Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

July 2024

by Oui Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:14:12 PM EST

Your take on today's news media


If you would like to join the discussion, then to add a link or comment to a topic or section, please click on "Reply to this" in one of the following sections:

  •   EUROPE - the public affairs of the European continent and the EU.
  •   ECONOMY & FINANCE - with a focus on the economic crisis.
  •   WORLD - geopolitics, the affairs of nations and supranational entities.
  •   JOE BIDEN'S USA- the United States and Joe's clean sheet
  •   LIVING OFF THE PLANET - what we extract from the planet and the effect we have: environment, energy, agriculture, food...
  •   LIVING ON THE PLANET - how humans live together: society, culture, history, science and technology, information...
  •   ON THIS DATE - an occasional item about what happened on this date in history.
  •   PEOPLE AND KLATSCH - stories about people and of course also for gossipy items. But it's also there for open discussion at any time.

If you click on "Post a Comment", this will put the link or your comment out of context at the bottom of the page. Please use "Reply to This" to avoid doing that.

Display:
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:14:54 PM EST
F24 | French far right eyes power as rivals wrangle over scope of anti-Le Pen front, 1 July
Left pulls out, ruling camp dithers
Roussel[!]'s allies in the NFP—including Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the hard-left [?!] La France insoumise (LFI)—have been quick to declare they will withdraw all candidates who came third in their respective constituencies, in order not to split the anti-Le Pen vote.
eh?
First, What is a fraction of a vote? What is a fraction of a seat? Second, in the second round, how likely are the "center-left" [?] coalition candidates to syphon seats from Anyonebut Macron-Group?
archive SIDESHOW ELECTION 2024
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 11:07:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
guardian | France to deploy 30,000 police after election runoff amid fears of violence, 4 July
Gérald Darmanin, the interior minister, said 5,000 police would be on duty in Paris and its surrounding areas to "ensure that the radical right and radical left do not take advantage of the situation to cause mayhem".
[....]
"Let's reject the climate of violence and hatred that is taking hold," prime minister Gabriel Attal wrote on Thursday on X, adding that violence and intimidation had "no place in our democracy."

Sunday's decisive second round is expected to result in the far-right, anti-immigration RN becoming the biggest party in parliament, whether or not it reaches the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority to form the next government.


ChatGPT. Where's Macron? French president disappears amid election crisis. 5 July
rfi | More than 50 people assaulted in tense French snap election campaign, 5 July
"This campaign is short and yet we already have 51 candidates, substitutes and activists who have been physically assaulted," Darmanin told BFMTV on Friday. More than 30 people have been arrested, he said, including militants from far-right and far-left groups.

Four people, including three minors, were detained over attacking government spokeswoman Prisca Thevenot and her team on Wednesday while they were putting up campaign posters in Meudon outside Paris, prosecutors said. The motive for the attack is not clear....

by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 08:40:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | French left set to beat Le Pen's far right in election shock , 7 July
bar pR0n

F24 | Leftist alliance is 'ready to govern' after trouncing Macron's ruling party
nuance

These results mean France will have a hung parliament, with three major blocs but no clear majority. That leaves Macron in a position to negotiate with parties that have long been in opposition to him to try to form a coalition government.

"The president has the duty to call on the Nouveau Front Populaire to govern," declared left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The leader of La France Insoumise (LFI, radical left) party spoke from the restaurant La Rotonde Stalingrad [!], in northern Paris, where his party held its election night event, just after 8 pm. Mélenchon praised the electorate's efforts to obtain "a result that was said to be impossible"—a victory for the left.
[...]
"The president must bow" to the results of the left, he said, adding that the NFP alliance "will apply nothing but its program, all of its program." The projected breakdown among the left-wing parties was 73-80 seats for LFI, 60-64 for the Socialists, 33-36 for the Greens, and 11-12 to the Communists.

PUTIN ! Le Pen's party to fall short of a historic milestone - French election exit poll
The New Popular Front (NFP) will fail to secure an absolute majority in the legislature as it is expected to win between 177 and 192 seats in the second round, according to the estimates. It had previously secured 32 mandates in the 577-strong National Assembly in the first round last weekend. The left-wing coalition is closely followed by President Emmanuel Macron's liberal Ensemble coalition, which is expected to land between 152 to 158 seats in the second round.
[...]
Macron will not address the nation on Sunday, following the vote, the Elysee Palace said. The president will analyze the election results before making any further steps, his office said.
tabloid USA | Left-wing alliance projected to win most seats in French election, as far-right underperforms
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 09:56:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
euronews | Why did the Russian disinformation machine target French voters?, 8 July National Rally recipe for failure
  1. Heat oven to 40°C
  2. Place one extreme-right, PUTIN-tied political party skin side down in earthenware casserole with lid.
  3. Add 193 whole freshly registered websites
  4. Combine "different versions and so many different variations of what you think is real" to seasoning.
  5.  Dilute information space Add to stock vandalism. Baste once per month.
  6. Cover. Simmer 100 days. Add "dissolution" to taste.
  7. Remove from oven. Discard anti-French, anti-semetic Zelensk* drippings.
  8. Let cool 12 hrs. Slice into "content moderation" wedges.
  9. Transfer to platter.
  10. Serve with "digital marketing" garnish
by Cat on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 05:54:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Anglophone ChatGPT prepares VDL's "charm offensive" (an idea so preposterous that I won't bother to read the article). What's more, the Council of the European Union is seeking an "elegant" (to borrow a DNC phrase) way to strip Orban from it's presidency. I've no idea how the TEU provides LEGALLY < wipes tears > for such a POLITICAL contingency ("infringement"? or "impeachment"?), but the first step, evidently, is a schedule conflict manufactured by EP committees that delays his 18 July inaugural speech.

I venture to say, IF ostracism is the objective, setting Orban loose is not the brightest strategy. Idle hands, enemies closer, and all that.

MEANWHILE...

LeChatGPT | Bardella heads Patriots for Europe, EU Parliament's third-largest group,
10 July "sovereignist and populist parties of the Old Continent"

On Monday, July 8, the French far-right [EPP] party announced that it was joining the Patriots for Europe. Jordan Bardella took over the presidency of this new alliance, which now numbers 84 MEPs representing 12 nationalities, compared with 188 for the Christian Democrats of the European People's Party (EPP) and 136 for the Social Democrats (S&D). Still, it has placed ahead of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), another far-right group, more Atlanticist < wipes tears > than the Patriots and pro-Ukraine < wipes tears >, dominated by Fratelli d'Italia, the post-fascist < wipes tears > party of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The liberals of Renew, which includes French President Emmanuel Macron's party, have been relegated to fifth place.
[...]
elections.europa.eu | Breakdown of national parties and political groups - 2024-2029
a table display fraught, perhaps, with "breakdown," burnout and suicidal ideation
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 02:23:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
FT "Posthumous-Kissinger Report", 11 July

Viktor Orbán's trip to Moscow in breach of EU treaties, legal service says

The EU's legal service told member states on Wednesday that Orbán's actions had violated the bloc's treaties [?] that forbid any "measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the Union's objectives", according to three people familiar with the matter. He also violated a legal provision that calls on all members to perform foreign policy activities "unreservedly in a spirit of loyalty and mutual solidarity", they added.
archive EU lawmakers pitch sweeping treaty reform
"This was a political mistake to go to Moscow," European Council president Charles Michel [European Council president], who represents the EU's 27 members, told the Financial Times. "In 10 years, I have never seen such a severe reaction from 26 other countries to the actions of one country… a yellow card."
TEU Art. wut and Art. saywut
Michel said he had met Orbán at the NATO summit and was in touch with the other EU leaders to decide how to proceed.

"With an attempt to divide the union… we have to avoid falling into a trap," said Michel. "We don't want to punish ourselves in a collateral effect of trying to punish someone.…Let's be smart."

ft |Charles Michel to step down early as European Council president (07.01.24)
ft | Charles Michel abandons plan to run in European parliament elections (26.01.24)
Many EU member states have discussed boycotting the traditional, informal, ministerial meetings to be held in Hungary during the country's presidency, several diplomats told the FT. A smaller group of capitals has also begun informal discussions on how to use the EU treaty to restrict Orbán's room for manoeuvre during the presidency.
EU leaders scheme backlash to Viktor Orbán's freelance diplomacy
Orbán, the EU's most pro-Russian leader, inherited [sic] the largely ceremonial six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council Council of the European Union on July 1. Four days later, he flew to Moscow and discussed a half-baked peace plan with Putin, outraging [] EU [] NATO allies.
european-union.europa.eu | Presidents—European Council, European Commission, Council of the European Union
[...]
Belgian caretaker Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, whose country held the rotating [Council of the European Union] presidency before Hungary, told the Financial Times: "When we did the handover, Orbán told me that he would do everything to ensure continuity and not undermine the results of the Belgian EU [sic] presidency, and it's obvious that's not what he is doing. The way he is behaving is clearly not in line with the treaties."
euronews | Belgian PM De Croo announces resignation after heavy election loss (10.06.24)
"Unity is the precondition to be strong, to have influence. When we are divided, we are weak," Charles Michel, president of the EU[ropean] Council—and the person actually mandated to speak on behalf of the 27 states—said in an interview yesterday in Washington.

"If there is an attempt to divide us, it is not the first time," Michel said. "We must ensure that the other 26 would stick to the official EU position and would not be divided by any attempt to instill doubts or some curious ideas."

archive The EU works - when it ignores its rules

uh oh. Hungary's Orban Will Visit Trump in Florida After 75th NATO Summit, 9-11 July 2024
on Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter®, less than a week after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The visit is likely to fan concerns that the Hungarian leader is working as an intermediary between Putin and Trump.[...] Orban also paid a visit this week to President Xi Jinping in China, following a trip to Azerbaijan earlier this month.
azernews.az | Viktor Orban arrives in Azerbaijan (05.07.24): "to attend the Informal Summit of the Heads of State of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS)"
dailysabah | Erdoğan, Orban meet in US in bid for global peace (10.07.24)
Trump campaign spokespeople didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Spokespeople for the Hungarian government didn't immediately comment.
[...]
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CBS News's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that Orban "made it clear when he came to Moscow that he didn't go there on behalf of NATO."

"Different NATO allies interact with Moscow in different ways," he added.

guradian | How Hungary's PM became the spoiler of the NATO summit < wipes tears >
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2024 at 04:59:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
euronews |  Mainstream groups in talks on cordoning off the far right in the European Parliament, 12 July dread coalition of 14 VPs and < wipes tears > 5 quastors
Centrist forces are in talks to block the two newly-formed far-right groupings from being appointed to high-profile positions in the European Parliament, a spokesperson for the European People's Party (EPP) confirmed on Friday.
[...]
On Friday, the ECR censured the [center-right EPP] centrists' imminent move to block the far-right.

"If a cordon sanitaire were drawn around some far-right [EPP] groups, it could discriminate some 30 million voters," Michael Strauss, the ECR spokesperson said. "The parliament is about representatives of nation-states and societies with all their differences," Strauss added. "We think that its task is to include the voices of all elected representatives in parliamentary activities, not to exclude those that displease a given majority."

deutschlandfunkkultur.de | Baerbock: "No matter what my german voters think" - Patzer oder klare Haltung? (02.09.22)
In response, a spokesperson for the Greens/EFA group—which is currently weighing up whether to support von der Leyen in her re-appointment vote next week—said: "The far right are not democrats, so talking about democracy is a little bit rich. They should be approached differently."
MEANWHILE

"We're still acting like this is a one-party state, which for pretty much 20, 25 years it has been," Democratic Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 07:28:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
low-rent VDL legitimacy

188 EPP
136 S&D
= 304 (57 short of simple majority MEP endorsement)
+ 077 RENEW (obviates mime troupe)

low-rent EP sideshow

euronews | European Parliament inaugural plenary, 15 July

How many of her own European People's Party will abstain in the vote? Can she rely on support from allies in Socialists and the Liberals? Will the Greens' 53 MEPs decide she is the best chance they have to further their agenda?
Von der Leyen's speech: 18 July, 15 July
The incumbent president will need a simple majority (361 votes out of 720) and currently relies on the votes of the pro-EU coalition consisting of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), EU socialists (S&D) and liberal Renew, while the Greens have also expressed their will to join on conditions. If the members of these political groups vote for her, von der Leyen will have a safe majority, but as the vote is secret, defections cannot be ruled out.
The case for a feminist EU Commission: von der Leyen's test
[...]
Although the founders of the EU may not have envisioned it as a feminist initiative, they effectively created one by promoting collaboration over competition, sharing power and fostering a regional order that transcends rivalry among shifting continental powers by addressing inequalities between countries and within countries.
archive Global Gateway UPDATE!
And if those principles have worked for us—why not take them further? Why not extend those principles also to our dealings with others? Quite apart from the fact that it is high time to move beyond our (neo)colonialist, exploitative traditions and tendencies, maybe the president-nominee should also bear in mind the well-known African proverb: if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
[...]
Germany talks up West African ties following EU's Sahel exit
German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock talked up the prospect of closer political ties with Senegal and the Ivory Coast, in the latest attempt by a senior EU politician to rebuild the bloc's political influence in West Africa.
archive AES (19.05.24)
[...]
The EU has marked out both countries as potential partners on migration and defence and security after being kicked out by the Sahelian juntas, with European Council president Charles Michel visiting both states in April.
lesahel.org | Diplomacy: Russia welcomes the creation of the "Confederation of the States of the Sahel, 16 July

The Europan Commission, meanwhile, is providing Ivory Coast with funding to help its cocoa sector, which supplies around 40 percent of the world's cocoa beans, most of which goes to the EU, adjust to the bloc's new laws on anti-deforestation.

archive "speed dating for diplomats", Anne Lauvergeon in Niger, Joe wants VDL, Shifting Sands in Munich Security Conference, Baerbock Brings Feminists Foreign Policy to Europe, what does that mean? following post-heroic* Großer Zapfenstreich
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2024 at 11:35:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 12:53:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
europarl.europa.eu | Parliament re-elects Ursula von der Leyen as Commission President (18.07.24)
Parliament is currently composed of 719 MEPs, so the necessary majority was 360 votes. The vote was held by secret paper ballot. 401 MEPs voted in favour, 284 against, and 22 cast blank or invalid votes. Next steps The Commission President-elect will now send official letters to member state heads of state or government inviting them to put forward their candidates for European Commissioner posts. Parliament will then organise nominee hearings in the relevant committees after the summer. The full college of Commissioners then needs to be endorsed by Parliament.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2024 at 03:21:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
strana | SBU revealed plans of a public organization to seize the Rada and remove the current government from power, 1 July
..."According to the investigation, the group was headed by a co-founder of a public organization that has been known for its anti-Ukrainian actions since 2015. To gather people, the organizers had to arrange a supposedly peaceful meeting in the center of the capital. But most of the participants of the event wanted to use the "dark side" without revealing their true intentions regarding provocations," the SBU writes.

Representatives of public organizations from Kiev, Dnipro, and other regions were involved. The case is being handled by the SBU of the Ivano-Frankivsk region, so apparently the main public organization is based there as well. For secrecy, they communicated with each other in different messengers, and if they met, then in small groups of three people....

pravda.com.ua | US Congress bipartisan delegation arrives in Kyiv - photos
A delegation of American legislators led by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Turner, has arrived in Kyiv. US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink, on Twitter (X), as reported by European Pravda

"Welcome back to Kyiv, Chairman of the House Intel Committee Mike Turner and bipartisan delegation Betty McCollum, Ronny Jackson, Tony Gonzales, and John Joyce to discuss how US assistance is supporting Ukraine against Russia's brutal invasion," wrote Brink.


by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 01:59:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
economist | Ukraine has a month to avoid default
Ukraine is in desperate need of fiscal room. At the end of the year, its debt-to-gdp ratio will approach 94%—high for an economy with its rocky financial history and of its size. The sums that allies provide are impressive, but come in the form of artillery, tanks and earmarked funds, rather than cash. Only $8bn of America's recent package will go directly to Ukraine's government, an amount equivalent to just over a quarter of Ukraine's annual spending on social benefits, and even this is in the form of a loan. The eu is planning to offer a little more, but still only $38bn over three years.
[...]
strana | By the end of the year, Ukraine will return to the IMF almost the entire last tranche in the form of repayment of old loans
SDR bankruptcy
The reticence of private-sector investors does not just reflect Ukraine's financial outlook. In a normal restructuring, creditors gamble on a country's economic prospects. Lending to a borrower at war also entails a second gamble: that it will win. "There has to be a country in existence to repay at the end of this," as a bondholder notes. A lot depends on the extent of Western support.
interfax | IMF expects Ukraine's GDP to grow 2.5-3.5% in 2024, inflation [rate] to slow to 8%, from 8.5% following the fourth review of the Extended Fund Facility
Taxpayers may tire of handing over billions. Donald Trump, who has been sceptical of the amounts disbursed, looks increasingly likely to return to the White House in November. The imf's usual models struggle to take such factors into account.
strana | Cryptocurrency, sale of state-owned banks, and a register of bank card holders. What is spelled out in the new IMF memorandum
hryvnia (UAH) inflation reduction acts

archive Ukraine's Marchenko says, Waivers of Non-Observance

reference
IMF, Fourth Review of the Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility, Request for modification of a performance criterion..and statement of the Executive Director for Ukraine, June 2024 154 pp pdf

by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 02:15:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
U R DOIN IT RONG, 2 July Global South "outreach"
The frontline of the Russo-Ukrainian war now extends into Africa and the Middle East, where Ukrainian special forces have been hunting Russian forces to erode Moscow's economic resources and influence.
[...]
According to a leaked top-secret U.S. intelligence document, Ukraine's military intelligence agency previously devised plans to attack Russian forces in Syria with clandestine Kurdish assistance in early 2023. The objective behind targeting Russian units in Syria was to potentially compel Russia to redirect its military assets from Ukraine to strengthen its defenses in Syria. Ukrainian officers considered training Syrian Democratic Forces operatives to strike Russian targets with unmanned aerial vehicle attacks.
[...]
Ukrainian Defense Intelligence has close ties to the CIA, which helped develop the top-secret Ukrainian intelligence organization after Russia's first invasion in 2014. Since its inception, it has had authority to collect intelligence outside Ukraine. According to the New York Times, Budanov's initial unit was known for its daring missions behind enemy lines, and he himself was trained by the CIA.
[...]
Ukraine has the capability to engage militarily in regions where Western powers might be hesitant to intervene, such as Sudan and southern Syria. The return on investment for a small amount of Ukrainian input from Western powers could be quite substantial. The West would be wise to provide Ukraine with more resources, including intelligence, to support its efforts to strike Russia wherever necessary.
archive How Ukraine is combating Russia's influence in Africa, Ukrainians Are NATO Mercenaries
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 05:03:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
NATO members promise €40 billion to Ukraine for next year, 3 July
After NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg initially proposed a multi-annual €100 billion proposal, the plan was debated, revised, and changed due to reluctance to give multi-year pledges and questions around burden-sharing among NATO allies.

On Wednesday, NATO countries reached an agreement to share the sum of €40 billion per year, based on the gross national income (GNI) of each country, a person familiar with the discussions told Euractiv. Contrary to the original Stoltenberg proposal, the money will not be pledged across several years, but for only one. After that, NATO will annually review this on the basis that this is a non-binding commitment. The pledge will most likely not contain new cash, three NATO diplomats told Euractiv.

by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 03:47:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 04:55:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 11:52:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]

19.04.23. US Navy Will Spend $200 Billion—Equal to Ukraine's GDP—on Subs It Barely Uses
08.02.24 Kyiv will have to get creative. It can't waste time and money trying to replicate the multibillion-dollar systems of sophisticated surface vessels, submarines, and aircraft that Western navies use to hunt enemy submarines.

indiatimes | Russian Blitz Makes Ukraine 'Beg' For Western Submarines After Warplanes

Ukraine Navy Chief Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa has urged the West to provide submarines to bolster Kyiv's capabilities in the Black Sea. Neizhpapa argued that submarines could strategically improve Ukraine's positions in the ongoing war against Russia. The Navy Chief Admiral emphasized that with a strong fleet, Ukraine would turn from a coastal state into a maritime power.
strana  | Zelensk* asked Tusk to hand over Soviet MiGs to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Warsaw agreed on the condition that they were replaced with NATO ones, 8 July
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 12:03:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
strana | "Kiev's air defense is ending." Bild expert says 5 Russian missiles hit the Artyom weapons factory in Kiev - video(09.07.24)
This is what Bild military expert Julian Repke writes, analyzing the video of a missile strike on the Ukrainian capital, which is in the public domain. This military factory is located across the street from Lukyanovskaya metro station. In Ukraine, a hit on it was not officially reported.
"Not only two hospitals were hit yesterday. These images show how five (!) Russian cruise missiles hit the Artem ammunition plant in the capital of Ukraine. As I feared yesterday, the air defense of Kiev is coming to an end," commented Repke on the attack. The densest air defense barrier over the capital was penetrated by the Russians with a relatively small number of missiles. Based on this, we can assume that, despite the supply of Western defensive weapons, which has been going on for more than a year, air defense is still not enough to reliably cover even the capital.
archive Lego patriot, "Navalny" and the tampon, Ukraine's Catch-22, remains of a missile, ICJ | No. 20228/8
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 03:00:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 04:13:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
strana | Zaluzhny started working as an ambassador to the UK, 11 July
He announced this on his Facebook page.
mail | Rishi Sunak calls general election for JULY 4: Drenched (and drowned out) PM announces snap summer contest - but podium moment is sabotaged by rain, protesters playing Labour's 1997 landslide election anthem and Tories warning he has 'death wish' (22.05.24)
[...]
After his dismissal from the post of commander-in-chief, Zaluzhny was declared unfit for service. The media wrote that he himself wrote a report on his dismissal from the army, which had been lying on the desk of Defense Minister Rustem Umerov for several weeks. Strana analyzed in detail [8 Mar 2024]
In retrospect, I can imagine a new year resolution by  Sunak's shadow Boris, anticipating change of gov, to dump the Bankova vendetta on Labour's desk.

archive February 2024 NATO enlargement, March 2024 Slava Big Israel!, May 2024 Fraught Mobilization, Tory collapse

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 12:11:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
"Autonomous zones" without NATO. Trump's ally proposed a plan to achieve peace in Ukraine, 16 July Minsk-lite
Richard Grenell, who served as U.S. ambassador to Germany and acting Director of National Intelligence during the Trump administration, has called for Ukraine not to join NATO. This was stated by an American official on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, reports Bloomberg.
[...]
At the same time, Grenell has repeatedly stated that he does not speak on behalf of Trump and did not discuss with him the issue of resolving the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
"One-way dash". How the Ukrainian military is fleeing abroad, 17 July
On July 14, in the Odessa region, 15 kilometers from the border with Moldova, a border guard shot a serviceman. It turned out that four soldiers escaped from the training ground and tried to leave the cordon.

It should be noted that this is not the first case of deserters ' attempts to escape abroad. However, they are reported rather sparsely.

by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 11:42:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Heroes"

The "escapees" appeared as "heroes" on American television shows and numerous newspaper and magazine articles were featured in the Crusade for Freedom's campaign, showing them before the RFE microphone. 

Many East-Germans made a dash for freedom across the killing fields oorlog scale the Berlin Wall or Iron Curtain.

Not only extremist Grendel is back ... so too is Pete Hoekstra ... grrr 😖 the Return of the Hulk cage fighter 😅

The world seen upside down. 🇺🇸

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 20th, 2024 at 03:26:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Bezuglaya said that Syrsky and his entourage are in favor of a cease-fire with the Russian Federation., 14 July
MP Mariana Bezuglaya, who has recently criticized Syrsky and the Ukrainian generals, claims that "a number of sources" informed her about this position of Syrsky.
[...]
In her opinion, Syrsky plans to "go down in history and save a whole layer of the general's mafia, which is closer to demolition than ever,"by stopping the fire. Bezuglaya claims that this position is also beneficial for ex-commander-in-chief Valery Zaluzhny, whose influence on the Armed Forces of Ukraine remains.
"Demoralizes the troops under the image of e@anuta dura."Mariana Bezuglaya was brought to the"Peacemaker", 16 July
Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Maryana Bezuglaya was added to the database of the Mirotvorets website.
Ukrainian bloggers who called for stopping the war were listed on Mirotvorets (16.07.24)
after the Russian missile strike on the Okhmatdet children's hospital in Kiev
[...]
All of them are credited with "participating in acts of humanitarian aggression against Ukraine, "spreading Russian propaganda," and "participating in Russia's information and psychological operation against Ukraine."
[...]
On the eve of the Defense Committee of the Rada voted to remove Bezugla from the post of head of the subcommittee.
"I don't have the strength anymore." Bezuglaya announced that she was leaving the Servants of the People faction, 17 July
According to her, the priorities of colleagues in the committee are not clear to her, representatives of the faction in the committee "unite with the opposition in sabotage, rather than fulfilling their mission of legislation and control over the national security and defense sector," as a result of which the committee does not promote critical reforms of state secrets, the SBU, and the military police.
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 11:00:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The European Commission's assessment of how to define high-risk products relative to sectoral [?] rules, 4 July
The document on the interplay between the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and the AI computer programming Act is the first known interpretation of how the Act will treat AI computer programming-based safety components [hardware?], laying down the logic that could be used to classify other types of products as high-risk.
mystries of telecommunication
The RED covers more than old-school radios: it refers to wireless devices, using, for example, WiFi, or bluetooth.
iOT
The AI computer programming Act lists a barrage of previously enacted sectoral regulation that might be used to classify AI computer programming products as high-risk. More documents like the one on RED can be expected.
Annex I/XII: List of Union Harmonisation Legislation
Annex II/XII: List of Criminal Offences
Annex III/XII: High-Risk Computer Program Systems
[...]
In addition to electronics, products like medical devices, aviation, heavy machinery, even "personal watercraft" and lifts are covered by harmonised legislation relevant for the AI computer programming Act, so they might undergo a similar process as RED. The preliminary interpretation shows that similar self-assessment [!] standards likely cannot be used to remove the high-risk tag from AI computer programming products in these industries.
archive infinite context window, pyramid of risks
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 05:32:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
europeanconservative.com | EU Parliament Adopts Resolution To Block Hungary's Council Presidency (01.06.23)
•  kyivindependent | European Parliament to vote on resolution on stripping Hungary of EU voting rights on Jan. 18 (16.01.24)

ChatGPT. With Brussels fuming, Putin welcomes Orbán as EU leader. 5 July

bloomberg | Orbán to Meet Putin as EU Leaders Accuse Him of Undermining Bloc
EU leaders condemn visit, say Orban has no mandate for talks

"It is a scandal that Orbán is shamefully abusing the EU Council Presidency and traveling to Kremlin without a mandate," Michael Roth [DE-SPD] said on X. "He is undermining the core principles of EU foreign policy. Either the Hungarian government respects its current role in the EU or it should resign as Chair."

novayagazeta.eu | Self-appointed peacemaker Orbán meets Putin for Kremlin tlaks about ending war
Orbán said that Europe needed peace, and that Hungary saw "fighting for peace" as the main objective of its six-month EU presidency. Orbán added that by taling to Putin, he had wanted to find out the "shortest path" to ending the war in Ukrained, noting however that Moscow and Kyiv's positions remained "very far apart">
euronews | Viktor Orbán's surprise visit to Moscow sparks dismay and anger in Brussels
It follows a surprise meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensk* in Kyiv on Monday, where the two were said to have had a relatively cordial meeting despite Orbán's flat refusal to provide political or military support for war-torn Ukraine.
reuters | Orban's Moscow trip was flagged to NATO in advance, Stoltenberg says
Orbán is travelling in his capacity as Hungary's prime minister and will not represent NATO, of which Hungary is a member, Stoltenberg said. Speaking at a news conference, Stoltenberg said Russia so far has not significantly changed its stance on the war in Ukraine and there were "no signs Putin was ready to negotiate for peace".
F24 | Orbán's meeting with Putin on Ukraine peace deal is 'appeasement', EU leaders say
Orban's trip drew strong rebukes from fellow EU leaders and Ukraine said it had not been consulted beforehand. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that only unity and determination within the 27-nation EU would pave the way to a just and lasting peace in Ukraine".

"Appeasement will not stop Putin," she said on X.

archive "Xi's Big Europe Trip" 5-10 May, June 2024 price cap mania set theory
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 08:18:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 04:45:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hungary's Russia-friendly leader is in Ukraine. It's his first visit since the war began, 2 July
The Hungarian prime minister has routinely blocked, delayed or watered down EU [ie. NATO] efforts to extend assistance to Ukraine and to sanction Moscow over its war, frustrating both Zelensk* and other EU leaders.
Hungarian official says 'positive signs' in talks with Ukraine on national minorities (07.05.24)
restore rights revoked in 2014
Hungarian FM Szijjártó: Transcarpathian Hungarians will be taken into account for Ukraine's EU accession (15.06.24)
But following talks in Kyiv on Tuesday, Orbán appeared to open the door to a new phase of bilateral relations, saying "the time had come" for such an official visit.

"We are trying to leave the disputes of the past behind us and focus on the period ahead," Kamala?! Orbán said in brief comments to journalists following the talks. "We would like relations between our two countries to be much better."

uh oh

Not on fmprc public diplomatic agenda
rferl | Orban May Be On His Way To China After Trip To Moscow, 7 July

Hungarian news portal 444.hu reported that tracking sites have shown that a Hungarian military-government Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft is on its way from Budapest to Beijing—a plane often used to transport the country's prime minister.
Which reminds me—Hungary was not on China's Special Representative for Eurasian Affairs itinerary either.
by Cat on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 12:25:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
euractiv | Hungary looks to 'de-escalate' EU-China trade tensions while Commission distances itself from Orbán's Beijing trip, 8 July shuttle
Budapest's Ambassador to the EU Bálint Ódor told Euractiv, as the country's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán visited President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday (8 July).
[..]
archive the Pékin power grabber in You will be innoculated!
Spearheading open trade?
Ódor stressed that Hungary, whose economy is deeply integrated with the German automobile industry and Chinese battery manufacturers, "exemplifies successful cooperation" between the two blocs [sic].
dw | Hungary's Orban concludes Beijing 'peace mission 3.0' visit
What did Orban say in Beijing? ...
What did Xi say? ...
How did the EU react to Orban's trips? ...
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian's Regular Press Conference on July 8, 2024
AFP: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary is in China today for talks on the war in Ukraine. Is Mr. Orbán here on behalf of the EU or just Hungary?
Lin Jian: On the morning of July 8, President Xi Jinping met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. China has released a readout which you may refer to.

During the meeting, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán exchanged views on bilateral relations, China-EU relations and issues of mutual interest. The discussion focused on in-depth communication on the Ukraine crisis. Prime Minister Orbán shared information about his recent visit to Ukraine and Russia. President Xi commended the Prime Minister for his effort to seek a political solution and shared China's perspective and proposition on the issue. President Xi stressed that an early ceasefire and political settlement of the crisis is in the interest of all parties....

ChatGPT | China's Xi calls on world powers to help Russia and Ukraine resume direct dialogue
Orbán will next head to Washington, D.C., where NATO leaders are holding a summit [9-11 July 2024] to discuss ways to assure Ukraine of the alliance's continued support.

"Next stop: Washington," Orbán posted on his social media account Monday. It was not clear whether he would meet separately with Genocide Joe Biden or The Don Cheeto, whose presidential candidacy Orbán openly supports.

by Cat on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 04:41:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 05:15:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
balkaninsight | Orban Meets Trump as Hungary Continues its `Rogue' EU Presidency, 12 July
[...]
Armida van Rij, senior research fellow at Chatham House [!], pointed out,
Orbán is using Hungary's EU Council presidency to bulldoze EU norms (11.07.24)
while these trips were all technically bilateral, Orban created the impression he was representing the EU on a 'peace mission' to help negotiate a ceasefire for the war in Ukraine by displaying its flags and logos. "Orban may consider himself as one of the few who can speak to both sides—but in reality, he has no mandate to do so," she wrote.
[...]
And with Biden's candidacy up in the air and Trump leading the polls, the FT [!] reported that European delegations held meetings with foreign policy associates of Trump on the sidelines.
Europeans use Nato summit to build contacts with affiliates of Donald Trump(10.07.24)
"Regardless of what we think about their stance on Europe, we need to talk to them," the paper quoted one of the people briefed on the outreach to Trump affiliates, which included the Trump-friendly America First Policy Institute.
[...]
rfi | Trump hosts Orban at Mar-a-Lago raising European concerns, 12 July
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 07:16:16 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 01:26:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | European Union accuses Facebook owner Meta of breaking digital rules with paid ad-free option, 1 July
Meta began giving European users the option in November of paying for ad-free versions of Facebook and Instagram as a way to comply with the continent's strict data privacy rules.
[...]
The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said preliminary findings of its investigation show that Meta's "pay or consent" advertising model was in breach of the 27-nation bloc's Digital Markets Act.... Meta's model also doesn't give users the option of a service that's less personalized but still equivalent to its social networks [?!], it said.
[...]
ChatGPT | Meta charged with violating Europe's landmark tech competition law
"In the commission's preliminary view, this binary choice forces users to consent to the combination of their personal data and fails to provide them a less personalized but equivalent version of Meta's social networks," the European Commission said in a statement. EU officials said Meta should offer a third option for users who don't consent to tracking or pay a subscription fee—a free version of its apps that doesn't rely on personal data for displayed ads.
European Commission accuses Meta of violating digital competition rules with 'pay or OK'
The company can defend itself and the investigation is expected to conclude in March 2025, officials said. Fines for breaching the DMA can reach 10% of the company's annual turnover. Meta's total revenue in 2023 was $134.9 billion (€125.3 billion).
I see, some one can't decide how much personal data defines a "legitimate need".
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 01:50:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Blue Screen of Death
What just happened? The dreaded Blue Screen of Death has been hitting Windows machines across the world as they boot up, impacting banks, airlines, media outlets, food chains, and many other businesses. The problem stems from security firm CrowdStrike [LOL], which has confirmed it is related to an issue with its Falcon < wipes tears > Sensor agent [capability?]. There's also been an apparent separate issue with Microsoft 365 apps and [background CPU processes].
[...]
CrowdStrike, used by many businesses for their PC and server security, wrote that it has received widespread reports of BSODs on Windows hosts, occurring on multiple sensor versions. The company said it has identified the problem and reverted  the update that caused the issue to last stable Windows OS version.
CrowdStrike code update bricking Windows machines around the world
...Falcon Sensor is an agent that CrowdStrike claims "blocks attacks on your systems while capturing and recording activity as it happens to detect threats fast."...
< wipes tears >
Do you know what your Copilot is up to?
I promise you, euparl does not.
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 01:53:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Try to act surprised
Russian ruble trade unaffected amid outage, traders and banks say

Trade in the Russian currency seemed to have suffered few if any impacts from the IT outages on Friday, with a ministry saying the unimpeded operations showed that the country's import substitution in software development had been a success.

According to Reuters news ageny, currency traders said their software and operating systems were functioning as usual, while the largest lender, Sberbank, also said it had no problems.  

One currency trader told Reuters: "Everyone has long been preparing for the possibility of Microsoft being cut off due to sanctions. The current incident is a test of how well we have prepared. So far, everything is fine."

Russia's Digital Development Ministry said in a statement that the global outage had shown that Moscow's strategy of promoting domestic alternatives to software from foreign companies such as Microsoft were working.

Microsoft began ceasing the provision of cloud services to Russian organizations earlier this year in line with EU sanctions over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

merits duplication in price cap mania exit plan
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 07:44:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EU Association Agreement with Georgia (2014)
usnews reuters | EU to Downgrade Georgia Ties and Mull Finance Freeze (24.06.24)
Borrell said the EU would increase its support to civil society and media and "adapt measures" as necessary. He said the EU would also reconsider its support for Georgia through a military aid fund, the European Peace Facility. The Georgian law, which requires organisations receiving more than 20% of their funding from overseas to register as "agents of foreign influence", has been slammed by domestic and international critics as a Kremlin-style authoritarian move.
georgiatoday.ge  | The US only wants peace, prosperity and independence for Georgia, "said US Ambassador to Georgia Robin Dunnigan during her speech at the event dedicated to the US Independence Day", 4 July
defense.gov | Postponement of Exercise Noble Partner Announcement, 5 July
The decision to postpone this iteration of NOBLE PARTNER is due to the Georgian government's false accusations against the United States and other western entities, to pressure Georgia to open a second front against Russia to alleviate pressure on Ukraine, and of participating in two coup attempts against the ruling party. As such, the United States Government has determined that this is an inappropriate time to hold a large-scale military exercise in Georgia.

yahoo! kyiv independent | EU freezes $32 million [€30M]in defense funds for Georgia, halts accession process amid 'low point' in relations, 9 July

EU Ambassador to Georgia Pawel Herczynski said on July 9. EU granted candidate status to Georgia at the end of 2023, but relations with Tbilisi deteriorated after Georgia's parliament passed a "foreign agents" law despite mass protests and a veto by Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili [a/k/a Salome Zurabishvili].
az24saat.org | European Union suspends process of Georgia's integration
"In the case of Georgia, it is still unclear whether it will become part of the next big wave of EU enlargement. I sincerely hope that this will be the case, and after the October elections we will resume our work and be able to ensure that Georgia becomes part of the further enlargement of the EU," the EU Ambassador to Georgia said.
archive Apr 17th 2024, Sep 4th 2023, Nov 28th 2018, May 27th 2011, May 14th, 2009
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 02:21:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Bravo for the State of Georgia 🇬🇪 may sovereignty and full independence from foreign powers prevail. 💪

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 02:44:00 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wapoo | The emperor's NEW! old clothes, 5 July
During the Group of Seven nations summit in Italy last month, several European leaders came away stunned at how much older the president seemed from when they had last interacted with him only a year, or in some cases, mere months earlier, several officials familiar with their reactions said. "People were worried about it," said one person familiar with leaders' reactions.
archive smart target "cheap fake"
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 07:16:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
cnn | Draft NATO communique describes Ukraine's path to NATO as irreverible, sources say (08.07.24)
One of the sources, a US official, said the White House supports the use of the word in the final communique as long as the document also reaffirms that Ukraine's work on democratic reforms must continue. The official said the final version is expected to contain that language.
[...] A US senior administration official said Friday that the alliance will make "significant new announcements about how we're increasing NATO's military, political and financial support for Ukraine" as part of Kyiv's "bridge to NATO." US officials on Monday publicly declined to discuss specifics of the joint communique ahead of the summit, which kicks off on Tuesday.
[...KIRBY ALERT!...]
"I'll let the Ukrainians speak for themselves, but I think they understand the value of what NATO will be doing for that," they/them/their said.
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor John Kirby (08.07.24)
KIRBY: To strengthen Ukraine's air defenses and to help Ukraine protect its cities and its grid, the United States and several of our Allies will have several big announcements at this week's summit.  And the NATO Alloance [sic] will announce significant new steps to strengthen its military and political partnership with Ukraine to help Ukraine continue to defend themselves today and to deter Russian aggression well into the future....
Q Just to follow up on that. Can you say whether the word "irreversible" will be in the communiqué?
KIRBY: I'm not going to get ahead of the specific language one way or the other
strana | The draft communique of the NATO summit, 9 July
"At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian mission to the North Atlantic military bloc, Natalia Galibarenko, expressed her desire to receive a promise that Ukraine will inevitably become a member of NATO."
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 05:36:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | NATO signs $700 million Stinger missile contract as it makes plans to boost arms production (09.07.24)
Outgoing NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the contract Tuesday at a Chamber of Commerce industry day focused on increasing NATO member countries' defense manufacturing capabilities to deter future attacks.
The Stinger is a portable surface-to-air defense system that can be carried and fired by troops or mounted to a vehicle and used as short-range defense against aircraft. The Raytheon-produced system was one of the first weapons the U.S. shipped to Ukraine following Russia's 2022 invasion.
What Did Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin Do at Raytheon? (09.12.20)
Out of 32 NATO members, 23 are expected to meet the 2% commitment this year, up from just six before Russia's invasion of Ukraine. National security adviser Jake Sullivan told Tuesday's gathering that for the first time ever, the NATO countries will each pledge to make plans to strengthen their own industrial defense capacity. He said this would help the alliance "prioritize production of the most vital defense equipment we would need in the event of a conflict."
archive NEW! EU March 2024 enlargement acronyms,Thierry Breton, 2023 Supply of Stinger Missiles in Europe Reverts 100 Years, Raytheon, NATO's Support and Procurement Agency, 2013 Postol Raytheon, 2009 Raythen

merits duplication in July price cap mania exit plan/EU CDO/circular file

by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 08:25:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Remarks by President Biden on the 75th Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (09.07.24)
My friends, it's good that we're stronger than ever, because this moment in history calls for our collective strength. Autocrats want to overturn global order, which has by and large kept for nearly 80 years and counting. Terrorist groups continue to plot evil schemes to cause mayhem and chaos and suffering. In Europe, Putin's war of aggression against Ukraine continues. And Putin wants nothing less—nothing less than Ukraine's total subjugation; to end Ukraine's democracy, to destroy Uraine's cul—Uraine—Ukraine's culture, and to wipe [Big Israel] off the map.
nato.int | Washington Summit Declaration, 10 July
strength: "Pledge of Long-Term Security Assistance for Ukraine" and collaborators Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, and European Union "leadership"
weakness: "energy supplies, including fuel, to our military forces", guaranteed member funds ≥ 2% GDP per each per annum
opportunity: NATO "southern neighbourhood" outposts (Middle East and Africa)
threat: Russian Federation, Belarus, DPRK, Iran, China
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2024 at 09:03:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Nato's two-percent of GDP target is a blank cheque to the arms industry, 11 July
In his opening address at the 75th anniversary celebratory summit in Washington, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg described it as the most "successful alliance in history," claiming recently that its main purpose was not to fight wars but to prevent them.

The people of war-torn nations like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, who have suffered decades of instability because of Nato-led wars, might disagree.
[...]
Making a killing
At least one-fifth (20 percent) of the `two-percent floor' must be invested in major equipment and associated R&D. In other words, hundreds of billions of taxpayer money should be directly invested in highly lucrative private arms companies to produce weapons of war.
[...]

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 02:26:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]

BIDEN @ 7:40: With that I'll take your questions. I've been given a list of people to call on here. Reuters. Jeff Mason ...
whitehouse | On-the-Record Press Gaggle by APNSA Jake Sullivan (11.07.24)
SULLIVAN: ...So with that, I'd be happy to take your questions.
Q Jake, obviously this is taking place in the context of the President's domestic political situation. He's talked a lot about how America is back on the world stage. Have you or the President had any conversation with any world leaders or any of your counterparts expressing concern about the President's standing here at home and the potential return to a Trump administration?
SULLIVAN: I haven't heard that in the President's conversations with his counterparts. What I have heard is they went around the table yesterday in the North Atlantic Council session, the session just with the NATO Allies—was a drumbeat of praise for the United States but also for President Biden personally, for what he's done to strengthen NATO, especially as president but also over the course of his entire career. And leaders really made a point of reinforcing their gratitude to him on that.
hmmm, the Big Guy's official transcript developing....
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 01:11:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:15:15 PM EST
cnbc | 'It's not just Taylor Swift': ECB's Lagarde says Eras Tour is not alone in keeping euro zone inflation high (02.07.24)
"Services is the difficult one," Lagarde noted, adding that "the jury is still out" on whether that stickiness is permanent. Services inflation in the euro zone held steady at 4.1% in June, the European Union's statistics agency said earlier Tuesday. Core inflation, excluding the volatile effects of energy, food, alcohol, and tobacco, stayed at 2.9% from the prior month, just above the 2.8% economists had forecast. Headline inflation, meanwhile, eased to 2.5% in June, down from 2.6% in May and in line with the expectations of economists polled by Reuters.
nbcnews | Greece becomes first E.U. country to introduce a six-day working week, 3 July
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 02:45:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
euronews | Air France set for €180 million hit as tourists avoid Paris Olympics, 2 July
A statement released by Air France on 11 June said: "45 days ahead of the Olympic Games opening ceremony, based on reservations made at this stage, the company expects to carry 20% of all athletes and para-athletes travelling to Paris and France, ie. 1 in 5 athletes, mainly from Brazil, the United States, Italy, and Japan.
Paris hotels struggle with low demand as Olympics approach
Occupancy rates are down by almost 25% compared to previous years, according to some polls.

"I think the Olympic Games effect is counter-productive since everything is very expensive," says Aldric Duval, the hotel's director. "We explained to (the tourists) that traffic restrictions were going to be complicated, that the price of a metro ticket was going to triple, that the tourist tax had tripled... On top of that, the weather is difficult, so people are less inclined to come," explains Duval.

by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 02:58:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mid-term ELECTION 2022 strategic petroleum reserve (18.10.22)
FY23 Winter Oil Purchase 3MMB Request (16.12.22)
ChatGPT | Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from Northeast reserve in bid to lower prices at pump (21.05.24)


src: strana

NY Yella Cake | New plan to target Russia's oil revenue brings debate in White House

The dispute is a rare public instance of internal administration disagreement over inflation and Ukraine policy. It pits Treasury officials against aides on the White House National Economic Council, which is led by Lael Brainard.
[...]
Ms. Brainard declined to speak on the record about the process. White House officials refused to answer direct questions about oil-price concerns and the Treasury proposal.
Instead, the White House issued a statement from [INCONTINENCE ALERT] Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser to Mr. Biden.
archive January 2024 price cap mania exit plan, June 2024 price cap mania exit plan, December 2023 price cap Pyatt, September 2023 price cap mania PAUSE,
April 2023 price cap Yellen, January 2023 price cap mania never accepts failure, December 2022 price cap Zelensk*, price cap mania index
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 09:07:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
cnn | NATO allies are discussing ["]reclaiming["] some Chinese-owned infrastructure in Europe, 11 July
should a wider conflict with Russia break out in the east of the continent, three officials involved in the discussions told CNN.

A decade 15 years ago, when Europe was still crawling out of the economic crater caused by the global financial crisis, the promise of infrastructure funding from Chinese-owned investment firms seemed like a major < wipes tears> windfall.

< wipes tears >
The discussions reflect an increasing focus on China by the NATO alliance.
ua.usembassy.gov, Ukraine Compact in Biden's Political Exit On Foreign Policy
The joint declaration released Wednesday by the 32 [?] leaders, at the Washington 75th anniversary summit, strongly called out Beijing's support for Moscow, in a move seen as a sign of progress by members eager to take a tougher stance against Beijing after such a reference was omitted in 2023.
nato.int, Vilnius Summit Communiqué?
gov.uk, Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine?
consilium, G7 Leaders' Statement on Ukraine third countries?
[...]
From rail lines connecting Eastern Europe to China, to ports located in the North Sea[, Mediterranean Sea,] and the Baltic Sea, China has funded tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure investments under its Belt & Road Initiative [BRI], which European nations began signing onto in 2013. A NATO official said that if a war erupted, the infrastructure "would almost certainly be nationalized [frozen, immobilised, seized, confiscated, mobilised], or nations would temporarily assume operating control, under emergency security measures. China can sue them in court after the fact."
U R TIKTOK HAMAS PUTIN PUPPET!
US officials see a precedent for such takeovers or sales in moves by European nations to force Russia to sell assets [FALSE] in the wake of the 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
[...]
Speaking in Washington in mid-June ahead of the summit, outgoing Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Beijing must face consequences for its support of Russia on the battlefield in Ukraine. ###
related fog, rumor, and just plain bullshit
bloomberg | Saudis Warned G-7 Over Russia Seizures With Debt Sale Threat, 9 July
archive WHO IN HELL WANTS TO DO BUSINESS WITH THESE PEOPLE?!
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 02:07:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]

has entered the room.

by Cat on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 05:03:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2024 at 11:37:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Europe eyes car chips over-capacity as next battleground with China , 14 May value chain bankruptcy
The European Commission will start to question microchip suppliers and customers about < wipes tears > legacy chips and whether there is a dependency on China supplies, it told POLITICO in a statement, with first results expected by the end of summer.

Officials fear a challenge to the bloc's market power on so-called legacy microchips—older-generation technology used in cars, household appliances, and medical devices. The move follows a similar one in the United States, where the government launched a survey on the topic in January.
[...]
In the past two [BIDEN ERA] years, the first round of the global chips war focused on more advanced chips. Washington rolled out a strategy in the past two years to cut off China from accessing high-tech microchips technology by curbing the export of designs and equipment to manufacture them. It pressured the Netherlands, Japan and other allies to block exports, most notably those of cutting-edge printing equipment made by Dutch tech champion ASML.
[...]
But officials should stay alert for Chinese state attempts to < wipes tears > overtake European [third country] microchips suppliers too, [Stiftung Neue Verantwortung expert Jan-Peter] Kleinhans said.

"There's a general trend of import substitution that they [G7] cannot stop. I think that train left the station," he said, referring to [Russia's and] China's practice—echoed in Europe and the U.S. too—to boost domestic companies to reduce dependencies on foreign regions.

yahoo! | AGI innovation competition training", 17 July DOWNSIDE
[...]
The Biden administration has told allies it's looking at imposing tougher restrictions on companies still making advanced chip technology available to China despite existing export curbs, Bloomberg reported. Shares of ASML (ASML, ASML.AS), cited as a potential target, dropped over 10% after the Dutch chip gear maker posted solid quarterly earnings.

Meanwhile, the Republican nominee Trump questioned US defense support for Taiwan in a Bloomberg interview, suggesting the island claimed by China should pay for US protection. Chipmaker TSMC's (TSM, 2330.TW) shares fell more than 5%, having erased close to $30 billion in market value in Taiwan as stocks there slipped.
[...]

archive Moore's law, Import Substitution Industrialization?, EU Artificial Intelligence
reference
The enforcement framework under the Digital Services Act
The European Media Industry Outlook, May 2023 pdf
Results of the 2023 call European Media Platforms, 1 July
by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 08:19:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ASML sells huge amount of chip machines to China while it still can

ASML's Q2 figures exceeded analyst expectations. With 6.2 billion euros in sales and a net income of 1.6 billion euros, the Dutch chip machine maker is doing well for itself. The large share of Chinese sales will leave many in Washington puzzled, though.

Compared to the same quarter last year, orders for chip machines are up 24 percent. "We currently see strong developments in AI, driving most of the industry recovery and growth, ahead of other market segments," said CEO Christophe Fouquet.

China shares up sharply this year

The comparison with Q2 2023 offers more striking differences. For example, nearly half of ASML's new systems are going to be used for memory, not logic chips. Whereas the latter accounted for 84 percent of total end-uses last year, that figure is now only 54 percent. Moreover, the net amount from system sales fell from 5.6 billion to 4.7 billion euros, although that is still an improvement over Q1 2024.

The share of sales to China has been on the rise for several quarters. Taiwan bought up half of all ASML systems in Q1 2023, but now China is claiming 49 percent of the total share. This does not include the very latest EUV machines, which may not end up in China due to export restrictions. As a result, it's highly likely more than 1 in 2 ASML scanners are heading to China, as the most expensive options aren't available to it.

ASML-backed university is caught in the middle of U.S.-China chip war | Japan Times |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 09:09:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:15:33 PM EST

What is a global citizen? An stateless eNTity ironically armed with a visa.
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 01:21:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
reuters | Mongolia to decide on gas pipeline route after Russia-China cost agreement (15.03.23)
After Russia and China decide on the pricing, Mongolia will decide on how they can use its territory to transport the gas, Oyun-Erdene said.
mongolia.gogo.mn | General Election Commission refused to register 154 people as candidates (03.06.24)
The meeting of the General Election Commission of Mongolia was held and made a decision to register 1,245 candidates for the 2024 Parliament election of Mongolia, 1,206 nominated by parties and coalitions, and 39 nominated by independent candidates.

Also, the General Election Commission decided to refuse to register 154 candidates who did not meet the requirements. In particular:

  • 76 with overdue tax liabilities
  • 63 with missing documents
  • 5 who are serving a sentence according to a valid court decision
  • 4 members of parties other than the nominated party or coalition
  • 4 who do not meet the requirement of signatures of at least 801 voters from the electoral district
  • 1 full-time civil servant who has not been dismissed from office within the legal term
  • 1 candidate who was found by the court to have committed corruption
Russia's Gazprom discloses details of major new deal with China (28.06.24)
Supplies of Russian gas to China via the Far Eastern route will start in 2027, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said on Friday, according to the company's Telegram channel.
aljazeera | Mongolians vote amid anger over corruption, sluggish economy (28.06.24)
The centre-right anti-corruption HUN party is expected to increase its seats thanks to its social-media savvy, and professional candidates who enjoy significant support among the urban middle classes.
Official results confirm Mongolia's ruling party secures parliamentary majority, 1 July
A total of 1,341 candidates from 19 political parties and two coalitions, along with 42 independents, competed in the elections for the State Great Khural, the country's parliament.

The MPP won a total of 68 seats, while the main opposition Democratic Party secured 42 seats. The HUN Party [Hudulmuriin Undesnii Nam], translating to "Person" in Mongolian, obtained eight seats. Additionally, the Civil Will-Green Party and the National Coalition, consisting of the Mongolian National Democratic Party and the Mongolian Green Party, each secured four seats.

In May 2023, the State Great Khural passed amendments to increase the number of legislators from 76 to 126. The elections were conducted under a mixed electoral system, with 78 legislators elected through majority representation and 48 through proportional representation.

ChatGPT | Mongolia may return to coalition government after official results confirm setback for ruling party
Mongolia's ruling party won a much smaller majority in a parliamentary election than it had held previously, according to official results released on Monday, raising the possibility of a return to a coalition government for the first time in eight years.
.
.
.
The [Mongolian] People's Party [MPP] won overwhelmingly in the previous two elections, taking 62 of 76 seats in the previous race in 2020, and ruled the country single-handedly. A constitutional revision last year added 50 seats to the parliament.
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 05:22:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
presstv.ir | Polls close and vote counting begins in presidential runoff, 5 July
The polls finally closed at 12:00 AM local time (08:30 GMT) on Friday, six hours beyond the stipulated 10-hour voting period as required by the Constitution. The three two-hour extensions were approved by the interior minister at the request of voters.
[...]
In Friday's runoff election, more than 30 millionvotes were cast accounting for over 50 percent turnout  as more people flocked to polling stations in Tehran and other cities and villages across the country.
archive Pahlavi in MSC 2023, Pahlavi in Israel, MEK Pahlavi 2020, Pahlavi 1953
[...]
In London, a group of monarchists were seen holding the flags of the MKO terror cult and the Israeli regime outside the Iranian consulate to disrupt voting in Iran's presidential runoff election on Friday.

The vote counting will continue throughout the night, with final results likely to be announced on Saturday morning.

mehrnews | Official reveals first initial result, 6 July
According to the first report issued by Mohsen Eslami, the spokesperson for the country's election headquarters, Masoud Pezeshkian secured 1.263.874 votes while his rival, Saeed Jalili secured 1.244.640 of the counted votes so far.
archive Iran opens registration 09.06.24
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 11:43:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Reformer Massoud Pezeshkian elected Iran's president | BBC News |

Reformist Massoud Pezeshkian has been elected Iran's new president, beating his hardline conservative rival Saeed Jalili.

The vote was declared in Dr Pezeshkian's favour after he secured 53.3% of the more than 30 million votes counted. Mr Jalili polled 44.3%.

Pezeshkian has been elected as the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran | PressTV Iran |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 04:49:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
bury a herd of elephants in the room
He has also called for "constructive negotiations" with Western powers over a renewal of thefaltering 2015 nuclear deal [JCPOA] in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in return for an easing of Western sanctions.
That was Raisi's sisyphusian task beside orienting Iranians' "worldview" toward diplomatic and economic security across Asia. Seyed Mohammad Marandi—author and Piers Morgan nemesis—was heard to say last night that taking up the wheels of sanctions relief and trade imbalance, rather than "reforming" Iranian value system, is his greatest appeal to the voting public. Marandi also asserted that Raisi's popularity, absorbed by Pezeshkian, stimulated turnout from the sidelines of the first round. He did not discredit Pezeshkian's mandate as Iran Int'l and the like attempted to do.

16,384,403 + 13,538,179, or 48% of 61,452,321 eligible voters.

But Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected suggestions that the low turnout represents a rejection of his rule.
Today  the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei congratulated president-elect Pezeshkian and presumably his populist agenda. "For-Iran"
reiterated the guiding principle of the country's foreign policy as "Neither East nor West," outlining his government's commitment to advancing national interests in the foreign policy sphere.

Pezeshkian underscored the importance of prioritizing relationships with neighboring nations and expanding global connections to foster the country's growth while emphasizing the necessity of diversifying foreign policy options to enhance trade and engagement.

On many occasions, he reiterated his commitment to abiding by the Islamic Republic's legal framework and the policies defined by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Pezeshkian is going to learn the hard way. NATO do not negotiate.
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 06:42:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
mehrnews | Iran, Russia partnership treaty to be signed ASAP, 9 July
Iran's President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday exchanged views on the promotion of bilateral relations. In a phone call, the two sides voiced their countries' readiness to sign a comprehensive cooperation agreement on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Russia's Kazan in late October.
isna.ir | Pezeshkian to Sayyed Nasrallah: Support for Resistance is Iran's core policy
"I'm certain that the resistance movements in the region will not allow the Zionist entity to continue its provocative and criminal policies against the oppressed people of Palestine and other peoples of the region," the Iranian President-elect added.
presstv.ir | Iran leads joint statement to recognize Zionism as racism
Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Ali Bahraini read out the statement at the 56th Regular Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. Representing several Islamic and independent nations, the Iranian diplomat spoke at the session, where the UN special rapporteur on racism was present.
Pezeshkian, Assad confer on expansion of Iran-Syria ties
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 12:23:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Vanessa Beeley interviews Seyed Mohammad Marandi, 10 July  

'Whatever Iran does it's "bad" according to Western media and regimes, 52 min. audio recording (EN)

by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2024 at 05:15:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian, My message to the new world, 12 July
[...]
The United States also needs to recognize the reality and understand, once and for all, that Iran does not—and will not—respond to pressure. We entered the JCPOA in 2015 in good faith and fully met our obligations. But the United States unlawfully withdrew from the agreement motivated by purely domestic quarrels and vengeance, inflicting hundreds of billions of dollars in damage to our economy, and causing untold suffering, death and destruction on the Iranian people—particularly during the Covid pandemic—through the imposition of extraterritorial unilateral sanctions. The U.S. deliberately chose to escalate hostilities by waging not only an economic war against Iran but also engaging in state terrorism by assassinating General Qassem Soleimani, a global anti-terrorism hero known for his success in saving the people of our region from the scourge of ISIS and other ferocious terrorist groups. Today, the world is witnessing the harmful consequences of that choice.

The U.S. and its Western allies, not only missed a historic opportunity to reduce and manage tensions in the region and the world, but also seriously undermined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by showing that the costs of adhering to the tenets of the non-proliferation regime could outweigh the benefits it may offer. Indeed, the U.S. and its Western allies have abused the non-proliferation regime to fabricate a crisis regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program—openly contradicting their own intelligence assessment—and use it to maintain sustained pressure on our people, while they have actively contributed to and continue to support the nuclear weapons of Israel, an apartheid regime, a compulsive aggressor and a non-NPT member and a known possessor of illegal nuclear arsenal.
[...]

by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 04:31:08 AM EST
[ Parent ]
thecradle | Arab League drops Hezbollah 'terrorist' designation (30.06.24)
The Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League announced on 29 June that the body had canceled its designation of Lebanon's resistance movement, Hezbollah, as a terrorist organization. Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Friday that Hossam Zaki visited Beirut and met with the head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, Muhammad Raad, marking the first contact between the league and Lebanon's resistance in over ten years. Zaki's announcement comes as Hezbollah has been launching daily operations against Israeli border sites in support of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. The attacks have emptied over 40 settlements and have decimated the economy, business, education, and daily life across Israel's north.
arab.org (NGO 1945): AE, BH, DJ, DZ, EG, IQ, JO, KM, KW, LB, LY, MA, MR, OM, PS (PLO, PA), QA, SA, SO, SS, SY, TN, YE
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 01:47:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
reuters | Bolivia coup attempt fails after military assault on presidential palace, 27 June
Gen. Juan Jose Zúñiga
"Today the country is facing an attempted coup d'état. Today the country faces once again interests so that democracy in Bolivia is cut short," President Luis Arce said in comments from the presidential palace, with armed soldiers outside."The Bolivian people are summoned today. We need the Bolivian people to organize and mobilize against the coup d'état in favor of democracy."
cnn |Bolivia arrests four more military officials in connection with failed coup, 29 June
The news brings the total number of arrests to 21.
hindustantimes reuters | Bolivian general who led failed coup charged with terrorism, gets 6 months pre-trial detention 29 June
Zúñiga has been handed a terrorism charge, which carries 15-20 years in prison, Siles said, as well as a charge for an armed uprising, which carries a sentence of 5-15 years.
reuters | Bolivia summons Argentine ambassador after Javier Milei brands attempted coup 'fraudulent', 1 July
Zúñiga later said he was following an order from President Luis Arce, who has denied having any involvement or prior knowledge of Zuniga's operation.
ChatGPT | Bolivian president orchestrated a 'self-coup,', 1 July
On Sunday, Morales joined others who contend Arce himself orchestrated the incident in an attempt to win the sympathy of Bolivians at a time when his popularity is extremely low.
Later on Monday, Arce's rival and former President Evo Morales also condemned Milei's statements: "No matter our differences with the current government, we do not lose sight of the fact that Milei is an enemy of the people," he said on X.
archive Using China's Yuan 2023, Camacho 2022, Jeanine Añez 2021, Jeanine Áñez 2020
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 07:38:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
BRICS (2009 FTA): AE, BR, CN, EG, ET, IN, IR, RU, ZA; DZ*, BO*, ID*, BD*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, KZ*, TN*, TR*, AR, SA
reuters | Russia, sidelined from world events, plans pre-Olympics 'BRICS Games' (27.07.23)
BRICS Sports Games Kazan 2024 (12-23 June 2024)
Russia names main condition for BRICS membership (18.06.24)
World Friendship Games (15-29 Sep 2024)

SCO (2001 FTA): CN, IN, IR, KZ, KG, PK, RU, TJ, UZ; AM*, AF*, AZ*, BY, TR*, LK*, KH*, SA*, EG*, MY*, MV*, KW*, AE*
Settlement among SCO countries underway (22.09.23)
Exchanging hugs (15.05.24)
defensenews | How Russia surprised the West and rebuilt its force (21.05.24)

"isolation"
sectsco.org | Meeting of the SCO Council of National Coordinators, 2 July

The draft versions of the Astana Declaration, leaders' decisions, the Secretary General's Report on the SCO Performance in 2023-2024 were discussed, as well as other documents on the political, diplomatic, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian aspects of the SCO's multilateral activities. The issue and procedure for admitting the Republic of Belarus as a full member state to the SCO were also considered.
cnn | A growing club led by Xi and Putin to counter the US is adding a staunchly pro-Russia member , 2 July
The expected admission of Belarus to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at its annual leaders' summit in Astana, Kazakhstan is another push by Beijing and Moscow to transform the grouping—from a regional security bloc [sic] into a geopolitical counterweight to Western institutions led by the United States and its allies. Belarus, which helped Russia to launch its 2022 invasion of Ukraine, will become the latest authoritarian state to join the club, after Iran became a full member last year.
fmprc | President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Kazakhstan yesterday. Can you share more details?, 3 July
Mao Ning: At the invitation of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Kazakhstan from July 2 to 3. This is President Xi Jinping's fifth visit to Kazakhstan and the first visit to Central Asia by China's top leader after the 20th CPC National Congress. This visit bears historic significance.
reuters | Putin arrives in Kazakhstan for Russia-China dominated SCO summit, 3 July
On Tuesday, Russia said Putin will hold series of bilateral talks, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected in Moscow this month [8-9 July], will not attend and the country will be represented by Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the ministry said on Tuesday. At last year's virtual summit, the group issued a statement [New Delhi Declaration of the Council of the Heads of State of Shanghai Co-operation Organization, (EN) 9 pp pdf ] critical of what it said was the negative impact of "unilateral and unlimited expansion of global missile defence systems by certain countries or groups of countries", without directly referring to NATO's expansion and Western military assistance to Ukraine.
astanatimes | Experts Reflect on Kazakhstan's Chairmanship as SCO Summit Concludes in Astana, 4 July
Kazakhstan took over the chairmanship from India in July 2023. Since then, the nation has organized over 150 events across various domains to address security, stability, and development within the now ten-member SCO. The two-day summit adopted several key documents, including the Astana Declaration, the initiative on World Unity for Just Peace, Harmony, and Development proposed by Kazakhstan, the SCO Development Strategy until 2025, Cooperation Program to Counter Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2025-2027, the Anti-Drug Strategy, and the Energy Cooperation Development Strategy.
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 04:16:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 04:49:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
interfax | Turkmenistan willing to increase supplies of hydrocarbons, electricity to SCO countries, 5 July
"We invite interested SCO states to consider the parameters of their participation in energy and communication projects in Afghanistan initiated by Turkmenistan. This is the implementation of projects for the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, power transmission lines and fiber-optic communications along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route," urkmen People's Council Chairman Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow said.
Jr Disinfogator | Russia, Iran Complete Merger of Mir, Shetab Payment Systems, 6 July
Iranian Central Bank governor Mohammad-Reza Farzin said on Saturday
[...]
At the same time, Moscow and Tehran have signed a currency agreement to ensure the liquidity of the ruble and the rial in commercial transactions, Farzin said.

by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 08:15:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
2024 UNSC presidency
July Russian Federation

9 July
news.un | Casualties rise in Ukraine amid escalating Russian attacks, Security Council hears
brief synopsis
youtube, A/V 02:05:15 (sidebar transcript)

Security Council, 9682nd meeting - Maintenance of international peace and security (Ukraine)
webtv.un, A/V 02:18:02

statements (first - last): Acting Under-Sec. Gen. for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator (Msuya); Dr. Volodymyr Zhovnir, Dir. Okhmatdyt Mother and Child Care Hospital, Kyiv, UA; Amb. Nicolas de Rivière, FR; Amb. José de la Gasca, EC; Amb. P. C. Baeriswyl, CH; Amb. Samuel Zbogar, SI; Amb. Hwang Joonkook, KR; Amb. Fu Cong, CN; Amb. M. I. Kanu, SL; Amb. Amar Bendjama, DZ; Amb, Vanessa Frazier, MT; Amb. P. C. Afonso, MZ; Amb. C. Rodrigues-Birkett, GY; Amb. Thomas-Greenfield, US; Amb. Wooward, UK; Amb. Shino Mitsuko, JP; V. Nebenzie, RF; Amb. Sergiy Kyslytsya, UA; Del. Stavros Lambrinidis, EU, Amb K. Szczerski, PL

UN Amb. Vassily Nebenzia (Russia) on Ukraine - Media Remarks, A/V 00:06:52

by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 12:19:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
azertag.az | Opening of the Congress of movements for independence of the territories colonized by France took place in Baku, 17 July
Baku hosted the opening of the first Congress with the participation of leaders of more than 15 political parties and movements for the independence of Corsica, Melanesia, Polynesia, and the Caribbean and Antilles group affected by French colonialism, organized by the People's Union for the Liberation of Guadeloupe and with the support of the Baku Initiative Group.

The idea of holding the Congress belongs to political parties and movements fighting for the independence of the French overseas territories. 3 organizations from the islands of Bonaire and Saint Martin, which are colonies of the Netherlands, take part in the congress as honorary guests.

Abbas Abbasov, Executive Director of the Baku Initiative Group, said that during the recent riots in New Caledonia [!], members of the independence movement were illegally arrested by the French police. They were treated as terrorists, smuggled to Paris, and tortured in various ways. Some of them were women with small children. The Baku Initiative Group says it will provide assistance to the families of political prisoners and lawyers defending their rights.
[...]

< wipes tears>
by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 08:50:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Court orders government to pay family of Pakistani journalist Ksh 10M

Kenya's High Court rules killing of Pakistani journalist by Kenyan police unlawful | Anadolu Agency |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 09:02:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Have Kenya's police been involved in targeted killings? | BBC Africa News |

Sharif's killing could have been an unfortunate accident, but his death and the recent arrest of nine police officers over the July disappearance of two Indian nationals and their driver, have once again shone a spotlight on Kenya's police service.

For decades, specialised or elite squads within the police, such as the now disbanded Special Services Unit (SSU), have been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings, abductions and torture of suspects.

The cases have been an open secret but the recent announcement by newly elected President William Ruto of the closure of the SSU was the first time a head of state had openly spoken about atrocities committed by police.

A consortium of international and local NGOs say independent investigations have linked more than 600 killings to special units within the police service .



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 09:03:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:15:55 PM EST

Russian sources suspect, replacing Genocide Joe is a Zionist Taiwan lobby operation.
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 02:10:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Fischer v. United States, 15 Apr oral argument audio| transcript
SOLICITOR GENERAL PRELOGAR: The government accordingly charged Petitioner with violating Section 1512(c)(2), an obstruction offense that directly reads onto his conduct.

The case as it comes to this Court presents a straightforward question of statutory interpretation: Did Petitioner obstruct, influence, or impede the joint session of Congress?

and hypothetical tests of  obstructing, influencing, or impeding "official proceeding" such as 5 minute recess induced by a protest during a court proceeding; and evidentiary standards of intent and "alteration, mutilation, concealment [of] a document or physical object" pertaining to "official proceedings".

Trump (appellant) v Anderson, et al., Colorado ballot toss, (08.02.24) oral argument
opinion (04.03.24)

--- BULLETIN

Trump v US (25.04.24), oral argument audio | transcript

SAUER: ...If a president can be charged, put on trial, and imprisoned for his most controversial decisions as soon as he leaves office, that looming threat will distort the president's decision-making precisely when bold and fearless action is most needed. Every current president will face de facto blackmail and extortion by his political rivals while he is still in office. The implications of the Court's decision here extend far beyond the facts of this case. Could President George W. Bush have been sent to prison for obstructing an "official proceeding" or allegedly lying to Congress to induce war in Iraq? Could President Obama be charged with murder for killing U.S. citizens abroad by drone strike? Could President Biden someday be charged with unlawfully inducing immigrants to enter the country illegally for his border policies?
and many helpful hints on how to compose the ruling ...

Trump v. US, 1 July opinion

by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 09:15:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 09:28:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Genocide Joe don't need no stinkin immunity!

official acts archive 1,800 2,000-lb. bombs, It is not our judgment, what's happening is not genocide

by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 10:01:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Ankush Khardori is a senior writer for POLITICO Magazine and a former federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice, where he specialized in financial fraud and white-collar crime. He has also worked in the private sector on complex commercial litigation and white-collar corporate defense. His column, "Rules of Law," offers an unvarnished look at national legal affairs and the political dimensions of the law at a moment when the two are inextricably linked.

corporate crime reporter (30.06.24)
Boeing will get a 'sweetheart' plea deal, says lawyer representing 737 Max crash victims
"The US Justice Department is nearing an agreement with Boeing that would include a corporate monitor and a fine in exchange for a guilty plea to criminal charges"
Justice Department to Charge Boeing, Seeks Guilty Plea from Planemaker
"The Justice Department declined to comment. Boeing declined to comment."
ChatGPT | Rewrote the constitution (02.07.24)
The Supreme Court's decision is a failure of law in the purest sense. It is, in fact, politics masquerading as law. But today's outcome also represents a failure of politics—or, more to the point, of politicians legislators. Many of them, on both sides of the aisle, made bad decisions that contributed to Monday's outcome. All of them share some responsibility for where we find ourselves.
whitehouse.gov | Remarks by Genocide Joe on the Supreme Court's Immunity Ruling
[...]
I know I will respect the limits of the presidential power, as I have for three and a half years. But any president, including Donald Trump, will now be free to ignore the law.

I concur with Justice Sotomayor's dissent today.  She—here's what she said [p 68-97]. She said, "In every use of official power, the president is now a king above the law.  With fear for our democracy, I dissent," end of quote.

So should the American people dissent. I dissent.

May God bless you all. And may God help preserve our democracy. Thank you. And may God protect our troops.

archive Congess impeaches self
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 07:26:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 12:32:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Israeli army probe finds multiple cases of friendly fire on October 7 (21.06.24)
"According to Israel's Channel 12 News, the IDF report due to be released in mid-July found 'many casualties due to our forces firing on our forces.'"

ADL sues Iran, North Korea, and Syria over Hamas's Oct. 7 attack, 1 July

The suit comes on behalf of 100 Americans or their families seeking to hold the trio of countries responsible for "the deaths, physical and emotional injuries, and hostage-takings Hamas caused during its barbaric rampage."
rumble. Israel is about to make a fatal mistake A/V (EN) 30 min
Mitchell Plitnick, the President of ReThinking Foreign Policy and co-author of Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics and the role of groups in the US such as the Anti-Defamation League in supporting the genocide

archive ADL Talking Points, Polish ADL, ADL Foxman Accuses Obama, ADL beclowns itself, ADL American Heritage Award

ChatGPT | Scholz set to announce compensation for Polish survivors of Nazi crimes, 1 July Weimar Triangle

Scholz aims to further improve his country's relations with Poland after Prime Minister Donald Tusk took office last year....The current Polish government has dropped the reparation demands, but Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has called on Germany to find a 'creative solution' to compensate the Polish people for their suffering.
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 08:08:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Judge delays Trump's hush money sentencing until at least September after high court immunity ruling, 2 July convicted felon
Though the Sept. 18 date is well after this month's Republican National Convention, where Trump is set formally to accept the party's nomination for president in this year's race, it is far closer to Election Day, which could put the issue top-of-mind for voters just as they seriously tune into the race.
[...]
An appeals court recently paused a separate election interference case against Trump, in Georgia; no trial date has been set. His federal classified documents case in Florida remains bogged down by pretrial disputes that have resulted in an indefinite cancelation of the trial date.
Manhattan prosecutors don't oppose delay in Trump's sentencing after Supreme Court immunity ruling
Trump's Monday letter to Justice Juan Merchan cited a March 7 pretrial motion in which his attorneys argued that certain testimony and evidence, particularly pertaining to Trump's public statements and social media posts while in office, were evidence corresponding to official acts.
Missouri AG sues New York [state] over Trump conviction, 3 July
seeking to lift the gag order imposed against former President Trump during his hush money trial and delay sentencing for his conviction in that case until after the November election.
archive Way to clear your docket, Merchan!, INDICTMENT TRACKER, Jawjaw Grand Jury
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 12:30:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
dumbass | serious question, 8 July
oh. Darn. Barack O' Bush gets to die a pair of satisfied mf, just like TRUMP?! Yes. BUT.
While there may be legal challenges down the line, experts say the ruling does not extend immunity protections for commanders and enlisted service members who carry out the president's orders.
ohhhh. AND who in hell is going to indict 'em? < wipes tears > JAGC, ICJ, or ICC?
by Cat on Mon Jul 8th, 2024 at 07:20:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Judge dismisses [Agent Smith]'s Mar-a-Lago classified docs criminal case, 15 July
Cannon, in a TL;DR 93-page ruling, concluded that special counsel Jack Smith's appointment violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.
trending ....
Article II, Section 2, Clause 2
ie. POTUS alone decides what is or is not a "classified" document.

aaannudder well-meaning elderly white man dodges "political violence", too!

by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 02:36:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
NY Yella Cake | Israeli Generals, Low on Munitions, Want a Truce in Gaza 03.07.24)
The generals think that a truce would be the best way of freeing the roughly 120 Israelis still held, both dead and alive, in Gaza, according to interviews with six current and former security officials. Known collectively as the General Staff Forum, Israel's military leadership is formed from roughly 30 senior generals, including the military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, the commanders of the army, air force, and navy, and the head of military intelligence.
apnews | Hezbollah's deputy leader says group would stop fighting with Israel after Gaza cease-fire (02.07.24): "the only sure path to a cease-fire on the Lebanon-Israel border is a full cease-fire in Gaza"
 The military's attitude to a cease-fire reflects a major shift in its thinking over the past months as it became more clear that Mr. Netanyahu was refusing to articulate or commit to a post-war plan. That decision has essentially created a power vacuum in the enclave [sic] that has forced the military to go back and fight in parts of Gaza it had already cleared of Hamas fighters.
jpost | Hezbollah doubles down on correlating Gaza ceasefire with calm in North, 2 July
The New York Times on Tuesday reported that there was tension between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF over the next steps in Gaza now that the intense phase of the army's military campaign against Hamas is winding down.
"Israel proposal"
[...]
"I do not know who these anonymous sources are, but I am here to make it unequivocally clear: This will not happen," Netanyahu said. "The war will end once Israel achieves all of its objectives, including the destruction of Hamas and the release of all of our hostages." He also dismissed claims in the article that the IDF was low on munitions needed for its war with Hezbollah and thus wanted to end the Gaza war.
[...]
In Washington, State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said "restoring calm" along the northern border between Israel and Lebanon "continues to be a priority."
The US "believes that a ceasefire in Gaza could bring about a calm to the conflict in the North, as well as creating conditions" for Israeli and Lebanese civilians who have not been able to live in their homes along the border since the IDF-Hezbollah violence heated up in October, he said.
[...]
Israel has agreed to the deal but not to Hamas's call to amend it. Under the terms of the deal, the first stage would see a ["]lull["] to the war and the release of 33 [?] hostages, while ["]indirect talks["] would be held on the question of a permanent ceasefire.
archive amendment, Biden's Road Map to ME Peace DOA, 31 May "Israel proposal" script
by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2024 at 11:45:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]

ChatGPT | Hamas clears the way for a possible cease-fire after dropping key demand

Hamas has given its initial approval of a U.S.-backed proposal [FKA S/2735] for a phased cease-fire deal in Gaza, dropping a key demand that Israel commit up front to a complete end to the war, a Hamas official and an Egyptian official said Saturday.
10 June 2024
(a) Phase 1: an immediate, full, and complete ceasefire with the release of hostages including women, the elderly and the wounded, the return of the remains of some hostages who have been killed, the exchange of Palestinian prisoners, withdrawal of Israeli forces from the populated areas in Gaza, the return of Palestinian civilians to their homes and neighborhoods in all areas of Gaza, including in the north, as well as the safe and effective distribution of humanitarian assistance at scale throughout the Gaza Strip to all Palestinian civilians who need it, including housing units delivered by the international community.
2 Feb 2024 ----------------
Release Israeli detainees: women, children (under 19 yrs), the elderly, and the sick, in exchange for a specific number of Palestinian prisoners. Emergency humanitarian aid and fuel daily into Gaza. Construct temporary shelters and medical facilities in the Strip. Permit UN agencies to provide humanitarian services. Temporary cease fire and redeployment of Israeli forces from populated areas in the Gaza Strip to facilitate exchange of detainees and prisoners. Begin negotiation regarding requirements for restoring complete calm.
The apparent compromise by the militant group, which controlled Gaza before triggering the war with an Oct. 7 attack on Israel, could deliver the first pause in fighting since November and set the stage for further talks on ending a devastating nine months of fighting. But all sides cautioned that a deal is still not guaranteed.
reuters | Hamas accepts US proposal on talks over Israeli hostages, Hamas source says
The militant Islamist group has dropped a demand that Israel first commit to a permanent ceasefire before signing the agreement, and would allow negotiations to achieve that throughout the six-week first phase, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the talks are private....That was in sharp contrast to past instances in the nine-month-old war in Gaza, when Israel said conditions attached by Hamas were unacceptable.

A spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. On Friday his office said talks would continue next week and emphasised that gaps between the sides still remained.

< inhale >
The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, said Washington's phased deal [FKA "Israel Proposal"] would start with a "full and complete" six-week cease-fire during which older, sick and female hostages would be released in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

During those 42 days, Israeli forces would withdraw from densely populated areas of Gaza and allow the return of displaced people to their homes in northern Gaza [?!], the officials said.

< exhale >
countercurrents | Port of Eilat Declares Bankruptcy, 7 July
Eilat Port CEO Gideon Golber said: "The port is completely closed, and there has been no activity in the port for eight months, due to the failure of the coalition countries in the Red Sea. We have not had any income for the last months, and it is time for the state to put its hand in its pocket and understand that the closed port must be helped."
archive God bless the Yemenis in Hochstein Insider, Eilat on standby in Iran: Make War, Operation Prosperity Guardian and Yemen Call for Boycot Israeli in Xmas Cancelled
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 05:40:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
calcalist.il | Informal Boycott: Countries stop selling "simple" ammunition to Israel, 9 July
A foreign power other than the U.S. refuses to supply Israel with raw materials for ammunition * Italy, Canada and Belgium have declared a halt to defense exports * Spain has hampered the arrival of a large shipment from India * The defense establishment is concerned about the possibility of a shortage of "simple"ammunition
archive book of business in Talks About Gaza Future, Total Transfer in Netanyahu and the New Middle East?
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 02:56:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
cnn | Troubled US military pier near Gaza to be permanently removed as soon as next week, US officials say, 9 July JLOTS watch
according to four US officials, after it is reconnected one more time to deliver any remaining humanitarian aid in Cyprus and on the floating dock several miles offshore.

The $230 million temporary pier operation, which has been plagued with problems since its inception, has been at the Israeli port of Ashdod for nearly two weeks because the Pentagon decided sea conditions were too rough for it to operate. Last month marked the third time that the pier has been disconnected from Gaza because of inclement weather.

centcom.mil: "more than 8,831 metric tons (over 19.4 million pounds)" (28.06.24)
[...]
 Aid delivered to Gaza via the pier piled up on the beach for several weeks last month as the World Food Programme evaluated whether it was safe to distribute inside the enclave [sic]. The Israel Defense Forces had early on agreed to provide a wide security perimeter around the pier system and the aid operation, but an Israeli hostage rescue operation very nearby the pier in early June raised additional security concerns for aid workers.
tabloid USA: "Plagued by looting..." (11.07.24)
The aid distribution restarted late last month, after millions of pounds of aid—roughly 6,000 pallets worth—had accumulated on the Gaza shoreline, CNN previously reported.
defense.gov | Update on DOD Support to Humanitarian Efforts in Gaza, 11 July JLOTS watch
[D]ue to technical and weather-related issues, CENTCOM personnel were unable to re-anchor the pier to the shore. At no time did U.S. personnel enter Gaza.

The pier and support vessels and equipment are returning to Ashdod where they will remain until further notice. A re-anchoring date has not been set.

"more than 8,100 metric tons (nearly 20 million pounds)": stick a fork in it.
[...]
As highlighted in the initial deployment announcement [8 March 2024], the pier has always been intended as a temporary solution to enable the additional flow of aid into Gaza during a period of dire humanitarian need with limited access, supplementing land and air channels of delivery. The pier will soon cease operations, with more details on that process and timing available in the coming days.
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 03:15:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 01:32:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Hamas agrees to cease-fire deal, but demands 'written guarantees' for negotiations on end of war with Israel, 6 July my bomb is bond
The Iran-backed terror group is now demanding "written guarantees" that mediators will continue to negotiate a permanent truce, once the first phase of the plan goes into effect, [ChatGPT] said.
[...]
Israel's Mossad intelligence director David Barnea was shipped out Friday to Doha, where he met with Qatari mediators and rejected the demand for a written commitment on a second phase of the cease-fire deal, Axios reported.
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 07:47:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
thehill | Hamas says it's waiting on response from Israel on Gaza cease-fire Israel proposal, 7 July
Hamas said last week that it would accept a key part of a three-phase cease-fire deal held up [?] by President Biden, rekindling negotiations with Israel over a cease-fire deal as progress had slowed in recent weeks.

Israeli officials described the most recent Hamas offer as "constructive," Axios reported Wednesday. The group is reportedly willing to drop its demand that any cease-fire deal be permanent in nature, according to The Associated Press.

by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 10:18:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
haaretz | IDF Ordered Hannibal Directive on October 7 to Prevent Hamas Taking Soldiers Captive, 7 July encore
[...]
In the coming weeks, the IDF is expected to publish the results of its investigation of the incident, which will answer the question of whether Brig. Gen. Barak Hiram, the commander of Division 99 who was in charge of operations in Be'eri on October 7, was employing the Hannibal procedure. Did he order the tank to move ahead even at the cost of civilian casualties, as he stated in an interview he gave later to the New York Times?
[...]
The IDF spokesman responded by saying that "the army has been fighting for six months at high intensity on several fronts, focused on attaining the war's objectives. In tandem, the IDF has begun conducting internal investigations of what transpired on October 7 and the preceding period. The aim of these investigations is to learn and to draw lessons which could be used in continuing the battle. When these investigations are concluded, the results will be presented to the public with transparency."
thelancet | Counting the dead in Gaza: difficult but essential, 5 July
[...]
Armed conflicts have indirect health implications beyond the direct harm from violence. Even if the conflict ends immediately, there will continue to be many indirect deaths in the coming months and years from causes such as reproductive, communicable, and non-communicable diseases. The total death toll is expected to be large given the intensity of this conflict; destroyed health-care infrastructure; severe shortages of food, water, and shelter; the population's inability to flee to safe places; and the loss of funding to UNRWA, one of the very few humanitarian organisations still active in the Gaza Strip.

In recent conflicts, such indirect deaths range from three to 15 times the number of direct deaths. Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186,000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Using the 2022 Gaza Strip population estimate of 2,375,259, this would translate to 7% of the total population in the Gaza Strip. A report from Feb 7, 2024, at the time when the direct death toll was 28 000, estimated that without a ceasefire there would be between 58,260 deaths (without an epidemic or escalation) and 85,750 deaths (if both occurred) by Aug 6, 2024.
[...]

archive Data Sources and Manipulation?
reference
Burnham, et al., "Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey," The Lancet, 2006, Vol. 368, Num. 9545
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 03:48:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US Amb. Eric Garcetti, former mayor of Los Angeles, to THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY, on behalf of disappointed Zelensk*: "India likes its strategic autonomy, but in times of conflict there's no such thing as strategic autonomy"

MEANWHILE
US envoy hails tighter NATO, Indo-Pacific ties amid China rise, 11 July
Speaking in Tokyo, Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago and W. Clinton chief-of-staff, said the NATO summit, which also saw Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea take part, reflected the "reality" of the increasingly inseparable security of the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific regions, citing how the growing Russia-China partnership has allowed Moscow's war against Ukraine to prolong. As for the once-touted idea of opening a NATO liaison office in Japan, the U.S. ambassador was evasive about the prospects and suggested that actual collaborative efforts and exchanges between NATO and Japanese officials are more important than "symbolism."  

by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 02:06:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
not that bis, the other one | ANTI-BOYCOTT ADVISORY ON TÜRKIYE (14.05.24)
The Turkish government has recently announced that it will suspend all exports and imports to and from Israel until the Israeli government allows an uninterrupted and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza. [...] U.S. companies operating in Türkiye, in particular, are cautioned to be alert to their receipt of any requests to refrain from importing or exporting goods to or from Israel or to provide certification that the goods are not of Israeli origin or do not contain Israeli-origin components or materials. Illustrative examples of recent boycott requests reported to the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (OAC) can be found here.
Jeff Flake to step down as Turkish US ambassador in Turkiye on Sept. 1 , 16 July
"It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the United States of America in this pivotal country, and to strengthen our relationship with this indispensable ally," Flake wrote to The Hill. "The significant progress made in our bilateral relationship over the past few years owes much to bipartisan support from my former colleagues in the U.S. Congress."
archive condition for BRICS membership, Flake skips Erdoğan, Flake USAID, Arizona Flake, OpEd Flake, elevator Flake, BDS 2021-2023, BDS 2018
by Cat on Tue Jul 16th, 2024 at 10:35:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Uniparty convention preppers. Surrogates and gestational carrier search for representation.

T -127

• Genocide Joe (D)
• The Don Cheeto (R)
Nikki Two-Tones (R)

insisted the party would have to find a replacement for Biden, 81. However, as Republicans have jumped onto this idea, many have assumed it would be inherently beneficial to them—the Democratic Party would look disorganized and panicked, and whoever they get would be less of a political rival to Trump than Biden, the only person who's won against him.
• Perry WUT? (R)
• not that Scott, the other one (R)
• Asa (R)
• dont-say-de-Santis (R)
Dakato Doug Tech (R)
has emerged as a frontrunner to be Trump's vice presidential running mate, as speculation continues over who the former president will pick. Speculation about Burgum has been driven by reports about the pair forming a close personal friendship, with the governor appearing frequently on the campaign trail for him.
• Texass Hurd (R)
• Vivek WHO? (R)
• Pilgrim Pence (J)
• Christie Kreme Do'nuts (R)
• Marianne (D)
• RFK, Jr (I)
• Rt Rev Dr Cornel West (JFP)
• Phil The Builder (D)
• the-other-Jill (G)
• Joe face-palm (D)
Literally Anybody Else (N/A)
archived June 2024

ChatGPT | Voters kick all the Republican women out of the South Carolina Senate, 1 July featured state primary result

The only three Republican women in the South Carolina Senate took on their party and stopped a total abortion ban from passing in their state last year. In return, they lost their jobs. Voters removed Sens. Sandy Senn, Penry Gustafson, and Katrina Shealy from office during sparsely turned out [!] primaries in June, and by doing so completely vacated the Republican wing of the five-member [?] "Sister Senators," a female contingent that included two Democrats and was joined in their opposition to the abortion ban.

For Republicans, the departure of Senn, Gustafson and Shealy likely means there will be no women in the majority party of state Senate when the next session starts in 2025. It could also mean that women will not wield power for DECADES in the fiercely conservative state where they have long struggled to gain entry into the Legislature....

24 chamber slaves of the patriarchy*
senate 6/46: (D) 2, (R) 3, (I) 1
house 19/124: (D) 8, (R) 11)
* CIS visual count. ncsl 2023 census missed one; likely this seat was vacant. For related info, browse cawp gender-balance data visualization and 2019 eurotrib chamber slaves tracker
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 02:55:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Women prohibited from politics by Dutch Bible party

Until 2013, the SGP (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij or Reformed Political Party) was unique among Dutch political parties in that, based on its interpretation of the Bible, it prohibited women from standing for political office. The party regards women bearing government or legislative responsibility to be at odds with the biblical vocation of women. Despite condemnation from women's organisations, the Dutch state was reluctant to intervene, stating a clash of fundamental rights: non-discrimination versus religious freedom.

Jerusalem segregation women and men public transport and schools

Religious Zionism and United Torah Judaism parties want to legalize separation of men and women at ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox cultural events, education and public services to prevent what they call 'judicial persecution by the legal system'.

8-year-old US girl on frontline of religious row over gender segregation

Leading gender segregation after failure to bring democracy to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Lebanon of course.

What victory look like after twenty years of war ...

Women's Autonomy, Equality and Reproductive Health Judicial Regression | OHCHR |

Return of the hero leading to Armageddon ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 04:03:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
scorched earth speech!

50 chamber slaves of the patriarchy*
senate 17/50: (D) 13 (R) 4
house 33/121: (D) 33 (R) 9
* CIS visual count

Hope doeth spring from ashes!
Paris Olympics: Afghanistan to have gender-balanced team in first Games since Taliban

A gender-balanced team of three men and three women will represent Afghanistan in Paris next month in a symbolic move for the first summer Olympics since the Taliban surged to power.
[...]
The women will compete in athletics and cycling, while their male counterparts will feature in athletics, swimming, and judo, though their names have not been released.
[...]
"All of them are abroad, they are coordinated and organised by the IOC," Olympic Committee CEO Dad Mohammad Payenda Akhtari added, noting that the IOC was supplying financial support for most of the Afghan athletes.
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 06:39:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
50 chamber slaves of the patriarchy*

senate 17/50: (D) 13 (R) 4
house 33/121: (D) 24 (R) 9

There. That's 1.2% better!

by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 07:50:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Yes, true editorial screw up is stranger than "cheapfake"

by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 07:32:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
What GOP's European abortion example looks like in France, 3 July
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. both cited European abortion limits in their opinions in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case [opinions]. More recently, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham Cracker, who has called for a national ban on abortion < wipes tears > after 15 weeks of gestation, told reporters on Capitol Hill that a first-trimester  [12 weeks] abortion limit would put the U.S. in line with other peer nations < wipes tears >.
archive public property
"Forty-seven of 50 European nations have national limits on abortion between 12 and 15 weeks," Graham said in April after former President Donald Trump said he would leave abortion policies to the states. "This is the civilized world's position." But in one of those countries, France, which bars elective abortions after 16 weeks gestational age (14 weeks fetal age < wipes tears > ), the comparison falls flat.

For one thing, France holds the distinction of being the only nation that has enshrined the right to an elective abortion in its constitution. And while French law bars elective abortions < wipes tears > after the first trimester, that ban includes SWEEPING EXCEPTIONS, including medical exceptions that IN SOME CASES allow women to access legal abortion through the third trimester [26 weeks].
[...]

archive Restrictions as to Reasons® (2014-2022), Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992
GENOCIDE JOE: Look. I have a cognitive test every single day. Every day I have that test. Everything I do. You know, not only am I campaigning, but I'm running the world. Not—and that's not hi—sounds like hyperbole, but we are the essential nation of the world.

reproductiverights.org (USA) UPDATE 2024!

The World's "Broadly Legal" Abortion Laws

by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 04:05:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Became vulnerable in an unknown setting I couldn't control all variables as President ... I shouldn't hold events past 4pm my advisors tell me ...

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: It was a bad episode - jet-lag cold that made me feel terrible. No indication of any serious condition. I was exhausted. I didn't listen to my instincts in terms of preparing and-- and a bad night.
[...]
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Because I was sick. I was feeling terrible. Matter of fact, the docs with me. I asked if they did a COVID test because they're trying to figure out what was wrong.
[...]
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And-- how-- how quickly did it-- did it come to you that you were having that bad night?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Well, it came to me I was havin' a bad night when I realized that even when I was answering a question, even though they turned his mic off, he was still shouting. And I-- I let it distract me. I-- I'm not blaming it on that, but I realized that I just wasn't in control.

Biden's evolving reasons for his bad debate: A cold, too much prep, not feeling great and jet lag | AP News |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 04:38:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 05:53:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
strana | Democratic donors are considering ways to elegantly remove Biden from the race - Mass media, 8 July
"Some believe that it would be a mistake for Biden to leave before he becomes the party nominee, as this would deprive him of the opportunity to appoint a successor. Others believe that it is better to do it earlier, to give time for the promotion of a new candidate."

rollcall | OpEd | Biden is not the candidate Democrats want voters to focus on, 8 July

[...]
Yes, Vice President Kamala?! Harris would be the likely Democratic nominee, and she is not without political baggage. But she is not unacceptable to many voters the way an elderly Biden is, and she would bring some assets with her, including her age and potential appeal to core Democratic constituents.

Biden's exit from the presidential race wouldn't guarantee anything for his party. Harris could lose. But a Harris-Trump contest would at least give Democrats an opportunity to make 2024 about Trump's weaknesses and flaws. With Biden as the Democratic nominee, that's not possible.

abcnews | Biden sends defiant letter to Democrats says time to end questions, come together, 8 July: "He railed against party 'elites' in an angry call into MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.'"

Read: Fellow Democrats,...Copyright 2024 The Associated Press.
Hear: "Morning Joe" phone call, 8 July A/V (EN) 00:18:50
"reading from the list of lies," average voter tantrum @ 13:30, France @ 15:15

by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 01:03:35 AM EST
[ Parent ]
thehill | Biden campaign releases ad narrated by rape victim to HIT Trump, Vance on abortion (17.07.24)
The campaign plans to run the ad, which will receive a seven-figure investment [sic], across BATTLEground states and will place it during the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, "60 Minutes," "The Bachelorette," and pre-Olympics coverage. The Biden campaign has highlighted Vance's stance on abortion since Trump named him as his vice president on Monday, calling him "proudly anti-choice. Vice President Harris, who has been the leading voice out of the White House on reproductive rights, went after Vance in a video published Wednesday over his support for abortion restrictions.
by Cat on Thu Jul 18th, 2024 at 12:30:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Chinese firms probed over mandatory pregnancy tests - media, 17 July
More than a dozen companies in China have been sued for allegedly making female job applicants take pregnancy tests, which is illegal under Chinese law, the country's official Procuratorate Daily news outlet reported on Monday [15.07.24].
chinajusticeobserver | SPP Launches Official English Website (05.06.24): The official English website of the SPP is established and maintained by China Daily.
According to the report, the Tongzhou District prosecutor's office in Nantong in the eastern province of Jiangsu launched an investigation into the matter in January after being tipped off by a local group of public welfare volunteers.
scmp | 'Men only' job adverts prompt women's rights group in China to take on employers over gender discrimination (18.02.21): In October 2014, they launched the Weibo account "Inspection Squad for Workplace Gender Discrimination"
After going through the records of two major public hospitals and a medical exam center, investigators found that 168 women seeking work at 16 different companies had taken pregnancy tests as part of their pre-employment health checks. They also said the companies' recruitment and staff insurance records indicated that the women had been asked to take these tests, though in most cases the requests were not part of the officially documented requirements, but given verbally during job interviews.

The reason prospective employers gave for the practice and their reluctance to hire pregnant women was the excessively high maternity benefits they would have to pay after the new employee takes maternity leave.

pkulaw.cn | Amending the Population and Family Planning Law of the People's Republic of China (2021), 2021
[...]
Chinese law prohibits employers from including pregnancy tests in pre-employment physical checks, along with other forms of gender discrimination, such as asking female applicants about their marital status or plans to have children. However, according to research last year by the Inspection Squad for Workplace Gender Discrimination watchdog, male applicants still have an advantage over women in some spheres, including government jobs. The research found that out of nearly 40,000 jobs in the national civil service, 10,981 were marked as men-only compared with 7,550 for women.
reference
The Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Repuliv of China
pkulaw.com/ About (auto-translate)
Beijing Peking University Yinghua Technology Co., Ltd., founded in 1999, is a high-tech enterprise and software enterprise invested and controlled by Peking University and founded and managed by Peking University Law School. Relying on the superior resources of Peking University, it is committed to four undertakings of legal knowledge engineering, legal artificial intelligence, legal education and training, and legal culture dissemination, and wholeheartedly serves the rule of law in an all-round way The legal information retrieval system, including 29 major databases, comprehensively covers various types of legal information and meets the retrieval needs of legal workers. It is an essential magic weapon for lawyers.
by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2024 at 07:16:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Support for legal abortion ["for any reason"], 9 July
ELECTION 2024 memorabilia
Around 6 in 10 Americans think their state should generally allow a person to obtain a legal abortion if they don't want to be pregnant for any reason, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That's an increase from June 2021
< wipes tears >
Seven in 10 Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, a slight increase from last year, while about 3 in 10 think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.
[...]
"NORC probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, designed to be representative of the U.S. population"
Views on abortion have long been < wipes tears > nuanced and sometimes contradictory. The new AP-NORC survey shows that even though the country is largely antagonistic to restrictions on abortion, a substantial number of people hold opinions and values that are not internally consistent.
[...]
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 02:58:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Psaki says replacing Biden at convention could get `very messy', 30 June
During her MSNBC show, "Inside with Jen Psaki," she said, "Those of you out there who have hopes of Joe Biden stepping aside so that there can be a brokered convention should know that isn't exactly an easy road either."
archive Mommy. What is a brokered convention?, 1944
by Cat on Mon Jul 1st, 2024 at 10:16:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump's 'Black jobs' rhetoric trades on racial stereotypes and fear of immigrants, 2 June
It's clearer now than ever before. Former President Donald Trump is a malignant narcissist, a racist and a liar, but more than anything he is a tyrant.
bls.gov | Employment Situation Summary - May, 7 June
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.8 percent), adult women (3.4 percent), teenagers (12.3 percent), Whites (3.5 percent), Blacks (6.1 percent), Asians (3.1 percent), and Hispanics (5.0 percent) showed little or no change in May. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
On Thursday, during his debate with President Joe Biden, Trump made this outlandish statement about Black Americans, migrants and jobs: "They're taking Black jobs now, and it could be 18, it could be 19 and even 20 million people. They're taking Black jobs, and they're taking Hispanic jobs, and you haven't seen it yet, but you're gonna see something that's going to be the worst in our history."

Table A-2. Employment status of the civilian population by race, sex, and age.


Table A-3. Employment status of the Hispanic or Latino population by sex and age
[...]
For the record, there's no such thing as a Black job. There is no racial qualification for any job, and to say that there are Black jobs is ignorant at best.  We need to ensure equality of opportunity for all citizens and for those seeking to become citizens. Only then can we move toward a more just and equitable future for everyone.
archive Nse Ufot must be new here
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 06:35:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, July 2, 2024
black jobs
President Biden appointed Justice Ketanja [Ketanji] Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to be on the Supreme Court, and has appointed more Black women to the federal appellate court than every other president in history combined.
black, not Historically People-of-Color Colleges (HPOCCU) and Universities, schools
He's also creating opportunities for every American to thrive, investing historic amounts into HBCUs, and changing our country's failed approach to marijuana, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.
by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2024 at 11:54:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Clyburn expects 'mini primary' for Democrats if Biden withdraws, 3 July
noting the virtual roll call that needs to take place by Aug. 7 for the candidate to appear on the Ohio ballot. The Democratic National Convention is set to take place Aug. 19 in Chicago.
[...]
He argued Wednesday that "Harris would acquit herself very well" in a mini primary, but the process would be "fair to everybody," including "all of the other governors who may be interested." If the nomination is handed to Harris, she would need a strong running mate, he added.
archive gratuitous procedural drama, 'if Biden ain't there'
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 11:47:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 02:19:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The bull$hitter believes he can lie his way into heaven.

Old age ... poor memory ... PTSS for era of segregation ... reverses perpetrator with victim ... mumbles as the lies need to be covered by an air of legitimacy.

Decryption ...

  • served as VP under a black president
  • picked a black woman as his VP
  • succeeded to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court

First Negro federal judge Irvin C. Mollison, of Chicago, Ill., first Negro appointed to a federal judgeship within the continental U.S., was sworn into office this morning Nov. 3, 1945 at the 3rd Court of Customs building. His appointment by President Truman was confirmed by the Senate without a dissenting vote.

Certainly some truth ...

Most of Biden's appointed judges to date are women, racial or ethnic minorities - a first for any president

Not a selling point in today's divided America to win the next election.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 07:54:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
For a century US politicians have attempted to integrate descendants of US slaves into the halls of power connecting the several branches of the federal government. But for febrile partisan competition since War of Northern Aggression for their ballots, "essential work" in times of peace, and expeditious conscription in times of military conflict abroad, "black faces in high places" would not exist at all.

Broad strokes of truth reveal Strom Biden's struggle to parlay his Dixiecrat inheritance into colorblind "equity", epitomized by POTUS Mitch Obama (2008-2016).

[violent collapse of "Radical Republican" Reconstruction of the US, 1877-1954]
Wilson: federal policy and "Negro Economics"
[segregated WWI, WW II, race riots, and industrial action]
Truman: EO 3835 (1947) and EO 9981 Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948)
Eisenhower: EO 10730 Desegregation of Central High School (1957)
Kennedy: EO 10925: Affirmative action in federal government (1960)
[88th, 89th US Congress: Civil Right Act (1964), Voting Rights Act (1965)]
Johnson and Nixon: EO 11246, Requiring affirmative action in federal contracting, "Philadephia Plan" (1967), confirmation of Thurgood Marshall (1967)
[integrated USAF defeat in Korea and Viet Nam, slew of race riots, collapse of US organized labor, and a Reagan Log Cabin "Great Awakening"]
Clinton: confirmations of R. Brown, J. Brown, L. Brown, F. Raines, T. West, R. Slater
GW Bush: confirmations of C. Thomas, C. Powell, R. Paige, C. Rice, A. Jackson

reference
eeoc, Black or African American participation in the Federal Sector a/o FY 2020, a/o 2023

pew, Black women account for a small fraction of the federal judges who have served to date (02.02.22)

crs, "The Appointment of Black U.S. Circuit and District Court Judges: Historical Overview and Analysis" (21.02.23)

   

by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 03:15:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The relic named Joe the oldest president ...

Remembering the Black Woman Biden Blocked from the Supreme Court | AEI - 1 Feb 2022 |

The following month, when Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement, Janice Rogers Brown was on Bush's shortlist to replace her. She would have been the first Black woman ever nominated to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. But Biden appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" to warn that if Bush nominated Brown, she would face a filibuster. "I can assure you that would be a very, very, very difficult fight and she probably would be filibustered," Biden said. Asked by moderator John Roberts "Wasn't she just confirmed?," Biden replied that the Supreme Court is a "totally different ballgame" because "a circuit court judge is bound by stare decisis. They don't get to make new law."



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 07:56:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
< wipes tears >

Neither does SCOTUS.

Most ignorant litigious nation on planet REPORTS: state and federal legislators "make new law".

by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 01:18:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Joe Biden didn't just compromise with segregationists. He fought for their cause in schools, experts say. | NBC News - 25 June 2019 |

Joe Biden helped give America the language that is still used to oppose school integration today, legislative and education history experts say.

In a 1975 Senate hearing, the legendary civil rights lawyer Jack Greenberg had something to say to freshman Sen. Joe Biden.

Greenberg, longtime director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, took Biden to task for sponsoring a bill that would limit the power of courts to order school desegregation with busing. It was a move that followed the wishes of many of Biden's white constituents in Delaware.

The bill "heaves a brick through the window of school integration," said Greenberg, one of the lawyers who had won the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended legal school segregation 21 years earlier. And according to Greenberg, Biden was the man with his hand on the brick.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 08:00:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
How a Young Joe Biden Turned Liberals Against Integration | Politico - 2015 |

Forty years ago, the Senate supported school busing--until a 32-year-old changed his mind.

... as a court-ordered integration plan loomed over Wilmington, Delaware, in 1974, Biden's constituents transformed their resistance to busing into an organized--and angry--opposition. So Biden transformed, too. That year, Joe Biden morphed into a leading anti-busing crusader--all the while continuing to insist that he supported the goal of school desegregation, he only opposed busing as the means to achieve that end.

This stance, which many of Biden's liberal and moderate colleagues also held, was clever but disingenuous. It enabled Biden to choose votes over principles, while acting as if he was not doing so.

My maternal grandmother lived in The Hague (Fr. La Haye), was devout Catholic in a dominating, discriminating Calvinist society, took teacher nuns to task for showing preference for children of well to do parents in contrast to those considered poor and lower class. Around the year 1910.  A strong character ... she would have taken a Joe Biden to task for lacking backbone ... fifty years to preserve his seat in Congress and longer.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 08:09:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
What is
Black radio
Black jobs
BlackPAC...
Black Voters Matter...
Black expectation...  
without a Black census tract?
Though only 4 percent of Black voters said Biden did "very well" at the debate, 73 percent (110 respondents) said they would vote for him if the election were held today, according to the [June-July?] New York Times/Siena poll.
May 2024 Times/Siena Poll of the Presidential Battlegrounds
View toplines for the full set of polls and cross-tabs for: all registered voters | likely electorate | Arizona | Georgia | Michigan | Nevada | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin
n =  4,097 registered voters (April 28-May 9, 2024), of which 391 Black* for 5 states

July 2024 Times/Siena Poll of Registered Voters Nationwide

Toplines | Registered Voter Cross-Tabs | Likely Electorate Cross-Tabs
n = 1,532 registered voters (June 28 to July 2, 2024) of which 151 Black* for 50 states

* The 5 race/ethnicity IDs ≠ total respondents in either poll, but party IDs (D, R, Other) do. Gallup ratio.

by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 11:20:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]


'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 03:35:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Black Radio host reportedly

resigns | quits | fired | parts ways

after interviewing Biden with questions provided by his campaign

by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 01:20:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
.

Americans' views divided on US policy toward Israel-Hamas war: POLL

Not really in the re-election news of MSM ... who cares what happens to (black) Palestinians.

Oh indeed ... Trump used the P-word 🥵

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 03:54:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
ill-conceived headlines w/e 6 July
  • Biden spent the weekend rallying Democrats and retreating with family after poor debate performance

  • Democrats say staff must change the way Biden is managed

ill-conceived poli-sci w/e 6 July

- Jill Biden's transformation (2022 - 2024) into a 21st century Nancy Reagan-democrat

Some observers in 1984 worried that Ronald Reagan [73 y.o] might have grown too old to continue in the presidency. His quip during a debate with Walter Mondale is widely seen as having defused this concern. "I will not make age an issue of this campaign," he said. "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." Even Mondale laughed.

- Michelle O'bama's transformation into Barak o' clock

- Kamala?! transformation into a first-rate POTUS nominee: "I can imagine what can be unburdened by what has been. Yanno?" yes, who doesn't remember past primary burdens?
Biden: 1988 (0), 2000 N/A), 2008 (0)*, 2016 (N/A), 2020 (2,687), 2024 (3,894)
Harris: 2020 (0), 2023 (N/A)

"It's pretty near impossible to win the nomination over the vice president," said Michael Trujillo, a Democratic strategist from California who worked for Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008 and 2016.
* VP consolation prize winner
by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2024 at 10:37:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
vogue | First Lady Jill Biden on What's at Stake in 2024 (01.07.24)
"We are the first generation in half a century to give our daughters a country with fewer rights than we had," she tells the Women for Biden crowd a few minutes later. "Book bans. Voting laws gutted. Court decisions that strip away our most basic freedoms. But circumstance is not destiny." The women here are fighting mad. Nice, Midwestern ladies, all of them, but gurgling away inside like those brewing vats—only with righteous fury, instead of beer.
ChatGPT nbcnews | 'I'm not leaving': Biden expands effort to tamp down calls to step aside, 3 July
Q The president, and I know you'll remember this, back in 2020 referred to himself as a transition candidate. He also said back then, that he would be a bridge to the next generation of democratic [party] leaders. Does he still believe that?
JEAN-PIERRE: Yes, I mean, I think his statement stands. I mean, one of the reasoons he picked the vice-president—president—Kamala?! Harris because she is indeed the future of the party, and he's very proud to have partnered with her and continue to partner with her and delivering an unprecedented record for the American people. I think, he's going to continue certainly to do that. They're going to do that as partners. Like I said, I just saw them before walking into the briefing room. We—they stopped by to talk to me and my team, and they're ready to go. They're ready to continue.
Q So, the transition would happen in eight years—
JEAN-PIERRE: I'm not going to get into speculation from here, but you aksed me if that, his remarks and statements still stand, yes, it does.
by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2024 at 10:59:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]

strana. Biden is going to sleep more and not plan events later than 20.00

ChatGPT | Democratic governors to Democratic members of Congress: Drop dead.

by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 02:15:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
STEPHANOPOULOS: You talked a lot about your successes in—at the beginning of this interview. And—and I don't want to dispute that, I don't want to debate that. But—as you know, elections are about the future, not the past. They're about tomorrow, not yesterday. And the question on so many people's minds right now is, "Can you serve effectively for the next four years?"
BIDEN: George. I'm the guy that put NATO together, the future. No one thought I could expand it. I'm the guy that shut Putin down. No one thought could happen. I'm the guy that put together a South Pacific initiative with AUKUS. I'm the guy that got 50 nations out—not only in Europe, outside of Europe as well to help Ukraine.
bloomberg | Yen's 'One Sided' Tumble to 1986 Low Boosts Intervention Risk (27.06.24)
I'm the guy that got Japanese to expand their budget. I'm the—so I mean, these—and, for example, when I decided we used to have 40% of computer chips. We invented the chip, the little chip, the computer chip. It's in everything from cell phone to weapons.

And so, we used to have 40%, and we're down to virtually nothing. So I get in the plane, against the advice of everybody, and I fly to South Korea. I convince them to invest in the United States billions of dollars. Now we have tens of billions of dollars being invested in the United States making us back in a position we're gonna own that industry again. We have, I mean, I— I just— anyway. I'm—I don't wanna take too much credit. I have a great staff.

transcript (EN) NY Yella Cake | ABC News
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 03:59:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It started with the Covid pandemic and rolled on ...

White House efforts to shield Biden's missteps are unraveling | The Guardian |

For three and a half years, Joe Biden was wrapped in a metaphorical ball of cotton wool by an anxious White House staff eager to protect him from the worst of himself.

Worried about signs of ageing and an increasing propensity for verbal missteps, they cut press conferences and media interviews to a minimum.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 10:12:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
tomorrow, not yesterday

imagine what can be unburdened by what has been

by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 02:19:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
euronews | Trump announces loyal ally Sen. JD Vance of Ohio as his running mate, 15 July
Vance is now the first millennial to join a major-party ticket, addressing concerns about the advanced age of America's political leaders.
hmm, yes, well, sumbuddies best get started on the "What we know" file, because it is EMPTY.
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 08:02:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
2020 Electoral College Final

2024 Electoral College Trackers (w/e 6 June)


TOP (L) CNN, (R) 270towin, BOTTOM (L) mediabias, (R) realclear

hmmm, yes, well, Poroshenko's mis/dis/malinformation squad best get busy

by Cat on Fri Jul 5th, 2024 at 10:31:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | What to know about Project 2025, a plan to transform the government, 12 July
content: -hakeem-jeffries-tony-evers-trump-media-technology-group 1:30 min video
caption: "Donald Trump has distanced himself from Project 2025, a massive proposed overhaul of the federal government drafted by longtime allies and former officials in his administration."

possible malign RUSSIAN election interference
ChatGPT snopes | What to Know About Project 2025, the Pro-Trump Plan to Overhaul US Government, "1 week ago"

reference
Project 2025, Presidential Transition Project
• Heritage Foundation "Project 2025 Team": Paul Dans, Trump admin. chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Spencer Chretien, Trump admin. special assistant and associate director of Presidential Personnel, and Troup Hemenway [1], [2], [3]
180-Day Playbook: Mandated for Leadership, the conservative promise.pdf, 922 pp including cover, cover blurbs by Reagan admin AG E. Meese, Sen. M. Lee (R-UT), The Federalist editor, M. Hemingway
• Project 2025 is being organized by The Heritage Foundation: "The opinions of Project 2025 and The Heritage Foundation do not necessarily represent the opinions of every one of its advisory board partners."
Presidential Personnel Database: enclosed employment application form "if you would like to be considered for positions in a presidential [a]dministration"

MEANWHILE
ChatGPT | Deeply Democratic Milwaukee wrestles with hosting Trump, Republican National Convention, 13 July

So it can be hard for some to swallow that Milwaukee is playing host to former President Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention next week [15-18 July] while rival [sic] Chicago, the larger city just 90 miles to the south, welcomes President Joe Biden and Democrats in August.
archive Magical Margin Folklore w/e 22 June
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 12:06:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Another theory unburdened by what has been has come to my attention.
by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 01:01:53 AM EST
[ Parent ]
12 former aides say Biden has prioritized politics over 'fair policymaking' on Gaza, 3 July
The dozen signatories on a joint statement represent a wide spectrum of government staff, including former employees of the State Department, Department of Interior, and White House, as well as former military officers.
The Administration's policy in Gaza is a failure and a threat to U.S. national security. America's diplomatic cover for, and continuous flow of arms to, Israel has ensured our undeniable complicity in the killings and forced starvation of a besieged Palestinian population in Gaza. This is not only morally reprehensible and in clear violation of international humanitarian law and U.S. laws, but it has also put a target on America's back. This intransigent policy risks U.S. national security and the lives of our service members and diplomats as has already been made evident with the killing of three U.S. service members in Jordan in January and the evacuations of diplomatic facilities in the Middle East, and also poses a security risk for American citizens at home and abroad.
They resigned in protest at different times over the nine months of Israel's war against Hamas following the U.S.-designated terrorist group's Oct. 7 attack.
[...]
The statement lays out six policy recommendations for the administration to implement, calling for the U.S. to "faithfully execute the law" related to < wipes tears > American weapons deliveries to Israel.
archive LinkedIn to Conviction in Antony Blinken Offered Palestinians Nakba II , Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get?
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 08:56:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
apparant shooting
possible shots
apparent gunshots

well, alrighty then

by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 11:38:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
AOC micro-aggression - video (20.07.24)
"I'm in these rooms. I see what they say in conversations," she continued. "I'm here to tell you that a huge amount of the donor class and a huge amount of these elites and a huge amount of these folks in these rooms that I see that are pushing for President Biden to not be the nominee also are not interested in seeing [the] Vice President being the nominee." During the Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez also raised logistical [sic] concerns about the efforts to replace Biden, warning that Republicans plan to mount legal challenges if Democrats choose someone else as the nominee.
by Cat on Sat Jul 20th, 2024 at 05:42:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Dark Knight embraces his inner Brandon
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 10:09:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sat Jul 13th, 2024 at 10:27:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2024 at 03:08:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Kamala Harris allies prepare her defense
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 07:14:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:16:31 PM EST
gur.gov.ua | Just space-results of using the "people's satellite" ICEYE (26.06.24)
Specialists of the Main Directorate of Defense of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine have been using the ICEYE spacecraft to identify enemy targets and protect the state for almost two years [?!].
ChatGPT | Ukraine's 'people's satellite' wreaks havoc on Russian targets , 1 July
The micro-satellite bought from Finnish company ICEYE allows Ukrainians to spy on Russian troop locations, logistics, and tanks and ships. The Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation and Ukrainian blogger Ihor Lachenkov crowd-funded some $20 million to buy three Bayraktar drones—which were a hot property in the first months of the war. However, Turkish manufacturer Baykar Defense decided to [donate] the drones to Ukraine instead. With the money saved, the volunteersdecided to buy one satellite as well as access to the database of Finish satellite company ICEYE.
"People's Satellite" allows [us] to monitor the objects of the aggressor's military-industrial complex and its logistics network, which also includes the illegal bridge between Russia and the occupied Crimea. A huge advantage of the ICEYE spacecraft is its ability to clearly see clusters of even carefully camouflaged enemy mechanized units with their equipment in the "green zone" [?].
[...]
ChatGPT | Europe smarts as Elon Musk's SpaceX wins key satellite deal, 1 July
Despite the maiden launch of the long-delayed Ariane 6 now set for July 9, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) said it would prefer to pay U.S.-based SpaceX instead of waiting for Ariane 6.
archive DestinE, EUVRA, Eumetsat 2012
The agency runs the bloc's weather satellites out of Darnstadt, Germany, and had planned to launch its MTG-S1 satellite, which will < wipes tears > track weather and air pollution from geostationary orbit using a sounding instrument and ultraviolet light spectrometer, with Ariane 6.
[...]
Should the July 9 launch run to plan, then a commercial mission carrying a French spy satellite [!] is expected to fly in December before a full ramp-up next year when a further six missions are on the schedule, Caroline Arnoux, who runs the Ariane 6 program at Arianespace which markets the rocket, said in a briefing call with journalists last week.
classic Disinfogator | North Korea switches to Russian satellites - Reuters, 1 July
Signals from North Korean Central Television have been carried by a Russian satellite, Express 103, since June 29, according to a South Korean satellite dish service provider, as cited by the news agency. The North had previously been using the ChinaSat 12 satellite to transfer signals. The move has made monitoring the broadcasts more challenging for South Korean media and state agencies, Reuters noted.
Reuters has been unable to receive North Korean TV signals since Monday morning. While Russia and North Korea have made dramatic overtures showcasing deepening ties and vowed to resist the U.S.-led West, China has avoided any trilateral arrangement that might complicate its relations with [treasury.gov OFAC]
It explained that the country's authorized eNTitIeS need access to a satellite service to watch the North's broadcasts, while the general public is barred from accessing media from the neighboring state.
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 12:25:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | China calls on scientists of all nations to study lunar samples, but notes obstacle with the US (27.06.24)
The Wolf Amendment was enacted in 2011 and prevents direct U.S.-Chinese bilateral cooperation except in cases where the FBI can certify that there is no national security risk to sharing information with the Chinese side in the course of work.

Still, China could cooperate with scientists of other countries. It worked with the European Space Agency, France, Italy, and Pakistan in the Chang'e 6 mission. Meanwhile, little information about the global first achieved Tuesday was announced. Chinese officials DECLINED TO REVEAL how many samples they actually gathered or any preliminary findings.

ChatGPT | Why China's space party doesn't include Washington (28.06.24)
China worked with the European Space Agency, France, Italy, and Pakistan on a mission that retrieved the first-ever samples from the far side of the moon this week. NASA wasn't invited to take part in the moon probe, agency spokesperson FAITH McKIE told [Politico] NatSec Daily.

NASA also didn't get "any direct invitation" to study China's moon rocks, McKie said, after China welcomed all scientists from around the world to apply to study them. IT'S UNCLEAR  if China specifically invited any countries, but those who took part in the probe will likely study the rocks—which could help countries better understand the lunar surface that Washington and Beijing have been trying to develop.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on July 1, 2024
Mao Ning: The Chinese government is open to having space exchanges and cooperation with the US....
GT | NASA plays 'blame-shifting' game with China as lunar soil research set to start, 1 July
US' weakening engineering capability root cause for stagnation: experts
Nicely done! Chang'e-6 returns 25 June, Chang'e 5 CNSA application portal Apr, European Space Agency 2023
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 12:47:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Crew of NASA's earthbound simulated Mars habitat emerge after a year, 7 July
The four volunteer crew members spent more than 12 months inside NASA's first simulated Mars environment at Johnson Space Center in Houston, coming out of the artificial alien enviroment Saturday around 5 p.m.
17,000 square feet (1,579 square meters)
Kelly Haston, Anca Selariu, Ross Brockwell, and Nathan Jones entered the 3D-printed habitat on June 25, 2023, as the maiden crew of the space agency's Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog [CHAPEA] project.
reference Bio-Dome (1996)
The first CHAPEA crew focused on establishing possible conditions for future Mars operations through simulated spacewalks, dubbed "Marswalks," as well as growing and harvesting vegetables to supplement their provisions and maintaining the habitat and their equipment. They also worked through challenges a real Mars crew would be expected to experience including limited resources, isolation, and delays in communication of up to 22 minutes [!] with their home planet on the other side of the habitat's walls, NASA said.
by Cat on Sun Jul 7th, 2024 at 06:35:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Ariane 6 rocket successfully launches, flight in progress!, 9 July with a cryogenic upper stage Vinci engine after four years of delay
Should the launch be validated as a success, then a maiden commercial mission carrying a French spy satellite is set for December.
Fit for 55 emissions story developing...
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 02:41:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
space.com | SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket suffers failure during Starlink satellite launch (video), 12 July
"Although the stage survived and still deployed the satellites, it did not successfully circularize [sic] its orbit, but it did passivate [sic] itself as normally performed at the end of each mission," the company added. "This left the satellites in an eccentric orbit with a very low perigee of 135 km, which is less than half the expected perigee altitude."
ChatGPT livescience | 20 satellites fall from sky after catastrophic SpaceX rocket failure, triggering investigation, 15 July
"At this level of drag, our maximum available thrust is unlikely to be enough to successfully raise the satellites," SpaceX representatives wrote. "As such, the satellites will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and fully demise [sic]."
GT | China's first all-electric propulsion communication satellite passes in-orbit tests, becomes fully operational, 15 July
The APStar-6E is operated by Hong Kong-based APT Mobile Satcom Limited and managed by APT Satellite Company Limited. The APStar-6E focuses on the Southeast Asian market, providing high-capacity, cost-effective broadband communication services to the region.

The APStar-6E communication satellite and its independent propulsion module were successfully launched by a Long March-2C carrier rocket at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on January 13, 2023. After separating from the propulsion module on January 23 of the same year, the satellite used its onboard Hall/Ion dual electric propulsion systems to autonomously change orbits, reaching geosynchronous orbit (GEO) and positioning at its test location on June 10, 2024.

by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 11:19:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
... it did not successfully circularize [sic] its orbit ...  😊 ☹

... shortly before their demise ...

Law of Newton won the battle of Kepler's Law

Old times relived ... as sophomores won 2nd prize of student exhibits - Kepler's Law - at the yearly Open House engineering Institute of Technology. Repeated it as juniors to finally win top prize as seniors. Beating the Civil Department students in St. Louis. Fun times.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 16th, 2024 at 10:30:12 AM EST
[ Parent ]
wef | What is sustainable aviation fuel and why are only 0.1% of flights powered by it? (29.11.23 update): "a type of biofuel—meaning it is made from plant or animal materials rather than fossil fuels—and it has the potential to cut aviation's greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared with traditional jet fuels."

euronews | Lufthansa is adding up to €72 to ticket prices to pay for sustainable fuel (26.06.24)

A fee of up to €72 will be added to fares to offset pay the cost of introducing sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) and other carbon-cutting initiatives, the group says.
Charge applies to all tickets issued from June 26, 2024 with departure from January 1, 2025 Lufthansa Group invests billions annually for more sustainable flying
The fee will come in on flights from 1 January 2025.
ft | Environmental charges on airline tickets will be the norm, 1 July
from an EU country, the UK, Norway or Switzerland from the start of 2025. This will add as much as €72 to a first class long-haul ticket. On short- to medium-haul flights it will be closer to €1-€7. The German airline is unlikely to travel alone. Expect mandatory green surcharges to pick up among ["]legacy carriers["] in particular.
[...]
A host of environmental regulations are to blame, says Lufthansa. It cites EU requirements for airline fuel to include a blend of at least 2 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from next year, plus changes to emissions trading schemes (ETS) in Europe. Air France-KLM laid the groundwork in 2022 by imposing a "SAF contribution charge", levied at a lower level.
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 01:39:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Hamburg group signs deal for Chinese wind turbines in German waters, 3 July
On 2 July, Luxcara, a German renewables developer based in Hamburg, announced it had struck a deal—known as a "preferred supplier arrangement"—with Chinese powerhouse Mingyang for 16 offshore wind turbines to be built in the North Sea by 2028.

"By deciding for the world's most powerful offshore wind turbine, we will be able to expedite Germany's energy transition, while fostering much-needed competition in the industry," said Holger Matthiesen, who manages the Waterkant project that won a bid to build turbines last year.
[...]
Luxcara's announcement comes three months after lawmakers approved into EU law the Net-Zero Industrial Act, which aims to defend the EU's share in key clean-tech industries like wind and solar, came into force.

"With this project, China gets access to critical infrastructure in Germany," said a spokesperson of WindEurope, the industry's lobby group in Brussels, adding that the "European supply chain would have been ready to deliver the wind turbines for this project."

archive RWE Offshore Wind, 2024 transition action plan leadership!, wind data droughts

reuters | EU report details widespread Chinese interference in [China's] economy, 3 July

In the run up to announcing provisional tariffs on Chinese-made electric vehicles, the European Commission in April released a 712-page report on the many layers of subsidies it argues the Chinese government provides to domestic firms. The report is designed for anti-dumping cases, but trade experts see it as a supporting document for its anti-subsidy investigation into EVs and as a signal to both China and reluctant European Union member states that it means business.
archive Commission over-capacity investigation
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 12:34:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
financialpost | Canada's 'energy blindness' must end, 5 July
In its monthly update on energy trends, Statistics Canada reported this week that this year, for the first time ever, Canada has become a net importer of electricity.
Hydroelectricity shortfall drives electricity trade deficit in April
Reduced electricity generation has resulted in lower export levels as well as an increased reliance on imports. Imports of electricity from the United States climbed 79.0% year over year to 2.6 million MWh in April, while exports to the United States fell 64.4% to 1.7 million MWh. Canada is generally a net electricity exporter, but April marked the third consecutive month that imports have exceeded exports. In April, exports fell to the lowest level recorded since this series was redesigned in 2016.
The ["]switchover["] in our electricity trade balance reveals the shortcomings of an energy strategy that now emphasizes de-carbonization over energy security, leaving customers vulnerable to supply shortfalls and higher prices.
financialpost | Alberta updates electricity rules to help lower utility bills (11.03.24): "Economic withholding" is when power producers deliberately hold back [embargo?] some of their supply, offering it at a higher price. The practice is not illegal, but has been highly criticized recently as one of the factors contributing to soaring consumer power bills in the province, as well as a growing number of occurrences where power prices in the province have been higher during off-peak periods than during periods of peak demand.
[...]
Canada's plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions largely depends on hydro power supplying most of our rapidly growing energy needs. We remain ambivalent about nuclear power, with Ontario and New Brunswick the only two provinces producing it after the Parti Québécois government closed Quebec's only nuclear plant in 2012.
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 08:33:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
euronews | Trams from Switzerland and Germany are helping to decarbonise Ukraine's public transport, 15 July
"It is important that these cars are energy-saving," notes Lvivelectrotrans (LET), which operates Lviv's trams and trolleybuses. "In particular, they consume 2-2.5 times less electricity than existing trams. This will allow you to significantly save on electricity bills."

strana | Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy Daniil Hetmantsev urged not to dramatize the heat

"At the risk of shocking the generations who were born and raised with air conditioners, let me remind you that 40 thousand years before they were born, humanity coped with the 'unbearable' heat using a bucket and a pond or well, which not only help to overcome any heat, but also make it fun. Call it a life hack and don't make a tragedy where it definitely doesn't exist," the MP wrote.
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 05:26:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]

F24 | Roughly 9,000 evacuated in northeast Canada due to raging wildfires, 13 July

"We are seeing extreme fire behaviour out there. The fire is moving about 50 meters per minute," provincial fire duty officer Jeff Motty said.
[...]
Federal authorities said Friday that the weather had been favourable for limiting fires since the start of summer, but that the country was entering the peak wildfire season. Last year, the country recorded the worst fire season in its history.
ChatGPT latimes | First wildfire death of 2024 season reported as California heat wave continues, 13 July
The Mina fire first sparked Monday and has since burned almost 100 acres but was 85% contained by Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire.
[...]
So far, the 2024 wildfire season has resulted in more than 3,600 blazes that have burned more than 228,000 acres, scorching a far greater swath of land than the average for this point in the year. Fires have destroyed or damaged at least 148 structures, officials said. Several continued to burn Saturday.
azcentral | Freeman Fire burns nearly 2K acres near Tucson, prompts evacuations, 12 July
The Freeman Fire, formerly known as the Wash Fire, grew overnight and burned nearly 2,000 acres north of Tucson, prompting evacuations on Friday. The lightning-caused fire near Oracle spread as windy conditions pushed the fire in all directions and forced the evacuation of Willow Spring Ranch, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management [dffm.az.gov] said.
[...]
Tucson fire crews battled the fire since it started around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Containment remained at 0% and officials said the blaze burned more than 1,750 acres.
azcentral | Track where fires are burning in Arizona in 2024, 29 May
archive Wild Fires Maui County Hawaii, Meanwhile in Canada ...
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 06:08:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:16:53 PM EST
Wapoo launches 'Climate Answers' chat bot, 9 July finite context window
"Climate Answers" is designed to "make our journalism more accessible" to consumers, chief technology officer Vineet Khosla said in a memo. Questions will be answered by the tool directly from articles published by the Post since 2016 that are in the climate, environment and weather sections.
archive capability ladder in The Sciences of the Artificial
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2024 at 09:24:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
xenotransplantion has entered the room
by Cat on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 10:52:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:17:11 PM EST
imagine what can be unburdened by what has been
by Cat on Fri Jul 12th, 2024 at 01:36:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Gunpowder Plot was a failed attempt to assassinate King James I of England during the Opening of Parliament in November 1605.

The plan was organised by Robert Catesby, a devout English Catholic who hoped to kill the Protestant King James and establish Catholic rule in England. As part of the plan, Catesby intended to kidnap James's nine-year-old daughter Princess Elizabeth and install her as a puppet queen.

English Catholics had expected more religious tolerance under James I compared to the reign of his predecessor, Elizabeth I. James's wife, Anne of Denmark, was a Catholic, and the king initially appeared sympathetic to English Catholicism.

However, these hopes were dashed in early 1604 when in a speech to Parliament James I said he `detested' the Catholic faith. Days later, he ordered all Jesuit and Catholic priests to leave the realm.

Following the king's declaration, Catesby joined forces with other Catholic conspirators to bring down the Protestant government.

What crown is Queen Camilla wearing at the State Opening of Parliament? The hugely symbolic diadem is steeped in both history and poignant personal connections to the royal family

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 17th, 2024 at 06:27:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was the bloodiest conflict western Europe had experienced since the end of World War I in 1918.

The war began on July 17, 1936, when generals Emilio Mola and Francisco Franco launched an uprising aimed at overthrowing the country's democratically elected republic. The Nationalist rebels' initial efforts to instigate military revolts throughout Spain only partially succeeded.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 18th, 2024 at 10:17:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:17:32 PM EST
Spartz charged with weapons violation at Dulles Airport , 1 July citations
Victoria Spartz's office said the congresswoman "accidentally" brought the empty handgun in her suitcase. She was issued a citation then moved ahead with her trip to Europe for a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), the Indiana Republican's office said.
OSCE Assembly Recognizes Russia's Genocide of the Ukrainian People, 30 June

archive. Apr 13th 2022
The MP noted that the 70-point resolution calls on all 53 OSCE participating states to make efforts to de-occupy Crimea and all occupied territories of Ukraine by supporting the Peace Formula and the Crimean Platform, as well as to establish a Special Tribunal to prosecute the Russian Federation for crimes committed during the aggressive war against Ukraine, and to conduct international and national investigations into mass crimes committed by the Russian army. The document also emphasizes the need to quickly launch a mechanism for using frozen Russian assets for the benefit of Ukraine and suggests that OSCE countries join the Agreement on the International Register of Damage Caused to Ukraine by Russian Aggression.
archive after-burner, watch dog, candidate, gadfly, sponsor
by Cat on Tue Jul 2nd, 2024 at 08:40:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hillary Rodham Clinton Is to Headline the 2024 TFWA World Conference, 3 July
"She will explore the ever-evolving global political landscape and the trends that are impacting the geopolitical environment in which the duty-free and travel retail industry operates," She will explore the ever-evolving global political landscape and the trends that are impacting the geopolitical environment in which the duty-free and travel retail industry operates," TFWA [Tax Free World Association] said in a statement, referring to the former U.S. secretary of state, former U.S. senator for New York and former U.S. presidential candidate.
odysee. Vovan and Lexis "Poroshenko" consults Hillary Clinton, sadist at large, 3 July
audio (EN) 10 min.
PP: And may I ask you you know that I was the main iniatior of the Ukraine joining to NATO what does your inner circle—
HRC: Yes, I remember
PP: I put it in the constitution of Ukraine, a special article.
HRC: Yes, I rember that, yes.
PP: What does your inner circle—
HRC: Look, I think that—we are working vey hard to persuade the Germans and the Americans to move on this. I don't know what the final decision will be, but, you know, as you say, Rasmussen and Yermak and others are working very hard.
[...]
PP: I think that dictators didn't learn their lesson after Gaddafi.
HRC: Ah, interesting. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I think that's true.
PP: As I mentioned, the main threat is Trump. The main threat is Trump, because he will ask for money back. It will be disaster. After all, he wants to end the conflict on Russia terms, and if you remember, when I was president we were looking for his connections with Russia. But when Trump became president, they just started interfering with me. Tehy were already looking for any compromising evidencee for President Biden on Burisma and even on you, and his administration were asking me, can you help on this.
HRC: I know. He's a very bad guy. I know personally from having to run against him. He's a very, very bad guy. But Petro, let's take one step at a time. Let's get this material. Let's get it to your soldiers. Let's try to get some of the Russian frozen assets. Let's work on NATO. You know, if the worst thing happens, if Trump were to win, we will all have to figure out what to do. But I don't think it's going to happen. I really don't think it's going to happen.
PP: Yeah, I think that we can request a hearing in the parliament to find something on him before the election. I think that—he has problems in the court. This is because of that um mutiny that was made in 2020. I think that we can attack him from different sides before the election.
HRC: Good. Well, anything you could do to attack him, I'm all for it, because he's a very dangerous man.
PP: Yeah, I can send my people in the US from the embassy
archive Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic Future
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 04:10:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Is this true, written beyond the human mind ... AI

Now the fastest supercomputer in the world, it can perform more than 1 quintillion (1018) floating-point operations per second.

I'm still at the level of IBM's Big Blue and the chess match 😂 ⁉️

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 11:48:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
HRC and (former) CIA operatives came short to pull her into the White House ... right-wing organizations led by Steve Bannon proved more effective ... Facebook - Zuckerberg - Cambridge Analytica - MI6 and Christopher Steele, et al.

Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire | Politico - 11 Jan 2017 |

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton's allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.

[...]

Merkel, who has served as an election observer in Ukrainian presidential elections dating back to 1993, noted there's some irony in Ukraine and Russia taking opposite sides in the 2016 presidential race, given that past Ukrainian elections were widely viewed in Washington's foreign policy community as proxy wars between the U.S. and Russia.

"Now, it seems that a U.S. election may have been seen as a surrogate battle by those in Kiev and Moscow," Merkel said.

Putin's Russia: How urgent threat it poses? | EPP - April 24, 2017 |

Indoctrination ... drip, drip, drip, drip ...

George Bush and Dick Cheney declared war on Russia 🇷🇺 at the NATO summit of Bucharest in April 2008.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 12:20:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 12:41:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hunter Biden's felony conviction 2nd amendment right story developing ... We are all Patrick Darnell Daniels, except Zackey Rahimi.
"I definitely think they're connected," Jacob Charles, a law professor at Pepperdine University who focuses on the Second Amendment, said of the pending Supreme Court case and possible Biden appeal.
archive more LLCs than Gotti's ex-wife
by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 01:01:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US v. Daniels,SDMS 2022 judgment held, dismissal denied
Daniels v US, 5th Cir 2023 judgment vacated, dimissal reversed
US v. Daniels, SCOTUS 2023 appeal
US v. Daniels, SCOTUS 2 Jul 2024 order (p2 remand to 5th Cir)

FYI. Daniels, driving while invisibly black, actually has already served 19 mo/4 Mississippi years. There was no SCOTUS hearing for Daniels, no opinion relating to the order in his case to remand, or per curiam advisory. Ironically, MSM quotes, attributed to uhh certain SCOTUS justices, refer to "originalist" quibbling about the applicability of NY State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen (2021) ruling to US v. Rahimi (June 2024) which upheld a NEW! gun restriction...inna NRA v. Vullo "era"

file in most ignorant litigious nation/limits of the presidential power/AWKWARD!

by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 01:32:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT | Supreme Court dodges new fights over gun rights, textualist originalist haters
The court declined to hear a set of cases challenging Illinois' ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. The court also said it would not take up several challenges to a federal law barring people with felony convictions from having guns.

In 2022, the court DRAMATICALLY EXPANDED [nope] Second Amendment rights by declaring in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen that modern gun restrictions must adhere to historical practices < wipes tears >. Then, last month, in United States v. Rahimi, the court seemed to back away from the most EXTREME CONSEQUENCES of that dread history-based test: It upheld a federal law banning alleged domestic abusers from having firearms. But the constitutionality of many other gun laws remains in doubt in light of the Bruen ruling, with lower courts divided on how to apply the history-based test....

by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 01:42:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ChatGPT reuters | Hunter Biden ends bid for gun retrial after prosecutors explain appeal process, 9 July
The prosecutors described Hunter Biden's arguments about a lack of a formal green light to proceed to trial as a "laughable tale of the mystery of the missing mandates."
merits duplication in most ignorant litigious nation on planet
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 02:33:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
First convicted son of a sitting US president's seeks dismissal of special counsel indictment
"The Attorney General relied upon the exact same authority to appoint the Special Counsel in both the Trump and Biden matters, and both appointments are invalid for the same reason," Hunter Biden's attorney, Abbe Lowell, wrote in the motion involving his federal gun conviction.
ahead of Christmas pardon season.
by Cat on Fri Jul 19th, 2024 at 01:01:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Kirby content (08.07.24)
KIRBY: ...And then on Thursday afternoon, there'll be a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council, after which the president will host an event with President Zelensk* and nearly two dozen of our allies and partners who have signed bilateral security agreements with Ukraine, just as the president did, as you saw, in Italy a week or so ago. After that, the president will hold a press conference—I guess a "big boy" press conference—
JEAN-PIERRE: Yes.
KIRBY: —is what we're calling it—and take some questions from y'all.

meme of w/e 13 July

by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 03:19:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"big boy" conference highlight
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2024 at 11:39:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 08:32:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Jul 11th, 2024 at 05:44:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Nettavisen.no | See kulturministerens frantic puppestunt
Kulturminister Lubna Jaffery (Ap) ga virkelig «full pupp» på scenen under på Pride-arrangementet «Skeiv preik» i Oslo tirsdag kveld. Her ble hun kåret til årets «fag hag», som er en hedersbetegnelse i det skeive miljøet.

by Cat on Wed Jul 3rd, 2024 at 11:47:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Display:
Go to: [ European Tribune Homepage : Top of page : Top of comments ]