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  1. BBsq69

    Trump Will be Impeached

    You remember how the bankers fucked the entire world in 2008. There were rises everywhere in the world just as while the world recovers and the US more quickly than most because of its uniquely privileged position economically allowing it to insulate itself and act in its own interests. This also 18 months into Trump. The significance of that is that there is always a lag between political decisions and the economic effect which is rarely less than a year so one could put the last year down to Obama. However one could equal argue that any President would have had a similar record between 2008-2017 because decisions had to be made. Now Trump is making different economic decisions. Some which benefit the wealthy, the banking community (recently) the rust belt by a mixture of protectionism and giving foreign government and companies massive and possibly uneconomically viable incentives. The UK government is constantly boasting about its employment record but the reality is wages have not risen for a decade and many of those jobs have nowhere near the value in terms of hours, conditions and benefits than they would have had a decade ago. A lot certainly couldn't live properly except for the help of welfare. I don't know whether such analysis is carried out in the US but I would imagine it would show the same. The Tories (previously the ConDem coalition) carried out many painful policies but the truth is up to about 2015 Labour or a LabDem coalition would have had to do the same. However once the Tories were unconstrained they kept the austerity going way past what was necessary due to Thatcherite ideology hiding inside "the good of the country" shrinking the economy deliberately and I do wonder where as well as maintaining (or reducing for the wealthy) taxes there wasn't part of the strategy was to give a low base from which they could claim later credit. It is relevant here because I think the Republicans tried to do the same under Obama which was their primary motivation for fighting him. However in the end for the US it probably didn't change anything.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    Because our news is full of Trump. Because he tweets and doesn't drink. Because we know what his financial record is and his record as an employer is. Because we know what absolute BS he speaks about Europe. Because he does not condemn vile racists. Because he acts in a childish manner. Because he lies all the time. Because he has to have a room full of people telling him how great he is ... something quite frankly we watched open mouthed in Europe. I don't know how intelligent he is. He is clearly not stupid but any intelligence test would be about as reliable as that medical he wrote. Obviously he is not the only political leader who does this but his arguments and speech are about on the level of the school playground. Not everyone who votes for him is stupid but he does his best to make sure that those that are believe everything that leaves his mouth. He might not be stupid but the words he says, if divorced from the motivation of getting votes from idiots, are. P.S. I have watched US news broadcasts and given the level of idea the US has about the rest of the world, I can understand why you think the rest of the world knows nothing about the US but sadly we know more than we want to. Often our news is "WTF has Trump said now." then if we chose we can watch 20 minutes of analysis on that if we choose.
  3. Brexit - a term we nicked from the Greek Grexit that never happened - and now Theresa May has divided her cabinet in 2 to come up with 2 plans. The only problem is that the EU are likely to reject both. The problem is, as it has been for over 300 years and not as one sided as some would have you believe, Ireland. The right wing want us to us to withdraw from the Customs Union as do the DUP who hold 10 seats in Northern Ireland the balance of power in the UK parliament partly because Sinn Fein refuse to take up their 7 seats. Now the EU wanted us to sort the Irish border out first so yes we said we would match up so there doesn't need to be customs posts. However that would have course mean following all EU regulations. BTW we said we are not going to that or are we? Absolutely not? In that case said the EU you have to have a physical border and that's not what you told us. Oh we said we can do all the tariffs electronically using technology not currently being used ... and the EU can pay for it since that's what they want. Let's leave that BS for a second said the EU, what about the regulations and the fact you clearly implied that you would match our regulations? Did we? said the UK, we only said something so we could talk about trade instead of Northern Ireland. There are only a few months left and the UK still hasn't even decided what they want out of the EU. Nor do they recognise that we are 65 million negotiating with 450 million. If Spain suddenly left and decided to negotiate a trade treaty with Trump's US, how one-sided would that be? Europe is pissed off with us, particularly Germany and France, does the UK honestly believe they are going to give us an inch? Almost all of our major trading partners are in the EU. I think it reads something like Germany, US, Holland, France, Belgium ... and yet we have decided (we haven't decided see above but the right wing want to) we want to pay a load of tariffs to 4 of them which we previously didn't have to pay. Insanity.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    He can't handle the proof.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    I doubt very much Trump will be impeached unless he gets sillier. In my opinion he deserves to be but the point is any impeachment process would not only take a long time but damage the US as Trump would become more and more erratic in his behaviour and do the Democrats really want to do that?
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    TBF I am sure she don't know he was the UK's biggest paedo. He did used to be a frequent guest at Chequers though.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    Everyone wants more money though except a tiny percentage of people who already have some and what to leave the rat race ... I can very much appreciate that mentality.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    Of course it is Foamy but we have a situation where in many countries there is still a large umber of poor who have got significantly poorer since 2008 and a large number of wealthy, many of whom are poorer as well except of course their drop in wealth is far less dramatic. It's really what happened from the early 80s to 2008 where the wealth gap really expanded, It is true more were brought into the middle class as the world itself got wealthier but the poor became more and more an underclass and the wealthy became a race apart just like the upper class used to be. If you go back to the 70s the kinds of discrepancies between CEOs and shopfloor workers was much much less. Today you get Mitt Romney boasting about how little tax he pays and Trump able to offset paying taxes because he made losses on stupid business deals. Do ordinary people get to offset tax when they lose their jobs, do they fuck. You don't get benefit unless you are poor and in the UK that's definitely more working people than for non-workers. Soup kitchens were unknown in the UK since the depression but now more than 100,000 use them. Equality is nonsense but is a CEO of a medium sized company really worth 100 times a cancer nurse - more in 4 days than she gets in a year. This is where it is got ludicrous and we have some CEOs earning, not because they created these companies but they happen to claim they have experience of running large companies however unsuccessfully in the past, 20 million+. These salaries are ridiculous. A good example of different philosophies is between the UK and Germany in football. Now there is far more money in English football but the Germans use the money they get to subsidise their fans making sure ordinary people can go to the games whereas in the UK especially for the London clubs the prices are several times what they are in Germany. Why? Because owners and top players cream off a luidicrous amount and then complain they have to pay taxes even after handing over millions to agents and putting their money in dodgy schemes to avoid tax. But what do the papers say about this? The major issue is benefit cheats ... This actual accounts for very little a tiny fraction maybe 5% of the tax avoidance schemes even after the tax rates have been lowered. Of on a sidetrack here but the Tories claimed that reducing the tax rate brought in more revenue - than in itself was a lie - but the reason why the take was less than expected was the Tories told them they were going to do this so obviously wealthy people decided that if there were things they could move to the next year when there was a lower tax rate they did thus the very announcement ensured there would less revenue when we most needed it. At one point I was a top rate tax payer but in order to subsidise the reduction of the tax rate for the wealthy the threshold was brought down very low. And with all those avoidance schemes the rate of tax the actual wealthy were paying was much less than people in the middle like me. I believe in a philosophy of bottom loaded utilitarianism which means the first duty of a society is to ensure there is a decent standard of living for everybody. This is very different of Thatcher's crass utilitarianism which was designed to ensure that the majority were better off and quite frankly fuck the poor it's their own fault. Another problem with Thatcher's utilitarianism was that she only measured whether people were "happy" (Greatest Happiness Principle) in monetary terms instead of any other criteria and applied to this to public spending. The first question was always the Ron Swanson way "What is the cheapest we can do this for or can we persuade some charity to do this for us instead?" instead of a Leslie Knope "What is the the best value for the tax payer's money?" which is an entirely different question. "Value" in this case meaning how did it contribute to the general well being of the individual/town/region/country set against the cost. This is how Germany worked things and why their town centres used to be so much more pleasant. I had an Italian friend come to stay in England and he was horrified at the state of town planning. I know this is more suited to the European topic but it does indicate different philosophies and possibly why the right and left will never see eye to eye. One is trying to create a better world by wealth creation and if that brings in an unequal society so what and the other is trying to build a utopia based on equality which may be nothing but a dream. Of course the answer lies in between but the truth is people in the US and now to some extent in the UK are not in between. BTW here is were Trump confuses because his attempt to regenerate the Rust Belt is definitely a left of centre policy bringing no other benefit in reality - certainly not financially - except to bring votes to him.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    I remember looking at a graph of the most unequal countries in the world and unsurprisingly the US was not only the most extreme but also one of 2 outliers and I can't remember who the other country was. However the US has always been like that. It is almost the philosophy of the country. Making money is seen as something to be admired so philosophically they are only really practising what they preach. Sadly however the UK was in 3rd or 4th which will depressed me. Looking into it further this disparity really started under Thatcher. Now tax on the wealthy was at a stupid level in the 1970s but my economics master told me that the wages offered to the top people took that into account. Now when from the early days of Thatcher the top level started to get reduced to more sensible levels there was no consequent cut in the top salaries indeed it went in the other direction. At the same time she single-handedly devastated the industry of the North of England and Wales leading to a devastation similar to the Rust Belt in the US - and while Trump made promises she was just callous. The free market was her God. In fact she seemed more concerned in protecting the fascist dictator Pinochet rather than jobs in the North. Unemployment was at astronomical levels within a couple of years of her coming to power despite more than 20 changes in how it was calculated to pretend it was only disastrous instead of catastrophic. As Trump knows though you only need a certain percentage to win and a good war like The Falklands helps. Since then the UK became far more unequal and indicators are that trend only stopped with the economic collapse in 2008 since which whatever they are spinning the UK has a worse record on productivity than any other major Western nation despite the high levels of employment. More people producing less means somebody fucked up badly. As I said I get why the US is so unequal but the UK should not be following and now we have (almost) left the EU I can only see this getting worse.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    Yeah I couldn't believe that and I thought Giuliani was mainly seen as a good guy.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    So sucking Saudi Arabia's dick helps how? They are the major source of hatred of the West and Islamic expansion all around the world and instead of condemning them we support them against Iran instead of leaving well alone. It probably wouldn't stop their promotion of hatred in their schools but maybe it might make them think twice. We shouldn't support Iran either but if anything the Saudis whose support started the war in Syria as they Qatar and UAE funded the formation of IS in Iraq while backing "moderate" (the biggest fucking joke term in history) groups in Syria. And while it is true that once IS started losing the groups they funded largely turned on their former allies and the Saudis denounced Qatar (although that was more to do with Israel) it doesn't stop there promotion of their abhorrent doctrine elsewhere in the world.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    I wouldn't say he is too scared just politically sensible in that he doesn't want to be seen with a bunch of people who hate him. In the US politicians are not used to be being seen unless surrounded by 100s of their own supporters. And after his astounding comments about the terrorist attacks in Paris I am sure he's not going there any time soon - they really know how to protest.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    Which world economy have you bailed out? Your banks mostly caused it and the rest of the worlds banks are to blame for being so naive as to take on the stupid debt packages from them. Trust me the US economy suffered way less than the rest of the world but I predicted that at the time. The US is by far the most powerful economy in the world - if it wasn't for Europe's political collective idiocy then we would be an equal player instead of being behind China in terms of power - so just protected itself while the rest of us got fucked, particularly (in Europe) Greece, Spain, Ireland (who the UK bailed out with no thanks) and Portugal maybe Italy as well as well as many other weaker economies around the world. The bigger the economy you have the easier it is to protect yourself. In the UK while unemployment never got hit apart from during the initial couple of years, production has been stagnant or backwards and wages have gone nowhere and like I said Northern Europe is way better off than the South or the East.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    I thought there were going to be 7 like the last series. The budget must be huge. On imdb it has an astronomical rating. George R.R. Martin (it seems so much of a coincidence to be so like J.R.R.Tolkein) has talked about various characters being based on Wars of the Roses, well Shakespeare's version of it. The BBC recently did an adaptation of Henry VI and Richard III. In them Margaret of Anjou (Cersei) who dominates her husband Henry taunts and kills the other pretender of the crown, sleeps around and disposes with her others playing the game her rivals for power. In reality she did not play quite such a big part but there were a lot of powerful women involved and watching the Henry VI plays felt very much like watching the political side to GOT which I actually I preferred to the fantasy side. I am reading the books at the moment which is not easy with my eyesight and Martin seemed to imply there could be up to 3000 more pages to come!!! I do wonder whatever planet that Westeros and Essos are on has a different year length. When you think about Jon and Dany being in their mid teens you can't help thinking they are too young to be playing any games. If they were 25% older it would make a lot more sense. It took someone with the charisma, intelligence and ambition of Anne Boleyn until she was 25 to capture Henry VIII, another 7 years to become Queen and 3 more years to blow it all with over confidence. Henry VIII was an educated version of Donald Trump.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    Everything that come out of his mouth does that but I can tell you it is shared by a large amount of Europe and we have 0 respect for him.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    It's a massive 4.2% in the UK - however as I suspect is the case in the US many people are paid fuck all and the pensions are shit. And remember this Europe includes many poor ex Communist counties as well as a couple of poor countries from Southern Europe. In 2008 when those loans fucked the world economy the US who mainly caused it was in a better position to protect itself ... some guy called Obama was President I believe during the recovery and surely you don't want to give him credit ... whereas naturally the EU being made up of more than 30 different countries has to move slower.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    Who has told you this? Obama had the respect of the world. Putin didn't want Hillary as leader because she was stronger on the Russian threat which lets face it is far more of a concern to Europe than it is to the US. They've already invaded several countries in the former Soviet Union and are continually threatening more. As far as Putin is concerned Trump's a pussy and his pussy at that.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    I don't think that's worth replying to. The mere fact that you(*) could compare Churchill with Trump is like me comparing Boris Johnson with Franklin D Roosevelt except Johnson is probably a great deal more intelligent than Trump. * And I realise not you per se but if the US can't tell the difference between a great war leader and someone who throws his toys out of the pram is truly frightening. Yes that is how people in Europe feel about Trump. He daren't come to London because he is hated so much. And he repeats absolute bollocks about terrorism and immigration in Europe to his supporters culminating in those grossly insulting nonsense about the attacks in Paris to the NRA. I am sure once a day he tells the truth. Now: 1. Trump wants to end the Iran deal because he hates Obama and it has fuck all to do with the deal. 2. It also happens to be what Saudi Arabia wants and they bribe there were anywhere. With China they have have the worst human rights on the planet. Other western countries are just as bad in taking the Arab bribes ... and China is just to big to ignore ... but it was Saudis that carried out 9/11 and the US sucks their dicks. Saudi Arabia and Iran compete with each other to see who can be more extreme and who can hate the West more. The only difference is that the Iranians are more open it they don't spend 10s of billions on schools to promote hatred at The West and recruit for ISIS who they done FUCK ALL about. They sent one female pilot to bomb them. Iran sent a fucking army. And now we sit idly by as the Turks living under the dictator Erdogan who has imprisoned all teachers and journalists bomb the Kurds who also fought ISIS. What bills have you paid the UK? Are you seriously suggesting the UK doesn't pay its fair share of defence? WTF were we doing in Afganistan then? Nearly 1000 Europeans died fighting in Afghanistan almost half of them from the UK. Having watched various US News it wouldn't surprise if you didn't know about the many wars around the world you are not involved in.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    And look what happened to her LOL Richard II also became monarch as a child and ... Edward VI didn't live long. At least they didn't have access to Twitter. "My crown's bigger than your crown." Honestly we've had some terrible monarchs. Game of Thrones is based on 15th century England.
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    Trump Will be Impeached

    US citizens why do you have a baby running your country? His determination to destroy every bit of Obama's legislation are the actions of a 5 year old. He is universally hated outside the US, received help from your greatest enemy Russia whether knowingly or unknowingly to win his election. He is a baby with no class, a compulsive liar ("I am the healthiest president ever") a bigot, a racist, a misogynist and an absolutely self-centred obnoxious bully who if he doesn''t get constant validation from a bunch or arse lickers will fire them for not arse licking. We have had some incompetent leaders in the past but never one who was a baby.
  21. Well Stalin took over what was already a totalitarian regime but I looked up the Nazis because I had this idea that their mandate was only a third of the vote (a quarter of the electorate) and I was right but they were so well organised it didn't take them long to seize total power when another election would have seen them possibly drop further. Whether this can be repeated elsewhere in Europe nowadays is open to question but I don't feel it would be impossible. Delving further into German elections I looked at the 2017 one which has only just produced a government and they use something like the Scottish system of 50% directly elected and then use a party list to provide the balance of the proportional representation. Now I will be honest and think that is a fair system although effectively it creates 2 types of MPs. I would want a system that allows voters to pick who represents an area together with some nod to PR. In the UK we had a referendum on whether we replaced the current first past the post system with the alternative vote and I was very much in favour latter but the Tory party (and to some extent the idiotic Labour Party) were firmly against any change which reduced the possibility of them having total power. They produced arguments such as you couldn't have a strong government - when the reality is the UK have had plenty of weak governments - that coalitions would be the norm which was a bad thing even though we had a coalition government at the time - that it was (patronisingly) too difficult even for them to understand - despite the fact that people in other countries can understand it - and finally that it increased the chances of extremists coming to power. Now I did think this last point was bollocks but while Germany don't have that system the far right gained nearly 100 seats in their parliament. In the UK despite gaining an even larger percentage of the vote in 2015 UKIP won only 1 seat so maybe our system does work ... well for lower percentages maybe, a Nazi type percentage may well have won. But to me the main point is our electoral system is vastly unfair as while UKIP got 12.6% of the vote, the SNP with 4.7% won 56 seats which is effectively 150 times the return. And yet nobody in the UK was the least bit bothered by that kind of injustice. Fortunately UKIP have disappeared or rather gone back to hiding in the Conservative Party.
  22. Foamy those with power and I don't just mean politicians, but bankers, CEOs, public organisations and celebrities like the status quo and while that remains the case nothing will change as the general public. with a few exceptions like myself, just don't care about it. They don't realise that they should have these rights and people care far more about rights being taken away rather than being given to them. However I think there is a dilemma here. While social media exists as it is, it is very easy to blame it for almost everything. I am sure the authorities during the riots we had a few years ago arrested far more people for posting on Facebook than they did people actually rioting, attacking police, burning down buildings and stealing goods. Of course new technology is easy to blame because politicians can claim not to understand it while it the same time authorising the capture of everybody's data just in case. But there is another side and that is Twitter which is maliciously used by several political groups. It does need to be addressed and it is not so simple as just not to be on it. When there was a vote on whether to bomb IS in Syria, many Labour politicians received non-stop abuse calling them baby murderers and sometime threatening the MPs, their families, their staff but if they couldn't do that via social media they would have used other techniques - Twitter just makes it so much easier. I first noticed politically with the SNP who went for of all people J.K.Rowling, then they went for anybody in the Labour Party who wasn't left wing enough. Outside politics you have the Feminazis and even a case of McCann supporters hounding someone who doubted their word to suicide ... in fact anything that is said about the McCanns tends to disappear from the internet. That is a whole other issue. In short Twitter does have things to address but on the other hand I am sick of people posting things and then expecting everyone to agree with them - if you don't want to be criticised, don't post!
  23. This is when the government (his own party remember) tried to remove him, just look at the look he gives them at 1:02. ... and then there's his wife: Lord McAlpine's business partner, Fairclough had a deaf son who my mother taught in our house - talk about 6 degrees of separation. Mind you I'm only about 3 steps from most of Hollywood LOL so 6 degrees may be an exaggeration.
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