Joys of globalisation and Election Times Open Thread.

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As is well known, we have the world's largest concentration of malnourished children - 45% of the population between 2-5 years are clinically malnourished.


So our national focus is on concentrating on delivering food to that segment, isn't it?  Is it heck.  We are now officially the world's largest rice exporter.  And this year we will be among the world's top 5 wheat exporters.  And the government is trumpeting this achievement to the skies.


Our neighbours have the sense to feed their population first, before proceeding to export the surplus.  We, on the other hand, are at war with our children.


On a side note, can we make this a mod election thread?

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the Onion changed their look

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Yoenis The Harper-Slayer

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A Cuban not named Yasiel Puig prevails in the pre-All Star Game home run hitting contest in spite of a burst of tape measure home runs by Bryce Harper. Congratulations to Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A's for an inspired performance, and good luck in the All Star Game.

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).

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Arctic sea ice extent at the end of the summer melt season has declined sharply over the past 30 years.


Summers with an essentially ice free Arctic Ocean are likely to be realized well within this century, perhaps as early as 2030. Ice extent for September 2012 was the lowest observed in the satellite record (1979-present), and the six lowest September extents over the period of satellite coverage have all occurred in the past six years.

While the factors responsible for this trend have and will continue to be widely studied, attention is shifting towards the environmental and societal consequences of current and future sea ice loss. Ice loss is already contributing to increased wave action and coastal erosion and is resulting in strong rises in Arctic air temperature during autumn--not just at the surface, but extending through a considerable depth of the atmosphere.


This strong warming, termed Arctic amplification, is starting to extend beyond areas of ice loss to influence Arctic land areas. Continued loss of the ice cover is in turn likely to impact on patterns of atmospheric circulation and precipitation, not just within the Arctic, but into middle latitudes; there is strong evidence that this is already occurring.

Finally, as the ice cover retreats, the Arctic is becoming more accessible for marine shipping and oil and gas exploration, increasing the economic and strategic importance of the region.

freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency

Historians Politely Remind Nation


To Check What's Happened In Past Before Making Any Big Decisions


While the new strategy, known as "Look Back Before You Act," has raised concerns among people worried they will have to remember lots of events from long ago, the historians have assured Americans they won't be required to read all the way through thick books or memorize anything.



Instead, citizens have been told they can just find a large-print, illustrated timeline of historical events, place their finger on an important moment, and then look to the right of that point to see what happened afterward, paying especially close attention to whether things got worse or better.


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I suppose that we should be grateful that Lysenko isn't alive and female, given The View's hiring standards.

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).

The EU-US trade deal is right wing


Dean Baker explains that even the most optimistic forecasts of its impact on growth are trivial, while it's main purpose is backdoor deregulation on food, fracking, and finance, as well as backdoor implementation of expanded intellectual property protections that help pharmaceutical companies, music companies and Hollywood studios, but harm average consumers.


This is top priority, along with a similar Pacific Trade Deal, for Obama in his second term.



At least it takes on Europe's weird anti-GMO stance. nt

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freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency



No. See for example the problems of strongly herbicide resistant weeds emerging in the US thanks to overuse on herbicide resistant crops.


There ar ereal and theoretical problems with GM and taking the precautionary stance with something that is both our food source and a major export is just sensible. 

So? The whole of the Americas is full of GMOs.

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Europeans eat GMOs when they visit the Americas. Its like criticising antibiotic use because of a rise in antibiotic resistance.


Its pretty illogical to criticise GMOs now.  Either there should have been a complete worldwide ban or not.  Does anyone realistically criticise economic growth and thereby rising CO2 levels?

freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency

I realise this is a hobby horse of yours


ebut I think you will find that genetic modiciation is not antibiotics.


For a start, the field of genetic modification is much broader than medical antibiotics. It would be better to compare GM with "chemicals". It's stupid to be against "chemicals" but it would also be stupid to sign an agreement that allowed the broad applications of "chemicals" to the food supply.


The same with GM. There will be some fantastic and useful GM, no doubt. That's no reason to open the floodgates.


On your comparisson to antibiotic resistance, it is not the same, because in this case the antibiotic is analogous to the herbicide not the GM. If you must strain for an analogy, then it would be GMing some humans to be capable of accepting much larger doses of antibiotics without dying even though you know that doing so will hasten the development of germs immune even to these new high doses.


And absolutely, antibiotic resistance is a critical problem. It looks like we will have TB back again in Europe thanks to it. I remember my Grandfather relating the toll it took on communities. It was everywhere. Anything, like for example dosing animals with antibiotics to promote growth, that contributes to resistance should be looked at very carefully. 


And on the herbicides, it's not just about resistant weeds that put us in a worse position than if we had herbicides and non resitant crops - it's about the chemicals we are pouring on our food. A recent ML Bremen study showed (Hoppe H. 2013) showed glyphosphate residues in the urine of Europeans from 18 nations and it makes interesting reading


That's just one issue. There are others. Toxicity due to making plants produce their own insecticides, cross pollination moving GM traits into wild populations from which they will never be removed, protection of farmers who choose not to grow GM. These are not trivial and call for GM products to be reviewed individually. But that is not what is happening. Governments and big agri-business are doing their best to ram these things through as fast and as hard as possible to create enough facts on the ground to make regulation pointless and opt-out impossible.


And, yes, the US does it. Luckily the atlantic ocean and the trade barriers we still have are enough to protect us for the moment.  For sure it would be a sad day if we followed the US down their dietary road. Europeans are quite fat enough and unhealthily fed already.


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No. Countless individuals who are overwhelmingly though not exclusively left of center and are either bugf*** nuts or haven't bothered to think through what the world would look like if the Industrial Revolution had never happened? Oh, most definitely.

*--*sigh* Obviously, not talking about anyone here (at least as far as I know).

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).

JP Morgan Chase is significantly larger than even Citi in 2008


4 trillion in gross assets compared to 2.5 trillion for Citigroup at its largest. 


Every day JP Morgan executives are making out like bandits, and almost the entire risk for failing falls on the average taxpayer.



Re Snowden...and Us, and Me


"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair." - H.L. Mencken


The issues presented by Snowden are not new, though they seem new, maybe newish.


I feel helpless to help him, or, maybe equally important, helpless to help myself against the incursions of my Government; I know this is wrong, but the injury is too small, the hurt too minor.


So far, up to this moment and beyond...but how far beyond? What does, my weakness, portend?


It is a new world he smiled. It was his habit to smile.


Best Wishes, Traveller



Remember US austerity?


At the beginning of the year, Fed projections for 2013 were for 2.6% growth, CBO forecasted significantly lower at 1.4%. 


I guessed that since austerity had been systematically underestimated that 2013 would come in even under 1.4%.


Well, Q1 GDP has been revised down to 1.8% and JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, and Market Watch all are forecasting Q2 growth of 1.0%. So Im still in the running and the Fed's forecasters suck.


This is terrible growth when the housing market is doing this well; the crappy growth is very likely mostly the negative effects of the sequester. Hell of a job, Washington. 


... A couple months ago (when projections were rosier), everyone's favorite mealy mouthed apologist for austerity, Tyler Cowen, wrote:


"I am myself comfortable arguing something like “when underlying fundamentals are sound, and/or there is monetary accommodation, an economy can withstand fiscal consolidation just fine.”


THere is no planet where 1.0% growth is "withstanding just fine". This is well below trend growth of 2.5% for the US, and we should expect well above trend growth when the US economy is still capable of simply bouncing back from a recession.


In the aftermath of most recessions, the US has seen double or triple trend growth as confidence returns and unused labor and capital are rapidly put back into service.


Since Cowen hasn't revisited his bad predictions for Europe the past 4 years, I'm guessing we won't be hearing anything soon in the US case either.

Me Food, Me Place Fire Upon, Me Inhale...


And their backup crew...

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"Captain Sum Ting Wong"  and  "Bang Ding Ow"


Great job of confirming there, guys: although KTVU has apologized....

Phony Names, Phony Romanization, Poor pronounciation

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I can do a piss poor job of reading Korean


 not long ago I read out 뮤직비디오


sounded it out very slowly in my head as fast as I could read it


pronounced somewhat close to



pasted  뮤직비디오 into google translate, music video is the translation



But the given names should be put together or have a hyphen, ignoring weird romanization:


  • Captain Sum Ting-wong


  • We Tu-lo


  • Ho Lee-fuk


  • Bang Ding-ow (as is, closer to Bahng Ding-that definitely not something I've seen so far, maybe owei instead, Bang Ding-owei)



I was reading a not-terribly-good translation of Lord of


the Rings a few years ago (and by "a few," I mean fourteen, because time is inexorable like that) and I read "Many happy returns!" translated as "해피버스데이투유." Hae Pi Bu Su Dei Too Yoo.


I had to read it aloud a couple of times before I realized what it was saying.

Randy Barnett on why the NSA programs are unconstitutional


WSJ op ed here.


He argues the NSA mass surveillance violates the 4th amendment and the secret FISA rulings violate the 5th amendment's due process clause.


IMHO both points are sound, though he threw in some arguments about political accountability that don't seem to allow for any classified governmental activities, and he threw in some crap about gun rights just to prove he's a true conservative to the WSJ Op ed's readership.

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Out For The Weekend. . .

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. . .will be back Sunday night.

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).

Have a Good Journey...Nothing Will Happen in your Absence!/nt



"Your Privacy IS Our Priority" - Microsoft

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Accurate, but not the way Microsoft means it.

freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency

You're just not doublethinking right

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Microsoft has always been a privacy advocate.

Puig: "That's My Game"

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"I'm ambivalent about this. I can respect someone who just wants to play the game without screwing around and doesn't care much what people think of him (it's not terribly surprising that while his players whine about Puig, legendary "stop screwing around and played hard-nosed baseball" school former player and current D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson is open about admiring his style). But if he starts out this isolated, I can see him drifting into being a Barry Bonds type, and even before the PED stuff became an issue BB was widely despised for, well, being an a****le and not caring about anyone but Barry Bonds. That's not how you want people looking at the very best player in your sport for that generation, and Puig has the potential to be just that for MLB.

The obvious person to take Puig aside is Tommy Lasorda, who speaks Spanish fluently and was and is both a hard-nosed competitor and someone who knows the history of the game and can let Puig know from experience how making the effort of being one of the good guys pays big dividends for a superstar who can carry it off. Maybe it won't take, but even the moderate difference in personality between say, Barry Bonds and Ted Williams was enough that Williams was beloved for all his crustiness, and BB is probably going to be hated by most in his sport until the day he dies and beyond--and for all he's done to earn that it's terribly sad. I'd hate to see Puig turn out that way even if it fuels a inner-circle Hall of Fame career and a heap of World Series trophies for the Dodgers.

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).



chrome 1st fails to show jpg

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then shows it, but only after I copied the image URL and opened in a new tab.



Then it tries to translate "357,022 views" to " three hundred and fifty-seven thousand and twenty-two views"


thanks for the translation chrome, apparently I can count in sino-korean a lot better than I thought.



Firefox does the same


The server might be set up to prevent images being used by other web sites.


So when you see the image alone, that is allowed. Then it is cached in your machine and it shows up on our site.

This was clear enough to Larkin, whose patriotism rested on the notion that England was the worst place on earth with the possible exception of everywhere else.

Probably Better To Do A Dedicated Nominations Diary

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Let it run a week, then make a list of everyone who has been nominated and seconded who hasn't said "Oh, h*** no!" or the equivalent. Someone will have to set up the poll, and if Hank isn't around maybe M.A. or one of the other posters with tech access can set it up.

One of the troika should set up the nominations diary, to make it official and to make it easy to promote it to the front page.

. . .and Don Mattingly must be fired (bye Ned--don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out!).