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  1. Well, you learn something new everyday, as already stated by ChomperHiggins, we have a new kind of terrorist threat: Men who can't get laid and blame others for it - Yikes - meet the incels (involuntarily celibates), most of them just keyboard warriors but now two of them have killed in retaliation: http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2018/04/24/incels-hail-toronto-van-driver-who-killed-10-as-a-new-elliot-rodger-talk-of-future-acid-attacks-and-mass-rapes/ This is all completely new (and sickening) to me.
  2. Good background info here, also nice to be reminded again how just months ago 'pocket Caligula' kept tweeting that "Talking is not the answer!". He'll change his mind again soon, no doubt. Oh, and goodbye Rex Tillerson, we all knew this moment would come.
  3. Well, that's Theravada for you. Things are more relaxed in Mahayana/Vajrayana. On the other hand, you would never see a red-robed monk smoke, something that's always bothered me when I saw it in Thailand. Still, the image shows pretty ignorant behavior as the statue could easily become damaged while being climbed on.
  4. Well, this was just done for our benefit in other countries; just like everyone understood that the original name was always "Front Nationale" and not "National Front". I doubt the media in the non-French speaking countries will suddenly switch to their new French name from now, so ridiculous (for you) it will stay just as it was during all these years. Alternatively, Le Pen could come up with a decent name that's actually different and better and not reminding folks of a bunch of neo-Nazis looking for a fight but she's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Also, gotta love how her real life papa immediately poo-poo'd her suggestion but then holocaust denier Jean-Marie Le Pen really can't change anymore. The apple does not fall too far from the tree, as history tends to show.
  5. Thank you for reminding me. Here, Le Pen is trying hard to make the party appear more acceptable and less extremist and Bannon undermines all that in a 30 seconds sound bite (in the style of those trying to make Roy Moore look normal just before the AL election). If she invited him, she really isn't very smart. Still not getting how he's poison for those on whose side he claims to be.
  6. That Mike Pompeo is a right old BSer but we get it, it comes with the territory. The North Koreans have no interest in losing the only "power play" they have, they are trying to improve their position while giving up as little as possible. And the WH administration is in the hands of inexperienced fools. To quote Seinfeld "Oh yeah, this can't fail."
  7. Front/rally - same <deleted>. I guess she asked papa Putin (I just noticed how close to the French "putain" that reads what he favored?
  8. Trump saying over & over that Mueller will treat him fairly in that NY Times interview, gathered up in one place here TRUMP: No, it doesn’t bother me because I hope that he’s going to be fair. I think that he’s going to be fair. And based on that [inaudible]. There’s been no collusion. But I think he’s going to be fair. And if he’s fair — because everybody knows the answer already, Michael. I want you to treat me fairly. O.K.? TRUMP: Three and a half months. [...] — I think that Bob Mueller will be fair, and everybody knows that there was no collusion. TRUMP: [Inaudible.] There was tremendous collusion on behalf of the Russians and the Democrats. There was no collusion with respect to my campaign. I think I’ll be treated fairly. Timingwise, I can’t tell you. I just don’t know. But I think we’ll be treated fairly. TRUMP: What I’ve done is, I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter. comes from an interesting but toxic mix of beliefs and manipulations but in the end, is just a thinly veiled threat to exonerate him or else. His closing comment also reveal a mindset that he trades $$$$ for morals all the time and expects others to do the same (many of his passionate supporters certainly do with their ridiculous predictions that we will praise the guy after he's done and achieved a, b, c.... as if that would make all his lies and outrageous & vile statements & actions, for me, esp. his comments post-Charlottesville - go away just like that. TRUMP: We’re going to win another four years for a lot of reasons, most importantly because our country is starting to do well again and we’re being respected again. But another reason that I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes. Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times. So they basically have to let me win. And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, “Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.” O.K.
  9. Who knew I'd ever feel for the far right Trump supporter?! Steve Bannon now created more cognitive dissonance for them to last until the end of their lives ... or a N.Korea/US war (whichever comes first).
  10. Reminds me of that old description: "Cunning Stunts!"
  11. As much as I dislike her, as the presidential candidate of the party with the most votes I can understand if she sees no reason to step down. A new election would send the message to the voters "you voted wrong the first time, now try harder and do it better now" = BS. Not our fault that the FDP felt it wasn't going anywhere. The outcome would not be that much different. The age of any one party taking 50% or more of the votes in Germany is over (for now). If you believe the CDU would be beaten by another party and we could have a different chancellor that way, you are dreaming (says this non-CDU voter for life). Schulz was clearly rejected by the masses in September. We have to be realistic here.
  12. Come on, now. You wrote yourself "after the election" which is correct. So, what was the betrayal to the voters when this didn't happen before the election? Did anyone lose anything because they aren't in the opposition now? I myself cannot recommend that the SPD enter into another grand coalition but this new situation did demand a 'rethink', so those negative terms don't fit here.
  13. Never had any issues. Things in demand do sell and what hasn't been mentioned yet, you save the 11% eBay commission! I suspect they will eventually want to charge something as well but in the meantime the savvy ones try to find their customer/target group and sell there. The obvious solution, OP, is to sit out your ban and then try again. Yes, it sucks that there's no customer service to speak of but nothing we can change about that.
  14. jinners, your comment shows confusion about what socialism actually is. Merkel is very much like Trump actually, in that what she feels should be done, will be done, be that getting out of nuclear power generation or letting in 1 million+ refugees. That she is almost viewed like a lefty in other countries due to these two decisions is a big misunderstanding and is extremely puzzling when you actually live here and see her day to day handling; she really is as conservative as they come. As you obviously don't live in Germany and I do, your claim of "destruction" is just a projection. While I disagree with the way she did it (local communes weren't prepared to accommodate so many people in such a short time and got little help, and I doubt many refugees had in mind to live in crappy conditions in some noisy gymnasium with the lights on all night and in the cold winter) we have actually done pretty well so far. Of concern are some of the males who have more of a criminal mindset, including many from Northern Africa/Africa with no right to asylum. I hope the word will spread eventually that Germany is a tough place when you're not from here (and even for many who are). Merkel, not being from the "selfie/social media generation", is still in denial that she may have mis-communicated to folks in far away places like Afghanistan & Syria that wonderful conditions and a much better life aren't necessarily waiting here for all, to put it mildly. Personally, I'm happy for those who survived the long journey and are willing to integrate and contribute something. Plus all those who were a minority in their Muslim society, be they Christian, gay, etc. and have found much more freedom here.
  15. Well, there is nobody to step up to the plate. If there are new elections does anyone really believe Merkel's CDU will get fewer votes than the Social Democrats (or any other party) who now have dropped down to the 20+% level? There is of course no way the CDU would concede the chancellor position to them. And within her party, who would get more votes for chancellor? Ïron fist" Schäuble? Or Peter Altmaier? Someone else? No on all counts. I used to be in favor of new elections but an internet poll found that most asked felt the "Nazi's light" AFD would profit the most, so my mind changed that very moment. Minority government with the Green party it shall be. The FDP had their chance and are now welcome to join the opposition.