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LQD - Scottish Independence

by ATinNM Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 02:20:50 AM EST

This is very interesting.  Never expected to read this in a normally rather staid business website.

Scotland is heading towards independence from the UK thanks to Boris Johnson and Brexit

Scotland is heading towards independence from the UK. That's the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the latest opinion polls which show a surge in support for Scottish nationalism.


The combination of anger at Brexit, distrust of Boris Johnson (who has a long record of offending Scots) and the UK government's shambolic handling of the coronavirus pandemic have all conspired to create the perfect environment for the independence movement.

If the Scottish Nationalist Party does take 55 out of 59 Holyrood seats as the polling is telling us and with 20 consecutive polls giving Independence majority support it becomes difficult to see how Independence doesn't happen.

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US Senate Elections

by ATinNM Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 05:32:31 PM EST

Started out as a quick comment to Franks' "It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over' diary and got carried away.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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LQD - UK losing logisitic business

by ATinNM Wed Nov 13th, 2019 at 11:14:06 PM EST

Shadow of Brexit fuels Dutch warehouse logistics boom

"Post-Brexit, the U.K. cannot function any more as a key entry and exit gateway of the EU," Lehmacher said. "Too many factors may hinder the fluidity of the supply, ranging from administrative burden to potential delays."

He added, "Flows of goods that can, will avoid the U.K. and U.K. warehousing and distribution facilities will be closed and reopened in markets in the EU, mostly in the Benelux countries where most of the EU distribution centers are located."

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LQD - France to say "non"

by ATinNM Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 03:26:59 PM EST

France says 'non' to Brexit delay

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LQD - Germany Now Expecting No Deal Brexit

by ATinNM Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 03:37:24 PM EST

UK, EU ramp up Brexit talks as Parliament suspension backlash grows

"We cannot imagine reopening the Withdrawal Agreement," said Maas. "We assume that Brexit will happen on October 31. We will do everything to avoid a no-deal Brexit. But the British government has made it clear that if there is no agreement (on the Irish border) a no-deal Brexit will happen."

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LQD - May be gone?

by ATinNM Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 05:49:18 PM EST

Brexit: Calls grow for Theresa May to resign in bill backlash

Several cabinet ministers have told the BBC that she cannot stay, with one saying it is "the end of the line".

Others, though, insist Theresa May should push on with her plan to put her Withdrawal Agreement Bill to a vote.

Mrs May's own MPs have been unhappy with the concessions she has set out in the bill, but she has called for "compromise on all sides".

The BBC's political editor says it appears the government is almost at breakdown.

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Pew Research Study on Populism in the EU

by ATinNM Thu Jul 12th, 2018 at 05:15:11 PM EST

Pew Research does top notch work.

In Western Europe, Populist Parties Tap Anti-Establishment Frustration but Have Little Appeal Across Ideological Divide

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So Now What? (LQD)

by ATinNM Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 06:00:27 PM EST

Trade barriers 'unavoidable' outside customs union, says EU's Barnier

The UK will face "unavoidable" barriers to trade if it leaves the customs union and single market, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said.

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LQD - Fighting in the Infotainment Wars

by ATinNM Sun Feb 26th, 2017 at 05:22:37 PM EST

The Neurobiology of the article is simplified but the practical is spot-on.  We on the Left keep bringing a research paper to a gun fight and then wonder why we lose.  Human Decision Making, which includes deciding to act, is completed by the brain's Affective Processing systems.  Affective Processing is necessary and sufficient to arrive at a decision, Cognitive Processing is neither.

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LQD: Precariat and UBI

by ATinNM Thu Sep 24th, 2015 at 01:37:00 PM EST

The Growing Precariat: Why We Need a Universal Basic Income:

Globalisation, technological change, and government policies have produced a class structure with a tiny plutocracy of billionaires coexisting with a dwindling salariat, with employment security, pensions and paid vacations, and a rapidly growing precariat, living bits-and-pieces lives, without occupational careers and experiencing declining real wages. Telling the precariat that they must obtain more schooling and training is disingenuous. Millions are currently over-qualified for the labor and work they can expect to be doing.

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LQD - On Monetary Structure

by ATinNM Fri Feb 20th, 2015 at 12:06:02 PM EST

Paper:  Is Our Monetary Structure a Systemic Cause for Financial Instability? Evidence and Remedies from Nature

(Directly linking is beyond my power, have to Google it.)

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LQD - Gore-Tex Unmanagement Structure

by ATinNM Mon Jan 13th, 2014 at 03:41:43 PM EST

Here it is.

On July 26, 1976, Jack Dougherty, a newly minted MBA from the College of William and Mary, dressed in adark blue suit and bursting with resolve, reported for his first day at W. L. Gore & Associates. He presented himself to Bill Gore, shook hands firmly, looked him in the eye, and said he was ready for anything.

What happened next was one thing for which Jack was not ready. Gore replied, "That's fine, Jack, fine. Why don't you look around and find something you'd like to do."

Whether this is a paradigm for trains or power generation depends, I guess, on the comparative value-weight of actually getting trains chugging down the track on time or the whirly-things shoving electricity down some wires versus one's relative Power position in a Top/Down hierarchy.

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LQD - Berlin as Start-Up Center

by ATinNM Thu Jan 9th, 2014 at 07:05:55 PM EST

Berlin's 'poor but sexy' appeal turning city into European Silicon Valley

A decade ago Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit tried to attract creative types to the city by declaring "Berlin ist arm, aber sexy" (poor but sexy).

It worked. The City's astonishingly low rents compared with other European capitals - a one-bed flat a short walk from Alexanderplatz in the centre of town can still be picked up for as little as €450-a-month (£373) - have helped draw arty people from across the world and made Berlin a major centre for artists, writers, musicians and, increasingly, technology and web entrepreneurs.

Berlin has more going for it than cheap rent but a low Cost of Living is a big help in fostering Creativity and it's blood-sister Innovation.

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VC Investment: Then and Now

by ATinNM Sat Apr 27th, 2013 at 02:43:33 PM EST

Been shown fifty ways from Sunday, one of the necessaries for a vibrant economy is the creation of new businesses.  Venture Capital and Angel investors have become the primary way new business ventures are funded.  

I was watching a YouTube talk last night on the early history of Silicon Valley and the lecturer mentioned in passing the top investment for a start-up in the Valley in 1955 was $300,000.

Which piqued my interest and I decided to delve into it a wee bit using wage rates and VC investment as the analytical tool.  (Without a great deal of thought, granted.)

Notice: all data is from US sources.

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Boston Marathon Picture

by ATinNM Sat Apr 20th, 2013 at 03:08:48 PM EST

The cover of Sport's Illustrated has this:

image on the front cover.

I got interested and dug a little deeper.

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LQD: We Aren't the World

by ATinNM Sat Mar 23rd, 2013 at 03:50:06 PM EST

We Arenít the World.

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics--and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

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LQD: Social Media Changing Business Organization

by ATinNM Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 12:19:36 PM EST

Here's an interesting article from Gartner:

Gartner Says Capitalism Going Social Will Require Organizations to Build Two-Way Relationships with the "99 Percent":

While capitalism won't collapse, there are fundamental changes under way as it morphs to a new form that is more in tune with the technology and attitudes of the 21st century," said Nigel Rayner, research vice president at Gartner. "The coming capitalist era is that of the Facebook generation, in which the values and behaviors that pervade the Internet and social media will also be adopted by innovative and disruptive businesses. With half the world's population under the age of 25, this may happen sooner than many think.

These changes won't impact all industries and businesses in the same way. Some will use them to create incremental business opportunities, but others may find their business model directly threatened, because they are seen by the 99 percent as the worst cases of exploitative business practices," said Mr. Rayner. "However, some innovative organizations will use capitalism going social to create new business models and disrupt their industries."

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Made For Each Other

by ATinNM Sat Jun 23rd, 2012 at 04:09:35 AM EST

A friend brought this to my attention:  Made For Each Other: The Conservative Love Affair with Communism and How It Is Destroying Us by a Canadian blogger Phil Paine.

Usually a LQD includes a 'teaser-quote' to induce people, like a movie trailer, to go read it.  I'm not going to add one.  The constituent parts of the article need to be read in context and with the flow of thought.

front-paged by afew

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LQD - Locking down an American workforce

by ATinNM Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 03:16:00 PM EST

Locking down an American workforce

Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world. Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work. The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers too coerced and right-less to complain.

Prisoners, whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate economy has found no use, now make up a virtual brigade within the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned along with the U.S. incarceration rate. The Corrections Corporation of America and GEO, two prison privatizers, along with a third smaller operator, G4S (formerly Wackenhut), sell inmate labor at subminimum wages to Fortune 500 corporations like Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, and IBM.

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Super Tuesday

by ATinNM Tue Mar 6th, 2012 at 02:39:02 AM EST

It's the biggie.

328 pledged delegates are up for grabs and a total of 153 unpledged delegates (66 in Ohio alone) will be selected.  

The overall situation has shifted slightly to Romney with Gallup giving national support at:

Romney 38
Santorum 22
Gingrich 15
Paul 12

Romney has clawed back to match his previous high.  Such as it is.

But Romeny still has the largest plurality of support and the Not-Romney vote is split between Santorum and Gingrich.  

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