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  1. Missy

     /  7th January 2019

    Identity politics has led to a dictionary definition being considered offensive and hate speech. A woman wearing a t-shirt with the dictionary definition of woman has been barred from her local because one person was upset by it.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6561259/Young-mother-barred-pub-wearing-T-shirt-saying-Woman-human-female.html

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  7th January 2019

        The Pythons strike again! No? It’s real?….te Western is collapsing into lunacy..

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        • Gezza

           /  7th January 2019

          I really don’t know what the problem is. A woman IS an adult human female. A trans-woman is an altered male woman. There’s no problem as far as I’m concerned with trans-women being a category of woman. They’re just not biologically women. But so what?

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          • Missy

             /  8th January 2019

            I think you need to ask the poor man that was reduced to tears what the problem with the dictionary definition of a woman is, I for one don’t have a clue!

            I would agree that a trans woman who has gone through the hormone treatment and surgery is a different category of woman – not biological, but can be categorised as transgender woman. The problem we have is the trans lobby groups are wanting transvestites to also be considered women, so basically any man who wears women’s clothes, makeup, etc – in their view – should be treated exactly like a woman and allowed into women’s spaces.

            And now in the UK some schools are teaching kids that men can have periods too in order to be more inclusive of the trans community.

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      • Missy

         /  8th January 2019

        I love this twitter account. She is so good at taking the piss out of modern day identity politics and the extreme liberal left.

        What makes it so good is so many of her tweets could easily be serious.

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  2. Missy

     /  7th January 2019

    For the eighth weekend in a row the Gilets Jaunes protests were held across France. There are some reports that there was a large turnout this weekend and speculation last weekend’s downturn in numbers was an aberration due to the New Year holidays.

    The demands and aims of the group have evolved, initially beginning as a protest against the fuel tax, they are now demanding a reduction in tax on essential items and a reduction in the privileges enjoyed by senior civil servants and elected representatives. There have also been reports that they are demanding a referendum on the EU like that of the UK.

    The latest demands from the French protestors come as the EU celebrated 20 years of the Euro and announced that there will be greater fiscal integration in 2019 as the EU will set the tax rates for all Eurozone countries, meaning that Macron won’t be able to reduce taxes without breaking EU law.

    The movement does not appear to be abating in France, and there have been calls in other European countries to begin their own gilet jaunes protests. There have been some smaller protests in Brussels over the last month or so, mainly outside the EU headquarters, and a few in the Netherlands, however at this stage there has been no indication that the protest movement will be sustained outside of France. There have been some ‘yellow vest’ protests in the UK over the weekend in support of Brexit, and the possibility of these getting bigger if May’s deal is passed is quite high.

    For many across Europe the Gilets Jaunes are seen as a revolution, the people rising up against the elites in Brussels and globalisation, and the support for the protestors is coming predominantly from eurosceptic quarters. Time will tell if this will be the revolution that sees significant reform in Europe, or if the leaders will see it through until the people get tired of it all.

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    • Missy

       /  7th January 2019

      Despite how much stock many put into YouGov polling, after three years of being signed up to YouGov I don’t actually trust their polling.

      Part of the statistics YouGov hold on everyone are how you voted in General Elections and in the Referendum. They only send links and notification of polls to selected individuals, I believe based on voting information they hold, (this is how they can select only Labour or only Conservative voters for some of their polling). I don’t get notification of all of the polls they run, and the only way I would be able to participate is if I went to their website every day. This means they can select to get a specific result, and remember, those who run YouGov are in favour of remaining so it is in their interests to make people believe there has been a shift in how people will vote.

      Also, in general it is mostly people from London and other metropolitan areas which will take part in YouGov polling, which suggests that the sample will be from areas that were already heavily Remain, if this is the case then the shift seems to be to Leave not remain as most of the Metropolitan areas voted about 60% to Remain, meaning if only those in metropolitan areas responded to this poll then there has been a swing to Leave.

      Also, the poll was commissioned by those campaigning for a second referendum, so there is motive to get the result they want. When it comes to a second referendum the campaign is very confused about what the question will be, some say on the deal, some say a re-run. If the question in the poll was worded for a referendum on the deal, then some may have understood that to mean on whether to leave with the deal or leave without a deal. Also, without knowing the question about remaining it is hard to know if this is accurately what people want, there are many Leavers who are of the opinion that if it is between Remain or May’s deal then Remain is the better option, however, they still really want to leave.

      All in all, I don’t think the polling is very accurate, often the questions aren’t straight forward or are worded in such a way to get a particular result, such as whether to remain or take May’s deal, without giving an option of leaving without an agreement.

      I think that if there was a second referendum the result would be the same.

      I also believe that a second referendum would further divide the country and do untold damage to democracy in the UK, many who voted in the referendum hadn’t voted in General Elections for years, but saw the referendum as their opportunity to be heard, however, if there is another referendum many of those people will be disillusioned about the democratic process. A second referendum will also confirm to many that the EU isn’t too keen on democracy and will make people vote again until they give the correct response, ie: the response the EU wants.

      All in all, take any of this polling with a grain of salt, I don’t think it is giving the whole picture, and without knowing the questions or how they selected the participants it is hard to know how accurate it is.

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  7th January 2019

        Well said Missy. The EU is an authoritarian monster that needs to die before it destroys European ideas and cultures….

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        • Missy

           /  8th January 2019

          It is already doing that. EU leaders don’t believe in cultural differences across Europe, and that is where much of the backlash is coming from against the EU.

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  4. Gezza

     /  7th January 2019

    John Bolton: US to leave Syria once ISIL beaten, Kurds safe

    Trump’s national security adviser says US withdrawal from Syria is conditioned on ISIL defeat, safety of Kurdish allies.

    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Sunday the US military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on finishing off the armed group ISIL and on Turkey assuring the safety of Kurdish troops allied with the United States.

    John Bolton, who travelled to Israel to reassure the US ally of the Trump-ordered withdrawal, said there was no timetable for the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria, but insisted it’s not an unlimited commitment.
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    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/john-bolton-israel-turkey-discuss-syria-pullout-190106060645545.html

    What the fuck would Bolton know about what Trump’s policy is? Trump’s policy is determined by whatever he thinks his base wants to hear and whatever else is going on that he needs another distraction for.

    He’s got everybody panicking as they realise it was another brain fart & the implications for the region go way beyond whatever Trump’s base wants. Bolton will probably get the push by Trump eventually for getting it wrong. Most of Trump’s appointees seem to get him wrong & then get called rude names when they say he ‘s got it wrong.

    Fucking circus. This is what happens when you think an egotistical reality tv star would make a good president.

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      • Gezza

         /  7th January 2019

        Yes, like I said above. Other people are trying to think for Trump again.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  7th January 2019

          I wouldn’t call you “other people”.

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          • Gezza

             /  7th January 2019

            Some would. It’s kind of hard nail me down as a person.

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          • Gezza

             /  7th January 2019

            Trump unilaterally announced he was pulling the troops out almost immediately after talking with his good friend Erdy.

            The Saudis started shitting themselves. Bibi started shitting himself. The Turks thought they were away larfing. Probably so did Assad. The remaining ISIS fighters must’ve thought all their Ramadans had come at once. The Iranians were grinning like Cheshire Cats.

            Bolton and Pompeo are now running all the place trying to damp down the panicking and change various allies undies for them.

            Wake up and smell the covfefe Al.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  7th January 2019

              Sunday = slow news day in the US. Time for some conspiracy theories.

    • Gezza

       /  7th January 2019

      US will ‘assure’ Israel’s security before Syria pullout

      John Bolton assures Bibi Netanyahu he brings him clean undies & apologies for his President’s Brain Fart making Bibi shit himself because Jared didn’t know and didn’t tell him it was coming after Erdy told Trumpy he could handle things for him

      The withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria would take place in a manner that “absolutely assured” the security of Israel and other US allies in the Middle East, a top adviser to President Donald Trump has said.

      John Bolton made the pledge on Sunday hours after conditioning the US troop pullout from Syria on the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), as well as assurances from Turkey over the safety of Kurdish fighters allied with the US.

      Speaking to reporters ahead of talks with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bolton said the pullout would be done in a way that guaranteed the ISIL “is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again”.

      And it would be carried out in such a way as to “make sure that the defence of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured, and to take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups”, he said.

      The pullout announcedon December 19 was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but the timetable has slowed as the president acceded to requests from aides, allies and members of US Congress for a more orderly withdrawal.

      Earlier in the day, the national security adviser told reporters travelling with him there was no timetable for the move.
      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/assure-israel-security-syria-pullout-190106202334381.html

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    • Pink David

       /  7th January 2019

      Shocking isn’t it? A politician doing what the people who voted for him want him to do. There really should be aaw again that shit

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      • Gezza

         /  7th January 2019

        Well, I don’t know that all those who voted for him necessarily wanted him to do it. But is he doing it? Or not? Hard to say. Until it happens.

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        • Pink David

           /  7th January 2019

          Seriously? You don’t think the withdrawal of the us from foreign wars that had no indication of being winnable wasn’t a major issue for people voting for trump?

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          • Gezza

             /  7th January 2019

            No I think the promise of removal of US troops from everywhere overseas was a major issue for some people voting for Trump. But for some of them like Bolton it was probably on the assumption that after that they’d nuke Iran or whatever.

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  5. A long but illuminating rtead about how making “The Apprentice” was something of a long con.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/how-mark-burnett-resurrected-donald-trump-as-an-icon-of-american-success

    One of the more interesting passages:
    “The Apprentice” portrayed Trump not as a skeezy hustler who huddles with local mobsters but as a plutocrat with impeccable business instincts and unparalleled wealth—a titan who always seemed to be climbing out of helicopters or into limousines. “Most of us knew he was a fake,” Braun told me. “He had just gone through I don’t know how many bankruptcies. But we made him out to be the most important person in the world. It was like making the court jester the king.” Bill Pruitt, another producer, recalled, “We walked through the offices and saw chipped furniture. We saw a crumbling empire at every turn. Our job was to make it seem otherwise.”

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  7th January 2019

      I don’t want to boast but I was calling trump a motherfucker way before Rashida Tliab

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    • Pink David

       /  7th January 2019

      Chipped furniture! In an office of a successful business, I mean can anyone imagine such a thing!

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    • Gezza

       /  7th January 2019

      I think your hero Trumpy would say it’s not good and shouldn’t be encouraged but they can certainly still be trusted to sell billions of dollars of arms and military equipment to because they’ll use it wisely, their money’s good, and the King’s “a fine man”.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  7th January 2019

      for once we agreeeeee – murderous saudi government scum!

      Pity trump doesn’t have your backbone, eh Alan.

      President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday that he will not take strong action against Saudi Arabia or its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

      The White House has been struggling to square a widespread sense that the crown prince directed the killing with a desire for Saudi support for its foreign policy priorities and the need to manage close relationships between bin Salman, the Trump administration and members of Trump’s family.

      […]

      “our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”

      […]
      “if we abandon Saudi it would be a terrible mistake.”

      https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/20/politics/trump-saudi-arabia/index.html

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  7th January 2019

        I’m not in the position of having to manage US foreign policy and armed forces so I can say what I think.

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  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  7th January 2019

    Just a reminder that the last time the US had a shut-down it was for 3.4 billion dollars for healthcare.

    The Republicans said the country couldn’t afford it.

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  7. Corky

     /  7th January 2019

    President Trumpy gave US forces overseas more autonomy. The results?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46592101

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  8. Corky

     /  7th January 2019

    Not in the incident I posted. However, the price of urban warfare is high. Very high. And let’s face it, US troops don’t target and behead civilians, to the best of my knowledge.

    That said, you will no doubt agree with Trumpy pulling out.

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    • Gezza

       /  7th January 2019

      Yes, I think it’s a good idea for all Western governments to pull out and just buy any oil they need off whoever owns it at the time from whoever’s got working pipelines and ports left.

      Europeans haven’t sorted out all their own issues with each other yet. No one knows when next one of them will attack the other again.

      No point in them trying to sort out countries that aren’t even theirs.

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  9. Gezza

     /  7th January 2019

    Breaking News: Al Jazeera

    Gabon’s army has reportedly attempted a coup with soldiers announcing the establishment of a “restoration council” after taking over the national radio station.

    Reading out a statement on Monday, the military officers condemned President Ali Bongo who addressed his compatriots last Monday from Morocco for the first time since suffering a stroke in October.

    A New Year’s address by Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office”, said Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon.

    There were reports of shots being fired in Gabon’s capital Libreville.

    Gunfire was heard around state television offices in the centre of the capital at about 6:30am (05:30 GMT), and military vehicles blocked access to the site, an AFP news agency correspondent reported.

    Bongo, 59, suffered a stroke on October 24 while visiting Saudi Arabia and has since been treated in Morocco.

    The president posted a video message recorded in Rabat and distributed via social and traditional media last week in which he said, “I am preparing to meet you again soon,” he said.

    The US military has deployed soldiers and equipment to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after its contested presidential election.

    US President Donald Trump told US Congress on Friday the first of about 80 troops arrived in Gabon last Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities should violence break out in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa.

    Bongo was narrowly re-elected in 2016 following a presidential poll marred by deadly violence and allegations of fraud.

    His father, Omar Bongo, ruled Gabon for 42 years before his death in 2009.

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    Meantime, in NZ the Herald is headling with the more important world news that “although it was meant to be her night, nominated for two Golden Globes after her critically-acclaimed A Star is Born – … in a huge upset, Lady Gaga has walked away with only one gong today, for her songwriting, and was snubbed in the acting category.”

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