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Clare Daly, a member of the European Parliament, criticized the European Parliament’s report on Russia that calls for a tougher policy against Moscow.

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By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and cross-posted with The Cradle Part 1 of 2 on Eurasia With Iran’s arrival, the SCO member-states now number nine, and they’re focused on

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By Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog Late this summer, Estonia, in the person of its president, Kersti Kaljulaid, became the first EU country to declare that Ukraine remains as

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?I shall not be there. I shall rise and pass. Bury my heart at Wounded Knee?  By Steven Vincent Benet by Marcel Woland for the Saker Blog Trudeau takes yet

offsite link A chain reaction of chaos. Nikolai Patrushev-about unions and values that are alien to Russia Tue Sep 21, 2021 15:46 | amarynth
https://z5h64q92x9.net/prox... The summits of organizations in which Russia plays a significant role, such as the SCO, CSTO, and BRICS, have recently come to an end. Traditionally, international security is an

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offsite link Women Are Consistently More Pro-Lockdown, Study Finds Wed Sep 22, 2021 08:29 | Noah Carl
Researchers analysed data from eight countries, and found a consistent gender difference in attitudes to lockdown, with women being more pro-lockdown. This is despite the fact that COVID-19 is more lethal in men.
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offsite link The Staggering Inadequacy of NHS Scotland Wed Sep 22, 2021 08:00 | Toby Young
We're publishing a guest post on the Daily Sceptic by a parent who had a terrible experience with NHS Scotland. His six month-old son developed serious breathing difficulties, but he couldn't get an ambulance for 12 hours.
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offsite link News Round-Up Tue Sep 21, 2021 23:53 | Michael Curzon
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link Wuhan Scientists Submitted Plans to Release Coronaviruses into Bat Caves in 2018 Tue Sep 21, 2021 19:20 | Michael Curzon
Scientists linked to the Wuhan Institute of Virology submitted plans to release coronaviruses into Chinese bat caves 18 months before the first Covid cases were reported, according to leaked documents.
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offsite link Vaccine Mandate Could Force Holiday Homes for Disabled People to Close Tue Sep 21, 2021 15:19 | Michael Curzon
Some of the country's few holiday homes for disabled people and carers are at risk of closure because of a shortage of staff caused by the vaccine mandate for care homes.
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international / sci-tech Saturday April 18, 2020 20:14 by 1 of indy
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The rise of data centers and the cloud

In light of the slight interruption to normal life that is going on it is worth reassessing some of the known common knowledge about Big Tech and it's related area Artificial Intelligence (AI). Unless you have been asleep for the past 10 years, everyone will have heard of Edward Snowden who revealed in quite extensive detail the level of ongoing surveillance carried out jointly by the US and UK intelligence agencies, the NSA and GCHQ. Prior to his disclosure any suggestion of widespread spying was met with derision. Overnight the world changed and it was widely accepted as fact by everyone. What's more is that the depth and scale of the programs were far bigger than even the pessimists had imagined. It was this more than anything which has tarnished the reputation of technology as something that was always good to a demonstration of it's dark side. The state as such has dirtied its reputation with regards to technology.

national / sci-tech Friday February 22, 2008 09:29 by James O'Brien
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An anarchist dismisses religious belief as a means of understanding the world that has been "superceded by science", sparking a lively debate. Is this argument simply showing disrespect to believers, talking down to the proles, or is it really the case that religion is "a dangerous drug" which means "handing over your brain to a priest, rabbi, or imam"? Read the arguments and make your own mind up.

international / sci-tech Monday February 20, 2006 10:44 by James O'Brien
Front Cover of Evolution

Stephen Baxter has written a novel for the long haul – we humans are notorious for believing that our brief existence is of pressing importance, so any novel that spans 600 million years can reasonably be described as taking “the long view”

Two Stephen Baxter sites:

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national / sci-tech Wednesday April 13, 2005 20:46 by Auntie IRMA

The Irish Recorded Music Association is to start legal action against 17 Irish people whom they accuse of sharing copywrighted music. IRMA announced the decision today, claiming they 'were forced' into the move and are 'unhappy' about it. They cite figures that the 'Irish Music Industry' is 'losing' €3.8m annually because of illegal downloading. Since 2002 they have seen profits fall from €146m annually to €118m, which is a 19% drop over 3 years. The put this drop in sales down to what they call 'serial filesharers'.

IRMA is the trade organisation representing 47 members, including major and independent record companies. IRMA say that file sharing is “effectively stealing the livelihood of the creators of music”.

But who is really 'stealing the livelihoods' of musicians?

Take an average new CD that costs between €15 and €20. According to Patrick Norager, who runs an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) net-radio station: “Artists only get 10 percent of (the money from) their sales before they pay managers and absorb breakage fees and other expenses... The fact is unless you can sell 250,000 copies on a major label you will probably get dropped. The way they do it, it’s like they’re selling toasters instead of music.”

So the artist (unless they are huge sellers like U2 or Metallica) will only get between somewhere between €1.50 to €2 or less for every CD sold, before additional expenses and record company 'recouperation'. The 'record industry' (the labels, the stores, the middlemen) and taxman get the rest.

Steve Albini, a longtime rock producer (perhaps most famous for working on Nirvana's final studio album) lays out a typical example of a new band signing to a major label, from an Indie label.

After signing for a £250,000 advance with a 13% cut of record sale profits (-10% of that 13% for 'packaging') - this band will find themselves having made a paltry $4000 each. And the really strange thing is that NONE of this comes from the record royalties - the band actually owes the record industry $14,000 for the album. The small amount of money made actually comes from touring and merchandise. As Dougie Thomspon, former Supertramp bassist, says: "make sure that you book as may shows as you can, as far in advance as possible, for as much money as you can get while the fire is hot."

It's surplus value gone mad - imagine a worker who ends up owing their boss money after they've carried out their work they were contracted to do!

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