gemeinsame Wirtschafts- und Finanzpolitik brauchen, um die Gemeinschaftswährung dauerhaft zu stabilisieren". Zugleich äußerte er die Überzeugung, "wir wären in Europa heute bedeutend weiter, wenn sich in der Griechenland-Krise 2010 die Idee durchgesetzt hätte, einen europäischen Währungsfonds aufzubauen."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jul 6th, 2020 at 06:56:29 PM EST

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Thu Jul 9th, 2020 at 06:39:02 AM EST
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!!!  indeed.

Welcome back by the way.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 13th, 2020 at 08:37:16 PM EST
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Coronavirus Israel Live: Israel Ranks Third in Highest Daily Infection Rate Among European Countries, WHO Says
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 01:58:00 PM EST
Quoted in Naked Capitalism
Herman Cain: There is no pandemic

Pandemic: There is no Herman Cain

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 30th, 2020 at 07:49:11 PM EST
by das monde on Thu Aug 27th, 2020 at 04:44:41 PM EST
"Sometimes ancient(sic) societies would find themselves in a financial debt spiral"
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Aug 27th, 2020 at 04:56:48 PM EST
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We will be an ancient society.
by das monde on Thu Aug 27th, 2020 at 07:48:30 PM EST
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