http://unenumerated.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/minimizing-consumer-worry.html. The fact that the banks seem nervous gives us a warm glow: https://coinreport.net/australian-banks-closure-of-bitcoin-companies-accounts-under-investigation/. Still, burning carbon to make bitcoins is just as annoying as (and intrinsically similar to) burning carbon to dig up gold that is never going to used for any real purpose.
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/10/existential_ris.html 'AI theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky: "Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point." '
While this (the blog post, not the book) is a very nice exposition of the folk who worked out the story of elliptic orbits, it is perhaps worth saying this: to find the right path you have to follow a lot of wrong paths, and all the forgotten scientists working on other paths also contributed.
Article 14.17 of TPP, published at last after years of secret negotiations, says: “No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.”
What we need is the reverse: If products contain software then the source (and reproducible build chain) need to be freely available.
Like many countries, Portugal has both a ceremonial head of state (a President) and a head of government (the Prime Minister). As in other parliamentary systems, the public elects members of parliament, and whichever party has the majority gets to assemble a government, including a PM. And as in many such systems (such as England's), there's a ceremonial step at the beginning of that, where the head of state (in England, the Queen) invites the ruling party to form the government.
(Portugal differs slightly in that its head of state is elected as well; the current president, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, is in the midst of plummeting popularity)
What happened now is that, in the wake of one economic mess after another, Portugal's recent parliamentary election brought in a bunch of candidates who were sharply opposed to austerity measures, and to deals with the EU and IMF similar to the ones Greece has gotten mired in. This left-wing coalition of parties has a majority of the seats in parliament. But President Cavaco Silva has refused to allow them to form a government, and has said that it is far too dangerous for the country to allow any party opposed to EU membership to ever be allowed to take office, no matter what elections may say; instead, he has ordered the conservative parties to form a minority government.
Portugal has had conflicts between President and Prime Minister before, notably when President Jorge Sampaio called for new elections in 2004, as PM Santana Lopes' government was in obvious chaos. But there was no question of thwarting the popular will in that case: Lopes was not an elected MP at all, but had been appointed to be PM when his predecessor had gone off to become President of the European Commission, was widely regarded as illegitimate, and was promptly creamed in an election. Here, on the other hand, an election happened only a few weeks ago, and the President decided to deliberately thwart its results.
However, the history of Portugal's democracy is quite brief; up until 1974, it was ruled by a sequence of unstable governments and dictatorships. Given this context, Cavaco Silva's actions are all the more alarming: they aren't taking place in the context of a robust constitutional system, but rather in a fragile and fairly nascent one, one which routinely seems to be held together with duct tape and chicken wire.
Of course, the rise of a left-wing bloc is certain to trigger a crisis of another sort, as a second European government openly thumbs its nose at German demands for austerity and debt repayment above all. This could easily lead to a deeper crisis for the EU as a whole, making its internal split between rich and poor countries much more vivid.
That crisis, however, I think is inevitable; Europe has been trying to have fiscal unity without economic unity, something which never works, because the fiscal policy best for a poor country is basically the opposite of the fiscal policy needed for a rich one. Europe glossed over these matters for years, essentially artificially propping up countries like Greece and Portugal so that they could continue to buy French and German exports, until the complete unsustainability of the policy became all too evident.
Europe is going to have to give up on pretending to be a federation of completely different countries that just happen to share a currency and various regulatory schemes; either it really runs itself like a single entity, or it allows more of its constituent entities to decouple properly, and (for example) run their own fiscal policy.
Either way, this has the smell of a big mess, especially for the people of Portugal.
[disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, you should probably ignore this.]
Shoulder pain is usually frozen shoulder: try hard to get a reliable diagnosis that that is the actual problem, but if not you might have to guess. This is more likely if you have diabetes, so check that out. But basically the ball in the joint has got too big. The size of the ball is determined by a feedback system. So the problem is caused by too little use. The obvious temptation is to to move it less, which makes the problem worse. Basically the body expects a human to do a fair bit of above the shoulder work, and if not it gets confused. Unless medicos have improved in the last 15 years since I got it, they will advise expensive treatment with physio at the end. But it is really only the physio you need and you can do it yourself. Push against the pain as much as you can, sending feedback to the ball and joint to get out of each others way. If you are like me then a few weeks of that will get your arm back above halfway. When it finally clears you need to have regular exercises lifting light weights above your head.
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