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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Duff... on Fri May 08, 2015 11:56 am

    My Twitter feed is loaded with angry British people. Condolences Mitch, Breugs, and Soma.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by reuben on Fri May 08, 2015 8:05 pm

    My hockey Twitter feed is pretty satisfied with Dave Cameron though.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Bruegel on Sat May 09, 2015 5:32 am

    I live in one of those safe Labour seats where they could get a melon on a stick elected (+26,000 majority this time). It meant I could comfortably vote for the Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol (CISTA) party without fear of repercussions. I was hoping they would get to 420 votes but didn't manage 300.

    Can't say I'm relishing the prospect of 5 more years of the Tories but at least they haven't had to buy the DUP.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Nick on Tue May 19, 2015 11:39 am

    Texas biker gangs, man. This is fascinating to me.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Nick on Wed May 27, 2015 8:45 am

    The USA USA USA is going to change football forever!!!

    I actually can't wait to read online comments sections on the U.S. news sites. Sure to be a bunch of conservatives slamming soccer and asking why Obama is focusing on FIFA rather than saving us from ISIS and Ebola.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Nick on Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:49 am

    If you have the chance, there is a fascinating long read in The NY Times this morning about sheep hunting and the culture around this particular kind of hunting.

    The dude from Papa John's has spent over $1M on sheep hunting licenses.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by zappo on Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:00 pm

    Which dude? Peyton Manning or Papa John?
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:09 pm



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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Bruegel on Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:32 pm

    https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/

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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Bruegel on Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:35 pm

    Also, lol...

    Bruegel wrote:Can't say I'm relishing the prospect of 5 more years of the Tories but at least they haven't had to buy the DUP.

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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Nick on Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:56 pm

    This was the moment John McCain became president.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by undo on Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:07 pm

    Negworthy post coming right up

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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by undo on Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:09 pm

    oh wait
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by WP64 on Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:26 pm

    Yeah, I don't know if I understand what there is to celebrate in this.
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    Post by chrondog on Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:19 pm

    i remember being a 13 year old and thinking how contrived and self-aggrandizing McCain's bromance with Joe Lieberman was. i already thought Lieberman was a total limp-dick centrist from the 2000 campaign, then the two of them joined up to half-heartedly push politically untenable legislation to raise their own personal platform. that's been McCain's MO since he joined the Senate.

    ironic that he's held up as "everything that's right with American politics" when i see him representing so much of what's wrong with it.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Nick on Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:29 am

    As nauseating as the endless McCain funeral has been it has actually made me fucking dread what is going to happen when GWB drops dead.

    The press and pols will be all, “Let’s not focus on the millions that died in his illegal wars or the total death spiral it created in the Middle East. He had so many wonderful qualities.”
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by zappo on Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:31 pm

    Dude, chill out.  He reads biographies and paints.  That makes him a hero.  You can't criticize heroes.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by undo on Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:08 pm

    What does Vladimir Putin want?
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    Post by reuben on Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:09 pm

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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Duff... on Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:02 am

    To return Russia to a dominant force in the world.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by undo on Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:44 am

    I probably don't know shit about the Syrian Civil War.

    If Russia hadn't helped al-Assad, would the opposition have stood a chance of over throwing him?

    Here's the big question:

    Did Russia help him because they genuinely support his regime, or because they knew that beating back the opposition/prolonging the conflict in order to drive as many migrants as possible out of the country and into Europe would throw the EU into chaos and serve as a social catalyst for far-right movements (many successful beyond their wildest dreams!)that would be considerably more favorable to their goals (and substantially neuter any meaningful opposition to future dominance of former Soviet territory/Eastern Europe)?
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Duff... on Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:50 pm

    The main reason is that Syria is basically Russia's only real ally in the middle east. If Assad fell, there goes Russia's influence in the region (mostly anyway).

    And yeah, Russia is basically the reason Assad is back in control. While the US wanted him to fall, the main goal was rooting out Islamic State without having to buy in on another occupation.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by undo on Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:24 pm

    I’m definitely overthinking this.
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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by tjenz on Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:12 pm

    The fact that Russia has been able to use the situation to weaponize refugees and stir up fear & bigotry in W. Europe and the US, is icing on the cake for Putin.


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    Re: General World News Dumping Ground

    Post by Duff... on Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:05 pm

    I mean a huge part of why this is working out so well for Putin is that the west are reacting like the biggest fucking idiots on the planet, and certainly the misinformation campaign is pushing things along better than he could have ever hoped, so it's not really insane to wonder how much of this he actually planned. But there's a tendency to think of Putin as some evil genius when really he's just desperate and ruthless, which means he goes after what he needs without hesitation, and sometimes it works out for him.

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