Recent comments by Mary

re: auto sales

Geely plans 2.6 billion yuan factory for London Taxi in U.K.
The factory, to be constructed in Coventry, England, will produce up to 36,000 vehicles a year, Geely said. That will be 10 times the annual production capacity of London Taxi Co.'s existing plant in Coventry. ... Geely, which also owns Volvo Car Corp., is headquartered in the east China city of Hangzhou and listed in Hong Kong.
Musk revises Tesla's China strategy to revive EV sales
"If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't have bought it," said Zhang, who sits on the board of Tsingshan Steel and also owns a BMW X5 and a Ferrari. "The infrastructure still isn't suitable to own an electric car."
In an interview with state media, Musk, 43, made a startling admission: There's a backlog of unsold Teslas around the country because people he dubbed speculators ordered cars and never bought them.

As Musk huddles with his China team, Tesla is rushing to expand its network of charging stations to assuage range anxiety, add luxury features that suit local tastes and retrain a sales force Musk previously described as "brain-dead." ... On Friday, Musk said that China sales have grown steadily in the last three months. But researcher JL Warren Capital says 260 Model S sedans were registered in China last month, down from 469 in January.
Any new technology takes time to catch on, and boosting sales will require a strong sales pitch. This week, Zheng Yuedong was snapping photos of the Model S at the Shanghai showroom. Zheng, who works in sales and marketing for an Internet company, drives a BMW 5-series sedan and says he likes Tesla styling and wants to avoid volatile gasoline prices. What's holding him back? Range anxiety.
BYD projects sharp surge in 1st-quarter profit
The Shenzhen automaker said its first-quarter profit will probably rise as much as 12-fold from a year earlier on increased demand for EVs and handset batteries as well as sales of two new SUV models.

:: Pigged

Leaving EU would make Britain like 'North Korea'
"We began customer deliveries in June 2012. As of December 31, 2014, we had delivered almost 57,000 Model S vehicles [WORLDWIDE]."
BUSINESS | Tesla, AR 14 &tc

Hag Watch Int'l Presents: Autonomy is overwhelming.
Part II, in which Ms Rehm repeats "genital mutilation" but forget to mention her guest's most vital curriculum.

Now an atheist, Hirsi Ali says Islamic texts are to blame for the rise of terrorism and mistreatment of women and must be reformed.

Islam, Extremism And The Role of Women LISTEN
A piece of work
"Ali was born as a member of the Somali elite. She is daughter of the revolutionary leader Hirsi Magan Isse. Isse sent his family to Kenya when she was a child."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
"On May 16, Hirsi Ali resigned from Parliament after admitting lying on her asylum application. [...] Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been a member of parliament for the liberal [?!] GEERT "HAIR SHIRT CRUSADER" WILDERS People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and is known for her controversial positions on the relationship between women and islam."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali leaves Dutch Parliament

Hag Watch Int'l Presents: Autonomy is overwhelming.
Part I, in which sociologists cull big data for deleterious "helicopter" cognitive "outcomes" but forget to answer the last caller on air. (WYPR-Baltimore substituted a five-minute fund raising interstitial lede for the next segment.)

REHM: To Soyeka in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You're on the air.
SOYEKA: Good morning, Diane, and good morning to your guests. Um, if you all could please clarify for me, because often middle-class and upper-class families can define what is normal in America, and the poor and working class tend to suffer from those results. I know there was a difference in the social-economic classes when you did the study, If you would just clarify, does time spent with moms or dads have a positive impact on children and if so, how much time? Is there a minimum for positive effects? And, um, does "time on your own," does that include time when the children are at school or other social interactions? Um, I really would like to know. I think the conversation shouldn't be about how much time is, whether time is important, but how much time is too much. And I know you guys made reference to "helicopter moms." So if you could clarify that for me, that would be great.

Does It Matter How Much Time Parents Spend With Their Kids? LISTEN

"I'm rooting for the Greeks."
To achieve what? Select as many which apply.
[ ] "Strategic default" or "jingle mail"
[ ] 100% debt forgiviness by public and private "investors"
[ ] Additional borrowing "power"
[ ] First trade surplus in 100 years
The Greek brand name

GAZZANIGA: ... And together, that's where the whole popularized notion of "left brain, right brain" came out of. And it was a little over-sold. And as we moved on through the study of these patients and others for fifty years, we learned, it's not quite that simple.
FLATO: Yeah, because we, everyone, walks around saying, I'm a left hand, a right-brained person. That's too right.
GAZZANIGA: It's fun, cheap. What's the new word now? Edutainment. It's a little something and a lot of fun.
FLATO: Michael, that word's thirty-years-old.

Michael Gazzaniga: Tales from Both Sides of the Brain LISTEN

re: humanitarian crisis

yes, well, it appears that the tragic "headline" unemployment rate warrants another calculation.

Inspection statistics showed that undeclared labor came to 13.85 percent in 2014: Inspections were conducted at 27,635 enterprises, of which 3,827 were found to be employing undeclared employees. [...] More than one in 10 foreign workers in Greece are believed to be undeclared (10.23 percent), against just 3.03 percent of Greek workers. However foreign employees account for 35.58 percent of all undeclared workers, with Greeks comprising the remaining 64.42 percent.

Undeclared labor flourishing as inspections are insufficient

Stand by for shadow stat instructions.

:: System D Pigged

It added that more than a third of the economic contraction recorded from 2008 to 2013 in Greece is associated with the drop in investment in construction.

Construction crumbles by 80 percent in just five years

Source: Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE)
EUR 240B BONUS: The Impact of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games on the Greek Economy


Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said in Madrid that while a Greek euro-zone exit won’t happen, the government must abide by its commitments.

op cit.

:: loan? LOC? loan? LOC? loan? LOC? Pigged

"There can be no limit set or at least (the ECB) can't say how much they will use or for how long," when it buys bonds in the secondary markets, Luis de Guindos told Spanish news agency EFE.

Spain says there must be no limit set on ECB bond buying | Reuters 2012


Too clever by half

Meanwhile, the text presented in Brussels is described by interlocutors of Varoufakis as "the work of Elena Panariti Pigged ", which aims to transfer to her any problems in the progress of negotiations. In any case, according to sources, this text was drawn up in the absence of George Houliarakis who was absent from the ministry for a week for health reasons.
The conflict broke out in connection with the order of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) Pigged to Greek banks not to increase their exposure to Greek debt. This action seemed to have provoked the reaction of some members of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, according to whom it would put at risk the carefully drawn up strategy for the management of the Greek crisis.

Two camps form in the Greek negotiating team

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

“Clearly there is tension, and it was obvious from the beginning that there would be,” said Nicolas Veron, a fellow at the Brussels-based Bruegel research group. “But there’s a productive kind of tension, like there was between Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair Sheila Bair in 2008. It could end up creating the right mix of policy.”

ECB Nerves Fray on Greece as Supervisors Irk Central Bankers

:: troika-within-troika Pigged

Portugal expected to exit bailout without further loans
State bank supervisors | CSBS
re: dual federalism, US, EU
Sara's Safe
SSM explained in 3 minutes

Duly noted: "Unsurprisingly, Jones is by no means a marginal economist. Nor is he in any way anomalous in his field. In fact, he is highly regarded, and his dark Weltanschauung is representative and reflective of his fellow academic ilk. He serves as Associate Editor for the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, Co-Editor of Econ Journal Watch, an Co-Host of the Adam Smith Reading Group.

"On his university website, the professor notes he has “worked on Capitol Hill,” in order to help the neoliberal US government more blissfully further ingratiate itself in neoliberalism. He served on the US Congress Joint Economic Committee in the summer of 2004, where he remarks he drafted “policy papers on Social Security ‘reform’ [read: gutting] and other economic issues.”

"He also indicates that he “speak[s] on policy topics regularly in the media and in the Washington, DC, area,” and has appeared in C-Span’s Washington Journal, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fox Business, the New York Times, and more."

:: plato Pigged philosophiae doctor
"... the first move from a King's Devine Right towards democracy was a horrid mistake...."

That sounds suspiciously like gleaning tangible assets.

Next month, Ed S. will consider the many phrases of "opportunity cost" expressed in six different (yes, mutually unintelligible) languages. < wipes tears >

@ "Because money has 'time value' "

< wipes tears >

Profit demanded by someone possessing surplus money in exchange for rent of his or her surplus money. That is an "interest rate" amount.

first move from a King's Devine Right towards democracy

hmm, yes, well, I surmise, your recall of the text and context which sealed the "Magna Carta" is as incisive as your spirited defense of the Federalists' argument for a well-regulated militia and Pericles' exhortations for the indulgence from the aristocracy.

For the barons, by the barons

LEASEHOLD "might come with just 36 years [ ] left." [of structure or property use].
FREEHOLD is a deed to land and structure in perpetuity.
Leasehold v Freehold – what’s the difference?

:: usufruct Pigged

The Socialist [PSOE] party won 47 seats out of 109 in the regional parliament, while the PP suffered heavy losses to take second place with 33 seats. Podemos, only a year old, took 15 seats while Spain's other political newcomer, Ciudadanos, on the center-right of the spectrum, grabbed nine seats. Former communists Izquierda Unida won five seats.

Spain's Socialists win regional election in Andalusia 22 Mar 2015

Right-wing parties, spearheaded by Sarkozy's UMP, took between 64 and 70 councils out of a possible 98, according to projections, as voters punished the socialist government of Mr Normal for failing to revive the slumping economy.

French socialists take a beating in local elections 29 Mar 2015

I dunno -- what do you advise? "Superpowers," "super powers," or "super-powers" ?


" 'These properties are not mine, nor are they in the full ownership of my wife; therefore, I'm not responsible for them,' Varoufakis argues."
Yannis Varoufakis’ beautiful wife eschewed paying taxes, too

Maslov said that any request from Athens for a loan would have to be “examined very carefully” because of Greece’s euro membership. “If the Greek government submits a request for a loan, it will be examined – as Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after meeting his counterpart Nikos Kotzias and as Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has said,” the Russian ambassador told Kathimerini.

Maslov played down the possibility of Moscow lifting the embargo on food imports from Greece or other European Union countries as long as the EU keeps its sanctions on Russia in place. However, the ambassador praised Athens for helping prevent a rift in the EU’s relations with Russia.

Moscow expects progress from Tsipras visit


Portugal, Spain, and Ireland exited their "austerity" memoranda; current STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMMING there is the prerogative of the respective regimes. And Italy is not subject to any "troika" credit conditions.

But all euro-area members' credit risks are subject to "the markets" (that haven't been pacified by the ECB). What do the bond prices portend for ahh "contagion" ... this week?

Only Germany?

Soini acknowledged that his party would still need to perform well in April’s general election. But he has already prepared voting guidelines for his parliamentary group.

“Finns party MPs will not vote for a third Greek bailout. Then we will see who becomes the Prime Minister and what kinds of conclusions we arrive at, but we will not continue these kinds of immoral policies,” Soini said, referring to the possibility of eurozone members extending further financial relief to help the Greek economy get back on its feet.

Finns Party’s Soini vows to oppose further Greek bailouts - if in government

Y'all got an amazing belief in Ms Merkel's superpowers.

O DANG IT! I just remembered to add

  • State and federal block grants for "faith-based" organizations to provide "social services"

I'm reluctant to say that US governments began to institutionalize this arrangement only in the "go-go" era of the so-called Silent Majority that supported the Reagan administration, because Billy Graham has lived a very long, savvy career bending politicians' ears.

pretty much of a piece with "what constitutes freedom of speech"

Am I to understand, by this remark, you've observed some controversy in differentiating private and public accommodations in laws enforcing the "free exercise" of those rights?

re: "Speaking just for me, I didn't get the 'picture lawyerliz in the line up' reference."

walp, I cannot recreate all the pertinent threads, burnisde, in addition to linking to them. I will add this caveat to your investigation of my commentary: Whereas "the madonna/whore complex" is an endemic feature of HCN discourse, I couldn't very well elect myself, or one of the girls, for a "line up" of taboo personnages given my ahh reputation.

< wipes tears >

:: Pigged
"Oh fuck yeah. After unending months of vicious personal attacks that oozing whore is going to get some back. You did\ nothing to stop her attacks. Stand back now while the circle closes. "

Gee. Thanks. Should I repeat myself a third time, maybe ALL CAP, too, yanno, for emphasis?

compassion and empathy

Mogil PhD employs the phrase "care for" as if it were synonomous with "empathy" or suitable for quantification defined in his experiment. I'm left to wonder, where "compassion" lies on this spectrum of PAIN. Is "pity" subject to statistical control among affective responses?

Worst designed experiment of 2015 thus far

Mary seems to have memorized everything I ever wrote

I have not. Rather, you seem to forget many of your comments and that habit seems to be customary among several HCN correspondents.

Worst designed experiment of 2015 thus far
This novelty act came to my attention twice during my weekend communte, once as a VOA/NPR syndicated TED feature, once as a "news" feature. Ima offer just one bone of contention (among many), regarding Mogil PhD's null hypothesis: not many people set store in "The Pain Principle."

In the new study, Mogil and his team compared the reactions of undergraduate students to painful stimuli in various scenarios: alone; with a friend; with a stranger; between two strangers given a stress-blocking drug; and between two strangers who had spent 15 minutes playing the video game Rock Band® prior to testing.

The student participants were asked to submerge their arm in ice-cold water and rate their pain. These pain scores remained the same whether they experienced the pain alone or sitting across from a stranger. However, the pain actually increased when these students put their arms in ice water across from a friend.

The secret of empathy

"These findings raise many fascinating questions" about whether one, who is NOT doped with a hand submerged in ice, feels the pain of another who is doped with a hand submerged in ice.

NPR/TED HOUR, How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?, in which neuroscientist Mogil ventures an evolutionary theory about the affect of population size (greater than 100) on receptiveness to "strangers."

re: How Hobby Lobby paved the way for Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ bill 

Pretty useless commentary, citing amicae

Richard Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and also an author of the letter, said it is "unfortunate that the facts about how religious-accommodations laws actually work, and what they actually do, are too often buried by inaccurate criticisms, implausible predictions, and name-calling."

Hobby Lobby didn't "pave the way" for "religious freedom" legislation. Tell you what:

  • First Amendment, establishment clause
  • Tenth Amendment
  • Exemptions for private associations enumerated in Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, inter alia
  • Protections in Griswold and Roe abrogated by the SCOTUS to the several states
  • 26 (iirc) uncontested states' acts sanctioning "conscience clauses"
nits of Protestant comparative theology

I am reminded of an episode of "Interfaith Voices" the month featuring a prominent Baptist councillor who objects to politics in church.
Rev. Gaddy: Sixteen Years as an Interfaith Rabble-Rouser LISTEN

Get to "the bottom of this" m'k.
walp, I've returned from the plant after another vigorous day moving merch, and what do I find? Procedural errors! Technically associated with an unrelated comment!!

Rare genetic variant doubles Alz risk?

How about the variant which affects memory beyond ten minutes? And pretends, in a delusional narcissistic way, to have never caused hurt or harm to others?

You slammed josap. Why? in in reply to ...

I can recollect a fraught response to a public display of female breasts by HCN correspondents who were more eager, evidently, to impugn my character than ahh decode a story intended to demystify bewb taboo.

Who's deluded?

"Social networking" technology is wonderful. It's like playing Telephone in a small room with twenty-seven first-graders equipped with dixie cups, only more challenging. Another interesting feature of HCN site sytems: evidently HCN comment time stamps synchronize with server's current time, regardless of date.

EX.1. josap wrote on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:03 pm

"Clock synchronization is a problem from computer science and engineering which deals with the idea that internal clocks of several computers may differ."
Clock synchronization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

:: cannot. carry a thought. Pigged an account

yes, well, hmm Pigged picture lawyerliz
in the line up

"More important, 'we' must never read anything other than what 'our' prejudices allow."
Mary wrote on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:48 pm

WISEMAN: You know, I think one of the things we need to say is, well, if you're a guy walking into a party, you don't want to think about your mother or sister like that.

Mary quoted on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:26 pm
"Thank god we are moving beyond this:"

I find it interesting how society doesn't care when the media sexualizes women, when men sexualizes women, when school and the government sexualizes women. But the second a woman is in control and sexualizes herself willingly it's wrong and disgusting.

[in free the nipple goes viral and we dissect the backlash | read | i-D]
KarmaPolice wrote on Sun, 3/29/2015 - 9:13 am
You're welcome. in reply to ...

Some specifity in your request is needed. What is not called for?

"The number of 50-plus job-seekers stood at 131,100, almost 11,000 more than one year previously."
Unemployment passes 10% mark
"Many are taking up work in services or sales. ...The data show that the career disparities between men and women continued into retirement."
Statistics show more retirees returning to work
"the most common form of dementia"
Researchers find 'rare genetic variant' that can double Alzheimer’s risk
RUB:EUR, 1:0.0159 a/o 29 Mar 2015
Stronger rouble bringing Russian shoppers back
Happy Black History D88, Y1
"One Finnish company is looking to Kenya to invest in a prime business opportunity that will at the same time help boost local economic activity."
Finnish companies eye business opportunities in Africa

You're welcome.

:: Pigged

JP wrote:

Wow. New low Mary.

Yep, one nasty piece of work is Mary.

josap wrote on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:03 pm

Summary of w/e 28 Mar: Fee speech zone

In the March 17 commentary, Petroulakis described Kammenos as coming from a “frantic, nationalist-populist far-right” background, adding that he had failed to respond to allegations regarding offshore firms and an unregistered yacht.

Kammenos also sued Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis for the same amount [ONE MILLION EUROS], identifying him as the owner of Protagon. In a statement, the party said Theodorakis had sold his stake in the website ahead of setting up the party last year.

Defense minister Kammenos sues commentator for 1 mln euros

Schedule for w/o 29 Mar 2015

Technical problems with new biometric cards slowed down voter registration, even affecting President Goodluck Jonathan. More than 20 people have reportedly been killed in various attacks by unknown gunmen. Mr Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria election: Partial extension of voting to Sunday
Guns trump Voter ID

President Goodluck Jonathan was the most high-profile victim of the glitches with handheld readers, which scan biometric identity cards to authenticate voters to help cut electoral fraud. His main opponent, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, had no such problems and was accredited without a hitch in his hometown of Daura, in northern Katsina state.
At least seven people were killed when suspected Boko Haram gunmen launched separate attacks in the neighbouring villages of Birin Bolawa and Birin Fulani, the town of Dukku and nearby Tilen village.In the first three attacks shots were fired at voters at polling stations and election materials were burned. An election official, who requested anonymity, said: "We could hear the gunmen shouting, 'didn't we warn you about staying away from (the) election?'"

Technical glitches, Boko Haram violence hit Nigerian election

Scheduler for w/o 29 Mar 2015

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. (SOHL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd., will guilty plea and to pay a $232,708,356 penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with Iran and Sudan.

Schlumberger Gets Non Pros Agreement, Unit to Plead Guilty, Pay $232 Million

by providing radiation oncology services to Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries that were not directly supervised by radiation oncologists or similarly qualified persons.
The settlement partially resolves allegations made in a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act filed in Tampa, Florida, by Dr. Michael Montejo, a radiation oncologist and former employee of Florida Oncology Network P.A., a radiation oncology group.

Adventist Health System to Pay $5.4 Million to Settle False Claims Charge

No corner

The state sued the Labor Department on March 19, claiming its extension of Family and Medical Leave Act benefits to same-sex couples would violate the Texas Constitution because it redefines the definition of a "spouse."

Texas Beats Labor Dept. on FMLA Rule

The multistate exercise, which will include Green Berets, Navy SEALS and the Marine Special Operations Command, is to run from July 15 to Sept. 15, in parts of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, California and Nevada. ... Biggs and others point to an Army Special Operations Command PowerPoint presentation that shows Texas, Utah, and a small part of California labeled as "hostile" territory.

No Black [?] Helicopters, Army Tells Texans

There is no corner.

First Officer Jason Dowd locked Osbon out of the cockpit after Osbon made alarming statements such as, "We need to take a leap of faith," "We're not going to Vegas," and "I can't be held responsible for when this plane crashes," according to contemporary news reports.
Osbon sued JetBlue Airways in Manhattan Federal Court on Friday, for negligence, breach of contract and damage to his reputation. He claims that he obviously was unfit to fly that day but the airline let him take control of the aircraft anyway. He seeks $15 million in damages.

First Officer Dowd is not a party to the complaint.

Pilot Says JetBlue Should Have Known He Was too Sick to Fly

The bill by state Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, lays out a number of topics a doctor must discuss with a woman before an abortion, including the medical risks, alternatives, and the "probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the unborn child at the time the abortion is to be performed."
The bill includes a provision prohibiting women from buying health insurance through the federal exchange that includes abortion coverage.
The Republican-led state Senate passed the bill 18-11 on Wednesday, with two Democrats voting in favor of the bill. The House passed the bill 33-24 on Monday.

Arizona Says Abortion Can Be Reversed

:: akin Pigged abortifacients

Badly needed perspective: following "fifth largest" food company enters world(after Nestle, Unilever)
"Mobile payments in China have seen explosive growth over the past two years, reaching 5.99 trillion yuan ($965.1 billion) in 2014, according to iResearch, a Beijing-based Internet industry consultancy."
Apple Pay could face uphill battle in China: Analysts
Low oil prices. m'k
"The reading was far short of the bank's goal of sustained 2.0 percent inflation and marks the first month of zero growth since May 2013, just after Tokyo launched a high-profile bid to kickstart the economy and conquer deflation."
Japan inflation stalls in February

Disney pricing authority is phenomenal.

PREPOSTEROUS! Corporations are not people.