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Hall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens performs at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York.
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NEW YORK — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the “Peace Train” back on the road.
He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, his first series of shows in the U.S. since 1976. His conversion to Islam followed, putting his music career on hold for a quarter century.

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Stevens, who also is releasing a blues album on Oct. 27 produced by Rick Rubin and titled “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone,” is using that stage name along with Yusuf, the name he took when he converted. The performer of 1970s-era hits “Wild World,” ”Morning Has Broken” and “Peace Train” has slowly broken back into secular music during the past decade and has made only a handful of semi-public and television appearances in the U.S.
“I’ve been a bit slow in coming around to the United States, but there were so many people asking me to do that, that I just felt an obligation,” Stevens said in a telephone interview from Dubai, where he lives most of the time now.
The title of the “Peace Train … Late Again” tour refers to his unhurried music career. Only six dates are scheduled so far — starting Dec. 1 in Toronto and hitting Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Stevens said he frequently gets feedback on Facebook asking him to perform more and that it makes him feel guilty “because I’m not doing as much as they want me to do. Then again, I’m 66 years old, and I do take things in my stride.”
Stevens, who was inducted into the rock hall this spring in Brooklyn, said he had a lot of hesitation about getting back into the music business.
“That’s something I ran away from a long time ago,” he said. “But that’s not to say the music business is the same as making music. When I finally reconciled my questions about the issue — where it should be in my life — by that time, I had something to say. I wouldn’t be writing songs if I didn’t have something to say.”
Despite the political climate, with the U.S. fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East, Stevens said he didn’t expect his faith to be an issue when he goes on the road in this country.
“I’m afraid that a lot of things that people believe about Islam are totally different from the religion that most of us recognize,” he said. “I was really fortunate that I got to know Islam before it became a headline.”
Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert industry trade publication Pollstar, said he didn’t expect problems, although it would be different if Stevens had spoken out in favor of the Islamic State militants, for instance. He said it looked like a modest tour designed to test the waters and that if Stevens makes clear he’ll be playing his old hits — Stevens said he will — he should get some interest.
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Cat-stevensHall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens performs at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York.

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NEW YORK — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the “Peace Train” back on the road.

He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, his first series of shows in the U.S. since 1976. His conversion to Islam followed, putting his music career on hold for a quarter century.

Stevens, who also is releasing a blues album on Oct. 27 produced by Rick Rubin and titled “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone,” is using that stage name along with Yusuf, the name he took when he converted. The performer of 1970s-era hits “Wild World,” ”Morning Has Broken” and “Peace Train” has slowly broken back into secular music during the past decade and has made only a handful of semi-public and television appearances in the U.S.

“I’ve been a bit slow in coming around to the United States, but there were so many people asking me to do that, that I just felt an obligation,” Stevens said in a telephone interview from Dubai, where he lives most of the time now.

The title of the “Peace Train … Late Again” tour refers to his unhurried music career. Only six dates are scheduled so far — starting Dec. 1 in Toronto and hitting Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Stevens said he frequently gets feedback on Facebook asking him to perform more and that it makes him feel guilty “because I’m not doing as much as they want me to do. Then again, I’m 66 years old, and I do take things in my stride.”

Stevens, who was inducted into the rock hall this spring in Brooklyn, said he had a lot of hesitation about getting back into the music business.

“That’s something I ran away from a long time ago,” he said. “But that’s not to say the music business is the same as making music. When I finally reconciled my questions about the issue — where it should be in my life — by that time, I had something to say. I wouldn’t be writing songs if I didn’t have something to say.”

Despite the political climate, with the U.S. fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East, Stevens said he didn’t expect his faith to be an issue when he goes on the road in this country.

“I’m afraid that a lot of things that people believe about Islam are totally different from the religion that most of us recognize,” he said. “I was really fortunate that I got to know Islam before it became a headline.”

Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert industry trade publication Pollstar, said he didn’t expect problems, although it would be different if Stevens had spoken out in favor of the Islamic State militants, for instance. He said it looked like a modest tour designed to test the waters and that if Stevens makes clear he’ll be playing his old hits — Stevens said he will — he should get some interest.

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http://cdn.theatlantic.com/newsroom/img/posts/2014/09/DaveFrig3_Version_2_1/2933ed1b3.jpgTen years ago today, the Maytag plant in Galesburg, Illinois, closed its doors. What’s become of the town in the years since?
Dave Bevard, former union president of the Machinists in Galesburg, Illinois, with the last refrigerator ever produced at the Maytag plant there. (Chad Broughton)
Ten years ago on this day in September, the last Maytag refrigerator moved down the assembly line in Galesburg, Illinois, a quiet little city of 32,000 on the western edge of the Rust Belt. Workers signed the white appliance with a black Sharpie as it passed, said their goodbyes, and left to start new lives.
In that same spot, a century earlier, a few dozen men hammered out steel plowing discs in a little brick workshop for nearby prairie farmers. A sprawling patchwork of buildings swallowed the old workshop in the postwar years and, by the early 1970s, the factory buzzed with the work activity of nearly 5,000 people. Called “Appliance City” by some, it supplied millions of appliances each year to America’s kitchens. Today, a decade after the shuttering, the autographed refrigerator sits in the Galesburg Antiques Mall. The former Appliance City site—the size of over 40 football fields packed together—is now mostly rubble and weeds.
Inside the Maytag factory in 1994 (courtesy The Register-Mail)
Rusting line inside shuttered factory in 2008, before the building was razed (David Samuel Stern)
The Galesburg shuttering, highlighted in Barack Obama’s iconic 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address, was part of a historic hollowing of the industrial base of the United States. Manufacturing job loss has been a fact of American life since the 1970s, but in the 2000s manufacturing stepped off a cliff, shedding 5.8 million jobs, or about one of every three—most of them before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. Illinois alone lost 320,900 manufacturing jobs, or 36.6 percent of its total, in the 2000s. Good jobs for those without a college diploma disappeared in the 2000s and generally did not come back. In December of 2000, the ratio of unemployed job seekers to job openings had been 1.1 to 1. At the end of the decade, it spiked to 6.1 to 1. The 2000s was the first recorded decade of zero job growth.
Commentators debate offshoring’s role in the jobs crisis, but there’s no doubt that it became downright fashionable in the early Bush years—alongside an increasingly short-term focus of the investor class. Maytag, for example, shifted refrigerator production to Reynosa, Mexico, in 2004. According to manufacturing expert John Shook, “There was a herd mentality to the offshoring” in the early 2000s. In the 1990s, American multinationals added 4.4 million jobs in the U.S. and 2.7 million jobs overseas. But in the 2000s those same multinationals cut 2.9 million American jobs and increased overseas employment by an additional 2.4 million.
U.S. Manufacturing Jobs in Millions, 1939-2014 
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Western Illinois had a front-row view of the results of that industrial hollowing: an eroded lower-middle class, a surge in downward mobility, and growing income inequality. In Galesburg, the relative equality of factory life at Maytag—where workers earned, on average, $15.14 an hour and had good benefits—gave way to wildly unequal outcomes. A lucky few got steady jobs with the expanding BNSF Railway (Galesburg is a railroad town) or with John Deere in Moline, Illinois, 50 miles north. They earned more than they had at Maytag, maybe $16 to $22 an hour, though it always came at some cost. One former Maytag worker, Aaron Kemp, calculated that he had logged a few hundred thousand miles in six years at BNSF traveling weekly by car between his family in Illinois and his work on the rails in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and California.
Most of the laid-off earned less—often significantly less—than their Maytag wage, even after two or four years of schooling and retraining. One couple, Jackie and Shannon Cummins, together earned almost 60,000 (or about $76,000 in today’s dollars) at Maytag as assemblers; now, a decade later, they scrape by on a combined income of $37,000, even after both retrained and found nearly full-time jobs. Jackie works at a local hospital and Shannon works as a special education aid at a small rural high school, and sorts and folds clothes at Goodwill over some summer breaks. Like many displaced refrigerator-makers, Jackie and Shannon entered the expansive lowest rungs of the healthcare and education sectors, both of which are heavily reliant upon public funding. The lower wages haven’t been the worst of it. For many, especially those with 15 or 20 years at the factory, the loss of good health insurance and a solid pension stings the most. Jackie and Shannon have cycled between private coverage, Medicaid, and no coverage at all in the past few years.
The Cummins family on the porch of their home in Abingdon, Illinois (Chad Broughton)
As ex-Maytag workers struggle, so does the little city. After Maytag left and more stores in Carl Sandburg Mall shut down, the tax burden shifted to residents, who’ve seen property taxes rise as the housing stock declines. When the Great Recession hit, the state’s fiscal problems pinched education, health, and social-services budgets, just when the need for those resources grew. Since the closing, the percentage of people on Medicaid in Knox County has nearly doubled as employer-based coverage at Maytag and other private employers has waned. Likewise, the percentage of children classified as “low-income” in cash-strapped District 205 in Galesburg increased from 43 percent in 2002 to 68 percent in 2013. This year, the school year began with a tense 15-day strike as the school board and teachers in Galesburg faced off in part over ever-scarcer local resources.
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Ten years ago today, the Maytag plant in Galesburg, Illinois, closed its doors. What’s become of the town in the years since?

Dave Bevard, former union president of the Machinists in Galesburg, Illinois, with the last refrigerator ever produced at the Maytag plant there. (Chad Broughton)

Ten years ago on this day in September, the last Maytag refrigerator moved down the assembly line in Galesburg, Illinois, a quiet little city of 32,000 on the western edge of the Rust Belt. Workers signed the white appliance with a black Sharpie as it passed, said their goodbyes, and left to start new lives.

In that same spot, a century earlier, a few dozen men hammered out steel plowing discs in a little brick workshop for nearby prairie farmers. A sprawling patchwork of buildings swallowed the old workshop in the postwar years and, by the early 1970s, the factory buzzed with the work activity of nearly 5,000 people. Called “Appliance City” by some, it supplied millions of appliances each year to America’s kitchens. Today, a decade after the shuttering, the autographed refrigerator sits in the Galesburg Antiques Mall. The former Appliance City site—the size of over 40 football fields packed together—is now mostly rubble and weeds.

Inside the Maytag factory in 1994 (courtesy The Register-Mail)


Rusting line inside shuttered factory in 2008, before the building was razed (David Samuel Stern)

The Galesburg shuttering, highlighted in Barack Obama’s iconic 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address, was part of a historic hollowing of the industrial base of the United States. Manufacturing job loss has been a fact of American life since the 1970s, but in the 2000s manufacturing stepped off a cliff, shedding 5.8 million jobs, or about one of every three—most of them before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. Illinois alone lost 320,900 manufacturing jobs, or 36.6 percent of its total, in the 2000s. Good jobs for those without a college diploma disappeared in the 2000s and generally did not come back. In December of 2000, the ratio of unemployed job seekers to job openings had been 1.1 to 1. At the end of the decade, it spiked to 6.1 to 1. The 2000s was the first recorded decade of zero job growth.

Commentators debate offshoring’s role in the jobs crisis, but there’s no doubt that it became downright fashionable in the early Bush years—alongside an increasingly short-term focus of the investor class. Maytag, for example, shifted refrigerator production to Reynosa, Mexico, in 2004. According to manufacturing expert John Shook, “There was a herd mentality to the offshoring” in the early 2000s. In the 1990s, American multinationals added 4.4 million jobs in the U.S. and 2.7 million jobs overseas. But in the 2000s those same multinationals cut 2.9 million American jobs and increased overseas employment by an additional 2.4 million.


U.S. Manufacturing Jobs in Millions, 1939-2014

Chart by author using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Click through for bigger version.


Western Illinois had a front-row view of the results of that industrial hollowing: an eroded lower-middle class, a surge in downward mobility, and growing income inequality. In Galesburg, the relative equality of factory life at Maytag—where workers earned, on average, $15.14 an hour and had good benefits—gave way to wildly unequal outcomes. A lucky few got steady jobs with the expanding BNSF Railway (Galesburg is a railroad town) or with John Deere in Moline, Illinois, 50 miles north. They earned more than they had at Maytag, maybe $16 to $22 an hour, though it always came at some cost. One former Maytag worker, Aaron Kemp, calculated that he had logged a few hundred thousand miles in six years at BNSF traveling weekly by car between his family in Illinois and his work on the rails in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and California.

Most of the laid-off earned less—often significantly less—than their Maytag wage, even after two or four years of schooling and retraining. One couple, Jackie and Shannon Cummins, together earned almost 60,000 (or about $76,000 in today’s dollars) at Maytag as assemblers; now, a decade later, they scrape by on a combined income of $37,000, even after both retrained and found nearly full-time jobs. Jackie works at a local hospital and Shannon works as a special education aid at a small rural high school, and sorts and folds clothes at Goodwill over some summer breaks. Like many displaced refrigerator-makers, Jackie and Shannon entered the expansive lowest rungs of the healthcare and education sectors, both of which are heavily reliant upon public funding. The lower wages haven’t been the worst of it. For many, especially those with 15 or 20 years at the factory, the loss of good health insurance and a solid pension stings the most. Jackie and Shannon have cycled between private coverage, Medicaid, and no coverage at all in the past few years.

The Cummins family on the porch of their home in Abingdon, Illinois (Chad Broughton)

As ex-Maytag workers struggle, so does the little city. After Maytag left and more stores in Carl Sandburg Mall shut down, the tax burden shifted to residents, who’ve seen property taxes rise as the housing stock declines. When the Great Recession hit, the state’s fiscal problems pinched education, health, and social-services budgets, just when the need for those resources grew. Since the closing, the percentage of people on Medicaid in Knox County has nearly doubled as employer-based coverage at Maytag and other private employers has waned. Likewise, the percentage of children classified as “low-income” in cash-strapped District 205 in Galesburg increased from 43 percent in 2002 to 68 percent in 2013. This year, the school year began with a tense 15-day strike as the school board and teachers in Galesburg faced off in part over ever-scarcer local resources.

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Image: NYC Camouflage Trina Merry

By Andrea Romano2014-09-16 09:30:53 UTC

Thousands of New Yorkers hustle all over the city, never noticing the sights, sounds or other people around them. Take a second look and you might find you’ve missed something important.
Every human being is a part of their environment, especially when it comes to the models in artist Trina Merry‘s series, New York City Camouflage. Her models are painted from a single perspective to create an optical illusion in each of their specific locations around the city.

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Merry began her camouflage painting using graffiti murals in San Francisco in 2010. Now that she has moved to New York City, Merry decided to take a new spin on her series by photographing the more picturesque places in her new home from the eyes of a new resident.
“I started playing with my experiences and impressions of New York..It’s my way of saying, ‘Hello, New York, I’m here,’” Merry told Mashable.
Merry has also painted male models while she was in the UK due to censorship issues, but her New York series features exclusively women.
“There are more women in New York than men, yet many of the characteristics we associate with masculinity —such as aggression, ambition and violence, remains prevalent in New York,” she said.
Merry’s mind-bending photographs are not only technically impressive, they make a pointed commentary on a city dweller’s relationship to their surrounding.
“It’s easy to feel lost, lonely or insignificant in large cities like New York,” said Merry. “The reality is you are not alone and when you start being more transparent with those experiences, you’ll be surprised by how many other people are feeling the same way you are.”
More of Merry’s body painting work can be seen on her website or on Facebook.









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Image: NYC Camouflage Trina Merry

Thousands of New Yorkers hustle all over the city, never noticing the sights, sounds or other people around them. Take a second look and you might find you’ve missed something important.

Every human being is a part of their environment, especially when it comes to the models in artist Trina Merry‘s series, New York City Camouflage. Her models are painted from a single perspective to create an optical illusion in each of their specific locations around the city.

Merry began her camouflage painting using graffiti murals in San Francisco in 2010. Now that she has moved to New York City, Merry decided to take a new spin on her series by photographing the more picturesque places in her new home from the eyes of a new resident.

“I started playing with my experiences and impressions of New York..It’s my way of saying, ‘Hello, New York, I’m here,’” Merry told Mashable.

Merry has also painted male models while she was in the UK due to censorship issues, but her New York series features exclusively women.

“There are more women in New York than men, yet many of the characteristics we associate with masculinity —such as aggression, ambition and violence, remains prevalent in New York,” she said.

Merry’s mind-bending photographs are not only technically impressive, they make a pointed commentary on a city dweller’s relationship to their surrounding.

“It’s easy to feel lost, lonely or insignificant in large cities like New York,” said Merry. “The reality is you are not alone and when you start being more transparent with those experiences, you’ll be surprised by how many other people are feeling the same way you are.”

More of Merry’s body painting work can be seen on her website or on Facebook.

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One of the most glaring problems with TAFTA/TTIP is the lack of input from the public in whose name it is being negotiated. The great interest in providing feedback on the agreement can be seen from the one occasion when it was possible to voice an opinion — the European Commission’s consultation on the inclusion of a corporate sovereignty chapter. And yet, even though an unprecedented 150,000 responses were received — the vast majority of which were against any kind of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) measures — a top European politician recently announced that there are no plans to take ISDS out of CETA, the almost-finished trade agreement between the EU and Canada that represents a kind of warm-up for TAFTA/TTIP.
Since the European Commission refuses to take into account the public’s views directly, people have turned to another mechanism to make their voices heard: a special kind of EU-wide petition called a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). If sufficient signatures are obtained from around the EU, the European Commission is obliged to respond, but the bar to make that happen is set quite high:

One million signatures must be gathered within one year. Additionally, in seven EU states a specific minimum of supporters must be achieved, e.g. 72,000 signatures in Germany, 55,500 in France, or 54,750 in the United Kingdom. If the initiative succeeds in doing this, then the EU Commission organises a hearing in the EU Parliament, and concerns itself with the matter. The ECI citizen’s committee then finally receives a written response from the Commission. If the Commission decides to present a legal act, then this is is passed on to the European Council and to the European Parliament.

That information comes from a new site set up by the Stop TTIP Alliance, a pan-EU coalition that aims to seek support for the following petition:

We invite the European Commission to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Before signatures can be solicited, an ECI must first be registered with the European Commission. As a precaution, the Stop TTIP Alliance took legal advice to ensure that its petition met the requirements of the ECI. Despite that, the European Commission has just refused the registration request, which means the petition cannot go ahead as planned. Although that came as a complete surprise, the organizers of the ECI certainly aren’t giving up — on the contrary:

“Now the battle really begins,” said Michael Efler, contact person of the ECI, which currently represents almost 230 organizations from 21 EU countries. “The rejection of the ECI only confirms the Commission’s strategy to exclude citizens and parliaments from the TTIP and CETA negotiations. Instead of paying attention to citizens, it is just lobbyists that are being listened to.”

The group offered some comments on the contrived legalistic justification offered by the European Commission for refusing to allow the petition to proceed. For example, the Commission claimed that the negotiating mandates for both TTIP and CETA were not “legal acts”, as required for a petition, but “internal preparatory acts”. Efler says:

“If the Commission’s legal opinion had any substance, then in plain English this would mean that Europe’s population is excluded from participation in the development of any kind of international agreements — information that is as frightening as it is scandalous.”

The European Commission also tried to claim that it couldn’t make “negative ratification proposals”, but the Stop TTIP group points out:

“this means that citizens can only applaud international negotiations carried out by the Commission, but not criticize them,” said Efler.

Against this background, the Stop TTIP group is considering whether to begin legal action against the European Commission, including taking its case to the EU Court of Justice. After, all, this is not just about a European petition, but about European democracy, as one of the main organizers of the Stop TTIP ECI, John Hillary, writes:

There is something rotten in the state of Europe when an unelected, unaccountable EU body can glibly inform millions of us that we no longer have the right to question its most dangerous and unpopular policies.
…
The ruling is a slap in the face for the 230 civil society organisations from across Europe that have lined up behind the initiative, and the millions of European citizens they represent. The ECI is the only vehicle available to us to challenge the shadowy bureaucrats of the European Commission. Now even this seems to be too much scrutiny for them.

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One of the most glaring problems with TAFTA/TTIP is the lack of input from the public in whose name it is being negotiated. The great interest in providing feedback on the agreement can be seen from the one occasion when it was possible to voice an opinion — the European Commission’s consultation on the inclusion of a corporate sovereignty chapter. And yet, even though an unprecedented 150,000 responses were received — the vast majority of which were against any kind of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) measures — a top European politician recently announced that there are no plans to take ISDS out of CETA, the almost-finished trade agreement between the EU and Canada that represents a kind of warm-up for TAFTA/TTIP.

Since the European Commission refuses to take into account the public’s views directly, people have turned to another mechanism to make their voices heard: a special kind of EU-wide petition called a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). If sufficient signatures are obtained from around the EU, the European Commission is obliged to respond, but the bar to make that happen is set quite high:

One million signatures must be gathered within one year. Additionally, in seven EU states a specific minimum of supporters must be achieved, e.g. 72,000 signatures in Germany, 55,500 in France, or 54,750 in the United Kingdom. If the initiative succeeds in doing this, then the EU Commission organises a hearing in the EU Parliament, and concerns itself with the matter. The ECI citizen’s committee then finally receives a written response from the Commission. If the Commission decides to present a legal act, then this is is passed on to the European Council and to the European Parliament.

That information comes from a new site set up by the Stop TTIP Alliance, a pan-EU coalition that aims to seek support for the following petition:

We invite the European Commission to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Before signatures can be solicited, an ECI must first be registered with the European Commission. As a precaution, the Stop TTIP Alliance took legal advice to ensure that its petition met the requirements of the ECI. Despite that, the European Commission has just refused the registration request, which means the petition cannot go ahead as planned. Although that came as a complete surprise, the organizers of the ECI certainly aren’t giving up — on the contrary:

“Now the battle really begins,” said Michael Efler, contact person of the ECI, which currently represents almost 230 organizations from 21 EU countries. “The rejection of the ECI only confirms the Commission’s strategy to exclude citizens and parliaments from the TTIP and CETA negotiations. Instead of paying attention to citizens, it is just lobbyists that are being listened to.”

The group offered some comments on the contrived legalistic justification offered by the European Commission for refusing to allow the petition to proceed. For example, the Commission claimed that the negotiating mandates for both TTIP and CETA were not “legal acts”, as required for a petition, but “internal preparatory acts”. Efler says:

“If the Commission’s legal opinion had any substance, then in plain English this would mean that Europe’s population is excluded from participation in the development of any kind of international agreements — information that is as frightening as it is scandalous.”

The European Commission also tried to claim that it couldn’t make “negative ratification proposals”, but the Stop TTIP group points out:

“this means that citizens can only applaud international negotiations carried out by the Commission, but not criticize them,” said Efler.

Against this background, the Stop TTIP group is considering whether to begin legal action against the European Commission, including taking its case to the EU Court of Justice. After, all, this is not just about a European petition, but about European democracy, as one of the main organizers of the Stop TTIP ECI, John Hillary, writes:

There is something rotten in the state of Europe when an unelected, unaccountable EU body can glibly inform millions of us that we no longer have the right to question its most dangerous and unpopular policies.

The ruling is a slap in the face for the 230 civil society organisations from across Europe that have lined up behind the initiative, and the millions of European citizens they represent. The ECI is the only vehicle available to us to challenge the shadowy bureaucrats of the European Commission. Now even this seems to be too much scrutiny for them.

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This was one of those wins that playoff-caliber teams have to eke out. And as weird as it may seem still, when we’re talking about the Kansas City Royals, we’re talking about a team that has every intention of playing in the postseason.
If that happens, Monday night’s win may be one of those signature moments that makes the postseason DVD. The Royals beat the White Sox 4-3, earning a walk-off win after scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth. The Royals had lost five of seven and slipped out of first place in the AL Central. They’re owners of the second AL wild card and 1 1/2 back in the division, keeping pace with the Detroit Tigers who also won in the ninth inning Monday night.
One win doesn’t get a team back on track, but it sure can help. Especially after Royals manager Ned Yost bumbled away the game Sunday by not using his best pitchers in the game’s biggest moments. The managerial call this time around was simpler and less controversial — put fast guys on the bases and have them run.



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Down 3-2 in the ninth, Mike Moustakas doubled with one out. Yost sent Jarrod Dyson out to run for Moustakas then had Dyson steal third. When the White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka let fly a wild pitch, Dyson just kept running. He scored from second and tied the game.
Nori Aoki doubled later in the inning and that’s when Yost called on another pinch runner, Terrance Gore. Lorenzo Cain came up to bat and hit a grounder up the middle that was going to be a close play at first base. Gore kept running from second and came across to score as the White Sox bobbled Cain’s grounder. 
Fun fact: According to Fox Sports KC, these runnin’ Royals have scored from second on a single 114 times this season, the fourth-highest total in MLB.
Maybe walk-off isn’t the phasing for this one. It was more like a sprint-off. Shields was happy to see that, because it wiped away a tough outing from him. He gave up 10 hits in seven innings to the White Sox.
The postseason accepts all sorts, even those who race around the bases for wild wins when their ace isn’t at his best. Especially those teams, actually.
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This was one of those wins that playoff-caliber teams have to eke out. And as weird as it may seem still, when we’re talking about the Kansas City Royals, we’re talking about a team that has every intention of playing in the postseason.

If that happens, Monday night’s win may be one of those signature moments that makes the postseason DVD. The Royals beat the White Sox 4-3, earning a walk-off win after scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth. The Royals had lost five of seven and slipped out of first place in the AL Central. They’re owners of the second AL wild card and 1 1/2 back in the division, keeping pace with the Detroit Tigers who also won in the ninth inning Monday night.

One win doesn’t get a team back on track, but it sure can help. Especially after Royals manager Ned Yost bumbled away the game Sunday by not using his best pitchers in the game’s biggest moments. The managerial call this time around was simpler and less controversial — put fast guys on the bases and have them run.

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Down 3-2 in the ninth, Mike Moustakas doubled with one out. Yost sent Jarrod Dyson out to run for Moustakas then had Dyson steal third. When the White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka let fly a wild pitch, Dyson just kept running. He scored from second and tied the game.

Nori Aoki doubled later in the inning and that’s when Yost called on another pinch runner, Terrance Gore. Lorenzo Cain came up to bat and hit a grounder up the middle that was going to be a close play at first base. Gore kept running from second and came across to score as the White Sox bobbled Cain’s grounder. 

Fun fact: According to Fox Sports KC, these runnin’ Royals have scored from second on a single 114 times this season, the fourth-highest total in MLB.

Maybe walk-off isn’t the phasing for this one. It was more like a sprint-off. Shields was happy to see that, because it wiped away a tough outing from him. He gave up 10 hits in seven innings to the White Sox.

The postseason accepts all sorts, even those who race around the bases for wild wins when their ace isn’t at his best. Especially those teams, actually.

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