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February 2022

by Bernard Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 08:59:36 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:00:01 PM EST
Well put (lifted from elsewhere).. let's see how the EUrocrats and boomers will pretend to solve the equation:
"It's not human specific. It can infect other species. So, even if we eliminate it in humans, it has natural reservoirs from which it can come back and reinfect populations. And it's not as if there's been any concerted effort to vaccinate the entire human population. Look at Israel. The Israelis are on their (I think) fourth dose of vaccine, but that doesn't apply to the Palestinian population who live right next door and many of whom come into Israel to work. The notion that that an under-vaccinated Palestinian population constitutes a reservoir for the virus, from which it can reemerge and reinfect Israelis doesn't seem to have occurred to them."
by Tom2 on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 10:30:42 PM EST
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Vaccinate everybody
by asdf on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 04:04:00 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 03:22:12 PM EST
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US offered disarmament measures to Russia in exchange for deescalation of military threat in Ukraine, (EN) edition
"Click here to download the full documents"
TASSplainin, (EN) edition
Spain's El Pais publishes full text of US, NATO response on security guarantees
"The texts contain statements that have already been voiced by the West or Western media in one way or another."
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 03:31:38 PM EST
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German industry scores gas win in EU taxonomy
"We have taken a realistic and pragmatic approach to the inclusion of nuclear and gas in the taxonomy," an EU official told journalists on 2 February.

"The taxonomy helps signpost* the way for private investment to contribute to our climate goals," explained Finance Commissioner Mairead McGuiness, noting that governments would not be able to provide the €350 billion of annual investments Europe needs to become climate neutral by 2050.

EU puts green label for nuclear and gas officially on the table
archived Fri Nov 12th, 2021
* signpost is not a verb
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 04:55:20 PM EST
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This is the way the EU progresses... Germany and France scratch each others' backs, the others get to say amen.

So nuclear is green, on French insistence... the only problem with that is that French nuc tech has turned to crud over the last 30 years. The 1300 MWe series was no doubt the best ever built...(1980-95) the best that can be said about more recent models is that they are prohibitively expensive.

And gas is green too! Well, stopping both nuclear and coal at the same time is really hard, and scaling up renewables requires a safety net.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 04:39:10 PM EST
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S&D group in EP proposed to put gas & nuclear in an "amber" category, sort of transitional stuff if I understand.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 06:57:29 PM EST
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Just remember that the only reason the ECB cannot provide the needed capital to go green is because Germany says so.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 16th, 2022 at 04:39:04 PM EST
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Ukraine, Poland and UK discuss three-way security pact in face of "Russian aggression"
Ukraine, Poland and the United Kingdom are seeking a new trilateral security agreement amid growing fears of a Russian attack in eastern Europe. Both the Polish and British prime ministers visited Kyiv yesterday for talks.

"We are creating a new format of political cooperation in Europe between Ukraine, Great Britain and Poland," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ahead of meetings with Mateusz Morawiecki and Boris Johnson.

Wut? EU not belligerent enough? NATO not belligerent enough? Wikipedia lists +300 wars with Polish involvement, I guess it's what they have to do. Ironically enough, apparently the membership in Warsaw Pact was the longest time of peace Poland has ever seen.
by pelgus on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 10:57:36 AM EST
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That will end well.
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 02:26:12 PM EST
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Affordable housing under threat as large investors buy up European homes
The European housing market has become increasingly attractive for large investors, like Blackstone, BlackRock and Patrizia, according to a recent study commissioned by the Greens/EFA political group.
More and more institutional investors are entering the urban housing market, in search of "safe assets," Sebastian Kohl, one of the authors of the study and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, told EURACTIV.
One consequence of the growing footprint of institutional landlords is that "housing has become an asset class."

"It's moved from being a place where people live and have a use value to one where you can basically make money with it," Kohl said.

btw, free (ui)uy)ghurs and Ukraine
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 07:07:53 PM EST
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NATO chief Stoltenberg to become Norway's central bank chief despite opposition
The nomination process has caused a lot of disturbance in Norway, where commentators and politicians have questioned the links between the future central bank chief and the ruling Labor Party-dominated coalition. While the position is open from 1 March, Stoltenberg has said he would first serve out his term at NATO, which runs until the end of September 2022.
by Cat on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 10:33:00 PM EST
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The Swedish government has decided to end all covid related restrictions from the 9th of February. Additionally, venues and events will no longer be able to demand proof of vaccination. To top it off, the public health agency is recommending that covid no longer officially be classed as a "threat to public health". Sweden is the third Nordic country to end covid restrictions, following on the heels of Denmark and Norway.

The decision represents an acceptance of the fact that covid has gone from being a pandemic to an endemic disease. The public health agency estimates that 500,000 Swedes were infected with covid-19 last week (which is twice the number of confirmed cases). At the same time, only 181 people died of/with the disease (possibly more "with" than "of"). That puts the present lethality of covid in the same ballpark as the common cold. As many people have long predicted, covid-19 has become the fifth "common cold" coronavirus disease.
(from: https:/sebastianrushworth.com)

by Tom2 on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 10:02:29 AM EST
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mass swarm of dead fish has entered the room.
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 08:39:29 PM EST
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Industrial fishing brings about industrial "fishing accidents".
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 09:08:40 PM EST
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floating carpet of dead fish has entered the room.
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 09:47:10 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 03:27:24 PM EST
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Damn. I want one of those!

... but is this a subtle claim of Belgian sovereignty over the moon?

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

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 03:12:50 PM EST
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Van der Leyden and the EC buy time til April.

by Tom2 on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 09:50:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 02:25:37 AM EST
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So true... of universities, for ex.
"the role of the EU is ambivalent; for example, the European Court of Justice also makes judgments in favor of employees. However, "it is about individual rights, never about strengthening collective rights, such as those of trade unions or work councils" (p. 158)."

https:/www.pressenza.com/2021/10/on-corporate-power-disenfranchisement-of-working-people-and-resist ance
(an article which unfortunately is not too well-written)

by Tom2 on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 03:42:31 PM EST
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when the money is too good, some prestigious universities end up with furious foreign students in campings around due to lack of affordable accomodations!
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/02/dutch-universities-call-again-for-international-student-limits /
by Tom2 on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 02:43:49 PM EST
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If the page loads in the new tab as expected, commit to POST in the COMMENT tab.

by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 03:18:13 PM EST
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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss refused to recognize Russia's sovereignty over the Voronezh and Rostov Regions at talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday, a source close to the negotiations told TASS.

After Truss' statements urging Moscow to move its forces, located on Russia's soil, away from the border with Ukraine, Lavrov asked his British counterpart if she recognized Russia's sovereignty over the Voronezh and Rostov Regions.

According to the source, Truss insisted that the UK would never recognize Russia's sovereignty over these regions.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 07:27:49 PM EST
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To thank Senegal for its help in making Mali a failed state, no else that U van der Leyen is at the (vaccine-oriented) Institut Pasteur, promising big money, both public and private ("une chatte n'y retrouverait pas ses petits" comme on dit en Europe...)
by Tom2 on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 02:14:04 PM EST
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Here we are talking about 150 billions of investment in Africa. As a US proxy?
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/invit%C3%A9-international/20220211-ue-afrique-plus-de-150-milliards-d -euros-d-investissements-plus-dans-cette-relation-de-tutelle
by Tom2 on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 06:50:26 PM EST
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"Ils n'ont pas d'eau? Qu'ils se vaccinent!" [ascribed to Marie-Antoinette]
11 percent of Africans are vaccinated
by Tom2 on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 12:45:05 PM EST
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Farewell to the right of demonstration in the EU.. France took the lead, with fining people BEFORE they arrived at the place of the demonstration (on their 'intention'); 600 cars were 'intercepted'
https:/www.francebleu.fr/infos/societe/convois-de-la-liberte-les-forces-de-l-ordre-mobilisees-a-par is-1644651838

In Brussels, it is simply forbidden to reach Schumann, the area where the ugly EU buildings have been erected in what was once a nice arty neighbourhood. In the end, 200 ppl managed to do their demo on foot while the rest was probably busy doing paperwork with the police to get their vehicles back.
/www.rtbf.be/article/convoi-dit-de-la-liberte-destination-bruxelles-ce-lundi-matin-la-police- deployee-dans-la-capitale-10934254

by Tom2 on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 07:58:26 AM EST
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I thought the right to protest was taken away in France when they rebuilt the city with wide streets that were hard for the mob to blockade.
by asdf on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 04:03:13 PM EST
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So let me guess, with the military building in Eastern Europe, we'll have a way and a duty to keep sending millions of EU taxpayers money to support Poland and its anti-abortion policies?
by Tom2 on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 08:07:44 AM EST
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Trial in France of "friends" of the two men who killed a priest at St Etienne du Rouvray, without the authors of the crime since they were killed by the police after the assassination. The police officers, who were asked to testify about the dysfunction of their services with regard to the influence of a French djihadist in Syria on the two men, have simply declined to come before the bar. Welcome to French democracy.
by Tom2 on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 11:46:32 AM EST
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Lots of strikes in the French industrial sector lately. Hardly reported.
https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-temps-du-debat/mega-profits-un-partage-est-il-encore-possi ble
by Tom2 on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 05:52:16 PM EST
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Plenty in the WSWS.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 06:46:06 PM EST
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Athenian democracy: a modern political fantasy. With Philippe Lafargue and Laure de Chantal, podcast
In his book, "Proud to be demagogues! What we can learn from Athenian democracy" published by Buchet-Chastel, Philippe Lafargue returns to what is perhaps the oldest political insult: demagoguery.

The demagogues in the 5th century BC were, however, those on the side of the people, facing an elite hostile to direct democracy. Now designated as a threat to the smooth running of democracy, are demagogues part of the distorted representations we have of Athenian democracy?

Like Greek mythologies, the Athenian model today is nurtured by fantasies to form a political ideal. What to learn from Greek democracy?

Tyrants! Iron! "Cotton" and "corn"! I SEE "CORN" EVERYWHERE.
by Cat on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 06:58:32 PM EST
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I dunno, I see lots about the current wave of strikes on French state television.

Rather less on the private-sector "news" channels :https:/www.cnews.fr

In fact it looks like a news blackout from these channels, all pro-business and increasingly hard-right.

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

by eurogreen on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 08:31:04 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 20th, 2022 at 01:59:54 PM EST
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What would South Korea do?
by Cat on Sun Feb 20th, 2022 at 08:24:55 PM EST
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Slowly become more democratic?

Are you smiling?

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

by eurogreen on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 08:32:32 AM EST
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First sanctions to fall on Poland for disrespect of the rule of law
https:/www.defensenews.com/land/2022/02/18/state-department-clears-6-billion-sale-of-tanks-to-polan d

To be purchased with the ECB helicopter money?

by Tom2 on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 03:51:13 PM EST
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..or from the $47 billion of Europe's Covid recovery program ?
Poland is not Afghanistan, except that abortion can be risky.
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 03:53:21 PM EST
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The European People's party (EPP), the largest political grouping of the European parliament, called for the EU to review its relationship with Switzerland and consider whether it should be added to its list of countries associated with a high risk of financial crime.

Experts said that such a move would be a disaster for Switzerland's financial sector, which would face the kind of enhanced due diligence applied to transactions linked to rogue nations including Iran, Myanmar, Delaware, Syria and North Korea.

P.S. The Guardian didn't mention Delaware, but I assume that was just an oversight.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 09:50:12 PM EST
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An armed robbery gone wrong in Apple store Amsterdam Center.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 10:28:40 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 10:37:05 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:00:15 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 09:04:09 AM EST
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... by comparison.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 08:26:21 PM EST
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Northern Ireland's agriculture minister says he has issued an order to halt Brexit agri-food checks at the nation's ports, citing legal advice.

The checks are required under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Edwin Poots, former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), says he will seek an agreement from the power-sharing government on a way forward in the near future.

Speaking at Stormont, Mr Poots said: "I have taken legal advice in relation to my position from senior counsel. Earlier today, I received that legal advice."

He added: "The advice concluded that I can direct the checks to cease in the absence of Executive approval.

https://news.sky.com/story/brexit-northern-ireland-minister-says-he-has-ordered-halt-to-agri-food-ch ecks-at-nations-ports-12531285

by asdf on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 05:54:57 PM EST
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But NI is part of the UK, so this must have happened with the approval of the PM, correct? Or is the thought that with London so wrapped up in scandals that this small thing on the other side of the Irish Sea will go un-noticed?
by asdf on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 05:56:20 PM EST
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no, it's a devolved competence! You couldn't make this stuff up.

But yeah, the DUP chose its moment strategically... must have studied the acts of his near-homophone Pooty-poot.

It's worth noting that Poots is a lame duck, having failed to be re-selected by his party for the elections in May.

So I guess he has a free hand...

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

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 04:51:08 PM EST
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Guardian claims that Poots ambushed Johnson. Seems pretty desperate on the part of the DUP if it's true.
by asdf on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 06:22:54 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 09:48:54 PM EST
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And now the First Minister has resigned, completely paralysing the NI executive.

This would seem to force direct rule from Westminster? Boris will have nobody to hide behind : the wacky NI pols have been a handy alibi until now.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 04:55:08 PM EST
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Belfast court blocks DUP bid to stop Brexit checks at Northern Irish ports
In his judgment, [Justice Adrian] Colter noted that physical checks on British goods arriving in Northern Ireland had been taking place since the protocol treaty's trade rules went live in January 2020, raising fundamental questions as to why they would stop now. He said enforcement of the protocol's SPS requirements must apply until the dispute could be considered in full at a hearing on March 7.
DUP threats on Brexit protocol `won't make a damn bit of difference,' blast [DUP] rivals
"'Jeffrey has been standing with a gun to his own head saying: If you don't give me what I want, I'll shoot. And now he's shot," [SDLP  Colum] Eastwood said, adding: 'It's a farce.'"
by Cat on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 10:28:12 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 07:11:08 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 05:07:24 PM EST
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up-market Walmart
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 06:22:05 PM EST
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... except you can buy butter instead of military grade assault rifles.  #provincial
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 07:26:24 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:00:31 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 07:46:02 AM EST
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Is the topic relevant? Why not just Biden's USA?
After Ukraine he seems ready to go to Syria (with a stopover in Yemen, for exercise)
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/moyen-orient/20220202-washington-va-envoyer-un-navire-et-des-avions-de-combat- aux-%C3%A9mirats-face-aux-houthis
by Tom2 on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 11:59:02 AM EST
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Sadly, it is. In case you missed it, the USA is so "polarized" that neither pols nor press can forget cheeto is no longer leader of the free world, is not rotting in prison, and AND is at liberty to assemble rallies of MISINFORMATION that undermine "democratic process".
< wipes tears >
After all, the opposition party in the House of Representatives impeached him twice, the senate twice failed to convict him, and, right about now, many would like not to revisit articles of impeachment, based on interpretations of a phone call transcripts, condemning his untimely "impoundment" of lethal aid promised the duplicitous Zelensk(i)y.
archived US Congress impeaches self
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 02:32:30 PM EST
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This section's description is: "the United States and Trumpism"

One can argue that Trumpism is very much a thing in the USofA today, Joe Biden notwithstanding.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 06:15:41 PM EST
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Define "trumpism"
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 06:53:41 PM EST
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I think if you replace "Mussolini" with "Trump" in Italian history you get a reasonably close parallel.
by asdf on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 08:28:55 PM EST
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US history don't need no steekin Mussolini role model.

The Bull Moose invented the path of PATRIOTS before il Duce pulled on trouser.

by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 09:57:04 PM EST
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True, the US does not have a monopoly on bad leadership.
by asdf on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 10:57:52 PM EST
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I see what you did there
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 12:13:33 AM EST
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The recent demonstration in Canada of anti-vaccine truckers waving Confederate flags is an example of Trumpism expanding beyond US borders. And there are plenty of examples in Europe.

That's different from "blaming everything on the US of A" which is just scattered around everywhere. In those discussions, Biden gets equal billing with Trump.

by asdf on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 06:34:52 PM EST
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I'll see your Canada and raise you New Zealand

The operators of the Lone Star restaurant in New Lynn (just a few miles from where I grew up) had their franchise revoked...

Who would have guessed that the operators of a franchise like that would turn out to be complete idiots who openly flouted Covid regulations?

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

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 05:10:52 PM EST
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APsplainin aims to reduce cancer deaths by 50% over next 25 years
President Joe Biden is committing to reduce the cancer death rate by 50% -- a new goal for the "moonshot" initiative against the disease that was announced in 2016 when he was vice president.
morbidity and mortality rates
"Similar past efforts like the 'War on Cancer' have made gains, but they have been more modest," said [NYU professor Dr. Barron] Lerner, the author [of] The Breast Cancer Wars[: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure]."Cancer is many diseases and requires very complicated research. Translating these advances to the clinical setting is never easy either."
THE BRAIN INITIATIVE, President Obama on April 2, 2013
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 04:01:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 12:32:11 AM EST
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Biden officials trying to recalculate U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizations
Recalculating the hospitalization rate will not be easy, said Eric Topol < wipes tears > a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research and former advisory board member of the Covid Tracking Project < wipes tears >, a team that worked to collect and synthesize local Covid-19 data during the peak of the pandemic.
Rise and 24-hr CRASH of top science adviser, Eric Lander amid reports of bullying, "inclusiveness"
On Monday, Psaki told reporters the administration was implementing changes to assure a better workplace culture at OSTP and that they'd be monitoring Lander's conduct more closely.
archived White House, American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities, Sep 2021
by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 03:58:33 PM EST
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'It's embarrassing': FCC-FAA skirmish over 5G leads to lawmaker frustration, Pt.3
"There's no excuse for us to be in this situation," Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., said at a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation. "It's embarrassing. ... It's ridiculous and inexcusable."

Committee Chair Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., similarly criticized the "extraordinary lack of communication and coordination between the FCC and the FAA" leading up to the deployment of 5G near airports.
The aviation conflict was one of two fights that the Department of Transportation has waged over bandwidth. In 2019, the FCC voted to give away more than half the bandwidth previously reserved for transportation safety and connected vehicles. The auto industry is fighting that decision in federal court.

archived Pt.2, Pt.1
by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 10:42:00 PM EST
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Adjit Pai ran the FCC exactly as the telecommunications companies wanted. We don't need no stinking regulations!
by asdf on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 11:30:19 PM EST
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The FAA (headed by a Trump appointee) is not exactly blameless, from what I've seen. The FAA has been rather lax in safety enforcement (cough 737 MAX cough).

Other countries like Japan and Europe have anticipated this 3.5 GHz band coexistence issue with aircrafts radio-altimeters - this is not about 5G itself, it's about the 3.5 GHz frequency band (aka C-band in the USA) it's deployed in. You'll never guess which country they were using as an illustration for their infographics as of last month.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 05:45:07 PM EST
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The ITU should get rid of the "three regions" concept and have one band allocation plan for the globe.
by asdf on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 02:05:39 AM EST
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QAnon domestic trrrst fringe minority POLL SMOKE!, 10 Jan-6 Feb, 2022
In the new CNN survey, only 36 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans approved of the job Biden is doing. Eighty-three percent of Democrats still approve of Biden, but that's a drop from 94 percent from last summer.
n=1,275 registered voters
What, if anything, has Joe Biden done as president that you approve of? [OPEN-END]
NOTHING         56%
No opinion         9%
by Cat on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 01:03:16 AM EST
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Biden administration purchases 600k doses of new COVID-19 antibody drug
"The drug from Eli Lilly has not yet been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration."
archived FDA Rescinds Authorization For Covid Antibody Treatments By Regeneron, Eli Lilly, 25 Jan
by Cat on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 01:23:22 AM EST
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You would have guessed! The MIC has a religion called DNA.
"French President Emmanuel Macron refused a Russian Covid test ahead of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has confirmed.

The test required a health protocol that was unacceptable (...) It follows reports that Mr Macron refused the PCR test over fears the Russians would get hold of his DNA."
Will someone would question him whether he would have also refused if in the USA?

by Tom2 on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 03:07:29 PM EST
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of course not

CDC Says 10% Of COVID Swabs Sent to Genome Lab, Raising Privacy Questions

"There is no need to test human DNA, but of course, it will be on the swab so it could be tested, which is probably what people may worry about if they are in a consiracy mood," [Harvard  Epidemiology and Nutrition professor Albert] Ascherio said.
Law professor and [G.W. Bush] Chief White House ethics < wipes tears > lawyer Richard Painter says he doesn't see a problem with the genomic sequencing of the virus because human DNA isn't being collected. If the CDC were to track how variants from each person's DNA, then there would be privacy issues.

"They take the positive test and they want to look at the strains to see what we have," Painter told Newsweek. "And it's just the DNA [sic] of the virus. What privacy interest do I have in the DNA [sic] of a virus? Anything that they can do to study the DNA [sic] of the virus to help solve this pandemic, they should be doing."

by Cat on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 07:56:30 PM EST
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COVID Booster Loses Potency After 4 Months, Fauci Says 'There May Be the Need' for Fourth Dose
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the mRNA shot's protection begins to decline after about four months, according to a study released Friday [11 Feb].
feasible market
Fauci clarified that recommendations for a fourth dose will likely not be made "across the board for everyone," adding: "It very likely will take into account what subset of people have a diminished, or not, protection against the important parameters such as hospitalization."
fun with ratios
As of Feb. 11, about 75.8 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 64.3 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker. Just 42.7 percent of fully vaccinated people have gotten a booster dose, for which 50.2 percent are eligible.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control showed that unvaccinated people in the U.S. were 53 times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared to those who are vaccinated and boosted.
PEOPLE [magazine] has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the [CARES Act] COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities.

by Cat on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 02:04:47 PM EST
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Sure, France's Sanofi, who made a juicy deal with Biontech, is also 100 percent for boosting everyone every four months. It is not as if the data about the quickly waning effect of the booster had not been known since 2 months through Israeli preliminary results.
by Tom2 on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 03:02:31 PM EST
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https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/14/460709/Business/Markets--Companies/INTERVIEW-AstraZene ca;s-priorities-aligned-with-Eg.aspx

Big Pharma on EU board for taking over the African insurance market?

by Tom2 on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 03:46:14 PM EST
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Continuous mRNA dosage of persons > 60 yrs is sufficient to inhibit CASE VOLUME of persons < 60 yrs.

Over 250,000 people have received 4 COVID vaccine doses -- ministry

The fourth booster program is a key element of Israel's strategy in the face of the surging Omicron variant, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday praised the "exceptional response" to the rollout.
in fact: Israel gov is offering a total 4 doses to a specific cohort in total population who completed "initial vaccine protocol" AND satisfy conditions of "eligible" vulnerability.

"initial vaccine protocol": mRNA dose x2 (Dec 2020-Feb 2022)
"booster" #1: mRNA dose +1 (29 July 2021 - to present)
"booster" #2: mRNA dose +1 (4 Jan 2022 - present)
Israel broadens eligibility for fourth shot of COVID vaccine, 26 Jan 2022

Israel on Wednesday broadened eligibility for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to include adults under 60 with  underlying medical conditions, their caretakers, and others over 18 at significant risk of exposure to the [omicron] coronavirus.
Earlier this month, as the Omicron variant swept the country, Israel began offering the fourth jab to people over 60, on condition that at least five months have passed since they received the third or recovered from COVID-19 infection.
Share of people  who received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine: 72.1%
Share of people who completed the initial COVID-19 vaccination protocol to date: 65.8%

shorter: Omicron variant broke the curve of mRNA failure established by 3 variant "escapes" 26 Sep 2020 - 7 Nov 2021. The only rationale for more mRNA is supplying the basic research needs of expert pharmacologists.

by Cat on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 08:07:10 PM EST
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Sure, France's Sanofi, who made a juicy deal with Biontech, is also 100 percent for boosting everyone every four months. It is not as if the data about the quickly waning effect of the booster had not been known since 2 months through Israeli preliminary results.
by Tom2 on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 03:02:51 PM EST
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Sun Aug 22nd, 2021

SEC form F-1, BioNtech Registration Statement (10 Sep 2019), Risk Factors
SEC form 425, BioNTech Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results, 31 Mar 2020



enforced by rational systems of government, one may suppose

by Cat on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 10:38:49 PM EST
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Protection against the Omicron Variant from Previous SARS-CoV-2 Infection, 9 Feb
Overall, in a national database study in Qatar, we found that the effectiveness of previous infection in preventing reinfection with the alpha, beta, and delta variants of SARS-CoV-2 was robust (at approximately 90%), findings that confirmed earlier estimates. Such protection against reinfection with the omicron variant was lower (approximately 60%) but still considerable.
Pfizer postpones request with the FDA to approve COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5, 11 Feb
At the same time, in what The New York Times described as a "striking reversal," the FDA announced Friday it has postponed a meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to consider the Pfizer vaccine, originally scheduled for Feb. 15, as "we believe additional information regarding the ongoing evaluation of a third dose should be considered as part of our decision-making for potential authorization."
Forbes | Moderna Stock Crash: Losses Top $140 Billion As Insiders Sell Millions Of Dollars In Shares, 14 Feb

Record number of patients contracted Covid in the hospital in January, 19 Feb
GOMER exposé, April 2020 - Feb 2022; 3-30 day intubation, staph and fungal microphages, COST/bed/day cross-tab forthcoming ...

Dr. Gates's "piece of that preparedness puzzle", 19 Feb

"In the future, we don't want to use a needle. It may turn out that you take your first dose as a micro-patch and your second dose as an inhalation because to get infection blocking you actually want secretory antibodies in the nose. And we've never been good at that. That's partly why [the vaccine doesn't] block infection. If we come along with an infection blocker ... then you could even think about eradication. But we're quite away from that."
by Cat on Sun Feb 20th, 2022 at 03:46:35 AM EST
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Same thing with influenza vaccines, but the difference is that the flu season is short enough that by the time the vaccines are inefficient, the season is over.

I suppose another approach is to just let waves of SARS wash over us and train a bunch of new doctors and nurses to work the intensive care wards, build a bunch of new hospitals, and open up new graveyards.

Not so expensive compared to loss of our freedumb.

by asdf on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 10:46:54 PM EST
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CDC | Flu Season, estimates in a range season one month ago
by Cat on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 08:32:08 PM EST
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False Claims Act complaint, 8 Jan 2021
... Developing a safe and effective vaccine against the novel Coronavirus ("COVID19") was a matter of urgency. But that urgency does not excuse cutting corners in clinical trials, wasting taxpayer dollars, violating federal regulations, and possibly endangering Americans' health. Defendants Pfizer Inc., Icon PLC, and Ventavia Research Group, LLC (collectively,
"Defendants") conducted a clinical trial to test one of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates. In the race to secure billions in federal funding and become the first to market, Defendants deliberately withheld crucial information from the United States that calls the safety and efficacy of their vaccine into question. Namely, Defendants concealed violations of both their clinical trial protocol and federal regulations, including falsification of clinical trial documents. Due to Defendants' scheme, millions of Americans have received a misbranded vaccination which is potentially not as effective as represented. The vaccine's U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") authorization resulted from a deeply flawed clinical trial that violated FDA regulations. Defendants have profited from the COVID-19 pandemic at the expense of the United States and its citizens by abusing the scientific process. ...
phmpt.org sez, good luck wit rolling dat pork barrel!
Biden's [fifth] new ["]global["] vaccine push is running out of funds, 17 Feb 2022
That request is expected to include money for the administration's vaccination effort led by USAID. The agency has told lawmakers that it needs $19 billion in additional funding for 2022 to complete its Covid-19 work, according to two other people with direct knowledge of the matter. [...] HHS on Tuesday said it needs $30 billion from Congress for its domestic Covid-19 response. It's still unclear when, or if, the White House will officially request supplemental funding for its global Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
"There's no question [FALSE] that the U.S. is doing more than anybody else. I think the question ... is if there's a difference between < wipes tears> doing more and doing enough," [US State Dept. COVID response "head" Gayle] Smith said. "There are big numbers in terms of what's needed, but they're nowhere near what the cost of this pandemic, continuing through [2023]"
archived ex rel complaints, per curiam decisions
by Cat on Sat Feb 19th, 2022 at 05:17:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 10:47:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 12:20:16 AM EST
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Florida home to be sold in novel non-fungible token deal


by Cat on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 02:58:23 PM EST
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US grants sanctions relief to Iran as nuke [JCPOA] talks in balance,  waivers for "stakeholders". That's new. (BWAH)
The waivers permit foreign countries and companies to work on civilian projects at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station, its Arak heavy water plant and the Tehran Research Reactor. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had revoked the waivers in May, 2020, accusing Iran of "nuclear extortion" for continuing and expanding work at the sites.
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 12:39:21 AM EST
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ye olde Friday Night News Dump

ye olde Saturday Morning Retraction

by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 01:38:48 PM EST
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The situation here is still pretty psychotic.
House passes sweeping China competition bill, Jim Crow Fusion Filibuster WTO subsidy edition
Lawmakers Appropriators passed the bill largely along party lines, 222-210, with one Republican voting for it and one Democrat voting no.
"The America COMPETES Act will ensure that America is preeminent in manufacturing, innovation and economic strength, and can out-compete any nation," Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said ahead of Friday's vote.  

At the same time, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) expressed concern that framing the bill as a race against threats from China could stoke anti-Asian sentiment at a time when hate crimes have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

House Floor Activities, 4 Feb 2022: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 222 - 210 (Roll no. 31).
H.R.4521 - Bioeconomy[!] Research and Development Act of 2021
S.2962 - COMPETES Act
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 02:53:05 PM EST
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Roll Callsplainin House overcomes Republican opposition to pass ["]competition["] bill
The House legislation included 17 different bipartisan bills from the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, including some that had been developed in pieces over nearly a decade.  

The nearly 3,000-page bill would provide subsidies for domestic manufacturing of semiconductors, boost funding for the National Science Foundation as well as create a new technology directorate, launch synthetic biology programs, direct the Energy Department's Office of Science, and expand science and technology education across the country.  

The bill also includes several provisions backed by a dozen other House committees intended to address supply-chain bottlenecks, counter China's anticompetitive trade practices, disrupt illegal international money flows, create tools to assess climate change, make changes to immigration policy to attract top talent and tackle human rights violations.  

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 03:40:02 PM EST
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A major political party declaring the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion "legitimate political discourse." How does that rate on the pretty psychotic scale? #AskingForAFriend
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 07:30:03 PM EST
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one Canadian dollar
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 09:05:58 PM EST
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McConnell rebukes RNC, calls Jan. 6 'violent insurrection', sort of
"the issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views than the majority. That's not the job of the RNC."
Maglev Hogan won't challenge Van Ho for Maryland Senate seat, "blow to McConnell"
Hogan made the announcement during a regularly scheduled news conference on Tuesday, telling reporters he would remain focused on the job of governor until his term ends in January 2023, at which time Hogan will consider getting into the 2024 presidential race.
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 03:35:04 PM EST
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DHS | National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin - February 07, 2022 02:00 pm
The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors. These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence. Mass casualty attacks and other acts of targeted violence conducted by lone offenders and small groups acting in furtherance of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances pose an ongoing threat to the nation.[
Expires: June 07, 2022 02:00 pm
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) | Public Health Emergency Declarations: renewals, Aug 2005 - Jan 2022
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 03:50:33 PM EST
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How many can you identify?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 7th, 2022 at 08:43:40 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 02:39:33 PM EST
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John Mersheimer's nemesis.
A harsh light on America's Israel lobby, 13 April 2006
Described in the paper as an "apologist" for Israel, Alan Dershowitz, professor of Law at Harvard and former OJ Simpson's defence lawyer, told Aljazeera.net he found much of the paper to be "trash".

And who else has Mersheimer offended since then?

by Cat on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 02:45:43 PM EST
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Caitlin Johnstone
I think it would be a lot more efficient and straightforward if all English-language news media were just run directly out of C.I.A. headquarters by agency officials in Langley, Virginia. This way news reporters could eliminate the middleman and drop the undignified charade of presenting unproven assertions by western intelligence agencies as "scoops" that they picked up from "sources".

I mean, right now the mass media are churning out stories about "intelligence" which says Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine very soon, citing government officials and anonymous sources. We are never shown the "intelligence", and we are never shown any evidence of its veracity; we're simply told what opaque and unaccountable government agencies want us to believe about a foreign government.

We're not even reminded by the publishers of these C.I.A. press releases that western intelligence agencies have a very extensive history of lying about exactly this sort of thing, and we're certainly not informed that Kiev appears to be ramping up aggressions in eastern Ukraine.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 08:18:41 PM EST
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Indi saves us all this debate on Biden and Ukraine.
I don't want to debate war with Americans this time or anytime. They have no right to violence across the world. It's bad if shit happens and there's bad people out there, but these assholes just make everything worse.

I don't care how bad this bad guy is, I know Americans are worse. They're talking about Putin like he's Rasputin, but I know who's up to the real trickery. America simply has no more faith and credit left in the world. Their media is a clown car. Their government is a hearse. Whatever bad there is in the world, America just makes it worse.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 04:04:05 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:00:46 PM EST
The latest film released by the North Korean state media claims that their leader, Kim Jong-un, has been so greatly weakened by hard work that he can no longer walk down stairs.

The documentary - `2021, A Great Victorious Year' - appears to link the dramatic weight loss of the North Korean leader with his concern and hard work for the citizens of his beleaguered nation.

No comparisons with Boris Johnson, please.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 11:08:56 PM EST
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Looking at the video clip he walks carefully down a slope with wooden steps. I would walk carefully there too, it looks slippery and uneven.

He does look like he lost weight. Maybe he had Covid.

by fjallstrom on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 08:50:25 AM EST
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Shortened Olympic torch relay starts for Beijing Games, 80-year-old speed skater
The Beijing Games have already been impacted on a scale similar to that experienced by Tokyo during last year's Summer Olympics. China says only selected spectators will be allowed to attend events, and Olympic athletes, officials, staff and journalists are required to stay within A BUBBLE that keeps them from contact with the general public.
archived Overseas Spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Wed Jul 28th, 2021
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 04:19:33 PM EST
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US Athlete Faces Heat for Decision to Compete for China in 2022 Beijing Olympics
The decision by skier Eileen Gu to compete for China at the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympic has been criticised by her fellow American skiers as "opportunistic".

Jen Hudak, a former Winter X Games gold medalist for the USA women's team, shared her discontent with the New York Post, saying that Gu, born in the US but brought by her Beijing-native mother, would not reach the athletic level she has now somewhere else.

Nation of Immigrants PROLOGUE
WaPoo 2020 | Tennis star Naomi Osaka gives up her [derived] U.S. citizenship
to play for Japan in Tokyo Olympics
Naomi Osaka's Decision to Play for Japan Has Had Major Repercussions in Her Tennis Career
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 12:04:11 AM EST
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Lack of food, information at Beijing's quarantine hotels: Olympic athletes
Olympic athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 in China are slamming conditions in Beijing's quarantine hotels, The Associated Press reported.
[Russian biathlon athlete Valeria Vasnetsov] discovered that her COVID-positive team doctor was given better food, including prawns and salad.
IOC central | Medals update: Walter Wallberg shocks moguls king Mikael Kingsbury to win gold at Beijing 2022
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 02:19:56 PM EST
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Xi and his wife host banquet for DISTINGUISHED guests attending Winter Olympics opening ceremony, 5 Feb Great Hall photos
"President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also made speeches at the banquet, saying that they will never forget the extraordinary and splendid opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games."
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 10:34:01 PM EST
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Australia's Winter Olympics curlers beat Switzerland, Canada following last-minute reprieve over COVID-19 result
Gill and Dean Hewitt thought they were on the way home after GIll's positive test, before the Medical Expert Panel in Beijing decided to let them to stay.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) had announced earlier on Sunday that Gill and Hewitt would forfeit their remaining matches and fly out of China. But it released an update on Sunday afternoon.
"The Australian Olympic Committee has just received an email from the Chinese Public Health System advising that the pair can continue under the Close Contact provisions.

"The MEP examined Tahli Gill's CT values following PCR testing over the past 24 hours and determined that they fell into an acceptable range."

Australia's chef de mission Geoff Lipshut said Gill and Hewitt were excited to be given the opportunity to continue competing.

damned if you do, damned if you don't IN A PANDEMIC.
COVID-19 Robs Olympic Curlers of Beloved Social Culture

archived restrictions as to Reasons®, "It's embarrassing" UPDATE!

by Cat on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 04:52:22 PM EST
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"Gill had originally contracted the coronavirus in December, with her CT levels wavering between positive and negative since then. The athlete said that her system had just been "really slow at shedding off dead virus," while insisting that she hadn't been infectious for a long time already. In Beijing, the Australian was treated as a "close contact," which includes movement restrictions and testing two times per day."
Same happened to a friend who was positive for 2 weeks recently, but had symptoms just one day on 16/1. He was twice vaxxed and boosted in October. All Pfizer.
by Tom2 on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 08:46:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 03:42:39 PM EST
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IOC central | Beijing 2022, 12 languages
Live updates began 2 Feb, schedule, results, features

YouTube channel
select event streaming

by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 02:02:17 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 02:05:48 AM EST
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Kamil Stoch upbeat after sixth-place finish in normal hill
"'The conditions were great for polyesters milled in China, assembled in Bangladesh, and exported from Pakistan,' Stoch told Olympics.com afterwards. 'So for me, it was also a really good competition starting on a really high level.'"
by Cat on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 11:13:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 17th, 2022 at 05:58:54 PM EST
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HTML DOCTYPE chinese-american-eileen-gu-enters-culture-war-consciousness-gold
"that balance is going to inevitably be harder to maintain without looking like a rank opportunist"
by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 03:26:30 PM EST
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Shiffrin's disappointment stirs lessons from Biles [et al.], public property edition
How long should we [spectators] linger on their [athletes'] disappointment [sic] before it looks more like ambulance chasing than legitimate coverage?
opportunistic profits? sophomoric ethics? sexual arousal?
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 04:14:28 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 04:32:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 08:03:09 PM EST
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Anudder pyrrhic MAGA victory for CHRISTIN BRENNAN, crypt keeper of enhanced interrogations!
Russian Figure Skater Anna Shcherbakova Wins Olympic Gold in Women's Singles
Another Russian skater, Alexandra Trusova, finished second with a score of 251.73 points, and Japanese athlete Kaori Sakamoto won bronze medal with 233.13 points.
by Cat on Thu Feb 17th, 2022 at 06:08:22 PM EST
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"social distancing" -- coup de grâce
Coming along six months after the Tokyo Summer Olympics, these Games were so much like those last year in Japan, forever altered by the pandemic, never reaching their potential.
< wipes tears >
But the issues emanating from Beijing's Olympics were far more serious, making the Tokyo Olympics look almost normal by comparison.

The troubling saga of three-time Olympian Peng Shuai served as a prelude to these Games, then merged with them when she was paraded from event to event by the IOC as if to say all was well, whitewashing the world's current biggest #MeToo case.

< wipes tears >
Queen Under Pressure Over Whether She Helped With Prince Andrew Payoff
by Cat on Sun Feb 20th, 2022 at 08:37:09 PM EST
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Biles out of more Olympic events as doping case rocks athletics,  3 July 2021
Simone Biles pulled out of two more events at the Olympics on Saturday, raising major doubts over whether she will compete again in Tokyo as Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare was thrown out after failing a doping test.
"After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars," the USAG statement said.

"She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam." Biles said on Friday she was struggling with the "twisties", a mental block that has taken away her ability to perform the high-risk moves that she has trademarked.

Simone Biles' ADHD medication is banned in Japan, but a Tokyo 2020 exemption allowed them for athletes, 30 July 2021
• The superstar gymnast later said she was experiencing "the twisties," which cause disorientation.
• She takes ADHD medication that is not permitted in Japan, but an exemption likely allowed her to bring it.
Some have suggested that Biles' ADHD could be to blame -- and it's a reasonable assumption given Japan's ban of most medicines commonly used to treat the disorder in the US. But Biles and other Olympic athletes may have benefitted from an exception to the rule.
preposterous. unprecedented. inconceivable. normal.
"A special arrangement is in place specifically for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to allow athletes taking these medicines for therapeutic use, and with an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption, to import personal supplies for the treatment of their medical condition while they are in Japan," a document provided via Team USA says.

Athletes were permitted to "apply for permission" to bring otherwise banned drugs with them to Tokyo. This applies mostly to dextroamphetamine -- [brand name] Adderall -- and other stimulant drugs, but it doesn't appear this applies to Biles' regimen.

An ["]illegal["] release ("data theft") of some high-profile athletes' medical data in 2016 showed Biles had tested positive for methylphenidate -- the official name brand name for Ritalin, another common medication for the treatment of ADHD. The situation led the then-19-year-old star to publicly address her ADHD diagnosis and say she's taken the medication since she was a child to manage her symptoms

in a pandemic
by Cat on Sun Feb 20th, 2022 at 09:17:47 PM EST
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sez the triple-vaccinated US American sports columnist who denied herself an opportunity either to boycott or quarantine in a Beijing hotel?

UN human rights chief allowed to visit Xinjiang after Olympics, 28 Jan 2022

China has agreed to allow United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) Michelle Bachelet
Chile's president emerita, Allende protegee, Pinochet prisoner, and "unwitting co-conspirator" of China's Communist Party IN A omicron, Havana Syndrome PANDEMIC
to visit Xinjiang in the first half of 2022 after the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, according to an exclusive report in the South China Morning Post newspaper, which cited unnamed sources.
The United States has accused China of genocide in Xinjiang, and an unofficial and independent UK-based [Uighur Tribunal] has ["]ruled["] that Beijing is indeed guilty of genocide.
"No one, especially the world's leading human rights diplomat, should be fooled by the Chinese government's efforts to distract attention away from its crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic communities," Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch
One of the NGOs riddle with "sex abuse" scandals who boldly confirmed, after 60 years war waged on Palestinian "citizens," Israel's apartheid regime? The same NGO that dismissed post-NATO Libya traffic in sub-saharan refugee detention and slave trade? yeah, That HRW
told the Reuters news agency in an emailed statement on Friday.
About the Uiyghur Tribunal: We've got plenty of anglophone sponsors.
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 06:28:24 PM EST
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IOC president Bach says Peng Shuai can move freely in China, outside the Xianjing "bubble"
"We will know better about her physical integrity and about her mental state when we can finally meet in person," the International Olympic Committee president said, adding her physical safety was "maybe the most important human right." The most recent call between Peng and IOC staff was held this week, Bach said.
baseline bodily autonomy examination forthcoming FTW
No details about the dinner during the Olympics -- inside the bubble that separates accredited personnel [?] from the Chinese public -- have been given.
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 09:21:22 PM EST
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With Putin watching, IOC president opens Winter Games with plea to 'give peace a chance'
On Friday, Putin met with Xi on the sidelines of the Winter Games, and their governments issued a joint statement expressing opposition to the "further enlargement of NATO" -- calling on the military alliance to "abandon its ideologized Cold War approaches."
by Cat on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 07:42:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 12:43:00 PM EST
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Staffers complain of racism, abuse by WHO leader in Asia, authoritarian style
The AP also has obtained recorded snippets of meetings where Kasai is heard making derogatory remarks about his staff based on nationality.
archived I told you Tedros Adhanom is an empty suit!
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 04:24:51 PM EST
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Staffers complain of racism, abuse by US congressional representatives and executive agencies.

'Ground up and spit out': Inside the Hill staffer Instagram rebellion

Discrimination [sic] is illegal [sic] under the Congressional Accountability Act, but many staff who face day-to-day microaggressions -- and worse -- from colleagues and bosses don't see the arduous official complaint process as an option, and they doubt the results would be worth the process. Junior staff across the Hill are much more diverse than the senior ranks, where power is concentrated and wages are higher.
abridged hierarchy of "workers" as it appears to form "representative democracy," or the good life

H.R.1 - Congressional Accountability Act of 1995

Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 1) entitled "An Act to make certain laws applicable to the legislative branch of the Federal Government"
S.3749 - Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
... Sec. 111. Requiring Members of Congress to reimburse Treasury for amounts paid as settlements and awards in cases of acts by Members. ...

archived Thu Jan 6th, 2022, Nicomachean Ethics and Eudemian Ethics, ἀκρασία, "the omerta"

by Cat on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 04:10:47 PM EST
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Germany, US, Israel rejects Amnesty report accusing it of enforcing 'apartheid' on Palestinians
Israel and its top ally the United States rejected the report, the second by an international rights group in less than a year to accuse it of pursuing a policy of apartheid, a [DUTCH] word originally used to describe South Africa's racist policy of white minority rule and segregation in the 20th century [BWAH!].
We ain't white! They ain't black!
Israel said the report "consolidates and recycles lies" from hate groups and was designed to "pour fuel onto the fire of antisemitism". It accused Amnesty UK of using "double standards and demonization in order to delegitimize Israel".
International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
1015 U.N.T.S. 243, entered into force July 18, 1976.
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 05:18:12 PM EST
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flying in Ottawa, CANADA

by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 06:46:24 PM EST
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Dutch politician Thierry Baudet is a loose cannon parading as a copy-cat version of Trump. Plagiarism translating most speeches by Trump from his campaign or presidency ...

Strategies of Climate Change Denial: The case of Thierry Baudet

Interesting enough, the new populist party was founded after PM Mark Rutte failed to honor the people's referendum opposing EU membership of Ukraine.

On April 6th of 2016, a consultative referendum about an association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine was held in the Netherlands. This referendum was an initiative by a think-tank called GeenPeil together with a website that discusses current events called GeenStijl and the Citizens Committee EU. Although people seemed indifferent to the topic at first, the initiators managed to reach the level of 433.000 signatures necessary to ask for a referendum. 32.28% of people went to vote, and the eventual outcome was 61% of the votes being against the association agreement. However, the vote was ignored by the Dutch government. The law that enabled for a consultative referendum was adopted in 2015 and abolished in 2018 (Kiesraad, 2016; NPO, n.d.).

Erkenbrand and Forum for Democracy

Amazingly such violent racist, anti-Semitic and anti-democratic ideas managed to interest several hundred youth. But even more surprising that an organization with such ideas effected a party represented in parliament.

[Source: Erkenbrand, alt-right in Netherlands] Seems close to Anders Breivik ideology in Norway.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 08:16:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 10:21:29 PM EST
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I bet Baudet drives a Tesla. Know why? Look at the names of the Tesla models:


by asdf on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 06:26:48 PM EST
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Funny, you should mention. Ever since "dual-use" (transpo + HH main) turned up in one of gmoke's diaries, I've been trying to catch up with EHV/EV battery NiMH or NCA innovation and choice, tested by YouTube's library of brand value buyers, paid "Influencers," and dealer "diagnostic technicians". and ooo boy howdy: charge recycling and pack replacement--not "range"-- is a BIG headache. A dead battery is 90% of every make/model's resale value. Sex appeal and the first 100K miles (or 4 years) is 10%.
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 09:48:32 PM EST
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There's a tremendous amount of FUD in this area, so be careful about making quick conclusions.

I bought my hybrid Honda in 2005, it has 120,000 miles on it, and I just replaced the NiMH battery a year ago for $2300. Works better than new now, because the newer cells have more capacity.

When the car came out, the rumor was it would cost $8000 to replace the battery and it would be needed every couple of years. Completely wrong.

Tesla is seeing about 10% battery capacity degradation in 200,000 miles.

by asdf on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 11:09:53 PM EST
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We bought a Renault hybrid (battery range 50 km) last year, and I'm convinced, perhaps wrongly, that we will be able to buy a 500km battery pack for it within a few years.
I'm impressed by 17 years for a 2005 battery. What's your range now?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 12:31:15 PM EST
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I actually watched a Z-informant install a new $1400 NiMH pack into a used 2010 Prius, purchased 2021 for $1200. Funny thing is, his plan is to re-sell for $4,000.
by Cat on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 09:11:27 PM EST
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Quick? Not me. I held onto my Honda 21 years.

TSLA "200,000 miles" Influencer: that's a rare sight on youtube force. Plenty of 2-4 yr trade-ups tho'. I chalk it up to "early-adopter" syndrome, enhanced by TSLA lease sales-model, maintenance costs, and prototype churn. Intractable Li-Ion battery life-cycle + $/kWH new or used will be a limiting factor of "dual-use" applications for the foreseeable future.

EIA claims annual HH consumption is 895 kWH a/o 2020. Word on the street (PV panel vendor) is 14K kWh p.a. in "blue state" DMV region a/o 2021 (which is why installs require TSLA Powerwall storage $8.5K/ea.).

One one had, this start-up's entry into NCA automotive mechanical is less interesting than buyers' dissatisfaction with TSLA std equipment. On the other, this reformed master technician is pretty entertaining.

NiMH (mostly Prius, some Leaf) Generation 1-4 (It's a "thing") buyers is a very different brand-loyalty story--you and eurogreen typify. Kinda like winbox gearheads of yesteryear. I do detect some consternation regarding Toyota's planned migration to NCA, iirc, model year 2023.

by Cat on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 09:07:08 PM EST
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Nov 2021 Average of $132/kWh (across region and NCA type Li-Ion)

Tesla ruined my car and it's the best thing to ever happen to me!, How TSLA remotely disabled Model S "super-charge" capability around the world

y'all we're gonna need more ETHICAL bat'ry manufactures

by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 12:06:11 AM EST
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"I graduated from a Pontiac"
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 10:08:24 PM EST
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sweat equity:inspiration, respectively
by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 03:08:09 PM EST
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in Canada's neocon parliament, libcon constituents ready to "lawyer up" to quash "unlawful protest"
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 05:24:36 PM EST
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Canada dispatch: honking truckers face Ottawa residents' class action lawsuit seeking injunction, damages for `UNBEARABLE TORMENT', valued CAD 9.8M
This group, spearheaded by Zexi Li, filed a statement of claim for a potential CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT on Friday February 4th at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Following an initial meeting of the parties on Saturday, the matter was adjourned to Monday afternoon to give the defendants time to prepare.
Private nuisance is "interference" with someone's "use or enjoyment of land that is both substantial and unreasonable" (Antrim Truck Centre Ltd. v Ontario (Ministry of Transportation) 2013 SCC 13 at para 18, my underlining). An "interference" can pertain to physical property damage, as well as to "the health, comfort or convenience of the owner or occupier" (para 23). In other words, private nuisance is an infringement of a person's right to the enjoyment of their own property.
never besmirch the property < wipes tears >
As for the injunction request, though it has yet to be properly examined in court, Judge Hugh R. McLean Saturday spoke to the possibility of limiting the honking to a specific hour every day [BWAH!]. However, he also expressed concerns about the feasibility of enforcing an injunction like the one requested, since truckers have constantly been moving in and out of Ottawa, and most of the potential defendants currently remain unidentified.
archived quantum theory, usufruct
by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 10:30:34 PM EST
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New Zealand Protest Convoy Blocks Capital: Demands End to Vaccine Mandates, 7 Feb
The mostly unmasked protesters had driven from around the country, and their vehicles clogged the central Wellington streets for hours as they got out to meet and speak on Parliament's forecourt. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern elected not to meet with them as she delivered a speech to lawmakers outlining her priorities for the year.
New Zealand was spared the worst of the pandemic after it closed its borders and implemented strict lockdowns, limiting the spread of the virus. The nation has reported just 53 virus deaths among its population of 5 million.
Police said Tuesday afternoon they hadn't made any arrests and that protest organizers had asked protesters to move their cars and trucks by 5 p.m., ahead of the evening rush hour. Wellington council officials had earlier indicated they were reluctant to issue tickets or order motorists to move, saying on social media, "We must consider the safety of our staff and do not want to put them in harm's way."
archived spoiling PM's wedding
by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 11:12:16 PM EST
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Yes, New Zealand has (at least) its share of confused, angry people.

One of the signs I saw : "Does God need a permit?"
To which I reply: if he wants do eat in a restaurant, he sure as hell does. Silly question. Not sure about a church.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 10:24:40 AM EST
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To the contrary, knowledge of and belief in the omnipotence of god(s)--protected by so-called secular governments and manifest in human rights doctrines--is the principal, persisting, philosophical contradiction expressed in european intellectual history of The Enlightenment as "natural law", lately quantum mechanics.
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 04:58:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 06:03:02 PM EST
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I beg to differ...belief in the omnipotence of god(s) is fine, no argument from me.
Religious exceptionalism (God's law is higher) is off the table in any rational system of government.

As to the question of sovereignty, I will delay any discussion until I've had time to finish Graeber and Wengrow (David and David, respectively) who have very interesting and undoubtedly controversial things to say about it. I look forward to discussing it with you.

But I will concede that nobody knows anything and that anything is possible, because of quantum.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 09:22:54 AM EST
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Where is this "rational system of government" of which you speak? And how would everyone recognize it as such by systematic, extrinsic, and intrinsic properties?

Which is to say, this civilization, or "system," everyone inhabits is neither irrational, intangible, solipsistic, nor incomprehensible, but self-evident like, ahem, weather, entropy, the movement of stars, humoral immunity, and atomic bonds which constitute oneself, for example.

by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 02:16:49 PM EST
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Maybe it is a bit harder than allowing people to have individual religious beliefs, because those "beliefs" seem to harden into "non-negotiable red lines." Perhaps it is better to have a single standard religion, whatever it might be. That way at least you take that subset of red lines off the table.

It is amusing to read old texts like Chaucer's tales to see how the general public dealt with Catholicism. It was built into their lives, and they saw through the hypocrisy and other problems. But it was not worth fighting about, there was a general accommodation on both sides. Seemed fairly stable for 1000 or so years.

The Protestant Reformation was probably not a good idea?

by asdf on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 05:59:31 PM EST
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Where's this?
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 08:42:58 PM EST
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In the Tausendjähriges Reich
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 09:04:30 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 10:08:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 10:54:03 PM EST
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Man claims to be sovereign citizen, charged in check case
Members of the sovereign citizen movement believe the government has no authority over them, according to the Anti-Defamation League [, ironically]
archived L'etat c'est We the People: exceptions
B. The Hierarchy of Norms and Sovereignty
Carré de Malberg's distinction does not provide a sufficient account of some sentences that we find in constitutional and political discourse. Take, for example, "the sovereign is the French people," or "sovereignty belongs to the people."24 Such a sentence obviously does not mean that the French people [!] is the state and effectively acts on an international level, nor that it exercises a power of domination, and certainly not that the people alone can really exercise a range of powers. These propositions do not refer to any reality and they are only used to justify other sentences. For example, in French legal discourse, "sovereignty belongs to the people" was used during the Third Republic to justify "Parliament is sovereign" or "the law is sovereign." It meant that Parliament exercised a sovereignty that was not its own, but belonged to the people and was exercised in the name of the people, or that statutes were presumed to express the general will, i.e., the will of the sovereign, and were therefore supreme. In this context, when imputed to the people, the word "sovereignty" is thus used in a fourth sense: it refers to the quality of a being in whose name some power, in any one of the first three senses, is exercised. Indeed, the theory of sovereignty generally implies a distinction between ["]the essence["] and the exercise of sovereignty
the spirit and the letter of natural law: irrational or no?
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 10:46:32 PM EST
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U.S. trucker convoy to Washington gathers steam, 4 March
The mobilization, which has sprouted up mostly online and builds on almost two years of increasingly vocal coronavirus protests, has been championed by FAR-RIGHT influencers and RIGHTWING politicians, including former President Donald TRUMP and Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

It also has garnered the attention of more EXTREMIST groups, including WHITE SUPREMACISTS, who have repeatedly shared their support for the anti-mandate protests that have become a rallying cry for similar movements across North America, the European Union and Australia. In Ottawa, CONFEDERATE flags and SWASTIKAS were spotted among the supporters of the truckers' convoy.
On more mainstream social networks [META-FACEBOOK], similar groups with large followings also have sprouted up, sharing their vocal support for the anti-mandate nationwide convoy.

not your great-grandpa's Bonus March
It is unclear if, or when, the U.S. convoy will reach Washington, though within these ENCRYPTED messaging channels, supporters routinely offer food, supplies and other logistical support, based on POLITICO's review of the online discussions.[...] On Feb. 14, similar protests from across the European Union are expected to DESCEND ON BRUSSELS -- home to the bloc's main political institutions -- to rally against mask and vaccine mandates as the region continues to struggle to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 04:37:02 PM EST
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Dropping Indoor Mask Mandate, New York Joins Blue States Easing Covid Rules, "litmus testing" the EO 14043 ETS injunction that never happened
After a scare in November
< wipes tears >
New Jersey's governor and other Democratic leaders held ["]back-channel["] talks over lifting mandates and helping voters impatient with restrictions reclaim a sense of normalcy.
Last week, they took their concerns to the White House. As members of the National Governors Association [NGA formerly chaired by Maglev and Cuomo] gathered for a meeting in the East Room, several asked President Biden to provide clear guidelines for their states to move from the crisis footing of a pandemic to a recognition
Phase Two
that the virus was here to stay -- and that it could be managed without completely upending daily life.
The administration's guidance didn't come quickly enough for Mr. Murphy, however. On Monday, he acted -- without White House support -- by announcing that New Jersey would no longer require students and school employees to wear masks, IN DEFIANCE of the current recommendations of the [CDC].
the science
In a new wave of national polls, growing numbers of Americans have expressed a willingness to move on from the strictest mandates. Seven in 10 respondents to a recent poll by Monmouth University agreed that "it's time we accept Covid is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives."
the ethics
The rush to turn the page also risks MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY for Democrats to claim credit for successfully managing the pandemic AT A MOMENT when they sorely need to be able to point to major accomplishments, party strategists say.
archived < wipes tears >, an endemic pathogen
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 05:57:01 PM EST
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Truckers may try to disrupt Super Bowl and the State of the Union, DHS memo says, 12 Feb
The memo, which went out on Tuesday [8 Feb], was issued by the department's Office of Intelligence [LOL] and Analysis, Current and Emerging Threats Center. The memo says there are currently no threats of violence, but the protest has the potential to "severely disrupt" traffic, emergency routes and federal government operations [unlike the FAA and FCC].
Americana '78--a comical, Big Screen Convoy "full of guns and pigs"
DHS finds a mapped route from LA to D.C. on social media
The memo also notes that DHS officials have been tracking social media posts around the Super Bowl, including ones with the [handles and] hashtags #ShutDownSuperBowl and #SuperBowlTrafficking. According to relevant posts, which law enforcement officials started to track around Feb. 3, there were several social media posts with instructions on how an anonymous trucker convoy could disrupt the Super Bowl's security operations.
Ahead of the Super Bowl this Sunday, DHS says it has dedicated more than 500 people to support security measures around the event. Around 70,000 people are expected to attend the game, according to DHS, and the protest is potentially planned for 12 p.m. local time in LA.
by Cat on Sat Feb 12th, 2022 at 03:18:49 PM EST
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Al Jazeera English LIVE reports Rams vs Bengals L.A. stadium ticket: $6,000 - $30K per seat, including mandatory spectator N95 mask

$100K+ per box seat

Hunger Games option: select a digital broadcast network 30-day free trial subscription, then cancel Monday morning.

by Cat on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 08:00:50 AM EST
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yer boy Fauci: US exiting 'full-blown' pandemic phase of coronavirus crisis takes a victory lap over to the FT "herd immunity" memorial LIVE BLOG
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 06:50:46 PM EST
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back woods wisdom: "We can't always use the legal system as a compass for what's right and wrong"; UK-Eng. "the law is an ass -- a idiot."

probably related lexical adaptability ...
British Embassy in US Mocks Wordle™ Over American Spelling

George Papandreou, The failure of leadership in politics: George Papandreou at TEDGlobal 2013

Papandreou wants to make the case that the problem is less economic than democratic: "Let's throw democracy at the problem," he suggests. A brief digression into linguistics -- the word "idiot," he suggests, originally meant someone self-centered, someone with no interest in public affairs. But how to build a forum that allows citizens to participate in public affairs that stretch far across mere geographical borders?

Stavros Macrakis, PhD[!] from Harvard [!], y'all

The explanation of the Greek sense as "one who is under illusion, of being separate from the whole, from universe" is rubbish. Sounds like New Age BS.

The original meaning of "idiot" (ἰδιώτης) in Ancient Greek was "a private person, someone who does not hold public office or participate in public affairs". The word is derived from ἴδιος, which means "having to do with oneself, private"....

as in *-Eng. idiosyncracy; US-Eng. vernacular, a "you problem"; Eur. phil. theory solipsism; Eur. econ. theory rational self-interested actor
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 06:19:41 PM EST
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as in id
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 10:14:13 PM EST
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US urges Canada to use federal powers to end bridge blockade
DHS Secretary Alejandro Ma[ll]orkas and DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg coach Canadian counterparts in how to "exacerbate societal friction" and "undermine public trust in government institutions"
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 11:25:16 PM EST
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iirc, That is the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, MI, USA and Windsor, Ontario, CA. Don't recall ever seeing an aerial photo before, but I do recall periodic border crossings with parents and desultory customs checks for gas during the OPEC embargo. Desperate times &tc.
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 02:33:56 PM EST
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'Zero tolerance': Police towing trucks away, arresting protesters from US-Canadian bridge
"Enforcement will continue in the demonstration area and there will be zero tolerance for illegal activity," Windsor police tweeted Sunday. "The public should avoid the area."

Police said about a dozen arrests were made and several vehicles were seized and towed away. It was not immediately clear when the bridge, shut down by protests for a week, would reopen.  Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said law enforcement and border agencies would open the bridge sometime Sunday when it was "safe."
On Saturday, officers wearing neon yellow vests over their uniforms had warned demonstrators over a public address system that they would be arrested if they didn't leave. Many protesters in pickups left voluntarily, honking their horns as they drove away. The larger trucks pulled away a short time later, blasting their air horns as they went. Police warned in a statement that vehicles could be seized -  possibly forfeited.
In Windsor, Bob Rae, Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted a video of pickups rolling away from the bridge. "Rule of law can prevail over the swagger of intimidation," Rae wrote.

supra US urges Canada to use federal powers to end bridge blockade
by Cat on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 09:45:56 PM EST
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'Theft': Advocates decry US decision to withhold Afghan funds, 11 Feb
Biden issued an executive order [?] on Friday that would split [USD]7.1bn belonging to Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) almost evenly between humanitarian assistance to the struggling country and funds to cover judgements from lawsuits that 9/11 victims and their families had filed against the Taliban in US courts [which had blocked suits against the KSA].

"The people of Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11; that is an undeniable fact," Bilal Askaryar, an Afghan-American activist, told Al Jazeera.

"What Biden is proposing is not justice for 9/11 families, it is theft of public funds from an impoverished nation already on the brink of famine and starvation brought on by the United States' disastrous withdrawal[?]."

TD Bank to hand convoy funds to court as organizers turn to cryptocurrency
On Friday, TD Bank told CTV News that it would apply to surrender to an Ontario court the money that had not been refunded by GoFundMe, totalling about [CAD]1 million, as well as some [CAD]400,000 the group had accepted through direct donations.
But late Thursday, the Ontario Superior Court froze funds coming from those accounts, after an application from the province's Attorney-General that alleged the funds would further a criminal act: mischief on the streets of Ottawa. GiveSendGo has said the order does not apply to it and is still raising the funds.

In a video posted on [Meta]Facebook by supporters, convoy organizers discuss the strategy online for fundraising, turning to a crowdfunding website that has raised the equivalent of US$913,000 as of Friday afternoon, in satoshis, which each represent a 100 millionth fraction of a bitcoin.

I detect a pattern of iniquity in law, tear gas offensives in Paris notwithstanding.
archived asset forfeiture
by Cat on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 05:11:59 PM EST
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Protecting Certain Property of Da Afghanistan Bank for the Benefit of the People of Afghanistan
I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, find that the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan--including the urgent needs of the people of Afghanistan for food security, livelihoods support, water, sanitation, health, hygiene, shelter and settlement assistance, and COVID-19-related assistance, among other basic human needs--and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in Afghanistan constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat. In addition, I find that the preservation of certain property of Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) held in the United States by United States financial institutions is of the utmost importance to addressing this national emergency and the welfare of the people of Afghanistan. I also understand that various parties, including representatives of victims of terrorism, have asserted legal claims against certain property of DAB or indicated in public court filings an intent to make such claims. This property is blocked under this order.

Accordingly, I hereby order:

Section 1 . (a) All property and interests in property of DAB that are held, as of the date of this order, in the United States by any United States financial institution, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York < wipes tears >, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in, except as set forth in subsections (b) and (c) of this section. ...

alrighty then. As I am not fluent in psycho, sumbuddy translate this ... material... into a rational system of government.

And when you finish that, perhaps you may explain this "humanitarian crisis": Ban on federal abortion funds likely to remain despite Democratic promises to expand ["]access["]

by Cat on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 07:12:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 04:49:22 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | French police fine hundreds in an attempt to fend off `freedom convoys', 12 Feb
[cars, vans and mobile homes] are trying to enter the French capital from different directions to protest the vaccine pass, which the French government requires people to have in order to access many public spaces. Some protestors also decry rising energy prices.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday defended the protest ben [sic] in Paris, arguing: "The right to protest and to have an opinion is a right that's constitutionally guaranteed in our republic and in our democracy. The right to block others ... is not."
AFP | Police fire tear gas, fine Paris protest convoy
The police, who had banned the protest, moved quickly to try to clear cars at entry points to the city, handing out fines for participation in an unauthorised protest. But more than 100 vehicles managed to converge on the Champs-Elysees, where police used teargas to disperse protesters in scenes reminiscent of the "yellow vest" anti-government [?] riots of 2018-2019.
Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin tweeted that officers had arrested 54 protesters in Paris and handed out 337 fines.
Aurelie M., a 42-year-old administrative assistant from Paris, said the pass requirement meant she could no longer take a long-distance TGV train even if she tested negative for Covid in a home test.

"There's so much inconsistency and unfairness," she told AFP, noting that commuters could still cram onto crowded Paris metros without proof of vaccination.[
Sixty-five-year-old factory worker Jean-Paul Lavigne said he had travelled in from the southwestern town of Albi to protest not just the pressure to get vaccinated, but also fuel, food and electricity price hikes.

Across the capital, more than 7,600 other people protested against the vaccination pass, the interior ministry said. Nearly 7,200 officers equipped with armoured vehicles and water cannon were deployed around Paris. [...] "It's a betrayal. The basis of the order is not respectful of the law, of the freedom to demonstrate," anti-vaccine and "yellow vest" activist Sophie Tissier told AFP.

France Military Exercises Ave des Champs-Élysées
by Cat on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 02:56:06 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 02:34:10 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 12:55:51 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 06:22:41 PM EST
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Équipe Canada

Watching men's game Russia vs Switzerland ... score 2-2 on the penalty bench for roughing. 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 10:00:04 AM EST
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Reports suggest that the vast majority of truck drivers and companies in Canada do not agree with this action. It is a small number of radicals who are misled, encouraged, and financed by right wing interests in the US of A. Any country without a strong restriction on funding from external sources is open for this sort of manipulation.
by asdf on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 04:24:47 PM EST
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Any country without a strong restriction on funding from external sources is open for this sort of manipulation
by Cat on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 04:42:28 PM EST
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yeah it's better in russia

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 09:29:29 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 16th, 2022 at 11:03:28 PM EST
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'This could cost him his job': A blockaded Canada turning on Trudeau, poll finds
Although Canadians sympathize with the anti-mandate demands of Freedom Convoy, they increasingly hate the protests themselves. A new Maru Public Opinion poll found that 56 per cent of Canadians don't have an iota of sympathy for Freedom Convoy -- and two thirds wouldn't mind seeing their blockades cleared by military force.

But Canadians are also turning their ire on a "weak" government response and an intransigent prime minister whom they blame for "inflaming" the situation. The Maru poll, which was conducted from Feb. 9 to 10, found that only 16 per cent of Canadians would vote for Trudeau based on his actions of the last two weeks.
Forty-four per cent of respondents believed that Trudeau's statements had "inflamed" the situation. While 53 per cent have said he "looked weak in the face of threats to the country."

by Cat on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 07:45:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 10:53:04 PM EST
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"indirect war" has entered the room.
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 12:14:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Feb 7th, 2022 at 12:55:50 AM EST
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Let's do nothing. Condemn small countries while we take summit in a capital which is actively involved in a genocide (in Tigray)
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/afrique/20220206-sommet-de-l-ua-le-d%C3%A9bat-sur-le-statut-d-observateur-acco rd%C3%A9-%C3%A0-isra%C3%ABl-a-%C3%A9t%C3%A9-suspendu
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 7th, 2022 at 09:59:56 AM EST
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This time the SpaceX satellites suffered failure ... how well are his earthly products protected?  

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 10:15:12 PM EST
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Musk, quintessential clown with money to burn...
Anyone else would have checked the weather report

But he knows better than the stinkin govermint

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

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 09:39:24 AM EST
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Billionaire Elon Musk helping restore internet in Tonga after volcanic eruption and tsunami
A top official in neighbouring Fiji tweeted that a team from Musk's SpaceX company was in Fiji establishing a station that would help reconnect Tonga through SpaceX satellites. SpaceX runs a network of nearly 2000 low-orbit satellites called Starlink, which provides internet service to remote places around the world.
archived Pacific undersea cable project sinks after US warns against Chinese bid
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 06:43:23 PM EST
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SpaceX satellites falling out of orbit after solar storm, trash
"SpaceX still has close to 2,000 Starlink satellites orbiting Earth and providing internet service to remote corners of the world."
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 10:18:13 PM EST
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Unexpectedly dense atmosphere eh?
"Don't look up"

Sequence where the billionaire (DEFINITELY NOT Musk nor Bezos nor even Branson) announces that half their little rockets have failed, and no, they didn't manage to smash the asteroid to harmless smithereens, and unfortunately, we all gonna die

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

by eurogreen on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 04:45:32 PM EST
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Times of Israel
The Israeli importer of Nokia products says there has been a 200 percent increase in sales of so-called dumb phones in the last week.

The jump is thought to be driven by Israelis worried about sophisticated spyware like NSO Group's Pegasus, after reports that police spied on civilians with the software.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 06:49:00 PM EST
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3310 rulz...

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 09:24:00 PM EST
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Do dumb phones protect against wiretaps? I definitely want one

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 04:46:50 PM EST
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A new milestone in contemporary newspeak:
7 billions "released"
by Tom2 on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 06:54:06 PM EST
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Britain's ownership of the Chagos archipelago has been formally challenged after the Mauritian ambassador to the UN, Jagdish Koonjul, raised his country's flag above the atoll of Peros Banhos.

In a ceremony on Monday at 10.30am local time, Mauritian officials sang their country's national anthem and the red, blue, yellow and green standard was raised up the flagpole.

Koonjul said: "We are performing the symbolic act of raising the flag as the British have done so many times to establish colonies. We, however, are reclaiming what has always been our own."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:43:28 AM EST
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Malvinas/Falkland 2.0
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 06:04:45 PM EST
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The inhabitants (or rather ex-inhabitants) would prefer to be in Mauritius. So it's more like Crimea than the Malvinas.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:11:27 PM EST
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I thought the Chagossians were fighting for their right to return.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 08:56:50 AM EST
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I think that Mauritius has said that they will allow them to return.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 05:06:54 PM EST
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Did I miss something of is Russia already kicking the ass of France (and its pimp, the US), in Mali and Burkina, where no massacres are to be deplored since the former invited Wagner/Russian military cooperation and the latter witnessed a coup in imitation of what had happened in Mali?
by Tom2 on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 09:54:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Great reset in Africa
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/invit%C3%A9-afrique/20220216-alassane-ouattara-le-d%C3%A9part-annonc% C3%A9-de-barkhane-et-takuba-cr%C3%A9e-un-vide
by Tom2 on Wed Feb 16th, 2022 at 10:50:47 PM EST
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Yes, you read that right....

Straits Times

Chinese residents in Hong Kong are racing to get back to the mainland to get away from the financial hub's worsening Covid-19 outbreak, posing a challenge for officials fearful of contagion.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 19th, 2022 at 03:44:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Private, public "venue" DATA, two offers
  • Sinovac
  • BioNTech-Pfizer

The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme was officially launched on 26 February 2021. Administration of CoronaVac (Sinovac) vaccine started on 26 February 2021. Administration of Comirnaty (BioNTech) vaccine started on 10 March 2021 (Remark: suspended from 24 March to 4 April) .
Total Doses Administered 12,391,276; 1x, 2x, 3x dose (excluding aged 3-11 1x, 2x dose - see detail)
by Cat on Sat Feb 19th, 2022 at 04:24:09 PM EST
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The UK maintains that it still holds sovereignty over what it terms British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) - one of the smallest of red dots on the traditional cartographic globe.

But Mauritius, which has been recognised as legitimate owner of the archipelago in a series of international court judgments and United Nations votes since 2019, has formally asked Google to re-describe the islands as part of its territory.

Letters seen by the Guardian have been sent to the search engine's California headquarters requesting that BIOT, which includes the strategic US military base of Diego Garcia, be wiped off the map.


Apple Maps, by contrast, agreed to change its labelling. Searches for both "BIOT" and "British Indian Ocean Territory" on Apple Maps produce the response "No results found".

Google had better move quickly, as they'll soon have to deal with Donetsk, Luhansk, and Rostov.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 09:47:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:00:59 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 03:36:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 03:00:08 AM EST
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Hundreds of scientists urge EU to stop Poland's environmentally "devastating" border wall
More than 700 scientists have issued a joint appeal against Poland's decision to build a wall on its border with Belarus, which they say will have a "devastating" impact on the area's valuable and delicate ecosystem.

In their letter to European Union leaders, the academics - who are from both Poland and abroad - call for a full assessment of the impact of the wall - work on which began earlier this month - before construction proceeds any further.

The Iron Curtain v. 2.0

by pelgus on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 10:45:22 AM EST
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from "blizzard" -> "nor'easter" -> "explosive cyclogenesis" -> "bomb cyclone" and back

Blizzard-like 'bomb cyclones' get boost from warming oceans
archived jet streams of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

by Cat on Sun Feb 6th, 2022 at 04:26:57 PM EST
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Chinese 'space cleaner' spotted grabbing and throwing away old satellite, ultimate can-kicking
Over the course of the next few days, the spacecraft couple started ["]dancing["] westward [?!], ExoAnalytic's video footage showed. By January 26, the two satellites separated, and G2 was kicked into oblivion.
SJ-21, which launched in October 2021, has now returned to a geostationary orbit (GEO) just above the Congo Basin. GEO happens when a satellite orbits Earth over the equator at the same speed the planet rotates. From the Earth's point of view [?!], satellites in GEO seem to be standing still, barring a wobble or two. This type of orbit is sometimes called a Clarke orbit, named after British sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke. He popularized the idea of GEO in a 1945 paper promising to revolutionize telecommunications.
China's space tug: A service or a threat?

There's nothing wrong with throwing out the trash --

except an "immense pile of filth" that DEFIES recycling
many other countries have launched or are currently developing technologies to clear space junk.

Japan launched its ELSA-d mission in March 2021, designed to test space debris capturing and removal technologies. The European Space Agency plans to launch its own trash removal mission in 2025. However, despite the seeming ubiquity of efforts to develop and implement space junk disposal technology, some U.S. officials have expressed worry over Chinese trash disposal satellites like the SJ-21.

because of course
Since the beginning of space activities in the '60s, more than 6,000 launches have delivered over 50,000 objects in orbit, according to the US Space Surveillance Network. More than 30,000 artificial objects are orbiting our planet, of which only about 5,000 are functioning, according to the ESA's Space Debris Office. ...ESA numbers show that more than 300 million smaller objects are flying through space at incredible speeds of up to 30,000 km/h, almost 5 times the speed of the fastest bullet.
by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 04:27:07 PM EST
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ubn warned

by Cat on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 04:34:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Preparing the next humanitarian crisis, in epic proportion.
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:55:54 PM EST
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Food for thought
by Tom2 on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 11:08:53 AM EST
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How commercial businesses commodify and price information for sale, was my research topic in grad school. That was some 20 years ago, in the cusp of the dotcom bust even as telecom owner/operators and their clients were fumbling, experimenting, with methods of capitalizing the reproduction, distribution, and qualitative measurement of "intellectual property." Primarily, within their  organizational footprints within boundaries of industry peers and complementary services. For example, Facebook was still a twinkle in Zuckerberg's imagination of Lotus Notes for advertisers discriminating between likely "consumers"--who are often the last to know the value of what's running down pole. For example, the fact is, an oft repeated disclaimer ("the science is changing"), truly expresses the limited scope of experience manipulating and understanding of "organic" mechanisms available since the disputed dates of gene discovery and "decoding".

Anyway, this blog post reminded me that I posted this message from 1953 a few months ago. It seemed to me , appropriate for panic, or "social distancing," induced by conspicuously unpredictable scientific method prescribed from the top to the bottom of the pyramid of inscrutable authority.  

The Impact of Science on Society - Bertrand Russell

by Cat on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 07:59:23 PM EST
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Naked Capitalism (underlying data still debated)
Wall Street investors are dumping their Moderna and Pfizer stock faster than the world can drop the mandates. Moderna is down 70 percent from its high, while Pfizer is off 19 percent. Former Blackrock Executive and investment adviser Edward Dowd calls for Moderna to go to zero and Pfizer to end under ten dollars per share.

How is this possible given that Pfizer now enjoys record earnings per share and a market capitalization of some $270 billion, making it the 29th largest corporation globally? With nothing but profits in sight for the Pharmaceutical giant, what could be the problem?

[..] For the skeptics, consider that Pfizer stock lost $20 billion in market capitalization on February 8, 2022, when their record earnings fell short of more optimistic expectations. Also consider that Moderna's stock is down some 70 percent from its high of $484 on August 9, 2021, wiping out almost $ 140 billion in investment. Dowd predicts Moderna will drop to zero with bankruptcy as fraud related to concealing the COVID vaccine dangers surfaces, and he predicts Pfizer will become a sub-ten-dollar stock. Dowd explains that the smart money has already left Moderna and will soon be exiting Pfizer.

Dowd foresees an avalanche of lawsuits coming as the insurance industry continues to uncover the legions of mounting deaths coming from the complications of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Dowd teamed up with an insurance industry analyst and researched the life insurance claims. They found that since OneAmerica shocked the world by announcing a 40% rise in non-COVID deaths in younger working-class employees, multiple other insurance companies worldwide have seen the same thing - massive rises in non-COVID deaths. And the evidence inescapably points to the vaccines as the cause.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 08:48:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]

There is no bankruptcy for US American-incorporated "entitities." There is no fate but "restructure."

by Cat on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 09:53:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:01:11 PM EST

Observe - Listen - Learn - Solved 🌏 One step of mankind to benefit all.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 09:33:50 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 03:06:14 PM EST
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Chinese Researchers STUMBLE Upon 'Godsend' Synthetic Antibody That Could Neutralize Omicron Variant
Their work was described in the article "Combating the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant with non-Omicron neutralizing antibodies," which was published on the bioRxiv preprint website and has not been peer-reviewed.

Professor Huang Jinghe, a Fudan instructor and lead scientist in the study, told the South China Morning Post he had stumbled upon the antibody by accident, synthesizing it from two different natural antibodies produced by human immune cells in response to encountering SARS-CoV-2.

Better Together
Individually, both natural antibodies stood little chance of stopping Omicron, but in this new form, the man-made antibody was able to BREACH the virus' DEFENSES using what Huang described as a series of "combo moves," comparing it to the complex string of moves possible in video games like "Street Fighter."
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 11:00:00 PM EST
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AKA vortex mathematics?

I'd like to believe I am not the only knucklehead who's idly been following TEDTalk parades of metaphysicians and esoteric "documentaries". How is it that mathematicians are incapable of expressing the universe as a bottomless sieve, of which innumerable, diverse vortices, through  which myriad forms of energy pass into the certainty of thermo dynamic "law". IOW, what disappears into a BLACK HOLE, on earth as it is in heaven, will return in one form or another, so recycling infinity and Schrödinger's mortal box.

What is it with some people and fixation to linear models of evolutionary DOMINATION?

by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 05:02:19 PM EST
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as analogy goes, I'm thinking spherical sieve of The Cloud persuasion, is more like it.

by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 06:30:34 PM EST
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HOLD THE PHONE ... torus.

Is there a collider experiment for those conditions?

by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 06:36:56 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Feb 20th, 2022 at 03:54:20 AM EST
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Comments are amusing
by asdf on Wed Feb 23rd, 2022 at 06:33:28 PM EST
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alphas of higher education has entered the room, Freshman Self-selection 101.
archived conspiracy to exclude low-income students
by Cat on Fri Feb 11th, 2022 at 12:26:40 AM EST
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Il giornale
Italia e Cina contano il più alto numero di siti Unesco al mondo, rispettivamente 57 e 56. Perché è importante cooperare per proteggere il patrimonio culturale
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:14:10 PM EST
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The responsibility of France in the Rwandan genocide
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 09:33:55 PM EST
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Jerusalem Post
The formation of the State of Israel is the greatest accomplishment of the 20th century, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters at the Knesset on Wednesday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Feb 16th, 2022 at 12:49:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:01:25 PM EST
BBC Witness History -The murder of Daniel Pearl

In February 2002 a videotape was released by Islamist extremists in Pakistan showing the murder of the US journalist, Daniel Pearl. He had been kidnapped four weeks earlier in Karachi while on his way to interview a radical cleric. Witness has been speaking to Asra Nomani, Pearl's friend and colleague.

Unspeakable crime and illustration of so much more to come ...:hiding behind religion for a barbaric act, target a journalist, a Jewish man as anger against Israel, radicalization of many young men through propaganda, hypocrisy by government policy doesn't help ... so much background and history can be read out of a single act. Not one life is destroyed, but more important the killers, their supporters en extremists in religion are slowly dying from the inside. So much of humanity is destroyed ... all extreme violent acts and needless wars need to end. ☮️

Utter stupidity

Living in fear

State hypocrisy

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 08:39:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Which part?
(a) detention without trial
(b) method of execution
(c) execution of a "journalist"
by Cat on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 02:39:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Of influenza, Lincolns, non-profit wars, and saddlemakers

"Decline in Mortality and Encouraging sign - Dr. Park Defends Pneumonia vaccine"
... "I talked yesterday to the physician of the State Health Department, who is authority for the statement to he [sic] effect that the value of the vaccine has not been proved, and he agreed with me that it has been established that the vaccine does protect many person though it will not protect all. It takes three injections, accompanied by reaction of some severity to confer immunity, and the effect only lasts through the Winter. [...] "the tests of the vaccine in the State institutions were discarded, not because the results were unfavorable for the vaccine. It was found that the persons vaccinated were usually the healthy ones, and the unvaccinated ones used as controls were usually unhealthy onew. This rendered the tests valueless. ...

4 February 2022 - 100

executioners in public employ threaten strike
adjustments to the border between north & south Ireland

by Cat on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 09:34:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 09:01:40 PM EST
On Skeelers to Olympic Gold - Beijing Ice Skate Queen Sprint 500 mrt

U.S. speedskating star Erin Jackson headed to Winter Olympics after teammate Brittany Bowe gives up spot

In a golden gesture at the Olympic trials, American Bowe offered to give her place in the women's 500m at Beijing 2022 to friend and World No. 1 Jackson. Both will compete at the Winter Games.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 02:45:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 02:48:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Eurotrib somehow manages to be on the internet, and not have cat videos. Here is one to fix that

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Feb 23rd, 2022 at 06:55:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trumpism has offered Western Sahara to Morocco, forced "peace" agreements between Sudan and Israel, etc. and this does not seem to be cancelled by the current administration. What is the difference?
by Tom2 on Wed Feb 2nd, 2022 at 09:03:42 PM EST
Weird... when I click on europe, I do get to an url that has Europe at the end, but I actually see all the posts to February, no matter the section.

So wrt Europe, why is it that my taxes are funding private universities all over the Mediterranean sea?
https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/south/stay-informed/news/eu-supports-higher-education-jordan-through- erasmus

by Tom2 on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 11:38:46 AM EST
I ve tried to post this as an answer to Oui about the US raid but it says "failed" "max 50 characters" ?!
USA bombing White Helmets in the raid (or were the AQ bad guys just neighbours of WH? sarcasm...)
"The Pentagon said the mission was "successful" and that there were no US casualties, but gave no other details.
The White Helmets rescue service said it had found the bodies of six children and four women at a house in Atmeh."
by Tom2 on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 11:52:48 AM EST
here in this thread it works without problem
by Tom2 on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 11:53:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]
As Cat explains below, the software automatically reuses the title of the comment you're replying to, but does prepend "Re: " at the beginning of it, and that can make your reply's new title exceed the 50 chars limit. Just edit the title to shorten it and retry.
by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 05:09:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A number of Autoformat (user option) error messages appear in PREVIEW mode of a user COMMENT. Character limit error may occur when
  • using a diary's POST A COMMENT feature below the diary's body text (HTML footer); or
  • using a REPLY feature in the body of nest COMMENTS

By default, Autoformat  pre-pends Re:
  • to the diary TITLE (post a comment); or
  • to a nested subject line REPLY

That alone can tip auto-generated characters over a COMMENT/REPLY subject line limit (50).

Don't panic. Immediately de-bug the error message in PREVIEW window when and where it occurs :

  • edit the subject line in whole or in part;
  • refresh comment PREVIEW to confirm correction;
  • proof read COMMENT body IF appropriate
  • commit edit by clicking POST feature of the comment
by Cat on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 04:03:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thx, the error message did not mention the problem was with the title, but I'll know for next time.
by Tom2 on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 02:46:14 PM EST
Afghanistan is experimenting with a variant to the suffocation methods seen in Iran, Syria or Mali.

""The United States must respond positively to the international voice and release Afghan capital." Cheryl Benard, one of the co-founders of Unfreeze in Afghanistan and president of ARCH International, a Washington-based organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage in conflict zones, said giving Afghans access to their legal savings would prevent a collapse of the currency and allow them to develop their communities themselves. "

by Tom2 on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 02:48:31 PM EST
Files on Epstein's apparent suicide obtained via freedom of information request.
by Tom2 on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 04:26:52 PM EST
Hard to find any article about Mali in English....

How to make a failed state? Apply sanctions that make the state unable to reimburse his own debts, that destroy its sole exports (cotton), etc.

With the Thomas Sankara trial in Burkina pointing more and more to Blaise Campaoré as the mastermind of the assassination, France, where he has asylum, is not going to get a better reputation in Africa.

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/les-sanctions-de-la-cedeao-menacent-le-secteur-du-coton-au-mali/6423727 .html

by Tom2 on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 02:11:43 PM EST
USDA, "Cotton and Products Update, Dec 2021
Harvested area in Senegal for MY2021/22 is forecast at 19,000 hectares, or six percent higher than the previous year due to a strong farm gate price which has been maintained at the same price than last year (300 Franc CFA- $0.52- per Kg) and increase availability of agricultural equipment to allow farmers to plant more. However, some farmers had to abandon their field which represented three percent of the area planted (about 650 hectares) and switched to food crops due to a high rate of grass cover following August month where rains were abundant, and labor was reduced or non-available.
Consumption and Value-Added Cotton
Senegal spinning and textile industry is still inexistant. Therefore, consumption in MY2021/22 and MY2020/21 remained unchanged at zero bales.
France Exports of [milled] cotton to Senegal, 2011-2020
Senegalese exports in MY2021/22 and MY2020/21 are estimated at 40,000 bales and 45,000 bales respectively based on available supply and higher international demand. In TY 2020, more than 90 percent of  [vs Mt] cotton fiber was exported to India.

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2021-2030, "Cotton"
Cotton is an important export crop for Sub-Saharan Africa, which currently accounts for 15% of global exports. Overall, cotton production in the region has increased in the past several years, mainly as a result of an area expansion [vs yield/ha], although in 2020 the decline in cotton prices led to a drop in acreage and production, particularly in Mali, a key producing country. Spinning mill consumption remains limited throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and many countries export virtually all that they produce. However, the textile and apparel industry is growing in some countries, especially Ethiopia, as the region presents some attractive conditions for FDI, which has been significant in recent years. In the long run, this might change the net export condition of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan African exports are projected to continue growing at around 2.7% p.a. in the coming decade, with the region's market share remaining at around 15% as in the base period; South and Southeast Asia are the major export destinations.
free (ui)(uy)ghurs and gimme muh patent waivers
by Cat on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 03:18:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
You can see in Macron's eyes that he was positively impressed by his visit to the Kremlin!
https:/www.leparisien.fr/resizer/ACBVryrhPOiLpTFpAcxEu15r5mw=/616x385/cloudfront-eu-central-1.image s.arcpublishing.com/leparisien/6DEV3XZLYJCDJDT5Z2SQXFSN3A.jpg

(His Napoleon complex is well-known,
/www.leparisien.fr/elections/presidentielle/emmanuel-macron-au-louvre-les-cinq-symboles-d-une -sequence-historique-08-05-2017-6928899.php)

by Tom2 on Tue Feb 8th, 2022 at 03:36:38 PM EST
pwned by Pooty-poot

In a call with reporters on Tuesday, Putin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, denied that Putin had agreed with Macron to de-escalate. "This is wrong in its essence. Moscow and Paris couldn't do any deals. It's simply impossible," Peskov said, insinuating that it would be pointless to make a deal with France.

Peskov added: "France is a leading country in the EU, France is a member of Nato, but Paris is not the leader there. In this bloc, a very different country is in charge. So what deals can we talk about?"

This is the Great Game. Putin thinks he's playing chess with Biden, and that this is the moment when Biden is weak and will sacrifice some pawns, to roll back the clock to 1995.

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

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 9th, 2022 at 10:36:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ethiopia, Erithrea and Somalia are showing the first signs of mass famine. The PAM/WFP needs 330 Million euros to help 4,5 Million people.
Quiz: how many millions are poured by Ethiopia and Erithrea in their ceaseless wars on their own peoples?
by Tom2 on Thu Feb 10th, 2022 at 02:42:01 PM EST
https:/english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1235/461078/Egypt/Urban--Transport/Egypt;s-water-resource s-barely-cover--of-country%E2%80%99s.aspx


by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 09:13:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]

No End of COVID Panic in Sight? Two New Sub-Variants of Omicron Tracked in Poland
Polish Deputy Minister of Health Waldemar Kraska has announced that there are now "TWO NEW SUB-VARIANTS" of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 in Poland and that it remains unclear how they will proceed in the immediate future.
In Britain, BA.2 has been described as a "variant under investigation" by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), while in Denmark, the country's Health Ministry has already reported more than 50,000 such cases over the past several weeks.
saywut now?
BA.2 was first identified in the Philippines in mid-December 2021, and, along with BA.1, is thought to have more than 32 mutations, with about half of them being part of the spike protein that interacts with human cells and is the key to the process of the coronavirus entering a body.
a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of probably Cameroonian origin, 4 Jan 2022 etc
UK RNA, eDNA hunting labs, 19 Jan 2022
Scientists Finding 9 [of 132,000] New Coronaviruses as Pandemic Persists, 30 Jan 2022
Wellcome Leap, 13 July 2021
by Cat on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 06:38:57 PM EST
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/02/rivm-played-down-risk-of-coronavirus-epidemic-in-february-2020 /
To be compared with the synchronized announcement of the first deaths by UK/NL/BE, shortly after Trump supposedly admitted there was something indeed (but before realizing it could be used against his reelection?)
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 10:44:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Philippines is where a huge trial of boosters in all combination incl. mix and match was made throughout Autumn 2021. South Africa is where the Sisonke trial was made to boost more than 400,000 medical staff.
Vaccine pressure?
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:53:05 PM EST
For a year, Campbell has been pointing at the injection manner question. A lone guy on his youtube channel, then getting 100,000 views and now some times more than a million.

The West in all its hubris and spending is unable to let real scientist be in control of a pandemy. Pathetic.

by Tom2 on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 09:18:30 AM EST
Erdogan roaming Africa right after massive EU investments announced
https:/www.financialafrik.com/2022/02/21/rdc-erdogan-a-kinshasa-plusieurs-accords-signes-avec-la-tu rquie
(nothing in English speaking newspapers)
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 11:05:19 AM EST
I agree, US/UK-owned MSM coverage of EU-AU investment and AFRICOM adventure across AU is negligible unless appearing to flatter the diplomatic prowess of the current POTUS/PM.

EU rapprochement with (post-colonial) trade "partners" across AU and Latin America (AKA "shared history") is a recurring EP/Council stretch goal, measured as FDI (€), lately flagged "equity" by NGOs imbued with the spirit, if not empirical evidence, of anti-racist tax evasion and WTO "reforms"--ostensibly redeemed by appointment of Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala

EU-African Union (AU) summit dysfunctional pledges occur biennially and are duly noted in this forum in *-English (since 2007, for example). 2018 ACP and Cotonou Agreements has not faired well. Neither BREXIT nor pandemic CRISIS interrupted the course of unfulfilled EU pledges to AU members. These events merely diverted its capital flows into NEW! acronyms.

Leaders promise 'new spirit' of EU-Africa partnership but divides remain
Scholz's master plan for Africa to bypass the EU's CO2-tariff
[Pfizer-]BioNTech unveils mobile vaccine units
EU vaccine-sharing mechanism a/o Feb 2022

Typically, one must rifle anglophone editions of state and business' PR publishers to gauge the depth of rancor projected on to "multipolar" financial and material development "linked" to RU, CN institutional investors and the breadth of competition among OECD rivals for AU-members' favors. Accordingly, DW is a reliable purveyor of human interest stories and optimistic EU political strategies that advance commercial and civil integration of the Four Pillars of the TEU with global value chain discipline.

On the other hand, Erdogan's ambiguous NATO union is always an impolitic topic in every language but Turkish.

by Cat on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 05:02:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well said! Thanks for putting all that in better words (and layout!)
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 06:58:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Imagine the embarrassment of your GP when he tells you that your covid can be cured with a nasal spray!
Nitric oxide nasal tx is approved in Canada, Israel, UK, and soon in India https:/www.thequint.com/coronavirus/faq/antiviral-nasal-spray-in-treatment-of-covid
www.thebetterindia.com/275762/fabispray-covid-19-nasal-spray-glenmark-indias-first-where-to- buy
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 21st, 2022 at 11:44:27 AM EST
Mali, when a UN expert is surprised there is still the lack of health and education infrastructure. Not that France and the EU have not spent billions there, but it was simply not on their agenda.
by Tom2 on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 12:35:45 PM EST

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