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March 2021

by Bernard Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:17:22 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:18:04 PM EST
France's Sarkozy convicted of corruption but likely to avoid jail
PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and sentenced to three years in prison, a stunning fall from grace for a man who for five years bestrode the national and global stage.

A Paris court found that Sarkozy, 66, had tried to bribe a judge after leaving office, and to peddle influence in exchange for confidential information about an investigation into his 2007 campaign finances.

"He took advantage of his status and the relationships he had formed," presiding judge Christine Mee said.

Sarkozy served as president from 2007 to 2012 and retains influence among conservatives, even after retiring. He is the second head of state in modern-day France to be convicted of corruption.

He may not spend any time in prison, however. Two years of his sentence were suspended, and Mee said she was open to him staying out of prison tagged with an electronic bracelet for the remaining year, although that decision rests with another judge.

House arrest with electronic bracelet monitoring is fairly standard for prison terms of a year or less, so it doesn't seem like there was any preferential treatment here.

Some years ago, this alternative to imprisonment was strongly criticized by none other:

(F.Hollande was president then)
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:31:54 PM EST
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Former French Strongman Sentenced as Feud Breaks Out in Royal Family - Patrick Gathara
Sarkozy joins a long list of French politicians -- not just presidents -- who have been convicted of financial or legal impropriety, including François Fillon, Mr. Sarkozy's former prime minister; Christine Lagarde, Mr. Sarkozy's former economy minister; and Jérôme Cahuzac, who was budget minister under a Socialist government.

The string of cases have highlighted the extent of rot in the country which, according to graft watchdog, Transparency International, has "plenty of corruption scandals that mix high-level politics, campaign financing and human rights abuses". They have also generated growing alarm within the ruling classes given the confluence of the country's brutal history of elite beheadings, and the Caucasian Spring revolution sweeping the continent. Fearful that the Caucasian Spring could trigger savage tribal bloodlust, French politicians have rallied around the former strongman, with the president of his whitewing, Christianist, Les Républicains party, Christian Jacob, condemning the judiciary over what he described as the "absolutely disproportionate" sentence.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 09:31:43 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 3rd, 2021 at 08:33:04 PM EST
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France under fire for use of Amazon-hosted Doctolib for jab bookings
The claimants say using a service hosted by Amazon, which has a parent company  located on American soil, may place it beyond the remit of European laws on the protection of private data.

Of particular concern is the 2018 US Cloud Act, which grants US police and intelligence agencies access to information stored on the servers of telecommunications operators and providers of cloud-based services both in the US and abroad.

The French Council of State has previously said the risk of data being accessed "cannot be ruled out altogether" after the French data watchdog CNIL called on the government to find an alternative solution to the hosting of health data on the Health Data Hub (HDH) by US firm Microsoft.

by Cat on Wed Mar 3rd, 2021 at 09:59:30 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 5th, 2021 at 07:46:19 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 5th, 2021 at 07:47:23 PM EST
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100x in USA, litigation costs inclusive, less leisure economists' imputed negative externalities attributable to litigation delays
by Cat on Sun Mar 21st, 2021 at 04:05:58 AM EST
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A consortium of power companies in Utah is proposing to build a new nuke.

But some of the cities involved have backed out. Schedule delays, construction cost increases, uncompetitive operating costs, and lack of reliability make nuclear power uncompetitive in the current economic environment even in politically favorable situations.

Personally, I think increases in nuclear power are inevitable, because nukes are a "quick fix" to an urgent crisis, but that will not become evident until the climate change crisis starts to have really, really, really intrusive and obvious economic effects. Maybe twenty years from now.


by asdf on Sun Mar 21st, 2021 at 05:16:00 PM EST
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Corporate welfare?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 08:58:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 05:13:31 PM EST
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Biden's Russia pipeline dilemma just got worse -- and he has Ted Cruz to thank, not really
The pipeline, known as Nord Stream 2, is a project of the Russian state company Gazprom.
violently foisted on European states whose outlaws assist in its construction
Lawmakers have noted that its construction would place Russian infrastructure inside NATO territory and thereby threaten its member states, and make some European countries more dependent on Russian energy.
liberated from Ukraine's post-Maidan pipelines
But the pipeline is more than 90 percent complete and proceeding quickly, putting the Biden administration on a tight timeline to impose additional congressionally mandated sanctions on the project.
last week O HAI, us haz LNG 4 yerp
by Cat on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 12:12:39 AM EST
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"holds", possibly Texass-English translation of Biden-English silent "filibuster"
by Cat on Thu Mar 18th, 2021 at 07:28:04 PM EST
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J&J[Janssen] 'under stress' to meet EU second-quarter vaccine supply goal - source, 55M doses of 200M by Dec 2021
EU countries raised questions earlier in the year about J&J's production network and contract with the EU, which would require it to send vaccines made at its Dutch factory to the United States for bottling before being shipped back to the EU.
by Cat on Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 07:17:10 PM EST
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Inventory Control and Quality Assurance (ICQA) edition

Denmark, Norway temporarily suspend AstraZeneca COVID shots after blood clot reports

The move comes after Austria stopped using The Batch of AstraZeneca shots while investigating a death from coagulation disorders and an ["]illness["] from a pulmonary embolism.
"The problem with spontaneous reports of suspected adverse reactions to a vaccine are the enormous difficulty of distinguishing a causal effect from a coincidence," [Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine] said, adding that the COVID-19 disease was very strongly associated with blood clotting.
Italy said it would suspend use of the AstraZeneca batch ... Four other countries - Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Latvia - have stopped inoculations from The Batch while investigations continue, the EMA said.

The Batch of 1 million doses went to 17 EU countries.

loving the computational bio boilerplate lifted from EUA briefs: "[INSERT ADVERSE RXN] corresponds with the rate of such cases in the general population"
by Cat on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 02:57:03 PM EST
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AstraZeneca: German team discovers thrombosis trigger - DW
Researchers at the Greifswald teaching hospital in northern Germany said on Friday that they had discovered the cause of the unusual blood clotting found in some recipients of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) reported.

The investigation showed how the vaccine caused rare thrombosis in the brain in a small number of patients.

The discovery means that targeted treatment can be offered to those who suffer similar clotting, using a very common medication.

The success was a result of cooperation between the Greifswald hospital, state health regulator the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), as well as doctors in Austria -- a nurse there died from thrombosis in the brain after being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab.

The researchers emphasized that treatment would only be possible in patients where blood clots appear, rather than as a preventative treatment.

The information has been shared with hospitals around Europe.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 06:02:19 PM EST
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channel placement edition

EMA clears ["]Leiden vaccine["] for use, NL has ordered 11 million doses

European Medicines Agency has cleared the coronavirus vaccine developed by Leiden based pharmaceuticals company Janssen [alias Johnson & Johnson vaccine] for general use on adults.
The approval for fast track release comes on the same day as Denmark said it would stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine because of a potential link with thrombosis.
by Cat on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 03:13:24 PM EST
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hypothetical edition

EU told to expect no AstraZeneca vaccines from U.S. in near future - sources, not really

A senior EU diplomat said that the European Commission told member states' diplomats at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that the bloc should not expect any exports from the United States "at this point in time".
It is unclear whether AstraZeneca is producing much vaccine in the U.S. or if the U.S. would apply a restrictive measure on trade. AstraZeneca's vaccine has not yet been approved for use in the United States.
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccines are produced in the United States in a plant near Baltimore run by Catalent, which is listed in the EU supply contract with AstraZeneca as a "back-up supply site" and has been authorised by the EU drugs regulator as a manufacturer of vaccine ingredients.
FDA: free uighurs
by Cat on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 08:57:37 PM EST
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special relationship edition

U.S. to send 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico, Canada in loan deal: official

with the understanding that they will pay the United States back with doses in return. The official said that would take place later this year.
"They are our neighbors, they are our partners," the official said about Mexico and Canada. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had requested the vaccine previously. The official said the countries were in touch about the vaccine loan.
by Cat on Thu Mar 18th, 2021 at 07:40:50 PM EST
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liberty or death edition

Europe becomes first region to surpass 1 million COVID-19 deaths: Reuters tally
US triumphantly counts only vaccine doses served.

by Cat on Fri Mar 19th, 2021 at 06:32:10 PM EST
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What is the "European Region"?
51 countries from Nuuk, Greenland to Vladivostok, Russia?

The EU-27 has 550k deaths - 448M pop.
The USA with 535k deaths - 332M pop.
The UK tops 126k deaths -  68M pop.

Per capita is the EU-27 performance clearly better.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 19th, 2021 at 09:02:42 PM EST
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Joe does not care, Oui.
by Cat on Fri Mar 19th, 2021 at 09:10:05 PM EST
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European Parliament strips Carles Puigdemont of immunity, 9 Mar
at the request of the Spanish judiciary, the parliament opened an inquiry into waiving their immunity. The parliament's Legal Affairs Committee voted last month to recommend the move.

Votes shows Catalonia is a national issue

In the decision on Puigdemont, 400 legislators voted for the waiver of immunity, 248 were against and 45 abstained. The motions against Comin and Ponsati were adopted by 404 votes to 247, the parliament said. ... The three MEPs have already announced that they will take the case to the EU's highest court, the European Court of Justice.

by Cat on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 08:14:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 11:34:15 PM EST
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Berlin restaurant launches 'solidarity pricing' | DW News |

Berliners and Berlin's restaurants feel the pinch of the second coronavirus lockdown. But one Mexican restaurant has introduced three different prices for the same dish, depending on what the customers are able to pay.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 19th, 2021 at 06:38:48 PM EST
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Top European officials slam China's response to sanctions
Borrell, Sassoli, Rutte, Le Drian, Bütikofer kowtow to Blinken: "a united transatlantic response sends a strong signal to those who violate or abuse international human rights, and we will take further actions in coordination with like minded partners" such as UK and Canada.
by Cat on Mon Mar 22nd, 2021 at 10:46:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 12:12:44 AM EST
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Alex Salmond's Alba party is a `danger' to the union, says top Tory

David Mundell, who served as Scottish secretary in Theresa May's government, said opponents of independence should waste no time in resisting the new Alba party, which Salmond has said could provide a "super-majority" for an independent Scotland. Pro-union figures have accused Salmond of "gaming the system" with his attempt to win seats in Holyrood through part of the voting system designed to make the overall result more representative.

Sounds like an endorsement to me.

by fjallstrom on Sun Mar 28th, 2021 at 07:50:33 PM EST
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Rutte offered Omtzigt apologies
by Cat on Fri Apr 2nd, 2021 at 06:42:45 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:18:20 PM EST
Patrick Gathara - UK Corruption Cover-Up Exposed As US Marks Grim Milestone | The Elephant
The runaway culture of corruption on the flavour-starved island kingdom where public misery is compounded by inclement weather and bland food, has seen prices of medical equipment including personal protective equipment and even bodybags skyrocket, in some cases shooting up 1400 percent.

 UK authorities have been caught red-handed attempting to cover up a massive corruption scandal in which up to half of government spending on COVID-19 was funneled to politically connected companies with little experience and a history of controversy. In a ruling issued last Friday, a court in the country's diseased, rat-infested, riverside capital, London, found that Health Minister, Matt Hancock, had illegally withheld information regarding expenditure of trillions of shillings intended to tackle the pandemic.

 Over the last few months, media revelations have shown that friends of elected officials and civil servants were 10 times more likely to win public contracts in what has become one of the greatest spending sprees since nonagenarian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, took power nearly 70 years ago.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 2nd, 2021 at 09:47:53 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 3rd, 2021 at 06:49:35 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 4th, 2021 at 09:11:57 PM EST
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UK, 4 nations fast-track review of modified COVID vaccines
The new guidance is based on the model already used to modify the seasonal flu vaccine to keep up with annual changes in the virus and was issued jointly by regulators in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency have issued similar guidance.
archived Sat Jan 18th, 2020
by Cat on Fri Mar 5th, 2021 at 10:02:16 PM EST
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or ancestral kingdom
by Cat on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 06:20:58 PM EST
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Well, it's actually cows that fly. But maybe pigs will follow. Guardian
Irish authorities have announced plans to fly unweaned dairy calves from Ireland to other EU destinations from May, in an effort to address growing unease about the length of the journeys made by thousands of animals shipped each year to mainland Europe.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 07:22:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 09:12:07 PM EST
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... the many millions that helped change the course of history ... never say forever. Until the next people's revolt.

Farage got his place in history ... similar to Benedict Arnold.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 7th, 2021 at 12:00:33 AM EST
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Einstein's library
Between 2017 and 2019, the UK increased total exports to Germany by 8.5% -- less than the export growth achieved by Italy(12%), the Netherlands (14%) and Spain (20%), as well as the United States (24%).
The research, based on United Nations trade statistics, also indicates that the UK lost market share in China. here

"The combination of COVID, Brexit and the UK's long-term productivity challenges will put British businesses in an adverse position for the foreseeable future," the report said.

The United Kingdom's relatively poor productivity has puzzled economies for years: explanations vary from a poor employee skills and low research investment to demand-side factors such as the financial crisis.

by Cat on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 01:42:50 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 11:33:41 AM EST
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Nomination for "most ironic Boris quote of the month" contest:

"It is clear, though, that the SNP are not listening. They are intent on pushing for a referendum, regardless of the cost to Scotland and the whole of the UK. We can build back better - but only if we all come together."

Mumble <something about replacing "SNP" with "Brexiteers"> mumble.

by asdf on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 07:45:53 PM EST
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Plans to move more than 1,000 civil servants from London to Scotland have been unveiled as part of a drive to shore up support for the Union.

It was confirmed at the weekend that at least 500 workers in the Cabinet Office will be relocated to Glasgow by 2024, with ministers pledging to spend "some time" north of the border.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 09:06:03 PM EST
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I think, the children call this type of political escapade "settler colonialism". Can't be sure though as its not obvious to me what constitutes unadulterated colonialism.
by Cat on Mon Mar 15th, 2021 at 07:56:18 PM EST
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Trump moved a bunch of federal employees in the Bureau of Land Management to western Colorado (Grand Junction, which is pretty remote), under the claim that it would get them closer to the huge amount of federally owned land in the western US. The democrats had a big fit about it.

Biden proposed to bring them back to DC and the democrats had another fit.

by asdf on Tue Mar 16th, 2021 at 09:18:40 PM EST
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Irish goods imports from Britain fall 65% in January after Brexit
The value of imports from Britain, not including the British region of Northern Ireland, fell to 497 million euros ($593 million) in January from 1.403 billion euros in January 2020, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said.
The fall was driven by a 75% drop in imports of food and live animals and a 71% decline in imports of mineral fuels, such as petroleum and natural gas. Imports of chemicals and of machinery and transport equipment also both fell by more than half.
by Cat on Thu Mar 18th, 2021 at 02:45:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 22nd, 2021 at 03:37:36 PM EST
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You can't make this up
A  celebration of the British weather and the largest grow-your-own food project of modern times will be among the events being staged for a nationwide festival of creativity aimed at bringing the UK together in 2022.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 05:36:47 PM EST
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Hard to believe how low the Russians can go.
Scottish police have been told to avoid heavy-handed crowd control tactics in case footage ends up being exploited by "hostile foreign media" such as RT.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 08:01:12 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:18:53 PM EST
Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters
(CNN) Federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol, as the investigation moves closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists, according to a US official briefed on the matter.

The data gathered so far includes indications of contact with lawmakers in the days around January 6, as well as communications between alleged rioters discussing their associations with members of Congress, the official said.

The existence of such communications doesn't necessarily indicate wrongdoing by lawmakers and investigators aren't yet targeting members of Congress in the investigation, the official noted. Should investigators find probable cause that lawmakers or their staffs possibly aided the insurrectionists, they could seek warrants to obtain the content of the communications. There's no indication they've taken such a step at this point.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Mar 5th, 2021 at 08:31:34 PM EST
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Teacher vaccinations go untracked amid school reopening push
"privacy concerns prevent them from tracking or publishing teacher vaccination data"
by Cat on Fri Mar 5th, 2021 at 09:50:52 PM EST
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Fauci Warns of Forth Second Wave
"When you have that much viral plateau it almost invariably means that you are at risk for another spike"
by Cat on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 01:13:57 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 11:19:42 PM EST
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I prefer the remix with Entry of the Gladiators though.
by Number 6 on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 10:12:00 AM EST
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cooks in the kitchen, angels on a pin, chiefs in a tribe, hats and cattle, czars in D.C.
by Cat on Wed Mar 10th, 2021 at 11:48:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 03:02:01 PM EST
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Someone was bragging to me about how the capitalist US system for distributing plague vaccines (i.e., by the state and county health departments and the National Guard) is working so much better than the socialist health care systems in places like Germany.

I think in the US at least, "socialism" means "anything other than what we 'mericans have."

by asdf on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 04:46:39 PM EST
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The UK's NHS still has a strong enough reputation to make the whole country appear as "socialist" to Americans, even though the last shreds of socialism anywhere else in the country have gone with Neil Kinnock.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 05:29:16 PM EST
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I'm thinking that - as Krugman once clarified for his own part - when she mentions Sweden she means "Sweden in the 1980s.
That was a functioning country. Today's Sweden is in free fall.
by Number 6 on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 10:14:49 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Mar 18th, 2021 at 12:56:19 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 02:48:09 AM EST
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His book, a collection of essays ...

The Sickness in the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 05:35:29 AM EST
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I'm acquainted with Wolff from his syndicated monologues, carried for a time by the Real News Network online and local radio. I've read a few essays published online, too.

Initially, I found his programming refreshing, precisely because of its unsophisticated preparation for a casual listeners--to my ears, he could reign as the Anti-Krugman in the Age of Bushbama. Over the years, however, and recently as received in the past couple years of tweets, I've perceived more acutely that his "marxist" commentary has lost any mooring to current events in the US or, most certainly, "abroad" whether nation-specific or of geopolitical consequence. That I cannot recall a single, incisive analysis of the former or critique of Guardian reporting (from which he apparently derives his "observations") on the latter is remarkable. In short, his station among the "99%" of US "workers" is all theory--not even basic research--and no application.

Hence, de joke (in re: Macron) trailing a glossary of dubious "socialist" achievements by BoJo's government in comparison to Trump's admin, which I will not detail here, because I frequently have challenged him in situ to interpret ONS.

de joke, in re: "systemic" problems, is an exemplary, mechanism-free communication from Wolff's body of Academic Complaints. This is how I retweeted yesterday with NY Democrats' CUOMO intrigues in mind:

how to eliminate #CriticalRaceTheory, #ClassAnalysis, and ... what's the number?... 9.25K "excess" deaths in one tweet. Melissa, Linda, and Jim salute you!
These are the "aides" who abetted and confessed the nursing home stat "cover up" (above)
by Cat on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 03:40:11 PM EST
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His schtick has no floor, no walls, no ceiling.
by Cat on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 04:58:43 PM EST
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day after day. m'k. I'll stop now.
by Cat on Sun Mar 21st, 2021 at 03:35:17 AM EST
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Biden suggests creating initiative to rival China's Belt and Road
"during a call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson"
by Cat on Sun Mar 28th, 2021 at 06:03:53 PM EST
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Will that include projects wih Iran?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 28th, 2021 at 06:46:21 PM EST
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Nah, only our friends, whoever they are.

Unfortunately, minor problem, over the past half a century the US has pissed off every third world country around the globe. How many of them are going to be enthusiastic about cooperating with us.

Even if we had the money to hand out, which we don't, or were willing to if we did, which we aren't.

by asdf on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 01:57:08 AM EST
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That'll happen roughly/approximately the same time as hell doth freeze.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 07:57:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Mar 30th, 2021 at 07:22:19 PM EST
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Baby boomers thinking a 70 year old lady is sexy. Because cartoon version is 22.
by asdf on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 03:35:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 06:23:56 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 02:43:34 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 05:40:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 05:44:34 PM EST
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That means that over 290 million Americans didn't watch it. That sounds pretty good.....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 05:52:50 PM EST
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gwrthddywediad yn nhermau

Royal "Family" 🤣 haha

Inhumane to marry into the Firm ... just about as many rights as contractor immigrants in a Gulf State ... monarchies are medieval w/o the chivalry.

"The Firm: The Troubled Life Of The House Of Windsor"

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 06:58:43 PM EST
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Royal slang for racism in the UK ... in denial for too long. Anglicanism and shunning newcomers or heretics. So damn familiar ... in the Netherlands with Protestants there is a disproportionate number of women suffering from mental breakdown.

Features I recognize are pregnancy, unbearable stress, depression ... feelings of not being worthy of the Royal family.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 08:10:48 PM EST
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If the firm didn't like The Crown, they must be ecstatic over that other Netflix series, Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 07:11:49 PM EST
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The timing of the broadcast interview--concluding serialized Regency pulp fiction produced for US consumption, a looong drawn lawsuit settlemehttps://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/media/harry-and-meghan-netflix-deal/index.htmlnt, and contractual production agreements (9/2020,12/2020) --is no coincidence, but the professional debut of Windsor millennials' media empire.

I must emphasize, the most ignorant, litigious nation on the planet is conditioned to receive wisdom from A/V prompts and perforce aroused by propaganda of the moral persuasion--the rise and fall of personal ingenuity. Second, Oprah Winfrey is America's doyenne of the genre  and much admired, claim polling services, for her "resilience" in an industry whose business depends on manufacturing public interest in the rectitude of its assets, actors, as well as renewable anxiety of the populus whom they purportedly represent on stage.

Accordingly, during the 2017 Sussex nuptials which Winfrey attended, she arranged an exclusive interview with the couple for a later date. She also negotiated property and broadcast rights for moldering company, Harpo Productions, with CBS. Doubtless, the start-up consulted with and directed Winfrey (also an actor) in selection of marketable topics from their portfolio. They've had three years to rehearse.

This past winter my Z-informant related to me how the 2020 installment of "The Crown" (S4) crushed Diana's preposterous naiveté and suicidal thoughts under Chas' rank infidelity even as she dared me to sample US premieres of "Sanditon" (PBS) and "Bridgerton" (Netflix) unfurled an alternate universe of British imperial ahh representative democracy.

Et voilà. A grim fairytale of betrayal, miscegenation, post-partum psychosis, BLM, tears and gilded sippy cups comes to life for YET ANOTHER GENERATION screen audiences.

by Cat on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 05:56:41 PM EST
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Piers' Exit Best Viewed Episode

Viewing figures revealed that GMB had beaten its BBC rival for the first time on Morgan's final day, with 1.29m viewers against 1.25m for BBC Breakfast. Morgan tweeted: "BREAKING NEWS: Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings yesterday for the first time. My work is done."

Good riddance for a little while ...

... former BBC presenter Andrew Neil said he wanted to talk to Morgan about a role on the soon-to-launch right-leaning news channel GB News.

... financial backing from Discovery, Legatum and Sir Paul Marshall.

Better hurry ... Murdoch is also a good bet.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 07:45:10 PM EST
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Richard Gere
most ignorant, litigious nation on planet reports from "Hollywood"
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Guardian front page, Tuesday 9 March 2021: Palace in crisis following devastating racism claim

Harry and Meghan interview stirs debate about Australia becoming a republic

... there are more Elizabethans than there are monarchists.

"We have here a series of revelations in this interview with Meghan and Harry about activities within the palace, but there have been others lately, such as the Queen's interference with legislation to ensure it does not negatively influence the Queen's financial interests before it gets to parliament.

"One thing that comes out clearly is how much the royal family is a firm. It's a family firm that keeps things in-house."

Hocking said the interview, along with the revelations of the Queen's veto option over proposed legislation and the High Court battle to release the palace papers, rightly raised questions about the future of the monarchy in Australia.

'Canada, let's quit the Commonwealth': Canadians react to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah interview.

Meghan Markle's Oprah Interview Throws Uncomfortable Spotlight on Race in U.K. | WSJ |

Britain can deny BLM or keep silent about the Empire and fallout. WASPs are refuted by many as the identity of the U.K.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 06:18:52 AM EST
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and Preface to the American edition: Condition of the Working Class in England
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'I'm done with this': Piers Morgan storms off Good Morning Britain - video

Piers Morgan walked off the Good Morning Britain set after co-presenter Alex Beresford challenged his behaviour towards the Duchess of Sussex.
Beresford said Morgan continued to 'trash' Meghan, who had not responded to his attacks. After Morgan stormed off, his co-host, Susanna Reid, was forced to send the ITV show to an early break 

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 06:34:09 PM EST
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A very, very wise announcement ... family matters! ‼️

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 06:00:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 07:50:17 PM EST
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It is actually not clear whether the reference is to, for example, Mr Trump or to Ms McCain
by asdf on Fri Mar 12th, 2021 at 07:36:06 PM EST
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So yeah.

NYT, WSJ, all piled into the revelation crater Cuomo aides altered nursing home deaths report, health department confirms last year by 9.25K souls. NY AG Letitia James had begun investigating the matter a month earlier as NY motley Republicans pounced on the cascade of subterfuge from the state's legislature.

Until the NY delegation to Congress, marshaled by Chuck, upstaged them and the chorus of innocent bystanders (6 to date) who crept one by one from the wings with salacious reports of Cuomo's inappropriate misconduct. This wailing opened a schism between "women and minorities" in the party front. Last week, New York Democratic Party leader Jay Jacobs hedged the gap by deferring to James' HISTORIC merit on the color wheel of NY political, ahem, "equity."

"I don't want to be the one who makes a decision on the governor's fate before all the facts are in," said Assembly Majority Leader, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, the second most powerful person in the chamber after Heastie.
[Assemblywoman Latrice] "We are watching the position of the authority of the first Black woman attorney general being muted with these calls for resignation and impeachment," Walker said. "It's insulting, it's disrespectful, and it's against the deeply embedded principle in American jurisprudence that you allow the facts to come out before you make a judgment."
That fragile truce fractured this week, when POLITICSNY quoted another pair of Cuomo's black colleagues with knowledge of the matter, "questioning the validity and timing of sexual harassment allegations lodged against the governor."
"It's really unfortunate that the death of thousands of New Yorkers [in the nursing home scandal] had to take a back seat of allegations from white women. That the history of white women allegations is still given number one preference over anything," said the source.
which, of course, incensed Jr. League #BelieveWomen vigilantes, patrolling the twitterverse, thus springing a trap door set by the wiley race war veteran, Charlie Rangel.

So there they cowered until the Atlanta massage parlor massacre, Wed, 17 Mar, at which point a FIFTH WAVE of hues converged on the erroneous assumption, the vics represented the tragic lives of Chinese sex slaves and celebrated Women's Month.

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amateur voyeurs to world: "Asian or Asian American?"
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by Cat on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 08:50:22 PM EST
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Atlanta airport is supposedly a major center for sex trafficking.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 10:22:36 PM EST
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outnumbered by lone wolves
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by Cat on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 01:50:51 PM EST
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then  burned them in incubators, "and by the way, those families are owed reparations. Period."
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by Cat on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 08:09:18 PM EST
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It is incomprehensible to me why so many Americans care one bit about this stuff. But they do. Which demonstrates that there is a governmental function in the US of A that is just about completely missing: the ceremonial and social aspect of leadership.

What you need is a prime minister to run things and a king/queen to provide pomp and circumstance and style and gossip. Obama plus Michelle did a fairly good job of it, Trump and his family sort of tried to do it, but otherwise the ceremonial part of government has been a wasteland here forever.

All we have is our dull elected officials, nothing dramatic or exiting or "I'll just be popping over to my gigantic estate in Scotland to drive my Land Rover around and do some huntin' and fishin' in the romantic rain" or "keeping up with the Royal Family as they wend their way through Hollywood parties" as is sorely needed.

by asdf on Wed Mar 10th, 2021 at 02:40:01 AM EST
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4 years of drought after Donald and Melania ... his NY hotel or Mar-y-Lago estate with golf course didn't quite cut it.

A monarchy is an outdated institution and the Commonwealth of 54 countries keeps the phantom memory of grandeur and empire alive. Helped the Tories and BoJo to win the Brexit vote. A feeling of superiority.

For me it's empathy for persons shunned by a cult of sorts, escaping imprisonment like Arab princes Latifa. Abolish the archaic institution of monarchs ... the People rule like America. 🤣

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 10th, 2021 at 06:29:29 AM EST
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The monarchy also helped Boris becoming PM in the first place, considering he didn't command a majority in parliament but was anyway appointed as PM by the Queen.

And if he hadn't been appointed as PM, he couldn't have negotiated a sligthly different verison of the Brexit agreement to present as his deal. And if he couldn't have done that he would have had no Brexit agreement to use for arguing "Getting Brexit Done".

by fjallstrom on Mon Mar 15th, 2021 at 10:56:37 AM EST
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DYK when the colonial moguls realized that sketchy governance of the sovereign states, provided by Articles of Confederation, would likely neither indemnify nor re-cap paper losses accrued by personally underwriting teh revolution, they agreed to revise it. Among the issues debated by the constitutional convention was the institution of an executive office, distinct from "congress assembled" yet an agent of it. Much ado ensued to rationalize and limit purposes of this supra-national authority, not least of which preferred job title. Being all British-y but suspicious of monarchical temptation, their first choice was "Chief Magistrate."  

You can look it up here.

by Cat on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 12:13:06 AM EST
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Despite their revolutionary Enlightenment theories, they were still too tightly tied to the concept of hereditary monarchy. They gave the president far too much power--and congress has handed over more to him since then. But the constitution is way too hard to change, so we are stuck with the current system for the duration.
by asdf on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 06:15:30 PM EST
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"They gave the president far too much power"? mmm, no. You didn't read the source did you?

In fact, "states' rights" (sovereignty) held federal government and J. Marshall's supremacy doctrine in check--more so than any collection of SCOTUS opinions since-- all of 19th century. Despite civil war "union" propaganda valorized by certain contemporaneous presses, congress limited executive branch functions to foreign policy, trade and war powers, ergo cabinet husbandry.  

The Great Depression, however, definitively altered the spirit and course of confederacy with much the same reactionary purpose as had imminent collapse of 18th century money markets in establishing "national" debt. In effect, the states "assembled in congress" traded remnants of sovereignty (as was convenient to each) for financial stability, embodied and guaranteed by massive federal bureaucracy which FDR's "brain trust" created "out of thin air". 1931-1948 the office of POTUS primarily dedicated its crisis to consolidation of domestic authorities--quibble as you will retrospectively about partisan agreement to method.

Democracy is not well understood.

long view The Dictator and the Decider

by Cat on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 11:10:06 PM EST
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tldr: Federal income tax tilted the power to DC
by asdf on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 12:23:17 AM EST
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Meh. The Presidency has zero power on its own.
FDR had power, since then it's become purely ceremonial.

What is the only actual, lasting legacy of El Naranja? To demonstrate that capturing the White House isn't enough.

by Number 6 on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 10:23:03 AM EST
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Squad and Quad multilateral promotion
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by Cat on Thu Mar 18th, 2021 at 07:30:56 PM EST
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Mr. Lavrov just labeled this as "freak diplomacy".
by pelgus on Fri Mar 19th, 2021 at 10:52:11 AM EST
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Prince Harry named chief impact officer at mental health company, BetterUp®, a San Francisco-based start-up that provides employee coaching and mental health assistance
BetterUp®, founded in 2013, offers a mobile app that connects people to coaching, counseling and mentorship programs. The service is used by more than 300 businesses including Chevron, Snap Inc and AT&T's WarnerMedia.
BetterUp® raised $125 million in February, taking its valuation to $1.73 billion. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of Harry's new role.
by Cat on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 05:21:16 PM EST
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Prince Harry turns Silicon Valley startup exec with first job based in 21st Century
"And, of course, 'chief impact officer' is a ludicrous job title."
by Cat on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 09:58:49 PM EST
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How did he get a work permit for the US?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 08:14:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 11:12:37 PM EST
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Jim Crow filibuster or Fusion filibuster? You be the judge.
by Cat on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 09:21:45 PM EST
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organizational hygiene in progress
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March 8 briefing
QUESTION: But until then, I mean - fine. I mean, that - but until then, what - practices like these - I mean, I can go on and on and on. Last June, for instance, a young cousin of mine was shot dead in cold blood - Ahmed Erekat - on June 22nd. His body is still there. The Israelis have not turned back - this to his family just to torment them. There are 67 cases like this. I just want to ask you, I mean, what are you doing different than, let's say, your predecessor? The embassy remains in Jerusalem despite being against international law, the office remains closed, resuming aid to UNRWA has not taken place, and I can go on and on and on. So how are you different from the previous one?

MR PRICE: Said, we as an administration do indeed look forward to deepening our engagement with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership. I'd rather not make comparisons, but I will say that is our priority. That is our policy. As part of that, we are reviewing the diplomatic presence that you alluded to. We are ensuring that it will enable us to fully conduct our complete range of activities, including engagement with the Palestinian people, with the Palestinian authorities, public diplomacy, assistance, diplomatic reporting. We've talked about our commitment to - for funding for Palestinians, including Palestinian refugees. We are committed to all of that. It is - I think you will see concrete manifestations of that going forward.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 05:52:02 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 04:30:02 PM EST
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WaPo: I'm a photojournalist. Why is the administration banning me from border facilities?

For the past four presidential administrations, I have accompanied U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and photographed their encounters with migrants as they enforced immigration policy. No longer. Last week, when I documented migrant detentions in El Paso, I had to do so from the Mexican side of the border, taking long-range shots. Until now, journalists haven't had to stand in another country to cover what is happening in the United States.

We have gone from the Trump-era "zero tolerance" policy toward immigrants to a Biden-era "zero access" policy for journalists covering immigration. This development is unprecedented in modern history.

The current administration took over with a pledge to make U.S. immigration policy more humane and transparent. But it is falling short on the latter goal, which makes it hard to judge how it is doing on the former: We journalists have no way of verifying how conditions have improved for migrants.

Ps. Ol' Raisin Balls has been playing golf for two months now. When does the name of this section change to "Life with Joe Brezhnev"? :)
I know you love "Trumpism", but it's time to let go already!

by Number 6 on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 10:28:05 AM EST
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Once his henchmen ... ehh Klansmen like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys are jailed for sedition  - failed lynch party of Jan. 6 entering the U.S. Capitol under guidance by long time adviser Roger Stone. He may run in 2024 ... return of the Golden Calf.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 03:59:56 PM EST
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You probably missed this recent shooting.
Damned white supremacists.
by Number 6 on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 10:36:25 AM EST
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I think this is actually NOT a satire account, but not entirely sure ...

Ought to get Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe noms for the flawless inclusion of the line "good strategy is required to reopen safely".

(BTW, doesn't Fauci says it's still masks forever?)

by Number 6 on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 10:48:39 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:19:24 PM EST
Israel has posted their agreement with Pfizer here. The details on limitation of damages and liability are in Section 6. Draw your own conclusions....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 4th, 2021 at 01:05:49 PM EST
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Bolivia political tensions reignite with arrest of ex-President Anez
Anez took power in late 2019 after Morales resigned amid widespread violent protests against his government over allegations he had stolen an election when running for an unprecedented - and unconstitutional - fourth term.
The arrests brought swift condemnation from the Americas director of Human Rights Watch, Jose Miguel Vivanco, who said the arrest warrants contained no evidence to support a claim of "terrorism". "For that reason, they generate justifiable doubts about whether this is not a politically motivated process."

Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo said on Saturday that the Public Prosecutor's Office issued an arrest warrant for Anez "due to the case of a coup in our country"

by Cat on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 07:28:53 PM EST
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Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut many Islamic schools, [public security] minister says
Rajapaksa is accused of widespread rights abuses during the war, charges he denies.

Weerasekera said the government plans to ban more than a thousand madrassa Islamic schools that he said were flouting national education policy. "Nobody can open a school and teach whatever you want to the children," he said.

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Tanzania's President John Magufuli who urged citizens 'to pray coronavirus away' has died
(CNN)Tanzania's President John Magufuli has died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, the country's vice president announced in a televised address on Wednesday. He was 61.
"President John Magufuli died of a heart ailment that he has battled for over 10 years," Samia Suluhu Hassan said.


Hassan is now the acting president of Tanzania. While a date for her swearing-in has not yet been announced, she will be Tanzania's first female president.


Magufuli was one of Africa's most prominent Covid skeptics.

Early on in the pandemic, Magufuli dismissed the seriousness of coronavirus in Tanzania, urging his citizens to "pray coronavirus away," believing the "satanic virus can't live in the body of Jesus Christ," and blaming the growing number of positive cases on faulty test kits.

In June, he claimed his country had eradicated coronavirus "by the grace of God," questioned the safety of foreign Covid-19 vaccines and made no plan to procure any shots for his country, instead pushing for the use of herbal medicine and steam treatments.

Tanzania hasn't reported Covid-19 figures since April 2020, prompting the World Health Organization to call for Tanzania to publish data on the coronavirus and ramp up public health measures.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Mar 18th, 2021 at 05:53:52 PM EST
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Samia Suluhu Hassan: Who is Tanzania's new president?
Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as Tanzania's president at State House in Dar es Salaam on Friday, making history as the first woman to hold the top job in the East African country.

The 61-year-old's inauguration comes two days after she announced the passing of President John Magufuli.

Prior to his death, Magufuli had not been seen in public for over two weeks, prompting speculation that he may have been suffering from COVID-19, which he had repeatedly denied was a problem in Tanzania. The government has blamed Magufuli's death on heart problems.

In her first public address as president, Suluhu Hassan -- who is affectionately known as Mama Samia -- said it was a difficult day in her political career.

"Today I have taken an oath different from the rest that I have taken in my career," she said. "Those were taken in happiness. Today I took the highest oath of office in mourning."

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 05:58:10 PM EST
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Iran, China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
"Iran decides independently on its relations with other countries and is not like some countries that change their position with one phone call."

China, one of Iran's largest trading partners and a long-standing ally, agreed in 2016 to boost bilateral trade by more than 10 times to $600 billion over a decade.

Its commerce ministry said on Thursday that Beijing will try to safeguard the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and defend the legitimate interests of Sino-Iranian relations.

archived Kicking a Gift Horse in the Teeth
by Cat on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 02:25:47 PM EST
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errata: "scarecrow" s/b "Jim Crow"
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France `blind' to Rwandan genocide, says report
The commission was tasked with examining the role of France in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994. Since becoming president, Macron has sought to confront France's colonial past and post-colonial dealings in Africa, in the hope of relieving the burden, better advancing French interests and countering rising anti-French sentiment among many young Africans, by providing a more fact-based narrative of the period.

In their conclusions, the report's authors found that there was a French political, military, diplomatic, administrative, intellectual and ethical failure in dealing with the genocide. They said the French presidency at the time was blinded by its proximity to the Rwandan Hutu leadership and by "an ethno-nationalist obsession."

Then president François Mitterrand, who was seriously sick (he would die of cancer less than two years after), was concentrating all the African policy decisions within his close circle and remained completely blind to the Hutu government murderous policies, keeping supplying it with weapons to fight the FPR rebellion, even when French officers in the country were sounding the alarm about the genocide in progress.

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France bears `overwhelming responsibilities' over Rwanda genocide - AJ
"Is France an accomplice to the genocide of the Tutsi? If by this we mean a willingness to join a genocidal operation, nothing in the archives that were examined demonstrates this," the report's conclusions said.

"Nevertheless, for a long time, France was involved with a regime that encouraged racist massacres ... It remained blind to the preparation of a genocide by the most radical elements of this regime."

The report criticised the French authorities under Mitterrand for adopting a "binary view" that set Habyarimana as a "Hutu ally" against an "enemy" of Tutsi forces backed by Uganda, and then offering military intervention only "belatedly" when it was too late to halt the genocide.

"The research therefore establishes a set of responsibilities, both serious and overwhelming," it said.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Mar 28th, 2021 at 09:55:23 AM EST
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French military killed civilians in Mali air strike, says UN investigation
A UN investigation concluded on Tuesday that a French air attack in central Mali at the start of January killed at least 19 civilians, according to excerpts from the report.

The assault in the Sahel state created a dispute over casualties from the French attack with local residents saying it hit civilians attending a wedding ceremony in the village of Bounti, in the Mopti region.

French authorities immediately dismissed the findings of the UN inquiry.

Following the 3 January strike, the French army said it killed about 30 jihadist fighters who had been identified through aerial reconnaissance. The French authorities denied that a marriage had taken place in the remote village of Bounti.

A report from MINUSMA, the UN mission in Mali, said some 100 civilians had come to the site for a wedding, according to details of the investigation, as reported by AFP news agency.

The UN investigation said 19 unarmed civilians, as well as three armed men in the area, were killed.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 30th, 2021 at 07:49:39 PM EST
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Chile regulator approves $3 billion Chinese takeover of Naturgy unit
"Chile, the world's top copper producer, counts China as its most important trade partner."
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:19:45 PM EST
A massive iceberg - larger than New York City - breaks off Antarctica
A massive iceberg broke off Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf, British researchers announced.

At 490 square miles, the berg is bigger than New York City, which is 302 square miles.

A crack in the ice shelf widened several hundred meters Friday before the iceberg sheared off. The last major chunk to come off in this area was in the early 1970s, the BBC said.

The event wasn't a surprise: "Our teams at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been prepared for the calving of an iceberg from Brunt Ice Shelf for years," BAS director Jane Francis said in a statement.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:35:31 PM EST
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Big Chill

There are Arab States in dire need of pure fresh water and willing to remove the obstacle and tug it to their shoreline.

Fortunately, as the Arctic decreases in ice volume, the Antarctic to the contrary is growing ice.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 09:51:35 PM EST
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Hawaii declares emergency due to floods, orders evacuations
The emergency declaration covers the counties of Hawai'i, Maui, Kalawao, O'ahu and Kaua'i, the governor's office said in a statement, while the disaster relief period runs until May 8.

US Interagency Council on Homelessness | Community point-in-time counts by state, Jan 2019
USICH was originally authorized by Congress through Title II of the landmark Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77) to serve as an "independent establishment" within the executive branch. We were charged with coordinating the federal response to homelessness and creating a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the federal government in contributing to the end of homelessness.
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by Cat on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 02:42:33 AM EST
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Finnish startup eyes meatless schnitzel with new lab-made protein, A/V concept demo (EN)
Solein, a yellow flour-type ingredient containing some 65 percent protein manufactured in a miniature bioreactor inside a laboratory.

The flour is ground from a liquid microorganism that is made out of carbon dioxide from air, electricity, water, microbes and nutrients.

by Cat on Thu Mar 11th, 2021 at 04:30:03 AM EST
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Scott Morrison and New Europe sets tone and policy for the environment ...

Mathias Cormann elected OECD chief despite climate record | The Guardian |


Mathias Cormann: the Australian OECD candidate trying to airbrush his climate record

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 12th, 2021 at 07:46:52 PM EST
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Linda Reynolds: Australian minister settles case after calling aide 'lying cow' | BBC News |

Ms Higgins had publicly accused another staff member of raping her in 2019.

Last month, the former political adviser alleged she had been attacked in Ms Reynolds' office at Parliament House after a night out in 2019. She said she wanted a "comprehensive police investigation into what happened to me".

When asked earlier this week if Ms Reynolds should quit, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said her remark had come "in her private office in a stressful week".

Ms Higgins told local media she felt unsupported by her boss and that she would lose her job if she reported her alleged rape to police.

"It's just further evidence of the toxic workplace culture that exists behind closed doors in Parliament House."

The workplace system in Parliament House that helps feed unhealthy power relationships

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 12th, 2021 at 08:05:42 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:20:04 PM EST
Coronavirus digest: Global infections up for first time in weeks, warns WHO
The number of new COVID-19 infections globally rose last week for the first time in seven weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

"We need to have a stern warning for all of us: that this virus will rebound if we let it," Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO technical lead for COVID-19, said during a briefing.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the surge in infections was "disappointing but not surprising."

He called on nations worldwide not to ease coronavirus measures, stressing that it was too early for countries to rely only on vaccination campaigns and abandon other measures.

"If countries rely solely on vaccines, they are making a mistake. Basic public health measures remain the foundation of the response," he said.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:45:03 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Mar 4th, 2021 at 02:24:59 PM EST
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Merck and other rando pharma corps have pledged PRODUCTION facilities to the COVID-19 war effort
by Cat on Thu Mar 4th, 2021 at 05:15:43 PM EST
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President Biden to come to Baltimore for event with Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Emergent BioSolutions
Earlier this week, Biden announced that drugmaker Merck will help produce rival J&J's newly approved vaccine, likening the partnership between the two drug companies to the spirit of national cooperation during World War II.

Last week, Gov. Hogan appointed Trump's CDC Dir Robert Redfield as "public health advisor", goaded Biden, and scandalized all of Baltimore:
by Cat on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 01:51:55 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 7th, 2021 at 05:02:42 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:20:21 PM EST
My Z-informant formerly-known-as my associate formerly-known-as the Militant Electrician formerly-known-as mini-me received her first offer letter and will decamp to Sin City in (checks watch) 60 days.

by Cat on Fri Mar 5th, 2021 at 06:01:58 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 07:20:36 PM EST
A battered Trump takes refuge in San Antonio wax museum's storage, awaiting return to the limelight
San Antonio doesn't have Donald Trump to push around -- and claw -- anymore.

At least not for the time being.

Louis Tussaud's Waxworks on Alamo Plaza moved the wax figure of the former president to a storage room because a few museum visitors -- with intense feelings and a lack of self-restraint -- kept pummeling him.

They punched and scratched the figure, inflicting so much damage that management had it pulled from public view, said Clay Stewart, regional manager for Ripley Entertainment, which owns the wax museum.

This being Texas, I'm surprised at the lack of firearms thus far.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Mar 19th, 2021 at 08:51:06 PM EST
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Thierry Henry: I Won't Cheat

Tackling racist and hate speech on social networks ...

Made a resolve to better my life ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 26th, 2021 at 02:32:27 PM EST
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