Thursday, December 26, 2013

who exactly did erdogan piss off such that the elite establishment media can't keep his name out of their mouth?

reuters |  Turkey's opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive "deep state", after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered purges.

Among 10 new loyalist ministers Erdogan named late on Wednesday was Efkan Ala, a former governor of the restive Diyarbakir province who will wield the powerful Interior portfolio and oversee Turkish domestic security.

Ala replaces Muammer Guler, one of three cabinet members who resigned after their sons were detained in a graft probe that erupted on December 17. Guler, who like Erdogan had called the case baseless and a plot, sacked or reassigned dozens of police officers involved including the chief of the force in Istanbul.

"He (Erdogan) is trying to put together a cabinet that will not show any opposition to him. In this context, Efkan Ala has a key role," Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the head of the biggest opposition party CHP, said in remarks carried by Turkish media.

"Erdogan has a deep state, (his) AK Party has a deep state and Efkan Ala is one of the elements of that deep state," added Kilicdaroglu, using a term that for Turks denotes a shadowy power structure unhindered by democratic checks and balances.

During his three terms in office, the Islamist-rooted Erdogan has transformed Turkey, cutting back its once-dominant secularist military and overseeing rapid economic expansion. He weathered unprecedented anti-government protests that swept major cities in mid-2013.

But the corruption scandal has drawn an EU call for the independence of Turkey's judiciary to be safeguarded and has rattled stocks and the lira, with the currency falling to a historical low of 2.1025 against the dollar on Monday.


Ed Dunn said...

Now this is interesting timing as I'm wrapping up a future contract exchange on binary options. These exotic future contracts were the dotcom rage a decade ago the same way bitcoin is now the current rage. As the article indicated, these web-based trading exchanges were used as predictors of intelligence the same way sports betting is used to predict championship teams or match winners. When I proposed a web site startup back in early 2000s, I discovered people were making money on these type of web sites creating derivatives to trade against - created a "symbol" for my startup concept and I watch the price go up and down. They mostly transitioned into binary options web sites and I'm planning to roll out this concept to try in the urban market to see if we can gather social intelligence that people are willing to wager on their position. BTW, this is yet another example of tech companies using corporate welfare (DARPA funding this for the Economist) to further their own private R&D - and then possibly claim tax credits for that same R&D.

CNu said...

What means "social intelligence" Ed? Would that be wagering on the grist ground at the Bossip mill or are you instead going to go full TMZ on the social intelligence front?

Vic78 said...

"He (Erdogan) is trying to put together a cabinet that will not show any opposition to him."

Why would you appoint people that are opposed to you? Governing's hard enough. We've seen what happens in the US when the executive appoints a cabinet that's in opposition to the executive's agenda. That quote tells me how weak Erdogan's opponents are.

CNu said...

Something else is afoot that has stepped up the urgency with which the elite establishment has it's presstitutes keeping Ergogan's name in their mouths. Turkey is the nexus of a lot of goings on, with Greece, the EU, Israel, Syria, etc..., not to mention that funky "school of the americas" system being perpetrated by Hizmet Gulen using U.S. taxpayer dollars

Sum'n not right about the way the Erdogan government is being talked about right now

Ed Dunn said...

Way beyond a TMZ which comprised of boots on the ground looking for a sensational data to report. These exotic future markets was a viable social intelligence component in TIA and was more reliable than informants and sources where they would also be betting on outcomes - I bet DARPA had that in mind in terms of their target audience.

I believe the advantage of these exchanges was due to the fact most people who talk on sites like Bossip aren't willing to put their money where their mouth is. The same with shuck-and-jive Black leaders. Many people will say a person can lead us, but they won't put up money behind those words. If the money is on the table and the data result is market-based, you will see real but lesser known community leaders in the Black community start popping up on the radar, not some TV front posing as a Black community leader. You will also see real solutions validated by market-based decisions.

The kind of people who use these open world futures exchanges I have seen appear to be intelligent and influential and also the Mr. Snowden types and Anonymous participants, not the simpletons. They have information, they collected data and have research and base decision on the research and why DARPA insisted on anonymous users. The strategy is how to collect intelligence from the big data and I think that is more easier in 2013 than it was in 2003.

CNu said...

snitching and betting, (putting the fix in) as it were - is a gangbuster (pun intended) approach to gathering human intel eliminating the need for costly and unreliable human middlemen.

The strategy is how to collect intelligence from the big data and I think that is more easier in 2013 than it was in 2003

Your comment this morning instantly sent me fetching around (unsuccessfully) for the Technology Review article on how big data would begin having a profound effect on how football is managed and played, but that that process was just in its very earliest stages. One would suppose that fantasy football for money has taken a lot of the shine off of traditional odds-making and underlying depth analysis or "putting the fix in" that has prevailed and influenced the game across generations.

I think it's a brilliant idea Ed, I can't wait to see how you will explain it to the chickenheads who live or die with their noses deep in celebrity behinds and/or wondering about who's doing who that doesn't personally involve them.

Ed Dunn said...

The Moneyball book was written in 2003 around this same time frame, the movie that Brad Pitt starred in a year ago(?)

The central premise of Moneyball is that the collected wisdom of baseball insiders (including players, managers, coaches, scouts, and the front office) over the past century is subjective and often flawed. Statistics such as stolen bases, runs batted in, and batting average, typically used to gauge players, are relics of a 19th-century view of the game and the statistics available at that time. The book argues that the Oakland A's' front office took advantage of more analytical gauges of player performance to field a team that could compete successfully against richer competitors in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Rigorous statistical analysis had demonstrated that on-base percentage and slugging percentage are better indicators of offensive success, and the A's became convinced that these qualities were cheaper to obtain on the open market than more historically valued qualities such as speed and contact. These observations often flew in the face of conventional baseball wisdom and the beliefs of many baseball scouts and executives.

btw, the upcoming site is

Dale Asberry said...

Reminds me of the Iowa Electronic Markets taking advantage of the ability of "wisdom of the crowds" to reach Ouija Board-esque consensus.

Ed Dunn said...

Turkey is considered an emerging market with a lot of recent Western investments in financial and retailing sectors as well as outsourcing creative jobs.

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