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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #540 on: April 02, 2016, 11:51:08 PM »
This may be as good a method of political prediction as any.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEM3wXIB4Oc?t=1m36s

"The poor will be bombed into prosperity"  ;D

Can't believe I just watched the whole video  :P

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #541 on: April 06, 2016, 06:50:49 PM »

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #542 on: April 09, 2016, 12:46:53 PM »
Sorry for the double post.

Nice to see a reaction to the religious freedom bill. This particular bit of bigotary from the land of the free means someones belief can trump your biological function. While the law is unconstitutional and generally offensive to a lot of people both affected and not affected by it I don't think it will stand for long as the prime motivator in the USA appears to be money and money in terms of jobs and events lost that must be millions to date.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36000905


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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #543 on: April 09, 2016, 04:14:33 PM »
I think it's a great reaction by Springsteen.

Meanwhile, there's a protest today in London over David Cameron's participation in tax evasion, calling on him to resign. And I'm half-pleased that this is happening and some people are trying to exercise a democratic voice, and half-disgruntled because I think there's far more important things happening in British politics and wonder why people can't concentrate on that.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #544 on: April 09, 2016, 07:23:53 PM »
I think it's a great reaction by Springsteen.

Meanwhile, there's a protest today in London over David Cameron's participation in tax evasion, calling on him to resign. And I'm half-pleased that this is happening and some people are trying to exercise a democratic voice, and half-disgruntled because I think there's far more important things happening in British politics and wonder why people can't concentrate on that.

Its pretty damn important. If the Prime Minister of the country has in the past profited from loop holes set up to circumnavigate paying taxes, what chance have we got of getting the multi millionnaires, and giant global companies to pay their fair share of taxes? 
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #545 on: April 09, 2016, 11:12:15 PM »
I think it's a great reaction by Springsteen.

Meanwhile, there's a protest today in London over David Cameron's participation in tax evasion, calling on him to resign. And I'm half-pleased that this is happening and some people are trying to exercise a democratic voice, and half-disgruntled because I think there's far more important things happening in British politics and wonder why people can't concentrate on that.

Its pretty damn important. If the Prime Minister of the country has in the past profited from loop holes set up to circumnavigate paying taxes, what chance have we got of getting the multi millionnaires, and giant global companies to pay their fair share of taxes?

Well it was no chance before, so it's hardly got worse :p

I don't want to say it's unimportant. But compared to the NHS contracts, or whether we leave the EU, it seems small fry to me. I wish we could see the same level of passion over these issues too.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #546 on: April 10, 2016, 09:48:06 AM »
Side note: @Peat, I thought you were american!
I think it was because of your comments on american sports...
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #547 on: April 10, 2016, 12:15:48 PM »
Side note: @Peat, I thought you were american!
I think it was because of your comments on american sports...

He just a global kind a guy, our @Peat:)
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #548 on: April 10, 2016, 04:30:57 PM »
Side note: @Peat, I thought you were american!
I think it was because of your comments on american sports...

Oh, I'm British, but with an American girlfriend who I've been staying with for the last couple of months. So a fairly substantial foot in both worlds at the moment :)
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #549 on: April 12, 2016, 06:53:50 PM »
http://www.wusa9.com/opinion/speeders-beware-new-police-interceptor-has-no-profile-light-bar/127422260


Semi-related to politics. There was some discussion that police cars should be visible and not stealthy and that stealth police are only out to catch people who set one small toe outside of the absolute law. It does seem that more and more of American police are being turned into revenue generators and only focus on enforcing laws that allow them to make a quick buck for their city or county.

For example: I was stopped and ticketed one morning because a 2 x 5 inch sticker on my windshield was out of date. This cost me over $200 in fees and half a day sitting in court to prove that my sticker was up to date and that I was a capable human being.

That same week, my store was burglarized and they made off with several hundred dollars worth of product. We called and reported it and it took several hours for someone to return our call and several days for someone to come out and take a copy of the video footage. We had them on video, we had their car make and license plate, but the police just seemed completely uncaring about this and simply went through the motions.

It just seems like they were so enthusiastic to catch someone with an outdated registration sticker, but when it came to catching someone who burglarized a business, it felt like it was much, much lower on their priority list. 

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #550 on: April 14, 2016, 07:42:56 PM »
Catching the mostly law abiding is easier and profitable catching criminals is difficult and costly.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #551 on: April 19, 2016, 05:37:42 PM »
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Really I thought this was parody. Remember elect the most senile among you.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #553 on: April 20, 2016, 01:56:58 AM »
Welcome to the Clusterfuck of Fun:

http://gothamist.com/2016/04/18/voter_registration_lawsuit.php

http://gothamist.com/2016/04/19/brooklyn_boe_court.php

Only saw this cos I happen to follow people from NY who had problems.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #554 on: April 20, 2016, 09:53:30 AM »
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Welcome to the Clusterfuck of Fun:

http://gothamist.com/2016/04/18/voter_registration_lawsuit.php

http://gothamist.com/2016/04/19/brooklyn_boe_court.php

Only saw this cos I happen to follow people from NY who had problems.

Reading through this and what I have heard I am inclined to put this down to incompetence rather than malice. It would be far easier to lose votes at the dodgy electronic voting machines, and impossible to prove afterwards. Losing or denying voter registration would be asking for the exposure that has been reported.
I had no idea the numbers were so high though.