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41 Comments

    • Gezza

       /  July 26, 2018

      President Jimmy who?

      When was the US ever a leader in human rights? Apart from talking about it?

      Haven’t they been arms dealing with various repressive regimes, like, forever?

  1. I don’t think it was a goer anyway, just another example of Trump shooting from the (finger) tips.

  2. Missy

     /  July 26, 2018

    Well it looks like there could be an upside to the heatwave for the men of Britain (and some women too…..) 😉

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5990421/Soaring-temperatures-giving-men-summer-penises.html

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  July 26, 2018

    It seems like getting divorced is hard work in the home country, not just Brexit but holy matrimony. They take the union in Union Jack very seriously.

    The 68 year old wife of a mushroom farmer who has had an affair and lives in a separate house has been denigned a divorce by the five Supreme Court judges because they said she had failed to establish that the marriage had irretrievably broken down as required by law. Her mushroom farming husband thinks she is just bored and they have a few years left together.

    It is obvious that the mushrooms are not the only ones living on manure in the dark.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12095551

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  July 26, 2018

    The Emperor and his new clothes.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 26, 2018

      The Left are reduced to sticking pins in wax dolls of their enemies – and their daily cartoon equivalents.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  July 26, 2018

        Aren’t there any cartoonists on the right?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 26, 2018

          Don’t need any. They have Trump.

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  July 26, 2018

    I’m not sure what the North Carolina Republicans have done but they’ve impressed a master.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 26, 2018

    Good news is that the US and EU will work towards zero industrial tariffs. Bad news of course is that will still be a conspiracy against the rest of the world’s agricultural produce.

    • Blazer

       /  July 26, 2018

      Trump is emulating the early 20th century policies of Harding/Coolidge.Same inevitable,result.

    • Griff

       /  July 26, 2018

      Europe is gonna buy more USA soybeans.
      No shit .
      Trumps trade war has crashed the price and china has moved it’s sourcing elsewhere mopping up Europe’s former soy supply’s.

      $26 billion in USA agricultural subsidies before the extra $12 billion just announced.
      When that massive distortion in free trade changes I might start believing.

    • Blazer

       /  July 26, 2018

      ‘the US and EU will work towards zero industrial tariff’…sure they will.

  7. Blazer

     /  July 26, 2018

    I spy with my…(reuters)

    As of late May of 2005, Chen Yonglin, a young, up-and-coming, junior diplomat assigned to the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia defected. Chen asked Australian authorities for political asylum for himself, his wife, and their young daughter. After defecting, Chen made a stunning revelation. He told the Australians that China had more than a thousand undercover agents and informants operating in their country.

    At first, Australian authorities found that number hard to believe. After all even during the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union never had more than a few dozen spies operating in Australia at any given time. Chen’s revelations however, have since been corroborated by various sources. Australian Clive Hamilton, in his book “Silent Invasion” explains why Communist China places an unusually large number of spies in a particular country: “Chinese intelligence gathering operates on a different model. In addition to traditional kinds of spying, China recruits large numbers of people of Chinese heritage to collect and pass on useful information, including commercial and military secrets and information on the activities of ‘unpatriotic’ groups … The [Chinese] embassy collates the information and sends it to Beijing or uses it in its own operations in-country.”

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 26, 2018

      Really? So every embassy that keeps in touch with immigrants from its own country and holds regular events for them has hundreds if not thousands of spies reporting to it. That certainly includes NZ.

      • Blazer

         /  July 27, 2018

        even when evidence is presented you maintain your position..Al.Incredible.

  8. High Flying Duck

     /  July 26, 2018

    It seems Birtherism is still alive and well on Twitter…

    • High Flying Duck

       /  July 26, 2018

      • Blazer

         /  July 26, 2018

        too late…no one cares anymore.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  July 27, 2018

          I’m not big on the conspiracy – I just can’t believe it’s still a thing for some people.

      • duperez

         /  July 26, 2018

        I think Obama was planted by the Russians. The background they created was good enough to get him ‘in’ and last. Maths wasn’t a strong point of the Russians who created the ‘war history’ of his father. They also planted a woman called Cathie Currie. I’m sure the FBI have her on permanent watch. There are a few others who have carried out their undercover roles well too.

        “A Columbia Classmate Remembers Obama

        Thank you for refuting the crazed claims that Barack was not at Columbia [“Obama at Columbia University,” Feb. 16].

        I knew him while he was there. He was remarkable then, but not in the way that most people think of as “remarkable.” He was not trying to be noticed — he was studious and thoughtful. I said of him: “Whatever Barack decides to do for a career, he will be the best at it.” When he left our group he was often on his way to a library.

        We played soccer on the lawn in front of Butler — I was usually the only woman playing and he treated me as equally as the others: if I was open, he sent the ball into the space in front of me, if I wasn’t open — he never made the silly passes that some men did to try to act like they were being egalitarian. The “into the space” passing was consistent — he was a superior strategist — and many of us had been college or semi-pro players. We always wanted him on our team.

        After games we had discussions — and we found that the same thoughtfulness of play was evident in his thinking about policy and social issues. He was a serious guy, but always had a ready laugh or twinkle in his eye.

        I was doing my Ph.D. — I assumed he was a fellow grad student. When I saw him on television at the Democratic Convention I was only surprised that I knew him, but entirely not surprised at his achievement.

        The people who are making these claims, Fox et al, do not understand Columbia. I recently told a father of a current student that he should visit the campus on a warm Friday night to see the school environment that is uniquely CU — it is the same as when I studied there: hundreds of us sitting on the library steps doing school work on laptops.

        Cathie M. Currie, Ph.D.
        New York, N.Y.

        https://chroniclevitae.com/people/38884-cathie-m-currie-phd/profile
        https://www.factcheck.org/2010/02/obama-at-columbia-university/

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/may/25/barack-obama-the-college-years
        🙃