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May 2021

by Bernard Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:02:42 PM EST

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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:03:36 PM EST
by Cat on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 06:23:20 PM EST
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"¡¡EEUU está gobernada por comunistas, Dios mío!!" thread

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 11:58:41 PM EST
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Chinese university plan causes ["]security concerns["] in Hungary
"Eastern Opening" plan tied to $2B loan from China's Exim Bank, "piles of garbage" and "spy hub"

EU-China investment deal put on ice over sanctions
sanctions and counter-sanctions ditch deal finally closed Dec 2020

by Cat on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 10:41:53 PM EST
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Not this Exim, the other one
"initially developed at the University of Cambridge in 1995"
by Cat on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 05:37:39 PM EST
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China's third way on data governance
Beijing presented the draft Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), a set of privacy rules experts say are inspired by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the landmark EU privacy law.

The second draft of the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) was published at the end of April for public consultation.

national security objections
Article 27 of the PIPL in fact provides the legal basis for collecting images and data for reasons of public security, without the person concerned being informed. This provision might lead to abuses if there is no independent control over the work of the public authorities.
Cloud Acts
Asked about the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), Herrero said `no agreement has been reached on cross-border services. This means that the issue of data localisation remains and that European investors will find it difficult to compete with local cloud giants with no guarantees on data transfer and storage.'
by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 10:48:37 PM EST
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John Podesta has appointed Neera Tanden special advisor
on healthcare issues, preparing for "different contingencies that could arise from the Supreme Court's consideration of Republican lawsuits seeking to undo the Affordable Care Act," the White House said in a statement.

She will also review the , in charge of making the U.S. government accessible to Americans online, it said.

by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 12:19:56 PM EST
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Brexit: UK gives EU ambassador full diplomatic status
The UK government has agreed to give the European Union ambassador in London full diplomatic status.

The Foreign Office had resisted the idea, arguing the EU should not be treated like an independent nation.

But in a joint statement, the UK and EU announced ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, would get "a status consistent with heads of missions of states".

He will now be immune from detention, prosecution or taxation during his time in London.

These are among the privileges given to diplomats in the states where they are stationed, as sanctioned by the Vienna Convention.

In more than 100 other countries, the EU's ambassadors have the same status as those representing sovereign nations.

Note that, pre-Brexit, the EU ambassador to the UK had "full diplomatic status." Since the UK didn't want at first to grant that status to recently nominated Vale de Almeida, Charles Michel declined to receive the UK ambassador to the EU in Brussels, who has yet to officially present his credentials; should happen soon, now.

by Bernard on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 07:52:47 PM EST
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Let's hope the tabloids don't notice has caved in to the tyrannical Brussels bureaucrats.

I'm sure they showed their approval at his initial refusal.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 10:22:04 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 06:27:25 PM EST
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Germany rejects US push to waive COVID vaccine patents
As if to trivialize intractable barriers to extruding brand generic licenses after patent expiry, "Two further factors could also be key, namely the rather narrow proposal put forth by the Biden administration -- which covers vaccines only -- and the fact that India and South Africa have also said they would be submitting a revised proposal of their original request."
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 12:55:51 AM EST
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Five EU countries say focus should be on vaccine production, not patents
BE, SE [LOL!], FR, DK, ES to world: "waivers could take years to negotiate"!
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 07:21:10 PM EST
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From your link ...

While Biden's backing adds political impetus to get a deal done, Germany, home to Pfizer's (PFE.N) vaccine partner BioNTech SE , on Thursday rejected the waiver proposal.

I believe Rutte and NL are opposed .. most countries are participating in the Covid-19 vaccine production.

by Oui on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:02:28 PM EST
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Yves Smith basically predicted this a few days ago.
In fact, cynically I wonder if the US hasn't already counted noses at the WTO, knows the votes aren't there, and will quietly reassure big drugmakers privately that this was all a gesture that the Administration knew was destined to fail.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:27:33 PM EST
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If that were true, why did EC brow beat "BionTech-Pfizer" for 4 months then turn around to sue AstraZeneca?
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:56:44 PM EST
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EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
The European Commission currently has a portfolio of 2.6 billion doses from half a dozen companies. Pfizer-BioNTech had an initial contract of 600 million doses with the EU.
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The size of the contract - 1.8 billion doses for a bloc of 450 million residents - will provide for a lot of options, von der Leyen said.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 06:39:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 05:06:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 02:34:02 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 05:53:15 PM EST
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Agent Orange: French court rejects claim against Bayer
The court in the Paris suburb of Evry said it did not have the jurisdiction to judge a case involving the wartime actions of the US government, the ruling said.

The case was brought forward by Tran To Nga, a ["]French["] woman of Vietnamese origin. The defendants included US agrochemical firm Monsanto, now owned by German giant Bayer.

Military veterans from the US, Australia and Korea previously won compensation for the after-effects of Agent Orange. But a verdict in favor of a ["]Vietnamese["] victim would have set a precedent.

by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 10:29:50 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 12:04:08 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 08:21:22 PM EST
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EU states and NATO in uproar ... Belarusian Raman Pratasevich must be a crucial NATO asset ... when was the last plane hijacking to arrest a Most Wanted person? This was more common in the 70s  and in MENA countries ... sometimes States threatened to shoot down a passenger plane to kill the guy.

Belarus Launches Probes Into Two Administrators Of Popular Telegram Channel | RFERL - Nov. 5, 2020 |

Abduction of Turkish national, Abdullah Öcalan in 1999

Famous abduction of Israeli nuclear technician and peace activist Mordechai Vanunu in Rome in 1986.

The US under Reagan wanted to eliminate "Mad Dog" Gaddafi and planned to shoot down a passenger plane if it was confirmed the Libyan leader was on it.

by Oui on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 10:24:27 PM EST
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As I already pointed out, the last time was in 2013.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 11:40:34 PM EST
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Also, in 1956, during the Algeria Independence war, the French authorities diverted a plane carrying several FLN leaders, including the future Algerian president, Ahmed Ben Bella, to Algiers; they remained in jail until the Algerian independence in March 1962.
by Bernard on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 05:42:42 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 06:37:14 PM EST
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Nothing has changed in Israel policy ... same arrogance ... in 1956 the Suez crisis ...

The Lavon affair ("Esek Habish" - the shameful affair) was one of the most bizarre chapters in Israeli history.  In 1954, the Israeli secret service set up a spy ring in Egypt, with the purpose of blowing up US and British targets. The operation was code-named "Susanah."

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:31:25 PM EST
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In a majority of EU states, activist Protasevich would be arrested and likely receive jail time ... from BBC News

Belarus election: How Nexta channel bypassed news blackout

by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 02:36:01 PM EST
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Unprecedented? Not by a long shot ...

SBU's secret plan was to intercept the Turkish plane while in Ukrainian airspace, force it to land and arrest the "terrorists".

The 'Russian Coup' Plot In Belarus Was Faked By Ukraine | Aug. 2020 |

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 10:30:46 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 06:08:20 PM EST
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This time PM Rutte and fake opposition leader Tikhanovskaya.

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 06:11:25 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Jun 5th, 2021 at 07:07:07 PM EST
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Sofia Sapega, detained journalist Protasevich's girlfriend, 'confesses' in video
"I am also editor of Telegram channel Chernaya Kniga which publishes private information about internal affairs officers."
by Cat on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 02:01:50 PM EST
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by Bernard on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 05:45:05 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:16:53 PM EST
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Open Door Policy to Criminal Actors

Favorite entry for Russians and Arabs into the European Union ... any takers after the fiasco of Brexit for NI and Scotsman

WHY MONTENEGRO?

  • Rare one time limited opportunity for citizenship
  • Instant Montenegro citizenship and passport within 3 months
  • Montenegro is a future candidate for EU membership and joins Schengen area by 2025
  • Cheapest property prices in Europe.
  • Montenegro is so beautiful receives excess of 1 million visitor arrivals.
  • Lifetime citizenship for family and generations.
  • No physical residence requirements.
by Oui on Mon May 24th, 2021 at 09:17:57 PM EST
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GCHQ Breached Human Rights by Bulk Interception of Communications, European Court Rules
confusingly the judgement said: "The court considered that, owing to the multitude of threats states face in modern society, operating a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention."
ruling BIG BROTHER WATCH AND OTHERS v. THE UNITED KINGDOM
by Cat on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 06:41:09 PM EST
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Swiss scupper draft EU treaty in break with biggest trade partner | Reuters |

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 11:00:52 PM EST
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by Bernard on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 08:38:15 PM EST
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Germany officially recognizes colonial-era Namibia genocide
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said in a statement that as a "gesture of recognition of the immeasurable suffering" Germany caused, it would set up a fund amounting to €1.1 billion (US $ 1.34 billion).

Affected communities would play a key role in deciding what the funds were used for, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, while legal claims for compensation would not be deducted from it.

The aim of the negotiations that lasted more than half a decade was "to find a common path to genuine reconciliation in memory of the victims," Maas explained.

This includes naming the events of the German colonial period in what is now Namibia and in particular the atrocities in the period from 1904 to 1908 "without sparing or glossing over."

"We will now, also in an official capacity, call these events what they were from today's perspective -- a genocide," Maas said.

jurisdiction
The German Empire was the colonial power in what was then called German South West Africa from 1884 to 1915.

During that time, its military forces brutally put down several rebellions, killing tens of thousands of people.

German General Lothar von Trotha, who was sent to quell a Herero uprising in 1904, was particularly known for his extreme ruthlessness.

Historians generally accept that up to 65,000 of roughly 80,000 Herero people living in the area at the time, and at least 10,000 of the roughly 20,000 Nama people, were killed.

in perpetuity

reference
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
"The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish."
Status of membership

by Cat on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 10:03:46 AM EST
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EU Green Week 2021 puts the spotlight on zero pollution
registration for free video conferences 31 May - 2 June
by Cat on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 09:23:17 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:03:53 PM EST
UK, France send patrol boats to Jersey amid fishing rights row
The United Kingdom and France have dispatched patrol boats to the British Channel island of Jersey amid an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

French trawler crews angry at restrictions placed on their access to UK fishing grounds after the latter's departure from the European Union sailed to Jersey in a flotilla in the early hours of Thursday to register their protest.

Because nothing screams "de-escalation" like sending gunboats to the scene.

Thursday's stand-off came after Jersey's government said the island had issued new fishing permits, which included new conditions for license-holders, in accordance with post-Brexit trade terms between the UK and EU.

Under the trade deal brokered between London and Brussels, Jersey must allow European vessels into its waters.

But the new fishing permits issued by the UK dependency have angered French trawler crews and the French government, who said the new terms had been imposed unilaterally and without discussion, and that they placed unfair restrictions on French fishing vessels.

by Bernard on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 12:31:15 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 02:14:59 PM EST
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After making much noise in front of the port of St Hélier, the fishermen departed, saying: "Now, give us our fishing rights or we shall taunt you again".
by Bernard on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 05:30:56 PM EST
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One amusing thread packed with Brits debated Brittany and Normandy rights of return.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 01:16:22 AM EST
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Britain Accuses France of Showing `Small Dick Energy' in Petty Navy Standoff Over Fish
Back in 2016, right after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the leader of that campaign, future Prime Minister Boris Johnson, spoke glowingly about how Brexit would begin a new phase in the unwavering friendship between his country and its European allies.

But, fast forward five years, British and French warships are standing off against each other over a incredibly petty dispute about fish, and U.K. government officials are ridiculing French President Emmanuel Macron of exposing his "small dick energy" over the throwback conflict.

My apologies for using such coarse language: I'm quoting an official from Her Majesty's Government.

by Bernard on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:04:33 PM EST
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Scotland performed one in the weeds, Thursday, May 5 with the count being held over two days due to coronavirus restrictions."

Despite Galloway's vociferous campaign to take a seat, I've neither an opinion about the validity of topline results

After 53 declared seat results, the four main parties have:
SNP: 915,789 votes
Conservatives: 428,643 votes
Labour: 409,627 votes
Lib Dems: 156,914 votes
nor interest in divining significance vested in "tactical votes" either to remain or leave the UK.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 02:42:35 PM EST
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Scottish National Party started out with 63 seats from the 2016 election.  With 56 seats in the bag, including a flipped seat from Labour and two from the Tories, it looks like SNP will have 66 directly elected constituency seats, giving them at least one seat majority in Holyrood.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 03:25:04 PM EST
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BBC predicts 63. But anyway the SNP not losing seats is a pretty big deal. If the Brexit + COVID-19 disaster saga continues as expected, being a member of the UK will look worse and worse over time.

Predictions for when they will have an independence referendum?

by asdf on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 04:29:24 PM EST
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No idea.  First they have to get UK permission to hold one.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun May 9th, 2021 at 02:27:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:47:09 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 11:07:26 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 04:53:21 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 07:11:40 PM EST
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Jacobin
BBC: What are you going to change over the next few days? What are you referring to?

STARMER: I will set out what we need to do to reconnect the Labour Party to the voters that have cast their verdict on us last night, particularly in places like Hartlepool. We have changed as a party. We have changed as a party. But we need to go further, and we need to set out that strong case to the country. We have not done that.

BBC: So you're going to set out a new policy agenda? Is that what you're saying?

STARMER: I am going to set out a strong case to the country, learn the lessons of the elections that have come in so far, and accept that we must reconnect and rebuild trust with working people, particularly in places like Hartlepool.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 13th, 2021 at 01:32:24 PM EST
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Looks like trade deals with the colonies of the glorious British Empire might not bring economic nirvana after all.

British farming could suffer "irreversible damage" as a result of the eventual agreement [with Australia]. British farming would struggle to compete if zero-tariff trade on lamb and beef went ahead.
by asdf on Wed May 19th, 2021 at 05:50:02 PM EST
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Guardian
"Brazil is a country that can get on well with everyone," he said. "I even told the British ambassador that Boris Johnson can get ready, because if I go to the United Kingdom he'll have to have a bike race with me around London - and I'll show him what a competent cyclist I am," he joked, claiming he had also enjoyed "wonderful relationships" with the Labour leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 02:27:46 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 09:55:06 AM EST
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Thought the whole point of Brexit was for the UK to disconnect from the world.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 06:06:18 PM EST
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Wut? Never heard of Global Britain?
by Bernard on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 07:42:09 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:04:10 PM EST
Reaching 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely in the U.S., ["]Experts["] Now Believe
with 4 months of "America First" Fauci vaccination DRIVE and the First 100 days of POTUS in Joe's pants, so to speak:
"People were getting confused and thinking you're never going to get the infections down until you reach this mystical level of herd immunity, whatever that number is," he said.

"That's why we stopped using herd immunity in the classic sense," he added. "I'm saying: Forget that for a second. You vaccinate enough people, the infections are going to go down."

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Mon May 3rd, 2021 at 03:29:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 03:55:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 10:22:52 PM EST
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Derek Chauvin, 3 other former Minneapolis police officers indicted on civil rights charges in George Floyd's death
The indictment, unsealed Friday, accuses Chauvin, [Thao, Kueng, and Lane] of [Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law]
[...]
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison called the federal prosecution of the four officers "entirely appropriate."

"The federal government has a responsibility to protect the civil rights of every American and to pursue justice to the fullest extent of federal law," Ellison said in a statement.

reference
18 USC 242, min-max penalties

...and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

archived Fri Apr 23rd, 2021, Sat May 2nd, 2009

by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 07:44:26 PM EST
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Judge in Chauvin Case Approves Four Aggravated Sentencing Factors
Judge Peter Cahill wrote that Chauvin abused a position of authority, treated Floyd with "particular cruelty"
No finding is made as to whether the active participation of Officers Lane, Kueng and Thao was accompanied by the intent and knowledge necessary to establish that they are "offenders" subject to criminal liability under Minn. Stat. § 609.05
Not proven beyond a reasonable doubt, he wrote, was the state's contention that Floyd's intoxication or the restraints Chauvin and fellow officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao used on him rendered hi "particularly vulnerable."
eh?
The ruling opens Chauvin up to a sentence as high as 30 years. If Cahill had decided that none of the factors applied, Chauvin would have faced a maximum of 15 [?!] years from his state-court convictions.
[...]
Any federal sentence he may receive would be served concurrently [?!] with his state sentence.
by Cat on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 08:42:26 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 11:31:02 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 11:51:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 09:36:36 PM EST
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post-capitalism
"This is a complex issue with a remarkably sophisticated understanding by the public. The tension is as follows: On one hand you have the need to protect the intellectual property rights of the scientists and companies that brought about the fastest vaccine in history, and will likely need to produce new versions of the shot even faster to battle evolving strains," Dritan Nesho, chief researcher and CEO of HarrisX, told Hill.TV.

"On the other hand there's the need to save lives, reaching global heard immunity and providing access to the vaccine as broadly and equitably as as possible," Nesho continued.

by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 09:50:05 PM EST
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I hear you, I hear you ... heard immunity ?
by Oui on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 10:09:52 PM EST
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archived Windsor millennial media empire
by Cat on Sun May 9th, 2021 at 03:50:53 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 03:07:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 20th, 2021 at 12:08:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 11:16:01 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 11:01:51 AM EST
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Westchesterese for "fight me, NYC".
by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 05:44:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 03:37:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 19th, 2021 at 09:31:47 PM EST
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Gruesome Murder Near German Border - 2019

Ex-Mississippi Deputy Accused in Bizarre Plot to Murder German Farm Owner | The Daily Beast |

Prosecutors believe Schwarz's gruesome murder on Nov. 26, 2019, was likely the consequence of an unpaid debt to a German investor--who allegedly hired a former Mississippi sheriff's deputy and a New Jersey man to snuff him out.

The stunning allegations are detailed in a series of extradition requests that were filed over the last two weeks. The alleged mastermind of the bizarre scheme, 51-year-old Lukas Fecker, is the owner of Innovation Brain, a company that buys businesses "on the verge of bankruptcy" and attempts to turn them around.

Normally the hired killers come from former Yugoslavia, motorclubs or immigrant gangs. This time they were "tourists" from America.

by Oui on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 12:33:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 04:39:31 PM EST
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In Historic First, Governor Hogan Issues Full Posthumous Pardon For Victims of Racial Lynching
Governor Larry Hogan today issued a full posthumous pardon for 34 victims of racial lynching in Maryland between 1854 and 1933, on the basis that these extrajudicial killings violated fundamental rights to due process and equal protection of law. It is the first time in history that a governor has issued a blanket pardon for the victims of racial lynchings.

"The State of Maryland has long been on the forefront of civil rights, dating back to Justice Thurgood Marshall's legal battle to integrate schools and throughout our national reckoning on race," said Governor Hogan.  ...

by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 07:00:10 PM EST
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Maryland NAACP Leader Blasts Gov. Hogan's Posthumous Pardons Of Lynching Victims As 'Political Posturing', poster child for known and unknown assailants of white women
According to a historical marker erected during Saturday's news conference, Cooper faced an all-White jury, which reached a guilty verdict in under a minute despite the fact the victim did not testify she was raped. Cooper was killed before his attorneys had an opportunity to appeal to the Supreme Court.
extrajudicial jurisprudence
Asked how other victims were selected for a pardon, the legal criteria for each case and the review process for the pardons, Michael Ricci, communications director for Hogan, told CNN each case "met the standard that it was an extrajudicial killing that violated rights to due process and equal protection of law."
by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 01:28:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 05:42:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 01:31:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 06:47:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 11:05:37 PM EST
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Black NFL players call for end of algorithm that assumes Black men have lower cognitive abilities
["]Race norming["] is sometimes used in medicine as a rough proxy for socioeconomic factors that can affect someone's health. Experts in neurology said the way it's used in the NFL settlement is too simplistic and restrictive, and has the effect of systematically discriminating against Black players.
merits duplication in APsplainin "an OBSCURE [?!], last-resort [?!] statistical technique known as 'imputation'" which is different from sampling
by Cat on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 06:17:49 PM EST
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Anthony Sabatini (R-FL)
If Socrates was out philosophizing in American society today, he would be cancelled real quick
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 04:52:41 PM EST
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Talkingpointsmemo
Manhattan federal prosecutors executed search warrants on three Ukrainians in their investigation into Rudy Giuliani, botched redactions in a court filing reveal.

Prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have searched the email accounts of two former Ukrainian officials, ex-prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko and tax service chief Roman Nasirov. They also seized the iPhone and iPad of Alexander Levin, a Ukrainian businessman who put two associates of Giuliani's in touch with a powerful Ukrainian oligarch.

A filing by Joseph Bondy, an attorney for Lev Parnas, accidentally revealed the information by blackening lines in the court document while leaving it possible for them to be copied and pasted to another file, CNN first reported.

This is sixteen years since the Pentagon make the same mistake. Will they ever learn?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 06:37:27 PM EST
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What corruption?

Roman Nasirov, the head of the State Fiscal Service and a close personal ally of President Poroshenko.

But fears that he might fly are real as the corruption scheme Nasirov is accused of participating in was allegedly organised by MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who fled the country when he was accused and now (?) lives in the UK.

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 09:53:32 PM EST
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by Bernard on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 08:41:40 PM EST
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Colorado deputy sheriff ex-marines... vaccines are for sissies... I have an immune system ... 33 years old 🤣

The China virus got him

Scrap two Republican votes in next election!

by Oui on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 03:10:48 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:04:28 PM EST
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 10:30:01 PM EST
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in spirit, if not flesh
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 07:43:51 PM EST
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UK threatens to charge Palestine Action with terrorism
Arnott has been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage against property belonging to Israel's Elbit Systems in the UK and its property manager Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Palestine Action activist Richard Barnard, who is also facing multiple charges in relation to direct actions against Elbit and LaSalle, told The Electronic Intifada that he recently experienced something similar when questioned by London's Metropolitan Police.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:13:41 PM EST
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Of course all related security products "made in Israel" has a back door ...

Australian military to stop using Elbit's battle management system | JPost - May 5, 2021 |

ADM Comment: This flies in the of industry sources who note that in the past 12 months the program has failed two security related milestones and the Commonwealth enforced a stop payment point last year.

Elbit must have known that they were heading towards a decision point that was not entirely in their favour. The suddenness and nature of the cancellation however cannot be answered without calling into question the national security aspect. Back doors into such systems are well known and even expected in some cases. What has happened in this case? We may never know the exact nature of the issue at this unclassified level. The is the nature of Defence.

by Oui on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:53:06 PM EST
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About 90 Palestinians injured in Israeli crackdown: Live
"a day after Israeli police stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque and injured 205 Palestinians"
by Cat on Sun May 9th, 2021 at 02:27:02 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 06:02:22 PM EST
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by Bernard on Thu May 13th, 2021 at 05:54:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 01:40:50 PM EST
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Biden's U.N. honeymoon is over
The United States, isolated among the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council in closed-door discussions around issuing a statement calling for restraint on all sides, twice this week used its veto power to block agreement on the statement, diplomats from three Security Council members told POLITICO.
Jim Crow Fusion filibuster quashed
When China, Vietnam, Tunisia and several European members of the Council then proposed to move to an open debate on the issue Friday, the U.S. issued a last-minute objection Thursday, meaning the debate will not take place until at least Tuesday.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield to cater Louisiana comfort food buffet
by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 02:10:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 03:15:12 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 02:27:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 03:08:06 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 08:22:53 PM EST
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Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas
Hours later, the military issued a "clarification." There were no troops inside Gaza. But by then, several major news outlets had erroneously reported the ground offensive was under way.

"They didn't lie," said Or Heller, a veteran military correspondent on Israel's Channel 13 TV. "It was a ["]manipulation["]. It was smart and it was successful."

by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 03:23:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 08:06:59 PM EST
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This is very unfair. How are the poor Israelis to know when this is US policy and when the opposite is the case?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 08:12:37 PM EST
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Benny Gantz to Facebook and TikTok executives: You must take action
a Zoom meeting Thursday night with Facebook executives Nick Clegg, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications; Joel Kaplan, Vice President of Global Public Policy; and Jordana Cutler, Public Policy Director, Israel & the Jewish Diaspora.

He also held a Zoom meeting with TikTok executives Cormac Keenan, Head of Trust & Safety; Theo Bertram, TikTok's Director of Government Relations and Public Policy in Europe; and Liz Kanter, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy.

by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 06:49:20 PM EST
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and that's OK!
by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 07:29:11 PM EST
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India: How COVID disaster dents Narendra Modi's well-crafted image
"'Analysts tend to rely on a traditional model of voter behavior. In India, people actually decide upfront that they like Modi and then they find different justifications to provide that support,' [Milan Vaishnav, director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] added."
by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 10:23:34 PM EST
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Comparison of British, US and French colonial rule:

by Bernard on Thu May 13th, 2021 at 08:11:43 PM EST
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The runner ups are also interesting...

by Bernard on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 08:13:13 PM EST
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Sweden is runner up, so I had to go look at the data. It says on the bottom of the chart "usng data from Forbes world's billionaires list"

Checking that list, I notice the highest ranked swede is Stefan Persson owner of H&M. So the value of H&M has risen quicker then the Swedish GDP during 2021. But most H&M departments aren't in Sweden.

Next on the list are the Rausings, owners of Tetra Lavel. Their whole family moved to London some decades ago to avoid taxes. And Tetra Lavel is also a global company.

And so on. So compared to its size, Sweden has as passport holders an outsized proportion of the global ownership class, I guess?

Interesting concept, poor execution.

by fjallstrom on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 10:54:24 PM EST
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Guardian
Protasevich was flying on an intra-EU flight from Athens to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, when the plane was diverted to Minsk. According to online flight data, the plane was over Belarusian airspace when it diverted course but was closer to Vilnius than Minsk.

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Forcing the emergency landing of a European jetliner would be an extraordinary act even for Lukashenko's government, which has launched a broad crackdown on opposition leaders and independent media.

European officials reacted angrily on Sunday, as governments that have been strongly critical of Lukashenko called the grounding of an airliner a dangerous act without precedent.

Without precedent?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 04:30:42 PM EST
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Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role
French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwandans to forgive France for its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died.

Speaking at the genocide memorial in Rwanda's capital Kigali, he said France had not heeded warnings of impending carnage and had for too long "valued silence over examination of the truth".

But France had not been an accomplice in the killings, Mr Macron added.

Rwanda's leader praised his speech.

President Paul Kagame said, "His words were something more valuable than an apology. They were the truth." He called it "an act of tremendous courage".

by Bernard on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 08:54:41 PM EST
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by Bernard on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 09:16:05 PM EST
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Nuclear Flashcards: US Secrets Exposed on Learning Apps
The flashcards Bellingcat discovered were publicly available as far back as 2013, and some were being used as recently as April 2021.

Bellingcat said those it had viewed appeared to have been removed after it contacted NATO and the U.S. military for comment before it published its article.

by Cat on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 10:49:48 PM EST
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The USAF is commanded by idiots and staffed by morons.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 06:09:23 PM EST
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Denmark and NSA Spying On EU Allies

German prosecutors close case on NSA spying scandal | DW - Oct. 5, 2017 |

Germany's BND spy agency relies heavily on resources and tools supplied by its American aliles. The NSA reportedly provided German agents with spying software in exchange for data sharing. Also, the BND and it domestic intelligence couterpart BfV were accused of assisting the NSA in its global surveillance programs.

by Oui on Sun May 30th, 2021 at 06:10:04 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:04:41 PM EST

by Cat on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 10:36:29 PM EST
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Water crisis `couldn't be worse' on Oregon-California border, map NOAA, NIDIS
Irrigators, meanwhile, reacted with disbelief as the news of a water shut-off in the canals spread. A newsletter published by the Klamath Water Users Association, which represents many of the region's farmers, blared the headline, "Worst Day in the History of the Klamath Project." Farmers reported already seeing dust storms that obscured vision for 100 yards (91 meters), and they worried about their wells running dry.

About 30 protesters showed up Thursday at the head gates of the main dam to protest the shut-off and ask the irrigation district to defy federal orders and divert the water. The Herald and News reported that they were with a group called People's Rights, a far-right organization founded by anti-government activist Ammon Bundy.

archived Sep 2020 drought
by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 02:33:51 PM EST
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San Francisco Sues State to Retain Access to Vital Water Supply
The city of San Francisco claims state regulators are singling out the city during a drought
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"In the middle of an extreme drought, the state should be working with us to ensure greater drought resiliency. Instead, the state's most recent effort -- done behind closed doors -- ignores the science and could leave us with virtually no water during a drought."
by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 04:11:31 PM EST
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And please ignore that body of water to the west of San Francisco.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 06:10:47 PM EST
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Dutch court orders Shell to cut its emissions by 45 percent by 2030
Dutch environmentalists have won a landmark court case that could have significant ramifications for the global climate movement and oil companies. On Wednesday, The Hague District Court ordered Royal Dutch Shell to reduce its carbon emissions by 45 percent by the end of the decade. After hearing both sides, a panel of judges determined the energy giant's climate plan was too vague. "[It] is not concrete, has many caveats and is based on monitoring social developments rather than the company's own responsibility for achieving a CO2 reduction," the court said.
by Bernard on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 06:16:41 PM EST
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I for one look forward to subsequent liquidation of carbon credit exchanges,

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 10:54:14 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 09:53:54 AM EST
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California was warned 30+ years ago the summer snow pack would reduce to nothing under Global Warming.  

They did nothing.

Now they're at the Fourth Stage of a Disaster: WHY DIDN'T SOMEBODY TELL ME THIS COULD HAPPEN!

The Previous Stages:

  1.  Those "experts" (sneer) don't know what they are talking about

  2.  OK, they know what they are talking about but it won't happen here

  3.  OK, it MAY happen here but it won't be as bad as they say


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 06:17:16 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:04:55 PM EST
In the French language, steps forward and back for women
Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French speakers to make the language more inclusive by feminizing some words.

Specifically, the education minister's decree targets what is arguably the most contested and politicized letter in the French language -- "e." Simply put, "e" is the language's feminine letter, used in feminine nouns and their adjectives and, sometimes, when conjugating verbs.

But proponents of women's rights are also increasingly adding "e" to words that normally wouldn't have included that letter, in a conscious -- and divisive -- effort to make women more visible.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 06:43:36 PM EST
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Blanquer, our Minister of Education, is a pathetic joke. Oh, and also an insecure white male (but you knew that).
by Bernard on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:07:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 10:25:09 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 08:47:17 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 08:56:36 PM EST
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Guardian
The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2019 Melinda, 56, hired a team of lawyers from several high profile law firms to discuss a possible divorce. The Journal said several of its sources had said Melinda was concerned about her husband's business dealings with Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal charges related to sex trafficking.
"Business dealings". I supposed Bill just helped Epstein install Windows on his PC.
Melinda is said to have expressed unease at Bill's relationship with Epstein since at least 2013. Her meeting with divorce lawyers in October 2019 is said to have taken place at roughly the same time as a New York Times article detailed Bill's meetings with Epstein, which included an overnight stay at Epstein's New York mansion.
"Overnight"? It  does sometimes take some time to install Windows.

I assume that she is getting a good settlement, to avoid the need to discuss in court his difficulties in installing Windows on a PC.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 07:18:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 02:55:51 AM EST
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I would be pretty content with 1%
by asdf on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 03:57:09 PM EST
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This is the kind of thing that happens when people elect an ignorant hick bigot to lead the country.

Coronavirus variants are spreading in India -- what scientists know so far

Evidence is growing that one variant first detected in India might be more transmissible and slightly better at evading immunity than existing variants. Animal models also hint that it might be able to cause more severe disease. Researchers want to know if this variant and others might be driving the second wave and what kind of danger they pose globally.

In just a few weeks, the B.1.617 variant has become the dominant strain across India and has spread to about 40 nations, including the United Kingdom, Fiji and Singapore.



She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun May 16th, 2021 at 03:53:03 PM EST
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See also, Brazil (Federative Republic of) and, until a few months ago, America (United States of).
by Bernard on Sun May 16th, 2021 at 06:51:42 PM EST
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Yesterday at the ACS Data Users Conference, the Census Bureau described its plans to replace the American Community Survey (ACS) microdata with "fully synthetic" data over the next three years. Details of the methodology have not been disclosed, but the idea is to develop models describing the interrelationships of all the variables in the ACS, and then construct a simulated population consistent with those models. ...
by Cat on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 06:57:05 PM EST
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On the fact of it: a really stupid decision


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 22nd, 2021 at 05:05:43 PM EST
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"face"

sigh


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

by ATinNM on Sat May 22nd, 2021 at 08:45:04 PM EST
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APsplainin ye olde transformations of teh data
Conservatives aim at Census' method for uncounted households
When U.S. Census Bureau workers couldn't find out any information about some households after repeatedly mailing them questionnaire reminders and sending census takers to knock on their doors, the statisticians turned to an OBSCURE [?!], last-resort [?!] statistical technique known as "imputation."

Imputation involves using information about neighbors with similar characteristics to fill in [BWAH!] head counts or demographic characteristics for households lacking data.

confidence interval
The Census Bureau has been using the technique on households since the 1960 census, and it was challenged and upheld in courts after censuses in 1980 and 2000. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Census Bureau can't use sampling -- a method of using a subset of people to estimate characteristics of the whole population -- but the justices have said that imputation is different from sampling.
by Cat on Sun May 30th, 2021 at 11:00:48 PM EST
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In other words,
whereas Mideast locales rate individual country labels, Africa is only referred to as a continental monolith - and, by imputation, only as adjunct to, or setting for, a presumed Islamist threat.
by Cat on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 02:28:50 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 03:26:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 10:57:19 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:05:07 PM EST
G7 has agreed, the SARS-CoV-19 pandemic is fini.
by Cat on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 06:26:19 PM EST
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article
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 10:37:52 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 09:55:35 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 08:17:50 PM EST
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31 May 1921:

by Bernard on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 02:00:20 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Jun 1st, 2021 at 09:15:41 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:05:24 PM EST
Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border
A local history enthusiast was walking in the forest when he noticed the stone marking the boundary between the two countries had moved 2.29m (7.5ft).

The Belgian farmer, apparently annoyed by the stone in his tractor's path, had moved it inside French territory.

Instead of causing international uproar, the incident has been met with smiles on both sides of the border.

"I was happy, my town was bigger," the Belgian mayor added with a laugh. "But the mayor of Bousignies-sur-Roc didn't agree."

The farmer will now be asked to move the stone back to its original position.

"We should be able to avoid a new border war," the amused mayor of the neighbouring French village, Aurélie Welonek, told La Voix du Nord.

Local Belgian authorities plan to contact the farmer to ask him to return the stone to its original location.

by Bernard on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 07:47:12 PM EST
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