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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

objects in the rearview mirror
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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

"viewed face-on"
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Funniest caption of the week until further notice.

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In story: EU Michel Barnier: Brexit Deal Possible This Week!!

Coming Soon: Boris Looking for a Ditch
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DUP: a bitter pill to swallow

DUP Leader Denies Opposition to Deal Is Softening - Latest!

Tusk: 'foundations' of Brexit deal are ready but UK has late doubts | The Guardian |

Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has said the "foundations" of a Brexit deal are ready for approval by EU leaders but that Brussels is waiting on London after late "doubts" in Downing Street.

The deal due to be signed off by leaders at a summit on Thursday would involve the drawing of a regulatory and customs border down the Irish Sea. The Democratic Unionist party has made public its opposition to the terms of the tentative agreement with its leader, Arlene Foster, insisting further discussions are needed.

He told the Polish broadcaster TVN24: "The basic foundations of an agreement are ready and theoretically tomorrow we could accept this deal with Great Britain.

"Theoretically in seven to eight hours everything should be clear. I was hoping that this morning we would receive a complete negotiated legal text - the agreement."



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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

Re: Pfeffle's QUEEN'S SPEECH
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the UK has been a "soft touch on foreign criminals" for too long

Damn right, Priti. But they own much of London's real estate, and are often major Tory donors. So expect no change.

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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

Re: Nate's Liver LIVE tweets savaged
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NY Times: Why Are Democrats Jilting G.O.P. Voters Who Want to Like Them?

According to the Zero Hedge crowd, this must be related to the debates qualification rules.

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In story: EU Michel Barnier: Brexit Deal Possible This Week!!

Re: EU Barnier: Brexit Deal Possible This Week!!
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In story: EU Michel Barnier: Brexit Deal Possible This Week!!

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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

Re: At least Bernie is still alive.
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Inspiring ...

Damn ... I'd figured with this Nobel Prize, science found hell with no escape possible!

Yeah, the legacy of John the plane wrecker.

Senator John McCain by an SETF organizer, Mouaz Mustafa inside Free Syria, May 27, 2013.

Russia, Iran Prevail - Syrian Rebellion Ends

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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

Re: At least Bernie is still alive.
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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

Re: Nate's Liver LIVE tweets savaged
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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

pay your fire pirates people
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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

Re: Nate's Liver LIVE tweets savaged
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On these issues, Westminster's deadline isn't a problem for NI.

archived: Northern Ireland abortion law ruled to breach human rights

is a problem for Arlene The Paisley. I certainly look forward to Arlene's insolen... wait. Arlene has outgrown that sobriquet. I do believe Arlene deserves something much more sinister, something resonant with her gangland leadership style and affinity with Ma Barker.

I shall study the problem

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French lacks a pithy epithet for civil-contract non-married spouses.
So we got married in the end. Who needs better reasons?

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o, I read a half dozen times.

I've unleashed de facto and de jure as appropriate, here and other ahh Government Buildings, typically, where US-Eng. speakers make no distinction between de facto and "common-law" spouse.

But since I live alone now, I wait for holidays to exchange such verbal barbs with my brother.

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I've been politically conscious since the Vietnam war, but I've been gradually learning nuance since about the 1980s.

I would imagine (I haven't researched the matter) that Zelenskiy is learning to tread a fine line between appeasing Trump and Putin. He seems to be making some progress with the latter.

Most world leaders will have given up trying to appease Trump, because of his attention span problems.

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In story: Ukraine: President Zelenskiy A Servant of Trump

Re: Getting Hot [INCONTINENCE ALERT]
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I surmise, imperial powers are theoretical in your experience despite practice to the contrary.

But every head of state has been a "servant" of the president of the USA since christ Roosevelt joined WWII and his Allies instituted the IMF. Zelenskiy merely drew the shortest straw of the lot.

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I'm not talking about the thing itself, but about the term.

When was the last time you heard someone presented thus : "This is my er de facto"...

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Does this fit with the "President Zelenskiy A Servant of Trump" meme?

Not really.

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In story: The Blame Game

Re: "people's worse instincts"
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Why are Trump, Bolsonaro, BoJo so popular?
They take people's worse instincts and translate them into public policy.

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In story: Middle East: Russia Is Back With Vengeance

Re: Middle East: Russia Is Back With Vengeance
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I watched his interview on Sky ... just shocking, truly shocking! And Tom served so well under U.S. Command in Iraq and later in Helmand province. Look where Afghanistan is now! Thankfully Pakistan has successfully extricated itself as ally of the U.S. Coalition.

Related reading ...

The Counter Terror Coalitions: Cooperation with India and Pakistan | Rand - 2004 |
U.S-Pakistan Military Cooperation | CFR - June 2008 |

More ...

Pakistan Warming Up Ties with Iran
Nuclear Spy AQ Khan - CIA/America Refused Arrest

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In story: Spain is not a democracy

Re: Spain is not a democracy
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The NHS, oh joy!
(However bad it's currently getting in the UK, it still gives better health outcomes for the overall population and is incredible value for the money)

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In story: 1 - 7 October 2019

Nate's Liver LIVE tweets savaged
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dem debates. oooo boy howdy.

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Profiles in No Courage
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Many names in IMF Credit Schema ... don't see my name entered ... how does one reap the profits of ousting a democratically elected leader? Well done Obama-Biden-Clinton-Nuland-Pyatt --- a coup-d'état that succeeded with so little bloodshed.

Zelensky wants to have Maidan, Ilovaisk cases solved as priority ones | UNIAN |

In the aftermath of Maidan massacre ... no one urged an investigation to find the culprits!! Quite telling ...

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EU Takes Shot at Moscow with Cyprus Bailout as Russians own 22% of Deposits | Forbes - March 2013 |

An old entry of mine ...

Ukraine: Extremists Reject EU Deal, Demand Violent Overthrow

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In story: EU Michel Barnier: Brexit Deal Possible This Week!!

Observation: Body language as hint ...
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ITV's Robert Peston is reporting Downing Street sources as downbeat about a deal, but the issue seems to be what is on the table is not going to get the support of the DUP.

The DUP's Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds had a second 90 minute briefing with Downing Street officials last night but declined to comment. A spokesman said: "It would be fair to indicate gaps remain and further work is required".

The Financial Times is reporting sources as saying the DUP were offered "billions not millions" as a sweetener.



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Pound in a remarkable recovery ...

Pound jumps on hope of last-minute Brexit deal | CNBC |

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 1 - 7 October 2019

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 5 - 11 August 2019

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