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  1. Americans divided by Trump:

    These numbers seem remarkable. I think some scepticism is in order.

  2. Missy

     /  May 30, 2017

    A female zookeeper has been killed in a tiger incident.

    It has been described as a freak accident and no further details have been released.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/29/hamerton-zoo-evacuated-serious-incident1/

  3. It’s not often such a big deal is made over an alleged drunk driving arrest.

    • ..and his fall from grace continues unabated. I am reminded of the famous Will S line. His demise began when a life of lies was exposed.

      O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!

      • Blazer

         /  May 30, 2017

        [Deleted, you’ve had enough warnings about derogatory personal/political comments. PG]

        • Blazer

           /  May 30, 2017

          schadenfreude.

        • Blazer

           /  May 30, 2017

          Tiger is not a politician…and the term is accurate in context, as the poster is being derogatory about a man whose crime is …EBA.

          • Gezza

             /  May 30, 2017

            Everything But Anchovies❓😳

          • Traveller

             /  May 30, 2017

            Fortunately I never saw what you wrote – i know it would have been ad hominem and nothing to do with the broader premise he was in receipt of karma. I have zero sympathy for those who are DUI, being far more concerned with who they might have slaughtered left undetected.

            Woods is a public figure. He put himself out there in the good times, received hundreds of millions in endorsements and was widely viewed as a role model. He turned out to have feet of clay and was unable to beat the odds and return to form when the extent of his foibles were revealed. I defend the reference of ‘tangled web etc “, as its how I saw it. It’s called opinion.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 30, 2017

              Best not to jump to conclusions, nor to condemn someone when you haven’t walked in their shoes:
              http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2017/5/29/15708836/tiger-woods-dui-arrested-charges-jupiter-island

            • Gezza

               /  May 30, 2017

              I agree. I can’t remember who actually said this Al but I do remember their advice that before you criticise anyone you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, if they come after you, you’re a mile away. And you have their shoes.

            • Blazer

               /  May 30, 2017

              In receipt of karma! !!are you. …serious! !!

            • Blazer said -” In receipt of karma! !!are you. …serious! !!”

              Why yes. As an atheist, I mean it metaphorically. There is no religious connotation to be taken. It’s about consequences.

              Screw around, you eventually get caught and probably lose the wife.

              You drive drunk, you eventually get caught – that’s the way life in our civilisation works.

            • Blazer

               /  May 30, 2017

              heres another …epithet for…you….’judge not…lest you be…judged’.

            • Blazer said “heres another …epithet for…you….’judge not…lest you be…judged’.”

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 30, 2017

              @trav, the divorce rate in the US is 50%, presumably whether or not you “screw around”. Woods claims prescription medicine not alcohol caused his arrest. Presumably blood test results will decide that. As for price, he probably paid a lot of that in training at golf from age 2. He did indeed regain the number one ranking after his scandal and divorce and only lost it as a result of back injury and surgery:

              After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the No.1 ranking once again, holding the top spot until May 2014. Woods had back surgery in April 2014 and September 2015 and has struggled since to regain his dominant form.

              He is an exceptional human and lived a life that few can imagine. His charitable foundation has benefited many black children. His sexuality and relationships are doubtless a consequence of his talents and life pressures neither of which we can conceive.

            • Blazer

               /  May 30, 2017

              I am going to give you an uptick for your last epithet….its quite….’sick’…as they…say.

            • Yes, he’s also all of the above as you say.

      • That acknowledgement was for you Alan. I hope Tiger makes a full recovery and is able to join the circuit again. Tragically, it’s not sounding good though.

  4. Missy

     /  May 30, 2017

    Theresa May will not be taking part in any leaders debates during the General Election campaign this year, (there is not the tradition of them in the UK), and as such Jeremy Corbyn also pulled out of the leaders debates saying that if Theresa May wasn’t taking part there was no point in him taking part either. However, tonight the two of them are doing a head to head town hall style debate. They will both field questions from Jeremy Paxman before answering questions from the audience made up of 1/3 Conservative voters, 1/3 Labour voters, and 1/3 undecided.

    It is on Sky news, but is being streamed live on LBC as well. If anyone would like to listen to it, (I can’t promise there is no geo blocking), you can try at this link.

    http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/schedule/

    It begins at 8.30pm local time, (7.30am NZ time)

    • Missy

       /  May 30, 2017

      Okay, I seem to have confused two different Q&A sessions with Corbyn and May, and this one doesn’t have Paxman, and appears to be a straight Q&A with the audience.

    • Missy

       /  May 30, 2017

      Corbyn is continuing with trying to re-write history with regards to his support for the IRA, and he denied that he attended a service to commemorate a group of IRA bombers that were killed on their way to kill UK Police Officers. A man from Northern Ireland challenged Corbyn when he tried to fudge what the service was for.

      • Blazer

         /  May 30, 2017

        ‘ group of IRA bombers that were killed on their way to kill UK Police Officers. ‘…..a very suspect premise…..try harder.

        • Missy

           /  May 30, 2017

          Excuse me, premise? Try harder?

          how patronising.

          The gentleman who spoke got one piece incorrect, they weren’t bombers they were gunmen, and they were killed by the SAS on their way to commit the murder of the Police officers, the gentleman who spoke about it was in Northern Ireland when it happened. But of course you know better so please enlighten me as to what the correct ‘premise’ for this is.

          • Blazer

             /  May 30, 2017

            so bombers now…gunman…and you think this is compelling…’the gentleman who spoke about it was in Northern Ireland when it happened. ‘….have to do better than this….where is the evidence?

            • Missy

               /  May 30, 2017

              Why don’t you go and look for it. I am reporting what I hearing in the Q&A on tonight, go and ask those talking about it for the evidence.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  May 30, 2017

              Here you go Blazer:

              LOUGHGALL: The Loughgall ambush on May 8, 1987, was the single biggest loss of life for the IRA. According to the book Lost Lives, the unit from the East Tyrone Brigade had hijacked a digger, which was loaded with a 200-pound bomb. The digger and a Toyota van then smashed through the part-time station’s gates. The authorities had foreknowledge of their plan, however, and lay in wait for the attack. Three RUC officers volunteered to remain inside the station during the ambush, while some soldiers also donned police uniforms. Although they were “heavily armed” says the book, the IRA team was outnumbered and were killed.

              Read more at: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/night-jeremy-corbyn-stood-in-honour-of-dead-ira-terrorists-1-7008757

              “Mr Jeremy Corbyn joined a 200-strong audience at London’s Conway Hall in paying tribute to the terrorists. “Mr Corbyn, MP for Islington North, attacked the government’s Ulster policy and said troops should be pulled out of the Province. “He told the meeting of the Wolfe Tone Society: ‘I’m happy to commemorate all those who died fighting for an independent Ireland’.”

              If you want more highlights of this wonderful man:

              Jeremy Corbyn has been condemned by his own party after admitting he attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of a Palestinian terrorist involved in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

              Less than a year before becoming Labour leader, Mr Corbyn visited the cemetery in Tunisia where members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation are buried, including Atef Bseiso, who was directly involved in the Munich attack…

              &

              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/exclusive-mi5-opened-file-jeremy-corbyn-amid-concerns-ira-links/

              Or worse still:

              Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to attend the funeral of progressive champion Darth Vader, who died after falling into his own reactor on Friday.

              Describing Vader as a champion of social justice, Corbyn acknowledged that the Dark Lord of the Sith had flaws but praised him as a ‘huge figure of modern history’.

              In his statement, Corbyn’s only nod to the many cases of human rights abuse under Mr Vader’s rule was to acknowledge “all his flaws”, instead choosing to focus upon his heroics during the Clone Wars, a long time ago and far, far away.

              Mr Corbyn said, “Darth Vader’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history and 200th-century socialism.

              http://newsthump.com/2016/11/28/jeremy-corbyn-to-attend-darth-vaders-funeral/

            • Blazer

               /  May 30, 2017

              @HFD…thank you.A number of people see the IRA as freedom fighters for an Ireland free of the British occupation by force.From the landowning gentry to the British industrialists, Irish labour was exploited to enrich the protestant occupiers.History shows the gradual acceptance of the merits of the struggle.Sinn Fein…’us alone’ ultimately gaining political representation .History through the eyes of the British Empire is notoriously….unreliable.

          • I put this degree of patronisation in the barely disguised misogynist basket.

            • Blazer

               /  May 30, 2017

              I put the ‘account’ of what supposedly transpired…in the ‘hearsay’ category.

  5. Gezza

     /  May 30, 2017

    Al Jazeera TV Breaking News:

    Iraqi officials say a car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding 22.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed similar attacks in the past, including a big truck bombing during Ramadan last year that killed hundreds of people.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/car-bombing-baghdad-kills-10-wounds-22-170529230710218.html

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 30, 2017

    This article is insightful. Hopefully the US Supreme Court will take action to reign in the courts and judges it presides over:

    https://amgreatness.com/2017/05/28/lack-judicial-impartiality-threatens-rule-law/

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 30, 2017

    Very interesting diplomatic Middle East manoeuvring here – Israel-Saudi-Egypt-US;

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/egypt-saudi-arabia-tiran-sanafir-agreement-trump-palestine.html