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Old 17th Jun 2018, 20:05
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Written by the descendant of immigrants and dedicated to the symbol of liberty enlightening the world. That torch has been well and truly extinguished by Trump.
Time to write a law that represents the people's choice and allow the DOT to upheld the law as intended by congress..

Lacking that we can continue to blame this on Obama or your favorite choice (???) and ensure that nothing changes
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 21:09
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BA Engineer's chart is from the Economist and thus can be treated as very reliable reporting.

For those who wish more background on NATO here is a good primer: https://www.nato.int/cps/ie/natohq/topics_67655.htm

Note what Article 5 does and does not entail.
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 21:11
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Fixed that for you ....

A man goes into a bar in New York where all the bar staff are robots and orders a whisky.
The robot serves him his drink and asks him what his IQ is.
When he says “168” the robot spends five minutes chatting to him about nuclear physics, advanced brain surgery and microchip design.
After leaving the bar the man pauses to think about what he has just encountered and goes back into the bar and orders another whisky.
Again, the robot asks what his IQ is and this time he says “100”.
This time the robot chats to him about Nascar, wrestling and football.
He finishes his drink, goes outside then returns to continue his experiment.
When his whisky arrives the robot again asks him for his IQ and this time he says “50”.
The robot serves his drink, reaches under the bar and comes up with a cheap red hat, made in China, with "Make America Great Again" embroidered on it. "Here, buddy, have a hat, and wear it with pride!"

As to NATO, the facts are different from what Trump is claiming them to be. The goal is for each member to spend 2% of GDP on defense; there is not a fixed sum due each year to Nato.

NATO is not like the UN. There it is the USA who does not pay its dues, for reals. See if you can get Trump to tell us why that is okay.
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 21:52
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Originally Posted by chuks View Post

As to NATO, the facts are different from what Trump is claiming them to be. The goal is for each member to spend 2% of GDP on defense; there is not a fixed sum due each year to Nato.


Bingo. That is what I was trying to get across. That it is not like a monthly payment in a fixed amount. I know though that we are tilting at windmills with this. Trump Nation will rally to his mis-characterisation no matter how wide of the mark it is. Heaven forfend that he and his acolytes would read the actual NATO documentation.
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 22:32
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Well you can argue all day long over Trumps wording but the fact remains that Germany is spending 50% less on defense than it should be under the NATO agreement - they need to stop sponging off the US (and that applies to the rest of NATO who are not meeting their responsibilities).
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 03:07
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Originally Posted by sfm818 View Post
Written by the descendant of immigrants and dedicated to the symbol of liberty enlightening the world. That torch has been well and truly extinguished by Trump.
did I miss something? Will no one legally immigrate to the US this year, or the next?
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 03:15
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Originally Posted by Uncle Fred View Post
Bingo. That is what I was trying to get across. That it is not like a monthly payment in a fixed amount. I know though that we are tilting at windmills with this. Trump Nation will rally to his mis-characterisation no matter how wide of the mark it is. Heaven forfend that he and his acolytes would read the actual NATO documentation.
If Germany decided to spend zero, that would be just fine according to your logic.

More likely Germany invests in another social program that lowers its defense spending knowing the nuclear umbrella still protects them.


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Old 18th Jun 2018, 04:31
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Will no one legally immigrate to the US this year
Legal immigration is so passť don't you know?

A convoy of three SUVs was intercepted just north of the border today in Texas, full of illegal immigrants. Two were stopped, one fled and subsequently crashed in a rollover at 140 kph. 5 illegals out of 14 inside were killed.
There has been a re-defining of the meaning of immigrant. Now if you do not qualify for normal immigration you become an asylum seeker from just about any hardship you can dream up and travel across the borders of 2 to twelve safe (safer) countries to get to your desired destination. There is a well established industry to assist to you in your goals for the standard hefty price of dollars/euros and danger.
Amongst the immigrants ferried to Spain this week were several Bangladeshi's.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 04:47
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Originally Posted by lomapaseo View Post
Time to write a law that represents the people's choice
Not possible when America is in the middle of a constitutional crisis. How to remove from office a deranged president. Right now the people's choice could announce on twitter that a burning bush spoke words of command to him, and his narrow thinking support base would write those commands into law.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 06:33
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Germany has increased its defense spending due to shortcomings being brought to light. For years the Bundeswehr has had a sort of peacetime army image. (That said, the last time Germany had a real go-to-hell wartime army then things did not work out so very well as all that.) Until recently most guys went into the "Bund'' hoping for a cushy berth with no real expectation of ever going to war. Sure there were guys who volunteered for the paratroops or the mountain troops, real hardcore elite soldiering, but for most it was just a sort of interlude much like the US National Guard used to be, a way of wearing a uniform with almost no risk of being shot at.

Or ... there was no need even for the Trump Option: fake bone spurs. You simply moved to Berlin to be completely exempt from national service, or else you volunteered to do public service, such as helping out at an old people's home. Many men took that option instead of going into the peacetime German military.

In fact (there's that word again) there's been a lot of attention paid to the present sorry state of the German military. Many things are out of service due to lack of spares (Tornado aircraft, 50% of Leopard 2 tanks ); not yet fully in service due to being both greatly delayed and also sort of crap (A400M).

Then there is the G36 standard infantry rifle that won't shoot straight when it gets hot, as from being fired in a hot climate. What, if you shoot at some particular ISIS guy you hit the man stood next to him? "Abdul, why you stand so far away from me? Is it that I not wash for three weeks now so 'smell like goat'? You like goat, in special way, right?

"No, no, Achmed. It is the Germans; they are shooting at you!"

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Old 18th Jun 2018, 07:45
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"Right now the people's choice could announce on twitter that a burning bush spoke words of command to him, and his narrow thinking support base would write those commands into law."

No need for that when God, Jesus and the Bible are dictating what is right and wrong. There are charlatan preachers "talking" to God then telling the faithful that God actually sent Trump to MAGA (When was it great, exactly?). The AG of the US, Jeff Sessions is defending the horror of the stripping of children including breast feeding infants from their mothers because the Bible says it is OK. The VP of the US, who will not meet with a woman unchaperoned for religious reasons, agrees. (However you paint it, it's nothing less than government sanctioned child abuse.)

Democracy in the US is unravelling and has been for a while. Consider this, had Clinton won, 4 out of 5 presidents would have been father and son or husband and wife. Hardly the sign of a healthy democracy. Now an unhinged, unqualified, corrupt, semi literate, incoherent and unrepentant president along with an acquiescent GOP, ignoring historical norms, values and accountability of governance are taking the US into uncharted territory.

The biggest threat to the US is not NK, China, Russia or trade inbalances, the biggest threat to the US is itself...

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Old 18th Jun 2018, 09:23
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Ah, the blueprints (probably should read - CAD program) for "great again".
Tricky structure to build, all things considered. All the pieces have to fit well and be built better, and the architect has to be at the top of his game.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 16:48
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The enemies of our political system are: unfettered greed, a whirlwind of banana republic/Putin-esque disinformation, and voter apathy - and they are all linked.

The keys to defeating such anti-democratic foes are, respectively, campaign finance reform/media ownership restrictions, calling out liars and their enablers with public shaming and, where appropriate, impeachment. Take care of the first two, and voter apathy will correct itself.

For now, let's focus on just one issue - Campaign Finance Reform: Since the turn of the 20th century we have had laws against corporate money influencing Federal elections, buttressed by mid-century laws against organized labor from doing the same, and since 1974, individual limits on campaign contributions (originally $1,000/candidate, now $2,700).

Those tools and wise defenders of our democracy have been undercut by the more recent advance of the use of what is known as "soft money", and with that came political ads chock full of bold-faced lies and glaring mistruths, literally emanating from the shadows.

The disastrous, divided court (5/4) Citizen's United decision has only made things worse - allowing an unprecedented flow of untraceable, even foreign money, into the public trust of our electioneering process, enabling a dramatic increase in the flow of "dark money" since the court's controversial ruling.

The biggest threat to the US is not NK, China, Russia or trade inbalances, the biggest threat to the US is itself...

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Old 18th Jun 2018, 17:20
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Any fallacy of Government of the People , by the People , for the People died when they allowed corruptible machines to count the vote.
As Stalin said " Who votes does not count, Who counts the votes that matters "
Any country to lazy to count the votes under scrutiny deserves the mess that follows a corrupted flawed process.
The hanging Chad's should have changed the process back to the Pirates treasure map way of voting . X marks the spot on a piece of paper. When done under scrutiny can save a country from those who would exploit the situation of lack of integrity to undermine governance. To give those political enemies oxygen against what could be a legitimate
Government , if they had bothered to count the votes in a manner that could not be rigged or questioned.
​​​​Any vote counting should be done to avoid controversy. The value of a countries fiat currency is dependent on the Government being legitimate.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 17:30
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As well as counting the votes honestly you also need voter ID to ensure that only those entitled to vote actually do - without that your Democratic system is flawed.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 17:49
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While I have no problem with a national voter ID system, the fact remains, there has been a mere handful of cases of proven voter fraud in the US over the past few decades.

Federal election fraud would be extremely difficult to successfully carry out in today's system and the impact contrasted against the influence of dark electioneering money is comparable to a bit of spittle against a hurricane gale.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 18:26
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Originally Posted by Octane View Post
Hardly the sign of a healthy democracy. Now an unhinged, unqualified, corrupt, semi literate, incoherent and unrepentant president .
Not making any comment on your opinion, but what qualifications do you require to be a President? In fact, what qualifications do you need to be elected to any political post?
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 19:37
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As well as counting the votes honestly you also need voter ID to ensure that only those entitled to vote actually do - without that your Democratic system is flawed.
It always strikes me as amusing - in a sick kind of way - that conservatives, who've expounded and expounded on the rights of the individual, have become so enamored of IDs. "Your papers, PLIS, Mein Herr!"

But if that's the way they want it, then fine. However, the burden of proving that an individual is not qualified to vote must fall on the State, not on the individual. Voting is a right, and no individual shall be required to provide proof of that right, any more than an individual under trial for a criminal act can be required to prove their innocence. If the State cannot prove their guilt, they go free. If the State cannot prove they are not qualified to vote - they vote.

No voter identity program will be perfect - there will always be bureaucratic failures and mistakes. One has the choice of placing the burden of such errors on the individual ("It is better that a hundred legitimate voters be denied their rights, than that even one illegitimate voter sneak through by mistake") - or placing the burden on the State ("It is better that a hundred illegitimate voters sneak through by mistake, than that even one legitimate voter be denied their rights.")

The second approach is the one that maximizes human rights and freedoms. The first will function to reduce the liberties and freedoms of individuals. But if one prefers the State over the individual, I guess that makes sense. "Your papers, PLIS!"

https://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf...eys_drive.html
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 19:49
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In countries where no voter ID is required , after voting you get ink on your thumb.
The ink washes off after a couple of days, but it does prevent busloads of dead people voting at twelve different polls on voting day in some cities.
Rather than the cute little sticker saying that you voted. Dip your thumb in ink that proves you have given a thumbs up to the conversation
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 20:06
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Originally Posted by West Coast View Post


If Germany decided to spend zero, that would be just fine according to your logic.

More likely Germany invests in another social program that lowers its defense spending knowing the nuclear umbrella still protects them.


You have either completely failed to grasp what Uncle Fred stated, or perhaps, maybe...nope it's just you don't get it isnt it?
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