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Pablo Picasso Self portrait 1906

 

Theresa May Cuts Brexit Deal In Half (Ind.)
Theresa May Tries To Buy Time For Brexit Deal As MPs Call On Her To Leave (G.)
Number Of Children In Absolute Poverty Across UK Hits 3.7 Million (Ind.)
The Humbling of Britain (Fletcher)
Trump Rails Against ‘Greatest Hoax’ At First Rally Since Mueller Report (G.)
EU Members Unanimously Reject Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights (Ind.)
Pelosi and McConnell Are Inching Us Closer to Nuclear War (TD)
Average Americans Can’t Afford A Home In 70% Of The Country (CBS)
Australian Economy Relies On Coal Exports To China (G.)
Tylenol -Paracetamol- Reduces Positive Empathy (FR.)
Mosquito-Spread Diseases May Endanger Millions In New Places (G.)
Skin-Eating Fungal Disease Wipes Out 90 Amphibian Species In 50 Years (G.)
Rare Sight Of An Animal On The Brink Of Extinction (AFP)
A Year of Silencing Julian Assange (Vos)

 

 

Crazier by the day. What if one plan or another gets voted through by 1 single vote unleashing events that will last 50 years or more? That’s democracy?

Theresa May Cuts Brexit Deal In Half (Ind.)

Theresa May is set to push ahead with a critical vote on part of her Brexit deal after overcoming the speaker’s ban on repeatedly putting the same plan to MPs. Commons leader Andrea Leadsom confirmed on Thursday that the government will exclude the political declaration, which deals with Britain’s future relations with the EU, in Friday’s vote – focusing solely on the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal agreement and the political declaration together form Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The EU has said the prime minister needs to secure approval by 11pm UK time on Friday for the withdrawal agreement – not the political declaration – if the UK is to be given an automatic delay of its departure date from the bloc until 22 May. Otherwise, Britain has until 12 April to announce a new plan or leave the bloc without a deal.


The announcement came as Downing Street made a last push to win over Tory rebels and the DUP to her Brexit deal after offering to quit before the next stage of talks. There is still substantial opposition to the agreement, even after the prime minister sacrificed her job for her deal, promising to quit if MPs approved the agreement and let Britain leave the EU on schedule in May. Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May spoke for 20 minutes on Thursday evening and the Labour leader said his MPs would not back the Government move. “Jeremy made clear Labour will not agree a blindfold Brexit to force through Theresa May’s damaging deal, which would leave the next Tory party leader free to rip up essential rights and protections and undermine jobs and living standards,” a Labour spokesperson said.

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Sometimes I wonder what John Lennon would have said.

Theresa May Tries To Buy Time For Brexit Deal As MPs Call On Her To Leave (G.)

Theresa May will put only half of her Brexit deal to a vote on Friday, in a final desperate attempt to secure MPs’ support as senior cabinet ministers made clear she must leave No 10 very soon, whatever happens. On the day Britain was originally meant to leave the EU – something May had promised would happen more than 100 times – the prime minister will put only the withdrawal agreement to a vote, having promised to step aside if the MPs give her their approval. No 10 is hoping that some Labour MPs could back the withdrawal agreement severing the UK’s membership of the EU, without the political declaration governing Britain’s future relationship with Brussels. However, it remains extremely unlikely to pass as Labour said it would never vote for a “blindfold Brexit”, while around 30 Eurosceptic Tories and the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs are also holding out against it.


MPs will be warned that failure to back the withdrawal agreement this time will lead to a long extension that requires participation in European parliament elections or crashing out without a deal on 12 April. MPs who support a soft Brexit are meanwhile working on a new round of votes on the alternatives on Monday, including a compromise that could combine the support of those MPs who voted for a customs union, for Labour’s Brexit plan and for the Norway-style option dubbed “common market 2.0”. With European leaders sceptical that such efforts will be successful, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier told diplomats on Thursday that a no deal was now “the most plausible outcome” and ordered work to begin on wargaming the bloc’s response.

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This is what all those politicians should be working on.

Number Of Children In Absolute Poverty Across UK Hits 3.7 Million (Ind.)

The number of children living in absolute poverty across the UK has increased by 200,000 in a year, to a total of 3.7 million. New government data shows that while the rate of absolute child poverty had been gradually falling since 2012, it is now rising again. It will come as an embarrassment for ministers, who last year responded to a rise in relative poverty by highlighting that absolute poverty rates – their preferred measure – had fallen. Campaigners said the main drivers of the increase were cuts to benefits and tax credits, which they said hit working families with more than two children particularly hard.


The figures show that among children in poverty, there has been a rise in those who live in working families – up from 69 per cent to 72 per cent in a year. There has also been an increase in the risk of poverty for children in larger families, with the number of households with three or more children up from 33 per cent in 2012 to 43 per cent. Overall, across the whole population, 100,000 more people are living in absolute poverty, with the figure standing at 12.5 million. Research carried out for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)to coincide with the publication of the figures found that the four-year freeze on children’s benefits alone would lead to average loses of £240 per year for families with children.

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“They proceeded to seduce voters with fake facts and bogus promises. They stoked fears, fuelled grievances and inflamed prejudices. They appealed to the lowest human impulses, and unlocked the ugliest features of the British character – xenophobia, jingoism, aggression, insularity, arrogance and a perverse, pig-headed pride in our own ignorance.”

The Humbling of Britain (Fletcher)

We are reduced to this. A humiliated, supplicant British prime minister sitting alone in a Brussels side room for six hours while the rest of the European Union discusses our fate. A government no longer capable of governing. A country that has become a byword for chaos and dysfunction. A sundered “United Kingdom”. Hundreds of thousands of Britons seeking citizenship in other EU states. Industry howling in rage and frustration. MPs needing police protection. People stockpiling food and medicines. The public discourse poisoned. Families split. Friends riven. The military on standby in case of civil unrest. This is not “taking back control”. This is not the proud, independent, liberated Britain that the Brexiteers promised.

It is grotesque, calamitous, an epic act of self-harm brought about not by some war or disaster but by our own stupidity. And the true “enemies of the people” are not those opposing this catastrophic Brexit. They are not the million decent people from every background who marched in London last Saturday, or the five million who have petitioned to revoke Article 50, but those whose lies, zealotry, and political recklessness have all but broken Britain. For posterity’s sake, those self-styled “patriots” who have so grievously betrayed their country should be named and shamed. The original sin was that of David Cameron, now blithely writing his memoirs in his shepherd’s hut, enjoying exotic holidays and enriching himself on the speakers’ circuit.

The public was not clamouring for a referendum on EU membership. Cameron called it for the narrow purpose of uniting his party and fending off Ukip. He offered an ill-informed electorate a binary choice on an extraordinarily complex issue of profound constitutional importance without even the safeguard of a 60 per cent threshold for approval. It was one of the most foolish gambles ever taken by a British prime minister, and one that unleashed the charlatans, rogues and demagogues of the Leave campaign. They proceeded to seduce voters with fake facts and bogus promises. They stoked fears, fuelled grievances and inflamed prejudices. They appealed to the lowest human impulses, and unlocked the ugliest features of the British character – xenophobia, jingoism, aggression, insularity, arrogance and a perverse, pig-headed pride in our own ignorance.

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The Guardian’s not going to give up. They just turn things upside down, it’s Trump who’s the bogeyman, he attacks media, not the other way around, no matter that the media’s Russiagate was exposed by Mueller: “Donald Trump continued his assault on the media and Democrats on Thursday night..”

This bit says a lot, though it’s hard to decide whether the author has no sense of humor or he thinks his readers don’t:“Trump’s more outlandish claims came in an attack on progressives’ Green New Deal, which he falsely stated called for the elimination of airplanes and cows.”

Trump Rails Against ‘Greatest Hoax’ At First Rally Since Mueller Report (G.)

Donald Trump continued his assault on the media and Democrats on Thursday night, wrongly claiming “total exoneration, complete vindication” at his first rally since Robert Mueller submitted his report. Trump dedicated about half of his approximately 90-minute speech in front of a raucous audience at Grand Rapids to the topic, labeling the accusations and investigation “ridiculous bullshit”. The president bounced between theories about why the special counsel’s investigation happened and attacks on his opponents. “All of the Democrats, politicians, the media also – bad people,” Trump told the crowd at Michigan’s Van Andel Arena. “The crooked journalists, the totally dishonest TV pundits” helped perpetuate “the single greatest hoax in the history of politics”.

He later claimed that the investigation was really an effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election”. “It was nothing more than a sinister effort to undermine our historic election and to sabotage the will of the American people,” Trump said to loud boos. He repeatedly called for “accountability”, drawing chants of “Lock them up”. At other points, the president mocked Democratic opponents, including “little pencil-neck Adam Schiff” and his fellow lawmaker Jerry Nadler, whom Trump said he “beat again”. Though Trump told the crowd multiple times that Mueller found “no collusion and no obstruction”, the attorney general William Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s report only stated that it found no proof that Trump criminally colluded with Russia.

Barr’s summary said Mueller had reached no conclusion about whether Trump had obstructed justice, but Barr wrote that he decided there was insufficient evidence to pursue an obstruction charges against Trump. [..] Trump’s more outlandish claims came in an attack on progressives’ Green New Deal, which he falsely stated called for the elimination of airplanes and cows.

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I’ll give you my neighbor’s house if you want it.

EU Members Unanimously Reject Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights (Ind.)

The 28 member countries of the European Union have unanimously declared that they do not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights region, despite a change in policy by the United States. This week US president Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation officially recognising Israel’s control of the area, which it has occupied since 1967 when it captured the region from Syria during the Six Day War. But in a statement approved by the European Council’s 28 members, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs said: “The position of the European Union as regards the status of the Golan Heights has not changed.


“In line with the international law and UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 497, the European Union does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.” The territory is widely internationally recognised as belonging to Syria’s Arab neighbour. Mr Trump said: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and regional stability!” Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Mr Trump’s recognition was “historic”, while Syria said it was “blatant attack” on its sovereignty and pledged to take the territory back by “all available means”. Turkey and Russia also voices opposition to the move.

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Same party.

Pelosi and McConnell Are Inching Us Closer to Nuclear War (TD)

When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of support for the transatlantic military alliance. Huge reverence for NATO is matched by how dangerous NATO has become. NATO’s continual expansion — all the way to Russia’s borders — has significantly increased the chances that the world’s two nuclear superpowers will get into direct military conflict. But in the United States, when anyone challenges the continued expansion of NATO, innuendos or outright smears are likely.

Two years ago, when the Senate debated whether to approve bringing Montenegro into NATO, the mud flew at Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky after he showed up to object. An infuriated Sen. John McCain declared on the Senate floor: “I have no idea why anyone would object to this, except that I will say — if they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.” Moments later, when Paul said “I object,” McCain proclaimed: “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.” With those words, McCain conveyed the common madness of reverence for NATO — and the common intolerance for anything that might approach a rational debate on whether it’s a good idea to keep expanding an American-led military alliance to, in effect, push Russia into a corner. Doing so is understandably viewed from Russia as a dire threat.

Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall — and the quickly broken promises by the U.S. government in 1990 that NATO would move “not one inch eastward” — NATO has been closing in on Russia’s borders while bringing one nation after another into full military membership. During the last three decades, NATO has added 13 countries — and it’s not done yet. NATO members “have clearly stated that Georgia will become a member of NATO,” Stoltenberg asserted days ago while visiting the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. He added: “We will continue working together to prepare for Georgia’s NATO membership.” For good measure, Stoltenberg tweeted on March 25 that he was “delighted to observe the joint NATO-Georgia exercise” and “honored to meet veterans & serving soldiers,” adding that “Georgia is a unique partner for #NATO & we are stepping up our cooperation.”

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Make the rates cheaper then!

Average Americans Can’t Afford A Home In 70% Of The Country (CBS)

Even with rising wages and falling mortgage rates, Americans can’t afford a home in more than 70 percent of the country. Out of 473 U.S. counties analyzed in a report, 335 listed median home prices more than what average wage earners could afford, according to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions. Among them are the counties that include Los Angeles and San Diego in California, as well as Miami-Dade County in Florida and Maricopa County in Arizona. New York City claimed the largest share of a person’s income to purchase a home, according to the report. While average earners nationwide need to spend only about one-third of their income on a home, residents in Brooklyn and Manhattan must shell out more than 115 percent of their income.


In San Francisco, residents must spend 103 percent, and in Hawaii’s Maui County, it takes 101 percent. Homes were found to be affordable in Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Detroit and Philadelphia. Broadly speaking, homes are more affordable today than they were one year ago. While home prices are still rising in many areas, they’re also falling in others. Unaffordability in the market has been the result of slower homebuilding and homeowners staying put longer. Both trends have reduced the supply of homes for sale in the market. So long as interest rates don’t go up and the impact from last year’s tax cuts don’t wholly fade away, the market may yet create better conditions for buyers. “Affordability may improve because of the simple fact that homes are out of reach for so many home seekers,” Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions, said in a statement.

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China has no intention of burning less.

Australian Economy Relies On Coal Exports To China (G.)

Australia’s booming earnings from coal exports could be in jeopardy if China switches to more domestic supply and if port restrictions continue to favour competing exporters, a federal government report has warned. The country’s energy and resources exports will rake in an extra $20bn to rise to $278bn this financial year, the report by the industry department said, creating a timely bonanza for the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, to exploit in next week’s federal budget. But the report, released on Friday, warned that Australia faced an imminent threat to the $5bn thermal coal trade with China.


Amid growing concern about delays imposed on Australian coal shipments at Chinese ports, it detailed how the government in Beijing had restructured its domestic coal sector in the past 10 years, with potentially serious implications for Canberra’s coffers. China was poised to switch on 200m tonnes of thermal capacity, it said, after it built rail freight lines to hard-to-reach coalfields hundreds of kilometres inland. Another 400m tonnes of capacity was under construction. Australia is the second largest exporter of thermal coal in the world, with 208m tonnes worth $26bn exported last year. About 20% of that went to China. The report warned that although Australian producers could find other markets, such as India, the pressure on prices would be downwards.

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Drugs that are prescribed too easily are never good.

Tylenol -Paracetamol- Reduces Positive Empathy (FR.)

Acetaminophen – a potent physical painkiller that also reduces empathy for other people’s suffering – blunts physical and social pain by reducing activation in brain areas (i.e. anterior insula and anterior cingulate) thought to be related to emotional awareness and motivation. Some neuroimaging research on positive empathy (i.e., the perception and sharing of positive affect in other people) suggests that the experience of positive empathy also recruits these paralimbic cortical brain areas. We thus hypothesized that acetaminophen may also impair affective processes related to the experience of positive empathy. We tested this hypothesis in a double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment.


Specifically, we administered 1,000 mg acetaminophen or a placebo and measured effects on different measures of positive empathy while participants read scenarios about the uplifting experiences of other people. Results showed that acetaminophen reduced personal pleasure and other-directed empathic feelings in response to these scenarios.

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“Canada and parts of northern Europe..”

Mosquito-Spread Diseases May Endanger Millions In New Places (G.)

Half a billion more people could be at risk from mosquito-transmitted diseases within 30 years as a result of the warming climate, according to a new study. Canada and parts of northern Europe could be newly exposed to the threat. People there could come into contact with yellow fever, Zika, dengue and chikungunya, as well as other emerging diseases. The study, published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, finds that humans could prevent the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes if they aggressively take actions to combat global warming. Sadie Ryan, a co-author from the University of Florida, said the study and the maps it produced could help policymakers and medical professionals understand where the bugs and their diseases might move.


“As you move into a hotter world, the places that get really hot are going to have all kinds of other vulnerabilities with them,” Ryan said. “Having studies like this that say, hey, this is potentially where these things can show up is going to be one tool in a big tool box.” Currently, a little more than six billion people are in climates where the two mosquitoes studied can live for a month or more each year. But as climate change pushes milder weather toward the poles, new regions become hospitable to them. One of the mosquitoes studied, the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti, thrives in a warmer climate. But another, the tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus, prefers it cooler. So the researchers determined what different levels of rising temperatures would mean for the spread of both. They found thatif the world only moderately stalls rising temperatures, it’s possible both mosquitoes might do well, presenting a conundrum for climate-health planners.

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Everything’s in decline that lives.

Skin-Eating Fungal Disease Wipes Out 90 Amphibian Species In 50 Years (G.)

A deadly disease that wiped out global populations of amphibians led to the decline of 500 species in the past 50 years, including 90 extinctions, scientists say. A global research effort, led by the Australian National University, has for the first time quantified the worldwide impact of chytridiomycosis, or chytrid fungus, a fungal disease that eats away at the skin of amphibians. The disease was first discovered in 1998 by researchers at James Cook University in Queensland investigating the cause of mysterious, mass amphibian deaths. Chytridiomycosis is caused by two fungal species, both of which are likely to have originated in Asia, and their spread has been facilitated by humans through activities such as the legal and illegal pet trade.


Forty-two researchers worked on the new study, published in Science on Friday, which pinpoints the extent of the disease and how devastating it has been for frog, toad and salamander species. They found evidence that at least 501 species had declined as a result of chytrid fungus and 90 of those were presumed or confirmed extinct. “The results are pretty astounding” Benjamin Scheele, a research fellow at the ANU and the project’s lead researcher, said. “We’ve known that chytrid is really bad for the better part of two decades but actually researching and quantifying those declines, that’s what this study does.” The scientists identified declines in amphibian species in Europe, Africa, Central and South America and Australia because of the disease. Scheele said there were no declines in Asia because species had evolved to be naturally resistant.

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The sadness is deafening.

Rare Sight Of An Animal On The Brink Of Extinction (AFP)

Three rare Sumatran tiger cubs ventured into public view for the first time Friday in what Sydney zookeepers called a “wonderful success” for the future of the critically endangered species. Two female cubs — Mawar, which means “rose” in Indonesian, and Tengah Malam (“midnight”) — and their brother Pemanah (“archer”) were allowed outside their closed dens to explore the more natural outdoor tiger compound at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Zookeeper Louise Ginman said the move from the dens to the outdoors for the cubs, which were born on January 17, posed a challenge for their mother, Kartika. “Now that they are moving about a larger space and learning to climb terrain, she will have a much harder time controlling them,” Ginman said.

Sumatran tigers are classified as critically endangered, with as few as 350 remaining in patches of forest on the Indonesia island of Sumatra, where their natural habitat has been devastated by illegal wildlife trade and jungle clearing for palm oil plantations. “This birth is such a wonderful success for the conservation of this fragile species, and I am so excited that we can now invite guests to share our joy,” Gilman said. “It’s such a shock that these three little cubs represent one per cent of the remaining wild population, but with zoo-based conservation programs worldwide and the support of our guests here in Sydney, there’s still hope for the future of this species,” she said.

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Burn a candle.

A Year of Silencing Julian Assange (Vos)

One year ago Thursday, Ecuador’s government under President Lenin Moreno silenced Julian Assange. WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter Wednesday: “… March 28, marks one year that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has been illegally gagged from doing journalism—any writing that expresses a ‘political opinion’? even on his own treatment, after pressure from the U.S. on Ecuador.” On this date in 2018 Moreno imposed on Assange what Human Rights Watch’s legal counsel Dinah Pokempner described as looking “more and more like solitary confinement.” Moreno cut off Assange’s online access and restricted visitors to the Ecuador embassy in London where Assange has had legal political asylum since 2012.

Moreno cited Assange’s critical social media remarks about Ecuador’s allies, the U.S. and Spain. Assange’s near-total isolation, with the exception of visits from legal counsel during week days, has been augmented by the Ecuadorian government’s imposition of a complex “protocol,” which, although eased slightly in recent months in respect of visits allowed, has not improved Assange’s overall status over the last 12 months. In some respects, it seems to have worsened. [..] On Thursday Ecuador’s foreign minister threatened additional “‘firm and sustained’ measures against Assange after @WikiLeaks reports on the @INAPapers offshore scandal involving the president and his brother,” WikiLeaks tweeted.


[..] The end of the collusion conspiracy theory came as a victory for Assange and WikiLeaks. Special Counsel Robert Mueller made it clear there would be no indictments against either for their roles during the 2016 election. However, the damage has been significant, with Assange unable to comment and WikiLeaks saddled with residual, unresolved smears. Over the last three years, cable news pundits endlessly vilified WikiLeaks and Assange by claiming the publisher coordinated with the Trump presidential campaign and became an instrument of the Kremlin in 2016.

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    Pablo Picasso Self portrait 1906   • Theresa May Cuts Brexit Deal In Half (Ind.) • Theresa May Tries To Buy Time For Brexit Deal As MPs Call On H
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 29 2019]

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    V. Arnold
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    Tylenol – Paracetamol – Acetaminophen (all the same), and Ibuprofen are known to damaged kidneys (and livers) at normal doses when taken over the long term. Athletes be warned…
    15% of Thailand’s population is infected with hepatitus B; that’s roughly 15 million people out of roughly 63 million citizens.
    On top of that, the Thai medical profession is adamantly anti-aspirin because they claim it causes excessive bleeding during surgical and invasive proceedures. There is no evidence of this in the general population.
    I’ve had dentists refuse me because I only use aspirin; refuse Paracetamol/Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen.
    Haven’t used any of them for over 30 years. Gods be good; my wife quit Paracetamol years ago.
    Because my father was intimately associated with both the medical and pharmaceutical professions; I quit trusting doctors (all) and pharmaceutical companies (all) many decades ago.
    I haven’t been able to buy aspirin here for many years; and have my sister send me a dozen bottles every year. The country is just beginning to wake up to the hep b endemic here and realize aspirin may be the only answer; but its slow, very slow to change belief; possibly not in my life time; we’ll see…

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    V. Arnold
    Participant

    …that’s roughly 15 million people out of roughly 63 million citizens.
    Correction; that’s wrong; make that 9 million citizens @ 15% of the population.
    Appologies…

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    Dr. D
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    “What if one plan or another gets voted through by 1 single vote unleashing events that will last 50 years or more? That’s democracy?”

    Yes, it is. And that’s how I have been run over by government every day of my life. Although the premise of representation at all has this issue, this is why the Founding Fathers here hated and feared ‘democracy’ above all things: three wolves and a sheep voting on who’s for dinner. (Answer: ME) A CONSTITUTIONAL system such as they built exists exclusively to protect the rights of the MINORITY. Little known fact, since they instead report that Neanderthal conservative constitutionalists are against minorities, when in fact they would protect ALL minorities: Amish, Scientologists, spaghetti monsters, atheists, Hindus, Progressives, Luddites, or transhumanists. Oh and PS were the ones who ran both emancipation and civil rights. In the example above, yes, so they vote to leave by one vote. SOME decision has to be made: yes or no. But those in the 49% can’t be trampled with abandon because of it.

    But in either case, the sort of lightning democracy they adore is NOT decided by a single vote for 50 years or more. I mean obviously: the instant they lost, they already planned a new referendum every month until they won again. So by this time next year, they’ll vote to UN-vote, and rejoin. Then UKIP will get control and UN-UN-vote again, on and on, forever. So in a democracy there’s ZERO chance of a 50-year plan, any more than any vote — health care, bailouts, battleships, subsidies, funding — obviously has ‘effects’, consequences. But I can’t suspend the consequences of action, and neither can I stop people from having opinions 10 years from now and acting on them. In a democracy nothing is settled, and their premise was to at least slow down the mob, get them to reflect and debate, and change government ponderously with all voices heard. If not, there’s always dictatorship, and they’re not capricious or unrepresentative at all!

    “They proceeded to seduce voters with fake facts and bogus promises. They stoked fears, fuelled grievances and inflamed prejudices. They appealed to the lowest human impulses, and unlocked the ugliest features of the British character – xenophobia, jingoism, aggression, insularity, arrogance and a perverse, pig-headed pride in our own ignorance.”

    Wow, that’s a heck of a quote. It was about the EU-remainers, right? Because I’ve seen nothing but fake promises from Brussels, attacks on minority nations, fake facts, north-south prejudice and grievances that appeal to the lowest human impulses: to rob and oppress one’s neighbor because those dirty Greeks deserve it. The jingoism, xenophonia, arrogance and oppression of Brussels against the poorest and weakest has been unprecedented. And when Britons want to get away from that, THEY’RE the jerks?

    So Fletcher’s right: when standing up for yourself and your sovereignty is uncomfortable, you should just surrender. Before anyone’s been hurt, even before there’s been any hardship or rationing. Ask Churchill, he’d tell you: “We shall surrender on the beaches, we shall surrender on the landing grounds, we shall surrender in the fields and in the streets, we shall surrender in the hills; we shall always, always surrender, rather than be a little uncomfortable.” I mean, that’s how I remember it anyway. The price of liberty is responsibility and work: that’s why nobody wants it.

    PS I remember the same here. We can’t beat China, we can’t negotiate, with a huge economy, finance, and military, we can’t think of any leverage we might have, so all we can do is surrender to any trade policy China wants, and accept their illegal domestic enforcement like a good boy. …Until somebody TRIED something, TRIED negotiating, where we seem to be doing okay and maybe making some headway although it hurts.

    “he falsely stated called for the elimination of airplanes and cows.”

    Wow, that is amazing. Because it quite clearly does, even in any reporting or short-form. And since they openly call for this daily, AND the world is ending in 12 years, they should be proud of it and tireless in attempts to do just that if they believe themselves at all. Yet they lie about it? We’re all going to die. Do they not WANT the world saved?

    Meanwhile, they DON’T talk about Trump following the U.S. habit of invading other nations and allocating land that isn’t theirs. Nice! We report fake accusations that AREN’T true, and avoid TRUE accusations that ARE true, and can’t figure out why he looks like a landslide 2020 and they look like a bunch of untrustworthy liars. Here’s a thought: tell the truth.

    “Pelosi and McConnell Are Inching Us Closer to Nuclear War (TD)”

    For example, about NATO, the greatest threat to life on earth.

    “Average Americans Can’t Afford A Home In 70% Of The Country (CBS)”

    While statistically true, this is difficult to follow. From Wilkes-Barre to Bakersfield, the nation looks unceasingly like a Mellencamp video, and that was 35 years ago. You can buy houses for $10,000 for 1,000 miles, you could buy a Victorian farmhouse and 90 acres for 100k, and this is like ¼ median income, not 6x income like Brooklyn. However, you would still also die there, as there are no jobs, no money, no stores, and no hospitals. Welcome to hell. So if they want cheap houses, top mansions with 10’ ceilings and 10” moldings in the ballroom, there’s as many as you want to buy in Cleveland and Detroit. But reporters don’t care about facts like that because the only people and stories that are important are in the cities. And not ‘cities’ like Cleveland that nobody cares about and want for-the- love-of-god to just go away and die quietly, but the 12 blessed cities, where the ‘important’ people live, who aren’t sub-human like the rest of us.

    Anyway, 20 million empty homes in the U.S., the rest are falling down and condemned, so where’s your price rise and housing shortage? What you have is an income shortage, because all the income has been sucked into 6 places on the coast. Just like Toronto, London, Sydney, and Paris.

    “Half a billion more people could be at risk from mosquito-transmitted diseases within 30 years”

    Yeah, except there aren’t any bugs anymore. Try to keep up with your own (fake, alarmist) news, Guardian. Also, since cold Canada has an awful, awful lot of mosquitoes, and New Mexico does not, are you sure you’re going the right way with this? They promised the world would be a desert, not a lush, verdant, wet (and therefore highly productive) land.

    “A Year of Silencing Julian Assange (Vos)”

    Yes, but isn’t his free speech really hate speech? I can’t think of any reason he would release perfectly true, confirmed emails except that he hates us for our freedoms.

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    V. Arnold
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    Dr D
    I do hope you were able to avoid biting your tongue with it so firmly planted in cheek… 😉
    I especially liked the Churchill bit:

    Ask Churchill, he’d tell you: “We shall surrender on the beaches, we shall surrender on the landing grounds, we shall surrender in the fields and in the streets, we shall surrender in the hills; we shall always, always surrender, rather than be a little uncomfortable.” I mean, that’s how I remember it anyway.

    #46328

    Carlos Jimenez
    Participant

    Dr.D. I cracked up at your quip “three wolves and a sheep voting on who’s for dinner”. It’s what’s life is all about under Plantation regimes sold as democracies.
    Except we don’t have any power voting against perpetual wars, Goldman Sachs, the corporate State or foreign control of Congress.
    Ditto for Euro proles. Tip of the hat to ya for turning the table on this:
    “They proceeded to seduce voters with fake facts and bogus promises. They stoked fears, fuelled grievances and inflamed prejudices. They appealed to the lowest human impulses, and unlocked the ugliest features of the British character – xenophobia, jingoism, aggression, insularity, arrogance and a perverse, pig-headed pride in our own ignorance.”
    The EU is rotten to the core and can’t collapse fast enough for me or for many freedom loving folk that have been trampled by it anyway.
    That the UK is falling apart under the stress of a challenge that is not prepared to take on, is not an entirely bad thing as it hasn’t yet lost its imperial hubris bombing here and there at will and “punching above its weight” as David Cameron once said or the current MOD head running his mouth with the threat of showing China who’s boss. Cringe worthy. It might take a full on collapse for this has-been empire to register its place in the real world: an American style suburbia/car dependent infrastructure spawned under the former oil abundance of now depleted North Sea oil fields yet it carries an energy burden on the whole system, the industry that Hitler didn’t bomb, vacated by the other parasitic “industry” that skims the top, banking and finance, 66 million that can not feed themselves, sleeping with the enemy within…good luck with that. It used to be an island fortress, now it looks to me more like an island presidium a-la-Alcatraz.

    #46329

    zerosum
    Participant

    Don’t worry
    The solutions are going to be found
    The solutions are coming
    Survival of the fittest

    • Tylenol -Paracetamol- Reduces Positive Empathy (FR.)
    • Number Of Children In Absolute Poverty Across UK Hits 3.7 Million (Ind.)
    • Average Americans Can’t Afford A Home In 70% Of The Country (CBS)
    • Skin-Eating Fungal Disease Wipes Out 90 Amphibian Species In 50 Years (G.)
    • Mosquito-Spread Diseases May Endanger Millions In New Places (G.)

    #46332

    democritus
    Participant

    The characterisation of leave voters as xenophobic is bigotry. We voted for democracy. We don’t want to be trampled on by a totalitarian regime like Greece was.

    We can still have immigration, but we can have immigration from other countries like Africa too. Why do Africans have to be excluded but not Europeans? is that fair?

    #46338

    Zerodollars
    Participant

    “I’ve had dentists refuse me because I only use aspirin; refuse Paracetamol/Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen.”

    Thats very interesting indeed! A few years back my GP put me on a heavy dose of Ibuprofen (for an arthritic condition). Within a couple of months I began developing a cataract in one eye, which progressed very rapidly. Rightly or wrongly I attributed the cataract to the Ibuprofen and refused to take it any more.

    Some years later I developed a really painful bout of shingles, for which the GP prescribed heavy doses of Paracetamol. Within a short period, a cataract began to develop (from scratch – no prior indications) in the other eye.

    So, like you, I now refuse to go anywhere near iboprofen or Paracetamol. I checked this out with my cataract surgeon – he told me that shingles can cause cataracts. I nevertheless remain skepical – is the cataract a result of the shingles or is it a result of the medications used to alleviate the discomfort of shingles? (The old “correlation does not imply causality” trap).

    I’ve been a fan of Asprin all my life – somehow it just seems to ‘agree” with me. It is useful for thinning the blood in those of us who have blood types that coagulate all too readily (and are therefore likely to be hit by stroke if nothing else gets us first).

    Asprin, i.e. salicylic acid. was originally derived by the Chinese from the willow (Salix) as a kind of herbal medicine. I was amazed to discover in Shanghai a few years back that it was only available by prescription (or the Chinese equivalent of that). Not sure if thats still the case, and may only apply to heavier doses of aspirin.

    #46339

    WES
    Participant

    Canada is a cold country. We could use some global warming here. I have been waiting for over six decades for it to warm up!

    Quite frankly I am getting dam tired of waiting! I want it to warm up now! Not tomorrow! Tomorrow may never come!

    Now, I have done more than my fair share to create global warming! I helped the cause by working in coal mines on every continent in the world to greatly increase coal production.

    Now in my old age, I want the global warming folks to begin delivering on their promises that Canada will warm up!

    I am getting rather cold waiting!

    #46341

    Patricia
    Participant

    V Arnold. “On top of that, the Thai medical profession is adamantly anti-aspirin because they claim it causes excessive bleeding during surgical and invasive proceedures. There is no evidence of this in the general population.”
    Here in New Zealand I was asked to stop taking aspirin two weeks before my surgery.
    And yes, while aspirin may reduce the chance of a stroke caused by a clot there is still the risk of a stroke from a bleed.
    With ‘The number of children living in absolute poverty across the UK has increased by 200,000 in a year, to a total of 3.7 million‘ perhaps the UK should get guidance from China of how to lift people out of poverty.
    And saying that the average American can’t afford to buy a home in 70% of the country because ‘While average earners nationwide need to spend only about one-third of their income on a home, residents in Brooklyn and Manhattan must shell out more than 115 percent of their income’ sounds a bit weird to me. Perhaps they mean to pay the rent or service a loan.

    #46342

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Zerodollars
    Interestingly, native Americans also extracted an aspirin like sbstance from birch tree’s bark.
    Aspirin is a god send for me; I also have bouts of arthritis and it works wonders sans side effects.
    I also suspect the AMA of collusion with big pharma on pushing alternative NSAID’s (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) because they are more profitable. In fact you can lay odds on that!
    I’m not saying some people don’t have adverse reactions to aspirin; but I personally have yet to meet one.
    In any event; one must take ultimate responsibility for their own care, which requires being diligent and informed.

    #46343

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Patricia
    I was told the same thing here before a biopsy of my prostate; I didn’t agree but complied.
    I asked the doctor, if I did indeed, have prostate cancer, could the biopsy (there were 13 samples taken) spread the cancer? He said no. He is also a pre-eminent doctor in his field.
    A few weeks later I saw an article which stated that research has shown, a biopsy (prostate), could indeed spread the cancer. My instincts/intuition remain sharp and focused; my biopsy came back negative.
    I’ll not have another one and quit PSA testing right after the biopsy (which is what triggered the biopsy).
    Anyhoo, that’s just me and 74 years of a fascinating walk through this life…

    #46345

    Patricia
    Participant

    V Arnold. I would imagine that they don’t want us to bleed like a stuck pig during surgery which, of course we do do by taking aspirin. Saying that even though I didn’t take aspirin for two weeks before my hip surgery I must have bled like a stuck pig because I needed a blood transfusion afterwards. I was a little anxious at that because I hadn’t stored any of my own blood in advance.

    #46346

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Patricia
    Well, there you go. The word transfusion strikes fear in me; again, I do not trust the system.
    It is profit driven which automatically corrupts the entire process.
    I repeat:

    In any event; one must take ultimate responsibility for their own care, which requires being diligent and informed.

    I’m also aware we are limited with just how much we can know and understand, unfortunately.
    This also includes things such as diet; probably at the very root of life and health.
    Even in the U.S. I only ate meat (zero beef) once or twice a week; fresh caught ocean fish more so (I lived on the Pacific coast).
    Here, some weeks I eat no meat; but fresh fruit, local vegetables, and legumes (many kinds of beans) and most notably, lots of Thai chillies almost every meal. The active ingredient capsaicin is a major health adjunct; here I say; “not hot, not delicious” which never fails to get a chuckle.

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