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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  March 27, 2018

    Pennsylvannian Republican Congressman won’t stand again citing court imposed district boundaries and desire to spend more time with family. Would he have been so keen for more family time if Republicans had been able to keep gerrymander?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-elections-pennsylvania/republican-pennsylvania-congressman-bows-out-of-re-election-bid-boosting-democrat-hopes-of-more-wins-idUSKBN1H20B3

  2. Gezza

     /  March 27, 2018

    Aljazeera tv breaking news:

    Trump has expelled 60 Russian diplomats & ordered the Seattle Russian Consulate closed in what Aljaz’s reporter in Moscow, listing expulsions from The UK & EU countries, calls a coodinated response which has gone down like a lead balloon and come as a complete surprise to Russian authorities after Trump called Putin last week, against advice, to congratulate him on his election win.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-26/trump-is-said-to-expel-60-russian-diplomats-for-u-k-attack

  3. Corky

     /  March 27, 2018

    That old Jew-hater, Jeremy Corbyn, is at it again. One Labour MP said this could be the end of his party. Maybe a slight exaggeration, but hope springs eternal..

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43531575

    • Missy

       /  March 27, 2018

      Corky, I was just about to post something on this.

      Corbyn commented positively in defence of an artist who painted a mural with anti-semitic tropes. And despite denying it now, at the time the artist clearly identified that some of the negative images was related to jews.

      Corbyn has been busily trying to defend himself for it, from the old ‘I didn’t look at the image fully’ to ‘I was defending free speech’, however many in the party and a lot of jewish groups have called him out for the anti-semitism.

      Anti-semitism has been an ongoing problem over the last couple of years, mostly in the momentum ranks, and last night Jeremy Corbyn finally admitted there was an issue with anti-semitism in some factions of the party. The problem Corbyn faces now is that the anti-Semitism in the party are coming from those that put him in power which is one of the reasons that he is believed to have been weak on it.

      Several senior and outspoken MPs have severely criticised Corbyn over this and have joined a protest held tonight against anti-semitism in the Labour Party. The protest is being held outside Parliament, and is timed to coincide with the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting tonight – a meeting that Corbyn is reportedly not going to.

      Some are optimistic that this will be the end of Corbyn, but I don’t think so, his followers seem to be so brainwashed that he could be Genghis Khan reincarnated and they would still defend everything he did.

      But I think an indication of how bad he is, is that he isn’t really making much traction against the Conservatives who have been shambolic over the last 6 – 12 months. A good leader would have demolished them by now, Corbyn is trailing in all polls at the moment.

      • Blazer

         /  March 27, 2018

        Semites are ultra sensitive and ultra …entitled.Norman Finkelstein is their best…medicine.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 27, 2018

    Why Trump will win his trade war with China:
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-china-will-lose-a-trade-war-with-trump?

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  March 27, 2018

    Alt right and NRA attack teenage gun control activist with fake photos – following their commander in chief.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/102613951/fake-photo-of-emma-gonzlez-took-off-on-the-far-right-where-parkland-teens-are-villains

    • Patzcuaro

       /  March 27, 2018

      Real picture on right of Gonzalez ripping up shooting target substituted for constitution in fake photo on left by NRA activist.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 27, 2018

        Seems valid satire to me, Patz. Just as valid as equating target shooting participants to mass murderers.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  March 27, 2018

          satire
          noun: satire
          the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

          Is it humorous or ironic? It certainly is exaggeration but I struggle with exposing or criticizing people’s stupidity or vices in this context. Where is the stupidity or vice in students wanting to go to school without fear of a mass shooting?

          I grew up around guns in rural NZ and still use them when needed on the farm. We always had a healthy respect for them, but they were just part of life not something to worship or fixate upon as appears to be the case in the US.

          What use are bump stocks or 10 plus round magazines, they are for thrills – there the respect for the firearm flies out the door.

          Handing a automatic weapons to teenagers is like giving them a turbo charged sports car, chances are it is going to end in tears.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 27, 2018

            Fine. But irrelevant to the comment you posted.

            Gonzalez ripping up a target was an attack on gun sports. Changing it to ripping up the Constitution was a valid riposte from those attacked.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  March 27, 2018

              I don’t think it is anti gun sports. It is more a desire for control over what sort of guns are sold and to whom.

              Gun sports don’t require bump stocks or large capacity magazines.

              Is the right to bear arms relevant in the 21st century? I can understand it in the 17 and 18 hundreds when you needed to defend yourself. Today it may be exacerbating the problem rather than solving it.

              I don’t want to live in a country where people are wandering around armed with some sort of gung ho mentality. The NRA says the solution is more guns when the solution is actually less guns.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 27, 2018

              Images say what they say. Your attenuation to subtleties is not what they say.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  March 27, 2018

              A picture tells a thousand words, but the fake tells a thousand lies.

              It is very emotive a teenager tears up a shooting target becomes a teenager tearing up the constitution. Did she want to tear up the constitution or just want to go to school and return home safely?

              The NRA wants you to think the former where as the latter is the reality.

              A thousand lies told a thousand times what becomes of reality?

      • Corky

         /  March 27, 2018

        SJWs aren’t the only movement that has their share of nasty nutters, Patzcuaro.

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 27, 2018

    Interesting… very interesting…

    The trump campaign went to great lengths to claim that they stopped using CA as their data source after a couple of months and switched to the RNC. I think this makes it clear that they’re completely disingenuous — what they did was combine CA data with the RNC data in a much larger database. Of course they never threw out the CA data.

    Some of the obvious next questions are what were their other data sources, what did they pull from this database, and who did they give it to?

    https://www.upguard.com/breaches/aggregate-iq-part-one