Friday, June 9, 2017

Hung Parliament


"Youth Revolt", half again as many young Britons turned out to vote as in 2005, and they mostly voted Labour, which under Jeremy Corbyn has a traditionally Left Platform. Labour is pro-labor again. This is now a firm position. Neoliberal-prostitute-Blairites are out.

The Irish Times says, "May's political career is over, her authority destroyed"
(Well, there's still a transition for the rest of the year, probably another general election in the fall, and she is cobbling together a coalition to cooperate on the most important votes. All Tory bets were on this horse, and she's lame.)

 "May had unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, even though no vote was due until 2020. At that point, polls predicted she would massively increase the slim majority she had inherited from Cameron. May had spent the campaign denouncing Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain's economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain. But her campaign unraveled after a policy u-turn on care for the elderly, while Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wider support than anyone had foreseen. In the late stages of the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues. That did not help May, who in her previous role as interior minister for six years had overseen cuts in the number of police officers. She sought to deflect pressure onto Corbyn, arguing he had a weak record on security."

"Yet another own-goal" ;EU officials mock Theresa May as Brexit negotiations are made uncertain. What will British objectives be after this election? What will they be after the next election this fall? Who is qualified to negotiate, and when?

Qatar and the Forty Thieves, from Vineyard of the Saker, Thanks Eleni

Nothing Else Matters"; central banks have purchased $1.5 trillion of assets in the first 5 months of 2017. (Well on the way to bankers-own-everything, including your mortgage...)

Charles Hugh Smith looks at the consequences of exponentially increasing debt, to which Global Central Banks are now tied. Included here is a plea to the Martian Central Bank to buy this debt at negative interest rates to help us all out.

Fired FBI Director James Comey says a lot of things, not nearly as damaging to Trump as he had implied, but definitely suggesting that Attorney General Loretta Lynch worked to influence the FBI investigation (AKA: "matter") of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's electronic breaches of security. (Own goal for Democrats?)

Why NSA leaker, Reality Winner. might want to change her first name, as well as her last name, now...

The leading cause of death among American adults under 50 years of age is opioid overdose (even with so many drivers watching porn on smartphones).
"In some Ohio counties, deaths from heroin have virtually disappeared. Instead, the primary culprit is fentanyl or one of its many analogues. In Montgomery County, home to Dayton, of the 100 drug overdose deaths recorded in January and February, only three people tested positive for heroin; 97 tested positive for fentanyl or another analogue."

Facebook has a great marketing plan, which should massively increase advertising revenues by knowing-you-better and selling you what you really, really, really want.
The patent uses your smart phone interactively, studying your facial response in real time as you read every advertisement, to discern your true feelings. 
This knowing you better and more deeply will discover your hidden needs and desires, maybe better than you know them yourself. 
Not only will this help you buy things you didn't know you needed, it's valuable information about you, and there is always a market, for that; maybe several markets for that.

Fatal Smile

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