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October 2022

by Bernard Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:02:10 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:03:00 PM EST
French "vice-president" indicted
The top official in Emmanuel Macron's office has been charged with a conflict of interest.

The move against Alexis Kohler, who holds one of France's most powerful jobs as Élysée secretary general, came hours after another ally of the French president, the justice minister, Éric Dupond-Moretti, was ordered to stand trial in a separate case, also over a conflict of interest.

Kohler is accused over his professional and family links with the Italian-Swiss shipping firm Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which is run by his mother's cousins, prosecutor Jean-François Bohnert said in a statement.

On Monday, Kohler "categorically denied any wrongdoing", his lawyer said, while an official in Macron's office said Kohler remained in his post.

Basically this guy is Macron's ghost-president. All of the stuff that requires a Presidential decision but that the boss hasn't got time for, runs over Kohler's desk. It has been widely speculated that he would be nominated for a big ministry or Prime Minister, but Macron would never do that, he needs him (probably doesn't trust anyone else, probably wise in that respect).

He has intervened several times in arbitrages that just happen to work out really well for MSC, his family bisiness.

Also indicted this week : justice minister Éric Dupond-Moretti, by the special jurisdiction "Cour de Justice de la République", which is a boondoggle where parliamentarians judge their peers, to create the illusion that ministers and parliamentarians are not immune to justice, i.e. it wasn't actually supposed to be ever used against a sitting minister : D-M is the first.

No sooner was he nominated Minister for Justice in 2020 than he started disciplinary hearings against magistrates in the recently established anticorruption jurisdiction (PNF, Parquet national financier). Those magistrates had pursued inquiries against Sarkozy rather vigourously, at a time when Dupond-Moretti was... one of Sarko's lawyers.

Triumph for the independence of the groslly-underfunded French justice system : It was only a matter of time before these two offenders got pinched.

(Sarkozy, on the other hand, ought to be spending the rest of his days behind bars, but the various cases against him will probably be extinguished when he dies of old age.)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 11:02:12 AM EST
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Bloomberg Tax | Russian Oil Price Cap Is Weeks-Not-Months Away, US Treasury Says, 4 Oct pay wall
The Group-of-Seven industrialized economies are within weeks of announcing a formal cap on the price of Russian oil, according to a US Treasury official.

The step will be announced "substantially before Dec. 5," Ben Harris, US Treasury's assistant secretary for economic policy, said on the sidelines of the Argus European Crude Conference in Geneva on Tuesday. That's the date when aggressive European Union sanctions on Russian oil exports are due to enter into force.

yahoo! sports Reuters | U.S. Treasury seeks three-phased Russian fuel price cap, 4 Oct
"The price cap can be considered a release valve on the (EU) sanctions package," he said. "It transforms the ban from an absolute ban to a conditional ban."
oilprice.com | Here's How The U.S. Wants To Structure The Russian Oil Price Cap, 4 Oct
The G7 group of the most industrialized nations will first target Russia's crude oil, then move on to include diesel at a second stage, and lower-value products such as naphtha in the third phase, Harris said at the Argus European Crude Conference in Geneva on Tuesday.
S&P Global Commodity Insights
• Platts excludes Russian-origin cargoes from CPC Blend assessments, amends FOB netback calculations, effective Oct. 3, 2022
• Platts excludes Russian-origin product from European 3.5%S FO, feedstocks assessments, Oct. 3, 2022

'World should be worried' by lack of spare oil output capacity: Aramco CEO, 4 Oct
"Nasser reiterated his concern that the global oil market is focusing on short-term economic fears of a global recession rather than supply fundamentals....rising inflation is also impacting upstream project costs."

archived 22 Sep "chief sanctions economist", 9 Sep rackeeteering, 2 Sep S&P price discovery
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 06:29:44 PM EST
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Bloomberg | OPEC's Capacity for Shock and Awe Is Limited, 4 Mar 2020
"Another oil production cut would mainly be another signal of weakness."

OPEC | OPEC daily basket price stood at $92.13 a barrel Tuesday, 04 October 2022

Al Jazeera | OPEC+ plans major oil production cut despite US pressure, 5 Oct

OPEC+ is considering cuts of one million to two million barrels per day, sources told Reuters, with several sources saying cuts could be closer to two million.
OPEC | 33rd OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, 5 Oct agreed
3. Adjust downward the overall production by 2 mb/d, from the August 2022 required production levels, starting November 2022 for OPEC and Non-OPEC Participating Countries as per the attached table.

OPEC 60th Anniversary GRAPHIC WARNING: Let us help you "skim" moar "cream" off excess "energy" profits!
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 04:07:07 PM EST
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CNBC | German minister criticizes U.S. over 'astronomical' natural gas prices, 5 Oct
"Some countries, including friendly ones, sometimes achieve astronomical prices [for their gas]. Of course, that brings with it problems that we have to talk about," Economy Minister Robert Habeck told regional German paper NOZ in an interview published Wednesday which was ["]translated["] by NBC News. He called for more ["]solidarity["] from the U.S. when it comes to assisting its energy-pressed allies in Europe.
< wipes tears >
"The United States contacted us when oil prices shot up, and the national oil reserves in Europe were tapped as a result. I think such ["]solidarity["] would also be good for curbing gas prices," he said. CNBC contacted the White House for a response to the comments and is awaiting a reply.
cap off the curb or in the gutter? storm drain? wut
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 08:26:21 PM EST
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whitehouse | Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and NEC Director Brian Deese, 5 Oct gangsta balling
maintaining a global supply of energy is of PARAMOUNT importance, this decision will have the most negative impact on lower- and middle-income countries that are already reeling from [Inflation Reduction Act] elevated energy [racketeering] prices.

The President's work here at home, and with allies around the world, has helped to bring down U.S. gas prices: since the beginning of the summer, gas prices are down $1.20 - and the most common price at gas stations today is $3.29/gallon. At the President's direction, the Department of Energy will deliver another 10 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to the market next month, continuing the historic releases the President ordered in March. The President will continue to direct SPR releases as appropriate to protect American consumers and promote energy security, and he is directing the Secretary of Energy to explore any additional responsible actions to continue increasing domestic production in the immediate term.[...]
In light of today's action, the Biden Administration will also consult with Congress on additional tools and authorities to reduce OPEC's CONTROL over energy prices their oil production and supply.

Finally, today's announcement is a reminder of why it is so critical that the United States reduce its reliance on foreign sources of fossil fuels. With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the U.S. is now poised to make the most significant investment ever in ...

"A YUGE Narrative"

by reducing "excess capacity" < wipes tears >
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 10:50:40 PM EST
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Nord-Stream | Incident at the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline (updated on 04/10/2022)
To date, Nord Stream AG is unable to inspect the damaged sections of the gas pipeline due to the lack of previously requested necessary permits.

In particular, according to the statement of the Swedish authorities, in order to conduct a state investigation in the Baltic Sea area around the damage sites, a ban on navigation, anchoring, diving, the use of guided underwater vehicles, geophysical mapping, etc. has been introduced.

According to information received from the Danish authorities, Nord Stream AG's request for a survey could take more than 20 business days to process.
In addition, the owner of the vessel, chartered by Nord Stream AG and equipped with the necessary equipment for the survey, reported that at present there is no permission from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to depart for the work site.

[VO:OBAMA, May 29, 2009; MONTAGE: inauguration, WH interiors] We count on computer networks to deliver our oil and gas, our power, and our water. We rely on them for public transportation and air trafic control. But just as we failed in the past to invest in our physical infrastructure, our roads, our bridges, and rails, we failed to invest in the security of our digital infrastructure.
DAVID SANGER, NYT: He was running East Room events trying to get people to focus on the need to defend cyber networks and defend American infrastructure. But when you asked questions about the use of offensive cyber weapons, everything went dead. No cooperation. White House wouldn't help, Pentagon wouldn't help, NSA wouldn't help. Nobody would talk to you about it. But when you dug into the budget for syber spending during the Obama administration [VISUAL, fascimile leaked by Edward Snowden] what you discovered was much of it was being spent on offensive cyber weapons. [VISUAL, facsimile detail: "budget of $52.6 billion"]. You see phrases lik "Title 10 CNO." Title 10 means operations for the US military, and CNO means Computer Network Operations. This is considerable evidencee that stuxnet was just the opening wedge of what is a much broader US government effort now to develop an entire new class of weapons.
Zero Days
by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 01:13:20 AM EST
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Nord Stream: Schweden lässt gemeinsame Pipeline-Ermittlungen platzen - DER SPIEGEL
Schweden, Dänemark und Deutschland werden anders als geplant keine gemeinsame Ermittlungsgruppe zur Untersuchung der Lecks an den Nord-Stream-Pipelines bilden. Nach SPIEGEL-Informationen lehnte Schweden die Einrichtung eines internationalen »Joint Investigation Team« (JIT) ab. Nach Angaben aus Sicherheitskreisen soll Schweden die Ablehnung damit begründet haben, dass die Sicherheitseinstufung seiner Ermittlungsergebnisse zu hoch sei, um diese mit anderen Staaten zu teilen.

The secrecy level of Sweden's investigation results are "too high" to allow for a joint investigation team.
by generic on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 07:02:55 AM EST
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Why does nobody say what they really think around here any more?
OK, I'll think out loud, and argue with myself, because I'm in two minds.

The obvious suspect is the US, because the current administration would prefer to cut Europe's energy dependency on Russia which has been so patiently nurtured by the SPD over recent decades; and the current war is a good opportunity in that respect.

But the obvious question then is : why did they leave one of the Nord Stream 2 pipelines intact? (Please discuss)

The only other obvious suspect is Russia (unless Ukraine has a naval presence in the Baltic that I don't know about). But why would Putin (of all people!) do such a crazy thing?
A few days ago he proposed/teased Germany with the prospect of opening the remaining NS2 pipe.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 10:08:36 AM EST
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But Swedish silence certainly swings the balance towards the first option.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 10:09:20 AM EST
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If I had to guess I'd say "rogue" elements in the Ukrainian state security complex, and the closer you look, the less "rogue" they appear. More a wink and a nod from Washington than a planned operation. The how done it would look somewhat like that:
BALTOPS 22: A Perfect Opportunity for Research and Resting New Technology  - Seapower
BALTIC SEA -- A significant focus of BALTOPS every year is the demonstration of NATO mine hunting capabilities, and this year the U.S. Navy continues to use the exercise as an opportunity to test emerging technology, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs said June 14.

In support of BALTOPS, U.S. Navy 6th Fleet partnered with U.S. Navy research and warfare centers to bring the latest advancements in unmanned underwater vehicle mine hunting technology to the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the vehicle's effectiveness in operational scenarios.

Experimentation was conducted off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark, with participants from Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, and Mine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring all under the direction of U.S. 6th Fleet Task Force 68.

So Bornholm is where you go to train for demining

Ukraine to Get Undersea Minehunter Drones as Black Sea Battle Continues

Ukraine is to be equipped with undersea minehunter drones in order to help the country clear its coastline amid the ongoing war with Russia in the Black Sea.

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) made the announcement in a statement on Saturday and also noted that Ukrainian personnel would be trained in the use of the minehunters.

and the Ukrainians got demining drones and training. Maybe there's a fundamental difference between blowing up a mine and a pipeline, but I don't think so?

If we're looking for possible suspects you could try Poland. Very pro war-effort and lately pretty hostile to Germany. They also got their own pipeline from Norway finished within days of the sabotage.
No idea if the math works out, the volume is comparably small, but a lot of German industry already produces in Poland and if gas or energy was somehow markedly cheaper some interests there might make out handsomely.

I more or less would discount Russia. Why blow up the pipeline if you have a button that accomplishes the same result for free? And what could Russia gain from pumping gas through NS2 instead of NS1? If you want to make demands for pumping gas, again, you have a button. Pretend that the turbines are broken again, whatever. Most of the "how Russia did it" stories rely on some pretty 11th Dimensional chess type of thinking. The best I could come up with is:
Russia is extremely committed to not appear to renege on supply contracts.
They still want to increase pressure on Europe.
They blew up NS1 and one pipe of 2 as cover.

The thing is that NATO effectively controls the crime scene so that would be quite a risky cloak and dagger move and as far as I know Russia really hasn't even been accused of anything like it before. A lot of claims about attempted, but failed poisonings, and unlikely computer crimes, but no heavy sabotage of critical infrastructure in one of the most tightly controlled sea regions of the world.

by generic on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 12:07:13 PM EST
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There ya go.
I was looking into that soviet divorce and custody story last week...on account of Baltic Pipeline System leak.
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 01:22:12 PM EST
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under the radar
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 04:26:57 PM EST
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Belarus is [checks map] not a naval power (and therefore, Belarussian is not a language, cf GK passim)

Motive, check. Opportunity, ?. Means, nah.
Next suspect.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 06:08:17 PM EST
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Which leak are you investigating?
Morawiecki intimated, "Many clues point to the Kremlin." But Mateusz Berger, Poland's secretary of state in charge of strategic energy infrastructure contradicted him a day later. After PERN had ruled out ""third-party interference".
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 09:41:22 PM EST
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oh ok. I didn't know there was a leak in the Polish pipeline. Not widely reported.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 09:43:48 AM EST
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OK, thanks.
The Ukrainian government would no doubt have done it if it could. (No doubt a less legitimate target than the Kerch bridge, and it's hard to imagine them continuing to insult the German government for being slow and stingy with supplying weapons at the same time... because if the Ukrainians did it, the Germans undoubtedly know... And it's hard to imagine the Germans accelerating weapons delivery in that context)

But the Swedes know, so we will know one day (if we don't die first)

It seems a rather extreme move, because there is no real prospect of either partner wanting to restart deliveries in the short term anyway. Germany has already taken the economic hit, and knows that it can survive the winter (if there is one). So it's more of a long-term, geopolitical measure.

But that could point to Ukraine too, because the whole Nord Stream thing, 1 and 2, was only ever a means of routing around Ukraine (at a time when Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs shared responsibility and profits for messing with Europe's gas supply).

BUT I question the Ukrainian military's ability to do it.

Maybe there's a fundamental difference between blowing up a mine and a pipeline, but I don't think so?

500 kg payload? I don't think so. It's not like driving a truck over a bridge. Positioning several bombs that big requires a major presence, undetected. At the least, it requires active high-level local (or major power) assistance.

The thing is that NATO effectively controls the crime scene so that would be quite a risky cloak and dagger move

well, precisely...

and as far as I know Russia really hasn't even been accused of anything like it before.

Desperate times require desperate measures... and Putin must be getting pretty desperate. I can't see the advantage, short term or long term, of him shooting Russia in the foot like that. On the other hand, he surely knows that gas flows will not resume while he's in charge. And, against the evidence, Putin seems to cling to the idea that he can drive wedges between his adversaries, and bring Germany back towards neutrality. (But that ship has sailed.)

A lot of claims about attempted, but failed poisonings

What can I say?

It depends what you mean by "failed" -- the narrative is joke-and-dagger stuff - but Litvinenko did actually die of polonium poisoning. I'm aware that some don't believe that it was an FSB job -- if you are among them, could you point me to a summary of the counter-narrative?

But still. Questions of Russian technical competence aside, it would still be a strange thing to do.

Poland? Noted. Being in NATO gets them under the radar.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 03:33:58 PM EST
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I know there are claims and counter claims about the poisonings, but if you take everything Washington DC tells us at face value the Russians have been running a global assassination campaign for decades and managed to successfully kill exactly one guy with a lot of ridiculous misses.But sure, sneaking submarines through the Baltics is supposedly one of the few things that still got some funding after the collapse of the USSR, so who knows.
And, yeah, if Ukraine did it they had local, deniable, help. Supposedly the UK gave them the demining drones, and I certainly could see Boris or Truss signing off on blowing up critical infrastructure.
by generic on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 05:59:34 PM EST
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Russia Today got taken down in France/EU. But are you saying that Russia Today and kremlin.ru are the same thing?

Goodness me, how disrespectful!

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 09:55:46 AM EST
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OSLO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Norway police arrested a Russian man
at the airport in the arctic town of Tromsoe and charged him with flying a drone, they said on Saturday, marking the second such arrest in one week.

Police seized a large amount of photographic gear, including a drone and several memory cards, during Friday's arrest of the 51-year-old, who had admitted to flying a drone in Norway, police said.

Sanctions laws forbid Russian companies or citizens from operating aircraft in Norway.

"Among the seized material we have reviewed, we have seen pictures from the airport in Kirkenes and pictures of the defence forces' Bell helicopter," police prosecutor Jacob Bergh said in a statement.

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has also been involved in the case, Bergh said.

Police are seeking a court order to detain the man for a four-week period, they said.

The accused told police he entered Norway via the northern border point of Storskog on Thursday and was on his way to the arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

It marks the second arrest in one week of a Russian citizen for flying drones in Norway, with another man detained for an initial two week-period following an arrest at the Storskog border crossing.

Norway has increased its alertness levels following a number of drone sightings close to its oil and gas infrastructure in recent weeks and in response to the Sept. 26 leaks on the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

Obviously, Putin would be delighted if Norway couldn't produce so much oil and gas. But he can't just shoot them up with missiles, because NATO...

(also, good missiles are hard to find these days)

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 09:39:34 AM EST
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Normally, I wouldn't comment since very little facts are known and the fog of war is particularly thick.

But since this is apparently Wild Ass Speculation Sunday, what the heck...

USA, yeah, why not? But not much of an incentive since the Europeans are still backing off Russian gas and Putin has shut the spigot, official bullshit of "stable reliable private sector supplier" notwithstanding.

Ukraine? gotta be kidding: nothing focuses the mind like being invaded by an imperialist aggressor who denies your very existence as a nation and intends to just annex you, like Germany and Russia did to Poland during the 19th century and also in 1940. If Ukraine has any submarine action capability, they'd be fools not to use it in the Black Sea against Russia and there's ample evidence they are no fools.

Poland? Possible... Motives, yes; means, not sure; opportunity, certainly better than Ukraine.

Which leaves us with our favorite villain, Vladimir.

But why would Putin (of all people!) do such a crazy thing?

Why not? It would be a crazy thing for Russia to openly invade Ukraine and try to just annex it when the ongoing strategy of hybrid warfare, supporting "spontaneous" pro-Russian populations uprising with "little green men", creating fully "independent" republics who would in turn spontaneously declare that they have always dreamed of re-joining Mother USSR Russia. Crazy yes, but that sure didn't stop Vlad; now did it?.

The hybrid warfare is still continuing in parallel, and NS pipeline blowing up the very same day the Norway-Poland pipeline is inaugurated sends a very clear message: nice little underwater assets you have there... Putin's hope still hinges on the Europeans becoming tired of supporting Ukraine; ceasing sending weapons and ammos to Kiev, and trying to find some accommodation that would cement Russia's control on its neighbors.

Of course all of the above is written within the Wild Ass Speculation Sunday framework. The honest answer is: we don't know for sure and it will most likely take a long time to get the full picture.

One thing is certain though: those who say they know what happened are either lying or are deluding themselves.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 06:32:54 PM EST
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APsplainin Top EU official vows to 'stress test' pipelines after leaks, 5 Oct
The Danish and Swedish governments have said that several hundred pounds of explosives were used to damage the twin pipelines at two locations off Sweden and two off Denmark last week.
AP 30.09.22: Denmark and Sweden, meanwhile, said Friday that the explosions that rocked the Baltic Sea ahead of the huge methane leaks from the pipelines "probably corresponded to an explosive load of several hundred kilos (pounds)." The leaks occurred in international waters and "have caused plumes of gas rising to the surface," the two Scandinavian countries wrote in a letter to the United Nations....
"The detonations must be seen in the light of the deteriorating security situation in Europe. We have every reason to believe that this is deliberate sabotage," Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Wednesday. "At present, we cannot ensure which actor is responsible."
Danish authorities said the two leaks they were monitoring in international waters stopped over the weekend. One of the leaks off Sweden also appeared to have ended. The Swedish coast guard said Wednesday the size of the remaining leak from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was "somewhat smaller" and "gives the impression of decreasing." Sweden has deployed a vessel capable of advanced diving missions above the leak, although it was unclear when either a diver or a submarine would go down to do an inspection....
by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 02:13:22 AM EST
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interfa.ru | The operator of Nord Stream 2 reduced the pressure in the surviving gas pipeline, 10 Oct
Further steps will be determined based on the results of a survey of the gas pipeline and discussions with the involved government agencies, the company also noted.

On October 3, Gazprom announced that it was working to reduce pressure in line B of the SP2 gas pipeline. To do this, the company pumps out the natural gas in the pipe. This is expected to allow for a safe inspection of the integrity of the "B" line, as well as to reduce potential environmental risks in case of possible gas leaks.

The depressurization of two lines of the first Nord Stream and one of Nord Stream 2 near the Danish island of Bornholm occurred on September 26.

The first Nord Stream, with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, has been stopped at the moment due to the time between repairs by the engines of gas pumping stations, as well as breakdowns of compressor equipment that cannot be eliminated due to sanctions.

Gee. I wonder how they did that without counterfeit permits, 'copters, an oopaloompa submarine expedition, a ginormous shop vac, and a roll of duct tape.
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 05:44:15 PM EST
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Sputnik | Watch Mangled Wreckage of Nord Stream Pipeline in First Underwater Video at Explosion Site, 18 Oct MSM.se
Swedish media has published the first footage showing damage inflicted to one of Nord Stream's pipelines following last month's explosions. The footage, shot off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm by Expressen, shows a massive gash in one of the pipes, which looks almost as if its 41 mm coated steel wall was crudely opened by a giant can opener. Traces of a powerful explosion are also visible on the seabed floor.
by Cat on Tue Oct 18th, 2022 at 07:23:29 PM EST
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"Oil prices will rise more than the decrease in quantity, because oil is a necessary commodity and the demand curve is inelastic," explained Dr. Ahmed Al Ibrahim, a Riyadh-based political analyst."

by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 01:09:57 PM EST
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CNN | OPEC announces the biggest cut to oil production since the start of the pandemic, 5 Oct market power missing "plus"
The prospect of a production cut was framed as a "total disaster" in draft talking points circulated by the White House to the Treasury Department on Monday, which CNN obtained. "It's important everyone is aware of just how high the stakes are," one US official said.
(ceiling - 3M) - 2M
"An announced cut of any volume is unlikely to be fully implemented by all countries, as the group already lags 3 million barrels per day behind its stated production ceiling," Rystad Energy analyst Jorge Leon said in a note [of inummeracy].

Rystad Energy estimates that the global oil market will be oversupplied between now and the end of the year, dampening the effect of production cuts on prices.

by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 11:10:24 PM EST
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The Hill | Democrats excoriate Saudis over OPEC+ decision, 5 Oct Carnegie School of Diplomacy
"It's clear that OPEC+ is aligning with Russia with today's announcement"
"I thought the whole point of selling arms to the Gulf States despite their human rights abuses, nonsensical Yemen War, working against US interests in Libya, Sudan[,] etc, was that when an international crisis came, the Gulf could choose America over Russia/China"
"The Saudis need to be dealt with harshly. They are a third-rate power. We are the most powerful country in the world. I don't know why we kowtow to them"
Roll Call | OPEC production cuts add fuel to domestic energy debates, 5 Oct "net export" cartel
the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said the Biden administration should increase oil production to lower oil prices, which have carried over to raise the cost of food and other consumer goods.
Chris Van Ho of Maryland and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania called attention to their legislation to allow the administration to levy new economic sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers told the administration on Tuesday that it should not ban or limit [US] export of refined petroleum products in order to build domestic inventories of gasoline and diesel.
Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the U.S. should increase energy production in response to the announced OPEC cut highlights.
Sen. Edward J. Markey said he will introduce legislation to direct the president to consult with OPEC member nations and other non-OPEC oil-producing nations that coordinate with the bloc in an effort to break the OPEC's stranglehold over the global oil market.
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 11:54:19 PM EST
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OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; PLUS OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*

Readovka.news | US fails to intervene in OPEC+ decision to cut oil production, 5 Oct reality check

Unlike the White House, the world community was sure that at the OPEC+ meeting in Vienna there would be an agreement to reduce oil production per day. Recall that today, October 5, the OPEC+ Monitoring Committee agreed to reduce production by two million barrels per day.
Russian representative Alexander Novak ... stressed that in response to the EU-imposed ceiling on oil prices, the Russian Federation may further reduce the volume of produced raw materials, and that Moscow will not supply "black gold" to countries that have supported the ceiling on oil prices.
US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul commented on the news that Saudi Arabia and Russia were in favor of a sharp reduction in oil production, contrary to the opinion of the United States, extremely unambiguously: "Wow. Very unfriendly." Meanwhile, the United States Senate approved the NOPEC anti-[trust] bill, the essence of which is to empower American courts to consider antitrust lawsuits against OPEC+ member countries. In fact, the US wants to invalidate the deals of the OPEC+ countries to reduce oil production and set prices.
Oct 5, 2022 McFaul 3:15 AM, McFaul 11:19 AM, McFaul 1:39 PM, McFaul 2:53 PM

archived WORLDEST BIGGEST Net-EXPORTER farce, June 2022 antitrust farce , The Embargo That Must Not be Named

by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 12:53:11 AM EST
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Reuters | Yellen says Russian oil price cap in $60 range would allow Moscow some profit, 12 Oct mighty white woman approval
Yellen said that Russia has been willing to produce and sell oil in the $60 range over the past five to seven years.
"The objective is to protect the world from the consequences of a global spike in oil prices," Yellen said of the price cap G7 prix fixe and bid-rigging.
No *flation! NO Index! NO CAPES!!

PLUS | Joint IMFC and Development Committee Statement by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen, 13 Oct

While the Ukrainian people pay the highest price, Russia's actions also place immense pressure on a global economy still recovering from the scarring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and on people well beyond Europe's shores. The IMF and World Bank play unique roles in helping countries around the world respond to these shocks while collaborating to provide UNPRECEDENTED financing.
It is critical that IFIs ["international financial institutions"] provide tailored policy advice ["structural adjustment programming"] and targeted financing and technical support, alongside capacity development, to support low-income countries facing spillovers from Russia's war, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other shocks. To this end, I welcome continued efforts to further finance the IMF's Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT). The United States recently contributed $70 million [!] to the PRGT's subsidy reserve account, and the Biden Administration continues to work [?] with our Congress to lend up to $21 billion [!] to the PRGT and the Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST). I strongly support the IMF's work to operationalize the RST by the end of this year, including the health window [?], and urge continued collaboration with the World Bank on the careful design of its conditions. ...
no jubilee
by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 05:34:37 PM EST
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yahoo! Reuters | Ukraine's Marchenko to chair IMF, World Bank governing boards in 2023, 14 Oct
The shareholders of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Friday selected Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko as the next rotating chair of the boards of governors of both institutions in 2023.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the war's G7 sanctions' massive impact on the global economy have dominated this year's meetings, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urging international donors to provide $55 billion in additional funding next year to keep his country's economy running and fund some initial reconstruction.
World Bank President David Malpass told shareholders of both institutions on Friday that the World Bank Group had mobilized $13 billion in emergency funding for Ukraine since the war began, including grants, guarantees, and linked parallel financing from the United States, Britain, Europe and Japan.

"I remain horrified by Russia's actions and call for Russian forces to leave Ukraine," Malpass said in his most explicit remarks on the war to date....

archived deck chairs in Merkel for President?
by Cat on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 12:30:20 AM EST
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Ukraine's finance minister warns of inflation if $37.9bn fiscal needs not funded, 25 Oct
the Ukrainian government has resorted to ["]printing money["] to finance its defence and other state expenditure.

"Our biggest funder is the National Bank of Ukraine," [2023 IMF-WB BoD chair Serhiy] Marchenko told experts and diplomats gathered in Berlin for the Ukraine Reconstruction Conference.
This year, Ukrainian inflation is predicted to amount to around 30% and it is expected to remain at such elevated levels for next year as well. The portion of the public budget funded directly by borrowed by UA.gov from the central bank has decreased since its high point in June, however, some import tariffs have been reinstated and some international budget support has become a little more predictable.

Germany to end conversion of Ukrainian currency to euros on Oct. 30
The move has been agreed with Ukraine's central bank, they said on Monday. Initially brisk demand has diminished considerably, and only very few transactions have been carried out recently, said the statement.
25.10.22 parity watch UAH:EUR, 1:0.027
Economist Guntram Wolff, who heads the German Council on Foreign Relations, [unexpectedly] agreed that the missing funds should not be financed via further budget cuts, as this would hamper the future growth of Ukraine. Instead, he argued that support for the country should at least partly be funded through
joint European borrowing
Germany, the Netherlands and others strongly oppose such a move, saying there is plenty of still unused money in the EU's €800 billion pandemic recovery fund that the bloc is already jointly borrowing...
Germany pushes back on joint-debt plan as EU's energy fight deepens
Breton and Gentiloni made their call in an op-ed published in a series of EU newspapers on Monday night....
Most experts at the Ukrainian reconstruction conference agreed that the budget shortfall had to be covered by outside actors lenders and grantors.
brusselreport.eu | A closer look at the EU's new murky joint borrowing schemes, 31 Mar 2021
The EU's "recovery fund" is simply yet another attempt to refuel the European economies with the help of transfers, even if now, also non-Eurozone countries will profit from it, which is very worrying, given how sensitive to corruption some of their national administrations are.
A key aspect of the "recovery fund" is that is funded by loans jointly issued by EU member states. This has been dubbed "Europe's Hamiltonian moment", seemingly ignoring [Alexander] Hamilton wasn't all that great. < wipes tears >
The particular question of who would be actually lending the money to the EU also applies to another scheme involving joint EU borrowing, called "Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency" (SURE), amounting to €100 billion euro. For this, the EU Commission has already borrowed [from] the markets, and EU Commission President von der Leyen now goes around boasting how the EU has been lending some of this cash to Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and others....
archived European Peace Facility, supplemental EU 2019-2024 Budget fianancing?
by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 10:39:58 PM EST
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Worldometers.info (2016) GRAPHIC WARNING: accounting for about 0.01% of the world's total oil reserves

DW | Germany-Spain summit: Pyrenees pipeline project is of 'paramount importance, 5 Oct dont-say-Algeria-Libya-Morocco-OPEC+-TurkStream-Azerbaijan-or-arbitrage

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz presented a united front on reviving a gas pipeline project that would require support from France. Sanchez and Scholz met Wednesday following a day of bilateral talks that were dominated by RUSSIA invasion of UKRAINE and energy ["questions and] concerns in Europe.
One of the biggest topics was Spain and Germany's determination to develop a pipeline across the Pyrenees mountain range. "Thus, the construction of a sufficiently big HYDROGEN-READY gas pipeline across the Pyrenees to be operative by 2025 < wipes tears> is of paramount importance in order to achieve a truly ROBUST internal energy market within the EU, accelerate the green transition and reinforce EU's strategic autonomy," states a draft action plan seen by DW.
Germany and Spain also underscored their commitment to a "feminist foreign policy" aimed at strengthening rights and representation for women and marginalized [minority] groups.
archived Baerbock Brings Feminists Foreign Policy to Europe, New Age Baerbock's Transatlantik Moment, FIFTH WAVE is a void

OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; PLUS OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*
DW | EU agrees Russian oil price cap racketeering in new sanctions package, 5 Oct WWIII update

"The package contains: Prohibition of maritime transport of Russian oil to third countries above the oil price cap and a ban on related services," the Czech Republic said in a statement on Twitter....
especially the "marginalized" ones in G7 debt up to their eyeballs who can afford neither to sanction "Russian-origni" trade nor pay US-denominated price of OPEC+ and N.A. petroleum products and armaments!
Other measures within the package include expanding curbs on Russian goods, including cigarettes, steel products, paper, machinery and other goods. Providing IT, engineering and legal services "to Russian entities" would also be banned.

The package must still go through a final approval process. If no objections arise, the sanctions will be published and go into effect on Thursday [6 Oct].

How has the package been received?
[G7 feminist ICON] European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the agreement on the sanctions package...

discounting "discount" price of Urals crude and feedstock
How would the oil price cap impact Russia?
In enacting such a cap, the EU hopes to make Moscow sell its oil abroad for less, particularly to large overseas customers such as India [which already buys discount/bbl with rubles, because gov.in has not sanctioned RF trade and EU "embargo" rationing liberated "excess" quantities of "Russian-origin" commodities formerly contracted for sale to EU27 and US refineries on the DL!]

The result would reduce Russia's energy profits, which the Ukrainian government says it is using to fund the war.

DW | Russian launches to ISS from United States on SpaceX flight, 5 Oct "women and marginalized minority" sanction waiver
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 06:43:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 06:46:46 PM EST
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Six EU countries call for ambitious cyber defence policy, document, 30 Sep
AT, FI, FR, NL, ES, RO jobs saved or created by NSA

von der Leyen hails new gas interconnector bringing 'freedom from Russia', 30 Sep f* Armenia
1-5 bcm/year gas piped from Azerbaijan by 2027

France and Germany outline priorities for upcoming EU Raw Materials Act, 30 Sep WWII booty call
archived UNCTAD "vulnerable" member "host countries"

by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 08:05:36 PM EST
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euractiv | IMF chief tells EU to drop energy price caps idea, 14 Oct
"semi-cash" has entered the room.
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 03:07:47 PM EST
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The fact of the matter is that the OPEC decision virtually derails the Biden Administration's pet project to impose a price cap on Russia's oil exports. Simply put, that hare-brained project, conceived by the US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, flounders if oil prices remain high.
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 01:51:47 PM EST
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not that price cap, the other one.
DW | Indonesian gig "platform workers" suffer amid rising fuel prices, 13 Oct A/V
Drivers working for popular ride-hailing apps are struggling to make ends meet as the government slashes fuel subsidies [aka IMF verboten price cap] at a time of soaring global energy prices.
archived platform worker entered the room, Jan 2022
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 02:04:17 PM EST
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euractiv | [anudder] LEAK: EU leaders to discuss 'dynamic price limit' for gas, among other options, 17 Oct transformation of de data
The proposal will include a "dynamic price limit" for transactions on the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF), the index that is being used as the main benchmark for gas traded in the EU, according to a draft version of the proposal, obtained by EURACTIV.

"This will help avoid extreme volatility and price hikes, as well as speculation which could lead to difficulties in the supply of natural gas to some Member States," the draft proposal says.

Mommy. What is a commodity swap?
A kind of cream, Sugarpuff
The latest draft EU summit conclusions showed that the leaders would agree to "explore a temporary dynamic price corridor" on natural gas until an alternative EU gas price benchmark < wipes tears > is in place.
the Commission proposes to move forward with joint gas purchasing at EU level ahead of next year's winter and until 2025. This would be achieved by "a mandatory participation by member states in the EU demand aggregation for at least 15% of their storage filling volume," it says.
Read the full draft proposal from the European Commission below or download here

Russia's unjustified military aggression against Ukraine and its weaponisation of energy have provoked an unprecedented energy crisis. They have caused a sharp rise in energy prices and compromised our security of energy supply. Russia's decision to cut-off of supply through the Nord Stream1 has brought this crisis to a new stage....

S&P | JKM LNG benchmark hits record high on global gas supply tightness, winter demand, 30 Sep
"JKM supported by European gas prices, portfolio optimization"

archived pegging the TTF to the JKM Asian benchmark as a dynamic cap, If Europe sets The Price Cap 5 percent higher than [JKM] Asia [index], Our sanctions don't affect...

by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 06:07:37 PM EST
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politico.eu.com | , 18 Oct "real Energy Union" bid-rigging
to aggregate roughly 15 percent of their gas demand [sic] for next year. EU countries could then negotiate gas deals [sic] jointly with third parties through a consortium and avoid competition for gas [sic] between capitals
Until the new benchmark is ready, the Commission has proposed implementing a "market correction mechanism" for transactions on the current Dutch TTF hub during "episodes of extreme prices."
The Commission also wants to bring in "default rules on solidarity" that would apply when critical gas-fired power plants or households risk severe shortages. EU countries would have 12 hours to respond to a solidarity request from another country and three days to fulfil[l] it in exchange for adequate compensation.

EU leaders are slated to discuss the measures at a European Council summit that begins Thursday.

The Netherlands to leave embattled Energy Charter Treaty
Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy Rob Jetten announced the decision in the parliament on Tuesday. Spain made a similar call last week, with Poland also in the process of withdrawal. Italy has quit.
The deal has been under fire for the protections it offers to fossil fuel projects, allowing investors to sue governments in closed tribunals over policies directed at cutting emissions.
An attempt by the EU to reform the deal was resisted by the other members of the 50-plus-country treaty. The EU and U.K. instead won exemptions* that allowed them to phase out protections for coal, oil[,] and gas over 10 years....
Directorate-General for Energy, "Regulation proposal: Enhancing solidarity through better coordination of gas purchases, exchanges of gas across borders[,] and reliable price benchmarks," 3 pp budget per member state
[Table a] Maximum critical gas volumes for electricity security of supply pursuant to Article 27 for the period between December 2022 to March 2023
[Table b] Maximum critical gas volumes for electricity security of supply pursuant to Article 27 for the period between April 2023 to December 2023
Directorate-General for Energy,"Regulation proposal: Enhancing solidarity through better coordination of gas ...price benchmarks," 74 pp Explanatory Memorandum
Reasons for and objectives of the proposal
Responses to a changing context
Russia's unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine and its weaponisation of energy supplies has exposed the Union's dependency on Russian fossil fuels, tested our tools to ensure security of supply, and driven energy prices to unprecedented levels....
Consolidated Version of the Energy Charter Treaty, 1991
(manifold regards preceding th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution)

* contracting parties range between gov.EU, EU27 member states, EU27 member candidates, COE.int member states, and "third-party" trade partners' sunset stipulations

by Cat on Tue Oct 18th, 2022 at 11:00:03 PM EST
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July Mink Comish Climax
Reuters | Danish PM avoids impeachment over illegal mink cull
Nord.news | Poll Smoke: Støjberg ready to return to the Folketing, Danish People's Party on the edge
According to the poll, the Social Democrats stand to get 21.7 percent of the vote - a decrease of 2.9 percentage points compared to the previous poll and 4.2 percentage points from the election in 2019. This corresponds to a loss of nine seats in the Folketing.

Blue block is growing

According to the opinion poll, Støjberg's resurgence - and Frederiksen's fall - could give the `blue bloc' the opportunity to recapture the Folketing....

Nord.news | Elections have not yet been called when the Danish Parliament opens, 4 Oct offense
At least not today, although she gave several indications that she would in the near future...probably this week.

War in Europe
She began her speech by saying goodbye to three giants in Danish politics - Bertel Haarder, Marianne Jelved and Henrik Dam Kristensen - who have all announced that they want to retire from politics. ...

by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 12:02:59 AM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Denmark to hold early election in November save the date: 1 Nov
the start of a historically exciting and chaotic election campaign ... in the wake of a scandal over the slaughter of the country's entire 17-million mink population in 2020.
Denmark is renowned for having one of the EU's strictest immigration policies, including a rule granting border officials the authority to seize valuables to cover the cost of new arrivals' stay. More recently, Denmark announced a plan that would see asylum seekers transferred to an offshore facility in Rwanda while their claims are processed.
by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 12:02:05 AM EST
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General Elections in European member states, COE.int calendar

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
ICYMI: No problem!

The 306 representatives and 306 substitutes are appointed by national parliaments from among their members. Each country, depending on its population, has between two and eighteen representatives, who provide a balanced reflection of the political forces represented in the national parliament.
or 318
or 324
Slava Ukraini!
by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 07:02:40 PM EST
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APsplainin: "Sweden Democrats was founded in the 1980s by people who had been active in right-wing extremist groups, including neo-Nazis."
by Cat on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 05:40:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 05:55:20 PM EST
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He seems to be a bit old, but I guess Ukrainian recruitment standards have been lowered quite a bit, so he could give it a shot?
by generic on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 06:24:09 PM EST
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Same schizophrenic opinions were voiced by Israel contra Poland, Estonia, Ukraine and Hungary, et al. ... not in our friendly neighborhood ...

Population 259,000,000 with 34% or 88 million harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 07:11:45 PM EST
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Aftonbladet | Tobias Billström scraps feminist foreign policy, 19 Oct interview
Kommer du att bedriva en feministisk utrikespolitik som din föregångare kallat det?
- Jämställdheten mellan man och kvinna är ett kärnvärde för både Sverige och den här regeringen, men nej, vi kommer inte att bedriva en feministisk utrikespolitik. Den etiketten har inte fyllt något vidare bra syfte och den har skymt framför allt det faktum att svensk utrikespolitik måste grunda sig i frågan vad som är svenska värden och svenska intressen.
Han vill inte svara på frågan om UD varit för aktivistiskt utan säger i stället:
- Så länge som statsförvaltningen har tjänstemän som agerar med utgångspunkt ifrån en lojalitet med det faktum att vi byter politiker i Sverige och att de politiker som kommer in ersätter de som går ut och att de har andra uppfattningar så är jag nöjd....
Sputnik | Fruits of Feminist Foreign Policy, 19 Oct Margot Wallström lulz
Lastly, Wallström was criticized for never fulfilling former Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's previous promise to recognize the Armenian genocide of 1915.

The Swedish delegation to Iran was also roasted on social media for donning headscarves during their 2017 trip to Iran, with critics, including former Liberals leader Jan Björklund calling the appearance "ruinous for the feminist foreign policy".

At the same time the label "feminist" has been slammed for being used too liberally in Swedish politics and social life, to the point of being rendered meaningless. For instance, Swedish officials and journalists have been promoting "feminist snow plowing" and "feminist urban design", drawing ridicule online.

consilium | Armenia-Azerbaijan: EU sets up [European Political Community], 17 Oct
The Council today decided to deploy up to 40 EU monitoring experts along the Armenian side of the international border with Azerbaijan with the objective of monitoring, analysing and reporting on the situation in the region. This decision follows the ["]quadrilateral meeting["] between President Aliyev, Prime Minister Pashinyan, President Macron and President Michel on 6 October, and is aimed at facilitating the restoration of peace and security in the area, the building of confidence and the delimitation of the international border between the two states....
archived LIST of participants, Annalena Baerbock in McCarthyism In Support of a NWO, Azerbaijan has a tremendous potential in renewable energy in Baerbock Brings Feminists Foreign Policy to Europe, FIFTH WAVE
by Cat on Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 04:35:14 PM EST
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ARM | Armenian PM confirms participation in a trilateral meeting proposed by Russia's Putin, 26 Oct
"There was an invitation by the Russian President to hold a trilateral meeting in Sochi on October 31, and I have confirmed my participation. To be honest, I have no information whether the Azerbaijani side has confirmed the participation or not," PM Pashinyan said at a Q&A session at the National Assembly.  

Asked about the expectations from the meeting, he said a trilateral meeting in that format was last held in November 2021, and added that the main expectations are connected with the assessment and interpretation of the developments that have taken place in this period.

TASS | Armenia wants to sign peace treaty with Azerbaijan by end of year, 26 Oct
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday during his speech in the parliament.·

According to Pashinyan, Armenia hopes that the border delimitation work will be completed before the signing of the peace treaty. "How realistic is that? If we take into account that in Prague we agreed that the border delimitation will be carried out on the basis of the 1991 borders, it is realistic because those borders are known," he explained.

·As Pashinyan noted, "there must be a visible dialogue at the international level between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, there must be visible mechanisms to protect the rights and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh."

Armenian Weekly | Pashinyan, Aliyev to meet in Sochi
Pashinyan and Aliyev previously met with the Russian president nearly a year ago in November 2021. Since then, the South Caucasus leaders have had five in-person meetings, all of which were mediated by the European Union.
While western diplomacy in the South Caucasus has intensified, the Armenian government has criticized Russia for its failure to support Armenia militarily following Azerbaijan's attacks in mid-September, as per mutual defense agreements, or to accuse Azerbaijan of violating Armenia's sovereignty.
"There is nothing self-promotional about seeking to put an end to years of conflict and to years of flare-ups that have led to violence and ultimately to deaths, both on the part of Armenians and the citizens of Azerbaijan. Our only goal here is to see and to help these countries work together to bring about a comprehensive and lasting peace, and ultimately to save lives," [US State Department spokesperson Ned] Price said during a press briefing on October 25. ...
archived EU Energy Crisis and Strange Bedfellows 8 Oct
by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 01:46:23 AM EST
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PACE.int | Legal reforms should be adopted without further delay, says PACE co-rapporteur for Ukraine
The co-rapporteur also expressed her disappointment and deep regret over the failure of the Verkhovna Rada to adopt, last week, a package of amendments that were intended to address the concerns of the Venice Commission about the heavily-criticised changes to the Law on the Election of the President of Ukraine that were adopted in August 2009, as well as to ensure the implementation of the Constitutional Court ruling that declared a number of the August 2009 changes unconstitutional.
So. What happened next?
wikiwtf | Electoral System
• On 1 January 2020, the latest revision of the electoral code of Ukraine took effect.
• On 4 February 2020, parliament approved (with 236 votes) a presidential bill to reduce the number of parliamentary deputies
US Library of Congress | New Laws Criminalize Collaboration with an Aggressor State, 2 Mar
The Individual Responsibility for Collaboration Law amends a wide range of Ukrainian laws, including laws pertaining to:

Elections in Ukraine.
Military duty and military service.
State secrets.
Political parties in Ukraine.
Public associations.
Freedom of conscience and religious organizations.
Trade unions, their rights, and the guarantees on their activity.
Participation of citizens in protecting public order and the state border, and in charitable activities and charitable organizations.

The Week | Zelensky nationalizes TV news and restricts opposition parties, 20 Mar
In an address to the nation delivered Sunday, he announced a temporary ban on "any activity" by 11 political parties. ...Zelensky's information policy involves "combining all national TV channels, the program content of which consists mainly of information and/or information-analytical programs, [into] a single information platform of strategic communication" to be called "United News." Reuters notes that, until Saturday, privately owned Ukrainian media outlets "continued to operate" independently.

Zelensky said the measure was necessary to combat Russian misinformation and "tell the truth about the war."

itd-rada-gov.ua | Draft Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding the Prohibition of Political Parties, 28 Mar
RFERL | Zelenskiy Signs Law Banning Pro-Russian Political Parties In Ukraine, 14 May
wsws | Ukraine bans largest opposition party, 23 June
Kyiv Post | Two More Pro-Russian Parties Banned in Ukraine, 6 July
Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Political Parties in Ukraine", banning "pro-Russian parties", were passed by Parliament and signed into law in May 2022. The cases brought by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine against 16 opposition parties, however, have consistently applied that law retroactively to statements and actions dating from long before May 2022, despite the fact that Article 15 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Ukraine is a party, states: "No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed."
The Intel Drop | Ukraine bans last political opposition party, 26 Oct
The last on the list was the Socialist Party of Ukraine. These groups are accused of having acted in accordance with the Minsk Agreements (2015), recognized by the United Nations Security Council (resolution 2202).
CRS | Fact Sheet on Parliamentary and Presidential Elections (May 2022)
by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 11:24:11 PM EST
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More here

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 01:48:21 PM EST
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Hopefully, the US will not bomb it, to force them to buy Budweiser.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 08:36:30 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 12:46:02 PM EST
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Juat realized that Czechia will now have to have a navy. With an army and a navy, Czech wil finally be  a real language instead of a mere dialect of Polish.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 08:42:04 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Ukraine claims major breakthroughs in Luhansk and Kherson, 5 Oct liberations
Serhiy Gaidai, the [legit] governor of the Luhansk region, announced on Wednesday that the "de-occupation of Luhansk region has begun."

"Several settlements have already been liberated from the Russian army, and the armed forces of Ukraine there are already raising the Ukrainian flag," he said on Telegram.
The Ukrainian successes followed the almost complete liberation of the Kharkiv region in the northeast.

"The Ukrainian army is carrying out a pretty fast and powerful advance in the south of our country," Zelensk* said in his address to the nation on Tuesday night.

Sounding an upbeat note on the latest offensive, the general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces described Russian troops in southern Ukraine as demoralized, abandoning their positions and retreating "to a safe distance."

archived Battle Of The Izium Bulge?, Kherson, Khark*v counter-offensives and a NPP "cold shutdown", one more village in Donetsk
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 05:06:57 PM EST
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censor.net | The Russians took more than 1,000 Ukrainian refugees who were waiting at the border with Estonia to an unknown destination, 5 Oct UA pravda
This was stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Estonia, Lauri Laenemets [Läänemets|Laynemets|Leinemets|Lynemets], informs Censor.NET with reference to LIGA.
ERR.ee: The Police and Border Protection Agency (PPA) is trying to learn more about the fate of the Ukrainians. [...] According to the minister, the PPA uses drones to detect whether the Russian authorities are directing these people to a green border area, as Belarus did last year on the border of Lithuania and Latvia. [...] "This means that a real physical barrier will be put in front of them, people will go there, or they will not be physically allowed to cross. And if there are those who want to apply for asylum, it is possible to say that they either go to the border point or to create some kind of temporary point where procedures can be carried out," Läänemets explained.
The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Estonia does not reject Russia's preparation of provocations - attempts at mass illegal crossing of the border. He expressed fears that under such a scenario, Russian citizens, as well as agents of the Russian special services, could join the real refugees. However, there is currently no accurate information on the whereabouts of Ukrainians.
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 09:46:44 PM EST
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censor.net | The occupiers are forcing Zaporizh* NPP workers to obtain Russian passports and sign employment contracts with Rosatom, 5 Oct UA pravda
The Russian occupiers continue to put pressure on the workers of the Zaporizhzhya NPP in the captured city of Energodar.

Censor.NET informs about this with reference to information from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

archived Casualty
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 09:57:23 PM EST
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tabloid Mail | 'We're hunting them down and shooting them like pigs': How the Ukrainians are taking brutal revenge on the collaborators who've betrayed their neighbours - and country - to the Russians, 5 Oct surprise
• Ukrainians were beaten, electrocuted and forced to endure mock executions when Russia overtook Balakliya
• The interrogations were carried out by officials from Russia's Federal Security Service
• Some Ukrainians were assisting Vladimir Putin's war crimes and theft of their land, it has now emerged
• Kyiv has opened investigations into 1,309 suspected traitors and launched 450 prosecutions of collaborators
• Others accused of betraying their nation are being tracked down and slaughtered by resistance fighters
by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 02:59:56 PM EST
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Ukriform | European Political Community should become gathering of peacekeepers - Zelensky, 5 Oct
...Today in Kyiv I met with Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). We discussed the existing and prospective programs of our cooperation, the implementation of our plan for the rapid reconstruction of Ukraine. The main focus of these programs is security. And we will soon introduce this new security approach to our civil infrastructure to the public. I thanked Mrs. Power for allocating funds to prepare our infrastructure for the winter period, in particular heating....
Media incorrectly quoting Zelensky's words about 'preemptive strike' against Russia - press secretary
He noted that representatives of Ukrainian and foreign media outlets began to "hear nuclear strikes even where there are none." He said that Ukraine would never resort to such methods

LIST of participants invited by the European Council to a NEW! "Meeting of the European Political Community", 6-7 Oct 2022

Council of Europe: 46 members
+ observers: IL (1957); VA (1970 Holy See); CA, US, MX, JP (1996)
of which
European Council (Consilium): EU27 heads of state, 1 Council president (1Y term), 1 EC president (5Y term)
Council of the European Union (1958 Council of the European Economic Community): 705 European Parliament members (MEPs), EU College of Commisioners (EC 28 seats, 5Y term), 1 Council president (rotating 6 mo. term)
NATO (a/o 2022): COE of which AL, EU:  BE, BG, HR, CZ, DK, ES, EE, FR, DE, GR, HU, IT, LV, LA, LU, NL, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK; EU applicants: ME*, MK*, TR*; EEA: IS, NO; and COE observers: UK, US, CA, JP
invitation, 2 Oct
...During the various exchanges planned, you will have the opportunity to discuss themes such as peace and security, the economic situation, energy and climate, and migration and mobility. No formal written outcome of the European Political Community is envisaged....
by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 12:03:17 AM EST
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From Samantha the heretic to a hero of today's NWO global American politics ... how has the global community changed?

Samantha Power, the Monster, and the Libyan Intervention

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Interventionism & Political Philosophy | ARGeezer - 2011 |

From my diaries ...

  • We've been through a dark and painful chapter of our history. Nothing will be gained in spending our time and energy laying blame for the past." [Obama in 2009]
Obama kept his promise to keep America "United"... enter Donald Trump in 2016.

Trump meets Putin | July 17, 2018 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 01:24:50 AM EST
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And soon the EU expansion into Iganda and Mozambic, no kidding.... check civis three all attached on a search engine
by Oosterbeek on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 06:58:46 AM EST
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Zelensky and peacemakers of the Union ... such leadership in throwing out Russian speaking Ukrainians ... so his forces won't have to kill them all ... collaborators ... traitors in all opposition political parties ... on the short list for the Nobel Peace Prize ... some Swedish dynamite today. 😎

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 07:18:57 AM EST
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"Meeting of the European Political Community"

Reuters | EU needs to provide more money to pay for military aid to Ukraine, foreign-policy chief says, 7 Oct pay wall

"I will ask the leaders to support the proposal for a new tranche for European Peace Facility to continue providing military support to Ukraine, also to the training mission," Borrell told reporters as he arrived for an EU summit in Prague.
archived A Window on the World - Blog by HR/VP Josep Borrell in Focus on Josep
05.10.22: Revisiting the question of Europe's order
Still, we do need to rethink and reform the wider European order, beyond the work of the EU and NATO as such. Indeed, we are in the midst of an active discussion about how to organise this European political order, partly triggered by President Macron's call on 9 May for a `European Political Community' (EPC). In recent weeks and months, we have seen a multiplication of proposals and analyses by political leaders, and the full range of European think tanks, tackling this issue.

After initial discussions in the European Council, the inaugural meeting of the EPC will take place on 6 October in Prague. The leaders of 27 EU member states will take part plus all the EU candidate countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, the UK plus Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, making a total of 44 leaders representing their countries....

volDeMoRT: Earlier this week Borrell expressed hope that at the next Foreign Affairs Council gathering on October 17, the EU will be able to "formally launch" its training mission for Ukrainian armed forces. Writing in his blog, the diplomat also claimed that the EU would "reinforce" its strategy of supporting Ukraine - "militarily, financially and politically."

The European Peace Facility (EPF) that Borell referred to,

• The European Peace Facility (EPF) is an off-budget funding mechanism for EU actions with military and defence implications under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). It has a total budget of EUR 5.69 billion in current prices (EUR 5 billion in 2018 prices) for the period 2021-2027, with annual ceilings from EUR 420 million in 2021 to EUR 1.132 billion in 2027.
• The EPF consists of two pillars - one for military operations and one for assistance measures.
• The support under the EPF is provided by an administrator for operations and by an administrator for assistance measures. The Head of Service, the FPI Director is the administrator for assistance measures, while the administrator for operations is within the Council General Secretariat[!]....
is a mechanism [fund] created last year to enhance the EU's ability to act as a global security provider. The EPF reimburses governments for military equipment supplied to purchased for Kiev, "including items designed to deliver lethal force for defensive purposes."

The latest round of funding for Ukraine under the EPF, worth €500 million, was agreed by the European Council in July. With this package, the total EU contribution for the country within this framework amounts to €2.5 billion. The EPF has a ceiling of about €6 billion and is supposed to support not only Ukraine but also other countries....

eeas.europa.eu | EPF, 18 July 2022 "strategic communications" for homicidal maniacs
In an era of strategic competition and complex security threats, the European Peace Facility (EPF) expands the EU's ability to provide security for its citizens and its partners. It enables the EU to provide all types of equipment and infrastructure to the armed forces of EU partners, in compliance with international human rights[!] law and international humanitarian[!] law.
parlement.com.eu | EU sets up the European Peace Facility
Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op maandag 22 maart 2021.

See full infographic
The facility will allow the EU, for the first time, to complement the activities of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions and operations in host countries with assistance measures. These measures may include supplying military and defence related equipment, infrastructure or assistance, at the request of third countries or regional or international organisations. The assistance measures will be embedded in a clear and coherent political strategy and will be accompanied by thorough risk assessments and strong safeguards.

The new facility is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to the financing of external action, which aims to shape a coherent, comprehensive and coherent EU security policy and create synergies with other policies and instruments, such as the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI-Global Europe), including its Capacity Building for Security and Development dimension....

SIPRI | Funding Arms Transfers through the European Peace Facility: Preventing Risks of Diversion and Misuse, June 2022
by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 03:17:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 01:36:22 AM EST
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Marches in Paris (yes, it's a big city):

Saturday 8 October:

  • Yellow jackets (unité Gilets Jaunes): cost of living, fuel taxes...
  • Another Yellow jackets (collectif Liberté Vérité, Citoyens et Gilets Jaunes): Impeachment of Macron, Frexit,  leave NATO...

Sunday 9 October:

  • Collective against sexual violence
  • Possibly: march against repression in Iran*

Saturday 15 October:
* To be continued...

Average French fella: <yawn>

Trying to act surprised? Couldn't be arsed...

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 07:02:13 PM EST
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euractiv | French union rejects wage talk 'BLACKMAIL' as refinery strikes GRIND ON, 11 Oct torture
A day after TotalEnergies offered to bring forward pay talks on condition that the union ends its two-week refineries strike, the CGT said that "this attempt is perceived as BLACKMAIL by the CGT and does not guarantee satisfaction of the demands expressed and therefore the return to work".
The strike has FORCED TotalEnergies' 240,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Gonfreville refinery offline. Deliveries of refined products are also BLOCKED at the 119,000-bpd Feyzin refinery, which is closed for unplanned maintenance but has fuel in storage, and the Cote d'Opal and La Mede fuel depots.
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 10:06:45 PM EST
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I hadn't heard about the "Frexit" (and anti-NATO) demo in Paris. Obviously, censorship by the French media etc... we needed to hear about it via an Indian youtube...

Well I looked up some videos, looks like there were at least 300 people there. Maybe 400.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 04:16:35 PM EST
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Maybe 400...

Nay, there were "Thousands Of Thousands"n according to reliable sources, who witnessed the event up close - from India, apparently.

"Mass protests" according to RT - another reliable source, channeling the delightful extreme right wing clown Florian Philippot.

And of course, you'll particularly appreciate this, if only for the laffs.

As I mentioned, there are at least half a dozen marches every friggin' week-end in Paris. It takes more than a few hundred to rise above the background noise floor.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 06:13:20 PM EST
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Daily telegraph dot co dot New Zealand... (no relation) is part of an extraordinary flowering of nutbag far-right conspirationist antiwoke not-at-all-racist online media which has sprung up over the past year.

As far as I can see, this is a bastard child of Covid lockdown antivax sentiment, but there is another element : print and broadcast ("mainstream") media has transitioned from a US-like "free speech" model, to a more European model, through legislative changes. So the people who have been getting their news and opinions from Facebook negative feedback loops, now have professional-quality web sites and web radios to get external "real-world" validation for their loony ideas.

Ah yes the professionalism comes from large cash donations from a certain number of elderly white male millionaires.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 10:30:37 AM EST
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a certain number of elderly white male millionaires.

Including one from Australia perhaps?

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 02:29:43 PM EST
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Enlarging and deepening: France's President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz have stressed the geopolitical emergency of re-designing the European Union's relationship with its ["]neighbourhood["]. Both acknowledge that EU enlargement is necessary, but also emphasise that profound EU institutional reform is required beforehand, though deepening and widening the EU are complex processes that veto players could block.

The geopolitical challenges mean it is in the critical interest of the EU to bring stability to its neighbourhood by ensuring geopolitical alignment with the EU, limiting the blackmailing power of external, authoritarian states, supporting more resilient democracies[,] and strengthening the rule of law. Meanwhile, the EU's neighbours are seeking a political space in which challenges to collective security and stability can be addressed and concrete policies decided. Given the urgency, it is not enough to rely on lengthy EU accession processes...

euronews | Brussels recommends granting Bosnia the status of EU candidate, but with conditions, 12 Oct European Political Community stretch goals
In June this year, the European Council affirmed it was "ready" to grant Bosnia the candidate status and asked the European Commission to report back on the implementation of 14 key priorities from its 2019 report, covering areas such as democracy, rule of law, fundamental rights and public administration reform.

"We expect from the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to make full use of this opportunity and to make the following reforms as soon as possible," said Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for neighbourhood and enlargement, as he presented the 2022 report.
On top of the 14 priorities, the Commission presents eight additional steps to be taken by Bosnia, focusing on judicial reform, prevention of conflicts of interests, fight against corruption and organised crime, border and migration management, media freedom, protection of journalists and the creation of preventive mechanisms against torture and ill-treatment.

understatement of the century
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country with a unique political system born out of bloody civil wars....This resulted in a complex system of 14 different governments with a total of 136 ministers.
Christian Schmidt, the [Peace Implementation Council] High Representative in charge of overseeing the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Dayton Peace Accords, has previously accused the Bosnian-Serb leaders of systematically challenging the peace deal's provisions and trying to usurp powers granted to the federal government...
archive May 2022 marry in haste, July 2022 "power to the councils", January 2022 Srebrenica massacre, December 2021 R2P
by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 01:00:17 AM EST
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It's astonishing how an ethnic war can mess up a multi-ethnic nation. See also Ethiopia

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 10:33:01 AM EST
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COE | PACE Vote on Resolution - Doc. 15631, 13 Oct roll call
Amdment 7.
In the draft resolution, after paragraph 11.6, insert the following paragraph:

"Declare the Russian Federation a terrorist regime".

News | Russia's so-called referendums in Ukrainian regions 'null and void', says PACE, 13 Oct
The Assembly was debating a report by Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD) on further escalation in Russia's aggression against Ukraine, following a video address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk*.

In a resolution, adopted unanimously, the parliamentarians called for a "comprehensive system" to hold the Russian Federation and its leadership accountable for its aggression and violations of human rights and humanitarian law - including the speedy establishment of a special ad hoc tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

The Assembly also called on Council of Europe member states to declare the current Russian regime "a terrorist one". It said the unleashing of a war of aggression by a permanent member of the UN Security Council "posed a challenge to global governance" and noted increasing support for reform of the [UN] Security Council....

by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 06:33:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 05:05:32 PM EST
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2022 budget
The Budget is mainly funded by member States' contributions. National contributions are based on a formula which takes into account population and Gross Domestic Product. The major contributors (France, Germany, Italy, Russian Federation[,] and United Kingdom) all pay the same rate for the ordinary budget.

States may also make voluntary contributions to support the Council of Europe's programme of work.

Joint programmes with the European Union allow the Organisation to ["]enhance["] its impact and its operational capacity.

Table 2 - National contributions to budgets of the Council of Europe in 2020 (in €),
COE parliamentary Assembly (PACE)
members, national delegations, political groups,
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSEMBLY, Tiny KOX, elected in January 2022
Politico.eu.com | Macron's [not] new [European] political community opens Pandora's box, 6 Oct
"There's an idea that it could be like the G7, a group of countries with authority that gives orientations to the IMF, the World Economic Forum, etc., and that rests on international networks," said French economist and early Macron supporter Jean Pisani-Ferry. "But statements from the EPC won't carry much weight."
US sanctions Asian firms over North Korean fuel shipments, 7 Oct
...The sanctioned companies are the Marshall Islands-based New Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd., and Singapore-registered Anfasar Trading (S) Pte. Ltd. and Swanseas Port Services Pte. Ltd. The U.S. also targeted Singapore-based Kwek Kee Seng and Taiwan-based Chen Shih Huan for coordinating the deliveries. Among other things, the sanctions deny them access to any property or financial assets held in the U.S. and prevent U.S. companies and people from doing business with them....
by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 05:39:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 08:48:15 PM EST
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It's encouraging to see OPEC doubling down on the clean energy transition.
Sucks a lot for the third world...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 02:11:24 PM EST
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PRESS RELEASE No 167/22 | Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-344/20
"women and minorities" edition
A dispute has been ongoing since 2018 between L.F., a woman of the Muslim faith who wears the Islamic headscarf, and SCRL, a company which manages social housing. The dispute concerns a failure to take into consideration L.F.'s unsolicited application for an internship on the ground that, during an interview, L.F. indicated that she would refuse to remove her headscarf in order to comply with the policy of neutrality promoted within SCRL and included in its terms of employment.
The tribunal du travail francophone de Bruxelles has questioned the Court of Justice as to whether the words 'religion or belief' contained in the directive on equal treatment in employment and occupation 1 are to be interpreted as two facets of a single protected criterion or, on the contrary, as two separate criteria. It also asks the Court whether the prohibition on the wearing of a sign or an item of clothing with connotations contained in SCRL's terms of employment constitutes direct discrimination based on religion.

By its judgment, delivered today, the Court indicates that Article 1 of Directive 2000/78 must be interpreted as meaning that the words 'religion or belief' contained therein constitute a single ground of discrimination covering both religious belief and philosophical or spiritual belief < wipes tears >. It recalls in that regard that it is apparent from its caselaw that the ground of discrimination based on 'religion or belief' is to be distinguished from the ground based on 'political or any other opinion'....

by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 04:15:00 PM EST
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Applebaum School of Journalism | Blast on bridge to Crimea hurts Russian supply lines, pride
Stepanenko reported from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Francisco Seco contributed from Kharkiv and Justin Spike from Lyman, Ukraine

Meanwhile in GOTHAM ...
Joe came to town Thurs. for a fundraiser and shutdown the West Side Highway for 4 hours,
Saturday some cretin spray a "chemical" on strap-hanger and MTA shut down seven (7) subway lines to search for the perp

by Cat on Sun Oct 9th, 2022 at 02:16:23 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 10th, 2022 at 10:27:21 PM EST
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Understand this, Putin is holding back in Kiev

Of course he is. He did much worse in Syria. But over there, he wasn't trying to turn them into Russians.

Can't buy a military victory, but he sure knows how to murder people in their beds.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 04:22:47 PM EST
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It's one thing to bomb a civilian population that doesn't have a powerful army - worse, whose regime's army is actually assisting in the slaughter.

It's another thing to try to bomb a civilian population of a country with a powerful army who's repeatedly kicking the invader's ass.

How dare they put civilian buildings under Putin's missiles path?

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 06:19:41 PM EST
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RF planned massive airstrikes even before explosion on Crimean Bridge
"Most likely, this was something that they had been planning for quite some time. It does not mean that the explosion on the Crimean Bridge could have accelerated some of their plans," [ National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John] Kirby said.

According to him, attacks of this scale could not have been planned in a few days.

Kirby could not say whether Putin had finally shifted from a strategy of losing a war on the battlefield to a campaign to undermine civilian morale and inflict devastating damage on Ukrainian cities and infrastructure....

AFU Destroy 240 Invaders, 9 Tanks And Aircraft. General Staff Names Russian Losses Over Past Day
The enemy suffered the greatest losses in the Bakhmut, Avdiyivka[,] and Kramatorsk directions. In addition, on October 10, a record was set for the number of missiles shot down. Air defense forces destroyed 46 missiles over the day.

The total combat losses of the enemy from February 24 to October 11 approximately amounted to: [63,110 soldiers + hardware]

AFU Air Forces Shot Down 20 Cruise Missiles And 13 ["]Kamikaze["] Drones On Tuesday
"As of 1:30 p.m. on October 11, 2022, the Russian occupiers launched two massive missile attacks on cities and critical infrastructure facilities in different regions of Ukraine. The enemy used precision-guided weapons: air-based cruise missiles of the Kh-101/Kh-555 type from Tu-95ms strategic aviation aircraft, sea-based cruise missiles of the Kalibr type, Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones," the report said....
Occupiers Attack Ladyzhynska TPP In Vinnytsia Region For 2nd Time, 6 People Injured
"Unfortunately, the Ladyzhynska [thermal power plant] TPP got under another hit by Russian terrorist troops. This happened at the moment when rescuers were working on the spot. There are casualties. According to preliminary information - 6 people," it says....

by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 06:04:45 PM EST
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from 5h ago
Guardian | Russia targets Ukraine's hydroelectric dams with wave of missile attacks, 31 Oct
The cruise missiles were fired from Russian Tu-90 and T-60 aircraft flying north of the Caspian Sea and the Rostov region. They hit targets in Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia[,] and Kharkiv oblasts, as well as in the areas of Mykolaiv, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Kirovohrad[,] and Chernivtsi.

In a statement on Facebook, Herman Halushchenko, Ukraine's energy minister, described Monday morning's attacks as "barbaric" and said: "Electric substations, hydropower[,] and heat generation facilities were hit by rockets.
The electricity trade media publication Elektrovesti reported that three hydro-power stations

were targeted, the Dnprovskyi facility in Zaprorizhzhia city, the plant at Kremenchuk, both on the Dnieper River, and the Dniester plant in the west of the country, near the border with Moldova.

Video showed smoke appearing rising from or near a plant in Kremenchuk in the Poltava region, central Ukraine. Vitaly Maletskyi, Kremenchuk's mayor, reported explosions in the city but did not specify what was hit.

official denial
On Saturday, Russia's Black Sea ["]flagship["] vessel [No.2], the Admiral Makarov, was damaged and possibly disabled during a Ukrainian drone attack on the Crimean port of Sevastopol. At least three Russian boats were hit. The Kremlin blamed the Royal Navy for coordinating the operation, a claim the UK government denies.
Ukriform | PM Shmyhal: Eighteen facilities in ten regions of Ukraine damaged in Russian attack, 31 Oct 13:11
"Russian terrorists have once again massively attacked Ukraine. Their target is civilian critical infrastructure, not military facilities. Missiles and drones hit 10 regions, damaging 18 facilities, most of which are energy facilities. Hundreds of settlements in seven regions of Ukraine were blacked out," Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal posted on Telegram.

He emphasized that the consequences of the attack could have been worse, but 44 missiles of more than 50 fired at the Ukrainian territory were shot down thanks to the professional work of the air defense units. According to Shmyhal, the repair crews are eliminating the consequences of the Russian attacks. Local emergency shutdowns continue in Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv regions.

by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 03:27:20 PM EST
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thegreyzone | Before Ukraine blew up Kerch Bridge, British spies plotted it, *.ppt presentation
The Grayzone has obtained an April 2022 presentation drawn up for senior British intelligence officers hashing out an elaborate scheme to blow up Crimea's Kerch Bridge with the involvement of specially trained Ukrainian soldiers.
Detailed proposals for providing "audacious" support to Kiev's "maritime raiding operations" were drafted at the request of Chris Donnelly, a senior British Army intelligence operative and veteran high ranking NATO advisor. The wide-ranging plan's core component was "destruction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait."

Documents and correspondence plotting the operation were provided to The Grayzone by an anonymous source. ....

and spicy!mail

by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 06:17:46 PM EST
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* The destruction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait would require a cruise missile battery to hit the
two concrete pillars either side of the central steel arch, which will cause a complete structural
failure. This will prevent any road re-supply from the Russian mainland to Crimea and temporally
disrupt the shipping lane.

Wow! That's EXACTLY what happened. Just goes to show eh.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 11:02:21 AM EST
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Ukriform | Explosion on Kerch Bridge: Zelensky says Ukraine definitely did not order that, 20 Oct
In his words, the real cause of the explosion could be an internal conflict between Russian security services and the military
by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 09:33:17 PM EST
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mofa.gov.sa | An official source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The Kingdom's government expresses its complete rejection of the statements issued towards it following the issuance of the OPEC Plus decision, and confirms that the outcomes of the group's meetings are adopted through the collective consensus of the member states, 13 Oct incidentally
The Kingdom's government affirms that the attempt to obscure the facts regarding the Kingdom's position on the Ukrainian crisis is unfortunate and will not change the Kingdom's initial position and its vote to support the resolutions taken at the United Nations regarding the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, based on the Kingdom's adherence to the necessity of all countries' commitment to the United Nations Charter and principles of international law and its rejection Any infringement on the sovereignty of states over their territories.
by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 02:21:17 PM EST
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archived receiving-party charges in Crisis as Discipline, NPI Systems Design 2022, Ukrainian resistance, myrotvorets-center, degrees of atrocity
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 05:27:25 PM EST
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hybrid influence has entered the room.

CNN | Exclusive: Musk's SpaceX says it can no longer pay for critical satellite services in Ukraine, asks Pentagon to pick up the tab, 14 Oct

Documents obtained by CNN show that last month Musk's SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon saying it can no longer continue to fund the Starlink service as it has....Among the SpaceX documents sent to the Pentagon and seen by CNN is a previously unreported direct request made to Musk in July by the Ukrainian military's commanding general, General Valerii Zaluzhniy, for almost 8,000 more Starlink terminals [receivers].

In a separate cover letter to the Pentagon, an outside consultant working for SpaceX wrote, "SpaceX faces terribly difficult decisions here.
The documents, which have not been previously reported, provide a rare breakdown of SpaceX's own internal numbers on Starlink, detailing the costs and payments associated with the thousands of terminals in Ukraine....

whitehouse | Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre En Route Portland, Oregon, 14 Oct
Q: One other one. Has the president or has the administration given any thought yet to Elon Musk's request to foot the bill for his satellite operations that are helping the internet [sic] in Ukraine?
JEAN-PIERRE: So, the -- and you're talking about Starlink systems?
Q:  Yeah.
JEAN-PIERRE:  So, on that, I would refer you to the Department of Defense.

So, look, we -- look, we understand the importance of these capabilities to ensure stable communications for Ukraine's forces in particular. The Pentagon is working with allies and partners to look at all options on how -- how best to support those needs identified by Ukraine specifically.  But again, that's up to the Department of Defense. ...

Department of State Daily Press Briefing - October 14, 2022, 14 Oct A/V, running time 00:32:22
Q [@ 00:02:27]: Yes. Thanks, Vedant. And thanks for the mention of my colleagues' story.

Two things, one really briefly, which people may come back to, but then—and that is does the US havey any...sorry, Does the State Department have any equities [?!] in the Starlink system that's being used in Ukraine?
PATEL: So uh I'm aware of those reports, the press reports pecifically on Starlink, and would refer you to my Pentagon colleauges to speak to specifics. But, in general, the US has provided significan assistance to the Ukraine to maintain its internet [sic] infrastructue and connectivity as well as cyber security in the face of kinetic [BWAH!] and cyber attacks from the Kremlin. This assistance includes thousands of satellite phones, data terminals [receivers], and funding for hands-on technical sipport to essential service providers in Ukraine.

DOD | Sabrina Singh, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary, Holds a Press Briefing, 14 Oct
Q: Thanks, Sabrina. So I wanted to get back to Starlink.
SINGH: Yeah.
Q: Can you confirm that the Pentagon has received a request from SpaceX and Elon Musk that it start assuming the payments and if they're having difficulty with all of the challenges of operating Starlink over Ukraine?
SINGH: I will just say that we are in communication with them right now, but I won't get into any more specifics on what that communication looks like.
Q: And you mentioned this a little bit, but could you get into the wider implications of, you know, if Starlink is proven integral to the Ukrainians and up to this stage, what happens if they no longer have that capability? And are you starting contingency plans for that?
SINGH: Well, we certainly recognize the advantages that any SATCOM capability has and allows the Ukrainians to use not just on the battlefield, but within -- within the country itself. And we understand the fragility in those communications, and it's important that not just command-and-control [wut] remain intact on the battlefield, but throughout.
SINGH: So two parts there. I can confirm that the department has been in communication with SpaceX regarding Starlink. I'm not going to get into further details of the discussions just now. And in terms of -- I think you asked -- your second part was on payment. I don't have anything right now to read out on future assistance, but we're working with our partners and allies and trying to figure out what's best.
Q: But is the Pentagon in receipt of the letter from SpaceX?
archived EU sending-party-pays incoherence in Crisis as Discipline, NPI Systems Design 2022
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 10:11:40 PM EST
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"Serving mission-critical government & NGO communication needs"
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 10:53:06 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU considers paying Elon Musk to keep giving Starlink internet to Ukraine, 18 Oct gansta ball
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis disclosed the plans, which are at an early stage, in an interview with POLITICO on Monday
< wipes tears >
Speaking to POLITICO, Landsbergis suggested Ukraine's internet access satellite telecommunication should not be left in the hands of a single "super-powerful" person who could "wake up one day and say, 'This is no longer what I feel like doing and this is it.' And the next day, Ukrainians might find themselves without the internet any telecommunication capability."
The topic made it into the discussion at the meeting of the 27 EU foreign ministers Monday, according to Landsbergis. EU foreign policy chief telegraph specialist Josep Borrell raised the subject, "and certain countries also joined in," the minister said, without specifying which countries
or price cap
by Cat on Tue Oct 18th, 2022 at 09:45:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 05:01:01 PM EST
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Ukraine's artillery and missile units perform 160 fire missions in south
"Last night our artillery and missile units performed about 160 fire missions targeting enemy positions and areas of manpower and equipment build-up. Two ammunition depots were destroyed in the Beryslav district," the report reads....
Four ships with grain leave Odesa ports
"Today, October 16, four ships loaded with 140,000 tonnes of Ukrainian agricultural products departed from Odesa and Pivdennyi ports," Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesperson for the Odesa Regional Military Administration, posted on Telegram.
starving Africans JCC | Vessel Movements 1 Aug - 14 Oct
According to him, one of the ships is EAUBONNE bulker which will deliver 53,300 tonnes of wheat to Kenya. This is the second bulker bound for Kenya. The first SUPER HENRY bulk carrier with 51,400 tonnes of wheat arrived in the port of Mombasa (Kenya). ... During the entire period of the initiative implementation, 1.1 million tonnes of food were sent to Africa....
President Zelensky: Ukraine's grain exports are key guarantee of stability for WHOLE WORLD
The way Ukraine helps maintain normal life in the world only strengthens the reputation of our state and makes it easier for us to establish new ties in different regions. This upcoming week, I expect new international results for our state. And for the past week, it is worth noting the strengthening of contacts with Saudi Arabia. There are significant agreements. Among other things, this is the decision of the partners to provide a package of humanitarian support in the amount of 400 million dollars. It is very important. Right now we have the most meaningful relations with Saudi Arabia in 30 years.
archived Zelesk* raises a professional army, Ukraine to Call Up Women Over 20
The situation on the frontline has not undergone significant changes over the past day. The key hotspots in Donbas are Soledar and Bakhmut, where extremely heavy fighting continues. The occupiers threw everyone they could against our forces, including 2,000 "prisoners" - they are among the mercenaries right there. And these are "convicts" with long sentences for serious crimes. They are kept at the front not only with money, but also with the promise of amnesty. ...
EU Council to consider ninth package of sanctions against Russia tomorrow
"The EU Foreign Affairs Council will call for more support for Ukraine, work on the 9th sanctions package against Russia, confiscation of the frozen Russian state assets and the establishment of the special tribunal for the crime of aggression committed by Russia," the [Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs] wrote.
by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 04:24:42 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 10:48:36 PM EST
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Forbes | Videos Reveal Drone ["]Kamikaze["] Boat Assault On Russia's Black Sea Fleet, 29 Oct
On the morning of October 29, warships of Russia's Black Sea Fleet based at Sevastopol[, Crimea,] found themselves assailed by sixteen [16]  kamikaze robots [?]. By Russia's own account, extensive cannon and missile air defenses on land and Russian warships shot down nine [9] Ukrainian drones.
Ukrainian sources then released black and white video feed footage recorded by kamikaze boats[?] that clearly managed to smash into Russian ships: the Black Sea's new flagship, the multi-role frigate Admiral Makarov, and the minesweeper Ivan Golubets.
Russia officially admits minor damage to the vessel, while an anonymous Ukrainian official told the New York Times[, the Ivan Golubets mine-sweeper] had sustained severe damage, possibly crippling it.

Ukrainian journalist Andriy Sapliyenko posted another video showing the perspective of additional USVs racing towards Russian warships.

Ukranews | Occupiers Report Night Explosions In Sevastopol, 29 Oct
Reports of explosions are coming from occupied Sevastopol: Russian ships allegedly "repelled an attack by drones." This is reported by the TASS propagandist agency with reference to the "government" of Sevastopol in its Telegram channel.
Sputnik | Russia Suspends Participation in Grain Deal, MoD Says, 29 Oct
"Given the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces (which are designated as a terrorist attack), led by the UK specialists, and staged against Russian vessels ensuring the operation of the humanitarian corridor, the Russian side can no longer guarantee the safety of civilian carriers involved in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, and suspends its implementation from today for an indefinite period," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry added that the relevant instructions have been issued for the Russian representatives at the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul, which controls the transportation of Ukrainian grains. Meanwhile, a source in the UN noted that Russia plans to request a Security Council meeting regarding the issue.

Ukriform | Zelensky: Russia began deliberately exacerbating food crisis back in September
"Today, a rather predictable statement came from Russia - a statement that they are finally canceling the grain export initiative. But in fact, this is not their decision today. Russia began deliberately aggravating the food crisis back in September, when it blocked the movement of ships with our food. From September to today, 176 vessels have already accumulated in the grain corridor, which cannot follow their route. Some grain carriers have been waiting for more than three weeks. This is an absolutely deliberate blockade by Russia. This is an absolutely transparent intention of Russia to return the threat of large-scale famine to [starving] Africa and [struggling] Asia"
He noted that Russia had attacked Ukraine's Naval Forces at least twice during the grain initiative operation, precisely those forces that guarantee the safety of the grain corridor. A strong international response is needed now, both at the UN level and at other levels, particularly, at the level of G20.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called on the international community not to allow Russia to block the grain corridor, which ensures food security for millions of people, under a false pretext. On the morning of October 29, explosions rang out in temporarily occupied Sevastopol. Ukraine does not confirm its involvement.
JCC | Vessel movement, 29-21 Oct NEW! layout, flag icons, bar chart
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 11:14:03 PM EST
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APsplainin Concerns rise as Russia resumes grain blockade of Ukraine
"It's really outrageous," Biden said Saturday in Wilmington, Delaware. "There's no merit to what they're doing. The U.N. negotiated that deal and that should be the end of it."

Biden spoke hours after Russia announced it would immediately halt participation in the grain deal, alleging that Ukraine staged a drone attack Saturday against Russia's Black Sea Fleet off the coast of ["]occupied Crimea["]. Ukraine has denied the attack, saying that Russia mishandled its own weapons.
One of the blocked ships, carrying 40,000 [?!] tons of grain bound for Ethiopia under a U.N. aid program, could not leave Ukraine on Sunday as a result of Russia's "blockage of the grain corridor," Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine's minister of infrastructure, said on Twitter. He didn't specify which Ukrainian port the ship, the Ikraia Angel, was stuck in.

euronews AP, AFP, Reuters | Ukraine war: Black Sea grain exports blocked as West slams Russia for breaking deal, 30 Oct
Ukraine's government said that 218 [?!] ships involved in grain exports had been blocked -- 22 loaded and stuck at ports, 95 loaded and departed from ports, and 101 awaiting inspections.

One of the ships, with 40,000 tonnes of grain bound for Ethiopia under the United Nations aid programme, could not leave port on Sunday due to Russia's "blockage", Ukraine's infrastructure minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Twitter, adding that exports were now "impossible".

"Ukraine's Naval Forces...guarantee the safety of the grain corridor."
"President Putin must stop weaponising food and end his illegal war on Ukraine," NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said. "We call on Russia to reconsider its decision and renew the deal urgently, enabling food to reach those who need it most."

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply concerned" by Russia's decision and delayed a foreign visit to try to revive the agreement.

The European Union called on Russia to reverse its decision to pull out of the deal, accusing Moscow of putting at risk supply routes to ease address the global food crisis caused by its war in Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden said the move was "purely outrageous" and would increase starvation.

"This is a completely transparent attempt by Russia to return to the threat of large-scale famine for Africa, for Asia," Ukraine's President Zelensk* said in a video address, calling for a strong response from the UN and for Russia to be kicked out of the G20.

UN | Information note on inspections conducted by the Joint Coordination Centre, 7 Oct
Since the start of operations on 1 August until 6 October ...the JCC increased its inspection teams from two to four, and occasionally five. The last week, waiting times for outbound vessels have unfortunately increased to an average of nine days between arrival in Istanbul and inspection. On more than 50 occasions, inspections could not be completed at the first attempt due to the lack of readiness of the vessel. This has been an additional contributing factor to the congestion at the Sea of Marmara.
Inspections are conducted jointly by Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and UN inspectors daily, checking documentation and looking for any unauthorized cargo or crew.
Barron's | Russia Suspends Role Inspecting Grain Ships In Istanbul: JCC, 30 Oct
Black Sea Grain Initiative | Joint Coordination Centre  Roles and Responsibilities
"Ukraine will ensure safe passage of merchant vessels through its waters."
Slava Ukraini!
by Cat on Sun Oct 30th, 2022 at 10:01:17 PM EST
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Sitting ducks. Go on, have a shot.

Cargo ships loaded with grain and other agricultural products left Ukrainian ports on Monday despite Russia's decision to pull out from a landmark deal designed to ease a global food crisis. As one of the brokers of the grain deal, Turkey has stepped up diplomacy with the two warring countries in a bid to save it as Russia warned that continuing to enforce the agreement without its participation would be "dangerous".

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 04:08:03 PM EST
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Press conference: The problematic situation that arose with the export of Ukrainian grain
On October 31, at 2:30 p.m., a press conference will be held on the topic: "The problematic situation that arose with the export of Ukrainian grain."  
Organizers: Media center Ukraine -- Ukrinform.
Speaker: Andrii Klymenko - head of the Monitoring Group of the Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies, editor-in-chief of BlackSeaNews (online). ...

UTV | 11:30 ET, VO translation (EN) + geography slides, running time 00:32:50

lede: "Russian Federation closes grain corridor" on behalf of JCC. Ukraine authorities can see between the lines of the drama. JCC "radiogram" messages to vessels' captains: You are in danger. Please withdraw from the passage. Notwithstanding deposition of the RF, "Turkey will continue to fulfill its obligations." 12 Odesa-region, out-bound vessels in progress a/o 07:30 local time, plus 4 in-bound to ports. "JCC secretariat issued a formal statement yesterday which is long, and we can find the full text at their official website" (JCC delegations' contingency inspection plan) "so this document is put in diplomatic terms but sounds a bit sarcastic, and just in a few words the essence of it is  that, OK we take into account the suspension of the participation of Russia, but we [unintelligible] our business. Can we proceed to the following slide..." [RED CIRCLE AROUND ODESA BAY, GREY LINE CORRIDOR CURVES] "We see that all the vessels follow the same course, and they were sailing, they were diversion from  their routes, and it was caused by that message by the Russians with the intimidations and demands to stop the movement and they [vessel captains?] did not know what to do for half an hour until they recieved another message from JCC, and they kept following their normal route. Please following slide ..." [BLACK SEA, BOSPHORUS, MEDITERRAEAN vessel positions],  etc.

by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 04:14:07 PM EST
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wut: Planning for the chaotic ["post-Cold War era"] post-Putin world
Vladimir Putin in power has brutalized millions as he careens into tyranny. Yet Vladimir Putin out of power will bring its own brand of chaos: a Shakespearean knife-fight for power; unleashed regional leaders; a nuclear arsenal up for grabs....
by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 03:53:42 PM EST
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Guardian | Gaddafi 'supplies troops with Viagra to encourage mass rape', 29 Apr 2011
Rice is one of the advocates of liberal intervention in the Obama administration, along with the White House foreign affairs adviser Samantha Power, and helped persuade President Obama to intervene in Libya....
archived Ukraine Sacks Human Rights Ombudswoman
NY Post | Russia is giving soldiers Viagra to rape Ukrainians: UN official, 15 Oct
"When you hear women testify about Russian soldiers equipped with Viagra, it's clearly a military strategy," Pramila Patten, UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, told the AFP.

Patten added that the UN has verified "more than a hundred cases" of rape or sexual assault since the invasion began in February. Victims have largely included girls and women, but boys and men have been raped, too.

In September, the head of the organization's Independent International Commission of Inquiry into Ukraine wrote that Russian forces were committing war crimes against civilians, including rape, torture and unlawful confinement....

Vox Ukraine | Two shells hit Rostov region on February 19 fired from Ukraine's territory, 25 March FAKES
APsplainin | Drone strike hits Russian refinery near Ukraine, 22 June Rostov-on-Don, RU
kavkaz-uzel.eu | Residents of Rostov farm frightened by missile incident, 10 Apr
BBC | Belgorod: Fear and denial in Russian city hit by shells, 4 July
European Times | 40 Ukraine shells hit Russia's Rostov, 26 July
CNN | A blast hit a key bridge linking Crimea to Russia, 10 Oct
simile suicide report
by Cat on Tue Oct 18th, 2022 at 09:04:00 PM EST
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How do these "experts' know why they supply troops with Viagra. I don't see a single Linyan or Russian source for this. In the US, on the other hand
The spend of $84.2m was for that year, but the newspaper also reported that $294m had been spent on Viagra, Cialis and other such medications since 2011.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 02:56:07 AM EST
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moderndiplomacy.eu | International Criminal Court and thousands of ignored complaints, 30 July 2021
The civil war in Donbass has been going on for more than seven years now. It broke out in 2014, following Kiev's decision to launch a military operation against the local militia in Donbass, who did not accept the Maidan coup that had happened in February of that same year. More than 10,000 civilians were killed in the conflict.

Correspondent of the French newspaper L'Humanité Vadim Kamenka, French historian Vincent Boulet, as well as a MEP and a member of the Spanish Communist Party Willie Meyer took part in the international conference "Topical Issues of Human Rights Violations in Donbass."
according to the authors of the statement ... "10,650 applications have so far been submitted to the ECHR concerning violations of citizens' rights during the civil armed conflict in Ukraine. Of these, 8,000 come from Crimea and Donbass, including 7,000 from Donbass alone. Moreover, 6,000 are complaints made against Ukraine proper. However, during the past seven years, not a single complaint pertaining to the conflict in Donbass has been considered."

Human rights activists called on the ECHR and the International Criminal Court (ICC) "to ensure that the crimes committed in Donbass are investigated in full compliance with the ECHR and ICC charter, as well as to bring pressure to bear on the political leadership of Ukraine to fulfill its obligations to protect the rights of its citizens."

archived ICC, ICJ declarations March, US Senate ICC, ICJ coup May
by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 01:25:33 AM EST
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Pravda.com.ua | Gauleiter* of the Kherson region complains about the offensive of the [Ukraine] Armed Forces, 15 Oct
The Ukrainian military is trying to launch an offensive in the area of ​​the village of Dudchany in the Beryslav district, said the so-called deputy "head of the administration" [* gauleiter] of the Kherson region occupied by Russia, Kyrylo Stremousov.
People's deputy and military officer Roman Kostenko: I hope we will liberate Kherson by the end of the year, 17 Oct
Since the end of August, the Ukrainian army has been successfully counter-offensive in the south. Sukhy Stavok, Visokopillya, Velyka Oleksandrivka, Davidiv Brid are names of de-occupied settlements little known outside the Kherson region, but an important springboard for further advancement.
There is currently no clear picture or at least a "sketch" of counteroffensive actions in the south in society. The Ukrainian military and political leadership, for obvious reasons, is late in announcing the liberation of populated areas. Before the start of the counteroffensive, the entire front line was temporarily closed for journalists.

UP decided to inquire about the progress of the counteroffensive in the south to the secretary of the parliamentary Committee on Security, Defense and Intelligence, SBU colonel Roman Kostenko. ... In an interview with UP, Kostenko explains why the Russians hold on to the Ukrainian south so tightly, outlines the tactics of the Ukrainian army's counteroffensive and lists the weapons it still needs to build up. And he also tells why, in his opinion, the Ukrainian army currently does not need to reach Kherson [city?] itself.

Pravda.com.ua | GUR published the occupier's story about the "boiler" in the Kherson region, 19 Oct

What preceded this: on October 6, the head of the United Coordination Press Center of the Defense Forces of the South, Natalya Humenyuk, reported that in the south, the occupiers are sandwiched between Ukrainian units and the right bank of the Dnieper: "if their ability to move to the other bank is critically disrupted, it's a disaster."
Kherson region: the enemy DRG tried to bypass the positions of the [Ukraine] Armed Forces near Novaya Kamianka - OVA, 19 Oct
Kherson region: active hostilities continue. Territorial communities along the battle line and in the rear areas systematically suffer from enemy shelling, missile strikes, and drone attacks....
Ukrainian News | Occupiers Want To Deport 60,000 Ukrainians From Right Bank Of Dnieper In Kherson Region, 19 Oct RF civilian evacuation plan
As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on Tuesday, October 18, Volodymyr Saldo, the head of the Kherson collaborators appointed by Russia, announced intention to deport residents of four districts of the Kherson Region on the right bank of the Dnieper that are not controlled by Ukraine. According to him, this is due to the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine allegedly intend to blow up the dam of the Kakhovska HPP [hydro power plant] in order to flood the territories downstream of the river....
The Hill | Biden says Putin's only tool now is to 'brutalize' after he declares martial law in Ukrainian regions, 19 Oct like Kyiv?
..."I think that Vladimir Putin finds himself in an incredibly difficult position. And, what it reflects to me is, it seems his only tool available to him is to brutalize individual citizens in Ukraine, Ukrainian citizens, to try to intimidate them into capitulating," Biden told reporters. ... Putin's martial law order goes into effect on Thursday in the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzh*[,] and Kherson and gives additional emergency powers to regional leaders in Russia Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzh*[,] and Kherson....
reference reciprocal martial laws
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Soviet legacy
Dnipro Cascade of Hydroelectric Stations
construction 1927-1975
Architectuul | Dnieper Power Station origin story
...During World War II, the strategically important dam and plant were partially destroyed by retreating Soviet troops in 1941, and then again by the retreating German troops in 1943....

hybrid influence fujitsu
Hydro Review | Russian forces capture Kakhovka hydropower plant in the Ukraine, 25 Feb

The plant, on the Dnieper River in the Kherson Oblast (province) of southern Ukraine, was put into service in 1956. Rehabilitation and upgrade work was completed in 2013. In 2021, Kakhovka generated more than 1 billion kWh of electricity.

The Ukrainian state-owned utility, PJSC UkrHydroEnergo, owns and operates Kakhovka, and the company reported on Feb. 23 that the plant was "taken under heightened protection by the National Guard of Ukraine, the National Police and the Security Service of Ukraine." Together with the plant's departmental paramilitary guard, law enforcement agencies were providing round-the-clock protection of this critical infrastructure.

Russian forces invaded the Ukraine on Feb. 23, and Kherson was one of the early targets. ...

cyprus-daily.news |  Russia Plans Shelling of Kherson and Destruction of the Kakhovska Hydroelectric Power Plant's Dam, 19 Oct
The Ukrainians break through towards Berislav, which is about 40 km away.  Nearby is Nova Kakhovka and the dam of the Kovkhovska Hydroelectric Power Plant -- the key to the water supply of the occupied Crimea and one of the logistics routes through which Russian troops are transferred.
The RF's occupying troops may attack  the Kakhovska HPP in the Kherson region, disguising a war crime as an alleged attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Such «announcements» have been used by the Russians before, for example, when shelling Donetsk and other Ukrainian cities.

So far, the Russians justify the evacuation [OFF MSSG ALERT] from Kherson by saying that residential buildings will be destroyed after a massive shelling of the Ukrainian army....

Ukriform | Invaders to forcibly deport Kherson residents en masse, 19 Oct
That's according to Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov, who wrote about this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports

"A new manifestation of genocide in the occupied territories... The Ruscists are preparing the forcible deportation of an entire city. So far, it is between voluntary and forcible [OFF MSSG ALERT], supposedly aimed to protect people from hostilities," the posting reads. Fedorov claims that the occupiers seek to populate the city with soldiers and traitors, so that Kherson will turn into an outpost of the "Russian world" in the south of Ukraine.
Gauleiter, the so-called acting governor, Volodymyr Saldo, made a statement on the evacuation [OFF MSSG ALERT] of the population of all districts of Kherson region to the right bank of the Dnipro.

"There is an immediate danger of flooding due to the planned destruction of the dam of the Kakhovska HPP and the discharge of water from the cascade of power plants upstream of the Dnipro. I announce the voluntary relocation and evacuation of residents of the Beryslavsky Belozersky, Oleksandrivsky, and Snehirevsky districts. All these efforts will be undertaken in an organized manner."

archived Russian Forces Unblock Water Flow for Canal to Annexed Crimea, ruscists in Casualty, evacuation and deportation candidates Donbass, FYI "scholarship" 1917-1944
by Cat on Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 10:33:42 PM EST
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Pravda.com.ua | SBU detained 4 residents of Vinnytsia who filmed and forwarded videos of [enemy] "arrivals", 19 Oct
Details: One of them took a video of the consequences of the kamikaze drone attack, showing the scale of damage to the critical infrastructure object, and shared it with his colleagues, the other three also shared it with friends.
As specified by the UP in the press service of the SBU, a preventive conversation was held with the detainees.
Literally: "The service records cases of distribution of such videos on the Internet, carries out a complex of investigative and procedural actions to identify and bring those involved to justice.

Keep calm, common sense and do not play along with the enemy. We will win together!".

Ukranews | Rada Recognized Chechnya As Temporarily Occupied By Russia, 18 Oct
287 parliamentarians voted for the adoption of draft resolution No. 8132 as a whole with the minimum required 226, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

According to the document, the Ukrainian parliament:

• declares the recognition of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation as a result of armed aggression committed in violation of the Charter of the United Nations;
• condemns the international crimes committed by Russia during the first (1994-1996) and second (1999-2009) wars against the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, the policy of genocide of the Chechen people, imitating the criminal actions of the tsarist regime of 1817-1864 and the Soviet authorities of 1944;
• calls on UN Member States and international organizations to ensure an independent and impartial investigation of international crimes committed in the territory of the temporarily occupied Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Pravda.com.ua | Greece has started the transfer of BMP-1 to Ukraine, 19 Oct
"'Circular exchanges' were also discussed with other countries that have Soviet-style weapons."
by Cat on Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 12:46:59 AM EST
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Ukriform | Ener*oatom chief warns of "Fukushima scenario", 19 Oct
That's according to Ener*oatom President, Petro Kotin, who spoke in an interview with Radio NV, Ukrinform reports.
In the Belgorod region, a substation was damaged by shelling, and there are interruptions with electricity and water

Ukrainian strikes killed 10 Iranian citizens who were training Russians - NSA media

"Now they have abducted their deputy HR. This was done in order to ensure the transition to a fake organization that they founded in Moscow, the 'NPP Operating Organization'. So they created this fake entity, appointed a director there, who is trying to convince all staffers to pen applications for joining Rosatom. I do not recommend that they do this and I ask our employees not to voluntarily switch, not to sign any contracts," Kotin said....
President Zelensky: Occupiers will try to recruit men into their army, 20 Oct
today I want to address our people in the temporarily occupied areas of southern and eastern Ukraine. In the near future, the occupiers will try to recruit men into their army. Everywhere is the same as in Donetsk and Luhansk. Please avoid it as much as you can. Try to leave the occupied territory.
Zelensky signs law on voluntary military registration of women, 21 Oct

Draft Resolution on the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on condemnation of the occupation of the territory of the Republic of Belarus by the Russian Federation, 21 Oct

If you cannot do this and find yourself in Russian military structures, at the first opportunity try to lay down your arms and come to Ukrainian positions. And most importantly, protect your life. And be sure to help our other people who are close to you. Our common task is to persevere. Stand against these weirdoes......
Ukriform | Russia preparing terrorist attack at Kakhovka HPP - Zelensky, 21 Oct
"During a meeting of the European Council today, I informed the Europeans about another terrorist attack, which Russia is preparing at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. According to our information, the units and dam of the Kakhovka HPP were mined by Russian terrorists. Now everyone in the world must act powerfully and quickly to prevent such a Russian terrorist attack...." Zelensky said.
The Yermak-McFaul International Working Group has prepared a Roadmap for individual sanctions against Russian propagandists, opinion leaders and artists, 21 Oct
"The world must react - preventively," the head of state said.
Ukriform | Ukraine launches new gas well in Kharkiv region with over 50 mcm annual capacity, 21 Oct, unexpectedly
The JSC Ukrgazvydobuvannya gas production company has kicked off operations at a new well in Kharkiv region with a daily throughput of more than 140,000 cubic meters. This was announced by Naftogaz of Ukraine CEO Yury Vitrenko on Facebook, Ukrinform reports.
London hedge fund VR Capital blocks Naftogaz debt restructuring - FT, 19 Oct

Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with representatives of Goldman Sachs, 20 Oct

On an annual basis, 51 million cubic meters of gas can be extracted from the well, which, according to Vitrenko, will help save US$102 million on the imports.

As reported, JSC Ukrgazvydobuvannya drilled 30.2 km of new wells in September, which is a record high for the company. Last month, the firm began resuming extraction operations that had to be suspended due to the full-scale Russian invasion.

by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 10:37:28 PM EST
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Bertelsmann | 'A Message from Ukraine' By Volodymyr Zelensky
Penguin Random House calls the work a "battle cry for liberty."
Bringing together a new introduction by Volodymyr Zelensky with his most powerful war speeches, "A Message from Ukraine" recounts Ukraine's story through the words of its president. It is the story of a nation valiantly defending itself from Russian aggression. And it is the story of a people leading the world in the struggle for democracy. Above all, it is a battle cry for the world to speak out and fight for liberty. If not now, when? The book includes sixteen speeches that the President has personally selected to explore Ukraine's journey since 2019, as well as a stirring introduction in which he reflects on what he has learnt about himself and about Ukraine since the full-scale invasion. All the President's proceeds from the book - amounting to at least 60p per copy of the print edition sold in the U.K. - will go to United24, his initiative to collect donations in support of Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said: "Supporting Ukraine is not a trend, a meme or a viral challenge. It is not a force to rapidly spread across the planet and then just as rapidly disappear. If you want to understand where we are from, what we want and where we are going, you need to learn more about who we are. This book will help you do just that. Since my inauguration in May 2019, I have delivered about 1,000 different addresses around the world. I have selected the sixteen speeches in this book because they will help you understand Ukrainians: our aspirations, our principles, and our values. Above all, this book will help you hear our message to the world: that we are a free and independent people, and that we will not stop fighting until the last Russian troop has left our territory." ...

by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 05:18:58 PM EST
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CBC | 'I want to remain human': Volodymyr Zelensk* on the price of war and the future of Ukraine, 20 Oct
In his interview this week with Canadian journalists (my CBC News colleagues Briar Stewart and Radio-Canada's Marie-Eve Bédard, and CTV's Paul Workman), the former comedian and actor turned world leader delivered a tour-de-force performance.

Eloquent, forceful and gusty, but also gracious and at times relaxed, Zelenskyy called out Iran for selling "kamikaze" drones to Russia -- the kind being used to wreck Ukraine's electricity grid. He called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Europe to stop handling Moscow with kid gloves over the occupation of the Zaporizh* nuclear power plant.

He also offered some remarkable moments of reflection -- glimpses of the man behind the office and the depth of the anger and resentment his people might carry into an eventual peace with Russia. ....

running time 00:35:43, UKRAINIAN machine translations


STEWART: We saw this week the terrifying scenes of K*v hit by "kamakai" drones [guided missiles]. How can you possibly defend against such an insidious weapon like this. And can you confirm that eye-rainy-ans are in Crimean training the Russians on how to use these weapons?
V. ZELENSK* [auto-trans]: We all need to protect ourselves first of all from the lies spread by some people, and I do not trust the leadership of Iran. And by the way tragic moments besides the friendship between us and Canada connect us and the tragic moment is that I do not trust them personally and their words are the Iranian leadership itself. I didn't spill the citizens. He [?] says to Iran, I want us to  demarcate these things. Why is there a tragedy? Do you remember the downing of a Ukrainian airliner, when an Iranian missile shot down, and there were many, many Canadian citizens. After that, the Iranian leadership said that it was not us, but after we, our Canadian specialists and our partners helped, they found all the details that proved it exactly despite the fact the the authorities wanted to go somewhere in the morning. [PAUSE. GESTURE TO OFF CAMERA CUE] No, they wanted to hide these details somewhere related to this missile attack on the Ukrainian plane. So when we found all the evidence, they said, yes, it was accidental, but they said its a historical drama, we are our controllensis. [ENGLISH] Except for condolences I heard nothing....
by Cat on Sun Oct 23rd, 2022 at 08:31:41 PM EST
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yeah, I'm taking Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) teaser rate (€ 0.00) to pass the wall for 30 days, because some rather astonishing headlines crossed my uhh desktop this weekend. For example,

FAZ | "Only one can use nuclear weapons in our part of Europe"

Sunday, Russia made new allegations against Ukraine. In a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Sébastien Lecornu, Defense Minister Sergey Sho[i]gu claimed that Kyiv was planning to detonate a "dirty bomb", i.e. a conventional explosive device laced with radioactive substances. The crime should then be blamed on Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* addressed the allegations in his evening video address and called on the international community to resist any further escalation of the war. If Moscow accuses Ukraine of wanting to throw a so-called dirty bomb, it is preparing something dirty itself, said Zelensk*. He spoke of a "phone carousel" between the Russian defense minister and ministers from the NATO countries France, Great Britain, Turkey[,] and the United States.

"If anyone can use nuclear weapons in our part of Europe, there is only one - and that one ordered Comrade Sho*gu to call there," Zelensk* said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin . The world must make it clear that it is not ready to swallow this "dirt".

archived "Dirty Bombs and Dialects Defend Democracy" Mar 2022
FAZ | Ein Marshallplan für die Ukraine, VON URSULA VON DER LEYEN UND OLAF SCHOLZ
Die internationale Gemeinschaft leistet große finanzielle Unterstützung. Mehr als 35 Milliarden Euro haben die G-7-Staaten, die Europäische Union und ihre Mitglieder bislang allein an Soforthilfe für die Ukraine aufgebracht. Dieses Geld soll der Ukraine helfen, ihren unmittelbaren Finanzbedarf zu decken. Damit trotz des Krieges die Verwaltung weiter funktioniert. Damit Lehrer, Polizistinnen, Ärzte und Soldatinnen bezahlt werden können und die medizinische Versorgung aufrechterhalten wird.

Die Hilfe muss transparent und effizient sein ...

FAZ | The interest rate paradise of Eastern Europe is tempting, Marty McFly PhD, Risk 101
The return is correspondingly high. Two-year government bonds from the Czech Republic yield almost 6 percent, Polish 7.5 percent and those from Hungary more than 12 percent. Ten-year bonds are yielding less, sometimes significantly, as in Hungary at just under 10 percent.
Deuber from Raiffeisenbank International also draws attention to another connection. The average key interest rate in Central and Southeastern Europe is currently 8 percent. This corresponds to the level before the global financial crisis or partly in the early 2000s. In the coming years he sees a growing "interest rate convergence fantasy", after which the key interest rates in Central and South-Eastern Europe coming from "above" approached the lower interest rate level of currently 1.25 percent in Western Europe, which is determined by the ECB.

Opportunities for long-term gains

"This means that there are again opportunities for long-term price gains on the local capital markets for fixed-income securities," Deuber is certain. The revival of "interest rate convergence trades" and the growing focus of investors on fixed income investments "should make investors look more towards the EU non-euro countries again"....
Because in the Czech Republic , Hungary, Poland and Romania, significantly higher interest rates are paid. Since the middle of last year, and thus far earlier than the ECB, the central banks have raised key interest rates sharply to 6.25 percent in Romania, 6.75 percent in Poland, 7.00 percent in the Czech Republic and even 13 percent in Hungary.

The end of the rate hike.

by Cat on Sun Oct 23rd, 2022 at 09:25:50 PM EST
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FAZ | "It's literally a matter of days", interview in relevant parts
Russian troops are increasingly destroying civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. [UA] Prime Minister Schmyhal explains in an interview what helps against Iranian kamikaze drones and asks for quick support.
How can the West help?
Above all, we need anti-aircraft defenses. Germany has already delivered the IRIS-T system to us. It has been in use for a week and has already saved many, many lives, especially in the Kyiv area. Unfortunately, at the moment we only have such a system and we are impatiently waiting for the next shipment of ammunition. And of course also to the next system. I hope this will be there in November.
It's literally a matter of days. The Russians use twenty to thirty Iranian kamikaze drones against us every day. They're hard to shoot down. That's why we ask our partners here for special repellents [sic].
You speak of a migration tsunami in winter. What does that mean?

Europe must then prepare for a big wave. Today, however, people still travel both ways. Since February 24, more than eight million people have left the country and more than seven million [?] have returned. Surveys show that 85 percent of our compatriots who have left the country want to go back. And we want to create suitable conditions for these people as quickly as possible. This is one of the reasons why reconstruction is a very urgent issue for us.

money quote
The EU pledged nine billion euros to Ukraine last summer. Of these, three billion are not yet in sight. Where is the problem?

We get huge support from our partners. Number one is America, number two is the EU. Germany is in the top group, and above all: the 1.3 billion that we received from Germany are not loans but grants. We are infinitely grateful for that. We are still discussing the last three billion from the EU[,] because Germany believes that this money should not come as a loan but as a grant. For us, the most important thing is that it comes as soon as possible. We need it for our financial system to survive. Whether that becomes a loan or a grant is less important. We have already exhausted all savings opportunities. Today, the defense budget makes up 60 percent of our government spending, and we use the financial aid from our partners to a large extent for the social needs of the people and for reconstruction. Any delay here can have dire consequences.

If we talk about an extremely negative scenario, we could no longer pay wages and no pensions. However, Ukraine's financial stability is just as important as military security or the supply of ammunition.

by Cat on Sun Oct 23rd, 2022 at 10:07:48 PM EST
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Hey! He's got an idea. Since a "diplomatic solution" is off the table, let your government indemnify our Buy American moral hazard!

Politico.eu.com | Ukraine calls for war insurance to attract [sic] private investors, 25 Oct

"We think that insurance for private investments and all other investment projects in Ukraine will have to be a part of a program on rebuilding of Ukraine, and it should have some significant part in it," said Sergiy Tsivkach, director of UkraineInvest, a government agency tasked with attracting foreign direct investments licensed to sell Advantage Ukraine commercial paper, to POLITICO in an interview. That's what Ukraine has asked for, and it's working with institutions including the World Bank [!] to set up such a scheme.
The World Bank estimated the cost of Ukraine reconstruction at $350 billion -- a price tag that's rising [sic] with every Russian bomb or drone strike.
down from July 2022 750 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS ask
"Right now it's in a very, very hot phase of war because they're bombing daily. That's why it's difficult to say we have to restart building now," said Valeria Gontareva, a former Ukrainian central banker
your former employer, the National Bank of Ukraine, is bankrupt
and currently a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics < wipes tears>. So far, money has been pouring out of the country. Ukraine's FDI flows fell significantly as a result of Russia's invasion, from $577 million in the first quarter of the year, to minus $286 million in the second quarter, according to data from UkraineInvest.
A range of one to four percent [?!] would be an acceptable [risk] premium, he said.
underwriter of last resort
Multilateral Investment Agency Guarantee (MIGA), a World Bank group agency, is the largest provider of so-called political risks insurance, covering risks related to political instability, government expropriation and conflicts in countries where private underwriters don't dare to operate.
The World Bank is setting up a Donor Trust Fund equipped with $17 billion to help finance Ukraine's reconstruction. Ukraine hopes that a part of that collateral would be dedicated to the provision of war insurance
Other options include bilateral deals between national governments and their investors, whereby the U.S. government's Development Finance [Corporation] (DFC)
Are DFC services taxpayer funded? DFC is committed to generating returns for the American taxpayer through its investments in development.
would cover American investors, Germany's economy ministry insurance would cover German investors [LOL! nope]
Finally, Ukraine could issue sovereign bonds at a floating rate [?], depending on war developments, and use the collected revenue sale proceeds to cover premium costs, [yield,] and potential losses, Tsivkach said.
media blackout: London hedge fund VR Capital blocks Naftogaz debt restructuring, SIDEBAR adjustment bureau
by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 12:12:13 AM EST
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by generic on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 01:03:34 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:03:11 PM EST
JewishNews.co.uk | Liz Truss: 'I'm a huge Zionist and huge supporter of Israel'
The Prime Minister was joined a numerous cabinet ministers who all spoke at the Conservative Friends of Israel event at the Tory Party's annual conference in Birmingham [2 Oct]
Truss added: "In this world - where we are facing threats from authoritarian regimes who don't believe in freedom and democracy - two free democracies, the UK and Israel, need to stand shoulder to shoulder and we will be even closer in the future."

Meanwhile Foreign Secretary James Cleverly spoke at the event of his "incredible pride" at being involved in the "warming of relations between Israel and its neighbours in the region", adding that it "is something the UK should celebrate"....

Israel will not recognise Russian [sic] referendums and welcomes wounded Ukrainian soldiers, 30 Sep
NARRATOR: Was there legal concern inside the Bush Administration that this might be an act of undeclared war?
DAVID SANGER, NYT: If there were concerns, I haven't found them. That doesn't mean that they didn't exist and that some lawyers somewhere weren't concerned about it, but this was an entirely new territory.
Zero Days
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 04:54:28 PM EST
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OFF THE LOWS! w/e 8 Oct

GBP:EUR, 1:1.138
GBP:USD, 1:1:109

by Cat on Sat Oct 8th, 2022 at 07:45:18 PM EST
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Guardian | The Scottish REFERENDUM supreme court case - what you need to know, 11 Oct
The court has been asked whether the Scottish parliament needs Westminster consent for a vote on independence
[Lord Advocate Dorothy] Bain explained to the court on Tuesday morning that she would not be able to clear the referendum bill because she did not have "the necessary degree of confidence" that it would be within the competence of the Scottish parliament....
WoS | Nothing but surrender, 10 Oct
Sometimes even fools and liars and charlatans speak the truth. Thing is, we rather liked it when the horses south of the border were frightened. Things happened in those days. But to coin a phrase, those days are past now....
archived Another referendum in Scotland? double-plus 2014 "energy poverty"
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 06:42:50 PM EST
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EU official spokeswoman: Members must commit to join the euro - but timetable open, 30 Oct hereditary opt-outs
Ms Sturgeon's Government published a paper on the economic and currency policy of an independent Scotland earlier this month, saying the country would continue to use Sterling until a new pound was established. [D]espite pledging to rejoin the EU the paper did not commit to joining the euro insisting it was not "the right option for Scotland".
The First Minister denied lying on the currency issue and said many EU countries still use their own currency. She quoted a number of sources, including former prime minister David Cameron [!] and the ex-president of the European Commission, as holding a different view to that of the unnamed sources quoted in the Times.
Dr Fabian Zuleeg, chief executive of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, clarified the situation further.

He said: "All countries that join the European Union have to commit to the Acquis Communautaire, the body of law of the European Union.

"Within it, there is an in principle commitment to Economic and Monetary Union, but a country only enters the euro and becomes part of the eurozone when it fulfil[l]s the conditions (the Maastricht criteria). A candidate country would not be expected to make this commitment until membership."...

by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 09:35:39 PM EST
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Guardian v.US Liz Truss insists tax cuts will go ahead despite public spending promise
Liz Truss has said the Conservatives will push ahead with tax cuts without cutting public spending, instead allowing borrowing to rise over the next few years.
There had been increasing expectation that Kwarteng will announce tough spending cuts since currency and government debt markets reacted with dismay to the scale of unfunded tax cuts in his mini-budget. But speaking at prime minister's questions, just before ["Kwarteng No.2" Chris] Philp answered a Labour urgent question on the economy, Truss surprised many MPs by ruling this out.
Philp said there would not even be real-terms cuts, which would happen if budgets were not increased in line with inflation. Philp told MPs the government would stick to the last government spending review, known as SR21.
Guardian v.UK The meteoric rise of Suella Braverman
At the Conservative party conference last week Suella Braverman told a fringe event that her "obsession" was to finally see a plane transporting asylum seekers to Rwanda splashed across the front pages of newspapers. Soon there were reports she wanted to upgrade cannabis to a class A drug. But apart from her ability to shock the left with her pronouncements, many of us know little about who the new home secretary is.
Politico.eu.com | No plans for Narendra Modi UK visit as Suella Braverman comments sour India trade talks
New Delhi is seething over a British Cabinet minister's comments on Indian immigration, and a key deadline now looks in doubt.

British and Indian media reported

On Wednesday, the U.K.-based Times newspaper had even said the FTA talks were on the "verge of collapse" quoting Indian government officials who wanted PM Truss to distance herself publicly from the remarks made [by] Ms. Braverman.

In addition, a spat has broken out about India's decision not to restore e-visas for U.K. citizens, possibly in response to long U.K. delays over visas, which has led to complaints and cancellations by thousands of British travellers and businessmen, diplomats said.

that Modi planned to visit the U.K. for the Diwali October 24 deadline set by both sides in April to conclude trade talks with his British counterpart. But those plans are no longer being pursued, two people close to the negotiations confirmed to POLITICO.
While U.K. Home Secretary Suella Braverman is supportive of a trade deal with India, she expressed "reservations" in an interview in the Spectator [08.10.22] last week
Suella Braverman: 'Brexit isn't a revolution - it's a restoration'
about more visa access for students and businesspeople as part of that. She accused New Delhi of not living up to the terms of a mobility pact forged last year. More leeway on migration is one of India's key and remaining requests in the negotiations.
Two-way trade between the two countries was worth £24 billion in 2021. The U.K. government hopes to grow this through a deal. A trade department spokesperson said they "won't sacrifice quality for speed, and will only sign when we have a deal that meets both countries' interests."
by Cat on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 11:41:07 PM EST
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You're a Braverman than I am, Gunga Din

(with mock apologies to Rudyard Kipling

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 11:26:45 AM EST
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Windrush compensation scheme beset by slow repayments to victims, 28 Oct
Simon Murray, official overseeing programme, said he is concerned at the number of people who have died before receiving anything
by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 10:48:25 PM EST
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CNBC | UK's Suella Braverman resigns as interior minister after 43 days, 19 Oct
In the letter, she said she had sent an official document -- a draft written ministerial statement that had not been published -- from her personal email to a parliamentary colleague in order to get support for her policy. This, she said, "constitutes a technical infringement of the rules."
ITV | Grant Shapps replaces Suella Braverman as Home Secretary, 19 Oct
Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: "This is a government in chaos. People should not be forced to watch the Conservative party implode day after day while real people suffer.

"There is a of cost of living catastrophe, health service crisis[,] and now a rudderless Home Office. The only solution now is a general election so the public can get off this carousel of Conservative chaos."

Yvette Cooper [!] MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, said: "This Tory government is falling apart at the seams. To appoint and then sack both your home secretary and chancellor within 6 weeks is utter chaos. This is no way to run a government....

Manchester Evening News | Liz Truss response in full as Home Secretary blasts Prime Minister
[Truss] told MPs: "I am a fighter, not a quitter" as she battled to save her job, telling MPs: "I have been very clear that I am sorry and that I have made mistakes."

Ms Truss now risks a fresh fight with Tory MPs by making a vote on a Labour motion on fracking [?!] a test of confidence in her administration.

There is speculation that the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee [!] Sir Graham Brady had already received more than 54 letters calling for a confidence vote in the PM - the threshold for triggering one if Ms Truss was not in the 12 months' grace period for new leaders.

archived Priti Patel resigns, It's tough to choose... in Getting rid of Boris...
by Cat on Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 05:45:11 PM EST
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Canberra Times | Assange tests positive for COVID-19, 10 Oct
and faces days of isolation in his prison cell, his wife says.
"Julian was feeling unwell last week but started feeling sick on Friday. He started coughing and had a fever," she said.

"He was given some paracetamol. He tested positive for COVID on Saturday, the same day thousands of people came out onto the streets to support him."
The UK Ministry of Justice has been approached for a comment.

by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 05:53:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 10:53:37 PM EST
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Guardian | OpEd | So farewell, Kwasi.
Your career died so Liz Truss's might live for at least 15 more minutes

"Kwarteng is out, Hunt [!] is in, and the farcical merry-go-round keeps spinning"
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 03:57:53 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 08:32:03 PM EST
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It's surely a sign that the job of finance minister is so perilous/hopeless: the last four incumbents were "non-white" as they used to say.

Likewise, two of three post-Brexit Prime Ministers are women : no serious man would have wanted the job.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 11:35:35 AM EST
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Wings o'er | totally normal country
Between recesses and the mourning period for the Queen, the UK Parliament has been sitting for just four weeks since the 1st of July this year. In that time the government has somehow managed to lose three Chancellors Of The Exchequer and is about to engage its fourth in the alarming form of Jeremy Hunt, a man whose primary claim to fame and utility to the UK is as rhyming slang....
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 09:20:09 PM EST
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Liz Truss's resignation speech in full
"women and minorities" exclusive
by Cat on Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 01:50:18 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Oct 20th, 2022 at 06:52:07 PM EST
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Post-Brexit Britain such a shitshow that everyone in the EU is now worried.

European leaders call for political stability in UK after Truss exit

European leaders have expressed hope for a return to political stability in the United Kingdom following the resignation of British prime minister Liz Truss after just six turbulent weeks in office.

News of the Conservative party leader's resignation broke just as leaders of European Union countries began to arrive at a summit in Brussels to discuss a joint response to high energy costs and the war in Ukraine.

"In the context that we all know, the context of war, of energy tensions and a wider crisis, it is important that Britain quickly re-find political stability," said French president Emmanuel Macron.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 02:38:29 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 02:43:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 03:17:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 03:56:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 05:51:36 PM EST
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APsplainin parliamentary democracy
yanno, like Chinese ppl never actually vote for their president.
by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 11:13:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 03:52:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 03:54:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 05:22:29 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:03:24 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 08:46:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 08:49:43 PM EST
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Debbie Downer speaks out!
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 11:25:35 PM EST
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Inflation Reduction Act UPDATE
This means, it's working!
by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 10:53:17 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 02:34:35 PM EST
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20-year menu
• $100B Micron Technology Inc fab capEx
• $6B in subsidies
• 9K direct hires, 40K complementary "community jobs" saved or created worldwide
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 05:19:27 PM EST
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Asia Times | Japan to lend Micron a big subsidy helping hand, 1 Oct
to support the production of Micron Technology's most advanced DRAM memory chips in Hiroshima.
"stakeholder" intervention
The subsidy, announced on September 30, should boost the competitiveness of both Micron and Japan's semiconductor industry vis-à-vis South Korea's Samsung and SK hynix, and strengthen the US-Japan ["]technology alliance["]
Market leader Samsung Electronics had 44% while its Korean rival SK hynix had 28%. Most of the remaining share was held by Nanya and other Taiwanese companies; China's ChangXin Memory had less than 2%.
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 09:23:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 11:21:42 PM EST
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CNSNews | Gov. Newsom Signs Law Making California a Sanctuary for Children Seeking Gender Transition Drugs, Sex-Change Surgery, 4 Oct
The law enables California state courts to block parental rights [?] if their child travels to California for such procedures, and it also prevents releasing medical information to the parents.
separating families
Gov. Newsom, in a Sept. 29 statement, said, "States across the country are passing laws to demonize the transgender community, especially transgender youth and their parents.... The hate demonstrated by these laws is unfathomable and has contributed to soaring suicide rates.... This is unacceptable - we must fight for our youth and their parents. With the signing of this bill, California will ensure these kids and their families can seek and obtain the medical care and mental health care they need." ...
L.A. Times | Newsom signs bill protecting transgender youths and families fleeing red-state policies, 29 Sep
Senate Bill 107 by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) provides for a range of safeguards meant to block out-of-state attempts to penalize families that come to California seeking medical treatment for transgender children and teens or that move to the state to avoid consequences for already seeking that treatment elsewhere.

In a signing message, Newsom said that state laws attempting to ban medical care for transgender people younger than 18 "demonize" the community and are an act of hate. ...

by Cat on Sat Oct 8th, 2022 at 05:25:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 9th, 2022 at 02:34:57 AM EST
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Dawn | 'Factually incorrect and misleading': PM Shehbaz rejects Biden's nukes remark, 14 Oct
At a Democratic congressional campaign committee reception on Thursday, Biden said Pakistan may be "one of the most dangerous nations in the world" as the country has "nuclear weapons without any cohesion".

A transcript of the address, published on the White House's website, quoted Biden as saying: "... And what I think is maybe one of the most dangerous nations in the world: Pakistan. Nuclear weapons without any cohesion."
On Twitter, PM Shehbaz said Pakistan was unequivocally a responsible nuclear state which took the matter of nuclear safety with the "utmost seriousness".

"Let no one have any doubts," he tweeted, adding that he was proud that the country's nuclear assets had the "best" safeguards as per the IAEA's requirements.
"We have also historically provided military assistance to the very armed forces whose commander in chief erroneously questions our 'cohesion'," the defence minister pointed out.
Official demarche issued to US envoy
Later in the day, a press release from the Foreign Office said that Acting Foreign Secretary Jauhar Saleem called in US Ambassador Donald Blome to deliver a "strong demarche" for Biden's comments.

"Pakistan's disappointment and concern were conveyed to the US envoy on the unwarranted remarks, which were not based on ground reality or facts....

Dawn | Pakistan can benefit from US 'relaxation' on Russia oil, 4 Oct broke-ass mofo
archived UNGA 12 Oct PK, Ener*oatom gets a pass | fail exam in Casualty, extortion, STEP 3. SUCKERS!
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 05:57:18 PM EST
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wut: "The board's charter stipulates that members 'are appointed to provide advice on the basis of his or her individual best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest.'"
by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 04:00:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 06:28:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 09:41:28 PM EST
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a manifesto: "Biden admin declares post-Cold War era 'definitively over'", 14 Oct steaming mess o' strategic "cooperation" strategy o'er de strategic jungle
Jake "The Snake" Sullivan, the national security adviser, said the Russia-launched war didn't significantly change Biden's foreign policy views. "It's only been reinforced and amplified over the course of his time in office," he told reporters Wednesday in a call organized by the White House.

[Europe's 19th century burden] in the new document echoes the Trump administration's national security strategy, which asserted "great power competition returned," and the second Obama-era iteration [BWHA!] , which emphasized the need to revitalize democracy at home while partnering with allies on global issues.

It makes sense, as Biden, Sullivan, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have spoken repeatedly in both Trumpian and Obamian terms on world affairs, sometimes in the same sentence < wipes tears >....

whitehouse.gov | FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration's National Security Strategy
"Read the full [48 pp] strategy here," if you dare
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 02:07:16 PM EST
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On rational choice theory and the sanctity of personal fweedom
...Our rivals' challenges are profound and mounting. Their problems, at both home and abroad, are associated with the pathologies inherent in highly personalized autocracies and are less easily remedied than ours...
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 02:40:30 PM EST
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Cooperating to Address Shared Challenges in an Era of Competition

Heightened competition between democracies and autocracies is just one of two critical trends we face. The other is shared challenges--or what some call transnational challenges—that do not respect borders and affect all nations. These two trends affect each other—geopolitical competition changes, and often complicates, the context in which shared challenges can be addressed while those problems often exacerbate geopolitical competition, as we saw with the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic[,] when the PRC was unwilling to cooperate with the international community. We cannot succeed in our competition with the major powers who offer a different vision for the world[,] if we do not have a plan to work with other nations to deal with shared challenges[,] and we will not be able to do that unless we understand how a more competitive world affects cooperation and how the need for cooperation affects competition. We need a strategy that not only deals with both but recognizes the relationship between them and adjusts accordingly....

Or, How to buy my mf patent waiver!
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 02:50:11 PM EST
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"Although the Cold War's shadow has long since receded ..." (DOD,"2022 Nuclear Posture Review Fact Sheet, US Extended Deterrence") US America is committed to menacing the cultivation of economic and political relationships between China and Russia, specifically, and any sovereign state.

Bloomberg locked its preview of DOD's 2022 National Defense Review, posted today, 27 Oct.

The Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy rejected limits on using nuclear weapons long championed by arms control advocates and in the past by President Joe Biden.

Citing burgeoning threats from China and Russia, the Defense Department said in the document released Thursday that "by the 2030s the United States will, for the first time in its history [sic] face two major nuclear powers as strategic competitors and potential adversaries." In response, the US will "maintain a very high bar for nuclear employment" without ruling out using the weapons in retaliation to a non-nuclear strategic threat* to the homeland, US forces abroad or allies.

The highlight portion summarizes the full text—part nuclear arms production schedule, part repudiation of deterrance and NPT rationales. It's quite an obscene document, the antithesis of negotiable conflict resolution. The following excerpt comes closest to vindicating the Bloomberg lede and glorifying an historical prerogative to massacre 100s of thousands of civilians at once.
The United States will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states that are party to the NPT and in compliance with their nuclear non-proliferation obligations. For all other states, there remains a narrow range of contingencies in which U.S. nuclear weapons may still play a role in deterring attacks that have strategic effect* against the United States or its Allies and partners*.
Declaratory policy is informed by the threat, assessed adversary perceptions, Ally and partner perspectives, and our strategic risk reduction objectives. We conducted a thorough review of a broad range of options for nuclear declaratory policy - including both No First Use and Sole Purpose* policies - and concluded that those approaches would result in an unacceptable level of risk in light of the range of non-nuclear capabilities being developed and fielded by competitors that could inflict strategic-level* damage to the United States and its Allies [NATO] and partners*. Some Allies and partners* are particularly vulnerable to attacks with non-nuclear means that could produce devastating effects. We retain the goal of moving toward a sole purpose* declaration and we will work with our Allies and partners* to identify concrete steps that would allow us to do so. [p 45]
* undefined
by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 01:54:32 AM EST
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... options for nuclear declaratory policy - including both No First Use and Sole Purpose* policies ...

*exception(alism) the sole power having the Divine right to bear nuclear arms and rule the world.

Any other sovereign state has forfeited this right as the effect of deterrence from multiple origins cannot endure, nor be defended. By declaration diplomacy is dead and the United Nations is referred to the dust bin of history. John Bolton is our prophet and the MAGA policy has been adopted as our National Interest.

Topic is worth a diary ... definitely.

A self-declaration of being a fascist, terror state. My diary exactly one-year ahead of the barbaric assault on the Capitol, the symbol of presumed Democracy in the New World.

United States of America Declared a Bandit State | Jan. 4, 2020 |

(frontpaged - Frank Schnittger)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 06:34:19 AM EST
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NEW! FRESH! poll smoke
The Hill | 79 percent of voters describe the US as 'out of control', 31 Oct
CBS News-YouGov, Oct. 26 to Oct. 28, n=2,119 (an improvement! in good-enuf sample size)
by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 01:53:30 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 01:56:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 02:03:05 PM EST
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"Poor, less white" has entered the room.

merits duplication in Crisis as Discipline, NPI Systems Design 2022

by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 04:33:13 PM EST
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women and Latino voters has entered the room.
by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 04:08:54 PM EST
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"Garza, if she wins, has pledged to use her office to protect reproductive rights."
by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 04:14:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 04:55:21 PM EST
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Tim Ryan insists Biden should not run in 2024, but will attend Ohio event with him today | Sept. 9, 2022 |

Ohio Democratic Senate nominee Tim Ryan has insisted that President Biden should not run for the White House in 2024, saying it is time for a "generational move" for both parties amid a "poisonous" political atmosphere in America.

Ryan's remarks, which were made during an interview with Youngstown's WFMJ-TV, one day before he is slated to appear alongside Biden during his visit to the state to tour a new semiconductor manufacturing facility from Intel near Columbus.

Donald beat Joe by 8 pts in Ohio

Recently ...

Ohio U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan says "no," he won't be asking Biden or national Democrats to campaign with him | CBS News - Oct. 11, 2022 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 06:11:20 PM EST
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Politico.com | Wes Moore has never been elected to anything. Some backers are already eyeing the White House., 21 Oct 2022 national score 2024
Moore is poised to become just the third [?] elected Black governor in U.S. history if he holds onto a wide polling lead in Maryland. He may well be the nation's only Black chief executive in the country next year.
Reuters | Fact HISTORIC Box 2008
Even President Joe Biden chose a Democratic Party event in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Rockville as his unofficial midterm campaign kickoff. There Biden heaped praise on Moore, the former head of the Robin Hood Foundation, the anti-poverty nonprofit, as well as a captain who led troops in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan.

"Wes is the real deal. The real deal, folks. He's a combat veteran. Only drawback is he's a Rhodes Scholar," Biden joked. "Former CEO of one of the biggest anti-poverty organizations in America," he continued, "and if we all do our part, the next governor of Maryland."

And while the president made no mention of his former boss, others in the party can't help but compare Moore, a moderate, to the nation's first Black president. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer [!] not-so-subtly reached for not one, but two former presidents as comparisons when asked about Moore's experience.

✓ boxes
Moore, who turned 44 [!] over the weekend, often redirects talk about his own trailblazing candidacy to more broadly speak about the history-making Democrat ticket he's on. One that includes Aruna Miller, the nominee for lieutenant governor who would be the first woman of color and immigrant elected to statewide office; Brooke Lierman who would be the state's first woman comptroller; and Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) [O'Malley Lt Gov, 2007-2015], running to become the state's first Black attorney general.
Moore is also running a broad base campaign in a blue [BWAHAHAHAHAHA] state where voters have elected Republican governors in three out of the previous five election cycles.

"There is stuff for progressives to like and there's stuff for moderates to be comfortable with," said Mileah Kromer, who heads the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College, which has conducted public opinion polling on the campaign. Maryland voters don't view Moore as somebody who is going to raise taxes [BWAH!] or will ultimately shift to becoming a socialist [BWAH!]  or far-left [BWAH!] candidate once in office, Kromer said.
Moore is not the state's first Black gubernatorial nominee. The two previous Democratic gubernatorial nominees have also been Black men. [Anthony Brown (2014), Ben Jealous (2016)]

archived Tue Nov 9th, 2021
by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 11:46:45 PM EST
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Ukraine poised for crucial blow to Putin in battle for Kherson, 21 Oct agitprop payload
Ukraine has blacked out all media[not really] on its operations around the southern city [KHERSON] this week, as it did ahead of a successful counteroffensive in the northeast last month. Experts studying the war said all signs point to a major offensive in the coming days, with Russia already signaling its potential retreat.
Ukrainian victory in Kherson, which is the only regional capital that has been captured by Russian forces [FALSE], could set the direction of the rest of the war, said John Spencer, chairman of urban warfare studies at the Modern War Institute at West Point.
Battle for Kherson
Ukraine is expected to launch a counteroffensive to retake Kherson in the coming days, as occupying Russian officials have initiated an evacuation ["forcible deportation"] of civilians in the city. Ukrainian officials are also warning that Russia may be planning a false-flag operation to destroy the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, which could flood densely populated area along the Dnieper riverbanks.
The U.K. Defense Ministry said Thursday that Surovikin's announcement "likely indicates that the Russian authorities are seriously considering a major withdrawal of their forces from the area west of the Dnipro river."

And American officials told The New York Yella Cake that sustained Ukrainian pressure in the coming weeks could break Russian units and clear the way to seizing Kherson....

Biden Defense secretary holds call with Russian counterpart, 21 Oct
[Defense Secretary Lloyd] Austin "emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication" in the call with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, according to a readout from the Pentagon. The two last spoke on May 13, when Austin urged for a cease-fire in the war in Ukraine. ...Austin also spoke with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Friday, emphasizing the United States' continued commitment to support Kyiv, the Pentagon said.Russian President Vladimir Putin has continued to escalate the war in recent weeks, following several embarrassing losses. Russian forces were forced to pull out of Khark*v last month, after Ukraine launched a successful counteroffensive....
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu, 13 May
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Ukraine's Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov, 15 May
Politico.com | U.S., Russian defense chiefs speak by phone for first time since May, 21 Oct
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed "international security problems, notably the situation in Ukraine," according to a readout posted by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Telegram Friday morning.
During the call, Austin "emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication amid the ongoing war against Ukraine," said Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder....
Oct 2022 RYDER read outs
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu, 21 Oct
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov, 21 Oct
This is only the second time the two have spoken since Russia's February invasion of Ukraine. The first call was on May 13. During that conversation, Austin reportedly urged his Russian counterpart to consider a cease-fire [?!], which Moscow ignored.
archived Mon May 16th, 2022 Azovstal surrender
by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 08:48:08 PM EST
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RYDER read outs in no particular order
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov
"continued support in building Ukraine's enduring strength"
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu
follow-up call, rejecting "any pretext for Russian escalation"
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With of State for Defence Ben Wallace
affirming "U.S.-UK defense relationship and the importance of transatlantic cooperation"
by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 02:39:07 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 12:59:12 PM EST
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I suspect sexual "misconduct", possibly elder abuse.
To whom should I address my anonymous complaints?
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 04:59:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 07:07:17 PM EST
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Half the world believes 2022 is Miss Nancy's last term in office. US American press periodically profiles "likely" uniparty candidates to replace her as speaker of the odious. Is she on the 2022 CA mid-term election ballot or not?
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 03:17:18 PM EST
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-- Politico.com 30 Oct media operators versus Democratic Party patron saints of wikiwtf "anti-federalists" (Jefferson) and state-chartered bankster  horror (Jackson)... under color of reviving the Klan Act of 1871.

archived January 2022 *-ward, "A year later, the Hill is 'no longer the safest place'" et seq.

by Cat on Sun Oct 30th, 2022 at 04:52:15 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 18th, 2022 at 07:40:14 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 04:07:37 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 04:08:54 AM EST
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wut: "the midterm election fight should be focused on cost of living rather than the global problem of inflation."
by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 12:01:28 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 12:09:07 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 02:15:06 AM EST
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White House unveils cyber plan for chemical sector
by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 10:10:59 PM EST
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preference falsification has entered the room
followed by
self silence
by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 10:13:48 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:03:36 PM EST
UNCTAD | Policy mistakes could trigger worse recession than 2007 crisis, 4 Oct Gen-Sec Rebeca Grynspan book tour
[G7] Excessive monetary tightening and inadequate financial support could EXPOSE developing world economies further to cascading crises, the agency said.

The ["]Development prospects in a fractured world["] report [70 pp] points out that supply-side shocks, waning consumer and investor confidence, and the war in UKRAINE have provoked a global slowdown and triggered inflationary pressures.
Debt crisis
With 60 per cent of low-income countries and 30 per cent of emerging market economies [EME] in or near debt distress, UNCTAD warns of a possible global debt crisis. Countries that were showing signs of debt distress before the pandemic are being hit especially hard by the global slowdown. And climate shocks are heightening the risk of economic instability in indebted developing countries, seemingly under-appreciated by the G20  ["]major economies["] and other international financial bodies.

"Developing countries have already spent an estimated $379 billion of reserves to defend their currencies this year," almost double the amount of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) recently allocated Special Drawing Rights to supplement their official reserves.

The UN body is requesting that international financial institutions urgently provide increased liquidity and extend [!] debt relief for developing countries. It's calling on the IMF to allow fairer [?!] use of Special Drawing Rights [!]; and for countries to prioritize a multilateral legal framework on ["]debt restructuring["].

no jubilee for you!
archived Debt-for-Climate Swaps, Dear Mr. President and Secretary Yellen, upstream supply chain discipline
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 10:48:42 PM EST
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See how FT media operators' attempts to rationalize Yellen's cap mania pitch to odious IMF stooges crashed into USD-priced OPEC+ supply cut to G7 "advanced economies", 6 Oct.

Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the Center for Global Development, 6 Oct

...From energy to food security, the United States and our partners have coordinated to stem the fallout from Russia's war against Ukraine felt by people around the world. Since spring, the United States has released 160 million barrels of crude oil to shore up supply, and our coalition has committed to finalize and implement a cap on the price of Russian oil. This cap aims to keep Russian oil flowing onto global markets at lower prices - particularly benefitting low- and middle-income countries - while also cutting into the revenue Putin is using to fund his illegal war. The United States has also pledged almost $10 billion to tackle the growing food security crisis.  The international financial institutions are redoubling their efforts by implementing a food security action plan [!] announced in May. These efforts must continue....
Now, this monstrous lie of a harmless G7 sanctions regime is dragging the globe in search of  innumerate law enforcement "partners," trapped in G7 sanctions against free trade for comparatively inexpensive commodities of "Russian-origin" which G7 members have rejected.

Money Control | Russian oil price cap would save emerging markets BILLIONS, US says, 4 Oct

James Politi in Washington[.] The US Treasury has estimated the G7's plan to cap the price of Russian oil exports could yield $160 BILLIONS in annual savings for the 50 largest emerging markets, as Washington insists the scheme it has championed will keep a lid on energy costs around the world. The analysis was developed ahead of the IMF and World Bank's annual meetings next week ....
yahoo! finance | The US says a cap on Russian oil prices would save BILLIONS of [US] dollars for importers like Turkey and Thailand, report says, 6 Oct
• A price cap on Russian oil could save 50 emerging markets billions of dollars a year, the US estimates.

• EM countries are getting hammered on oil import prices right now, a US Treasury official told the FT.

• The US is seeking other countries' support for the planned G7 price cap, which aims to hit Moscow's income.

A proposed price cap on Russian oil could mean importers in the largest emerging markets pay billions of [US] dollars a year less for oil than otherwise, according to US Treasury estimates reported by the Financial Times.

The findings came from a Treasury [embargoed] study, which looked at the impact of two alternatives on the global oil market: a system allowing shipments priced below a set level, and embargoes [sic] without those exemptions....

S&p Global Commidity Insights | Non-G7 nations to benefit without applying Russian oil cap: US Treasury, 6 Oct [SCRUBBED 8 Oct]
The New York Daily Paper | Russian Oil Price Cap Would Save Emerging Markets BILLIONS, US Says, 6 Oct
The US Treasury Department estimates that the G7's plan to limit the price of Russian oil exports could deliver $160 billion in annual savings for the 50 largest emerging markets, as Washington insists the plan it is championing cuts energy costs. around the world will be limited.

The analysis was developed ahead of the IMF and World Bank annual meetings next week, where high energy costs resulting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine G7 sanctions will take center stage as one of the heaviest burdens on the global economy. At the same time, the cartel of oil producers Opec+ is planning new austerity measures [?!] at its meeting this week....

UK Daily News | Russia's oil price cap would save emerging markets BILLIONS, US says, 6 Oct
The US Treasury Department has estimated that the G7 plan to cap the price of Russian oil exports could save the 50 largest emerging economies $160 billion annually.

The analysis was developed ahead of next week's annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank, which will focus on high energy costs triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine as one of the heaviest strains on the global economy. At the same time, the Opec+ cartel of oil producers is planning new supply cuts at its meeting this week....

by Cat on Sat Oct 8th, 2022 at 03:35:12 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | OPEC output cut 'unhelpful and unwise,' US Treasury chief says, 9 Oct
The oil cartel OPEC's choice to pare back oil supply will harm the global economy and especially developing countries, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the Financial Times in an interview published Sunday....
organ pipes ...
Reuters | OPEC oil cuts bad for global economy, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen tells Financial Times
euronews.next | OPEC oil cuts bad for global economy, says U.S.'s Yellen -FT
NASDAQ | OPEC oil cuts bad for global economy, says U.S.'s Yellen -FT
The Hindu | OPEC oil cuts bad for global economy, says U.S.'s Yellen
VOA | US Says OPEC Oil Cuts Bad for Global Economy, Paper Reports
"We're very worried about developing countries and the problems they face," Yellen told the newspaper in an interview.

She also criticized allies for being slow to send financial aid to Ukraine.

"The pace of transferring money to Ukraine is far too slow," Yellen added, pointing out that some countries that had pledged assistance had not got round to disbursing it.[EOM]


G7 'transition fuel' to starving Africans:
euractiv | Gas pipeline row exposes EU-Africa faultline on fossil fuels, 29 Sep

The resolution backed by MEPs also called for "maximum pressure" to be exerted on the $3.4 billion project, whose backers are led by French oil and gas giant TotalEnergies and China's CNOOC International, plus Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) and Tanzania Petroleum Development.
oilprice | U.S. Climate Chief Calls On Africa To Slash Emissions, 16 Sep
The developed nations, for their part, are calling on Africa to help curb emissions, but no concrete plans have been proposed to help developing nations, including those in Africa, with increased funding to fight climate change.
Politico.eu.com | European leaders to skip climate summit with Africa, 25 Aug
The summit is the first major test of the developed world's commitment, made at the most recent U.N. climate summit in Glasgow last November, to double its financial support for climate-proofing projects in poorer countries to roughly $40 billion per year by 2025, although the exact number is disputed.
by Cat on Sun Oct 9th, 2022 at 04:31:54 PM EST
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba's Message to African Nations, 10 Oct
Putin's terror is directed not only against the people of Ukraine. It targets the fundamental principles of humanity, the right to live in peace, dignity[,] and security - all of which is of the highest value to all African societies.

I call on all African nations to stand by international law, territorial integrity and peace. Russia's deliberate attacks on civilians in Ukraine and destruction of critical civilian infrastructure must be condemned resolutely.

I urge Africa not to stay neutral. Neutrality will only encourage Russia to continue its aggression and malign activities across the world, including in Africa. Moscow must hear your message that this war is unacceptable and must stop. This week there will be a vote at the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution condemning Russia's aggression and its unlawful attempts to annex Ukraine's territories. Ukraine counts on your valuable support for this important document.

Peace in Ukraine and the world can only be won together. And Africa's support is needed now more than ever.

Ukriform | Kuleba interrupts Africa, immediately heading back to Ukraine, 10 Oct
On October 3, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba began the first ever tour of Ukraine's top diplomat to African countries.
Ukriform | Ukraine expands its presence in Africa, plans to open embassy in Ghana, 6 Oct
As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports, Kuleba outlined Ukraine's efforts to liberate our territories from Russian invaders.
...The heads of the MFA also paid special attention to finding ways to restore the safe education of Ghanaian students in Ukrainian universities.

The parties signed a memorandum on the training of Ghanaian diplomats on the basis of the Diplomatic Academy named after Hennadiy Udovenko at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The Ghanaian minister also reported on Ghana's readiness to consider the possibility of internships for Ukrainian students studying English.

[Ghana MFA] Shirley Ayorkor Botchway also expressed the interest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ghana in studying the Ukrainian experience in the field of combating disinformation < wipes tears >.

As a result of the meeting, the ministers agreed to hold political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs with the participation of representatives of various departments of the two countries to develop a comprehensive "road map" for the further development of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Ghana....

As reported, from October 3 to 12, Dmytro Kuleba is on the first tour of the African countries in the history of Ukrainian diplomacy.
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 12:11:27 AM EST
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Al Jazeera | UN publicly rejects Russia's call for secret vote on Ukraine, 10 Oct
The United Nations General Assembly has voted to reject Russia's call for the 193-member body to hold a secret ballot this week on whether to condemn Moscow's move to annex four partially occupied regions in Ukraine.

The General Assembly decided with 107 votes in favour that it would hold a public vote - and not a secret ballot - on a draft resolution that would condemn Russia's "illegal so-called referenda" and the "attempted illegal annexation". Diplomats said the vote on the resolution would likely be on Wednesday [12 Oct].

Only 13 countries on Monday opposed holding a public vote on the draft resolution, another 39 countries abstained and the remaining countries did not vote.

Russia had argued that a secret ballot was needed because Western lobbying meant that "it may be very difficult if positions are expressed publicly".

Ukraine denounces Russia as 'terrorist state' at UN meeting
Ukraine's ambassador to the UN has denounced Russia as a "terrorist state" during an urgent United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting to discuss Moscow's annexation of four Ukrainian regions. ...

archived UNGA

UNSC veto, 30 Sep
-- Draft Resolution on Referendums in Ukraine, 30 Sep S/2022/720, revised S/2014/189

semi-secret: resolution to condemn Russian war of aggression, 24 Aug

phone lobby: the importance of the Democratic Republic of Congo support, 9 Aug

2 Apr 2022 roll call

2 Mar 2022 roll call

by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 01:21:48 AM EST
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Moving the UN on vote for war ...

U.N.'s Iraq Vote Sets Stage for More Friction | Brookings - Nov. 10, 2002 |

The US always used diplomatic threats to nations to earn their votes at the UN ...

Iraq war was illegal and breached UN charter, says Annan | The Guardian - Sept. 16, 2004 |

In the end Gina Haspel got the top job at the CIA, nominated by US Senate ...

Assange got the docket in the UK based on treachery and illegal detention. Tough times for whistleblowers.

How the CIA torturers detainees

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 04:48:47 AM EST
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"What the Russians are doing in Ukraine is no worse than what the US did in [insert long list]"

I agree (and opposed every item in that long list at the time). So does that make the "special operation" OK?

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 11:40:34 AM EST
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Clear-eyed about America's harm caused across the globe after 9/11 .. not discounting the civilian deaths in Cambodia, North- and South Vietnam: > 4 million deaths.

20 years, $6 trillion, 900,000 lives | Vox - Sept. 11, 2021 |

The enormous costs and elusive benefits of the war on terror.

Tens of thousands of civilians likely killed by US air strikes in 'Forever Wars'

Truth about child deaths due to US sanctions on Iraq, upwards from 500,000 ...

Razing the Truth About Sanctions Against Iraq | Geneva International Center for Justice |

George W. Bush about Iraq: "We don't count bodies ..."

MIT Study and broad analysis: Iraq the Human Cost

For Syria the number of deaths stood at 400,000 at the moment Russia intervened in September 2015.

My new diary - Israel a Terrorist History as State

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 04:03:37 PM EST
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Al Jazeera | UN condemns Russia's move to annex parts of Ukraine: 143 YES, 5 NO, 35 ABS, 10 NV
The US and other Western countries ["]lobbied["] ahead of Wednesday's vote. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken convened a virtual meeting on Tuesday with diplomats from more than 100 countries.
by Cat on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 11:03:45 PM EST
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"Statecraft" has become a loaded term in foreign policy where diplomacy is outdated, sort of a relic in interstate affairs.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 07:52:58 PM EST
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Must see Beeley and Alex Krainer
from Yugoslavia to Syria and Ukraine, with the looting of Russia after the fall of the USSR in the background
by Tom2 on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 03:15:15 PM EST
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What "national interests" do this group of abstaining UN permanent representatives share?
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 03:46:13 PM EST
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US News | Escalation of Violence in Ukraine Disrupts [ICRC] Work, 8:17 a.m.
"A second Red Cross spokesperson later added that while field work had temporarily halted, aid workers were able to continue desk work. 'As soon as it's safe to move they will'"

Censor.net.ua | Red Cross suspends operations in Ukraine for security reasons - Reuters, 15:56
"At the same time, the Norwegian Refugee Council temporarily stopped aid. Work will resume only when it is safe to do so."

Kyiv Independent | Red Cross denies reports about it suspending operations in Ukraine, 4:36 p.m.
"Ukrainian Red Cross Society is working in an intensified mode"

by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 01:56:21 AM EST
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APsplainin Russian strikes in Kyiv didn't destroy Zelenskyy's office, 11 Oct
CLAIM: Ukrainian media is reporting that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office was destroyed by a missile strike on Monday.

AP'S ASSESSMENT: False. The building wasn't destroyed and the claim wasn't reported by mainstream Ukrainian news outlets.
THE FACTS: Twitter accounts supporting Russia are sharing the baseless claim that Zelenskyy's office was among the buildings destroyed by a barrage of missile strikes in Ukraine's capital on Monday. ... one Russian aligned account...reposted a video from a separate Twitter profile called UkraineNews, that gives updates on the war. Though identified as "Ukrainian media" by the Russian account, UkraineNews often makes posts critical of Ukraine and in support of Russia.

< wipes tears >
archived fog of war, rumor, plain BS, 'Pentagon, We Have a Problem'

APsplainin NATO to hold nuclear exercise despite Russian warnings, 11 Oct

With the Russian army retreating under the blows of Ukrainian forces armed with Western weapons, Putin raised the stakes by annexing four Ukrainian regions and declaring a partial mobilization of up to 300,000 reservists to buttress the crumbling front line.

As his war plans have gone awry, Putin has repeatedly signaled that he could resort to nuclear weapons to protect the Russian gains.

kremlin.ru | Address by the President of the Russian Federation, 21 Sep
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 09:35:55 PM EST
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kremlin.ru | Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of June 2, 2020 No. 355, On the Fundamentals of the State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence
by Cat on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 12:15:20 AM EST
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15. The principles of nuclear deterrence are:

a) compliance with international obligations in the field of arms control;

b) continuity of measures to ensure nuclear deterrence;

c) adaptability of nuclear deterrence to military threats;

d) uncertainty for a potential adversary of the scale, time and place of the possible use of forces and means of nuclear deterrence;


And he took a deep breath and annexed four partly-occupied Ukrainian oblasts to Russia. While maintaining uncertainty as to where the Russian border now was. This, oddly, did not paralyse the advance of the Ukrainian army; so the field of nuclear ambiguity has been usefully reduced. No red lines crossed, apparently.

And: (with google assist)

They have even resorted to the nuclear blackmail. I am referring not only to the Western-encouraged shelling of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, which poses a threat of a nuclear disaster, but also to the statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction - nuclear weapons - against Russia.

I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have. In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us. This is not a bluff.

(mine can ejaculate quicker than yours. It's hypersonic.)

And :

A Russian nuclear strike against Ukraine would trigger "such a powerful answer" from the West that the Russian army would be "annihilated," said Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief.

His comments come in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's increasingly combative rhetoric.

so, where are we now?

In a rational world, nucular is off the table.
But who knows with Pooty-poot.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 12:11:17 PM EST
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You are now permitted to connect to kremlin.ru !
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 01:36:28 PM EST
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Wow, social media [insert emoticon] Hope you're having a nice day too!

I wasn't aware of having been deprived of it, but frankly I wouldn't have noticed. But since you mention it... when was it not accessible for the average French internet user? I can't find any trace of such a thing, {but I only searched on google}

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 02:36:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 06:11:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 06:46:36 PM EST
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😂 hahaha searching on Google ... a Big Tech corp working hand in glove with MIC and the Pentagon ... excellent algorithm to filter most references to Russia, Kremlin, Putin, Lavrov and so on, and so on,

CENSORED and I don't know it ... the battle 🇺🇦 v 🇷🇺 Hollywood script ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 07:18:55 PM EST
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Glad I could make you laugh. These must be grim times for you. But you realised it was a joke of course.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 09:58:03 AM EST
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It seems to indeed be grim times? Are you enjoying yourself?
by generic on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 11:50:49 AM EST
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I was addressing Oui, who clearly has a strong emotional investment on the Russian side. It must be really rough now that the whole Novorossiya project is failing so badly.

I also feel bad for the people of Russia. They didn't want this war, and increasingly they know that it is unjust, and worse, that they are losing.

Obviously I wish that the war were over. But I am very glad that Ukraine isn't losing it, and that a major reason for that is the steadfast support from EU governments and public opinion, despite Putin's best efforts (or perhaps because of them?)

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 08:31:34 PM EST
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It's quite simpel ...

My thoughts are with the victims of war, hunger and struggling with health, climate, environment and lower income.

I grew up in the states, loved America until the confrontation of war in Vietnam. Global unrest across the globe in Asia, Africa, South America. My own assessment of untruths and outright lies about the Vietnam War, Johnson, McNamara and Westmoreland was more than 100% correct (1966).

I am sick and tired of the wealthy Western States using economic sanctions to destruct society of other nations. After the Saudi attacks on America - blowback of decades failed foreign policy - the strangle hold on society and personal lives increased to 1984 analogy.

Peace institutes and study of war became think tanks run by rightwing donors and propagated expansion of NATO, forced growth of the EU-15 after the Treaty of Nice laid the foundation of instability in Europe. The effects of 9/11 were far more devastating than the destruction of lives and buildings in America.

The propaganda and lies led to many wars ... yes I am against US and NATO policy because of it. Fascism on the march. These are the topics I have been writing about since the presidential election campaign of 2004 when John Kerry should have run George Bush and his Neocon cabal out of Washington. Kerry and America got Swift Boated by a group of idiots led by a business man from my home town Creve Coeur near St. Louis.

On the long road of de-globalisering and accelerated destruction of our planet. 🌎

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 06:49:27 AM EST
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Peace Now! ☮️

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 07:07:11 AM EST
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Oui, we are on the same page right up to :

yes I am against US and NATO policy because of it

I thought like that too, when I was twenty. But life taught me that the proverb "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" is actually a crock of shit, and that every situation needs to be evaluated on its merits.

  • It's not Ukraine's fault that the US backs it;
  • The fact that the US backs Ukraine does not justify invasion/annexation;
  • Peoples have a natural right to self-determination
  • Concrete fascism is exhibited by the Russian side, and not by the Ukrainian side.

A part of the left falls into the same trap as you, it's really sad.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 12:05:34 PM EST
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Sorry ...don't label me. I'm not on "the Left", never have been.  For over two decades I have been a centrist .. and so it is today. The so-called extreme left activists and soft-commies of the 60s, later in life turned out to be authoritarian rightwing pricks in leading positions in politics and/or business. Very few stayed on principled morals.

I am aware with growing fascism in the United States and failing democracy, after 9/11 the introduction of labeling adversaries and "enemies" as terrorist was propagated by Israel (Palestinians) and Iranians, extended to Bush-Cheney years and NATO policy from US think tanks like the Atlantic Council, etc.

Populism took hold in Europe after the wars in the Middle East and influx of refugees as a result. 😠 🥲 FEAR INC. brought #Islamophobia #xenophobia #russophobia thx to MI6 and DNI-CIA the lying warmongers like Clapper ... the biggest a$$hole of recent years. #RussiaGate #Mockingbird2.0

The Neocons have succeeded in creating chaos and upheaval. In European politics Old Europe has been obliterated and Rumsfeld's New Europe were beholden to America. Tough times ahead. Having lived through the 50s, I am well prepared to survive the onslaught. Feel sad for the new generations ... mental health, depression, burn-outs.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 03:13:25 PM EST
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Not surprising with a PM like Mark Rutte ...

Failed leadership, lies, chaos and lacking organizational skills. Tough times.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 03:25:44 PM EST
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APsplainin: "Africa's 54 countries have not received adequate international support in recent health crises, according to experts. Countries had difficulty getting COVID-19 vaccines."

FALSE. African political authorities divide the continent into 55 "countries".

African Union | Member States
"recognize" South Sudan and Sudan

by Cat on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 05:21:25 PM EST
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Kenya, Tanzania to Fast-Track Dar es Salaam-Mombasa Gas Pipeline in Bid to Cut Fuel Costs
"We will now expedite the gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa and eventually to Nairobi so that we can use the resources that we have in our region to lower energy tariffs, both for industry, commercial and domestic purposes," Ruto said, according to Kenyan online news portal Tuko.

She [President Samia Suluhu] and Ruto's predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta, signed a memorandum of understanding on the long-awaited pipeline last year, which would extend 373 miles and cost $1.1 billion.

inconceivable. unprededented. egregious.
Just days after Ruto took office last month, he was forced to slash fuel subsidies, thanks to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout that included such neoliberal stipulations in its contract.
AU55 internal market
"We want to double trade, which is doable," he said. Kenya-Tanzania bilateral trade amounted to nearly $1 billion last year, according to The East African. Years ago, their rivalry led to mountains of trade barriers being imposed, but both countries have labored in recent years to slash them as competition has turned toward cooperation.
Last year, Uganda, Tanzania, French-owned oil giant Total, and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) signed a series of deals to build a massive 900-mile-long gas pipeline from western Uganda's oil fields to the Tanzanian port of Tanga. The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) will pass along the southern edge of Lake Victoria, circumventing Kenya before crossing northern Tanzania. It is expected to begin pumping oil in 2025 and cost $10 billion.
stopeacop.net: "Not only will EACOP devastate communities, endanger wildlife[,] and cook the planet, but it is economically Reckless."
In March, Tanzania also announced a massive new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project expected to draw $10 billion in investment. Rising energy costs thanks to a global ["]inflation problem["] and [G7] sanctions on Russia, the world's largest energy exporter swing producer, have created problems for nations like Kenya, that import much of their energy, but opportunities for nations like Tanzania, which export it or have untapped reserves
unlike EU27 or USA
archived US Congressional Delegation in Kenya Amid Election CRISIS, WB Debt, IMF imperial weighted basket cases, , Uganda discovers gold deposits worth 12 trillion USD
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 03:49:53 AM EST
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APsplainin Europe turns to Africa in bid to replace Russian natural gas, 12 Oct conditional disclaimer
the prospect of a new energy supplier has drawn visits from the leaders of Poland and Germany.

The initial field near Senegal and Mauritania's coastlines is expected to contain about 15 trillion cubic feet (425 billion cubic meters) of gas, five times more than what gas-dependent Germany used in all of 2019. But production isn't expected to start until the end of next year.

AU/OAU(2002/1963 FTA): BI, BJ, CM, CF, CG, CD, GY, GA, ST, CM, DJ, ER, ET, KE, MG, MU, RW, SC, SO, SS, s-SS, TZ, UG, DZ, EG, LY, MR, MA, EH, TN, AO, BW, EZ, LS, MW, MZ, NA, ZA, ZM, BN, BF, CV, CI, GH, GM, GN, LY, ML, NI, NG, SL, SN, TG, TD; PAPSS (2022): AU55
The 27-nation EU, whose energy ministers are meeting this week to discuss a gas price cap, is bracing for the possibility of a complete Russian cutoff [and OPEC+ oil supply cut] but has still managed to fill gas reserves to 90%.
OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; PLUS OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*
African leaders like [G7 accused RU stooge,  AU55 and] Senegalese President Macky Sall want their countries to cash in on these projects even as they're dissuaded [by EU27 "civil society"] from pursuing fossil fuels. They don't want to export it all either -- an estimated 600 million Africans lack access to electricity.

"It is legitimate, fair and equitable that Africa, the continent that pollutes the least and lags furthest behind in the industrialization process should exploit its available resources to provide basic energy, improve the competitiveness of its economy and achieve universal access to electricity," Sall told the U.N. General Assembly last month.

Algeria is a major supplier -- it and Egypt accounted for 60% of the natural gas production in Africa in 2020 -- but it can't offset Russian gas to Europe at this stage, said Mahfoud Kaoubi, professor of economics and specialist in energy issues at the University of Algiers.

"Russia has an annual production of 270 billion cubic meters -- it's huge," Kaoubi said. "Algeria is 120 billion cubic meters, of which 70.50% [84.6 bcm] is intended for consumption on the internal market." ...

.MA abbreviates Al-Mamlaka al-Maghribiya
by Cat on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 06:20:15 PM EST
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.MA abbreviates Al-Mamlaka al-Maghribiya

And I always thought it was an abbreviation of "Maroc". Ethnocentrism again. Should have asked my wife.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 12:15:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 03:25:27 PM EST
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Save the date: 13-15 Dec 2022 in Washington, DC
state.gov | U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
The Summit will demonstrate the United States' enduring commitment to Africa, and will underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities.

Africa will shape the future -- not just the future of the African people, but of the world. Africa will make the difference in tackling the most urgent challenges and seizing the opportunities we all face.
"I look forward to working with African governments, civil society, diaspora communities across the United States, and the private sector to continue strengthening our shared vision for the future of U.S.-Africa relations."

U.S. Embassy Niger | "You will see a lot more travel. I am the appetizer" (6 Aug 2021)

state.gov | Under Secretary Nuland Led Interagency Delegation to Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, 16-20 Oct 2022

Today News Africa | U.S. engagement in Africa on security, terrorism, Wagner group and coups, 26 Oct

voltairenet | Victoria Nuland's African tour
The delegation included Assistant Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander; AFRICOM  strategist General Kenneth Ekman; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Mike Heath; Greg LoGerfo, deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism; and Matt Petit, Sahel focal point at the White House.
< wipes tears >
The delegation asked each leader they met about his country's relationship with Russia and with the Wagner private military company. Each was forewarned about the woes that would befall their country if they go down the "wrong path".

archived Pacific Islands Summit, US-ROK Summit, Rotterdam Africa Adaptation Summit, G20 FM Summit, Summit of Americas, Summit for Democracy, Quad Leaders Summit

by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 12:08:25 AM EST
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Build Back Better INDOPAC-AFRICOM to travel to Egypt for COP27
After arriving at the world's most consequential climate discussions largely empty handed last year, Biden will now be able to tout the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, a bill that devotes hundreds of billions of dollars to clean energy initiatives USD currency manipulation and brings Biden's pledge to cut U.S. emissions climate envoy John Kerry in half by 2030 closer within reach.

The DC Company Newslitter also-known-as The Bezos Bulletin first reported on Biden's plan to attend the conference earlier this month, but no one noticed.

After the COP27 conference, Biden will travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to participate in the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit on November 12-13. He'll then attend the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, from November 13-16, according to the White House.

ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN
EAS (East Asia Summit): CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN; US, AU, JP, NZ
AU/OAU(2002/1963 FTA): BI, BJ, CM, CF, CG, CD, GY, GA, ST, CM, DJ, ER, ET, KE, MG, MU, RW, SC, SO, SS, s-SS, TZ, UG, DZ, EG, LY, MR, MA, EH, TN, AO, BW, EZ, LS, MW, MZ, NA, ZA, ZM, BN, BF, CV, CI, GH, GM, GN, LY, ML, NI, NG, SL, SN, TG, TD; PAPSS (2022): AU
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 12:59:03 PM EST
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A double whammy ...

  • On tour as the midterm results are being digested
  • Making up for lost grounds beyond Afghanistan-Iraq-Libya-North Africa-East Africa

Destroying Russia and Communist China (CCP), one has to look to alternative regions for minerals and resources.

Nearly half the world's gold and one-third of all minerals are in Africa

Beneath the surface of Africa lies a wealth of mineral resources of enormous value. In 2019, the continent produced almost 1 billion tonnes of minerals worth $406bn.

Traveling to the G20 Summit in a Muslim majority country Indonesia, with high risk of looking Xi Jinping, Erdogan, Putin and Crown Prince Salman in the eye.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 01:45:58 PM EST
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Invitation To Putin For G20 Summit Won't Be Rescinded, Says Indonesia

Perhaps Joe has received advance intelligence Vlad won't travel to Bali to attend the summit in person. Hands are tied at home ... further escalation likely in Ukraine.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 01:47:10 PM EST
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IPEF (2022 NGO): US, AU, JP, IN, NZ, KR, FJ, ID, BN, MY, PH, SG, TH, VN, CA*

Politico.com | No-show Joe: Biden leaves Trudeau, Canada hanging, 29 Oct

Biden last visited Ottawa as vice president in late 2016 on an official two-day visit that included a state dinner. He hasn't been back since. Trudeau traveled to Washington, D.C. on an official visit in November 2021.

Upcoming meetings in Mexico and overseas

The two leaders will likely see each other at the upcoming North American leaders' summit in Mexico and in Indonesia at the G-20 leaders' summit that starts Nov. 15. Canada is expected to release its NEW! Indo-Pacific strategy around that date, giving the prime minister an international audience ["]to shop["] for feedback.
One piece of news to emerge during Blinken's bilat[eral meeting] with Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is Ottawa's interest in joining Biden's new trade club.

"I am pleased to announce that Canada will seek membership to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework [IPEF]," Joly said Thursday.

"We support Canada -- a fellow Pacific nation -- joining this framework," responded Blinken. He then promised to "consult closely" the 14-member group "on the development of a process for considering new members" in the coming months.

"It's not a decision the United States can make unilaterally," Blinken said about the trade pact that skipped Ottawa during its initial round of invites. "We would welcome Canada's participation."

Canadian oil and gas companies seek US subsidies
Finance Minister [?] Chrystia Freeland is expected to table an [Inflation Reduction Act] IRA counteroffer, or at least elements of one, next week.
by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 02:39:33 PM EST
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  of which: GBP, USD, JPY, EUR IMF imperial basket o' SDR
G20: FR, DE, IT, JP, UK, US, EU-CO, EU-EC, CA; AU, RU, CN,  AR, BR, IN, ID, KR, MX, SA, ZA, TR
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 02:40:03 PM EST
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Unrest East Africa from Somalia into Ethiopia, Djibouti, Tigray, and Ethiopia.

What Ethiopia's crisis means for Somalia | Brookings - Nov. 20, 2020 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 06:26:46 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | At least 146 dead in South Korea after crowd surge during Halloween festivities, officials say
The tragedy occurred on the 'busiest party night of the year,' [US American ex-pat Grant] Hauck said. The area is next to the old U.S. military base and is a popular nightlife spot.
Citing local media reports, the Associated Press said the crush may have happened as people rushed to a bar seeking to see a celebrity.

Following the fatal crowd surge, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a statement calling for swift treatment for the injured and a safety review of the festivity sites.

Yonhap | Death toll climbs to 120, 100 injured in Halloween stampede in Itaewon : authorities, 30 Oct
About 50 people suffer cardiac arrest in stampede at Halloween parties in Seoul
The stampede took place near the Hamilton Hotel in the nightlife district of Itaewon, as a large number of people were believed to have entered a narrow alley near the hotel.

President Yoon Suk-yeol, who presided over an emergency meeting on the stampede, ordered officials to swiftly administer first aid and treat the injured, the presidential office said. Yoon also ordered officials to deploy emergency medical officials to Itaewon and secure emergency beds. Separately, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo instructed officials to make utmost efforts to minimize damages.

Meanwhile, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is on a visit to Europe, decided to return home in the wake of the accident, city officials said. ...

Yonhap | S. Korea's new COVID-19 infections below 40,000 for 3rd day
"The country reported 37,321 new COVID-19 infections, including 56 from overseas, bringing the total to 25,504,288, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said."
Hankyoreh | S. Korea to take part in Japan's fleet review for first time in 7 years, 28 Oct
"This is despite the current political atmosphere in which the opposition Democratic Party is on the offensive, accusing the Yoon administration of 'pro-Japanese' defense policies by participating in joint drills with the US and Japan."
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 08:57:48 PM EST
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Global Times | 'Horrific' stampede in Seoul stuns world; lesson for cities ready to celebrate festivities, 31 Oct
On Sunday, on behalf of the Chinese government and Chinese people, President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Yoon over the tragedy in Itaewon and expressed hope that the South Korean government would make every effort to rescue Chinese nationals, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

As of press time, 22 foreigners from countries including China, the US, France, Iran, Uzbekistan[,] and Norway have been identified among the dead. At least four Chinese nationals were confirmed dead and two others were injured in the accident, CCTV quoted the Chinese Embassy in South Korea as saying on Sunday.  

suicide ideation
On Sunday, the Chinese Embassy in South Korea... also reminded Chinese citizens to avoid crowded areas, not to blindly follow the trend to participate in large-scale events, and to be wary of "candy" and "drinks" given by strangers. Meanwhile, Chinese citizens should also take precautions against the epidemic and stay in close contact with their families and friends.
archive an ancient ethics question
by Cat on Sun Oct 30th, 2022 at 08:29:47 PM EST
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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 13-15 Dec 2022 in Washington, DC
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 01:02:48 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 04:32:39 PM EST
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From the diaries ...

Tunisians represent a major fighting force (3000 men)  in Syria to overthrow Assad from the early days of the Arab Spring. Perhaps the event should be renamed for what it really was: revolutionaries or extremists from the Sunni religion who had been brain-washed for years by Imams in madrasses and mosques funded by the rich Arabs and charities from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Emirates.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 04:35:24 PM EST
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The U.S. Is Losing Yet Another 'War on Terror'| Rolling Stone - Oct. 17, 2022 |

The Pentagon last month quietly released a report revealing that -- despite sending forces to at least 22 countries in Africa -- the U.S. isn't reaching its objectives

The security situation in the African Sahel -- where U.S. commandos have trained, fought, and died in a "shadow war" for the past 20 years -- is a nightmare, according to a Pentagon report quietly released late last month.  It's just the latest evidence of systemic American military failures across the continent, including two decades of deployments, drone strikes, and commando raids.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 04:37:28 PM EST
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ref Turkey
https:/english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1204/477629/AlAhram-Weekly/Opinion/Libya%E2%80%99s-illeg al-agreements.aspx
/english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1204/477650/AlAhram-Weekly/Opinion/Turkey-fomenting-disc ord-in-Libya-again.aspx
by Tom2 on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 06:14:15 PM EST
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Libya's illegal agreements
the US and the EU have both rejected the signing of the MoUs as an illegal action that breaches essential premises of international law and the Libyan political process....
archived this garbage: "Recognition" and International Legal Status

Turkey fomenting discord in Libya again

This is not just a flagrant violation of international maritime laws. It is also a confirmation that both parties have no intention or desire to support the UN-led international effort to restore stability [INCONTINENCE ALERT] in Libya by holding parliamentary and presidential elections leading to a legitimate, stable government capable of maintaining the country's unity and territorial integrity....
d/b/a pirate guidelines, admiralty laws, and law of the sea since persons of the European persausion sought dominion o'er ROW civilizations with armadas, muskets, and cannon.
An Overview Of Maritime Law
by Cat on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 07:42:44 PM EST
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Global Times | China thwarts AUKUS-related amendment attempts on legitimizing nuclear sub marine deal at IAEA conference, 1 Oct
This is the first time that the IAEA reviewed the cooperation among the US, UK and Australia over nuclear submarine deal at the general conference level, since the Chinese side initiated an intergovernmental review process over the cooperation at the agency's board of governors in November 2021.
Wang told media after the general conference that the majority of IAEA member states expressed grave concern over the risk of nuclear proliferation caused by the nuclear submarine cooperation among the three countries.

"Whether to insist on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as the cornerstone of the international non-proliferation regime; whether to insist on the Agency's Statute; whether to insist on the Agency's secretariat and Director General fulfilling their non-proliferation responsibilities; and whether to insist on the intergovernmental review process led by the Agency's member states - these four points have become the focus of the divergences between the majority of member states and the three countries," [UN Permanent Representative] Wang [Qun] said....

archived AUKUS In China v India Rivalry, IAEA Governors (2021-2022) in Casualty
by Cat on Sat Oct 8th, 2022 at 08:25:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 04:04:46 AM EST
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Russian, Turkish Banks In Talks To Allow Russians Access To Turkiye's Troy Payment Card System
"Should the United States threaten Türkiye with sanctions for using its own sovereign payment card system, this would create a new era of the reach of sanctions and possibly destroy the use of SWIFT as a global payment gateway."
by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 12:47:48 AM EST
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Sputnik | India Reserves Right To Buy Oil From Wherever It Wants, Says Minister
"India consumes five million barrels a day, and it's going up. So no, we are not going to be told by anyone... that's understood. If there is an issue of how one should deal with an evolving geo-political situation and which governments need to be involved in talks, those talks will take place," [Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh] Puri told, while addressing a group of reporters in Washington DC on Friday [7 Oct].
Go on. Do it. Sanction Indian firms.
US energ.gov | U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership Ministerial Joint Statement, 7 Oct
by Cat on Sat Oct 8th, 2022 at 08:08:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 04:18:58 AM EST
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Amnesty Int'l | Latvia: Refugees and migrants arbitrarily detained, tortured and forced to 'voluntarily' return to their countries, 13 Oct OFF THE LOWS!
["]Latvia: Return home or never leave the woods["] reveals the brutal treatment of migrants and refugees - including children - who have been held arbitrarily in undisclosed sites in the Latvian forest, and unlawfully and violently returned to Belarus. Many faced beatings and electric shocks with tasers, including on their genitals. Some were unlawfully forced to return `voluntarily' to their home countries.

"Latvia has given refugees and migrants a cruel ultimatum: accept to return `voluntarily' to their country, or remain stranded at the border facing detention, unlawful returns and torture. In some cases, their arbitrary detention at the border may amount to enforced disappearance," said Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International's European Institutions Office....

archived attacking @amnesty investigations, UA Forces Endangering Civilians in Peace Talks and Think Tanks
by Cat on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 07:17:11 PM EST
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APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; AU, US, JP, NZ, CA
OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; PLUS OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*
ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN
EAS (East Asia Summit): CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN; US, AU, JP, NZ
APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; US, AU, JP, NZ, CA
Pacific Islands Forum (1971 PIC): AU, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Vanuatu; IN*, ID*, TH*, MY*, PH*, CN*, JP*, KR*; EU-CO*, TR*, UK*, US*, CA*, FR*, DE*, IT*  ES*; CU*

Temp.co | BI Urges Export, Import Actors to Use Local Currencies in Transacting, 13Oct

"We estimate that in the third quarter of next year it will be around 3.6 percent and ce3 percent in the fourth quarter," said the Governor of Bank Indonesia [BI] Perry Warjiyo when met on the sidelines of the IMF-WB meeting in Washington D.C., on Thursday, October 13, Antaranews reported.

Previously, BI estimated that the inflation rate until the end of 2022 would increase above 6 percent year on year. This spike in inflation is the impact of rising fuel prices (BBM) and transportation fares. However, it is claimed that the increase is still below the global average of 9 percent inflation....

Temp.co | BI Urges Export, Import Actors to Use Local Currencies in Transacting, 14 Oct
Bank Indonesia or BI encourages export-import actors to make more use of Local Currency Settlement (LCS). The LCS is an initiative to reduce dependence on hard currencies, especially the US dollar, by encouraging the use of local currencies in trade and investment transactions.
"Based on data, 90 percent of export-import settlements are in US dollars, when in fact the value of Indonesia's direct exports to the US is only 10 percent, and the value of US imports is only 5 percent," he told reporters after opening a dialogue on 'Utilizing LCS to Increase Export-Import Efficiency of the Greater Solo Region' at The Sunan Hotel, October13.
Yellen "IFI" FX arbitrage bulletin
When transacting in foreign currencies, Joko said, there is a conversion fee. When using US dollars, the conversion fee is doubled. For instance, when purchasing something from Japan in Japanese yen [JPY], the rupiah [INR] is converted to US dollar [USD] first before converted again to yen.
parity watch
When the payment transactions are carried out bilaterally, Joko said, Indonesian exporters and importers can directly make payments to buying/selling country using its currency.
He said that currently four countries have agreed to utilize LCS with Indonesia: China, Japan, Thailand[,] and Malaysia. "Singapore has been plotted, although it has not been fully implemented, and soon the Philippines. Currently, the implementation of LCS with Saudi Arabia is also being explored," he said....To support the operation of local currency frameworks or LCS, several banks in Indonesia have been selected as the Appointed Cross Currency Dealers (ACCD).
carbon footprint budget story developing ...
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 06:43:49 PM EST
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G7 spot market price cap embargo capEx ration anxiety - recession boilerplate w/e 22 Oct
Reuters | China halts LNG sales to foreign buyers to ensure own supply - Bloomberg News, 17 Oct
"meaning the world's top importer of the fuel will likely avoid competing with crisis-hit Europe for supplies."

MSN Insider |China has stopped sales of LNG to Europe to make sure its households have enough gas for the winter, report says, 17 Oct
"China has been a crucial supplier of gas to Europe as the region faces a Russia-driven [sic] energy crisis"

China long-term LNG contracts - portfolio sample
Global Times | China, US ink largest long-term LNG contract, 4 Nov 2021

with the US' Venture Global LNG to buy 4 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually for 20 years ...According to a statement Sinopec sent to the Global Times on Thursday, the LNG will be supplied from Venture Global's plant in Plaquemines in the US state of Louisiana. In addition, Unipec, the trading arm of Sinopec, purchased a total of 3.8 million tons of LNG resources from the Venture Global's Calcasieu Pass project.
S&P Global | China signed record high 22.7 mil mt of LNG term contracts in 2021
[Sincopec-] ETRI said China's natural gas imports in 2022 are forecast to reach a total of 185 Bcm, up 10.1% year on year, supported by incremental volumes through the Russia-China natural gas pipeline's eastern route [Sahkalin I, II] and the commissioning of new LNG terminals such as Zhangzhou and Binhai LNG terminals. [...] China's natural gas production is expected to reach 221.6 Bcm in 2022, up 6.2% on the year, slightly higher than the target of 214 Bcm for 2022 set by the National Energy Administration in its work guidelines released on March 29.
MEI | LNG statistical review, 23 Aug 2022, illustrated
"Although China imports a massive volume of gas, it is less dependent on foreign sources of pipeline gas and LNG, and its supply sources are more diversified than other top gas-importing countries."
by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 03:22:34 PM EST
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15 Oct
WaPoo | China's Xi calls for military growth as party congress opens
The party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army, needs to "safeguard China's dignity and core interests," Xi said, referring to a list of territorial claims and other issues over which Beijing says it is ready to go to war.
16 Oct

DW | China: Xi Jinping's speech short on detail, big on pride
FP subhead: "Experts say the Chinese president German Chancellor is trying to augment his they/their/them power as the party paves the way for his they/their/them third term."

Speech could have been more confrontational

Wen-Ti Sung, a lecturer in Taiwan Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) and currently based in Taipei, said Xi's speech was a lot less escalatory than some analysts might have been expecting. "He talks about the 'complete reunification of the motherland ought to happen' and 'must happen,' but he is very vague on how he intends to make it happen," the lecturer told DW.

WaPoo | Xi's moment of dominance can't hide his weakness, 17 Oct

...don't write themselves, yo
xinhua | (CPC Congress) Quotable quotes from report to 20th CPC National Congress: Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on behalf of the 19th CPC Central Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 16, 2022

by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 05:10:09 PM EST
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euractiv | China's Xi talks up security, reiterates COVID stance as congress opens, 17 Oct
Xi described the five years since the last party congress as "extremely uncommon and abnormal", during a speech that lasted less than two hours - far shorter than his nearly three-and-a-half-hour address at the 2017 [18th CPC Central Committee report to the 19th National] congress, because he did not read out the entire work [sic] report, which he did five years ago. The 2017 and 2022 work reports 19th CPC Central Committee report to the 20th National Congress] are roughly the same length.
oh. tl;dr 60-ish pages
In the full work [sic] report, Xi used the terms "security" or "safety" 89 times, up from 55 times in 2017, according to a Reuters count, while his use of the word "reform" declined to 48 from 68 mentions five years ago.
video: Chinese and foreign journalists line up to receive 20th CPC National Congress report
"His narrative is - China faces many dangers, the country is in a war-like state, figuratively, and he is the saviour. With this narrative, he can get people to unite around him," [National University of Singapore prof Alfred] Wu said....
euractiv | EU expected to take a tougher stance on China, 17 Oct
The document draws a grim picture of the EU-China relationship since 2019, when the bloc verbalised its strategy towards Beijing, followed by trade disputes and sanctions. Beyond the assessment that the "partner-competitor-systemic rival" designations might be outdated, it lists areas of limited potential cooperation with China that are summed up in only one paragraph.

"We were a bit more focused on the partner-part, now we should focus more on the rival-part," one EU diplomat said....

by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 06:57:02 PM EST
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Xinua | 20th CPC National Congress concludes, 22 Oct

• CPC elects new Central Committee, new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection: lists
• Full text of resolution on work report of 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
• Full text of resolution on 19th CPC Central Committee report
• Full text of resolution on Party Constitution amendment
...don't write themselve, yo
anglophone human rights concern trolls: Hu dat? tweets
--VOA | Chinese Media Puts Shine on Hu's US Visit, 19 Jan 2011

News of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the White House is splashed across major newspapers in China. But with media notoriously censored, VOA wondered what exactly the Chinese press is saying about the visit. To find out, VOA's Kate Woodsome talked with Jeremy Goldkorn, the Beijing-based editor of danwei.org, a website that keeps track of Chinese media, advertising, and urban life....
which is comical, given rural population size and distribution a/o 2010 census, 3 Five-year Plans ago

euractiv | EU leaders wary of [resource] dependencies created with China, but far from united, 21 Oct

The tougher language towards Beijing comes also as the EU's first full summit with the ASEAN group of Southeast Asian countries jungle is planned for 14 December, with Europe hoping to bolster trade and geopolitical relations with a region jungle in the shadow of [resource-rich] China....
ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN
EAS (East Asia Summit): CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN; US, AU, JP, NZ
APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; AU, US, JP, NZ, CA
CP-TPP (2018 FTA): AU, CA, JP, UK*; NZ, SG, MY, VN, BN, CL, MX, PE
by Cat on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 05:07:22 PM EST
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Gordon Chang | Xi is pursuing his dark ambitions for the world sooner than expected, 24 Oct 2022
"The Chinese despot is pushing the region -- and the world -- toward war, and we are now far closer to conflict than many once thought."


Peter Lee | Who Started the China War? Nasty Old Xi? Or Mean Old America?, 14 Dec 2021
"In 2010, Gordon Chang crapped on Barack Obama as an appeaser and lauded the spouse of the Belgrade bomber on the occasion of her statement in Hanoi as follows:"

by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 05:40:28 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 03:47:59 PM EST
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South Africa and Saudi Arabia cements relations as President Ramaphosa concludes State Visit, 16 Oct
..."Having started in 2018 with a commitment by Saudi Arabia to invest 10 billion dollars into the South African economy, in many ways was planting the seed and that seed has been germinating and thus far one billion dollars has been invested in South Africa through a company called ACWA Power", said President Ramaphosa....
BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID*, IR*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*; archived XIV BRICS 2022 attendence

Ramaphosa concludes state visit in Saudi Arabia

Sputnik | Saudi Arabia, South Africa Sign Agreements Worth $15Bln During Ramaphosa Visit

by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 03:30:40 PM EST
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Extortion consists of obtaining property from another through the wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence or fear. Such coercive extortion is synonymous with the term blackmail[FALSE], which is an older term used to indicate extortion. Common law jurisdictions also refer to a second type of extortion, extortion "under colour of office" or "under colour of official right", which is the wrongful taking by a public officer of money or property that is not due to him/her, whether or not the taking was accomplished by force, threats, or use of fear.

Besides some exceptions, such as in the case of extortion "under colour of office" or "under colour of official right", the act required for extortion is the threat of future harm. Generally, extortion statutes require that a threat must be made to the person or property of the victim. The nature of the threatened harm varies by jurisdiction, and it can include bodily harm, damage to property, damage to reputation, criminal accusations, or abuse of a public office. The extortionate threat required must be serious enough to place a reasonable person in fear. The actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offence.

In many jurisdictions, the intent to take money or property to which one is not lawfully entitled must exist at the time of the threat in order to establish extortion. In other words, making the threat is sufficient and the actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offence.

Extortion is different from the crime of robbery: in robbery, the property is taken against the will and without the consent of the victim, while in extortion the victim consents, although unwillingly, to surrender money or property. Another distinguishing factor is that the nature of the threat for robbery is limited to an immediate physical harm to the victim. Extortion, on the other hand, encompasses a greater variety of threats relating to future harm.

UNDOC | Module 4: Infiltration of Organized Crime in Business and Government is not  secret.
by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 01:03:13 PM EST
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Yurii Kerpatenko, principal conductor at the Kherson Music and Drama Theatre, has been killed by Russian occupiers in Kherson.

His death was announced on 14 October, said the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

The ministry said Yurii Kerpatenko had been shot dead by the Russian military in his own home after he refused to cooperate with the invaders.

Journalist Olena Vanina was the first to report the conductor's murder. She noted that it is now difficult to find out any details of the murder.

"Today it became known that the conductor of the Kherson Philharmonic has been shot by the occupiers. He had refused to cooperate with them, and they said they would be back. They showed up at his house and shot him right there", Vanina wrote on Facebook.

Vanina also noted that Kerpatenko had stopped contact with colleagues back in September.

The Ministry of Culture, citing regional media, said the invaders and collaborators had planned to organise a "gala concert" featuring the famous Hilea Chamber Orchestra on International Music Day, 1 October.

The occupiers wanted to use this concert to show that "peaceful life" had supposedly been established in Kherson.

Suicide by soldier. Perhaps his windows were all boarded up?

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 11:08:13 AM EST
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is a patriotic duty even in your crack of civilization.
by Cat on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 05:19:01 PM EST
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of a machine translation (RU-EN) of an excerpt representing the one act dramedy by the pseudonymous playwright Karver. For further reference, I assigned a working title, "The Spring Joke," to it.
USA : Shut up! You can't even imagine what a gift you made to Russia! She will now cancel all obligations ...

Ukraine ( bewildered ): What other OBLIGATIONS? Are you there, behind my back... Are you negotiating with Putin?!!!!!!!!!!

USA : None of your business, serf! Cancel quickly!

Ukraine ( uncertainly ): It was the Russians who blew up their own bridge. We have nothing. Honestly!

Russia (with anguish): Vova, well, screw everything up there! How much can you endure, Vova?!

In the eighth package of sanctions, they found a leaflet with the inscription "We are being held hostage and forced to write sanctions. Vladimir Vladimirovich, SAVE!!"

The ninth package of sanctions, which is being prepared for consideration, introduces a ban on laughing at the sanctions.

The Russians offer to sell Pugachikha's castle and use this money to repair the Crimean bridge. Rosreestr rejects this idea, the castle was built with so many violations that it needs to be demolished.

Ukrainian stars of show business: All of us, as one, will die for Nenko Ukraine!

Russia begins methodical shelling of Ukraine, arrives in all regions.

Ukraine (in hysterics): What are you?!!! We hit the bridge the ONLY time, made a gift to Putin, and you are all over the country! We will complain to the UN!

People of Russia ( with relief): Well, finally reasonable measures. (hopefully) Nikolaev and Odessa?

Russia: Ukraine, will you take a picture in front of posters depicting TPP explosions? There's a photo...

Ukraine: Our children are afraid to go outside! Our lights are off! There is no water!

Donbass: Welcome to my world. Vladimir Vladimirovich, can they, like me, stretch it out for eight years?

Zelensky: Is this the bridge for us?

Medvedev: Exactly, even for the bridge!

The number of "daughters of officers" in social networks falls by 80%, the number of calls from Sberbank by 90%. Traffic from Ukraine by 90%.

Videos of Ukrainian rallies are sent from Germany, they give addresses and ask them to wrap a couple of rockets on them.

UAE President Mohammed Al Nahyan immediately arrives for talks in St. Petersburg.

USA : Eh! Where are you going?!

UAE : Shut up, infidel! Weak and deceitful! I will talk to a real man, not a parody of a person.

Ukraine: Wait a minute ! Off topic, but important to me. Where are my showbiz stars who promised to die for me?

Stars of Ukrainian show business from warm countries : We are with you! Ukraine is at heart!

by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 02:35:16 PM EST
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Zelensky: And you...! And you...! And you puppies who will drink 50 grams of vodka and shout: "Tomorrow we will use nuclear weapons!"

Russia: Don't be arrogant. For cockroaches, dichlorvos. Or Geranium.

Ukraine: What kind of geranium?

There is a holiday in Iran, Iranian UAVs show excellent results, orders came from 22 countries in a week, Russia shows videos from factories where UAVs are produced.

Zelensky: Europe must inflict preventive nuclear strikes on Russia!

Europe: What are you, a clown, confused the text? We agreed to fight to the last Ukrainian, but don't interfere with us!

Zelensky: My words were taken out of context. I meant that Europe should introduce new sanctions against Russia.

Czech Republic : The export ban on Russian birch in response to the sanctions is already being felt around the world.

Europe : Fuck her.

Czech Republic : This is toilet paper.

Europe : Damn it! And what about the investigation of explosions on gas pipelines.

Investigators: A very complicated case. We can't bring Russia into this.

Musk : And what should I pay for the Internet for the APU? Who needs this job? I give. Let the Pentagon pay.

Pentagon: What ? Got it, comedian?

Musk : The comedian is Zelensky.

Pentagon: And you will be when you do not receive a single order.

Musk : Citizens, don't worry, I won't get poorer, I'll support the Internet for you at my own expense.

Russia: European Union, what about the gas price limit?

European Union: I'll wait .

Estonia: Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism.

Russia: Watch your hands. You restored trading with me to the level of February 24th. It turns out that you are also a sponsor of terrorism.

Estonia: Eeeetto you have to think about it ...

by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 02:44:12 PM EST
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The Israeli TV channel INN filmed a chic cartoon about Ukraine.

Girl from the Krasnodar Territory : Stop! It is mine!

US, UK and France: Iran's delivery of drones to Russia violates UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Russia: Does the supply of MLRS "HIMARS" and self-propelled guns "CAESAR" not violate the resolution?

USA : You don't understand. THIS is different!

Kazakhstan: I'm a little off topic, but it's important. Our prostitutes have raised their prices because of the influx of Russian fugitives. Russia, take them!

Russia : Prostitutes? I have plenty of mine.

Kazakhstan: Refugees ... although... well, yes, there is not much difference.

Ukraine: I would like your problems.

In Ukraine, blackouts. Some Ukrainian churches have raised prices for candles. Shaw?! This is business. Nothing personal.

Zelensky: As far as I know, Ukraine is not the customer of the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge. We definitely didn't order this," he said in an interview with the Canadian CTV channel.

Europe: Yes , it's too late to rush about.

Ukraine: Oh right? I recognize Belarus as an occupied country.

Belarus: Russia , throw in another soldier. I have equipment, I built a lot here ...

Russia: Yes, no question. Thanks to the mobilization, the operational units were freed up.

A bit of American logic. Iran supplies weapons to Russia, which uses them in hostilities - Iran is a participant in hostilities. The United States supplies weapons to Ukraine, which uses them in hostilities - the United States is not a participant in hostilities. This is OTHER.

In Russia, Zhirinovsky's statements of different years are collected. They freak out about the accuracy of forecasts. They are very sorry they didn't make it.

Israel: We will supply weapons to Ukraine.

The entire Slavic world (with interest): Guys, are you asking for a new Holocaust? And what will Israeli technology look like when crests draw a swastika on it? How are you with your head?

Sounds of fuss, slaps, oohs, cries of "they took the words out of context" are heard from Israel.

Israel: We will NOT supply weapons to Ukraine. We can give a couple of tips on how to shoot down UAVs.

Ukraine ( gloomy ): The Soviets. Well, yes. What else to expect from the Jews!

Israel shakes papers from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem wishing death to Russians on the Move.

Israel: Well , yes. What else to expect from crests!

Europe: Russia gives Viagra to soldiers to rape Ukrainians.

Russia: It was already. In 1945 Guys, good disinformation is used only once.

COMMENTARY 1000 years from now, when binary code fragments are assembled into a masterpiece, the translators will compare the prose to the latest, modern edition of The Peloponnesian War, and publishers will declare this codex the definitive "Karver Trap".
by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 03:03:35 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:03:47 PM EST
As I type, the furnace is OFF. I am wearing two (2) layers and cotton undies. The internal temp of my home is 63F(17C). The exterior temp is 51F(10C).  

Bundesnetzagwntur | Gas consumption in households is increasing too much at the moment, 29 Sep

Starting today, the Federal Network Agency will publish weekly figures on gas consumption in Germany.

"The gas consumption of households and businesses in the last week was well above the average consumption of previous years. This week's figures are therefore very sobering. Without significant savings in the private sector, too, it will be difficult to avoid a gas shortage in winter. It was true last week was colder than the weeks of the previous year[,] and the consumption are always snapshots and can change quickly, savings must also be made when temperatures continue to fall and that is not a sure-fire success", says Klaus Müller, President of the Federal Network Agency."In view of the well-filled storage facilities, we can get through the winter under three conditions: Firstly, the projects that have been initiated to increase [?!] gas imports must be implemented. Secondly, the gas supply in our neighboring countries must also remain stable. And thirdly, gas must be saved, even if it is gets even colder towards winter. It will depend on each individual."

What is the matter with you people?
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 04:27:25 PM EST
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hum, I don't know if I'll manage to work from home at 17° ... I have a problem with cold hands. 20° inside / 13° outside this morning. Still far from turning on the gas boiler.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 11:22:08 AM EST
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I grew up in MICHIGAN--not RUSSIA--dressed and undressed under the bed linen, walked uphill both ways to school, and did my homework by firelight. Of course, I blame my mother. Who was also a blessing. For forty years later I was EMPOWERED by this hardship to live by and share this maxim with a California 'fugee who abided but 2 years in my MARYLAND household:

Bulk up or git out.

by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 03:06:27 PM EST
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... that's the maximum that producers will be paid.
The difference between the cap and the going wholesale rate will be creamed off by the government (they expect to raise 5 to 7 billion € per year) will be redistributed to companies and territorial collectivities to help them pay their power bills.

More social welfare for capital

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

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 11:17:39 AM EST
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"territorial collectivities" has entered the "cream" room.
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 02:54:56 PM EST
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DW | Plans to 'deepen' Germany's Rhine river to combat low water levels hit resistance
As part of an action plan to protect shipping, it's [1] boosting the number of vessels adapted to low water [wheels? stanchions and runners?]. More controversially, it also wants to [2] deepen a section of the Middle Rhine Valley -- a proposal that has been welcomed by businesses but viewed with skepticism by environmentalists and some locals.
"When in doubt, it has to load much less," said Sabine Kramer from the Rhine Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSA) and the area manager for the project.
more ship trips ... fueled by galley slaves?
The government's plan envisages deepening the navigation channel by 20 centimeters (about 8 inches) -- from 1.9 meters at low water to 2.1 meters -- to bring this potentially tricky stretch in line with areas further upstream and downstream.
To raise the Rhine's level [wut], engineers with the federal waterways authority have proposed installing hydraulic structures that run parallel to the bank, as well as groin-like constructions that extend into the river. These would divert flowing water toward the middle of the Rhine and hold back sediment. Shaving jutting rock from parts of the riverbed and dredging in gravelly areas are also part of the plan. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2030 and has an initial estimated cost of €180 million ($173 million), 40% of which is for ecological measures.
I'm reminded of a Watt's Up nutjob who frequented the California Cohort and insisted that Greenland was sinking.
by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 04:53:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 07:23:56 PM EST
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Most likely Trekvaart Haarlem-Leiden ... quite famous.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 7th, 2022 at 09:39:54 PM EST
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More ...

Breaking barriers of self-interest of Dutch cities and toll revenues in the 17th century

Barges and Capitalism: Passenger Transportation in the Dutch Economy: 1632-1839. | By Jan de Vries |

A large part of the province South Holland wasn't laid dry and the immense Haarlemmer Meer was an obstacle as it was treacherous to cross by boat. The dig the canal between Haarlem and Leiden was a major achievement for the mid 17th century.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 8th, 2022 at 12:35:45 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Germany and Poland spar over the Oder River, 16 Oct modernization
Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskwa pointed out that river modernization no longer means turning it into a concrete channel -- the destructive approach taken across Europe decades ago.

"These are appropriate corrections ... this is the restoration of the river's dynamic flow," she said in August.
"We expect that the river will deepen in the long term, which can cause the groundwater level to drop," said [German Bund officer Sascha] Maier. That could harm floodplain ecosystems unable to get enough water and affect fish species; building river groins will also undermine mud banks.

Turning the river into a cargo watercourse is "irrational" from an economic point of view, said Piotr Nieznański from WWF's Polish office, adding that the cost of environmental damage will be far greater than any gains from floating goods down the river as rail and road transport become more efficient.
[Association for the Promotion of the Oder/Havel River Basin pres Gerhard] Ostwald disagreed, pointing out that industry along the Oder needs to transport goods on the river toward the Polish city of Szczecin, where the Oder flows into [?] the Baltic Sea. The expansion could also allow for container transport from the Świnoujście harbor and for coal shipments along the waterway. Expanding the Oder could also allow river cruise tourism, he added.

Thanks for all the fish.
The bloc aims to increase the movement of goods along waterways by 25 percent by 2030 and by 50 percent by 2050, but according to EU law that can't get in the way of the goal to bring all rivers back to good chemical and ecological status by 2027. The European Commission did not want to comment on the record on the allegations.
archived poisoned relations over Oder River fish die-off, salinity, and wuthaveyou
by Cat on Mon Oct 17th, 2022 at 12:40:22 AM EST
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worst practices over the ERAs

by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 05:55:17 PM EST
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The Hill | UN climate talks in Egypt must urgently focus on methane
Morgan Bazilian is the director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines.
CNN | New Zealand wants to tax farmers for their cows' burps and farts
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday that her government will push ahead with a proposal to make farmers pay for their livestock's emissions in a bid to combat climate change.
Politico.eu.com | France orders oil staff back to work amid fuel [sic] strikes
"blockage is not a way to negotiate."
supra Refinery Capacity Goes Offline
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 09:55:28 PM EST
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euronews | TurkStream: Europe needs gas and Russia has it - the story behind that new pipeline, 8 Jan 2020 supply-side confidence

disturbance in the antitrust farce

However, European countries are standing their ground. TurkStream will end in the EU, meaning Gazprom has to conform to European anti-monopoly rules.

One of those anti-monopoly rules stipulates that energy companies cannot own transit infrastructure and sell gas through it at the same time. In short: Gazprom cannot both build the pipeline and supply it, which is why some Balkan countries are participating in the construction of the extensions.

post-pandemic 2022: "reforming" TSO, DSO deregulation, nationalizing bankrupt "energy" brokers, and legitimizing "illicit price fixing" and OMO bid-rigging as well as forming a EU27 fuel buyers' "cartel" to subsidize COE power plants' fuel costs.


S: gas markets in Europe have changed in the last decade. These days, Europe is equipped to fully replace Russian gas with naturally liquified gas (LNG) from global markets
W: the falling production of gas within Europe, which makes up one-third of European consumption. By 2022, the Groningen gas field, which was the cradle of the gas industry in Europe, will be permanently shut down. Gas production in Norway has plateaued and is continuously declining in the North Sea (the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany).
O: Contracts, he says, are usually long-term agreements, some of which last to the mid-2030s. Many of Gazprom's contracts are already priced based on Europe gas hubs and their share will grow in the future.
T: Considering Europe's dependence on Russian natural gas, the question remains whether Russia would ever shut down gas supply to Europe, just as it did in Ukraine in the 2000s over debt issues.
post-pandemic 2022: REPowerEU Russian gas and oil "embargo" rations, financing European Peace Facility arms for Ukraine, LNG import terminals, and fuel switches to coal, wood, and solid waste

Türkiye to become a natural gas trading hub (2013), foiled attack on TurkStream pipeline (2022)
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 12:11:46 AM EST
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a "classic Russian technique"?
Daily Sabah | Erdoğan, Putin instruct authorities to work on gas hub in Türkiye, 14 Oct
Erdoğan said both countries would immediately start work on Putin's proposal to turn Türkiye into a new supply "hub" and that there would be "no waiting."

"Together with Mr. Putin, we have instructed our Energy and Natural Resources Ministry and the relevant institution on the Russian side to work together," the president told reporters onboard his return flight from a regional summit in Kazakhstan, where he met with the Russian leader.

It marked the Turkish leader's first statement on the Russian proposal.[nope]

Turkstream technology, since the USSR laid out Druzhba Pipeline
Erdoğan said Russian and Turkish energy authorities would work together to designate the best location for the potential gas distribution center, adding that Türkiye's Thrace region, bordering Greece and Bulgaria, appeared to be the best spot.

"They will conduct this study. Wherever the most appropriate place is, we will hopefully establish this distribution center there," he said.....

Daily Sabah | Turkish 'Zero Waste' Festival: Reduce, reuse and recycle, 14 Oct circular economies
The Zero Waste Project, launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Climate Change, under the patronage of First Lady Emine Erdoğan, has led Türkiye's fight against climate change. The initiative primarily aims to bring the country in line with sustainable development principles, prevent uncontrolled waste and leave a "cleaner, developed" country to future generations, according to the ministry. It has slowly but steadily gained support from various sectors since 2017. First Lady Emine Erdoğan, who led the creation and spread of zero waste awareness and received the "Climate and Development Leadership Award" given for the first time by the World Bank for her efforts....
archived classic Russian technique
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 04:17:08 PM EST
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wut: "EU eyes Arctic internet cable to connect Europe to Asia via Alaska"
by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 03:11:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 14th, 2022 at 03:16:49 PM EST
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euronews | Climate crisis: how beetles and fire are devouring European forests, 21 Oct
...It all started around 1860, at the time of Napoleon III, when the swamps were transformed into pine-tree plantations. There were 2700 hectares of pines, out of which 2400 burned....

archived ambiguous "emergency situation" in risis as Discipline, NPI Systems Design 2022

by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 07:07:08 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:03:58 PM EST
pmindia.gov | PM's address at the India Mobile Congress & launch of 5G services in India, 1 Oct (EN - machine translation)
India's efforts on 5G have another message. New India will not remain a mere consumer of technology, but India will play a very active role in the development and implementation of that technology. In designing the wireless technology of the future, India will have a major role in manufacturing related to it. At the time of 2G, 3G, 4G, India was dependent on other countries for technology. But with 5G, India has created a new history. With 5G, India is setting a global standard in telecom technology for the first time. India is leading. Today every person using the Internet is understanding that 5G will change the entire architecture of the Internet. That is why today 5G has brought a huge opportunity for the youth of India. I am happy that how our country, which is moving forward with the resolve of developed India, is walking step by step with other countries of the world. This is a big success for India....
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 01:12:17 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 01:00:52 PM EST
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...committed suicide by falling out of a fifth floor window. #Defenestroika
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 02:31:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 04:59:33 PM EST
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JHUAPL | DART: Double Asteroid Redirection Test
LAUNCH: [Tuesday] November 23, 2021
Didymos is the ideal candidate for humankind's first planetary defense experiment, although it is not on a path to collide with Earth and therefore poses no actual threat to the planet. The system is composed of two asteroids: the larger asteroid Didymos (diameter: 780 meters, 0.48 miles), and the smaller ["]moonlet["] asteroid, Dimorphos (diameter: 160 meters, 525 feet), which orbits the larger asteroid. Prior to DART's kinetic impact, the orbital period of Dimorphos around Didymos is 11 hours and 55 minutes, and the separation between the centers of the two asteroids is 1.18 kilometers (0.73 miles). The DART spacecraft impacted Dimorphos nearly head-on [26 Sep], shortening the time it takes the small asteroid [Dimorphos] to orbit Didymos....
NASA | Webb, Hubble Capture Detailed Views of DART Impact, 29 Sep trophy
Images from Webb's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) show a tight, compact core, with plumes of material appearing as wisps streaming away from the center of where the impact took place.
ZDNET | The NASA DART mission smashed a spacecraft into an asteroid., 3 Oct observation
Part one of the DART mission was a success.
On Monday [?], NASA successfully launched a spacecraft into space and crashed it into the never-seen-before asteroid Dimorphos.
Dimorphos orbit, Didymos path
However, the second part of the mission is observing the aftermath of the impact to see if the [WHICH?] asteroid's path changed. This part of the mission is of vital importance to measuring the success of the mission.

"You know, if you went up and you tried to move an asteroid to deflect it from hitting the Earth and it didn't move, that's not successful, right?" said Ernst.

6 to 12 month tech talk
"What we need to do now is to figure out how much we actually deflected it... to really see how much of a push did we give it, and that can be a piece of the puzzle that informs how you would actually design a mission that was going to try to deflect something," said [DART DRACO instrument scientist Carolyn] Ernst.

"So, do you need something faster? You need something bigger? You need two? Is one sufficient, or is one too much? And kind of thinking about that side of things."...

by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 02:00:20 PM EST
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29 Aug 2022: Scientif American | Rocket Woes Delay Launch of NASA's Artemis I Mission
"postponed the test flight until at least September 2"
3 Sep 2022: The Verge | 'Large' hydrogen leak foils NASA's schedule for Artemis I mission
"There's another complication too."
24 Sep 2022: NPR | NASA delays the Artemis 1 moon mission for a third time as a tropical storm approaches
"to protect its employees and the needs of their families while also maintaining a possible future opportunity"
27 Sep: NASA | Artemis I Managers Wave Off Sept. 27 Launch, Preparing for Rollback
"to configure systems for rolling back the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to the Vehicle Assembly Building"
4 Oct 2022: Space Flight Now | NASA rules out launch of Artemis 1 moon rocket before mid-November
Agency officials said they are now targeting a launch period that opens Nov. 12 for the next opportunity to launch the Artemis 1 test flight. Artemis 1, which will fly without astronauts, is the inaugural demonstration flight of the huge Space Launch System moon rocket, and the first flight of an Orion crew capsule around the moon. If it goes well, Artemis 1 will pave the way for future crew missions to the moon, beginning with Artemis 2 as soon as 2024.

NASA | About the Mission and official Stretch Goals
deep space exploration begins 2024
Royal Museums Greenwich, UK | PR
Three Artemis missions are currently in progress; Artemis 1, an uncrewed test flight around and beyond the Moon, planning to launch between 12-27 November 2022 (exact date TBC). Artemis 2, a crewed flight beyond the Moon which will take humans the farthest they've ever been in space. And Artemis 3, a mission that will land the first female astronaut and first astronaut of colour on the Moon to spend a week performing scientific studies on the lunar surface....
by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 03:36:22 PM EST
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NASA's Orion spacecraft and its European Service Module | ESA |

The creation of the ESM has been a truly pan-European effort. Around 26 European companies were enlisted by ESA's prime contractor, Airbus, to develop and build the module, which in total comprises more than 20 000 parts and components. From electrical equipment to engines, solar panels, fuel tanks and life-support elements, Europe's world-class scientific and technological skills are at the heart of this mission.

The Artemis I mission is the first of the Artemis programme to take humans to the Moon sustainably. Aside from the ESA's service module for the Orion missions of which four are already ready or being built with contracts in place for two more. ESA is also supplying habitation and refuelling modules for the international lunar Gateway station that will orbit our natural satellite. The building of more European Service Module's as well as a series of independent European lunar landers are to be decided at ESA's Ministerial Council later this year as part of ESA's exploration strategy Terrae Novae that includes landing a European astronaut on the Moon by 2030.

The Great Escape: SLS Provides Power for Missions to the Moon

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 05:46:12 PM EST
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SLS: NASA's most powerful and controversial rocket is ready to launch

SLS is a successful collaboration of some of the world's largest aerospace manufacturers, and a project rivalled only by the Saturn V rocket that launched the Apollo astronauts to the Moon and back in the 1960s and 70s. 

But the launch never happened. While it was originally mandated to launch before the start of 2017 by the US Congress, the SLS was delayed. This would be the start of many further delays, with at least 16 taking place following the start of the program in 2010. The rocket became one of the most ridiculed projects in NASA's history.  

However, it now appears that, finally, there is no need to delay the launch any longer. In August 2022, NASA announced that the SLS' first mission, Artemis 1, is planned for August 29. While the date is not set in stone, and additional delays could still occur, this is the closest we have come to the launch since the program's inception more than two decades ago. 

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 05:47:36 PM EST
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NASA's monstrous moon rocket is an overpriced, political beast

They didn't discuss the raging war in Ukraine ...

"China and Russia have their sights set on the moon and its resources," said Rep. Bill Posey, a Republican who represents Cape Canaveral in Florida. "Given what the moon represents in terms of resources, prestige, U.S. national security, what does the U.S. and NASA need to do to guarantee the success of the Artemis program in the coming years?"

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 05:48:38 PM EST
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My Dutch Heritage - Home

Building started in a home with storage of tulip bulb growers south of Noordwijk. Spend my early years as a child and witnessed the development of European Space Agency ESTEC. Amazing, always had as goal to be employed in the Space Industry ... Dream realized sorts of in the States.

ESTEC site in Noordwijk

Based in a dedicated building on ESA's ESTEC site in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, the Test Centre is the largest centre of its kind in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.

Later in a commercial sales job proud to have sold and delivered chips with the most advanced and reliable 12 bits D/A converter build in a Voyager spacecraft. Eternal journey into outer space. 🌎 ✨

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 05:50:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 10:18:03 PM EST
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But this is all high-school-level Newtonian mechanics : mass, velocity, squared etc. They surely knew the answers before they sent the rocket up. The question is, did they apply the predetermined force at the predetermined point, or did they have a mechanical?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 03:39:09 PM EST
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Maybe they used pi=3? (1 Kings 7:23)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 04:40:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 6th, 2022 at 02:35:58 AM EST
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Roll Call | FDA advisory committee votes to pull drug for premature births, 19 Oct
in a rare move on Wednesday voted 14-1 to pull the only available drug aimed at lowering the risk of premature births from the market, citing a lack of evidence that the medication shows any benefit.  

The Obstetrics, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee's recommendation is nonbinding, and FDA Commissioner Robert Califf will make the final decision in conjunction with Chief Scientist Namandjé Bumpus. But the agency typically follows the advice of its advisory committees, and top FDA officials argued forcefully against the drug, Makena®, in presentations earlier this week.
"Sometimes when I see a lot of mathematical gymnastics being used to cut things in different ways and try to squeeze out a subset that has benefits, I have concerns," [FDA patient rep Annie Ellis] said, adding that she had to vote with her head rather than her heart....

confirmatory trial has entered the room.
A September report from the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General found that one-third of the 278 accelerated approvals since the pathway's inception in 1992 have incomplete follow-up [longitudinal] studies.

Makena's confirmatory trial took 10 years -- more than five years late, according to OIG. Medicaid has spent $700 million on the drug since its approval in 2011.

"women and minorities" room service
Covis also framed the issue as a question of racial equity, given the higher risk in Black women. Makena's supporters included Yolanda Lawson, the president-elect of the National Medical Association, a group that represents African American physicians.

"If Makena is no longer available, the implications for high-risk women could be dire," she testified. "It is my clinical perspective that Makena remains an important treatment option for higher-risk patients and should remain available to these women." ...

archived Roger B. Taney in Spaniard Borrell's Fascist Gaffe Us vs Them, Moynihan's report is back in a new suit, tie, and pumps, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present 2010

National Medical Association history
"founded in 1895, during an era in US history when the majority of African Americans were disenfranchised. The segregated policy of 'separate but equal' dictated virtually every aspect of society...."
Journal of the National Medical Association, Vols. 1 to 99;  1909 to 2007

by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 06:34:21 PM EST
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I detect a budget cut--from 6-12 mo. to "consecutive nights" observation
APsplainin Smashing success: NASA asteroid strike results in big nudge, 12 Oct
It took consecutive nights of telescope observations from Chile and South Africa to determine how much the impact altered the path [sic] of the 525-foot (160-meter) asteroid [Dimorphos] around its companion, a much bigger space rock asteroid [Didymos].

Before the impact, the moonlet took 11 hours and 55 minutes to circle its parent asteroid [Didymos]. Scientists had anticipated shaving off 10 minutes, but Nelson said the impact shortened the asteroid moonlet's orbit by 32 minutes.

"Let's all just kind of take a moment to soak this in ... for the first time ever, humanity has changed the orbit" of a celestial body, noted Lori Glaze, NASA's director of planetary science.

So. Has the velocity and "path" of the "much bigger" asteroid, Didymos, changed?
by Cat on Wed Oct 12th, 2022 at 05:40:47 PM EST
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A 160 metre object... Instinctively, I would imagine you would need a rocket with the mass of an oil tanker (give or take a few orders of magnitude) to do anything at all to an actual asteroid of dangerous mass. It's really just an excuse to play space pool.

Hum... if they hit the rock off-centre, a significant amount of the kinetic energy could have been converted into spin, rather than change of trajectory (as any pool player knows). Which would be amusing, but not very useful. Because you can make a pool ball go backwards, but there's no friction in space.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 04:33:46 PM EST
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Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine; National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Boston University; Department of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine; Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center, Port St. Lucie; Brigham and Women's Hospital; Harvard Medical School; Center for Regenerative Medicine of Boston University and Boston Medical Center; The Pulmonary Center and Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Institute of Clinical and Molecular Virology, University Hospital Erlangen; Pulmonary Center, Boston University School of Medicine; Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Infectious Disease and Immunology University, Chicago; Department of Biochemistry, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin: gain of function experts

bioRxiv, "Role of spike in the pathogenic and antigenic behavior of SARS-CoV-2 BA.1 Omicron," 13 Oct 2022 preprint

This study provides important insights into Omicron pathogenicity. We show that spike, the single most mutated protein in Omicron, has an incomplete role in Omicron attenuation. In in vitro infection assays, the Omicron spike-bearing ancestral SARS-CoV-2 (Omi-S)* exhibits much higher replication efficiency compared with Omicron. Similarly, in K18-hACE2 mice, Omi-S contrasts with  non-fatal Omicron and causes a severe disease leading to around 80% mortality. This suggests that mutations outside of spike are major determinants of the attenuated pathogenicity of Omicron in K18-hACE2 mice. Further studies are needed to identify those mutations and decipher their mechanisms of action.
* synthesized chimeric recombinant virus

btw, EU prosecutor's office opens investigation into COVID vaccine purchases, 15 Oct Pfizer crisis management: BioNTech and vdL evade scrutiny
archived Von der Leyen-Pfizer texts, Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine review, The "LEAKED" Pfizer Contract

by Cat on Tue Oct 18th, 2022 at 01:16:55 AM EST
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Bio Space | Merck and Moderna Move Forward with Personalized Cancer Vaccine (Updated)12 Oct options
Merck and Moderna are moving forward with a personalized cancer vaccine as Merck exercised its option to develop and commercialize mRNA-4157/V940, the companies announced Wednesday.

The option is based on an existing Collaboration and License Agreement originally inked in 2016 and amended in 2018. The two companies will develop and commercialize mRNA-4157/V940 together. It is currently being tested by Moderna in a Phase II trial in combination with Merck's anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in the KEYNOTE-942 trial as adjuvant treatment for patients with high-risk melanoma. The trial has enrolled 157 patients....

ABC News | Cancer vaccine may be ready by 2030, say founders of COVID [mRNA] vaccine-makers BioNTech, 17 Oct
The husband-and-wife duo founded BioNTech in 2008 originally to develop and produce treatments for individualized cancer immunotherapy, using mRNA technology....

archived 2022 Medical Industrial Complex "moonshot"

by Cat on Wed Oct 19th, 2022 at 11:14:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 04:47:27 PM EST
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Did that lady have a stroke? It's absolutely true that the vaccine trials never looked for efficiency against infection and public health officials, led by the US CDC, blatantly lied about that. What does that have to do with masks and lockdowns?
by generic on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 06:01:32 PM EST
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I haven't paid attention to further research ... Pfizer and the silence of VDL is damning for German producer of vaccine. Who are these sceptici in the EP?

Endonuclease fingerprint indicates a synthetic origin of SARS-CoV-2


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 06:43:42 PM EST
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Rob Roos ECR Group ...

Biggest bull$hitter of original Thierry Baudet extreme rightwing party with a Trump "copy-paste" policy platform.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 06:45:18 PM EST
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I mean, we knew that. The papers were public. They ended up being pretty good at preventing transmission of wild type within a few months of vaccination, but we absolutely didn't know that when Walensky(was it Walensky?) said that the vaccinated do not carry the virus. Just as we had no way to know if "reinfections are rare" when that was the talking point and neither did we know that "Omicron is mild" when the great and good decided it was really too much bother for everyone not to get Covid.


by generic on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 09:56:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 05:58:36 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 06:39:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 03:38:28 PM EST
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Also when all that vaccine passport stuff was implemented we already had empirical data. It was pretty clear that it wouldn't be sufficient alone, especially when considering waning immunity (an idea strongly resisted at the time) and rapid mutations (remember "scariants"?). But as always the policy was formed around the messaging and the messaging was that the vaccines had defeated the emergency so you couldn't possible need anything else.
So yeah, Fauci lied and all those clowns are also lying.
by generic on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 10:35:14 PM EST
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The shorter debrief :

Did near-universal vaccination massively reduce hospitalisations and deaths? An emphatic yes.

Was it mis-sold? Yes. Anecdotally, being "fully vaccinated" does not stop you from getting COVID. But you get it less bad.
Vax passports pushed the vaccination rate, saving lives, and as a secondary effect presumably reduced the circulation of the virus somewhat, by forcing the vaccine refuseniks to have frequent deaths.

 People lied; fewer people died.  And angry people had something to get angry about.

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

by eurogreen on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 07:58:26 PM EST
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I'm not sold on the idea that fewer people died. Yes, overselling the vaccines and basing the entire response on them increased the vaccination rate, but it also led to the wholesale abandonment of other effective interventions. The surest way not to get wrecked by covid is to not get exposed in the first place after all.
And we're now in an arms race between human science weighed down by capitalism and at least six billion experiments running each year to find a way past our defenses.
by generic on Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 09:22:47 PM EST
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Perhaps we need to define our respective positions, because I'm not sure we're understanding each other.

The surest way not to get wrecked by covid is to not get exposed in the first place after all.

Absolutely, and that is why lockdown was an essential response. I'm not inclined to blind faith in government, to put it mildly, but I know how to read a graph. I followed the reported infection rate, death rate and hospitalisation rate (France) throughout, and I saw how the curve followed the various government decisions. And undoubtedly they weren't optimal, and perhaps there were other effective interventions which were not decided on.

I am pretty sure that confinement and masks kept the infection rate under control until mass vaccination limited the impact of the virus, which is where we are now. I am aware that this sounds awfully like the conventional wisdom, but there may be sound reasons for that.

But I'm interested in the paths not chosen. Over to you?

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

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 23rd, 2022 at 09:28:40 AM EST
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Well, I disagree. We did not in fact keep infection rate under control until mass vaccination limited the impact of the virus.

What this looks like to me is the slow death of public health in Europe. The sharp peak at first shows an actual reaction to the threat, too late in many cases, but in either way later to be replaced with bargaining.

How I see the list of characters:

The overlapping class-war institutions of capital (Hudson Institute, AEI, Cato, the Koch network and the like) operate in social space so they react to it as a social problem. Their solution is known: The Great Barrington Declaration and  weirdos called some variation of Killemall getting TV gigs as if they had something interesting to say.

Individual capitalists obviously resisted being subject to public control and demanded public help to make good their investments. An example of the first would be Tönnies, the meat plant in Germany that was the source of a major outbreak in the summer of 2020 and infamously registered 200 distinct companies when faced with the prospect of coming under regulatory control. An example of the second would be the origin story of the UK "eat out to help out" scheme. According to Dominic Cummings, an utter waste of good blubber when he was in office, but useful now he'll drop all dirt he can think of to get a minute of attention back, they had newspaper owners screaming in their phone that they have to get people back into the office. The whole commercial real-estate market depended on it.

Public officials. They learned that maliciously killing everyone's grandma is easier to sell after the fact than telling someone who has your private phone number that his investment will not work out like he thought.

Finally we have the scientific establishment, where we're seeing the climate change effect in full swing. You're a professional, not an activist so you can't be too alarmist and also you'd call your funding sources murderers. Then you add economics brain, where people who might know a lot about binding strength in ACE receptors get roped into talking about the cost of interventions for some reason. Anyway you end up with a "the cure can not be worse the the disease" mindset that sticks to completely unreasonably rosy predictions instead of getting even close to looking at most likely outcomes (and reasonable worst case outcomes that would form the basis of public health in a reasonable system of government). So we had a lot of resistance against the idea that reinfections would be anything but rare, that vaccines would not provide long-term immunity, that viruses would naturally evolve towards being "mild" for some absurd reason and now still that "hybrid immunity" provides long-term protection while utterly ignoring the risk of "imprinting".

So basically, what I'm saying is that after the lockdown in early 2020 the world bifurcated. China continued to practice public health measures, while the Western world started its long march toward building acceptance of the abandonment of same and the internal logic of justifying the lack of measures leads to the abandonment of mitigation measures. If the vaccines solved the issue, you don't need masking, if Omicron is "mild" you don't need to rush development of new vaccines or and you don't need quarantines.
There's also something else going on that I find difficult to articulate. Somehow the western elite in a broader sense are hiding from the outside world in a huddle. The American culture wars are now fought throughout European journalists' social media, central European countries raise flags to half-mast over the death of the Brits' queen, Australia and New Zealand abandoning their broadly successful immigration quarantine to join the rest of the Western world and get wrecked by the pandemic. And of course the complete lockstep alignment over the war.

Honestly, not sure if that answers the question, it's more of a mess than I would like.

by generic on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:44:31 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:55:43 PM EST
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I broadly see the actual state of the pandemic like this twitter thread:

by generic on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 03:03:41 PM EST
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And Austria dropping its fine on citizens for not being vaccinated when they had to open their doors to thousands on non-vaccinated Ukr refugees. This was an eye opener to many in Europe.
by Tom2 on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 04:47:29 PM EST
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Yeah, that was not the reason. At all. The vaccine mandate was never enforced and there was never any intention of enforcing it. Otherwise they wouldn't have given half a year to comply. It was always intended to stir up controversy and shift attention from the unceasing corruption scandals. And then Omicron was decided to be "mild" and they abolished the mandate before it was ever enforced, together with mask mandates.
by generic on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 05:40:42 PM EST
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They still have a mask mandate on public transport in Vienna.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 06:42:14 PM EST
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Yeah, but the federal mandate is gone. If you come with the train to Vienna there is an announcement that you're now supposed to wear a mask. We also still have free PCR tests, mostly because Vienna was threatening to continue on their own.
by generic on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 06:52:17 PM EST
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Pandemic overall caused mental health issues

.. the complete lockstep alignment over the war.

Younger generation did step up to the plate in communities in need to help elderly with supply of groceries. Many excellent initiatives, food banks doubled or tripled in size.

The USA was a prime example how the COVID-19 spread across the continent, with lagging in the Red states. The Blue states were of course the large metropolitan areas and hit early and hard.

Political nitwits holding hands were Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Mark Rutte propagating "herd immunity". The American attitude of invoking the Korean era Defense Production Act to block export of medical supplies, vaccines and components. Horrible scenes of hoarding supplies across the European Union.

A year which left people dependent on government intervention with lot of false moves and party warfare. I am at a loss how Europe rolled into a hot war, contrary to the founding principles of the EEC. Brexit and the endless negotiations became a lose-lose event. It seems the war in Ukraine served the purpose of BIG oil & gas corporations. Now a nice escape to blame all our failures.

The economic setting is to push forward austerity measures, energy poverty, pensioners confronted with inflation and a surge in cost of living.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 05:27:25 PM EST
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So basically, what I'm saying is that after the lockdown in early 2020 the world bifurcated. China continued to practice public health measures

OK, so the alternative to the broadly-adopted "western" solutions is the Chinese model.

The Chinese model [total lockdown on detection] has been highly successful, in terms of deaths per million, but entails a level of social acceptance of constraints, and of means and will to enforce those constraints, which is simply not feasible in most other countries.

So basically, you're not presenting any workable alternative model; unless you're talking about the end of liberal democracy?

Interesting that you mentioned New Zealand. I have not been able to return there these past few years, I may get there in early 2023. The "lock-out" model, as distinct from the "lock-down" model, was very effective, but quite costly, in terms of economic isolation (Iceland looks like a similar case). The idea that the lock-out could have been continued indefinitely is an amusing idea, but not a feasible one. There have been quite a few deaths, about 3000 (this is mostly due to 20% of the population actively refusing vaccination), since the country re-opened at the beginning of this year, but the overall death rate per million is still quite low by world standards. So it can be said that the re-opening was pretty successful too.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 05:11:24 PM EST
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How many people in China live in "appartments" of 10m2 including the kitchen and bathroom, as your fellows in France?
by Oosterbeek on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 06:00:44 PM EST
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Starting from the bottom: How do you know if the lock-out model was sustainable or actually more expensive, if you don't count lives and injuries? Estimates for long term effects vary widely, but even among the vaccinated it doesn't seem to be much below one in ten. And there is the exciting question: Are we doing an experiment in eugenics and a certain portion of the population is prone to develop stronger health effects? Is it a roll of the dice? Is the second infection more or less likely to leave you with serious health issues?

The latest US estimates I've seen has between 3 and 4 million people too disabled for work after their last bout of Covid. At the peak of the March wave we had about 5% of the population with an active case. To just declare that the economic costs of suppression would be too high without having any grasp on the cost of not doing so is just not serious.

The Chinese model [total lockdown on detection] has been highly successful, in terms of deaths per million, but entails a level of social acceptance of constraints, and of means and will to enforce those constraints, which is simply not feasible in most other countries.

Not even sure I disagree. Not because of the "levels of restriction", because we frankly tolerate astonishing levels of repression and violence, but now that we're here it is hard to see how we could have ended up anywhere else.
So yes, if Europe was governed by a Communist party we probably would have followed something similar to the Chinese policy. But since our Democracies are "Marktkonform" as Angela Merkel called it, and the political institutions are extremely weak we are where we are. And where we are is after a successful campaign to convince the population that new SARS is "mild", so obviously all the mitigation measures are gone. No masks, no quarantine and no one takes the new vaccine since the crisis is gone. Good work everyone.

Also just found this:

Turns out all of our tools are breaking. Who could have known?

Bit young to be eligible for Pax too:

Rochelle Walensky - Wikipedia

    Rochelle Paula Bersoff

April 5, 1969 (age 53)

by generic on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 08:32:22 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 09:26:19 PM EST
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The world's largest electronics contractor Foxconn issued three notices consecutively on Sunday to its factory workers at the Zhengzhou park in Central China's Henan Province, saying that arrangements and security protection measures have been made for employees who volunteer to stay in the park and those who wish to return home, after video clips that showed some workers allegedly from the park walking back home due to a COVID-19 outbreak sparked heated discussion during the weekend.

In the video clips, a number of workers allegedly from Foxconn are seen walking back to their hometowns with their bags on their backs. Along the way, many locals filled up the crossroads with drinking water and food - some on the ground while some in open cars, with a sign written "supply station for returnees from Foxconn."

< wipes tears >
The clips emerged after a COVID-19 outbreak hit the iPhone maker on October 25. On the next day, the company denied rumors claiming that about 20,000 staff had been diagnosed with COVID-19 at the company's Zhengzhou park. Only "a small number of employees" had been affected and production at the Zhengzhou park remained "relatively stable," the company said in a statement it sent to the Global Times on that day.

In Sunday's three notices, the company said that for the employees who voluntarily stay in the factory, the government and the company will jointly guarantee their normal production and life order, protect their health safety and legitimate rights and interests, and improve their living and working environment.

For employees who want to return home, to ensure their safety, the administrative committee of Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone and the company will organize staff members and vehicles to serve their needs. The notice also provided the location and phone number for workers to choose....
by Cat on Tue Nov 1st, 2022 at 03:33:15 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Nov 1st, 2022 at 10:24:04 AM EST
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Not even sure I disagree.

Well, quite. It's mutual. I mean, all the epidemiological stuff in particular. We are agreed : it's a mean mother of a virus. Personally I have intermittent mild long/post covid symptoms.

In terms of public policy :  

How do you know if the lock-out model was sustainable or actually more expensive, if you don't count lives and injuries?

If we're talking specifically about NZ : the government had a pretty clear idea of the infections/hospitalisations/deaths trajectories, having the advantage of the lead time in the rest of the world. But there were a lot of factors in the equation :
  • The purely economic tradeoff : economic cost of the virus vs the cost of lockout. Tourism is a sizeable chunk of the economy. Sustainability.
  • The fact that 20% of the population was lost in la-la land : refusing the vaccines, demonstrating, blockading parliament etc... The explosion of the conspirationist social media... lots of societal damage, with lots of potential for getting worse.
  • The certainty of losing the next elections (they probably will anyway) if lockout was continued

I think they were wise, and courageous, to hold out as long as they did.

In terms of EU and European national public policy, I haven't yet seen where we disagree, because I haven't seen you postulate any alternative to what happened.
Except for the Communist lockdown hypothesis ("socialism with Chinese characteristics" as Deng so charmingly called it), which we agree was not applicable.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Nov 2nd, 2022 at 01:45:54 PM EST
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Personally I have intermittent mild long/post covid symptoms.

Sorry to hear that, hope they clear up in time.

Now, what are the physical things we could have done, if it wasn't for the internal logic of capitalism?

For one, most of Europe did actually control the spread in March of 2020. There were no notable mutations till winter of that year, we had half a year to prepare and dramatic illustrations of what happens if you fail. Certainly, winter makes the job more difficult, but not impossible. But in the end no country in Europe reacted in time or with sufficient intensity (as they had in March). This was still the one largest mass death event during the pandemic and since we could do so in March we also could have stopped this one with limited cost.

Then, if you give up on eradication, and don't tell yourself unlikely, but comforting bedtime stories about longterm immunity, caused by infection you end up with the conclusion that everything that reduces the driving force in the exponential is worth a lot. So:

Universal (good) masking as a social standard. This one is really cheap and helps a lot, but it had to go, because you can't defeat the perception of the crisis without abolishing the outward measures. Even without any kind of enforcement you had something like over 80% compliance.
It was blatantly obvious that Covid was primarily spread via airborne transmission after the first studies from South Korea, but we were extremely late in acknowledging this fact and rushed to abolish any mandates fist thing it seemed possible.

A regulatory focus on air quality. Since we're effectively back to the time when tuberculosis was running rampant we can take some pointers from that time. This would mean more outside air circulation, more filtration and maybe a return of UV-C lamps. Certainly it would make the hospitality industry more capital intensive, but that's a prize I'm easily willing to pay. They're anyway whining unceasingly that they can't find workers so some consolidation wouldn't be that big of an issue.

In connection to the above: Really stomp on the commercial real-estate push to end WFH. It not only helps in preventing the pandemic from running completely rampant, it also helps with several of our other concurrent crisis: Energy and climate change.

Break the patents. If the infection chain that got that one Indian guy who "lucked" into the Delta mutations was broken by a more rapid vaccine rollout we'd be in a much better shape today. But since the EU and US insisted that everything has to follow the holy writ of IP law there was a longer delay than necessary and even countries that would have pushed a more aggressive vaccination strategy had to wait. In addition to this the absurd hands off attitude to the vaccine manufacturing process. The selling point of the MRNA vaccines was that they could be adapted to new mutations within months, but Pfizer and Moderna still waited until the demand for the original product collapsed before bringing a new one to the market. And I wonder if they'll bother to make a new one, given the tepid sales they had with the BA4/5 shots.

Finally, what would be a much more intensive intervention, but I still feel I have to mention is introducing quarantine requirements on entry. Even if you don't aim for eradication we're in a situation where new variants play a decisive role. They are also spreading fast enough that they really need a large interconnected ecosystem to not burn themselves out. That seemed to be the case in Japan after their Delta wave, but in the end they couldn't control entry, possibly because the US military would not respect the quarantine regulations.

by generic on Thu Nov 3rd, 2022 at 03:27:35 PM EST
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One final note towards the last point: I'm aware that it would kill a big chunk of tourism and business travel. When I was still in academia I spent an absurd amount of time at airports and would really hate to have missed out on all the interesting people I got to meet and places I got to go, but from a total cost benefit view, it's really not clear that it is worth it.
by generic on Thu Nov 3rd, 2022 at 04:10:40 PM EST
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For one, most of Europe did actually control the spread in March of 2020.

Not in my recollection ... epicenter Bergamo, Italy. The CDCs of European nations did not heed the warnings of China and the WHO warnings of late January. The bloody rightwing governments (read: Trump, Johnson and Rutte) refused to take necessary preparations. At first refused to calculate the risk of a global pandemic and once it hit in March 2020, theorized through "modeling" by Imperial College mathematicians [RIVM Jacco Wallinga] it would spread like a flu with similar death count. Capitalist assessment wished to set priority to keep the economy going and accept the mortality rate. The term "herd immunity" as policy by above group of nations, caused a serious delay in adequate preparation.

Once the seriousness of the pandemic sunk in, the elderly were sacrificed as having lived a long life and didn't need the protection. Like you stated emphasis was given to spread by contact and too little for aerosol and indoor risk. Masking was just "not done" as personal freedom was affected. Rutte refused face mask regulation for many months, long after the WHO had recommended such. Following Trump red-states advice.

In the meantime the Covid-19 virus found the weak spots and spread diligently.

Many holiday goers went on wintersport vacation in Austria. There the infections were present, but official kept silent afraid to lose business. Hundreds infection returned to The Netherlands, many were first responders, nursing and doctors. In a short period the COVID-19 spread within health institutions and hospitals to patients.

In addition, in Southern provinces of Brabant and Limburg, carnival celebrations created many dozens of hotspots. The deaths were profound and shocked many communities. The virus quickly took the lead, where politicians hesitated to find the right mix of protecting jobs, business and saving lives.

As soon as the vaccinations started to be rolled out, the relaxation of mass crowd gatherings came too soon and a July 2021 wave of infections once again surprised the politicians and health ministry. Promotion Dancing with Janssen was more a commercial for freedom than wisdom. In October before the first wave of Omicron infections, once again preparation was late and another lockdown in December with school closures hit very hard.

There were a few bright spots with "Dutch" epidemiologists. In northern province of Groningen, the university hospital was led by German insight and methods. The infection rate, deaths and illness was far below the rest of the country.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2022 at 07:59:08 PM EST
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OK, let me retract that. Some parts of Europe managed to contain the spread, which were the parts I was living in. The majority reacted too late.

by generic on Thu Nov 3rd, 2022 at 08:41:58 PM EST
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Northern provinces to step up testing to `search and contain' coronavirus | Dutch News - March 23, 2020 |

The four northern provinces Groningen, Drenthe, Friesland and Overijssel are planning to step up the rate of testing for Covid-19 as they try to curb the spread of the disease.

Alex Friedrich, microbiologist at the UMCG teaching hospital in Groningen, told De Groene Amsterdammer that the region was `departing from the national policy' of only testing patients when they start to show symptoms.

So far the north has returned relatively few positive tests, with only a handful of municipalities recording more than 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants as of March 22, compared to 350 in parts of Noord-Brabant.

One in eight Dutch people have persistent symptoms after COVID-19 | UMCG |

Healthcare workers and first responders who were infected by SARS-CoV-2 in the earliest stages were less well treated and are suffering from long-COVID. After two years they lost their jobs and are living on benefits.

Rutte on the cheap for healthcare, learned the hard truth of insufficient ICUs and medical staff. The infamous red alert and black scenario would let selected persons die at home. These would have the symptoms of COVID, but would not be tested. These deaths would not be registered as COVID deaths, but noted as "other causes", old age or simply "complications".

Many, many patients who needed to be on a ventilator would be transported to far-off hospitals such as UMC in Groningen. Many others would receive care in German hospitals where the number of ICUs where a tenfold per capita in comparison. Belgium had a factor five more ICUs available.

GP Letter to Healthy Elderly Citizens

In case of an COVID-19 infection, do you want to be treated in the hospital, or do you prefer to stay in quarantine at home.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2022 at 10:08:58 PM EST
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tabloid Mail | Government lab in Maryland plans to create a hybrid monkeypox strain that is MORE deadly than one currently spreading in US, 24 Oct classic Chinese technique
The Maryland team's work is being led by NIAID scientist Bernard Moss at the agency's headquarters in Bethesda. This phase of the study will involve extracting dozens [of] genes from the more severe clade 1 monkeypox virus and putting them into the milder clade 2 virus.
The Maryland experiment was exempt from oversight when it was given the green light in 2018 because monkeypox did not meet the threshold for a 'potential pandemic pathogen'[PPP].
[Rutgers Uni] Dr [Richard] Ebright told DailyMail.com: 'A laboratory-generated monkeypox virus... more lethal than, and as transmissible as, the monkeypox virus currently circulating in humans potentially likely would defeat protection by vaccines and likely would spread beyond current at-risk populations to the general population.

'The risk-benefit ratio is essentially infinite, comprising potentially existential risks.'...

by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 02:18:31 AM EST
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euractiv | US, allies slam Russia for wasting UN Security Council time, 28 Oct "classic Russian technique"
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda "Eat muh Gumbo" Thomas-Greenfield described Russia's accusations as "pure fabrications brought forth without a shred of evidence."
archived Inside America's secretive biolabs, 2015, 8 March 2022 two psychos meet in a hearing, living off ebola marketing
by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 07:01:51 PM EST
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a solution in search of a problem sigue

by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 06:47:41 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:04:10 PM EST
NY Yella Cake -100: smörgåsbord of cold cuts

2022 Mediterranean par-tays to the conflicts
Daily Sabah | President Erdoğan slams Greece's Mitsotakis for seeking US help, 4 Oct
"Long-simmering tensions between the two three countries, which are NATO allies but historic foes, have flared anew recently due to treaty violations and provocations by Greece."

India Punchline | US is recalibrating the power dynamic in East Mediterranean. Can South Asia be far behind?, 2 Oct short answer: nope

The Indian media instinctively related this to Turkish President Recep Erdoğan making a one-line reference to the Kashmir issue earlier that day in his address to the UNGA. But Jaishankar being a scholar-diplomat, would know that Cyprus issue is in the news cycle and the new cold war conditions breathe fresh life into it, as tensions mount in the Turkish-Greek rivalry,  which often draws comparison with the India-Pakistan animosity, stemming from another historical "Partition" -- under the Treaty of Lausanne  (1923) that ended the Ottoman Empire.

The beauty about peace treaties is that they have no 'expiration date' but the Treaty of Lausanne was signed for a period of a hundred years between Türkiye on one side and Britain, France, Italy, Greece, and their allies on the other. The approaching date heightens the existential predicament at the heart of Türkiye's foreign policy.

like UK's 100-year lease termination and China's 70-year, post-WW unification proceess
The stunning reality is that by 24th July 2023, Türkiye's modern borders become "obsolete". The secret articles of the 1923 Treaty, signed by Turkish and British diplomats, provide for a chain of strange happenings -- British troops will reoccupy the forts overlooking the Bosphorus; the Greek Orthodox Patriarch will resurrect a Byzantine mini state within Istanbul's city walls; and Türkiye will finally be able to tap the forbidden vast energy resources of the East Mediterranean (and, perhaps, regain Western Thrace, a province of Greece.)
Turkiye's ruling elite believe that Türkiye was forced to sign the Treaty of Sevres in 1920 and the "Treaty of Lausanne" in 1923 and thereby concede vast tracts of land under its domain. Erdoğan rejects any understanding of history that takes 1919 as the start of the 1,000-year history of his great nation and civilisation. "Whoever leaves out our last 200 years, even 600 years together with its victories and defeats, and jumps directly from old Turkish history to the Republic, is an enemy of our nation and state," he once stated.
Can South Asia's future be any different? Türkiye has so many advantages over India, having been a longstanding cold-war era ally of the US. It hosts Incirlik Air Base, one of the US' major strategically located military bases. Kurecik Radar Station partners with the US Air Force and Navy in a mission related to missile interception and defence. Türkiye is a NATO power which is irreplaceable in the alliance's southern tier. Türkiye controls the Bosphorus Straits under the Montreux Convention (1936).
oh. wait. US, UK don't do international law
Yet, the US is unwilling to have a relationship of mutual interest and mutual respect with Türkiye. Pentagon is openly aligned with the Kurdish separatists. The Obama administration made a failed coup attempt to overthrow Erdoğan.
by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 07:37:24 PM EST
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The Era of the 1920s Returning

Cyprus, East Med, Black Sea, Crimea, Syria, Latakia, Iraq, province of Mosul ... a century of dismal failure and wars?

Partition of the Ottoman Empire

The Western powers had long believed that they would eventually become dominant in the area claimed by the weak central government of the Ottoman Empire. Britain anticipated a need to secure the area because of its strategic position on the route to Colonial India and perceived itself as locked in a struggle with Russia for imperial influence known as The Great Game. These powers disagreed over their contradictory post-war aims and made several dual and triple agreements.

While a part of the Triple Entente, Russia also had wartime agreements preventing it from participating in the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire after the Russian Revolution. The Treaty of Sèvres formally acknowledged the new League of Nations mandates in the region.

The Great Game was a political and diplomatic confrontation that existed for most of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over Afghanistan and neighbouring territories in Central and South Asia, and having direct consequences in Persia, British India, and Tibet.

Sèvres Treaty Supersedes Any Other, Especially Lausanne

In the Lausanne Treaty text there is no mention of Armenia and Turkish borders, because the border was drawn and issued by Woodrow Wilson by his arbitration award on November 22,1920 , and the said arbitration award was governed by International law, it is final and cannot be appealed.

Sovereignty and all borders are bound by International law, except ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 9th, 2022 at 08:33:17 AM EST
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DW | Hong Kong [SAR] leader 'laughs off' US sanctions amid calls to seize Russian yacht
Hong Kong's reputation in jeopardy, US says
[Chief Executive John] Lee [Ka-chiu]'s comments come a day after the US State Department said that "the possible use of Hong Kong as a safe haven by individuals evading sanctions from multiple jurisdictions further calls into question the transparency of the business environment."
archived OH(chr) the irony
"Hong Kong's reputation as a financial center depends on its adherence to international laws and standards," the State Department added....
archived contentious extradition law, Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, financial hub position, "national security," and asset forfeiture
by Cat on Tue Oct 11th, 2022 at 07:33:15 PM EST
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DW | How German prisons have become a debt trap, 13 Oct not the "jungle" one, the "garden" one
Those who go into prison with debts walk out with even more. The rise in food prices [!] has made life particularly tough for prisoners, making reoffending [US-Eng., recidivism] more likely.

There are about 45,000 people in correctional facilities in Germany, and they have been particularly hard hit by inflation < wipes tears >.
One company supplies almost all 160 prisons in Germany and whereas a bottle of mineral water can cost 19 euro cents (18.4 US cents) at a discounter, prisoners pay 34 cents -- a markup of almost 80%.
"The far too low rate of pay for working prisoners must finally be increased," [Saxony-Linke del. Juliane Nagel] told DW. "Approximately 2,000 of the 3,500 prisoners in Saxony's correctional facilities are engaged in gainful employment, receiving a pittance of no more than €2.15 per hour for it, and yet they are not even included in the state pension insurance system." < wipes tears >

Most prisoners work -- in fact, they are actually required to do so in 12 of Germany's 16 states. They work in kitchens, in carpentry workshops or screw together components for locksmiths. And they earn between €1 and €3 an hour doing so.

archived OH(chr) the irony "forced labor" thread
The idea is to teach inmates "the value of regular work for a life free of punishment." That's officialese for rehabilitation, meaning preparation for life outside jail, because working prisoners are not legally considered employees < wipes tears >.
In the past, it was almost impossible to save anything in prison. Today, with inflation [!], it has become virtually hopeless.
Prisoners have now filed a lawsuit demanding adequate pay based on the minimum wage and for fairer food prices. Even before the war in SLAVA UKRAINI!, prison prices were higher than in supermarkets, even though facilities are obliged to enable prisoners to buy food at standard market rates < wipes tears > ...
file in rule of law/misplaced precision
archived SIDEBAR - pay-to-stay
by Cat on Sat Oct 15th, 2022 at 02:42:17 PM EST
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Sputnik | Canberra Could Hand Pilot Accused of PRC Links Over to US Without Trial, Aussie Ex-Diplomat Fears, 26 Oct auto-extradition
The October 21 arrest of former US military pilot and flight instructor Daniel Edmund Duggan by Australian Federal Police may spark another escalation in the anti-China 'Red Scare' [IV] campaign which has gripped many Anglosphere countries, and result in a dangerous legal precedent setting back the civil rights of Australians, Tony Kevin, a former Australian Foreign Ministry carrier officer and ambassador to Poland and Cambodia, has told Sputnik.

Duggan, 54, renounced his US citizenship to become an Australian, but faces extradition to his birth country, according to court documents seen by local media.
"We don't know why he's been arrested. He may never be tried under Australian law[,] if he's simply extradited to the United States under an extradition treaty. We may literally have no knowledge of what he's been charged with until he appears in a US court to be charged," Kevin said.
"There have been some rather notorious cases over the past few years under the foreign influence laws, which were introduced a few years ago, to question the activities of Chinese journalists, Chinese academics in Australia.

Yu Xie, et al, "Caught in the Crossfire: Fears of Chinese-American Scientists,"(2022)
But this is something new and it is possibly linked to a statement made a week ago by the Australian Minister for Defense, Richard Marles, when he said that he had asked the Defense Department to investigate claims that former Australian military pilots had been recruited to work in China," Kevin said.
tabloid USAToday | DOJ outlines charges against 13 Chinese nationals accused in US influence campaigns, 24 Oct Confucius Institute sleeper cell
"'Each of these cases lays bare the Chinese government's flagrant violation of international laws, as they work to project their authoritarian view around the world,' FBI Director Christopher Wray said."
by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 02:43:14 AM EST
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CFR | A Conversation With Christopher Wray, 26 April 2019, Canada takes a hostage, Chinese National Accused of Stealing Battery Secrets 2018
"China's goal, simply put, is to replace the U.S. as the world's leading superpower, and they're using illegal methods to get there," FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a Thursday morning press conference.
by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 02:50:46 AM EST
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NY Yella Cake -100
Although the assassins of Germany Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau killed themselves rather than be captured, 15 of their alleged conspirators are on trial, and some of them got sick.
It is discovered that insulin might help fight diabetes,
Experiments in the treatment of diabetes, hitherto reagarded as practically incurable, have met with remarkable success, according to reports by officials of the Carnegie Corporation, which has made an appropriation for research work at the Potter Metabolic Laboratory and Clinic in California. The treatment that is being administered has given relief in practically all cases under observation.

The ravages of the disease have been checked by application of a serum discovered by Canadian physicians working under Dr. J. J. R. Macleod of the University of Toronto. This serum has been used at the Potter laboratory. Thus far, relief has been dependent upon constant application of the serum.

 but it is very expensive.
by Cat on Sun Oct 9th, 2022 at 01:06:43 AM EST
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APsplainin: "To stay alive, dialysis patients typically undergo four-hour treatments at least three times a week, during which the machines remove the blood in the patient's body, filter toxins out, then put the blood back in, essentially temporarily performing the functions of the kidneys but outside the body."
by Cat on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 05:44:21 PM EST
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On this day 747 years ago ...

Celebrating Amsterdam's birthday

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 03:18:55 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake -100: Of evil Cabinet spirits and mingoes
Italian King Victor Emmanuel asks Luigi Facta and his Cabinet to stay in office as caretakers until a new government, whatever that may be, steps in.

Masters of the Situation as Steps Are Taken to Form a New Cabinet.
Will Consult Giolitti and Others, but Mussolini Remains the Dominant Figure
Fascisti Asssert in a Circular That They Are Loyal to the Monarchy.

4 ministers, the anti-Fascist ones, have definitively resigned anyway. At the Fascist convention, Mussolini referred to Facta as "that kindly but useless gentleman" (it's funny cuz it's true) and the 4 ministers as "the evil spirits of the present Cabinet". There will need to be some Fascist participation in the next government, or they will make the country (more) ungovernable.
Where is Adolf?
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 12:33:55 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 11:14:54 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 09:04:21 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Oct 9th, 2022 at 01:32:18 AM EST
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Great Awakening I, 1720-1750
Great Awakening II 1800-1840
Great Awakening III, 1885-(1915-1930)-1935
by Cat on Sun Oct 9th, 2022 at 02:04:00 AM EST
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