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  1. Right.. and done with this conspiracy theory bullshit. If you want to discuss the tensions at the Chino-Indian border, feel free to open a new topic. Without bringing up the protests in the US over the murder of a restrained black man by a man with a badge this time. Without linking it to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Obvious racist post deleted. @LasraelLarson if I see any more of that shit again, that will be your last day on this site.
  3. And you just proved your own point. Deflect and deny. It's always someone else. I'm done with you. The corruption in the Trump admin is clear and well documented. If you're too blind to see it, fine.
  4. The American people expect a President, not some toddler. But then again, it's not Trump's fault entirely. Yes, he is an extreme narcissist, extremely insecure, a racist, sexist and unintelligent bordering on downright stupid. However, these characteristics get exacerbated by his dementia, of which he shows all the classic symptoms. Yes the Dems made an insanely bad choice picking Hillary as the candidate for 2016, any other candidate would have defeated Trump by a landslide. Many Trump voters regret their vote now, but hindsight is always 20/20. While many Americans might have expected Trump to be the dumbfuck he is, what they did not expect is how obviously corrupt he and his administration is. Nor did they expect that the GOP as a whole would heel and give him free berth. For the US to become a civilised nation again, Trump will have to go. McConnell will have to go, along with a few others like Graham, Nunes and Gaetz. These people are not governing, they are just obstructing everything. Now, we all know Nunes is a snake and Gaetz loves the spotlight. We also know that McConnell has had his panties in a knot since Obama won a second term. But Graham has disappointed. He used to be a man with a moral compass.
  5. He holds the office, he never acted like a president. Even George W, who I disagreed with on policy matters, was a President.
  6. Trump has never been a president. He's treated the presidency as one long episode of the apprentice.
  7. Well, technically, no.. it's not that far fetched. Trump, his campaign and some of the extreme right wing media are already working on building the narrative that the election will be rife with voter fraud. Just like he claimed in 2016 by the way, to which even his own "special committee" nor the Senate couldn't find a shred of evidence for. With the current COVID-19 situation and states moving to send everyone absentee ballot applications to protect the public, he's throwing a tantrum for the swing states or democratic states (the traditional red states are fine obviously), even throwing in "THEY'RE COMING FOR YOUR GUNS" bullcrap. The fact that Trump himself is using mail-in voting is obviously not an issue, after all, he's trustworthy right? The entire GOP strategy of closing polling stations in areas with a largely african-american or latino population, or even just democrat leaning voters, will be out the window. It's all fraudulent. Just look at his unhinged twitter ranting about it. It's only ok if it benefits the GOP. While it might sound far-fetched, Trump not accepting the outcome of the election is VERY realistic. He refused to state he would accept the results during the 2016 debates, spewing his usual rubbish. Then at his own rally....
  8. Hi all, For the few of you who have ads enabled (thank you, it helps pay for about 2.5% of the cost of running this site), you might have noticed ads popping up that promote bitcoin scams. Since Google broke the Publisher Toolbar which allowed me to quickly ban those ads, plus the "blocking controls" on the publisher panel, I'm having a very hard time blocking them. I don't want those ads on here, but unfortunately I can't fix it right now. To those who don't allow ads: I understand, but please consider whitelisting the site and maybe occasionally clicking one. The cost of running this website is about 75 euros a year. Currently, the ads bring in about ~30 cents a month. While I'm happy to keep it running out of my own pocket, every little helps. So if you want, please whitelist the site in your adblocker. I won't implement any sort of "you're blocking our ads" thing, I hate them as much as you do, I will just ask. Cheers.
  9. Well the spread really comes down to two factors: 1. How dense the population is. 2. How dense the population is. We're doing the social distancing thing here in the Netherlands. At first most people weren't taking it too serious, but now that there's fines imposed on gathering in groups (to the tune of 400+ euros for individuals), people are finally taking note and doing the responsible thing.
  10. My reply, yes.. about 6 hours ago
  11. Unfortunately I'm unable to investigate tonight. Will have a look tomorrow.
  12. Quick note, it might take a bit of time before it works for you.. please give it an hour or two.
  13. Apparently there was a problem with email confirmations (thanks for reporting it Doro). Fixed now.
  14. No, by not locking up people in massively overcrowded cells is how you are a decent human being. Or by not locking up underage kids or even babies in cages without proper healthcare is how you are a decent human being. Or by not constantly inciting hate. Or by making not constantly rubbing shoulders with billionaires while shafting the workers you supposedly care about at your campaign rallies. George W Bush was a horrible president, but he at least had a good amount of decency and moral fiber. Trump has none.
  15. I think Doro is referring to the fact that while many people over the past decade have seen their unemployment finally end (after the great recession), they're not seeing much if any improvement in their financial situation. The majority of the wealth keeps shifting towards the already wealthy. The overwhelming majority (>90%) of the wealth in the US is in the hands of the top ~10% income levels, with over 40% in the hands of the "1%" and with the GOP tax cuts of 2017 the balance shifts even more towards them, leaving a massive deficit Or to put it visually:
  16. Well.. this migration was a little ad hoc, true, but of slightly smaller scale.. they can hire me though
  17. Okay, we're back. The migration/upgrade process went much faster than expected. Unfortunately, during the upgrade process 2 posts were lost. One in this topic, one in the US elections topic. Sorry about the inconvenience.
  18. Soo.. time to kick this back up. Tomorrow evening will be the day. I expect to shut the forum down temporarily at 22.30 GMT. Expected downtime is anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes.
  19. Having seen Trump giving live commentary on the impeachment trials and actually confessing to obstruction of congress at a press conference in Davos while the opening statements were made in his trial.. I sincerely doubt he knows what if any game he is playing. Or if he even knows what he did 2 hours ago. On the subject of deferrals, yes the president has the legal right to request a referral, but (s)he must do so via a request through Congress. This was not the case. The GAO has ruled so.
  20. You're basically saying fuck people who have a debilitating or chronic illness, I don't care, just don't make me pay a dime to help others. Let charities do it. Newsflash: charities work by donations by people who can miss the money. Another newsflash: it's usually those who can miss only a few bucks that do. I think I'm not even going to respond to you any more. You are a selfish, heartless, egoistic person. Sincerely, fuck you.
  21. Right. Now also watch the Democratic counsel's questioning. But yes really, Trump illegally held funds approved by Congress. Whatever the reason might have been, it was an illegal hold. He does not have that power. Not ignoring the investigation into Bursima, which was opened by a previous prosecutor general in the Ukraine. Shokin (the one that was dismissed after pressure from the US, EU and various financial institutions) however let that investigation die off. He was accused by many, both internally in the Ukraine and abroad, of protecting big business interests and the political elite, a theme common in former Soviet countries. That is why he was dismissed. As for Hunter Biden's qualifications to be on the board of a gas company... He's a lawyer, so in terms of expertise in the day to day business of an oil/gas company he has no qualifications. However, that's not what a board of directors is for. They are there to oversee the daily management, the CEO, the CFO, the COO. Look at any big corporation in the world, you'll see lawyers, politicians, former government officials. Yes, they are recruited for status. A former treasury secretary here, a former senator there, a public figure here, someone related to a public figure (or even carrying the same name) there. It's a PR thing. They need to be just smart enough to not dive the company off a cliff, the rest is status. But hey, if you think that there was corruption there, by all means, investigate. Have the Senate or House investigate. Have Ukraine investigate. Whataboutism however is no defense against Trump's actions. Next the Trump team is going to bring up Hillary's emails in the proceedings again even though that has been debunked about 5 times now by various branches of government.. I mean jeesh.. Stick to the facts please. Investigate Hunter Biden and Joe Biden all you want. Call them as witnesses if you want. Just not in the impeachment trial, because that is not, will not ever be, about any of the Bidens. Nepotism is not something that can even remotely be brought up in defense of Trump (and "yeah but look what that other person did" is NEVER a valid legal defense). For pete's sake, he rammed through security clearances for the only woman he ever loved (Ivanka), not to mention Jared, who was blackballed by several security clearances. I mean really, if you want to bring up Hunter Biden's qualifications for being on the board of a company, can we then also discuss a failed real estate heir's qualifications to "fix the Middle East", "reform the criminal justice system", "make a trade deal with China" and let's not forget "build the wall". I mean really... The Israel/Palestine conflict is something that's been dragging on for decades, with people deeply involved and knowledgable have spent decades on trying to broker some form of peace, and you expect Ivanka's toyboy with 0 knowledge of the region, 0 knowledge of foreign policy to actually get a peace agreement? Come on. My personal opinion of Joe Biden: he's a bit of an oaf. A loveable oaf at that. Doesn't strike me as the type that can fix the US, so I hope he doesn't get the Democratic ticket.
  22. Actually, economic studies have shown that the cost of single payer healthcare systems generally are in the negative, meaning a significant cost reduction. Sources: https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1003013 https://www.healthcare-now.org/single-payer-studies/listing-of-single-payer-studies/ there's about 20 national and 40 state-level studies here, varying from people like Gerald Friedman who is close to the Sanders campaign, to Kenneth Thorpe who leans more towards the right. Some studies focus on specific pieces of legislation, others focus more on the general concept and take some measure of variance for the exact implementation. In general, most studies find that while a single payer healthcare system would increase taxes, it also eliminates premiums and out of pocket expenses. It transfers the burden on higher incomes from the lower incomes, which by most accounts is a good thing. Someone who's struggling with a medical problem should not have to choose between food on the table or clothing for their kids, or paying for medication to keep them alive. Again, yes, it would raise taxes for every household, but with the elimination of premiums it will reduce in a big net gain for those in the most dire need, a low gain or loss (bit of a tossup depending on state) for medium income families and yes, a bump in taxes for those with plenty of money. Boo hoo to the last category. There is a difference between negotiation on equal footing between two countries and negotiation for personal gain. In the case of Trump, his "quo" was "announce a corruption investigation into a political opponent of mine or I'm illegally withholding congress approved funds". In the case of Biden, his "quo" was "The World Bank, the US and many other western countries insist that a corrupt prosecutor is removed from office or we will not offer funding". Again: Biden acted as the US government official, Trump acted as Trump. Difference.
  23. 1: Call me retarded once more, I dare you. I've warned you before. I'm trying to discuss this without resorting to namecalling, I do not take kindly to it. 2: I'm not in denial of anything. The reality is that Trump was impeached on two counts: obstruction of congress and abuse of power. There is ample evidence of the first, from his own mouth and certainly from his twitter thumbs. There is ample evidence of the second, though that evidence is more circumstantial. The testimony of witnesses can either destroy that charge or support it, so let's have those witnesses.
  24. You know even hearsay evidence is admissible? Funny thing is though, the initial hearsay is corroberated by the transcripts.
  25. This. Precisely this. Trump is setting a very dangerous precedent, aided and abetted by Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP. The nepotism, corruption and self-dealing in the Trump admin is so rampant and egregious that it should be stopped, he should be held accountable and he should be removed from office. Same for McConnell, as he violates his oath of office as well with his antics. But I'm sure the GOP will not mind while there's a Republican in office. Wait until a Democrat does anything remotely like Trump... they will lose their collective shit so hard that the Voyager will pick up the screaming. I'm also getting tired of the "the dems want to overturn the election results" bla bla bla that Fox and the others in Trump's Koolaid Crew are peddling... They do realise that if Trump is convicted and removed from office, that just means that Pence will assume the presidency. Now whether that's good is a whole other discussion, but it's still a Republican presidency.
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