Live Science
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Live Science
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Times of Israel
4 days
Times of Israel
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TIME - Global Spin
10 days
There has been progress, including the approval of a new tax law that aims to sweep aside Indias byzantine system of state and local taxes with a simple, more commerce-friendly alternative. But India remains a notoriously tough place to do business. Seeking to enforce a contract in Indias commercial capital Mumbai? Clear your calendar: it takes an average of nearly four years, according to the World Bank. Now, as the cash ban hits the countrys growth rate, the BJPs overwhelming victory once again turns the spotlight on Modi and his promises and when he will deliver. Eventually, there has to be more than the image of the good guy and the guy who has sincere intentions, says Joshi. This was not a vote for or against one policy. This was a vote for Modi. And such a huge majority brings huge expectations, adds Kumar, the Delhi-based psephologist.
TIME - Top Stories
10 days
There has been progress, including the approval of a new tax law that aims to sweep aside Indias byzantine system of state and local taxes with a simple, more commerce-friendly alternative. But India remains a notoriously tough place to do business. Seeking to enforce a contract in Indias commercial capital Mumbai? Clear your calendar: it takes an average of nearly four years, according to the World Bank. Now, as the cash ban hits the countrys growth rate, the BJPs overwhelming victory once again turns the spotlight on Modi and his promisesand when he will deliver. Eventually, there has to be more than the image of the good guy and the guy who has sincere intentions, says Joshi. This was not a vote for or against one policy. This was a vote for Modi. And such a huge majority brings huge expectations, adds Kumar, the Delhi-based psephologist.
Politico
16 days
The talks broke down, and headlines around the world blared that TPP had stalled. The drama eventually faded. Cutler led a series of highly technical meetings of deputy ministers from the NAFTA nations plus Japan in Washington, San Francisco and then the final TPP round in Atlanta in October. The group gradually hashed out rules of origin for 150 separate auto parts as well as finished cars, striking an elaborate Jenga-style compromise of 45 percent (under the byzantinenet-costmethodology) or 55 percent (under the “build-down” approach) that no countries loved but all accepted. Outraged labor leaders called the new rules a giant step backward, while the Obama team claimed they were basically as strong as NAFTA’s, since they would measure actual content rather than an arbitrary list of parts from a bygone moment in car manufacturing. Ultimately, it didnt really matter.
BBC Parliament
22 days
In fact, Lord Justice Jackson described it as being such that its complexity would even have made by zan time emperors envious. All I complexity would even have made by zan time emperors envious. All I can say to you -- Byzantine. All I can say is that we have had an impact on people making applications.
Politico
23 days
Mehlman says it’s easy to “put a human face” on strivers like Jaime who come to America for a better life, but harder to identify the Americans who suffer when undocumented immigrants take their jobs, depress their wages, or overwhelm schools and social services paid for by their taxes. “It’s always in the interest of immigrants to emigrate,” he says. “The question is: What impact does it have on others? For too long, the interests of the American people have been forgotten.” It’s remarkable how quickly Trump has been able to apply this America First philosophy to the byzantine world of immigration, laying down a marker that the U.S. will no longer be a sanctuary for the world’s huddled masses. But it’s also remarkable how mightily he has struggled to change policies elsewhere. By this point in Obama’s first term, he had signed an anti-discrimination law helping women to sue for equal pay, a major expansion of children’s health insurance, and an $800 billion emergency stimulus bill that was bigger than the entire New Deal in inflation-adjusted dollars—a single bill that included the largest middle-class tax cut since Reagan and the largest infrastructure investment since Eisenhower, while also launching a clean energy revolution, national adoption of electronic medicine, and the groundbreaking Race to the Top school reforms.
BBC Two England
a month
At least Britain is not uniquely dysfunctional. When you look internationally, the UK does not look too bad, in my view. When you look at the biggest economy in the world, the US economy, the tax policy making system there is impossibly Byzantine compared to the system we have in the UK.
Washington Free Beacon
a month
Whether you like it or not. The second system is comprised of those elements not expressly addressed by the Founders. This is the permanent government, the so-called administrative state of bureaucracies, agencies, quasi-public organizations, and regulatory bodies and commissions, of rule-writers and the byzantine network of administrative law courts. This is the government of unelected judges with lifetime appointments who, far from comprising the "least dangerous branch," now presume to think they know more about America's national security interests than the man elected as commander in chief. For some time, especially during Democratic presidencies, the second system of government was able to live with the first one. But that time has ended. The two systems are now in competition. And the contest is all the more vicious and frightening because more than offices are at stake.
The Guardian
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Mondoweiss
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Politico
a month
In subsequent tweets, the agency emphasized that while it works to prevent ethics violations, “OGE does not have investigative or enforcement authority.” “Congress, GAO, the FBI, Inspectors General, and the Office of Special Counsel have the authority to conduct investigations,” the agency tweeted. “When OGE learns of possible ethics violations, OGE contacts the agency, provides guidance asks them to notify OGE of any action taken. OGE is actively following this agency-contact process.” Asked about Conway’s comments at Thursday’s press briefing, White House spokesman Sean Spicer would say only that Conway had been “counseled” on the matter. OGE director Walter Shaub has sparred with President Donald Trump and his administration over concerns about the pace of ethics reviews of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, as well as Trump’s decision not to fully divest from his byzantine real estate empire.
The Event Chronicle
2 months
By Wu Mingren In ancient Rome, the patricians (from the Latin word patres , meaningfathers’) were one of the main classes of Roman society. They were the ruling class, and enjoyed great prestige as well as special privileges, which they gladly lorded over the other inhabitants of Rome – for as long as they could. Founding the Patrician Families Some of the famous patrician families include the Claudii, the Julii and the Cornelii. According to some sources, the origins of the patrician class may be traced back to the founding of Rome. This class existed throughout the history of Rome (both the Republic and the Empire), and continued well into the Byzantine period. It may be noted, however, that the nature of this class, for example, their rights and privileges, changed over time. During the Byzantine period, for instance, the wordpatrician’ was reduced to an honorary title without the power that it once enjoyed.
The Points Guy
2 months
Beirut definitely lives up to its nickname, the Paris of the Middle East. Plus, the locals are friendly — for the most part, they speak French, Arabic and English — and you can expect to be called habibi constantly (it means my dear'). Here are 10 reasons to leave your comfort zone behind and pay this gorgeous Mediterranean destination a visit. 1. You'll Learn More History Here Than You Ever Did in School History buffs will have a field day in Beirut, and even those who don't know the French Mandate from a french fry will find its storied past too fascinating to ignore. The Beirut Heritage Trail is a prime example of this — go back in time with a walk along a marked mile-and-a-half-long path and see Byzantine mosaics, Roman baths, mosques, ancient underground streets, cathedrals and ruins from the Canaanite and Ottoman eras.
Mondoweiss
2 months
After all, it is the name of a local newspaper, a young singer, a shawarma joint, and a chapter of the Israeli Scouts. But all these have one thing in common: they are associated with the city of Petah Tikvah, northeast of Tel Aviv. According to the Petah Tikvah City Archive’s website , Mlabes was the name of a village that existed well before the establishment of the city. It appears on a map prepared for Napoleon’s invading army around 1799. There is archaeological evidence of settlement in the same spot during the Byzantine Era, as well as by the Crusaders. A famous song by iconic Israeli singer Arik Einstein mentions how the village was visited by Zionist pioneers in 1878.... https://972mag.com/mapping-the-palestinian-villages-erased-and-replaced-with-jewish-towns/124847/ Israel expands remapping effort in bid to claim more West Bank land Haaretz 30 Jan by Yotam Berger Special team is reexamining which areas are under Israel's legal jurisdiction so it can build or expand settlements Israel has enlarged the territories it is remapping in the West Bank with the aim of declaring them state lands, according to a survey conducted by a nonprofit that monitors Israel’s land policies in the region.
TIME - Global Spin
2 months
Operation Pandora has been a success, Europol announced today . The European Union's law enforcement group worked with police in 18 countries, including Bosnia and Switzerland, as well as Interpol, UNESCO and the World Customs Organization to find and seize cultural objects last October and November. Authorities searched almost 50,000 people for a variety of items, including over 400 coins, a marble Ottoman tombstone and a Byzantine depiction of St. George, according to BBC . And during those two months, authorities were able to recover 3,561 stolen or trafficked artifacts and pieces of art 19 of which were stolen from an archaeological museum in Spain, BBC reports. Europol The operation culminated in a joint action week from Nov. 17 to 23 of last year, Europol said. Overall, the authorities arrested 75 people and opened 92 new investigations as part of the operation's coordinated effort take out the criminal networks that sustain the black market for cultural objects.
The Week
2 months
Apartment Therapy
2 months
Two TVs. Their boxes are full of confusing terms and complicated jargon. And their prices are night and day. How do you know if the pricey TV is worth the money? What are you really getting for the upgrade? It's hard to know for certain while you're standing in the store, and online reviews just make things even more byzantine. At the end of the day, it can be tough to know what you're paying for when you're buying a TV. So we're putting two sets head to head—one under $500 and one over $2,000—to look at their differences and similarities for the money. READ MORE »
The Event Chronicle
2 months
To accept every single one of these objects as genuine is a matter of faith. To question the chain of evidence in their provenance – could these really be the bones of the Magi in that box? – is a question of forensic science and, one might claim, common sense. Churches at this time vied hotly for the possession of relics. A recognised relic was a sign of legitimacy for the owner. They were not above stealing these things from one another. Nobody at this period owned a clock . To find out what day it was, they asked a priest. It was the Feast Day of Saint So-and-So. This was either a working day, or a holiday. That ended the discussion. With these facts in mind, it is possible to follow the arguments of the Phantom Time Hypothesis. The Phantom Time Hypothesis An Outrageous Conspiracy Theory? The Phantom Time Hypothesis, as advanced by German researcher Heribert Illig, and expanded by Dr Hans-Ulrich Niemitz of the Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur in Leipzig, claims the following: The Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII caused his scribes to recopy Byzantine historical documents from the old writing style, called majuscule, into the new writing style, called minuscule.
The Event Chronicle
2 months
But the real shocker is this: the map shows contours as the continent would have appeared before it was covered with ice! So how long ago would THAT be? It is presumed that Antarctica has been covered with ice for 12,000 years (or about half of one Mayan Calendar precessional cycle just google the phrase precession of the equinoxes.) In his research, Dr. Farrell discovered that the Piri Reis map is not the only one that shows an ice-free Antarctica. We know that that there are maps that date back even earlier, at least to 1339 A.D. These maps comprised the portolanos that were being used by European navigators. Naturally, here is the next question: Where did these maps come from? Here I will quote the Vipers book beginning at page 196 and, as usual, anything within [brackets]are my own interpolations: We speculated there [in Chapter Two]that the presence of the Byzantine humanists Bessarion and Plethon among the Greek delegation to the council [of Medici banksters]was the contact point for the Florentine merchants who may have been seeking lost knowledge that could only have come from the imperial archives of the East Roman Empire in Constantinople.
Voice Of America
2 months
That byzantine process can have a huge impact on political power: During Obama's presidency, Democrats lost more than 1,030 seats in statehouses, governor's mansions and Congress. “We lost sight of the fact that a lot of governing in this country happens at the state and local level,” said Holder. “Coming out every four years and campaigning hard for a progressive presidential candidate is not nearly enough.” The effort will begin this year with the Virginia governor's race and a possible special election in North Carolina. The Supreme Court put a court-ordered redistricting and special election on hold this week after Republicans challenged the lower court ruling.
Informed Comment
2 months
I have assets that are and now people have found out how big the company is, I have very little debt I have very low debt. But I have no loans with Russia at all. This assertion is disingenuous because he might have partnerships or Russian investors without categorizing that money as loans. In fact, Trump owes at least $300 million to creditors, and if you total up the debts held by all the companies in which he has at least a 1/3 stake, the debts may come to $1.5 billion! One of the New York City buildings he has a part ownership of carries a $950 million debt, some of which is held by the Bank of China. Trump may presently have no Russian creditors or projects (and his finances are so Byzantine that it is impossible to know), but that does not rule out his having Russian partners or investors in US or European projects.