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  • Meet the Man Who Invented Dinosaurs & Nearly Had His Own Museum in Central Park – Dusty Old Thing
    https://dustyoldthing.com/sir-richard-owen-dinosaurs

    Sir Richard Owen at one point taught natural history to Queen Victoria’s children, he was respected in his field, though he did argue with a number of his fellow scientists, including Charles Darwin. Owen formed the theory of what dinosaurs were after reading the work of other esteemed scientists like, Gideon Mantell. Owen named this new genre of animal dinosauria, meaning “terrible lizards” in Greek. He first published his findings in a paper in 1842 that set the scientific community on its head. The sensationalist tone of his classifications would soon be followed by even more sensational public displays.

    Owen sought to give life to the fossils that had been found and enlisted the help of scientific artists to help the world visualize what they might have looked like. Overnight the Victorians went from a young world to one in which monsters had roamed the earth sometime long before humanity had recorded history. Owen did not believe in evolution though he was incredibly dedicated to natural history.

    • Ouf,

      Voilà, c’est fini... Ce samedi, à partir de 23h30, Laurent Ruquier présentera l’ultime numéro d’On n’est pas couché de la saison sur France 2. Il sera entouré pour la dernière fois de Charles Consigny et Christine Angot, dont les départs de l’émission ont été annoncés la semaine dernière. L’animateur souhaite effectivement revoir en profondeur le format de son émission, à l’antenne depuis 2006 et dont les audiences se sont grandement essoufflées cette saison. Avec 925 000 téléspectateurs en moyenne (14% de PDA), le talk-show a rarement dépassé la barre du million de fidèles en audience linéaire et en a égaré près de 200 000 par rapport à la saison 2017-2018. La faute à un plateau souvent faiblard et à une diffusion de plus en plus tardive.

      yahoo.com

      Face au tollé provoqué par sa déclaration, Christine Angot a présenté ses excuses dans un communiqué :

      « Je regrette de ne pas avoir réussi à me faire comprendre dans l’émission du 1er juin et d’avoir blessé par mes propos. Mon intention était à l’opposé (...) explique-t-elle (...) J’ai voulu rapprocher les deux crimes contre l’humanité que sont l’esclavage et la Shoah, tout en prenant soin de spécifier la différence fondamentale de méthode dans la déshumanisation, d’un côté exterminer les personnes, de l’autre leur retirer leur humanité pour en faire des objets de commerce qu’on achète et qu’on vend.

      L’expression "en bonne santé" était cependant absurde », a-t-elle encore reconnu, avant de préciser qu’elle considérait qu’« indifférencier les souffrances infligées par ces crimes me paraît dangereux. L’indifférenciation pouvant conduire à l’indifférence. »

      La femme de lettres « regrette » encore de ne pas avoir « su trouver les mots » pour exprimer sa pensée avant de conclure : « Mon travail est de me faire comprendre. Je m’excuse d’y avoir échoué. Il me tenait à cœur d’éloigner la concurrence victimaire dont certains jouent. »

      Salutations attentives,

      Fabienne Abbou - Chargée de la médiation des programmes

      http://m.mediateur.francetv.fr/emissions/le-mediateur-des-programmes/vos-messages/trouver-les-mots_573860

      Ne pas réussir à se faire comprendre sur le plateau d’ONPC ne demande pas beaucoup de travail. Cette émission étant une des plus emblématique gabegie du service public.

  • Ah ben zut, Seenthis, tu me préviens pas : tu viens de me faire penser à l’album Yellow Moon, des Neville Brothers, alors du coup je les ai googlés, et devine quoi : je pense que j’en ai tué un…

    Charles Neville, le saxophoniste des Neville Brothers, est mort à 79 ans (avril 2018)
    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/musique/charles-neville-le-saxophoniste-des-neville-brothers-est-mort-a-79-ans_

    Le saxophoniste américain Charles Neville du groupe The Neville Brothers, pilier de l’histoire musicale et du jazz contemporain de La Nouvelle-Orléans, est décédé jeudi à l’âge de 79 ans, a annoncé vendredi sa famille dans un communiqué.

    Bon, tout ça pour dire que l’album Yellow Moon, 1989, c’est encore un de ces disques qui m’a marqué.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O87iUDZGDKs


    En plus, Aaron joue sur un Juno-106 (de Rolland, 1984), le synthé que j’avais à l’époque (et que j’ai toujours). Je vais pas te dire que c’est un disque qui m’a sauvé la vie, mais tout de même, pendant une bonne année j’ai écouté le CD en boucle.

    Sinon, il me semble qu’ils apparaissaient en concert au Tipitinas dans un film de l’époque, à la Nouvelle Orléans. Je pense que c’est Mississipi Burning, mais je n’en suis pas certain. Ça dit quelque chose à quelqu’un ? Ça pourrait être dans The Big Easy avec Dennis Quaid (1986), aussi, vraiment c’est vieux tout ça…

  • Article indigent compte tenu de la carrière incroyable de ce géant... très triste... à suivre...

    Le chanteur et pianiste Dr John est mort à l’âge de 77 ans
    Radio Canada, le 6 juin 2019
    https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1175140/dr-john-chanteur-mort-deces-nouvelle-orleans

    Do you know the Dr ? Dr John ? Mac Rebennack ? Such a night... (1976)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCRrXZP8b0I

    Dr. John Collection on Letterman, 1982-2008
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCFRKWnl-_I

    Et collection de duos ci-dessous...

    #Musique #Dr_John #Nouvelle_Orleans

  • « Italie, vers une nouvelle crise, Salvini a intérêt à de nouvelles élections ! » L’édito de Charles SANNAT (Insolentiae)
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/international/16099-italie-vers-une-nouvelle-crise-salvini-a-interet-a-de-nouvelles-ele

    Mes chères impertinentes, mes chers impertinents,

    Alors que la Commission européenne vient d’annoncer l’ouverture d’une procédure d’infraction contre l’Italie en raison de la politique « budgétaire laxiste du gouvernement de coalition », la tension monte en Italie.

    Il y a deux jours et bien évidemment ces éléments sont totalement liés entre eux, le chef du gouvernement italien Giuseppe Conte a adressé un ultimatum à Matteo Salvini et au Mouvement Cinq Etoiles de Luigi Di Maio.

    Soit les deux partis se mettent d’accord pour respecter le contrat de gouvernement et accessoirement quelques équilibres européens, soit il… démissionnera, ce qui aura vraisemblablement pour conséquence de conduire le président italien à convoquer de nouvelles élections.

    Des élections que Salvini pourrait gagner, lui qui est sorti (...)

    #En_vedette #Actualités_internationales #Actualités_Internationales

  • Un commentaire sur la-bas.org :

    29 mai à 15:22, par David Garcia
    Petite anecdote sur la journée d’hier..

    Suite à la publication du nouvel article de Disclose, sur l’arrivée du bateau saoudien dans le port de Fos, pour charger des munitions destinées aux canons caesar tueurs de civils vendus par la France, je dis à ma compagne par SMS qu’il faudrait une mobilisation sur le port, de la part des camarades, pour entraver cette saloperie.. J’étais même prêt à y aller tellement j’étais en colère.

    Ni une ni deux ma douce et tendre relaie le message sur les réseaux sociaux, notamment les pages FB de L’UD CGT 13, et entre en contact avec un camarade docker... Qui n’était pas encore au courant. Environ une heure plus tard, les dockers publient un communiqué affirmant qu’ « aucune cargaison de munitions ne sera chargée sur Marseille, uniquement des transformateurs » qui étaient déjà prévus dans les marchandises. L’appel est relayé par des camarades assez médiatiques également (Charles Hoareau entre autres), et atterrit finalement aux oreilles du député communiste de la 13eme circonscription des bdrh, Pierre Dharreville. Ça tombe bien, celui-ci devant se rendre sous peu à l’assemblée, dans la foulée il posera une question sur le sujet à ce tas de VENDUS qui se nomme « gouvernement »... Bien sûr, ceux-ci jureront la main sur le cœur qu’ « il n’y avait pas de cargaison de munitions sur ce bateau ». Normal, tas d’ordures : elles n’y sont pas car les copains ont REFUSÉ de collaborer à votre business méprisable.

  • L’oligarchie s’amuse

    Le bal masqué de Dior à Venise, échos d’un Fellini contemporain - Godfrey Deeny - traduit par Paul Kaplan - 19 Mai 2019 - fashion network
    https://fr.fashionnetwork.com/news/Le-bal-masque-de-Dior-a-Venise-echos-d-un-Fellini-contemporain,10


    Pietro Beccari, le PDG de Christian Dior, et Elisabetta Beccari - Photo : Virgile Guinard

    Maria Grazia Chiuri ne prend jamais vraiment de vacances. À peine deux semaines après le défilé de la collection Croisière 2020 de Christian Dior, organisé à Marrakech, la créatrice italienne a dessiné les costumes d’une performance fantasmagorique donnée samedi soir, juste avant le bal Tiepolo organisé par Dior à Venise, qui faisait écho aux revendications politiques et à l’ambiance générale de la Biennale.

    Des dieux et des déesses dorés, plusieurs Jules César, des comtesses aux proportions divines, des courtisanes cruelles, des dandys coiffés de plumes géantes, une Cléopâtre majestueuse, et diverses figures célestes - dont une qui a passé la soirée perchée au sommet d’une grande échelle à pêcher un globe argenté parmi les célébrités... Karlie Kloss jetait des oeillades fatales derrière son éventail, vêtue d’une robe corset imprimée. Sienna Miller est arrivée sous une gigantesque cape en soie beige et une robe moulante et scintillante, pendue au bras de son nouveau cavalier, Lucas Zwirner. Tilda Swinton était sanglée dans un costume en soie bouclée et Monica Bellucci et Dasha Zhukova resplendissaient dans leurs robe et cape à fleurs. 100 % Dior.

    Samedi soir, après un véritable embouteillage nautique, des dizaines de bateaux de luxe Riva ont débarqué les invités sur les marches du palazzo, tandis que la troupe de danseuses Parolabianca se produisait sur une terrasse au bord du canal. Trois d’entre elles étaient juchées sur des échasses pour donner encore plus d’ampleur aux motifs étranges de Maria Grazia Chiuri - imprimés pêle-mêle d’animaux mythologiques, de cieux nocturnes, de crustacés géants, de taureaux en plein galop et d’amiraux de la Renaissance. « Des voyages célestes et ancestraux à travers le ciel », résume la directrice artistique des collections féminines de Dior.

    « Je pense que nous, Italiens, avons oublié que nous sommes une nation de navigateurs, surtout les Vénitiens. Que nous avons fini par nous intégrer dans des centaines de cultures et de pays. Et que nous sommes une nation d’immigrés sur toute la planète depuis de nombreuses générations », rappelle-t-elle.

    Des images dignes de cette Biennale, marquée par l’appel de nombreux artistes en faveur de frontières plus ouvertes . Cet après-midi-là, l’artiste aborigène australien Richard Bell a fait remorquer une péniche autour de Venise, transportant un pavillon factice enchaîné sur le bateau pour critiquer l’#impérialisme et le #colonialisme de son pays. Dans l’Arsenal, centre névralgique de la Biennale, l’artiste suisse Christoph Büchel a installé Barca Nostra, un bateau de pêche rouillé de 21 mètres qui a coulé au large de Lampedusa en 2015, entraînant la mort de près d’un millier de #réfugiés.

    Dans le cadre de l’exposition principale, nombreuses étaient les images puissantes d’exclusion et de dialogue des cultures - on retient surtout les photos nocturnes de Soham Gupta qui représentent des étrangers indiens errant dans les décombres de #Calcutta, les films d’Arthur Jafa sur les droits civiques et les superbes collages autobiographiques de Njideka Akunyili Crosby, artiste américaine née au Nigeria. Sans oublier la Sud-Africaine Zanele Muholi qui a fait un autoportrait quotidien pendant un an pour dénoncer les crimes de #haine et l’#homophobie dans son pays natal, tandis que le pavillon vénézuélien n’a pas ouvert en raison des troubles politiques dans son pays.

    De l’autre côté de la ville, le bal avait lieu au Palazzo Labia, célèbre pour les fresques sublimes de Giambattista Tiepolo, notamment dans l’immense salle de bal aménagée sur deux étages, ornée de scènes légendaires de la vie d’Antoine et Cléopâtre. La somptueuse soirée de Dior rappelait le célèbre bal oriental de 1951, organisé dans le même palais par son propriétaire mexicain de l’époque, Charles de Beistegui, qui avait redonné à l’édifice sa splendeur d’origine. Entré dans l’histoire comme « le bal du siècle », l’événement est resté dans les mémoires grâce aux nombreux costumes et robes dessinés conjointement par Salvador Dali et Christian Dior.

    C’est Dior qui a financé le bal, qui a permis de récolter des fonds pour la fondation Venetian Heritage, qui soutient plus de 100 projets de restauration du patrimoine vénitien et dont c’est le 20e anniversaire cette année. Le président américain de l’organisation internationale, Peter Marino, est un architecte qui a dessiné des boutiques parmi les plus remarquables du monde, pour des marques comme #Louis_Vuitton, #Chanel et, bien sûr, #Dior.

    « Les temps changent. Le bal de Beistegui était un événement fabuleux organisé pour les personnes les plus fortunées de la planète. Celui-ci aussi est un grand bal, mais il a pour but de récolter des fonds pour nos projets », précise Peter Marino, vêtu d’une veste, d’une culotte et de bottes Renaissance entièrement noirs, comme Vélasquez aurait pu en porter s’il avait fréquenté les bars gays de New York. Après le dîner, une vente aux enchères a permis de recueillir plus de 400 000 euros pour protéger le patrimoine vénitien.

    Comme pour sa collection Croisière - qui contenait des collaborations avec des artisans marocains, des fabricants de tissus perlés massaï et d’imprimés wax ivoiriens, des artistes et des créateurs de toute l’Afrique et de sa diaspora -, Maria Grazia Chiuri a travaillé avec des acteurs locaux de premier plan pour son bal Tiepolo.

    Les tables joliment décorées, en suivant des thèmes variés selon les salles - jungle, sicilienne et chinoise - comportaient des sphinx égyptiens, des œufs d’autruche géants, d’énormes candélabres en verre, des perroquets en céramique et des nappes sur mesure du légendaire fabricant de tissus et peintre vénitien Fortuny. Les invités ont pu déguster un pudding de fruits de mer composé de caviar, de homards et de crevettes, suivi d’un délicieux bar, préparé par Silvio Giavedoni, chef du restaurant Quadri de la place Saint-Marc, étoilé au guide Michelin.

    Pour ses costumes de bal, Maria Grazia Chiuri a également fait appel au fabricant de soie Rubelli, ainsi qu’à Bevilacqua, le célèbre spécialiste du velours et de damas « soprarizzo », dont le siège se trouve de l’autre côté du Grand Canal, en face du Palazzo Labia. Une demi-douzaine de danseuses de la troupe Parolabianca ont clôturé la soirée en dansant sous les fresques maniéristes de Tiepolo, au son d’une harpe malienne et de violons.

    Un événement vif, effronté, licencieux et provocateur... comme tous les grands bals masqués. Le #masque donne la liberté d’être poliment impoli - si on croise quelqu’un qu’on préfère éviter, il suffit de prétendre qu’on ne l’a pas reconnu. La soirée s’est déroulée dans une ambiance digne d’un film de Merchant Ivory ou de #Fellini et de son Casanova. Personnage que Sienna Miller a d’ailleurs côtoyé dans un de ses films...

    « Monsieur Dior a toujours adoré Venise. Ses artistes, ses artisans et son art font donc partie du patrimoine de Dior. Une raison de plus pour laquelle j’ai adoré mettre à contribution le savoir-faire vénitien pour organiser le bal », confie Maria Grazia Chiuri.

    Geste gracieux, Dior a offert un éventail à chaque invité, imprimé d’une célèbre phrase de son fondateur : « Les fêtes ont ceci de nécessaire qu’elles apportent de la joie ».

    #fric #ruissellement #bernard_arnault

  • Taxi loan abuses part of a broader pattern in New York | American Banker
    https://www.americanbanker.com/opinion/taxi-loan-abuses-part-of-a-broader-pattern-in-new-york

    An investigation by The New York Times earlier this week suggested that the massive collapse in New York City taxi medallion prices since 2014 was not primarily the result of new competition from Uber and Lyft. Instead it was the inevitable outcome of unsustainable lending practices.

    Low-paid cab drivers who dreamed of becoming their own bosses took out loans that required them to pay $1 million or more. The payments often covered only the interest that borrowers owed, and interest rates spiked if the loans were not repaid within a few years. From the lenders’ standpoint, the loans only made sense as long as medallion prices continued to rise.

    Cabbies, many of them immigrants, suffered harsh consequences after taking out loans with terms they did not fully understand.

    Cab drivers who dreamed of becoming their own bosses took out loans that required them to pay $1 million or more.

    Since the articles were published, various politicians have floated potential responses that are narrowly targeted at taxi medallion lending.

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a probe of taxi loan brokers. Other local officials suggested that the city should buy onerous loans at discounted prices and then forgive much of the debt.

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., asked the National Credit Union Administration to conduct a review of supervisory practices at institutions that engage in taxi medallion lending.

    But taxi drivers are not the only businesspeople who regularly get deceived by unscrupulous lenders. So do contractors, restaurateurs and the owners of various other kinds of struggling small businesses. Many high-cost business lenders are based in New York, where unusually favorable laws provide a haven to these companies.

    Some aspects of the New York City taxi loan market were unique. For example, local officials had a vested interest in keep medallion prices high, since the city was generating revenue from the proceeds of sales. Indeed, the Times showed that government officials enabled lending that has put many borrowers in dire straits.

    “The City of New York, more or less, is our partner,” Andrew Murstein, president of Medallion Financial, said in a 2011 interview.

    But in other ways, the loans to cab drivers resembled deceptively marketed loans that have ensnared a wide variety of cash-strapped small-business owners.

    Because the New York City taxi loans were classified as business loans, rather than consumer loans, they did not have to include standard disclosures regarding interest rates. They often included large fees and terms that unsophisticated borrowers did not understand.

    And according to the Times, some taxi medallion lenders used a tool that under New York law offers a uniquely powerful way to collect on business debt. Lenders in the Empire State can require applicants for small-business loans to sign a document called a confession of judgment, which prevents them from contesting any subsequent allegation that they have fallen behind on their payments.

    A Bloomberg News investigation last year found that merchant cash advance companies, which offer high-cost financing to small businesses across the country, have at times abused New York’s court system by forging documents and lying about how much money they are owed in order to obtain speedy judgments that cannot be contested by the borrower.

    Small businesses that use merchant cash advances are required to make daily payments based on a percentage of their daily revenue. The merchant cash advance firms avoid complying with New York’s strict usury rules by classifying their financing not as a loan, but rather as a purchase of the company’s future credit card receipts.

    The Bloomberg articles also chronicled the role of New York City marshals — mayoral appointees who enforce the court judgments, get a cut of the proceeds, and have been accused in some cases of improperly seeking to collect money outside of the city.

    As evidence of business lending abuses in New York has mounted, little change has occurred at the state level, though there does appear to be a growing appetite for reform.

    Last year, the New York State Department of Financial Services argued in a report that borrower protection laws and regulations should apply equally to all consumer lending and small-business lending activities.

    The Bloomberg investigation reportedly sparked probes by the New York attorney general’s office and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the Federal Trade Commission has also opened an investigation of potentially unfair or deceptive practices in the merchant cash advance industry.

    The loan practices that hurt taxi drivers are part of a broader pattern in New York, which has become the nation’s capital for predatory business lending. It remains to be seen whether state lawmakers and regulators will connect the dots.

    Bankshot is American Banker’s column for real-time analysis of today’s news.

    #USA #New_York #Taxi #Betrug #Ausbeutung

  • As Thousands of Taxi Drivers Were Trapped in Loans, Top Officials Counted the Money - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/19/nyregion/taxi-medallions.html

    [Read Part 1 of The Times’s investigation: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers]

    At a cramped desk on the 22nd floor of a downtown Manhattan office building, Gary Roth spotted a looming disaster.

    An urban planner with two master’s degrees, Mr. Roth had a new job in 2010 analyzing taxi policy for the New York City government. But almost immediately, he noticed something disturbing: The price of a taxi medallion — the permit that lets a driver own a cab — had soared to nearly $700,000 from $200,000. In order to buy medallions, drivers were taking out loans they could not afford.

    Mr. Roth compiled his concerns in a report, and he and several colleagues warned that if the city did not take action, the loans would become unsustainable and the market could collapse.

    They were not the only ones worried about taxi medallions. In Albany, state inspectors gave a presentation to top officials showing that medallion owners were not making enough money to support their loans. And in Washington, D.C., federal examiners repeatedly noted that banks were increasing profits by steering cabbies into risky loans.

    They were all ignored.

    Medallion prices rose above $1 million before crashing in late 2014, wiping out the futures of thousands of immigrant drivers and creating a crisis that has continued to ravage the industry today. Despite years of warning signs, at least seven government agencies did little to stop the collapse, The New York Times found.

    Instead, eager to profit off medallions or blinded by the taxi industry’s political connections, the agencies that were supposed to police the industry helped a small group of bankers and brokers to reshape it into their own moneymaking machine, according to internal records and interviews with more than 50 former government employees.

    For more than a decade, the agencies reduced oversight of the taxi trade, exempted it from regulations, subsidized its operations and promoted its practices, records and interviews showed.

    Their actions turned one of the best-known symbols of New York — its signature yellow cabs — into a financial trap for thousands of immigrant drivers. More than 950 have filed for bankruptcy, according to a Times analysis of court records, and many more struggle to stay afloat.

    Remember the ‘10,000 Hours’ Rule for Success? Forget About It
    “Nobody wanted to upset the industry,” said David Klahr, who from 2007 to 2016 held several management posts at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the city agency that oversees cabs. “Nobody wanted to kill the golden goose.”

    New York City in particular failed the taxi industry, The Times found. Two former mayors, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg, placed political allies inside the Taxi and Limousine Commission and directed it to sell medallions to help them balance budgets and fund priorities. Mayor Bill de Blasio continued the policies.

    Under Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. de Blasio, the city made more than $855 million by selling taxi medallions and collecting taxes on private sales, according to the city.

    But during that period, much like in the mortgage lending crisis, a group of industry leaders enriched themselves by artificially inflating medallion prices. They encouraged medallion buyers to borrow as much as possible and ensnared them in interest-only loans and other one-sided deals that often required them to pay hefty fees, forfeit their legal rights and give up most of their monthly incomes.

    When the medallion market collapsed, the government largely abandoned the drivers who bore the brunt of the crisis. Officials did not bail out borrowers or persuade banks to soften loan terms.

    “They sell us medallions, and they knew it wasn’t worth price. They knew,” said Wael Ghobrayal, 42, an Egyptian immigrant who bought a medallion at a city auction for $890,000 and now cannot make his loan payments and support his three children.

    “They lost nothing. I lost everything,” he said.

    The Times conducted hundreds of interviews, reviewed thousands of records and built several databases to unravel the story of the downfall of the taxi industry in New York and across the United States. The investigation unearthed a collapse that was years in the making, aided almost as much by regulators as by taxi tycoons.

    Publicly, government officials have blamed the crisis on competition from ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Lyft.

    In interviews with The Times, they blamed each other.

    The officials who ran the city Taxi and Limousine Commission in the run-up to the crash said it was the job of bank examiners, not the commission, to control lending practices.

    The New York Department of Financial Services said that while it supervised some of the banks involved in the taxi industry, it deferred to federal inspectors in many cases.

    The federal agency that oversaw many of the largest lenders in the industry, the National Credit Union Administration, said those lenders were meeting the needs of borrowers.

    The N.C.U.A. released a March 2019 internal audit that scolded its regulators for not aggressively enforcing rules in medallion lending. But even that audit partially absolved the government. The lenders, it said, all had boards of directors that were supposed to prevent reckless practices.

    And several officials criticized Congress, which two decades ago excepted credit unions in the taxi industry from some rules that applied to other credit unions. After that, the officials said, government agencies had to treat those lenders differently.

    Ultimately, former employees said, the regulatory system was set up to ensure that lenders were financially stable, and medallions were sold. But almost nothing protected the drivers.

    Matthew W. Daus, far right, at a hearing of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission in 2004. CreditMarilynn K. Yee/The New York Times
    Matthew W. Daus was an unconventional choice to regulate New York’s taxi industry. He was a lawyer from Brooklyn and a leader of a political club that backed Mr. Giuliani for mayor.

    The Giuliani administration hired him as a lawyer for the Taxi and Limousine Commission before appointing him chairman in 2001, a leadership post he kept after Mr. Bloomberg became mayor in 2002.

    The commission oversaw the drivers and fleets that owned the medallions for the city’s 12,000 cabs. It licensed all participants and decided what cabs could charge, where they could go and which type of vehicle they could use.

    And under Mr. Bloomberg, it also began selling 1,000 new medallions.

    At the time, the mayor said the growing city needed more yellow cabs. But he also was eager for revenue. He had a $3.8 billion hole in his budget.

    The sales put the taxi commission in an unusual position.

    It had a long history of being entangled with the industry. Its first chairman, appointed in 1971, was convicted of a bribery scheme involving an industry lobbyist. Four other leaders since then had worked in the business.

    It often sent staffers to conferences where companies involved in the taxi business paid for liquor, meals and tickets to shows, and at least one past member of its board had run for office in a campaign financed by the industry.

    Still, the agency had never been asked to generate so much money from the business it was supposed to be regulating.

    Former staffers said officials chose to sell medallions with the method they thought would bring in the most revenue: a series of limited auctions that required participants to submit sealed bids above ever-increasing minimums.

    Ahead of the sales, the city placed ads on television and radio, and in newspapers and newsletters, and held seminars promoting the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

    “Medallions have a long history as a solid investment with steady growth,” Mr. Daus wrote in one newsletter. In addition to guaranteed employment, he wrote, “a medallion is collateral that can assist in home financing, college tuition or even ‘worry-free’ retirement.”

    At the first auctions under Mr. Bloomberg in 2004, bids topped $300,000, surprising experts.

    Some former staffers said in interviews they believed the ad campaign inappropriately inflated prices by implying medallions would make buyers rich, no matter the cost. Seven said they complained.

    The city eventually added a disclaimer to ads, saying past performance did not guarantee future results. But it kept advertising.

    During the same period, the city also posted information on its website that said that medallion prices were, on average, 13 percent higher than they really were, according to a Times data analysis.

    In several interviews, Mr. Daus defended the ad campaigns, saying they reached people who had been unable to break into the tight market. The ads were true at the time, he said. He added he had never heard internal complaints about the ads.

    In all, the city held 16 auctions between 2004 and 2014.

    “People don’t realize how organized it is,” Andrew Murstein, president of Medallion Financial, a lender to medallion buyers, said in a 2011 interview with Tearsheet Podcast. “The City of New York, more or less, is our partner because they want to see prices go as high as possible.”

    Help from a federal agency

    New York City made more than $855 million from taxi medallion sales under Mayor Bill de Blasio and his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

    For decades, a niche banking system had grown up around the taxi industry, and at its center were about half a dozen nonprofit credit unions that specialized in medallion loans. But as the auctions continued, the families that ran the credit unions began to grow frustrated.

    Around them, they saw other lenders making money by issuing loans that they could not because of the rules governing credit unions. They recognized a business opportunity, and they wanted in.

    They found a receptive audience at the National Credit Union Administration.

    The N.C.U.A. was the small federal agency that regulated the nation’s credit unions. It set the rules, examined their books and insured their accounts.

    Like the city taxi commission, the N.C.U.A. had long had ties to the industry that it regulated. One judge had called it a “rogue federal agency” focused on promoting the industry.

    In 2004, its chairman was Dennis Dollar, a former Mississippi state representative who had previously worked as the chief executive of a credit union. He had just been inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame, and he had said one of his top priorities was streamlining regulation.

    Dennis Dollar, the former chairman of the National Credit Union Administration, is now a consultant in the industry. 

    Under Mr. Dollar and others, the N.C.U.A. issued waivers that exempted medallion loans from longstanding rules, including a regulation requiring each loan to have a down payment of at least 20 percent. The waivers allowed the lenders to keep up with competitors and to write more profitable loans.

    Mr. Dollar, who left government to become a consultant for credit unions, said the agency was following the lead of Congress, which passed a law in 1998 exempting credit unions specializing in medallion loans from some regulations. The law signaled that those lenders needed leeway, such as the waivers, he said.

    “If we did not do so, the average cabdriver couldn’t get a medallion loan,” Mr. Dollar said.

    The federal law and the N.C.U.A. waivers were not the only benefits the industry received. The federal government also provided many medallion lenders with financial assistance and guaranteed a portion of their taxi loans, assuring that if those loans failed, they would still be partially paid, according to records and interviews.

    As lenders wrote increasingly risky loans, medallion prices neared $500,000 in 2006.

    ‘Snoozing and napping’

    Under Mr. Bloomberg, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission began selling 1,000 new medallions.

    Another agency was also supposed to be keeping an eye on lending practices. New York State banking regulators are required to inspect all financial institutions chartered in the state. But after 2008, they were forced to focus their attention on the banks most affected by the global economic meltdown, according to former employees.

    As a result, some industry veterans said, the state stopped examining medallion loans closely.

    “The state banking department would come in, and they’d be doing the exam in one room, and the N.C.U.A. would be in another room,” said Larry Fisher, who was then the medallion lending supervisor at Melrose Credit Union, one of the biggest lenders. “And you could catch the state banking department snoozing and napping and going on the internet and not doing much at all.”

    The state banking department, which is now called the New York Department of Financial Services, disputed that characterization and said it had acted consistently and appropriately.

    Former federal regulators described a similar trend at their agencies after the recession.

    Some former employees of the N.C.U.A., the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said that as medallion prices climbed, they tried to raise issues with loans and were told not to worry. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve Board also oversaw some lenders and did not intervene.

    A spokesman for the Federal Reserve said the agency was not a primary regulator of the taxi lending industry. The rest of the agencies declined to comment.

    “It was obvious that the loans were unusual and risky,” said Patrick Collins, a former N.C.U.A. examiner. But, he said, there was a belief inside his agency that the loans would be fine because the industry had been stable for decades.

    Meanwhile, in New York City, the taxi commission reduced oversight.

    For years, it had made medallion purchasers file forms describing how they came up with the money, including details on all loans. It also had required industry participants to submit annual disclosures on their finances, loans and conflicts of interest.

    But officials never analyzed the forms filed by buyers, and in the 2000s, they stopped requiring the annual disclosures altogether.

    “Reviewing these disclosures was an onerous lift for us,” the commission’s communications office said in a recent email.

    By 2008, the price of a medallion rose to $600,000.

    At around the same time, the commission began focusing on new priorities. It started developing the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” a model for future cabs.

    The agency’s main enforcement activities targeted drivers who cheated passengers or discriminated against people of color. “Nobody really scrutinized medallion transfers,” said Charles Tortorici, a former commission lawyer.

    A spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement that during the mayor’s tenure, the city improved the industry by installing credit card machines and GPS devices, making fleets more environmentally efficient and creating green taxis for boroughs outside Manhattan.

    “The industry was always its own worst enemy, fighting every reform tooth and nail,” said the spokesman, Marc La Vorgna. “We put our energy and political capital into the reforms that most directly and immediately impacted the riding public.”

    Records show that since 2008, the taxi commission has not taken a single enforcement action against brokers, the powerful players who arrange medallion sales and loans.

    Alex Korenkov, a broker, suggested in an interview that he and other brokers took notice of the city’s hands-off approach.

    “Let’s put it this way,” he said. “If governing body does not care, then free-for-all.”

    By the time that Mr. Roth wrote his report at the Taxi and Limousine Commission in 2010, it was clear that something strange was happening in the medallion market.

    Mr. Daus gave a speech that year that mentioned the unusual lending practices. During the speech, he said banks were letting medallion buyers obtain loans without any down payment. Experts have since said that should have raised red flags. But at the time, Mr. Daus seemed pleased.

    “Some of these folks were offering zero percent down,” he said. “You tell me what bank walks around asking for zero percent down on a loan? It’s just really amazing.”

    In interviews, Mr. Daus acknowledged that the practice was unusual but said the taxi commission had no authority over lending.

    Inside the commission, at least four employees raised concerns about the medallion prices and lending practices, according to the employees, who described their own unease as well as Mr. Roth’s report.

    David S. Yassky, a former city councilman who succeeded Mr. Daus as commission chairman in 2010, said in an interview that he never saw Mr. Roth’s report.

    Mr. Yassky said the medallion prices puzzled him, but he could not determine if they were inflated, in part because people were still eager to buy. Medallions may have been undervalued for decades, and the price spike could have been the market recognizing the true value, he suggested.

    Meera Joshi, who became chairwoman in 2014, said in an interview that she was worried about medallion costs and lending practices but was pushed to prioritize other responsibilities. Dominic Williams, Mr. de Blasio’s chief policy adviser, said the city focused on initiatives such as improving accessibility because no one was complaining about loans.

    Worries about the taxi industry also emerged at the National Credit Union Administration. In late 2011, as the price of some medallions reached $800,000, a group of agency examiners wrote a paper on the risks in the industry, according to a recent report by the agency’s inspector general.

    In 2012, 2013 and 2014, inspectors routinely documented instances of credit unions violating lending rules, the inspector general’s report said.

    David S. Yassky, the former chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

    The N.C.U.A. chose not to penalize medallion lenders or impose extra oversight. It did not take any wide industry action until April 2014, when it sent a letter reminding the credit unions in the taxi market to act responsibly.

    Former staffers said the agency was still focused on the fallout from the recession.

    A spokesman for the N.C.U.A. disputed that characterization and said the agency conducted appropriate enforcement.

    He added the agency took actions to ensure the credit unions remained solvent, which was its mission. He said Congress allowed the lenders to concentrate heavily on medallion loans, which left them vulnerable when Uber and Lyft arrived.

    At the New York Department of Financial Services, bank examiners noticed risky practices and interest-only loans and repeatedly wrote warnings starting in 2010, according to the state. At least one report expressed concern of a potential market bubble, the state said.

    Eventually, examiners became so concerned that they made a PowerPoint presentation and called a meeting in 2014 to show it to a dozen top officials.

    “Since 2001, individual medallion has risen 455%,” the presentation warned, according to a copy obtained by The Times. The presentation suggested state action, such as sending a letter to the industry or revoking charters from some lenders.

    The state did neither. The department had recently merged with the insurance department, and former employees said it was finding its footing.

    The department superintendent at the time, Benjamin M. Lawsky, a former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, said he did not, as a rule, discuss his tenure at the department.

    In an emailed statement, the department denied it struggled after the merger and said it took action to stop the collapse of the medallion market. A department spokesman provided a long list of warnings, suggestions and guidelines that it said examiners had issued to lenders. He said that starting in 2012, the department downgraded some of its own internal ratings of the lenders.

    The list did not include any instances of the department formally penalizing a medallion lender, or making any public statement about the industry before it collapsed.

    Between 2010 and 2014, as officials at every level of government failed to rein in the risky lending practices, records show that roughly 1,500 people bought taxi medallions. Over all, including refinancings of old loans and extensions required by banks, medallion owners signed at least 10,000 loans in that time.

    Several regulators who tried to raise alarms said they believed the government stood aside because of the industry’s connections.

    Many pointed to one company — Medallion Financial, run by the Murstein family. Former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, the current governor’s father, was a paid member of its board from 1996 until he died in 2015.

    Others noted that Mr. de Blasio has long been close to the industry. When he ran for mayor in 2013, an industry lobbyist, Michael Woloz, was a top fund-raiser, records show. And Evgeny Freidman, a major fleet owner who has admitted to artificially inflating medallion prices, has said he is close to the mayor.

    Some people, including Mr. Dollar, the former N.C.U.A. chairman, said Congress excepted the taxi trade from rules because the industry was supported by former United States Senator Alfonse D’Amato of New York, who was then the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

    “The taxi industry is one of the most politically connected industries in the city,” said Fidel Del Valle, who was the chairman of the taxi commission from 1991 to 1994. He later worked as a lawyer for drivers and a consultant to an owner association run by Mr. Freidman. “It’s been that way for decades, and they’ve used that influence to push back on regulation, with a lot of success.”

    A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo said Medallion Financial was not regulated by the state, so the elder Mr. Cuomo’s position on the board was irrelevant. A spokeswoman for Mr. de Blasio said the industry’s connections did not influence the city.

    Mr. Murstein, Mr. Woloz, Mr. Freidman and Mr. D’Amato all declined to comment.

    The aftermath
    “I think city will help me,” Mohammad Hossain, who is in deep debt from a taxi medallion loan, said at his family’s home in the Bronx.

    New York held its final independent medallion auction in February 2014. By then, concerns about medallion prices were common in the news media and government offices, and Uber had established itself. Still, the city sold medallions to more than 150 bidders. (“It’s better than the stock market,” one ad said.)

    Forty percent of the people who bought medallions at that auction have filed for bankruptcy, according to a Times analysis of court records.

    Mohammad Hossain, 47, from Bangladesh, who purchased a medallion for $853,000 at the auction, said he could barely make his monthly payments and was getting squeezed by his lender. “I bought medallion from the city,” he said through tears. “I think city will help me, you know. I assume that.”

    The de Blasio administration’s only major response to the crisis has been to push for a cap on ride-hail cars. The City Council at first rejected a cap in 2015 before approving it last year.

    Taxi industry veterans said the cap did not address the cause of the crisis: the lending practices.

    Richard Weinberg, a taxi commission hearing officer from 1988 to 2002 and a lawyer for drivers since then, said that when the medallion bubble began to burst, the city should have frozen prices, adjusted fares and fees and convinced banks to be flexible with drivers. That could have allowed prices to fall slowly. “That could’ve saved a lot of people,” he said.

    In an interview, Dean Fuleihan, the first deputy mayor, said the city did help taxi owners, including by reducing some fees, taxes and inspection mandates, and by talking to banks about loans. He said that if the City Council had passed the cap in 2015, it would have helped.

    “We do care about those drivers, we care about those families. We attempted throughout this period to take actions,” he said.

    Federal regulators also have not significantly helped medallion owners.

    In 2017 and 2018, the N.C.U.A. closed or merged several credit unions for “unsafe business practices” in medallion lending. It took over many of the loans, but did not soften terms, according to borrowers. Instead, it tried to get money out as quickly as possible.

    The failure of the credit unions has cost the national credit union insurance fund more than $750 million, which will hurt all credit union members.

    In August 2018, the N.C.U.A. closed Melrose in what it said was the biggest credit union liquidation in United States history. The agency barred Melrose’s general counsel from working for credit unions and brought civil charges against its former C.E.O., Alan Kaufman, saying he used company funds to help industry partners in exchange for gifts.

    The general counsel, Mitchell Reiver, declined to answer questions but said he did nothing wrong. Mr. Kaufman said in an interview that the N.C.U.A. made up the charges to distract from its role in the crisis.

    “I’m definitely a scapegoat,” Mr. Kaufman said. “There’s no doubt about it.”

    Glamour, then poverty
    After he struggled to repay his taxi medallion loan, Abel Vela left his family in New York and moved back to Peru, where living costs were cheaper. 

    During the medallion bubble, the city produced a television commercial to promote the permits. In the ad, which aired in 2004, four cabbies stood around a taxi discussing the perks of the job. One said buying a medallion was the best decision he had ever made. They all smiled. Then Mr. Daus appeared on screen to announce an auction.

    Fifteen years later, the cabbies remember the ad with scorn. Three of the four were eventually enticed to refinance their original loans under far riskier terms that left them in heavy debt.

    One of the cabbies, Abel Vela, had to leave his wife and children and return to his home country, Peru, because living costs were lower there. He is now 74 and still working to survive.

    The city aired a commercial in 2004 to promote an upcoming auction of taxi medallions. The ad featured real cab drivers, but three of them eventually took on risky loans and suffered financial blows.
    The only woman in the ad, Marie Applyrs, a Haitian immigrant, fell behind on her loan payments and filed for bankruptcy in November 2017. She lost her cab, and her home. She now lives with her children, switching from home to home every few months.

    “When the ad happened, the taxi was in vogue. I think I still have the tape somewhere. It was glamorous,” she said. “Now, I’m in the poorhouse.”

    Today, the only person from the television commercial still active in the industry is Mr. Daus. He works as a lawyer for lenders.

    [Read Part 1 of The Times’s investigation: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers]

    Madeline Rosenberg contributed reporting. Doris Burke contributed research. Produced by Jeffrey Furticella and Meghan Louttit.

    #USA #New_York #Taxi #Betrug #Ausbeutung

  • 1000 #emplois supprimés par General Electric : l’histoire d’un #piège américain et d’une #trahison française
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/politique/1000-emplois-supprimes-par-general-electric-l-histoire-d-un-piege-americain

    Quels enseignements tirer de cette catastrophe ? Tout d’abord, le rappel du caractère fondamentalement prédateur des #États-Unis d’Amérique, un État qui n’hésite pas à mettre sa puissance financière et militaire au service direct de ses #multinationales. Ensuite, les désastres provoqués par la #cupidité du #capitalisme français, privilégiant avec constance les profits financiers à court terme aux stratégies industrielles. L’#oligarchie française a cédé aux sirènes des marchés et des analystes financiers, notamment en démantelant les grands conglomérats industriels comme la CGE ou Thomson, à qui elle reprochait d’utiliser les profits des branches en bonne santé pour aider celles qui traversaient de mauvaises passes à se redresser. Soumis à l’#idéologie néo-libérale, donnant la priorité à la #dérégulation et à la « concurrence libre et non faussée », protestant comme le fit Lionel Jospin que « l’État ne peut pas tout », l’État a encouragé en France ces tendances suicidaires.

    Enfin, la clarté est faite quant à la complicité entre Emmanuel #Macron et GE tout au long de cette affaire, jusqu’au point où c’est son conseiller industrie lors du rachat qui est nommé à la tête de GE France pour mettre en œuvre le plan de restructuration…

    #France

  • Parution de Ne travaillez jamais. La critique du travail en France de Charles Fourier à Guy Debord, d’Alastair Hemmens ; préface d’Anselm Jappe (éditions Crise & Critique)
    http://www.palim-psao.fr/2019/05/parution-de-ne-travaillez-jamais.la-critique-du-travail-en-france-de-char

    Un vrai seen à part pour la parution de ce livre.

    Qu’est-ce que le travail ? Pourquoi travaillons-nous ? Depuis des temps immémoriaux, les réponses à ces questions, au sein de la gauche comme de la droite, ont été que le travail est à la fois une nécessité naturelle et, l’exploitation en moins, un bien social. On peut critiquer la manière dont il est géré, comment il est indemnisé et qui en profite le plus, mais jamais le travail lui-même, jamais le travail en tant que tel. Dans ce livre, Hemmens cherche à remettre en cause ces idées reçues. En s’appuyant sur le courant de la critique de la valeur issu de la théorie critique marxienne, l’auteur démontre que le capitalisme et sa crise finale ne peuvent être correctement compris que sous l’angle du caractère historiquement spécifique et socialement destructeur du travail. C’est dans ce contexte qu’il se livre à une analyse critique détaillée de la riche histoire des penseurs français qui, au cours des deux derniers siècles, ont contesté frontalement la forme travail : du socialiste utopique Charles Fourier (1772-1837), qui a appelé à l’abolition de la séparation entre le travail et le jeu, au gendre rétif de Marx, Paul Lafargue (1842-1911), qui a appelé au droit à la paresse (1880) ; du père du surréalisme, André Breton (1896-1966), qui réclame une « guerre contre le travail », à bien sûr, Guy Debord (1931-1994), auteur du fameux graffiti, « Ne travaillez jamais ». Ce livre sera un point de référence crucial pour les débats contemporains sur le travail et ses origines.

    #travail #critique_du_travail #critique_de_la_valeur #wertkritik #France #Alastair_Hemmens

  • Réaction de François Asselineau aux résultats des élections européennes 2019 (UPR)
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/diversifion/16069-reaction-de-francois-asselineau-aux-resultats-des-elections-europee

    Source : Youtube.com

    Informations complémentaires :

    Crashdebug.fr : Européennes 2019 : un échec personnel pour Macron, selon les Français (Le Figaro)

    Crashdebug.fr : Les députés européens n’ont pas le pouvoir de « changer d’Europe ». Pourquoi les candidats mentent-ils ? (Les moutons enragés)

    Crashdebug.fr : « Le miracle allemand ? 12,5 millions de pauvres ! » L’édito de Charles SANNAT (Insolentiæ)

    Crashdebug.fr : Le Grand Oral de François Asselineau - Les Grandes Gueules de RMC

    Crashdebug.fr : La VV Battle : François Asselineau vs Patrick Vignal - #FrExit vs #Europe - #UPR vs. #LREM (Sud Radio)

    Crashdebug.fr : L’UPR exclu du débat des têtes de listes aux européennes de France TV...

    Crashdebug.fr : Européennes : la justice ordonne à France 2 d’inviter Hamon, Philippot et Asselineau à son débat (Le (...)

  • Sous un gilet jaune, il y a... (4)
    https://visionscarto.net/sous-un-gilet-jaune-il-y-a-4

    Suite de notre petite radioscopie de la France qui se réveille, avec une série de portraits sans retouche de #gilets_jaunes. Aujourd’hui : Charles. 4. Charles Charles, 35 ans, pacsé, secrétaire médical, de nationalité belge, vit en Alsace depuis 2006. Pourquoi je porte le gilet jaune ? Très sensible à la question environnementale, je me suis toujours interrogé sur l’origine de la quasi indifférence des politiques à traiter cette question. Il s’agit pourtant de notre avenir à tous et il est menacé dans (...)

    #Billets

    / gilets jaunes

  • Christophe Castaner saisit la justice au sujet d’un nouveau clip polémique du rappeur Nick Conrad, déjà auteur de « Pendez les Blancs »
    France Info, le 20 mai 2019
    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/musique/rap/christophe-castaner-saisit-la-justice-au-sujet-d-un-nouveau-clip-polemi

    Dans Doux pays, Nick Conrad lance notamment « J’ai baisé la France jusqu’à l’agonie », « Cet Hexagone, j’encule sa grand-mère » et « Marianne a falsifié ma story, j’ai posé une bombe sous son Panthéon ».

    Suite de ça :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/769909

    #Nick_Conrad #Musique #Musique_et_politique #rap

    • Et rebelote sur SLT du même album :


      S L T / Nick Conrad / Album RÉVOLUTION 2.0

      Wa wa wa wa...

      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !

      [Couplet 1]
      Noir supérieur à blanc
      Blanc supérieur à singe
      Singe supérieur à chien
      Chien à blanc
      Oh ! Jsuis plus fort que Voltaire, Molière, Charles Baudelaire
      Ça t’exaspère, jsuis ce genre de n*gro dont a tant besoin la planète Terre
      Mon gang, révolté, QLV, mercenaire
      Il se joue une obscure guerre à l’intérieur de mon âme fière
      Alors que le monde court à sa perte
      Encagé comme hamster je lui tire dans le crâne avec du flow mortifère
      Après c’que j’ai vécu, jpeux plus être Peace & Love, n*gga
      Non, jveux être riche comme [?]
      Damn, [?]
      Ils aiment la ptite monnaie, moi jsuis un [gold digger ?]
      Merde, c’qu’ils m’proposent ne me conviendra pas
      Jbois leurs larmes, jbois leur sang car jsuis un renégat

      [Refrain]
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous ok
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !

      [Couplet 2]
      Dès l’arrivée, j’impose mon jeu, jflip des dés, jnique des mères
      Ultra déter, bise ma chevalière, jveux gagner la guerre
      Y a pas à s’en faire
      Yo Brigitte, va manger tes morts
      De la ville, c’est moi le maire
      Jsuis venu chercher les housses, car le flow, il est pétrolifère
      Légitime, ma haine a créé leurs abîmes
      Plus aucune foi en ces Hommes, pourtant ces pour eux toutes ces rimes
      Transforme les C en platines ou jvais devoir tourner au crime, oh...
      Ouh ! Tous ces n*gros sont dans l’esbrouffe (Ouai !)
      C’est pour ça que jles déteste tous (Yeah !)
      Prend le contrôle sur l’histoire, c’est ça me devoir de renoi
      Vendetta
      Merde, c’qu’ils m’proposent ne me conviendra pas
      Jbois leurs larmes, jbois leur sang car jsuis un renégat

      [Refrain]
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous ok
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !
      S L, S L, ... S L T
      S L, S L, ... S L Sacrifiez les tous, ok !

      Wa wa wa wa...

      [Interlude]
      Inversion des propos de Voltaire :
      « Les blancs sont supérieurs à ces n*gres
      Comme les nègres le sont aux singes
      Comme les singes le sont aux huîtres »
      Traité de métaphysique, 1735
      Pour enrayer, les ravages destructeurs de ces thèses qui sont propagées au fil des siècles derniers
      Il ne reste plus que l’effet miroir pour pouvoir brillament fonctionner

      bruit de cassette
      Raonicks Entertainment

      [Outro : journaliste anglophone]
      Ladies and gentlemen, you may remember this rapper by the name of Nick Conrad that put out a song called « Hang white people »
      Well, thanks to their screaming and crying, he’s now more famous than he’s ever been worldwide
      So, he had to go court, which I think is stupid
      Nobody should have to go to court over a song
      Ok not unless you stole the song and took somebody’s talent that you were never entitled to

      https://genius.com/Nick-conrad-s-l-t-lyrics

    • Purée, ils s’emmerdent ou quoi au gouvernement ? Rien d’autre à foutre ?
      Ils se prennent pour les messies du beau, du bon et du juste ?

  • LETTRE OUVERTE À CÉDRIC VILAIN par Charles Boubel
    http://images.math.cnrs.fr/Lettre-ouverte-a-Cedric-Villani.html

    C’est une lettre d’un mathématicien continuant d’exercer, à un autre, qui a choisi désormais de s’immerger dans l’action.

    L’« abrogation » du délit de solidarité

    Le premier point de votre réponse était inexact. Pardonnez ce paragraphe, je vais être long car précis. D’une part le délit n’a pas été abrogé (il y a toujours des bénévoles poursuivi(e)s et condamné(e)s), ce sont les exemptions qui ont été élargies.

    Qui a tué Elanchelvan Rajendram ? Les soldats de l’armée du Sri-Lanka ? « Pas nous » disent-ils : nous avons obéi aux ordres. Et on peut remonter. « Pas moi », dit le préfet français qui a signé l’arrêté de reconduite à la frontière. « Je pouvais certes le régulariser mais j’ai suivi les consignes-types ministérielles ». « Pas moi », disent les juges de la Commission du Recours des Réfugiés, nous avons cru de bonne foi qu’il était un fraudeur à l’asile : il faut se méfier des demandeurs d’asile. « Pas nous », disent les députés qui ont voté la loi organisant la procédure, expéditive et très peu garante des droits des requérants, devant cette Commission. « Pas nous » disent les responsables politiques de premier plan qui n’ont cessé d’entretenir les fantasmes et les mensonges sur les étrangers. Etc.

    Maintes autres personnes, que je ne souhaiterais pas qu’on oublie, suscitent la même question, dans des circonstances différentes.

    Qui a tué les compatriotes d’E. Rajendram, expulsés et probablement morts également ? Qui a tué Alan Kurdi ? Alvi Chahbiev, demandeur d’asile en très mauvaise santé et laissé illégalement à la rue (les « obstacles procéduraux », vous voyez…), mort dans sa tente sur un trottoir de Strasbourg le 7 juin 2018 ? Cette femme âgée anonyme morte mardi 2 avril dernier dans un « campement de la honte » porte de la Chapelle à Paris ? Tamimou Derman, Blessing Matthew, Mamadi Conde et le quatrième mort, anonyme, des Alpes ? Cet adolescent livré à lui-même, mort renversé sur l’autoroute dans le Calaisis ? Qui a failli tuer cet homme d’un ancien État de l’URSS, enfermé au Centre de Rétention de Geispolsheim à côté de Strasbourg, devenu fou de douleur et de désespoir, qui s’est agrafé la bouche et a cessé de s’alimenter, puis annoncé qu’il allait mettre fin à ses jours et a été libéré in extremis pour raison de santé ?

  • How Tea Accounts Fuel the James Charles YouTube Feud - The Atlantic
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/05/how-tea-channels-feed-youtube-feuds/589618

    The saga began when a 37-year-old beauty vlogger named Tati Westbrook, whom Charles considered a mentor and mother figure, posted a 44-minute takedown of him, declaring him officially “canceled.” Within a matter of days, Charles had lost nearly 3 million followers. His entire career seemed to be in jeopardy.

    Westbrook’s beef with Charles began over something seemingly trivial. Westbrook owns a nutritional-supplement brand called Halo Beauty. Its main competitor is a popular brand called SugarBearHair. Charles posted an ad for SugarBearHair sleep gummies to his Instagram Story at Coachella last month, claiming that it was a last-minute favor after the brand offered him security on-site. Westbrook was livid that Charles would advertise SugarBearHair’s products and not her own, and claimed that there was no way the ad could have been a last-minute favor. Charles posted a tearful apology video to Westbrook later that day.

    If this all seems minor and petty, it is. But that’s the appeal.

    Westbrook argues in her video that Charles wouldn’t be anywhere without her. She says that she and her husband, a former entertainment executive, negotiated higher rates for Charles’s brand deals and leveraged their connections to get him on the radar of Hollywood power players. Westbrook also remained fiercely loyal to Charles in the wake of previous scandals, such as when he joked about getting Ebola on a school trip to Africa and made transphobic comments on video, writing off his behavior as youthful indiscretions.

    But Westbrook said this new betrayal wasn’t the only reason fans should hate Charles. For years, she claimed, she had overlooked Charles’s problematic behavior. She claims that Charles, who is gay, sexually harassed straight men. Westbrook said Charles attempted to “trick a straight man into thinking he’s gay, yet again,” at her recent birthday party. (Charles did not immediately respond to a request for comment and has not addressed the allegations publicly.)

    No one other than Westbrook cared about the gummy vitamins, but this last accusation seemed to stick. And as Charles began hemorrhaging followers and Westbrook began gaining them, influential channels exploited the situation. These drama channels, often called tea accounts, painstakingly documented every incremental update on the feud and shared them live, around the clock, on social media until they became too big to ignore.

    Tea accounts, so called because the word tea is slang for juicy information, are like online gossip magazines on steroids. They are networks of Instagram pages, YouTube channels, Twitter handles, and Facebook groups, many of them run by young fans and observers, though some tea-account admins are in their 30s or even 40s. They have names such as Shook, Spill, What’s the Tea?, and Tea by Ali and serve as real-time news sources for millions. “My channel is Investigations all through the week. Some more serious, some more fun,” the bio of one tea account reads. Many tea accounts are monetized, and Social Blade, a social-analytics platform, estimates that Tea Spill alone is earning up to $65,000 a month. Running a successful channel is also a fast track to clout in the influencer world. Successful tea channels can amass tens of thousands of followers overnight.

    Young people are desperate for news about influencers, a category of people the mainstream press often ignores or patronizes. They also want that news delivered 24/7 through social-media channels.

    For those who aspire to create a tea account, the barrier to entry is incredibly low. In fact, it’s mostly teenagers who run them. “They’re aggregating Insta stories, Snapchats, likes on tweets, monitoring who unfollows who,” says Josh Cohen, the founder and CEO of Tubefilter, a website covering YouTube.

    Influencers such as Westbrook and Charles don’t just follow tea accounts. They interact with them on a regular basis by feeding them stories, granting interviews, and attempting to shape their own narratives. Westbrook says she spoke with two tea accounts, Tea Spill and Here for the Tea, after becoming angry with Charles, only to discover that Charles himself had spoken with them first.

    #Influencers #Beauté #Meme_culture #Tea #Culture_numérique

  • « Le miracle allemand ? 12,5 millions de pauvres ! » L’édito de Charles SANNAT (Insolentiae)
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/international/16027-le-miracle-allemand-12-5-millions-de-pauvres-l-edito-de-charles-san

    Le seul souci c’est que les gens ne comprennent rien, on le voie bien à la veille de ces élections européenne, et ils continuent leur petit « train-train » et quand ils comprendront, il sera trop tard car ils seront à la rue…. Et là ils seront impuissants…

    Mes chères impertinentes, mes chers impertinents,

    Rien ne va plus en Allemagne ou presque !

    Il y a deux grands volets, à savoir le modèle mercantiliste allemand et l’austérité de ces 12 dernières années qui ont façonné le visage de l’Allemagne telle que nous pouvons la voir.

    Du côté face, un pays avec des excédents commerciaux record en Europe et dans le monde.

    Côté pile, des millions de pauvres et de citoyens contraints de se serrer la ceinture et tout cela est en réalité fort logique.

    Le modèle mercantiliste allemand nécessite une obligation de (...)

    #En_vedette #Actualités_internationales #Actualités_Internationales

  • Charles Manson se met à nu pour mieux nous plaire
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/culture-idees/160519/charles-manson-se-met-nu-pour-mieux-nous-plaire

    Dans « Charles Manson par lui-même », qui sort ce jeudi, le gourou psychopathe condamné pour une série d’assassinats perpétrés en 1969 raconte sa vie. Mais sa version de l’histoire, celle d’un petit délinquant épris de liberté, a tous les airs d’un ultime tour de passe-passe. Quand le document, le témoignage, devient un moyen retors de séduire le lecteur.

    #LIVRES #Sharon_Tate,_Charles_Manson,_Quentin_Tarantino

  • Netanyahu pushes law to neutralize High Court oversight and uphold his immunity - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-netanyahu-pushes-law-to-neutralize-high-court-oversight-and-uphold

    Commentaire de Charles Enderlin sur FB :

    Il s’agit de démolir la démocratie israélienne au profit d’une majorité parlementaire de circonstance constituée d’ultra orthodoxes anti sionistes et de racistes

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to advance a far-reaching bill that would allow the Knesset and government ministers to ignore rulings of the High Court of Justice in administrative matters, not just in cases where it strikes down legislation. The proposed law would permit the annulment of a High Court decision to rescind Netanyahu’s immunity, if such a decision is made.

    #israël

  • « Les moteurs de recommandation font plus qu’influencer nos choix : ils modifient nos goûts ! »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2019/05/11/les-moteurs-de-recommandation-font-plus-qu-influencer-nos-choix-ils-modifien

    Le professeur de communication Charles Cuvelliez rapporte, dans une tribune au « Monde », une expérience où les choix musicaux de cobayes sont orientés par des outils de recommandation. Tout est fait, sur les plates-formes des GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook et Amazon), pour qu’on y reste. La quantité de services y est grande, l’offre est variée à souhait : média, commerce, messagerie, loisirs, contacts sociaux… Leurs enceintes connectées leur ouvrent même les portes de notre domicile. C’est que toute (...)

    #Apple #Google #Amazon #Facebook #Spotify #Facebook_TripAdvisor #algorithme #manipulation (...)

    ##domination

  • Privatisation d’ADP : pour la première fois, le Conseil constitutionnel valide la possibilité d’un référendum d’initiative partagée (Francetvinfo)
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/actualites-france/16006-privatisation-d-adp-pour-la-premiere-fois-le-conseil-constitutionne

    Une très bonne nouvelle, d’après ce que j’ai vu le vote se feras sur Internet, n’oubliez pas de vous positionner car on ne vous demanderas pas votre avis deux foix (Informations complémentaires)

    Un avion est sur le tarmac de l’aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, près de Paris, le 7 août 2018. (JOEL SAGET / AFP)

    Cette initiative parlementaire vise à dénoncer la privatisation d’ADP prévue par le gouvernement qui, selon l’opposition, privera l’Etat d’une manne financière, l’éloignera des décisions stratégiques du groupe et risque de nuire à la qualité de l’accueil des voyageurs.

    La décision ouvre la voie à la poursuite d’un long et incertain processus, pouvant conduire à la consultation de la population. Le Conseil constitutionnel a validé jeudi 9 mai la (...)

    #En_vedette #Actualités_françaises

  • Exclusive: Images show construction on China’s third and largest aircraft carrier - analysts - Reuters
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-military-carrier-exclusive-idUSKCN1SD0CP


    A satellite image shows what appears to be the construction of a third Chinese aircraft carrier at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China April 17, 2019.
    CSIS/ChinaPower/Maxar Technologies 2019/Handout via REUTERS

    Construction of China’s first full-sized aircraft carrier is well under way, according to satellite images obtained and analyzed by a U.S. think tank.

    The images from April, provided to Reuters by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, reveal considerable recent activity during the last six months on a large vessel at the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai.
    […]
    The CSIS images show a bow section that appears to end with a flat 30-metre (98-foot) front and a separate hull section 41 meters wide, with gantry cranes looming overhead.

    That suggests a vessel, which China has dubbed Type 002, somewhat smaller than 100,000-tonne U.S. carriers but larger than France’s 42,500-tonne Charles de Gaulle, analysts say.