JohnLopresti

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  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post Happy Trails: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

    2011-07-14 15:28:11View | Delete

    It should be interesting. And Scott Bloch*s sentencing business is still out on appeal.

    I am glad for Jane*s honorarium. Her imagination and timeliness, and associates, were an assist; and shared some good stability after the years pondering the book stacks in tnH.

    There*s room in the netRoots. I will lend help, when chores permit. I am sure there is some inspiration in the frozen dunes and at Itasca, where emptywheel had good leadership.

  • Something about F1 must be state secrets, as the CCTV surveillance cameras for which the UK is infamous silo each digital btyte and nybble.

    Plagiarizingly from 97 years ago:
    **THE cars came scudding in towards Dublin, running evenly like pellets in the groove of the Naas Road. At the crest of the hill at Inchicore sightseers had gathered in clumps to watch the cars careering homeward and through this channel of poverty and inaction the Continent sped its wealth and industry. Now and again the clumps of people raised the cheer of the gratefully oppressed. Their sympathy, however, was for the blue cars–the cars of their friends, the French.

    The French, moreover, were virtual victors. Their team had finished solidly; they had been placed second and third and the driver of the winning German car was reported a Belgian…** JamesJoyce, After the Race; Dubliners.

    The rest of the tale is familiarly frivolous, until carefully read.

  • re: my@20, above. Reading again the foreign worker quotient article from Bloomberg Businessweek, as republished in a conservative news site under the guise of a liberal press tradition, the ratios I quoted are inacurrate, and the precise statistic for the northern peninsula and southern area near Aden as well; sorry for the misquote. The *source* article is of Bloomberg origin. There is an aphorism about the value of statistics, which also likely is germane in the foregoing context, there.

  • Somewhere in the press, soon after the drone video piracy incident, it was divulged that early prototypes of that platform had failed to encrypt the camera telemetry signals, a lax design area which was solved by a software patch to prevent further illicit intercepts; as the video stream, if available widely, could give away much more about tactics, and outcomes, than would be prudent. The article, however, failed to assert any claim that the total cost to develop and deploy that patch remained <$26.

  • In reading the unsealed indictment, it looked much like a small arms control gambit in a part of the world proximate to a strategic aggregation of traderoutes and a vortex of obdurate polities of millenia standing. It also called to mind the court date in sdnY set for V Bout on arms transport accusations set for the first week of autumn 2011. Additionally, I would suggest perusal of a post by a prof concerning Aulaqi*s country*s current state of **unrest**, aggravated by the dictator*s having had to become enrolled in an extraterritorial protracted course of rehab after a nearly half body surface area burn incident in a fracas which occurred a month ago. Newsreports I read said Arabia, where the treatment is taking place, has opted to extract its contingent of military assists to the then still viable dictator; other newsitems contend the US is on a new hastened remake of its own plans for ancillary military activities in the country or thereabouts regionally, Aulaqi*s home nation having had a long history of difficult unity in a societal sea of independent viewpoints. The above link includes a map which shows that even the name Aulaqi is the moniker of a region within that country. I see Warsame*s US courtcase as part of a geopolitical contest in a theater which is in dynamic change.

    I saw an article explaining 1/3 of Arabian workers are foreign nationals in origin, and that the remittances to its southern neighbor from workers sending money home to the famil in Yemen last year totaled 1 BBN USD.

    FYI, in the professor website linked, the first named in its blogroll is Juan Cole.

  • Globalization is going to keep jobs pressure on firstworld economies, to upgrade onshore education as well as pathways for advancement in work which has a future.

    I agree with the post*s allusion to the dereg ambience Republicans (and Democratic party members) prefer foremost in trade treaties.

    The Republican, and conservative Democrat, statehouses vitiating education and local government budgets, only add barriers to career enhancement.

    Rust belt economics were a harbinger of the waves of tech that acelerate obsolescences of many sorts.

    Bureaucracies and cronies of all stripe are going to resist obligate-modernizations.

    The economic crunch Bushco-2 initialized was only one element of these trends.

    I am sure some wag could begin to advocate for training low wage unemployed to find new fields of work in the climate warming induction cycles: helping folks deal with increased acts of doG, plant community conversions to adapt to new heat extremes. Check out this new study [prepublication precis] with Duke Univ cybergraphics showing ten more days every summer exceeding average temperature maxima in the US by 2029; your region is on the maps at that link.

    The regulators who are in bureaucratic posts with job security, until government budgets trim, can avoid direct consequences in the near term, but ancillary impacts are going to affect their personal budgets outside of work. The kids are going to pay more for college; extended family is going to have less social safety net, and rely more on cousins.

    The democrats need to address more than economics, and be firm on more than environment. It*s a party that needs genius, and of the kind that is unlikely to develop at the cinema and observing the chit chat of mass television or listening to the skim of pretty radio coverage while monopoly interests smile at media uniformity.

  • Thanx for link to Elsea and Grimmett, Congressional Research Service, history of declarations of war, and authorizations to use military force, as well as other permutations of executive-legislative conjoint resolutions to engage in hostilities or to be prepared to do that. The passage about the morphing of Reagan*s Beirut deployment and congress* interest in invoking the War Powers Resolution in that matter, was interesting, eventuating in a context which, I believe, might resemble the current state of thinking about the Nato pact. The Beirut material may be seen @p.16 ibid. Interestingly, the CRS document*s discussion @p.40, concerning US statutory and international conventions protections for a **Chief of State or the political equivalent** putatively could be part of deliberations in a situation such as the ICC*s issuance yesterday of an arrest warrant for 3 notables connected to Libya. To me, the Elsea + Grimmett March 17, 2011 report (112pp in all) is fairly explicit about the segment of international law and US government warmaking to which it confines its study, footnoting out to other reference tomes for coverage of the political and rhetorical as contrasted with the documented legal part of US warmaking historically. Further confining the discussion in Elsea + Grimmett, in my view, are minutiae easily surfaced by a hasty wordsearch; E+G cover affairs like Vietnam, providing standard renditions of interactions in Tonkin, e.g., but looking for any occurrence of the words Laos, Cambodia, or even Laden, yields no mentions of those initiatives. I think that is the partisan ground upon which Webb trod, consciously, while grilling dean Koh. This nonfinding with a searchengine might be similar to the doublestandard concept empotywheel*s post invokes; yet, reading the succinct cameos in E+G helps clarify the tendency for warmaking to be an amorphous process rife with inaccuracies and subtleties. The linked Sky article about the arrest warrant formal document delves into such territory with respect to one of the named individuals.

  • There*s some kind of decennial based parsing of demographic data getting published in the region where I reside, explaining people seem to be trying informal living arrangements much more than even ten years ago.

    Something about the New York theme of the post reminded me of a few NY politicians I followed only when propinquity appeared to indicate it was worthwhile; still, characteristic personalities which fit the NY scene: One of the originators of the War Powers Resolution of 1970, liberal Republican Jacob K. Javits; and an early voice calling for Nixon*s resignation, Bella S. Abzug.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post Russ Feingold Was Proved Fucking Right

    2011-06-22 07:07:07View | Delete

    The local Pacifica radio yesterday played part of Feingold*s speech to Netroots Nation. I guess the US Supreme court*s Citizens United decision is something Feingold wants Obama*s campaign to accentuate; I thought Feingold found a more balanced way of describing CU*s effects than Obama*s State of the Union address did last January.

    Footnote: ?So, what was rapporteur Judith Miller formerly of the NY Times, so right about?

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post Still Fishing

    2011-06-21 12:12:12View | Delete

    It was amazing to read, back in civilization, where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are managed with dams and levees, in an article yesterday at the Associated Press, by Heather Hollingsworth, that a nuclear plant in Columbus, Nebraska, issued a notice to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, that there is danger of the Missouri River flooding a reactor, based on management of Missouri River dams in Montana and the Dakotas.

  • TCU@20, There is a 3-tier statusquo part of the new half exemption in Illinois for craft beers: May 2011 billsigned into law by gov Ryan there. Relevant to which, the final paragraph in that summary.

    marksb@1, one hour north of Lagunitas, add: Red Tail, named after the indigenous raptor.

    earlOH@20, re: *farmers* inter alia; there is a preference shift occurring in some quarters. You know you*re in the vicinity when the corner convenience retail emporium stocks both the bulk produced and the craft product. See also, note to msb@1, above.

    I think one of the difficult parts of Russ* recent term was the bland silence as he pursued the source of the communications gap between the president and congress. It takes a lot of discernment to look at structural problems in times of uncertainty. In his early 2nd term WBush led a Republican effort to hype restructuring social security to reliance upon the then putatively still robust stockmarket. Perspicacious observers knew his claims to be specious and economic crunchtime near. A juxtaposition of images in a midsize middleclass city selected by the Republicans as a venue to boost the hype in March 2005 still is a remarkable contrast, there. The traces of war rhetoric appear patently visible in the president*s expression.

  • For a review of HR 1161 in the context of Beer Wholesalers lobby politics, the reader might want to glance at an analyst*s opinion at a wine blog, there. After Repeal, a mosaic of three-tier state systems evolved (producer, distributor, retailer = 3 tiers). The politics, donations, and rhetoric often are conservative-bordering-on-reactionary. The referenced website mostly is concerned about the impact upon premium wine shipping rules as a collateral side-effect from the Beer Wholesalers lobbying of congress. The politics of the Wholesalers organization tends to fit multinational corporation economics rules. However, locally, the topic is colorfully discussed by many voices; even TX attorney K. Starr is involved in a petition for cert at Scotus regarding that state*s commerce protection rules for wine. The Wine producing people are agitated that the beer lobby (i.e., the beer companies who are the principal entities in the global market) is attempting to keep premium wine under the same topdown rules as have managed those industries since the 1930s. Another article by same public relations blog writer, regarding overflow effect upon wine shipping regs from beer wholesale supported draft law in House, there.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post IMF Blames State Actor for Hack

    2011-06-14 08:36:35View | Delete

    re: marksb@19, thanx, re: fully packet switched.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post IMF Blames State Actor for Hack

    2011-06-13 16:53:41View | Delete

    As part of the original post seems to say, the lede appears credible. However, I also agree the making of one workstation in the Imf network into a mole is an interesting detail, if accurate. I tend toward thinking of at least two rudimentary frames of reference in the latter regard. To me, more than the imF is in the offing for snoop shoppers, given the similar agencies and regional parallels globally. There is the oecd; there is a development bank for Africa; the network of foreign aid intermediaries likely could be envisioned as a fairly fully meshed network, although each would have its private reserve, too. The reasonable hypotheses might be numerous; a hackor might begin by wanting some insider feedback on how far up to float the yuan. Yet, the targets might be multiple southern europe economies, as commenters suggest; I picture German bankers laughing. The premier of IT also might feel sufficiently diversified and fortified that he could share the joke perceived by germany financiers.

    Another immediate image the post engendered, for me was a standard Geneva world telecom conference poster of the telco topologies of the globe. Besides landline coper, fiber, and now wireless species, there are the international consortia owned space platforms various sorts of specialized orbits; I do not know if they are still doing little Leo and *big* Leo (somewhat cute acronym that, low earth orbit); there are also stationary platforms in far earth orbit, less subject to the gravitational demise of the Leo design; for example, an Egypt move production house might upload to a satellite serving arab speaking countries pretty far away in southern central asia; or the French space agency may launch a communications satellite owned by some northwest African arab country. I guess I am saying there are numerous physical paths of approaching networks. I have been thinking a lot about germany and france, especially, with respect to the arab spring peoples media infrastructure. Before global dereg, most of the internationally leading vendors of telco switch gear were pretty much state owned entities from Europe, and the indirectly government sanctioned monopoly telco in the US at the time. For several decades I know of, Canada marketed a plain old switch that was, in some analysts* view, less robust than what the US Bell entity was selling to foreign governments, adhering to the tech euphemisms of the day here. For people who understand, I think the current newsitem well could be a promising harbinger of some interesting forensics. As an afterthought, mostly, I had been wondering what IT expertise, as well as robotics tech, the new chief at DoD may be transporting. From another imagined perspective, suppose some resource rich nations are interested in mapping extraction strategies to fit the next fifteen year plan, and global business deals based upon data purloined from imF profiles of firstworld countries. Then again, I would wonder if the imF keeps deliberately misleading files in hackable memory, so once stolen the behavior they engender would be telltale.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post The Quiet Death of Habeas Corpus

    2011-06-12 10:50:10View | Delete

    I suppose there is a genetic predilection in my own background, toward reviewing the sweep of history when encountering obstacles such as those congress continued to mandate for the DC court in torture victim habeas cases begun in the WBush years, given, evidently, some of my ancestors* travails starting small businesses in several of the thirteen colonies before the Americans separated from parent Brits. Pertaining to which spectres, I would ask the reader to consider a few articles I saw recently pertaiing to the centuries timescale. There was a book published by Harvard U Press entitled **Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire. By Paul D. Halliday** which prof Vladeck of Washington Univ discussed in a 52pp review. Also, there is a U of Penn J of Intl Law article in prepublication form available at that archive, and treating the material witness policy underlying Ashcroft*s recent exoneration for an incident during the 9 years ago *roundups*; prof Heller has blogged in abbreviated form about the issue there; as a mouseover shows, the arguments extend to some controversial acts by a former president before the US declared war on Spain, and while the future pres still was leading an invasion of a frontier territory.

    I think the difficult part of the characterization of the underexaggerated demise of US habeas jurisprudence for the courts is the political component of the equation whereby congress even post 2009 has little impetus to afford a more standard form habeas adjudication to stateless protagonists. From a rudimentary, perhaps humane perspective, I think it time the current administration review its robotics war predictions, and bring into that process an international community interested in limiting such arms, as they, too, in a sense, have an innate statelessness and habeaslessness about them. I think the mid east spring is a popular consensual remedy in the making adressing these concerns; but the international community needs to be more upfront, soon, in seeking to reach a new status quo from the arms perspective. Sorry, this comment goes offtopic; yet, I think if congress continues to ignore what it has commissioned the DC courts to do in its name, worse, and more habeasless outcomes could be in the offing.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post Anglo-Americans at Cyberwar: Two Weeks of Cupcakes

    2011-06-11 10:04:39View | Delete

    Cupcakes might be inapposite. I suspect four and twenty blackbirds a more dainty and thematic prospect. The Japan art of ikebana flower arranging would be even more uplifting, rather than the droll Brit sense of humor. I think there is a serious theme underlying some of the rhetoric, one which the hacks could address more simply. But I tend to appreciate the us intell outfit*s perspective concerning the open world of the *net. As for recipes, in a childhood home I visited with in-laws, there was a spaghetti test which was just as impactful as plum pudding; it was discovered by some aunts that boiling pasta in a sealed pressure-cooker could result in covering kitchen ceiling and walls with toothsome noodles if someone forgot to watch the timer, or if the steam sealing valve plugged suddently with frothing spaghetti. All of that was an inept and inadvertent idea; but several aunts swore (metaphorically) thenceforth to avoid hastiness with spaghetti cooking, and do it the old fashioned way in an open vat not a pressurecooker.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post Did Thomas Drake Get iJustice?

    2011-06-10 15:29:02View | Delete

    I think the interpersonal interaction description concerning the chance meeting in a retail venue collapses after the section regarding the first part of the contact. I would expect the AG to shun an extemporaneously declared lobbyist as briskly. I admit to not having followed the Drake matter, as much of the journalism has seemed inaccurate. I am glad Ms. Radack is seeking to monitor the situation, given her brush with inscrutable hierarchy in the department. Beyond those fairly OffTopic observations, I would add solely that those kinds of computer stores can be fun, as occurred in Tokyo on the iPad*s first day sales.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post E. Coli EFMs

    2011-06-09 12:24:14View | Delete

    There was still Blooming and Flowering in the economic spring following thought reform for ivory tower habitues, once their years in exile to the rural cooperative reached its politboro stipulated goal, with the requisite signed statement evidencing newfound orthodoxy in a one-party political system. In Washington, it can be as facile as an agency*s publishing a rule change; or monopoly media*s ignoring history altogether and promulgating the captions. I hear Grover Norquist is busy rewriting history again, for the young members of the Republican party.

  • JohnLopresti commented on the blog post E. Coli EFMs

    2011-06-09 08:59:05View | Delete

    WBushCo had an infamous policy of inviting revolving door members of the *regulated* industry to help edit toxic pollution reports. Another sleight in WBuschCo*s armarium was to shift the data monitoring span, so data sets would not work with the same formula for thresholds when comparing, say, data collected in the toxic release inventory from a Democratic party administration with the data more sparsely recorded by the Republicans under WBushCo. In fact, just before WBushCo trotted out of the WA-DC data trading post on their trusty steeds, WBushCo*s FTC made a plea to the EPA requesting that coal, oil companies, and similar industries, all be excused from having pollution data be provided in the public sphere. That report was published October 2010, just before the presidential election which the Republicans lost in November 2010.

    A similar data legerdemain occurs in locales with Republican slimmer-government-is-better-government measures* deployment in states with budget cutbacks. Consider that regionally illustrative article in a paper majority owned by the NYTimes; the cited journalistic report avers that an environmental outfit which monitors water pollution data for many cities and beaches nationwide showed in spring 2011 that a local beach notorious for a failing environmental reportcard grade of *F*, instead in 2011 received an *A*; all the rhetoric in the article supports the new, sparkling image for that beach. Then, nearing the end of the allotted colum-inches, the article admits, ahem, the local water agency actually confessed both that the environmental outfit*s test occurred just a month before the beach returned to the same-old *F* rating; and, that state (?or local county?) budget reductions at the hands of an intransigent Republican minority in the state legislature, caused cancellation of Water Agency data collection efforts for most other beaches. It is difficult to build a mathematical trend graph when there is discontinuity in data sets gathered. That looks a lot like less-government by more-trust postelectoral Wisconsin 2011 style. FYI, That*s a list of the 100 most air-polluting companies in the country; the linked chart takes an interesting approach in its impact formula, multiplying population expected to be exposed x toxicity of chemicals released x pounds spewed. NB: most of the companies on the chart discharge in the range of 1,000,000 lbs or more; and, I suspect this data set also has the deficiency of excluding the WBushCo favored toxic release inventory polluters who benefitted from that Republican administration*s* artificial shifting of the threshold for reporting.

    With respect to the specific localized article cited, the ocean area has different runoff pollution than the areas which discharge on the other side of the peninsula, into the bay, where known leaking and antiquely designed urban culvert systems transport biocontaminants like ecoli bayward rather than oceanward to where most beaches are situated.

    Further, I have observed, subjectively, that with Democratic administrations, parent agencies are more rigorous and thorough in attempting to provide monitoring, even if the local subdivision of the agency is under more political pressure than the state umbrella organization to render data inaccurate, discontinuous, and difficult to interpret without grasp of the history and politics involved.

  • There are several central and south america countries with enduring histories of trade in food products with north america; with varying amounts of ancillary irregularities with respect to fairness of implementation of both international and various respective domestic laws. Consider an offTopic but in some ways parallel case involving Tyson, which is incorporated in Delaware, has corporate central office in Arkansas, and has international divisions as well; this is OT in the sense it is not an instance of selective due process in the various countries; yet, it may illustrate the lapses that occur when business relationships exist transcending international boundaries but in disproportionate configurations. In a sense, there were many similar instances in southern hemisphere countries involved in some degree of trade with the US during the years following 1959; many of which nations during any given decade might have appeared to be harboring perhaps 2 or 3 governments or protogovernments. I think L. Breuer, DOJ crim div was appropriate to address such matters in a speech at World Bank last month. I want to include a further divergent theme even more offTopic, but in the region, too; the issue of environment cleanup, this one is in Ecuador; courts are rife with these matters, and reparations historically decades in the offing, at best.

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