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  1. Whoops.

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  2. NOEL

     /  January 14, 2018

    I wonder how many believed it.
    NK can put a missile up but regardless of the US hype its a long way from been able to target it or minaturise a nuclear warhead.

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  3. Blazer

     /  January 14, 2018

    should do wonders for the price of Hawaiian real..estate.

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    • Corky

       /  January 14, 2018

      Or nurse home residents who remember the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour. Are there any left?

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  4. sorethumb

     /  January 14, 2018

    UN pushes global migration. What would Helen Clark have done?

    “This will be the first overarching international agreement of its kind,” he boasted — but claimed it would not “place any binding obligations on states”, but rather serve as “an unprecedented opportunity for leaders to counter the pernicious myths surrounding migrants”.

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/12/new-united-nations-boss-plan-promote-global-mass-migration/

    The thing is what reach do they already have given the views of journalists, HRC, Paul Spoonley etc

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  5. sorethumb

     /  January 14, 2018

    Thousands protest against Austrian government’s shift to the right
    Around 20,000 people gathered to protest against the new coalition government which includes the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), which was founded by former Nazis.

    The demonstrators included students, leftist groups and pensioners who called themselves Grannies Against The Right and others, carrying placards saying “Don’t Let Nazis Govern.”

    Austrian police said up to 1,000 officers were on duty at the event, which they described as peaceful.

    The gathering called for a boycott of FPO ministers by other European governments and the shunning of Austria when it takes up the revolving European Union presidency in the second half of 2018.

    Last month, the FPO entered government as the junior coalition partner to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s OVP conservatives after a parliamentary election in which both pledged to stop illegal immigration and to fight radical Islam.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/348064/thousands-protest-against-austrian-government-s-shift-to-the-right

    Macron DITCHING Merkel? French president forges alliance with Austria amid Germany crisis
    Mr Kurz leads a right-wing coalition government in partnership with the far-right anti-immigration FPÖ, which has heavily resisted accepting refugees into the country.

    Mr Macron acknowledged the difficulties Austria had faced when thousands of refugees entered the country via the Balkan route in 2015, and vowed the European Union would do more to respond to the problems posed by large numbers of arrivals.
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/904040/Emmanuel-Macron-Angela-Merkel-new-alliance-Austria-Sebastian-Kurz

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  6. sorethumb

     /  January 14, 2018

    Austria refuses to accept suspected ISIS fighter for surgery

    Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/959216/news-austria-isis-terrorism-georgia-surgery-chechnya#ixzz545yWtniG

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  7. sorethumb

     /  January 14, 2018

    Is London A Sh**hole? [Auckland?]
    London’s first Muslim mayor has been under increasing pressure in recent months as his city has been rocked by terrorist attacks and a wave of violent crime, and he has increasingly retreated into pronouncements on international affairs which fall far outside his remit.

    Despite claims by Khan in March 2017 that London is “the safest global city in the world, and one of the safest cities in the world,” the latest crime statistics show youth homicides are up by an astonishing 70 per cent.
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/13/sad-khan-protesters-disrupt-mayors-speech-londoners-wake-sadiqs-shthole/

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  8. Corky

     /  January 14, 2018

    Oh, hell. The universe may have a hole in it. Personally, I don’t believe it. Nature doesn’t have vacuums or emptiness. That said, if it is a hole, or something worse, where does it lead? To God? I mean scientifically the universe is all there is, nothing can exist outside of that.

    https://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/astronomy-terms/hole-in-universe1.htm

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  9. sorethumb

     /  January 14, 2018

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    • David

       /  January 14, 2018

      Curious as to why they don’t think they are a shithole when just being gay is illegal there and the rate of AIDS is in the 20-25% range. And this is one of the best governed countries in Africa.

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  11. Corky

     /  January 14, 2018

    Well, blow my ignorance. I was about to do a number on Botswana…but, stable democracy, high literacy and improving living conditions, and the judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

    I therefore have no problem with Botswana criticising President Trumpy.

    Sure, they face all the problems other African nations face, but at least they have a stable platform to improve, unlike other African nations. Here’s a telling stat:

    79% Christian
    4.1% Badimo
    15.2% None/ no religion
    1.4% Other (includes Baha’i, Hindu, Islam, Rastafarian)
    0.3% Unspecified (2011 est.)

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  12. Gezza

     /  January 14, 2018

    I checked out how the US “Diversity Visa” Lottery system works last night, in view of Trumpy’s repeated claims to the effect: “they’re not sending us their best people, they’re sending us the bad people they don’t want. They draw the numbers out themselves to make sure we get the bad ones!”

    As I suspected, that’s bullshit.

    “The Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the green card lottery, is a United States government lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. The Immigration Act of 1990 established the current and permanent Diversity Visa (DV) program.

    The lottery is administered by the Department of State and conducted under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It makes available 50,000 immigrant visas annually and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants from countries with low rates of immigration in the previous five years.

    As of 2017, around 20 million people apply for the lottery each year.
    Many fraudulent schemes purport to increase the likelihood of winning in the lottery, but in fact the only way to apply and win is to enter one’s data into the State Department’s website, free of charge.

    Requirements
    To enter the lottery, applicants must have been born in an eligible country. If selected, to qualify for the immigrant visa, they must have completed at least a high school education or at least two years of work experience in an occupation which requires at least two other years of training or experience.

    They must also satisfy general immigration requirements, such as means of support, no criminal background, and good health.”

    The random selection is made in the US by computer.

    There’s no doubt there are major problems with this program & with chain migration – “lawmakers” on both sides of their political divide have acknowledged that.

    Why Trump has to make up & tell fibs about it is beyond anyone, even some of the Ra Ra Anchors on Fox News. I suspect it’s from his watching Anne Coulter, Lou Dobbs, & Hannity though. God they spout some crap sometimes. Doesn’t matter to them though, they all took the line he’s just saying what Americans are really thinking. And then they translate what they think he really means (because someone needs do that to make it inoffensive, really!).

    Fox anchors were claiming the moral high ground because they weren’t allowed to say shitholes. And their opposition “the msm” was saying it constantly. Most of them noted he now denied saying it, but accepted that he probably did.

    Jake Tapper even said one Republican guest just gave a perfectly good, succinct explanation of the Diversity & Chain Migration issues in about 1 minute & if Trump had just said that there’d be no need for all the pallaver everybody was now wasting time on.

    I went over to look at CNN for their perspective & they’re just as bad. Everyone can see POTUS 45 is an ignorant sod, with an extraordinarily limited vocab, little understanding of the meaning of some of the words he uses, & a frequent liar – but some of the other accusations extrapolated out & thrown at Trump are outrageously silly.

    One black congressman said, for example, that Trump had upset US blacks with his references to “chain migration” because their ancestors were brought to the US in chains. 🙄 . They were just inventing their own silly interpretations to be offended about. Another kept saying Trump called people from these countries A-holes & had to be corrected, that actually he’d said their countries were shitholes.

    God I hope our msm never descends to the level of US tv channels. Those guys are just plain vicious. There’s not even an attempt at balance. If CNN or Fox have someone from the “other side” on as a commenter they just get talked over, attacked (mind you some of them ARE stupid & don’t even address the issue – and they’re in Congress) & then they get told “we’re out of time”.

    I pity Americans. I really do. What a shithole their political system & media environment is.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 14, 2018

      How do the numbers of illegal vs legal immigrants stack up?

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        • Gezza

           /  January 14, 2018

          This was interesting

          “Is the immigrant population growing?
          New immigrant arrivals have fallen, mainly due to a decrease in the number of unauthorized immigrants coming to the U.S. The fall in the growth of the unauthorized immigrant population can partly be attributed to more Mexican immigrants leaving the U.S. than coming in.”

          This Pew Report is citing 2015 data. So the numbers of illegal immigrants in the US was already falling under Obama.

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      • Gezza

         /  January 14, 2018

        I can’t remember, Alan. I think it’s actually quite a small percentage of their total annual immigrant intake, but I wouldn’t like to take a stab at what I might’ve heard someone say last nite. Anne Coulter was citing some figure in excess of 60% of their prison population being illegal immigrants though.

        A Diversity Lottery immigrant from Uzbekistan recently ran down dozens of people in an SUV somewhere over there, killing 8, & severely injuring 12, according to her yelling Allahu Akbar! He had something like 21 (or maybe 31) people who had got in thru chain migration. This case has been a big thing for Fox for several days & Trump’s cited it.

        Another one they’re constantly going on about is a group of six people arrested for running a heroin operation, all illegals, 5 of whom have been deported multiple times. If they get a case like this they go on & on about it for days, maybe weeks, creating the impression for viewers that it’s rampant.

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        • Gezza

           /  January 14, 2018

          @ Alan. That’s interesting Alan. I didn’t hear anybody cite a percentage that high on either channel. One of the problems watching these channels has been so much of it just out & out argy bargy & accusations about racism etc actual figures often don’t even come up.

          Someone on Fox last night claimed the figures for illegals were understated anyway because they’re derived from Census data & illegals don’t fill out Census forms. Who knows? Anchors & guests are a bit like Trump. They often just say stuff & you have no idea if it’s accurate.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 14, 2018

            Pew research does it’s own surveys. It isn’t census data.

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            • Gezza

               /  January 14, 2018

              Just remembered one Fox host Jesse Waters telling viewers that the Lottery system grouped countries into regions & that Oceania, he thought, was “just Australia”. 😕

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 14, 2018

              Depressing, but the US education system leaves most participants blissfully ignorant about the rest of the world.

            • Gezza

               /  January 14, 2018

              Oh well, at least their Tucker Carlson mentioned Australia, Britain, Canada, & New Zealand all having “merit-based” immigration systems.

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    • PDB

       /  January 14, 2018

      Not sure this proves anything?

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      • It doesn’t prove anything. But it’s risky calling places shit holes when you want to maintain military outposts in them and use their ports.

        Trump is at continual risk of alienating people and countries that he may need to back him in the future.

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        • Corky

           /  January 14, 2018

          True, that’s a real possibility that may leave America outflanked militarily in the future. However, I think when the US sits down to discuss aid money there will be reconciliation. If the going gets tough, a little sweetner into a tax-haven account will have those G.I Joes firing gatling guns and killing stuff in no time.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 14, 2018

      I suspect the gentleman may be mistaking cause and effect.

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  January 14, 2018

      I think you will find the US only has one military base in Africa. The dots on your map are non strategic lily pads

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  14. Corky

     /  January 14, 2018

    Just been made aware of this. Anyone else know about it?

    Apparently Mike Pence has an agreement with his missus forbidding him being alone in a room with another female.

    That’s damn fine conservative values. And very intelligent too. Mike’s missus has learnt from the Clinton affair. Does Mike smoke? 😁

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    • Gezza

       /  January 14, 2018

      That might be a new rule. He was widely reported some time back to have made a rule never to dine out alone with a woman other than his wife. When that one was first reported it incensed some females who criticised him for it for some obscure reason.

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      • Gezza

         /  January 14, 2018

        “Vox published an article on Friday claiming that Vice President Mike Pence’s personal rule to never have a one-on-one dinner with a woman who isn’t his wife is illegal.

        The Washington Post published a profile of Pence’s wife Karen on Tuesday, noting that in 2002 he stated that he doesn’t have one-on-one dinners with any woman other than his wife. The behavior is common among religious conservatives, but that didn’t stop Vox from declaring the practice was illegal and sexist.

        Employment lawyer Joanna L. Grossman wrote the Vox article titled, “Vice President Pence’s ‘never dine alone with a woman’ rule isn’t honorable. It’s probably illegal.” In her piece, Grossman argued that the Vice President’s rule violates Title VII as sex discrimination.”

        http://freebeacon.com/culture/vox-publishes-article-saying-mike-pences-never-dine-alone-woman-rule-illegal/

        🙄 Only in America.

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      • Gezza

         /  January 14, 2018

        More in the same vein …

        “How Pence’s Dudely Dinners Hurt Women
        The vice president—and other powerful men—regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women in the name of protecting their families. In the end, what suffers is women’s progress.”

        Pence is not the only powerful man in Washington who goes to great lengths to avoid the appearance of impropriety with the opposite sex. An anonymous survey of female Capitol Hill staffers conducted by National Journal in 2015 found that “several female aides reported that they have been barred from staffing their male bosses at evening events, driving alone with their congressman or senator, or even sitting down one-on-one in his office for fear that others would get the wrong impression.” One told the reporter Sarah Mimms that in 12 years working for her previous boss, he “never took a closed door meeting with me. … This made sensitive and strategic discussions extremely difficult.”

        Social-science research shows this practice extends beyond politics and into the business world, and it can hold women back from key advancement opportunities. A 2010 Harvard Business Review research report led by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the president of the Center for Work-Life Policy think tank, found that many men avoid being sponsors—workplace advocates—for women “because sponsorship can be misconstrued as sexual interest.”’

        https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/pences-gender-segregated-dinners/521286/
        …. …. ….

        Um … Hello #MeToo ? 🤔

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