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  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 18, 2018

    Looks like Bannon might have taken the red pill:

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  January 18, 2018

      According to the new PBS-NPR-Marist poll Americans say, 68% to 14%, that Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation. Even Republicans say this, by 59-23.

      http://maristpoll.marist.edu/nprpbs-newshourmarist-poll-results-january-2018/

      Those polled also say the probe has been fair by 48-28, and 57% have quite a lot (33%) or a great deal (24%) of confidence in the FBI.

      That Republican/Alt-Right campaign to delegitimise efforts to hold trump accountable is going great! /sarc

      • David

         /  January 18, 2018

        Of course he should finish. Your just not going to like the outcome.

        • Gezza

           /  January 18, 2018

          Your = belonging to you.
          You’re = you are.

          Not that it matters if you don’t care if using the wrong one makes you look thick.

          • David

             /  January 18, 2018

            Your correct, I just don’t care.

            • Gezza

               /  January 18, 2018

              Far enuf. Up two ewe.

            • Gezza

               /  January 18, 2018

              Sorry – fear enuf, that shoulda said.

              Was in a shuttle this morning. It just reminded of the convo going on behind me from a 20 something couple of polytechnic students, male & female. Was all, “like, so I was, like, getting nowhere, you know? With Brian. Oh yeah, but, like Brian’s like, hopeless at talking to people, like, he’s not like Chad. Chad’s, like, a lot more friendlier.”

              Jesus our education system’s got a lot to answer for. We’ve been turning out illiterates for the last 40 years.

  2. sorethumb

     /  January 18, 2018

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the government is working to change the narrative around migration to persuade Scots that the nation needs huge numbers of people from abroad.
    Speaking at the launch of a Scottish government paper which argues for continuing open borders with Europe after Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), the SNP leader claimed a population that is ever-expanding as a result of mass migration is “essential to our economic prosperity”.

    The “stark reality” of an “ageing society”, Sturgeon argued, means she has “a duty to make the case for free movement no matter how difficult that is sometimes perceived to be”.
    ….
    But analysis of previous suggestions that Scotland’s population must increase its economy to prosper has shown such claims to be false, with Migration Watch UK last year noting that “immigration as a solution to a pensions problem has been dismissed by all serious studies”, pointing out among other factors that “immigrants too will grow old and draw pensions”.
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/16/scotland-mass-migration-challenge/

    Doesn’t stop RNZ trumpeting it.

  3. sorethumb

     /  January 18, 2018

    Referencing President Trump’s alleged “shithole” comments, Acosta asked, “Mr. President did you say that you wanted more people to come in from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?”
    Trump responded, “I want them to come in from everywhere. Everywhere. Thank you very much.”
    Acosta pressed, “Just caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people from other parts of the world where there are people of color?”
    An aide said, “Thank you Jim,” as Trump pointed and said, “Out.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/01/16/trump-tells-cnns-jim-acosta-get/

    But don’t people prefer people like themselves and isn’t there an evolutionary reason for this?
    If the above is acknowleged what is the appropriate response?

    On RNZ Jeff Sluka says ”but “we” totally reject the biological determinism position on this. While our brains are wired to experience fear it’s our culture that shapes that.
    Take ethnocentrism for example which is universal experience: all cultures believe that they are superior to others. But that doesn’t lead to fear and it doesn’t necessarliy lead to racism. It has to be interpretted in that way; it is our culture which gives us the interpretive framework that gives us the meaning to those things. We who are not racist teach our children that we shouldn’t be afraid of people who are different from ourselves. “
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/faceoffear

    The problem is that mother isn’t there all the time and ethnocentrism is a two way street. But why is it an issue in the first place: because it is considered to mean a person harbours prejudice? No one bats and eyelid when a mother prefers her child over another, yet the same process is underway. Where is the line between prejudice and naivety?