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Wednesday, 13 June


Nick Bryant seizes the moral high ground Is the BBC biased?

The BBC's New York correspondent Nick Bryant is having his say:

So let's have ours too:

Monkey Brains12 June 2018 at 10:55 
Nick Bryant,the BBC's New York correspondent who never, well hardly ever, files anything about New York, is getting all ethical on us re the Trump-Kim conference: 
"Is there a special place in hell for a dictator whose regime has jailed up to 130,000 political prisoners and, according to the International Bar Association, is guilty of systematic murder (including infanticide), torture, forced abortions and starvation?" 
Well let's hope so. But when has Bryant ever said the same about the Chinese Communist regime, which is guilty of exactly the same (only on a bigger scale) crimes?  
Answer: never. Nope,this isn't about morality, it's about kicking Trump, poking him in the eye...


The hard-right Daily Express propaganda rag is openly intimidating British MPs AAV

In November 2017 Theresa May's Tories and their bigoted DUP enablers forced a shambolic hard-right anti-democratic power grab called the EU Withdrawal Bill through the House of Commons.

The opposition parties attempted to make several amendments to limit this outrageous Tory power grab, but without the support of the vocal Tory so-called "mutineers" (who all, despite all of their fine words, actually voted in favour of it) they simply didn't have the numbers to constrain Theresa May's dictatorial and anti-democratic ambitions, so the bill scraped through to the next stage.


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Syrian War Report June 12, 2018: Army Repels Militants Attack Coming From US-held Area On Palmyra The Vineyard of the Saker Early on June 11, pro-government forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, repelled a militant attack coming from the US-held area of Al-Tanf in eastern Syria on the ancient


Oh wow, das ist ja mal ein wuchtiges Fuck You: Seehofer ... Fefes Blog

Oh wow, das ist ja mal ein wuchtiges Fuck You: Seehofer wird als erster Innenminister nicht am Integrationgipfel der Kanzlerin teilnehmen, tauscht sich lieber mit dem sterreichischen (!) Kanzler aus.


Was my friend or lover a cop who was spying on me? Undercurrents reports

A guide to the dos and donts of investigating if a comrade was an undercover police officer.

In this 24 page booklet, we have brought together all the lessons we have learned to help you do your own investigation.

It covers how to start investigating and the sorts of questions that need answering. Equally importantly, we discuss how to support each other or deal with situations which are inconclusive. It takes you through the process step by step, so even if you have already started your own investigation there is help with what to do once you have come to a conclusion
Read it here

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions.


Tsipras gov partner ANEL says they will down vote agreement with term Macedonia Keep Talking Greece

Tsipras junior coalition government partner, Independent Greeks (ANEL) made it clear that they will down vote an agreement with FYROM if it contains the term Macedonia. In an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday morning, ANEL leader and Defense Minister, Panos Kammenos, said: We are clear, we do not agree and we will not vote in

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New objective values: 2 in 3 property owners to pay same ENFIA as last year Keep Talking Greece

Two in three property owners in Greece will pay the same unified property tax (ENFIA) as last year. A ministerial decision published on Tuesday, sets the new objective values according to which the property tax will be calculated. ENFIA increase will affect 960,000 owners who will pay from 1 to 200 euros more than in

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Gilad Atzmon discusses J Power with Patrick Henningsen (21st Century Wire) Writings - Gilad Atzmon

 Democracy and freedom is something we remember not something we experience. They belong to Nostalgia.

Democracy and freedom is something we remember not something we experience. They belong to Nostalgia.


Democracy and freedom is something we remember not something we experience. They belong to Nostalgia.  On Patrick Henningsen's Sunday Wire I spoke about the rapid emergence of authoritarian conditions in Britain and the West in general. We looked into the role of The Lobby, the impact of ID politics and tyranny of correctness.


40 Israeli planes train in Greeces skies for missions in Gaza Strip, Northern borders Keep Talking Greece

The Israeli Air Force launched a large-scale aerial exercise last Sunday in Greece, practising long-range operations and missions over unfamiliar terrain. The exercise simulated warfare in the Gaza Strip as well as on Israels northern border, the army said on Monday. A total of forty planes of Israels Armed Forces participated in the large-scale aerial exercise

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Murderer of 13-year-old Roma girl surrenders to police after a week Keep Talking Greece

The murderer of the 13-year-old Roma girl has surrendered to police a week after the tragedy.  The local butcher was taken to police station in Amfissa, Central Greece late on Monday. He was allegedly hiding on the mountain for a week allegedly fearing retaliation by the small Roma community. The 34-year-old perpetrator reportedly surrendered to

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Link UK Against Fluoridation

West Cumbria water is fluoridated but there is a hiatus now while a 300m pipeline is being built. With more evidence of fluoride's downside, such as the effect on IQ after the Bashash 2017 study, can it be stopped? With Paul Carr (Cumbria), Dr Paul Connett, Joy Warren, Prof Stephen Peckham et al. Anti-fluoride campaigners meeting, Bedford, May 2018.


Inclusivity and Diversity in North Yorkshire Police North Yorks Enquirer

Inclusivity and Diversity in North Yorkshire Police




North Yorkshire Police (NYP) recently released this statement on the NYP Website (below, bottom):

It is vital that North Yorkshire Police demonstrates that it is inclusive and free of prejudice if it is to retain the confidence and support of the various communities and minorities that it serves.

How does NYPs record on inclusivity and diversity stack up?

On the face of it this latest initiative and approach is commendable.

However, we should not forget that North Yorkshire Police is one of the few forces in the country that does not have any black officers. This has been an ongoing issue with NYP.

In 2015, the Prime Minister (as Home Secretary) criticised NYP in a speech to the National Black Policing Associations conference, for not having any black officers. BBC report here. North Yorkshire Polices response to these criticisms can be read here. Particularly worthy of note is the reassuring statement it contains that: the force had developed an action plan with the College of Policing to address the recruitment of ethnic minority officers in the future.

Also worthy of note is the fact that despite all the hype and fine sounding assurances, in fact nothing has changed since 2015. The much vaunted action plan with the College of Policing has failed and NYP still does not have a single black officer. Worse, NYP Sergeant Zaheer Ahmed (Retired) successfully sued NYP for racism at an Employment tribunal.

The case and Sergeant Ahmeds comments are illuminating.

Sergeant Zaheer Ahmed (Rtd). Victim of years of racial discrimination in NYP

The NYE report on Sergeant Ahmeds case is here, but in summary, Sergeant Ahmed was deliberately discriminated against in favour of less qualified white colleagues for many years by multiple NYP senior officers. According to an excellent article in York Press, was subjected to two cases of direct discrimination.

It must have been clear within NYP that Sergeant Ahmed was being discrimina...


Yemen U.S. Grants Approval for Genocide Rigged Game

The only supply line from the outside world will soon be cut off. The people will starve.

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama

The genocide in Yemen is going to start tomorrow. Eight million are already on the brink of starvation. Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis live in the mountainous heartlands (green) which are under control of the Houthi and their allies. They are surrounded by Saudi and U.A.E. forces and their mercenaries. There is little agriculture. The only supply line from the outside world will soon be cut off. The people will starve.

biggerEven before the war Yemen imported 90% of its staple food. Three years of Saudi/UAE bombing have destroyed local infrastructure and production. The ongoing war has already caused mass starvation and the outbreak of a large cholera epidemic. The Yemeni coast is under blockade by Saudi and U.S. naval forces. The only supplies coming in are UN and commercial deliveries through the Red Sea Hodeidah port (Al Hudaydah on the map).

biggerThe United Arab Emirates is leading local mercenaries and Islamist gangs against the Houthi and their allies. During the last months these forces moved from the south along the coast up to Hodeidah. The fighting is fierce:

Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 600 people on both sides in recent days, security officials said Monday.

Tomorrow, when the media will be busy with the Kim-Trump photo-op summit, the UAE forces will launch their attack on the city.

The UN, which oversees the aid distribution through Hodeidah, tried to negotiate between the parties:

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, traveled to the U.A.E. capital over the weekend in an effort to forestall an attack. Mr. Griffiths had secured an agreement with...


Suspicious minds Is the BBC biased?

Spain has said it will take in a rescue ship which has been stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 600 migrants on board after both Malta and Italy refused it permission to dock. Italy's new hardline interior minister said he would not allow his country to turn into what he called a "huge refugee camp". The ship, the Aquarius, which has hundreds of women and children on board, has been waiting in the sea between Malta and Sicily. 
That was how BBC One News at Six introduced this widely-reported story tonight. 

I'll now quote it again and add bold lettering to highlight some of its interesting use of language:
Spain has said it will take in a rescue ship which has been stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 600 migrants on board after both Malta and Italy refused it permission to dock. Italy's new hardline interior minister said he would not allow his country to turn into what he called a "huge refugee camp". The ship, the Aquarius, which has hundreds of women and children on board, has been waiting in the sea between Malta and Sicily. 
Who wouldn't feel deep sympathy for "hundreds of women and children" in a "rescue ship" who have been "stranded" by a "hardline" ruler? It's like something out of an ancient Greek play, isn't it?  

The use of the term 'rescue ship' is intriguing. It usually refers to military tugs who come to the aid of stricken vessels and was most commonly heard of during World War Two. The Aquarius is a private ship operated by a couple of NGOs whose activities off the coast of Libya have proved controversial. The use of the term 'rescue ship' to describe them doesn't seem to be a neutral term given that it's a term used by supporters of the NGOs. Isn't the BBC taking sides by using it?

The emotional impa...


Licensed to Shill North Yorks Enquirer

In a satirical spirit, the North Yorks Enquirer presents the one hundred and forty-second in a continuing series of so-called Photoons cartoons developed from digital photographs highlighting the more amusing aspects of current affairs in North Yorkshire and far beyond.

Readers are left to place the protagonists in the context of news articles.




Even After Madoff, Ponzi Schemes Continue to Proliferate Rigged Game

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens and cross-posted from Wall Street on Parade

Most Americans are not aware that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had the opportunity to stop Bernie Madoffs Ponzi scheme 16 years before he confessed in 2008. In 1992, the SEC settled an investigation against two Florida accountants, Frank Avellino and Michael Bienes. The duo had been raising money for Bernie Madoff to invest for their clients for 30 years by handing out promissory notes to investors that promised returns of 13.5 percent or higher. Avellino and Bienes sold over $440 million in these unregistered notes to thousands of unwitting investors.

The Avellino and Bienes matter was settled by the SEC with an order for the accountants to stop selling unregistered securities and with Madoff returning the money. No inquiry was made into where Madoff obtained the funds to pay back investors. The SEC did not lay a finger on Madoff because the investigators assigned to the case simply accepted Madoffs client statements as proof that the investment securities existed rather than going to the Depository Trust Company (DTC), the outside clearing entity that could have confirmed that they did not exist.

After the 1992 missed opportunity, multiple more Madoff investigations were equally inept by the SEC, leading its Inspector General to conclude in a 457-page report released in August 2009 that there were systematic breakdowns in the manner in which the SEC conducted its examinations and investigations.

As interest rates on safe fixed income investments (like FDIC-insured bank Certificates of Deposits and U.S. Treasury Notes where interest payments and return of principal at maturity are guaranteed by the U.S. government) have dwindled over the past decade since the financial crash in 2008, Ponzi schemes offering promissory notes have proliferated across the U.S. The SEC and state regulators have caught dozens of these Ponzi operators but there is no question that many more have gone undetected and are operating in broad daylight today.

Most of these promissory note Ponzi scheme operators are content to swindle millions or tens of millions of dollars from investors. But on December 21 of last year the SEC announced that it had uncovered a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme using promissory notes that had defrauded more than 8,400 investors, mostly senior citizens

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De la propagande en matire de protection de l'enfance: le cas de l'affaire d'Outreau donde vamos

On navait pas reparl de laffaire dOutreau depuis longtemps, parce que le procs de Legrand tait pass et quon nallait pas remuer le couteau des faits dans la plaie dune justice inique. Mais comme, depuis le temps, les mdias, certains juges et [...]


Today five years ago hundreds joined a rally and the later... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.

Today five years ago hundreds joined a rally and the later following spontaneous demonstration in Berlin Kreuzberg against Turkeys president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They called the AKP administration in Turkey to step down and expressed their solidarity with the Turkish opposition. 06/11/2013.
#berlin #turkey #kreuzberg #akp #erdogan #geziparki #occupygeziparki #direngezi #heryertaksim #gezi5yanda #tamam #rally #demonstration #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss #fromthearchives


Who Really Murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman? Philosophers Stone

Joe Vialls Aug 24, 2002 Updated Nov 6, 2013

British Police torture least likely suspects Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr from Soham Village, while deliberately ignoring thousands of more likely suspects from nearby American Air Force bases

ian Huntley

Ian Huntley

Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi

Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi

Maxine Carr

Maxine Carr

Staff Sergeant Frank Ronghi (pictured right) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to forcibly sodomizing and then murdering an 11-year-old girl during early 2000.
When British police arrested Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr [pictured left and centre above] during the early hours of Saturday 17 August, on suspicion of the abduction and murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, they did so in the certain knowledge that absolutely no hard evidence existed incriminating either suspect. The reason for the rapid arrests was very simple: Just hours earlier, two small bodies had been found near the perimeter fence at USAF Lakenheath, and the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street was terrified of a massive political scandal involving American servicemen based in, or transiting through, the United Kingdom.
Shortly after the arrests, British and American media organizations demonized Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr so successfully that public attention was diverted away from Lakenheath completely, and focused instead on the young couple from Soham who had earlier willingly spoken to television crews about their concerns for the well being of the two missing 10-year-old girls. Both knew the girls reasonably well. Ian Huntley was the caretaker at their school, and Maxine Carr was a former teaching auxiliary in their class.
Millions of viewers around the world watched Ian and Maxine being interviewed by the media, and most were impressed by the open...


Aus der beliebten Serie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft SICHER", ... Fefes Blog

Aus der beliebten Serie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft SICHER", heute: Doel 4 ist runtergefahren. Damit sind alle Doel-Reaktoren vom Netz. Doel war das marode Kernkraftwerk in Belgien (das andere ist Tihange).

In diesem Sinne ist in Doel gerade tatschlich die Kernkraft sicher.

Sehr geil auch das Statement der Betreibergesellschaft:

"Es ist nicht ungewhnlich, dass einer der Reaktoren ausfllt", sagte Nele Scheerlinck, Engie-Electrabel-Sprecherin laut der belgischen Zeitung Grenzecho und ergnzte: "Im Durchschnitt gibt es weltweit einen automatischen Stopp pro Reaktor und Jahr, aber es kommt in der Tat nicht oft vor, dass alle vier Reaktoren abgeschaltet werden."
Lieber einmal zu frh runterfahren, wenn ihr mich fragt.

Ich beobachte gerade mit Bestrzung, wie immer mehr ... Fefes Blog

Ich beobachte gerade mit Bestrzung, wie immer mehr Online-Medien ihr Geschftsmodell auf das Spammen von Amazon-Affiliate-Links umstellen. Die WM-Angebote von Amazon haben keinen Nachrichtenwert. Das ist Werbung, als redaktioneller Inhalt getarnt. Gibt es kein Medienhaus, dass da mal eine Abmahnwelle wegen unlauteren Wettbewerbs lostreten kann?

Die deutsche Autoindustrie ist offenbar voll am Abnippeln.Hausdurchsuchung ... Fefes Blog

Die deutsche Autoindustrie ist offenbar voll am Abnippeln.

Hausdurchsuchung beim Audi-Chef, VW kann anscheinend gar keine sauberen Motoren bauen, bei 15.000 Dieselbesitzern drohen jetzt Zwangsstilllegungen und als der Minister den Daimler-Chef zu sich zitiert, probiert der es mit schmutzigen Tricks.

Ab wann klassifiziert man diesen ganzen Haufen eigentlich rein rechtlich gesehen als kriminelle Vereinigung? Was genau mssen die tun, damit das passiert? Frage fr einen Freund.

Und noch ein Erfolg der DSGVO:Dank der DSGVO haben ... Fefes Blog

Und noch ein Erfolg der DSGVO:

Dank der DSGVO haben spanische Nutzer erfahren, dass die App ihrer Fuball-Liga bers Mikro nach nicht lizenzierten, ffentlichen bertragungen fahndet.
Was fr eine Frechheit!

Also so was trauriges habe ich ja noch NIE gehrt: ... Fefes Blog

Also so was trauriges habe ich ja noch NIE gehrt: Hessens Datenschutzbehrde prft die Praktiken der Schufa.

Na das wre ja TRA-GISCH, wenn die ihren Laden zumachen mssten!


Syrian War Report June 11, 2018: Syrian Army Repels Series Of ISIS Attacks On Al-Bukamal The Vineyard of the Saker Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another series of ISIS attacks on the town of al-Bukamal at the Syrian-Iraqi border. ISIS used several suicide


The Tories can't blame anyone else for the High Street apocalypse they're created AAV

After the department store House of Fraser's announced that they're shutting down half of their outlets a load of Tory apologists suddenly began astroturfing the Internet to posit the most absurd excuses for it.

One of the most common excuses was that department stores like House of Fraser simply can't compete with online retailers like Amazon and Ebay.

The obvious flaw in this line of defence is that there's nothing more inherently efficient about online retailers, especially given the extra transportation overheads of running millions of deliveries to customer's houses, often several separate deliveries per order!

Of course online retailers are often cheaper than high street stores, but the price difference has little to do with inherent efficiency, and a lot more to do with the fact that they've been getting away with paying almost zero tax on their British profits for the last decade.

This taxation disparity is a problem that is attributable to the Tory government that has not only failed to rectify the problem in their 8 years in power, but has also repeatedly intervened to obstruct international efforts to clamp down on the worst tax-dodgers of all.

Another factor that critically undermines this "natural consequence of online retailing" argument is the subsequent total collapse of Poundworld just a few days later.

It's easily possible to argue that people are more likely to buy their kitchenware, clothing,...


Crucial developments for Greeces coalition after FYROM PM calls Tsipras on Macedonia agreement Keep Talking Greece

The much anticipated phone call by FYROM Prime Minister,  Zoran Zaef, to his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, over the Macedonia agreement took place at 3 p.m. on Monday. No further details about the content of the conversation have been revealed, except that the phone call was in a positive atmosphere, as Tsirpas office said in

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Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/06/11 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/06/11 14:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of


New Austerity bill: Generics free of charge for two patients categories, but. Keep Talking Greece

Insured in the Greek Public Health Care system are to receive generics mediation without the self-participation of 10 to 15 percent. The change that is to relieve thousands of patients is included in the latest austerity reforms bill expected to be approved by the Palriament on upcoming Thursday. but this is the only positive thing

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Monday, 11 June


The Tories are actually trying to spin their anti-Muslim bigotry scandal as a vote winner! AAV

After the Muslim Council of Britain and several senior Conservatives demanded an investigation into anti-Muslim prejudice in the Tory party, many on the left have been quick to point out the tiny flicker of mainstream media coverage on the issue in relation to the massive Labour anti-Semitism furore before the local elections.

The discrepancy in coverage is obvious, but it should come as no surprise at all given the relentless pro-Tory anti-Corbyn bias that not only dominates the print media, but also thrives on the supposedly neutral BBC too.

The allegations of widespread Islamophobia in the Tory ranks and specific accusations of anti-Muslim discrimination against Michael Gove and the Tory leadership should surely be getting more media coverage, but the reason these stories aren't getting much traction are obvious.

Of course mainstream media journalists don't want to scrutinise Tory Islamophobia to the same extent they attacked Labour over allegations of anti-Semitism. Firstly such scrutiny would run entirely counter to the mainstream media groupthink objective of protecting the neoliberal status quo by working to oust Jeremy Corbyn, and secondly "the Tory party is over-run with bigots" is really more of a common sense assertion rather than a groundbreaking news story anyway, isn't it? 

For m...


Cops in soap drama Undercurrents reports

The shop front campaign by Lush cosmetics has opened up a major public debate about the role of spycops and the history of political policing over the last fifty years.
While Lush have focused their campaign on spycops and worked closely with the women whose lives were ruined by the deception of the undercover officers in the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), there is a bigger picture which links to modern day protests, such as those communities opposing fracking. Lush have run many successful social justice and animal welfare campaigns over the years.
I myself was put on the Met Police's Domestic Extremist database when an elected politician sitting on the Met's own Police authority
Indeed, it is their connection with campaigners who have exposed the abuse of animals which gives them a link to the spycop saga. The SDS targeted such campaigners in the 1980s and 1990s. I myself was put on the Met Police's Domestic Extremist database when an elected politician sitting on the Met's own Police authority. I was overseeing the Met's performance while they were spying on me for over a decade. All at the taxpayer's expense.
With a lot of the groups that the police targeted, their fringe concerns have become a mainstream minimum standard. Public opinion in Britain has shifted a lot as a result of the work those campaigners did and subsequent regulations have improved the welfare of animals. The campaigning and the improvements are undoubtedly connected, so why were spycops taking sides?
Other major organizations targeted by campaigners who were spied upon include McDonalds, who have recently spent millions making all kinds of ethical improvements in order to try to redeem their damaged reputation.
One of the famous McLibel campaigners was Helen Steel, who is also one of the women who uncovered the whole spycop deception. Indeed, a fellow campaigner of hers, who wrote the McLibel leaflet that put her in court,...


Grey Wolves leader & Erdogans ally claims Cyprus is Turkish, warns Greece Keep Talking Greece

The leader of far-right extremists Grey Wolves and leader of MHP, Devley Bahceli, an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said Cyprus was Turkish and accused neighbour Greece of playing games in the Aegean Sea, Turkish pro-government Yeni afak newspaper said. Bahelis Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is struggling in the polls and has formed

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Crowdfunding for legal expenses of ex ELSTAT chief, Andreas Georgiou Keep Talking Greece

Andreas Georgiou is a man in need. Not only has he been hounded by the Greek justice authorities, he cannot even cover the legal expenses emerging from multiple prosecutions and appeals. This is the opinion of Georgious international friends and supporters. As the former chief of the Greek Statistics Authority has a lots of friend

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Die ZTE-Affre hat China gezeigt, wie dringend sie ... Fefes Blog

Die ZTE-Affre hat China gezeigt, wie dringend sie sich von amikanischem Knowhow unabhngig machen mssen.

Chinas technology boom, it turns out, has been largely built on top of Western technology.

The ZTE incident, as it is called in China, may be the countrys Sputnik moment. Like the United States in 1957, watching helplessly as the Soviet Union launched the first human-made satellite, many people in China now see how far the country still has to go.

We realized, said Dong Jielin, an adjunct professor at the Research Center for Technological Innovation at Tsinghua University in Beijing, that Chinas prosperity was built on sand.

Und das ist keine schne Einsicht.

Trump hat die Angewohnheit, Papiere zu zerreien, ... Fefes Blog

Trump hat die Angewohnheit, Papiere zu zerreien, wenn er dem Vorgang fertig ist.

Das Weie Haus hat Vorschriften, wie lange Dokumente gelagert werden mssen.

Daher gibt es Leute, die Trumps zerrissene Papierfetzen wieder zusammenpuzzeln.


Merkel in self-pity claims she was victim of austerity policies in the Euro zone Keep Talking Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the harsh austerity policies implemented in the debt-ridden countries of the euro zone claiming she did the right thing. She even presented herself as a victim, complaining about being target of insults in Greece and Portugal. In a self-righteous and self-pity performance, she insulted the millions of struggling Greeks, Portuguese,

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Truth, Truthfulness and Palestine Writings - Gilad Atzmon

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Talk delivered at Deep Truth-Countering Deep State Lies (online conference)   

Sun 10 June

By Gilad Atzmon

A healthy society doesnt need a truth movement.  But we Americans, Brits, French and Germans are far from healthy and our so-called truth movements havent led us towards any sources of light. The question is: Why?

One possible answer is that truth movements are ideal environments for the operators of controlled opposition -- those who insist upon vetting any discussion about the truth by claiming to know what the truth is, what it comprises and who its enemies are.

Karl Popper posited that since no number of scientific experiments could definitively prove a scientific theory we should utilise a methodology based on falsifiability. While we posses the means to refute a scientific theory or scientific truth, we lack the ability to verify a single scientific theory by means of experiments. For instance, if you state that the sun rises in the East is a valid scientific truth, a single occasion of the sun popping up early in the morning in the West will refute your theory. Building Number Seven may not point at the culprit behind 9/11 but it is thought to refute the official 9/11 narrative. Furthermore, history laws such as Holocaust denial laws in Europe or the Nakba law in Israel exist to defy alteration, refutation or scholarly debate about the past. Instead of helping us to grasp our past, the existence of such laws reveals to us that some parties are desperate to stop anyone from exploring  what really happened.

The French philosopher Jean-Franois Lyotard observed in his book, Heidegger and The Jews that history may claim to tell us what happened, but most of the time history is institutionally engaged in concealing our shame. The Americans, for instance, conceal the brutality of slavery, the Brits conceal the crimes of the empire, the Jews suppress any inquiry into Jewish accountability for Jewish historys chain o...


Rouvikonas anarchists try to raid Ministry of Public Order, 20 detentions Keep Talking Greece

It was just a few minutes after 8 o clock Monday morning, when a group of people came running from several different directions and entered into the yard of the Ministry for Citizens Protection through the main entrance. A riot police squad stationed there rushed to the group that was running towards the main building.

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Bosnia and the new Balkan route Freedom News

Freedoms refugee support correspondent Chiara Lauvergnac reports from Bosnia and Balkans. A growing number of refugees and other migrants are using the new Balkan route through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia to reach the EU. Many passed recently to Bosnia from Serbia. An estimate 4000 to 5000 migrant people are now in Bosnia, most of whom


Putin and Xi top the G6+1 The Vineyard of the Saker

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) East vs. West: the contrast between the dueling summits this weekend was something for the history


Hassan Nasrallah on Israeli Warmongering & US Sanctions: Hezbollah Stronger than Ever, Resistance Not For Sale The Vineyard of the Saker

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon. Translation: Transcript:


Kennt ihr Jarek Duda? Der Mann ist ein Wissenschaftler ... Fefes Blog

Kennt ihr Jarek Duda? Der Mann ist ein Wissenschaftler aus Polen, dem einen Durchbruch bei Kompressionsverfahren gelungen ist, schon 2014.

Die lteren unter euch werden sich noch an PKZIP erinnern, und den Erfinder von Deflate, Phil Katz. Phil war Amerikaner und hat den Schei patentiert, aber war schlecht beraten und hat nur genau das Verfahren patentiert, nicht Variationen davon. Daher gab es zlib und gzip, die sind eine Variation davon. Phil Katz starb vor ein paar Jahren, angeblich verschuldet.

Ein anderes bahnbrechendes Verfahren in der Datenkompression ist arithmetische Kompression. Das war patentiert, also hat es in der Praxis kaum jemand verwendet, bis das Patent auslief.

Jarek Duda hat sich entschieden, seinen Durchbruch explizit nicht zu patentieren sondern das der Public Domain zu bergeben, d.h. alle drfen es verwenden, es ist gemeinfrei und gehrt der ffentlichkeit. Daher sage ich: Der Mann ist ein Held. Ein ungesungener Held, leider.

Und, wie sich rausstellt, nur weil er das 2014 gemeinfrei gemacht hat, heit das nicht, dass nicht eine stinkenden Kapitalistenklitsche wie Google losrennt und anderer Leute Public Domain zu patentieren versucht. Sorry, Google, aber von allen Arschloch-Moves auf der Welt ist das einer der ganz, GANZ groen. Das ist noch drei Grenordnungen arschlochiger als die Daten der Welt sammeln und fr Werbe-Targeting verwenden. Euer Ruf ist jetzt so verschlissen, das kriegt ihr nie wieder repariert.

Darauf angesprochen meint Google brigens:

"Google has a long-term and continuing commitment to royalty-free, open source codecs (e.g., VP8, VP9, and AV1) all of which are licensed on permissive royalty-free terms, and this patent would be similarly licensed."
Jaja, commitment, kennen wir schon. Bestimmt wollten sie uns nur schtzen! Damit keiner der Bsen das patentiert!1!!

Ja nee, Google, so luft das nicht.

Duda isn't convinced, though. "We can hope for their goodwill; however, there are no guarantees," he said in an email to Ars. "Patents licensed in 'permissive royalty-free terms' usually have a catch."
Ja, h, wenn das permissive und royalty-free ist, wieso patentiert ihr es denn dann berhaupt?

Das US-Patentrecht hat fr sowas recht klare Regeln. Wenn das vorher irgendwo dokumentiert war, ist das Prior Art und invalidiert das Patent. Insofern ist das jetzt eine klare Sache, nur dass halt jemand Kohle in die Hand nehmen muss in den USA, um dieses Patent aktiv zu bekmpfen. Google hofft anscheinend, dass das niemand tun wird.

Update: Xiphmont glaubt, das knne ein Fall von "gleichzeitig von mehreren Leuten erfunden" sein.


Humans Need Not Apply: AI to Take Over Customer Service Jobs Rigged Game

With Amelia, we graduate into automating the knowledge worker, the customer service agent.

The last ten years have been a rough time for many bank employees in Spain. The countrys lenders have laid off 89,500 workers on the back of narrowing margins, industry consolidation, mass closures of branches and gathering digitization. In 2008, when the financial crisis struck, Spain was home to some 278,000 banking professionals; today there are just 195,000. Another 3,000 redundancies are expected in the coming months, as Santander and Bankia plan to further streamline their businesses, pushing the total number of layoffs close to 95,000.

The job losses are unlikely to end there. In fact, they could accelerate, especially if a potential new threat to traditional branch and front-office jobs materializes: artificial intelligence (AI). As Finextra reports, BBVA, Spains second largest banking group, is on the verge of enlisting AI agent Amelia, developed by New York-based IPsoft, for many of its customer support functions:

BBVA has become the latest bank to employ Amelia, calling in the virtual assistants creator IPsoft to help develop AI-powered digital customer support services. The technology has already been trialled at BBVAs call centre in Mexico to address customer complaints and enquiries. Now it will be extended to other markets and areas, as the bank seeks to digitise sales, advisory and support services.

Javier Daz, CEO, IPsoft for Spain and Latin America, says: Amelia is the result of 20 years of research during which we have tried to emulate the way the human brain works.

It appears to be working. Amelias marquee clients already include around 20 Fortune 100 firms. The company is also in the process of developing pre-trained, limited-function mini-Amelias for small and medium-size businesses

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To cover a protest or not to cover a protest...(2) Is the BBC biased?

'Funtime' Frankie McCamley of the BBC

Returning to the theme of a post from last month, which marches or protests should the BBC cover and which should they ignore? 

I ask again because there have been more marches and protests this weekend (as ever) and the BBC has been all over one of them, sending reporters to cover it and making it BBC News website front page news hours before it even began - namely the marches to commemorate the suffragettes - whilst, at the same time, sidelining other marches and protests, such as yesterday's latest Free Tommy protest in London (by supporters of Tommy Robinson) and today's Al-Quds Day march in London (by haters of Israel), which have barely had a look-in.

This time I'll just throw the floor open to your views (if you're not feeling too hot to think about such things)....

What criteria should the BBC use to judge whether a particular march or protest is worth covering or worth ignoring? 

Is it numbers? Is it topicality? Is it if any violence occurs? Is it about the likelihood of it bringing about change? 


I've Been Wendling My Way Back To You Mike Is the BBC biased?

Imagine (if you can) that you're a senior BBC journalist - say (purely hypothetically) one who played a major part in setting up the corporation's hip-and-happening BBC Trending project.

And then imagine yourself deciding to write a book about something related to your field as a BBC journalist - maybe something looking at the political extremes of social media.


Would you, being determined to be seen as impartial, write a book focused on (a) only the extreme right, (b) only the extreme left, or (c) both extremes?  

If you make the brave decision to focus on either (a) only the extreme right or (b) only the extreme left, would you, as an impartial BBC journalist, make every effort to appear to be reporting them from a detached, disinterested but intrigued position? Or would you instead try to make your readers see that these are people who deserve to be disapproved of (just as Nazis, fascists and all shades of communists need to be disapproved of)?

Plus, would you, as a hypothetical senior BBC journalist, use your BBC-branded Twitter feed to plug your book, or not? (If you're even allowed to.)

And would you, as a hypothetical senior BBC journalist, use your BBC-branded Twitter feed to focus almost exclusively on the subject matter of your book or, instead, make every effort to show yourself to be broadminded and scrupulously impartial by focusing on extreme manifestations from 'the other side' (the side you've chosen not to write about) just as much? Or, if not 'just as much', at least 'pretty often'? Or, at a push, at least 'a few times'? 

In other words, would you go out of your way to be seen to be being fair-minded even if you're not being anywhere near 'balanced' and don't think you should be 'balance...

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