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  1. Obama has tapped John Kerry for Secretary of State, with Hillary Clinton resigning. He should easily be approved, meaning Massachusetts be short one senator and will have it's second special election for senator in three years. It's possible that the seat goes to a Republican, (most likely Scott Brown again) so this is a risky move by Obama. The early consensus is that Ted Kennedy Jr. will run for the Dems.
  2. Apologies all round. I appear to have inadvertently deleted the old thread, instead of a single post. (Hopefully it can be recovered by a less incompetent mod, but meanwhile, please carry on here.) Anyway, so, overpriced nuclear power stations, pig's heads, lies and incompetence... The thread on the condem gov't is here
  3. As the original thread was a poll (coming over here, fixing our plumbing...no sorry that's Poles) it expired. So here's a new topic to discuss ever closer union in which we all have to speak Lithuanian / a return to the 1950s where Britannia was best at everything.
  4. It's been mentioned a lot in many of the Politics topics but our national broadcaster is becoming a disgrace when it comes to it's political content. I've always been a supporter and realise that slight biases will always be apparent in a service that has an obligation to be fair and unbiased but I do feel it has crossed the line from the unconscious bias programmes always showed (both ways) into an area where it's overt bias is now becoming very apparent and destructive to both itself and the country. I'm still a proponent of the licence fee but something really needs to change at the BBC, their political content is shockingly biased and seemingly they aren't even trying to hide it. I came across this story today and it highlights how ludicrous the situation has become. I'm a supporter of neither the Unionist or the SNP The National
  5. Think this needs its own thread so labour fans who do you fancy? I am tipping Chuka Umunna as Labour need a complete revamp and modernising after this disaster election. seems to have done well in his local area.
  6. Media reporting Trump has informed Macron that he’s pulling the US out of the JCPOA and reimposing sanctions on Iran.
  7. Thought it was probably time for a thread specific to the 'kippers and their quest for a new leader. Fact is, they clearly have millions of supporters and some of them must be on this board, I guess. This shouldn't just be about the smug posting of clippings proving they are all nutjobs. Though I suspect approximately 92% of the content will be precisely that...
  8. Saw a statement today from Officer w70 that said Duggan went for a gun !!! Which may or may not have actually been in the boot of the taxi :confused: All I can assume is the police had this bloke under surveillance and thus knew about the gun and therfore when they moved in on him there were a few nervous police officers who appear to have decided to shoot first ask questions later ... Or the Uk police watched minority report at training school and have decided that executing people before they carry out a crime is the way forward ?? The taxi driver presumably will have something to say at some point , hes been silenced so far for whatever reason !!
  9. I figure a catchall thread would be good for this part of the world. I'm starting one now because one time hero Daniel Ortega is now a murderous tyrant as 70% of the roads in Nicaragua are currently blocked by protesters who want him to resign. The heady days of the Sandinistas seem a long time ago. Ortega's armed forces are shooting to kill and are killing. He's got a civilian paramilitary carrying out most of it. I wouldn't be surprised if Trump sends the marines in there, it would be an easy win and he can rouse his base with it as the midterm elections near. Reagan invaded Grenada, Bush Sr. invaded Panama. If Bush Jr. didn't invade Iraq, I think he would have invaded Venezuela. It's a cynical quick fix for American presidents.
  10. I don't think we've got a thread for the Liberals, or the Liberals that are hoping there will be a new sort of Liberal Party with a bunch of peeps from the middle bits of the other parties. So I started one. Anyway, let's all enjoy Vince's erotic spasm.
  11. A topic about how much of a shithead Rupert Murdoch is. Todays piece of evidence from the Guardian:- Clicky I'm sure this topic will fill with plenty more examples of Rupe's minions doing his bidding in such a marvelous manner in the days, weeks and months to come. Discuss... Celebrities can sue for having their phones hacked but this one really is lower than low.
  12. maqroll

    The Balkans

    Growing fears that Bosnia is on the verge of breaking apart. Predictable and sad if it happens. Plenty of hard line paramilitary nutters waiting to have another go.
  13. Probably needs its own thread. Hopefully some results at some point tonight. Expecting a big labour gain. I think the Conservatives will get a real hammering.
  14. Think this needs his own thread, as the bloke is getting a bigger and bigger following as time goes on. I've seen old friends radicalised by him, sharing his crap multiple times a day. He's still doorstepping his critics:
  15. I dont need a fraud Defence to help reach the billable hours target. 7.30 is the aim but with an assistant its routine to hit between 24 and 30. Costs targets are the important ones. Grafter me.
  16. Sorry to the admins that we took over that other thread, not my intention at all. To continue our discussion I've made this thread. Last discussion point: Posted 49 minutes ago (edited) · Report post That's a silly cop out. You're never going to be able to have identical people and situations to compare in any situation. Yes, simple averages are not going to tell an in-depth and complete story but if you want a more in-depth appreciation of things then you look at those other factors and adjust for them. What you said in your post was: In response, from the article you provided a link to: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I never said there wasn't any wage gap between men and women, I said that the 80% gap is as untrue as it gets. I've discussed this with a lot of both male and female economists and they put the percentile at around 98%. With all the added risks that mostly men take in hard labour I don't know if 2% is much of an issue. Here are some other stats that go the other way: Men are 25% less likely to graduate from our university in Winchester than women - does anyone make noise about this? The system is clearly favouring one gender since first grade where boys are put on pills if they are "boisterous" because feminine behaviour is the benchmark that all students should work to. Studies show that men are just as likely to experience abuse as women, by their father, brother, mother, sister, wife or partner. Men just don't speak about it. Women have charities, government funding, government boards and a minister for Women and Equality. Why is there even Women in her title? When men report abuse by their female partners they are more likely to be arrested than their partner. For the same crime a man serves 60% more time in jail than a woman. Men are 4 times more likely to be homeless than women, have you ever heard the term "man's shelter", because I've heard the term "woman's shelter". Men make up 80% of suicide victims in Western Europe and America, 92% of workplace deaths across the globe, 97% of the deaths in combat and close to 80% of homicide victims. The pendulum needed to be swung back in the 50's, but the sense from older feminists and people who experience these new age feminists every day is that they are arguing for points that are getting more and more obsolete. New Age Feminists don't discuss equality, they discuss women. The waters get muddled by young women that have no clue what they are protesting or arguing about, it's hard for the other students to make up their own minds when they are constantly dealing with people like below who will ban people from different viewpoints to hold talks and events. It's a great discussion anyhow. Exclaimer: I just think it's a very important discussion to have because as an employee at a university I see this kind of thing very often and it's really started to irk me lately when certain people with differing views to the student organisations (mainly the left leaning ones) get barred and banned from talking.
  17. I've only just found out that, due to covid precautions, you have to take your own pen or pencil to the polling station. This may seem trivial, but it doesn't seem to have been publicised very widely, and I can see a lot of people rocking up without one. Potential for disenfranchisement and a lot of arguments.
  18. For as long as I can remember, literally everyday there has been a story on the Guardian website that references either the holocaust or some sort of Jewish interest story - there is no Islam equivalent. It never stops being the case and I challenge anyone neutral to also notice this. My point is that there is a very good PR dept for Jewish interest Vs and especially Palestine interest. And no this is not antisemitic.
  19. Thread started for discussion of those nice gentle Green party ones. Not like the other nasty lying Blue, yellow and red ones, or the purple nutters. They're getting more popular as well now. All will be swept before them (and then recycled).
  20. Biden is enjoying a 10 point lead in national polling, but there are still four more months to go. What is your prediction?
  21. You would think that the longer this crisis goes on, the more authoritarian many governments will become. They will use the pandemic as a convenient excuse to apply an iron grip on their populations. If fundamental aspects of the global economy break down or become obsolete, there will be a massive shift in how societies structure themselves and what people do with their lives.
  22. There was some discussion of this in the Labour Party thread, in the context of II's attempts to smear Corbyn, but the activities of the group are rather wider than just that, so I thought I'd start this for anyone interested. Tim Hayward has a blog here which is regularly updated, giving links to articles about this operation as well as links to all the downloads of leaked documents. It's useful, since the mainstream media are blanking the story, I don't know whether because there's a D notice out, or because so many of their own staff are listed as being involved and are using their position to suppress coverage. Be careful about downloading the documents, though - it seems there are attempts to infect them, to discourage people from getting them.
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