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The End of May, Her True Colors

by Oui Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 at 12:13:45 PM EST

[Update] Frank’s fp story - Trump's triumphant trolloping tirades

Inviting the U.S. potentate on a State Visit ... all along on a path of a no-deal Brexit. Let Nigel Farage do the talking in Brussels. WTF

'Rolling out the red carpet is a disgrace': readers on Trump's state visit | The Guardian |

'Surely an unprecedented move in the history of diplomacy?'

Absolutely despicable for a visiting head of state to arrive in a country and directly insult the mayor of its capital city before they've even left their gigantic phallus of an aircraft. Surely an unprecedented and boorish move in the history of diplomacy? Jeremy Hunt's spineless deflection of this insult reveals how far the UK has fallen - how far, indeed, the Tories are willing to go on putting up with this humiliating farce.

That the US is demanding the NHS be on the table in a post-Brexit trade deal is the most damning verdict yet on this decade of Tory misrule.

The fact Trump has brought along his family, who, by all accounts, seem to consider meeting the inordinately dull Windsors to be the highlight of this visit, tells us everything about the tackiness of his brood. Not least, their shameless fantasy of becoming the reigning dynasty of an American monarchy. (Macacademiac)

'hat the British state has rolled out the red carpet for Trump in this way is a total disgrace'

That the British state has rolled out the red carpet for Trump in this way is a total disgrace. Worse, it is politically and strategically inept. If the UK were a party, people would be tearing up their membership cards in disgust and dismay at how it has lost its way. Thank goodness it isn't, and the people of Britain have a reason to stay and turn back the tide. (David Loveday)

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I spotted this portrait in a Glasgow boutique this weekend. No takers so far...

"Teresa the Joker
End of May sale
Open to offers"

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 at 01:25:15 PM EST
So Trump takes action to fight Mexican Drugs ... echo of Reagan's War on Drugs of the 1980s.

CIA transport and dark money: Golden Triangle and the Vietnam War - Afghan Wars with Taliban and after 9/11 - America's backyard and the Columbian drug cartels.

Today America is fighting the Opioid war .. where do all the profits go?

Message from the White House

Opioid Litigation Brings Company Secrets Into The Public Eye

    America's big drugmakers and pharmacy chains are scrambling to respond to hundreds of lawsuits tied to the deadly opioid epidemic. Billions of dollars are at stake if the companies are found liable for fueling the crisis.

    Even before judgments are rendered, companies like Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and CVS are already suffering damage to their reputations as evidence in civil suits reveals more about their internal workings.

Investigative journalist David Armstrong from ProPublica:

The addict brokers: Middlemen profit as desperate patients are `treated like paychecks'

Plane crash CIA drugs transport South America cartel - Barry Seal and the CIA

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Jun 4th, 2019 at 06:46:24 AM EST
We have to have a War on Drugs(TM) to feed the fear and ratchet up the police state.
by rifek on Tue Jun 4th, 2019 at 02:17:00 PM EST
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Michael Gove's No 10 hopes falter after cocaine admission | The Guardian |

Michael Gove's campaign to be Conservative leader is hanging in the balance with calls for him to quit the race, as he was forced to insist that he never misled officials about his use of class A drugs.

The environment secretary gave an interview admitting he was "fortunate" to have avoided jail for possession of cocaine, after a new book revealed he had taken the drug on several occasions while a journalist around 20 years ago.


Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians criticised Gove for double standards, while Sayeeda Warsi, the former Tory co-chairman, said he should "step away from the leadership race" after showing "hypocrisy of the highest order".

Javid, the home secretary and one of his fellow leadership contenders, also hit out at middle-class users of class A drugs who failed to think of the "countless lives destroyed" by the trade.


Gove's drug confession appears to have been particularly damaging because of the accusation of hypocrisy, with the Observer reporting that in 1999 Gove wrote an article in the Times setting out why he opposed what he called "London's liberal consensus" on loosening rules on the use of cocaine and other drugs. In the piece, headlined "When it's right to be a hypocrite", he set out why he believed drug laws should not be repealed.  

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Jun 10th, 2019 at 05:27:52 AM EST
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While Gove gets caught with white powder all over his face and others admit to opium and "weed" abuse, BoJo is sitting tight. But I bet he didn't stick to Churchills and college port when he was at Oxford.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Jun 10th, 2019 at 08:14:08 AM EST
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What's the problem? Bush was elected president despite only being willing to deny that he had taken cocaine in a period that wasn't covered by the statue of limitations.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 10th, 2019 at 08:56:47 AM EST
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Of course success in politics is based on perception by the public.

Political leadership images in newspapers  

Political leadership matters. The often-studied personalization thesis argues, firstly, that the focus (for instance in the media) is changing from parties to party leaders. Secondly, it argues that the content of media coverage on politicians has changed and that more attention is paid to non-political personality characteristics and the private lives of politicians. Thirdly, and most importantly, it argues that party leaders are increasingly important for citizens in their vote choice and, thus, that leader effects have become stronger over the years.

Online Influence? Social Media Use, Opinion Leadership, and Political Persuasion
Leaders who change stance on moral position seen as hypocritical

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Jun 10th, 2019 at 01:05:41 PM EST
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Except that Bush I had the sense to have the Glorious State of Tex-Ass deep-six all records of Chimpy's snow nose, so all that could come out was rumor and innuendo.
by rifek on Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 01:08:16 AM EST
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As an American, I want to apologize to the people of the UK for the world-class boor that we elected.

I just want to remind you that we (the USA collectively, not me personally) elected this clown, but also that you elected May, so it sort of balances.


Umm, maybe it's a total disgrace that the English people have a German dynasty as hereditary rulers? Or the mere existence of hereditary rulers?

"That the British state has rolled out the red carpet for Trump in this way is a total disgrace."
Actually, I see it as a sign of traditional British decorum and propriety, no more how uncouth the foreign bumpkin is.

IMHO, it's a total disgrace that Donald Trump represents the USA. Aside from politics, in a way different from Ronald Reagan and the Bush's, who at least knew (mostly) how to behave in someone else's house. I will make excuses for Bush II based on his history of drug and alcohol abuse. No excuse for the Clown Prince of the USA.

by StillInTheWilderness on Tue Jun 4th, 2019 at 05:43:25 PM EST
Trump wavers after saying NHS must be on table in US-UK trade talks | The Guardian |

Donald Trump has declared he wants the NHS to be on the table in any US-UK trade deal and refused to meet the "negative" Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who pledged to oppose US corporations taking over the health service with every breath in his body.


Appearing earlier in the day alongside the outgoing prime minister at a joint press conference, Trump said US companies should have market access to every sector of the British economy as part of any deal, which he said could lead to a tripling of trade with the UK.

"When you're dealing on trade, everything is on the table. So NHS or anything else. A lot more than that," he said, although May appeared to have to explain to Trump what the NHS was before he answered the question.

Trump's statement drew immediate condemnation from several Tory leadership hopefuls as well as senior Labour politicians.

There are widespread concerns in the UK about US firms promising to provide cost-cutting health services [sic] ...

Right-wing US think tanks want complete deregulation as part of US-UK free trade deal | Think Progress - Sept. 2018 |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Jun 5th, 2019 at 04:21:14 PM EST
How are people 'pose to REFORM politics, if they do not know what rules, regs, and law that needs reforming and what don't?

How are people 'pose to REFORM politics, if the mere idea of government is vested in one inane personality out of OH so many or a google trend?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 5th, 2019 at 04:32:52 PM EST
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So-called fair trade and religious freedom and quality standards and GNP figures and quota are NON-TARIFF BARRIERS to business.

ECONOMIC SANCTION against a government is a non-tariff barrier to international trade--exchange--of currencies, credit, goods and services.

NATO members, more than any other sovereigns, routinely confiscate the treasuries of sanctioned governments to compel obedience to that league of nations' sanctimonious threats and deceits.

The effects of trade (dis)agreement on the quality of life people who rely on government run a gamut of "collective" punishment or reward from industry sector to siege warfare on scores of millions.

What is the matter with these people?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 5th, 2019 at 05:08:27 PM EST
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Labour's Corbyn shielded from media as he visits Taoiseach and President | The Irish Times |

Mr Corbyn briefly answered journalists' questions after arriving at the headquarters of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, but has otherwise been shielded from the media.

A statement issued by the Government after the meeting said Mr Varadkar had "a good meeting" with Mr Corbyn. "The Taoiseach and Mr Corbyn held detailed discussions for an hour and a half on Northern Ireland, Brexit, and the current political situation in Westminster.

"Discussions focused principally on the need to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland and the importance of ongoing engagement with all political parties in the North. These talks continue this week in Belfast involving the Tánaiste and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Trump visits Ireland, meets Varadkar.

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Jun 5th, 2019 at 07:35:08 PM EST

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