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Post by azriel on Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:16 pm

None of us want half the things that happen here (UK) To me, its all done & dusted. Government has made its mind up about what IT wants 5-10yrs into the future. They give us little scraps to chew on, like voting, to makes us feel we are helping to make decisions that will help run this country.....like Hell ! Government are clever enough at manipulation. They make you feel as though they understand you etc etc, like Hell ! No one watches my back, no one gives a toss if I live to be 100 yrs or die tonight. I'm a number, your a number, all us numbers are calculated on how much production we can generate. We should be bar coded when born. That's all we are, a means to an end, & not the end we want.

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Post by malickfan on Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:40 pm

Anyone else getting slightly more concerned about North Korea after today's developments?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-latest-warhead-missile-report-miniature-us-intelligence-a7883101.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/08/trump-warns-north-korea-threats-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury.html

I'm not necessarily convinced Kim Jong Un would be insane enough to actual order a nuclear attack, but tensions between North Korea and the USA haven't been this high for many years and I'm beginning to think something or someone is going to snap...and frankly Trump's boisterous attitude over Korea in recent weeks (not to mention the reports of his general incompetence as a leader, divided cabinet and declining domestic support...) does make you wonder who would actually trigger a hypothetical second conflict on the Korean Peninsula, Trump's phrasing certainly implies he'd be willing to order a nuclear strike (or at least pretending he would be...) and that is in itself a terrifying thought.

Also makes you wonder if this is just a distraction announcement, perhaps another big Trump administration leak is imminent...

*Shit, just read that the President apparently has complete unilateral control to order a nuclear strike without the backing of Congress or the Chiefs of Staff...well, that's slightly worrying...

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:41 pm

yep its bloody scary. Crying or Very sad


if we have nuclear armageddon before the end of Game of Thrones I will be truly pissed off.  Mad
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Post by halfwise on Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:09 am

Well to be clear, the only way nuclear deterrence works is if both sides are convinced the other side will pull the trigger in response to a first strike. I'm not saying Trump isn't an incompetent bozo, but even if he wasn't, his duty is to promise retaliation.

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Post by malickfan on Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:52 am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-north-korea-latest-nuclear-war-kim-jong-un-god-given-authority-robert-jeffress-white-a7883746.html

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Post by halfwise on Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:06 pm

Ok....now I'm scared.

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Post by malickfan on Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:12 pm

halfwise wrote:Ok....now I'm scared.

I'm just utterly baffled that the President has 'evangelical advisers' (not least because I doubt Trump is a christian) for a nation that preaches a separation of Church and State right wing Christians do seem to have a disturbing amount of lobbying power, most UK Prime Ministers have been religious but if they openly invoked religious beliefs or banged on about church every five minutes they'd be laughed out of office, the UK is predominately Christian in name only these days, the vast majority of my peers are atheists...

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Post by halfwise on Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:19 pm

As long as we're on the topic:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/david-letterman-once-gave-trump-091804122.html

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Post by halfwise on Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:23 pm

"Spiritual Advisor" is not an official role. It's sort of like mentioning someone's doctor. But yeah, the separation of church and state has never been seen here as a way to ignore religion, rather as a way not to trample on it.

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Post by halfwise on Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:22 pm

https://www.popsugar.com/news/Donald-Trump-Kim-Jong-un-Hair-Swap-Meme-43868468?hl=1&noRedirect=1

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:26 am

{{ So Trump finally responds to the white supremacists, two days late and off a pre written tele-prompter before exiting without any questions.
Didn't Trump used to berate Obama for using pre-scripted speeches off teleprompters?
And whilst Trump might have used the right words this time it all smacked to me watching it, off a little boy being forced to apologise and getting it over with as quick as they can. What it did not seem was sincere, just expediency.

What I dont get is why Trump is so unwilling to call them out- not like e is shy with his twitter opinions. They do make up a portion of his base as he did appeal to them in his campaign. 'America First' sounded very much like 'Whites First' to certain ears that's clear enough. And Trump having spent the previous Presidents entire term trying to undermine the black guy in the White House as not being a real America probably helped there. But they are a tiny percentage of the voting populace- seems to me Trump risks losing far more than he gains with his attitude to these groups. }}}

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:36 am

{{open question- has Trump finally crossed a line for fellow Republicans?}}

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:21 am

It'd be nice to think so but I'm not sure. It's been my impression for a while that most GOP politicians are too worried about the electoral costs of provoking (more) infighting with their base to do more than finger-wag at Trump. But on the other hand, Charlottesville does seem to have been a genuine moment of reckoning for some people. Maryland's Republican governor reversed his stance on removing Confederate monuments this week, though he's not representative of national Republicans on many issues.
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Post by David H on Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:28 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:{{open question- has Trump finally crossed a line for fellow Republicans?}}

I'd say not. Avoiding taking a strong position is usually a safe move for any politician. He seems to be getting criticism from both sides, so I'd guess this is just going to add a bit more to the slow decline in confidence in this presidency. We'll see, but I think Trump is a tire with a slow leak.

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