BBC Two England
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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
5 days
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
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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
15 days
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
17 days
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
20 days
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
a month
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
a month
Apartment Therapy
a month
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
a month
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
a month
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
a month
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
a month
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.
The Huffington Post
a month
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The term "Middle East" - coined in the 19th century - fails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam - and continue to do so today.
I4U News
a month
Informed Comment
a month
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
a month
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Phys.Org
a month
Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave.
The Huffington Post
2 months
) Notwithstanding all the political noise that long ago drowned out all discussion of actual facts about the actual law: Obamacare is a radical endorsement and extension of the status quo. This is why everything that was ever wrong with the health insurance system -- ever increasing premiums, deductibles, and co-payments, the perennial narrowing networks of providers, and all of its byzantine administrative processes -- has now been laid at the feet of the plan. This is why the House Speaker has no qualms about uttering utter nonsense about Obamacare "ruining" and "dismantling" the health care system. To minimize actual (not perceived or politicized) disruption to most people's coverage - a major and valid criticism of the Clinton plan -- the architects of the ACA retained most of the features of the traditional employer, insurance and provider systems.
Open Culture
2 months
That is, if we insist on perpetuating economies of scaled-up production. The perpetuation of work, however, simply becomes a means of social control. Watts has his own theories about how we would pay for a UBI, and every advocate since has varied the terms, depending on their level of policy expertise, theoretical bent, or political persuasion. It’s important to point out, however, that UBI has never been a partisan idea. It has been favored by civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King and controversial conservative writers like Charles Murray; by Keynesians and supply-siders alike. A version of UBI at one time found a proponent in Milton Friedman, as well as Richard Nixon, whose UBI proposal, Stern notes, “was passed twice by the House of Representatives.” (See Stern below discuss UBI and this history.) During the sixties, a lively debate over UBI took place among economists who foresaw the situation Watts describes and also sought to simplify the Byzantine means-tested welfare system.
Washingtons Blog
2 months
Real-world limits also impose costs. Energy costs are rising for a variety of structural reasons; the easy-to-extract oil has been extracted, the full lifecycle costs of alternative energy sources remain substantial (maintenance is not free for the 20 year lifespan of the windmill/solar array, for example) and so on. Land for new housing is scarce in many cities, and that imposes scarcity costs as various entities compete for the scarce resource (land). If we look at eras of widespread prosperity, we find that work is abundant, private enterprises and trade are vibrant, the currency is stable, the cost of doing business is low, inflation and the cost of living are low, so even low-wage households can slowly improve their lot. This doesn't just describe America in the 1950s and 1960sit also describes the Tang Dynasty in 700 A.D. China and the Byzantine Empire in its heyday.
Times of Israel
2 months