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Old 15th Jun 2013, 10:41
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At least I have noticed that the few ones that I really dislike have been banned a few times
Do you get some sort of perverse satisfaction from thinking that you are the cause of people being banned? If so, then I think that says more about what sort of person you are, and that you massively over-rate your importance. That said, dream on!

I might add also that you are supposed to play the ball, not the player, so you should not be disliking people, but rather, their views. You may have lost sight of this fundamental rule.
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Old 16th Jun 2013, 21:51
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Hollande has just appeared on a French TV business programme called CAPITAL : I didn't see all of it but what I saw seemed fixed. The presenter would pose seeemingly tough qestions but would then accept the answer without querying it.

A very good example of the fixing was when there was the question of special treatment of pension age for certain professions: the graphic on the screen showed that RATP ( Paris public Transport ) and SNCF ( French Railways ) had retirement age of 52/54 respectively. Hollande was able to reply that from 2020 these retirement ages would be aligned with the normal ages which enabled him to basically evade the question. If this had been an honest programme they would have taken all planned changes into consideration so that their questions would have been current and realistic and not historic but pretending to be honest as was this one.
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Old 17th Jun 2013, 06:51
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Whatever he says, the only reason why he doesn't do it now is because he is afraid of strikes. 52 years old, that is just ridiculous. At 52 you are at the top of your career, the top of your abilities. Among those SNCF/RATP employees quite a lot will live up to 100 years, it means we will give them a retirement pension for half a century. If this is not madness, then what it is?
In 2020???? Even now this is already late. In 2020 he won't be president anymore, so he is talking [email protected]
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Old 18th Jun 2013, 16:58
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£500m of EU taxpayers' money donated to Egypt to fight corruption has vanished, says shocking auditors report | Mail Online

Around £500 million pounds of European taxpayers' money donated to Egypt to fight corruption has disappeared, according to a report by EU auditors.

The figure includes around £70 million that came from British taxpayers. The European Court of Auditors (ECA), which audits the accounts of EU institutions, found the aid money had 'failed to tackle' key human rights issues in the country.

The Luxembourg based group also found the huge figure had not helped to improve the rights of women and minorities or fight corruption.

The ECA looked at the past five years of EU aid payments to Egypt, which amounted to more than €1 billion.

The report focused on the 60 per cent of EU aid to Egypt - worth £500 million over five years - which is handed over to support its state budget.

The auditors found that there was no trace of how that money had been spent.

Karel Pinxten, the senior official who led the audit, said: 'There is no audit trail once the budget has been transferred. There is no way that we can check.'

The audit found that large areas of the Egyptian budget are murky and military and presidential spending is not declared, according to The Times.

The report also found the state holds around €4 billion of annual expenditure in secret 'special funds'.


From the very edifice that hasn't had its accounts signed off in 17 years because of endemic corruption.

Brilliant !
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Old 18th Jun 2013, 18:56
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The US government, too, seems eager to lavish aid and arms on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood government. To what end?

I'd be quite pleased to withdraw all Western aid to Egypt, at least until they earn it by lurching from the Islamist bellicosity which characterizes the current regime toward the humanism and tolerance we in the West tend to promote.

Islamist states should be allowed to languish in the consequences of their hatred, intolerance and incompetence without my help.
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Old 18th Jun 2013, 20:49
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oh you just wait Ben, after lavishing aid on the MB, assisting in the arab spring, the islamists, once solidifying their Egyptian power base will hold Europe to ransom with control of the Suez... and that will f**k the EU economies.

it's a coming !
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Old 24th Jun 2013, 19:45
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Sitting out on the terrace this evening (sunny but both of us wearing cardigans because of Global Warming) looking down 600' at the community and countryside and roads down the mountainside, we remarked there have never been so few people and cars about at this time of the year here in Holiday Land.

If it was not for the President of France reassuring us all that the crisis was over, it would be very depressing.
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Old 25th Jun 2013, 07:29
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"Time running out fast" for Italy

Italy is likely to need an EU rescue within six months as the country slides into deeper economic crisis and a credit crunch spreads to large companies, a top Italian bank has warned privately. Mediobanca, Italy’s second biggest bank, said its ‘‘index of solvency risk’’ for Italy was already flashing warning signs as the worldwide bond rout continued into a second week, pushing up borrowing costs.

‘‘Time is running out fast,’’ said Mediobanca’s top analyst, Antonio Guglielmi, in a confidential client note. ‘‘The Italian macro situation has not improved over the last quarter, rather the contrary. Some 160 large corporates in Italy are now in special crisis administration.’’

The report warned that Italy will ‘‘inevitably end up in an EU bail-out request’’ over the next six months, unless it can count on low borrowing costs and a broader recovery. Emphasising the gravity of the situation, it compared the crisis to when the country was blown out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992 despite drastic austerity measures...............

Mediobanca said the trigger for a blow-up in Italy could be a bail-out crisis for Slovenia or an ugly turn of events in Argentina, which has close links to Italian business. ‘‘Argentina in particular worries us, as a new default seems likely.’’

Mr Guglielmi said Italy’s industrial output has slumped 25 per cent from its peak in the past decade, while disposable income has dropped 9 per cent and house sales have dropped to 1985 levels. The 1992 crisis was defused by a large devaluation, allowing Italy to restore trade competitiveness at a stroke.

Mediobanca said: ‘‘The euro straightjacket is clearly not providing a similar currency flexibility today. With the lira devaluation Italy managed to inflate debt away, which it cannot do today. It could take more than 10 years to revert to pre-crisis output levels.’’

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Old 25th Jun 2013, 18:44
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The Telegraph has had some good columns on this this week.

After the trial-run for the "new" bail out scheme recently rather a success in Cyprus with no apparent severe rebellion.....

....that giant sucking sound in the universe we hear is likely the sound of depositors with Italian bank deposits in excess of 100,000 Euro moving their money at warp speed out of Italy............whoosh!

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Old 25th Jun 2013, 19:05
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Popped into the Pharmacy / Chemist this morning. Taped to the front of each counter was a notice:

THIS PHARMACY HAS BEEN PAYING FOR YOUR MEDICINE FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS.

Not of course for private patients who buy their medicine cash-up-front, but for patients insured through the State, which has not recompensed the pharmacies for medicine handed out since March.

(But as the owner of my pharmacy said to me, "what can we do ? We can't let the people down." The government has of course no such compunctions).
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Old 25th Jun 2013, 20:19
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Life in Brussels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPbNF1q_6tg#t=0h5m30s

Video is in Dutch, fast forward to 5m30s for short english interview.

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Old 25th Jun 2013, 21:19
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The 1992 crisis was defused by a large devaluation, allowing Italy to restore trade competitiveness at a stroke.

Mediobanca said: ‘‘The euro straightjacket is clearly not providing a similar currency flexibility today. With the lira devaluation Italy managed to inflate debt away, which it cannot do today.
I'm sure KAG will be along in a moment to explain why this analysis is completely wrong and that everythings fines & tickety-boo in the eurozone
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Old 25th Jun 2013, 23:22
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The Telegraph has had some good columns on this this week.
That's as maybe but none of their predictions ever come to pass. Ambrose Pritchard- whats-his-face has been banging on about seemingly endless doomsday scenarios yet here we all are five years after the crunch still soldiering on. He's been predicting the demise of China for as long as I've been reading his column.
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Old 26th Jun 2013, 05:22
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I'm sure KAG will be along in a moment to explain why this analysis is completely wrong and that everythings fines & tickety-boo in the eurozone
This analysis is not wrong and I don't believe you can quote me saying "everything is fine in Eurozone", even after years of posting. Stop inventing an image of me. I am against systematic EU bashing and doom/gloom exaggeration, not against reality.
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Old 26th Jun 2013, 05:46
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"I am against systematic EU bashing and doom/gloom exaggeration,
not against reality."

Even if you partake in systematic anti US, anti gun bashing yourself


Raise the white flag before someone does it for you !


"At least I have noticed that the few ones that I really dislike have been banned a few times (yes, several times ), it just reminds me I am officially not the only one to think that way about them."

No, but you have a lot of PM's sent from you to them to help them think that way and encourage certain people to be banned.

And lastly, I'll use your quote
"one party produces evidence tending to prove a certain point, the burden shifts to the other party to produce superior evidence tending to disprove it."
At least deny it 100% which I don't think you have ever done.
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Old 26th Jun 2013, 06:57
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Even if you partake in systematic anti US
Negative sir.
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Old 26th Jun 2013, 07:12
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anti gun bashing
Again, negative sir. I am against selling war-like weapons to psychopaths so that they can kill kids in a school or in a cinema. I am not against guns, I have actualy used (many of) them in real condition during military missions.

It seems you too are building a twisted image of me. The US is a country that appreciate at the highest point, including its president. When I try to balance the viewpoints or when I answer back when I see French bashing, this is not because I am anti US, are you able to understand that? If you really read what I wrote (in bad english I admit) concerning this country, you would get it I believe.
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Old 26th Jun 2013, 07:26
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No, but you have a lot of PM's sent from you to them to help them think that way and encourage certain people to be banned.
You really believe I can ban people by sending PMs? Do you think I have this power? Do you think the JB mods are my puppets or are influenced by KAG? PLEASE GET REAL.
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Old 26th Jun 2013, 12:17
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The US is a country that appreciate at the highest point, including its president.
I was gettin' all warm & fuzzy for KAG, until that last bit!
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Old 26th Jun 2013, 13:41
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You may not like Obama but he is superior to all the leaders we have in EU at the present time.
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